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    Andrea Mitchell Praises ‘Madam Secretary’ for ‘Diplomacy in Action’

    May 23rd, 2018

    By Don Irvine.


    NBC News chief foreign affairs correspondent Andrea Mitchell said she thinks American diplomacy is better on TV than in real life.

    On Monday, Mitchell interviewed actor Erich Bergen, co-star of the CBS “Madam Secretary” in which Tea Leoni plays CIA-analyst-turned-Secretary-of-State Elizabeth McCord.

    Mitchell praised the show for its portrayal of what she thinks diplomacy should look like rather what it has been since President Trump took office.

    “As we’ve had a downturn at the State Department, at least it’s one place we can watch diplomacy in action, at least once a week on Sunday night,” Mitchell said.

    “The only time you get it,” Bergen replied.

    Leoni’s character is modeled after former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who in the season finale on Sunday revealed her desire to run for president — presumably with a better result than Clinton had in 2016.

    Mitchell has been critical of the Trump administration, questioning the close ties between the administration and Israel and calling the U.S. embassy’s move to Jerusalem “appalling.”

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    Chris Matthews: GOP ‘Secret Weapon’ is to Attack Pelosi, ‘An Ethnic Sort of Person’

    February 11th, 2018

    MSNBC Hardball host Chris Matthews said Monday that the GOP’s “secret weapon” to maintain its congressional majority is to attack House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) because she is an “ethnic sort of person.”

    “I will reserve judgment — picking on somebody from one of the coasts, usually ethnic, and making them the poster person of the Democratic Party is old business for the Republicans,” Matthews said.

    “They did it with — way back to some guy from the Bronx back in the 40s. They did it with Bella Abzug from the West Side of New York City, they did it to Tip O’Neill, they did it to Teddy Kennedy,” he added.

    “Now they’re doing it after [sic] Nancy Pelosi — they love to get an ethnic sort of person from one of the coasts and make them the bad person,” Matthews said.

    Never mind that Pelosi’s Italian-American heritage isn’t mentioned by Republicans or the president when criticizing her for saying that  bonuses and wage increases given to workers as a result of the GOP tax reform were just “crumbs.”

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    Facebook Drops ‘Disputed’ Tag Option for Potentially Fake News After it Backfires

    January 2nd, 2018

    By Don Irvine.

    Facebook announced it will remove the “disputed” tag it implemented earlier this to alert readers of potentially false stories in an effort to combat the spread of fake news on the site after they realized the effort completely backfired.

    The social media giant said that the placing the tag on inaccurate stories may have actually reinforced “deeply held beliefs,” instead of opening up readers to critical thinking, according to Gizmodo.

    Instead of flagging articles with the “disputed” tag, Facebook will populate news feeds with additional “related articles,” which, the company says “is a more effective way to help people get to the facts.”

    Even though Facebook said the network wants to fight fake news, the company will not completely remove fake stories from the site, relying on the deprioritization of stories to make it more difficult for users to find them as they continue to study the situation.

    Facebook also announced that they were starting a new initiative to better understand how people decide whether the information is accurate or not based on the news sources they depend upon.

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    Poll: Almost Half Think Media Make Up Stories About Trump

    October 19th, 2017

    By Don Irvine.


    A new Politico/Morning Consult poll shows that almost half of voters, 46 percent, believe that the news media fabricates news stories about President Trump and his administration.

    Just 37 percent disagree, while, 17 percent are undecided, according to the poll.

    Voters are divided along partisan lines with 76 percent of Republicans agreeing that the media fabricate stories about Trump and his administration, compared to just 11 percent who don’t think so. Among Democrats, just 20 percent think the media invents stories about Trump, while 65 percent disagree. The results are closer among independent voters with 44 percent believing the media makes up stories versus 31 percent who don’t.

    Trump has repeatedly hammered the media–reiterating his feelings yesterday when he called NBC and CNN “jokes” during an interview with a Washington, D.C., area radio station.

