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Israel-Gaza: TV Networks Say They Were There Too

WolfTunnel304We’ve been hearing from tvnewsers following our Q&A yesterday with Fox News Channel’s Sean Hannity who was finishing up a 4-day reporting trip to Israel. During the interview, we asked Hannity what he thought of the media coverage so far of the conflict.

Here’s my take on the media coverage, and I did glance around. I didn’t see — and maybe some of them did it — but I didn’t see reporters in the elaborate tunnels, I didn’t see them at the indoor playground, I didn’t see people go to the war room of the mayor of Sderot, like we did. I think there are too many Hamas representatives put on the air. I don’t think enough emphasis has been put on the lives of the average Israeli. Where’s CBS? Where is all this so-called reporting on NBC and CNN?

Because the headline of our story included the last part of the quote, a couple of those other networks reached out to us to emphatically say, “We were there.” So, in the interest of fairness, here are some of those reports from CNN, CBS News and NBC News:

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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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The Scoreboard: Tuesday, August 5

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 239 | MSNBC: 67 | CNN: 114 | HLN: 107
  • Primetime: FNC: 330 | MSNBC: 118 | CNN: 161 | HLN: 166

4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
FNC
Cavuto:

197

TheFive:

338

Baier:

282

Greta:

294

O’Reilly:

393

Kelly:

316

Hannity:

282

O’Reilly:

218

Kelly:

169

MSNBC
Wagner:

43

EdShow:

83

Sharpton:

92

Matthews:

100

Hayes:

101

Maddow:

152

O’Donnell:

101

Hayes:

85

Maddow:

62

CNN
Tapper:

122

Blitzer:

129

Blitzer:

117

Burnett:

152

Cooper:

141

Cooper:

177

Tonight:

165

Cooper:

107

CNNI:

125

HLN
Now:

74

Files:

53

Files:

85

Jane:

124

Grace:

155

Dr.Drew:

146

Files:

198

Files:

211

Files:

246

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The Scoreboard: Friday, August 1

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 216 | MSNBC: 105 | CNN: 129 | HLN: 81
  • Primetime: FNC: 301 | MSNBC: 150 | CNN: 128 | HLN: 108

4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
FNC
Cavuto:

187

TheFive:

253

Baier:

216

Greta:

163

O’Reilly:

305

Kelly:

346

Hannity:

253

O’Reilly:

240

Kelly:

190

MSNBC
Wagner:

84

EdShow:

90

Sharpton:

89

Matthews:

137

Hayes:

117

Maddow:

120

Lockup:

212

Lockup:

256

Lockup:

231

CNN
Tapper:

144

Blitzer:

146

Blitzer:

137

Burnett:

155

Cooper:

107

Sixties:

119

Tonight:

157

Hunt:

111

Hunt:

114

HLN
Now:

18

Files:

41

Files:

87

Files:

86

Files:

109

Files:

86

Files:

130

Files:

166

Files:

170

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More Cable News Hosts Head to Israel

hannityisraelFox News Channel’s Sean Hannity and CNN’s Jake Tapper and Anderson Cooper are the latest cable news anchors to make their way to Israel to cover the Israeli-Hamas war in Gaza.

This morning, Hannity was on “Fox & Friends,” reporting on Israel’s Iron Dome defense system. He’ll host “Hannity” for the next three nights from Tel Aviv.

Tapper and Cooper arrived over the weekend. Tapper co-anchored several hours on CNN Sunday and this morning he’s been reporting from near Ashkelon, near the northern Gaza border. Cooper appeared on “New Day” from Jerusalem and will anchor his show tonight from there. CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, who’s been in Israel since July 10, continued his reporting over the weekend. He returned to Washington, DC this morning.

The Top Cable News Shows in July Were…

Fox News had the top 14 programs in total viewers and the top nine programs in the key A25-54 demographic in July 2014. As usual, “The O’Reilly Factor” was the number one program in cable news in both total and demo viewers, averaging 2,832,000 total viewers and 446,000 demo viewers. “The Kelly File” was second with 2,386,000 total viewers and 386,000 demo viewers. “The Five,” “Special Report with Bret Baier” and “Hannity” rounded out the top five.

