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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.

Would liberal Connecticut attempt to arrest a presidential assassin? Don’t count on it

Kennedy's assassination was ruled to be Oswald acting alone. (Wiki)
Kennedy’s assassination was ruled to be Oswald acting alone. (Wiki)

Presidential assassination is one of the very few instances of murder being a crime chargeable as a federal offense. With that said, let’s hope that no president ever gets whacked specifically in the Nutmeg State.

But first a bit of background. U.S. Code › Title 18 › Part I › Chapter 84 › § 1751 is officially entitled “Presidential and Presidential staff assassination, kidnapping, and assault; penalties.”

As cited, those of the Executive Branch covered include;

  • The President of the United States
  • The President-elect
  • The Vice President
  • Or, if there is no Vice President, the officer next in the order of succession to the Office of the President of the United States
  • The Vice President-elect, or any person who is acting as President under the Constitution and laws of the United States

Also cited are those “employed in the Executive Office of the President or appointed under section 106(a)(1)(A) of title 3 employed in the Office of the Vice President.”

But it doesn’t end with just the Prez and the Veep. U.S. Code › Title 18 › Part I › Chapter 18 › § 351 offers the same to all members of the House and Senate, the Presidential Cabinet as well as the Supreme Court.

That brings us to a curious question: If any of the individuals specified by Title 18 of the U.S. Code were to be victims of the aforementioned crimes, would the state, county, city, town, village, hamlet or sleepy crossroads LEOs (Law Enforcement Organizations) work with the feds on apprehending the bad guys?

In a recent airing of Tucker Carlson Live on the Fox News Channel, the lead guest was Gov. Dannel Malloy (D-Conn.) regarding the state making the conscience decision not to work with the feds regarding illegal immigration.

As reported;

On Thursday, Tucker Carlson debated Gov. Dannel Malloy (D-Conn.) on his response to President Trump’s order that states comply with federal immigration laws when dealing with illegal immigrants.

This week, Malloy issued a memo to law enforcement and school officials, telling them they do not have to abide by federal immigration laws or fully cooperate with ICE.

As seen in the below video clip;

  • 1:09 mark, Malloy clearly states, “The president can’t order us to do, uh, federal work. Uh, quite frankly, the federal government should to its own job.”
  • 5:52 mark, the governor further clarified his stance of Connecticut state and local resources dealing with a federal crime; “We should not be expending local dollars… state dollars, to do the federal government’s job.”

 

 

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