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Bill O’Reilly: Stelter is a ‘Far-Left Zealot Who Has Masqueraded as a Journalist for Years’

Bill O’Reilly has responded to CNN’s Brian Stelter claiming he ran a smear campaign over Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl‘s father’s appearance and language.

“So by telling you the truth…that Robert Bergdahl learned to speak Pashto and looked like a Muslim at the White House, I am smearing a military family,” O’Reilly said indignantly last night after playing a clip from “Reliable Sources” Sunday, where Stelter made the accusation.

“Well, we expect that from that guy [Stelter], a notorious far-left zealot who has masqueraded as a journalist for years.”

And Stelter responded.

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‘The Kelly File’ Tops ‘The O’Reilly Factor’ in Demo Viewers For the Week

megyn kelly kelly file 5“The Kelly File” was the top cable news show in the A25-54 demographic last week, topping perennial leader “The O’Reilly Factor” for only the second time ever. Megyn Kelly‘s program averaged 413,000 viewers to Bill O’Reilly‘s 402,000 demo viewers for the week.

“The Kelly File” has beaten “The O’Reilly Factor” in the demo only once before, on a week when O’Reilly was on vacation (the week of May 5, 2014). This is the first time Kelly’s program has delivered a win when the two hosts were both in.

O’Reilly’s show was out front in total viewers, averaging 2,528,000 to Kelly’s 2,434,000 for the week. Both shows featured heavy coverage of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl‘s release from Taliban captivity in Afghanistan.

Sunday Media Shows Cover Bergdahl Prisoner Swap

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The Sunday media shows both led yesterday covering the Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl prisoner swap.

“Thank you Bill O’Reilly for demonstrating how to conduct a smear campaign against a military family,” Brian Stelter said after playing a clip of O’Reilly noting Bowe’s father, Bob, has learned to speak Pashto and “looks like a Muslim.” He then turned to MSNBC’s “resident conservative” Joe Scarborough: “I confess I almost threw my remote control at the TV at one point this week,” Stelter said after playing a clip of Scarborough and Chuck Todd‘s heated exchange about Bob Bergdahl, where Scarborough called him a bad father.

Stelter also noted Fox News’ James Rosen report that Bergdahl had converted to Islam during his captivity. “That has not been backed up by other sources,” Stelter said. His guest, the New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza, praised Rosen as a reporter, but suggested his report “does not meet the bar”: “This is hearsay from terrorists passed through an ex-felon and then to the American people” (Rosen responded to Lizza via Twitter).

Over on “MediaBuzz,” Howard Kurtz referenced Rosen’s report, noting the part about Bergdahl being locked in a cage for weeks had been confirmed. Kurtz also chimed in on MSNBC’s Ari Melber claiming the media was “swiftboating” Bergdahl. “I would argue, lots of news organizations that would not be described as conservative organizations have been going out and finding out information from the soldiers and other sources about Bergdahl’s conduct.”

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Bill O’Reilly: BlackBerrys, iPhones Causing People to Create Their Own ‘Bubble’

While speaking with Matt Lauer this morning, Bill O’Reilly‘s gave his take on Hillary Clinton‘s potential run for president, the Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl prisoner swap, and how mobile and second screen devices are causing people to create their own universes.

“They don’t know now,” O’Reilly answered Lauer about young people not knowing the history behind events like today’s D-Day anniversary. “These machines are taking over the world,” O’Reilly continued, suggesting BlackBerrys and iPhones are helping people create their own “bubble.”

The former English teacher also pointed blame at the education system: “Public schools don’t teach history.”

Cable News Wars: Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl Edition

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The prisoner exchange bringing Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl home for five Taliban members has dominated cable news all week, and last night, it sparked a new round in the cable news wars.

“Ms. Costello [Carol] has an absolute responsibility to know what she’s talking about when she does an interview…she obviously doesn’t know what she’s talking about,” Bill O’Reilly said after airing parts of CNN’s Costello interviewing Rolling Stone writer Matthew Farwell. “Bill O’Reilly, the most dangerous thing that guy has ever done is walk across the street in New York to buy a burger,” Farwell said in response to a question about O’Reilly’s criticism of Bergdahl’s father, Bob.

“That guy is either uninformed, or a liar,” O’Reilly responded, adding his reporting career speaks for itself. On Costello, O’Reilly added: “She has an ethical obligation as a journalist to challenge that kind of stuff.”

Meanwhile, O’Reilly’s 8pmET counterpart Chris Hayes, took issue with his coverage: “Blatant Islamophobia here is eclipsed only by the sheer ridiculousness of the argument,” Hayes said after airing clips of O’Reilly criticizing Bob Bergdahl for appearing at the White House in a full beard, looking like a Muslim.

Hayes then sarcastically asked if we should be worried about other full-bearded men, rolling a montage that included the cast of Duck Dynasty, ZZ Top, Forrest Gump, Abraham Lincoln, and Jesus. On the latter two, Hayes suggested: “Someone needs to look into the guy [O'Reilly] who wrote two sympathetic books about them.”

