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Fisking “Blackfish”…

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

FNC/FBN’s John Stossel writes on Reason.com 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.

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.”

Megyn Kelly Interview…

Posted in FNC on June 3, 2015 by icn2

The Wrap’s Tony Maglio interviews Megyn Kelly prior to the airing of Kelly’s Duggar exclusive…

Kelly said she landed the coveted conversation in a pretty straightforward manner: She approached the family and presented an argument for why “The Kelly File” was the best choice.

“When I spoke with the Duggar family, I said, ‘I am going to ask you the tough questions,’” said Kelly, who had no prior relationship with the massive clan. “‘You will not be getting a pass on the tough questions. But I will be fair, and you will be permitted to answer and offer context. And it will not be a ‘gotcha’ or an attempt to bring down the Duggars … That is not my role.”

Kelly touted a lack of external post-production editing as another plus that draws wary interview subjects: “I have final say on the ultimate broadcast — and no one but me.”

Bill O’Reilly Interview

Posted in FNC on June 3, 2015 by icn2

WWD.com’s Alexandra Steigrad interviews Bill O’Reilly…

At Fox, you guys call everyone else the “mainstream media.” You have the highest ratings on cable news, and you arguably speak to and represent the views of the majority of Americas. Let’s not forget that Fox is not a media start-up. How are you not the mainstream media?

That’s a very good question, Alex. The mainstream media is the establishment. I worked at CBS News and ABC News. I was never able to conform to the way that the national media in Manhattan had presented themselves. I wanted to put my voice into the news. Fox is a maverick organization. It’s a $2 billion company [but] it’s maverick. We are outside the conventional wisdom. There’s a different way of going about things here at Fox News Corp.

Aren’t most media companies classified that way then? How would you classify the digital media companies?

They are all insurgents. They are trying to carve out a niche.

What do you think of the newer digital media companies?

The newer media companies — some of them are good, some of them aren’t. Even Yahoo isn’t a mainstream media company.

Do you ever get your news from the bigger digital players like Yahoo?

Not really. I’m so busy reading and doing my projects and books. I get a summation of what’s around on Fox News and I get it in a folder.

What are some common misconceptions about you? Do you hold any liberal views? Your position on gay marriage has softened over time, yet most people might see you as very conservative.

Anyone who thinks I’m an ultraconservative is just ridiculous. I’m against the death penalty. I’m an environmentalist…

FNC: GOP Hindrance?

Posted in FNC on May 18, 2015 by icn2

James Fallows in The Atlantic notes a recently released study by Bruce Bartlett that is going to be getting some play in certain media circles…and probably some FNC pushback to boot…

Let me recommend for your weekend reading, or for your weekday reading if you’re seeing it then, a detailed study by Bruce Bartlett called “How Fox News Changed American Media and Political Dynamics.” You can download the 18-page PDF from this site of the Social Science Research Network.

The idea that Fox News operates with different aims and by different norms from those of, say, the BBC is familiar. But this presentation is notable for two reasons.

The first is its source—for those who don’t know, Barlett is a veteran of the Reagan and Bush-41 administrations and was an influential early proponent of supply-side / tax-cut economics. He also worked for Ron Paul. Since then he’s harshly criticized the Bush-43 administration, but in no sense does he come at this as a Democratic party operative.

The second and more important reason is Bartlett’s accumulation of detail showing (a) that Fox’s core viewers are factually worse-informed than people who follow other sources, and even those who don’t follow news at all, and (b) that the mode of perpetual outrage that is Fox’s goal and effect has become a serious problem for the Republican party, in that it pushes its candidates to sound always-outraged themselves.

Greg Guttfeld’s New Show

Posted in FNC, Miscellaneous Subjects on May 14, 2015 by icn2

TVNewser’s Brian Flood writes about Greg Guttfeld’s new weekend show on FNC debuting on May 31st…

The Greg Gutfeld Show is expected to have a comedic-commentary format, with parodies of current events and humorous monologues on news-worthy topics. FNC contributor Joanne Nosuchinsky will also be on the program.

“Every host of a new show likes to say they’re breaking new ground. So why should I be any different. This show will forever change the way you watch television, plus guests provide their own transportation,” Gutfeld said.

Fox News Digital Profile…

Posted in FNC on May 13, 2015 by icn2

Capital New York’s Alex Weprin writes about Fox News Digital…

“It is extremely validating to me that a competitor took to the level of panic that they did last week. That is a thing to be proud of for this team,” said Jeff Misenti, Fox News Channel’s chief digital officer, referring to CNN’s complaint to Pew. “Our business isn’t about trying to take on loss-leaders here, our business is about trying to engage the audience. We are not about the bells and whistles, we are about what the audience is looking for, and what they are evolving to.”

According to Pew (which based its data on numbers from ComScore), Fox News Digital brought in 55 million unique vistors in January, with CNN at 64 million, a revised number that was calculated after the network took issue with Pew’s methedology. The Times was practically even with Fox in every category.

“We are looking to make sure we are tagged correctly by these third party measurements like ComScore too,” Misenti added. “We want our audience to be measured accurately, it is a growing audience.”

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