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November 8, 2013
Re "Why men should pay for coverage of maternity care," Column, Nov. 6 Michael Hiltzik gets it right in explaining why men pay for maternity coverage and women pay for men to have prostate cancer screening and treatment. The point is to make the coverage universal. Hiltzik also debunks so much media misinformation about those Obamacare horror stories and the lack of responsible research. I applaud him for digging into the real facts behind the Affordable Care Act and specifically Covered California.
November 6, 2013 | By David Horsey
CNN, the network that proved there is an audience for a 24-hour news channel, is struggling to hold onto viewers and stay competitive in the ratings race with Fox News and MSNBC. Fox has a solid hold on the top spot and has done it by being the relentless voice of opposition to President Obama and the Democratic Party. Though inconstant in the ratings department, MSNBC has created its own identity as the constant critic of Republicans, especially of the tea party variety. Meanwhile, CNN has stuck with its traditional format, delivering the news straight with no mixer of ideology.
November 1, 2013 | By Scott Collins
Jon Stewart has a message for Fox News Channel: I tell jokes for a living, so stop using me to help prove your talking points. On Thursday's "Daily Show," Stewart ridiculed news outlets -- mainly Fox News -- for using his jokes about the tech-plagued Obamacare rollout as evidence that the country has turned against the Affordable Care Act. "If you've lost Jon Stewart you're in trouble," a Fox News host said in footage that Stewart played. "Don't use our joke as evidence that the thing you hate must be stopped because I'm sure when we joke about [something]
October 30, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
The home of Bill O'Reilly and Sean Hannity may be getting less love from Republicans, according to a new study.  The Fox News Channel has dropped off the list of the top 10 best-perceived brands among Republicans, said research firm YouGov , which interviewed more than 200,000 people over eight weeks, and filtered their responses by party affiliation. This comes after the network has topped the YouGov list for the last three years, the only prior years in which the company has conducted this survey.
October 29, 2013 | By Scott Collins
Well, that didn't take long. Just one month after taking over her new 9 p.m. time slot at Fox News Channel, Megyn Kelly has the No. 2 show on cable news. "The Kelly File" averaged 2.2 million total viewers for October, behind only "The O'Reilly Factor" (2.8 million), according to Nielsen. (The ratings measurement company ends its month a little sooner than most people's calendars do.) Kelly, a longtime anchor for Fox News, took over the 9 p.m. slot from Sean Hannity, who moved to 10 p.m. as part of a broader network shake-up.
October 25, 2013 | By Joe Flint
Are pay-TV distributors DirecTV, Time Warner Cable and Charter Communications looking to create their own version of Aereo -- the start-up that transmits the over-the-air broadcast television signals to consumers via the Internet? That's what a story from Bloomberg suggests. The motivation is simple enough. If the cable and satellite guys can come up with their own way to distribute broadcast signals to consumers without having to pay broadcasters, it could save them a bundle of money in so-called retransmission consent fees.
October 25, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day, This article has been corrected. See note at the bottom for details
It's time now for another media mini-feud! This bout features two media personalities who are no strangers to duking it out in public: CNN host Piers Morgan and Fox News contributor (and former politician) Sarah Palin. This skirmish began when Morgan tweeted a link to an article on the satirical site Daily Currant on Thursday. The story claimed that Palin, during an appearance on the Fox News program "Fox and Friends," talked about the ways in which Jesus Christ celebrated Easter during his lifetime.
October 24, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Anyone who's watched "The Daily Show" long enough will have seen plenty of Fox News clips of the perpetually disapproving scowl of Fox News contributor Charles Krauthammer. So his appearance as a guest on Wednesday's show had all the promise of one of Stewart's classic faceoffs. Remember Jim Cramer? However, the debate between Stewart and Krauthammer, though spirited, was reasonable and respectful above all things. And because of that, both were allowed to make good points for their cause, absent the sound and fury of the modern media circus.
October 9, 2013 | By Joe Flint
Legendary neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson, professor emeritus at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and a critic of President Obama's health care reform efforts, has been hired by Fox News as a contributor. Carson rose to prominence in medical circles when he successfully separated conjoined Siamese twins in 1987. In 2008, President George W. Bush awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom. In recent years, Carson has also built a following for his political views and attacks on political correctness.
October 9, 2013 | by Scott Collins
Bill O'Reilly, you have a new contender for the cable-news throne: Megyn Kelly.  "The Kelly File" -- with former daytime host Kelly carving up the issues of the day -- delivered big returns for Fox News Channel in its second outing at 9 p.m. Tuesday, according to Nielsen.  Kelly rounded up 2.8 million total viewers, which dominated the time slot over MSNBC's Rachel Maddow (1.1 million) and CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight" (590,858). That was a huge increase over the 2.1 million "Kelly File" saw for Monday's premiere.  ON LOCATION: Where the cameras roll         More important, Kelly was within hailing distance of the man who has dominated cable news for more than a decade: O'Reilly (3 million)
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