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Posted Wednesday 11/07/18 at 9:55AM EST
TV news played it safe on election night until Fox News declared Democrats' House victory
Source: The New York Times
NBC News, CNN, ABC News and other news outlets seemed wary of declaring victory for the Democrats in retaking the House of Representatives. "Then blue-state redemption arrived from an unlikely source: Fox News," reports The New York Times. "In an aggressive call on a night when many television networks played it safe, Fox News was the first major news organization to project that the Democrats would retake control of the House of Representatives, dealing a blow to the channel’s most famous viewer, President Trump...About 50 minutes after Fox News’ call, NBC News followed suit. CNN did not weigh in with a definitive projection on the House until 11 p.m." This year, the Big Three broadcast networks devoted much more time to covering the midterms. As The Times notes, "ABC, CBS and NBC allotted a supersize block of time — three hours in prime time — to feed viewers’ appetite for political news. Usually, midterms only merit an hour of coverage on the Big Three broadcast stations, usually starting at 10 p.m. Cable news networks, whose ratings now regularly beat rival channels like ESPN, constructed glossy new sets for the occasion; Fox News, for instance, built a hub outside its studio on Avenue of the Americas in Manhattan."
- Sean Hannity was noticeably absent from Fox News' election coverage after appearing on stage with Trump
- CNN had the best presentation on election night
- Beto O'Rourke dropped the F-bomb on live TV while giving his concession speech
- Ted Cruz's victory prompted Stephen Colbert to break the glass for his "emergency drink"
- Seth Meyers had a more upbeat election night reaction compared to two years ago
- Olivia Wilde's mom loses Congressional race to an alleged "devotee of Bigfoot erotica"
# TOPICS: 2018 Midterm Elections, CNN, Fox News Channel, MSNBC, Beto O’Rourke, Chris Wallace, Olivia Wilde, Sean Hannity, Seth Meyers, Stephen Colbert, Ted Cruz, Cable News, Late Night, Trump Presidency
Posted Tuesday 11/06/18 at 8:55PM EST
Sean Hannity crossed a line by appearing on stage at a rally with President Trump
Source: The New York Times
"By taking part in the rally, Mr. Hannity was crossing the line that had traditionally separated those in the news media — even opinion hosts like him — from the people they are supposed to cover," says Jim Rutenberg, adding: "On Monday night....with its biggest star joining Mr. Trump at a raucous campaign event, Fox News entered new territory — a thicket in which it’s hard to tell where the network ends and the president begins. The morning after, Fox News employees were complaining about what had happened in Cape Girardeau."
Posted Tuesday 11/06/18 at 4:37PM EST
Fox News says it isn't happy that Sean Hannity and Jeanine Pirro appeared on stage with President Trump at a rally
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
"Fox News does not condone any talent participating in campaign events," the cable news network said in a statement Tuesday. "We have an extraordinary team of journalists helming our coverage tonight and we are extremely proud of their work. This was an unfortunate distraction and has been addressed." According to CNN, Hannity and Pirro's appearance with Trump in Missouri irked some Fox News staffers. "It disturbs me to my core. I am so f*cking mad," an anonymous senior Fox News employee told CNN. Hannity, who countered reports and the Trump campaign's own announcement that he would be appearing on stage with the president on Monday, said on his radio show today: "Despite everyone's conjecture in the press, I did not know the president was going to invite me on stage. It surprised me."
Posted Tuesday 11/06/18 at 9:58AM EST
Sean Hannity appears on stage with President Trump hours after tweeting "I will not be on stage campaigning with the president"
Earlier Monday, the Fox News host tried to debunk reports that he would be campaigning with Trump in Missouri on Monday, saying he was only attending the event to cover it for Fox News. “I will be doing a live show from Cape Girardeau and interviewing President Trump before the rally," he tweeted. "To be clear, I will not be on stage campaigning with the President. I am covering (the) final rally for my show. Something I have done in every election in the past.” Yet Hannity interviewed him, Trump called him to the stage. Hannity said later that he was unaware he would be invited on stage.
