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On Night of President Obama’s ISIS Statement, FOX News had Last Week’s #4 Rated Cable Program

megyn-decoder-superJumboAccording 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.

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FOX News’ Megyn Kelly Joins ‘Late Night with Seth Meyers’ on Interview with Dick Cheney

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.”

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Is Howie Kurtz Tone Deaf?

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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.

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Afternoon Reading List 10.15.13

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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 CoppinsWhen 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…

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Afternoon Reading List 09.18.13.

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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Does Media Matter’s Fever Pitch on Megyn Kelly Play Into Fox’s Hands?

Fox News’ Megyn Kelly is a wolf in sheep’s clothing, according to Media Matters For America’s John Whitehouse. That might just be what Fox News Channel execs were hoping to hear.

“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).

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Fishbowl5 With ABC7′s Rebecca Cooper

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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The FishbowlDC Interview With Breitbart News‘s Lisa De Pasquale

Meet Lisa De Pasquale, former CPAC director and blogger for Breitbart News and Townhall.

De Pasquale began her career in media at 14 years old as the “Teen Movie Critic,” a feature in the Tallahassee Democrat in her hometown of Tallahassee, Fla. Coincidentally, she’s a Republican and made her way to the conservative side of the field after attending a journalism conference in D.C. at 16.

Since then, De Pasquale has traveled with conservative author Ann Coulter (though it was on 9/11 and their planes were grounded), walked through a casino with rocker Ted Nugent and loaned conservative columnist Michelle Malkin her mascara.

She currently lives in Northern Virginia and alerts us that though she’s a board member of the gay Republican group GOProud, she’s also “straight, single and ready to mingle/participate in flirty banter in exchange for drinks and dessert. ”

Now the questions…

If you were a carbonated beverage, which would you be? One of the odd-ball ones like bacon soda or the turkey and stuffing soda they sell at Thanksgiving. You’re repulsed, but also a little curious.

How often do you Google yourself? Whenever I’m trying to find an article I wrote so I can plagiarize myself for a new article.

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever said to an editor/boss (or vice versa)? I was told I would get fired if a memo I wrote got out. He was right.

Have you ever goofed up on air? What happened? I don’t know if counts as a goof, but before a political radio interview my then-boyfriend dared me to say “nipple” during the interview. I did AND it was in context.

Who is your favorite working journalist and why? Jake Tapper. He’s thoughtful, engages with people on Twitter and has a cute dog.

Do you have a favorite word? Schadenfreude

Who are you named after and what are people’s general reaction to your name? I was named “Lisa” because Elvis died the year I was born and his daughter’s name was very popular at the time. I get more reaction from my last name though, which means “of Easter” in Italian. Calling attendance on the first day of school always went something like this: Adams, Brown, Cooper, … Lisa…, Davis.

Who would you rather have dinner with – NBC’s Brian Williams, CNN’s Roland Martin, ABC’s Sherri Shepherd or Fox News’ Megyn Kelly? Tell us why. Megyn Kelly because there’s a greater probability that cute guys will come to our table.

The Earth’s human population is dying out and you must save it. You will spend a romantic evening with either WaPo’s George Will, NYT’s Thomas Friedman or any Fox News anchor. Who will it be? (None is not an option.) Read more

The FishbowlDC Interview With Roger Stone

Say hello to Roger Stone, the GOP consultant and strategist who is among the more colorful Twitter handles around these days. He’s also an unpaid contributor to HuffPost and writes TheStoneZone, a blog about whatever the hell is on his mind. He shoots from the hip with just about anyone who can stand it. For example, when CNN Contributor and Washington Watch’s Roland Martin recently called him the Pee Wee Herman of GOP Politics, Stone replied, “And your the Sir Mix-a-lot to TV- fat, ignorant and poorly dressed.” When Martin suggested that Stone douse himself in holy water, Stone had a simple question in return: “Who made you God, Fattass?[sic] Eat some more Popeye’s.” Late last night, he sent us his interview with a preface note. It read, “In your inbox, Warning  — ADULT MATERIAL.” When we phoned him this morning, Stone’s voicemail is a dignified-sounding woman with a British accent telling you to leave a message at the beep. It’s his longtime assistant, D.J. Thorne, who has been with him for more than two decades. Asked about being an unpaid HuffPost Contributor, he says, “Yeah, it would be nice [to get paid], but it’s a great outlet.” Writing there twice a month serves a purpose. “When I write, I would like to get beyond right-wing extremists,” he says. “I’d like to have a broader audience. I’m not your conventional conservative. I’m a Libertarian and a Libertine.” Every Tuesday morning he posts on TheStoneZone: “I post on politics, food, something obnoxious. I have a pretty decent following. I’d like to post everyday, but I can’t do it all the time.” His feelings about Twitter: “I love the format of Twitter. You get in, you get out.” He says he tries to avoid fighting and admits he gets a sizable amount of hate mail that he ignores. He points to BuzzFeed‘s Alex Kaczynski as a proverbial thorn in his side. “He insists that my white dinner jacket is wrong,” Stone says. “He’s wrong. If he engages me, as he occasionally does, then I have to respond with the correct sartorial rules.” Stone says it’s okay to wear the white dinner jacket between Memorial Day and Labor Day. “He doesn’t think it’s right anytime,” Stone says. “He doesn’t get the white dinner jacket thing. He never checked with Sean Connery obviously.” Stone also incites people by introducing political disputes into the zeitgeist. “Hillary Clinton constantly lies,” he says. “She’s lying about Benghazi. If I put that up, you get hundreds of retweets. There are certain heavy retweets. If I write about the fine points of Austrian economics, no one will retweet that. No, I don’t write about that. It’s a little dry.” Stone doesn’t just fight online. Stone, who lives in Miami Beach, says he’s currently in a dispute with  WPLG Channel 10′s Bob Norman because I have helped a couple of young men start a new community blog called The Broward Bugle. “They object. They say this isn’t real. 100,000 readers.  Sorry, welcome to the new media,” says Stone. “You don’t have a monopoly on the new media. They’ve gotten a few scoops. They resent the competition. My attitude is get off your dead ass, report the news or someone else will.”

