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O’Reilly: ‘Shame’ That ‘American Press Is so Corrupt’

O'ReillyBill O’Reilly took on the mainstream media earlier this week for covering stories like the New Jersey bridge fiasco more than scandals at the VA and the IRS.

“There is no question that the major national media in America is trying to protect President Obama and will promote the candidacy of Hillary Clinton,” O’Reilly said on “The O’Reilly Factor” Wednesday.

O’Reilly pointed out that the network news dedicated 112 minutes in the first week of the bridge story, but when the VA scandal broke out, there was no coverage “for almost two weeks.” O’Reilly added that when news of lost IRS emails broke close to two weeks ago, there was just three and a half minutes combined on all of the network news broadcasts. “It is a shame that in a proud republic, in a vibrant democracy, the American press is so corrupt,” O’Reilly said.

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The Scoreboard: Wednesday, June 18

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 223 | MSNBC: 93 | CNN: 93 | HLN: 120
  • Primetime: FNC: 356 | MSNBC: 162 | CNN: 139 | HLN: 178

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

126

TheFive:

330

Baier:

274

Greta:

219

O’Reilly:

378

Kelly:

389

Hannity:

302

O’Reilly:

254

Kelly:

253

MSNBC
Wagner:

75

EdShow:

121

Sharpton:

141

Matthews:

158

Hayes:

101

Maddow:

175

O’Donnell:

210

Hayes:

108

Maddow:

110

CNN
Tapper:

67

Blitzer:

80

Blitzer/Cross:

106/91

Burnett:

111

Cooper:

109

Bourdain:

175

Tonight:

132

Cooper:

107

Bourdain:

99

HLN
Now:

51

Files:

39

Files:

90

Jane:

136

Grace:

176

Dr.Drew:

188

Files:

170

Files:

139

Files:

169

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Bill O’Reilly on ‘Obama Basher,’ ‘Liberals,’ and ‘Anti-Obama Situation’ at Fox News

Bill O’Reilly went up and down the Fox News talent roster last night at New York City’s 92nd Street Y, offering his take on his colleague’s views on President Obama.

“You have Doocy, who’s an Obama basher,” O’Reilly told colleague Geraldo Rivera, who interviewed him. “Then you’re into Shepard Smith, who’s a liberal” (he also labeled Greta Van Susteren liberal). And on the cast of “The Five”: “They don’t like the president so much, but then you have Beckel [Bob] there, and he’s there to stick up for him. It’s not real fair, so I’d say that’s an anti-Obama situation.” O’Reilly credits colleagues Bill Hemmer, Martha MacCallum, Jon Scott, Jenna Lee, Bret Baier, and Megyn Kelly as anchors who lack agendas and aren’t ideologues. And his self-evaluation: “I’m tough on everybody.”

Fox News’ Conservative Audience is More Loyal Than MSNBC’s Liberal Audience

Pew is out with a new study today about political polarization in the U.S. “Republicans and Democrats are more divided along ideological lines than at any point in the last two decades,” the study’s authors write. The findings, based on a survey of 10,000 adults nationwide, extend to media, specifically two cable news networks which program to ideologically different audiences.

Not surprisingly, of those who identify as “consistently liberal,” 73% find Fox News unfavorable. Of those who identify as “consistently conservative,” 71% find MSNBC unfavorable.

A couple of the more interesting discoveries: among the “mostly liberal” camp, a higher percentage (33%) find Fox News favorable, while a smaller percentage (32%) find it unfavorable. (ie. liberals will watch Bill O’Reilly so they can disagree with him). Additionally, MSNBC does not draw the same positive reviews from “consistent liberals” that Fox News does from “consistent conservatives.” (MSNBC’s viewers overall are “meh”.)

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When Barbara Walters Misses ‘The View,’ She Thinks of Margaret Thatcher

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Barbara Walters admits, “I still have the feeling sometimes when I’m watching ‘The View,’ ‘I should be there! I should be participating…’ and then I think of Margaret Thatcher.”

Walters, honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Quinnipiac University Fred Friendly committee, reflected on a 1997 interview with Britain’s longest-serving prime minister, seven years after she resigned from office. Thatcher described her frantic, frenetic days, until one day she realized, “it’s no longer me anymore.”

“That’s the feeling I got this morning when I watched ‘The View,’” Walters joked.

Walters, who stepped aside from hosting the daytime show last month, remains an executive producer. She still has her office at ABC News headquarters, which now bears her name. And her resignation — she used air quotes around the word today — has already been interrupted. As we first told you yesterday, she’ll fly to California in the coming weeks to interview Peter Rodger, the father of Isla Vista killer Elliot Rodger.

Among those celebrating along with Walters: ABC’s Elizabeth Vargas and David Muir, ABC News president James Goldston, and executives Barbara Fedida, Susan Mercandetti and Jeffrey Schneider. From CBS, Gayle King, Norah O’Donnell and Troy Roberts, from FNC, Bill O’Reilly, Bill Hemmer and former anchor Alisyn Camerota¬†and from CNN Christine Romans and Richard Roth.

