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Has Media Played a Part in Bad Presidential Optics?

FNCDuring his interview with Chuck Todd yesterday, President Obama acknowledged the theatre of the presidency doesn’t come naturally to him while also saying he’d love a “vacation from the press.”

This afternoon, Fox News debated whether the media has played a part in any of Obama’s negative optics. “Well maybe he should have thought harder about whether he was qualified to be president,” Fox News contributor Jim Pinkerton said regarding president’s struggles with optics.

Alan Colmes responded that the media is assigning labels to the president that are off the mark. “This narrative that he’s somehow indecisive or not focused or given up or doesn’t care is just not accurate, and that’s the thing that the media has glommed onto for the last couple of weeks,” Colmes said, citing U.S. airstrikes on ISIS (watch after the jump).

During this afternoon’s White House press briefing, which Fox News, MSNBC, and CNN all took, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest announced the president will outline his plan against ISIS in a speech Wednesday.

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Bill O’Reilly Takes on ‘Deceiver’ Stephen Colbert

O'ReillyLast night, Bill O’Reilly responded to Stephen Colbert‘s segment from last week’s “Colbert Report,” where Colbert mocked O’Reilly for suggesting focusing on equality was hurting President Obama.

“One of the biggest mouthpieces for the progressive movement is Stephen Colbert,” O’Reilly said, adding that although about a million people watch Colbert, he’s the “darling of the far-left Internet.”

Colbert had skewered O’Reilly for calling equality an “opium-laced dream.” “Mr. Colbert is a deceiver,” O’Reilly continued, adding he strongly believes in fighting for equality in various areas, but not in the form of government trying to impose it.

And while wrapping up a follow-up segment with Alan Colmes and Monica Crowley, O’Reilly compared his salary to the Comedy Central satirist’s: “Colbert and I both do a national television program…I’m paid about eight times more than he is. Do you know why?” O’Reilly asked his guests, without giving an answer.

Colbert didn’t answer O’Reilly on his show last night. We’ll see what happens tonight.

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Report: Megyn Kelly Moving to ‘Hannity’ Timeslot on Fox News

Megyn Kelly is set to take over the 9pmET hour when she returns from maternity leave this Fall, according to the Drudge Report.

Fox News announced a move to primetime last month. It is not immediately clear where Sean Hannity, who currently hosts the 9 p.m. hour, will move. Hannity, along with Bill O’Reilly, Greta Van Susteren, Bret Baier and Shepard Smith, recently signed long-term contracts with Fox News Channel.

Drudge reports an official announcement “is set for later this month.” A spokesperson for the network did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Fox News chairman and CEO Roger Ailes is set to speak to 21st Century Fox investors this afternoon. The heads of all divisions of the newly-formed company are laying out a roadmap for investors.

Kelly’s addition to primetime will be the first significant change to the network’s primetime programming in 11 years, when Greta Van Susteren took over the 10pm slot from Paula Zahn in January, 2002. In 2008, Alan Colmes departed “Hannity and Colmes” leaving the 9pm slot to Hannity.

Why Should Megyn Kelly Have To Replace Someone In Primetime?

With the news yesterday that Megyn Kelly will be getting a primetime program later this year when she returns from maternity leave, speculation has focused on what time she will be on. While she may end up taking over an existing timeslot, who says that she needs to?

Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity and Greta Van Susteren all have long-term contracts that guarantee them primetime placement. That means that there are four hosts to fill three hours of time. In other words, exactly what FNC used to have before Alan Colmes left the 9 PM hour at the end of 2008.

Why couldn’t Kelly and, say, Van Susteren co-host an hour at 10 PM? They are both lawyers by training turned TV hosts, they are both whip-smart, and they have their own views on the news. Kelly also more than holds her own when she appears on “The O’Reilly Factor,” proving that she does well in a debate setting.

Pairing Kelly with another primetime host would solve a lot of problems: it would freshen up FNC’s primetime lineup with a younger face, and it would ensure that everyone with a primetime contract stays in primetime.

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TVNewsers Atop ‘Talkers’ ‘Heavy Hundred’

Talkers magazine, the magazine of the talk radio business, has released its annual “Heavy Hundred” list. As has become commonplace, the list is chock full of TV news personalities, particularly towards the top.

