The head of Fox News is demanding that its staff refrain from publicly criticizing its biggest star -- Glenn Beck. Roger Ailes told staffers to stop "shooting in the tent."
A column in The Washington Post on Monday revealed that some Fox staffers are concerned that Beck is "becoming the face of the network." Ailes pointed out that members of the Fox Washington bureau leaked the information in that column.
According to the media-watching website Mediabistro.com, Ailes dropped by the bureau Wednesday before the annual Radio and Television Correspondents' dinner to give the staff a pep talk.
The topic of conversation quickly turned to Beck, whose conservative, inflammatory rhetoric has been a ratings boon for Fox. But it's recently been revealed that he's become a source of tension for the network’s other journalists who fear he is overshadowing everything else on the network.
"For the first time in our 14 years, we’ve had people apparently shooting in the tent, from within the tent," Ailes told them. "We prefer people in the tent not dumping on other people in the tent."
Ailes said there's only one option for those who can't stand being on the same network as Beck. "If I couldn’t defend the family, I’d leave,” he said. “I’d go to another family."