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Bill O’Reilly Slams ‘Painful’ Malaysia Airlines Coverage. Greta: No One’s Making You Watch

O'Reilly planeThere are different takes on the nonstop coverage of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 coming from Fox News hosts.

On last night’s “O’Reilly Factor,” Bill O’Reilly took on TV news coverage, acknowledging the story is drawing high ratings, but damaging the news business at the same time.

“Watching some of this coverage is painful,” O’Reilly said, criticizing one network for doing five minutes on a possible electrical fire on board, noting the pilots would have radioed about it. “It’s now corrupting the news business, I think,” O’Reilly told Charles Krauthammer.

O’Reilly’s colleague, Greta Van Susteren, has a different take on the coverage, blogging this morning that those complaining over the coverage should “get over it.”

Have they forgotten that 239 people are missing or perhaps murdered? The possible murder of 239 is not a drive by report. 239 people missing or murdered is not inconsequential.

Yes, I know, it may be popular to say “I am not interested,” but then why are you talking about it? And if you are truly not interested in it, stop talking about it. No one is tying TV critics up in the basement and forcing them to watch the coverage or talk about it.

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CNN’s New Ratings Heights with Malaysia Airlines Mystery

WhitfieldPlaneCNN’s nonstop coverage of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 continued to pay off in the form of ratings wins throughout the weekend. Since the beginning of the coverage (March 8) through Sunday night, CNN has grown +68% in total viewers and +79% in A25-54 viewers in Total Day, and +72% in total viewers and +91% in A25-54 viewers in primetime. On Saturday, Fox News won the day in total viewers and in the A25-54 demo, as it always does. But CNN was No. 1 in both measurements — a very rare feat — between 3-6pmET.

3pm, Saturday, 3/15
CNN: 970,000 / 291,000
FNC: 964,000 / 282,000
MSNBC: 315,000 / 69,000

4pm, Saturday, 3/15
CNN: 1.062M / 288,000
FNC: 728,000 / 194,000
MSNBC: 290,000 / 70,000

5pm, Saturday, 3/15
CNN: 1.121M / 313,000
FNC: 702,000 / 148,000
MSNBC: 201,000 / 77,000

On Sunday, CNN pulled out a win in the demo for both total day and primetime viewing, and was again No. 1 among total viewers between 4-6pmET. The last time CNN came in first in the demo on a Sunday was August 11, 2013, which was the conclusion of Hannah Anderson kidnapping.

4pm, Sunday, 3/16
CNN: 999,000 / 290,000
FNC: 939,000 / 154,000
MSNBC: 278,000 / 79,000

5pm, Sunday, 3/16
CNN: 1.189M / 380,000
FNC: 828,000 / 120,000
MSNBC: 220,000 / 80,000

Last week’s intense coverage of MH370 also made ratings history on CNN.

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Malaysia Air Mystery a Draw for CNN

CooperPlaneCNN’s near nonstop coverage of the mystery of Malaysia Airlines flight 370 has boosted the network’s ratings to new heights. For the third day in a row the network has come in second, to Fox News, in the cable news ratings for full day viewing and in primetime.

Even more rare, the network came in first place in the in the A25-54 demo during three hours last night: Erin Burnett topping Greta Van Susteren at 7pm, Anderson Cooper beating Bill O’Reilly at 8pm and Piers Morgan topping Megyn Kelly at 9pm.

Fox News still came in first among total viewers, more than doubling CNN in the 8pm and 9pm hours. Fox News also won the demo in primetime (8-11pm) as CNN’s viewership was cut in half at 10pm when it moved on from coverage of flight 370 to the second edition of “Chicagoland.”

  • 7pET | Total Viewers / A25-54 demo

CNN: 910,000 / 366,000
FNC: 1.635M / 290,000
MSNBC: 714,000 / 143,000

  • 8pET | Total Viewers / A25-54 demo

CNN: 1.121M / 454,000
FNC: 2.692M / 429,000
MSNBC: 611,000 / 139,000

  • 9pET | Total Viewers / A25-54 demo

CNN: 1.162M / 452,000
FNC: 2.583M / 421,000
MSNBC: 873,000 / 240,000

Coverage of Missing Malaysian Flight Continues on Cable News

Screen Shot 2014-03-08 at 2.11.21 PMThe cable networks continue coverage of downed Malaysian Airlines flight 370 which lost contact with  air traffic control off the coast of Vietnam enroute to Beijing Saturday morning. The search  for the aircraft, with 239 people on board, including at least three Americans, continues into the night.

Fox News began reporting the story at 7:45 last night on Greta Van Susteren‘s show. Coverage continued with Megyn Kelly and into “Hannity.” FNC’s David Piper is reporting from the region. CNN/U.S. reported the news at 7:58pm and continued through Friday primetime with Anderson Cooper, Piers Morgan along with aviation expert Richard Quest and, in the overnight hours, a CNNI simulcast. MSNBC reported the news at 8:14 during Chris Hayes‘ show with further updates in primetime.

Brian Williams updated “Nighlty News” for the West Coast with aviation correspondent Tom Costello reporting from Washington. Diane Sawyer updated “ABC World News” with Cynthia McFadden reporting. McFadden also anchored a West Coast special report around 10:15pmPT. ”Nightline” lead with the news as well.

woodruffABC News correspondent Bob Woodruff is in Beijing. He attended a news conference earlier today where he thought he might, in his words,” knocked over” (left) by the Chinese media during the tense newsier. Correspondent Gloria Riviera is also in Beijing for ABC, and digital correspondent Joohee Cho is in Vietnam.