Rush Limbaugh may be number one, but Fox News’ Sean Hannity was number two, and former FNCer Glenn Beck was number four. MSNBC’s Ed Schultz came in at number six, while Current TV’s Stephanie Miller held the number 12 slot and Alan Colmes was at 16.

Other TV news personalities on the list include Andrea Tantaros (24), Don Imus (35), Mike Huckabee (46), Herman Cain (59), Geraldo Rivera (62), Tom Sullivan (65) and Al Sharpton (90).

Alan Colmes Returns to ‘The O’Reilly Factor’

Fox News contributor Alan Colmes returned to “The O’Reilly Factor” last night, his first appearance since host Bill O’Reilly got into a shouting match with him last week.

“Bill, I wanted to thank you for doing couple’s counseling with me,” Colmes quipped.


O’Reilly dedicated almost an entire edition of his show earlier this week to the incident.

Bill O’Reilly Dedicates His Show To His Own Anger

Cable news loves to talk about itself. The inflated egos and sense of worth assures that talking heads (and, yes, even anchors) will talk about themselves and their competition with some frequency.

Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly took it to the next logical step last night, dedicating multiple segments to last week’s argument with Alan Colmes, and O’Reilly’s anger issues. He started with his “Talking Points” segment:


He then brought on analysts Juan Williams and Mary Katherine Ham to get their takes on the matter. Later, he had Glenn Beck on to talk about the incident:
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Bill O’Reilly Goes Off On Alan Colmes

It isn’t quite as intense as the recent dust-up between Sean Hannity and Rep. Keith Ellison But Bill O’Reilly went off on FNC contributor Alan Colmes on “The O’Reilly Factor” last night.

The conflict was centered around what government programs President Obama would cut. Colmes said that Medicare and Medicaid qualified, O’Reilly disagreed. The action starts around five minutes in:


October 2012 Ratings: Fox News Tops All Cable Channels

October 2011 was a big one for cable news, with the Presidential debates and the final leg of the campaign generating huge numbers for cable news. Fox News was the biggest beneficiary, placing number one in primetime among all ad-supported cable channels for the month. The last time FNC placed number for the month was September 2005, when Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast.

The ratings for October 2012:

  • Primetime (Mon-Sun): 3,459,000 Total Viewers / 795,000 A25-54
  • Total Day (Mon-Sun): 1,577,000 Total Viewers / 378,000 A25-54

Compared to the same month last year, the network is up in Total Viewers (+86% in primetime and +50% in Total Day) as well as in the key news demo of adults 25-54 viewers (+120% in primetime and +51% in Total Day).

In primetime, “The O’Reilly Factor” had its strongest month since the last Presidential campaign in October 2008, while “Hannity” posted its best numbers yet since moving to the Colmes-less format in November 2008. “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren” saw its highest ratings since April 2003, when the U.S. invaded Iraq.

In daytime, “America’s Newsroom” and “Happening Now”each had their best month every in total viewers, with “America Live with Megyn Kelly” also posting a total viewership record. “Special Report with Bret Baier” had its best month in total viewers since Baier took over as anchor, while “The Five” had its best month ever in both total and demo viewers.

 

Hannity to Buchanan: ‘I Prefer the Old Crossfire Days’

Bill O’Reilly has Bernard Goldberg. And increasingly, Sean Hannity is bringing on former MSNBC political analyst Pat Buchanan as a media commentator.

He was back on Fox News last night during coverage of the Mississippi and Alabama primaries in a segment that seemed to be an attempt at a counterpoint to the criticism Rush Limbaugh continues to receive over the Sandra Fluke flap but sold as a discussion of a left wing media takeover. It began with a series of talk radio clips from left-leaning hosts, including Ed Schultz, who Buchanan referred to as “my friend from MSNBC.”

Hannity added about Schultz, “there’s a lot more out on him, which I’m sure people will be able to find, if they’re interested.”

“I prefer the old Crossfire days, Pat,” said Hannity concluding the segment. “I prefer more speech, passionate speech, debate, dialogue.” What Hannity didn’t mention was he used to host a Crossfire-like show, with Alan Colmes for 12 years.


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