July 29, 2013 |
A cringe-inducing FoxNews.com interview between religion scholar Reza Aslan and "Spirited Debate" host Lauren Green has gone viral, with Buzzfeed calling it “the most embarrassing interview Fox News has ever done.” Aslan's book “Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth” paints a portrait of Jesus based on the tumultuous era in which he lived and the threat he posed to the stability of the Roman Empire. His version of Jesus doesn't completely jibe with the pacifist figure of the Gospels, which is why some conservatives - or at least other denizens of Fox News - have suggested that Aslan is biased because he is Muslim.
July 29, 2013 |
Near the end of Reza Aslan's strange, 10-minute television exchange with Fox News, the author of "Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth," gives voice to a thought that's entered the mind of many an author while being interviewed: “I'm afraid it seems like you haven't read my book.” The interview, now circulating widely on social media sites, has helped propel the book to No. 1 on the Amazon bestseller list Monday. Aslan is a Muslim scholar of religion and a one-time Christian convert who's just published a popular book about the life of Jesus.
July 26, 2013 |
Megyn Kelly and her husband Douglas Brunt have welcomed their third baby. The Fox News Channel anchor, soon to be seen in the evenings instead of afternoons, delivered Thatcher Bray Brunt on Tuesday, the network announced Friday. Thatcher, who arrived at 8 pounds, 2 ounces - giving weighty royal baby George a run for his money , albeit with a lot less media attention - joins big brother Yates, who turns 4 in September, and big sis Yardley,...
July 23, 2013 |
After the coffee. Before seeing if I won the baby pool. The Skinny: I was just thinking it is time to watch "Midnight Run" again when the sad news that Dennis Farina, who has a memorable role in that underappreciated comic classic, had died. I've been afraid to watch "Midnight Run" again because Robert DeNiro makes those Marlboros look so good. Tuesday's headlines include Al Jazeera putting a management team in place, Netflix reporting second-quarter earnings and a popular Univision radio host is history.
July 12, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. promised tough new restrictions Friday on the seizure of journalists' phone records and emails, backing off from the Obama administration's aggressive use of secret court orders to obtain news media records as part of investigations into leaks of government secrets. The changes, which lawyers for news organizations hailed as significant new protections for the media's ability to freely report on government activities, are being proposed after two months of controversy over the administration's policies regarding surveillance and the free flow of information.
July 12, 2013 |
When Elisabeth Hasselbeck strode out onto "The View" stage Wednesday morning for the last time, arm-in-arm with Barbara Walters, and bade a tearful farewell to her co-hosts, it wasn't exactly a surprise. After all, her departure from the show, after a decade as its lone conservative voice, had been rumored for months. It was, however, abrupt, coming less than a day after news broke that she would be leaving the ABC talk show to replace Gretchen Carlson as co-host of "Fox & Friends.
July 9, 2013 |
Elisabeth Hasselbeck is taking her view over to Fox News. After shooting down rumors of her exit from "The View," it looks like Hasselbeck will depart from her seat on the daytime talker to set up shop over at "Fox & Friends. " Wednesday is her last day on the long-running gabfest. The departure of Hasselbeck, the conservative voice of the bunch, signals a changing of the guard on the talk show -- Joy Behar announced she'd be leaving at the end of the current season, and Barbara Walters announced she'll be retiring in 2014.
July 8, 2013 |
Americans are most likely to turn to their television set for news, Gallup found in a poll released Monday. More than half called it their “main source” of news, compared to a fifth who said they checked the Internet and less than a 10th who opened a newspaper or other print publication. Television was king for Americans of all ages, the survey of more than 2,000 adults found. But the results also provided a stark reminder of what Gallup called “the balkanization of news” - that Americans with different political leanings turn to different places for information.
July 3, 2013 |
These days, Greta Van Susteren isn't just covering the news, she's making it. Speculation is rampant that Van Susteren may be getting ready to walk away from her 10 p.m. Fox News Channel show and head back to CNN, where she rose to prominence in the 1990s as a legal analyst. One catalyst behind such a possible move? This week's announcement that hard-hitting anchor Megyn Kelly will get a prime-time slot after she returns from maternity leave later this year. Word is that Kelly could get the 10 p.m. real estate, which might leave Van Susteren with no home in prime time, between 8 and 11 p.m. PHOTOS: Cable versus broadcast ratings Meanwhile, CNN is in the middle of yet another reinvention, this one overseen by former NBC Universal boss Jeff Zucker.
July 2, 2013 |
Several high-profile news stories, including the Boston Marathon bombing, Edward Snowden's national security leaks, the conclusion of the Jodi Arias trial and the beginning of the George Zimmerman trial, lifted ratings at Fox News, CNN and HLN. According to Nielsen, CNN saw its prime-time audience jump almost 50% for the quarter to an average of 666,000 viewers compared with the same period in 2012. In the 25-54 demographic, CNN was up 77%. Fox News continued to dominate overall, finishing first in prime time with an average of 1.9 million viewers, a gain of 5%. However, the network was down 11% in adults 25-54.