Apr 242017
 
  • Show of support? Rupert has lunch with Bill Shine, Jack Abernathy
  • Freaky Friday numbers: Rachel Maddow-The Five-Bret Baier 1-2-3.
  • Concha: Tucker Carlson benefits from chaos; Heather Nauert‘s new job.
  • Video: on her unplanned time off; Today’s lawsuit.
  • Sara Murray’s big news.  Michael Weiss to CNN; Deborah Feyerick exits.
  • Gutfeld video: in monologue on Dems’ election grief.
  • Bill O’Reilly is gone, but his influence lives on.  Jake Tapper moonlighting.
  • Doctor: Don’t expect a new Fox News.  Rogers: FNC will not be the same.
  • Koblin: With O’Reilly out, Fox rivals see a chance to take over cable news.
  • Stockman: Schlussel changes story, says she wasn’t harassed by Hannity!
  • Hannity to deploy country’s ‘toughest lawyers‘ against nemesis Schlussel.
  • Larry Kelly

    Fox rivals have always seen a chance to take over cable news. Phil Griffin predicted it was already to have happened. As Mr. Concha explained on MEDIABUZZ, as long as FNC continues the perspective it provides and commentary and stories no one else does, it will keep its edge.

  • Nixon – niihpikiiookani
  • Which right-leaning Fox News personality is going to get sexual harassment claims thrown at them next? I feel like this will go on until no one’s left. The M.O. seems to be if you can’t beat the competition in the ratings, eliminate them personally.

    • Larry Kelly

      Sean fighting back with a Zulu war club.

      • If I ever get in hot water I want his attorneys. They get results…fast!

        • I spoke too soon. It felt like the sky was falling, but I guess not.

        • Minnesota Nice

          I agree, only two days albeit a weekend for her now say (in Bill’s voice) – “I did not get sexually harassed by the man, Mr. Hannity”.
          However the web posts already exist and most will likely not correct or follow-up on them.

          • Michael T

            Yep — a potential lawsuit by Hannity stemming from the old “defamation per se” — such as accusing someone of a crime — will make you dial it back in a heartbeat. Especially if you’re at attorney, which she is.

        • Larry Kelly

          “I meant HOTEL, not HOTEL ROOM”.

          “hand it over, I have a gun… er, gum”.

          • “that looks like gub”
            “No it says gun. I have a gun.”
            “I think it’s gub. Let me ask the manager…”

        • Nixon – niihpikiiookani

          You know, when I appeared on Fox, Julie Banderas was all over me. Jenna Lee got jealous, and there was a wild catfight in the hallway. I tried to break it up, but then the alarm clock went off and I woke up. Can I sue Fox for invading my dreams?

    • Cecelia

      They have the same method going with the vote.

      Can’t persuade the native population to shift their consensus overwhelmingly in your direction?

      Bring in thousands of immigrants to change the country for you.

    • Michael T

      You may be right about the hype and focus in the MSM.

      But haven’t all the accusers been Republicans — or at least not Dems or CNN/MSNBC fans?

      I guess I don’t see the same component you do — namely, “if you can’t beat the competition in the ratings, eliminate them personally.”

  • What happened to Janice Dean reminds me of what happened to Joe Buck six years ago when his hair plug procedure was botched. His vocal cords were damaged and took months, with therapy, to return to normal. Janice’s shame was Joe’s shame.

    • Cecelia

      How deep do they put hair plugs?

      • The anesthesia used during the procedure paralyzed his vocal cords.

        • Nixon – niihpikiiookani

          This why I tell anyone who will listen not to have surgery unless it is absolutely necessary.

          • Michael T

            With the possible exception of delaying knee replacement surgery which many people do including my own 75-year-old neighbor.

            Two of the possibilities are:
            • The risk of deformities developing inside and outside the joint
            • The risk of muscles, ligaments and other structures becoming weak and losing function

            The risk of deformities due to postponement tends to make knee replacement surgery a more complicated process.

            More at this link.
            https://bonesmart.org/knee/what-are-the-risks-of-delaying-my-knee-replacement-surgery/

      • Nixon – niihpikiiookani

        With Joe Biden, it was deep enough to cause brain damage.

  • Re: “Bill O’Reilly is gone, but his influence lives on”: His evil, one-sided, conservative influence; or at least that’s the impression I got from the writer.

    It seems like every story is claiming Bill is a conservative. He is not, at least not entirely.

    • ojfl

      O’Reilly is not exactly a conservative. He was always more of a populist with traditionalist instincts and part of his influence now sits in the White House. Tough to beat.

    • sky303

      He’s more right of center but not Hannity or Tucker Carlson territory.

