Fox News chief Roger Ailes has issued a new directive to the network’s staff, requiring them to get permission before booking either Karl Rove or Dick Morris, reports Gabriel Sherman in New York Magazine.
Both pundits have dropped in visibility on the network since election night, when Rove disputed Fox News’ call for Obama, the piece points out. Morris’ support of Romney and his "reality-denying predictions became a punch line," the story adds.
Ailes was reportedly angry at Rove’s election night dispute with the network’s number crunchers, even though it made for good television viewing.
A representative for Ailes denied a rift between the Ailes and Rove, but a spokesperson for Fox confirmed the new booking rules for Rove and Morris.