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Neil Cavuto Tells Democrats Who Avoided Fox: ‘We Are Still Here. And You Are Not’


Fox News host Neil Cavuto noted on his show Thursday that there are two kinds of Democrats: the kind that do interviews with Fox, and the kind that don’t. Cavuto said many of the Democrats who refused requests for interviews were the same Democrats who went down to defeat on Tuesday. “Just ignoring us is pointless,” he said. “How many times have I said we’re not red, we’re not blue, we’re just green. Your money.”

To prove he’s fair to all his guests, Cavuto showed clips of contentious exchanges with Republicans, and amiable debates with Democrats–many of whom, he noted, coasted to easy wins on Election Day. Then, with a screen filled with the faces of Democrats who lost in lopsided contests, Cavuto said “look around. We are still here. And you are not.”

Midterm Election TV Ratings: Fox News Tops Broadcast Nets; Beats Cablers Combined

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Fox News Channel was the most-watched network — on broadcast and on cable — during coverage of the midterm elections. Fox News beat CNN and MSNBC in both total viewers and the A25-54 demo, combined during primetime hours. The cable networks were all down compared to the 2010 Midterm elections: Fox News was down -9% in viewers and down -31% in the demo; CNN was down -13% in viewers and down -12% in the demo; and MSNBC was also down -13% in viewers and down -22% in the demo.

At 10pmET, when the broadcast networks aired special reports, Fox News averaged 6.6 million viewers, topping No. 2 CBS which averaged 5.4 million viewers. This marks the first time during election coverage that Fox News topped all the broadcast networks in the A25-54 demo.

  • 10pmET: (Total Viewers | A25-54 demo)

FNC: 6,607,000 / 1,825,000 A25-54
CBS: 5,408,000 / 1,548,000 in 25-54
NBC: 4,225,000 / 1,484,000 in 25-54
ABC: 3,147,000 / 1,083,000 in 25-54
CNN: 1,936,000 / 912,000 in 25-54
MSNBC: 1,594,000 / 566,000 in 25-54

  • 8pmET – 11pmET:

FNC: 6,310,000 / 1,662,000
CNN: 2,107,000  / 909,000
MSNBC: 1,687,000 / 525,000

Obama to Voters: I Hear You. Obama to Fox News: I’ve Missed You

ObamaMidtermsNewser21“To everyone that voted,” Pres. Obama said at the start of his post-midterm election news conference today, “I want you to know that I heard you. To the two-thirds of voters that chose not to participate in the process yesterday, I hear you too.”

Carried on all the broadcast networks and cable news networks, the president said he has three priorities where he’ll need the help of the current Congress, before the new Republican-controlled Congress gets to work in January.

1) Ebola funding, 2) a new authorization for use of military force against ISIS and 3) passing a federal budget.

Following his remarks the president took his first question from Julie Pace of the Associated Press, the second question went to Reuters’ Jeff Mason, the third went to Chris Jansing from NBC News, and the fourth to Jon Karl of ABC News. “I would enjoy having some Kentucky Bourbon with Mitch McConnell,” said the president when Karl asked about his relationship with the soon-to-be Majority Leader. The next question when to Phil Mattingly of BloombergTV.

The president next went to Ed Henry of Fox News. “I’ve missed you guys. I haven’t done this in a while,” the president joked. “I know. I miss you,” Henry shot back. Sam Stein of the Huffington Post got the next question.

Major Garrett of CBS News got the next question, saying to the president: “If you do miss us, allow me to suggest we do this every week.”

“We might. Who knows? I’m having great time,” said Obama. Jim Acosta of CNN got the next question. The last question went to Scott Horsley of NPR.

‘Gross’: Journalists Not Happy With Republican Attorney General’s Re-Election in Florida

PamBondiIt wasn’t the biggest Republican victory of the midterms, but the re-election of Florida’s Republican attorney general Pam Bondi seems to have gotten under the skin of some journalists, who revealed their true feelings about Bondi in a string of comments on Facebook last night.

When Miguel Fernandez, executive producer at CBS-owned WFOR in Miami updated his Facebook status to read “Ugh! TALLAHASSEE, Fla (AP) — Republican incumbent Pam Bondi re-elected as Florida’s attorney general,” people lined up to register their outrage. “Crap,” said one. “DISGUSTING,” said another.

Among the commenters were journalists, including MSNBC managing editor Ilyas Kirmani, who commented on Bondi’s re-election, “gross,” and WFOR reporter Lisa Petrillo, who wrote “yuck.”

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CBS is Most-Watched Broadcast Network For Midterms Coverage

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In addition to online coverage, each of the Big 3 broadcast networks produced one-hour primetime midterm election specials at 10pm.