      • Far from it.

      • Michael T

        I think he gets that ‘conservative’ moniker because of the culture warrior book and social views. And many feel ‘conservative’ fits him better than descriptors like moderate Republican.

        But I agree with you, he’s no Hannity.

  • Larry Kelly

    “Dammit, Jim, I’m a scientist, not a historian!”
    http://dailycaller.com/2017/04/23/bill-nye-makes-a-false-claim-about-the-us-constitution-again/
    #fakeexpert

    • Nixon – niihpikiiookani

      Bill Nye, Schmuck.

      • Larry Kelly

        science scmuck

  • Larry Kelly

    Watching ONE AMERICA NEWS network today (DirecTV) for the first time. A few quick observations:
    👓 Professional looking
    👓 Commercials from name brand advertisers
    👓 HDTV

    • sky303

      I’ve seen the channel before, never seen them do commercials, they seem to do some history stuff and promos from their sister network -AWE (on Direct TV 387, Fios 169/669) including showing images of scenery which is nice. it also does more than one news story a day. They have two opinion shows at 8et and 10pmet.

      • Larry Kelly

        They had three in a row while i was watching. One was GEICO… forgot the other two, but thought them top tier at the time. I’m old. I forget stuff. Hope Nixon can remind me of my doog’s name later on.

        • If they don’t have MyPillow I’m not watching.

          • Larry Kelly

            You might be interested in a pocket catheter. Never know when you might drive by a fish pond.

          • Then you’d need a canoe sawed in half but held together with Flex Tape to go fish. As long as you have your TacLantern ready for nocturnal angling.

          • Cecelia

            I keep my Safe Step walk-in tub stocked with bass for just such purposes.

            More convenient.

          • LenInFlux

            More importantly, what’s in your safe?

            William Devane would like to know.

          • Wet scorecards.

          • Cecelia

            Just wouldn’t he though…

          • Larry Kelly

            as would Geraldo

          • Minnesota Nice

            MyPillow made in his home state of . . . ?

          • Larry Kelly

            nirvana

          • sky303

            It has to have buy gold or it’s not a cable news channel.

        • sky303

          interesting… will you be watching more?

          • Larry Kelly

            Yes, I need to sample more.

        • Nixon – niihpikiiookani

          She’s either Bella or Della. Wait….it’s Bella, Della was Chuck Barris’ daughter.

          • Grandpa D

            No, no. Della was Perry Mason’s secretary.

          • Larry Kelly

            close enough. she comes whichever one i call with.

    • This is among the channels I wish Optimum, my cable provider, would add, in addition to bringing back The Blaze TV.

      • sky303

        They had the blaze, then dropped it?

        • Yes, and Fusion. They were dropped in September. i24 was added in February.

          • sky303

            That’s right their parent company made a deal with I24 to launch it in the US and also have some US news programming I’ve seen I24 on the internet it’s not bad (in my opinion).

          • I’ve seen about ten minutes of it since February. I would make a bigger effort to watch SEC Network.

    • Minnesota Nice

      Thank you Mr. Kelly. I have DirecTV (amazingly since 1997) and I didn’t know about this channel. I tried a bit and so far I like.

      Before my best friend, Getty, passed in 2015 one month shy of his 17 birthday (He is my photo). I thought about Dog TV (Channel 354) and then saw DirecTV charges extra specifically for this channel and said forget it. It might be called Doog TV in your region. 😉

    • Michael T

      I thought I read it is almost all news with very little opinion television.

      Isn’t this what Spud has been crying out for over the years?

  • Minnesota Nice

    I sure hope J$ doesn’t switch to Facebook commenting like TVN is doing today.

    • Disqus is one headache after another, but using Facebook instead for blog comments sounds like the worst idea since Abe said ‘Let’s see that play tonight’.

      • Grandpa D

        What made you turn away from the WordPress default comment system?

        • Before I migrated the site to WordPress I was using disqus. (Before that, haloscan!) I didn’t want people to lose their names, passwords, etc by making them start all over with wordpress comments. Plus I’m used to disqus. It has its share of hiccups but at least I know them pretty well by now.

      • Minnesota Nice

        Earlier I created a new Facebook, aka Fakebook account called MN Nice (wouldn’t permit Minnesota as first name) with a disposable email account just to prove a point. I then commented on TVN to show anonymous people can still comment along with Soro’s paid trolls, etc. Awhile ago Facebook estimated 10% of their accounts are fake, but some people estimate that it’s much much higher.

        • Michael T

          I’ve probably viewed over 100 FB account in just the last six months. Maybe 1 or 2 looked fake. I can’t remember exactly.

