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Shannon Bream on FNC’s Convention Coverage

Shannon Bream, Fox News’ supreme court reporter and political anchor, is the subject of a Q&A piece in the August issue of InSiteGainesville. She tells the magazine about what it’s like to be a female reporter in the political arena, and shares her thoughts on the upcoming conventions:

There are going to be a lot of very long days, but there’s also so much excitement. It’s been an especially long campaign season for the Republicans, and now all the supporters can come together and unify behind one particular candidate. The speeches are always fiery and inspirational.

It’s a massive undertaking for everyone involved; there are months of planning that go into it, and it’s a massive effort to coordinate all the logistics of getting everyone there, plan the shows that will be airing live on-site and communicate with all the reporters running around. The whole country will be watching as we head into the general election.

In Acknowledging its own Inaccurate Report, Fox News Points Fingers Elsewhere

Alex has written about how CNN got it wrong this morning in reporting the Supreme Court health care ruling. Now Fox News has issued a statement of its error, or more accurately, its inaccurate report.

As we reported in our first post on this mess, FNC’s Bill Hemmer reported at 10:07, “The individual mandate has been ruled unconstitutional.”

Shannon Bream then reported that news further from the steps of the Supreme Court.

At 10:09, Megyn Kelly jumped in: “Wait we are getting conflicting information, we are getting conflicting information. If you follow SCOTUSBlog.com which covers the high court they say that despite what Shannon just read that the individual mandate is surviving as a tax. This is not confirmed by us yet this is according to SCOTUSBlog which also has the opinion…”

Instead of admitting the network’s error, Michael Clemente, EVP of News for Fox News, took a shot at other networks:

“We gave our viewers the news as it happened. When Justice Roberts said, and we read, that the mandate was not valid under the Commerce clause, we reported it. Bill Hemmer even added, be patient as we work through this. Then when we heard and read, that the mandate could be upheld under the government’s power to tax, we reported that as well — all within two minutes.

By contrast, one other cable network was unable to get their Supreme Court reporter to the camera, and said as much. Another said it was a big setback for the President. Fox reported the facts, as they came in.”

Unlike CNN, which misreported the news on air, online and through social media for about six minutes before a clarification, FNC’s two minutes of inaccurate reporting was solely on TV. Here’s how it played out on air:


CNN, FNC Fail in Early Reporting of Health Care Ruling

The expediency of TV news is not meeting well with the depth involved in the ruling on the Affordable Care Act of 2010, more commonly known as Obamacare.

“Be cautious with us, we’re trying to do the best we can,” said Bill Hemmer on Fox News, at 10:11am. “We may need to update our lower third, which may not be correct,” added Megyn Kelly, which stated the court had ruled the individual mandate unconstitutional.

At 10:07, CNN’s Kate Bolduan reported the same: “It appears as if the Supreme Court justices have struck down the individual mandate.”

“Wow, that’s a dramatic moment, if in fact the Supreme Court has ruled the individual mandate is in fact unconstitutional,” said Wolf Blitzer.

In fact, they didn’t and it was more complicated than that.

At 10:11am, a breathless NBC justice correspondent Pete Williams got it right in an NBC/MSNBC simulcast, “They have said that it can’t be upheld under the commerce clause, the individual mandate can’t. But [Chief Justice John Roberts] said it can be upheld under the court’s taxing authority. So the bottom line here is the Supreme Court has upheld the health care law. It is a penalty, not a tax.”

That clear enough?

Probably not. Our suggestion: see how the three evening newscasts report it, or read the New York Times.

As for the broadcast networks:  Matt Lauer anchored on NBC until 10:26am, Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos on ABC, with Terry Moran at the court also aired their special report until 10:26. On CBS, Scott Pelley was in Washington along with Jan Crawford at the court with their special report running until 10:30. And FNC’s Jon Scott anchored on FOX stations until 10:27

HLN, CNBC, Fox Business, Bloomberg and C-Span, are also giving the decision extensive coverage.

Sunday Show Ratings: May 13

The Sunday show ratings battle continues to swing, with CBS “Face the Nation” regaining the top spot in total viewers, even as NBC’s “Meet the Press” wins in the demo.

