Posts Tagged ‘Drudge Report’

Prime-Time Megyn: “Hannity & Kelly”?

August 12, 2013

Roger Ailes’ “Minor Change”? In an exclusive Thursday, the Drudge Report reported that Fox News was “set to make its first primetime schedule change in 10 years” and that “superstar newswoman Megyn Kelly [had] landed the 9 PM slot” according to its top sources. When asked about that “rumor” by Fox News’s Neil Cavuto, FNC chief Roger Ailes responded, “Well, generally, I don’t confirm or deny any rumors….However, Megyn has earned a better time period: She’ll be in our prime-time lineup. But, I must quickly say that all of our stars will be back: We have new deals with (Sean) Hannity and Greta (Van Susteren) and Shep(ard Smith).” Noticing Ailes’ obvious omission, Cavuto quizzically commented, “So, it sounds to me like (Bill) O’Reilly‘s gone: Mischievously, Ailes answered, “Yep, he’s finished, that’s it! No, I’m just kidding.”*

According to New York Times columnist Bill Carter, the prevailing speculation is that Megyn will get her own hour and Sean Hannity will move to the 7:00 p.m. slot (replacing Fox Report with Shepard Smith) and Shep will move to an afternoon hour. However, in his Cavuto interview, Ailes himself cryptically remarked, “We have a great roster of talent: I am making a few minor changes….You have to choose well in the first place and have the guts to stay with people who can do the job. And, that’s what I try to do.”** Furthermore, he reportedly explained, “One of my jobs is to get the best audience flow between shows and that’s one of the reason[s] I’m making a few changes right now.”***

And, that very audience of Ailes in both prime-time and full-day ratings “has had a median age of 65-plus (according to the aforementioned NYT author). If the anecdotal observation that older people tend to be resistant to change is true, Ailes would do well to only “[make] a few minor changes” as he seeks to facilitate the “best audience flow” of his hyper-loyal older viewers (and tries  to attract a younger demographic at the same time). Creating three new shows for Megyn, Hannity, and Shep, as the NYT suggested, seems more than a few major changes–especially, when Gretchen Carlson’s new fall show and, an imminent iteration of Fox & Friends (with new co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck) are added into the mix.

“Hannity and Kelly”? Don’t count it out.

*Therightscoop.com (video and text) – 08/08/13.

**Ibid.

***Therightscoop.com (video) – 08/08/3 (@ 02:12/04:13).

[Author's aside: If Megyn does indeed join Hannity, Ailes real primetime schedule (8-11 p.m.), the hosts will represent true-blue gender equality surpassing rivals CNN and MSNBC.]

J&K: A “Nipply” Winter AM

February 23, 2010

American Morning co-anchors John Roberts and Kiran Chetry have solved the Janet Jackson Super Bowl “wardrobe malfunction” mystery, apparently. After John reported that a U.S. Appeals Court was reexamining the FCC $550,000 fine of CBS for the infamous incident on live television, he scoffed, “Wardrobe malfunction! Pfff!” Kiran commented, “Yeah, there you go. Because of that, that became a common phrase. I think that it was on that end of the year list of new words.”

Nodding his head in agreement, John declared, “This is just my opinion, mind you. I believe CBS didn’t know about it but they [Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake] did.” Chuckling, Kiran racily replied, “Yeah. I mean, she wouldn’t have put all the jewelry [NSFW: Nudity (Drudge Report archive)] on it if she didn’t expect it to be out there.” Smiling and rolling his eyes, John replied, “Exactly, yeah. She would have been completely naked under there.”

Rise and shine: it’s a “nipply” winter AM!

*American Morning – 02/23/10 (@8:08 a.m. ET)

Ann Coulter: Bill O’Reilly Overbearing, Chauvinistic, Humorless

January 8, 2009

Conservative columnist and best-selling author Ann Coulter gave Bill O’Reilly no quarter last night on his show, the O’Reilly Factor, as she promoted her book, Guilty: Liberal “Victims” and Their Assault on America. After her contentious interview earlier in the day with Matt Lauer on the Today show (which had been “rescheduled” after Matt Drudge indicated that Coulter had been cancelled and had been “banned for life”*), she was in no mood to be lectured by O’Reilly. After asking her if she were an intentional bomb thrower and saying that she was sometimes shrill, Coulter countered, “You are…overbearing, chauvinistic, humorless.” O’Reilly drily replied, “I agree with all of those things.”

At the end of the interview, O’Reilly riled Coulter further when he said, “Bernie Goldberg has some advice for you.” Coulter laughed and sniped, “My general policy is to take advice from people who sell more books than I do not fewer books than I do.” O’Reilly cockily riposted, “Then you would take advice from me then?”  Coulter quickly answered, “No, no. I said more books.” O’Reilly declared, “Yeah, I sell more books than you.” Uncowed, Coulter responded, “No, you don’t.” Then in almost a school playground exchange, O’Reilly said, “Yes, I do” and Coulter retorted, “No, you don’t.”

As O’Reilly concluded the segment, he said that he liked her book but that he thought that she had made it provocative on purpose to sell books. When he closed the show, he remarked, “No mail this evening because we gave Ann Coulter a little extra time. Do you think that she appreciates that?”

Reciprocal respect, maybe: mutual fondness, perhaps, not.

*http://www.mediabistro.com/tvnewser/nbc/coulter_on_nbc_i_am_very_happy_to_be_here_105081.asp

Obama “Salutes” McCain

November 3, 2008

At a Jacksonville, FL, rally of supporters on election eve, Democratic presidential contender Barack Obama “saluted” his Republican opponent John McCain for his hard-fought campaign. As Obama spoke of McCain, he rubbed the left side of his face with his right hand’s forefinger and then his middle finger in a possible road rage gesture.* One is transported in time to Raleigh, N.C., where Obama gave a similar gesticulation when touching the right side of his face as he criticized his primary foe Hillary Clinton to a receptive audience.

Perhaps, Obama should stick to the old basketball “rattling of the keys” as a way of saying goodbye to his political opponents.

Links:

http://drudgereport.com/

*http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XBMdWxcFXQg

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/washington/2008/04/obamaflipsoffcl.html

Megyn 2 O’Reilly: Who Cares?

October 29, 2008

On the O’Reilly Factor last night, a strong, sexy, and assertive Megyn Kelly dismissed Bill O’Reilly’s palaver the same way that she does other East Coast political panjandrums. In the “In the Crosshairs” segment concerning Megyn’s confrontational interview with Barack Obama spokesman Bill Burton (after he accused FNC, Drudge, and McCain of an alliance), an impertinent O’Reilly asked, “Are you rooting for McCain?” Megyn responded, “Who cares who I’m rooting for? It’s irrelevant.” Megyn then asserted that she had received flack from both sides for her tough interrogations of their respective spokesmen.

If one has watched Megyn interview both Bill Burton and Tucker Bounds (McCain spokesman) on America’s Newsroom, one would be hard pressed to view her as anything other than an equal opportunity abuser.


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