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NBC start date for Megyn Kelly still stuck on hold

Megyn Kelly throws softballs to liberal heart throb Michael Moore. (Youtube)
Megyn Kelly throws softballs to liberal heart throb Michael Moore. (Youtube)

Megyn Kelly was once the crown jewel of the Fox News empire. But that was then, this is now.

The Washington Examiner is reporting that despite her plans on better days at the Peacock Network, things aren’t exactly going the way Megyn Kelly might have planned.

NBC still has no start date for Megyn Kelly, even though her last day at Fox News was in January and the network has already announced that she will host a daily morning show as well as a separate Sunday evening show.

At issue is confusion over Kelly’s contract at Fox and whether she has officially been released from it, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.

Fox said it officially released Kelly on March 9, but her agent told the Journal that “the terms of the termination are still being negotiated.”

Citing an anonymous source, the Journal also reported that Kelly does not have an official start date and the format of her programs with NBC still have not been settled.

Kelly’s primetime slot at Fox was filled by “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” which has been a ratings success.

Speaking of Tucker Carlson, if there was any notion that Kelly’s departure would hurt ratings, guess again.

In a separate article from the Washington Examiner, Carlson has been crushing it in Kelly’s abandoned time slot;

In losing Megyn Kelly, Fox News appears to have fallen upward to higher ratings at a lower price.

“Fox News’s Tucker Carlson is nearly doubling the ratings of his predecessor, Megyn Kelly, when compared to the same time period last year, according to Nielsen Media Research,” reports The Hill. “‘Tucker Carlson Tonight’ is up 95 percent in the 25- to 54-year-old demographic that advertisers covet most compared with the same period in 2016, when ‘The Kelly File’ occupied the 9 p.m. ET time slot. Carlson has averaged 775,000 viewers per night in the category, while Kelly averaged 398,000 during the same time period, Jan. 11–22.”

That Kelly can be so easily eclipsed is a bad omen for NBC. It is a testimony to the effectiveness of Carlson, but it also hints at the hollowness of the buzz around her. Much of that buzz derived from her status as a subversive at a conservative-leaning network, talk that will dissipate once she’s at NBC. Plus, Fox News viewers don’t appear to miss her too terribly, and there is little reason to believe they’ll follow her to NBC.

As Jack Shafer notes, stars who leave the networks that made them stars often fail away from them: “One lesson [Barbara] Walters and [Katie] Couric — and the other high-profile network defectors (Harry Reasoner, Diane Sawyer, Roger Mudd, et al.) — teach is of the non-transferability of TV star power. TV stars struggle to survive outside of the context in which they were nurtured. The current network anchors — Scott Pelley, David Muir and Lester Holt — all benefited from the fact that they ripened their talents at their respective networks before they got their evening chairs. Viewers grew accustomed to their faces and their styles.”

Kelly’s decision to leave was supposed to weaken Fox News and bolster its competitors. But so far it appears to have saved Rupert Murdoch a ton of money (he was offering her a reported $100 million to stay) while eliminating a growing problem: a star, more popular with chattering-class pundits than conservative viewers, who was increasingly showboating at the expense of the network.

According to Shafer, “Television talent raids — like the one NBC News chairman Andrew Lack has just pulled off — are almost never a simple matter of improving your own roster. As the history of broadcasting shows us, a single major defection by a popular anchor rarely improves that acquiring network’s ratings or public appeal. The primary aim of such larceny: Weaken your TV opponent’s line-up by making off with one of their visible stars. Anything else accomplished is just gravy.”

By that standard, NBC has already failed. In switching from Kelly to Carlson, Fox has gained a new star and freed itself from an overrated one.

