Thursday, July 5, 2018

President Trump Names Bill Shine to Replace Hope Hicks

Bill Shine (born July 1963) is an American television executive and the former co-president of Fox News, a position he was promoted to in August 2016 and removed from on May 1, 2017.[1][2][3] He replaced Hope Hicks as communications director for the Trump administration.[4][5]

Early life and education[edit]
A twin, Shine grew up in FarmingvilleLong Island, New York.[6][7] He received a B.A. in communications from the State University of New York at Oswego.[8] After college, he worked as a producer for local TV stations on Long Island,[7] beginning in 1985 with WLIG-TV.[8]
Career with Fox[edit]
Shine began working for Fox as the senior producer of Hannity & Colmes[9] and was forced out of the network for his alleged participation in its culture of sexual harassment.[10]
By 1999, Shine was the senior prime-time producer for Fox News.[11] The following year Shine was the executive producer of Fox News Channel's prime-time programs.[12]
In 2001 on Fox News Channel's The Edgepsychic Sylvia Browne said that she knew where the body of Chandra Levy was located.[13] On Fox News Channel's Judith Regan Tonight, psychic James Van Praagh discussed Chandra Levy.[13] Shine responded to questions about having psychics appear on Fox News Channel by saying that psychics are "part of the story" because the Levy family had consulted some. Shine said that the psychics provide "another opinion, another side of the story".[13]
By 2004, Shine was the vice president of production for Fox News Channel.[14] The following year, Shine was Fox News Channel's senior vice president of programming.[15]
When U.S. media carried many stories about missing white women (missing white woman syndrome) and disproportionately few about missing black women, Shine defended Fox News Channel's coverage, saying that Fox News Channel chose to air stories that "have a twist or an emotional aspect to them that make them interesting".[16]
In 2007, after Bill O'Reilly dined at Sylvia's soul-food restaurant in Harlem, O'Reilly said he "couldn't get over the fact" that eating at the restaurant "was like going into an all-white suburb in the sense of people were sitting there, and they were ordering and having fun. And there wasn't any kind of craziness at all." Responding to criticism of O'Reilly's statement, Shine said, "This is nothing more than left-wing outlets stirring up false racism accusations for ratings."[17]
In 2009, Fox host Glenn Beck said that President Barack Obama "has a deep-seated hatred for white people or the white culture" and "is racist".[18] after President Obama said that Cambridge police officers acted "stupidly" by arresting Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. for breaking into his own home.[19][20] Responding to Beck's comment, Shine said that Beck had "expressed a personal opinion which represented his own views, not those of the Fox News Channel. And as with all commentators in the cable news arena, he is given the freedom to express his opinions."[18] When Fox News Channel's journalists complained that Beck's show was undermining their work, Shine admitted that Beck was controversial and that Fox News Channel had assigned a vice president the full-time job of overseeing Beck's show and to review its content in advance.[21]
In 2014, Shine was promoted to Fox's senior executive vice president of programming.[22]
Shine worked alongside of Fox chairman and chief executive officer Roger Ailes for two decades. After Ailes left Fox, the new executive chairman, Rupert Murdoch, named Shine and Jack Abernethy as co-presidents of news and business in August 2016.[23][24]