CNN was the only network other than Fox News to have a show in the top ten among the A25-54 demo: “Anderson Cooper 360,” which averaged 189,000 demo viewers, placed tenth overall. CNN’s highest-rated show in total viewers was “The Sixties,” which averaged 613,000 viewers and placed 19th overall.

“Shark Tank” led the way for CNBC, placing 32nd overall in total viewers and 12th overall in the demo. The program averaged 406,000 and 182,000 viewers, respectively.

MSNBC’s highest-rated show was “The Rachel Maddow Show,” which placed 15th overall in total viewers and 16th overall in the demo. Maddow’s program averaged 795,000 total viewers and 175,000 demo viewers.

Nancy Grace” led HLN in both ratings measurements, placing 34th in total viewers and 27th in the demo with 371,000 and 129,000 viewers, respectively.

The top-rated show in total viewers on Fox Business was “Imus in the Morning,” which ranked 75th overall. “Stossel” led the way in the demo, ranking 76th.

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Hannity and Palestinian Guest Shout Over Each Other: ‘Is Hamas a Terrorist Organization?’

It didn’t take long for Sean Hannity and Jerusalem Fund executive director Yousef Munayyer to get into a fiery exchange last night over the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict.

“Is Hamas a terrorist organization?” Hannity asked Munayyer, repeating the question several times throughout the interview without getting the firm yes or no answer he requested. “What part of this can’t you get through your thick head…is Hamas a terrorist organization?” he continued.

“Am I a guest on your program, or am I on the witness stand?” Munayyer asked.


White, Male Guests Dominate Cable News

A new survey by Fair finds cable news guests are overwhelmingly white and male in the evening hours. Fair surveyed six cable news shows — “The O’Reilly Factor” and “Hannity” on Fox News, “All In with Chris Hayes” and “The Rachel Maddow Show” on MSNBC and “OutFront with Erin Burnett” and “Anderson Cooper 360″ on CNN — over five weeks for the study.

Of the 1,015 guests that appeared across the shows in the survey period, 84 percent were white and 72 percent were male. The most diverse show in terms of ethnicity was “All In,” while “The O’Reilly Factor” was the most diverse in terms of gender.

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In Profile: Hemmer Pitches, Hasselbeck Swishes, Hannity Dishes

  • Cincinnati native Bill Hemmer talks to Cincinnati Magazine before throwing out the first pitch at the Reds game this weekend. Hemmer predicts his news team would be victorious in a Fox News/MSNBC game. “Top to bottom, you won’t find bigger names in cable news than here. That game is a blowout.”

  • Elisabeth Hasselbeck reveals eight things you might not know about her to Family Circle Magazine. Among them: a killer 3-point basketball shot and go-to relaxation techniques. “My ultimate stress relievers are a nice run, a hug from my kids and good ol’ prayer.”

  • Sean Hannity invites People Magazine into his kitchen for a feature on his culinary skills. Hannity, a short-order cook in his youth, now delegates weekend cooking to his children. “I’m the breakfast guy. For years I would cook on Sundays, but I’ve turned it over to them.”

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The Scoreboard: Tuesday, July 8

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 237 | MSNBC: 80 | CNN: 96 | HLN: 127
  • Primetime: FNC: 376 | MSNBC: 196 | CNN: 114 | HLN: 145

4p: 5p: 6/6:30p 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
FNC
Cavuto:

162

TheFive:

210

Baier:

277

Greta:

278

O’Reilly:

475

Kelly:

386

Hannity:

265

O’Reilly:

230

Kelly:

211

MSNBC
Wagner:

42

EdShow:

44

Sharpton:

75

Matthews:

163

Hayes:

167

Maddow:

249

O’Donnell:

171

Hayes:

67

Maddow:

74

CNN
Tapper:

79

Blitzer:

100

Blitzer/Cross:

144/128

Burnett:

127

Cooper:

85

Weed2:

133

Tonight:

123

Cooper:

124

Weed2:

153

HLN
Now:

67

Files:

58

Files:

89

Jane:

119

Grace:

139

Dr.Drew:

141

Files:

154

Files:

190

Files:

273

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