Friday Links and Open Thread

  • Thursday’s numbers: Bill O’Reilly-Megyn Kelly-Bret Baier 1-2-3.
  • Roger Ailes to Variety: I report to Rupert, and that will continue.
  • Prins: The ‘Game of Murdoch‘.  Video: The story.
  • Sherman: 2015 is looking like a ‘pretty good year for Roger Ailes’.
  • Scarry: NewsmaxTV broadens its focus with Concha’s Daily Wrap.
  • Q&A: Jake Tapper (Breitbart); Jake Tapper (TV Newser).
  • Perlberg: CNN’s Courageous is an idea that’s been bad for decades.
  • The Alisyn Factor: New Day only cablenews morning show to grow.
  • Factor video: on Brian Williams and Jerry Seinfeld.
  • When nostalgia trumps news.  Weigand: 70spleasant, unremarkable‘.

70 thoughts on “Friday Links and Open Thread”

      • Interesting, perhaps, but I think Cuomo may be the most vacuous man in cable news. That’s not an easy distinction to “win”.

          • John Roberts? Really? Not Thomas? I must not have seen John Roberts in a very long time. I use to rather like him.

          • (1) The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.
            (2) A former CBS now FOX correspondent.

            Specifically #2 who has always seemed a pretty bright and serious guy.

  1. The Variety article is charmingly naive. The News of the World, which did result in some convictions, and the Parliamentary inquiry left Rupert painfully rattled and made him seem to be a very old, very confused man. Now, that may have been a defensive ploy, but there is little doubt that is the image which emerged. With the matter having now been judicially resolved, with some victories and some losses for Team Murdoch, there is an opportunity for Murdoch to ride off into the sunset with some dignity. He appears to be taking that opportunity.

    The Jimmy side of the Parliamentary actually raised more issues than it resolved. Was he an incompetent manager? Was he aloof and detached? Was he accepting of the tactics that led to the convictions? None of those was really answered. He left Britain without a tear being shed by the British at the departure, and he created an image of steel hard ruthlessness. I tend to believe that is more than an image. And given that, it seems utterly foolish to believe that he is not going to at once leave his imprimatur on the FOX operation. With the personal and political differences he has with Ailes, does anyone seriously believe that Ailes comes out the victor? Unscathed? Ailes may well keep the corner office, but he’s not likely to face as complacent a superior.

    Add to that the fact that Lachlan utterly despises Aisles, I’d say we have a good idea where this will all go in time.

    • I did not realize that News of the World editor Andy Coulson served less than five months of an 18 month sentence.

      And his predecessor Rebekah Brooks was cleared of all charges in the phone-hacking trial.

      Guess I have to plead guilty for being an ultra-parochial American. ☺

      • The sentencing for “non-dangerous” felons is pretty common in the UK. A third or so in custodial detention, then the balance in home detention.

  2. Hopefully Roger can control his cholesterol as that kind of problem seems the only way the FNC chief will stop calling the shots.

    • He likely needs to be far more worried about Jimmy and Lachland than St. Peter at the moment.

  3. I made the mistake of watching MSNBC for a half hour this morning’s which I think is pushing an agenda that cops can’t shoot black law breakers unless they get shot first. When they talk about “Justice being done” it always boils down to cop goes to jail or O.J. goes free.

    • What cop went to jail because OJ was acquitted? Not Furman. I see him on FOX from time-to-time.

  4. Greg Jarrett substituted for Shep today. Brought to mind French royalty. A bit heavy on the face powder.

  5. Today’s in the News Question.
    If man disguised’ as woman is hero for courage to be herself, why not white girl who ‘disguised’ herself as black if that’s how she sees her identity?

  6. Missing criminals on CNN getting the same boring over-coverage as missing planes. Tonight, Don and two bloodhounds take to the streets in the LEMONMOBILE.

  7. Today’s most popular links:
    5 Shannon Bream
    4 pretty good year
    3 broadens its focus
    2 I report to Rupert
    And the most popular link in today’s links…
    1 The Alisyn factor: New Day only cablenews morning show to grow.

      • I’m a widower twice over, GC, one by a drunk driver nearly 32 years ago and one to a heart attack two years ago last February. I will never marry again. I simply can’t go through losing another one.

        • i am sorry nixon. i assumed. terrible assumption. my condolences.

          maybe a young Latina that would die after you? mine loves me dearly because she is positive no one else would ever want me:) we even have conservative Indians in Nicaragua.

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