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Lauren Ashburn’s Fox Contract Not Renewed

LaurenAshburnLauren Ashburn‘s Fox News contract will not be renewed, TVNewser has learned. Ashburn had a one-year deal with Fox News. She’s appeared weekly on Howard Kurtz‘s “Media Buzz” since launch last fall, and has been a contributor on other Fox News shows.

When reached for comment a Fox News spokesperson confirms Ashburn is no longer under contract but said she may appear as a guest on the network from time to time.

Ashburn, the former managing editor of USA Today, is also the founder of the Daily Download. Kurtz often contributed to that site during his time as Washington bureau chief for the Daily Beast. At the time, Kurtz was also host of CNN’s “Reliable Sources,” where Ashburn was a frequent guest. Not long after Kurtz and Ashburn signed on with Fox News, Daily Download was shut down.

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TMZ’s Harvey Levin to Fox: You’re Telling Me Fox and Others Don’t Pay for Great Video?

Appearing on “MediaBuzz” yesterday, TMZ executive producer Harvey Levin suggested his site paying for video is no different than Fox News and other cable networks paying for video.

“You want to actually tell me that Fox News Channel and all the others haven’t paid for people who come along and say they have this great piece of video?” Levin said to Howard Kurtz. “Fox News and others don’t pay for information,” Kurtz responded. “Howie, you’re changing the subject…I agree with you on information. I’m talking about video.” Levin went on to say TMZ doesn’t pay for interviews.


Fox News Ratings Notes: ‘The Five,’ ‘Cashin’ In,’ ‘Media Buzz’

FiveA few ratings highlights of the last few days from Fox News Channel:

  • On Monday, “The Five” delivered 2.2 million total viewers, beating the U.S. Open Men’s Final on CBS. The 5pmET program also topped MSNBC and CNN combined, in both total viewers and the demo.
  • On Sunday, “Media Buzz” marked its one-year anniversary with its second-highest demo drawing 327,000 viewers. The Howard Kurtz-hosted show beat MSNBC and CNN combined in the 11amET timeslot.
  • On Saturday, “Cashin’ In” hosted by Eric Bolling delivered the highest demo of any cable news daytime program. The show beat all of CNN’s primetime programming including the Hunt and CNN Films.

Bill O’Reilly and Howard Kurtz Talk Al Sharpton’s Dual Activist, MSNBC Role

O'Reilly KurtzBill O’Reilly spoke with Howard Kurtz and Lauren Ashburn last night about Al Sharpton‘s ongoing activism on behalf of Michael Brown while also hosting his MSNBC show.

“This is a travesty,” Kurtz said, citing Sharpton’s “political” eulogy at Brown’s funeral yesterday, meeting with Michael Brown’s family, and what Kurtz says is Sharpton’s “acknowledgment” that he is a conduit for the Obama administration for on-the-ground information on Ferguson.

“This just reeks that MSNBC thinks this acceptable…you can’t be a player and cover the game,” Kurtz added. O’Reilly chimed in he believes Sharpton “almost singlehandedly has corrupted NBC News,” dismissing MSNBC President Phil Griffin‘s defense that the network has been transparent about Sharpton’s dual roles. Yesterday, Sharpton spoke at Brown’s funeral in St. Louis in the afternoon and later hosted “PoliticsNation” from there at 6pmET. He led the show covering the funeral, playing parts of his eulogy off the top.

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How Cable News Covered Michael Brown’s Funeral, Al Sharpton’s Eulogy

Sharpton BrownThis afternoon, cable news covered the funeral of 18-year-old Michael Brown as one of MSNBC’s hosts continued being part of the story.

MSNBC was the only channel to air Al Sharpton‘s eulogy, dipping into it at 12:44pmET. “Order says that children bury their parents…we should not sit here today and act like we’re watching something that is in order,” Sharpton said to rousing chants from the crowd gathered at a St. Louis church.

MSNBC took Sharpton’s eulogy for 11 minutes before Chris Matthews, filling in for Andrea Mitchell, wrapped the noon eastern hour. Ronan Farrow opened his show speaking with Craig Melvin about his interview with Brown’s parents, but showing a full screen of Sharpton’s speech while Melvin reported.

