Your Moment Of Glenn: Beck Compares Media To Tiny, Shivering, Dog

Still wondering whether the White House’s decision to publicly attack Fox News was a bad idea? You need look no further than Glenn Beck and his “Mao Hotline.” Beck is so clearly thrilled to be White House Public Enemy Number One he appears to be having problems fitting everything he wants to say on the subject into one hour. Which is fine since this will probably be the focus of his show for the foreseeable future.

In the clip below from today’s opener, Beck focuses on the press, the supposed “watchdogs of our republic, being brutally and viciously abused,” by the White House and thanks Jake Tapper for being the only reporter (dog?) willing to call the White House out on their decision to single out Fox (we reported on this earlier). The rest of the press it would seem, is the equivalent of the tiny, shivering Chihuahua in the pink collar Beck holds on his lap during his monologue. Also, apparently we’ll have to wait till tomorrow to find out what’s behind the blue curtain.


Glenn Beck’s Demo Viewers Top His Competition’s Total Viewers

Cable news ratings, October 19, 2009: Check out the highlights, and see the full ratings below:

Glenn Beck was the 2nd highest rated cable news show in the A25-54 demographic and total viewers Monday night, behind his colleague Bill O’Reilly in both categories. But Beck’s demo average (765,000) was higher than the total viewer average of his cable news competition – CNN (696,000), MSNBC (459,000) and HLN (228,000).

• HLN’s Nancy Grace at 8pmET took the top non-FNC spot in the demo last night, and Keith Olbermann at 8pmET for MSNBC was the top non-FNC show in total viewers.

Check out all the ratings below, and leave your own thoughts in the comments:

TV NEWS RATINGS: 25-54 DEMOGRAPHIC (L +SD)
Fox News CNN MSNBC CNN Headline News
5 pm Beck

765

Blitzer

167

Matthews

135

Prime

92

6 pm Baier

482

Blitzer

160

EdShow

207

Prime

73

7 pm Shep

459

Dobbs

139

Matthews

205

Issues

132

8 pm O’Reilly

829

Brown

168

Olbermann

280

Grace

306

9 pm Hannity

620

King

204

Maddow

285

Behar

133

10 pm Greta

524

Cooper

217

Olbermann

193

Grace

189

11 pm O’Reilly

444

Cooper

158

Maddow

185

Showbiz

158

TOTAL DAY 416 161 155 156
PRIME TIME 658 196 253 204
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.
TV NEWS RATINGS: TOTAL VIEWERS (L +SD)
Fox News CNN MSNBC CNN Headline News
5 pm Beck

2614

Blitzer

696

Matthews

459

Prime

228

6 pm Baier

2227

Blitzer

542

EdShow

557

Prime

260

7 pm Shep

2068

Dobbs

458

Matthews

601

Issues

463

8 pm O’Reilly

3323

Brown

547

Olbermann

975

Grace

838

9 pm Hannity

2403

King

668

Maddow

864

Behar

385

10 pm Greta

1806

Cooper

644

Olbermann

590

Grace

393

11 pm O’Reilly

1302

Cooper

345

Maddow

444

Showbiz

269

TOTAL DAY 1503 519 429 323
PRIME TIME 2511 620 810 523
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.


Geraldo Top In Demo Prime Time, FOX Report Top In Total Viewers on Sunday

Cable news ratings, October 18, 2009: Check out the highlights, and see the full ratings below:

Geraldo Rivera had the top cable news show on Sunday during prime time, at 10pmET on Fox News, in the A25-54 demographic. The top hour in total viewers was FOX Report at 7pmET. Not surprisingly, both shows kicked off with Balloon Boy coverage.

Check out all the ratings below, and leave your own thoughts in the comments:

TV NEWS RATINGS: 25-54 DEMOGRAPHIC (L +SD)
Fox News CNN MSNBC CNN Headline News
5 pm 308 154 146 50
6 pm 234 128 164 73
7 pm 239 162 216 103
8 pm 242 160 243 73
9 pm 191 88 181 80
10 pm 245 160 228 111
11 pm 195 144 216 171
TOTAL DAY 252 138 152 116
PRIME TIME 226 136 217 88
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.
TV NEWS RATINGS: TOTAL VIEWERS (L +SD)
Fox News CNN MSNBC CNN Headline News
5 pm 965 466 398 197
6 pm 950 490 321 195
7 pm 1111 546 433 255
8 pm 926 424 513 278
9 pm 962 379 406 278
10 pm 941 472 383 205
11 pm 645 331 379 296
TOTAL DAY 861 438 304 240
PRIME TIME 943 425 434 241
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.




