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‘The O’Reilly Factor’ Plans ‘Killing Lincoln’ Preview Show

5O'Reilly BillFox News Channel will air the film “Killing Lincoln” on Tuesday, Dec. 30 at 9 pm ET. The film is based on Bill O’Reilly‘s 2011 New York Times best-seller by the same name, so it makes sense that FNC will have a little cross-promotion.

Prior to the film, a special edition of “The O’Reilly Factor” will air, previewing all-things “Killing Lincoln” at 8 pm ET. Co-author of the book Martin Dugard, Glenn Beck, FNC contributors Juan Williams and Mary Katharine Ham, FOX Business Network’s Don Imus and “Factor” correspondent Jesse Watters will be guests on the special.

The film is narraterted by Tom Hanks and was National Geographic Channel’s first original docudrama, drawing 3.4 million viewers. “Killing Lincoln” documents the events leading up to April 14, 1865 and delves into the mind of John Wilkes Booth and what led him to assassinate the 16th president of the United States.

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FBN’s Charlie Gasparino Calls CNBC’s Ron Insana an ‘Unctuous, Disgusting, Balding Jerk’

GasparinoOn Fox Business Network’s “Imus in the Morning” Monday, host Don Imus asked FBN’s Charlie Gasparino about his recent Twitter feud with CNBC contributor Ron Insana.

Gasparino at first pretended not to recognize the name, and Imus described Insana as “my fat little friend” from the days when Imus simulcast his radio show on MSNBC.

“He didn’t like the reporting I’ve done,” Gasparino said of Insana, who Gasparino insisted was not a journalist but “a sycophantic suck-up to Wall Street.” Of the fight on Twitter, Gasparino said Insana threw the first punch. “This guy takes a shot at me on Twitter, so I came back at him…People in glass houses shouldn’t be throwing stones. He is an unctuous, disgusting, balding jerk…you should not be attacking my street cred as a reporter.”

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Martin Bashir Out at MSNBC

BashirBreaking: MSNBC host Martin Bashir is leaving the network.

Bashir hasn’t been on the air since Nov. 22. MSNBC said he was on a pre-planned vacation, but we’ve learned he resigned today. The departure follows comments he made about Sarah Palin on his Friday, Nov. 15 show.

Bashir called Palin a “dunce” and suggested she might be a candidate for the same treatment slaves received from a plantation owner named Thomas Thistewood: being urinated and defecated on.

After demands for an apology, he apologized, but remained on the air. As calls for a suspension grew louder, Bashir anchored the rest of the week before going on that vacation.

Bashir joined MSNBC in the summer of 2010, after six years with ABC News, part of that time as a host of “Nightline.”

More: Comments from Bashir and MSNBC president Phil Griffin after the jump…

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Sorry is Easy. In the Case of Martin Bashir, Suspension Seems to be the Hardest Word

Martin Bashir 304Judging strictly by precedent at MSNBC, if Martin Bashir had called Sarah Palin a ‘cocksucking fag,’ ‘right wing slut,’ ‘dick,’ ‘pimp,’ or ‘nappy headed ho,’ he would be on suspension, at the very least.

Instead, Bashir is a free man. All he said about Palin on Nov. 15 was that she should be forced to have someone defecate in her mouth and urinate in her eyes as punishment for her remarks on slavery.

What’s wrong with this picture? Plenty, if one considers MSNBC’s long history of Foot in Mouth disease. In every case, the commentator was either suspended or fired. In every case, the perps have been men, and in every case but one, the broadcast slurs have been aimed at women.

Ten days ago, actor Alec Baldwin was benched for two weeks after he was caught on video calling a paparazzi a ‘cocksucking fag.’ He may not return.

In 2011, Ed Schultz and Mark Halperin were both suspended — Schultz for labelling conservative commentator Laura Ingraham a ‘right wing slut,’ and Halperin for describing President Obama as a ‘dick.’ (Sidebar: If it had been Nixon, Halperin would have been technically correct.)

