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FOX News Beats MSNBC's Anti-Tea Party 'Rise Of The New Right' Special And CNN Combined

The first number is the total viewers and second number (in parenthesis) is the demographic of adults aged 25-54.

Cable News At 7PM on Wednesday, June 16, 2010:

FNC: Fox Report: 1,502,000 (292,000)
MSNBC: Hardball with Chris Matthews ("Rise of the New Right"): 1,044,000 (282,000)
CNN: John King USA: 435,000 (191,000)

FOX News Channel beat MSNBC and CNN combined in total viewers.

(source: The Nielsen Company)

FOX News Channel Beats MSNBC And CNN Combined During Obama Address

FOX News Channel was #1 during President Obama's address from the Oval Office last night, according to Nielsen Media Research. FNC beat CNN and MSNBC combined in total viewers during primetime and during the highly anticipated speech. All ratings must be attributed to Nielsen Media Research.

PRIMETIME (8:00-11:00 PM/ET)
FNC: 2,545,000 in total viewers (569,000 in 25-54)
CNN: 1,043,000 in total viewers (358,000 in 25-54)
MSNBC: 797,000 in total viewers (239,000 in 25-54)

PRESIDENTIAL ADDRESS (approx. 8:01-8:18 PM/ET)
FNC: 2,880,000 in total viewers (656,000 in 25-54)
CNN: 1,234,000 in total viewers (433,000 in 25-54)
MSNBC: 1,144,000 in total viewers (230,000 in 25-54)

FOX News Channel beat CNN and MSNBC combined in total viewers during the primetime hours and President Obama's address.

NOTE: FOX News Channel's analysis of the President's address averaged 3,395,000 viewers with 877,000 in Adults 25-54.

(source: Nielsen Media Research)

Exclusive: Major Garrett To Host "FOX News Sunday" On July 4th

RealClearPolitics has learned from FOX News DC Insiders that Major Garrett will be guest hosting "FOX News Sunday" on Sunday, July 4th. Garrett is the senior White House correspondent for the Fox News Channel.

Garrett, who is a well respected journalist on the White House beat, will get to show his versatility by hosting a program and moderating the "FOX News Sunday" panel.

Garrett takes the seat during a year of musical chairs with the Sunday morning shows and on the cusp of Christiane Amanpour hosting "This Week."

Though Garrett is simply filling on a holiday weekend, his peformance will invariably be seen by some as a potential audition for a shot at the host chair when Chris Wallace, now 62, decides to call it quits at some point in the future.

FOX News Beats CNN, MSNBC & HLN Combined In Election Night Ratings

Primetime ratings for Tuesday, June 8, 2010:

FNC: 2,672,000 in P2+ (647,000 in 25-54)
CNN: 698,000 in P2+ (244,000 in 25-54)
MSNBC: 967,000 in P2+ (251,000 in 25-54)
HLN: 781,00 in P2+ (252,000 in 25-54)

FOX News Channel was the big winner and beat everyone else combined in total viewers (P2+). Everyone tuning into the election chose FOX by far - FNC won each hour easily. Interestingly, HLN edged out MSNBC to be #2 in demo in primetime.

(source: Nielsen Media Research)

Fox News Refutes Report That Channel Banned Limbaugh Biographer

Michael Calderone of Yahoo! makes the claim:

Is Fox News keeping an author off the air because his recent book includes criticism of Bill O'Reilly?

That's what Zev Chafets, author of "Rush Limbaugh: An Army of One," thinks is happening. In the Rush-approved biography, Chafets asked the radio host what he thinks of O'Reilly.

"He's Ted Baxter," Limbaugh said, referring to the pompous newscaster played by Ted Knight in the '70s on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show."

"Sorry, but somebody's got to say it," Limbaugh continued.

That line got picked up by publications like The Hill and splashed on the Drudge Report. And it's because of that one comment, Chafets believes, that he then got bumped from a couple of Fox News shows.

