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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.

Politics Aside, Bret Baier Finds a New Beat

Special Heart HC Hi Res resAs he rose through the journalism ranks, Fox News’ Bret Baier prided himself on out-hustling his competitors. But the last several years have presented the “Special Report” anchor with a heart-wrenching challenge mostly out of his control.

“I was asking a million questions. I was probably the most annoying father in the hospital,” Baier told TVNewser in an interview about his new book “Special Heart,” which chronicles his son Paul’s battle with congenital heart disease.

While political anchoring carries its own important responsibility, his son’s illness presented much higher-stakes. “The decision-making process is life or death,” he said, noting one important decision after Paul’s birth: wait a week for a top surgeon to return to America and operate, or go elsewhere.  He and his wife Amy “thought about it, prayed about it, and came to the conclusion to wait.”

Throughout Paul’s three open-heart surgeries and seven angioplasties, Baier still had to smile for the camera and stay sharp while reporting both on the road and in studio. “I can’t say I was 100% focused on whatever the issue of the day was,” he says. Today, the balancing act between family and work remains. “The whole experience has given me perspective, and I try to balance more than perhaps I did before.”

And how did that perspective—about family and health—impact his reporting on the Affordable Care Act? “There’s a lot of questions on both sides. The one thing I can conclusively say is that there are amazing doctors and nurses doing amazing things around our country. We all should remember that.” For Baier, there’s one “family” he’ll never forget.

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Bret Baier: Cantor Loss ‘Biggest Political Story We’ve Seen in Decades’

BaierFNC’s Bret Baier is officially ready for the midterms.

“This definitely puts you in election mode,” Baier tells TVNewser following coverage of Eric Cantor‘s loss last night in his House race primary. “Seeing this type of upset throws you right into the mix of what November will be.”

We talked with Baier this afternoon about his new book, “Special Heart,” (more on that tomorrow) but had to ask about last night’s Virginia primary and how the media were caught off guard by the results.

“There was no internal polling [at Fox News]. There wasn’t a lot of polling in the race period,” Baier says, noting that the signals he was getting from Republicans on Capitol Hill was that Cantor’s victory was a “no-brainer.”

“No one really expected it. We noted on my show last night before the numbers started coming in that it was a little closer than people thought. But still, it didn’t seem like it would happen. It’s arguably the biggest political story we’ve seen in decades. There has never been a House Majority Leader who has lost in a primary in the history of our republic.”

Bill O’Reilly: Stelter is a ‘Far-Left Zealot Who Has Masqueraded as a Journalist for Years’

Bill O’Reilly has responded to CNN’s Brian Stelter claiming he ran a smear campaign over Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl‘s father’s appearance and language.

“So by telling you the truth…that Robert Bergdahl learned to speak Pashto and looked like a Muslim at the White House, I am smearing a military family,” O’Reilly said indignantly last night after playing a clip from “Reliable Sources” Sunday, where Stelter made the accusation.

“Well, we expect that from that guy [Stelter], a notorious far-left zealot who has masqueraded as a journalist for years.”

And Stelter responded.

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CNN, NBC, FNC Specials on O.J. Simpson Murder Case, 20 Years Later

CNNOJ2Tonight at 9pmET, CNN’s Kyra Phillips reports “O.J.’s Wild Ride: 20 Years After the Chase,” looking back on the slow-speed pursuit of O.J. Simpson on the night of June 17, 1994, four days after the murders of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman.

Tomorrow night at 9pmET, NBC presents a two-hour “Dateline” special on the 20th anniversary of the case. Josh Mankiewicz reports “The People vs. O.J. Simpson: What the Jury Never Heard,” which features exclusive interviews with Kris Jenner, a friend of Nicole Brown Simpson, as well as a key witness who speaks out for the first time.

Friday at 7pmET, Greta Van Susteren hosts a special on Fox News Channel. A former criminal defense attorney, Van Susteren’s TV career can be traced back to the so-called trial of the century. Her legal analysis for CNN led to the show “Burden of Proof.” FNC’s Geraldo Rivera hosted the Fox News special “O.J. Simpson At 20″ last month.

Next Monday at 10pmET, CBS’s “48 Hours” will present a look back at the trial.

‘The Kelly File’ Tops ‘The O’Reilly Factor’ in Demo Viewers For the Week

megyn kelly kelly file 5“The Kelly File” was the top cable news show in the A25-54 demographic last week, topping perennial leader “The O’Reilly Factor” for only the second time ever. Megyn Kelly‘s program averaged 413,000 viewers to Bill O’Reilly‘s 402,000 demo viewers for the week.

“The Kelly File” has beaten “The O’Reilly Factor” in the demo only once before, on a week when O’Reilly was on vacation (the week of May 5, 2014). This is the first time Kelly’s program has delivered a win when the two hosts were both in.

O’Reilly’s show was out front in total viewers, averaging 2,528,000 to Kelly’s 2,434,000 for the week. Both shows featured heavy coverage of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl‘s release from Taliban captivity in Afghanistan.

