Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Fox News

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Is there any truth?

Tucker Carlson, renowned Fox News host, slammed the mainstream media in his show on Friday, after the release of a recent study from Harvard University, which confirmed what President Trump, the White House, and his supporters have been claiming for months now.

According to findings of the study conducted by the Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, a large majority of media coverage in the first few months of Trump’s administration has been largely negative.

The study discovered that in the Trump administration’s first 100 days, 80 percent of news coverage from the country’s leading news sources was negative, while a meagre 20 percent was positive. This is considerably more than any of Trump’s three predecessors; Barack Obama, George W. Bush, and Bill Clinton received 41 percent, 57 percent and 60 percent negative coverage respectively, in their opening months after taking charge, the study found.

“The news media are liberal,” Carlson stated in the monologue of his show Friday. “It’s obvious in the stories they chose and maybe even more evident in the ones they ignore.”

“About the only people who deny widespread media bias these days are the people who are directly benefiting from it,” Carlson explained. “And that would include progressive activists posing as reporters and the Democratic politicians whose water they carry.”

According to the study, left-leaning news outlets BBC and NBC News gave as much as 93 percent negative coverage in Trump’s first 100 days, which lead to Carlson claiming it was more of “advocacy” and not journalism.

“It’s not really news coverage at that point. It’s advocacy,” Carlson explained.

However, it’s not just Trump that the media dislikes, it’s also the issues that Trump has raised, the ones he stands for, and the ones that Americans voters supported in last year’s presidential race that the media dislikes, according to Carlson.

“The media disagree with those too, and they skew their coverage accordingly,” Carlson said, referring to issues like immigration, which had almost 96 percent negative coverage according to the Harvard study.

White House staffers and Trump have pressed the media for months now, to focus on the more positive news stories and legislative achievements coming from the administration. However, the press has been quite unrelenting in its negative coverage as shown by the study.

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Tip 1: Never let Pence take your picture.

Conservative commentator Charles Krauthammer gave President Trump some important tips to kick start his agenda that has now been “immobilized,” by his alleged scandal.

Fox News’ Tucker Carlson characterized President Trump’s agenda as “immobilized” by the rise of scandals and obstacles surrounding him. Carlson asked conservative commentator Charles Krauthammer how the president could right the wrongs.

Krauthammer explained the five things that the president can do.

“Well I think you take your playbook from Bill Clinton,” he explained. “He’s caught up in the Lewinsky scandal. And in his case he knows he’s lying from the very beginning. Keeps on lying, but he was able to keep a straight face. Tried to keep his nose to the business he wanted to carry out. The famous statement, ‘I did not have sexual relations’ end with ‘and now I gotta go back to work.’ So he just pretended as if this thing was on the side, it was a distraction, he went back to work.”

“So what Trump needs to do is spend less effort and time and emotional energy on this,” he added. “Starting with, you make an unimpeachable FBI director appointment. Right now he needs to calm the craziness. I think he actually was helped by the appointment of this special counsel. Even though in the long run it means the White House loses control of this.”

“In the short run,” he explained, “people say, ‘well look there’s an investigation, let’s talk about health care, and let’s talk about tax reform. That’ll take care – it’s a way to deflect. If you make a good appointment for the FBI – by ‘good’ I mean politically astute. Which means somebody unimpeachable. On Special Report I said, what you need is an Elliot Ness.”

Krauthammer continued on to his third point, which was “stop tweeting.”

“Now that’s never gonna happen. Because I think he’s hard-wired like neurologically attached to his tweeting machine. But it would help because when you tweet you say what you really believe and that’s not always, that’s not usually the smartest thing in politics. You know, I tell the truth because it’s easier to memorize, but I’m not the president or a politician.”

“Number four, go on the foreign trip,” he added, “and thereby, number four, change the narrative. He’s got a real opportunity. It’s going to be a big deal what happens in Saudi Arabia. There’s gonna be 50 Sunni Arab countries there. There’s gonna be an announcement to the world of the total reversal of the Obama-Iran appeasement policy, where we chose a radical Shiite jihadist regime. We chose their favor over the Sunni Arabs who want to support us, and over Israel, which will be stop number two. That’ll be a big deal, it’ll allow him to announce and really exemplify a huge change in foreign policy.”

“The last thing,” he concluded, “is daily sessions with Dr. Krauthammer. I’m still licensed, board certified, and he’s the only one who can afford my rates.” After finishing his jokes, he explained, “He doesn’t easily compartmentalize. He doesn’t have that kinda of, almost psychopathic ability to make distinctions as Clinton did. I think he gets sort of into everything and it takes him over. So I don’t think he can, but that’s why he needs to see me, probably for an hour a day for several years.”

The past few weeks have been tough on the Trump administration with the constant supply of fresh leaks and criticisms from all fours.

Tucker asked if Krauthammer believes Trump could actually follow the tips. “He doesn’t easily compartmentalize. He doesn’t have that almost kind of psychopathic ability to make distinctions, as Clinton did. I think he gets sort of into everything, and it takes him over,” Krauthammer said. “So, I don’t think he can. But that’s why he needs to see me, probably for an hour a day for several years.”

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Fox News

Former Fox News Radio correspondent Jessica Golloher has reportedly filed a lawsuit against Fox News. The lawsuit came as a response to gender discrimination that Golloher experienced at the workplace. Her lawsuit claimed that the network had fired her after she had used the company’s hotline to report harassment.

The suit mentions that Golloher was fired within 24 hours of the phone call she had made reporting “sexist” harassment. The suits states that she was, “marginalized and subject to discrimination based on her gender.”

