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Bill O’Reilly: ‘Hard to Fathom’ Colbert Attracting Conservatives on ‘Late Show’

O'Reilly ColbertWhile wrapping up the “O’Reilly Factor” last night, Bill O’Reilly chimed in on Stephen Colbert‘s ascension to succeeding David Letterman as “Late Show” host when Letterman retires next year.

Calling Colbert an “interesting” choice by CBS, O’Reilly said he finds it “hard to fathom that 40% of Americans who describe themselves as conservatives will watch Colbert,” adding Colbert will have good writers to go up against “high-energy guys” like Jimmy Kimmel and Jimmy Fallon.

O’Reilly’s prediction on Colbert was certainly more tame than his recent comments on the satirist, who he called a “deceiver” and “one of the biggest mouthpieces for the progressive movement.” O’Reilly’s more critical comments came in response to Colbert mocking him over suggesting President Obama was hurting himself by focusing on equality.

Let the countdown begin to O’Reilly’s first potential appearance on Colbert’s “Late Show,” where Colbert will no longer be playing the faux conservative character that’s won him acclaim.

All the Media News, That’s Fit To Air

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While the three evening newscasts and the network morning shows often look the same — with the same lineup of stories, often airing at the same time — the two media criticism shows, provide two distinct options for news junkies: those who are partial to Fox News and those who tune in to CNN.

Both shows, CNN’s “Reliable Sources with Brian Stelter” and FNC’s “MediaBuzz with Howard Kurtz,” air at the same time, 11amET Sundays. (“MediaBuzz” also gets a re-air at 5pmET)

Yesterday, “Reliable Sources” led with the Stephen Colbert taking over CBS’s “Late Show.” “MediaBuzz” led with how the media covered the departure of HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. Kurtz got to Colbert :47 minutes into his show. “Reliable Sources” didn’t cover Sebelius at all.

On CNN, Stelter had a 10-minute segment, which included an interview with Sen. Al Franken, on the proposed Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger. Kurtz didn’t cover last week’s merger news, but had two segments with former CBS News reporter Sharyl Attkisson, who was also on Bill O’Reilly‘s show earlier in the week.

Stelter reported last week’s news of a new ABC News president, Kurtz did not. Kurtz discussed the coverage of Jeb Bush last week, Stelter did not. Both shows gladly covered competitor MSNBC, and the reports that host Al Sharpton was once an FBI informant.

While no one will ever confuse CNN and Fox News, the two programs that cover the media are leading the way in differentiation.

Colbert on ‘Late Show’: ‘I Do Not Envy Whoever They Try to Put in That Chair’

The announcement that Stephen Colbert will replace David Letterman as the host of “The Late Show” next year was a hot topic on the Comedy Central last night.

On “The Colbert Report,” Colbert talked about Letterman’s retirement without directly addressing the news that he will be the new “Late Show” host. “This man has influenced every host who came after him and even a few who came before him, he’s that good. And I gotta tell you — I do not envy whoever they try to put in that chair,” Colbert joked. Watch:

“The Late Show” was a repeat last night, but the Colbert announcement was also news on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” — complete with a flashback to old clips of Colbert. Watch after the jump. Read more

Stephen Colbert to Succeed David Letterman as Host of ‘The Late Show’

stephen colbertIt’s official: Stephen Colbert will take over as the host of CBS’ “The Late Show” when David Letterman retires next year.

Specifics of Colbert’s show — including the premiere date, producers and location — will be determined after the timeline is decided for Letterman’s retirement, CBS said. Colbert has hosted his Comedy Central show, “The Colbert Report,” since 2005.

“Stephen Colbert is one of the most inventive and respected forces on television,” CBS president and CEO Les Moonves said in a statement. “David Letterman’s legacy and accomplishments are an incredible source of pride for all of us here, and today’s announcement speaks to our commitment of upholding what he established for CBS in late night.”

“Simply being a guest on David Letterman’s show has been a highlight of my career,” Colbert added. “I never dreamed that I would follow in his footsteps, though everyone in late night follows Dave’s lead.”

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Bill O’Reilly Takes on ‘Deceiver’ Stephen Colbert

O'ReillyLast night, Bill O’Reilly responded to Stephen Colbert‘s segment from last week’s “Colbert Report,” where Colbert mocked O’Reilly for suggesting focusing on equality was hurting President Obama.

“One of the biggest mouthpieces for the progressive movement is Stephen Colbert,” O’Reilly said, adding that although about a million people watch Colbert, he’s the “darling of the far-left Internet.”

Colbert had skewered O’Reilly for calling equality an “opium-laced dream.” “Mr. Colbert is a deceiver,” O’Reilly continued, adding he strongly believes in fighting for equality in various areas, but not in the form of government trying to impose it.

And while wrapping up a follow-up segment with Alan Colmes and Monica Crowley, O’Reilly compared his salary to the Comedy Central satirist’s: “Colbert and I both do a national television program…I’m paid about eight times more than he is. Do you know why?” O’Reilly asked his guests, without giving an answer.

Colbert didn’t answer O’Reilly on his show last night. We’ll see what happens tonight.