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    WaPo Fact Checker Goes Soft on Kaine for Echoing Clinton’s Silencer Claim

    October 9th, 2017

    On the same day that Hillary Clinton tweeted that the Las Vegas massacre would have been much worse if the shooter had used a silencer, her former running mate Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) made essentially the same claim in an interview with the Washington Post.

    “He was only stopped finally because he did not have a silencer on his weapon. And the sound drew people to the place where he was ultimately stopped. Can you imagine what this would have been if he had silencers on these weapons?”
    — Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), interview with the Washington Post, Oct. 2, 2017

    That caught the eye of Washington Post fact checker Glenn Kessler, who had called out Clinton’s tweet by pointing out that an AR-15 with a silencer was still as loud as a jackhammer.

    Kessler says that Kaine’s staff told him he knew this, but his explanation doesn’t back that up.

    Kaine’s staff, citing the raw audio of police communications that night, compiled an extensive timeline to demonstrate that the gunshots led the police to Paddock’s room. For instance, one police officer said: “I’m inside the Mandalay Bay on the 31st floor, I can hear the automatic fire coming from one floor ahead, one floor above us.”

    Kaine staff also noted the story of a guest two floors below who reported the sounds of weapons fire. “I could just hear the gunshots. Continuously. Just full automatic,” said Chris Bethel, an Iraq War veteran. “There’s explosions going off. It was like, a bomb just went off, man. And then there were more gunshots.”

    But given that AR-15 rifles, even with suppressors, are as loud as jackhammers, this does not demonstrate that the gunman was “only stopped” because he did not have a suppressor, as Kaine asserted.

    “Senator Kaine was making the case that the gunman was stopped when he was because the police were able to locate him on the 32nd floor of the hotel based on the sound of the gunshots,” said spokeswoman Sarah Peck.

    Even though Kaine’s reasoning on silencers was basically the same as Clinton’s and that of Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) — who was awarded three Pinocchios for her claim on silencers in March — Kessler gave Kaine the benefit of the doubt and gave him just two Pinocchios.

    Kaine should be more careful when talking about weapons, especially during a national tragedy. We will accept his staff’s explanation that he meant that silencers muffle a gunshot’s source, even though his phrasing certainly sounded like he meant that silencers actually made firearms quiet. Regular readers know we don’t try to play gotcha here at The Fact Checker.

    But in any case, the evidence does not support Kaine’s claim that the shooter was “only stopped” because he did not have suppressors on his weapons. That’s exaggerated and could leave a misleading impression on people only familiar with silencers in the movies. The crowd under attack might have had trouble establishing the location of the shooter if he had silencers, but he fired from a hotel filled with guests who almost certainly would have heard 132 decibels from the floors above and below the attack.

    Kessler may have gone soft on Kaine Pinocchio-wise, but at least he’s calling out liberal politicians for their false claims on silencers which have been ignored by his colleagues in the liberal media.

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    Media Pans Megyn Kelly’s Today Show Debut

    September 27th, 2017

    By Don Irvine.


    Former Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly made her long-awaited morning debut on NBC on Monday, taking over the third hour of the Today show at 9 a.m. to less-than-stellar reviews from the media.

    The most brutal assessment of Kelly’s performance came from Hank Stuever of the Washington Post, who likened the debut to a horror film.

    The debut was like watching a network try to assemble its own ‘Bride of Frankenstein,’ using parts of Ellen DeGeneres, Kelly Ripa and whatever else it can find.

    Stuever added that Kelly appeared nervous during her interviews and never missed an opportunity to talk about herself.

    CNN’s Brian Lowry admitted that while it wouldn’t be fair to judge Kelly after just one show, he wonders if NBC News fully considered how best to use her talents.

    It’s absurdly early, of course, to draw any conclusions about the efficacy of the Kelly experiment. Still, after tepid marks for her prime time newsmagazine and now her addition to ‘Today,’ it’s worth considering that NBC News brass leapt at the opportunity to snag a high-profile news star without having fully thought through how best to deploy her.

