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    FLAPJACKS. HAM SALAD. WE DON'T CLOSE SCHOOLS BECAUSE OF CANCER. THIS METAL DETECTOR IS TRYING TO SELL ME AN EXTENDED WARRANTY. And so on... In the news today: The omicron variant of COVID-19. Tucker Carlson's dangerous demonization of supposed enemies apparently is something for the cameras, because in his personal life? Different story. And Marjorie Taylor Greene continues to make the nation worse every time she opens her mouth, which takes some real doing. Still, she seems up for the challenge. Here's some of what you may have missed: • Study suggests how omicron became more contagious, and why it gives the immune system a hard time • Tucker Carlson asked Hunter Biden to help him get his son into college • How the right corrupted the idea of 'freedom' to promote its racist agenda • Asian Woman beaten on train; hundreds march as violence on Philadelphia SEPTA train continues • Marjorie Taylor Greene wonders why we never closed schools or businesses because of cancer Community Spotlight: • Nation's first college-owned Hydropower goes online • Have you ever...
    As Fox News continued to dominate the cable news ratings on Thursday, Tucker Carlson and The Five resumed their battle for the top-rated show on their network — and all of cable news. While The Five had topped the charts for the month of October, Tucker managed to knock the 5 p.m. panel talk show down to second place in the month of November. On Thursday, illustrating the rivalry between the two programs, The Five scored the most overall total viewers, while Tucker won the key 25-54 age demographic. The Five secured 3.35 million total viewers to win the day, while Tucker came in second with 3.25 million total viewers. Sean Hannity’s eponymous show ranked third with 2.75 million total viewers. In the demo, Tucker’s 562,000 viewers topped The Five’s 505,000 viewers. Hannity, again, came in third with 467,000 viewers. Here is a full breakdown of Thursday’s cable news ratings by show: Total Viewers (thousands) ET FNC CNN MSNBC NEWSMAX NEWSNATION 6a FOX AND FRIENDS: 1106 NEW DAY: 289 MORNING JOE: 806 DICK MORRIS DEMOCRACY: 11...
    Hunter Biden was close friends with Tucker Carlson, wrote a recommendation for his son's Georgetown application, and even got Carlson to intervene in a Fox News story about him on Hunter's behalf. Emails from Hunter's abandoned laptop show the Fox anchor and the president's son were close – a fact that Carlson failed to declare throughout his extensive coverage of the scandals surrounding Hunter's business and personal transgressions revealed by his abandoned computer. In emails Hunter professed his 'love' for Carlson and his family, called him 'buddy' and told him 'you're a friend'. In August 2015 data on the 30 million users of extramarital affairs website Ashley Madison were leaked, including Hunter's name and credit card. Fox News wrote a story about Joe Biden's son's alleged use of the site, whose tag line is 'Life is short. Have an affair'. Emails obtained by DailyMail.com from Hunter's abandoned laptop show Fox News host Tucker Carlson and the president's son were close at one point In one email from 2014, the news anchor thanked Hunter for writing a recommendation letter for his...
    Chris Stirewalt, the former Fox News digital politics editor, said it was “beyond reckless” for his former network to produce Tucker Carlon’s January 6th series Patriot Purge. Stirewalt, who is currently a contributing editor of The Dispatch and resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, was fired from Fox News after he defended the decision to call the state of Arizona for Joe Biden on election night 2020. Fox called the state first, a decision which was correct and later echoed across the media, but one that angered former President Donald Trump and his supporters. On the Talkline podcast, host Hoppy Kercheval asked Stirewalt about the “recent departure of Jonah Goldberg and Steve Hayes from Fox because they did not want to be a part of something where Tucker Carlson was going to reinvent January 6th. What’s your take on that?” Stirewalt responded, “They hired me [at The Dispatch] when Fox fired me” and “I have had a lot of respect for them for a long time.” “What Steve and Jonah did in giving up compensation and a high-visibility...
    A former Fox News political analyst is slamming the network for its prolonged failure to censor host Tucker Carlson as he continues to circulate misinformation and dangerous rhetoric. On Friday, December 3, Chris Stirewalt appeared on WV Metro News where he shared his perspective on the Fox News, the departure of Stephen Hayes and Jonah Goldberg as contributors, and the network's unwavering support of Carlson. Both Goldberg and Hayes recently opted to part ways with Fox News citing their opposition toward Carlson's controversial, conspiracy-driven documentary about the Jan. 6 insurrection. "What Steve and Jonah did in giving up compensation and a high visibility post was to put their money literally where their mouth is," Stirewalt said, adding, “What Fox allowed in Tucker Carlson’s documentary, which said that January 6 was potentially a false flag operation undertaken by the federal government and that Americans were being put in Guantanomo over pictures of waterboarding, was beyond reckless and is another mile-marker down the road to the kind of Alex Jones-ian, Infowars-ian garbage that makes it impossible to have any kind...
