CNN’s ‘Reliable Sources’ Interviews Newsmax Co-Founder About Plan To Launch Fox News Competitor: Video

By | Sunday March 9, 2014 @ 7:43am PDT

CNN’s Reliable Sources this morning interviews Newsmax co-founder Chris Ruddy about his plans to take on Fox News Channel with the June launch of a new cable news network called NewsmaxTV. “The boomer market, which we’re focusing on, has 80 million Americans. There’s really not much … Read More »

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Sean Hannity Plugs His Cameo On Netflix’s ‘House Of Cards’ In Season 2

By | Tuesday February 18, 2014 @ 8:37am PST

Last night, Fox News Channel‘s Sean Hannity touted his cameo in the recently-released second season of Netflix‘s House Of Cards. Fishbowl DC also reported a CNN Candy Crowley sighting.

Watch Hannity’s plug here:

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Fox News Adds James Carville; Former Clinton Aide Left CNN Last Year

By | Thursday February 6, 2014 @ 10:10am PST

James Carville And Mary Matalin: 40 Hours to DecideRagin’ cajun James Carville  has a new home at  Fox New Channel as an on-air contributor. “James’ successful and storied career in politics over several decades is an enormous asset to Fox … Read More »

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Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly Scores 4.2M Viewers With Obama Interview Round 2

By | Tuesday February 4, 2014 @ 1:41pm PST

ObamaSuperBowl__140202224238-575x323Things may have been testy between the participants at times, but the ratings for Bill O’Reilly‘s interview with President Obama last night on Fox News Channel were full of nothing but love. With 4.204 million watching the continuation of the pre-taped White House sitdown from the Super Bowl pregame show, The O’Reilly Factor at 8 PM ET drew its best total audience numbers since its coverage of the Boston Marathon Bombing. Back in April 2013, Fox News drew 4.825 million viewers April 15, the day of the marathon attack, and 7.626 million viewers April 19 during a Shep Smith-hosted special in the slot on the night of the manhunt for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev ended with his capture. Last night’s Factor also garnered 626,000 viewers in the key adults 25-54 news demo.

Related: Obama Slams “Successful” Fox News Again In Taped O’Reilly Interview
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Fox News Tops Cable Primetime For First Time Since Boston Marathon Bombing

By | Tuesday February 4, 2014 @ 10:15am PST

imgres-1-4-2__130116235731__130423154418Strong State of the Union ratings and a busy news week were very good to Fox News Channel last week. For the first time since the week of the Boston Marathon bombing last April, the channel was No. 1 in cable among primetime viewers. For the week of January 27-February 2, Fox News averaged 2.265 million viewers in prime with a 1.8 household rating. With the exception of some election coverage weeks, this is only the second time Fox News has come in the top spot since 2005. Typically first-place USA Network was No. 2 among ad-supported cable networks last week with 2.214 million viewers, while ESPN was in the third spot with 2.078 million. History was fourth with 2.022 million and TBS was in fifth place with 1.837 million viewers over the week. Last week also marked the best result FNC has seen since it revamped its primetime lineup for the first time in years and added The Kelly File on October 7 last year.

Related: Obama Slams “Successful” Fox News Again In Taped O’Reilly Interview Read More »

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UPDATE: Obama Slams “Successful” Fox News Again In Taped O’Reilly Interview

By | Monday February 3, 2014 @ 5:18pm PST

Obama Super Bowl InterviewUPDATE, 5:18PM: ”Absolutely, of course you are Bill but I like you anyway,” President Obama told Fox NewsBill O’Reilly tonight when asked if the cable news network host was “unfair” to him. “We just went through an interview where you asked about healthcare not working, IRS wholly corrupt, Benghazi,” Obama said referring to his testy live Super Bowel pregame interview with O’Reilly yesterday (see below). “The list of issues are defined by you guys in a certain way, but this is OK. If you want to be President of the United States then you know that you are going to be subject to criticism..” the President added. “But I want to know if it is unfair,” asked The O’Reilly Factor host to a smiling, laughing and deflecting Obama, “It’s my job to give you a hard time,” O’Reilly added. “Here’s what I would say, regardless of if it is unfair or not, it has made Fox News very successful,” responded Obama. “Here’s what you guys have to figure out, what are you going to do when I’m gone,” the President added. Today’s 10-minute interview shown on The O’Reilly Factor was taped immediately following the live 10-minute one-on-one the duo conducted Sunday. The taped interview also touched on support for veterans, the Keystone pipeline and how Obama thinks Richard Nixon was more liberal than he is.”Mr. President, always a pleasure to talk to you,” O’Reilly concluded the interview with. Afterwards, O’Reilly showed portions of the live interview from Sunday.

