Fox Biz Host Slams ‘Lego Movie’s “Anti-Business” Agenda: Video

By | Saturday February 8, 2014 @ 2:11pm PST

Lego Movie Fox NewsFox Business host Charles Payne took aim at WB’s animated blockbuster The Lego Movie as it raked in the cash on its way to a sky-high #1 opening, “pushing its anti-business message to our kids.” … Read More »

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TCA: CNN Chief Jeff Zucker Says Fox News Chief Roger Ailes Trying To Distract Media From New Book

By | Friday January 10, 2014 @ 2:58pm PST

2014 TCA - Winter Tour - Turner Broadcasting PresentationCNN Worldwide chief Jeff Zucker says Fox News chief Roger Ailes dismissal of CNN in a recent interview ” is meant to deflect your attention from the book this week … Read More »

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New Bio Casts Fox News Chief Roger Ailes As Politically Aggressive, Bad Tempered, Dismissive of Women — Unlike Industry Norm. FNC Denies It.

By | Wednesday January 8, 2014 @ 6:41am PST

LisaColumn__131015210634-275x198Roger Ailes bragged “I want to elect the next president” in the walk-up to the 2012 presidential election, recommended a speech coach for Mitt Romney’s running mate, and was the brainchild behind that four-minute video criticizing President Obama’s policies that was telecast on Fox And Friends at the start of the general election, according to the new, unauthorized Ailes biography, The Loudest Voice In The Room.

Ailes also once called Bill O’Reilly “a book RogerAiles110926214747-200x157__130709001336salesman with a TV show,” and, when he was an exec at NBC, offered a female employee a bump to her salary if she’d have sex with him,  according to the New York Times’ look at an advance copy of the 560-page biography, set to publish on January 21 by Random House, written by New York magazine contributing editor Gabriel Sherman. Fox News has blasted all points of the bio.

“These charges are false. While we have not read the book, the only reality here is that Gabe was not provided any direct access to Roger Ailes and the book was never fact-checked with Fox News.”
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Court Rules Fox News Reporter Won’t Have To Name Sources For Aurora Shooting Coverage

By | Tuesday December 10, 2013 @ 11:51am PST

“Today’s ruling is a major win for all journalists,” Fox News chairman and CEO Roger Ailes said this morning, after New York’s top court Fox News Channel ruled one of his reporters can’t be forced to reveal sources used to cover the Aurora, Colorado movie theater mass murder.  The New York Court of Appeals ruled 4-3 that the state’s shield law protected New York reporter Jana Winter from being compelled to name sources.  Winter first reported that law officers told her James Holmes kept a diary depicting violence and gave it to his psychiatrist before 12 movie-goers were gunned down during a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises in July of ’12. Holmes has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to multiple counts of murder and attempted murder; prosecutors are seeking the death penalty. Holmes’s lawyers wanted Winter brought to Colorado to name her sources, arguing they had violated a gag order and would not be credible trial witnesses.

Related: Aurora Theater Shooter Now Pleads Insanity

“There is a substantial likelihood that a New York reporter will be compelled to divulge the identity of a confidential source (or face a contempt sanction) if required to appear in the other jurisdiction — a result that would offend the core protections of the shield law, a New York public policy of the highest order,” the court said, overturning a mid-level appeals court’s decision, according to news reports. Read More »

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Fox News Dismisses Report Of Rift Between Roger Ailes And Bill Kristol

By | Friday November 1, 2013 @ 8:34am PDT

Fox News chairman Roger Ailes does not recall a specific or negative incident with former FNC contributor Bill Kristol, “doesn’t have an issue with him,” and the reason Kristol ended his decade-long run as FNC contributor … Read More »

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Fox News Tops Ratings For Coverage Of Shutdown Vote; CNN Sees Big Demo Rise