In ’08, David Shuster served two weeks for saying that Chelsea Clinton was being pimped out to support her mother’s campaign. And in ’07, Don Imus’ description of the Rutgers women’s basketball team as ‘nappy headed hos’ got him fired.

Like all his predecessors, Bashir apologized – the latest to join the celebrity culture of contrition. In a statement Friday, MSNBC said Bashir had also apologized to the Palin family, that he’s “committed to elevating the discourse” and that the network was handling the matter internally.

Still, many critics argue that Bashir deserves harsher punishment.

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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).

Don Imus Re-Signs With Fox Business Network

Fox Business has re-signed Don Imus to a multi-year deal. Imus’ radio program, “Imus in the Morning,” will continue to simulcast on FBN weekdays from 6-9amET.

“Imus has been a great addition to the FBN team bringing a business savvy program that informs and entertains our pre-market audience,” FBN EVP Kevin Magee said in a statement. We look forward to continuing our success in the years to come.”

“Imus in the Morning” debuted in 2009 and is one of the top-rated programs on FBN. It was also announced today that he has signed a three-year deal for his radio show with Cumulus Media.

More in FBN’s release after the jump.

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After Imus Presses, Melissa Francis Reveals Part of the Conclusion of Her Memoir

FBN anchor Melissa Francis is on her book tour for “Diary of a Stage Mother’s Daughter” in which she describes a troubling upbringing as a child actor at the hands of a domineering, success-at-all-costs mother. Imus rightly pressed Francis about where her mother and sister, also a child actor, are now.

Francis kept trying to persuade Imus to read the book telling him it ends in a “shocking and explosive way.” Still, Imus pressed on. So Francis told him (after the jump, spoiler alert) what happened to her sister.

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A Crush, and a ‘Shotski,’ For Dan Rather

Former “CBS Evening News” anchor Dan Rather continues to make the rounds to promote his new book Rather Outspoken. Last night he appeared on CNN’s “Erin Burnett Outfront,” where Burnett revealed that she had a crush on the newsman growing up, and that she would kiss the TV set at the end of the “CBS Evening News.” Rather was flattered:

Later that evening, Rather appeared on Bravo’s “Watch What Happens Live,” hosted by former CBS News staffer Andy Cohen. Rather, Cohen and singer John Mayer did a”shotski” of bourbon off of a ski (see photo below), and then Rather and Cohen reminisced about their time at CBS News. Cohen recalled that the one story he got to do with rather was a profile of an outspoken radio host named Don Imus:

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Don Imus and Neil Cavuto Butt Heads Once Again on FBN

Fox Business Network host Don Imus has never been afraid to share his feelings about the network on-air. Last year Imus and FBN host Neil Cavuto got into an on-air tiff, and this morning it happened again.

“You are incorrigible,” Cavuto said, prompting Imus to respond by referring to him as a “Fox News executive” rather than host, and referring to FBN executive VP Kevin Magee as “fat Kevin.” There is no Imus in team,” Cavuto quipped, before mentioning that Howard Stern called Imus “a divider, not a uniter.”


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Don Imus Compares FBN PR Team to Jerry Sandusky. PR Responds: ‘This Is Just Imus Being Imus’

On his program this morning, Fox Business Network host Don Imus set his sights on his parent company, criticizing the public relations team at FBN by comparing them to former Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky and referring to them as “scum.”

“Tomorrow will be 40 years I’ve been doing this,” Imus said. “I can ruin people’s — not that I want to–but I can make a day just not fun.”

Imus has always made controversial statements on his program, so inside Fox, his comments weren’t seen as a serious issue.

“This is just Imus being Imus – we don’t take it personally,” a Fox Business spokesperson tells TVNewser.

Imus has had an interesting few weeks PR-wise, largely of his own doing. Last month he called his viewers “bastards” because his ratings weren’t as stable as he would like, and then he got into an on-air tiff with colleague Neil Cavuto over the issue, which was probably more Imus being Imus.

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