fnc1__131008010658-150x150PREVIOUS, SUNDAY PM: Things turned tense quickly today between President Obama and Bill O’Reilly in their Super Bowl pregame interview. “OK, Bill, you’ve got a long list of my mistakes,” Obama said to The O’Reilly Factor host near the start of their 10-minute live interview on Fox. That remark — in response to a question from O’Reilly whether it was the biggest mistake of Obama’s presidency when he told Americans no one would lose their healthcare under Obamacare — was one of a number of points on which the two butted heads.  The duo sparred almost from the beginning in the interview live from the White House this afternoon. Obama also took on Fox News Channel when O’Reilly asked him about reports the IRS was investigating Tea Party-related groups for political reasons. “These kind of things keep resurfacing in part because you and your TV station will promote them,” Obama said. “When you look there have been multiple hearings.” Obama denied any corruption, just some “boneheaded decisions.” Earlier, the Fox News host interrupted Obama with a “you’re not going to answer that?” as the President replied to a question about why he didn’t fire Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius after the botched online launch of Obamacare.

Super_Bowl_XLVIII_logoThe face-to-face marked the first time O’Reilly has interviewed Obama since Fox last broadcast the Super Bowl in 2011. The two covered several topics today including the Obamacare rollout, the attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi, and the IRS scandal. Obama wouldn’t offer a prediction for the game between the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks. I can’t make a prediction, I don’t know, these guys are too evenly matched,” he said. “I think it is going to be 24-21 but I don’t know who is going to be 24 and I don’t know who is going to be 21.”  Just before the interview ended, O’Reilly told the President he thought his heart was in the right place. O’Reilly and Obama are set to chat more today for an additional taped portion that will be shown Monday on O’Reilly Factor.   Read More »

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UPDATE: State Of The Union Address Clocks President Obama’s Smallest Crowd Yet – 33.3 Million Viewers

By | Wednesday January 29, 2014 @ 1:50pm PST

UPDATE, 1:50 PM: An average of 33.3 million viewers watched President Obama’s State Of The Union Address Ratingssecond State of the Union address of his second term in office, Nielsen reported this afternoon. The speech was carried live from 9 PM to 10:15 PM ET on 13 networks and tape-delayed on Univision. In detail, the actual number was 33,299,172 viewers across CBS, ABC, NBC, FOX, Azteca, Fox Business, Fox News Channel, CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, Al Jazeera America, Galavision and Mun2, Nielsen said. Last year’s SOTU address logged an average of 33,497,607 viewers.

For comparison sake, Obama’s first Address to the Joint Session of Congress (POTUS’ first such speech, months after taking office, is not called the State of the Union address) clocked nearly 52.4 million viewers, the largest number of viewers since President George W. Bush’s address following the 9/11 attacks. All of Obama’s SOTU addresses in his first term averaged bigger crowds than last night’s; his smallest audience in his first term was 37.8 million for his final address of that term.

To put cable news in perspective — about 9 million of last night’s viewers watched on Fox News Channel, CNN and MSNBC.

PREVIOUS, 11:39 AM: Fox News Channel clocked more viewers than CNN and MSNBC combined for the speech, averaging 4.718 million viewers – 1.198 million of them in the news demo. MSNBC logged 2.292 million, including 752,000 in the demo; CNN posted 2.081 million with 763,000 in the demo.

Related: Ratings: Early State Of The Union Numbers In Line With 2013 Read More »

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Fox News Channel Extends Cable News Ratings Winning Streak In January

By | Tuesday January 28, 2014 @ 10:55am PST

fnc1Fox News Channel extended its cable news winning streak to 145 consecutive months with the release of January ratings. In overall audience fnc-cnn.JPGFNC outstripped CNN and MSNBC combined in prime and in total day; it also led in the news demo, though by smaller margins.

