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Jana Winter: ‘There Are No Take Backs’

WinterOn “MediaBuzz” Sunday, Fox News reporter Jana Winter reiterated she was never going to reveal sources from her Aurora, CO shooting story

“If I make a promise to say I will not publish this information unless I keep your name out of it, I’m not going to change my mind,” Winter told Howard Kurtz. “There are no take backs. I said I’d keep my sources secret, and that’s it…end of story.”

Winter said she felt her ordeal was completely “bizarre” and unfair.

Over on “Reliable Sources,” Brian Stelter closed the show agreeing with Roger Ailes that protecting Winter’s confidential sources was necessary to protect journalism and democracy.

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Brian Stelter’s ‘Reliable Sources’ Debut Ratings

Brian Stelter Reliable Sources debut“Reliable Sources” averaged 400,000 total viewers and 118,000 A25-54 viewers on Brian Stelter‘s debut as host of the CNN show.

The debut numbers were down -13% in total viewers and -17% in the demo compared to the average of the three shows Stelter guest-hosted. The show was also down compared to its Q4 average, -10% in total viewers and -9% in the demo. Compared to the year-ago Sunday, “Reliable Sources” was flat in total viewers and up +4% in the demo.

Compared to the last four broadcasts of Howard Kurtz‘s “Reliable Sources” before he joined Fox News, Stelter’s show was down -7% in total viewers but up +5% in the A25-54 demo.

Kurtz’s “MediaBuzz” on Fox News averaged 964,000 total viewers and 239,000 A25-54 viewers. The show is up +2% in total viewers and +28% in the demo compared to its Q4 average and up +5% and +18%, respectively, compared to the year-ago Sunday.

The Fox Ticker: Kelly, Kurtz, Kilmeade

  • Megyn Kelly will appear on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” tonight.

Brian Stelter: CNN’s offer was ‘Irresistible’

BrianStelter“I would not leave the Times for a television job” doesn’t occupy the same pantheon as “Read my lips, no new taxes” or “I never had sex with that woman,” but it still presents a bit of sticky wicket for Brian Stelter, who debuts Sunday as host of CNN’s ‘Reliable Sources.’

In late July, Stelter told The Washington Post that he wouldn’t quit his day job as media reporter for The New York Times if he were chosen to succeed longtime ‘Reliable Sources’ host Howard Kurtz, now with Fox News. During his CNN tenure, Kurtz had juggled full-time jobs elsewhere with his ‘Reliable Sources’ gig.

So what prompted Stelter’s change of heart?

“I meant it when I said it,” he says. “Everyone at CNN imagined that the next host would be part-time.“ After Stelter’s third stint as guest host, however, “a part-time job became a full-time job. I had never imagined what CNN sketched out, and it was very appealing.”

In addition to hosting the weekly ‘Reliable Sources,’ senior media correspondent Stelter files daily for cnn.com and does live hits on other CNN shows. Had it been a full-time anchor job, he wouldn’t have been as interested.

“I’m a writer and reporter at heart,” says Stelter, 28, who as a college freshman created the site that became tvnewser. “I think I can become more of an expert in the field by writing and reporting than I can by anchoring. It’s how I’ve grown up. I fell in love with print.”

As luck would have it, two big media stories broke on Stelter’s first day on the job last week — Lara Logan’s forced leave of absence from CBS and Alec Baldwin’s dismissal from MSNBC. Stelter did four live hits and wrote a story for the website.

He hasn’t stopped since. Stelter left for L.A. late yesterday to tape an interview today with ubiquitous TV/radio host-producer Ryan Seacrest. Stelter labels him as “a king of media” and “one of the highest-profile media makers in the world.” He hopes to run the piece Sunday.

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Brian Stelter’s ‘Reliable Sources’ Debut Pushed Back

brian stelter_304x200Brian Stelter’s debut as host of “Reliable Sources” has been moved back a week to December 8.

No word from CNN on the reason for pushing Stelter’s debut back, but the “Reliable Sources” twitter account tweeted its replacement for this Sunday:

Stelter was named CNN’s senior media correspondent and host of “Reliable Sources” on November 12 after guest hosting the show frequently over the summer following Howard Kurtz’s exit for Fox News.

His first week on-air for CNN was busy, reporting on both Lara Logan’s leave of absense from “60 Minutes” and the parting of ways between MSNBC and Alec Baldwin.

We’d expect both stories to be on the rundown for his first show hosting next Sunday.

Nov. 2013 Ratings: Fox News Primetime #2 Among All Cable Networks

Fox News finished its 143rd consecutive month as the number one cable news network in November, beating MSNBC and CNN combined in both total day and primetime. FNC was second in all of cable news in primetime this month, finishing behind only ESPN. But like its competitors, Fox News saw double-digit declines compared to the same month last year, when the Presidential election was held.

