Monday, April 24, 2017

Fox News

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Sarah Palin, Kid Rock and Ted Nugent rock out the White House and use Hillary as an involuntary photo bomb.

In an interview that aired on CNN on Thursday, former Alaskan governor Sarah Palin was asked by Jake Tapper, about the recent “upheaval” at Fox News over Bill O’Reilly’s sexual harassment accusations. The interaction between the two has raised some eyebrows.

“I have to ask you a question and it’s kind of sensitive,” Tapper said, “but you are in a unique role being a strong woman who worked at Fox News channel as a contributor. Uhm, and I normally don’t cover a lot of media stories, but obviously the upheaval going on there with the CEO and its biggest star ousted because of sexual harassment, not just an issue at Fox News channel, but an issue across the country. And it seems to be, with what happened with Bill O’Reilly, really a change in corporate culture in terms of what is tolerated. What do you make of it?”

“Well I think the key there is, you said I used to be with Fox,” Palin emphasized, “I used to be with Fox. Corporate culture there obviously has to change, y’know, women don’t deserve, they should not ever have to put up with any kind of intimidating work space.”

“At the same time if a women believes that she is being intimidated and harassed,” she continued, “she needs to stand up and do something about it and not stick around for a paycheck for years and years and years. And then after the fact complain about what she went through. As a strong woman, I say we should be feel more empowered than that. And we should take a stand and get out of the place, or blow the whistle on whoever is the perpetrator doing the bad stuff so that the culture will change.”

“So yeah, obviously things are changing quickly at Fox News,” Palin added. “There are some great great people who are there, though. And I appreciate what Fox News does, as CNN, you know, adding to the discourse and to the debate, which is a healthy thing for the society. You know, more power to the good things that Fox News is doing.”

“But yep, culture had to change there,” Palin concluded.

“Did you ever witness or experience, God forbid, anything like that at Fox?” Tapper asked.

“I, wouldn’t put up with anything that would be perceived as intimidating or harassing,” Palin replied.

“But you said your ‘former,’ so was that part of the reason you left?” Tapper pressed.

“Uhm,” she paused, “you can ask them why I’m no longer with Fox, uhm, y’know I’m not gonna speak for them. My contract wasn’t renewed, that’s um, that’s the line.”

“I don’t want to be a jerk,” Tapper continued, “but it sounds like you experienced something.”

“I just, y’know it was just time to part ways and, and, y’know, get out there, in a, I guess, a more diverse arena to express views and to speak for the public, and that’s what I’ve been to do now.”

“Alright, well I’m not going to push any further,” Tapper concluded.

Just this week, news surfaced that Bill O’Reilly was let go from Fox News after a series of sexual harassment allegations and reports about million dollar settlements in the past.

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The Fox takedown.

Bill O’Reilly’s attorney released a statement yesterday, accusing “far-left” groups for running a smear campaign against the TV presenter. He further said that he will be revealing evidence of his claims soon.

“Bill O’Reilly has been subjected to a brutal campaign of character assassination that is unprecedented in post-McCarthyist America,” attorney Marc Kasowitz’s statement read.

The statement seems to refer to the allegations of sexual harassment against Bill O’Reilly, who’s been on a vacation from his show, this week. O’Reilly has been blitzed by protestors and several social media campaigns that have forced his show, “The O’Reilly Factor” to lose over a dozen advertisers already.

“This law firm has uncovered evidence that the smear campaign is being orchestrated by far-left organizations bent on destroying O’Reilly for political and financial reasons,” it concluded. “That evidence will be put forth shortly and it is irrefutable.”

However, the statement contained no evidence of the claim it made.

A number of sources have claimed that Fox News and O’Reilly are already discussing his potential exit from the major cable TV network.

The current campaign to get rid of O’Reilly started after an investigation by The New York Times found at least five women who claimed to have been victims of sexual harassment by O’Reilly. According to the New York Times, the amount paid out to these women, in exchange for their silence and an agreement to not pursue litigation, totaled to around $13 million.

In response to the allegations, O’Reilly admitted that he has on occasions “put to rest any controversies” in order to protect his family, in a statement on his website.

“Just like other prominent and controversial people, I’m vulnerable to lawsuits from individuals who want me to pay them to avoid negative publicity. In my more than 20 years at Fox News Channel, no one has ever filed a complaint about me with the Human Resources Department, even on the anonymous hotline.

But most importantly, I’m a father who cares deeply for my children and who would do anything to avoid hurting them in any way. And so I have put to rest any controversies to spare my children.

The worst part of my job is being a target for those who would harm me and my employer, the Fox News Channel. Those of us in the arena are constantly at risk, as are our families and children. My primary efforts will continue to be to put forth an honest TV program and to protect those close to me.”

