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Bill O’Reilly is Certain Howard Kurtz’s Ratings Will Go Up After his Fox News Appearance

CNN’s Howard Kurtz was in the Fox house last night, appearing on “The O’Reilly Factor.” Kurtz, on his CNN show “Reliable Sources” had criticized a comment Bill O’Reilly made about the lack of reporting/analysis on of the president’s policy on drone strikes.

O’Reilly had singled out NBC News in a discussion with Bob Beckel. O’Reilly interchangeably uses NBC News, which does reporting, and MSNBC, which leans on analysis.

The O’Reilly-Kurtz made-for-cable-TV debate was lively but neither host conceded much of anything, because that’s not in the script. But O’Reilly is convinced the appearance will boost Kurtz’s ratings: “We are sure you will get a lot of email about it and run it on your program on Sunday. And you will get higher ratings.”

Howie’s take on the debate:

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Will Howard Kurtz Appear on O’Reilly Factor? ‘Hell Yeah,’ Says Kurtz

Fox News host Bill O’Reilly is doubling down on his comments from last week. If you aren’t caught up: O’Reilly talked to Bob Beckel about NBC’s coverage of drone strikes. He claims that he was referring to NBC’s hypocrisy in covering drone strikes compared to waterboarding, but the original segment does not make that clear in the slightest.

On “The O’Reilly Factor” last night, O’Reilly dedicated his “Talking Points” segment to the issue, and took on CNN’s Howard Kurtz directly.

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Kurtz will be on “The O’Reilly Factor’ Wednesday.

Bill O’Reilly To Address Controversial NBC Drone Strikes Comment Tonight

Fox News host Bill O’Reilly will address a comment he made about NBC News coverage of drone strikes on tonight’s “O’Reilly Factor,” TVNewser has learned.

If you aren’t caught up on the matter: during a segment on “The O’Reilly Factor” last night, O’Reilly decided to criticize NBC News for its lack of reporting on President Obama’s drone strike program. He asked Bob Beckel whether he had seen any reports on NBC about the program. When Beckel said that he had not, O’Reilly said he hadn’t either “and neither has my staff.”

Why would they go crazy over waterboarding, but ignore the drone strikes?” O’Reilly said. Adding that he thought the network was “protecting the president.”

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The problem was that NBC news was the outlet that brought drones back to the news cycle earlier this week, when Michael Isikoff revealed the Justice Department memo outlining why and when it was legal to kill American citizens using drones. Isikoff appeared on a number of NBC and MSNBC programs to talk about his scoop, and it was referenced many more times in other segments.

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Inauguration 2013: Fox News Coverage Plans

Fox News Channel’s 2013 Presidential Inauguration coverage will begin Sunday morning and continue through Monday night, with Bret Baier and Megyn Kelly behind the anchor desk.

Baier and Kelly will anchor during the private ceremony Sunday at 11 AM, as well as the network’s coverage of the public ceremony Monday from 11AM-3 PM and from 8:40-10PM.

Contributors to the special programming will include Brit Hume, Chris Wallace and “The Five” co-hosts Bob Beckel, Juan Williams and Dana Perino. Karl Rove, Stephen Hayes, Charles Krauthammer and Kirsten Powers will also contribute.

On Monday, Bill Hemmer, Martha MacCallum, Shepard Smith and Neil Cavuto will anchor their programs live from Lafayette Park. In primetime, Bill O’Reilly and Greta Van Susteren will host their shows live.

As has become de rigueur, FNC will also be streaming the event on its website.

The FOX Ticker: Sanchez, Beckel, Snyder…

  • MundoFox’s Rick Sanchez heads to Mexico City this week to cover the inauguration of incoming President Enrique Pena Nieto. The former MSNBC and CNN anchor and his family are also returning home to Florida after several years of living in Atlanta.

  • ICN has the Bob Beckel hall of shame highlighting multiple on-air incidents and apologies from the FNC contributor and co-host of “The Five”. Last week’s over-the-top commentary and apology — or as Beckel describes it “one of my typical wisecracks” — had to do with San Francisco’s public nudity ban.

  • Peter Snyder is stepping down as a conservative on-air analyst for Fox News. “Pete’s been a strong and effective conservative voice at Fox News and for America,” says boss Roger Ailes. “Having known Pete for a dozen years or more, I have no doubt he has a very bright future ahead.”

Bob Beckel Keeps Filling Up That Swear Jar

Fox News Channel’s “The Five” co-host Bob Beckel clearly can’t help himself.

