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Bill O’Reilly…Marlboro Man?

While opening the “O’Reilly Factor” last night, Bill O’Reilly revealed an offer he received four decades ago that might have changed the course of today’s number one cable news host’s career.

“While I was covering the news in Denver, I was approached by a modeling agency to be the Marlboro guy…dressed as a cowboy,” O’Reilly said while talking about the 1960′s government campaign against tobacco. “I’m from Long Island,” O’Reilly continued, presumably thinking he couldn’t pull off playing a cowboy.

O’Reilly concluded his Talking Points segment urging a campaign against the “United States of intoxication,” specifically noting rising marijuana use.


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The Hollywood Reporter’s Annual ’35 Most Powerful People in New York Media’

Television news executives and personalities are well represented on The Hollywood Reporter‘s annual “35 Most Powerful People in New York Media” list.

From the executive ranks: CBS News chairman Jeff Fager and president David Rhodes; NBC News chairman Pat Fili-Krushel and president Deborah Turness; and incoming Disney/ABC Television group president Ben Sherwood and ABC News president James Goldston represent the broadcast networks. On the cable side, Fox News chairman Roger Ailes, MSNBC president Phil Griffin, CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker and Bloomberg Media Group CEO Justin Smith make the list.

The main anchors for the broadcast networks — Brian Williams, Diane Sawyer and Scott Pelley — are all on the list, as well as morning anchors from each network. For NBC, it’s Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie and Willie Geist; Charlie Rose, Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell represent CBS; and for ABC, Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos and Lara Spencer. “Good Morning America” senior executive producer Tom Cibrowski and “CBS Sunday Morning” EP Rand Morrison are also named.

As for cable news talent, all three Fox News primetime hosts — Bill O’Reilly, Megyn Kelly and Sean Hannity — make the list. From MSNBC, Rachel Maddow, Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough; and from CNN, Anderson Cooper.

Other notable additions: Stephen Colbert, Jon Stewart, Jimmy Fallon, Bob Costas, Michael Strahan and Kelly Ripa.

TVNewser will be at the party celebrating the honorees tonight.

[Images via Hollywood Reporter]

Will Ignoring Mass Killings Make Them Go Away?

Kelly FileFollowing the shootings at Ft. Hood, TX earlier this month, Fox News’ Megyn Kelly declared her show would not be reporting the names of mass killers. Yesterday, we got to thinking if she would stick to her guns, and not report the name of the accused killer of three, including a teenager, in Kansas on Sunday.

Turns out, Kelly did not report the story at all last night. Kelly’s primetime colleagues Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity also didn’t report on the shootings at a Jewish community center and housing facility; Greta Van Susteren did at the end of “On the Record.”

All three of the Monday network evening news broadcasts led with Sunday’s shooting, which had been declared a hate crime.

Some stories Kelly did cover last night: that altercation between ranchers and federal rangers in Nevada; the IRS political-targeting story; a Utah father suing the state over a law that allows one parent to file for adoption; and a Washington, DC man convicted of possessing unlawful gun ammunition.

The shootings at Ft. Hood on April 2 occurred just hours before Kelly went on the air. In the case of the Kansas killings, the story happened more than 30 hours earlier.

Bill O’Reilly: ‘Hard to Fathom’ Colbert Attracting Conservatives on ‘Late Show’

O'Reilly ColbertWhile wrapping up the “O’Reilly Factor” last night, Bill O’Reilly chimed in on Stephen Colbert‘s ascension to succeeding David Letterman as “Late Show” host when Letterman retires next year.

Calling Colbert an “interesting” choice by CBS, O’Reilly said he finds it “hard to fathom that 40% of Americans who describe themselves as conservatives will watch Colbert,” adding Colbert will have good writers to go up against “high-energy guys” like Jimmy Kimmel and Jimmy Fallon.

O’Reilly’s prediction on Colbert was certainly more tame than his recent comments on the satirist, who he called a “deceiver” and “one of the biggest mouthpieces for the progressive movement.” O’Reilly’s more critical comments came in response to Colbert mocking him over suggesting President Obama was hurting himself by focusing on equality.

Let the countdown begin to O’Reilly’s first potential appearance on Colbert’s “Late Show,” where Colbert will no longer be playing the faux conservative character that’s won him acclaim.

