Fox News Personalities Praise Roger Ailes After His Death

Media personalities who worked with Fox News co-founder Roger Ailes reacted to news of his death on Thursday with an outpouring of condolences and praise. 
Ailes, 77, was the CEO and chairman of the network before he was pushed out last year following multiple sexual harassment allegations.
His wife, Elizabeth Ailes, confirmed Thursday morning that he had died. In a statement, she praised him as a loving husband and father, a loyal friend and a patriot.
Fox News host Sean Hannity also spoke of Ailes’ patriotism, sharing his condolences in more than dozen tweets and issuing a warning to Ailes’ “enemies.”

Mika Brzezinski Slams CNN, Calling Kellyanne Conway Interviews ‘Politics Porn’

“Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski had harsh words on Friday for rival CNN, criticizing the network for repeatedly interviewing White House counselor Kellyanne Conway on its shows.
“You’ve got to stop putting Kellyanne on the air,” Brzezinski said, addressing CNN. “It’s politics porn. You’re just getting your little ratings crack, OK, but it’s disgusting.”
Brzezinski said Conway, a combative aide to President Donald Trump, as well as press secretary Sean Spicer, deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Vice President Mike Pence, fall into the category of “not credible, proved as a liar, made a fool.” 
Conway went on CNN twice this week to defend Trump’s controversial firing of FBI Director James Comey. When Anderson Cooper interviewed her Tuesday night, he couldn’t resist rolling his eyes as Conway changed the subject to Trump’s election win in Michigan.  
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Conservative Columnist George Will Is Joining MSNBC

NBC has snagged another conservative voice, hiring Washington Post columnist and former Fox News commentator George Will as a contributor for MSNBC and NBC News, Politico reported Monday.
Will has been a regular guest on MSNBC shows since January after his Fox News contract wasn’t renewed. He officially joins the network ― strongly associated with outspoken progressive personalities like Rachel Maddow and Chris Hayes ― as it faces scrutiny for recently veering in a more conservative direction.
Former George W. Bush spokeswoman Nicolle Wallace is set to host a show on MSNBC, and the network is in talks with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt about creating a weekend show, New York magazine has reported.
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Fox News Host Jesse Watters Takes Abrupt Vacation After Ivanka Trump Comment

Fox News host Jesse Watters is taking a break from primetime just a week after being promoted to a permanent spot on “The Five.”
Watters announced the brief family vacation on Wednesday’s episode of “The Five” after facing a torrent of criticism earlier in the day for appearing to make an oral sex joke about Ivanka Trump.
“I’m going to be taking a vacation with my family, so I’m not going to be here tomorrow,” he said, according to Business Insider. “I’ll be back on Monday, so don’t miss me too much.”
On Tuesday’s show, Watters commented on Trump’s speech at a women’s conference in Germany, where she was booed for calling her father, President Donald Trump, a “tremendous champion” for families. Watters criticized attendees for Continue reading "Fox News Host Jesse Watters Takes Abrupt Vacation After Ivanka Trump Comment"

United Airlines CEO Somehow Won A Major PR Award Last Month

Things were looking a lot brighter for embattled United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz a month ago.
Munoz took home a Communicator of the Year award from PRWeek U.S. on March 16, less than four weeks before the airline faced a deluge of criticism for forcibly removing a passenger and then mishandling its response to the public’s outrage.
“Munoz has shown himself to be a smart, dedicated, and excellent leader who understands the value of communications,” PRWeek declared in an article last month. United touted the award in a press release that said the CEO’s “strategy from day one has been to reconnect with employees and customers.” 
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How Activists Destroyed Bill O’Reilly’s Reputation With Advertisers

In the past week, Fox News executives could only stand by and watch as a wave of advertisers pulled out of Bill O’Reilly’s blockbuster prime-time show.
Behind the big-money exodus were a loose band of part-time activists, who decided to piggyback on a New York Times report of sexual harassment allegations against O’Reilly and mount a campaign to strip away the cable news titan’s ad sponsorships.
The day the campaign began, “The O’Reilly Factor” was interrupted by upwards of 30 commercials. By Monday night, that number had been halved. Gone, too, were most big-name brands, leaving ads for life insurance, a company that lets you cash out your life insurance, a pillow whose creator is trying to sever ties with the show and an ear wax removal system.
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‘S-Town,’ New Podcast From ‘Serial’ Creators, Makes History

Listeners aren’t wasting any time before getting hooked on “S-Town,” a seven-part podcast from the creators of “Serial” and “This American Life.”
The nonfiction series, which follows a man who restores antique clocks, has been downloaded more than 10 million times since its release on Tuesday, according to Variety. The entertainment news site reports that it reached the 10 million mark in four days, a podcast record.
All seven parts of “S-Town” were released at once. They’re meant to feel more like chapters of a novel than episodes of a television show, host Brian Reed told The Huffington Post last month.
My hope for it is that people listen to this kind of in the way that they would read a novel,” Reed Continue reading "‘S-Town,’ New Podcast From ‘Serial’ Creators, Makes History"