    Los Angeles Times TV critic Robert Lloyd was kinder to Kelly, saying she needed to be a little less guarded and that she would learn how to do the job given time.

    Hair needs to be let down, but Kelly’s first hour gave no indication that this is a job she can’t learn. It always takes time, and time alone will tell. As to the separate question of whether she will draw viewers and so satisfy her bosses, not even the bosses know.

    Kelly said that she’s “kind of done with politics for now,” as she begins her Couric-ization to the lighter side of the news.

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    538’s Nate Silver Dings Media for Clinton Election Coverage

    September 14th, 2017

    By Don Irvine.


    Nate Silver took a couple of swipes at the media on his FiveThirtyEight podcast — including his former employer, the New York Times — for screwing up the coverage of the 2016 election by creating a false narrative on Hillary Clinton.

    The main topic of the podcast was on Clinton’s new book, What Happened, in which she explains why she thought she lost the election.

    I’m pretty invested in the idea that people fundamentally misunderstand many things about the 2016 campaign and that a lot of the reason misunderstand is that some of the same people in the press who screwed up the coverage of the election itself now have incentives kind of whitewash the reasons that Clinton lost and the relative weight of them, because there are a lot of reasons.

    The weighting and the kind of collective memory on eighth avenue where this news organization  (New York Times) is for example Their collective memory and the kind of narrative that they tell about the election is not grounded in the reality of the election as much as it should be if you’re the paper of record for example.

    Silver isn’t completely innocent either, as his website predicted Hillary had a 72 percent chance of winning the White House.

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    NBC Insiders Reportedly in ‘Total Panic’ Over Megyn Kelly’s New Morning Show

    September 1st, 2017

    By Don Irvine.


    With less than four weeks before the Sept. 25 debut of Megyn Kelly Today, some insiders at NBC are expressing their doubts that the former Fox News anchor will be able to transform herself from her stern persona at Fox into a more female-friendly personality for the network’s ethnically diverse daytime viewership, according to The Daily Beast.

    That fear is partly based on the fact that Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly flopped this summer and was pulled from its limited summer run on July 30 two episodes shy of its expected 10.  NBC executives apparently thought that airing the show on Sunday evenings in the summer would give the morning show a boost by introducing Kelly to the network’s viewers, but it backfired badly as it frequently finished behind repeats of ‘60’ Minutes and “America’s  Funniest Home Videos.”

    In preparation for her debut, Kelly has been contributing to Today, attending schmooze-fests with NBC affiliate general managers and on-air talent and even throwing out the first pitch at a Durham Bulls game.

    Officially NBC News spins a positive message about the show, which is to be expected considering the investment they have made in Kelly.  But not everyone is so upbeat.

    Yet, according to network insiders, her new role is prompting “questions internally about who her audience is exactly” as well as a sense of “total panic” concerning the intense media scrutiny that will unavoidably attend the launch of Megyn Kelly Today, to say nothing of the need to publicly vindicate NBC News Chairman Andy Lack’s $17 million gamble (reportedly her eye-popping annual compensation) when he wooed her away from Fox.

    Kelly came to NBC News fresh off her star turn at Fox News, but some of the sheen has worn off after her Sunday show flop.  Now she faces the task of adapting from serving as host for a hard-news oriented show in prime time that attracted a mostly male audience to a daytime show with softer news and features and a mostly female audience.

    She will have one advantage that she didn’t on her Sunday evening show and that’s the lead-in from the Today show which is the No. 1 show in the key A25-54 demographic that advertisers crave.

    If she can’t hold or improve on that number, then NBC’s gamble will have come up snake eyes.

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    Even the Washington Post is Skeptical of Democrats “Better Deal”

    July 31st, 2017

    By Don Irvine.