MSNBC Edges Fox News In Prime Time Demo Saturday

Cable news ratings, October 17, 2009: Check out the highlights, and see the full ratings below:

• MSNBC was the top network during prime time in the A25-54 demographic on Saturday, just edging Fox News by 3,000 viewers. FNC was #1 in prime time in total viewers. The top program from 5pm-MidnightET in the demo was MSNBC’s 11pmET doc block. The top show in total viewers was Mike Huckabee’s 8pmET hour on FNC.

Check out all the ratings below, and leave your own thoughts in the comments:

TV NEWS RATINGS: 25-54 DEMOGRAPHIC (L +SD)
Fox News CNN MSNBC CNN Headline News
5 pm 212 115 149 60
6 pm 178 98 192 100
7 pm 150 116 133 130
8 pm 267 185 170 128
9 pm 184 165 218 86
10 pm 218 202 292 97
11 pm 140 136 311 111
TOTAL DAY 220 139 154 119
PRIME TIME 223 184 226 103
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.
TV NEWS RATINGS: TOTAL VIEWERS (L +SD)
Fox News CNN MSNBC CNN Headline News
5 pm 872 507 310 176
6 pm 927 619 352 245
7 pm 1007 474 330 300
8 pm 1573 535 424 347
9 pm 944 521 429 230
10 pm 1053 626 501 201
11 pm 608 360 518 212
TOTAL DAY 913 486 328 254
PRIME TIME 1190 561 452 259
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.




ABC’s Jake Tapper Challenges Gibbs On Fox News Attacks

tapper_10-20Guess who: “It’s escaped none of our notice that the White House has decided in the last few weeks to declare one of our sister organizations ‘not a news organization’ and to tell the rest of us not to treat them like a news organization.”

That would be ABC’s Jake Tapper pressing White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs today on their war on Fox News – in what may be the first very public challenge from another news organization over the White House’s tactics.

Earlier today Glynnis MacNicol asked “Why isn’t the MSM complaining about White House attacks on Fox?” The answer – now they are.

Tapper writes about his question, and follow-ups of Gibbs at today’s morning gaggle. Gibbs’ response to the first question, “We render an opinion based on some of their coverage and the fairness that, the fairness of that coverage.”

“But that’s a pretty sweeping declaration that they are ‘not a news organization,’” countered Tapper.

When asked how Fox is any different than “ABC, MSNBC, Univision,” Gibbs said, “You and I should watch sometime around 9 o’clock tonight. Or 5 o’clock this afternoon.”

Here’s the next exchange:

Tapper: I’m not talking about their opinion programming or issues you have with certain reports. I’m talking about saying thousands of individuals who work for a media organization, do not work for a ‘news organization’ – why is that appropriate for the White House to say?

Gibbs: That’s our opinion.

If this is really the White House’s opinion, this goes far beyond whether the White House is elevating Fox News by engaging a news organization in a fight. It is almost incomprehensible that an administration would put themselves out on a limb so much that they would diminish the livelihood of, as Tapper notes, “thousands of individuals who work” at Fox News in some capacity. The White House is irked by a few dozen people at most – the opinion hosts, the execs, maybe a few anchors. That’s enough to throw the entire organization under the bus?

This is a dangerous path being taken by the White House – one that is wrong, and raises serious questions about their motive here. There are not undercutting Fox News and their viewers, they are undercutting their own credibility on this issue. Expect Tapper’s line of questioning to be just the beginning of the backlash, albeit delayed, at this press intimidation tactic.

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The Evolution Of The Fox News News Response To The White House

fnc_10-20A fresh round of attacks by White House officials aimed at Fox News took place last weekend, and with it came another batch of people writing how this is not a winning strategy – and over the line.

The Fox News official response to all this has evolved over the past couple weeks, and now serves in an interesting dual role.