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Bill O’Reilly: Stelter is a ‘Far-Left Zealot Who Has Masqueraded as a Journalist for Years’

Bill O’Reilly has responded to CNN’s Brian Stelter claiming he ran a smear campaign over Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl‘s father’s appearance and language.

“So by telling you the truth…that Robert Bergdahl learned to speak Pashto and looked like a Muslim at the White House, I am smearing a military family,” O’Reilly said indignantly last night after playing a clip from “Reliable Sources” Sunday, where Stelter made the accusation.

“Well, we expect that from that guy [Stelter], a notorious far-left zealot who has masqueraded as a journalist for years.”

And Stelter responded.

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‘The Kelly File’ Tops ‘The O’Reilly Factor’ in Demo Viewers For the Week

megyn kelly kelly file 5“The Kelly File” was the top cable news show in the A25-54 demographic last week, topping perennial leader “The O’Reilly Factor” for only the second time ever. Megyn Kelly‘s program averaged 413,000 viewers to Bill O’Reilly‘s 402,000 demo viewers for the week.

“The Kelly File” has beaten “The O’Reilly Factor” in the demo only once before, on a week when O’Reilly was on vacation (the week of May 5, 2014). This is the first time Kelly’s program has delivered a win when the two hosts were both in.

O’Reilly’s show was out front in total viewers, averaging 2,528,000 to Kelly’s 2,434,000 for the week. Both shows featured heavy coverage of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl‘s release from Taliban captivity in Afghanistan.

Sunday Media Shows Cover Bergdahl Prisoner Swap

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The Sunday media shows both led yesterday covering the Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl prisoner swap.

“Thank you Bill O’Reilly for demonstrating how to conduct a smear campaign against a military family,” Brian Stelter said after playing a clip of O’Reilly noting Bowe’s father, Bob, has learned to speak Pashto and “looks like a Muslim.” He then turned to MSNBC’s “resident conservative” Joe Scarborough: “I confess I almost threw my remote control at the TV at one point this week,” Stelter said after playing a clip of Scarborough and Chuck Todd‘s heated exchange about Bob Bergdahl, where Scarborough called him a bad father.

Stelter also noted Fox News’ James Rosen report that Bergdahl had converted to Islam during his captivity. “That has not been backed up by other sources,” Stelter said. His guest, the New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza, praised Rosen as a reporter, but suggested his report “does not meet the bar”: “This is hearsay from terrorists passed through an ex-felon and then to the American people” (Rosen responded to Lizza via Twitter).

Over on “MediaBuzz,” Howard Kurtz referenced Rosen’s report, noting the part about Bergdahl being locked in a cage for weeks had been confirmed. Kurtz also chimed in on MSNBC’s Ari Melber claiming the media was “swiftboating” Bergdahl. “I would argue, lots of news organizations that would not be described as conservative organizations have been going out and finding out information from the soldiers and other sources about Bergdahl’s conduct.”

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Bill O’Reilly: BlackBerrys, iPhones Causing People to Create Their Own ‘Bubble’

While speaking with Matt Lauer this morning, Bill O’Reilly‘s gave his take on Hillary Clinton‘s potential run for president, the Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl prisoner swap, and how mobile and second screen devices are causing people to create their own universes.

“They don’t know now,” O’Reilly answered Lauer about young people not knowing the history behind events like today’s D-Day anniversary. “These machines are taking over the world,” O’Reilly continued, suggesting BlackBerrys and iPhones are helping people create their own “bubble.”

The former English teacher also pointed blame at the education system: “Public schools don’t teach history.”

Cable News Wars: Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl Edition

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The prisoner exchange bringing Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl home for five Taliban members has dominated cable news all week, and last night, it sparked a new round in the cable news wars.

“Ms. Costello [Carol] has an absolute responsibility to know what she’s talking about when she does an interview…she obviously doesn’t know what she’s talking about,” Bill O’Reilly said after airing parts of CNN’s Costello interviewing Rolling Stone writer Matthew Farwell. “Bill O’Reilly, the most dangerous thing that guy has ever done is walk across the street in New York to buy a burger,” Farwell said in response to a question about O’Reilly’s criticism of Bergdahl’s father, Bob.

“That guy is either uninformed, or a liar,” O’Reilly responded, adding his reporting career speaks for itself. On Costello, O’Reilly added: “She has an ethical obligation as a journalist to challenge that kind of stuff.”

Meanwhile, O’Reilly’s 8pmET counterpart Chris Hayes, took issue with his coverage: “Blatant Islamophobia here is eclipsed only by the sheer ridiculousness of the argument,” Hayes said after airing clips of O’Reilly criticizing Bob Bergdahl for appearing at the White House in a full beard, looking like a Muslim.

Hayes then sarcastically asked if we should be worried about other full-bearded men, rolling a montage that included the cast of Duck Dynasty, ZZ Top, Forrest Gump, Abraham Lincoln, and Jesus. On the latter two, Hayes suggested: “Someone needs to look into the guy [O'Reilly] who wrote two sympathetic books about them.”

“I’ll be waiting for the Factor investigation,” Hayes concluded.

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