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All Quiet On The Legal Front…

Posted in FNC on June 10, 2014 by icn2

I said it’ll never get to trial and I was right. Gawker’s JK Trotter writes about a settlement in the Roger Dormal lawsuit and a new twist in the Brian Lewis saga…

Now, nearly a year later, Fox says those claims about its former P.R. undertaker were untrue. Fox’s admission appeared in an unusual document recently entered by the network’s attorney at the Supreme Court of New York in Lower Manhattan, during the final stages of an age discrimination lawsuit filed by former network executive Roger Domal. Last week, Dornal and Fox reached a confidential settlement agreement, which the plaintiff’s attorney, Christopher Chang, confirmed on Monday.

Fox had initially responded to Domal’s complaint by accusing the plaintiff of conspiring with Lewis to generate bogus expense reports. Lewis took this as a breach of his own settlement with Fox, and he filed an arbitration claim accusing the network of disparagement.

So last week, Fox quietly relented. In a 2-page filing dated June 3 and submitted by Fox attorney Barry Asen, the network formally withdrew its allegations of fraud against Lewis:

But then there’s this…

Fox’s original accusations of financial fraud had served as a distraction from the real story of Lewis’s firing, which was that Fox News executives were suspicious of Lewis’s cooperation with Roger Ailes biographer Gabriel Sherman. This aggressive P.R. strategy spectacularly backfired after Lewis’s attorney, Judd Burstein, accused Fox of lying about his client, threatened to reveal the channel’s dark secrets, and went on to extract a multimillion-dollar settlement.

So Fox was, in fact, lying about Lewis. It’s good to know that Fox itself agrees.

Comeon Trotter…that’s not worthy of you. Let’s look at what was legally said to resolve this…

IT IS HEREBY STIPULATED AND AGREED, by and between counsel for the respective parties, that Defendants’ affirmative defense set forth in Paragraph 48 of their Answer to the Complaint, which alleged, inter alia, that Brian Lewis, with Plaintiff’s assistance, had made fraudulent requests to Fox News Network LLC for expense reimbursement, is hereby withdrawn with prejudice.

The claim withdrawal neither proves nor disproves that FNC was or was not lying about Lewis and what he did or did not do to merit termination. All it means is that FNC is withdrawing the claim. Nothing more. Nothing less. The backroom back and forth wrangling match between the lawyers produced a result that all sides agreed to. But that doesn’t mean the truth has revealed itself. It only means that all parties have agreed a legally binding talking point…a talking point which may or may not bear any semblence on reality.

So Trotter, by saying FNC lied and that FNC is now agreeing that it lies, says more about Trotter and his biases than it does about the correct historical record…which we will never know…

Unless another legal bruhaha erupts involving FNC which drags Lewis into it like this one did. Then its back to the mattresses…

Gregg Jarrett Arrested…

Posted in FNC on May 22, 2014 by icn2

The Minneapolis Star Tribune’s Joy Powell writes about the arrest of Gregg Jarrett (via Mediaite)

Fox News anchor Gregg Jarrett was jailed Wednesday after being arrested in a bar at Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport.

Jarrett, who is a weekend co-anchor on the FOX News Channel, was arrested about 12:30 p.m. at Northern Lights Grill in the main terminal, said Patrick Hogan, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Airports Commission.

Jarrett was released from custody shortly after 1:30 a.m. Thursday after a $300 bond was posted, according to Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office records. The records show he’s due in court on June 6.

Police had been called about an intoxicated man at the grill. Officers reported Jarrett refused to follow orders and was arrested for obstruction of the legal process and taken to jail.

Oh boy…

Outnumbered: Your Opinions…

Posted in FNC on May 19, 2014 by icn2

So, the new FNC 12pm show Outnumbered has been on for a couple of weeks now. My DVR is jammed at that hour so I have not been able to catch the show much save for the first day. I’ll have to cut some normally scheduled recordings to free up a slot to watch a few more episodes. In the meantime, tell me what you think of the show…

Jamie Colby Update…

Posted in FNC on May 14, 2014 by icn2

TVNewser’s Chris Ariens fills in some blanks about what’s going on with FNC’s Jamie Colby…

Fox News anchor Jamie Colby will be hosting a new reality-based series for Fox Business Network, TVNewser has learned. “Strange Inheritance” will look at real-life stories of unconventional inheritances. Colby will be taking a break from Fox News weekend anchoring as she tapes the show. In fact, she was in Iowa over the weekend working on one of the episodes.

FBN anchor Tracy Byrnes had been slated to host the show. “Due to family obligations, Tracy had to remove herself from the project, but we couldn’t be more enthused for Jamie Colby to take over the reins,” FBN EVP Kevin Magee says. “Jamie’s experience in storytelling and background in law make her a terrific choice for ‘Strange Inheritance.’”

This does explain the mystery of what I was seeing on Colby’s Twitter feed with all the references to “show taping”…

Gone But Not Forgotten…

Posted in FNC on May 12, 2014 by icn2

The Bill Schultz/Red Eye saga just won’t end. Mysteriously dropped from the program, Red Eye viewers have been incredibly annoyed by Schultz’s departure. And though a Twitter conversation with Schultz today was mostly benign there was this…(via J$)

True. But I have nothing but good thoughts about FNC and my time there. Are there some people I’m angry with? Yes ma’am!

And just whom might he be angry with and why….hmmmm?

FNC’s Weekend Programming…

Posted in FNC on May 12, 2014 by icn2

TVNewser’s Jordan Chariton writes about FNC’s new talent rotation on weekends and talks about Gregg Jarrett’s status…

Fox News tells us Gregg Jarrett “requested time off for personal reasons and Fox obliged.” Jarrett has been with FNC since 2002, joining from MSNBC.

Other programming changes include Harris Faulkner signing off the Saturday edition of “Fox Report,” while continuing to host Sunday’s show at 7pmET. Faulkner will move to a six-day workweek, serving as a co-host on the new show “Outnumbered” Monday-Friday at NoonET.

Replacing her on “Fox Report” Saturday will be rotating anchors including Julie Banderas, John Roberts, and Shannon Bream, Fox tells us.

And Saturday at 1pmET will also have rotating anchors: Banderas, Arthel Neville, and Elizabeth Prann will be filling in as hosts. For Prann, it’s been an upward climb since 2008, moving from assistant to Greta Van Susteren, to local news reporter, to Fox News correspondent, and now part of the network’s weekend anchor rotation.

First of all, hope that whatever is keeping Jarrett off the air is resolved favorably and he makes a speedy return to air. Second, Chariton’s article does not address the Jamie Colby situation. 1pm Saturday’s were her shift. She is apparently still appearing on Sunday’s. I say apparently because she wasn’t on yesterday but Heather Childers did say she was in for Colby.

Julie Banderas Back on FNC Saturdays…

Posted in FNC on May 9, 2014 by icn2

Banderas put out this tweet this morning… (via J$)

PROGRAMMING ALERT: Funny u should ask. How about every Saturday starting tomorrow 1-2p? Also hosting the Fox Report Saturday’s 7-8 ET! RT @weissmanjoe8: @JulieBanderas Hi Julie any shows your hosting or going to be on coming up this week or next week just asking?

Obvious question: Is that it for Jamie Colby? 1-2 was Colby’s slot on Saturdays. Will she still be on Sundays? Will FNC continue to fragment its weekend programming so that no anchor occupies the same shift on Saturday and Sunday (fragmented Saturday/Sunday afternoons, fragmented mornings excluding FnF Weekend, fragmented Fox Report Weekends)? I guess we shall see…

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