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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.

Greta Van Susteren Shares ‘Big’ Regret

Greta304x200Greta Van Susteren takes readers inside her media world on GretaWire, and this morning, she shared an editorial choice she regrets.

After explaining she’s recently been researching the genocide happening in Iraq, Greta wrote about another country that experienced mass genocide in the 1990s she regrets not covering.

I started digging deeper into the genocide (estimates 500,000 to 1,000,000 slaughtered!) of Rwanda and what hit me like a ton of bricks was the date. It started in April or May of 1994 and went on for many months. So….why did I miss it? My head was buried in OJ Simpson. I was too consumed with a Hollywood murder! Of course this is not to take away from the murder victims and the importance of their lives and murders….but you get the point. I can still recite dates and times about the OJ Simpson case but, until I started my new study about the genocide in Rwanda, all I could do was tell you ‘yes, there was genocide in Rwanda.’ That’s all. That’s pitiful. I certainly was not alone. Almost the entire US media was 24/7 OJ Simpson (from June 12, 1994 until October 1995.) So…that’s why you probably don’t know much about it since all we talked about in the media and showed you was a trial in California. Sometimes I think we in the media have our heads on wrong. I am not saying the Simpson coverage was wrong but I am saying I could have done a lot better.

Shepard Smith on Why Reporters Were Arrested: ‘Well That’s a Good Question’

This afternoon, Shepard Smith sounded off on police who arrested two reporters last night covering protests in Ferguson, Missouri.

“It’s not in some cordoned off area…no this is in a McDonald’s, an open McDonald’s restaurant, where you can drive through and get a number three. But then they [the police] were all of a sudden clearing it out, and they wanted it clear right then. So the reporter is picking up his bag and stuff and starts videotaping…arrested. A reporter for the Washington Post newspaper. Who arrested him? The officer wouldn’t give his name. What was he under arrest for? Well that’s a good question.”


Roger Ailes Promotes Bill Shine and Brian Jones at Fox Business

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With the departure of Kevin Magee as EVP of Fox Business Network, FNC and FBN Chairman Roger Ailes is splitting the management duties with the promotion of two longtime executives, TVNewser has learned.

Bill Shine, (far left) currently EVP of programming for Fox News, has been promoted to senior EVP and takes on the additional programming role at FBN. Brian Jones, (near left) currently SVP at FBN, has been upped to EVP of news operations for the channel. Ailes remains the lead executive for both Fox News and Fox Business.

Shine is an 18-year veteran of Fox News, joining in 1996 as senior producer of “Hannity & Colmes.” Jones got his start as a producer in local news, joined Fox News in 1997, then moved on to jobs in politics and finance, before returning to Fox in 2003.

Bill O’Reilly ‘Not Real Annoyed’ Networks are ‘Overdoing’ Robin Williams’ Death Coverage

Last night, Bill O’Reilly and guest Bernie Goldberg discussed the media’s coverage of the death of Robin Williams.

“This story I think is legitimate; I’m not real annoyed that the people are overdoing it,” O’Reilly said, adding that wall-to-wall media coverage of high-profile figure deaths began with the death of John F. Kennedy Jr. in 1999. “Robin Williams deserves the adulation he’s getting, he deserves the attention he’s getting, and hopefully the depression thing will become forefront.”


Politico: David Gregory Cut Vacation Short to Host ‘Meet the Press’

david gregory_304x200POLITICO reports amid increasing rumors of his imminent ousting, David Gregory left his vacation midway through last week to moderate “Meet the Press” Sunday.

David Gregory wasn’t supposed to host “Meet the Press” on Sunday. He was on a planned vacation in Nantucket, where, the night before, he had hosted a special presentation of the Boston Pops, sponsored by Coastal Living and Real Simple. Midway through the week, however, Gregory changed his mind. His fate at “Meet the Press” had been the subject of numerous press reports. Page Six and others had declared him dead in the water come November. Several NBC personalities were already vying to replace him. Gregory was chartered back to Washington for Sunday’s program, having concluded, one NBC source said, that being off was “a dumb move” — that would have only further fueled speculation that the host was on his way out.

And yesterday, Greta Van Susteren echoed her colleague Chris Wallace‘s criticism of NBC News’ treatment of Gregory on GretaWire.