NBC News is reporting that two men who had their passports stolen were on the manifest, but are alive and well. An Italian man, currently in Thailand, had his passport stolen a year ago and an Austrian citizen reported his passport stolen two years ago while traveling in Asia.

Greta Van Susteren Has Media Advice for Hillary Clinton

greta-van-susterenThe media has been covering the over 4,000 pages of previously confidential Clinton administration memos released this afternoon, and Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren took to her blog to point out what she perceives as bad media advice then-First Lady Hillary Clinton received.

Van Susteren bolded in red parts of the released documents that she thought was not helpful guidance the First Lady received.

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“The red highlighted notes are particularly bad media advice,” Van Susteren says. “Telling the interviewee (here, Secretary Clinton) to be rude? I think a guest / interviewee looks slippery who won’t answer the question asked and instead attempts to divert and this is the precise advice given to the then First Lady.”

Clinton granted Van Susteren an exit interview upon leaving her post as Secretary of State in January, 2013.

Greta Van Susteren Thanks Fox News Critics

Greta Van Susteren says she loves it when politicians criticize Fox News, encouraging them to “keep it up” so Fox can keep reaping the benefits.

“I love it — every time they get all revved up about Fox, we get the free advertising,” Van Susteren said on her show Wednesday. “… They’ve been doing this for years, and we’ve been number one since January 2002. So thank you to the critics, and have at it. Keep it up.” Watch:


Did Media Coverage of Controversial Arizona Bill Help Lead to Veto?

BrewerBillAll three cable news networks carried Arizona Governor Jan Brewer‘s press conference last night announcing her veto of a controversial bill that would allow businesses’ and people to refuse service to LGBT people based on religious beliefs.

After the announcement, Anderson Cooper replayed parts of an interview he did the night before with one of the bill’s sponsor, Arizona State Senator Nancy Barto.

Cooper asked her six separate times if she could name one example that had already happened where people of faith had been forced to do something against their religious beliefs.  “I can raise a hypothetical,” Barto said, citing a hypothetical same sex marriage where a photographer who didn’t want to provide service wouldn’t have protection.

Governor Brewer, shown above vetoing the bill, had similar phrasing to Cooper during her announcement: “I have not heard of one example in Arizona where business owners religious liberty has been violated.”

Fox News broke into “On the Record” with Shepard Smith reporting on the press conference. “I think Governor Brewer did the right thing,” New Hampshire Senator Kelly Ayotte told Greta Van Susteren when FNC whipped back to “On the Record.”  Megyn Kelly led “The Kelly File” interviewing Family Research Council President Tony Perkins on the news out of Arizona. On Tuesday night, Kelly and Brit Hume wondered whether the bill was an “overreaction” by religious conservatives.

Over on MSNBC, Chris Hayes took over for Chris Matthews coming out of the press conference at 7:51pmET, still during “Hardball.” Hayes spoke with the Arizona Democratic Minority Leader Anna Tovar via phone on her reaction to the veto. Rachel Maddow led her show with news of the veto, covering the other states who are considering similar bills to Arizona. Lawrence O’Donnell noted the media’s impact on forcing a veto: “They got away with it until we focused on it…we the national media.” Read more

The Scoreboard: Friday, February 21

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 225 | MSNBC: 125 | CNN: 70 | HLN: 93
  • Primetime: FNC: 240 | MSNBC: 166 | CNN: 84 | HLN: 121

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

162

TheFive:

232

Baier:

224

Greta:

229

O’Reilly:

269

Megyn:

236

Hannity:

207

O’Reilly:

238

Megyn:

223

MSNBC
Wagner:

99

EdShow:

148

Sharpton:

186

Matthews:

193

Hayes:

161

Maddow:

194

Lockup:

143

Lockup.:

173

Lockup:

186

CNN
Tapper:

48

Blitzer:

52

Blitzer/Cross:

49/25

Burnett:

58

Cooper:

83

Morgan:

105

Bourdain:

64

Bourdain:

82

Bourdain:

62

HLN
HLNNow:

59

WWYD?:

108

WWYD?:

132

Jane:

151

Grace:

124

Files:

121

Files:

118

Files:

157

Files:

171

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What Greta Van Susteren Really Meant About Not Re-Signing at 10pm

greta van susterenGreta Van Susteren is clearing up what she meant after a recent column quoted her as being unsure of whether she would have re-signed with Fox News if still hosting “On the Record” at 10pm.

On her blog, Greta said it’s less about the time slot and more about opportunity for new “adventure.”

The 7pm is better ONLY because it is an adventure and is new to me. I had been at 10pm for 11 1/2 years and the 10pm lost its feeling of adventure.

If I had been at 7pm for 11 1/2 years, I would have felt the same about the 7pm time slot ….and the 10pm would have been a new adventure.

Each time slot is very different …and it is fun to do something new. It is exploring. It may seem odd…but the audience appetite is different at different hours….and even how we arrange the break structure in the show depends on the hour.

Greta Van Susteren: ‘Not Sure’ She Would Have Re-Signed With Fox News for 10pm Show

greta van susterenA Cindy Adams column highlights Greta Van Susteren‘s new evening enjoyments now that she is off-air at 8pm, and whether she’d still be at Fox News if hosting “On the Record” at 10pm.

“Not sure I’d have signed another 10 p.m. deal. We stayed Number One but 7 p.m.’s a whole new audience that’s interested in a political schedule. At 10 at night they’re ready for bed. With this deal I got a big raise. Yet for months I was trashed in stories about how I’m being pushed away.

Greta also talks about the important things in life—like family— noting how bad things got during her husband John P. Coale‘s battle with cancer.

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