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Fisking “Blackfish”…

Posted in CNN, FBN, FNC on June 13, 2015 by icn2

FNC/FBN’s John Stossel writes on about his upcoming “Blackfish” fisking. I’ve never been a fan of Stossel’s penchant for attacking something while at the same time sticking his head in the sand regarding the issue being raised…

I don’t presume to know if it’s moral to keep animals in captivity. But I do know that the activists distort the truth.

I’ve always considered that a big time dodge by Stossel. I also think if he’s going to do a proper fisking he should point out what, if anything, the people behind “Blackfish” are accurate about. He always seems too caught up in nailing the other side moreso than doing a proper analysis of the issue at hand.

That all said, his article here raises enough questions in my mind that I’m going to watch this special. I never had any interest in watching Blackfish in the first place. But I do care about accuracy in reporting and if there’s weight to be found in Stossel’s reporting, it puts CNN in a difficult position of defending airing a special its own people did zero reporting for; something that is an inherent risk for airing agenda TV without explaining in advance what the vetting process was, if any. (via J$)

I was most disturbed by a Blackfish scene that plays the mournful cry of a mother whale whose baby was taken from her. But it turns out the “baby” was an adult with kids of her own. Blackfish faked the scene by adding “sound effects that aren’t even appropriate to a killer whale.”

Blackfish also claims captive whales’ droopy dorsal fins indicate that the whales are miserable. But whale expert Ingrid Visser says killer whales in the wild have collapsed dorsal fins, too.

The director of Blackfish and others who appear in the film would not talk to me, but biologist Lori Marino, who’d said that “all whales in captivity have a bad life,” did.

I pointed out that life in the wild is rough, too—there’s competition for food, sex, life itself. She answered, “these animals evolved over millions of years to be adapted to the challenges of the wild, not with living in a concrete tank… They need space… and a social life.”

SeaWorld claims its whales are “happy.” But as Blackfish points out, “we can’t ask the whales.”

Dold replied, “While I may not know what my dog is thinking, I certainly know that he’s happy and that we have a good relationship.”

There have been moments when that human-whale relationship wasn’t good. One whale drowned a SeaWorld trainer. But Clark says there’s no evidence that the whale’s behavior meant that he was frustrated because he lives in a tank.

Finally, Blackfish claims that captive whales die young. But Dold points out, “We have a 50-year-old whale living at SeaWorld… Our whales’ life parameters are the same as whales in the wild.” Government research confirms this.

Rupert Murdoch to Step Down as CEO of 21st Century Fox

Posted in CNBC, FBN on June 11, 2015 by icn2

In an out of the blue bombshell this morning, CNBC’s David Faber scooped the world…including, inexplicably, FBN and the Wall St. Journal…both Murdoch properties…by reporting that Rupert Murdoch will finally be giving up the CEO reigns of 21st Century Fox…

Rupert Murdoch, the 84-year-old chief executive officer and controlling shareholder of 21st Century Fox, is preparing to step down as CEO of the media giant and hand that title to his son James, according to numerous sources close to the Murdoch family.

An announcement is expected in the near term, while it’s unclear whether the reorganization would take place this year or at the start of 2016. Rupert Murdoch will continue to be the executive chairman of Fox, while his son Lachlan would also become an executive co-chairman of the company.

As part of the management reordering at Fox, COO Chase Carey will step down and take on a yet undefined role as an advisor at the company. Carey was widely expected to exercise his right to an early release from his contract, allowing him to leave the company at the end of this year. Now, sources tell me, he is likely to remain in some capacity through 2016. He did not return a call for commen.

For all the talk about CNBC’s woes, for all the talk of FBN’s expansion, particularly its star studded hiring spree the past few years, this is the ultimate black eye for the Murdoch business network.

This should have been a gimme for FBN. If Fox execs knew Faber was poking around, they should have leaked it immediately to someone at FBN…Gasparino, Cavuto, Bartiromo…ANYONE. Anything would have been a better outcome than allowing CNBC to break news in FBN’s back yard.

Instead Faber gets the media scoop of the year (provided Roger Ailes doesn’t suddenly decide to retire) and FBN is left bumbling behind picking up CNBC’s scraps.

There’s one word that best sums up this debacle. That word is “OUCH!”

Update: Howard Kurtz is tweeting some interesting news…

Rupert Murdoch will become executive chairman with two sons, James & Lachlan, in top roles. Roger Ailes will still report to Rupert, co says

So FBN and FNC are cut out of James Murdoch’s purview? That’s like being given the keys to a Lamborghini but handing the engine to someone else.

Piling On…

Posted in FBN, FNC on June 9, 2015 by icn2

MediaPost’s Wendy Davis writes about the latest news in the battle between Fox and TVEyes…

TVEyes and Fox recently submitted their arguments to Hellerstein on that point. Those papers were filed under seal, and aren’t currently available.

But last week, a host of outside companies filed publicly available friend-of-the-court briefs that outline some of the major arguments.

Other TV news broadcasters, including CNN, CBS and NBCUniversal are backing Fox in the battle. “This case is not just about Fox News,” the TV news networks say. “It affects all creators and publishers of broadcast and digital content … who depend on licensing deals and advertising sales to support their continuing ability to provide high-quality news and entertainment content.”

FBN’s New Lineup: Your Reactions

Posted in FBN on June 1, 2015 by icn2

Today was the first day of a post Imus era at FBN as well as the debut of new shows and new timeslots. Overall, what did you think of today’s FBN programming?

The (NSFW) Hazards of Live TV: #25,137

Posted in FBN on May 21, 2015 by icn2

We have our first ever (sort of) NSFW Hazard and it comes courtesy of FBN and some not very well thought out camera angles. I assume there’s an article on the other page and that’s why it was open…

(NSFW Hazard after the jump.)

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FBN Finally Goes Head to Head with CNBC in the Mornings…

Posted in FBN on May 11, 2015 by icn2

TVNewser’s Chris Ariens reports that FBN will be making a number of changes. The biggest one for me, the one that has bugged me for the past six years, is the network will finally be going toe to toe with CNBC in the mornings instead of continuing the pattern of nonsensical counterprogramming with something similar to Imus in the Morning.

TVNewser has learned exclusively that Maria Bartiromo‘s show will now air from 6am-9amET, followed by Stuart Varney anchoring from 9am-Noon. Neil Cavuto is moving from prime time and will host a new show called Cavuto Coast-to-Coast at NoonET.

Trish Regan, who joined FBN from Bloomberg in March, will anchor the 2pmET hour. TVNewser hears more changes will be announced this afternoon.

Obviously. There will now be a big hole in primetime to fill with Cavuto exiting to the noon hour.

Imus and FBN Part Ways…

Posted in FBN on April 27, 2015 by icn2

Capital New York’s Alex Weprin writes that Imus and FBN are parting ways…

A Fox Business executive familiar with the situation says that the move has been in the works since January. Imus decided to move to Texas full-time, and after telling his decision to Fox News and Fox Business C.E.O. Roger Ailes, the two sides decided to “amicably” part ways, given the need for the TV simulcast to originate from New York, the executive said.

FBN is also said to have been working on a new dayside business schedule since the decision was made and will be announcing a new lineup sometime in the coming weeks. Imus’ program airs from 6-9 a.m., an important pre-markets time period.


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