May 032017
 
  • Tuesday’s numbers: Rachel Maddow-The Five-Tucker Carlson 1-2-3.
  • Pomerantsev: Tucker’s pugnacious debates are like sporting events.
  • Jessica Tarlov is newest FNC contributor.  Chief of Staff Hannity?!?
  • O’Reilly: Trump right about civil war, Dan Rather et al are ‘morons’.
  • CNN host admits to sharing ‘fake news’.  CNN prevails in app appeal.
  • Grim: Despite ‘ratings wreck’ Greta, MSNBC continues shift to right.
  • Tucker Carlson makes book…actually two multi-million dollar books.
  • Videos: Tucker talks violence with and
  • Q&A: Charles GasparinoWill Ripley in N Korea.   John King in Canada.
  • Late Night videos: Rachel Maddow with Seth Meyers
  • Larry Kelly

    “The amount of liberals defending Colbert’s homophobia is why I will never trust the Democratic party,” author Dorian Dawes griped on Twitter.

    Ari Fleischer, former spokesman for President George W. Bush, was not amused.
    “In case you thought the dialogue in our country couldn’t get worse – or more crude. This is awful,” he tweeted.

    “As of late Tuesday night, the hashtag #FireColbert was the No. 2 trending topic nationally.

    • Grandpa D

      Colbert patterned his Comedy Central show after The O’Reilly Factor. He’s now trying to continue emulating Bill by getting fired.

      • If this was Facebook, I would give your comment a “Haha.”

        I liked Colbert on The Daily Show when he patterned his persona on Stone Phillips. Believe it or not, I actually watched The Daily Show in the mid 2000s. The Colbert Report (“rapport”) started as a one-off parody sketch. I wish it had stayed that way. When it became a series, it replaced the conservative-friendly Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn. I’m sure most people at Comedy Central were thrilled when Colbert took over the 11:30 slot.

        I went off on a tangent there.

      • Larry Kelly

        His backers are fearless. Mr. Bill’s hiding, counting their pieces of silver.

      • Larry Kelly

        He walked back his lewd “joke” today in an “apology” that was as Jonah Goldberg predicted, “mealy-mouthed”.

    • Cecelia

      An apology for being a vulgar prurient adolescent moron similar to those raised by parents on reality tv shows…would suffice.

      • Nixon – niihpikiiookani

        I’d like to see the FCC come down on him and CBS hard. There are stiff penalties for vulgarity on broadcast television.

        • Not after 10pm. I heard this the other day and checked it out and was surprised to find it true. If it’s after 10pm the language rules are very loose. Even the F-word can be used. Geez, even J$P has stricter rules than that!

  • Larry Kelly

    TWITTER

    John Roberts @johnrobertsFox
    I worked at CBS for 14 years. This is definitely not in keeping with their standards or image.

    Brit Hume @brithume
    Will there be consequences for Stephen Colbert’s obscene attack on the president last night, or even any comment from CBS?

    • Son of Rusty Shackleford

      Don’t you mean Stephen Cockholster?

      • Larry Kelly

        better alternative than Richard using his boot

  • Michael T

    Re: Grim: Despite ‘ratings wreck’ Greta, MSNBC continues shift to right.

    Shift to the right, eh?

    A theory I floated here two months ago, which attracted some slight skepticism by some J$ commenters.
    http://johnnydollar.us/20170315/wednesday-links-and-open-thread-98/#comment-3205792100

    Hey, it’s always nice to get a partial validation for views I expressed in mid March — when you try to think outside of the box. Even if I’m the only one who sees it that way. 😊

    • sky303

      MSNBC has been adding more people on the right since Lack too over in 2015 , Wallace getting 4pm is another example of them trying to do that. And their daytime has gotten more center than it was before the clean sweep in 15.

      Also I must be the one person that watches Greta.

  • Michael T

    Re: Colbert

    Former Morning Joe executive producer Chris Light was considered instrumental in the ratings improvement at CBS This Morning (CTM).