    Writers on The Washington Post’s editorial board may not be fans of Donald Trump, but they aren’t too crazy about the Democrats’ latest plan to win back voters either.

    The Post gave Democrats credit for rolling out a new package aimed at what they called the “struggling middle class,” but it questioned whether their “A Better Deal” offers a clear enough message as to how they will fix the economy.

    The Post said that even though the economy isn’t booming, it is performing well in many areas and faces the same threats and complex challenges as other developed economies, which makes the Democrats’ task even harder.

    Even allowing for the degree of difficulty, however, the Democratic response, as sketched so far, is less than compelling: Its declared premise, that the economy is “rigged” against middle-class people, has a basis in the reality of Washington special-interest politics but seems better calculated to placate the party’s ascendant left wing than to start a serious policy conversation. American capitalism needs reform, not delegitimization.

    The Post also noted that trade and tax reform—issues Trump has spoken about repeatedly, were noticeably absent from the Democrats’ new message, which the paper chalked up to the split within the party on those issues between the establishment and the left-wingers, which meant it was not as comprehensive as it could have or should have been.

    As Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said over the weekend about why the Democrats lost the election in 2016: So what did we do wrong? People didn’t know what we stood for, just that we were against Trump. And still believe that.”

    The new Democratic message probably won’t help much as voters are more likely to think of Papa Johns pizza—“better ingredients, better pizza,” rather than a better America under their rule.

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    CNN President Jeff Zucker: We Won’t Let Trump Intimidate Us

    July 10th, 2017

    By Don Irvine.


    In an interview with The New York Times on Wednesday, CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker said that President Trump is trying to bully the cable news network and that he wasn’t going to let Trump intimidate his employees.

    “My job is to remind everyone that they need to stay focused doing their job. He’s trying to bully us, and we’re not going to let him intimidate us. You can’t lose your confidence and let that change the way you conduct yourselves.”

    CNN has come under fire from Trump, conservatives and even some liberals after they inaccurately accused a Trump adviser of having ties to a Russian investment fund last week and again yesterday when they threatened to reveal private information about the person who created the Trump wrestling GIF—which was turned into a video of Trump body slamming CNN and then retweeted by the president, if he didn’t “repeat this ugly behavior on social media again”

    The caveat from the network: “CNN reserves the right to publish his identity should any of that change.”

    That resulted in severe blowback on Twitter, with #CNNBlackmail becoming the top trending topic on Wednesday morning.

    Who’s the real bully Jeff Zucker?

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    Liberals Accuse New NRA Ad of Inciting Violence

    July 2nd, 2017

    Liberals are going crazy over a new ad from the NRA featuring Dana Loesch condemning left-wing violence.

    Here is the transcript of the ad:

    “They use their media to assassinate real news. They use their schools to teach children that their president is another Hitler. They use their movie stars and singers and comedy shows and awards shows to repeat their narrative over and over again. And then they use their ex-president to endorse the ‘resistance.’

    All to make them march. Make them protest. Make them scream ‘racism’ and ‘sexism’ and ‘xenophobia’ and ‘homophobia.’

    To smash windows. Burn cars. Shut down interstates and airports. Bully and terrorize the law-abiding.

    Until the only option left is for the police to do their jobs and stop the madness. And when that happens, they’ll use it as an excuse for their outrage.

    The only way we stop this, the only way we save our country and our freedom is to fight this violence of lies with the clenched fist of truth.

    I’m the National Rifle Association of America. And I’m Freedom’s Safest Place.”

    Liberals went crazy on Twitter, accusing the NRA of inciting violence and supporting white supremacy:

    The NRA responded:

    Then there was this from Black Lives Matter’s Deray McKesson:

    Exactly where were the “white supremacists” rioting and setting fire to cars and buildings during President Trump’s inauguration? Oh yeah, that was the left.