According to Nielsen overnight time period data, CBS was the clear winner at 10pm. CBS averaged 5.367 million viewers, to NBC’s 4.270 million, and ABC’s 3.507 million. All three networks dropped from their lead-ins. CBS lead the way at 9pm with a repeat of “NCIS,” averaging 11.7 million viewers. NBC was second with sitcoms averaging 4.6 million and ABC was third with 3.9 million watching “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D”

All three networks also lost viewers from their first half hour, to the second. We’ll have final broadcast and cable ratings later.

CNN Had 24 Reporters on Election Night, But Did Better With Just One Reporter and a Pizza

B1oTQJVIIAA34NyLast night was “Election Night in America” on CNN, and the network fired up its election set, complete with giant Vista Wall crawling with 24 CNN correspondents–a visual cue that nobody, and they mean nobody, had ever assembled an election night army of reporters like CNN. They were standing by, on crowded risers in the back of ballrooms in hotels from Florida to Iowa. You, home viewer, could sit back satisfied that when something actually happened in one of those ballrooms, CNN would be on it.

Here’s the thing. Nothing happened. Sure, there was a massive political realignment underway across the country, as the nation gradually repainted state after state in Republican red. But all those reporters filling up that 24-box? They pretty much fulfilled the cliche paint-by-numbers part of election night on TV: standing in a room, telling viewers what they could’ve guessed all by themselves: the crowd is excited (or concerned). The band is playing (or the room is emptying out). They’re cautiously optimistic here at clearly-going-to-lose headquarters. The candidate is upstairs, we’ve been told, watching returns.

B1nzFwzIcAEqdq4Every TV reporter has spent a night on one of those risers, and we’ve all repeated those very same boilerplate observations. The only real news that ever happens in one of those ballrooms or sports bars is when the candidate speaks, and often that speech gets carried live, bypassing the reporter in the room altogether. CNN, for its part, pretty much skipped candidate speeches altogether. And that left all of those 24 reporters with very little to offer, other than the promotional value of being there.

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Jon Stewart Apologizes, Says He Was Kidding About Not Voting

Screen Shot 2014-11-04 at 11.37.13 PMJon Stewart stirred reaction with an appearance at CNN, and an flip comment that he did not bother to vote on Election Day. On his show tonight, he took a moment to apologize, saying it should have been more clear that he was just kidding, and he did, in fact, vote.

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Just Re-Elected Governor, John Kasich Wants to Host ‘O’Reilly Factor’

Screen Shot 2014-11-04 at 10.32.39 PMBret Baier and Megyn Kelly interviewed John Kasich, a congressman-turned-Fox News host-turned Governor, following his re-election in Ohio. Kelly tried to get him to commit to even higher office.

“It wasn’t that long ago that you were at the Fox News Channel, everyone loved you,” Kelly said. “Now you go to Ohio. the people love you. Are you going to make a pitch on a national level and hope they love you and put you in the White House?”

Kasich: “What I’m really bucking for in the short term is to come back and host O’Reilly again at least once or twice. It would be fun. Tell O’Reilly I might be coming his way.”

“I think you’re one of the few people he actually would allow to take over that show,” said Kelly.

Megyn Kelly Would be Just Fine Showing the Scott Brown Cosmo Centerfold Again

Scott Brown CosmoJust after calling the New Hampshire Senate Race for incumbent Jeanne Shaheen over challenger Scott Brown, Fox News’s Megyn Kelly said, “I didn’t know we were going to make it through that segment without putting up the Cosmopolitan centerfold picture of Scott Brown. We didn’t need to air that, I guess.”

“I’m really happy we didn’t,” added Bret Baier.

In June 1982, Brown, then a 22-year-old Boston College law student, won Cosmopolitan magazine’s “America’s Sexiest Man” contest.

CNN’s ‘Major, Major Projection’ Immediately Labeled ‘Not a Major Surprise’

IMG_1855Here’s the thing about dramatic music and full-screen wipes: they seem silly when you follow them up with an admission that, well, none of this was even a shred of a surprise. Take CNN’s call on control of the House of Representatives. CNN’s Anderson Cooper threw to Wolf Blitzer with a promise of a “big projection.”

Blitzer said it was, bigger than big, a “major, major projection” in the fight for control of the House. “Which party is coming out ahead? Get ready for that major projection RIGHT NOW.” And CNN rolled the full screen CNN PROJECTION graphic, after which Blitzer himself poured ice water all over the preceding thirty seconds of dramatic hype: “Not a major surprise by any means.”

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