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Bill O’Reilly and Howard Kurtz Talk Al Sharpton’s Dual Activist, MSNBC Role

O'Reilly KurtzBill O’Reilly spoke with Howard Kurtz and Lauren Ashburn last night about Al Sharpton‘s ongoing activism on behalf of Michael Brown while also hosting his MSNBC show.

“This is a travesty,” Kurtz said, citing Sharpton’s “political” eulogy at Brown’s funeral yesterday, meeting with Michael Brown’s family, and what Kurtz says is Sharpton’s “acknowledgment” that he is a conduit for the Obama administration for on-the-ground information on Ferguson.

“This just reeks that MSNBC thinks this acceptable…you can’t be a player and cover the game,” Kurtz added. O’Reilly chimed in he believes Sharpton “almost singlehandedly has corrupted NBC News,” dismissing MSNBC President Phil Griffin‘s defense that the network has been transparent about Sharpton’s dual roles. Yesterday, Sharpton spoke at Brown’s funeral in St. Louis in the afternoon and later hosted “PoliticsNation” from there at 6pmET. He led the show covering the funeral, playing parts of his eulogy off the top.

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How Cable News Covered Michael Brown’s Funeral, Al Sharpton’s Eulogy

Sharpton BrownThis afternoon, cable news covered the funeral of 18-year-old Michael Brown as one of MSNBC’s hosts continued being part of the story.

MSNBC was the only channel to air Al Sharpton‘s eulogy, dipping into it at 12:44pmET. “Order says that children bury their parents…we should not sit here today and act like we’re watching something that is in order,” Sharpton said to rousing chants from the crowd gathered at a St. Louis church.

MSNBC took Sharpton’s eulogy for 11 minutes before Chris Matthews, filling in for Andrea Mitchell, wrapped the noon eastern hour. Ronan Farrow opened his show speaking with Craig Melvin about his interview with Brown’s parents, but showing a full screen of Sharpton’s speech while Melvin reported.

During Sharpton’s eulogy, Fox News continued with its “Outnumbered” panel, who discussed topics ranging from James Foley‘s beheading to what time school should start for teens. At 1pmET, “Happening Now” opened airing images of Sharpton speaking live, then turning to Garrett Tenney outside the church. CNN aired Don Lemon interviewing CNN political commentator LZ Granderson and CNN contributor Donna Brazile. Ashleigh Banfield closed “Legal View” airing parts of Lemon’s interview with the mothers of Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, and Sean Bell.

During Sharpton’s eulogy, Fox News’ Howard Kurtz tweeted about his statements. And this morning, Don Lemon tweeted–about not tweeting. Read more

Did Obama White House Get Initial Insight on Ferguson From Al Sharpton?

SharptonPolitico Magazine writes the Obama administration leaned on MSNBC’s Al Sharpton for information after the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown and subsequent protests in Ferguson, Missouri.

A few days after 18-year-old Mike Brown was gunned down in Ferguson, Missouri, White House officials enlisted an unusual source for on-the-ground intelligence amid the chaos and tear gas: the Rev. Al Sharpton, a fiery activist who became a household name by provoking rather than pacifying. In Ferguson, Sharpton established himself as a de facto contact and conduit for a jittery White House seeking to negotiate a middle ground between meddling and disengagement. “There’s a trust factor with The Rev from the Oval Office on down,” a White House official familiar with their dealings told me. After huddling with Brown’s family and local community leaders, Sharpton connected directly with White House adviser and First Friend Valerie Jarrett, vacationing in her condo in the exclusive Oak Bluffs section of Martha’s Vineyard, not far from where President Obama and his family were staying. Obama was “horrified” by the images he was seeing on TV, Jarrett told Sharpton, and proceeded to pepper him with questions as she collected information for the president: How bad was the violence? Was it being fueled by outside groups—and could Sharpton do anything to talk them down? What did the Brown family want the White House to do?

As we reported recently, Sharpton has been in the middle of two high profile cases recently: the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson and the case of Eric Garner, who was put in a chokehold by NYPD police and later died. “Rev. Al Sharpton is both President of the National Action Network and host on MSNBC,” MSNBC president Phil Griffin told us. “We’ve always been transparent about the dual roles and his work outside of MSNBC.”

Fired Up Bill O’Reilly Helps Put Fox on Top

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After CNN’s back-to-back ratings wins Monday and Tuesday, Fox News Channel returned to its familiar perch atop the cable news ratings scoreboard. FNC drew the most total viewers and A25-54 demo viewers in both total day and primetime Wednesday. While FNC was up in both dayparts, CNN and MSNBC were both down from Monday and Tuesday.

The host of the channel’s No. 1 show was also back in his chair. Bill O’Reilly cut his vacation short to return to host last night’s “O’Reilly Factor” much of which was devoted to Ferguson, including a Talking Points Memo targeting “charlatan” Al Sharpton and a fiery debate with Bob Beckel and James Carville. And it paid off. O’Reilly had his best numbers since since last Monday, which included breaking news coverage of the death of Robin Williams.

Other Wednesday highlights include a new demo high for daytime show “Outnumbered,” and a new 2014 total viewer high for “Real Story with Gretchen Carlson.”

CNN managed demo wins from 3-5pmET. Fox News took all other hours of the day.

MSNBC Host Al Sharpton in the Middle of Two High Profile Police Cases

SharptonMSNBC knew hiring Al Sharpton three years ago would raise questions about where the line between news commentary and subjective advocacy lies for the network. Sharpton has been front and center of two recent cases involving the deaths of black men at the hands of police. First, 43-year-old Eric Garner who was put in a chokehold by NYPD officers last month, and later died, and Saturday’s death of 18-year-old  Michael Brown, shot by police in Ferguson, MO.