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Hey, he still has Angie's List.

After the latest revelations regarding sexual harassment lawsuits settled by Bill O’Reilly and Fox News, Mercedes-Benz removed advertisements from O’Reilly’s Monday show on the network.

Manager Corporate Communications at Mercedes-Benz, Donna Boland, responded to a question by CNN Money regarding their advertisements on the show.

“Yes, we had advertising running on The O’Reilly Factor (we run on most major cable news shows) and it has been reassigned in the midst of this controversy,” she commented. “The allegations are disturbing and, given the importance of women in every aspect of our business, we don’t feel this is a good environment in which to advertise our products right now.”

CNN Money reportedly spoke to over 20 advertisers; some said they were closely “monitoring” the situation, but none suggested they would stop advertising like Mercedes-Benz.

Jenny Craig also said they condemned all sexual harassment, but refused to provide any comments on the matter at hand.

“As a matter of corporate policy, we do not publicly comment on our advertising strategy,” a spokesperson told CNN Money. “What I can tell you is that we are constantly evaluating our media buys to maximize the efficiency of our corporate investment and effectively reach our target audience.”

According to the New York Times report published on Saturday, the amount paid out to at least five women by Fox News and Bill O’Reilly, in exchange for their silence and an agreement to not pursue litigation, totaled to around $13 million.

“Fox News has a very tired, tattered playbook, and that is, ‘attack, attack attack!’” an attorney for a former Fox News contributor who has made harassment allegations said, “especially women who speak out against their moneymakers.”

“So what she told me off the record were a lot of stories of other women who are under gag orders,” Wendy Walsh, a popular LA Radio host, told reporters, “who cannot talk, they have been silenced. And they had to take that money because they were facing potential economic ruin. And I felt like my story was so mild that I had to be a voice for them. Because nobody can buy my voice. My voice is not for sale. My truth is not for sale.”

According to various reports, Fox News has earned nearly $450 million in ad revenue from O’Reilly’s show from 2014 to 2016.

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A new report that alleges Bill O’Reilly paid five women claiming to be sexually harassed by him, was published on Saturday. O’Reilly’s news show, ‘The O’Reilly Factor’ is the most-watched news program in the US and despite the allegations, Fox News Channel has reportedly decided to renew O’Reilly’s contract.

After an investigation by the New York Times, the publication reported that it had found at least five women who claimed to have been victims of sexual harassment by O’Reilly. According to the New York Times, the amount paid out to these women, in exchange for their silence and an agreement to not pursue litigation, totaled to around $13 million.

While denying the claims of sexual harassment, O’Reilly admitted that he has on occasions “put to rest any controversies” in order to protect his family, in a statement on his website.

“Just like other prominent and controversial people, I’m vulnerable to lawsuits from individuals who want me to pay them to avoid negative publicity. In my more than 20 years at Fox News Channel, no one has ever filed a complaint about me with the Human Resources Department, even on the anonymous hotline.

But most importantly, I’m a father who cares deeply for my children and who would do anything to avoid hurting them in any way. And so I have put to rest any controversies to spare my children.

The worst part of my job is being a target for those who would harm me and my employer, the Fox News Channel. Those of us in the arena are constantly at risk, as are our families and children. My primary efforts will continue to be to put forth an honest TV program and to protect those close to me.”

By Saturday evening, the Wall Street Journal reported that O’Reilly’s contract, which was set to expire by the end of 2017, was recently renewed. The Wall Street Journal and Fox News Channel are owned by the same company, 21st Century Fox.

For over a decade, “The O’Reilly Factor” has been the most-watched news show. Recent data published by TVNewser shows that O’Reilly’s 8 PM show on last Thursday garnered about 3.27 million views, beating CNN’s “AC360” which attracted around 2 million views.

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Fox News to lose Megyn Kelly to CNN

Megyn Kelly has become a huge star in cable news and the number one network, Fox News, may lose their number one female anchor.

Today, the Drudge Report posted a picture of Megyn Kelly with the headline “Exclusive: Megyn Kelly May Jump Network”.

Drudge is reporting that Jeff Zucker, the head of CNN is doing everything he can to get Megyn Kelly. A source close to the dealings between Kelly and CNN said Zucker is moving mountains.

“He is moving the Himalayan Mountains to get her, but they are tripped up on money. He simply can’t pay her the $20 million a year FOX has on the table.”

Her stardom would rise, but would she ever leave Fox?

During the summer months of 2016, Fox News was caught in a sexual abuse scandal. Roger Ailes, the only CEO Fox News has ever had, was accused of sexual assault or sexual harassment by several leading ladies at Fox News.

Gretchen Carlson, the former 1989 Miss America, accused her co-host Steve Doocy and Roger Ailes for sexual harassment. Gretchen settled out of court for $20 million.

Andrea Tantaros, who also accused Ailes of sexual misconduct was offered a seven-figure settlement, but refused it according to Tantaros’ lawyer in a statement to Variety.

Megyn Kelly was also one of the ladies that Ailes was inappropriate with and allegedly made unwanted sexual advances. When other top anchors came out to support Ailes as the allegations were flying over the summer, Megyn was silent.

Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity, Greta Van Susteren and many more supported Ailes, but the allegations became too much and the CEO was let go.

Megyn Kelly wanted Ailes out and she got what she wanted, and as the election moved into the final months, more controversy started to bubble.

Fellow Fox anchor Sean Hannity attacked Kelly and called her a Clinton supporter back in October.

Tensions have cooled since the election, and Fox News finished with its highest month in four years. A lot of that has to do with Megyn Kelly.

Kelly’s show, The Kelly File had its most watched month since it launched with 3.4 million total viewers.

To top it all off, Megyn Kelly’s new book, “Settle for More” was also released in November and hit number one on the New York Times best seller list. Her ratings rival Bill O’Reilly is number two on the list.

Megyn Kelly is on top of her game, and if there was ever a time she could capitalize on a move, it would be right now. She has a hit show, she has a hit book and she is respected for going head to head against Trump.

If what Drudge is reporting is true, and Kelly is leaving Fox News, she couldn’t have picked a better time.

Plus if she does leave Fox, she will most likely be put in the 8pm spot which would give her the chance to go head to head with Bill O’Reilly, and that may be all the incentive she needs.

Do you think Megyn Kelly is going to leave Fox News? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

2016 Electoral College

Donald Trump won the election on November 8th, but it isn’t final until the 538 members of the Electoral College vote later this month.

The official voting happens on December 19th and the day can’t come fast enough for some members as death threats continue to pour in.

Michael Banerian is a member of the Electoral College and is bound by law to vote for Donald Trump as the winner of his home state Michigan. Even if he wanted to, he couldn’t vote for anyone else.

The facts don’t get in the way of the people that are making Electoral College death threats.

Banerian went on CNN to describe the many attacks he has been receiving from angry Trump haters.

Banerian says he isn’t the only one that is being threatened and harassed during an interview on Fox News.

The outrage and the fallout continue from historically shocking win by Trump. Ironically the outrage is coming from the same side that attacked Trump for saying he may not accept the results of the election.

Do you think the police should take the Electoral College death threats seriously? Let us know your thoughts below.

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media

James O’Keefe released an undercover video that exposes the dark underbelly of the Democratic Party, but this is what the media thought about the groundbreaking journalism.

Blackout!

When the video was released at noon on Monday that concluded a yearlong undercover investigation into the Clinton campaign, it made a huge impact on social media, but was nowhere on the news.

CNN, MSNBC, Washington Post and even Fox News decided to not run the story. Why? Brit Hume said it was because the media had to verify the video.

The irony is, Fox News ran with different stories against Trump without verifying, including the many sexual abuse claims and even the “Access Hollywood” recording.

Why is the media not sharing the work of Project Veritas Action?

James O’Keefe and his team released a video that literally exposes the dirty tricks of the DNC and how it is all connected to the Hillary Clinton campaign.

Project Veritas is releasing Part Two of the undercover investigation before the debate on Wednesday and it is promised to be just as shocking as the first.

In the first video we learned how Hillary and her henchmen organized and paid protestors to go to Trump rallies and incite violence. It’s called “birddogging”.

The next video takes a deeper look into voter fraud and it is promised to be a step by step guide of the Democrats plan to steal the election.

Project Veritas Action and James O’Keefe are doing the real work of journalists that the media is not doing right now. The least they can do is report on James’ work.

Why do you think the media is not covering this groundbreaking report? Let us know in the comments below.

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megyn kelly

While most of the media leans far left, Fox News leans right, so it is a shock when one of the major anchors says Megyn Kelly is is “with her”.

Sean Hannity responded to a segment on Megyn Kelly’s show that has the Internet a buzz today.

The Fox News super star, Megyn Kelly said that the presidential candidates are dodging tough interviews.

“They’re both in their own version of a presidential protection program. She is not in a place where she feels uncomfortable or anything unexpected could come at her, which is why she sat for a half an hour with Mary J. Blige, the singer, which is why she did Entertainment Tonight this evening.

And Donald Trump, with all due respect to my friend at 10 o’clock, will go on Hannity, and pretty much only Hannity, and will not venture out to the unsafe spaces these days, which doesn’t exactly extend the tent.”