    Many considered the improvement in CTM’s ratings a direct result of him moving CTM more toward the center broadening its appeal.

    Many also thought he would do the same with Colbert’s very partisan ratings-challenged late show…namely, make it less partisan. And I’m not sure that didn’t happen…at least for awhile.

    Apparently no longer….unless Monday night was a one-off…and I didn’t get the sense that it was.

  • Larry Kelly

    All the Fox kids wanna know, will he stay or will he go?
    http://www.politico.com/blogs/on-media/2017/05/02/sean-hannity-staff-meeting-237872

    • Stay just a little bit longer.

      • Cecelia

        Your mama won’t mind….

  • Mitch Alan

    I’ll give Jessica Tarlov four months before she sues Fox News for sexual harassment.

  • Minnesota Nice

    They say on the show “Five O’clock will never be the same again”, I have to agree. I have tried the first three days, but it becomes difficult to watch after about 20 minutes. I hate to criticize, but The Fox News Specialists, need to see a specialist ASAP. Terrible name – who are the Specialists? Kat, Eboni K & Eric? or the Guests? Sorry, neither are hardly special so far and for marketing purposes that is a big problem. Besides cross talk, no talk or dominating talk the guests haven’t made sense or fit well with the hosts. Grade: C-

    • Lurker

      The Specialists are suppose to be 2 Guests they invite on

      • Minnesota Nice

        Interesting, then they are just “The Specialists”, otherwise to most “The Fox News Specialists” means they are specialists of Fox News. Otherwise wouldn’t most expect the “Specialist” to contribute via their specialty or at least their specialty was a topic on the show? For Joe Namath yesterday that wasn’t the case, he hardly talked and football wasn’t ever a topic. As a marketer, if I am confused by name along with having other issues with it’s format/concept, it will become difficult keep or even gain significant viewers.

        • Lurker

          I tweeted to Bolling that the 5PM slot is very hard

          It was Beck & The Five that suceeded so he better have something good

          I got BANNED LOL

          • Minnesota Nice

            Bolling blocks anyone critical of him or his views (a terrible virtue). I too have been blocked by him for a constructive comment / disagreement. I wonder if Bolling thinks if he blocks someone they will never mention him or they don’t show up in twitter searches, a bad assumption and totally incorrect. As we know it’s only Bolling who doesn’t see the blockee.

          • Lurker

            No biggie
            I was a HUGE fan of Bolling when he was the oil guy with his stock jacket on talking oil & stocks
            Not a HUGE fan of his after he became a political commentator even though I probably agree with him 95% of the time lol

          • Minnesota Nice

            I have very similar sediments. For me it may also be his personality or that he desperately wants to be as popular like Perino or Gutfeld, thus he mimics them.

          • CheekyMonkey1

            “Badge of Honor”? I dislike namby pambies. Eric, though handsome, is very vainglorius.

    • CDG24

      Continues to be better than the first episode, but still looks like the format and combination of hosts is not likely to work.
      The show is not really set up in a way where the hosts are able to interact enough and it prevents them from building chemistry.
      Also, I wonder who at Fox could have possibly thought that Timpf was ready to be a host. They could have at least had her do it more before getting such a big spot.

      Among shows that are currently on the air, The Five was the second most viewed show in all of cable news for the first quarter of 2017. Fox seemingly would have put more thought about how to replace it and with who. Having Eric Bolling co-host with two women who are young enough to be his daughters really doesn’t make much sense.

      Bolling has been at Fox for almost 10 years. In that time, he has now been the host/co-host of three FNC shows, two FBN shows, a daily hour online, was recently O’Reilly’s most frequent fill-in and co-hosts NYE. All of those shows have/had different formats. So, he has had a lot of experience as a host on a variety of shows. Yet, he seems more uncomfortable on this new show than on any of those others.
      He sort of comes across as if he also is new to hosting a cable news show.