The White House should expect a strong fight from the opinion hosts on Fox News, Bill O’Reilly, Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, who all made the White House battle the main story on their programs last night. But the White House hasn’t just been attacking these outspoken hosts – they’re cutting to the news core, downplaying FNC as a news organization as well.

The response has changed over time in statements, and yesterday FNC debuted a splashy new ad touting the news chops (on the next page). But let’s take a look at the statements first.

Fox News’ Senior Vice President for News Michael Clemente has been the main representative for the news department for this. His first response, to Time magazine early this month, was very diplomatic. “In terms of the relationship, I think we are doing our job. And they [the White House] are doing their job,” he said.

Next, Clemente was driving home the point that news and opinion are separate at FNC: “An increasing number of viewers are relying on Fox News for both news and opinion. And the average news consumer can certainly distinguish between the A section of a newspaper and the editorial page, which is what our programming represents.”

To the New York Times, we started seeing a shift last week. “Instead of governing, the White House continues to be in campaign mode, and Fox News is the target of their attack mentality,” said Clemente. “Perhaps the energy would be better spent on the critical issues that voters are worried about.”

fncad_10-20And finally, the most recent statement, put out in response to what Rahm Emanuel and David Axelrod said on the Sunday shows: “Surprisingly, the White House continues to declare war on a news organization instead of focusing on the critical issues that Americans are concerned about like jobs, health care and two wars. The door remains open and we welcome a discussion about the facts behind the issues.”

This is a major shift from Clemente’s first statements. Clemente’s use of the word “instead” implies a judgment being made about the White House – and their lack of focus on “critical issues” like “jobs, health care and two wars.” No matter how you parse the words, this clearly shows the head of FNC’s news division making an opinionated statement about the Obama administration. Are we to believe that the Fox News official news division position is that the White House is focusing on Fox News while abandoning these other issues? That’s not something FNC wants to get into – it’s a point that is better suited for their opinion hosts.

The FNC news division position was only made more clear by a new, highly-produced ad that debuted yesterday, with the tagline “Hard News. Real Reporting.” It shows FNC reporters in war zones, natural disasters and more, and anchors touting the “fair and balanced” nature of the network. The point is clear – we do do news. And for anyone who is even a casual viewer of Fox News knows, this is 100% accurate. And that’s why the White House attacks seem so pointless – FNC does have a news department that covers real news. And they have people like Beck and Hannity that hammer the White House. Do you get a tougher interview if you’re a Democrat than if you’re a Republican during daytime hours? Probably. But you could make that argument the other way with MSNBC, where David Shuster, who fills in on Countdown, is seen as an “anchor.” It’s a continuous losing fight for the White House.

>>> NEXT PAGE: The new promo, and the latest Fox News ‘news’ report on the fight.


Why Isn’t The MSM Complaining About White House Attacks on Fox?

alg_obama-oreillyWhat if, for argument’s sake, the government of the most powerful country in the world declared “war” on one of its biggest news operations and no one in the rest of the press batted an eye. Worrisome, no? Not something you’d ever expect to see here in the U.S.A. And yet…

Politico reports today on the (mostly!) eerie silence of the White House press corp. with regards to the West Wing’s war on Fox News. Shouldn’t a move by the government to delegitimize an entire news operation be cause for concern, as in, the fourth estate is worth protecting even if Glenn Beck resides there. Perhaps not. Or perhaps the press is suffering the same malady as Washington in general: partisanship.

To some media observers, it’s almost the definition of a “chilling effect” – a governmental attempt to steer reporters away from negative coverage – but the White House press corps has barely uttered a word of complaint.

That could be because of the perception among some journalists that Fox blurs the line between reporting and commentary – making it seem like not the most sympathetic victim…The Obama White House appears to have concluded that the media is now so splintered that an attack on one is no longer an attack on all.

Of course, as the article points out, this is not the first White House to take out its frustrations on a specific arm of the press. Still, try and imagine anyone keeping this quiet had, say, Dick Cheney had appeared on Meet The Press and not only declared war on MSNBC because he didn’t like Rachel Maddow and Keith Olbermann, but encouraged the rest of the press to cease treating it as a bona fide news operation. Of course, considering Fox’s soaring ratings perhaps all the other cablers are secretly hoping to become the White House’s secret target.