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Short Term Memory…

Posted in FNC on January 27, 2016 by icn2

Mediaite’s Joe Concha writes about recent issues involving the national Republican and Democrat parties…which doesn’t interest me much. But this part does…

As for Fox, know this: It has absolutely every right to defend Kelly against Trump’s barbs. But this particular and most recent retort went too far, made it way too personal (and arguably proved Trump’s point to his supporters around being treated unfairly by the network). Per a Fox statement Tuesday afternoon:

We learned from a secret back channel that the Ayatollah and Putin both intend to treat Donald Trump unfairly when they meet with him if he becomes president — a nefarious source tells us that Trump has his own secret plan to replace the Cabinet with his Twitter followers to see if he should even go to those meetings.

Sorry… that’s just not how a news organization should conduct itself regardless of how many times Trump has insulted the network or one of its moderators. Roger Ailes’ statement Tuesday afternoon on the matter was the proper one: “Megyn Kelly is an excellent journalist and the entire network stands behind her — she will absolutely be on the debate stage on Thursday night.” In being stern and professional, that should have been the only statement made by the network. But Fox decided to go another more personal route and got down in the mud with Trump instead. This doesn’t excuse Trump’s petulant antics or bizarre one-way attacks on Kelly (who has stayed above the fray since this began six months ago after the first debate). But two sides can be wrong in any instance, and this is no exception.

I don’t disagree that this is not how a network should respond. But I would point out that this is not exactly out of character for this particular network…if you examine its PR history…albeit not much of its recent history.

If you look at the snark that came out of FNC’s PR going back 10 years you’d see that this statement, while maybe not what we want from a network’s PR operation, is totally in line with how this network reacts when attacked. And sometimes even when it isn’t. This is one of those times I wish I still had access to the old ICN 1.0 site because I could easily pull up a dozen or more quotes that you’d never find emanating from any other news network’s PR operation.

So I don’t react to this statement the same way Concha does. Yes, it’s over the line. But it’s just the latest example in a long rich history of over the line remarks that are beneath a news network.

A Trump-less GOP Debate…

Posted in FNC on January 26, 2016 by icn2

The New York Times’ Nick Corasaniti and Maggie Haberman write that Donald Trump says he’s skipping the next GOP debate airing on FNC and with Megyn Kelly as a moderator. Coward…

Moments after Fox News announced the lineup for Thursday’s Republican debate, Donald J. Trump said Tuesday it is pretty “irrevocable” that he will skip the event, which takes place just days before the Iowa caucuses.

“Let’s see how much money Fox is going to make on the debate without me,” Mr. Trump said at a press conference here, where he continued to attack Megyn Kelly and the crew at Fox News, with whom he sparred at an earlier debate.

“It’s time that somebody plays grownup,” he said.

Fine. When do you start? Coward…

Just after Mr. Trump started speaking, his campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, confirmed that he will skip Thursday’s event, saying, “He will not be participating in the Fox News debate on Thursday” and that “it’s not under negotiation.”

Mr. Trump’s absence would leave the main debate stage without the candidate who leads in national polls, one who has been a big ratings draw for past debates. Mr. Trump has threatened in the past to skip debates, but his remarks Tuesday night were his strongest statement yet that he would not participate.

Way to give Ted Cruz an opening! Coward…

Mr. Lewandowski said that instead of attending Thursday’s debate, Mr. Trump would hold an event in Iowa, raising money for the wounded soldiers in the state. He cited recent statements by the network about Mr. Trump as a reason for the decision to withdraw from the event.

“They’ve been very clear about what their position is about Mr. Trump,” Mr. Lewandowski said. “They’ve put out a series of statements in the last three or four hours about what they thought about Mr. Trump.”

Awwww…didums get their nose bent out of shape? Awwww…can dish it out but can’t take it. Coward…

“Mr. Trump said ’That’s fine. Fox is entitled to their opinion.’ He’s entitled to do what he wants,” Mr. Lewandowski said.

Including turning tail and running away. Coward…

Mr. Trump’s main rival, Senator Ted Cruz, accused Mr. Trump of chickening out.