      I continue to think that he cannot be happy with this show. Going to a solo show would have been considered a promotion from The Five. This has to be considered a demotion.
      He went from being one of four everyday hosts to one of three and he seemed to talk more on The Five. The Five was better in every way and it now has a more prominent time slot. With the multiple airings, it means each episode will likely have at least twice as many people watching than The Specialists will have.
      He spent nearly six years helping build a hit show with some of the best talent at Fox and now he is having to try to start over with two women who immediately became the least experienced hosts at the network.
      There doesn’t even seem to be much upside for the show. It will probably always be compared to The Five.
      I also have no doubt that he knows people aren’t really liking it.

      I think Fox should have gone with a show that had Bolling and Guilfoyle as co-hosts. They are both experienced and popular hosts. They are used to working with each other. Two hosts makes more sense than three.
      They have a lot of women that would probably do fine as a replacement for Guilfoyle on The Five. Eboni would be one of them.

      • sky303

        On the Five , Eric really did well on that show plus he and everyone had great chemistry, that’s why I said before they should bring in a couple of the Five people to be “specialists” once in a while to maybe make that better.

        Honestly I thought it was going to be a solo show… though I also thought he was going to be the direct O’Reiley replacement so what do I know?

    • Mitch Alan

      20 minutes is great. So far I have only lasted no more than 5 minutes per episode.

  • Larry Kelly

    New Biography — Reveals Obama Ditched Marriage Plans In Order To Advance His Career.

    Love knows its bounds.

    • Minnesota Nice

      Mr. Kelly, why so politically correct? Obama ditched marriage plans with a white woman. I read he wanted be known politically as African American.

      • Nixon – niihpikiiookani

        Meanwhile, he is the spitting image of his stepfather, the Indonesian Lolo Soetoro, who just happened to live in Hawaii when Obama was whelped.

    • Mitch Alan

      Obama joined a Christian church for the same reason, even though he has a Muslim background.

      • Larry Kelly

        And he got a dog. And he didn’t eat it.

        • Nixon – niihpikiiookani

          I now have something good to say about him, “He didn’t eat his dog.”

          • Mitch Alan

            He actually did eat dogmeat until he moved back to the United States, where it is not allowed to be served.

          • Nixon – niihpikiiookani

            Yeah, but he didn’t eat his current doog. That’s what I meant. Him and his real dad used to chow down on pooch back in Indonesia.

          • Son of Rusty Shackleford

            They enjoyed Schnauzer Snacks and Popcorn Poodles, this is true!

        • Son of Rusty Shackleford

          Yet. I’d still be very afraid if I were Bo.

          • Larry Kelly

            out of the public eye — late night — nothing in the fridge

    • Michael T

      David J. Garrow’s new tome “Rising Star” (which Matt Drudge references)
      received a scathing review in the New York Times by Michiko Kakutani. Some might even call it a hit piece.

      This has to mean Best Seller status to follow in a week to 10 days. Right?

  • Today’s most popular links:
    5 Trump right
    4 Chief of Staff
    3 Jessica Tarlov
    2 admits to sharing
    And the most popular link in today’s links…
    1 Grim: Despite ‘ratings wreck’ Greta, MSNBC continues shift to right.

  • CheekyMonkey1

    Jennifer Tarlov needs a voice coach.

    • Presbyter

      Almost, but not as annoying, as being in the Rita Cosby league.

    • Son of Rusty Shackleford

      First thing she needs is a brain.

  • Mitch Alan

    Fox would be smart to rename the show Eric and Eboni and dump the third wheel. The two have good chemistry and could possibly have an intelligent discussion of the issues, not a three-ring circus like it is now.

    • Son of Rusty Shackleford

      Eboni and Ivory, you mean?

  • Presbyter

    With all this promotion of Kat Timpf on Fox, I just don’t see why they kept her and let Joanne Nosuchinsky go.

    • cornycob

      Didn’t she leave to pursue an acting career?

      • Son of Rusty Shackleford

        Yes, sadly.

        • Presbyter

          I don’t think she decided on her own to give up a steady paying job on a national top-rated cable news network to go to auditions to be in commercials.