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Bill O’Reilly: ‘I’m Sitting Here Because I’m Obnoxious, Not Because I’m White’

OreillyStewart2In an extended “Daily Show” interview Jon Stewart and Bill O’Reilly finally settled the white privilege debate. Or not. Stewart argues it exists. O’Reilly says it doesn’t.

“Let me repeat this and I’ll do it slowly so that even you can understand,” O’Reilly said to Stewart, “If you work hard, if you get educated, if you’re an honest person, YOU CAN MAKE IT IN AMERICA!”

Stewart shot back: “If you live in a neighborhood where poverty is endemic, where it’s harder to work hard, where it’s harder to get an education…”

“YES. It’s harder if you’re a ghetto kid. But can you do it? YES!” O’Reilly shot back.

At one point an audience member heckled the Fox News host. “You think I’m sitting here because I’m white? O’Reilly said. “I’m sitting here because I’m obnoxious, not because I’m white,”

Stewart eventually got O’Reilly to admit that, without “condemning modern society,” that white privilege is “a factor” of American history.

“You, Bill O’Reilly, can lead the flock of the Fox faithful to a better place,” Stewart said in closing.

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Sunday Show Ratings: October 5

sunday shows_304With revised Nielsen data in for Sunday, Oct. 5, “Face the Nation with Bob Schieffer” is now No.1 in total viewers and the A25-54 demo. And compared to the same week last year it was the only broadcast to show both total viewer and demo growth.

With the restated Nielsen data, “Meet the Press” and “Fox News Sunday” both added total viewers, while “This Week” lost viewers.

“Meet the Press” was down the most of the Sunday public affairs shows: -15% in viewers and down -34% in the demo vs. the same Sunday last year which was the beginning of the government shutdown. “This Week” and “Fox News Sunday” were also down double digits in the demo.

Cable rebroadcasts of “Fox News Sunday” averaged a combined 1,734,000 total viewers and 376,000 A25-54 viewers.

“Face the Nation” is based on the first half-hour only, as the full contiguous hour aired in just 67% of the country.

The numbers for October 5:

Network Program Total Viewers A25-54
CBS
“Face the Nation” 3.337M 935,000
ABC
“This Week” 2.91M 840,000
NBC “Meet the Press” 2.51M 663,000
FOX “Fox News Sunday” 1.18M 365,000
UNIV “Al Punto” 815,000 409,000

 

Shep Smith on ‘Irresponsible’ Ebola Coverage

Fox News’ Shepard Smith offered harsh criticism of the “irresponsible” manner in which Ebola is being covered by the media.

“For the next few minutes, I’m going to give you the facts on Ebola. It’ll take just three minutes. But first, today given what we know, you should have no concerns about Ebola at all. None. I promise,” Smith said to open today’s show.

“The people who say and write hysterical things are being very irresponsible,” Smith went on to say.

Also last night, Jon Stewart had a similar take on “The Daily Show,” in which he played a montage of media outlets covering Ebola.

Sean Hannity: ‘Where’s CBS? Where is all this so-called reporting on NBC and CNN?’

For his first trip to Israel, Sean Hannity had a mission: put the emphasis on what the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has on the average Israeli. As he returns home today from a 4-day reporting trip, Hannity tells TVNewser, “I feel like we gave a good picture, with context and texture about what life is like in these border towns.” The Fox News host phoned us from Jerusalem following his interview with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu:

TVNewser: This was your first time in Israel, what’s your one takeaway from covering this conflict?

Hannity: There’s a couple things that stand out. I stayed two days on the Israeli-Gaza border and speaking with the mayor of Sderot, and going to an indoor playground because the kids can’t go out, where rockets landed five minutes before the cease fire. It gives you perspective of how dire the situation is. One thing that struck me was when I got inside one of the Hamas tunnels. You see the architecture and engineering that go in to the preparation for the tunnel, just so people can commit terror.

HannityNetanyahuTVNewser: What did Prime Minister Netanyahu tell in terms of how he sees this peace holding?

