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Shepard Smith Gets Doused, Challenges Rachel Maddow to do the Same

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Shepard Smith got doused, all for a good cause.

The Fox News anchor was challenged to get two buckets of ice cold water dumped on him to raise money for the Kay Yow Foundation, named for the North Carolina State women’s basketball coach who died of  breast cancer in 2009.

Part of the challenge is to pass it on. So before he got all wet, Smith challenged three others to do the same. They include former Ole Miss and Arizona Diamonbacks star David Dellucci, Detroit Tigers star Joba Chamberlain and MSNBC host Rachel Maddow.

If they do it, Smith will give $50 each to the charity. If they don’t, they have to pony up $250. What’s it going to be, Rachel?

Watch the dousing of Shep, after the jump…

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The Scoreboard: Thursday, July 17

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 341 | MSNBC: 91 | CNN: 276 | HLN: 113
  • Primetime: FNC: 570 | MSNBC: 184 | CNN: 488 | HLN: 131

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

298

Shepard:

415

Baier:

487

Greta:

377

O’Reilly:

561

Kelly:

534

Hannity:

615

Kelly:

548

Kelly:

406

MSNBC
Wagner:

78

EdShow:

114

Sharpton:

118

Matthews:

125

Hayes:

171

Maddow:

212

O’Donnell:

168

Hayes:

156

Maddow:

117

CNN
Tapper:

383

Blitzer:

383

Blitzer

351

Burnett:

412

Cooper:

486

Cooper:

487

Tonight:

490

Tonight:

362

CNNI:

335

HLN
Now:

137

Files:

81

Files:

77

Jane:

84

Grace:

112

Dr.Drew:

105

Files:

176

Files:

180

Files:

203

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Networks Pivot From Ukraine to Gaza as Israel Launches Ground Offensive

Shortly before 4pmET, cable and broadcast networks turned from Ukraine — where they have spent most of the day reporting on Malyasia Airlines flight 17, which was shot down near the Russian border this morning — to Gaza, where Israel has just launched a ground offensive after several days of violence there.

ABC’s George Stephanopoulos was the only broadcast anchor still on the air when news of the ground invasion broke. “We’re just getting reports now from our Hamish MacDonald that Israeli military confirms to ABC news that the ground phase of the war in Gaza has indeed begun,” Stephanopoulos said. “Another huge crisis escalating at the same time as we’re getting all of these reports of the downed airliner.”

On cable, Shepard Smith continues to anchor from the Fox News Deck, joined by John Huddy from Gaza. Jake Tapper is anchoring on CNN, joined by Wolf Blitzer in Jerusalem. CNN’s Ben Wedeman and Karl Penhaul also reported from Gaza during the 4pmET hour. Alex Wagner is anchoring on MSNBC.

MSNBC and CNN have mostly focused on the plane during the 4pmET hour, while Fox News has stayed with the Gaza story.

>Update: As an out of breath John Huddy voiced a running eyewitness account on Fox News, describing what he sees and hears, Smith said, “John Huddy is giving us a view like you won’t see on any channel in this world. I’m watching all of them. And nobody has this view, and nobody has this eye on this, except John Huddy.” Watch here.

Malaysia Airlines Jet Shot Down in Ukraine

Malaysia AirlinesCable news networks scrambled this morning to cover a Malaysia Airlines flight that was shot down along the Ukraine/Russia border.

All three broadcast networks provided special coverage of the crash. NBC News cut in at 11:39amET with Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie anchoring in New York and Tom Costello reporting from Washington, DC.

CBS News cut in at 11:40amET with Margaret Brennan anchoring in New York and Bob Orr reporting from Washington, DC. ABC News cut in at 11:41amET with David Muir anchoring in New York.

CNN’s John Berman first reported on the crash at 11:22amET. Fox News’ Jon Scott first reported the news at 11:27amET. MSNBC’s Tamron Hall broke the news at 11:33amET. Al Jazeera America has switched to Al Jazeera English to cover the plane crash, live from Moscow.

Developing

>>Update: Reuters is reporting the plane was shot down by militants killing all 295 passengers aboard.
>>Update: Scott Pelley took over for Margaret Brennan at 11:57amET.
>>Update: George Stephanopoulos took over for David Muir at 12:08pmET.
>>Update: Anderson Cooper took over coverage from John Berman at 12:17pmET. Shepard Smith took over coverage from “Outnumbered” at 12:30pmET.
>>Update: Brian Williams took over for Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie at 12:59pmET.
>>Update: CNN’s Nic Robertson, Ivan Watson, and Phil Black are en route to Ukraine; Erin McLaughlin is heading to Amsterdam; Matthew Chance is en route to Moscow.
>>Update: CNN is preempting “The Sixties” tonight for special coverage of the Malaysia Airlines crash with Anderson Cooper anchoring from 8pm-10pmET.
>>Update: Malaysia Airlines will hold a press conference at 4pmET.
>>Update: CBS News is sending Foreign Correspondent Mark Phillips to Ukraine; CBS News Correspondent Seth Doane to Malaysia; and CBS News Foreign Correspondent Elizabeth Palmer to Amsterdam.
>>Update: President Obama made a statement at 2:10pmET. The president said the U.S. is currently trying to find out whether there were American citizens on board.
>>Update: CBS ended its special report at 2:30pmET.
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Shep Smith: ‘The Boss Tried to Buy the CNN’

On “Shepard Smith Reporting” this afternoon, Smith and Maria Bartiromo waded into the major media news of the day that Fox News’ parent company, 21st Century Fox, made an $80 billion offer last month to buy Time Warner, the parent company of CNN.

