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Taking the stage this afternoon at Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Summit in Laguna Niguel, Calif, is the recently appointed U.S. Chief Technology Officer and Assistant to the President of the United States Megan Smith.
Smith will join Fortune’s senior editor-at-large Pattie Sellers at 3:30 pm EDT to discuss her move from Google to the White House and what she has planned as chief technology officer of the United States.
The day’s latter programming includes former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords as part of a conversation on “Rebuilding a life—and fulfilling a larger purpose,” and FOX News Channel anchor Megyn Kelly on her career path with Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg.
WATCH via the livestream, with at Smith 3:30 pm, Giffords at 5:30 pm, and Kelly at 6:10 pm:
Just in time to celebrate last week’s ratings results that since its 1996 debut, FOX News Channel was the most watched network on weekday primetime basic cable during the third quarter of 2014, the network today celebrates 18 years on air. During the same quarter, the network was also third in total day viewers among all cable networks.
Its 18th “birthday” comes one year into its current primetime lineup, which includes “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren” (7pm), “The O’Reilly Factor” (8pm), “The Kelly File” (9pm) and “Hannity” (10pm). According to Nielsen Media Research, during primetime for the past year, FNC ranked in the top 5 highest-rated networks in all of cable 96% of the time.
The network offered a flashback this morning to where it was 18 years ago today. Ohh how things have changed.
According to Nielsen Media Research, Megyn Kelly‘s program on FOX News “The Kelly File” during the hour of President Barack Obama’s statement on ISIS was the fourth highest rated program on cable last week. The week’s top three included two ESPN football broadcasts and the season premiere of “Sons of Anarchy” on FX.
Kelly’s 9pm broadcast on Wednesday, September 10 garnered 4.6 million total viewers and 1 million in the A25-54 demo. In addition, last week in all of cable for total viewers, FOX News was #2 in primetime and #3 in total day.
At the start of her career in journalism, Kelly was with WJLA and joined FOX News in 2004 as a Washington-based correspondent.
FOX News Channel’s Megyn Kelly joined Seth Meyers on “Late Night” Thursday and discussed her June interview with Dick Cheney in which she asked the former veep, “What do you say, to those who say, that you were so wrong, about so much, at the expense of so many,” following his op-ed with his daughter Lynn Cheney for the Wall Street Journal criticizing President Obama’s foreign policy in Iraq.
“That is what I do for a living,” Kelly told Meyers. ”It got a lot of attention and it was interesting because he, Liz Cheney and Lynn Cheney went on a political roundtable afterward and Mike Allen said, ‘Oh, you know Megyn Kelly at FOX News, no enemy to you, called you out in this fashion.’ And Mrs. Cheney said, ‘Of course she did. That is what journalists are expected to do.’ I really appreciated her saying that and I said on my own show, he is right, I’m not an enemy to Dick Cheney and I’m not a friend to Dick Cheney. I’m a journalist who has to ask tough questions and he came in and answered them.”
When everyone was recently collectively ragging on Fox News media correspondent Howard Kurtz, I really wanted to come to his rescue. I detest pile-on journalism. I thought, if not me, who? If not then, when is a better time to defend Howie than when the whole world appears to be relentlessly conspiring against him?
But Wednesday he wrote an incredibly tone deaf Media Buzz column, complete with hypocrisy, self-promotion and praise for his own network.
Just gross already, Howie. Read more
BuzzFeed hires from Free Beacon: Dylan Byers reported Mond in Politico that the left leaning Buzzfeed would be hiring Katherine Miller from the right leaning Free Beacon to work as a deputy political editor to serve under McKay Coppins. When asked about the hire Coppins said, “Our basic approach is to hire talented, fair-minded people who are doing great, smart, compelling work wherever they are.”
Why you should read it: Let your heart be your guide! Just because you work at RedAlert or The Blaze doesn’t mean you can’t apply to work at HuffPost or MotherJones. Believe in yourself! Read more here.
Random PBS viewer helps homeless woman: According to Cat Wise of PBS’ “The Rundown,” Dior Hall, a homeless woman in San Francisco, received a random leg up from an anonymous donor who saw a previous story about her on NewsHour last Wednesday and paid for her first month’s rent. Hall had been stepped over for government subsidized housing after the government shutdown began.
Why you should read it: KQED radio reporters Wise and Mina Kim had no idea their story was going to directly impact those they were reporting on. Think about that the next time you write. Read more here.
Who suggested the need for a new political party? Follow the jump for more…
Media blames violent video games for aggressive behavior: Political blogger Oliver Willis of MediaMatters posted a story yesterday detailing how the media has blamed video games for gun violence. The argument over video games influencing real world violence isn’t new. The gunmen behind Columbine, Virginia Tech, Arizona, Norway, Aurora, Sandy Hook, and most recently, the Navy Yard, were all avid video game players. In the aftermath of Monday’s tragedy, media outlets like Fox News and MSNBC cited Aaron Alexis‘ intense video game addiction as a possible cause for his deranged actions. Willis then makes a point to clarify that all of the studies done on this subject have either failed to provide a correlation between violence and video games, or they have debunked the myth that a connection between the two even exists.
