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Politico’s Strange Timestamp Process

Politico‘s story on the Fox News firing of its longtime spokesman Brian Lewis first published on August 21 at 12:48 p.m. EDT. That according to the timestamp provided at the top of the story.

We know Politico likes to keep things lemony fresh. They pride themselves on having up to the minute stories. Today that timestamp has changed. No update. Just changed. On the homepage that timestamp now reads August 22, 6:18 a.m.

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Greta Van Susteren: Anonymous Sources Are Full of S#!&

The thing to like about Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren is that she marches to her own drummer and doesn’t worry about who she might upset, including the volatile PR-wing of her company. Wednesday was no exception as she went on a fantastic rant about anonymous sourcing. Her show isn’t called “On the Record” for nothing. Guess what? She’s sick of it.

“At the risk of getting into trouble by sticking my nose into this…..I do think in a perverse way this stuff about Roger Ailes being isolated and Brian Lewis the #2 is all silly but it is another perfect example of why anonymous sources are so full of ****,” she wrote on her Gretawire blog. 

What are they full of sh-t about? Well, first off, Fox News President Roger Ailes being “isolated.” And second, in her view Brian Lewis is not #2 at the network. Whaaa?! Read more

Fired FNCer Brian Lewis Breaks Silence

One day after news surfaced of his firing from Fox News, Brian Lewis, chief spokesman for the company for the past 17 years, responds to questions. Remember this is a longtime FNCer. He’s not burning himself just yet.

This just in from our sister site, TVNewser:

“There has been rampant speculation surrounding my departure from Fox that I am not addressing at this time,” Lewis tells TVNewser. “I will say it has been an honor and privilege to work for Roger Ailes the past 20 years and I wish nothing but the best for him and the great people at Fox News.”

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Full Disclosure: Politico Reporter Iced by Fox News PR

Considering no one except those deep in the secret bowels of Fox News knows why communications exec Brian Lewis was fired and escorted from the building in July, Politico‘s Dylan Byers last night attempted a fairly in-depth story on the matter.

Needless to say, the headline, “Roger Ailes fires his ‘right hand’” elicited masturbation jokes in the comment section.

One graph that popped was the last, in which Byers describes his own non-relationship with the network. Politico reporters have long been blackballed from FNC, with a nameless publicist snarking that they just “tend not to rate well.” Read more

Operation ‘Butter Up FNC’ in Full Force by Politico

Politico has been working diligently to defrost its icy relationship with Fox News as of late. And it appears to be paying off, or at least moving in a cozier direction.

FishbowlDC has learned that FNC’s media relations department has been forced to “soften up” on Politico. “From the top it has come down that media relations have to be softer than they are,” a source who requested strict anonymity told FBDC. While Politico reporters may not start popping up on FNC programs by, say, next Tuesday, it is headed that way. “There are certain shows that would like to have them on and I think that will happen,” our source said.

But let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves. The two media entities are still in mid-thaw. Fox News and Politico have notoriously not gotten along, with a string of media writers placed on the infamous Black List (which exists no matter what they claim and, in fact, is discussed monthly). Just three months ago FNC PR snubbed Politico reporters, saying they “tend not to rate well” on the network. Politico responded with a sticky-sweet profile on “Special Report” anchor Bret Baier. Fast forward two months to today and Politico has a three-page story on “how Fox News has stayed on top” of cable ratings for a decade. Both stories are by Mike Allen.

We wrote Allen as well as Politico‘s editor-in-chief John Harris to ask if they’ve seen any uptick in FNC booking their writers. To Harris: “Are there any talks between Fox News and Politico to get more airtime for your reporters in the way MSNBC has?” To Allen: “In the past Fox hasn’t booked too many Politico reporters. Has that changed of late? Have you been booked on Fox before?” We also reached out to some of the talent at FNC to get their take on the matter. So far, no word.

Allen’s buttery piece quotes FNC execs as well as talent…

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