A former high-ranking executive at Fox News is being considered for a position on the White House communications team, according to insiders. The New York Times cites a number of people who have been briefed on the situation saying Bill Shine, the former co-president of Fox News and a top lieutenant to Roger Ailes during his time at the network, has talked with White House officials about a post.
“Mr. Shine has no political experience outside of producing cable news, and he was forced out of Fox News in May after his name surfaced in lawsuits that accused him of abetting Mr. Ailes’s harassing behavior toward women. (Mr. Shine has denied all wrongdoing, as did Mr. Ailes, who died in May.)” The Times reports. “But Mr. Shine has an influential ally in the Fox News host Sean Hannity, an informal adviser to Mr. Trump — and one of his most loyal on-air supporters — who dined with Mr. Shine, the president and the first lady at the White House last week.”
The report adds: “Mr. Shine’s job prospects are unclear now that Mr. Trump has fired his communications director, Anthony Scaramucci, who also attended last week’s dinner and worked with Mr. Shine during his tenure as a host on Fox News and the Fox Business Network. Mr. Shine’s association with Mr. Scaramucci may hinder his chances with some factions in the West Wing.”
Two senior administration officials reportedly confirmed Shine’s discussions with the Trump team.
“A third person briefed on the discussions said that the administration was considering a behind-the-scenes role for Mr. Shine that took advantage of his skills producing and staging televised events,” The Times adds.