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Archives: June 2014

Fox News Exec on Megyn Kelly/Dick Cheney Interview: ‘I Think It Shows Who Megyn is’

megyn kelly dick cheney_304In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Fox News’ executive VP of programming Bill Shine praises Megyn Kelly for her recent interview with former Vice President Dick Cheney, where she pressed Cheney on his culpability regarding the Iraq War.

“I think it shows who Megyn is,” says Shine. “She’s a great broadcaster and she’s a great journalist. I think it also shows some of our competition and some of our skeptics what we do over here. I always say a lot of people who don’t like us don’t watch us.”

Shine also addressed Fox’s median viewer skewing older in age. Read more

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Jailed Al Jazeera Journalist Won’t Appeal

Mohamed Fahmy, the jailed Al Jazeera journalist, won’t appeal his conviction. Fahmy is one of three journalists from the Qatar-based channel found guilty last week of conspiring with the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. Today, with the help of his brother, Fahmy tweeted that an appeal would be futile.

Whether he changes his mind or not, the Egyptian judge in Fahmy’s case hasn’t yet filed the guilty verdict, a step needed for the appeals process to begin.

Fahmy also claimed he was being scapegoated.

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Fox News No. 1 for 50 Quarters

When the final Q2 2014 ratings come out tomorrow, Fox News will mark a milestone, one that has only been matched by ESPN in the cable TV universe. Fox News will mark 50 Quarters — or 12 and a half years — as the No. 1 cable news channel in total viewers in both total day and primetime. ESPN has done that in the sports category, which until recently, it had to itself.

Two of FNC’s shows, “Fox & Friends” and “Your World with Neil Cavuto” are also marking 50 quarters at No. 1. (Other shows like “O’Reilly Factor” and “On the Record” have even longer streaks). Thanks to Bloomberg BusinessWeek, we can share this graph of the quarter-to-quarter performances of FNC, CNN, MSNBC and HLN, going back to 2001.

We’ll have the full Q2 2014 cable news ratings highlights tomorrow.

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The Scoreboard: Friday, June 27

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 211 | MSNBC: 86 | CNN: 80 | HLN: 93
  • Primetime: FNC: 293 | MSNBC: 87 | CNN: 113 | HLN: 127

4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
FNC
Cavuto:

165

TheFive:

286

Baier:

279

Greta:

294

O’Reilly:

382

Kelly:

303

FNR:

192

O’Reilly:

145

Kelly:

122

MSNBC
Wagner:

80

EdShow:

166

Sharpton:

78

Matthews:

52

Hayes:

60

Iraq:

103

Lockup:

98

Lockup:

196

Lockup:

194

CNN
Tapper:

36

Blitzer:

62

Blitzer:

54

Burnett:

65

Cooper:

79

Sixties:

130

Cont.:

Bourdain:

92

Bourdain:

148

HLN
Now:

65

Files:

60

Files:

42

Files:

67

Files:

96

Files:

158

Files:

129

Files:

152

Files:

193

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Ann Curry Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award from LA Press Club

NBC-annCurryNBC News anchor Ann Curry received The Joseph M. Quinn Award For Lifetime Achievement in Journalistic Excellence last night from the LA Press Club. Curry was honored along with Michael Bloomberg and Mathew Winkler of Bloomberg News, both of whom accepted the President’s Award for Impact on Media, and Maria Shriver who received the Public Service Award.

Curry worked as a reporter at KCBS in Los Angeles from 1984-1990. In her acceptance speech Curry talked about keeping TV news “pure.”

This new generation wants to laugh at hysterical YouTube videos, who doesn’t? But they also want journalism to be relevant, fathomless, and fearless and most of all, pure. Free from influences and motivations about things like where the money is coming from. So, while a lot is changing some things will remain, including that our credibility will be only as strong as the wall between the reporters and advertising.

Pres. Obama Announces New Executive Action on Immigration Reform

ObamaNBC News and ABC News provided special coverage of President Obama’s statement on immigration reform this afternoon, where the president announced new executive action he will take. CBS News didn’t provide special coverage.

“America can not wait forever for them [House Republicans] to act,” the president said before announcing he is moving available resources from America’s interior to the Mexican border. The president said he’s also instructing Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and Attorney General Eric Holder to formulate additional recommendations for executive actions he can take.

NBC News broke in at 3:01pmET with “Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams anchoring in New York and senior White House correspondent Chris Jansing reporting from the White House. ABC News cut in at 3:01pmET with recently-named “World News” anchor David Muir anchoring in New York and senior national correspondent Jim Avila reporting from the White House.

Bob Beckel Outnumbered During Hobby Lobby Ruling Debate

On its final day of rulings for this session, the Supreme Court delivered a decision tailor-made for cable news. The ruling in Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby involves religious freedom, first amendment rights, and Obamacare. Cable news programs have been debating the ruling and its possible lasting effect since it came in, including on CNN’s “Legal View with Ashleigh Banfield,” MSNBC’s “The Reid Report,” and FNC’s “Outnumbered.” Just as its title indicates, that’s where FNC’s Bob Beckel found himself on the issue. The cable news day is still young, so expect more fireworks throughout the day.


(h/t J$P)

CNN’s ‘Documented’ Tweet Draws Criticism

CNN aired “Documented” last night, which chronicled Pulitzer-prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas‘ story. Vargas has gained a high-profile after outing himself as an undocumented immigrant and advocating for comprehensive immigration reform (watch our Media Beat interview with him after the jump).

But it was a CNN tweet revolving around the documentary that caught attention.

That twitter question drew the ire of many. Read more

Smart Payment Plan Looks at How Building Vehicle Equity Can Get You Ahead

As the experts at Smart Payment Plan advise, building equity in a vehicle should be a top priority for all car owners. Negative equity can put you in an unfortunate financial situation when the time comes to sell your vehicle. But if you take proper steps to build equity, you will improve your financial prospects.
Some car owners don’t understand the importance of avoiding negative equity, even though many consumers find themselves in this position. Negative equity means that you owe more on your car than it is worth. More and more Americans are facing this problem because of high interest rates, diminishing vehicle value, and poorly-designed payment plans.
In fact, 30 percent of consumers had negative equity on their vehicles in 2007, according to Debt.org. On average, people owed $3,600 on their old cars when they proceeded to trade them in for newer ones. It’s an unfortunate reality that many people owe thousands of dollars on vehicles that they no longer own. In many cases, negative equity situations can be attributed to lengthy finance contracts that make monthly costs lower but force up the price of the car due to interest. Read more

Katie Couric, Andrea Mitchell Featured at Aspen Ideas

katie_couric_660The Aspen Ideas Festival continues this week, and this year, msnbc.com is using the occasion to partner with Bing for the first of a series of six interactive chats called “The Great Debate.” MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell moderated the inaugural panel discussion this morning with former Director of the NSA, Gen. Keith Alexander. It streamed live on msnbc.com and will re-air later on MSNBC.

The additional five discussions in The Great Debate series will take place throughout the rest of 2014.

In addition to Mitchell taking part in the Festival, Yahoo’s! Katie Couric is there, and this afternoon will interview former Brithish Prime Minister Tony Blair on Yahoo’s homepage. That’s at 3:30pmET. Couric will take part in two conversations tomorrow, including a discussion on the legalization of marijuana with Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper.

Later today, Aspen Ideas CEO, and former CNN president, Walter Isaacson interviews Hillary Clinton.

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