The ratings for November 2013 (Nielsen Live + Same Day data):

  • Primetime (Mon-Sun): 2,011,000 total viewers / 348,000 A25-54
  • Total Day Mon-Sun): 1,201,000 total viewers / 248,000 A25-54

In primetime, Fox News was down -21% in total viewers and -41% in the A25-54 demographic compared to November 2012. In total day, FNC is down -18% and -30%, respectively.

November was the first full month for Fox News’ revamped primetime lineup. “The O’Reilly Factor” was down -17% in total viewers and -31% in the demo compared to the same month last year. The 9pmET hour of “The Kelly File” was down -10% in total viewers and -27% in the demo compared to November 2012, when Sean Hannity held the timeslot, and “Hannity” was down -21% and 31%, respectively, compared to the 10pmET hour of “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren” last year.

Since the debut of the new primetime lineup, “The Kelly File” is up +41% in total viewers and +29% in the demo and “Hannity” is up +21% and +26%, respectively. Read more

Bill O’Reilly: Sarah Palin ‘Won’t Come On,’ Wants to Give ‘A Speech’

bill o'reilly_304x200In a segment about embattled MSNBC anchor Martin Bashir last night, Bill O’Reilly had news for Howard Kurtz: they booked him after first asking Sarah Palin, who O’Reilly revealed won’t do his program for fear of mixing it up.

“Sarah Palin won’t do this program. She won’t come on the program because she doesn’t want to mix it up. She doesn’t! She wants to give a speech, and nobody gives speeches here. Okay? So she doesn’t come on,” O’Reilly said. “We invited her on tonight. You’re here instead. But I don’t begrudge Sarah Palin that. She can come on. She doesn’t come on, she does come on, whatever she wants to do. Okay? Fine.”

Palin’s PAC has sent a letter to MSNBC president Phil Griffin and NBC News president Deborah Turness asking whether Bashir will be disciplined. She has also cancelled an upcoming interview with Matt Lauer. Bashir made the vile comments Friday, apologized Monday, and has hosted every day since.

The calls for Bashir to be punished have been the loudest on Fox News. Kurtz appeared twice on Fox news yesterday and wrote about it on FoxNews.com. Sean Hannity talked about it with Ann Coulter and put it to his audience, asking whether Bashir should be punished.

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Sarah Palin Cancels NBC Interview Over Martin Bashir Remarks

sarah palin_304x200Sarah Palin has canceled an interview with Matt Lauer “as a protest against NBC for not taking action against [Martin] Bashir,” Fox News’ Howard Kurtz reports.

Bashir called Palin a “dunce” and suggested she was a candidate for being urinated and defecated on. He apologized earlier this week, saying his remarks were “wholly unacceptable … neither accurate, nor fair.” Bashir continues to host his show today.

Palin, a Fox News contributor, was most recently on “Today” for an in-studio interview on November 11. For the upcoming Christmas-season interview, Lauer was slated to travel to Wasilla to speak with the former Alaska governor, Kurtz reports.

The Scoreboard: Sunday, November 17

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 142 | MSNBC: 104 | CNN: 114 | HLN: 105
  • Primetime: FNC: 130 | MSNBC: 175 | CNN: 169 | HLN: 94

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

69

Kurtz:

105

FNSunday:

111

Faulkner:

170

Huckabee:

151

Geraldo:

133

Stossel:

106

Huckabee:

108

Hannity:

108

MSNBC
Finney:

14

Caught:

67

Caught:

111

Caught:

172

Caught:

198

Predator:

175

Predator:

153

Predator:

151

Lockup:

183

CNN
Nwsroom:

70

Nwsroom:

133

Nwsroom:

112

Turner:

93

Nwsroom:

107

JFK:

201

Cont.:


JFK:

238

Cont:


HLN
Mystery:

125

Mystery:

116

Mystery:

105

Mystery:

145

Mystery:

95

Mystery:

83

Mystery:

104

Mystery:

122

Mystery:

131

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O’Reilly: ‘They Hate Me Because I Represent Something That is Very Feared in America’

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg Visits FOX's "The O'Reilly Factor"On “MediaBuzz” Sunday, Bill O’Reilly sparred with Howard Kurtz about whether “The O’Reilly Factor” host has become more accepted in the mainstream media.

Listing off the major programs O’Reilly has visited to promote his new book, Kurtz suggested that the “narrative” of O’Reilly vs. the media elite is no longer prevalent, and that O’Reilly is a more accepted figure than in years prior.

“I disagree with you,” O’Reilly shot back. “They hate me because I represent something that is very feared in America. I made my success outside of the establishment—that’s how I did it—and they don’t like that.” O’Reilly foreshadows if he ever falls, the mainstream media will be like “jackals on my carcass.”

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