Greta also asked if her Fox colleagues are wrong to characterize the Times as a left-wing paper. “I think that isn’t the right way to look at the Times,” Abramson responded. “The Times is a cosmopolitan newspaper…there are many stories where I think that characterization is just dead wrong. The Times plays it straight.”
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.
On “Shepard Smith Reporting” this afternoon, Smith and Maria Bartiromo waded into the major media news of the day that Fox News’ parent company, 21st Century Fox, made an $80 billion offer last month to buy Time Warner, the parent company of CNN.
Saying she would “not be betting against Rupert” (and also noting she has no insider information), Bartiromo said she suspects Murdoch will come back with a higher bid that the Time Warner shareholders will ultimately accept. Under such a deal, 21st Century Fox would sell CNN to appease regulators — “beat ‘em, buy ‘em, sell ‘em,” as Smith described it. Under that scenario, Bartiromo says she sees CBS as a likely bidder for CNN.
The deal is off — for now — but just the thought of 21st Century Fox owning Time Warner set media tongues wagging this morning.
21st Century Fox’s $80 billion offer for Time Warner, first reported by the New York Times‘ Andrew Ross Sorkin, who also co-hosts CNBC’s “Squawk Box,” came in the form of a letter from Fox to the Time Warner board. “The Time Warner board of directors declined to pursue our proposal,” a Fox statement read. “We are not currently in any discussions with Time Warner.”
The cable news and business networks have been reporting on the proposed mega media merger. CNN’s Carol Costello reported the dashed deal as “breaking news.” “Time Warner, our parent company saying thanks but no thanks to a multibillion dollar takeover bid from Rupert Murdoch.”
TIME (itself recently spun off from Time Warner) reports CNN would have been spun off had the deal happened. Or, as Stuart Varney reported on FNC, the deal “would have been minus CNN because you cannot have them getting together with Fox.”
Time Warner is a top trending topic on Twitter this morning.
— Francisco Cortes (@CortesLatino) July 16, 2014
Murdoch’s quest for yet more money and power http://t.co/7dQxHZviMO
— Nick Davies (@Bynickdavies) July 16, 2014
Inadvertently, Murdoch has helped out his rival’s shareholders, as CNBC’s Carl Quintanilla tweets:
— Carl Quintanilla (@carlquintanilla) July 16, 2014
Bob Beckel apologized on “The Five” tonight for using the word “Chinamen” last week.
“I made some comments last week about the Chinese people which apparently upset some people, for which I apologize,” Beckel said near the end of the show.
“However…I do not apologize for the things I’ve said about China—and I won’t go into the litany of it now because there are too many China apologists in this country—but I will continue to warn the American people about how dangerous China is to the U.S. security and to our business community. But to those who were offended, I apologize. I do not apologize to the Chinese government, or for their habits, or for their murders, or for anything else.
Beckel was apologizing for these comments he made last Thursday: “The Chinese are the single biggest threat to the national security of the U.S. They have been, they will be and they can wait, they’re very patient. Do you know what we just did? As usual, we bring them over here and we teach a bunch of Chinamen— eh, Chinese people— how to do computers and then they go back to China and hack into us.” The comments drew widespread criticism, and calls for Beckel’s firing from Asian-American politicians like California congressman Mike Honda and California state senator Ted Lieu.
Alisyn Camerota is back in the cable news business, joining CNN as an anchor. Camerota, whose first day is today, joins CNN after 16 years at Fox News Channel. She left in March. Camerota will contribute to all programs, with a permanent slot announced in the coming months.
“I have been a fan of Alisyn’s for a very long time, and couldn’t be happier that she has agreed to come to CNN,” said Jeff Zucker, president of CNN Worldwide.
“From the moment Jeff Zucker shared his vision for innovative storytelling at CNN, I wanted to be part of it,” said Camerota. “I know the power of cable news and it’s exciting to be going to the place that invented it and continues to be the standard bearer for stories of international import. I’ve always admired the fine work of the journalists at CNN and I’m honored to join their ranks.”
Camerota was most recently co-host of “America’s News Headquarters” on FNC. Before that, she co-anchored “Fox & Friends Weekend.” TVNewser caught up with Camerota at the Fred Friendly awards luncheon in early June. At the time, she hinted a new opportunity was in the works.
Fox News correspondent (and former Navy pilot) Lea Gabrielle spent part of this week flying her Cessna 172 from San Diego to NYC with FNC anchor Jon Scott, who acted as her co-pilot on the trip. The pair, who made the trip to bring Gabrielle’s plane to the East Coast seven months after she moved to NYC from California, stopped along the way at the Grand Canyon, as well as in Amarillo, Texas and Wichita, Kansas.
— Lea Gabrielle (@LeaFOXNews) July 10, 2014
Hasselbeck noted that she’s given her take on all of “The View’s” recent exits—not just O’Donnell’s return—and would be open to speaking with her former co-host.
- Cincinnati native Bill Hemmer talks to Cincinnati Magazine before throwing out the first pitch at the Reds game this weekend. Hemmer predicts his news team would be victorious in a Fox News/MSNBC game. “Top to bottom, you won’t find bigger names in cable news than here. That game is a blowout.”
- Elisabeth Hasselbeck reveals eight things you might not know about her to Family Circle Magazine. Among them: a killer 3-point basketball shot and go-to relaxation techniques. “My ultimate stress relievers are a nice run, a hug from my kids and good ol’ prayer.”
- Sean Hannity invites People Magazine into his kitchen for a feature on his culinary skills. Hannity, a short-order cook in his youth, now delegates weekend cooking to his children. “I’m the breakfast guy. For years I would cook on Sundays, but I’ve turned it over to them.”
Rosie O’Donnell is returning to “The View” as a co-host in the fall, ABC confirmed via Twitter a short time ago. ABC says O’Donnell will be a co-host of the show joining moderator Whoopi Goldberg. The show is looking for at least two other co-hosts, who may come from the cable news ranks.
O’Donnell left the show in 2007 after an infamous spat with former co-host and current Fox News host Elisabeth Hasselbeck. Last night, O’Donnell responded on Twitter to comments Hasselbeck made about her. On “Fox and Friends” Wednesday, Hasselbeck said Barbara Walters‘ farewell show in May was really O’Donnell’s “hello show.” A Rosie fan chimed in:
@ellenrja – excellent comment – she was hiding in her dressing room – til i walked right in and said hello – her reply LETS TAKE A SELFIE !!
— Rosie (@Rosie) July 10, 2014
On the O’Reilly Factor last night, Howard Kurtz suggested MSNBC is no longer favoring President Obama.
“Even the folks at MSNBC not getting the thrill up the leg anymore,” Kurtz said, referencing Chris Matthews‘ now infamous “thrill up my leg” sound bite from 2008. “And the liberal commentators, they’re disillusioned, they’re bummed, they’re depressed, they need medication…this is their guy.”
O’Reilly disagreed about MSNBC: “I haven’t seen that on MSNBC. They still either avoid the issue or throw out rank propaganda.”