ABC’s “This Week” was a very close third in the demo, and third in total viewers. Fox News Sunday and “Al Punto” rounded out the top five.

Compared to the same week last year, ABC and CBS were up in both total and demo viewers, while NBC and Fox were down in both categories. “FNS” had Shannon Bream filling in for Chris Wallace.

Cable rebroadcasts of “Fox News Sunday” averaged a combined 1.82M Total Viewers and 498,000 A25-54 viewers. A rebroadcast of “Meet the Press” on MSNBC added 1.16M and 497,000, respectively.

“Face the Nation” is based on the first half-hour only, as the full contiguous hour airs in just 64% of the country.

The numbers for May 13:

Network Program Total Viewers A25-54
CBS
“Face the Nation” 3.01M 771K
NBC
“Meet the Press” 2.72M 842K
ABC “This Week” 2.15M 749K
FOX “Fox News Sunday” 1.05M 391K
Univision “Al Punto” 553K 272K

The Afternoon Ticker: Bream, Cooper, Newsom

  • Shannon Bream is filling in for Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday” this week. It will be the second time hosting the program for Bream, who was the first female to ever fill in for Wallace.
  • Anderson Cooper 360″ will host its inaugural Google+ hangout tonight at 6:45pmET. Viewers will able to chat with Cooper, Randi Kaye, CNN International anchor Isha Sesay and “AC360″ producer Jack Gray.
  • “The Gavin Newsom Show, ” Current TV’s weekly show hosted by the California Lieutenant Governor, will premiere next Friday night at 10pmET.

FNC’s Shannon Bream To Rappel Off Of a Building… For Charity Of Course

Fox News anchor Shannon Bream and her producer Lexi Stemple are planning to rappel off a building in June. While the jump will be featured on Fox News Channel the Sunday after it happens, it is all for charity. Generous viewers can donate through a secure site to sponsor the jump, with all of the proceeds going to Special Olympics Virginia.

More information here.

Network Plans for the Arizona and Michigan Primaries

Voters in Michigan and Arizona go to the polls tomorrow. Polls close at 8pmET in Lower Michigan and most of the U.P. And and hour later, at 9pmET, in the Westernmost counties which are in the Central Time Zone. Polls close at 9pmET in Arizona.

Fox News/Google GOP Debate Expands to Two Hours

Tomorrow’s republican presidential candidates debate in Orlando is being super-sized. The debate, which was to run 1 hour 45 minutes will now be 2 hours since former New Mexico governor Gary Johnson made the cut. Moderator Bret Baier, is joined by Megyn Kelly, Chris Wallace and Shannon Bream for the debate which begins at 9pmET. More than 17,000 questions have been submitted to Fox News’s YouTube Channel, in both video and text form.

FNC’s Shannon Bream on TV News: ‘I Immediately Felt This Is Where I Was Meant To Be All Along’

Fox News Channel’s Shannon Bream is profiled in this month’s Northern Virginia magazine, and the Washington correspondent reflects on her interesting, and unusual, career path. Bream was a corporate lawyer in Tampa — which she described as “a square peg in a round hole” — before getting her start at a local station in Florida:

“It was love at first sight being in the newsroom,” recalls Bream. “I immediately felt this is where I was meant to be all along.” An intern at Tampa’s ABC affiliate, WFTS-TV, Bream worked as a corporate lawyer by day and then into the wee hours at the station by night and on weekends—all in addition to attending a necessary class to qualify as an intern. Hungry for industry knowledge, Bream would do anything she could at the station to learn more about the craft. “On weekends, I would beg some reporter to let me go along with them to learn.” Read more

Fox News ‘regrets’ error of using Tina Fey as Sarah Palin in Graphic

During FNC’s “America’s News Headquarters” yesterday anchor Shannon Bream was reporting a story about Sarah Palin‘s interview with Chris Wallace earlier in the day.

One problem: the image used in the story is not of Sarah Palin, but of Tina Fey, when she played Sarah Palin on “Saturday Night Live.” “A graphic error was made,” says David Clark, executive producer of weekend programming for FOX News. “The producer has since been disciplined and an explanation and apology will be made in the same hour next Sunday,” says Clark, adding, “Fox News regrets the error.”

(h/t TheRightScoop and Sheya.com)

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