Jan 052017
 
  • Wednesday numbers: O’Reilly-Megyn Kelly-Tucker Carlson 1-2-3.
  • Tuesday’s numbers: Sean Hannity-Bill O’Reilly-Megyn Kelly 1-2-3.
  • Flood: Tucker to 9pm, Martha Mac to 7pm, Shannon Bream to 9am.
  • Drudge: Tucker new cable king, gets Fox 9pm slot.  Weekly Watters.
  • de Moraes: Megyn Kelly eyed to erase the ‘Billy Bush era’ at Today.
  • Sternberg: MSNBC’s For the Record w/ Greta debuts Monday.  More.
  • Concha: Greta will bring sliver of diversity to MSNBC echo chamber.
  • Impartial CNN anchor: Violent attack on disabled man was ‘not evil’.
  • Fitzgerald: Is CNN anchor’s shameful behavior seen as cool, even chic?
  • Q&A: Andrew Morse on how CNN will cover the Trump administration.
  • Tucker Carlson video: Reporters exposed by Wikileaks
  • CNN airs two-hour show about rock band produced by the band members!
  • CNN sets primetime town hall specials, eight-part stand-up comedy series.

Updated 5:45 pm  Use our valuable bandwidth to post your cable news comments in today’s open thread.

  • Larry Kelly

    CNN sets eight-part stand-up comedy series. Maybe Anderson Cooper as Joe the Bartender and drunk Don Lemon as Crazy Guggenheim. Howabout that, Mr. Dennehy?

    • Grandpa D

      Can Don Lemon sing?

      • Larry Kelly

        He ain’t no Frank Fontaine.

        • Grandpa D

          Nor a Jim Nabors.

          • Cecelia

            Maybe a Roseanne Barr.

  • Larry Kelly

    Okay, so news analysis tells me the Democrat strategery is to let Republicans repeal Obamacare, then refuse to cooperate in crafting the replacement so they can call the resulting failure Trumpcare. Nobody seems to think the resulting harm might also be blamed on Democrats or that it’s basically evil?

    • Cecelia

      The Democrats wouldn’t be blamed.

      That is diametrically opposed to the narrative, and the narrative is now so sacred via the justification of stopping Trump, that to examine it is unthinkable.

      • Grandpa D

        The Democrat uniform is made of Teflon.

        • Larry Kelly

          And is layered with a patchwork quilt of traditional media and Hollywood squares.

  • GATXER

    From Yesterday’s links: FTV Live: This was a stupid move

    “Kelly was an outcast at Fox News. Sean Hannity didn’t like her, Bill O’Reilly didn’t like her and more importantly many of the regular Fox News viewers didn’t like her. ”

    Not going to comment on the BO or SH thing only they know….but this part:
    “and more importantly many of the regular Fox News viewers didn’t like her. ”

    That’s the biggest load Ive seen on the net since the stooges said they dont target blacks on Fox………her show is the #2 show on ALL of Fox News………so maybe Fox viewers dont like her because they freaking LOVE her. I will never understand how people can say shes disliked by Fox Viewers when she has the 2nd most popular show they air……..somebody’s watching that.

    In fairness…..I’m really not one of them but the facts are clear……….she very popular with Fox viewers to even suggest otherwise is clearly a lie at best.

    • sky303

      With that amount of viewers , most of them must have liked her , they all can’t be hate-watching.

  • sparty

    Johnny, who won your poll n Megan’s replacement?

    • Mitch Alan

      Also, who will be Chris Stirewalt’s replacement? Let’s have a poll on that as well.

      • Is he going somewhere?

        • Mitch Alan

          Hopefully. 🙂

          • TheMightyINB

            Must purge anyone who does not exclusively promote the Trump echo chamber, huh?

          • Larry Kelly

            Well, there goes the entire SPECIAL REPORT PANEL.

          • homemaker

            Love Chris Stirewalt!

    • Tucker. Full results here.

      • Per Drudge, wish granted. It’s an all-male primetime lineup, but critics be damned.

        • sky303

          if primetime doesn’t include 7, then CNN is all male too…

        • How many years has it been since MSNBC had a straight female host in its primetime line-up?

          • sky303

            Rita Cosby with Rita Cosby :Live and Direct 2005-2006

          • Larry Kelly

            Chris Hayes.

          • Zing!

      • Cecelia

        I won’t cry over that.