    In one of several tweets to McKesson, Loesch tried to break it down for him:


    And then there was this from the Women’s March:

    Loesch responded:

    The liberal media have largely ignored this story because it would mean that they would have to admit that the liberal-left is responsible for the violent protests across the country, and that would ruin their anti-Trump narrative that it’s the President’s fault.

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    Liberal Website Accuses Kellyanne Conway of Spreading False Rumors About Congressional Shooting

    June 19th, 2017

    The liberal website “”—which bills itself as real and satire—accused presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway of spreading false rumors about the shooting that took place in Alexandria, Va. on Wednesday, critically injuring Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) and several other people. They were all there for baseball practice for Republican members of Congress in advance of Thursday night’s annual congressional baseball game.

    What bothered the website’s Tim Donnelly was a tweet by Conway that referred to South Carolina Rep. Jeff Duncan, saying that he believed that he talked to the shooter, who asked him if the congressmen were Republicans or Democrats.

    Donnelly said that Conway’s tweet was a “knee-jerk partisan reaction,” and he equated it with fake news:

    “Basically, Conway is opening a line of thinking, without having any facts at hand, that draws a direct connection from moments like the stupid Kathy Griffin incident to this shooting. It’s a knee-jerk, partisan impulse that could have dangerous implications, and not something you’d expect from an official White House employee (usually). In a sensible world, the White House would be saying getting shot is bad regardless of your political party. Instead, we see how fake news spreads: a rumor fits your point of view so perfectly that it suddenly becomes fact.”

    But the so-called knee-jerk reaction proved to be correct, as details emerged that the shooter—James T. Hodgkinson—had a long history of violence and support of progressive causes, including volunteering for Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.

    Maybe the next time Conway tweets, Donnelly won’t be so quick to criticize her.

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    First Amendment Group Threatens to Sue Trump for Blocking Twitter Trolls

    June 14th, 2017

    By Don Irvine.


    President Trump is being threatened with legal action if he doesn’t unblock the Twitter accounts of trolls (critics) who have lost access to his account after they were blocked.

    The Knight First Amendment Institute sent a letter to the President asking him to unblock the accounts of his critics or “face legal action to protect the First Amendment rights of the blocked individual.” The letter went on to say:

    “The President’s Twitter account, @realDonaldTrump, is a ‘designated public forum’ subject to the First Amendment, according to the Knight Institute. The First Amendment bars the government from excluding individuals from a designated public forum because of their views. The Knight Institute asked the President to unblock its clients, or to direct his subordinates to do so.

    ‘This is a context in which the Constitution precludes the President from making up his own rules,’ said Jameel Jaffer, the Knight Institute’s executive director. ‘Though the architects of the Constitution surely didn’t contemplate presidential Twitter accounts, they understood that the President must not be allowed to banish views from public discourse simply because he finds them objectionable. Having opened this forum to all comers, the President can’t exclude people from it merely because he dislikes what they’re saying.’”

    Maybe the Knight Institute forgot that politicians and celebrities block Twitter accounts all the time, and that being blocked doesn’t infringe on users’ First Amendment rights as they can easily use their own accounts or even the official presidential Twitter account @POTUS to comment on Trump’s policies and performance. Plus, the Institute is focusing on the unblocking of two particular accounts—one of which belongs to a March for Truth organizer.

    The President has the right—just like any other individual—to communicate or not communicate with anyone he wants to. If he chooses to block Twitter trolls he is free to do so, especially if he does it from his personal account, which the government neither set up nor controls.

    What the Knight Institute is really upset about—as are their fellow liberals—is that Trump has managed to use Twitter to bypass the anti-Trump narrative of the liberal media, and that is driving them crazy.

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    Bob Woodward Blasts Media “Smugness” on Trump

    May 26th, 2017

    By Don Irvine.


    In a conversation with Axios’ Mike Allen, veteran journalist Bob Woodward criticized the media for its “smugness” when reporting on President Trump.

