It has become a familiar refrain on Fox News. Find the leakers! The network has, by far, spent the most time of the three cablers focusing on the person or people responsible for leaking information from the White House. But one of their own employees thinks she may have cracked the case. Saturday on Justice with Judge Jeanine, Jeanine Pirro used her opening monologue to rip the leaker who she feels is “destroying our nation.” And then she dropped this: “I have my own ideas who that person is,” Pirro said. “But I’m not ready to share them yet.” Pirro didn’t go any further, or even elaborate on why she was reluctant to share those ideas. Nonetheless, given her venom for the person, it seems likely she’ll revisit the topic sometime soome. “There is a leaker in the White House,” Pirro said. “There is a traitor inside Continue reading "FNC’s Jeanine Pirro Says She Has ‘Ideas’ on Who the White House Leaker is, but ‘Not Ready to Share’"
In what has already been a drama-filled year for the network, Fox News is dealing with some more unwanted attention over star Sean Hannity’s embrace of a conspiracy theory surrounding the murder of DNC staffer Seth Rich. Earlier this month, Fox News ran a story claiming that Rich was in contact with WikiLeaks before being killed. Despite the story almost immediately being debunked, Hannity ran with it, pushing the unproven claims on a nightly basis. With Fox News having retracted the story, Hannity stating on-air that he’ll stop speaking about it for the time being and Hannity’s advertisers starting to flee his program, Fox News media correspondent Howard Kurtz addressed the issue today on MediaBuzz. Highlighting comments from the Rich family after the story was published and Fox News’ statement when they took it down last week, Kurtz observed that FNC made the right decision. But, perhaps, Continue reading "Howard Kurtz Addresses Seth Rich: ‘Would Have Been Better’ if Fox News Never Published Story"
After learning that Megyn Kelly‘s NBC News debut would be coming in June, we now get to see a promo for her Sunday show. This promo really plays it safe, which makes sense. Kelly had a very tumultuous time at Fox News between the never-ending attacks from then-candidate and now-president Donald Trump and the alleged sexual harassment she endured from Roger Ailes. Still, it’s very safe. The Sunday Night With Megyn Kelly teaser promises “sharp, strong journalism” and shows some pre-taped footage of her conducting interviews, but leaves it at that. There will definitely be more to unpack when the show premieres on June 4, so check Mediaite then for analysis! [image: screengrab] Lindsey: Twitter. Facebook.
Earlier today, Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough took aim at fellow cable news host Sean Hannity in a manner that one doesn’t typically see. Taking exception to Hannity’s continued coverage of the conspiracy surrounding Seth Rich‘s death — a report that is so thinly sourced that FoxNews.com retracted it — Scarborough called Hannity’s coverage “gross and repulsive” before going on to deride the Fox News personality as having “no shame.” We reached out to Mr. Hannity, who is currently enjoying an early Memorial Day vacation, for comment on Scarborough’s critique. Hannity did not demure. “LOL, Joe and Mika are so cute together. Do they hold hands under the desk?” he told Mediaite, adding “That would be the only reason to watch the low rated daily emotional breakdowns they have.” Hannity is facing scrutiny for his continued coverage of the Rich story, which has led Continue reading "EXCLUSIVE: Sean Hannity Hits Back at Scarborough: ‘Do They Hold Hands Under The Desk?’"
The growing stream of reporting on and data about fake news, misinformation, partisan content, and news literacy is hard to keep up with. This weekly roundup offers the highlights of what you might have missed.
The four key elements of a successful fake news story.
1. Emotional appealA successful fake news story has these four traits, Ben Nimmo, information defense fellow at the international affairs think tank Atlantic Council, said Thursday. Outlets that want to debunk fake news need to consider which of these four elements of a fake story is “the weak link in the chain” and attack from there, Nimmo said. “Is it a case where, for example, you see this Continue reading "Want to stop a spreading fake news story? Choose one of these four points of attack to fight back"
2. Veneer of authority: Story traces itself back to a leak or statement or something that supposedly happened.
3. Effective insertion point into the online space.
4. An amplification network (like Twitter or Facebook)
In the second hour of Morning Joe Friday, host Joe Scarborough took a moment to do something he said he rarely did and didn’t like doing: attack a rival network anchor. “We don’t talk about our competitors because, you know, it’s just kind of gross. And we’re supposed to be talking about things that are bigger than that” said Scarborough. Quite a tee up. Scarborough soon revealed that the person in his crosshairs was none other than Fox News’ Sean Hannity. The issue was — you guessed it — Seth Rich. The MSNBC host said he was disgusted with how Hannity had pursued the story long after it was debunked and despite the express wishes of the Rich family. “Now we are reduced to fake news and Sean Hannity ripping the hearts out of parents for their son, their young, gifted son who was shot in the back and trying Continue reading "Scarborough: Sean Hannity’s Coverage of Seth Rich Conspiracy is ‘Gross and Repulsive’"
“Do you remember Lauren Duca?” Tucker Carlson asked during the opening segment of Tucker Carlson Tonight Thursday. How could we forget her? In one of 2016’s most explosive cable news showdowns, Duca — a TeenVogue contributor — and Carlson slugged it out in a tense, fiery segment. That night, Duca ripped Carlson as a “partisan hack,” while Carlson said, “You should stick to the thigh-high boots.” Thursday night, Carlson said he regretted his conduct during his interview with Duca. Carlson said that Duca, “delivered a performance so mindless and nasty that I lost control and snapped at her. I shouldn’t have done it, but I did.” But lest you think it was all sunshine and rainbows from Carlson, the Fox News host promptly pivoted and again tore into Duca. (Whose rise to prominence Carlson took credit for Thursday night, saying, “We’re happy to make people famous. Continue reading "Tucker Carlson (Sort of) Apologizes to Lauren Duca – Then Calls Her ‘Vapid,’ ‘Not Very Impressive’"