“I’ll be waiting for the Factor investigation,” Hayes concluded.

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The Scoreboard: Tuesday, June 3

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 207 | MSNBC: 84 | CNN: 79 | HLN: 99
  • Primetime: FNC: 346 | MSNBC: 128 | CNN: 127 | HLN:137

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

144

TheFive:

255

Baier:

197

Greta:

256

O’Reilly:

366

Kelly:

375

Hannity:

295

O’Reilly:

228

Kelly:

196

MSNBC
Wagner:

72

EdShow:

106

Sharpton:

149

Matthews:

164

Hayes:

106

Maddow:

170

O’Donnell:

107

Hayes:

70

Maddow:

50

CNN
Tapper:

43

Blitzer:

80

Blitz/Cross:

105/96

Burnett:

88

Cooper:

140

Cooper:

124

Tonight:

117

Cooper:

107

Cooper:

71

HLN
Now:

33

WWYD:

46

Dr.Drew:

43

Jane:

73

Grace:

132

Dr.Drew:

128

Files:

150

Files:

213

Files:

228

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Bret Baier Stops By ‘Today,’ ‘O’Reilly Factor’ on Book Tour

Bret Baier‘s book about his son’s heart problems, “Special Heart: A Journey of Faith, Hope, Courage, and Love,” is out today. The Fox News Channel anchor stopped by the fourth hour of the “Today” show this morning with his wife Amy and his two sons, Paul and Daniel, to share their story.

“The reason I wrote the book is because, one, Paul is doing fantastic. And, two, we thought this book could help other people. Everybody has something, or knows somebody,” Baier told Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb. “And hopefully we can be an inspiration and make some awareness out there.” Watch:

Baier also appeared on CSPAN over the weekend and Bill O’Reilly‘s Fox News program last night. Watch after the jump. Read more

The Top Cable News Shows in May Were…

Fox News had the top 14 programs in total viewers and the top eight programs in the key A25-54 demographic in May 2014. As usual, “The O’Reilly Factor” was the number one program in cable news in both total and demo viewers, averaging 2,136,000 total viewers and 308,000 demo viewers. “The Kelly File” was second in total viewers, with 2,337,000, followed by “The Five,”  “Special Report with Bret Baier” and “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren.” In the demo, “The Five” was second, Kelly’s program was third and Baier’s program was fourth.

CNBC was the only network other than Fox News to have a show in the top ten among the A25-54 demo: “Shark Tank,” which averaged 210,000 A25-54 viewers, placed ninth overall. “Shark Tank” also led CNBC in total viewers, averaging 442,000 viewers and placing 23rd overall.

MSNBC’s highest-rated show was “The Rachel Maddow Show,” which placed 14th overall in total viewers and 11th overall in the demo. Maddow’s program averaged 738,000 total viewers and 176,000 demo viewers.

Anderson Cooper 360″ was the top CNN program in total viewers and the demo, placing 21st and 19th, respectively. The show averaged 452,000 total viewers and 145,000 A25-54 viewers for the month.

“Forensic Files” led HLN in both ratings measurements, placing 38th in total viewers and 20th in the demo with 323,000 and 142,000 viewers, respectively.

The top-rated show in total viewers on Fox Business was “Imus in the Morning,” which ranked 89th overall. “Stossel” led the way in the demo, ranking 87th.

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The Scoreboard: Monday, May 19

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 250 | MSNBC: 89 | CNN: 72 | HLN: 91
  • Primetime: FNC: 282 | MSNBC: 154 | CNN: 112 | HLN: 91

4p: 5p: 6/6:30p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
FNC
Cavuto:

219

TheFive:

344

Baier:

317

Greta:

212

O’Reilly:

324

Megyn:

259

Hannity:

261

O’Reilly:

264

Megyn:

269

MSNBC
Wagner:

79

EdShow:

132

Sharpton:

114

Matthews:

114

Hayes:

150

Maddow:

156

O’Donnell:

156

Hayes:

102

Maddow:

109

CNN
Tapper:

56

Blitzer:

79

Blitzer/Cross:

117/57

Burnett:

73

Cooper:

113

Bourdain:

119

Tonight:

105

Cooper:

65

Tonight:

98

HLN
News:

33

WWYD?:

34

DrDrew:

26

Jane:

40

Grace:

75

DrDrew:

61

Files:

138

Files:

219

Files:

232

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Bill O’Reilly’s Advice for Handling Criticism

Being the number one cable news host comes with its fair share of criticism, and last night Bill O’Reilly gave his viewers some advice on how to handle incoming heat.

O’Reilly said two recent emailers were good people who leveled “sincere criticism” his way over his recommendation to visit Hawaii. In turn, he rebutted their criticism in a “cogent” way. “That’s how you handle criticism,” he concluded.


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