    Allen asked Woodward to comment on a statement he made last month in which he said, “This is no time for self satisfaction or smugness:”

    “I think that’s a giant problem. On television, particularly, you will see a White House correspondent deliver a report and then say ‘The Trump White House said,’ and then there’s a kind of smug smile — which is the correspondent undermining what the White House said. And there may be grounds for that. But it should be reported. It should be straight.”

    When a liberal like Bob Woodward thinks the media have become too smug in their reporting on Trump, and encourages straightforward reporting, you know they have lost any pretense of objectivity.

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    Olbermann Blames Trump for His Failure to Get CNN Job

    May 11th, 2017

    By Don Irvine.


    Woe is he. Keith Olbermann—the loudmouth liberal who lost jobs at MSNBC, Current TV and ESPN in the last few years—is trying to get back on television and blames President Trump, in part, for his failure to land a job at CNN.

    Olbermann made the claim in an interview with The New York Times Magazine:

    “Olbermann told me he talked to MSNBC for over a year about rejoining the network, but they asked him for a show with no commentary; he didn’t see the point. (An MSNBC source familiar with the situation confirms that there were talks, but says they fell through for a variety of reasons.) Olbermann also told me he had negotiated with CNN: “There was an offer, then there wasn’t an offer, then there was an offer. And Trump didn’t like me, and apparently exerted influence on that.” (A CNN spokeswoman says there were brief preliminary conversations about Olbermann joining its HLN spinoff, not the flagship channel, and that they took place well over a year ago, without any involvement from Trump.)”

    He sounds like Hillary Clinton, blaming others for his failure to get a job, rather than admit that his inability to get a cable news job—or any television job, for that matter—is solely his fault. Then again, Olbermann has never been known for his modesty, or his honesty.

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    Trump to Address NRA Meeting

    April 29th, 2017

    President Donald Trump is rewarding the National Rifle Association for its support of his campaign last year by speaking at the organization’s annual meeting taking place in Atlanta this week. Trump’s speech is scheduled for Friday afternoon during the NRA-ILA’s Leadership Forum.

    “The NRA is honored to have the president address our annual meeting at the leadership forum,” said Jennifer Baker, a spokeswoman for the NRA. “We’re excited to once again have a president who respects the Second Amendment.”

    Trump is the first president since Ronald Reagan in 1983 to address the NRA meeting. Neither George W. Bush nor his father spoke to the group during their presidencies. The elder Bush publicly resigned from the group in 1995 after the NRA sent a fundraising letter describing some federal agents as “jack-booted thugs.”

    At last year’s NRA meeting, then-candidate Trump received the group’s endorsement and pledged to “save our Second Amendment” and appoint judges who would back gun rights—which played extremely well with the audience.

    Now, as President, he will likely reiterate those pledges and cite recently appointed U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch as the type of judge that NRA members can expect to see at all levels of the federal judiciary during his presidency.

    While NRA members are enjoying the workshops and the 15 acres of guns and gear in the exhibit hall on Saturday, Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), whose district encompasses Atlanta, will be teaming up with former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s anti-gun group, Everytown for Gun Safety, to oppose what it calls the NRA’s “guns everywhere agenda.” They will be protesting outside the convention, proving once again how clueless the anti-gun lobby really is.

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    Fox News Shuffles Primetime Lineup After O’Reilly Ouster

    April 20th, 2017

    By Don Irvine.


    Fox News announced today that the network and star host Bill O’Reilly have parted company in the wake of sexual harassment allegations against him:

    “After a thorough and careful review of the allegations, the Company and Bill O’Reilly have agreed that Bill O’Reilly will not be returning to the Fox News Channel.”

    For O’Reilly, who has been with Fox since October 1996, it marks a stunning downfall. He was the top-rated host in cable news for the past 16 years—and well on his way to a 17th year—when The New York Times broke the story that O’Reilly and Fox News had paid $13 million to five women since 2002 to settle sexual harassment charges.

