Thursday Links and Open Thread

  • Wednesday’s numbers: O’Reilly-Megyn Kelly-The Five 1-2-3.
  • Roger Ailes shoots down Murdoch/Trump rumors (via ICN).
  • The Rev to launch ‘The Shift Daily’ media blog. Coincidence?
  • Nolte: GOP bigwigs conspiring to sabotage Fox News debate?
  • Wemple: MSNBC pivots, and preps for BriWi…but to what end?
  • Mike Allen claims ‘exclusive’ eight hours after Concha’s scoop!
  • Concha: Shake-up as MSNBC cancels Wagner, Schultz, The Cycle.
  • Q&A: Bret Baier previews the debate.  S.E. Cupp gets online show.
  • Throwback Thursday: Future stars remember Take Five (via CNNC).
  • Q&A: Alisyn Camerota.  Throwback Thursday video:
  • Late Night videos: Rachel Maddow
  • Did impartial MSNBC reporter declare GOP guilty of a ‘war on women’?

28 thoughts on “Thursday Links and Open Thread”

  1. Some people are so gullible. They buy this line about MSNBC adding more “hard news” to its schedule, when their “hard news” consists of failed opinion pundits suddenly becoming impartial journalists and masquerading as reporters. The Cable Game has harped on this, and with good reason. If all they do is give us more hours like Thomas Roberts’s one-sided propaganda show, then the changes are little more than window dressing.

    • It’s worse than opinion shows because of the blatant deception. Not really new though. Integration of opinion by obvious partisans “reporting” the news is as old as Tokyo Rose.

      • Personally, I prefer to look at in terms of degrees for all the cable news channels.

        My view is almost all the programming on MSNBC, Fox News and to a lesser extent CNN has some political slant to it.

        But you know what? I kinda like it that way.

        Because they (MSNBC & Fox News) are more likely to cover news stories the broadcast networks ignore — either because of their bias or their cowardly avoidance of bold coverage of stories which might offend a significant portion of their audience — from the left and the right.

        • You do have a point. Important to get your news from multiple sources in that regard, not just those sharing your slant. Thank God that are available these days.

      • Were he still alive, William Joyce (AKA Lord Haw-Haw) would fit right in at MSNBC.

    • I am more gulli-wishful … I used to watch the channel (before it became the place for politics and lean Forward) and wish they would go back to news and less op-ed shows. But to say hard news and still have Joy Reid being your “national correspondent ” is dumb.

      • It actually was my go-to channel for years, literally: MSNBC was the power-on channel for my cable box as I started the day with Imus.

        • that was mine too, never really gave CNN thought of the day , would watch FNC for the big story and Fox report

        • I remember when my Lily Langtry worked there, and did an excellent job of covering the Swissair crash near Halifax, NS.

      • Interesting enough, Stalin used to end his speeches with, “Forward, Progressives, to victory!”

  2. With all the major news stories Fox News has covered over the years — 9/11, Boston Bombing, Ferguson Shooting, Japanese Tsunami and 2000 (or 2008) Election Night — I wonder what their all-time highest television rating was.

    Which leaves me wondering if they will break it on August 6th. I suppose one thing that could possibly jeopardize this is if people are so turned off by Mr. Trump by this point — which seems unlikely — that many will refuse to watch.

  3. Well, Spud says its Sherman’s move next. Gawker is busy with internal fist fights, but they might still have some trash he could sweep up.

    • For now it seems, but maybe he’s tired of it. Given how few people watch, he might feel his strong-arm rackets might make better use of his time.

  4. I’m thinking Johnny added one too many letters in the Rev.’s “Daily Shift” headline.

  5. Today’s most popular links:
    5 Roger Ailes shoots down
    4 Alisyn Camerota
    3 bigwigs conspiring
    2 declare GOP guilty
    And the most popular link in today’s links…
    1 Shake-up as MSNBC cancels Wagner, Schultz, The Cycle.

  6. Peter Doocey has more presence, level-headedness, and gravitas in his little finger than Luke Russert possesses PERIOD. In fact Doocey is an amazing natural in this regard.

    I don’t think anyone would have predicted this via the driven ambitious father of Russert and the laid-back antic weather-guy Steve Doocey.

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