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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.

Will Ignoring Mass Killings Make Them Go Away?

Kelly FileFollowing the shootings at Ft. Hood, TX earlier this month, Fox News’ Megyn Kelly declared her show would not be reporting the names of mass killers. Yesterday, we got to thinking if she would stick to her guns, and not report the name of the accused killer of three, including a teenager, in Kansas on Sunday.

Turns out, Kelly did not report the story at all last night. Kelly’s primetime colleagues Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity also didn’t report on the shootings at a Jewish community center and housing facility; Greta Van Susteren did at the end of “On the Record.”

All three of the Monday network evening news broadcasts led with Sunday’s shooting, which had been declared a hate crime.

Some stories Kelly did cover last night: that altercation between ranchers and federal rangers in Nevada; the IRS political-targeting story; a Utah father suing the state over a law that allows one parent to file for adoption; and a Washington, DC man convicted of possessing unlawful gun ammunition.

The shootings at Ft. Hood on April 2 occurred just hours before Kelly went on the air. In the case of the Kansas killings, the story happened more than 30 hours earlier.

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Bill O’Reilly: ‘Hard to Fathom’ Colbert Attracting Conservatives on ‘Late Show’

O'Reilly ColbertWhile wrapping up the “O’Reilly Factor” last night, Bill O’Reilly chimed in on Stephen Colbert‘s ascension to succeeding David Letterman as “Late Show” host when Letterman retires next year.

Calling Colbert an “interesting” choice by CBS, O’Reilly said he finds it “hard to fathom that 40% of Americans who describe themselves as conservatives will watch Colbert,” adding Colbert will have good writers to go up against “high-energy guys” like Jimmy Kimmel and Jimmy Fallon.

O’Reilly’s prediction on Colbert was certainly more tame than his recent comments on the satirist, who he called a “deceiver” and “one of the biggest mouthpieces for the progressive movement.” O’Reilly’s more critical comments came in response to Colbert mocking him over suggesting President Obama was hurting himself by focusing on equality.

Let the countdown begin to O’Reilly’s first potential appearance on Colbert’s “Late Show,” where Colbert will no longer be playing the faux conservative character that’s won him acclaim.

All the Media News, That’s Fit To Air

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While the three evening newscasts and the network morning shows often look the same — with the same lineup of stories, often airing at the same time — the two media criticism shows, provide two distinct options for news junkies: those who are partial to Fox News and those who tune in to CNN.

Both shows, CNN’s “Reliable Sources with Brian Stelter” and FNC’s “MediaBuzz with Howard Kurtz,” air at the same time, 11amET Sundays. (“MediaBuzz” also gets a re-air at 5pmET)

Yesterday, “Reliable Sources” led with the Stephen Colbert taking over CBS’s “Late Show.” “MediaBuzz” led with how the media covered the departure of HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. Kurtz got to Colbert :47 minutes into his show. “Reliable Sources” didn’t cover Sebelius at all.

On CNN, Stelter had a 10-minute segment, which included an interview with Sen. Al Franken, on the proposed Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger. Kurtz didn’t cover last week’s merger news, but had two segments with former CBS News reporter Sharyl Attkisson, who was also on Bill O’Reilly‘s show earlier in the week.

Stelter reported last week’s news of a new ABC News president, Kurtz did not. Kurtz discussed the coverage of Jeb Bush last week, Stelter did not. Both shows gladly covered competitor MSNBC, and the reports that host Al Sharpton was once an FBI informant.

While no one will ever confuse CNN and Fox News, the two programs that cover the media are leading the way in differentiation.

Greta Confronts Candidate Who Intends to Wage War on Fox News if He Wins Election

This was almost too easy.

On her show Thursday night, Greta Van Susteren confronted Virginia congressional candidate Mike Dickinson who, on Twitter, vowed to wage “war” on the Tea Party and on Fox News if he wins. “I don’t have a problem with you, I have a problem with the company you work for,” Dickinson told Van Susteren, who then quickly dispatched with the candidate over his contradictory statements and outright lies, including a claim that he was the CEO of company that owns strip clubs.


How Megyn Kelly Landed an Interview With Sheryl Sandberg

During an sit-down on “The Kelly File” this week, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg revealed that she struck up a friendship with Megyn Kelly after a Fox News interview that Kelly did while she was pregnant with her third child.

In the interview that Sandberg saw, Kelly took on Erick Erickson and Lou Dobbs for their stance on female breadwinners, asking: “What makes you dominant and me submissive, and who died and made you scientist-in-chief?”

