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Sarah Palin on ‘Fox News Sunday’ to Discuss Martin Bashir

FNCPalinSarah Palin will be on “Fox News Sunday” to talk about — among other things — the vile comments leveled at her by MSNBC host Martin Bashir a week ago.

There’s still no word from MSNBC about possible disciplinary action for Bashir following the comments he made about Palin on his show Friday, Nov. 15. Bashir apologized for those comments last Monday, and continued to anchor his 4pm show all week.

But following the two-week suspension levied on Alec Baldwin two weeks ago, the unpaid week off Ed Schultz took for calling Laura Ingraham a “slut,” and the 2007 firing from MSNBC of Don Imus for calling members of the Rutgers women’s basketball team “nappy headed hos,” there have been calls for action — some of the loudest of which have come from Fox News hosts, but also from Bashir’s MSNBC colleague Joe Scarborough.

President Obama Hosts Off-Record Meeting With MSNBC Hosts, Fox’s Juan Williams

obama speech_304x200President Obama held an off-the-record meeting yesterday with liberal commentators including MSNBC’s Ed Schultz, Lawrence O’Donnell, Ezra Klein, and Fox News’s Juan Williams.

Appearing with Jon Scott, Williams reported his discussion with the President was off-the-record, but senior officials told him they are in “full fight mode” over the problems with the Affordable Care Act.

Williams later showed up in primetime, where Sean Hannity criticized the President for inviting Schultz into the White House, saying a slur he made against Laura Ingraham 2 and a half years ago should disqualify him from a meeting with the president.

Williams notably reported that one MSNBC host, Martin Bashir, was not present. Bashir was the subject of a letter Sarah Palin‘s PAC sent to MSNBC President Phil Griffin and NBC News President Deborah Turness inquiring whether they will discipline him for his vile comments about Palin made a week ago today. Bashir apologized on Monday, and has hosted his show every night this week.

President Obama held a similar off-the-record meeting with conservative journalists in October.

Bill O’Reilly: Sarah Palin ‘Won’t Come On,’ Wants to Give ‘A Speech’

bill o'reilly_304x200In a segment about embattled MSNBC anchor Martin Bashir last night, Bill O’Reilly had news for Howard Kurtz: they booked him after first asking Sarah Palin, who O’Reilly revealed won’t do his program for fear of mixing it up.

“Sarah Palin won’t do this program. She won’t come on the program because she doesn’t want to mix it up. She doesn’t! She wants to give a speech, and nobody gives speeches here. Okay? So she doesn’t come on,” O’Reilly said. “We invited her on tonight. You’re here instead. But I don’t begrudge Sarah Palin that. She can come on. She doesn’t come on, she does come on, whatever she wants to do. Okay? Fine.”

Palin’s PAC has sent a letter to MSNBC president Phil Griffin and NBC News president Deborah Turness asking whether Bashir will be disciplined. She has also cancelled an upcoming interview with Matt Lauer. Bashir made the vile comments Friday, apologized Monday, and has hosted every day since.

The calls for Bashir to be punished have been the loudest on Fox News. Kurtz appeared twice on Fox news yesterday and wrote about it on FoxNews.com. Sean Hannity talked about it with Ann Coulter and put it to his audience, asking whether Bashir should be punished.

O’Reilly and Hannity clips after the jump…

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Sarah Palin Cancels NBC Interview Over Martin Bashir Remarks

sarah palin_304x200Sarah Palin has canceled an interview with Matt Lauer “as a protest against NBC for not taking action against [Martin] Bashir,” Fox News’ Howard Kurtz reports.

Bashir called Palin a “dunce” and suggested she was a candidate for being urinated and defecated on. He apologized earlier this week, saying his remarks were “wholly unacceptable … neither accurate, nor fair.” Bashir continues to host his show today.

Palin, a Fox News contributor, was most recently on “Today” for an in-studio interview on November 11. For the upcoming Christmas-season interview, Lauer was slated to travel to Wasilla to speak with the former Alaska governor, Kurtz reports.

Martin Bashir Apologizes to Sarah Palin for Vile Slur: My Words ‘Brought Shame’

BashirMartin Bashir apologized to Sarah Palin and his MSNBC colleagues yesterday, responding to the firestorm following comments he made last week.

“I wanted to take this opportunity to say sorry to Mrs. Palin and to also offer an unreserved apology to her friends and family, her supporters, our viewers, and anyone who may have heard what I said,” Bashir said on his show Monday (video after the jump).

On Friday’s show, Bashir responded to comments Palin made linking America’s debt to slavery, calling her a “dunce” and suggesting Palin might be a prime candidate for the same treatment slaves received from a plantation owner named Thomas Thistewood: being urinated and defecated on.