With total viewers, FNC landed in the Top-5 among all cable networks in total day, while CNN and MSNBC settled for No. 38 and No. 29, respectively, and HLN clocked in at No. 47. In prime, FNC finished January at No. 7, CNN at No. 40, MSNBC at No. 30, and HLN at No. 46.

cnnlogo__140117174347-275x131In primetime, only HLN grew year to year, in the demo – 6%, to 123,000 viewers. That said, FNC, at a leading 264,000 viewers, was down just 1% in the demo in primetime. CNN plunged 35% to 131,000 viewers in the age bracket, and MSNBC slid 2% to 231,000 viewers. In total day in the demo, HLN grew 11% to 101,000 viewers, besting CNN’s 98,000 – a 27% drop. MSNBC fell 8% to 148,00 viewers, while FNC grew 5% to lead the pack with 220,000 viewers. Read More »

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Bill O’Reilly To Interview President Obama During Fox’s Super Bowl Pregame Show

By | Thursday January 23, 2014 @ 10:14am PST

O'reillyobamaThe primetime Fox News Channel host will conduct the live sit-down from the White House during the Fox Super Bowl Sunday pregame show February 2. Bill O’Reilly‘s interview with President Obama is set to begin around 4:30 PM … Read More »

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Maria Bartiromo To Front Fox News Show, Joins Fox Business On Feb. 1

By | Wednesday January 22, 2014 @ 11:01am PST

Maria BartiromoThe former CNBC host will be doing double duty on cable for Fox. Maria Bartiromo will appear daily on Fox Business Network but also will host a weekly biz show on Fox News Channel every Sunday, it was announced today. … Read More »

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Stuart Varney Re-Ups With Fox Business Network

By | Tuesday January 21, 2014 @ 2:30pm PST

Stuart VarneyThe newsman has been with the network since its 2007 launch and has anchored its Varney & Co. for the past four years. Now Stuart Varney has signed a multiyear deal to remain with Fox Business Network. … Read More »

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‘Duck Dynasty’ Family Launches Gun Line, But No Fireworks, In Advance Of Return To A&E

LisaColumn__131015210634-275x198Days after A&E announced it had decided to end Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson’s involuntary hiatus over remarks he made in a GQ interview – and just days before the hit reality series’ return to A&E’s lineup — the Robertson family and a popular gun manufacturer unveiled a new Duck Commander line of shotguns, semi-automatic rifles, semi-automatic pistols, etc.

Willie Robertson, CEOarticle-duckdynastyaddon2-1231 of the family’s Duck Commander, made no reference to the imminent announcement on New Year’s Eve, when he and wife Kori appeared on FNC’s ball-dropping late-night special. The press had hoped for something zippier out of that appearance than the “there will be fun good comedy from the family” and “we’re just glad to be back to work… and A&E and us are fine” script to which Willie stuck like glue no matter how many different ways FNC’s Bill Hemmer and Elisabeth Hasselbeck tried to gin up some headlines with questions about the family’s battle with A&E over Phil’s interview. Kori contributed, “We’re all happy, happy, happy. … The best thing about this show is we get to do it as a family.” The only shred of news Hemmer and Hasselbeck managed to pry out of Willie was the “spoiler” that he hires a “good looking assistant for me…and that will be revealed on the show this year.” Asked how father Phil was celebrating the New Year, and his victory over A&E, Willie said, “I reckon he’s asleep” because it’s duck hunting season and he has to get up early. Read More »

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2013 Basic Cable Ratings: USA Tops Again In Primetime But Down 8%; Nick At Nite, AMC Up Double Digits As Fox News & ABC Family Fall; TBS Leads Demo

By | Tuesday December 31, 2013 @ 4:50pm PST

usa-network-logoHere are the top cable networks of 2013 in total viewers and adults 18-49, based on Nielsen Media Research data:

Network: Total Viewers (in millions), % change from 2012

1. USA: 2.680, -8%
2. Disney: 2.438, -2%
3. ESPN: 2.210, -6%
4. History: 2.114, -2%
5. TNT: 2.070, -5%
6. TBS: 2.014, -3%
7. Fox News: 1.785, -13%
8. A&E: 1.781, +9%
9. FX: 1.466, +4%
10. AMC: 1.382, +18%
11. Discovery: 1.361, +5%
12. Home&Garden: 1.274, +7%
13. Lifetime: 1.270, +7%
14. Adult Swim: 1.230, +3%
15. ABC Family: 1.222, -11%
16. Syfy: 1.192, -8%
17. Food Network: 1.122, -7%
18. Nick at Nite: 1.091, +25%
19. TLC: 1.059, -2%
20. Bravo: 0.999, +6%
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‘Daily Show’s Jon Stewart, FNC’s Bill O’Reilly Weigh In On Megyn Kelly’s Santa-Is-White Segment: Video

“I guess we all owe you an apology,” Thestewartkelly Daily Show faux newsman Jon Stewart said Monday night for his cracks about Megyn Kelly‘s show segment debating Santa Claus and Jesus’ ethnic backgrounds, after the Fox News Channel anchor said the segment was tongue-in-cheek.

Over in the other corner, FNC’s Bill O’Reilly last night insisted Kelly was right, in re Santa being white, but that “the spirit of Santa transcends all racial boundaries,”  adding that the bruhaha over her remarks is another attempt by “the far left” to demonize FNC, “because they cannot defeat us on the media battlefield.”

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UPDATE: Fox News’ Megyn Kelly Says Jesus/Santa Show Segment Was Humor

MegynKelly__131107000405 (1)UPDATE: 8 PM: Megyn Kelly said tonight on her Fox News Channel program that her Wednesday show segment, in which she said that Santa Claus and Jesus are white, was tongue-in-cheek and that anyone who says otherwise needs to lighten up. “Humor is a part of what we try to bring to this show, but sometimes that’s lost on the humorless,” she said on tonight’s The Kelly File. “This would be funny if it were not so telling about our society, in particular, the knee-jerk instinct by so many to race-bait and to assume the worst in people, especially people employed by the very powerful Fox News Channel.” On her show Wednesday, Kelly and panelists discussed a Slate piece written by a black woman suggesting Santa should not be a white man anymore. Writer Aisha Harris suggested a penguin replace Santa Claus, so as to appeal to children of all races. “For all you kids watching at home,” Kelly said Wednesday. “Santa just is white, but this person is just arguing that maybe we should also have a black Santa. But Santa is what he is, and just so you know, we’re just debating this because someone wrote about it, kids.”

Related: Kelly To Leno: “I Am Not One Of The Opinion Hosts At Fox”

Then on tonight’s show, Kelly said: “Contrary to what my critics have posited, neither my statement, nor Harris’, I’m sure, was motivated by any racial fear or loathing. In fact, it was something far less sinister: a lifetime of exposure to the very same commercials, mall casting calls, and movies Harris references in her piece. Should that change? Well, that debate got lost because so many couldn’t get past the fact that I acknowledged, as Harris did, that the most commonly depicted image of Santa, does, in fact, have white skin.” She did acknowledge tonight that her assertion Wednesday that Jesus was a white man “is far from settled.” Kelly said, “The fact that an offhand jest I made during a segment about whether Santa should be replaced by a penguin has now become a national firestorm says two things: Race is still an incredibly volatile issue in this country, and Fox News, and yours truly, are big targets for many people.” Read More »

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Sarah Palin Slams “Irrelevant” Copyright Lawsuit Over 9/11 Photo

By | Friday December 13, 2013 @ 10:52am PST

DJP LEGAL BADGEThe Fox News contributor and former Alaska Governor says a copyright infringement lawsuit against her for use of an iconic photo of the U.S. flag being raised at Ground Zero on September 11 should be tossed out. “A New Jersey Sarah Palin Signs Copies Of Her New Book "Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas"newspaper has chosen New York as the forum to sue defendants located in distant states, based on conduct with no particular connection to this District besides the subject matter of the photograph — a consideration that is irrelevant for purposes of venue,” lawyers for Sarah Palin wrote yesterday (read it here) in a filing in NYC District Court. “Defendants therefore seek dismissal…on the ground of improper venue or, in the alternative, for transfer of this action to an appropriate forum,” the motion memo adds.

