Mediaite’s Ranking of Best Cable News Show at 5 P.M.: Chuck Todd, Wolf Blitzer and The Five

Welcome back to Mediaite’s weekly rankings of the best shows on cable news, hour-by-hour. Last week, Jake Tapper‘s CNN show The Lead took our top spot at 4 p.m. We’re looking at 5 p.m. now, an hour that juggles two well-established anchors and a lively panel show that often makes its own headlines: MNSBC’s Chuck Todd, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer and Fox News’ The Five, hosted by Dana Perino, Greg Gutfeld, Juan Williams, and Jesse Watters. A reminder: We’re basing our rankings on a variety of factors, including; ratings, influence, entertainment value, the star power of hosts, the quality of guests, whether the show makes news, and its longevity. With that said, let’s dive into our ranking for the Best Shows on Cable News in the 5 p.m. hour: 3. The Situation Room — Hosted by Wolf Blitzer We gave broadcasting staple Wolf Blitzer
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Mediaite’s Ranking of Best Cable News Show at 4 P.M.: Jake Tapper, Neil Cavuto, Nicolle Wallace

Welcome back to Mediaite’s weekly rankings of the best shows on cable news, hour-by-hour. Last week, we gave the top spot at 3 p.m. to Shepard Smith‘s Fox News show, Shepard Smith Reporting. This Friday, we take on the 4 p.m. hour, stacked with two cable news heavyweights and one newcomer who has made a serious name for herself. Jake Tapper, Neil Cavuto and Nicolle Wallace go head to head this week. All three of these anchors have worthwhile shows that break news and spawn Mediaite headlines, so this was a competitive week. A reminder: We’re basing our rankings on a variety of factors, including; ratings, influence, entertainment value, the star power of hosts, the quality of guests, whether the show makes news, and its longevity. With that said, let’s dive into our ranking for the Best Shows on Cable News in the 4 p.m.
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Interview With CNN Contributor Matt Lewis: Media Creates ‘Perverse Incentives’ For Pundits That Stunt Truth

On Sunday, Mediaite columnist John Ziegler interviewed CNN contributor and Daily Beast columnist Matt Lewis for his podcast. Since they are both conservatives of the “Never Trump” variety, they had a lot of interesting subjects to discuss. Much of their conversation focused on what Lewis calls the “perverse incentives” that the modern media environment has created for commentators, which often fuel untruthful or irresponsible commentary, while also providing disincentives for being generally reasonable and fact-based. This phenomenon, Lewis and Ziegler agreed, seems to now be exacerbated in the era of President Donald Trump. There were many other media-related topics which were discussed in their hour-long conversation, along with some nuggets of information about the media business which you probably haven’t heard before, all of which can be heard here:

Mediaite’s Ranking of Best Cable News Show at 3 P.M.: Ali Velshi vs. Brooke Baldwin vs. Shepard Smith

Welcome back to Mediaite’s weekly rankings of the best shows on cable news, hour-by-hour. Last week, we gave the top spot at 2 p.m. to MSNBC Live — hosted by Katy Tur. Now, it’s on to the 3 p.m. hour — when all three networks trot out some of their top stars. The hosts in this time-slot all have extremely strong voices. Brooke Baldwin, Ali Velshi, and Shepard Smith are all capable of earning a Mediaite headline at any moment with sharp, fiery commentary. A reminder: We’re basing our rankings on a variety of factors, including; ratings, influence, entertainment value, the star power of hosts, the quality of guests, whether the show makes news, and its longevity. With that said, let’s dive into our ranking for the Best Shows on Cable News in the 3 p.m. hour: 3. CNN Newsroom — Hosted by Brooke Baldwin
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New Yorker Readers Furious Mag Booked Steve Bannon to Headline Annual Festival

Readers of the New Yorker responded with outrage after it was announced the storied magazine had booked Steve Bannon to headline its annual festival. Bannon — who went from CEO of right-wing blog Breitbart to President Donald Trump‘s chief strategist to Eurotripper — will be interviewed by the New Yorker‘s editor in chief, David Remnick. Bannon is a controversial figure, however, and his inclusion in the New Yorker‘s BIG THINK IDEAS SUMMIT sparked outrage amongst its readers. After all, Bannon helped smuggle white nationalism into Breitbart. He also doesn’t appear to have much to say since his unceremonious ouster from the White House, after a mere 6 months on the job. Bannon has been blackballed by Trump’s circle, booted from the blog he once ran, and mocked for his quixotic ambitions of bringing the revolution to Europe. New Yorker readers — and even one New Yorker writer Continue reading "New Yorker Readers Furious Mag Booked Steve Bannon to Headline Annual Festival"

WATCH LIVE: Stars Pay Tribute to Aretha Franklin at Funeral Service in Detroit

Dignitaries from all walks of American life are gathered in Detroit to pay their respects to music icon Aretha Franklin — who passed away last week from pancreatic cancer at the age of 76. Mourners have arrived at the Greater Grace Temple in Detroit where funeral services are set to begin for the Queen of Soul. Among those slated to speak during the service, according to the Detroit Free-Press, are former President Bill Clinton, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, and Smokey Robinson. There will also be a number of musical tributes. The performers include; Stevie Wonder, Jennifer Hudson, Ariana Grande, Faith Hill, Chaka Khan, and Jennifer Holliday. Coverage is already underway. Watch above, via the Detroit Free-Press [featured photo via Getty Images]

BREAKING: Martha McSally Wins Arizona GOP Senate Primary, Sending Joe Arpaio and Kelli Ward Packing

Congresswoman Martha McSally has won the Republican primary for the Arizona Senate seat held by outgoing incumbent Jeff Flake, as the race has been called by NBC and other outlets. Also projected to win in the Democratic primary is Kyrsten Sinema. The two will face off in November to fill Flake’s seat. McSally was running against Dr. Kelli Ward and Sherrif Joe Arpaio in a race that got lots of national attention in the past few months. Ward came under serious criticism days ago for a Facebook comment reacting to John McCain‘s announcement he’s going to stop treatment, saying, “I think they wanted to have a particular narrative that they hope is negative to me.” Ward, who tweeted Monday that Continue reading "BREAKING: Martha McSally Wins Arizona GOP Senate Primary, Sending Joe Arpaio and Kelli Ward Packing"