      • Larry Kelly

        So Murdoch just used your poll? Heck of a job, $.

  • sky303

    I guess my feeling that Tucker would get the slot was right.

  • sky303

    Also nice to see Martha getting some advancement too.

    • Cecelia

      Is she getting Tucker’s old spot?

      Poor Bill Hemmer. Always a bridesmaid, never a bride.

      • Cecelia

        I see a tweet from JD saying Martha has been given Carlson’s old spot.

        As much as I like her, I wouldn’t have done that.

        I’m not sure she has the presence to go it alone and there needs to be some excitement with someone a bit off the journo path.

        Dana Perino would have been a better choice.

        • sky303

          Dana would have fit well at 7; I wonder if they don’t want to break up the Five if they don’t have too

        • For now this is a temp show only designed to cover the first 100 days of Trump admin. It’s almost like an extension of Special Report. I expect how it fares will determine if Martha gets a permanent solo gig.

          • Larry Kelly

            That’s a brilliant program idea. Interest will be strong the first 100 to have a place dedicated to the progress. SPECIAL REPORT started out as a Clinton-Lewinski report So who knows what the future holds.

        • homemaker

          Not sure not sure about Martha either. I have doubts about Dana, too. She’s just not a full hour kind of personality. Plus, I think, she like The Five and her podcasts with Stirewalt. (Are they still doing that?)

    • sparty

      With Shannon and Martha on the move, that leaves 2 p.m. As the only vacancy. More and more that looks like it’s going to Heather Nauert.

      • sky303

        would be nice to have Heather Nauert in the day time

      • homemaker

        I like Heather. I bet she’d be happy to get out of that super early morning time slot.

  • Larry Kelly

    One wonders if everyone wants their own show? Some may not want the grind and pressure. Maybe prefer being part of an ensemble?

  • Larry Kelly

    @megynkelly tweets:
    Congratulations to my friend @TuckerCarlson on moving to the 9p slot at Fox! This is a great decision by FNC & I will be cheering him on!

  • ojfl

    Disappointed that Fox decided to disenfranchise Trump skeptics on the right and go all in for Trump. But the decision seems business related and short term thinking so it should have been predictable.

    • Mitch Alan

      There’s always CNN and MSNBC.

      • ojfl

        They do not cater to right leaning audiences so no, there is not CNN and MSNBC.

  • Cecelia

    Why would the FBI and the CIA not use their own forensic experts to examine DNC servers, but instead bow to the findings of a company that had been hired by Podesta and company?

    http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/312767-fbi-never-examined-hacked-dnc-servers-report

    • Larry Kelly

      They were busy not being able to find who hacked Sharyl Attkisson’s computer.

      • homemaker

        Can you believe Sharyl is STILL trying to get the FBI to release to her, her own FBI file? What the hell is in there they don’t want her to see? Gotta be related to the computer hacking she personally went through? She’s been very quiet about all of that. I’m still curious who did that and why!

        • Cecelia

          I’m so old that I remember the days when you couldn’t read an article about the FBI and the CIA without J. Edgar Hoover being referenced, as well as some apocryphal history of covert assassinations and the installment of foreign puppet dictators, friendly to the west.

          The days when these U.S. federal entities were the ubigtuous and monolithic Dark Side in a million movies.

          In other words…when Republicans were presidents…

          Where, oh where, have concerns for manipulative Spy Chiefs and warrantless wiretapping gone…long time passing…

    • homemaker

      This is crazy! If they do this it will show once again how close the DNC & fed gov’t agencies were during Obama admin.

      • Cecelia

        I’m not sure that they were close with Obama or with the DNC, or rather that they are by nature drawn to the establishment.

        Wildcards, Mavericks, iconoclasts, etc…naturally make them nervous.

  • Mitch Alan

    Trish Regan fans got nothing? Not fair.

    • Cecelia

      You’ll always have Paris.

  • Larry Kelly

    @mlcalderone tweets:
    MSNBC hires @greta for 6pm slot beginning Jan. 9. New show will be called “For the Record.”

    • sky303

      Words you wouldn’t seen in 2014….

      • Larry Kelly

        In other news, work is underway to straighten the Leanng Tower of Pisa.

        • Cecelia

          As previously noted, what usually happens is the denizens start to lean wiith it.

