After an embarrassing volte-face from Fox News on the Seth Rich murder conspiracy, Sean Hannity continued to promote debunked conspiracy theories before ultimately deciding to drop coverage of the case for the time being “out of respect for the family’s wishes.” The network’s official retraction to a story on their website was issued early Tuesday. Hannity’s pledge to hold off on the story “for now” occurred later that same evening–along with a statement that he would continue to anchor his show at Fox News for as long as they wanted him there. But just tonight, amid reports that Hannity is beginning to hemorrhage multiple advertisers, The Five host Kimberly Guilfoyle reported that she’s replacing Hannity on Thursday and Friday as he takes the rest of the week off. Could this be the end for the love-him-or-hate-him hallmark of the conservative cable news channel and one-time ratings juggernaut? It’s Continue reading "O’Reilly 2.0? Hannity to Take Two Nights Off Following Criticism Over Seth Rich Case"
/strong> America’s first shock jock and in doing so, they’ve created the “Pyne tree” of his industry descendants. Haven’t heard of him? Well, here’s how Smithsonian describes him with a little help from their friends:
Nearly forgotten today, Joe Pyne ran roughshod over America’s airwaves in the 1950s and ’60s. A charismatic bully in a jacket and tie, he grilled hippies, Black Panthers, “pinkos,” “fairies” and “women’s libbers,” practically inventing the attack interview. The New York Times called him “the ranking nuisance of broadcasting…hitting a jackpot by making a virtue of bad manners and wallowing in the cheap sensationalism of an electronic peepshow.” To Time magazine he was “Killer Joe, host of a tasteless electronic peepshow.” By 1968 Pyne had more than ten million viewers a week—comparable to the audience Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity and Megyn Kelly combined to reach last year.Even if you hadn’t heard
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With the news of former Fox News chief Roger Ailes’ passing this morning, a number of Fox News employees took to the air today to discuss their feelings about the man. Anchor Shep Smith delivered a moving monologue during his program this afternoon while the Fox & Friends crew got emotional announcing his death. And now we’ve heard from perhaps the biggest FNC star of all time. In an op-ed for USA Today, former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly lauded Ailes for his vision in creating a channel where “conservatives like him were heard loud and clear,” adding that it’s “a very good thing for the republic.” The ex-O’Reilly Factor star also noted that in his nearly 20 years working for Ailes, the ex-FNC head never pushed him to say anything on the air. “When stuff hit the fan, as it will when you are doing daily Continue reading "‘Roger Had My Back’: Bill O’Reilly Pens Op-Ed on Ailes’ Passing"
It would seem that Bill O’Reilly and Glenn Beck will be teaming up to do weekly discussions together on TheBlaze. Former Mediaite columnist and The Hill reporter Joe Concha highlighted a moment from O’Reilly’s most recent “No Spin News” podcast, where the former Fox News ratings king said he was joining forces with his old colleague. “We’re going to do that every Friday until Beck gets tired of me,” said O’Reilly. “And it’s a good outlet for me to, you know, discuss things back and forth with Beck, who’s a good friend. We don’t agree on everything, but it’s very lively.” It was approximately one month ago when O’Reilly was pushed out of Fox News amid the fallout of multiple sexual harassment lawsuits being filed against him. O’Reilly appeared on Beck’s radio show to talk about this last week, and he said his firing was part of a “hit” Continue reading "Bill O’Reilly and Glenn Beck Are Joining Forces to ‘Unite Our Powers For Good’"
During his first post-Fox interview, Bill O’Reilly was asked by Glenn Beck how he feels about Donald Trump firing James Comey. The answer was surprisingly simple. “Donald Trump does not trust James Comey!” said the former Fox News host, insisting he knows it “to be a fact.” The two conservatives went back and forth about incompetent anchors covering the issue, and then in a later segment, how they see the media as being dishonest about Comey’s firing because left-leaning pundits had formerly expressed distaste for the FBI director after he dropped the October surprise of a lifetime on the Hillary Clinton campaign. To O’Reilly, the firing boils down to three things, which he covered in the segment we have clipped above:
Number one, [Trump] doesn’t like he fact that Comey is unpredictable. Don’t know what he’s going to do. Now, that might be a compliment to Comey. He’s unpredictable. Continue reading "President Trump Is ‘Crazed’ About Russia: Bill O’Reilly Reveals Why Comey Was Fired"
Today, Bill O’Reilly gave his first interview since being ousted from Fox News over all of those allegations of sexual harassment against him. In conversation with Glenn Beck on The Blaze‘s radio program, O’Reilly said this of all of the women who came forward with accusations and all of the advertisers who left O’Reilly’s program as a result:
This was a hit. In the weeks to come, we’re gonna be able to explain some of it. It has to do with destroying voices that the far left and the organized left-wing cabal doesn’t like. That’s the general tone. I can’t get specific. There’s a lot of legality here.He insisted that he would reveal very “soon” who had targeted him and worked to remove him from the air by going after his advertisers. (Groups like Sleeping Giants and Color of Change are already publicly taking credit for it.) Continue reading "‘This Was a Hit’: Bill O’Reilly Vows to ‘Explain’ What Happened at Fox, Talks Taking ‘Legal Action’"
Editor’s Note: This piece was submitted with the understanding that we would not reveal any personal details about the author, other than the description at the bottom of the article The raft of news surrounding Fox News — in particular it’s allegedly toxic environment for women —has been, by any measure, a huge story in the cable news ecosystem. But as someone who is currently working in the television news business, I can tell you that the culture of sexual harassment isn’t just limited to the Fox News offices. In fact, its a problem rampant throughout the entire business. Fox News sounds like it was terrible place for many women to work. I never worked there myself, but the tone set and executed by Roger Ailes sounds like an anachronistic stereotype of gross old men hitting on ambitious younger women. Particularly for the attractive women, it appears it was either Continue reading "Can We Finally Discuss Sexual Harassment In the News Business WELL Beyond Fox News? "