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Posts Tagged ‘Sean Hannity’

Cliven Bundy: ‘I Think Fox and I are Right On’

Cliven Bundy, the Nevada rancher who’s been in a dispute withe the Bureau of Land Management for 20 years, only to escalate recently, was back on cable news last night. Bundy who has gotten support for his stand from some corners of Fox News, was on CNN where anchor Bill Weir asked him how it feels to be “abandoned by Fox.”

“I think they misunderstood me a little bit,” Bundy says, “But I think Fox and I, Hannity and I are just right on. I think he does understand me.” Sean Hannity was among the Fox News hosts to disavow Bundy’s comments yesterday to the New York Times. Among other things, Bundy wondered whether African Americans would be better off as slaves. Hannity called his comments “beyond repugnant.”

Sean Hannity Comes Out Against ‘Repugnant’ Cliven Bundy Comments

sean-hannitySean Hannity has been defending Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy during his standoff with the federal government, but came out strongly this afternoon against Bundy’s controversial comments about African Americans.

“His comments are beyond repugnant to me,” Hannity said on his radio show. “They are beyond despicable to me, they are beyond ignorant to me,” he added.

Bundy had told the New York Times he wonders whether African Americans would be better off as slaves. Hannity went on to say that even though Bundy’s comments were despicable, his supporters against “government overreach” shouldn’t be branded because of Bundy’s “obnoxious”comments.

Hannity became the second Fox News anchor today to denounce Bundy’s comments. Greta Van Susterencondemned” Bundy’s comments this morning.

(h/t Mediaite)

Greta Van Susteren ‘Condemns’ Cliven Bundy’s Comments About African Americans

Greta304x200Greta Van Susteren took to GretaWire this morning to “condemn” Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy for comments he made about African Americans in a New York Times interview.

“Let me make this one really plain: I condemn what Cliven Bundy says about African Americans,” read Van Susteren’s headline on her blog.

“I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro,” Bundy said to the Times, recounting his drive past a Las Vegas public-housing project.

“And because they were basically on government subsidy, so now what do they do?” he asked. “They abort their young children, they put their young men in jail, because they never learned how to pick cotton. And I’ve often wondered, are they better off as slaves, picking cotton and having a family life and doing things, or are they better off under government subsidy? They didn’t get no more freedom. They got less freedom.”

Of the big three cable networks, Fox News has been out front covering Bundy’s conflict with federal rangers, which stems from the government trying to collect over $1 million Bundy owes in back grazing fees. Sean Hannity has covered the conflict extensively, and defended his coverage on Monday night, incredulously asking whether the federal government would be sending 200 armed agents to everybody’s house.

Megyn Kelly Bets David Gregory Isn’t The Only One Being Analyzed

KellyOn last night’s “The Kelly File,” Megyn Kelly took on NBC News reportedly hiring a psychologist for “Meet the Press” moderator David Gregory, suggesting Gregory isn’t the only one being analyzed.

“I’m going to bet there are psychiatrists analyzing us on their couches right now, but I’m going to tell you right now, they weren’t hired by Roger Ailes,” Kelly joked, adding that they’re actually Fox watchers concluding “it was all her mother’s fault.”

NBC News told Fox News the same thing they told us yesterday; they hired a brand consultant, not a psychologist, to speak with Gregory, his family, and friends.

And Sean Hannity “has had enough with NBC News,” offering harsher criticism last night for MSNBC’s “left-wing loudmouth” Ed Schultz.

Hannity aired clips of Schultz criticizing Hannity’s coverage of the Bundy-ranch standoff with federal rangers, which Schultz said he should be ashamed of. “Are they going to send 200 armed agents to everybody’s house?” Hannity asked about the federal government’s actions.

He concluded the segment airing a montage of the “buffoon” Schultz, airing some of Schultz’s more over-the-top statements about Vice President Dick Cheney and Laura Ingraham (which Schultz was suspended for). He also took on “mob rat” Al Sharpton.

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The Scoreboard: Thursday, April 17

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 224 | MSNBC: 108 | CNN: 130 | HLN: 79
  • Primetime: FNC: 352 | MSNBC: 158 | CNN: 196 | HLN: 127

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

160

TheFive:

291

Baier:

225

Greta:

250

O’Reilly:

426

Megyn:

357

Hannity:

273

O’Reilly:

231

Megyn:

212

MSNBC
Wagner:

95

EdShow:

149

Sharpton:

144

Matthews:

130

Hayes:

142

Maddow:

191

O’Donnell:

142

Hayes:

78

Maddow:

102

CNN
Tapper:

122

Blitzer:

132

Blitzer:

152

Burnett:

149

Cooper:

201

Tonight:

227

Chicago:

159

SpcRpt:

113

CNNI:

122

HLN
News:

52

Files:

39

Files:

24

Jane:

64

Grace:

124

DrDrew:

124

Files:

133

Files:

153

Files:

132

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The Hollywood Reporter’s Annual ’35 Most Powerful People in New York Media’

Television news executives and personalities are well represented on The Hollywood Reporter‘s annual “35 Most Powerful People in New York Media” list.

From the executive ranks: CBS News chairman Jeff Fager and president David Rhodes; NBC News chairman Pat Fili-Krushel and president Deborah Turness; and incoming Disney/ABC Television group president Ben Sherwood and ABC News president James Goldston represent the broadcast networks. On the cable side, Fox News chairman Roger Ailes, MSNBC president Phil Griffin, CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker and Bloomberg Media Group CEO Justin Smith make the list.

