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Has Media Played a Part in Bad Presidential Optics?

FNCDuring his interview with Chuck Todd yesterday, President Obama acknowledged the theatre of the presidency doesn’t come naturally to him while also saying he’d love a “vacation from the press.”

This afternoon, Fox News debated whether the media has played a part in any of Obama’s negative optics. “Well maybe he should have thought harder about whether he was qualified to be president,” Fox News contributor Jim Pinkerton said regarding president’s struggles with optics.

Alan Colmes responded that the media is assigning labels to the president that are off the mark. “This narrative that he’s somehow indecisive or not focused or given up or doesn’t care is just not accurate, and that’s the thing that the media has glommed onto for the last couple of weeks,” Colmes said, citing U.S. airstrikes on ISIS (watch after the jump).

During this afternoon’s White House press briefing, which Fox News, MSNBC, and CNN all took, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest announced the president will outline his plan against ISIS in a speech Wednesday.

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Why Did Roger Ailes’ Brother Talk with Gabe Sherman?

Ailes bookThe Washington Post‘s Erik Wemple called up Robert Ailes Jr. the brother of Fox News chairman Roger Ailes, the subject of an unauthorized biography from Gabriel Sherman.

According to Sherman, he interviewed Robert Ailes seven times between December 2011 and March 2013. Wemple asked the 76-year-old older brother of Roger why he cooperated with Sherman. “Well, I was caught off guard, to tell you the truth. I didn’t know Gabriel Sherman from George Washington.” Ailes tells Wemple he hasn’t read the book, and doesn’t know how he’s quoted in it.

Another bit from the book making the blog rounds, is about a now-shuttered site about the cable news industry called The Cable Game. In his book, Sherman writes:

[Ailes] set up an anonymous blog called The Cable Game that took shots at his rivals. Ailes assigned Fox News contributor Jim Pinkerton to write the entries. “The Cable Game was Roger’s creation,” one person close to Ailes said

ICN which closely follows the cable news industry, writes, “I do consider it telling that the blog just up and died without even a farewell message. We’ll never know for sure if The Cable Game was indeed an FNC Trojan Horse Blog. But it would not surprise me if it was.”

Sherman was a guest on “The Colbert Report” last night where Stephen Colbert began by saying, “I have sources at Fox News… this person says, you’re not a good guy. Defend yourself. Are you a good guy?” WATCH:

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Howard Kurtz is News on ‘Reliable Sources,’ But Not on ‘Fox News Watch’

Howard Kurtz‘s decision to leave CNN for Fox News this week was news on his CNN show today, but it wasn’t on the show he’s about to take over. Kurtz spent most of his pen-ultimate CNN show covering the breaking news of NSA leaker Edward Snowden arriving in Moscow, including an interview — for the third time in as many weeks — with The Guardian’s Glenn Greenwald who broke the Snowden news. At the end of the show Kurtz said,

Finally, a word about me. You may have read somewhere that after 15 years of anchoring this program, I’ll be moving on from CNN to become a media and political analyst for Fox News. It has been a privilege to occupy this chair and I will have more to say about this on my final program next week which of course is a little tease to get to you tune in next Sunday morning.

Kurtz also didn’t shy away from criticizing his new network. In a story first revealed by TVNewser Friday, Kurtz called out ABC’s “Good Morning America” and Fox News for erroneously reporting that an arrest warrant had been issued for NFL player Aaron Hernandez.

On Thursday Kurtz revealed he’d signed on with Fox News to host a revamped “Fox News Watch.” The Fox show made no mention of the change during this weekend’s episode. Current host Jon Scott has been named anchor in the Fox News specials unit while the contributions of “Fox News Watch” regulars Judith Miller, Cal Thomas an Jim Pinkerton have not been revealed.

It’s also not known if the Kurtz-led Fox News media affairs show will be a half hour, as “Fox News Watch” is currently, or expand to an hour, as “Reliable Sources” is.

‘Fox News Watch’ and ‘Journal Editorial Report’ Expand to One Hour

Fox News Channel’s two media shows, “Fox News Watch” and the “Journal Editorial Report,” have been expanded to an hour each this weekend. “Journal Editorial Report” airs at 2pmET today and again at 11pmET, while “Fox News Watch” airs at 3pmET and Midnight. The shows, typically a half hour run back-to-back on Saturday afternoon at 2pm and again at 11pm. On the daily Bias Bash segment on FoxNews.com, panelist Jim Pinkerton had to correct Jonathan Hunt who promoted Fox News Watch as starting at 2:30: “No, 2 O’Clock (actually 3 O’Clock). And an hour,” said Pinkerton. To which panelist Sally Kohn joked, “Oh. So much bias. So little time.”