Why Fox News put Karl Rove back on the air

Last week, the internet was abuzz about Roger Ailes' decision to bench the prominent GOP commentator. This week, he's back. What gives?

Karl Rove tried his best to convince Fox News that it had called Ohio for Obama too early on Election Day. He eventually conceded.
(Image credit: AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Well, that was a pretty short exile: A brief 27 days after Fox News reportedly benched Karl Rove (and Dick Morris) for their ill-fated Republican boosterism before and especially during the November election, the GOP strategist once known as "Bush's brain" was back on the air Monday night, talking about the fiscal cliff with Brett Baier on Special Report. He's scheduled to appear on Fox's The O'Reilly Factor on Wednesday. "Gentlemen, welcome back," Baier told Rove and Democratic strategist Joe Trippi at the start of the eight-minute segment.

I guess Fox didn't like having its dirty laundry aired, especially by the liberal media, says Marty Davis at Chickaboomer. My guess is that "Fox boss Roger Ailes allowed Rove on to stick it to [New York magazine's] Gabe Sherman," who got a lot of buzz for breaking the news of the ban. Another reason to believe that spite is behind Rove's rehabilitation: "Sherman is also writing an unauthorized book on Ailes."

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