During Sharpton’s eulogy, Fox News continued with its “Outnumbered” panel, who discussed topics ranging from James Foley‘s beheading to what time school should start for teens. At 1pmET, “Happening Now” opened airing images of Sharpton speaking live, then turning to Garrett Tenney outside the church. CNN aired Don Lemon interviewing CNN political commentator LZ Granderson and CNN contributor Donna Brazile. Ashleigh Banfield closed “Legal View” airing parts of Lemon’s interview with the mothers of Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, and Sean Bell.

During Sharpton’s eulogy, Fox News’ Howard Kurtz tweeted about his statements. And this morning, Don Lemon tweeted–about not tweeting. Read more

Dan Rather: If One of My Staffers Were Held Captive, I’d ‘Negotiate for Ransom’

Rather.jpgAppearing on “Reliable Sources” yesterday, Dan Rather reacted to the beheading of journalist James Foley and described what he’d do if one of his journalists were captured by terrorists.

“If some member of our ’Dan Rather Reports’ team was kidnapped, I’d be looking to negotiate for ransom,” Rather said.

“And you can criticize that if you want, damn if you want, but the loyalty to our people who work with us and take these great chances engenders loyalty back,” he continued.  Earlier in the program, Foley’s boss, GlobalPost CEO Phil Balboni, said “it’s suicide for a journalist to go into Syria now.”

Over on “MediaBuzz,” Howard Kurtz examined whether news organizations should’ve shown footage from Foley’s beheading. “We are not showing you images from the execution videotape, which were splashed all across television, and the web, and the New York tabloids, and social media.  And the reason is, that’s what ISIS wants; to spread fear and disgust, and most of the media played into their hands.

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As Violence Escalates in Ferguson, ‘Reliable’ and ‘MediaBuzz’ Discuss Press Freedom

With tensions continuing to rise in Ferguson — where Missouri Governor Jay Nixon announced today that he has signed an executive order deploying the National Guard to the area — media coverage of the protests was a topic of discussion on both CNN’s “Reliable Sources” and Fox News’ “MediaBuzz” this weekend. Three more reporters were arrested in Ferguson overnight, with several more reporting being detained or threatened.

On “Reliable Sources,” Brian Stelter interviewed Al Jazeera correspondent Ash-har Quraishi, a member of the crew that was hit with tear gas while covering the protests last week. “I do feel like we were targeted because after we retreated back, there was a crowd that did go towards our camera equipment and that was caught on camera,” Quraishi said.

On “MediaBuzz,” Howard Kurtz rejected Joe Scarborough‘s suggestion that Washington Post reporter Wesley Lowrey‘s arrest was self-promotional. “Scarborough is entitled to his opinion, absolutely … but the fact that they were actually arrested, and the charges were so trumped up that they were thrown out, shows what a difficult situation it was.” Read more

The Scoreboard: Sunday, July 27

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 156 | MSNBC: 113 | CNN: 136 | HLN: 133
  • Primetime: FNC: 112 | MSNBC: 185 | CNN: 177 | HLN: 145

4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
FNC
Alt/HC:

71

Kurtz:

113

FNSunday:

159

Report:

162

Huckabee:

136

Kelly:

72

Stossel:

128

Huckabee:

129

Kelly:

129

MSNBC
Caught:

90

Caught:

111

Caught:

91

Caught:

144

Slaves:

161

Slaves:

157

Slaves:

237

Lockup:

249

Lockup:

200

CNN
Nwsroom:

150

Nwsroom:

165

Nwsroom:

94

Nwsroom:

146

TheHunt:

143

TheHunt:

298

Nwsroom:

91

TheHunt:

82

TheHunt:

85

HLN
Files:

185

Files:

176

Files:

186

Files:

192

Files:

131

Files:

147

Files:

156

Files:

135

Files:

105

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Howard Kurtz: Folks at MSNBC Not Getting ‘Thrill Up the Leg’ Anymore for Obama

KurtzOn the O’Reilly Factor last night, Howard Kurtz suggested MSNBC is no longer favoring President Obama.

“Even the folks at MSNBC not getting the thrill up the leg anymore,” Kurtz said, referencing Chris Matthews‘ now infamous “thrill up my leg” sound bite from 2008. “And the liberal commentators, they’re disillusioned, they’re bummed, they’re depressed, they need medication…this is their guy.”

O’Reilly disagreed about MSNBC: “I haven’t seen that on MSNBC. They still either avoid the issue or throw out rank propaganda.”

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Sunday Media Shows Cover Bergdahl Prisoner Swap

Stelter Kurtz
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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