When it debuted almost two years ago, Fox News Channel’s “The Five” was billed as a temporary replacement for Glenn Beck‘s program. Today, the show celebrates its 500th episode and now ranks as FNC’s second most-watched program. Last month it had a 12-day hot streak as the #1 program in all of cable at 5pm. Last week, MediabistroTV spent some time with all 7 members of the “The Five.” In this first of two MediabistroTV videos Bob Beckel, Eric Bolling, Kimberly Guilfoyle, Greg Gutfeld, Dana Perino, Andrea Tantaros and Juan Williams reflect on the best moments from the first 500.
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The Guardian, the iconic U.K. newspaper, branched out across the pond last year. Last night, it was time for the tabloid to reap the rewards. Rather than a simple party, The Guardian made it a creative thinking process for the several hundred invited guests.
The newspaper provided a debate between commercial pressures and journalistic standards. CBS This Morning‘s Charlie Rose was the engaging moderator.
The panel featured someone who knows first-hand about the pressures of journalistic standards. Juan Williams was dramatically fired by NPR in 2010. Williams, who remains a contributor to Fox News, has had time to reflect on his ugly end to an 11-year tenure.
“It’s not fun being called a bigot and a bad journalist,” Williams tells FishbowlNY. “The degree to which it was about assailing my personal reputation, struck me as Kafkaesque. I didn’t know what to make of it.”
Longtime New York Times reporter Sam Roberts will be inducted into the New York Press Club Journalism Hall of Fame at this next month’s conference.
The half-day gathering, on October 1 at New York University, will be an immersive swirl through topics related to crisis and change as they apply to media, journalism and personal fortunes.
The award is given periodically to journalists whose careers in New York media are exemplified by long tenure, integrity and extraordinary achievement.
Political analyst and commentator Juan Williams is this year’s headliner for the Press Club’s Journalism Conference.
This year’s theme is “Crisis and Change,” and Williams will address this from his perspective having been dismissed by NPR for remarks about passengers boarding planes wearing Muslim attire.
KCRW continues its streak of putting on cool events in the post-Juan Williams fundraising world. Tonight, punk legend and KCRW DJ Henry Rollins will be hosting a benefit for the station at Echoplex. Titled “Henry Rollins – Rare Cuts and Conversation,” the event promises Rollins to come armed with a vault of rare music from his personal collection–which he’ll opine on as the mood strikes him.
“I will play stuff that I am unable to on my regular show, due to the rare nature of the material. I have been planning the set for weeks and am so excited to be able to get some truly unique tracks to your ears,” said Rollins. “Basically, the Echoplex will be my living room, you are the guests and I am playing some of my coolest cuts from decades of gathering, complete with the story around the track and its acquisition.”
Sounds intriguing. Show starts at 8. More info here.
Photo: Henry Rollins by Jeremiah Garcia
Not sure how the rest of the NPR umbrella is faring in its fundraising efforts in the wake of the Juan Williams fiasco. But here in Los Angeles, our member station KCRW seems to have figured out a nice formula for bringing in the cash — being awesome. KCRW put on its annual Halloween-eve “Masquerade” fundraising party on Saturday. And let’s just say this was not your mid-90s scweddy balls NPR scene.
For the second year in a row, KCRW is hosting a massive fundraising party over Halloween weekend at the Park Plaza. Called “Masquerade,” the show will feature music from Cut Chemist, Gram Rabbit and The Duke Spirit. 14 KCRW DJs will be also be spinning at the event, including, we’re told, Henry Rollins.
The show takes on an added significance in the wake of the Juan Williams/NPR fiasco–which has threatened to hamper fundraising efforts for member stations. If this show sells out like last year, at 75 bucks a ticket, it would go a long way towards easing any post-Williams fundraising malaise.
More details on KCRW’s site.
Bitch magazine, which has been following the recent controversy surrounding a Marie Claire post by sex and relationship blogger Maura Kelly, linked to an article on Fashionista.com featuring a response from the magazine’s editor in chief, Joanna Coles.
