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Posted Thursday 10/11/18 at 7:53PM EDT
Some White House officials are worried that Fox News is no longer fully covering President Trump's rallies
Last week, Fox News only showed clips and highlights of Trump's three rallies. Trump's rally last night wasn't shown live anywhere, not even on C-SPAN. As Politico reports, "Fox still provides livestreams of the campaign events online, but during a crucial period, with the midterms less than a month away, some in the White House are worried that the president is losing a prime-time megaphone to his base...The loss of national coverage is equally, if not more, concerning to the candidates on whose behalf Trump is traveling the country."
Posted Thursday 10/11/18 at 1:37PM EDT
Kanye West holds an impromptu press conference while speaking with President Trump in the Oval Office
In what some are saying may be preview of this week's SNL cold open, cable news captured the bizarre spectacle of Kanye West meeting with President Trump in the Oval Office. Following a marathon speech while sitting across from Trump, West was asked questions from the media about his past comments denouncing former President George W. Bush. West ended his visit by giving President Trump a hug. "I love this guy right here," West said.
Posted Tuesday 10/09/18 at 12:15PM EDT
Fox Nation to offer What Made America Great, The First Family, a Mark Fuhrman TV show and docuseries on Clarence Thomas and Robert Bork
Fox News' new streaming service revealed some of its long-form offerings, including Brian Kilmeade's What Made America Great, which looks at controversies behind iconic American locations; The First Family that will go behind the scenes with President Trump's family, starting with Eric Trump; and The Fuhrman Diaries, in which O.J. Simpson detective Mark Fuhrman looks back at and analyzes famous criminal cases. Fox Nation has also ordered Borked, a chronicle of the 1987 battle to put the controversial Judge Robert Bork on the U.S. Supreme Court and Hannity’s America: The Clarence Thomas Story, which will look back at Justice Thomas' 1991 confirmation hearings.
Posted Friday 10/05/18 at 10:26PM EDT
Best friends Naomi Watts and Nicole Kidman are playing Gretchen Carlson in dueling projects
Source: Vanity Fair
It was announced today that Watts will star opposite Russell Crowe's Roger Ailes on The Loudest Voice in the Room, playing Gretchen Carlson on the Showtime limited series based on the late Fox News founder. In August, Kidman was cast as Gretchen Carlson opposite John Lithgow's Roger Ailes in a movie on the late Fox News chief's sexual misconduct scandals.
Posted Wednesday 10/03/18 at 9:05PM EDT
Print reporters who cover the White House have had to upgrade their style because they're constantly appearing on TV
"Such is the life of a print reporter covering Trump these days: full of uncertainty, packed with potential. Nonstop TV hits," says Joel Pavelski. "Also: new suits, and much better ones than before. With the extra screen time comes added pressure to always dress the part of a TV anchorman—and some guys on the politics beat are investing in new suits, new stylists, and even new smiles to prep for their close-ups."
Posted Wednesday 10/03/18 at 3:29AM EDT
Melania Trump reportedly watched CNN for her first solo international trip abroad as first lady
In July, President Trump "caused a bit of a stir" when he caught the first lady watching CNN aboard Air Force One, which led to an order that all TVs be turned to Fox News. Well, according to the Associated Press' Darlene Superville, the TV sets on the plane for Melania Trump's trip to Africa on Monday were turned to CNN.
Posted Friday 9/28/18 at 3:04PM EDT
Kavanaugh Hearings deliver big ratings for cable news
Fox News was No. 1 with its coverage of the hearings for Christine Blasey Ford and Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, averaging 5.66 million viewers. MSNBC averaged 2.88 million viewers, while CNN finished third with 2.51 million.
Posted Friday 9/28/18 at 6:27AM EDT
Don't call the Brett Kavanaugh hearings political theater
Source: The New York Times
Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh and his accuser Christine Blasey Ford's testimonies before a U.S. Senate subcommittee culminated "in a raw, draining day, even by the standards of a raw, draining era," says James Poniewozik of TV's all-day coverage. "There is a tendency, not just among TV critics, to describe live events like this as 'political theater,'" he adds. "On NBC, Megyn Kelly, a former lawyer, said the morning’s testimony had produced 'No Perry Mason moment.' It’s understandable. TV has become our model for telling legal stories and for politicians to structure narratives. But this isn’t Law & Order; this isn’t theater. It’s a real thing happening to real people, dredging up real trauma for a host of survivors. The day’s coverage was filled with reminders of this, too."
