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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.

Ebola Arrives in New York; Cable News Clears the Decks for Rolling Coverage

B0rMF7DIgAAD5i0Well, Canada, it was nice, but, well, we’ve got Ebola in New York. You could almost hear the cell phones ringing with news executives’ re-worked plans: We’re going to pull you guys out of Ottawa as soon as you’re off the air. Everybody to New York.

The cable news networks reacted with a frenzy of reporting Thursday evening in the wake of New York City’s first confirmed case of Ebola.

As New York is home to the nation’s major media, the emergence of Dr. Craig Spencer was enough to send producers pulling the keys from around their necks to unlock the nuclear launch codes. This, my friends, was big. Sorry, Dallas and Atlanta, I mean, well, do we really have to explain this to you?

CNN and MSNBC devoted wall-to-wall coverage to Ebola ahead of a planned news conference in New York, while planning extended coverage into the night and for Friday morning. Fox News announced it would air a live edition of “Hannity” at 10 p.m., followed by a live hour of “The Kelly File” with Megyn Kelly at 11 p.m. “Fox and Friends First” will begin live coverage at 4:30 a.m.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, at the Ebola news conference that was carried live on cable news and streamed online, said New York, essentially, had been ready and waiting for this. “What happened in Dallas was the opposite,” the governor said. “The more facts you know, the less frightening the situation is.”

So on with the intense coverage then–and no panic, okay? FoxSports.com writer Erik Malinowski grabbed a photo of CNN’s Ebola 7-box (above), about which author Adam Sternbergh noted “there are more people on that screen than have contracted Ebola in the USA.”

Geraldo Rivera: The ‘Real Threat’ Comes From ‘The Great White North’

geraldo_rivera_mi_130201_mainFox News host Geraldo Rivera has suggested the attack in Ottawa proves the “real threat” to the United States comes not from a poorly-defended border to the South, but from the far-longer and much less heavily monitored border with Canada.

“The danger is from homeground or Canada-based terrorists, not from Juan and Maria who just want to wash dishes, mow lawns, baby sit or work in the fields to make a better life for their children,” he writes on Facebook.

It wasn’t just the Fox News host noting the differences between borders. CNN’s “Erin Burnett OutFront” asked viewers on Twitter whether they felt the border to the North was secure:

‘I’m Trying to Think of a Stronger Word Than Atrocious’

"Dirty Wars" Portraits - 2013 Sundance Film FestivalJeremy Scahill, the investigative reporter at The Intercept and author of Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army, slammed American media coverage of the attack on Canada’s Parliament Wednesday. “I’m trying to think of a stronger word than atrocious or embarrassing.”

Many have noted the stark difference between Canadian news coverage of the Ottawa attack and how the story was reported in the United States. Speaking on CBC Radio’s “As It Happens,” Scahill singled out two networks:

“Any rumor that happens to pop up on Twitter or social media is carried almost as though it’s a totally true story from a reliable source. And this is true of our biggest networks, CNN, Fox News.”

“What we are really seeing right now in the U.S. media is a push for Canada and Canadians to adopt this default rhetoric that now permeates the discussion on terrorism in this country that this needs to be immediately labeled terrorism, and there has to be a paramilitary or military response to what may have been a deranged individual.”

Listen to the interview after the jump.
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In Profile: Chris Jansing, Megyn Kelly, Alicia Menendez, Stephanie Ruhle

JansingPaul304NBC News’ senior White House Correspondent Chris Jansing talks to The Hill about growing up in Ohio, her move to D.C. and baking wedding cakes.

I’m happy a lot. Anytime I’m with close family and friends. Doing breaking news. Traveling. Meeting interesting people and experiencing new things. And it makes me very happy to throw a great dinner party with fun people around the table that lasts for hours. There should always be a cheese course.

kelly sandbergFox News Channel anchor Megyn Kelly sat down with People to discuss juggling motherhood and her career, which doesn’t leave much room for sleep.

I have a set up that allows me to be a stay-at-home mom in the day and fulltime employee in the night. It works out well for my home and work life, but it doesn’t leave a lot of time for rest.

Fusion’s Alicia Menendez and Bloomberg’s Stephanie Ruhle are both featured on Marie Claire‘s “New Guard” list, which highlights the 50 most connected women in America.

What Megyn Kelly Appreciates Most About Bill O’Reilly

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MediabistroTV caught up with Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly at the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame awards last night. Kelly co-hosted the event along with NBC Sports’ Bob Costas. Vicki Salemi, our editor of MediaJobsDaily asked Kelly what she owes the success of her year-old “Kelly File,” which most nights is the second most-watched program on cable news. “I have a very healthy lead-in,” Kelly admits. We also asked her what gave her the courage to leave the legal world behind, for career in TV news. In a word: “misery.” WATCH:

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?

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