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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.

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.”

Fox News Channel to Air ‘Killing Kennedy’

5O'Reilly BillFox News Channel will air the film “Killing Kennedy” on Sunday, Nov. 30 at 9 pm ET. The Emmy-nominated film, based on the book Killing Kennedy by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard, originally aired on the National Geographic Channel and drew a record audience of 3.4 million viewers.

FNC will also air a special edition of “The O’Reilly Factor” at 8 pm ET, featuring Dugard, Rob Lowe, Don Imus and Bill Hemmer The special “Factor” will offer an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the creative process of the film.

“Killing Kennedy” stars Lowe as President John F. Kennedy and William Rothhaar as Lee Harvey Oswald. It details the popularity of President Kennedy and documents the motives behind Oswald’s actions that ultimately led JFK’s assassination.

The film is directed by Nelson McCormick and produced by Ridley Scott’s Scott Free Productions. “Killing Kennedy” was nominated for three primetime Emmy awards.

Kurtz Slams Uber: ‘This is Ugly, Ugly Stuff’

Fox News Channel’s “Media Buzz” host Howard Kurtz has slammed Uber and its executive Emir Michael over the story first reported by BuzzFeed, that Michael suggested “digging up dirt” on journalists, specifically Pando Daily’s Sarah Lacy:

Leaving aside the mendacity of targeting someone’s personal life because you don’t like what she’s written, how clueless do you have to be to talk about going after journalists at a table full of journalists?

What’s more, the reason this is chilling is that Uber has personal information on where and when its passengers go. There’s an assumption that this info remains private, but a corporation out to smear someone could certainly misuse it.

The backstory is that Lacy, an aggressive journalist who once worked for Business Week, has been torching Uber. She has accused the company of “sexism and misogyny.” She said she was deleting her Uber app after BuzzFeed’s report that the firm appeared to be working with a French escort service.

Kurtz notes Uber has swiftly traded its hip image for a far more sleazy one:

This is ugly, ugly stuff.

But here’s an unintentionally funny line from the piece: “His remarks came as Uber seeks to improve its relationship with the media and the image of its management team, who have been cast as insensitive and hyper-aggressive.” How’s that workin’ out for ya?

Brit Hume: MSNBC’s Al Sharpton ‘A Tax Cheat And A Crook’

Rev. Al Sharpton Holds News Conference At National Action Network's OfficeFox News Channel senior political analyst Brit Hume has called MSNBC host Al Sharpton “a tax cheat and a crook”–a reference to a report by The New York Times Tuesday that Sharpton “has regularly sidestepped the sorts of obligations most people see as inevitable, like taxes, rent and other bills,” with the Times discovering more than $4.5 million in current state and federal tax liens against Sharpton and his for-profit businesses.

Hume credited the Times for reporting the story, which Sharpton did not reference on his MSNBC show, “Politics Nation”, Tuesday evening. MSNBC had no comment when TVNewser contacted the network.

The New York Observer, however, reports Sharpton alluded to the tax story in a statement:

In his written statement, Mr. Sharpton also made what seems to be a veiled reference to a story in today’s New York Times, which highlighted some $4.5 million Mr. Sharpton and his various groups owe in tax liens.

“We have made mistakes, but we have and will continue to correct those mistakes. Our work has far outweighed our mistakes and I am neither focused on the polls or the attacks,” he said in statement. “I am focused on supporting justice for the families in Ferguson and Staten Island.”

Chuck Todd: MSNBC ‘At Night’ Has ‘Liberal Perspective,’ But Fox Is ‘More Campaign-y’

NBC’s Chuck Todd tried to draw a distinction between Fox News and MSNBC, suggesting both tilted politically in prime time, but played the news straight during the day. The difference, Todd said in an interview with Huff Post Live, is that Fox–due to the influence of Roger Ailes–is more

“I think it’s a little bit different because, look, I’ve always thought the Roger Ailes political past… because he actually worked as an operative, [Fox] always feels a little more campaign-y than what gets accused on the MSNBC side. I certainly think at night there’s certainly a liberal perspective [and] a conservative perspective. I think in the daytime both channels would argue that there’s a lot more straight forward reporting.”

Megyn Kelly Set to Chat With Facebook Fans

megyn-kellyFox News Channel anchor Megyn Kelly will answer questions on Facebook tonight to celebrate surpassing 1 million likes.

She’ll be taking questions at 10 pm ET, immediately after her show, “The Kelly File,” ends. She last did a Facebook chat with Cosmpolitan’s Joanna Coles on Nov. 3, the day before midterm elections.

Kelly seems to be extremely popular on Facebook, as her show’s page has surpassed 1M fans and her personal page has over a half million likes since it was created in June 2014. ”The Kelly File” page has received over 2.3M Facebook interactions in the last month and has grown 807 percent since Nov. 17 of last year, adding 903K fans.

In Profile: Vieira, Nosuchinsky, Michaels

In the upcoming issue of More magazine, Meredith Vieira opens up about why she finally agreed to host “The Meredith Vieira Show,” her relationship with her former ”Today” and “The View“ colleagues and not wearing underwear.

We [Vieira and Matt Lauer] were like an older sister and younger brother. It was like, ‘F you, a-hole’ or ‘You’re a loser.’ It was teasing.

Fox News Red Eye’s Joanne Nosuchinsky spoke with Rider University about being named Miss New York USA, her unique background and a desire to act.

Either you act or you host, and while I really do love hosting, I don’t think my whole career will be hosting. I have dreams of starring in sitcoms and films.

Legendary sports broadcaster Al Michaels opens up in his new autobiography “You Can’t Make This Up,” which hits bookstores today. Michaels discusses a wide range of topics including his broadcasting philosophy, O.J. Simpson and even tells a few Howard Cosell stories.

He [Cosell] would always mock [Olympics host] Jim McKay. Cosell also basically loathed his longtime ‘Monday Night Football’ partner Frank Gifford, referring to him as ‘the human mannequin.’

FNC’s MediaBuzz Delivers Highest-Rated Program Since Launch

Hkurtz5Fox News Channel’s “MediaBuzz” with Howie Kurtz delivered its highest-rated program since its debut, with 1.3 million total viewers on Sunday. ”MediaBuzz” was also the number one cable news program in the demo for the day, according to Nielsen.

Sunday’s program included an interview with Fox Business Network’s Melissa Francis, who discussed the reaction she received when trying to report on Obamacare while working for her previous employer, CNBC.

According to Nielsen, ”MediaBuzz” more than doubled CNN and MSNBC combined in the 25-54 demo for the 11 am ET hour and beat CNN and MSNBC combined by 86 percent. Since its launch in September 2013, “MediaBuzz“ is up 53 percent in total viewers and up 126 percent in the demo.