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Fox Threatens Gawker with Legal Action [Updated]

It appears that Fox News has had enough of Gawker’s meager mole, Joe Muto. The network sent a strongly worded letter threatening criminal and civil charges if Gawker didn’t stop publishing Muto’s dispatches. The letter demands that Gawker “immediately stop publishing information and videos that have been unlawfully obtained by or from Joe Muto, and return them to Fox News.”

Speaking of Muto’s posts, we’re guessing that the photo of Bill O’Reilly with a topless woman that accompanies the letter from Fox is Muto’s doing. If so, we should congratulate Gawker and Muto on yet another utterly unimpressive update. The picture looks like it’s about 30 years old and is far from anything scandalous. In fact, all it does is prove that a long, long time ago, O’Reilly was a bro who could bro it up with the best of them.

The longer this goes on, the worse Gawker looks. But maybe that was the goal of the mole all along, and he’s really a counteragent, working for Fox? Now that would be a story worth following.

UPDATE:
See below for the letter Fox News sent to Muto, courtesy of TVNewser.

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Gawker’s Fox News Mole Reveals… Nothing [Updated]

Gawker has a current Fox News employee writing “regular dispatches from inside the organization,” which is pretty amazing, considering how little you ever hear Fox employees speaking out against the company. However, the debut column is extremely boring.

The biggest “gotcha” moment from the mole is a behind-the-scenes video of Mitt Romney talking about his love for horses. Scandalous! Yes, it shows how Romney clearly appreciates the finer things in life, but doesn’t everyone already know that? The mole clearly thinks it is a big scoop:

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Bill O’Reilly Sides with George Clooney

Of all the celebrities who stopped on the Oscars red carpet to speak with the man holding the Fox News-flagged microphone, reporter Jesse Watters says George Clooney was the nicest. “He was the biggest celebrity that spoke to me; he didn’t have to stop and talk to me, but he did,” Watters told Bill O’Reilly last night. “And he was good-natured about the whole conversation.”

Excepting Watters’ last question. When the reporter asked Clooney as the actor was walking away, “Is Obama doing a good job?”, The Descendants star reminded, “Yes he is. He’s the President of the United States, not Obama. He’s the President of the United States.” Clooney then glared purposefully at Watters.


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LAT Profiles MSNBC Working-Man Champ Ed Schultz

Going up weekday nights against Anderson Cooper and Bill O′Reilly at 8 p.m. may sound like cable news suicide. But per an LA Times profile piece by Alana Semuels, MSNBC host Ed Schultz is making it work:

This year through early February, Schultz’s nightly The ED Show viewership has averaged 608,000, a 60% increase from his ratings during the same period in 2010, according to Nielsen. He’s surpassed Cooper, though he has more than a million fewer viewers than O’Reilly.

In response to critics who accuse Schultz of deceitfully switching from a Conservative to Liberal POV, he tells Semuels it’s genuine. He says a large spark for the transformation came from a most unusual first date with his now-wife and afternoon radio show producer, Wendy. She took him to a homeless shelter.

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Right Might | Punks Are Never Lucky | Liberal Soups

  • TVNewser: Here’s a sentence we never imagined writing — Bill O’Reilly defends Ellen DeGeneres.
  • PRNewser: Clint Eastwood insists that the Chrysler ad he starred in wasn’t a show of support for Barack Obama. We believe him, mainly because making Eastwood mad isn’t a good idea.
  • FishbowlDC: The White House has a “soup of the day.” Oh c’mon, that’s at least a little interesting.

Manhattan’s A-List Turns Out for Harvey Weinstein’s Giants Pep Rally

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I’ve been covering  Wednesday’s at Michael’s for five years and have never seen anything like the head-spinning scene that unfolded there today. Harvey Weinstein and Steve Tisch threw a pep rally to end all pep rallies, and the media A-list all came out to cheer on their favorite team. Peggy Siegal and her minions descended on the place before the crowd rushed in with plenty of New York Giants paraphernalia, transforming the California cool decor into an indoor tailgate party.

By noon, I counted at least a dozen paparazzi staked out at the entrance, and they certainly weren’t disappointed. Drew Nieporent was the first to arrive (“What’s for lunch?”), and in short order the lounge was flooded with famous folks, including Brian Williams, Gayle King, Piers Morgan, Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb (wearing newly identical red dresses and looking fabulous), former governor George Pataki, Matt Lauer and various members of the Tisch family.

Katie Couric and Harvey Weinstein
Katie Couric and Harvey Weinstein

Everyone’s mind was on the big game; conventional wisdom says the Giants will be this year’s Super Bowl champs, but it’s going to be a close one.  (All except Jerry Della Femina, who predicts the Patriots will take it 27-24.) “I think it’s going to be a squeaker,” offered Andrew Ross Sorkin. “At least I hope so because it will be a better game.”

Not surprisingly, Giants legend Frank Gifford, who will be watching the game from his home in Greenwich with family and friends, predicts a 30-10 win for his former team. “Eli Manning has really come into his own as a quarterback,” he told me. “But a quarterback is only as good as his team. They’re a great team. If you were playing for the Giants, you’d be a great quarterback.” Doubtful, but we appreciate the sentiment. Brian Williams, who’ll be going to the game, refused to speculate on the final score for fear of tempting the gods. ”You just don’t do that,” he told me.

Diane Clehane and Brian Williams
Diane Clehane and Brian Williams (Credit: Dimitrios Kambouris)

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CNN’s Anderson Cooper Reportedly Most Searched Media Personality

New York based-Zeta Interactive has once again compiled its annual Most Buzzed Report of the media personalities who generate the intense online traffic. Using keywords and phrases online and on social media sites, FishbowlNY has learned exclusively that Anderson Cooper is number one. Cooper, already an established prime time star at CNN, started a daytime syndicated talk show in September.

The additional workload may be a major reason why Cooper saw huge gains in this year’s Zeta report, up from ninth place in 2010.

The Daily Show‘s Jon Stewart is as steady as ever, holding at number two for the second straight year.

Zeta Interactive CEO Al DiGuido says his company uses a specific algorithm to create the report.

“It basically kind of jogs the most often used word,” DiGuido says.

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FOX News Anchor Calls Pepper Spray Food, Becomes Popular Punchline

Last night while discussing the UC Davis protests, FOX news anchor Megyn Kelly told Bill O’Reilly that pepper spray is “a food product, essentially.” And by the early morning she’d become a trending topic on Twitter and a fun new meme. Gawker commenters are having a field day. A few of our favorites:

More fun “Megyn Essentials” are sure to come throughout the day. The Internet is just getting warmed up.

MMA Tabulates ‘Muffin-gate’ Media Corrections

Rob Savillo at Media Matters for America has a great rundown today of how the media handled the October 28 debunking of previous claims that the Department of Justice had footed a$16-per-muffin bill for a 2009 conference.

The good news, for SoCal media watchers, is that the LA Times ran not just a Sunday October 30 item about the retraction of the DOJ Inspector General allegation, but also had another in-between item about host hotel chain Hilton disputing the bakery brouhaha. The bad news is that the major cable TV purveyors of this TSA-grope-level sensationalism have yet to retract:

Fox News and Fox Business pushed the $16-muffin story the most out of any cable channel (Bill O’Reilly, in particular, on Fox News’  The O’Reilly Factor), but no Fox program available in the Nexis database has broadcast a follow-up segment reporting the IG’s retraction.

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