    With O”Reilly’s departure, Fox News will reshuffle it’s primetime lineup starting Monday, by airing Tucker Carlson’s show at 8 p.m. and moving The Five into Carlson’s 9 p.m. slot. Starting May 1, The Five’s Eric Bolling will get his own show at 5 p.m. and Martha MacCallum’s The First 100 Days will become permanent at 7 p.m.

    O’Reilly’s ratings will be extremely hard to duplicate—though Carlson certainly has the potential to achieve O’Reilly-like numbers. It’s far more likely that Fox’s overall ratings will take a hit without their long-time star.

    Normally a network losing a top star like O’Reilly would provide an opening to competitors, but Fox News is so far ahead of MSNBC and CNN that even with the inevitable ratings drop, they will remain the top-rated cable news network for the foreseeable future.

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    O’Reilly’s Ratings Soar Despite Sex Harassment Charges

    April 12th, 2017

    By Don Irvine.


    Embattled Fox News host Bill O’Reilly saw his ratings rise substantially last week despite the fact that more than 60 advertisers have pulled ads from his show after The New York Times reported that O’Reilly and Fox News paid $13 million to five women to settle sexual harassment charges.

    The O’Reilly Factor averaged more than 3.7 million total viewers and 652,000 in the all-important 25-54 demo, making it the No. 1 show in both categories for the week. That represents a 28 percent increase in total viewers and 42 percent increase in the demo compared to the same period last year.

    Fox said that it’s investigating a sexual harassment claim against O’Reilly made by radio talk-show host Wendy Walsh, who said that O’Reilly withdrew a job offer after she declined to visit his hotel room in 2013—a charge that he vehemently denies.

    Advertisers will likely continue to stay away from O’Reilly’s show until the investigation concludes, though I’m sure Fox News is hoping that strong ratings by The O”Reilly Factor and the passage of time will lure them back.

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    Former Obama Press Secretary Josh Earnest Joins NBC News, MSNBC as Political Analyst

    March 29th, 2017

    By Don Irvine.


    Josh Earnest, who served as White House Press Secretary for the last 2 1/2 years of Barack Obama’s presidency, has joined NBC News and MSNBC as a political analyst, according to an announcement from the networks on Monday.

    “With his wealth of experience and insight, Josh will be a great addition to our roster of contributors and will be an asset for our two networks as we continue to cover the White House, Congress and politics beyond the Beltway,” said NBC News President Noah Oppenheim and MSNBC President Phil Griffin in a joint memo to staffers.

    Earnest’s association with Obama began in March 2007 when he joined his presidential campaign as its Iowa communications manager. He went to work in the Obama White House after the 2008 election, culminating in his press secretary role.

    Previous Obama White House press secretaries Robert Gibbs and Jay Carney also took their turn as liberal media political analysts after leaving the White House, but have since found more lucrative jobs in the private sector, away from politics.

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    NY Times Executive Editor: WaPo’s New “Democracy Dies In Darkness” Slogan Sounds Like a Batman Movie

    March 14th, 2017

    New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet chided The Washington Post over its new masthead slogan, “Democracy Dies in Darkness,” as something that sounds more like it belongs in a Batman movie and not on the front page of a leading newspaper:

    “’I love our competition with The Washington Post,’ he said. ‘I think it’s great. But I think their slogan — Marty Baron please forgive me for saying this — sounds like the next Batman movie.’”

    Baquet made his remarks at SXSW in Austin, Texas on Sunday.

    The Post added the slogan to its masthead on February 22, according to the paper’s spokeswoman Kris Coratti, because “We thought it would be a good, concise value statement that conveys who we are to the many millions of readers who have come to us for the first time over the last year. We started with our newest readers on Snapchat, and plan to roll it out on our other platforms in the coming weeks.”

    In reality the Post slogan isn’t a value statement any more than the Times’ “The truth is more important now than ever” ads are about seeking truth. Instead they are a way for both to take shots at President Trump, who has turned the liberal media’s world upside down since taking office.

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