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Posts Tagged ‘Rush Limbaugh’

Megyn Kelly to Joe Scarborough: ‘Join His Four Viewers’ Tomorrow Morning

Kelly JoeYou don’t often see an MSNBC host popping up on Fox News airwaves, but “Morning Joe” co-host Joe Scarborough spent part of his evening last night with Megyn Kelly.

Promoting his book, “The Right Path,” Scarborough and Kelly got into a friendly exchange over the belief that the former Congressman is a “faux conservative.”

“That’s so 2011…they don’t say that about me,” Scarborough told Kelly, adding that he “loves” Fox News’ Sean Hannity and conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh. “As you know, I’m a uniter, not a divider.”

“I don’t know that…I don’t know you at all,” Kelly shot back.

After Scarborough complimented Kelly on her studio, Kelly joked: “There’s still a blond woman on this set interrupting you at every turn,” she joked, referencing Scarbourough’s co-host Mika Brzezinski. “Only if you snapped your fingers at me, you’d have eight fingers instead of 10.”

And for the final friendly dagger, Kelly told viewers where to find Scarborough: “If you want to see more of Joe, you can join his four viewers and see it tomorrow morning,” Kelly laughed. “Just kidding,” she added.

For the record, Kelly was 298,996 total and 75,996 demo viewers short on her total. Last week, “Morning Joe” averaged 299,000 viewers and 76,000 demo viewers.

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Is Don Lemon on the Rise at CNN?

DON-LEMON304X200The Associated Press’ David Bauder writes a piece on Don Lemon‘s increasing airtime— and opinion giving—at CNN.

CNN has no problem with Lemon’s opinions, so long as he’s not predictably partisan. Janelle Rodriguez, vice president of programming at CNN U.S., said Lemon talks to viewers instead of talking down to them.

“Having a personality is a positive attribute,” Rodriguez said.

The piece also touches on Lemon’s thoughts on the most recent media firestorm: Jill Abramson‘s New York Times dismissal.

Last week while moderating a discussion with four women on the firing of New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson, Lemon said he didn’t believe in equal pay for equal work in all circumstances — the verbal equivalent of sticking his head in a lion’s mouth.

As we’ve reported, Lemon has certainly felt more comfortable offering his opinion lately. He recently called Rush Limbaugh a “stunt king,” which solicited a response from Limbaugh noting who Lemon sleeps with.

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Don Lemon Responds to Rush Limbaugh’s He ‘Sleeps With Men Proudly’ Comment

DON-LEMON304X200Don Lemon has responded to Rush Limbaugh‘s statement that Lemon “sleeps with men proudly.”

“Considering the source it’s not even worth a response,” Lemon tells TVNewser.

Limbaugh made the comment on his radio show Tuesday, in response to Lemon calling Limbaugh a “stunt king.”

Lemon gave the conservative radio host that title on CNN Monday after Limbaugh suggested the only reason Donald Sterling was in trouble was “he did not give enough money to Obama.”

“Over at CNN, they interpreted that to mean that I was defending Sterling!” Limbaugh said Tuesday. “How did they get there? I don’t know how they get there. Erin Burnett played the sound bite and then went to Mr. Black Hole himself, Don Lemon —- who sleeps with men, proudly —- for comment.”

Limbaugh went on to suggest CNN has “no sense of humor.”

This is the second high-profile dust-up Lemon’s been in over the last couple months: in February, the CNN anchor and Fox News anchor Gregg Jarrett got into a Twitter spat over Lemon’s response to the Michael Dunn verdict. “Mind your business…old man,” Lemon wrote on Twitter to Jarrett after the Fox anchor called him a “pompous, pretentious jerk.”

Touré Calls Out ‘White Leaders’ O’Reilly, Limbaugh and Don Lemon?

Toure 304MSNBC’s Touré likes to stir things up on Twitter. He did it again over the weekend calling out “white leaders” Bill O’Reilly, Rush Limbaugh and African-American CNN host Don Lemon.

His first tweet wondered why these white media leaders weren’t speaking up about white-on-white violence, lumping in Lemon with Limbaugh and O’Reilly.

“The Cycle” co-host continued on the topic for another 10 tweets and responses while clarifying:

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Your Final Pick for MSNBC’s 4pm Host Is…

msnbc logo 300x197MSNBC‘s 4pmET time slot opened earlier this week after Martin Bashir resigned. So we put it to you: asking who you’d like to see land the hosting gig.

The overwhelming majority of you wanted someone outside of the options given. With 25% voting for “other.” Some of those “others” include Rush Limbaugh, Anthony Weiner, former President Bill Clinton, and one wrote in “a ceramic toad would be nice.” Another big “other” choice was Sarah Palin. Yesterday, Palin reiterated that she accepted Bashir’s apology and it’s time to move on from the remarks directed at her that cost Bashir his job.

Current substitute for the hour, Joy-Ann Reid, came in second with 18%, with MSNBC political analyst and former RNC Chair Michael Steele following a tick below at 17%.

“MSNBC Live” host Thomas Roberts comes in fourth at 13% with recent new-hire Ronan Farrow next at 12%.