He dropped an F-bomb on the panel program yesterday evening, and he had to drop another $20 into “Bob’s Swear Jar.” He apologized, as did co-host Eric Bolling for egging him on. Nonetheless, it’s probably a good thing cable news content isn’t regulated by the FCC, otherwise Beckel would have generated enough indecency fines to put the network out of business.

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5 Questions for ‘The Five’

Fox News’s “The Five” has gone from zero to 2.1 million (viewers) in just the last year and is now FNC’s third most-watched show. So we wanted to hear from the hosts about what makes the show successful. Here are 5 questions for “The Five” hosts, plus 2 bonus questions for the alternates.

TVNewser to Eric Bolling: What is the one ingredient of the show that is making it click with viewers?

Eric Bolling: I think the secret ingredient is that we all get along extremely well. That’s real, not forced and I suspect the audience can sense that. Mr. Ailes came up with a unique show idea and that was impressive. Then he found a group of people who get along and enjoy each other’s perspective and input. For that Ailes is a genius!

TVNewser to Kimberly Guilfoyle: After your role as prosecutor in a San Francisco dog mauling case, you started getting TV offers from CourtTV, CNN, MSNBC before joining Fox in 2006. What do you miss most about your life as a prosecutor and how often do you find yourself using those skills on The Five?

Kimberly Guilfoyle: I think what I like the most about my change in profession from a prosecutor is that I am able to be an advocate for families, victims of major crimes, or individuals who do not normally have a voice or someone to speak for them and get the story out to the public. As a prosecutor, you are always arriving at an issue or case after the injustice has occurred. As a host and journalist on The Five and a legal and political analyst at Fox News I am able to tackle issues and stories and bring them to the public’s attention especially when the mainstream isn’t covering a story.

TVNewser to Greg Gutfeld: Since the show is live at 5pm (not taped and airing at 3am) how often to you have to check yourself before saying something that might not go over well with the audience or your co-hosts?

Greg Gutfeld: I never do. The whole point of doing something live is the risk. And I figure if you run something by someone, you ruin the spontaneity of the moment.  But If I think that what I might say might hurt their feelings, then I won’t do it.  Like yesterday,  I was going to bring up something that happened before the show. There was a group of school kids in studio for a tour. One of the children had asked Dana if he could take her picture. Dana said, “Do I go to your school and ask to take a picture of you?” Dana had a point, but that didn’t stop the child from crying. I was going to bring that up on the show, but I didn’t want to embarrass Dana, despite her obvious insensitivity towards America’s youth.

TVNewser to Dana Perino: Which do you like better: being a member of the media or keeping the press in check, which was part of your job as White House press secretary?

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July 4 On Cable News: Dunk Tanks on Fox, Prisons on MSNBC, And Science on CNN

The Independence Day holiday is something of a wash for cable news. With many viewers traveling or attending barbecues (even on a Wednesday), ratings are typically far lower than your average day.

This will often lead to some… interesting… programming decisions. On Fox News Channel’s ‘The Five,” the panelists decided to forgo a segment talking about politics and news, and instead throw Bob Beckel in a dunk tank, and get him wet. Which panelist succeeded in “dunking the liberal”? Watch for yourself:

MSNBC meanwhile did what it usually does on holidays, televising a “Lockup” marathon.

Of course, there was also some real news. Scientists at CERN announced the discovery of the elusive Higgs-Boson, colloquially known as “The God Particle.” For more than 40 years scientists have been looking for evidence of the particle, which endows mass to other particles, like the particles that make up the earth, and humans, and pretty much everything else in the universe.

The best coverage on cable news was on CNN, which had a feature package ready to go, and also interviewed scientists to help explain the rather significant implications of the discovery.

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Who Would Play Bob Beckel if ‘The Five’ is Ever Parodied on SNL?

“The Five” took on “Saturday Night Live” over the NBC show cutting a sketch involving Pres. Obama but including this send-up of “Fox & Friends.” Executive Producer Lorne Michaels explained the show was 27 minutes long, so something had to go, telling the New York Post, “the show’s many things but it is not partisan.”

Greg Gutfeld disagreed saying SNL “is about as edgy as a handball.” He then suggested if SNL were to ever skewer “The Five” Bob Beckel could be played by Joy Behar. Now that’s edgy.

Bob Beckel Drops An F-Bomb Live on Fox News

Poor Bob Beckel. The Fox News contributor has so much fire and passion, that he appeared to not realize that “Hannity” was no longer in a commercial break. The result:

“We are on the air now, this is live television!” Sean Hannity said

“You should run your show a little better instead of letting me get caught like that,” Beckel quipped.

(Video via Johnny $)

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