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Fox News

FOX News Channel is a 24-hour all-encompassing news service dedicated to delivering breaking news as well as political and business news. FNC has been the most watched news channel in the country since January 2002. Owned by 21st Century Fox, the network is available in more than 90 million homes. Fox News launched Oct. 7, 1996. Roger Ailes is the chairman, CEO and co-founder of Fox News Channel.

Fox News and MSNBC Have the Same Amount of ‘Mostly Liberal’ Viewers

Well here’s something surprising coming out of today’s new Pew survey looking into political polarization and media habits. Five percent of people who consider themselves “mostly liberal” watch MSNBC, equal the percentage who watch Fox News. CNN takes the majority of that audience with 20% saying CNN is their “main source of news about government and politics.”

No surprise here: the “mostly” and “consistently conservative” viewers overwhelming choose Fox News. In total, CNN edges Fox News (16% vs. 14%) as the main source of government and politics news. Today’s results are part of Pew’s year-long look at political polarization in America.

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Greta Van Susteren Slams Stelter’s Comments on Layoffs: ‘Are You Kidding? That’s Cold’

greta-300x168 copyOn Sunday, CNN “Reliable Sources” host Brian Stelter described last week’s layoffs at the network as “painful,” but part of a media industry trend he called “reshaping.” Fox News Channel host Greta Van Susteren saw TVNewser’s story on Stelter and called his commentary “cold”:

This is pretty cold to call what happened to so many hard working people – who lost their jobs – “reshaping.” The truth: failed management. Those who got laid off were doing their jobs — you can’t say that for those who manage the place. If they did their jobs, there would not be so much heartache and worry for so many.

What is also cold is the way this is done. Management doesn’t manage effectively…leading to layoffs…or, code, ‘reshaping’ and then it doesn’t even have the guts to do it themselves. They have HR do it….and even worse, the reshapen employee is escorted out of the building. Go figure, right?

By the way, how does Jeff Zucker keep his job?

Stelter responded to Van Susteren’s comments on Twitter:
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Liz Claman Sits Down With ‘Haute Living’

Claman304-1 Haute Living recently sat down with Liz Claman, who hosts “Countdown to the Closing Bell” and “After the Bell” on the Fox Business Network. Claman spoke candidly about breaking into the industry, her limited financial background and what she would ask Steve Jobs.

Claman broke into the industry without any financial background by telling CNBC, “Anybody can learn numbers. Anybody can learn to read a balance sheet or an earnings report. But can you sit across from Warren Buffet, Bill Gates, Charlie Munger, or Elon Musk and ask them the questions that elicit newsmaking answers?”

Since selling herself to CNBC, Claman has landed countless interviews, including Buffet and Gates. She parlayed her success into a role at Fox Business Network and says, “the cool thing about FOX is that they don’t ask why. They say, sure, why not. We’ve done some crazy things here!”

FNC’s Sandra Smith Announces Pregnancy

Fox News’ Sandra Smith announced she is expecting baby No. 2 during a conversation on air about what pregnant women crave. In a surprising FNC moment, co-host Harris Faulkner asked Sandra, “what do you like to eat when you’re pregnant?”

“I craved citrus and I actually craved chocolate a little bit, mostly salads. Actually, I’m craving them right now because I’m pregnant,” Smith said.

Smith and her husband are expecting the baby “around the end of the year.” They are already parents to a 17-month old.


Greta Van Susteren Defends Ebola Coverage: ‘I’m Doing My Job, And So Are the Others’

gretaYou don’t often hear a Fox News Channel host defending CNN and MSNBC, but Greta Van Susteren does just that in a sharply-worded defense of Ebola coverage on cable news: “It was the media torch that has ramped up the government’s attention to this predictable crisis and, if further unchecked, catastrophic crisis.”

In a post on Van Susteren’s “Greta Wire” blog, the FNC host (who just reported from the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Maryland, interviewing three doctors working on the first Ebola vaccine) suggests critics of cable’s expansive coverage of Ebola–and particularly its arrival in the United States–of deliberately missing the point:

We should have done this so called ‘overboard reporting’ months ago. Maybe if we had, the Texas Hospital would have been ready to deal with Mr. Duncan and maybe two nurses would not be in isolation units, one at Emory, and one at NIH – and others quarantined. Maybe even our government would have been ready?

Just consider this: without the media all over President Obama about ebola, he would not have canceled his fundraising trip to Connecticut to stay home and convene a meeting about ebola at the White House. You can credit the media for that.

Of course the reporting is not perfect but it is getting traction with our government.

And as for the oldest trick in the book? The critics of current ebola reporting are using it themselves! They are criticizing those who are putting a giant spotlight on the crisis and thereby drawing attention to themselves. Some may really need the attention….sagging sales?

