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‘Murdoch’s World’ Shines a Light on Reporters’ Interactions With Fox News

foxnewslogoWe picked up a copy of NPR media correspondent David Folkenflik‘s “Murdoch’s World: The Last of the Old Media Empires” this week. In the book, which has gotten attention for its reporting on Fox News and News Corp, Folkenflik details his own interactions with the Fox News media relations department, including his previously-documented 15-month stint on the department’s “blacklist” (which Folkenflik says is internally referred to as “Irena’s doghouse”).

He also offers a detailed report on efforts to discredit a Crain’s New York reporter, Matthew Flamm, by planting a false tip that Bill O’Reilly would anchor the network’s election coverage in 2008. After Flamm ran with the story, Fox News SVP of media relations Irena Briganti told TVNewser: “Flamm is so far off the mark it’s embarrassing and his ‘reporting’ lacks any semblance of credibility.” Folkenflik reports that a former Fox News staffer confirmed the media relations department had been behind the whole thing.

(For more on this: The Washington Post‘s Erik Wemple has the emails between Flamm and the fake producer; Flamm offers his own account of the incident at Crain’s New York.)

“There are moments when the essence of Fox News can be discerned mostly clearly in the maneuvers of its public relations department, not on the airwaves,” Folkenflik writes in “Murdoch’s World.”

Folkenflik appeared on Chris Hayes‘ show on MSNBC last night alongside one-time Fox News mole Joe Muto and The Guardian’s Ana Marie Cox, who weighed in on the Fox News details from “Murdoch’s World.” Watch: Read more

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Fox News Correspondent Douglas Kennedy Accused of Assault

Douglas Kennedy, the Fox News correspondent and son of Ethel and Robert F. Kennedy, has been charged with harassment and child endangerment over an incident at a hospital in Mt. Kisco, New York last month.

WNBC reports Kennedy went to take his 3-day old son out for a walk when two nurses tried to stop him. Surveillance video captured much of the fight that began in an elevator and continued in the hospital’s stairwell. WNBC’s Jonathan Dienst reports, “One nurse claims [Kennedy] twisted her arm and soon another is seen being knocked to the ground.” In sworn testimony, the second nurse says, “Douglas Kennedy raised his right foot and with tremendous force kicked me in the left side of my pelvic area.”

Kennedy and his wife Molly call the charges “absurd.” “The nurse had no right to attempt to grab our child out of his father’s arms,” a statement from the family reads.

Kennedy faces misdemeanor counts for the January 7th incident. He was last seen reporting for Fox News last Thursday, February 16. “There will be no change in his job status or job duties,” says Fox News spokesperson Irena Briganti.

Fox News Channel and FoxNews.com reported the story after it broke on WNBC’s 11pm newscast. CBS News, NBC News, MSNBC and CNN also reported the story this morning.

WNBC’s story after the jump..

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The Ticker (Fox Edition): Briganti, Barnes, Cavuto…

  • FNC/FBN’s Irena Briganti is getting a promotion. Briganti, who’s been with the network since June, 1996, prior to launch, is being promoted to Group Senior VP of Media Relations for Fox News and Fox Business.
  • FBN Washington correspondent Peter Barnes and his wife are finishing up their latest children’s book. “Liberty Lee’s Tail of Independence,” about the Declaration of Independence told from a mouse’s point of view, will be in stores this May.
  • Neil Cavuto was all set to be a Catholic priest, but, “But truth be told,” he tells JerseyMan Magazine, “it really wasn’t cut out for me to be a priest for a variety of reasons. It upset my Irish mother and my Italian father, who, as a man of few words, said, ‘Good, there is no money in it anyway.’”

Jim Romenesko Unmasks the Fox News PR Machine

Not long after he left Poynter to start his own site, Jim Romenesko put out a Tweet asking those who cover Fox News to send him their thoughts of working with the Fox News media relations team, specifically Irena Briganti, SVP of the group.

Reporters responded, and this afternoon Romenesko published his piece.

The New York TimesDavid Carr weighed in calling Briganti, “The communications equivalent of a hockey goon,” while former New York Post Page Six writer Paula Froelich calls Briganti, “amazing… one of the few pr types in that position who do the job with accurate efficiency.”

Reporters opened up about the “snarky statements” that come with a story about a rival network or former employee. And “the blacklist,” when a reporter does something to offend Fox News and the calls, pitches and any other correspondence ceases. I know of this. I’ve been on it for several-month stints, at least twice. I’m off it now, I believe. I’ve also gotten the cold shoulder — or more — from other networks when they didn’t like what I wrote.

Having written TVNewser for the last 4 and a half years, I can relate to many of the anecdotes and agree with most of the opinions. And while dealing with Irena and company can lead an unnecessary amount of agony — for all involved — I can say they’ve always made themselves available and have always been responsive, always from the aggressive Fox News frame of reference — but what other way would it be?

What’s on Fox News when Glenn Beck Leaves?

Glenn Beck‘s final Fox News show is set for tomorrow. And now we know what’s coming next.

This Friday at 5pmET, Fox News will run the John Stossel special, “What’s Great about America.” After that … more Beck.

Fox News spokeswoman Irena Briganti tells TVNewser, “We will run encore presentations of ‘Glenn Beck’ next week and will announce our plans shortly.”

At its peak, Beck brought the 5pmET timeslot to second place in all of cable news. But that was 2009. While still handily winning the hour, year-to-date (compared to the same period last year), Beck’s show is down -23% in Total Viewers and down -32% in A25-54 viewers, the most of any show on Fox News.

New Life for ‘America’s Most Wanted’ on Fox News?

This weekend marks the season finale of “America’s Most Wanted.” But crime crusader host John Walsh hopes it’s the not the series finale. In an interview with the AP Walsh reveals he’s in talks with other networks, including Fox News:

Fox News chairman Roger Ailes “has had preliminary discussions with John Walsh and he’s a fan of ‘America’s Most Wanted,’” said Fox News spokeswoman Irena Briganti, “but nothing has been decided.”

Walsh said he hopes to have a deal in place within the next few weeks. FOX broadcasting announced last month that the venerable Saturday night anti-crime show would be ending its weekly run after 23 years.