‘Vile Behavior Thrives’: Jake Tapper Takes Shot at Fox News Following Jesse Watters/Ivanka Flap

tapper-white-houseedited Twitter was abuzz with outrage this morning over a possible Ivanka Trump/penis joke made by Fox News’ Jesse Watters during last night’s broadcast of The Five. If you missed it, Watters said he really liked the way she was “speaking into that microphone” during a women’s conference. One of those slamming Fox News and Watters for the co-host’s remarks was CNN anchor Jake Tapper, who sent out a tweet referencing the recent ouster of Fox News star Bill O’Reilly. And Tapper wasn’t the only one at CNN to comment on the Watters flap:

‘We’re Not in That Game’: CNN Chief Says He Would Never Hire O’Reilly

Screen Shot 2017-04-26 at 10.08.14 AM Megyn Kelly went to NBCGreta Van Susteren resurfaced at MSNBCKirsten Powers and Alisyn Camerota found a new home at CNN. Half the talent you know and love on any given channel used to work for a competitor and many of them were snatched up by opportunistic executives during times of upheaval. All of that being said, Fox News’s former superstar Bill O’Reilly will not be appearing on CNN any time soon. No, there weren’t really any rumors that he would be, but the move isn’t unprecedented, especially given how hard Jeff Zucker reportedly tried to get Kelly to join the cable network’s talent roster a few months ago when she fled Fox. Oh, and of course, you can’t forget how candidly Zucker has spoken about his view that commentators on CNN are like characters in a drama. What could be more dramatic than hiring a ratings monster at Continue reading "‘We’re Not in That Game’: CNN Chief Says He Would Never Hire O’Reilly"

Bill O’Reilly: There is an ‘Assault on Conservative Voices’

bill o'reilly Tuesday marked night two of Bill O’Reilly‘s new podcast. And just as was the case on night one, the recently ousted Fox News host stayed quiet on the sexual harassment allegations that led to his dismissal. But O’Reilly did speak briefly about what he’s terming an organized “assault on conservative voices.” “Newt Gingrich had a pretty good take on it last night, and it’s getting out there,” O’Reilly said. “It’s an organized deal to get traditional and conservative voices shut down. It’s going on in colleges, it’s going on the media, it’s going on, big time.” In addition to Gingrich, Sean Hannity gave voice to this school of thought as well on his Tuesday night broadcast — opening his show with a monologue denouncing what he calls “media fascism.” The ousted O’Reilly seems to agree with Hannity and Gingrich. O’Reilly didn’t go any further on the Continue reading "Bill O’Reilly: There is an ‘Assault on Conservative Voices’"

S.E. Cupp: Fox News is ‘Synonymous with Sexual Harassment’

cupp One of the most prominent female conservatives on television is calling on the men of Fox News to speak out about what she deems a “culture of sexual harassment” at the network. In a column for the New York Daily News, S.E. Cupp criticized male Fox News personalities for keeping quiet after the ouster of Bill O’Reilly from the network following numerous allegations of sexual harassment.” “(W)hile woman after woman has come out to tell her story and share her humiliating and outrageous experience, the silence from the men of Fox News has been deafening,” Cupp wrote. “Whether they believe their female colleagues have been sexually harassed at Fox or they think the Fox good name is being sullied unfairly, you’d think many would have much more to say.” The silence of the Fox News male personalties suggests to Cupp that while O’Reilly’s dismissal “may mark Continue reading "S.E. Cupp: Fox News is ‘Synonymous with Sexual Harassment’"

Fox News Reportedly Ordering Employees to Undergo ‘Sensitivity Training’ Post-O’Reilly

bill o'reilly A new report indicates that Fox News is handling the Bill O’Reilly ouster by making employees do sensitivity training. Per TheWrap, head of HR Kevin Lord sent out a memo saying, “It is critical that everyone attends to ensure that we maintain a professional workplace.” As a result, everyone from full-timers to freelancers is going to be undergoing the training. We already know from a former employee’s 2013 memoir that O’Reilly’s first round of fallout from public sexual harassment allegations led to “diversity-sensitivity” training, so the report from TheWrap isn’t shocking. A Fox News spokesperson told Mediaite that the memo was only sent to contributors and freelancers and added that 96% of all employees have already completed sensitivity training. A training system has always been in place, but with Roger Ailes‘s departure last summer, it became more robust. Matt Drudge weighed in on the report today with the
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Fox News Debuts New Line-Up With Strong Ratings

tucker Fox News’s new primetime line-up continued to dominate cable news ratings Monday night, despite a shakeup following star host Bill O’Reilly‘s ouster amid allegations of sexual harassment. Tucker Carlson started for the first time in O’Reilly’s 8 p.m. time slot, averaging 636,000 viewers in the coveted 25-54 demographic, according to early Nielsen data. His show Tucker Carlson Tonight drew in a total of 3.2 million viewers, easily doubling the ratings of competitors Anderson Cooper at CNN and Chris Hayes at MSNBC. Carlson’s ratings matched the O’Reilly Factor‘s long-running dominance of primetime cable news, a sign that viewers of the Factor remain loyal to the network’s new line-up – for now. The Five, now held at 9 p.m., notched 568,000 viewers in the 25-54 demographic. The panel show enjoyed a strong showing that typically accompanies a debut in a new time slot, narrowly edging Continue reading "Fox News Debuts New Line-Up With Strong Ratings"

With the O’Reilly Era Over, Here’s Why Fox News Has Been Horrible for Conservatism

Bill O’Reilly, the king of cable “news” for most of the past two decades, has now officially been dethroned/replaced, and his name, like that of a deposed dictator, is barely ever mentioned on the same Fox News Channel where he reigned supreme for all those years. This is the latest in a stunning series of major personnel decisions at the network, which began with the departure of star-maker Roger Ailes. It now leaves Fox News with only one prime time host, Sean Hannity, remaining from their coverage of the majority of the 2016 campaign, over which they had historic influence. Among other things, this seems like a good time to take a look at the impact the network has had on conservatism.
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