“If Donald is afraid to defend his record, that speaks volumes,” he said, before alluding to President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia: “I promise you, Putin is a lot scarier than Megyn Kelly.”

No kidding. What a coward…

Megyn Kelly Profile

Posted in FNC on January 3, 2016 by icn2

Vanity Fair’s Evgenia Peretz profiles Megyn Kelly…

What with all the male bullies she’s put in their place, Kelly would be perfectly positioned to become a leader in women’s issues such as equal pay and reproductive rights. But Kelly, whose position on abortion, she says, is known only to her husband and herself, claims these issues actually divide women. “Why can’t there be an acknowledgment that, in some instances, women remove themselves from the workforce for a long time and when they come back of course they’re not going to get exactly equal pay?” she asks. “It’s like some of these things are anathema—if you say them, you get booted out of the feminist club…. Gloria Steinem doesn’t get to kick those other women out of the feminist club, or the female-empowerment club, because she says so!” Sensing herself getting uppity, she laughs and does a sassy snap across her face for emphasis.

In the smaller political arena within Fox News itself, Kelly, it seems, has taken the same, rather delicate tack in pursuing women’s empowerment: to fiercely pursue one’s needs while rejecting anything that sounds like lefty dogma. Her team is made up mainly of women, many of whom are pregnant or have just had a baby. “I’ve said to all of them, ‘If you feel overwhelmed, please come and talk to me and let’s try to find a solution.’ I don’t want all the young mothers to be driven off the show because they feel they have to choose between devotion to the show and devotion to their child.” According to a Fox News colleague, Happening Now host Jenna Lee, who has sought out Kelly’s advice on balancing children and work, “Megyn really owns who she is. When you see someone who really owns who they are, it inspires you to own who you are.”

In keeping with owning who she is, Kelly isn’t reticent about what she wants next: to do longer, more in-depth interviews, in the vein of Charlie Rose or Winfrey, which would be “less immersed in angry political exchanges.” She reports that some prime-time specials, featuring longer interviews, are coming down the pike at Fox News, but one senses that she’s already thinking one step ahead of this development, and restlessly pushing at the constraints. “Charlie Rose does it, and he does it very well. But that doesn’t mean nobody else can do it,” says Kelly. “I think that there’s a spiritual component to my personality that is completely unutilized in my current job.”

The Hazards of Live TV: #25,144

Posted in FBN, FNC on December 7, 2015 by icn2

Elementary Math:

Add this to this and you get this.

Dash is the victim of Peters’ transgression. All Dash did was drop an s-bomb…Bob Beckel had done worse without punishment. Repeatedly. But Peters’ antics on FBN – the far worse offense – occurring on the same day as Dash’s flub forced the networks to take them both off the air.

Roger Ailes Interview

Posted in FNC on November 29, 2015 by icn2

AdWeek’s Chris Ariens interviews Roger Ailes…

How’s the relationship with Donald Trump? I saw he tweeted about Megyn Kelly, and then for the first time she …

… smacked him back a little. Because he got it wrong. Look, I’ve always had the same relationship with Donald for 30 years. It’s a friendly relationship, surprisingly enough. I did call him after the first go-round and I said, “What the hell is wrong with you? The United States is at war with every goddamn country in the Middle East and you’re at war with Megyn Kelly and you think that looks good? It doesn’t look good.”

Elisabeth Hasselbeck to leave FNC..

Posted in FNC on November 23, 2015 by icn2

Variety’s Brian Steinberg writes that Elisabeth Hasselbeck is leaving Fox and Friends and FNC by the end of the year…

Hasselbeck, who joined Fox News in 2013 after nearly a decade at ABC’s “The View,” is putting her TV career on hold to devote more time to raising her three children, the network said.

A rotating set of co-hosts will serve alongside Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade for the foreseeable future. Hasselbeck is expected to continue on air until late December.

“Elisabeth and I discussed this at length over several weeks, and while I would love for her to continue here, I respect her incredibly difficult, yet deeply personal decision,” said Roger Ailes, chairman and chief executive of Fox News Channel, in prepared remarks. “She has been a great addition to the Fox & Friends franchise.”

Good for her. Family should always come first when possible.

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).

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