(New York, Friday) – The anchor of Fox News Channel’s The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson, received a six-month suspension here today after it was revealed that she has, on apparently more than one occasion, told the truth.
“We did not make this decision lightly,” said Roger Ailes, Fox News chairman and CEO, in announcing the suspension. “Gretchen has long been a valued member of the Fox News family, but recent revelations have clearly indicated she is guilty of lapses in judgment which cannot go unaddressed.”
Carlson, who joined Fox in 2005 and began anchoring Real Story 18 months later, committed her first Fox faux pas early in 2016 as a guest on Fox’s The O’Reilly Factor, when she reportedly told host Bill O’Reilly that “President Obama is a good man facing impossible odds against well-funded conservative extremists.” She was also quoted as saying that she does not believe that the President was actually born in Kenya; nor is he a secret Muslim.
According to Fox insiders, those comments were edited out of the interview before the program was broadcast. Carlson was sternly rebuked by Fox News executives, a reliable source said, and warned to never again let her “intellectual side show.”
No stranger to smarts, Carlson was valedictorian of her graduating high school class in 1984 and earned a degree in sociology from Stanford University in 1990. En route to her degree, she studied at Oxford University in England and managed a 1989 Miss America pageant win, which included a virtuoso violin performance. As Real Story host, apparently pandering to viewers distrustful of the academically elite, Carlson at times professed to check a dictionary for a definitions of words in the news, including “ignoramus.”
Carlson appeared to stay on the straight and narrow Fox News trail thereafter, wasting no opportunities to question the leadership, intentions or character of the President and his administration. Somewhere along the way, however, viewers noticed that Carlson had lost the “crazy eyes” look she had worn since her childhood days under the influence of Michelle Bachmann, one of her nannies.
The impetus behind the suspension came this week during an unguarded moment while visiting friends and relatives back in her home state of Minnesota. Unaware that one of her “friends” was recording the conversation on his camera phone, Carlson confessed that she has been in love for many years with Daily Show host and Fox News nemesis, Jon Stewart, and would happily bear his children. The video was posted to YouTube, quickly went viral, and Carlson was, just as quickly, suspended.
“Gretchen is in undisputed violation of the immorality clause of her Fox News contract,” Ailes said. “Her situation is under legal review pending a final decision on her suspension and future with our organization.”
The contract clause cited by Ailes states, in part, that “any Fox News personality who is involved in any activity or makes any statement indicating support, whether overt or innate, for any liberal cause or figure will be subject to immediate termination.”