“I loved [the interview] so much that I called you and we became friends over it,” Sandberg told Kelly. “I was really impressed that you did it because the guilt is such a big issue for all of us.” Watch:


Sharyl Attkisson Says She Had to Stop Pursuing Stories ‘Due to Lack of Interest’

In an interview on Bill O’Reilly‘s Fox News show Thursday, former CBS News investigative correspondent Sharyl Attkisson said she was forced to abandon some of the stories she reported on — like the attacks at the U.S. embassy in Benghazi, the “Fast and Furious” scandal and Obamacare — “due to lack of interest.”

“I don’t think on the viewer’s part, but on the people that decide what stories go into the broadcast and what there’s room for, they felt fairly early on that this story was over, when I felt as though we had barely begun to scratch the surface,” Attkisson said. “They didn’t ask me what was left to report, they just decided on their own that the story was done.” Watch:


Rupert Murdoch on Fox News, Fox Sports 1

Rupert_Murdoch_2011_Shankbone_3Rupert Murdoch sits down for an extensive Q+A with Fortune‘s Pattie Sellers, weighing in on the recent news that his son Lachlan Murdoch will re-join News Corp. and 21st Century Fox, his divorce from Wendi Deng and the possible Republican Presidential candidates of 2016. He also talked about Fox News and the recently-launched Fox Sports 1:

Does it bother you at all, Rupert, that there is a view that Fox News has contributed in a big way to the political discontent in the U.S., degraded the political process, and maybe, in spotlighting the Tea Party, even hurt the Republican Party? I think it has absolutely saved it. It has certainly given voice and hope to people who didn’t like all that liberal championing thrown at them on CNN. By the way, we don’t promote the Tea Party. That’s bullshit. We recognize their existence.

Your new Fox Sports 1 network is a very big bet. Well, it’s a pretty big bet. We certainly expect to lose a couple hundred million dollars for a year or two, and then we expect it to turn, and we’ll gradually make it into a major alternative to ESPN. We’re not going to put ESPN out of business.

Why does ESPN need an alternative? I think the public deserves choice.

Did Pizza Hut Steal Neil Cavuto’s Idea?

neil cavuto_304x200In a Twitpic video this afternoon, Fox News’ Neil Cavuto‘s show tease claims Pizza Hut has made a fortune off his great culinary mind.

“Did I tell you that years ago, I came up with the idea for an all-you-can-eat meat pizza, with a cheese-filled crust,” Cavuto said, claiming that Pizza Hut has made a financial killing off his idea, in the form of the fast-food chain’s stuffed-crust pizza.

Cavuto then had words of advice for three former Taco bell interns, who claim they came up with the idea for the popular Doritos Locos Taco 19 years ago (Taco bell launched the item in 2012.)

“I’m telling you kids…you’re getting squat, because you didn’t think, just like I didn’t think,” Cavuto concluded.

Cavuto’s culinary complaint after the jump (click on photo for video).

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Bill O’Reilly Takes on ‘Deceiver’ Stephen Colbert

O'ReillyLast night, Bill O’Reilly responded to Stephen Colbert‘s segment from last week’s “Colbert Report,” where Colbert mocked O’Reilly for suggesting focusing on equality was hurting President Obama.

“One of the biggest mouthpieces for the progressive movement is Stephen Colbert,” O’Reilly said, adding that although about a million people watch Colbert, he’s the “darling of the far-left Internet.”

Colbert had skewered O’Reilly for calling equality an “opium-laced dream.” “Mr. Colbert is a deceiver,” O’Reilly continued, adding he strongly believes in fighting for equality in various areas, but not in the form of government trying to impose it.

And while wrapping up a follow-up segment with Alan Colmes and Monica Crowley, O’Reilly compared his salary to the Comedy Central satirist’s: “Colbert and I both do a national television program…I’m paid about eight times more than he is. Do you know why?” O’Reilly asked his guests, without giving an answer.

Colbert didn’t answer O’Reilly on his show last night. We’ll see what happens tonight.

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Heather Childers Isn’t the First Anchor to Mix Up the NCAA and the NAACP

This morning the “Today” show played a clip of Fox News anchor Heather Childers who mistakenly called the UConn Huskies “the 2014 NAACP national champs.” Of course, they’re the NCAA champions. Childers corrected herself on air, and on Twitter wrote, “Just misspoke. Fuel 4 late night comics ;)

“I guess you guys don’t beleive in karma,” Savannah Guthrie said after the clip. “It’s happened to all of us,” Matt Lauer chimed in. WATCH:

On Twitter, Childers also pointed out she isn’t the first news anchor to mix up the NAACP and the NCAA. Look who else did:

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