A little background: Kelly wrote a post titled “Should ‘Fatties’ Get a Room? (Even on TV?)” about “Mike & Molly,” a new CBS sitcom revolving around an overweight couple. Kelly recounts how her editor asked her to weigh in [Ed. note: Do I even need to add that no pun is intended here?] on backlash to the show — apparently, people are having issues with watching an overweight couple be affectionate and intimate on their TV screens. Kelly put in her own two cents thusly:
My initial response was: Hmm, being overweight is one thing — those people are downright obese! And while I think our country’s obsession with physical perfection is unhealthy, I also think it’s at least equally crazy, albeit in the other direction, to be implicitly promoting obesity! Yes, anorexia is sick, but at least some slim models are simply naturally skinny. No one who is as fat as Mike and Molly can be healthy. And obesity is costing our country far more in terms of all the related health problems we are paying for, by way of our insurance, than any other health problem, even cancer.
So anyway, yes, I think I’d be grossed out if I had to watch two characters with rolls and rolls of fat kissing each other … because I’d be grossed out if I had to watch them doing anything. To be brutally honest, even in real life, I find it aesthetically displeasing to watch a very, very fat person simply walk across a room — just like I’d find it distressing if I saw a very drunk person stumbling across a bar or a heroine addict slumping in a chair.
The post inspired hundreds of comments, most of them not exactly agreeing with Kelly’s excuse that she isn’t fatphobic because she has “a few friends who could be called plump.” Coles was asked her thoughts on the issue at a fashion event, and she seemed supportive of Kelly’s decision to post such controversy-stirring thoughts: “Maura Kelly is a very provocative blogger, she said. “She was an anorexic herself and this is a subject she feels very strongly about.” Furthermore, added Coles, “I’m concerned about a show that makes fun of large people.”
Kelly, for her part, has since added an update to her article, posted after the jump.
NPR fired Juan Williams. FNC hired Williams and is now trying to “ACORN” NPR because they enjoy carnage. Yes, there’s another scorched earth campaign at FNC. They’ve decided that the most reputable and respected news organization in the country should be curb stomped. Yes, the model of integrity, Karl Rove said “45 percent of NPR listeners were Saddam Hussein.”
And now NPR put up a flow chart of Rove and his buddies we’ll call “Show Me the Money 2010.”
Go here for the interactive graph.
After the jump, the Daily Show clip.
That was quick. Only a day after getting canned from NPR for saying that riding on the same airplane with traditionally clothed Muslims made him “nervous” and “worried,” Juan Williams has landed a new $2 million deal with Fox News.
Fox News Chief Executive Roger Ailes handed Williams a new three-year contract Thursday morning, in a deal that amounts to nearly $2 million, a considerable bump up from his previous salary, the Tribune Washington Bureau has learned. The Fox News contributor will now appear exclusively and more frequently on the cable news network and have a regular column on FoxNews.com.
“Juan has been a staunch defender of liberal viewpoints since his tenure began at Fox News in 1997,” Ailes said in a statement, adding a jab at NPR: “He’s an honest man whose freedom of speech is protected by Fox News on a daily basis.”
Williams regularly appears on Fox News as a commentator, so the move isn’t exactly a surprise. The press alone for the hire, in the wake of Williams’ controversial exit, is probably worth the price of Williams’ contract.
It’s hard to read a survey like this and not conclude it’s a bit like carriage drivers saying cars are hurting the horse and buggy industry, nevertheless here it is. The Atlantic has polled 43 media insiders (Peter Beinart, Gloria Borger, Juan Williams, Fareed Zakaria, to name a few) and the majority of them (65%) feel the Internet has hurt journalism. Says one participant:
News consumption depends on news production, and I don’t see anything on the Internet that produces news — that is, detailed responsible empirical journalism — the way newspapers do (or did). It is typical of Americans to get more excited about consumption than about production.
It’s not all doom and gloom though, someone else said (and we’ll leave it to you to match responses to faces):”You abandon the conceit that ‘newspapers’ equals ‘news,’ you realize that people have far more information available to them about current events than ever before, and that’s a great thing for both journalism (the gathering of news) and the public.” Also? The Internet is here to stay. Full results can be found here.
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