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Shepard Smith Explains Use of the Word ‘Coward’ During Robin Williams Coverage

The hours-long cable news coverage of the death of Robin Williams last night included some reporting, and much eulogizing. And as often happens during unscripted live TV news coverage, the words used are interpreted in different ways.

Case in point: Shepard Smith. At the end of his hour-long special, the Fox News anchor read a quote from the late actor/comedian about his children. Smith then surmised: “They’re inspiring you and exciting you and they fill you up with the kind of joy you could never have known. But something inside you is so horrible, or you’re such a coward, or whatever the reason, that you decide you have to end it. Robin Williams, at 63, did that today.”

Smith was immediately criticized for using the word “coward.”

“The last thing I would ever suggest about a man I know nothing about personally, is that he’s a coward,” Smith tells TVNewser. “That goes against everything I am. If those words, I used so innocently, offended his family, from the bottom of my heart, I could not be more sorry.”

Nischelle TurnerOver on CNN, entertainment reporter Nischelle Turner got some pushback for using the word “demons” when describing Robin Williams’ mental state. She apologized on air.

“I’ve been getting a lot of feedback from the mental health community in using that word,” Turner said. “A lot of times when we’re doing live coverage we say things and we’re talking and we don’t realize what we’re saying. They’re absolutely correct. That it is a disease, so I apologize for using the word demons.”

ABC News also got some social media pushback for promoting a live feed of aerials of Williams’ home on ABCNews.com.

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Bill O’Reilly Gets a Mention in Sherri Shepherd’s ‘The View’ Farewell

Sherri ShepherdOn her final day co-hosting “The View,” Sherri Shepherd gave an emotional farewell speech that included the mention of a cable news star.

Bill O’Reilly said I was a pinhead,” Shepherd said during her farewell episode today (taped last week). “I remember one time another talk show host said, ‘a potato sack could replace Sherri Shepherd,’ and I started crying, and they must have told Whoopi [Goldberg] because Whoopi came in and she was like ‘look at me, look at me…if Barbara [Walters] didn’t think you could do this, she wouldn’t have asked you to be here.”

As we reported, the favorites to replace Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy might be coming from the cable news ranks.

Chris Wallace: NBC Shouldn’t Leave David Gregory ‘Twisting in the Wind’

“Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace appeared on “MediaBuzz” to give his thoughts on the influence of Sunday shows today and the rumors swirling about one of his competitors.

“I think it’s lousy,” Wallace said about how NBC News is treating “Meet the Press” moderator David Gregory amid rumors of his imminent ousting. “We all understand we don’t have a right to these jobs; it’s a tremendous privilege. On the other hand, I think we do have a right to be treated properly and not shabbily, and if you’re going to get rid of David Gregory–and I don’t know if they are, I have no inside information–then they ought to just do it. But this kind of twisting in the wind…it’s unseemly.”


The Story Behind the Ice Bucket Challenge

Matt Lauer has done it, so has Shepard Smith and Rachel Maddow. NBC’s Dylan Dryer did it late last week, then on Saturday challenged her “Today” colleagues Erika Hill, Lester Holt and Jenna Wolfe. They accepted. So where did the ice bucket challenge start? “CBS This Morning” had the back-story this morning. And, naturally, led to a challenge for Charlie Rose, Norah O’Donnell and fill-in host Jane Pauley. Rose and O’Donnell accepted the challenge. Pauley asked, “Can I just write a check?” WATCH:

Israel-Gaza: TV Networks Say They Were There Too

WolfTunnel304We’ve been hearing from tvnewsers following our Q&A yesterday with Fox News Channel’s Sean Hannity who was finishing up a 4-day reporting trip to Israel. During the interview, we asked Hannity what he thought of the media coverage so far of the conflict.

Here’s my take on the media coverage, and I did glance around. I didn’t see — and maybe some of them did it — but I didn’t see reporters in the elaborate tunnels, I didn’t see them at the indoor playground, I didn’t see people go to the war room of the mayor of Sderot, like we did. I think there are too many Hamas representatives put on the air. I don’t think enough emphasis has been put on the lives of the average Israeli. Where’s CBS? Where is all this so-called reporting on NBC and CNN?

Because the headline of our story included the last part of the quote, a couple of those other networks reached out to us to emphatically say, “We were there.” So, in the interest of fairness, here are some of those reports from CNN, CBS News and NBC News:

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