All the Media News, That’s Fit To Air

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While the three evening newscasts and the network morning shows often look the same — with the same lineup of stories, often airing at the same time — the two media criticism shows, provide two distinct options for news junkies: those who are partial to Fox News and those who tune in to CNN.

Both shows, CNN’s “Reliable Sources with Brian Stelter” and FNC’s “MediaBuzz with Howard Kurtz,” air at the same time, 11amET Sundays. (“MediaBuzz” also gets a re-air at 5pmET)

Yesterday, “Reliable Sources” led with the Stephen Colbert taking over CBS’s “Late Show.” “MediaBuzz” led with how the media covered the departure of HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. Kurtz got to Colbert :47 minutes into his show. “Reliable Sources” didn’t cover Sebelius at all.

On CNN, Stelter had a 10-minute segment, which included an interview with Sen. Al Franken, on the proposed Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger. Kurtz didn’t cover last week’s merger news, but had two segments with former CBS News reporter Sharyl Attkisson, who was also on Bill O’Reilly‘s show earlier in the week.

Stelter reported last week’s news of a new ABC News president, Kurtz did not. Kurtz discussed the coverage of Jeb Bush last week, Stelter did not. Both shows gladly covered competitor MSNBC, and the reports that host Al Sharpton was once an FBI informant.

While no one will ever confuse CNN and Fox News, the two programs that cover the media are leading the way in differentiation.

The Morning Ticker: Ingraham & ABC, MSNBC Tour, ‘Dateline’ Ratings

  • MSNBC kicks off the Growing Hope College Tour next Friday as Alex Wagner visits Texas Southern University. Wagner will host her show from University Plaza next Friday. The following Wednesday, the tour takes Rev. Al Sharpton to Morehouse College.

  • “Dateline Saturday Night Mystery” continues to score for NBC. Drawing 4.8 million viewers, the 2-hour show was the No. 1 non-sports show on the Big 4 networks in its Saturday night timeslot among viewers and the two younger demos.

Sharyl Attkisson Says She Had to Stop Pursuing Stories ‘Due to Lack of Interest’

In an interview on Bill O’Reilly‘s Fox News show Thursday, former CBS News investigative correspondent Sharyl Attkisson said she was forced to abandon some of the stories she reported on — like the attacks at the U.S. embassy in Benghazi, the “Fast and Furious” scandal and Obamacare — “due to lack of interest.”

“I don’t think on the viewer’s part, but on the people that decide what stories go into the broadcast and what there’s room for, they felt fairly early on that this story was over, when I felt as though we had barely begun to scratch the surface,” Attkisson said. “They didn’t ask me what was left to report, they just decided on their own that the story was done.” Watch:


The Ticker: FNC Special, ‘Sunday Morning,’ O’Reilly

  • As the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings draws closer, Fox News will present “Fox News Reporting: Terror Strikes Boston” tonight at 10pmET. The special will feature eyewitnesses, runners, family members, and Boston police giving first-hand accounts of the bombings and subsequent manhunt.

  • “CBS Sunday Morning” delivered 6.04 million total viewers and a 1.5/08 in the A25-54 demographic last week. It is the third consecutive week, and the 11th time this season, that the show has had more than six million viewers.

  • To promote his latest book, “The Last Days of Jesus,” Bill O’Reilly appeared on NBC’s “Today” and “Fox & Friends” this morning. Watch his interview with Matt Lauer after the jump.

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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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The Scoreboard: Monday, April 7

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 238 | MSNBC: 101 | CNN: 178 | HLN: 66
  • Primetime: FNC: 374 | MSNBC: 154 | CNN: 219 | HLN: 92

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

149

TheFive:

319

Baier:

308

Greta:

294

O’Reilly:

465

Megyn:

332

Hannity:

322

Hannity:

287

Megyn:

228

MSNBC
Wagner:

48

EdShow:

114

Sharpton:

167

Matthews:

226

Hayes:

151

Maddow:

187

O’Donnell:

125

Hayes:

62

Maddow:

101

CNN
Tapper:

132

Blitzer:

215

Blitzer:

174

Burnett:

233

Cooper:

228

Tapper:

208

Spc.Rpt:

220

Spc.Rpt:

267

Cooper:

207

HLN
News:

19

Files:

55

Files:

74

Jane:

90

Grace:

143

DrDrew:

77

Files:

54

Files:

110

Files:

124

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