Posted Monday 11/05/18 at 9:44PM EST
Republican candidate Dan Crenshaw calls on SNL to donate $1 million in response to Pete Davidson mocking his war injury
Source: The Washington Post
The former Navy SEAL and current Republican Congressional candidate, who lost his right eye in Afghanistan, spoke about Davidson's "Weekend Update" diss today on CNN. “I think what him and maybe the producers at SNL should do is pool their money together, let’s throw a figure out there — a million dollars — and we will donate that to a series of veterans nonprofits that helps veterans. There’s a lot of great organizations out there," Crenshaw said. "There’s a lot of veterans that really need help, and frankly, this kind of thing is offensive to them.” Meanwhile, Sean Hannity called the SNL staff "jackasses" for allowing the Crenshaw bit to air. “All of you on Saturday Night Live can go straight to hell over this,” Hannity said on his Fox News show. “You owe this man a profuse apology… What jackasses.”
Posted Saturday 7/28/18 at 12:28AM EDT
In Part 2 of her Hannity interview, Roseanne Barr says she "wasn't in a good, mentally balanced place" before her racist tweet
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
"It was scary, Sean. I told ABC that I don't feel like I'm in a good mentally balanced place," she said, once again blaming Ambien. Sean Hannity aired the second part of his interview with Barr on Friday night. ALSO: Comedian Mo'Nique defends "sister in comedy" Roseanne Barr, saying she won’t “throw her away for making a mistake.”
Posted Friday 7/27/18 at 1:14PM EDT
Roseanne Barr's Hannity interview was a "master class on how not to apologize for a massive public flameout"
Sean Hannity devoted an entire hour to the disgraced former Roseanne star. "But, despite having an hour to make her case, Barr rarely stuck with one topic for long, hopscotching through various topics and defenses," said Eric Deggans. "In one part of the interview, the comic insisted she didn't want to hurt anyone or cause anyone pain." He added: "In watching a once-great sitcom star fail to really explain the racist outburst that ruined her career, viewers have seen all they need to know." ALSO: Barr failed to apologize across every dimension, and her joke attacking Valerie Jarrett's hairstyle revealed that she wasn't sorry.
Posted Thursday 7/26/18 at 10:37PM EDT
Roseanne Barr, in her first post-firing TV interview, halfheartedly apologizes to Valerie Jarrett -- then disses her hairstyle
“I’ve apologized a lot," Barr said in an interview on Fox News' Hannity, her first TV appearance since her May 29 firing from Roseanne. "It’s been two months and I feel like I have apologized and explained and asked for forgiveness and made recompense,” she added. “I was so sad that people thought it was racist.” Barr said of the "ape" tweet targeting the former Obama advisor. "I was so sad that anyone thinks that of me, but I’m not that person…I hate everyone equally." Hannity then asked Barr if she wanted to address Jarrett directly by facing the camera. "I’m so sorry that you thought I was racist and that you thought my tweet was racist, because it wasn’t. It was political," Barr said. "I’m sorry for the misunderstanding that caused. I’m sorry that you feel harmed and hurt. For that I apologize. I never meant to hurt anyone or say anything about an entire race of people, which I think 30 years of my work can attest to.” She then followed up her apology by saying: "She's got to get a new haircut. I mean seriously. She needs a new haircut." In a live podcast taping earlier in the evening with Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, Barr seemed more defiant, saying: "I recognize that she thinks I wronged her." Barr added: "All my friends said, your mistake was to apologize to the left because when they see blood in the water, they’re going to come until you’re dead. And I think that’s kind of true.” ALSO: Barr said ABC "should be so lucky that they'll ever get anywhere near" the Roseanne revival's ratings.
Posted Wednesday 7/25/18 at 1:49PM EDT
Valerie Jarrett on Roseanne Barr's interview with Sean Hannity "I won’t be watching, and I hope you all won’t be watching either"
Jarrett joked this morning on The View that her first reaction to Barr's "ape" tweet was, "Roseanne Who?" Asked about Barr's interview Thursday on Sean Hannity's Fox News show, Jarrett said: “I think there are just so many issues that are more important. I won’t be watching, and I hope you all won’t be watching either.” ALSO: Barr joked about wanting to interview Jarrett while they're both naked.