Golloher was noted saying that after she had filed a complaint with the company’s hotline, Fox terminated her employment by calling it a “budgetary” action.

Furthering emphasizing on Gollher’s statement, her attorney Douglas Wigdor said, “As we allege in the complaint, terminating an employee within 24 hours of utilizing the ‘hotline’ that Fox has touted as a defense to the O’Reilly sexual harassment matters is yet another indication of its lack of oversight and retaliatory animus for those that are brave enough to report unlawful conduct. What is even more dumbfounding, however, is that Fox Radio’s Vice President and General Manager, who conducted the termination in question was, according to media reports, fired from his prior job at ABC, after ABC learned of his improper use of on-line material that included a sexually explicit photograph that was turned over to the FBI.”

Court documents obtained by sources state, “Putting aside the fact that very few employees were even aware that a hotline existed prior to its mention in recent press accounts, Jessica Golloher, Fox News Radio Network’s Middle East/North Africa correspondent, did summon the courage, on April 17, 2017, to email 21st Century Fox’s purported independent investigator and request an opportunity to speak with her regarding issues at Fox.”

“Within 24 hours of sending this email, and knowing that Ms. Golloher had previously made internal complaints about gender discrimination,” the documents continued, “Ms. Golloher was, without any prior warning, fired — effective August 2017. The decision to terminate Ms. Golloher can only be described as a blatant act of retaliation.”

The lawsuit also brought to light the past events that had been occurring within the network since 2016.

“Simply put,” the suit stated, “any purported desire on the part of Fox to clean up its culture and actually encourage employees to come forward with complaints about discrimination in the workplace is nothing more than a move to salvage its reputation.”

In response to the lawsuit, a Fox representative came forward to speak of Gollaher’s case as “without merit” and stated her claims of “discrimination or retaliation” are “baseless.”

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Do I smell another settlement?

Fox News Anchor Kelly Wright held press a conference with his lawyer Doug Wigdor to discuss a lawsuit that had been filed by current and former against Fox New network for alleged racial discrimination and harassment.

His lawyer reminded the media of how Mr. Wright’s charges were are not bogus.

“Mr. O’Reilly would not permit Mr. Wright to come on his show to discuss how America could focus on achieving racial reconciliation in the midst of growing racial hostility,” Wigdor said.

“Instead Mr. O’Reilly told Mr. Wright that he should call up Roger Ailes and Bill Shine and offer to sing the national anthem at the Fox News town hall,” he continued. “Rather than viewing Mr. Wright as the two-time Emmy award recipient he is, Mr. O’Reilly saw Mr. Wright as a singing entertainer.”

In the conference, Wright said, “This hurts,” Wight said. “This hurts.”

Wright talked about how the viewers have no insight on to the issues that the many members of the network were facing.

“I am here reluctantly because I prefer sitting behind an anchor desk delivering news,” he said, “to you the viewer, reporting delivering the news to help provide you with information, insight, and some analysis about developments and issues that we face every day in this country and globally.”

He went to express his admiration for the people that the worked with, and of the discontent that he experienced towards the practices of the network.

“I am here reluctantly because I am not against any man or woman at Fox News,” he said. “The truth is I admire, I like, and even love the people who I work with and for. But I don’t like what they do.”

He explained how neither he nor his colleagues are associated with any conspiracies, & that their motive is only to raise a voice against the racial discrimination that takes place at the work place.  He said, “The people that I work with at Fox New …….my colleagues and those you see behind me are hardworking individuals who work tirelessly every day to do their best, give their best and be their best, and I am proud of their accomplishments. Let me make something very plain here. I, and the people you see with me, do not have any incentive from some left-wing conspiratory group or some left-wing financier to try to destroy Fox News.”

“The truth is,” he added, “I believe Fox News will continue to grow and prosper regardless any attempt by anyone to crush it. I believe that Fox will remain strong because there are millions of people who support the company in spirit and in trust.”

“But when that trust is broken with various employees because of racial bias, something has to be done,” Wright concluded. “As I have stated I’m like the men and women of Fox News – that’s why I’m here.”

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Jesse Watters, Fox News host, announced late on Wednesday that he is taking a sudden vacation from his show, “The Five” after receiving harsh criticism for his sexually charged remarks about Ivanka Trump.

“I’m going to be taking a vacation with my family, so I’m not going to be here tomorrow,” Watters said during his show, according to reports. “I’ll be back on Monday, so don’t miss me too much.”

His sudden departure comes only three days after his show was moved into the prime-time slot. Brian Stelter of CNN noted that Watters will miss two days of his first week in prime time and his weekend show too.

During his show on Tuesday night, Watters commented on the way President Donald Trump’s daughter held the microphone while talking about women’s rights at a panel discussion in Germany.

“It’s funny. The left says they really respect women and then when given an opportunity to respect a woman like that they boo and hiss … so I don’t really get what’s going on here, but I really liked how she was speaking into that microphone,” Watters said.

Watters made a gesture with his hand tilted toward his mouth as he made the comment and then also gave a smirk to his co-hosts.

The very next morning however, Watters justified that his remarks were not, in any way, meant to be sexual.

“During the break, we were commenting on Ivanka’s voice and how it was low and steady and resonates like a smooth jazz radio DJ,” he said. “This was in no way a joke about anything else.”

Watters’ comments come in the wake of Fox News’ severing of ties with Chairman Roger Ailes and former host Bill O’Reilly over a series of sexual harassment allegations.

The TV cable network fired O’Reilly last week.

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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.

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