Chafets told Yahoo! News that he was scheduled to appear on "Fox & Friends" on May 26 -- the day after publication of his Limbaugh book -- and the following Monday, May 31, on Greta Van Susteren's "On the Record."

FOX News gives a response to Mediate:

According to Fox News there was some interest in the book by producer's of On the Record, hosted by Greta Van Susteren, who requested the book to gauge interest, but never booked Chafets. Producers at Hannity also claimed to have received a number of calls from Chafets' publicist, but never demonstrated any interest in actually booking the author; and Fox & Friends claimed to never have called to book Chafets, but again was aggressively pursued to have him on.

A Fox News insider referred to Chafets' account of getting bumped from Fox News as result of an alleged feud as nothing more than "wishful thinking that reeks of desperation" and said, "We tend to have authors on whose books actually make news and have buzz - Zev's book has neither."

RealClearPolitics hears the item had been shopped around for weeks and was turned down by multiple people on the beat, but Calderone went for the cheap trick and got played by Chafets in the process. A Fox News source tells us Calderone's claim is absolutely false. This is backed up by Mediate's report of the book lacking popularity.

FOX News Channel Dominates In May Ratings

In primetime, FOX News (FNC) beat MSNBC, CNN, and HLN combined in P2+ and beat MSNBC and CNN combined in 25-54:

FNC: 1,817,000 in P2+ (446,000 in 25-54 demo)
MSNBC: 747,000 in P2+ (231,000 in 25-54 demo)
CNN: 595,000 in P2+ (170,000 in 25-54 demo)
HLN: 439,000 in P2+ (148,000 in 25-54 demo)

During the day, FNC beat MSNBC and CNN combined in both P2+ and in 25-54:

FNC: 1,038,000 in P2+ (282,000 in 25-54 demo)
MSNBC: 388,000 in P2+ (132,000 in 25-54 demo)
CNN: 446,000 in P2+ (148,000 in 25-54 demo)
HLN: 274,000 in P2+ (123,000 in 25-54 demo)

Highlights:

FNC is the #4 network in primetime in ALL of cable; CNN is #30; MSNBC is #24; HLN is #34

'FOX & Friends' beat CNN's 'American Morning', MSNBC's 'Morning Joe' and HLN's 'Morning Express' combined in the 25-54 demo.

MSNBC's 'Countdown' had its lowest-rated month in 25-54 in all of 2010 - the program is also down 23% in the demo vs. May '09
- 'Countdown' averaged 1,031,000 in P2+ (down 6%) and 250,000 in 25-54 (down 23%)

Every single CNN program posted double digit declines in total viewers vs. May '09

MSNBC's 'Morning Joe' again placed in fourth in the 25-54 demo (behind even HLN's Morning Express) and was down 14% in the demo (119,000)

(source: Nielsen Media Research)

Obama To Meet With Arizona Governor Jan Brewer

FOX News is reporting that President Obama will meet with Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer in Washington, D.C.

At first, Obama told Brewer he couldn't fit her into his busy schedule, however that has changed.

The meeting will take place sometime on Thursday. No other details have been given.

Memorial Day Coverage

CNN is the only cable network that will have normal, live coverage throughout the day.

FOX News will broadcast their morning show "FOX & Friends" and have live programming until 5pm. They will also air a live edition of "Special Report" and "The FOX Report." Their prime time line up will be reruns, except for "On the Record," which will be a new show.

MSNBC will have live coverage until 11am. The rest of the day is taped shows like "Caught on Camera."

Why Won't FOX Just Get Out of Palin's Way?

I am still trying to figure out why the usually brilliant Fox News unnecessarily reached too far, took a tumble, and skinned its right knee.

I'm talking about all this hoopla surrounding Sarah Palin's show on the conservative cable news network - "Real American Stories" - that premiers tonight at 10 p.m. ET.