Why you should read it: Even though intense, life affecting video game addiction has not proven itself to be the cause of real world gun violence, it may be a reliable indicator of certain personality types or unusual emotional states. Who doesn’t want to be forewarned?
Snooping Justice Department accidentally helps advance shield bill: Today, The Hill’s lobbying and advocacy reporter Megan Wilson wrote a story highlighting the current state of a shield bill that recently advanced through the Senate Judiciary Committee in a 13-5 vote as the response to the illegal Justice Department snooping on reporters. Finally, after several years, a proposed bill for a shield law aiming to grant federal protection to journos and their sources is more than likely going to make it to the Senate floor.
Why you should read it: It could affect your future. After it passed through committee, the big-wig media giants picked up the check for a massive increase in lobbying muscle and put it behind the shield bill. The suits essentially told the journos ‘Hey, don’t worry guys. We got your back on this,’ which was a pretty cool move on their behalf.
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“But the new face of Fox News primetime, Megyn Kelly, is a much more pernicious purveyor of political propaganda. Kelly has the unique ability to pluck misinformation and imbue it with a veneer of legitimacy that Sean Hannity has long since lost, if he ever had it at all.”
To be clear, we’re still just talking about rumors floated by The Drudge Report that Kelly might take over Sean Hannity‘s 9 p.m. slot on the network. No one has confirmed this, but as Whitehouse notes, key players haven’t denied it. Speculation about Kelly’s future on the network has been brewing for some time.
It’s an old PR trick to leak big news like this to gauge public reaction ahead of an official decision, so this kind of foaming at the mouth might actually be exactly what Fox was looking for. (So way to go Whitehouse! Aren’t you supposed to be pissing these people off?) The network thrives not just on a riled up base, but also on a riled up opposition who, through wall-to-wall coverage of every move they make gives them a measure of legitimacy (much the same way MSNBC benefits from similar watchdogs on the right).
Today is an especially heartening day for ABC7′s Rebecca Cooper, who is emceeing the Childhelp Day of Hope today at the Capitol. The event brings awareness to child abuse in America and dates back to the President Reagan administration. Cooper’s on the Greater Area Washington Advisory Board for Childhelp. We spoke by phone earlier today to inquire more. “Usually we like to embarrass members of Congress and journalists with Capitol Careaoke,” she said of an annual singing event associated with the cause. Cooper quickly turned serious, reeling off a chilling statistic: “It used to be that four children died every day,” she said. “Now it’s five children die everyday as the result of child abuse.” This year the organization is taking a breather from Capitol Careaoke to take VIP’s to The Village in Culpeper, Va., a bucolic setting where the most seriously abused children go to live and heal. “They have horses,” Cooper explained. “Every kid gets a bike when they arrive. There’s a sign that reads ‘All who enter here shall receive love.’”
1. How did you get involved in this? I was just back from maternity leave with my first child and Kathleen Matthews was going to emcee their annual luncheon. At the last minute she found out she was going to be jumping out of an airplane with the Blue Angels and asked me to fill in. My son was just a few months old. I was hormonal. I cry easily anyway and I came to this lunch and I was blown away by what they do.
2. How do you think the awareness campaign is faring on this issue? This is just a hidden epidemic people don’t see. We need to do a better job teaching teachers how to respond. Everyone was touched that an 8-year-old boy lost his life in the Boston Marathon incident and we should be. If you see that kind of support, you can only imagine what people could do if they could focus on the fact that that five children die every day. So we try to talk about it.
3. Thoughts on Chris Brown and Rihanna? People shouldn’t be surprised. They should be surprised if he hadn’t broken the cycle [of abuse]. We’ve got to do more. I think these people are hurt people. She sees someone she wants to rescue. God bless her. Don’t let it happen again, but I can see why [she wants to] because there are so many hurt people out there. There’s a better way to do it than dating them.
4. Tell me about the history of this. The founders are Yvonne Fedderson and Sara O’Meara, who will attend today’s event. “She dated Elvis,” Cooper says of Federson. “They were actresses who played the girlfriends of David and Ricky Nelson on The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet.” They began going on USO tours for the military in Japan. After the tsunami, orphanages were wiped out. No one wanted the Amerasian children. [These women] were the ones who organized the Vietnam boat lift,” Cooper explains. When Nancy Reagan was first lady of California she called these women and asked them to take on child abuse. “That was 50 years ago,” Cooper said. “They gave up acting. They’ve been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.”
Emotions to run high at this year’s event…
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