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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.

Kiran Chetry Appears in Infomercial on CNBC

Chetry InfomercialFormer Fox News and CNN anchor Kiran Chetry, who back in August made a few appearances anchoring late-night newscasts on CNN International, turned up again over the holiday weekend–this time on CNBC.

Chetry wasn’t anchoring at CNBC, but rather, appearing in an infomercial for a juicer, the “NutriBullet”.

Watch a clip, after the jump. Read more

FNC Correspondent Jonathan Hunt Becomes U.S. Citizen

Fox News correspondent Jonathan Hunt is celebrating his first Thanksgiving as an American citizen. Hunt went on Shepard Smith‘s show earlier this week to talk about his path to citizenship, joking that his swearing-in marks “the real start of the decline of America.”

Bill O’Reilly Teaches Jimmy Fallon About General Patton

Fox News Channel anchor Bill O’Reilly was on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” last night. O’Reilly discussed his tour with Dennis Miller, promoted his book Killing Patton and gave Fallon a history lesson.

Geraldo to Haters: ‘I’m Turning Your Posts Over to Fox News and Facebook Authorities’

Geraldo Rivera is not shy about sharing his opinions, whether on TV, the radio or social media. He’s been supportive of Pres. Obama’s executive action on immigration, and has said as much on Facebook. “Bravo Mr. President for having the courage … to do the right thing for five million undocumented, but otherwise law-abiding immigrants,” he wrote last Thursday. Many of his followers don’t agree, and have said as much in the comments. So Rivera is taking an executive action of his own, turning over the “hateful, ignorant and racist” replies to the “authorities” and calling those commenters “little pieces of shit.”

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Still, the comments keep pouring in, 1,491 at last count. This one sums it up: “If you don’t like honest replies, don’t post on Facebook.”

(h/t Romenesko)

5 Questions With… Mike Tobin, Reporting Live from Ferguson

5tobin5Fox News correspondent Mike Tobin has covered major events all over the world. He’s reported from Iraq, Israel and Qatar to name a few, in addition to being front and center for the Boston Marathon bombing and Sandy Hook tragedies. Tobin’s currently in Ferguson, MO where coverage of the chaos surrounding Mike Brown’s death has captivated America.

Tobin, who is still on the ground in Ferguson, spoke with TVNewser about things he’s witnessed recently while covering the riots.

TVNewser: What is one memory from the chaos in Ferguson that will forever be embedded in your mind?

Tobin: I was really impressed with cameraman Bob Lee. In addition to mastering the technology, the guy drives so hard to get in the action and get the shot. Bob has guts. That’s a great quality on a chaotic story.

TVNewser: Did you ever feel like your safety was in jeopardy?

Tobin: Oh yeah. Those are real bullets. I’m under no illusion that I’m somehow immune. There is also non-lethal stuff – bean bags. I’d prefer not to get hit at all, but the modifier ‘non’ is comforting when you put it in-front of the word ‘lethal.’

TVNewser: How does covering conflict in areas such as Iraq and the Gaza Strip compare to what you witnessed in Ferguson over the last few months?

Tobin: War is War. This is a riot. War is deadly serious. Kids out here in Ferguson treat this like it’s a game. They are running around stealing hair weaves and cases of pop. In the process they are destroying the livelihoods of hardworking people and rationalizing their behavior. I find it less palatable than war.

TVNewser: OK, let’s lighten the mood. Will you be able to get home and celebrate Thanksgiving?  Read more

MSNBC’s Al Sharpton Immersed in Ferguson News, Draws Criticism from Megyn Kelly

SharptonMSNBC host Al Sharpton continues to be front and center in the aftermath of the grand jury’s decision to not indict Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown.

Sharpton spoke at a Brown family news conference this afternoon, speaking directly to St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch. “This is not our first rodeo McCullough. We will deal with this in a way civil rights leaders have,” Sharpton said.

During Fox News’ coverage of the chaos last night Megyn Kelly had some choice words for Sharpton. “Whether they [Ferguson residents] believe the representations of a guy like Al Sharpton, who just went out there and stoked the fires by giving them misinformation after misinformation, never to be corrected.”

Ed Henry Asks White House About Al Sharpton’s Taxes

HenrySharptonAt today’s White House briefing, Fox News’s Ed Henry asked Press Secretary Josh Earnest about last week’s New York Times story about MSNBC host and activist Al Sharpton and an unpaid tax bill of some $4.5 million. Henry set up the question noting the president’s ties to Sharpton. “He is here at the White House frequently as an adviser to the president, the president spoke at his organization,” Henry said, before asking:

Henry: Is the president concerned?

Earnest: The question you are asking underscores the importance that there is not political interference in tax enforcement. I am confident this administration is allowing whatever enforcement procedures are underway to be carried out.

Henry: An adviser to the president should pay his or her taxes?

Earnest: I think every American should pay his or her taxes

Sharyl Attkisson: Media Have ‘Bought Into’ Administration’s Benghazi Strategy


In an interview with Howard Kurtz on FNC’s “Media Buzz”, former CBS News correspondent Sharyl Attkisson argued news networks have accepted a White House media strategy that Benghazi is old news, and if anything, a “phony Republican scandal”:

“The strategy that the administration has deployed to make it all sound like old news and controversialize it as if it’s a phony Republican scandal has been somewhat effective within the media, if not maybe with the American public, which polls say I think they are still keenly interested in this topic. The media have kind of bought into that this is a conservative story and a Republican scandal.”

Networks Divided On Use of Term ‘Illegal’

103114_illegalFlip from one channel to another, and the language used to describe the immigration debate will likely be different. Fusion’s Felix Salmon has broken down exactly where major media organizations stand on use of the phrase most often described as offensive–and banned by many newsrooms–”illegal immigrant”, finding a range of policies, from “never” to “preferred usage.”

Salmon argues there’s good reason to avoid the term:

The reason is simple: People who speed aren’t “illegal drivers,” nor are people who fall behind on their taxes “illegal filers.” Even soldiers fighting against the United States without belonging to a formal national army are generally referred to as “unlawful” rather than “illegal” combatants. The use of the term “illegal” to refer to a person is a usage which is confined to exactly one group of people: Migrants. As a result, “illegal,” when used as a noun, always means immigrants — people whose only crime is the victimless pursuit of liberty and prosperity.

According to Salmon’s breakdown, NBC, ABC, Fusion, CNN, and Univision refuse to use the term, while CBS allows its use: Read more

Critic: Cable News Walking Fine Line Between Coverage and ‘Inciting Violent Mood’

1408526936999_wps_5_A_protester_joins_hands_wDenver Post media critic Joanne Ostrow detects a “curiously eager” drumbeat in the cable news coverage from Ferguson ahead of the expected grand jury report:

If you’ve watched cable news lately, you are aware of the fine line they are walking between capturing the mood in Ferguson, Mo., in advance of a grand jury decision and practically inciting a violent mood.

Ostrow wonders whether heavy coverage of what might happen will influence what does happen. “It’s the tone that’s worrisome,” Ostrow writes. “Will there be blood? Might there be shooting? They’re guessing for all they’re worth.”

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