Hannity: I asked him and he says you just never know. Rocket attacks are nothing new here. To be perfectly honest, I got comfortable with the sirens. On the first night, I was in restaurant and the sirens went off, and people, including IDF soldiers, casually walked into a bathroom, and it was no big deal. And at the end of the day I understood it.

TVNewser: Overall do you think the U.S. media has been balanced in its coverage of the current conflict?

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Jon Stewart Gets Serious About His ‘Most Regretful’ Interview

In an interview with “Mad Men” star Elisabeth Moss last night, Jon Stewart revealed the interview he regrets most. It was his 2011 interview with the former U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, “Because he started a war for no reason and lied a lot about it.”

Stewart thought he’d “nail him on that,” during the interview, but he failed.

Bloomberg Names Leadership for Politics Vertical

BLOOMBERG-tv-LOGOBloomberg has announced two key appointments for its newly-created politics vertical: Tom Johnson has been named executive editor and Pat King has been appointed senior producer.

Johnson joins Bloomberg after 20 years at ABC News, where he was most recently senior broadcast producer of “World News with Diane Sawyer.” In a note to staff this morning, Bloomberg senior executive editor Josh Tyrangiel praised Johnson’s “spectacular mix of talent and temperament—his colleagues at ABC note that he’s usually the smartest guy in the room, and rarely feels the need to remind anyone of it.”

King comes to Bloomberg after nine years at “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” where he was most recently a segment producer. Tyrangiel — who noted “he’s not here to make the show funny” — called King “a passionate observer of national politics with a tremendous instinct for research.”

In addition to overseeing the politics vertical, Johnson and King will serve as executive producer and senior producer, respectively, for the daily politics show with Mark Halperin and John Heilemann slated to launch in October.

Tyrangiel’s full note, and the note from”World News” executive producer Michael Corn, after the jump.

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Jon Stewart Tasks His Audience With Programming CNN

Last night, Jon Stewart gave an update on his Kickstarter campaign to buy CNN. He also implored his audience to give their ideas for revamping the network.

After airing a montage of ideas “The Daily Show” has provided CNN over the years, Stewart turned to his audience. “We feel qualified to take this on, but we’re doing it with your money,” he said, urging his audience to go to the “Let’s Buy CNN” website to provide their own ideas for slogans and programming.

Who Makes Fareed Zakaria Nervous?

He hosts his own CNN show, but it was an interview with Jon Stewart that gave Fareed Zakaria jitters.

“I’m a little nervous because I realize I might be speaking to my future boss,” Zakaria jokingly said to Stewart at the beginning of an interview Thursday night. He was referring to Stewart’s “Let’s Buy CNN” campaign. “I hope that you end up getting CNN. I think it would be a fascinating challenge for you,” he continued.  And how would Stewart fill the remaining airtime left after “The Daily Show’s” two hours per week. “I’ll just let Wolf Blitzer fill in.”

Jon Stewart Tries to Get Hillary Clinton to Declare Candidacy for President

Jon Stewart began his interview with Hillary Clinton last night asking a few questions around the edges, hoping to get her to announce she’s running for president:

“Do you like commuting to work or do you like a home office?… Do you have a shape for that office?… do you like corners?… Do you prefer to sit in traffic or cause it?”

Clinton says she’s gotten used to the constant criticism, having been in he public eye for nearly a quarter century.

To that, Stewart said, looking inward, “It’s just these talking heads, sitting around, picking out every little thing, making fun of it. It’s just not right.”

Part II after the jump…

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Hillary Clinton to Appear on ‘The Daily Show’

clintonThe cable news portion of Hillary Clinton‘s book tour ended a few weeks ago, but the former Secretary of State isn’t finished yet. She’ll appear on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” tomorrow.

A few weeks ago, Stewart poked fun at CNN and Fox News for dubbing their Clinton interviews as exclusives on the same day. In tomorrow’s interview, it’s likely Stewart will ask the presumptive presidential candidate for her thoughts on one of his favorite comedy targets—cable news.

Clinton has previously given her take on one of broadcast news’ big platforms. “Going on the Sunday shows is not my favorite thing to do,” she said while testifying on Capitol Hill last year. “There are other things I prefer to do on Sunday mornings.”

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