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Who Does Fox News PR Favor? (It’s Not Hard to Tell…)


It’s no secret amongst Washington reporters that Fox News PR has a Black List. It includes reporters, editors and pundits, and just about anyone who occasionally looks at them cockeyed or has an ounce of audacity to question their journalism methods or – god forbid – phone the person or network they are attempting to slam. The Black List is a seasons, reasons and lifetime endeavor. Sometimes you’re on the list. Sometimes not. Sometimes you’re on and off in the same week. But these days, one thing is clear: Fox News PR has found a comfortable landing strip in the Washington Examiner.

Today’s story about Geraldo Rivera celebrating his 40th anniversary on air is just one example. Earlier this week they had that whopper of a story on Shepard Smith not wanting to watch those falling tower images. In June there was the war between Fox News and Bloomberg – this item was, to borrow the catch phrase, a fair and balanced approach on the war for Helen Thomas‘s White House seat. The Yays & Nays team indeed reported both sides. But also in June, Fox News went straight to the Examiner after Politico published a story about Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace getting escorted from his seat at a Nats game when he sat in seats belonging to former President Bush aide Karl Rove. The network gave a reaction to Politico’s scoop in The Examiner. Fox News made sure the story that published in the Examiner was a more Fox-friendly version than the more sharp-elbowed version that ran in Politico.

There’s a clear nexus between Fox News and the Examiner.

That Fox News Washington Managing Editor Bill Sammon and Chris Stirewalt went from the Examiner to Fox certainly doesn’t hurt. Add to that the fact that current columnists Byron York, Michael Barone are Fox News contributors and you have more than a solid Fox News-Examiner bond.

One last Fox-y detail: A visitor to the Examiner offices told FishbowlDC this week that Editor Stephen Smith‘s office TV is typically tuned to – guess what – Fox News.

Shepard Smith Doesn’t Like to See Towers Fall – Um, REALLY?

In what may be the most inane quote of the day (no offense to Washington Examiner‘s Yeas & Nays, they just asked the question after all and didn’t force his response), FNC’s Shepard Smith “reveals” that he doesn’t like watching clips of the towers falling or those of Hurricane Katrina for that matter. Smith told this to Yeas & Nays reporters at a Thursday reception for a Hurricane Katrina exhibit at the Newseum.

As reported in Yeas & Nays:

“Before viewing the clips, Smith told Yeas & Nays, ‘I don’t like to watch the towers fall, and I don’t like to watch New Orleans flooded. I don’t like it. I try to avoid it when I can.’”

Question to broadcast media: Does anyone sit around watching this sh-t for fun?

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Quote(s) of the Day


Comfortably numb cabbie

“My cab driver is eating McDonald’s fries and blaring Pink Floyd.”
-WSJ‘s Susan Davis on Twitter Monday. To which House GOP Whip Spokesman Brad Dayspring remarked, “Munchies.”

Socks News Strikes Again?

“Okay, so they’re persistent, but Shepard Smith is probably the best anchor on the network — one of the few name personalities who really does report the news in a ‘fair and balanced’ manner.”
- Commentary from a “reader” on FishbowlMatt’s “Rhymes with Socks News PR” item Monday. The item was the result of three consecutive really enthusiastic “anonymous” pitches on Smith landing on the cover of New Orleans Magazine.

Cupcake Paralysis

“Anyone who waits more than three minutes for a cupcake is insane.”
- WaPo feature writer Dan Zak in a Monday tweet.


Rhymes with Socks News PR?

Somebody really, really, really wants you to know that Fox Newser Shepard Smith is on the cover of New Orleans Living. Why? Well, we’re not sure but after the third anonymous pitch today, we decided to post it…if only to make it stop.

Due to the level of enthusiasm for the topic and the pitch method (anonymous bc they don’t speak to us), we’re guessing the culprit rhymes with “Socks News PR.” So, here ya go, Socks News PR:


Pitch one:

Shepard Smith graces the cover of New Orleans Magazine for his Katrina coverage

Pitch two:

Go Shepard Smith!!! He’s on the COVER of New Orleans Living Magazine for Katrina!

Third time’s a charm:

Shep rocks:

Poynter Wants Shep But the Feeling Isn’t Mutual

shepsmith.jpgPoynter wants Fox News anchor Shepard Smith. But, it appears Shep doesn’t want Poynter.