Posted Wednesday 7/25/18 at 3:24AM EDT
Roseanne Barr to give her first post-firing interview to Sean Hannity live on Fox News
Barr will appear for a live interview on Thursday night at 9 p.m. ET on Hannity's primetime Fox News show. Barr will talk about the Valerie Jarrett "ape" tweet that got her fired from Roseanne, as well as her support of President Trump. This will mark Barr's first TV appearance and formal television interview since her abrupt firing on May 29. Hannity will only show a portion of his Roseanne interview on Thursday night. He plans to save the rest for his Friday night show. ALSO: Roseanne will also spend Thursday night taping a live podcast from a New York City club with Rabbi Shmuley Boteach.
Posted Tuesday 7/10/18 at 11:58PM EDT
Report: New White House communications chief Bill Shine used his Fox News expertise on President Trump's Supreme Court announcement
Source: Vanity Fair
“Shine brought in all new lights,” a person briefed on the production tells Fox News expert Gabriel Sherman. “He gave Trump what’s called a ‘downlight.’ Trump’s a little fat, but that made him look younger.” Sherman also reports that Shine, the former Fox News executive who was ousted for allegedly facilitating sexual harassment at the cable news network, rewarded Sean Hannity by timing Monday's announcement to the beginning of the Hannity show at 9 p.m. ET. Thanks to the announcement, Hannity beat The Bachelorette to become Monday's most-watched show with 5.82 million viewers.
Posted Friday 6/01/18 at 9:43AM EDT
Samantha Bee should've known that the C-word is a "political comedy A-bomb"
Source: The Daily Beast
"Bee isn’t new to this," Erin Gloria Ryan says of the Full Frontal host. "She should have known that 'c*nt' is a political comedy A-bomb, that performative pearl-clutching over the word would eclipse the larger point she was trying to make (about immigration). Which is a shame, because she was making a worthwhile point." Ryan adds: "Bee should have known better. Everybody who can’t resist the cheap shot should know better. When Jimmy Kimmel took a (cheap) shot at Melania Trump’s accent and made a mildly homophobic joke about Sean Hannity’s relationship with Donald Trump, Hannity was able to swoop in and play moral. Kimmel apologized, and the salient point that Kimmel was originally trying to make about Hannity—that he was so deferential to President Trump that he functioned like a media organ of the executive branch—was lost." ALSO: Why Bee's transgression is not nearly as egregious, offensive, or cruel as what Roseanne Barr did.
Posted Wednesday 5/02/18 at 10:57PM EDT
Sean Hannity deleted a Tom Brokaw "A NEW LOW AT 30 Rock" tweet and his corresponding story
As CNN media reporter noticed that the Fox News host tweeted then deleted a tweet and a corresponding Hannity.com story on the Brokaw scandal shortly after they were posted Wednesday. Hannity likely made the deletions because it would've been seen as hypocritical since he staunchly defended late Fox News boss Roger Ailes amid his sexual harassment scandal.
Posted Monday 4/23/18 at 1:18PM EDT
John Oliver bought ad time on Sean Hannity's show in hopes of reaching President Trump
Source: The Washington Post
The Last Week Tonight Catheter Cowboy ads will air this week to address the international Iranian nuclear agreement. “Hey there, Donald, sorry to interrupt your supper,” Catheter Cowboy says in the ad. “I’m here to tell you the Iran deal may not be perfect, but it helps restrict Iran’s ability to start making a bomb for at least 10 years."
Posted Thursday 4/19/18 at 1:54PM EDT
Time's 100 most influential people of 2018 include Jimmy Kimmel, Sean Hannity, Meghan Markle and Roseanne Barr
Other TV stars from Time's annual list also include Oprah Winfrey, Tiffany Haddish, Kumail Nanjiani, Issa Rae, Trevor Noah, Nicole Kidman, Sterling K. Brown, Millie Bobby Brown, Lena Waithe, Jennifer Lopez, Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb.