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Faulkner vs. Habro: Hasbro Responds…

Posted in FNC on October 27, 2015 by icn2

Deadline’s Dominic Patten writes about Hasbro’s response to Harris Faulkner’s lawsuit over a toy named “Harris Faulkner”… (via J$)

Almost two months after Fox New Channel anchor Harris Faulkner went after the toy giant for a hamster that shares her name and, she says, her look, Hasbro has stopped playing games. In paperwork filed in federal court Monday, the company wants the multiple Emmy winner’s multimillion-dollar lawsuit dismissed – at least partially.

“Because name-sameness is not enough to state a claim for a violation of one’s right of publicity under well-established law, and because Ms. Faulkner’s attempt to claim that the hamster toy misappropriates her likeness is implausible on its face, Ms. Faulkner’s Third Cause of Action alleging a violation of her right of publicity fails to state a claim for which relief can be granted and should be dismissed with prejudice,” say lawyers for Hasbro in a filing October 26 (read it here).

Neil Cavuto Talks Wayne Simmons…

Posted in FNC on October 16, 2015 by icn2

Cavuto does a full on mea culpa and seppuku job regarding Wayne Simmons. Yeah, it was a miss but I don’t think Cavuto needed to go that far. However I admire his forthrightness…

Wayne Simmons; non-CIA Employee…

Posted in FNC on October 15, 2015 by icn2

The Washington Post’s Matt Zapotosky writes about Wayne Simmons, who made occasional appearances on TV, being arrested and charged with falsely claiming a past association with the CIA and other things…

Wayne Simmons claimed to be something of an American James Bond. On his Web site and in official, government documents, he wrote that he was part of the CIA’s “outside paramilitary special operations group,” and that he spearheaded deep cover operations against some of the world’s most dangerous drug cartels and smugglers.

His claims won him frequent commenting gigs on Fox News and government contracting jobs overseas. He even wrote a novel — a spy thriller that seemed to have been drawn from his work.

But according to federal prosecutors, much of it was a lie. In an indictment unsealed Thursday, they said Simmons’s claim that he worked for the CIA for 27 years was false. He was arrested and charged with false statements, major fraud against the U.S. and wire fraud.

Obviously, the media is going to focus on the FNC angle…and FNC knows it. The Huffington Post’s Ryan J. Reilly writes in part about FNC reacting to this story…

In a radio interview with Brian Kilmeade earlier this year, Simmons — who was identified as a Fox News contributor — said the Obama administration is the worst the country will ever know. But a Fox News spokesperson told The Huffington Post that “Kilmeade falsely identified Simmons as a contributor in April,” and said that Simmons “was a guest only and is not a paid commentator for the network, nor has he ever been.”

For me the big question isn’t why he showed up on FNC’s air without being properly vetted. Stuff happens and networks can’t check into every detail regarding guests (though this is a pretty big detail). My big question is why it took the Justice Department this long to catch on and charge him?

Flying Under the Radar?

Posted in FNC, MSNBC on October 5, 2015 by icn2

I’m going to say this once. If we beat up on MSNBC for trying to put non-journalists in journalist roles, why is everyone so silent about this?

Network Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes is happy with his new hire. “I’ve followed Abby’s work for some time,” Ailes said. “I believe she is talented and headed for a bigger future.”

Replace the words “Abby Huntsman” with “Ronan Farrow” and “Roger Ailes” with “Phil Griffin” and this starts looking very deja-vu-ish.

Why CNN Changes Things Up With Its Debates

Posted in CNN, FNC on September 29, 2015 by icn2

Mediaite’s Joe Concha wonders why Jake Tapper isn’t doing the Democratic Presidential Candidate debate…

But the real question is: Why isn’t Jake Tapper working this debate as well? He is the face of the network when it comes to all-things-politics.

No he isn’t. He could be. But he’s not. That’s the thing about CNN and politics…it treats politics like it does all its other stories…it floods the zone with too many people covering too many angles.

There is no single go to person at CNN. There hasn’t been since Bernard Shaw retired.

It’s now more of an oligarchy of four to seven people depending on the story. We are talking essentially Wolf Blitzer, Anderson Cooper, Jake Tapper, John King (moreso before he lost his show), Don Lemon (for all the wrong reasons), Chris Cuomo, and Christiane Amanpour.

Who has been anchoring CNN’s election nights the past decade or so? Cooper and Blitzer.

CNN spreads the wealth around to its top guns and has for over a decade. It’s the way the network is now.

CNN’s bench is wider than FNC’s in this regard. That is no slight against FOX…it’s just a fact. CNN overdoes everything including how many chefs it uses for its politics coverage. FNC concentrates its politics coverage amongst a small central core. CNN dissipates it amongst as many top line people as it can get away with, regardless of suitability.

It is as much a difference in style as it is in substance between the two networks.

So I wasn’t surprised to see Cooper and Lemon fronting CNN’s Democrat debate. Would Tapper make the more natural fit? Of course. But so would Blitzer. So would King. At least one or both will get their turn soon enough.

As long as Jake Tapper doesn’t have a prime time show and Wolf Blitzer hasn’t retired, don’t be expecting Tapper to have the lead role in politics coverage. Instead, expect him to be just one of CNN’s more prominent cogs in its big political coverage machine.

And Still More Trump/FNC Posturing…

Posted in FNC on September 24, 2015 by icn2

New York Magazine’s Gabriel Sherman writes about the latest in the FNC/Trump “feud”…

Both sides are posturing to save face. Yesterday a Fox statement called Trump’s boycott “stale and tiresome.” But a source close to the Trump campaign told me that Trump thinks he has the leverage. Trump has been hearing from Fox hosts who are worried that his boycott will hurt ratings.

And which “Fox hosts” would that be anyways? Most are probably annoyed with what’s been going on. There’s only one I can think of who might be worried about Trump not being on FNC and who has shown the most tepid public response to all this warfare and that’s Hannity.

And then there’s this…

As an Ailes friend told me today: “Roger can’t turn back. The entire credibility of Fox as powerbroker rests on Trump being destroyed.”

That’s way overstating things. First of all, Trump getting “destroyed” won’t happen, if it happens, because of FNC alone. It will have more to do with Trump imploding as he picks fights with every network that doesn’t give him fawning coverage. Second, FNC’s credibility as powerbroker, if it exists (and that’s a debatable subject), doesn’t rest on what happens with Trump but how FNC conducts itself throughout the entire 2016 campaign.

But this source is right about one thing. Roger Ailes can’t turn back. He must hold firm. But he must hold firm for the sake of his network as a news operation and the people who work there…especially the ones Trump has attacked.

More Trump/FNC Warfare…Do You Really Care At This Point?

Posted in FNC on September 23, 2015 by icn2

TVNewser’s Chris Ariens writes about the latest barrages between Trump and FNC. Yawn…

Fox News has responded to Donald Trump‘s assertion that he “decided” he won’t be doing Fox News interviews “for the foreseeable future,” with its own statement saying it canceled his next appearance before he sent that tweet:

“At 11:45am today, we canceled Donald Trump’s scheduled appearance on The O’Reilly Factor on Thursday, which resulted in Mr. Trump’s subsequent tweet about his ‘boycott’ of FOX News. The press predictably jumped to cover his tweet, creating yet another distraction from any real issues that Mr. Trump might be questioned about. When coverage doesn’t go his way, he engages in personal attacks on our anchors and hosts, which has grown stale and tiresome. He doesn’t seem to grasp that candidates telling journalists what to ask is not how the media works in this country.”

Let us hope this latest blockade by Trump lasts a while…just so we don’t have to keep hearing about this stupid idiotic fight he’s picked with the network.


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