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Bret Baier: Loudest Critics of FNC ‘Usually Don’t Watch My Show’

Fox News Channel’s Bret Baier tells Atlantic Wire about interacting with viewers online, something he devotes a portion of time each day to. Baier, who anchors the 6 p.m. “Special Report,” says he has a high success rate of silencing critics of FNC’s “Fair and Balanced” mantra:

I post actively on Facebook and Twitter. I spend about an hour and a half every day responding to viewers’ tweets and Facebook messages. If folks say they have a problem with x, y or z, you’d be surprised how grateful they are when you reply and explain yourself. The folks who are the loudest painting a broad brush about Fox News usually don’t watch my show or Shep Smith‘s show. I usually tell them: stay tuned for a few days, e-mail me back and tell me what you think. 98 percent of the people who actually do that tell me that we’re fair.

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David Shuster: ‘MSNBC will never be as liberal as Fox is conservative’

David Shuster guest hosted The Jim Bohannon syndicated radio show yesterday. It was a return to the airwaves for DC-based Shuster whose MSNBC contract ran out earlier this month. He’d been suspended indefinitely last April for trying out for a job at a rival network.

“I have nothing but good feelings toward MSNBC in the 8 and a half years that I was there,” Shuster said on the show. “I was looking around, and we had a disagreement about what happened. And MSNBC decided ‘you’re contract says that we don’t have to put you on the air.’ And the fact of the matter is they did not have to put me on the air.”

Shuster talked about the perks of not working full-time for most of the year — such as charity work, being with his family, and getting to look at the media from an outsider’s perspective.

When asked by a caller about his feelings toward Fox News, where Shuster worked for 6 years, he said, “A very wise man once told me: I should never talk about Fox after having worked there. Just because, no good could come out of saying what I really feel.” He then mentioned the study that implies that Fox News viewers are misinformed. “There are some terrific journalists at Fox News Channel. I think Shep Smith is probably the premiere anchor/journalist of my generation. He’s terrific, and he does the news straight and let the chips fall where they may.”

“MSNBC will never be as liberal as Fox is conservative,” said Shuster to another caller. When the discussion turned to Glenn Beck, Shuster said the Fox News host has “every right to broadcast what he wants, but the rest of society also has a right to say when he’s wrong.”

So, where is Shuster going in 2011?

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Imus at FBN: ‘I’m More Likely to Believe Shep Smith than Katie Couric or Brian Williams’

Don Imus is back on TV. (Yes, he was on RFD-TV, but even he says his move to Fox Business Network is, “the difference between being on television and being on an Etch A Sketch.”)

Imus talked with WaPo’s Howard Kurtz about joining a team that includes Bill O’Reilly, Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity, even though his politics aren’t necessarily theirs. “People think I’m more liberal than I am conservative, which I probably am,” says Imus. And about Fox:

“The perception is that even their news is skewed toward opinion — not when I watch it. It’s a fair news organization. It’s not my job to defend them. But I’m more likely to believe Shep Smith than Katie Couric or Brian Williams. Their news is advertiser-driven.”

And Fox’s isn’t? “We’re better people and have a much closer relationship with our Lord,” Imus deadpans.

His 11-year run on MSNBC came to an end in the spring of 2007 after a racial remark he made about the Rutger’s women’s basketball team. FBN EVP Kevin Magee tells Kurtz, “Don has more than paid his price for that. He was censured by the marketplace.”

One of the NBC anchors who replaced Imus on MSNBC before the slot was given to “Morning Joe,” was David Gregory who Kurtz reminds us asked then-Sen. Barack Obama if Imus should be fired. “I’ve got two daughters who are African American, gorgeous, tall, and I hope at some point are interested enough in sports that they get athletic scholarships,” said Obama. “He would not be working for me.”

Imus says that Obama “was kind of duped into that… He was being interviewed by that backstabbing, pigeon-looking, gut-sucking weasel David Gregory.”

Says Gregory: “Imus used to say those things about me even when he was being affectionate. I always tried to be fair to Don.”

Don’t expect Gregory or any other NBC Newsers on Imus anytime soon. But Imus has kept up with some of his other TV regulars, including ABC’s George Stephanopoulos and CBS’ Bob Schieffer.

“I think it’s an older and wiser Don Imus,” says Schieffer. “Don learned something from that experience, and at heart Don is a fine person. We all make mistakes, and he made a beaut.”

“I had a fairly decent career up to that point,” Imus says. “I didn’t want to end on that note. I’m a great believer in karma and naively think things will work out for the best.”

Wallace Delivers Cookie From Rove For Stewart

wallace_11-6.jpgWhile describing his appearance earlier in the show, The Daily Show host Jon Stewart described FOX News Sunday host Chris Wallace as the “news” part of “Fox News.”

And when Wallace joined Stewart on the set, he brought him a gift — a Fox News cookie from Karl Rove.

During the interview, Stewart complimented Wallace saying, “You and Shep Smith both…have your moments.”

“We’re all very happy except for Sean Hannity who’s in the bathroom crying,” joked Wallace about Barack Obama‘s victory.

Click continued to see Wallace’s Daily Show interview…

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Media Writers Weigh In on Carr Column

Responses to David Carr‘s column from around the blogosphere:

• Politico’s Michael Calderone recognizes the “aggressive” nature in his dealings with Fox PR, but also looks admirably at it. “Like Carr, I agree there is something reporters often admire in Fox’s tenacity,” he writes. “For me, Fox’s PR staff — even when the network is ahead — continues to push as an underdog in a way that’s similar to how its boss, Rupert Murdoch, has done business for the past half-century.”

• New York Magazine’s Daily Intelligencer brings up their own recent dealings with Fox News. “Last month we actually felt moved to send an e-mail to Fox News publicists to ask them to stop sending us relentless (sometimes baseless) negative items about CNBC, MSNBC, and their on-air talent,” they write. “Plus, we know for a fact that other blogs, similar to ours, get exactly the same kind of tips from Fox News.”

• HuffPost’s Rachel Sklar expands on the “what FNC loses” angle. “Not that O’Reilly suffers from lack of coverage, but there isn’t a ‘hero’ of Fox in the same way — a promotional ‘face’ of the network to inspire fans and bloggers and Google hits,” she writes. “As a handsome, affable and hard-working straight-up news guy — logging plenty of TV hours and with a big-leagues paycheck — Shep [Smith] has been relatively under-covered.”

• And then there’s Broadcasting & Cable’s Mike Malone, who thinks Carr needs new metaphors (Carr described himself in the column as having “a face made out of potatoes”): “It’s a funny metaphor, but unfortunately one Carr used three weeks ago to eulogize Tim Russert.”

TVNewser’s take, after the jump…

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