MSNBC tells TVNewser they’ll have an announcement about a permanent replacement host in the coming weeks.

Your Vote For The New MSNBC 4pm Host Is…

msnbc logo 300x197MSNBC‘s 4pmET time slot opened yesterday after Martin Bashir resigned. So we put it to you: asking who you’d like to see land the hosting gig.

The poll is still open and right now an overwhelming majority of you want someone outside of the options given. With 23% voting for “other.” Some of those “others” include Rush Limbaugh, Anthony Weiner, and one wrote in “a ceramic toad would be nice.” Another big “other” choice is Sarah Palin. It was remarks directed at Palin that cost Bashir his job.

Current substitute for the hour, Joy-Ann Reid, is in second with 18%, with MSNBC political analyst and former RNC Chair Michael Steele coming in a tick below at 17%.

“MSNBC Live” host Thomas Roberts is in fourth at 14% with recent new-hire Ronan Farrow coming in next at 12%.

We’ll keep the poll open until 5pmET tomorrow night. So vote, if you haven’t already.

CNN Anchor Stands By Tweet Critical of Rush Limbaugh Children’s Book

On Twitter Thursday, CNN daytime anchor Carol Costello added her thoughts to @HuffPostMedia‘s Tweet about Rush Limbaugh writing a children’s book. Costello wrote: “I’m a little sick now.”

That has since been deleted from Costello’s account. (A CNN spokesperson tells us Costello didn’t delete it, but they’re not sure how it was removed). Either way, Costello stands by what she wrote, the spokesperson says.

Costello and Limbaugh have a past. In July, Limbaugh’s hour-long sit-down with Greta Van Susteren on Fox News became news on CNN, which then became fodder on Limbaugh’s radio show. Limbaugh called Costello, “the former Rush stalker. Before she was an anchor, she was a reporter, and she had the Rush beat…”

But it goes back even further. In 2009, after Costello did another CNN segment involving Limbaugh, Rush said Costello should, “go sit on a fire hydrant and improve your day.”

Limbaugh’s book for kids, “Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims: Time-Travel Adventures with Exceptional Americans,” will be released October 29.

Rush Limbaugh Now Likely To Re-Up With Cumulus, Hannity Up In The Air

Last month, Cumulus Media threatened to drop two of its biggest stars across the country: Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity. As we reported at the time, it was a very public negotiating strategy, rather than a serious threat, and it seems to have paid off.

Politico’s Dylan Byers reports that Limbaugh is now likely to re-sign with Cumulus, although Hannity’s future is still up in the air.

POLITICO learned of the plans on Thursday night when Cumulus-syndicated radio host Michael Savage told his listeners that he anticipated taking over Hannity’s time slot later this year on Cumulus stations.

“I predict, right here, right now, that I Michael Savage and the Savage Nation is going to take over The Sean Hannity Show time slot by the end of the year,” Savage announced. “I am the heir apparent to afternoon drive on the east coast and around America on Cumulus stations, which have the most powerful stations in the radio world.”

One thing to keep in mind about high-profile public negotiations is that anything can (and often will) happen. Hannity may end up being dropped, but don’t be surprised if they strike a new deal either.

Report: RNC Pressured To Have Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh Moderate 2016 Debates

The Washington Examiner‘s Paul Bedard reports that the RNC is being pressured to have some of the 2016 primary debates by moderated by partisans like Fox News host Sean Hannity or radio juggernaut Rush Limbaugh, rather than journalists.

Miffed that their candidates were singled out for personal questions or CNN John King‘s “This or That,” when he asked candidates quirky questions like “Elvis or Johnny Cash,” GOP insiders tell Secrets that they are considering other choices, even a heavyweight panel of radio bigs Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Mark Levin.

They told Secrets that they are eager to bring in questioners who understand Republican policies and beliefs and who have the ability to get candidates to differentiate their positions on core conservative values.

Politico’s Dylan Byers notes that a lot of DC insiders are very skeptical of the report. We would also note that if Fox News were granted a debate, it is likely they would push for journalists like Bret Baier or Chris Wallace to moderate, rather than Hannity.

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As Radio Negotiations Continue, Rush Limbaugh Plans Hourlong Fox News Visit

With Cumulus Media saying publicly that it plans to drop Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity at the end of the year, the pair of talkers are calmly making their pitch public. Both Hannity and Limbaugh downplayed the report on their radio programs yesterday, reassuring listeners that regardless of what happens they will be able to listen to them.

We hear that the effort by Cumulus is part of a public negotiating strategy, and the two sides have set an August 1 deadline to strike new deals. As the Time Warner Cable/CBS spat shows, deadlines can be moved.

Tonight, both Hannity and Limbaugh will have an hour each in primetime on Fox News to make their case to viewers. Hannity has his daily 9 PM program, while Limbaugh will be interviewed by Greta Van Susteren on “On the Record” for the entire 10 PM hour.

Limbaugh is an occasional — though not regular — guest on FNC. He called into “The Five” earlier this month to shoot down a story suggesting he told his listeners to stop watching Fox News. And he has been interviewed by Van Susteren in 2009 and again in 2011.

One thing is clear, as the negotiations continue, don’t be surprised if things heat up.

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