Servers Under Investigation: O’Malley Shows his True Server Bigotry #ServerLivesMatter

Victims of spatial profiling, two servers serve hard time. (Wikipedia)
Victims of spatial profiling, two servers serve hard time. (Wikipedia)

Prefaced with Donald Trump placing the blame of Hillary Clinton’s woes directly at the feet of Hillary Clinton, Fox News Channel’s Fox & Friends Weekend co-host Tucker Carlson uncovered the curious understanding (or misunderstanding as the case may be) of the law by Democrat bigwig Martin O’Malley. Continue reading Servers Under Investigation: O’Malley Shows his True Server Bigotry #ServerLivesMatter

Blatant Media Bias: CBS Deletes Bill’s ‘Frequent’ Comment

Media's overt bias in action. (Youtube)
Media’s overt bias in action. (Youtube)

Not just CBS. CNN, MSNBC and Fox News complicit in bias act…

CBS may officially stand for the Columbia Broadcasting System, but the network’s recent over the top example of of in-your-face bias just may set in stone that CBS really stands for the Clintons Broadcasting Scam. Continue reading Blatant Media Bias: CBS Deletes Bill’s ‘Frequent’ Comment

Anna Kooiman resigns from Fox News, leaves United States

Kooiman headed Down Under (photo: Pinterest).
Kooiman headed Down Under (photo: Pinterest).

Sadly for every red-blooded American male from sea to shining sea, Anna Kooiman is leaving Fox News. But grab a second crying towel, guys. She’s also leaving the good ol’ US of A. But America’s loss is Australia’s gain. Continue reading Anna Kooiman resigns from Fox News, leaves United States

Garbage Poll: Fox News Claims Only 1% of Blacks Favor Trump

Eboni Williams and Ashley Bell react to Fox poll.
Eboni Williams and Ashley Bell react professionally to questionable Fox poll.

On the Aug. 14, 2016 airing of Fox & Friends Weekend, co-host Tucker Carlson interviewed two prominent in-the-know black citizens regarding a recently conducted Fox News Poll co-conducted under the joint direction of Anderson Robbins Research and Shaw Research and Associates. Continue reading Garbage Poll: Fox News Claims Only 1% of Blacks Favor Trump

Andrea Tantaros booted from Fox News – at least for now

maxresdefaultSeen by many as the veritable pin up girl for every conservative, red blooded, American male, the Fox News Channel (FNC) has at least for the time being dropped one of the more popular on air personalities. As reported by Josh Feldman of the Mediaite news portal, and also by Chris Ariens of TVNewser, both on Apr. 27, 2016, fan favorite Andrea Tantaros has at least for now been taken off the network’s schedule. Continue reading Andrea Tantaros booted from Fox News – at least for now

Fox News’ Dash Suspended over Obama Slam and Slip (Video)

stacey-dash_0Despite network censors partially catching actress and Fox News commentator Stacey Dash’s brief moment of profanity, the on-air personality has been suspended for two weeks for the verbal slip. As reported by the new media portal TownHall.com on Dec. 7, 2015 by Christine Roussel, Dash may have gotten a wee bit taken away by her emotions when she inadvertently dropped a colloquialism for solid human waste. Continue reading Fox News’ Dash Suspended over Obama Slam and Slip (Video)

The Donald vs. Megyn Kelly; ‘Rare moment of weakness’ for Fox News

Donald TrumpIf Gabriel Sherman’s investigative report is to be believed, Fox News didn’t just blink first, but in the parlance of prison yards everywhere, Fox just got punked out by Donald Trump. Love him, hate him, or indifferent towards him, Trump has struck a nerve with more than a few voters. As noted by the Daily Intelligencer’s Gabriel Sherman, it turns out that The Donald also has the ability to make the head honcho of the number one news network actually scramble for much needed damage control.

Continue reading The Donald vs. Megyn Kelly; ‘Rare moment of weakness’ for Fox News

UK; Muslim group names Charlie Hebdo ‘International Islamophobe’ of the year

2012_Sydney_protestRationalizing their choice of the French magazine Charlie Hebdo as the winner of the International Islamophobe of the Year award by citing how Jews were “otherised” by the Third Reich, a British Muslim advocacy group has decided to take “a light-hearted” and “tongue in cheek” swipe at the satirical and often provocative publication. Somehow, the same advocacy group failed to mention the dozens killed or wounded by Islamic jihadists during a recent military-style assault on the magazine’s main office in Paris.

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MSNBC, CNN continue to be crushed by Fox News

Keep this train wreck moving along...
Keep this train wreck moving along…

In what the Obama Administration might describe as a glitch, both MSNBC and CNN haven’t just slipped in the ratings against their common competitor Fox News, both news networks are being crushed, as reported in two different articles, both published by Breitbart.com on Nov. 29, 2013.

With the November ratings out, MSNBC has found that they’ve lost 45 percent of their audience as compared to this same month last year.

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