The former news executive, who was formally brought into the
Shine is most often described by people close to the
“I think that Bill commands the respect that is needed on such a priority based on his management experience and knowledge of the media,” said
After years working with and managing cable news stars with outsized egos, Shine understands how to work with someone like the president, including the most effective ways to offer guidance or pushback.
And unlike many failed hires who have entered the West Wing with guns blazing, threatening mass firings, Shine appears to have, at least so far, succeeded in not ruffling his colleagues’ feathers — though he is widely expected to add his own staff and has been conducting interviews.
“He’s about making sure we’re moving in the right direction,” said
But Shine’s arrival also has coincided with a perceived escalation in friction with the press, including an incident last month when a CNN reporter was barred from covering an open-press event because Trump didn’t like the questions she’d shouted earlier in the day, when she was serving as a representative of the television networks.
Sanders disputed the idea that Shine was encouraging Trump’s combative instincts with the press and said he wants to lower the temperature and find more ways to work with them.
“Bill is a great guy who is adding new perspective and expertise to the team. He is great to work with and a strong leader in the
But some who have worked with him saw the move as classic Shine.
Shine knows all the things that can rile up news organizations, said one person who knows both men and, like others, spoke on condition of anonymity to speak freely about their interactions.
Another person familiar with his work at Fox described him as a true believer in Fox’s mission, saying his idea of good television is the opinionated, combative, personality-driven formula of
Trump’s decision to bring Shine into the
Shine served as Hannity’s executive producer, as well as the top executive for Fox’s prime-time opinion programming and the morning hit, “Fox & Friends,” and briefly as co-president of Fox after Ailes was ousted amid allegations of rampant sexual harassment at the network.
Shine left Fox last year amid questions over his own handling of harassment and discrimination allegations. Shine was never accused of direct wrongdoing but was considered vulnerable because of claims he looked the other way as charges of toxic workplace behavior piled up.
Throughout that time, Shine served as an ever-loyal lieutenant to Ailes — serving as the “executor” of his orders.
So far, Shine has focused on his expertise, working quietly behind the scenes to improve the production quality of Trump’s made-for-TV events, including the announcement of the president’s Supreme Court pick.
Shine, who the
He also appears to have ushered in a new — if temporary — era of discipline, with Trump taking reporters’ shouted questions less frequently than he had before Shine’s arrival.
Last month, Shine took the unusual step of informing a group of reporters gathered outside the
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