Over the weekend, even before Brown’s death, Sharpton was all over New York media calling for a march against aggressive police tactics. Since the Ferguson shooting and resulting riots, Sharpton has dedicated three-quarters of his “PoliticsNation” airtime to the story, and is devoting at least half to tonight’s show to the topic. “The Ed Show,” “All In” and “The Last Word” also plan on leading with the Brown story today.

Sharpton hosted his program from St. Louis Tuesday. Earlier in the day, he stood beside Brown’s parents at a press conference, urging the federal government to get involved in the case and cautioning citizens against reactionary violence. He also announced his National Action Network will pay for Brown’s funeral.

“We didn’t hire Al to become a neutered kind of news presenter,” MSNBC Phil Griffin told the Associated Press in March, 2012, during the Trayvon Martin case. “That’s not what we do.”

We reached out to MSNBC for this story, but did not receive a response.

>>Update: MSNBC President Phil Griffin tells TVNewser: “Rev. Al Sharpton is both President of the National Action Network and host on MSNBC. We’ve always been transparent about the dual roles and his work outside of MSNBC.”

The Scoreboard: Thursday, August 7

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 239 | MSNBC: 64 | CNN: 143 | HLN: 107
  • Primetime: FNC: 388 | MSNBC: 126 | CNN: 235 | HLN: 162

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

156

TheFive:

225

Baier:

252

Greta:

233

O’Reilly:

403

Kelly/Obama:

432

Hannity:

327

O’Reilly:

302

O’Reilly:

194

MSNBC
Wagner:

34

EdShow:

59

Sharpton:

90

Matthews:

109

Hayes:

104

Maddow:

156

O’Donnell:

116

Hayes:

78

Maddow:

66

CNN
Tapper:

120

Blitzer:

110

Blitzer:

104

Burnett:

114

Cooper:

208

Sixties/Cooper:

256

Tonight:

235

Tonight:

230

CNNI:

170

HLN
Now:

60

Files:

58

Files:

49

Jane:

94

Grace:

174

Dr.Drew:

167

Files:

146

Files:

122

Files:

168

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The Morning Ticker: Sharpton, Ramos, Rascon

  • MSNBC host Al Sharpton put himself at the center of the news this weekend. Following the choke-hold death of suspect Eric Garner while in NYPD custody last week, Sharpton led a march and press appearances with the victim’s family, calling for change in police tactics.

  • Fusion’s Jorge Ramos will anchor “America” from the U.S.-Mexican border tomorrow. Ramos will report on the journey thousands of unaccompanied children are taking as they flee the increasing violence and economic hardship in their home countries.

  • KNBC reporter Jacob Rascon is on temporary duty for NBC News’ Los Angeles bureau for the rest of the summer. Rascon, the son of former CBS News correspondent Art Rascon, joined KNBC in 2012. His first story for NBC News is the Washington wildfires.

The Scoreboard: Tuesday, July 15

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 215 | MSNBC: 75 | CNN: 97 | HLN: 89
  • Primetime: FNC: 283 | MSNBC: 150 | CNN: 100 | HLN: 118

4p: 5p: 6/6:30p 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
FNC
Cavuto:

145

TheFive:

295

Baier:

231

Greta:

254

O’Reilly:

353

Kelly:

253

Hannity:

243

O’Reilly:

220

Kelly:

184

MSNBC
Wagner:

19

EdShow:

54

Sharpton:

98

Matthews:

152

Hayes:

152

Maddow:

162

O’Donnell:

135

Hayes:

89

Maddow:

67

CNN
Tapper:

147

Blitzer:

131

Blitzer/Cross:

131/91

Burnett:

112

Cooper:

98

SpcRpt:

111

Tonight:

90

Cooper:

73

SpcRpt:

78

HLN
Now:

19

Files:

26

Files:

75

Jane:

72

Grace:

108

Dr.Drew:

89

Files:

159

Files:

178

Files:

236

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The Scoreboard: Tuesday, July 1

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 229 | MSNBC: 77 | CNN: 79 | HLN: 90
  • Primetime: FNC: 373 | MSNBC: 156 | CNN: 131 | HLN: 105

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

92

TheFive:

161

Baier:

167

Greta:

240

O’Reilly:

402

Kelly:

399

Hannity:

316

O’Reilly:

208

Kelly:

290

MSNBC
Wagner:

48

EdShow:

57

Sharpton:

97

Matthews:

122

Hayes:

148

Maddow:

160

O’Donnell:

157

Hayes:

68

Maddow:

62

CNN
Tapper:

27

Blitzer:

29

Blitzer:

59

Burnett:

96

Cooper:

116

SpcRpt:

181

Tonight:

97

Cooper:

98

SpcRpt:

173

HLN
Now:

54

Files:

31

Files:

25

Jane:

61

Grace:

99

Dr.Drew:

78

Files:

139

Files:

172

Files:

245

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The Scoreboard: Friday, June 13

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 210 | MSNBC: 91 | CNN: 85 | HLN: 91
  • Primetime: FNC: 241 | MSNBC: 144 | CNN: 85 | HLN: 115

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

206

TheFive:

321

Baier:

234

Greta:

187

O’Reilly:

258

Kelly:

283

Bush:

182

O’Reilly:

184

Kelly:

251

MSNBC
Wagner:

25

EdShow:

82

Sharpton:

114

Matthews:

128

Hayes:

123

Docs:

154

Cont:

Lockup:

166

Lockup:

203

CNN
Tapper:

91

Blitzer:

101

Blitzer:

94

Burnett:

110

Cooper:

75

Sixties:

103

Spot/Unguard:

107/46

Bourdain:

60

Bourdain:

79

HLN
News:

37

WWYD:

17

DrDrew:

46

Secret:

41

Grace:

81

Files:

124

Files:

140

Files:

158

Files:

209

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