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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.”

Fox News Responds to Gawker Shepard Smith Story: ’100% False and a Complete Fabrication’

SmithAilesFox News chairman and CEO Roger Ailes and anchor Shepard Smith are calling a Gawker story published this morning “100% false and a complete fabrication.” The story titled “How Fox News Shoved Shepard Smith Back Into The Closet,” is based on anonymous sources who claim Smith wanted to reveal his sexuality, but was stopped by Fox News executives, including Bill Shine, who heads up FNC’s opinion programming.

The Gawker story claims Shine “flipped out,” when Smith brought his partner to a July 4, 2013 party at Ailes’ upstate estate, and later called a meeting to discuss what to do. Fox News tells us Shine wasn’t at that party (he was in Charleston, South Carolina on vacation with his family) and emphatically denies any such meeting occurred.

Gawker claims the events of the July 4th party led to Smith being “demoted.” But, Ailes and Smith had been discussing a new contract with Smith as early as last spring, and singed in June, leading to the addition of the Fox News Deck and changes to primetime.

“This story is 100% false and a complete fabrication,” write Ailes and Smith in a joint statement. “As colleagues and close friends at Fox News for 18 years, our relationship has always been rooted in a mutual respect, deep admiration, loyalty, trust, and full support both professionally and personally.”

Smith works for the news side of FOX, which is run by Michael Clemente and Jay Wallace and not Bill Shine, who oversees programs like “The O’Reilly Factor” and “Hannity.” Shine released his own statement of support for Smith, which reads in part: “We have never asked Shep to discuss or not discuss his private life, and the notion of us having an issue with anyone’s sexuality is not only insulting, but pure fiction.” Shine’s full statement after the jump:

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Maria Bartiromo: ‘When I Knew My Stuff, Nobody Could Push Me Around’

maria bartiromoAhead of an appearance at The Cable Show in Los Angeles later this week, Fox Business Network’s Maria Bartiromo is featured in a pair of interviews. The FBN anchor talks to Multichannel News about her new co-workers:

I find that everyone is working really hard here. They know they’re number one and they’re busy. They’re going to keep being number one and they’re doing their job. But everybody has been unbelievable; they’ve really made it easy for me, going out of their way to welcome me. Shepard Smith sent me flowers. Bill O’Reilly took me in his office and just chatted me up. Judge Napolitano said; “When can you have coffee?” They are all – Jeanine Pirro as well – they are all being so wonderful to me. So I think that the warmth that they have shown me has been just so great and I appreciate them all.

Bartiromo talks to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette about taking on the challenge of being a woman reporting on the NYSE floor at the beginning of her career: Read more

The Scoreboard: Wednesday, April 2

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 271 | MSNBC: 109 | CNN: 200 | HLN: 85
  • Primetime: FNC: 446 | MSNBC: 166 | CNN: 430 | HLN: 85

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

130

TheFive:

302

Baier:

272

Greta:

395

Shep.:

460

Megyn:

496

Hannity:

383

Hannity:

316

Megyn:

216

MSNBC
Wagner:

67

EdShow:

103

Sharpton:

146

Matthews:

191

Hayes:

169

Maddow:

175

O’Donnell:

153

Hayes:

124

Maddow:

114

CNN
Tapper:

116

Blitzer:

131

Blitzer:

243

Burnett:

326

Cooper:

381

Cooper:

401

Spc.Rpt:

509

Spc.Rpt:

345

Spc.Rpt:

224

HLN
News:

11

Files:

17

Files:

52

Jane:

77

Grace:

115

DrDrew:

113

Files:

174

Files:

185

Files:

142

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Should TV News Report Names of Mass Shooters?

Megyn KellyAs Megyn Kelly opened “The Kelly File” last night, she led with news that the suspected Ft. Hood shooter and four others were dead. She then told her viewers they’d need to go elsewhere to find out the shooter’s name.

“If you are interested, you can get his name on other shows, like the one that preceded this one,” Kelly told her viewers.

Shepard Smith preceded her in the 8pmET hour in place of the “O’Reilly Factor,” which was pre-empted. Smith and other Fox hosts named the shooter.

“We have decided not to name these mass killers as a policy here on ‘The Kelly File,’” she continued, saying she won’t help them achieve the “infamy they seek.”

After the open, Fox News national security correspondent Jennifer Griffin referenced the perpetrator as “the shooter,” while Kelly’s first guest, Rep. Michael McCaul, also declined to name the shooter out of respect for Kelly.

Now we’re asking you.

Mass Shooting at Ft. Hood, TX; Ivan Lopez Identified as Shooter

A mass shooting at Ft. Hood, Texas this afternoon has the news networks in continuing coverage tonight. The shots rang out at 4:50pmCT. The gunman has been identified as 34-year-old Ivan Lopez, an enlisted soldier, who killed himself. At least four people are dead, including Lopez, and 14 others wounded.

On Fox News, Bret Baier first reported the news at 6:08pmET, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer broke in at 6:13 and MSNBC’s Al Sharpton reported the news at 6:15. The story was the lead of the first feeds of the three evening network newscasts, with updates throughout and for later feeds. Brian Williams also updated NBC primetime viewers in the Eastern and Central time zones at 9:07pmET. As the incident took place on a military base, DC-based Justice and Pentagon correspondents led the reporting: Pierre Thomas for ABC, Bob Orr for CBS, Jim Miklaszewski for NBC, Barbara Starr for CNN and Jennifer Griffin for Fox News.

Fox News pre-empted “The O”Reilly Factor” and had Shepard Smith at the Fox News Deck at 8pmET. Megyn Kelly picked up at 9. John Berman was in for Anderson Cooper at 8pm and Blitzer was back at 9pm. Alex Wagner was in for Chris Hayes at 8 and Rachel Maddow picked up at 9 on MSNBC.

“We’re heartbroken something like this might have happened again,” Pres. Obama said in a statement from Chicago, adding investigators will ”get to the bottom of exactly what happened.”

Developing…

At a 10:45pm news conference, Ft. Hood Commanding General Mark Milley said the assailant had served four months in Iraq in 2011 and was “undergoing behavioral health and psychiatric treatment” for depression and anxiety, but had not been diagnosed with PTSD. Armed with a .45 caliber Smith & Wesson, which was not registered on the base, the gunman killed three military personal. Sixteen others were wounded. The gunman was stopped by a female officer who drew her weapon, at which point Lopez turned the gun on himself.

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.

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