          And fake might not be the correct descriptor by me. What I saw was FB accounts with few – or zero – comments and few – if any – photos.

      • Nixon – niihpikiiookani

        I never use Facebook. Don’t use Twitter, either.

    • sky303

      Oh yuck, yeah I am not a fan of that at all

      • Michael T

        Ditto…sounds like a move good for TVN — but not for their many loyal commenters — some of whom have posted there for years.

    • Grandpa D

      Agreed! I don’t like Facebook; too messy. The only reason I signed up is to read a couple of groups and pages that interest me. I’ve posted nothing and have no friends. 🙂

      • Larry Kelly

        My facebook posts are only to true friends and are not political. Being a hundred miles from home at the cabin most of the time it’s a great way to stay in touch with them. I’m betting if i coposted my blog posts on facebook, I’d be unfriend in waves.

      • Michael T

        Perhaps it’s my family situation. I have three brothers in two states including one with a daughter in her 40s – the mom to my two grand nieces and one grand nephew — all adults with their own kids.

        I keep up with their active daily lives through Facebook.

    • Michael T

      Co-sign.

      A. It really hurt Huffington Post commenting traffic when they went to Facebook years ago.
      B. Email notifications no longer available. Basically you have to log on to Facebook to find out if anyone replied to your comment.
      C. FB does not provide the privacy of Disqus where you don’t have to use your full name.

      It may weed out the agitators, trolls and any bots that existed. But is it worth it?

      I predict a sharp drop in comments.

      • Michael T

        Someone at TVN with the alias Sal T Balsak predicted “TVN’s comments will be cut in half and 80% of the remaining comments will be from secondary or “fake” FB accounts like the one I’m using right now.”

        So far he looks to be correct about the ‘fake’ (or anonymous) FB accounts.

  • Larry Kelly

    Tucker maight have had more shows than Zsa Zsa had husbands. Both trained to weather chaos.

    • Minnesota Nice

      I always heard that Zsa Zsa had numerous husbands, but thought the crown went to Elizabeth Taylor. I was wrong, a search revealed

      Bonnie Lee Bakley – 10 Marriages.
      Zsa Zsa Gábor – 9 Marriages.
      Jennifer O’Neill – 9 Marriages.
      Larry King – 8 Marriages.
      Elizabeth Taylor – 8 Marriages.
      Mickey Rooney – 8 Marriages.
      Lana Turner – 8 Marriages.
      Artie Shaw – 8 Marriages.

      Didn’t know about King or Rooney having so many.

      • CheekyMonkey1

        Thanks! Wow! Jennifer O´Neill? Who da thunk it?

        • Nixon – niihpikiiookani

          She has been married to her 9th for 11 years, by far a record for her.

          • Michael T

            A new hubby (9X) every 3 1/2 yrs on average from age 17. Whoa!

      • Grandpa D

        Wow! I had to Google Bonnie Lee Bakley. At my age, how quickly we forget.

        • Nixon – niihpikiiookani

          And, like Nicole Brown, her killer walked in the criminal trial, but the civil jury wasn’t blinded by fame.

  • Today’s most popular links:
    5 Tucker Carlson
    4 influence lives on
    3 toughest lawyers
    2 Heather Nauert
    And the most popular link in today’s links…
    1 Gutfeld video: Greg zings Maddow in monologue on Dems’ election grief.

  • Mr. Bill’s No Spin News podcast is free this week only. Next week, only PMs can listen. The podcast was in high demand at the top of the hour as the site was running slow.

    • I am once again a premium member. I chose yearly membership, as when I was previously a PM. I chose Old School as my free gift.

  • I’m told a twitter account some may be familiar with is now in its second day of harping on a misplaced apostrophe in a tweet by @FoxNews. I’m assuming this is someone pulling my leg. No one could be so delusionally fanatical as to obsess over an apostrophe in a tweet for two days in a row. This has gotta be a hoax.

  • Nixon – niihpikiiookani

    Andrea Tantaros is only slightly paranoid. Were she totally off the rails, she’d claim that the Russians were spying on her. In reality, it was Major League Baseball. Bart was right all along: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jRGPYQiBYTY

  • Michael T

    Panic alert earlier.

    I needed to get to bed for an early appointment tomorrow morning.

    But damn…I just discovered I’m outta Xanax.

    After a mild anxiety fit and palm slap to my forward I said to myself, “Relax — no worries — Jake Tapper has a new primetime show.”

    Problem solved.

    (This anecdote may or may not be true. LOL.)

    P.S.
    Sorry, but never been a fan (including his ABC days). It has to be that droning monotonous voice (like my old History professor) and that flat affect.