Those comments didn’t sit too well with Sean Hannity.

Maybe Hannity was upset that Megyn Kelly compared his interview style to Mary J. Blige, or it could be the fact that Donald has done tough interviews. In fact, he even sat down with Megyn Kelly earlier on the campaign trail.

Sean Hannity defended Trump on Twitter by saying, “Megyn Kelly, you should be mad at Hillary Clinton. Clearly you support her. And Donald Trump did talk to you.”

Hannity also pointed out that Trump is hitting the interview circuit ant the campaign trail hard, but where is Hillary?

It is understandable why Megyn Kelly would not be a fan of Donald Trump, especially after their pubic fallout following the first GOP debate in the primaries.

Does Megyn Kelly support Hillary, who knows, but what we do know is, the offices and hallways at Fox News is probably as tense at it has ever been.

Do you think Megyn Kelly or Sean Hannity is right about Trump? Let us know in the comments below.

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Fox News

When Gretchen Carlson claimed that Roger Ailes, the CEO of Fox News, sexually harassed the former Miss America, nobody saw this coming.

Roger Ailes was the most powerful CEO in cable news until Gretchen Carlson claimed sexual harassment.

Since the claim, Carlson and Fox have settled out of court to the tune of $20 million dollars. That is a big payday.

Andrea Tantaros was fired and has filed her own suite against Fox and Ailes for sexual harassment.

Roger Ailes has been kicked out and over 50 staff members said they would leave if Ailes was let go. Many of them had a clause in their contracts that stated they could leave if Roger left the network for any reason.

Now we learn that Greta Van Susteren is leaving Fox after 14 years. Brit Hume, the longtime political reporter will take over “On the Record”.

The breakup came at the end of contract debates and the rumor is that nobody could come to an agreement.

Greta is opting to take the “key-man clause” to get out of her contract and leave Fox.

The co-presidents of Fox News, Jack Abernathy and Bill Shine released a statement about Greta’s departure.

“We are grateful for Greta’s many contributions over the years and wish her continued success.”

They quickly shifted to speaking about the person who will fill Greta’s spot.

“As one of the best political analysts in the industry, Brit is the ideal choice to host a nightly political program while the most dynamic and captivating election in recent history unfolds. Having Brit at the helm of this show will enable Fox News to continue on track to have its highest-rated year ever as the network dominates the cable news landscape.”

The move could be filler until they find something new to replace the “On the Record” show after the elections.

Brit Hume released his own statement regarding the change.

“My Fox News colleagues have set a high standard for political coverage which I’ll do my best to uphold. I’m honored to be asked.”

The changeups and fallout from the Ailes departure isn’t over, but it doesn’t seem to be affecting the ratings much as Fox continues to dominate all other cable news channels.

Do you think that Greta leaving will hurt the ratings? Let us know in the comments below.

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Fox News

The number one channel in cable news is having a rough summer, not as bad as Bernie Sanders, but a rough summer nonetheless.

Just recently Fox decided not to renew the contract for mid-day anchor Gretchen Carlson, and she ended up filing a law suite against the CEO, Roger Ailes.

The public feud intensified when Megyn Kelly also claimed she had some unwanted contact by Ailes about 10 years ago. It was also coincidental that Megyn brought it up now, in a contract year.

It got ugly when Bill O’Reilly and about 50 other top personalities and journalists said they would leave if Ailes was fired.

Technically, Ailes wasn’t fired. Roger stepped down, got paid $40 million and is still and advisor to Rupert Murdoch, the owner and now acting CEO.

Now the ratings are out for the for the DNC and Fox News is dead last and CNN is out in front.

It is understandable that the numbers for Fox News which heavily favors the right to CNN which heavily favors the left. CNN doesn’t favor as much as MSNBC, but it still has a pro-Hillary or pro-democrat spin.

We can compare Fox to previous election cycles though.

Looking at total viewers aged 25+, Fox News was down over 15% from their own numbers in 2008. The numbers are slightly up from 2012 ratings through the first two days of the convention.

What is very interesting is that there are roughly three million more people watching this year than 2012 overall. The total numbers are down though from Obama’s first election in 2008.

CNN is the big winner here. They have doubled the total viewers of Fox and attracted about 2.1 million more viewers than 2012.

People are tuning in to the DNC, partly to see what would happen with the Bernie walkout on Monday, but also because this is a very important and contested election.

The dip in Fox is troubling, but if Hillary wins this election, it won’t matter who is the leader of Fox, it will do very well.

Do you think this is the beginning of the end for Fox’s dominance or just a dip during the Democratic National Convention? Let us know in the comments below.

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