Fox News Latino Sees Viewer Spike

FNL304Fox News Latino delivered its best month in nearly two years for (Since December 2012), drawing 1.5 Million Uniques and averaging 6 million combined minutes on the site in September. Compared to the same time last year, the site is up +69% in Total Unique visitors and up +43% in the number of Total Minutes averaged on the site, according to Comscore.

Additionally, last week, FNL co-hosted a special event alongside The Ailes Apprentice Program entitled, “Latinas: A Positive Force for Change.”

The special was moderated by FOX News correspondent Alicia Acuna and was co-paneled by four Latinas including: WNYW meteorologist Audrey Puente, former “Real World” star Rachel Campos Duffy, co-founder and managing partner of XL Alliance Lili Gil Valleta and CEO and Editor-in-chief of “Latino Post” Clara Del Villar.

The roundtable discussed topics ranging from the economy to social and political issues and how each of these affect the Latino culture.

Gannett Editorial Accuses Cable News of Catching ‘Ebola Bug’ and ‘Transmitting Fear’

Cole-Ebola-ISIS-2-690-e1413163765212An unsigned editorial in the Asbury Park (New Jersey) Press–and carried in Gannett newspapers across the country–blasts Fox News, CNN and MSNBC of “ramping up the fear” over Ebola “in order to carve out higher ratings.”

The editorial accuses the networks of “manufacturing a bogeyman” in Ebola, and ignoring a far more real threat to Americans–flu:

When are CNN, MSNBC and FOX going to mount their round-the-clock coverage of the plague of influenza stalking our nation and particularly our senior citizens? Don’t hold your breath.

In the race for ratings and market share, the exotic, foreign killer will nearly always beat out the mundane. And speaking of exotic foreign killers, when the cable news networks take their eyes off the Ebola ball for a moment, it’s only to pick up the ISIS ball and tell us of the imminent threat of those barbarians at America’s gate.

It turns out that fear-mongering translates not only into dollars and cents for news-gathering organizations, but also allows talking heads to politicize the issue. That’s certainly true with ISIS as criticism mounts about just how badly the administration misjudged its threat.

Bill O’Reilly: ‘I’m Sitting Here Because I’m Obnoxious, Not Because I’m White’

OreillyStewart2In an extended “Daily Show” interview Jon Stewart and Bill O’Reilly finally settled the white privilege debate. Or not. Stewart argues it exists. O’Reilly says it doesn’t.

“Let me repeat this and I’ll do it slowly so that even you can understand,” O’Reilly said to Stewart, “If you work hard, if you get educated, if you’re an honest person, YOU CAN MAKE IT IN AMERICA!”

Stewart shot back: “If you live in a neighborhood where poverty is endemic, where it’s harder to work hard, where it’s harder to get an education…”

“YES. It’s harder if you’re a ghetto kid. But can you do it? YES!” O’Reilly shot back.

At one point an audience member heckled the Fox News host. “You think I’m sitting here because I’m white? O’Reilly said. “I’m sitting here because I’m obnoxious, not because I’m white,”

Stewart eventually got O’Reilly to admit that, without “condemning modern society,” that white privilege is “a factor” of American history.

“You, Bill O’Reilly, can lead the flock of the Fox faithful to a better place,” Stewart said in closing.

Shep Smith on ‘Irresponsible’ Ebola Coverage

Fox News’ Shepard Smith offered harsh criticism of the “irresponsible” manner in which Ebola is being covered by the media.

“For the next few minutes, I’m going to give you the facts on Ebola. It’ll take just three minutes. But first, today given what we know, you should have no concerns about Ebola at all. None. I promise,” Smith said to open today’s show.

“The people who say and write hysterical things are being very irresponsible,” Smith went on to say.

Also last night, Jon Stewart had a similar take on “The Daily Show,” in which he played a montage of media outlets covering Ebola.

Surgery Forces Elisabeth Hasselbeck Off Air

Hasselbeck Elisabeth304This morning on “Fox and Friends,” it was revealed that Elisabeth Hasselbeck will be away from the show for a “couple of weeks” while recovering from surgery. The exact procedure is not known, but co-host Steve Doocy said Hasselbeck is “doing just fine, she’s on the mend.”

Replacements will rotate, with Kimberly Guilfoyle filling in for Hasselbeck this morning.

“We heard from her [Elisabeth] last night and she said she is feeling good. So, in a short time, she’ll be back on the set,” co-host Brian Kilmeade said.

Hasselbeck suffers from celiac disease and has written the book, The G-Free Diet: A Gluten-Free Survival Guide.

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