  • Larry Kelly

    As if to cancel out Don Lemon’s dipshitedness, Gayle King called the attackers “cretins” on CBS THIS MORNING.

    • homemaker

      Well, thank goodness for that. Don Lemon sounds idiotic when he says stuff like he did. Maybe tonight he’ll be a bit more thoughtful about his remarks.

  • Shepard Smith is dangerously close to nosebleed from how high that horse is that he’s on today. But I kid the Shep 😉 He’s an important part of the mix.

    • Mitch Alan

      Politically, Shep is somewhere between Anderson Cooper and Don Lemon.

      • Cecelia

        I think Shep is somewhere between Ludwig Von Beethoven and Lindsey Lohan.

        • Larry Kelly

          Scooby-doo and Hound of the Baskervilles.

        • Nixon – niihpikiiookani

          Hey! I like Lindsay Lohan! She’s frecklicious!

          • If your likes extend from Patti Ann Browne to Lindsay Lohan I’d say you have very catholic (small c) tastes 😉

          • Nixon – niihpikiiookani

            I (heart) redheads!

          • timdub70

            And it’s Redhead Day at the Chive!

          • Nixon – niihpikiiookani
          • Cecelia

            My husband’s likes extend from Liz Claman (who he likes indeed) to the Ziva character on NCIS.

          • Cecelia

            Okay, then between Ludwig and Chucky.

    • Larry Kelly

      Ever notice you never see people like that in TV shows? Not because there aren’t plenty out there. Maybe that’s why they are so angry?

    • Larry Kelly

      Reporter, “let’s have a conversation about race”.
      Shep, “not today”.

    • Larry Kelly

      Finally got around to watching Shep on the DVR. Cut off that Chicago reporter like he ripped a picture of the Pope in half after singing Dixie. Don’t even know what the impressive young fellow was about to say.

  • homemaker

    I’m a day late with this but Bret Baier threw a little shade about Obama last night during Special Report. He was reporting on Obama making his last visit with defense department yesterday and said the attendance for his speech was “sparse”. Normally not necessary to report on attendance at these kind of events.

    • GATXER

      Saw that….while I agree it wasn’t normal…..it was part of the story…..and weird that there was nobody in the shot behind him……most years there are tons of people behind him in uniform.

  • Gnome Sayin

    It is slightly odd to me that there was seemingly no thought given to moving Hannity back to his old slot. I don’t like his show, but he was quite successful there and was only pushed back an hour to make room for Kelly.

    Tucker is clearly onto something with his new show. I’ve actually always enjoyed his shows, back to his MSNBC days, and I don’t agree with him on much. But I’m not sure he doesn’t work better on the fringes of primetime than smack dab in the center of it.

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    1 Flood: Tucker to 9pm, Martha Mac to 7pm, Shannon Bream to 9am.

  • Saintsfan720

    I have mixed feelings about the FNC moves today. Am happy for both Tucker and Martha. But, I like the mix of news coverage and analysis Megyn does. Wish they would put Martha in between O’Reilly and Hannity to do a similar show to Megyns. Leave Tucker where he is, IMHO.

  • gcblues

    What a Rino A.B. is on special report. How dare she insult Chump like that. We can’t allow that. Off with her head.

  • Jesse Watters had some nerve harassing and shaming West Nyack food court patrons. I was so miffed by his actions that I unfollowed him on Twitter and unliked his Facebook page.

    • gcblues

      i saw that, i didn’t think it was any different than his other gigs.I imagine i might feel the way you do if he nicked the balloon i was living in but really he was not extra catty tonight to me.

      • I doubt the patrons he ran into eat that food on a regular basis. To shame them as if they do was low. He should stick to befuddling ideologues.

        • gcblues

          if the “victims” felt shamed i would agree. but i think he was just joshing and came across that way. maybe i need to watch again …..naaaw. lol.

          • Oh, he was joshing, but it didn’t sit well with me.

          • gcblues

            i can tell, and i am sure he would feel bad. However, as i was taught in a Grad course on the classical Greco Roman roots of humor, all humor necessarily comes at the expense of something or someone. First noted in Aristotle’s “Rhetoric” and the extent portion “Poeticas” section on humor. A lot was lost in the Alexandrian library arson. You can get a long ways quoting those old guys. 🙂
            So it is darned hard to be funny and please everyone. Boy oh boy, i should know

    • Cecelia

      That stuff only works if you punch up.

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