Another long-timer is out at Fox News. Lately, the network has been having as hard a time holding onto employees as the Trump administration. James Rosen, who joined Fox News in 1999, was dismissed without ceremony Friday.
“James Rosen is exiting the company at the end of the year,” a Fox News spokesperson confirmed.
That’s it. Nearly two decades of commitment yet that’s all they have to say about his firing (retirement? resignation?). Was Rosen brought down by the sexual abuse scandal plaguing the entertainment industry?
In 2013, we learned that the Obama Justice Department was looking into Rosen. Fox News stood by his side while he was investigated for allegedly publishing department leaks.
“In the exchange, Rosen used the alias ‘Leo’… Rosen instructed Kim to send him coded signals on his Google account. One asterisk means to contact them, or that previously suggested plans for communication are to proceed as agreed; two asterisks mean the opposite…” reports reveal.
If Fox News was willing to continue working with Rosen after he faced such serious accusations, what terrible thing must he have done to get them to abandon him so abruptly?
“We are outraged to learn today that James Rosen was named a criminal co-conspirator for simply doing his job as a reporter,” then-Fox News executive Michael Clemente said in 2013.
“In fact, it is downright chilling. We will unequivocally defend his right to operate as a member of what up until now has always been a free press.”
Rosen has yet to give a reason for his departure.