Sunday Media Shows Cover Bergdahl Prisoner Swap

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The Sunday media shows both led yesterday covering the Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl prisoner swap.

“Thank you Bill O’Reilly for demonstrating how to conduct a smear campaign against a military family,” Brian Stelter said after playing a clip of O’Reilly noting Bowe’s father, Bob, has learned to speak Pashto and “looks like a Muslim.” He then turned to MSNBC’s “resident conservative” Joe Scarborough: “I confess I almost threw my remote control at the TV at one point this week,” Stelter said after playing a clip of Scarborough and Chuck Todd‘s heated exchange about Bob Bergdahl, where Scarborough called him a bad father.

Stelter also noted Fox News’ James Rosen report that Bergdahl had converted to Islam during his captivity. “That has not been backed up by other sources,” Stelter said. His guest, the New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza, praised Rosen as a reporter, but suggested his report “does not meet the bar”: “This is hearsay from terrorists passed through an ex-felon and then to the American people” (Rosen responded to Lizza via Twitter).

Over on “MediaBuzz,” Howard Kurtz referenced Rosen’s report, noting the part about Bergdahl being locked in a cage for weeks had been confirmed. Kurtz also chimed in on MSNBC’s Ari Melber claiming the media was “swiftboating” Bergdahl. “I would argue, lots of news organizations that would not be described as conservative organizations have been going out and finding out information from the soldiers and other sources about Bergdahl’s conduct.”

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Bill O’Reilly: BlackBerrys, iPhones Causing People to Create Their Own ‘Bubble’

While speaking with Matt Lauer this morning, Bill O’Reilly‘s gave his take on Hillary Clinton‘s potential run for president, the Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl prisoner swap, and how mobile and second screen devices are causing people to create their own universes.

“They don’t know now,” O’Reilly answered Lauer about young people not knowing the history behind events like today’s D-Day anniversary. “These machines are taking over the world,” O’Reilly continued, suggesting BlackBerrys and iPhones are helping people create their own “bubble.”

The former English teacher also pointed blame at the education system: “Public schools don’t teach history.”

First Bad News From Megyn Kelly, Then an Arrest Warrant From Police

It’s been a rough 24 hours for losing South Dakota senate candidate Annette Bosworth.

First, she learned of her South Dakota senate primary loss live on “The Kelly File” Tuesday night: “That’s news to me…I didn’t know that,” Bosworth said after Megyn Kelly reported the results. 24 hours later, Trace Gallagher reported more bad news about her: police issued an arrest warrant for Bosworth, alleging she was not present when people signed petitions for her Senate run, but instead, on a missionary trip to the Philippines.


Greta Van Susteren: Stephanopoulos Didn’t Stop Susan Rice From Saying What She Meant

Rice GeorgeA new round of criticism aimed at National Security Adviser Susan Rice for comments she made on Sunday shows; this time about her recent comments on “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.” On Sunday, Rice said rescued Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl served with “honor and distinction.”

One of those critics is Greta Van Susteren, who blogged in response to statements the White House gave Fox News’ Chief White House Correspondent Ed Henry, claiming that in her comments, Rice meant “we should not forget that Bergdahl was serving his country in general.” The White House added Rice wasn’t “necessarily trying to characterize the circumstances of his capture which she said we’d have to learn more about.”

“If Susan Rice MEANT that, why didn’t she say it?” Van Susteren said. “ABC’s George Stephanopoulos never stopped her from saying what she meant. This is clearly a pathetic effort to clean up what she said.”

Rice, of course, became a political lightning rod in 2012 after she went on Sunday morning shows several days after the terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. During her appearances, Rice suggested a controversial YouTube video was the prime catalyst for the attack, which was quickly rejected by Republicans, who claimed she knowingly misled the public.

Networks’ D-Day +70 Coverage Plans

D-day_Normandy_Nara_26-G-2343Broadcast and cable news networks will provide special coverage this week for the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion of Normandy, France.

“CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” is doing a weeklong series, with correspondents Jim Axelrod, Mark Phillips and Dean Reynolds speaking to World War II veterans about their stories from the invasion. Phillips and Senior White House Correspondent Bill Plante, fresh off a cycling tour of France, will provide coverage from Normandy on Friday’s 70th anniversary.

Brian Williams will anchor special editions of “NBC Nightly News” from the site of the American cemetery overlooking Omaha Beach on Thursday and Friday. Joining Williams on-the-ground in Normandy will be special correspondent and author of “The Greatest Generation,” Tom Brokaw, chief foreign affairs correspondent Andrea Mitchell, chief White House correspondent Chuck Todd, and national correspondent Peter Alexander. And on the evening of the anniversary Friday, NBC News will air an 8pmET primetime special, “Brian Williams Reporting: Journey to Normandy,” spotlighting four World War II veterans as they make their return to Normandy.

On Friday, “World News with Diane Sawyer” will air the story of 90-year-old Cosmo Uttero, who is traveling to Normandy this week for the first time since he and the Allied troops invaded Normandy on June 6, 1944. Chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl will also report from Normandy on Friday, as he covers President Obama’s speech.

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