Saying she would “not be betting against Rupert” (and also noting she has no insider information), Bartiromo said she suspects Murdoch will come back with a higher bid that the Time Warner shareholders will ultimately accept. Under such a deal, 21st Century Fox would sell CNN to appease regulators — “beat ‘em, buy ‘em, sell ‘em,” as Smith described it. Under that scenario, Bartiromo says she sees CBS as a likely bidder for CNN.

“You could just repeat Anthony Bourdain, ‘The Sixties’ and ‘Forensic Files’ 24 hours a day on a loop! It’s gonna be great,” Smith said. Watch the video, via J$P:

Glenn Greenwald: People Say Fox News’ Obama Criticism Puts Soldiers ‘in Danger’

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During an interview this afternoon on the NSA revelations leaked by Edward Snowden last year, Shepard Smith and Glenn Greenwald got into a tense exchange over how Fox News’ coverage of President Obama impacts U.S. soldiers.

“Do you spend any time worrying that people might have died in this?” Smith asked Greenwald.

“No, that’s like saying, ‘do you worry that your last broadcast caused the death of people,” Greenwald responded, adding that Smith would ask for specifics about how his show caused deaths.

“We don’t know when CIA people die,” Smith countered, noting that deaths that might happen as a result of the Snowden revelations might never be revealed. “I’ve heard people say all the time that Fox News puts men and women in war in danger by criticizing President Obama,” Greenwald shot back. “Careful,” Smith responded.

“C’mon, did MSNBC do that…” Smith asked without finishing the sentence, presumably referencing MSNBC’s coverage of President George W. Bush during the Iraq War.

“That’s my point…I would want to hear evidence before I believed any of those kinds of accusations about other journalists,” Greenwald concluded.

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Bill O’Reilly on ‘Obama Basher,’ ‘Liberals,’ and ‘Anti-Obama Situation’ at Fox News

Bill O’Reilly went up and down the Fox News talent roster last night at New York City’s 92nd Street Y, offering his take on his colleague’s views on President Obama.

“You have Doocy, who’s an Obama basher,” O’Reilly told colleague Geraldo Rivera, who interviewed him. “Then you’re into Shepard Smith, who’s a liberal” (he also labeled Greta Van Susteren liberal). And on the cast of “The Five”: “They don’t like the president so much, but then you have Beckel [Bob] there, and he’s there to stick up for him. It’s not real fair, so I’d say that’s an anti-Obama situation.” O’Reilly credits colleagues Bill Hemmer, Martha MacCallum, Jon Scott, Jenna Lee, Bret Baier, and Megyn Kelly as anchors who lack agendas and aren’t ideologues. And his self-evaluation: “I’m tough on everybody.”

Navy Veteran Lea Gabrielle Reports on Fleet Week

Fox News correspondent and Navy veteran Lea Gabrielle went behind the scenes at Fleet Week for a series of reports that have been airing on “Shepard Smith Reporting.” Gabrielle, who was a Navy fighter pilot and Intelligence Operations Officer, got her “sea legs back” reporting from the USS Oak Hill and went on a mission with the Marines:


Bret Baier: ‘After I Saw that, I Said ‘We Are Dropping the Ball on that Coverage’

BaierTVSBret Baier is taking a cue from John Oliver.

The Fox News “Special Report” host was watching Oliver’s inaugural show on HBO last Sunday when it hit him that the world’s biggest election — where up to 800 million people in India will be voting — is getting almost no coverage in the U.S. “After I saw that, I said ‘we are dropping the ball on that coverage,’ Baier told us at the TVNewser Show on Tuesday. His team is now working on a story about the election which wraps up May 12.

Baier says shows like Oliver’s as well as “The Daily Show” and “The Colbert Report,” “can really penetrate on news stories.”

We interviewed Baier for about 20 minutes following his keynote speech. We discussed everything from the 2014 and 2016 elections, to how he engages with “the most fervent critics of Fox News,” and the current state of the media’s relationship with the White House: “I think there is a sense that the president feels like he doesn’t get enough good treatment in a media that has, for the most part, turned a little bit on this White House, in policy and substance.”

I began by asking Baier what he thought about the president’s approval rating, which an ABC News/Washington Post poll released earlier that morning showed it had dropped to 41%.

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Longtime Fox News Contributor: Gawker Story About FNC, Shepard Smith is ‘Disgusting’

Ellen RatnerA longtime Fox News contributor who is openly gay issued a strong defense for her network yesterday against a Gawker story that reported Shepard Smith was stopped from revealing his sexuality by Fox News executives.

Ellen Ratner, who is the bureau chief of Talk Radio News Service, and has contributed to Fox for almost 17 years, issued a strong denouncement of Gawker’s story.

“My life partner Cholene and I have known Roger Ailes and Bill Shine for close to 20 years. We have been to their homes and Bill Shine and his family have been to ours. Countless times Roger Ailes and Fox News have supported our charities and nonprofit organizations.

The allegations put forth yesterday on Gawker regarding my Fox News colleagues are disgusting. I proudly stand by them both personally and professionally, and vouch for their honor and character.

Ratner went even further, telling TVNewser:

“I have been at Fox News Channel for 16 1/2 years. I have always felt comfortable being “out” and have always felt I had the respect of anchors, management, the newsroom, producers, make-up artists and all concerned. I love the place and could not imagine being happier anywhere.”

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