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Ailes Apprentice Program to Kick Off Hispanic Heritage Month

Roger Ailes 2011The Ailes Apprentice Program begins its third annual Hispanic Heritage series tomorrow morning on “Fox & Friends.”

The weekly series will run through October 10, hosted by Fox News correspondent Alicia Acuna. She will spotlight Latinos  doing inspirational things, including Mayorga Coffee founder Martin Mayorga, Miss USA 2014 Nia Sanchez, guitarist Jose Feliciano and Director of the Young People’s Chorus of New York City Francisco Nunez.

The program, named after FNC Chairman Roger Ailes, began in 2003. It selects a diverse group of candidates, thrusting them into the day-to-day rigors of TV news.

Mediabistro Course

Multimedia Journalism

Multimedia JournalismStarting September 25, learn how to create interactive packages with photos, audio, and video! Taught by a multiplatform journalist, Darragh Worland will teach you how to come up stories that would be best told in a multimedia format, and create original content for that package using photos, slideshows, and short video and audio pieces. Register now! 
 

Shepard Smith Bets ‘Every Penny I Will Ever Make at this Network’

White House press secretary Josh Earnest made his first visit to “Shepard Smith Reporting” this afternoon. The 7-minute interview focused on the White House messaging about the mission to take out ISIS in Syria and Iraq and, in Earnest’s words, “the Muslim-led countries who are part of the coalition.”

“Like Saudi Arabia’s going to have some boots over there? or Jordan?” Smith asked in jest. “There will be no commitment from those two, on this I will bet every penny I will ever make at this network.”

“That’s a substantial bet,” Earnest said.

“And it’s a good bet because it’s not going to happen,” Smith shot back. Smith reportedly earns north of $7 million a year. That’s a lot of pennies.


Ratings Note: ‘New Day’

CuomoBolduanThe first hour of CNN’s “New Day” Wednesday morning drew a higher A25-54 demo number than any hour on MSNBC for the entire day. “New Day” at 6amET drew 140,000 demo viewers, with MSNBC’s highest demo being “Hardball with Chris Matthews” at 7pmET. “Hardball” drew 128,000 demo viewers. “The Rachael Maddow Show” next with 124,000 demo viewers.

The full Wednesday scoreboard is here.

The Scoreboard: Wednesday, Sept. 17

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 261 | MSNBC: 79 | CNN: 122 | HLN: 78
  • Primetime: FNC: 401 | MSNBC: 111 | CNN: 159 | HLN: 73

4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
FNC
Cavuto:

148

TheFive:

273

Baier:

302

Greta:

258

O’Reilly:

447

Kelly:

415

Hannity:

339

O’Reilly:

293

Kelly:

199

MSNBC
Wagner:

85

EdShow:

71

Sharpton:

123

Matthews:

128

Hayes:

92

Maddow:

124

O’Donnell:

110

Hayes:

64

Maddow:

57

CNN
Tapper:

145

Blitzer:

128

Blitzer:

142

Burnett:

147

Cooper:

171

Cooper:

167

Tonight:

140

Cooper:

152

CNNI:

87

HLN
Now:

40

Files:

16

Files:

40

Jane:

54

Grace:

63

Dr.Drew:

60

Files:

97

Files:

163

Files:

260

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Bill Ayers: Megyn Kelly ‘Is Like a Cyborg Constructed in the Basement of Fox News’

Bill Ayers, who recently sat down for an interview with FNC’s Megyn Kelly, talked about that interview with Salon. Ayers, the retired college professor and co-founder of the 1960s radical group Weather Underground, said he found Kelly to be “a very strange person.”

“She’s like a cyborg constructed in the basement of Fox News. She’s very striking, but very metallic, very cold. Her eyes are very cold.”

 

ISIS Reportedly Holding Another Journalist Captive

John_CantlieISIS released a new video today showing a British journalist as its prisoner.

The video, since deleted by YouTube, shows British journalist John Cantlie. Cantlie was previously a photographer for the Sunday Times and went missing in Syria in 2012. He was freed by the Free Syrian Army, but like journalist James Foley, who was beheaded last month by ISIS, Cantlie returned to Syria in 2012.

Cantlie’s video is different than those showing Foley and Steven Sotloff, also murdered by ISIS, kneeling in front of their captors. Instead, Cantlie was sitting behind a desk. Huffington Post reports what Cantlie said.

“I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking, he’s only doing this as a prisoner. He’s got a gun at his head, and he’s being forced to do this, right? Well, it’s true. I am a prisoner. That I cannot deny. But, seeing as I’ve been abandoned by my government and my fate now lies in the hands of the Islamic State, I have nothing to lose. Maybe I will live, and maybe I will die. There is time to change this seemingly inevitable sequence of events. But only if you, the public, act now.”

