Fox News has hired Stacey Dash as a contributor; she will “offer cultural analysis and commentary across various daytime and primetime programs,” the network said in its announcement.
“Stacey is an engaging conversationalist whose distinctive viewpoints amongst her Hollywood peers have spawned national debates – we’re pleased to have her join Fox News,” Bill Shine, Executive Vice President of Programming for the network, said in a statement.
Fox News noted Dash sparked controversy during the 2012 presidential election when she endorsed GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney on her personal Twitter account and “subsequently endured heavy criticism for supporting a conservative nominee.” Dash’s acting career has spanned more than 20 years, including playing Dionne in the 1995 movie Clueless, as well as roles in Renaissance Man, Mo’ Money, and View from the Top, among others.
Fox 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.” The well-reviewed PG-rated pic tells the story of a construction worker who joins a ragtag team of heroes to battle the evil “President Business,” played by Will Ferrell. Or is it Mitt Romney? Here’s Fox’s panel of experts weighing in on how Lego Movie is following the Muppets and The Lorax in “indoctrinating” the children of America to think everything but big biz is awesome:
CNN 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 and is silly.”
Zucker was referring to Gabriel Sherman’s new unauthorized bio of Ailes, The Loudest Voice In The Room: How The Brilliant, Bombastic Roger Ailes Built Fox News And Divided a Country.
“We happen to be in the news business, as opposed to some other ‘fair and balanced’ networks,” Zucker told TV critics attending Winter TV Press Tour 2014. “I think really you know what’s going on there. He hasn’t done an interview in a long time and does one the week the book comes out; he’s trying to deflect attention,” Zucker said, noting there is no other network “covering news in such a substantial and serious way as CNN.”
Zucker said he had not read “Loudest Voice,” “but I’ve read about the book and from what I understand it confirms what we’ve known all along, which is that the Republican party is being run out of NewsCorp headquarters, masquerading as a news channel.”
Contacted for comment, a Fox News rep countered that CNN might have been trying to deflect from its own ratings woes.
Zucker also dismissed rumors about CNN and late night. CNN is not looking to get into business with Jay Leno … Read More »
Roger 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 salesman 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.” Read More »
“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 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 FoxNews.com 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.
“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 »
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 this past summer was owing to the network having “made a lot of changes,” Fox News said this morning. This, in response to a report in Politico that Kristol, the editor and publisher of The Weekly Standard, left his Fox News contributor gig two years after he and Ailes got into a disagreement that had a cooling effect on their relationship.
The report cited anonymous sources, who told columnist Dylan Byers that Ailes had asked Kristol in 2011 to take a negative stance toward “a certain individual” because Ailes wanted to “give that person a bad reputation.” That resulted in “coolness” between the two men, though their relationship remained cordial.
“Roger doesn’t recall a specific or negative incident — he likes Bill and doesn’t have an issue with him,” Fox News said in a statement this morning. “We made a lot of changes at the network and had been … Read More »
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.
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. Its examination of Nielsen data from February shows that 71% of adults watched a local TV newscast, and 65% watched a network newscast — making them far more popular than cable news channels which attracted 38%. But the people who turned to CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC spent an average of 25 minutes a day with them. That’s “more than twice as much time as local and network TV viewers spend getting news on those platforms.” The differences are much more stark when you look at the one-third of viewers who devote the most time to TV news: They spend about 72.4 minutes a day marinating with cable, 31.6 with network, and 21.8 with local. But the study shows that many cable news viewers are more open-minded than some of the pundits they watch: Some 39% of CNN viewers also watched Fox News while 38% also tuned to MSNBC. Among Fox News viewers, 44% also watched CNN and 28% included MSNBC. And among MSNBC viewers, 54% also watched CNN and 34% checked out Fox News.
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 well as participate as a panelist on Special Report with Bret Baier and on Fox News Sunday. Will most recently appeared on ABC’s This Week with George Stephanoloulos, a show he’s been a panelist on since it first debuted as This Week with David Brinkley in 1981. His career in print includes his stint as contributing editor of Newsweek that ended in 2011 and his ongoing syndicated column which appears in 450 newspapers.
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 Watch, which focuses on the media, with a new format during the weekends. That is in line of Kurtz’s current duties as host of CNN’s Reliable Sources where his current contract was reportedly up. Fox News Watch‘s anchor Jon Scott will move to the specials unit where he will serve as anchor. Additionally, Kurtz will serve as an on-air analyst for programs throughout the week, while also writing a regular column on FoxNews.com, commenting on social media news, industry trends and the intersection of media and politics. “Howie is the most accomplished media reporter in the country,” said Fox News EVP Michael Clemente. “He’s also a master of social media trends, information good and bad, and a veteran political reporter.”
Kurtz, who has hosted CNN’s media criticism program Reliable Sources since 1998, came under scrutiny in early May when what he characterized as “sloppy” reporting on NBA player Jason Collins got him canned from his gig as D.C. bureau chief for Daily Beast and Newsweek. The incident also triggered an internal review at CNN, with Kurtz ultimately keeping his job and apologizing for his flub on the show. “I want to thank CNN for giving me such a … Read More »
Fox 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 contributor policy, which states that “no contributor to FBN, nor his/her firm, and/or family members are allowed to accept financial consideration of any kind whatsoever to issue research, advertisements, or to otherwise promote individual stocks or securities.” The Wall Street Journal’s MarketWatch reported earlier in the day that the investment manager and author, who has been a familiar face on Fox News, was in hot water over “sponsored investment research.” His NBT Equities Research collects checks to tout the stocks of small companies via such paid research, which the businesses count on to boost their share price and volume. And last week, Smith – a regular panelist on Fox News’ Bulls & Bears – sent out an email and ad flier via his new Next Big Thing newsletter touting Petrosonic Energy. The campaign came with a disclaimer saying it was paid advertising, for which NBT banked $50,000, and he did not mention Petrosonic on the air at Fox News. But some investors who bought into the company based on Smith’s recommendation contacted WSJ‘s Market Watch blog, apparently not having read the disclaimer. Market Watch alerted its News Corp sibling Fox News and was told that was the first it … Read More »
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 discussion Wednesday on Lou Dobbs‘ Fox Business Network featuring an all-male panel lamenting a new Pew study showing that women are the primary breadwinners in 40% of American households. (“This is bad for kids, bad for marriage”, “catastrophic”, and will “undermine our social order,” the men said.) Van Susteren took to her blog to complain: “Have these men lost their minds? (and these are my colleagues??!! oh brother… maybe I need to have a little chat with them (next thing they will have a segment to discuss eliminating women’s right to vote?)” Kelly voiced her outrage on the air in this Fox News segment:
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.
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 News‘ Bill Hemmer was holding a tablet with the Boston Globe on air, reading updates off the site.
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 »
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:
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 his ass, too”. The profile details Griffin’s history with ex-NBC topper and now CNN head Jeff Zucker but positions Fox News‘s Roger Ailes as Griffin’s real target. (A nickname for Ailes’ rival network at Griffin’s office, according to the piece: “Loserville”.) The MSNBC president also revealed designs on evolving his news network into a lifestyle channel “covering fashion, entertainment, sports, and food”: “I’m giving Chris Matthews a [digital] channel to talk about movies and good television shows like Mad Men and Homeland“, Griffin said. As Deadline reported last month, MSNBC came second to Fox News in February’s ratings, with CNN in third.
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.
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 »
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.
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.”