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The Evening Ticker: Weed, Fusion, Cosmos

  • CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta tells Capital New York he started thinking of doing a sequel to his pot doc “Weed,” while working on the first one. “Even with an hour it didn’t seem like enough time,” says Gupta. “There were certain issues we really wanted to get into but we didn’t have enough time.” “Weed 2″ debuts tonight at 10pmET.

  • Fusion has hired YouTube and Upworthy veteran Hong Qu as Chief Technology Officer. “We want Fusion to be an incubator for innovation where we take risks and experiment not only with new forms of content, but also new ways of ways of delivering that content – especially on our mobile platforms,” Fusion CEO Isaac Lee wrote in an email to staff today.

How ‘Network’ Predicted the Future of TV News

NetworkIf you work (or have worked) in TV news, and we know many of you do, you’ve probably seen “Network,” the 1976 classic which takes a cynical look at the news business as fictional TV network UBS exploits its anchorman for corporate profit. (If you haven’t seen it, get to Netflix, stat.)

Today Dave Itzkoff, a culture reporter for The New York Times, is out with a new book about the film. The book’s title, Mad as Hell: The Making of Network and the Fateful Vision of the Angriest Man in Movies, includes the the outcry which would be immortalized in pop culture. “Network” won 4 Acadamy Awards, including one for Peter Finch who played the “Mad as Hell” anchorman and who died just weeks before the Oscars. (If you’ve seen the film, you’ll get the tragic irony).

Actor Rob Lowe, writing the New York Times Book Review calls the film “darkly funny and breathtakingly prescient” and says Itzkoff’s “engrossing, unfolding narrative contains the perfect amount of inside-baseball moviemaking stories and anecdotes about stars.”

MadAsHellItzkoffThe Wall Street Journal review covers how the film was received in the TV news world of the mid-1970s

The TV establishment was predictably infuriated. Though his daughter, an actress, had a small role in the film, Walter Cronkite issued increasingly dismissive comments, calling it “a rather amusing little entertainment.” Worse, “they cut my daughter’s part down to almost nothing.” In the midst of the storm, [screenwriter Paddy] Chayefsky wrote craven letters to Cronkite and his NBC counterpart, John Chancellor. “Please know,” he told Chancellor, “I never dreamed television people would be angry about the film”—showing that the screenwriter was either disingenuous or delusional.

USA Today calls “Mad as Hell” “absorbing and revealing,” noting that Itzkoff speaks “with some admirers who became prominent writers and TV personalities — among them Stephen Colbert, Aaron Sorkin and Keith Olbermann.” “You wish Chayefsky would come back to life long enough to write The Internet,” Sorkin says.

Jeff Zucker, Al Sharpton Attend White House State Dinner

There were a handful of TVNewsers in attendance at last night’s White House State Dinner in honor of French president François Hollande: according to the official guest list, CNN president Jeff Zucker, MSNBC host Al Sharpton, Bloomberg chief White House correspondent Julianna Goldman and Stephen Colbert were there.

Goldman talked about the event on Bloomberg TV this morning, giving an account of the dinner and a rundown of the menu. “It was really all choreographed beautifully,” said said. Watch:

Why Did Roger Ailes’ Brother Talk with Gabe Sherman?

Ailes bookThe Washington Post‘s Erik Wemple called up Robert Ailes Jr. the brother of Fox News chairman Roger Ailes, the subject of an unauthorized biography from Gabriel Sherman.

According to Sherman, he interviewed Robert Ailes seven times between December 2011 and March 2013. Wemple asked the 76-year-old older brother of Roger why he cooperated with Sherman. “Well, I was caught off guard, to tell you the truth. I didn’t know Gabriel Sherman from George Washington.” Ailes tells Wemple he hasn’t read the book, and doesn’t know how he’s quoted in it.

Another bit from the book making the blog rounds, is about a now-shuttered site about the cable news industry called The Cable Game. In his book, Sherman writes:

[Ailes] set up an anonymous blog called The Cable Game that took shots at his rivals. Ailes assigned Fox News contributor Jim Pinkerton to write the entries. “The Cable Game was Roger’s creation,” one person close to Ailes said

ICN which closely follows the cable news industry, writes, “I do consider it telling that the blog just up and died without even a farewell message. We’ll never know for sure if The Cable Game was indeed an FNC Trojan Horse Blog. But it would not surprise me if it was.”

Sherman was a guest on “The Colbert Report” last night where Stephen Colbert began by saying, “I have sources at Fox News… this person says, you’re not a good guy. Defend yourself. Are you a good guy?” WATCH:

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Al Jazeera America Anchor Tells Colbert: ‘Wasn’t Radicalized’, Not Part of Al Qaeda

ColbertSeigenthalerPrimetime Al Jazeera America anchor John Seigenthaler appeared on “The Colbert Report” last night, and assured Stephen Colbert he hasn’t been “radicalized” and AJAM has no connection with Al Qaeda.

“Who got to you, and how?” Colbert asked. “Who turned you, when were you radicalized?”

Playing along, the former MSNBC and NBC Nightly News anchor detailed his path to AJAM.

“I wasn’t radicalized, but this summer they approached me and asked me to anchor their primetime newscast.”

“Do they have your family members some place?” Colbert asked. “If this is Stockholm Syndrome, just blink and breathe.”

After assuring Colbert his family is safe, Seigenthaler attempted to bust myths about AJAM’s affiliation with Al Qaeda. Watch after the jump.

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