Fox News in a press release last night stated that the cable network was switching to an all comedy format. Without saying that the decision was due to the scandal currently swirling around Rupert Murdoch and his UK tabloid, observers were not in doubt as to the reason for the change. "Not a really big change," said a member of a left leaning media outlet.
Fox issued a list of the new programming and it appears that many of their current staff will remain on the job but with a new look. The Fox News Sunday staff will each have their own program, the lineup as follows:
Britt Hume will have a 1/2 hour program each Sunday which will feature Hume looking bilious and pontificating on the "Whichness of Why," while playing the harmonica and reading pithy excerpts from Mein Kampf.
William Kristol is scheduled for a 1/2 program featuring Kristol and Liz Cheney dressed only in thong underwear demonstrating the various positions of the Kama Sutra. First details emerging state that there is a viewer warning to those with a weak heart and children under the age of six.
Juan Williams is reported to have his own ½ hour show in which he will do "White Face" comedy. Mr. Williams issued the following statement, "I am so very pleased to have my own show on this great network. It is not terribly different than what I have been doing on Fox News Sunday, but am pleased not to have to share the spotlight with Hume. Have you ever seen how he looks at me like I am a bug when I am pontificating?!"
The network reports Bill O'Reilly will continue to have his nightly show but the emphasis will be on family programming. "Bill will do many of the same things," said a spokesman. "One of his first episodes will show Bill bullying and making fun of an Alzheimer's patient with spittle running down the side of her mouth and another will be on Sunday mornings and targeted to the children's audience. Bill will instruct the young ones in how to torture small animals and the art of pulling the wings off flies. We know Bill wlil be at his best!"
Fox says it will be doing fillers until the rest of the programming is set. Re-runs of the Beverly Hillbillies, the Three Stooges, and Hee Haw will take the network to a 24/7 basis.