For the past few days, the network has been teasing the show relentlessly by trumpeting that it will feature guests to include rapper/actor LL Cool J, and country singer Toby Keith.

I guess both Cool J and Keith have "real-life tales of overcoming adversity" to tell, which is how Fox is touting the show.

Except it turns out that neither agreed to be on the show. It also turns out Fox never intended to have them on the show in the first place.

Did I hear you say, huh?

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Obama Interview Was Easy to Baier

As I went on my caffeine-fueled buzz around all the likely news and media stops on the Information Highway this morning, it was pretty clear that most of the billboards were teasing me to pull off the road for a sampling of President Obama's lengthy sit-down with Fox News' Bret Baier Wednesday night.

Much of the exit/entrance signs for these amusement parks wanted to entice me in by trumpeting how rudely Baier treated the president; or about how Baier constantly interrupted the president ...

Heck, even Baier himself on some Fox teaser for the interview talked about how he uncharacteristically did a lot of interrupting.

I know these TV models are taught to make everything about them, but I really wish Baier hadn't said that, because his interview was actually quite good.

But now I'm interrupting myself, so more on that in a minute.

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The Real 'Secret' to Fox's Success

When are we going to quit being surprised and mesmerized that Fox News is wiping the floor with the rest of what passes for cable-news competition? Every week television ratings are published and written about on myriad web sites, and every week, I guess, we are supposed to act as if we are watching some sort of transformational miracle.

We aren't.

And because I am in no mood for suspense today, I'll tell you right off the top that the reason for Fox's dominance has little to do with the quality of its programming, or the way these networks occasionally cover the news, and darn near everything to do with the demographic it so adroitly serves.

There is no disputing when looking at these ratings that Fox is destroying its two (three if you count Headline News) major competitors, MSNBC and CNN. While, it is astonishing to me how far CNN has fallen over the years, I'll still argue that there is virtually nothing it, nor MSNBC, can do to truly compete with Fox News in the ratings game.

In fact, I'll make you a reasonable wager that a year from now, there will be virtually no difference in these numbers.

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Roger and Me -- and Sarah ...

I'm not sure what I am most surprised about, Roger Ailes indicating that the Obama administration might have a point about something, the rumors that Sarah Palin might be working toward her own reality TV show, or the level to which I can take naivety and stupidity when it comes to the flesh-eating beast that is politics.

OK, the first surprise borders on downright shocking, the middle one makes so much sense I can't believe it hasn't happened yet, and the latter confirms me as one helluva an odd fit on a Web site that not only has built its reputation on politics, but has the word in its name!

Starting with Ailes ...

The president and chief architect of Fox News, has expertly built his empire brick by brick with a pronounced lean to the right. There's nothing 'fair and balanced' about Fox, and a brilliant guy like Ailes certainly knows that better than anybody.

He also knows you can pretty much say whatever you want on TV, and then get a bunch of leggy, platinum-blond hotties to repeat it every three minutes or so. Say it enough, and say it with sass, baby, and you would be surprised by how many droolers actually start believing it.

I swear, I'll never know why I wasted my career in the newspaper business ...

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O'Reilly Makes Another Meal of Hume

I continue to be astonished by the gusto in which cable news-talkers eat their own -- and just how willing some people are to become that meal.

Another Brit Hume video is making its way around all the likely stops on the Internet.

Once again, Hume, currently Fox News' senior political analyst, is seen recommending Christianity as Tiger Woods' best route toward fixing the mess that has become his personal, professional, and family life.

I won't speculate why Hume seems so intent on jeopardizing what up until the past month or so, has been an otherwise solid career in broadcast journalism. For what it's worth, I always thought Hume was a pretty authoritative guy, who had a solid command of the news business and whatever subject it was he was tackling. I blew neither hot nor cold for Brit, which is a compliment for somebody employed in what should be a straight-down-the-middle business.