The Institute invited the FNC anchor to Washington, D.C. to appear and speak with “other notable news leaders” at the Newseum for a day-long conference on the “practices in the evolution of news.” A FNC spokesperson tells FishbowlDC: “While we’re amused by Poynter’s persistence we have no interest in participating given their relevancy has ceased to exist.”

The hard feelings center around the Winter issue of American Journalism Review, which is published by the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland. The FNC anchor landed on the cover. And inside: a glowing, nearly 5,000-word profile of Smith. Poynter Online, which reports original media news and aggregates the big media stories on any given day, made no mention of the AJR piece.

As of late last week, Kelly McBride, Poynter’s Ethics Group Leader in charge of the Washington D.C. event, had not received word from Smith. “We’d like for him to have a speaking role, but no one has responded to our invitation. We’ve had him on our list of ‘hey, would he ever do anything with us?’ I actually like Shepard Smith. I have followed his work.”

As for not mentioning the AJR piece on, McBride tells FishbowlDC, “We don’t usually write about who makes the cover of AJR. It’s a pretty small circulation magazine. We don’t cover them much… Well, that maybe explains why we can’t get a hold of him.” has covered Smith in the past. AJR too. The site mentioned Smith in a number of articles, including a link to an NPR story in Oct. 2008 and to a Boston Globe story in July 2009. There are 10 Poynter Online items mentioning AJR, and 10 items on Smith.

McBride sounded disappointed but not crushed Smith might not attend the June 29 event. She said Poynter has invited 100 journalists to attend, including GQ‘s Ana Marie Cox and Drew Curtis of

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Quote(s) of the Day

Obama Mocks Media Mood Swings

“At Dem fundraiser, Obama mocks way media portrays him: ‘You’re like a genius for about a month, then you’re an idiot for about 6 months.’” — CBS News’s White House correspondent Mark Knoller in a Thursday tweet.

Kurtz Wants to Beat Gibbs to Twitter Punch

“Just sat down with Robert Gibbs at WH and talked about…Twitter. So I have to beat @PressSec to tweeting this.” — WaPo’s Howard Kurtz in a Thursday tweet.

CNN’s Larry King Marital Status: Available

“To all you single ladies who say there are no good men available, I have just two words: Larry King.” — @Borowitzreport in a Thursday tweet.

Scherer Resorts to Analogies

Shepard Smith is to car chases what Mozart was to music, what Lil Wayne is to wordplay. [Should be nightly show]” — Time’s Michael Scherer in a Thursday tweet.


O’Reilly’s ‘Do it Live’ Segment Never Gets Old


We bring you Mediaite’s recent story of FNC’s Shepard Smith very lightly mocking Bill O’Reilly’s “F–k it, We’ll Do it Live!” clip from “Inside Edition” because it’s worth watching repeatedly.

Watch it here.

Forget the 5 W’s; bring on the 4 B’s

Shepardsmithsitdown.jpg FNC’s Shepard Smith operates best in the here and now. To wit: Will he be at FNC forever? “I don’t want to be anywhere forever. I’ll stay around as long as Roger will have me,” he says.

By Roger he means, of course, FNC President Roger Ailes, the most powerful man in news.

But for now, it’ll do. As anchor of FNC’s “Fox Report with Shepard Smith”, his mellifluous baritone voice is a constant reminder of his days as a “reporter” at the sensational tabloid show “A Current Affair.” His looks are not to be overlooked either, (A producer from another network went into an extensive detail last week about how handsome the man simply known as “Shep” is.)

Smith flees from such flattery, even when he’s decked out in a tux and holding court with famous anchor men and women at the Radio & TV Correspondent’s dinner as he was last week. “Everyone gets together and we’re the narcissistic freaks that we are,” he told FishbowlDC when I caught up with him at the dinner. “What we do is serious, but we try not to take ourselves seriously.”

The TV anchor of the most watched but controversial cable network insists being on TV isn’t the be all and end all. “I try not to let what I do define me,” he says. “There’s more to life.”

So, what’s more important? “Basketball, beach, baseball, beer,” he says quickly, like, duh, obviously, the four B’s are far more crucial.

Still, he knows he’s part of an elite group, but doesn’t take the whole game too seriously. “It’s like a fraternity,” he says. “When you put yourself in front of klieg lights everyday you know [viewers] are going to make fun of you. I don’t really care. …We have lights on us all day. That infinitely makes us weirder than everyone else.”