By | Thursday October 17, 2013 @ 2:13pm PDT

Bill O’Reilly is still the king, but last night’s coverage of Congress’ votes to end the government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling looks to have solidly crowned Fox News Channel’s Megyn Kelly as queen of primetime cable news. Fox News won the night in viewers and the adults 25-54 demo as it was Special Reports all round on the cable networks. The 8 PM O’Reilly Factor was, as usual, the most-watched show on cable news last night in viewers (2.865 million) and the demo (534,000) as FNC covered the Senate vote and remarks from President Obama. While down from the 3.205 million viewers he drew last Wednesday, O’Reilly was up in the demo from last week’s 488,000. In the AC 360 8 PM slot, CNN’s live coverage, hosted by Jake Tapper, pulled in 1.587 million and 466,000 in the demo, the network’s best result of the night. At 9 PM with 2.040 million viewers and 483,000 in the demo, The Kelly File once again beat MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show (1.444 million viewers/366,000 demo) and CNN’s Piers Morgan Live (1.135 million/302,000 demo). Kelly’s show also saw a jump up from the 384,000 she pulled in the demo last Wednesday. A special midnight Kelly File broadcast of the President signing the bill ending the shutdown pulled in 1.176 million viewers and 302,000 in adults 25-54. That was better than most of the shows on CNN and MSNBC all day in viewers and demo.

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Broadcast News Attracts More Viewers, But Cable Wins Their Time: Study

By | Friday October 11, 2013 @ 8:22am PDT

That might explain why cable news channels “have an outsized ability to influence the national debate and news agenda,” the Pew Research Center says based on its new study How Americans Get TV News At Home. Read More »

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George Will Leaves ABC News For Fox News After Three Decades

By | Tuesday October 1, 2013 @ 12:21pm PDT

Political columnist and longtime ABC News analyst George Will has jumped to Fox News Channel, the network announced today. The Pulitzer Prize-winning author will provide analysis and commentary in daytime and primetime programming as … Read More »

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Howard Kurtz Leaves CNN For Fox News, Will Anchor Weekend Media Program

By | Thursday June 20, 2013 @ 9:19am PDT
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A month after he came close to losing his CNN job, Howard Kurtz is leaving the news cable network for rival Fox News. Starting July 1, he will anchor a version of Fox News Read More »

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Fox Business Fires Tobin Smith Over Off-Air Stock Tout That Netted His Company $50K

By | Tuesday June 18, 2013 @ 5:50pm PDT

Fox News Fires Tobin SmithFox Business Network had some business advice for Tobin Smith today: Find work elsewhere. A Fox network spokesman confirmed to Business Insider that Smiths’ contract had been terminated under the network’s … Read More »

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Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren And Megyn Kelly Slam Lou Dobbs’ Misogynist Show

By | Friday May 31, 2013 @ 11:04pm PDT

Two of Fox News‘ most visible female on-air hosts got all up in Lou Dobbs’ grill this week in an unusually public display of disharmony on the channel. Greta Van Susteren and Megyn Kelly were reacting to a … Read More »

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Overnight Coverage Of Boston’s Mayhem Underscores The Power Of Local Media

By | Friday April 19, 2013 @ 10:11am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

The graveyard shifts of local and national media were thrust into covering one of the biggest, fastest moving news stories of the year last night — an alleged convenience store robbery, which turned into a carjacking and escalated into a manhunt for the Boston Marathon bombing suspects and a firefight that left a police officer and one of the suspects dead, a suspect on the loose and a whole city on lockdown. Getting reliable information in the middle of the night amidst all the chaos was incredibly difficult, but local Boston media got a chance to shine.

Related: Networks’ Coverage Of Boston Manhunt

The Boston Globe was miles ahead of everyone else, reporting the connection between the MIT shooting and the Boston Marathon suspects as well as the apprehension of one of the suspects at least an hour before anyone else. Gun-shy after erroneously reporting that there was a bombing suspect in custody on Wednesday, CNN anchors led by Jake Tapper were overly cautious, declining to even reference the Boston Globe report on the arrest and only connected the events after the statement of Col. Timothy Alben, commander of the Massachusetts State Police. Meanwhile, Fox NewsBill Hemmer was holding a tablet with the Boston Globe on air, reading updates off the site.

Related: David O Russell Movie Halts Production Because Of Manhunt

The way the Globe was ahead of all national papers, including The New York Times and Wall Street Journal, local stations beat the national news networks too, with Boston newspaper and TV outlets also getting the news of the death of Suspect #1 out first. CNN actually tapped into the feed of a local Boston station to carry Alben’s key impromptu presser, which officially confirmed that the chased men were the bombing suspects and that one was dead and one on the lam. Read More »

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Jon Stewart Sums Up Media Mistakes In Boston Bombing Coverage: Video

By | Thursday April 18, 2013 @ 10:02am PDT

Wednesday will go down in infamy as one of the worst days for CNN, Fox News and others’ coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings. Deadline is going to let Jon Stewart sum up why, always, it’s better to chill than rush out with wrong news:

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MSNBC’s Griffin Aims To Beat Fox News By 2014; Plots Lifestyle Programming

By | Monday March 25, 2013 @ 6:40pm PDT

Them’s fighting words: “All I know is I kicked CNN’s ass without Jeff Zucker“, MSNBC head Phil Griffin boasts in a New Republic article posted today. “Now I gotta kick … Read More »

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Jon Stewart Says Fox News Reaction To Obama Victory Will “Live Forever”: Video

By | Thursday November 8, 2012 @ 7:21am PST

Karl Rove’s Election Night dispute with Fox News’ statisticians after they projected that Ohio would go for President Obama was tailor-made for Jon Stewart. The Daily Show host gleefully says the reporting and disappointed commentary that followed Obama’s victory “will, unlike us, live forever.”

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Presidential Debate Draws 67.2 Million Viewers, ABC And Fox News Top Coverage

By | Thursday October 4, 2012 @ 3:50pm PDT
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UPDATE 3:50 PM: An estimated 67.2 million people watched last night’s Presidential debate, according to Nielsen, up 28% compared to the first debate in 2008 between then-Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. John McCain. It was a close race for the broadcast networks. ABC drew in 11.2 million total viewers from 9-10:30 PM ET. NBC followed a close second with 11 million and CBS was third was 10.5 million. In the Adults 25-54 demographic, NBC was No. 1 with 5.1 million, followed by ABC with 4.6 million and CBS with 4.5 million. ABC also topped the list in total viewers for post-debate analysis form 10:30-11 PM ET with 8.8 million. It was followed by NBC with 8.7 million and CBS with 7 million. In the Adults 25-54, NBC led again with 3.8 million, followed by ABC with 3.5 million and CBS with 2.9 million.

Related: NBC Comedies Up, ABC Comedies Down, ‘Supernatural’ On Par

PREVIOUS: Fox News Channel dominated cable news coverage of the first Presidential debate between President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. Fox News drew 10.4 million viewers from 9-10:30 PM ET with nearly 3 million in the 25-54 demographic. That marked FNC’s highest-rated presidential debate ever. CNN was a distant second with 6 million viewers, followed by MSNBC. I’ll update with final numbers for the broadcast networks, most of whom also posted around 10 million viewers each in the fast nationals. Read More »

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Fox News Tops Rivals In Q3 Ratings, MSNBC Sees Big Gains

By | Tuesday October 2, 2012 @ 2:29pm PDT

Fox News Channel averaged more viewers in this year’s third quarter than both its cable news competitors put together but the network took some hits in a key demo. FNC averaged 1.14 million in total day viewers over the quarter. That’s a 7% rise from the same quarter last year but FNC was down 4% among Adults 25-54 with 268,000 viewers in the demo. Over the seven-day week MSNBC had 515,000 averaged total day viewers, a 20% rise for the network from the same quarter last year. MSNBC was also up double digits among the demo. It got 175,000 in the 25-54, a 17% rise from the last year’s Q3. In third place, CNN had 388,000 total day viewers. That’s down 18% from last year and, with 188,000 in the demo, down a harsh 25% among the 25-54. This quarter, which ran from June 25 to September 30, saw Olympic coverage on MSNBC during the London Games as well as all three cables news channels devoting considerable air time to the Presidential race, especially the Democratic and GOP conventions.

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Mitt Romney Talks To Fox News About Secret Recording: Video

By | Tuesday September 18, 2012 @ 2:13pm PDT

In an interview today with Fox News’ Neil Cavuto the GOP presidential candidate seemed to expand his definition of the 47% of the electorate that he says likely won’t support him. He told a small group of contributors a few months ago that President Obama can count on 47% of voters who “are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them…These are people who pay no income tax,” according to a secret recording of the event. But he told Fox News that he was referring to “the perspective of a lot of individuals who are not likely to support me.” He added that “some believe that government should take from some and give to the others….I think that’s an entirely foreign concept.”

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Glenn Beck Returning To TV Today In Partnership With Dish Network

By | Wednesday September 12, 2012 @ 4:34am PDT

Just as the presidential election heads into the final stretches, Glenn Beck is headed back to the tube. The former Fox News host’s TheBlazeTV, which he launched a year ago under the moniker GBTV, is expanding … Read More »

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