If you were a carbonated beverage, which would you be?  I would be Pellegrino. I’m half Italian. I’m Italian from the waist down.

How often do you Google yourself? Permanent Google News and Blog alert.

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever said to an editor/boss (or vice versa)?  Fuck You.

Who is your favorite working journalist and why?  Matt Labash, Weekly Standard, no one does it like him.

Do you have a favorite word?  Fuck-it’s so descriptive.

Who are you named after and what are people’s general reaction to your name? Named after my father, a well digger his whole life. It’s a good name. Fits on a bumper-sticker.

Who would you rather have dinner with – NBC’s Brian Williams, CNN’s Roland Martin, ABC’s Sherri Shepherd or Fox News’ Megyn Kelly? Tell us why. Megyn Kelly. She’s hot. Roland Martin? The guy’s a buffoon. I know so many other men, black and white, who are smarter, more articulate and better on TV. Why Roland? Besides – a black man in a fuscia ascot ? No.

The Earth’s human population is dying out and you must save it. You will spend a romantic evening with either Scandal’s Kerry Washington, Homeland’s Claire Danes or any of the women from FNC’s “The Five”. Who will it be? (None is not an option.) Kimberly Guilfoil. No Question. Can I have two? Will also take Krystal Ball (MSNBC) for 3-some action.

What swear word do you use most often?  Fuck . Nixon said it constantly.

You’ve just been told the big news: You get to have your own Sunday morning talk show. Who will be on your roundtable? (Pick four journalists or pundits types.) Maggie Haberman Politico, Richard Winger from Independent Political Report, Erroll Louis from NY-1 and Nick Confessore of the New York Times.

On a serious note for a moment, if you could have dinner with a person who has died, who would it be? Napoleon. Born in Corsica, he was in fact Italian, which is why he was able to conquer most of the civilized world. No Frenchman could do this.

When you pig out what do you eat?  Pizza. Pizza is like sex. Even when it’s bad it’s still pretty good ( Stone’s Rules) All pizza is good when it’s 3am and you’re high.

Stone reveals a secret about himself he says few know…

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The FishbowlDC Interview With TPM’s Igor Bobic

Say hello to Talking Points Memo Assistant Editor Igor Bobic. Born in Bihac, Bosnia, Bobic moved to San Diego when was 7. “I moved during the war,” he explained in a phone interview this afternoon. “Basically we left. My mom was persecuted for awhile, so that’s why we left. She comes from a Muslim background; my dad comes from a Christian background. My mom’s uncle was the Chief of Police. Due to various political factors, his opponents were trying to get to him through my mom. They threw her in jail for a couple days. Pretty much after that, they decided it was time to get the hell out of there.” What was his experience like from a  7-year-old’s perspective?  “From what I can remember, a lot of fear, basically,” he said. “I don’t talk about it too often because I’m not the only one. A lot of people went through the same thing.” Fast forward to journalism. Bobic says he really wasn’t interested in it at all until after he graduated college from the University of California-Irvine. “I was going to go to law school for some stupid reason, but then decided to give an internship with TPM a shot.” Bobic began the day after President Obama announced that Osama Bin Laden had been shot and killed. “I got to go to the Hill, go to all the press conferences,” he recalled. “Got a job offer, ended up staying.” It’s a job that involves interacting and sometimes arguing with reporters. “I’ve gotten cussed out before, but it’s fine,” he said. You work around it. You’ve gotta know the people you work with and their temperment. It’s basically understanding where they’re coming from.” Future goals? He really wants to report on Capitol Hill.

If you were a carbonated beverage, which would you be? Whiskey Ginger

How often do you Google yourself? Unfortunately my mother does this job for me. It’s quite scary.

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever said to an editor/boss (or vice versa)?
(On a crystal clear connection) “I’m having some trouble hearing you I think you’re breaki –”

Who is your favorite working journalist and why? Politico’s Ben White. Dude keeps it real. Just not in the afternoon. He’ll also enlighten you on any number of subjects, including but not limited to banking, entitlements, Taylor Swift and HBO’s “Girls.”

Do you have a favorite word? You wouldn’t be part of TPM if you didn’t use “fail” incessantly. We get a bonus if you can manage to sneak it into a headline.

Who are you named after and what are people’s general reaction to your name? Igor Stravinsky. “Eegor? Eyegor? Eyygor? Eeyore?….Ivan?”

Who would you rather have dinner with – NBC’s Savannah Guthrie, CNN’s Soledad O’Brien, ABC’s Martha Raddatz or Fox News’ Megyn Kelly? Tell us why. I’d take Megyn Kelly to dinner. Karl Rove’s election night meltdown made for great TV.

The Earth’s human population is dying out and you must save it. You will spend a romantic evening with either Scandal’s Kerry Washington, Homeland’s Claire Danes or any of the women from FNC’s “The Five”. Who will it be? (None of them is not an option.) I’ve actually met some members of “The Five” (which I enjoy), and it made for awfully awkward conversation. I’d love to do that again.

What swear word do you use most often? I throw out a lot of audible “f*cks” while I’m editing. Also, it’s remarkable how much leeway I have to swear in Bosnian without anyone knowing.

You’ve just been told the big news: You get to have your own Sunday morning talk show. Who will be on your roundtable? (Pick four journalists or pundits types.) No one. I like sleeping in on Sundays. Read more

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