- TV coverage offered riveting drama to a captive nation -- as if it were a bingeable prestige miniseries
- TV viewers watched eight hours of fighting, and everybody lost
- Cable news likes heat and combat, but this was way over the top for someone who wants to be a Supreme Court justice
- Kavanaugh probably benefited politically in a cable news era that emphasizes whoever delivered the last big TV "moment"
- Fox News fires contributor Kevin Jackson after he called Kavanaugh's accusers "lying skanks"
- How CNN, Fox News and MSNBC covered the Kavanaugh and Ford testimonies using chyrons
- Stephen Colbert calls hearings “one of the longest days I can remember…and I’ve been to a Renaissance Fair"
- Trevor Noah: “Emotionally, it was taxing. If anything, it was like a sad Super Bowl"
- Jimmy Kimmel on Ford's testimony: “People were crying in front of their televisions so hard you’d have thought Milo Ventimiglia got killed by a Crock-Pot"
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Posted Thursday 9/27/18 at 1:43PM EDT
Fox News' Chris Wallace says the Kavanaugh hearing prompted his daughters to reveal their teenage stories
Source: The Washington Post
"Two of my daughters told me stories that I had never heard before about things that happened to them in high school," Wallace said while awaiting the beginning of the hearings this morning, adding that “the point is that there are teenage girls who don’t tell stories to a lot of people, and then it comes up.”
Posted Wednesday 9/26/18 at 2:44PM EDT
Fox News' new streaming service Fox Nation adopts the slogan "Opinion Done Right"
The Fox network will formally introduce the slogan during tomorrow night's Thursday Night Football game between the Rams and the Vikings.
Posted Tuesday 9/25/18 at 6:56PM EDT
Brett Kavanaugh's Fox News interview delivers big ratings
The U.S. Supreme Court nominee's sit-down to deny sexual misconduct allegations gave Martha MacCallum's The Story its highest-ever ratings, propelling it to No. 1 on cable news Monday with nearly 3.6 million viewers.
Posted Monday 9/24/18 at 3:53PM EDT
Brett Kavanaugh to appear tonight on Fox News
The embattled U.S. Supreme Court nominee will appear tonight with wife Ashley Estes Kavanaugh to respond to accusations of sexual misconduct on Martha MacCallum's The Story at 7 p.m. ET.
Posted Friday 9/14/18 at 3:04PM EDT
Michael Avenatti calls Tucker Carlson "pathetic" and "cowardly" for running a "Creepy Porn Lawyer" chyron on screen during their interview
“I expected to be treated with respect, and certainly not to be lied to,” said Avenatti. “I had no idea until after the show because I don’t have any way of seeing the camera lines when I’m on set...I thought that it was a new low for Fox, which is saying something. And I thought it was pathetic and cowardly of Tucker Carlson.”
Posted Thursday 9/13/18 at 11:07PM EDT
Tucker Carlson's interview with "creepy porn lawyer" Michael Avenatti devolved into a 13-minute "shoutfest"
Source: The Daily Beast
The Fox News host's long-awaited interview with Stormy Daniels' attorney was "worse than you're imagining," says Matt Wilstein. Carlson mocked Avenatti throughout the interview by displaying different "Creepy Porn Lawyer" chyrons at the bottom of the screen -- at one point abbreviating the insult as "CPL." Wilstein adds: "It wasn’t until the final moments of the gross display that the words on the screen migrated into Carlson’s mouth. 'Creepy porn lawyer, great to see you,' the host said, getting the last word and cutting to commercial." After the interview, Avenatti seemed to express regret, tweeting that Carlson had agreed to ditch the "name calling" beforehand.
Posted Thursday 9/13/18 at 1:29PM EDT
Michael Avenatti: "Get your popcorn ready" because I'm visiting Fox News' Tucker Carlson
The Stormy Daniels attorney is scheduled to appear live on Fox News tonight at 8 pm on Tucker Carlson Tonight. Avenatti has expressed interest in going on Carlson's show in the past, but the Fox News host refused to accept Avenatti’s caveat of no longer using the insulting nicknames -- like "creepy porn lawyer."