Ex-News Chiefs Booted For Sexual Harassment, Racism Team Up To Create New Outlet

Michael Oreskes, senior vice president of news and editorial director of National Public Radio (NPR), speaks during the rededication of the Journalists Memorial at the Newseum in Washington, DC, June 5, 2017, as the ... Michael Oreskes, senior vice president of news and editorial director of National Public Radio (NPR), speaks during the rededication of the Journalists Memorial at the Newseum in Washington, DC, June 5, 2017, as the names of 14 journalists who died or were killed while reporting the news in 2016 are added to the memorial. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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December 19, 2018 8:43 a.m.

Ousted NPR and Fox News chiefs, booted due to sexual harassment allegations and accusations of racism and homophobia, respectively, have been recruited by former Fox News executive Ken LaCorte to head a new “fair and balanced” digital news outlet.

According to a Tuesday Politico report, Michael Oreskes formerly of NPR and John Moody formerly of Fox News will play a key role in assigning “importance” to stories to avoid creating a partisan silo on the new site, LaCorte News.

LaCorte told Politico that he is wholly unconcerned about the men’s pasts, considering their ouster an overreaction.

“I’m proud that I pulled in both the former head of news at Fox News and the former head of news at NPR,” LaCorte told Politico. “I’m not going to be egotistical enough to say I’m going to save journalism, but I’m fucking trying.”

“I couldn’t have afforded either one of these guys had we not been in this crazy type of atmosphere,” he continued. “In a weird way, I’m actually a beneficiary of companies being hypersensitive.”

He will launch LaCorte News with $1 million of mostly his own money by the end of January.

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