Yesterday, a friend of Steven Sotloff’s told “CBS This Morning” the Sotloff family never believed the Obama administration was doing anything to help them rescue their son. There’s been no response yet from British officials on the Cantlie video.

Sunday Show Ratings: September 14

sunday shows_304In Chuck Todd‘s second week as “Meet the Press” moderator, the NBC broadcast slipped from first to third place. CBS’ “Face the Nation” was the top program in total viewers for September 14, while ABC’s “This Week” topped the A25-54 demo.

“Face” bested “This Week” by +165,000 viewers, drawing its largest audience in two months. “This Week” beat the CBS broadcast by +34,000 demo viewers. The demo win marks 13 out of the last 16 weeks for ABC. Although “Meet” slipped to third, as NBC News told us last week, they expect a slow build to grow its audience.

Compared to the same week last year,  “Face” was up +11% in viewers and +9% in the demo. “Fox News Sunday” saw the most total viewer growth, up +23% and also up +20% in the demo.  “This Week” was up +7% in viewers and +39% in the demo.  “Meet” was down -2% in viewers and -8% in the demo. “Al Punto” was down -9% in viewers and up +13% in the demo.

Cable rebroadcasts of “Fox News Sunday” averaged a combined 1,496,000 total viewers and 396,000 A25-54 viewers.

“Face the Nation” is based on the first half-hour only, as the full contiguous hour aired in just 67% of the country.

The numbers for September 14:

Network Program Total Viewers A25-54
CBS
“Face the Nation” 3.054M 913K
ABC
“This Week” 2.889M 947K
NBC “Meet the Press” 2.589M 668K
FOX “Fox News Sunday” 1.267M 419K
UNI “Al Punto” 705K 333K

Morning Show Ratings: Week of Sept. 8

morningshowanchors2014“CBS This Morning” may be in third place, but it’s the only morning show to see year-over-year growth. Last week, “CTM” was the only breakfast program to grow in both total viewers and the A25-54 demo. “CTM” was up +5% in viewers and up +2% in the demo, closing the gap with NBC’s “Today” by 120,000 viewers.

“Good Morning America” still leads the pack, and was up +2% in the demo, but down -2% in total viewers. “Today” was flat among viewers and down -9% in the demo. “Today” had its best week in viewers since the week of May 19. Meanwhile, “GMA” is posting its largest season margins over “Today” in both total viewers and the demo in more than 22 years.

The averages for the week of Sept. 8, 2014:

  • Total Viewers: ABC: 5.454M / NBC: 4.672M / CBS: 2.943M
  • A25-54 viewers: ABC: 2.062M / NBC: 1.813M / CBS: 949,000

‘The Newsroom’ Returns With Storyline Ripped from MSNBC

The-Newsroom-HBO-The-112th-Congress-Episode-3-4-550x366Aaron Sorkin‘s “The Newsroom” returns to HBO November 9. The 6-episode final season will include whistleblowers, a wedding, and a minor storyline ripped from a real newsroom. As Sorkin explains to EW about the characters of Jim and Hallie, played by John Gallagher Jr. and Grace Gummer:

Jim is still dating Hallie, but there’s tension in that relationship. Hallie is actually now working for ACN Digital at the beginning of the season. And mirroring something that happened at MSNBC a while back when someone tweeted a quip that was offensive to Republicans. It was a big deal—MSNBC had to apologize. They had to fire the producer who sent the tweet and everything. So something very similar happens to Hallie. She in the middle of the night, really tired, tweets something from ACN’s account, sort of immediately realizes what she’s done, deletes it but it’s too late. That begins a story that lasts the whole season.

More Plagiarism Allegations Against Fareed Zakaria

ZakariaClaimsCNN’s Fareed Zakaria is facing a growing list of plagiarism accusations with several recent examples coming from his CNN show.

On Tuesday, the site OurBad Media, which has released previous examples of alleged plagiarism by Zakaria, released more than 20 new examples. We’ve reached out to CNN multiple times about the new claims, but have not received an on-the-record comment. A spokesperson referred us to previous comments given during earlier claims of plagiarism.

The most recent example is a video compilation showing a clip from a 2011 episode of “Fareed Zakaria GPS” matched with a 2010 documentary called “Justice for Sergei.” The “GPS” segment uses footage from the 2010 documentary, with an upper left courtesy, but Zakaria’s narration is lifted, nearly word-for-word, from the documentary.

In another 2011 segment, Zakaria tracks a package on the lack of an operating government in Belgium. Parts of the wording in that story are identical to sections of a TIME article on the same subject. OurBad Media sites several other examples of Zakaria using similar wording or statistics without attribution.

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