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FOX Is Right, MSNBC Left, and You're Shocked

The horses bolted the stable a long time ago, and it is now just plain fact that political partisanship is the well-oiled cog that makes two of the largest cable news networks spin these days.

I find it impossible to come to any other conclusion than Fox News is playing to viewers that lean to the right side of the political spectrum, and that MSNBC is catering to viewers on the left.

And now, I suppose, you are waiting for me to break it to you that the world is round.

But, please, bear with me on my naive stroll -- if only for a minute.

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Poll: FOX Most Trusted News Channel

Not bad for the cable network the White House believes is "not really a news organization."

Among those faring the worst in the poll were CBS and ABC, which were not trusted by 46%.

That makes last week's declaration by White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer even more ironic: "We don't feel the obligation to treat [Fox] like we would treat a CNN, or an ABC, or an NBC, or a traditional news organization, but there are times when we believe it makes sense to communicate with them."

Fox Rises, Air America Crashes

On the same day Neilsen reported competition-dwarfing numbers for Fox News's coverage of the special election in Massachusetts on Tuesday night, Air America radio declared bankruptcy and will cease live broadcasts immediately.

In a statement posted to its web site, Air America's management explained:

With radio industry ad revenues down for 10 consecutive quarters, and reportedly off 21% in 2009, signs of improvement have consisted of hoping things will be less bad. And though Internet/new media revenues are projected to grow, our expanding online efforts face the same monetization and profitability challenges in the short term confronting the Web operations of most media companies

When Air America Radio launched in April, 2004 with already-known personalities like Al Franken and then-unknown future stars like Rachel Maddow, it was the only full-time progressive voice in the mainstream broadcast media world. At a critical time in our nation's history -- when dissent on issues such as the Iraq war were often denounced as "un-American" -- Air America and its talented team helped millions of Americans remember the importance of compelling discussion about the most pivotal events and decisions of our generation.

Through some 100 radio outlets nationwide, Air America helped build a new sense of purpose and determination among American progressives. With this revival, the progressive movement made major gains in the 2006 mid-term elections and, more recently, in the election of President Barack Obama and a strongly Democratic Congress.

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Palin a Hit with Viewers

The ratings are in for Sarah Palin's debut as a contributor on Fox, and the former Alaska governor and vice-presidential hopeful is a hit.

Palin appeared on the Tuesday night's "O'Reilly Factor Show" and helped grow the audience on that popular program by 42 percent from the same night a year ago.

Palin also helped O'Reilly blow away the cable competition in the same time slot. The show even outdid ABC's prime-time programming that night.

FOX Tabs Palin for Contributor Role

Sarah Palin is joining Fox News, and predictably this news is banging around all the regular media stops and making a lot of noise.

The network announced Monday that Palin, the former Alaska governor and John McCain's running mate in the 2008 presidential election, "has signed a multi-year deal to offer her political commentary and analysis across all Fox News platforms, including Fox Business Channel, FoxNews.com and Fox News Radio."

The network went on to say she would, "also participate in special event political programming for Fox Broadcasting."

While news of this hiring seems to have been held tight, it hardly comes as a surprise.

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FOX's Hume Sticks to His Guns on Woods, Religion

Brit Hume was given the chance on Monday night's Fox's O'Reilly Factor show to grab his escape club and attempt to get out of any trouble he might have gotten into over the controversial comments he made concerning Tiger Woods' faith a day earlier on the network.

But like Woods on the golf course, Hume continued his go-for-broke approach, and showed little back-off.

In Sunday's Fox News Sunday program, Hume opined that Woods' faith had everything to do with his recovery as a person:

"He's said to be a Buddhist," Hume said. "I don't think that faith offers the kind of forgiveness and redemption that is offered by the Christian faith. So my message to Tiger would be, 'Tiger, turn to the Christian faith and you can make a total recovery and be a great example to the world.' "

When asked on Monday by Factor host Bill O'Reilly if this was proselytizing, Hume said, "I don't think so."

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