Weirdo or not, he doesn’t sweat the small things. “I don’t know that I have an interview technique. I just ask the questions I think people want asked. I don’t over-think it.” He equates life as an anchor to a daily morning ritual. “Do you have any concerns when you’re brushing your teeth?” Uh, not so much. “No one’s life is on the line.”

And despite his lofty spot, he’s not likely to watch FNC’s rerun of “The O’Reilly Factor” at 11 p.m. Instead, he likes to watch Jon Stewart on Comedy Central.

Sorry, Roger.

FNC Party Draws Animated Mix of Journos, Pols, Bigwigs And a String Quartet

Roger 2.jpgIf you’re a political star gazer, the FNC pre-party to the Radio & TV Correspondent’s Dinner was the place to be Wednesday night as famous faces filled the room adorned in spring. As guests poured in and the party reached comfortable capacity, partygoers were greeted by a giant red Fox News emblem on the wall. If they were talent, well-known or just plain glam, photographers on hand asked them to strike a pose and then directed them across a bridge created especially for the party.

Fox News President Roger Ailes and his wife (above), Elizabeth, were one such couple directed to walk slowly across the bridge. The flashbulbs went wild.

Ailes is no wall flower. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) immediately engaged. “How are you?” Issa asked. In chimed Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), one of a few Democratic lawmakers there: “He’s fair and balanced,” Cummings said, cracking himself and those in his midst up.

Ailes also laughed. He then explained to Issa, who had begun bashing conservative radio personality Rush Limbaugh, that Fox News is different. “We have a phone on the set,” he said. “Anyone can call and correct us on the set.”

Cummings said Ailes “has been really wonderful to us,” meaning the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC). “We may have a situation where we disagree about things but it doesn’t mean we can’t socialize because that’s how I think you break through,” he said. “A lot of people will talk about each other but not to each other.”

Cummings said he has known “Roger” for years. When the congressman presided over the CBC, it was FNC that worked with the CBC to sponsor the presidential debates.

Meanwhile, in walked Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) alone. The senator briefly scanned the room, spoke to no one. Soon he sidled up to conservative radio personality Laura Ingraham who was decked out in an ice blue mermaid dress, sleeveless, with ruffles cascading to the floor.

“You look great, man” Ingraham told Specter, marveling at his appearance since the senator survived his cancer scare. “You’re a fighter.” Specter chatted comfortably with Ingraham for a long while. Later Specter’s wife, Joan, joined them.

FNC’s Jennifer Griffin was also there. In a sleek auburn bob wig, she explained that she, too, was recovering from cancer. The correspondent looked radiant and charmed the room of partygoers.

Roger Ailes with Valerie Jarrett. Photo courtesy of FNC.

Find out what Pay Czar Kenneth Feinberg calls his wife at parties and which journos and other V.I.P’s were there after the jump. Also, see more party pictures…

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FNC’s Pre-Dinner Soiree to Entertain Obama Officials, Valerie Jarrett Tops Guest List


No matter that the Obama Administration was once at odds with Fox News, officials are on the guest list and set to attend the only pre-party to the RTCA dinner Wednesday night. Those planning to be FNC guests for the evening include Obama’s Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowksi, Domestic Policy Council Advisor Melody Barnes and National Security Adviser Jim Jones, Special Master for TARP Admin Kenneth Feinberg and Sec. of Agriculture Tom Vilsack.

We hear FNC’s exclusive invitation-only bash will be a room decked out in Spring. And what’s a party without famous faces in the crowd like Geraldo Rivera and Bill O’Reilly? (See list of Fox News talent to attend below.)

Other confirmed party guests: Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.); Rep. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.); Gov. Ed Rendell; Rep. Elijah Cummings(D-Md.); Mo Elleithee, former Clinton campaign spokesperson; former Sen. Bill Frist (R-Tenn.); Austan Goolsbee, Council of Economic Advisors; Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.); Deborah Hersman, Chair of National Transportation Safety Board; Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.), Democratic strategist Joe Trippi; former Sen. John Breaux (D-La.); Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.); and Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-Mich.).

Talent to Attend
O’Reilly; Shepard Smith; Bret Baier; Chris Wallace; Bill Hemmer; Megyn Kelly; Carl Cameron; Jennifer Griffin; Catherine Herridge; Shannon Bream; Rivera; and Alisyn Camerota