Related: Sarah Palin To Star In Series For Sportsman Channel

North Jersey Media Group sued the former GOP VP nominee and her political action committee SarahPAC more than three months ago 9 11 paln lawsuit picfor putting up an edited version of the photograph with the words “We will never forget” on her Facebook page and the PAC’s website without permission. Thursday’s 24-page memo also bluntly notes that “plaintiff’s copyright claim is groundless because the alleged use of plaintiff’s photograph in reduced, cropped form to provide visual and historical context to a Facebook post memorializing the September 11th attacks is not copyright infringement.” Palin’s lawyers say that because the well-known photo was used in such a manner as well as cropped and altered, it is  “fair use.” They also note that it was not  intended to solicit donations for the PAC in any way. Read More »

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FNC’s Megyn Kelly To Jay Leno: “I Am A Straight News Anchor — I Am Not One Of The Opinion Hosts At Fox”: Video

By | Tuesday December 10, 2013 @ 7:23am PST

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno - Season 22“I always tell people if they think I am this conservative operative, ‘Ask Karl Rove if that’s true’,” Megyn Kelly told Jay Leno in making her first visit to … Read More »

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CNN’s Anderson Cooper Hits New Ratings Low; Piers Morgan Almost Joins Him

By | Monday December 9, 2013 @ 3:14pm PST

AC 360 dec 6 copyDespite a busy news day of bad weather and the mourning of Nelson Mandela, Friday night was not kind to CNN and its primetime hosts Anderson Cooper and Piers Morgan. Cooper’s AC 360 hit not just its lowest viewership and demo results for the year to date but its worst numbers since moving to the 8 PM time slot in August 2011. At 8 PM, the CNN show cnnlogo__130909223055-200x95__131028185652__131031215342__131104224558__131108225110pulled in 255,000 total viewers with just 58,000 in the adults 25-54 demo, according to Nielsen. Meanwhile, Cooper’s lead-out Piers Morgan Live at 9 PM had its second-worst result all year with 252,000 total viewers and 56,000 adults 25-54. Overall, the Jeff Zucker-run network had its third-worst primetime result of 2013 and its worst Friday viewer numbers since he took over. Just 277,000 were watching the cable news network on average from 8-11 PM — that’s way behind Fox News’ 2.098 million overall viewers and 373,000 in the demo and MSNBC’s 493,000 and 112,000. CNN’s worst overall primetime viewership result came on November 28, when it had 256,000 viewers overall — and Cooper and Morgan didn’t have a show on. The cable news network’s second-worst primetime was October 28 with 259,000 viewers overall.

Related: CNN’s Jeff Zucker: “We Need More Shows & Less Newscasts” Read More »

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UPDATE: Martin Bashir Resignation Produces Surprising Reaction From Sarah Palin & Alec Baldwin

By | Thursday December 5, 2013 @ 11:30am PST

UPDATED, 11:30 AM: Martin Bashir‘s resignation from MSNBC after making graphic statements about Sarah Palin on his program led to some interesting, and sarahpalinfoxnews__130125224522unexpected, results. This morning, for instance, Palin praised the media for keeping on the story alive after Bashir apologized for comments he made about her on his show.  “It was refreshing to see though, that many in the media did come out and say, ‘Look our standards have got to be higher than this’,” Palin said this morning on Fox News Channel‘s Fox & Friends. “Those with that platform, with a microphone, a camera in their face, they have to have some more responsibility taken.” Meanwhile, Alec Baldwin, who’d added his voice to the chorus wondering why MSNBC had not punished Bashir for his incendiary, pre-planned on-air comment about Palin — Baldwin had been suspended, then canceled for his homophobic rant against a photographer — weighed in with support of Bashir after word of the latter’s resignation got out. “I’m sorry to learn that @MartinBashir is out at MSNBC,” Baldwin tweeted yesterday, followed a minute later by, “Bashir created great television.” On his November 15 MSNBC program, Bashir called Palin a “world class idiot” for comparing the country’s debt to China to slavery. After describing one slave-owner’s practice of forcing a slave to defecate in another slave’s mouth, Bashir said Palin would be a good candidate for such treatment. Read More »

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