“My words were wholly unacceptable,” Bashir continued. “They were neither accurate, nor fair. They were unworthy of anyone who would claim to have an interest in politics. And they have brought shame upon my friends and colleagues at this network, none of whom were responsible for the things that I said, and and at a place where we try every day to elevate political discourse and to focus on issues that matter to all of us.”

Fox News‘s Howard Kurtz as well as Inside Cable News are’t having it. They say MSNBC’s lack of a suspension for Bashir is inconsistent with the punishments handed out to other hosts, including Alec Baldwin just last week, Ed Schultz who was suspended for a week in 2011 for calling Laura Ingraham a “slut,” and David Shuster who, in Feb. 2008, was suspended for remarking that Chelsea Clinton had been “pimped out” during her mother’s campaign for president.

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FNC’s Sarah Palin to ‘Fox News Sunday: ‘Keep it TRULY fair & balanced’ By Releasing Sources

Fox News political contributor Sarah Palin took aim at her colleagues at “Fox News Sunday” on Twitter after the show yesterday.

Palin’s tweet was apparently in response to this interview Chris Wallace conducted with Senator Ted Cruz.

Palin, never one to shy away from sharing her opinions, also seems to have no problem biting the hand that feeds it, something that very few TV news contributors would (or for that matter could) do.

Here Are The Highest Paid News Anchors At Each Network

TV Guide‘s Stephen Battaglio and Michael Schneider tally up the highest-paid talent in television for this week’s magazine.  The highest paid on-air individual in all of TV is syndicated judge “Judge Judy” Sheindlin, who rakes in an estimated $45 million a year for her eponymous program.

In the world of TV news, NBC “Today” co-anchor Matt Lauer leads the way, drawing an estimated $22-25 million every year. The highest-paid anchor on ABC News is “ABC World News” anchor Diane Sawyer, who pulls in an estimated $12 million a year, while “CBS Evening News” anchor Scott Pelley leads that network with $5 million a year.

On cable, Fox News host Bill O’Reilly is king, drawing an estimated $17 million a year, while MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow leads her channel with a $7 million a year deal. CNN’s Anderson Cooper tops that channel with an estimated $10 million a year deal.

Other notable names: Megyn Kelly‘s new deal is estimated to be worth $6 million a year, twice what Hoda Kotb draws, and more than three times as much as ABC’s Josh Elliott. Ann Curry is still one of the highest-paid reporters at NBC, drawing $5 million a year, while Sarah Palin‘s new FNC contract is believed to be in the $250,000 range.

Some excerpts can be read here, while the full list is in this week’s TV Guide.

CNN’s ‘New Day’ Day One Ratings

CNN’s new morning show “New Day” debuted Monday to 247,000 total viewers and 95,000 adults 25-54 from 6-9 AM, according to Nielsen. That put it 3rd in cable news in total viewers, and 4th in the demo.

For comparison, FNC’s “Fox & Friends,” which had special guest-host Sarah Palin, averaged 1.06 million total viewers and 262,000 A25-54, while MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” averaged 355,000 total viewers and 132,000 A25-54. HLN’s “Morning Express” averaged 215,000 total viewers and 121,000 A25-54.

The numbers for “New Day” are down double digits in the demo from the same day last year and from CNN’s 2013 average in that timeslot, though they were up compared to the same week average last year. “New Day” was down in total viewers but up(+19%)  in the demo compared to Monday of last week (FNC and MSNBC were both down in the demo).

FNC’s effort to counter-program with Palin likely didn’t help CNN’s cause either, although “F&F” was actually down from last Monday, when it was Palin-less.

TVNewser will keep you updated with the latest ratings news.

Sarah Palin To Make Return To Fox News Monday, Co-Hosting ‘Fox & Friends’

Former Alaska Governor and Republican VP nominee Sarah Palin surprised the media world with the announcement that she would be returning to Fox News as a political contributor. The company said she would make her return to the channel Monday.

Well, according to “On the Record” host Greta Van Susteren (a friend of Palin’s), she won’t just be dropping by for a two minute hit:

Yes, Palin will be joining the ‘F&F” crew on their couch Monday morning. Expect to see her on other FNC programs throughout the day too.

Palin, as it happens, has some morning show experience. She guest-hosted NBC’s “Today” in April of 2012, to counter-program “Good Morning America,” which was being guest-hosted by Katie Couric.

Sarah Palin Is a Big Fan Of Jake Tapper

Former GOP VP candidate and Fox News contributor Sarah Palin has some kind words for CNN anchor Jake Tapper. Palin tweeted:

Palin linked to an interview with Tapper from Zap2It. Tapper talks about the Boston bombing coverage, as well as coverage of the Gosnell trial:
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