The main anchors for the broadcast networks — Brian Williams, Diane Sawyer and Scott Pelley — are all on the list, as well as morning anchors from each network. For NBC, it’s Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie and Willie Geist; Charlie Rose, Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell represent CBS; and for ABC, Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos and Lara Spencer. “Good Morning America” senior executive producer Tom Cibrowski and “CBS Sunday Morning” EP Rand Morrison are also named.

As for cable news talent, all three Fox News primetime hosts — Bill O’Reilly, Megyn Kelly and Sean Hannity — make the list. From MSNBC, Rachel Maddow, Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough; and from CNN, Anderson Cooper.

Other notable additions: Stephen Colbert, Jon Stewart, Jimmy Fallon, Bob Costas, Michael Strahan and Kelly Ripa.

TVNewser will be at the party celebrating the honorees tonight.

[Images via Hollywood Reporter]

Will Ignoring Mass Killings Make Them Go Away?

Kelly FileFollowing the shootings at Ft. Hood, TX earlier this month, Fox News’ Megyn Kelly declared her show would not be reporting the names of mass killers. Yesterday, we got to thinking if she would stick to her guns, and not report the name of the accused killer of three, including a teenager, in Kansas on Sunday.

Turns out, Kelly did not report the story at all last night. Kelly’s primetime colleagues Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity also didn’t report on the shootings at a Jewish community center and housing facility; Greta Van Susteren did at the end of “On the Record.”

All three of the Monday network evening news broadcasts led with Sunday’s shooting, which had been declared a hate crime.

Some stories Kelly did cover last night: that altercation between ranchers and federal rangers in Nevada; the IRS political-targeting story; a Utah father suing the state over a law that allows one parent to file for adoption; and a Washington, DC man convicted of possessing unlawful gun ammunition.

The shootings at Ft. Hood on April 2 occurred just hours before Kelly went on the air. In the case of the Kansas killings, the story happened more than 30 hours earlier.

The Scoreboard: Monday, April 7

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 238 | MSNBC: 101 | CNN: 178 | HLN: 66
  • Primetime: FNC: 374 | MSNBC: 154 | CNN: 219 | HLN: 92

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

149

TheFive:

319

Baier:

308

Greta:

294

O’Reilly:

465

Megyn:

332

Hannity:

322

Hannity:

287

Megyn:

228

MSNBC
Wagner:

48

EdShow:

114

Sharpton:

167

Matthews:

226

Hayes:

151

Maddow:

187

O’Donnell:

125

Hayes:

62

Maddow:

101

CNN
Tapper:

132

Blitzer:

215

Blitzer:

174

Burnett:

233

Cooper:

228

Tapper:

208

Spc.Rpt:

220

Spc.Rpt:

267

Cooper:

207

HLN
News:

19

Files:

55

Files:

74

Jane:

90

Grace:

143

DrDrew:

77

Files:

54

Files:

110

Files:

124

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Q1 2014 Ratings: Fox News #1 For 49th Consecutive Quarter

Fox News finishes its 49th consecutive quarter and 147th consecutive month as the top-rated cable news network, besting the competition in both total day and primetime during the first quarter of 2014. In addition to delivering cable news’ top 14 programs in total viewers and top seven programs in the A25-54 demographic, Fox News was the only cable news network to grow compared to the year-ago quarter.

The ratings for Q1 2014 (Nielsen Live + Same Day data):

  • Primetime (Mon-Sun): 1,804,000 total viewers / 293,000 A25-54
  • Total Day (Mon-Sun): 1,099,000 total viewers / 225,000 A25-54

Compared to Q1 2013, Fox News was up +3% in total viewers and +5% in A25-54 viewers in total day. In primetime, the network was up +4% and +5%, respectively.

Megyn Kelly and Sean Hannity are boosting viewership in their new timeslots: “The Kelly File” is up +15% in total viewers and 4% in the demo and “Hannity” is up +16% and +2%, respectively, compared to the year-ago quarter’s 9pm and 10pmET programming. “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren” was up +8 and flat in the demo compared to the 7pmET hour last year. Bill O’Reilly‘s primetime program remains the top-rated show on cable news but is down -3% in both ratings measurements year-over-year.

The network’s late afternoon and early evening shows had a strong quarter: “Shepard Smith Reporting” is up +10% in total viewers and +5% in the demo compared to Q1 2013. Fox News’ 5pmET and 6pmET programs are also up in both ratings measurements: “The Five” is up +9% in total viewers and +7% in the demo and “Special Report” is up +6% and +3%, respectively.

“Fox and Friends First” saw the biggest gains for the network compared to the year-ago quarter, up +18% in total viewers and +28% in the demo.

The Scoreboard: Monday, March 24

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 293 | MSNBC: 136 | CNN: 276 | HLN: 93
  • Primetime: FNC: 377 | MSNBC: 183 | CNN: 293 | HLN: 119

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

279

TheFive:

476

Baier:

419

Greta:

396

O’Reilly:

454

Megyn:

341

Hannity:

331

O’Reilly:

244

Megyn:

210

MSNBC
Wagner:

82

EdShow:

105

Sharpton:

138

Matthews:

240

Hayes:

192

Maddow:

200

O’Donnell:

156

Hayes:

98

Maddow:

118

CNN
Tapper:

288

Blitzer:

415

Blitzer:

375

Burnett:

333

Cooper:

344

Morgan:

256

SpecialRpt:

276

Cooper:

257

Cooper:

286

HLN
News:

41

Files:

25

Files:

42

Jane:

74

Grace:

87

DrDrew:

118

Files:

151

Files:

181

Files:

202

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