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What Will “President Obama” Mean For Fox News?

hannity_1-19.jpgThe New York Times’ Brian Stelter takes a detailed look at what the future of Fox News will be with a Democrat in the White House.

FNC SVP Bill Shine says, “All I know is that over the course of the next four years, we’re going to do what we do really well — cover the news in a fair and balanced way and put on a very good product.”

But, as EVP of news editorial John Moody notes, “Will we give this incoming administration a Greek chorus of exaltation? No, but that speaks more about the other networks than about us.”

On the economic side, Brad Adgate, SVP for research at Horizon Media, says FNC is on “firm financial footing” in 2009. Adgate says FNC has “created appointment viewing on slow news days” and that “audience loyalty allow Fox to charge higher rates.”

Eric Alterman, liberal media columnist and author of “What Liberal Media?” sees FNC in a good spot with the new administration. “Fox is in a much better position with a liberalish Democrat in the White House than they were with a Republican,” he says.

But former White House press secretary Scott McClellan notes where FNC is likely to lose one household. “They’re certainly going to lose some market share at the White House,” said McClellan.

Earlier: FNC’s Jay Wallace looks to 2009 and reflects on the 2008 election.

Who Was at the White House Christmas Party Last Night?

WHUxmas_12.17.JPGOur spies spotted several tvnewsers at last night’s White House Christmas party — from ABC Kathy O’Hearn and Terry Moran; from CBS Bill Plante and Maggie Rodriguez; from NBC Chuck Todd, Kelly O’Donnell and David Gregory; from FNC John Moody, Gretchen Carlson, and Steve Doocy; from CNN David Bohrman and husband and wife correspondent/anchor team of Dana Bash & John King; from FBN Jenna Lee, Kevin Magee and Ray Hennessey; and from CNBC Matt Cuddy and Nick Dunn.

Several guests brought their kids as escorts including Maureen Orth with son Luke Russert, FBN’s Liz Claman brought her daughter and FNC’s Brit Hume brought his granddaughter.

> More: Maria Bartiromo, Bill O’Reilly and Greta Van Susteren also attended.

FNC EVP Moody: “McCain’s Quest For The Presidency is Over”

hoax_10-24.jpgThe McCain supporter who claimed to be beaten by an Obama supporter, which was big news on the cablers last night, has admitted the story was a hoax (and is back to a big story today).

This afternoon a tipster pointed us to the Fox Forum blog on, where EVP of news editorial John Moody wrote a blog post last night about the incident (apparently Moody’s been blogging since May — we’ll have to check it out more).

Moody writes, “If Ms. Todd’s allegations are proven accurate, some voters may revisit their support for Senator Obama, not because they are racists (with due respect to Rep. John Murtha), but because they suddenly feel they do not know enough about the Democratic nominee.”

But, “If the incident turns out to be a hoax, Senator McCain’s quest for the presidency is over, forever linked to race-baiting,” he concludes.

Moody tells TVNewser today: “Certainly this was a difficult situation for the McCain campaign, but thank goodness Fox’s actual reporting of the incident was more accurate than my blog.”

> Update: FishbowlLA has more on the story.

Fox News Responds to Obama’s “Freak” Charge

In this Sunday’s New York Times Magazine, Matt Bai interviews Sen. Barack Obama about the campaign’s desire to win over working-class voters. At one point, Obama targets Fox News Channel for its characterization of him:

I am convinced that if there were no Fox News, I might be two or three points higher in the polls. If I were watching Fox News, I wouldn’t vote for me, right? Because the way I’m portrayed 24/7 is as a freak! I am the latte-sipping, New York Times-reading, Volvo-driving, no-gun-owning, effete, politically correct, arrogant liberal. Who wants somebody like that?

In reaction to Sen. Obama’s comments, Fox News EVP of News Editorial John Moody tells TVNewser, “Senator Obama’s comments about Fox News are misdirected. If he is uncomfortable with tough questions, it may be because he has faced so few from the news media. The McCain campaign also complains when we make them squirm. We will continue to do hard, honest reporting and let American viewers decide if we’re being fair.”

FNC Exec. Fires Back at Olbermann

Olbermann_8.27.jpgTVNewser told you about last night’s uncomfortable MSNBC moment which included a shot at Fox News. Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews were talking about the characterization of Hillary Clinton as “some victim of foul play.”

Matthews commented, “Fox News, for example, seems to enjoy it. No accident they hired Howard Wolfson, used him in some sort of little toy soldier waiting on the shelf.”

“Tokyo Rose was the thought that came to my mind,” added Olbermann.

Politico reports FNC’s John Moody, EVP for news editorial, fired back today and managed to take a shot at John Edwards, too.

Keith is too important to be constrained (restrained might be a different matter) by facts. He is the heir to Huntley, to Brinkley, to Chancellor, to Brokaw. (Sorry, NBC). Keith thinks Democrats shouldn’t deign to appear on FOX. That’s the same philosophy that served John Edwards so well when he was an active candidate (among other things). Like Sen. Edwards, Keith is a non-factor now that the real decisions have been made. And like Tokyo Rose, he is a fictional conflation.

> More: Wolfson on FNC today went after Matthews and Olbermann, by name: “I think it’s unfortunate that a news organization with a great tradition like NBC has been taken over by those kind of antics.” The clip, via Johnny Dollar after the jump…

> Update: Olbermann responds: “John Moody is a hysterical, doctrinaire, Right Wing hack propagandist, who conveniently forgets that when he thought I shared his allegiance to his dark view of the world, tried to hire me for Fox News. As for Mr. Wolfson, I feel very sorry for the choices he made that led him to his sad state.”

> Update, Update: An FNC executive tells TVNewser that “when Olbermann was out of work, he reached out to Moody and they had several cordial, professional conversations. But Moody never tried to hire him and an offer was never made…keep in mind, Olbermann was fired by corporate cousin FOX Sports…no chance he would get a job at FNC. Would NBC News hire someone just fired from NBC Sports?”

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Chris Wallace On Keith Olbermann, and An Admission from John Moody

CWallace_7.14.jpgIt was Fox News’ turn in front of the TV critics this afternoon, and the network known for playing a tough offense, found itself on the defense over one of its analysts and some recent on air controversies.

On the panel, FNC’s VP news editorial John Moody, Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace and two of FNC’s political analysts: Karl Rove and Howard Wolfson.

An insider tells TVNewser, “TCA panels can get testy, but the Fox News panel was especially so. Rove was the target of many questions, some of which had little to do with his appearances on Fox including the congressional subpoena before congress. It only got worse from there.”

B&C’s Marisa Guthrie writes about Wallace coming to Rove’s defense. “I’m struck by what I think is a double standard in the questions that particularly Karl is being asked here,” said Wallace. “I question whether if it were a conservative Congress that had subpoenaed James Carville, lets say, whether you’d be asking CNN why they’re (employing) James Carville.”

Guthrie writes, “Wallace’s remark was greeted with loud disagreement from multiple critics in the room who asserted that they would be asking the same questions if the political roles were reversed.”

The LATimes’ Matea Gold writes about a rare admission from Moody about FNC’s competition, “Well, there’s been tightening, obviously. We’ve certainly been tested in the last year. And I think we’ve emerged from it. I think we’ve gotten past the worst of the test.”

On the issue of the photoshopped New York Timesmen, Moody later told Guthrie he “wished” Fox & Friends “hadn’t done it. They didn’t ask me first.” But he said the incident will not result in any official standards adjustments. Moody told the assembled press that the morning program is “an entertainment show that does some news.”

And what about the criticism Fox News gets? Chris Wallace has thoughts about that…

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