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Posts Tagged ‘Gary Sheffer’

O’Reilly Asks if White House is at War with FNC; Olbermann says O’Reilly Should Be Fired

So here’s where we stand on day 10 of the non-truce:

BOR_8.12.bmpOn his show tonight Bill O’Reilly went after the White House asking, “Has the Obama administration declared war with Fox News?” due in part because, “CNN and MSNBC generally support Pres. Obama especially in the healthcare arena,” said O’Reilly. “Our ratings are already soaring because we don’t denigrate the protesters like many other TV news organizations do, they’re dying, we’re on fire.”

He’s right. Last night, O’Reilly posted another big night with 3.19M Total Viewers and 856K in the A25-54 demo. Fox News beat CNN, MSNBC, HLN, and CNBC combined in Total Viewers and in the A25-54 demo in primetime.

Olby_8.12.bmpMeanwhile, on his show tonight, Keith Olbermann went after O’Reilly and his investigation last night into the “evil empire” GE. Olbermann quoted from a new AP story from David Bauder which included reaction from General Electric on O’Reilly’s story. “We usually do not respond to the misleading and inaccurate claims made on this program because very few people take them seriously,” said spokesman Gary Sheffer, “but [Tuesday's] report took this smear campaign to a new low.”

Olbermann then said O’Reilly should be fired for the report: “If I — or any actual reporter, like me — had gotten as much wrong in any story as Bill O’Reilly got wrong in this one, I’d be fired in 15 minutes. As he should be now!” And Olbermann did the segment without the O’Reilly voice.

Fox News maintains an agreement to end personal attacks allows for each network to cover the other, and their corporate parents, as news warrants.

Poll: Are you tired of the GE/Olbermann vs. News Corp./O’Reilly feud yet?

As always, both clips from tonight’s shows, after the jump…

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Did NBCU Freeze Out Nielsen Business Media After Unfavorable Report?

zucker_6-8.jpgDeadlineHollywoodDaily’s Nikki Finke writes a lengthy story about the lengths GE and NBCU have reportedly gone to ban access to Nielsen Business Media and The Hollywood Reporter in the wake of an unfavorable story about the GE stockholder meeting.

The story, written by Paul Bond, was headlined “GE shareholders outraged over MSNBC bias; Microphone cut off,” and quoted several unnamed shareholders. It was picked up by the Drudge Report and many media blogs, including TVNewser.

Finke reports the ban was initially “ordered” by GE Chairman Jeffrey Immelt, and “after a few days, the ban was reduced to GE’s NBC Universal which chief Jeff Zucker carried out against Nielsen Business Media’s The Hollywood Reporter and lasted six weeks. My NBC Universal sources believe the ban was lifted yesterday.”

Gary Sheffer, GE’s Executive Director of Corporate Communications, responded to Finke: “I just read your post on GE and NBCU. Jeff Immelt had no involvement in this matter whatsover. He did not call NBC Universal or anyone else about it. In fact, he had no knowledge of The Hollywood Reporter story in question.”

CNBC Dinner: To Quell “Obama-Bashing” or Celebrate “Outstanding “?

The New York Post reports on a “top-secret meeting” recently at 30 Rock between GE CEO Jeff Immelt, NBCU President Jeff Zucker and “the top suits and some of the on-air talent at CNBC.”

“There was a long discussion about whether CNBC has become too conservative and is beating up on Obama too much,” a source told the Post.

factor_4-16.jpgGE publicist Gary Sheffer released this statement to TVNewser, “There are two things wrong with the Post’s item: There was no secret meeting and there was no direction given on how CNBC should cover the news. I have talked to many of the dinner attendees, including the hosts. They say this was nothing more than a dinner to celebrate CNBC’s outstanding coverage of the financial crisis. Sounds to me like someone is mad they didn’t get an invite.”

The Post item did add, “No edict was ultimately handed down by the network chieftains.”

The 30 Rock dinner was first discussed last Thursday by Bill O’Reilly of Fox News which, like the Post, is a News Corp. entity. “The other day at CNBC, it was a very high level meeting. General Electric boss Jeff Immelt and his henchman, NBC chief Jeff Zucker, apparently are worried the financial network is becoming too conservative, and passed their concern on to underlings,” O’Reilly said.