    Fox News anchor Tucker Carlson described CNN's Chris Cuomo as 'illiterate' and a 'buffoon' on Tuesday night - but accused the network of bowing to pressure with their decision to suspend him.  CNN at around 5pm on Tuesday announced they had suspended star anchor Chris Cuomo after acknowledging that he provided greater assistance to his brother Andrew over sexual misconduct allegations than he had previously admitted. The network said that Cuomo, 51, was suspended indefinitely, with Anderson Cooper extending his hour-long show to two hours, to cover Chris's 9pm slot. Carlson was gleeful about the demise of one of CNN's biggest stars.  'Like most Americans, we never actually watched The Chris Cuomo Show - assuming that's was its name,' the 52-year-old said. Tucker Carlson on Tuesday night called Chris Cuomo 'illiterate', and 'an idiot', but said he was right to defend his 'loathsome' brother, because he was family 'But we saw clips and it transfixed us. 'How, we wondered, how could a man who could barely speak English wind up with a paying job on television? 'Some kind of weird...
    KENOSHA, Wis. -- When he was acquitted of murder in shootings during unrest in Wisconsin, Kyle Rittenhouse went from staring at possible life behind bars to red-hot star of the right: an exclusive interview with Tucker Carlson and a visit with Donald Trump at Mar-a-Lago capped by a photo of both men smiling and snapping a thumbs-up.For Rittenhouse, a year of legal uncertainty over whether his claim of self-defense would stand up has given way to uncertainty over what's next. He told Carlson, in an appearance that spiked the host's ratings by some 40%, that he hoped to become a nurse or maybe even a lawyer. He planned to "lay low" but would for sure leave the Midwest.Even as Rittenhouse figures out his next moves, fundraising continues on his behalf, ostensibly to retire legal bills from his trial but perhaps in recognition that he may face civil lawsuits over the shootings. Rittenhouse has hinted he may bring defamation claims of his own, and could seek possession of $2 million in bail money raised by his supporters.And some marketing experts say...
    Tucker Carlson’s Fox News interview with acquitted Kenosha shooter Kyle Rittenhouse was watched by more than 5 million viewers on Monday night - more than twice the number who tuned in to rivals CNN and MSNBC combined. Rittenhouse was acquitted on murder charges last week and Carlson was given the chance for the post-trial interview because of the support he had shown him, according to the 18-year-old's family.  The Rittenhouse interview on Tucker Carlson Tonight was by far the most watched cable news program between 8pm and 8pm Eastern time on Monday night. The MSNBC program that goes head to head with Carlson’s - All In with Chris Hayes - was watched by 1.2 million viewers - slightly more than one-fifth of the Fox News viewership. Coming in a distant third was CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360, which attracted just 792,000 viewers, according to Mediaite. That means the Fox News audience was six time largers than that of CNN during that time span. Monday's CNN program was guest-hosted by John Berman, who was filling in for  the vacationing Anderson Cooper.  Carlson’s...
    Fox News chief political anchor Bret Baier squirmed on Monday when colleague Brian Kilmeade pressed him over reports that he was bothered by Tucker Carlson’s conspiracy-laden Jan. 6 “documentary,” eventually conceding that there were indeed “concerns” within the network over the unhinged special. During an appearance on Kilmeade’s Fox News Radio program, first flagged by Mediaite, Baier was asked to weigh in on the recent resignations of longtime Fox News contributors Jonah Goldberg and Stephen Hayes. The pair, who are also co-founders of anti-Trump conservative outlet The Dispatch, had both been with Fox since 2009 and regularly appeared on Baier’s midday political analysis show. Following the release of Carlson’s multi-part Patriot Purge series that baselessly suggested the Capitol riots were a “false flag” orchestrated by the federal government, however, Hayes and Goldberg claimed they’d had enough and publicly quit, citing the program’s “truly dangerous” and factually inaccurate content. Furthermore, NPR reported that Baier and fellow veteran anchor Chris Wallace complained to upper management about the decision to air Carlson’s feature. “What’s going on with Steve Hayes and Jonah Goldberg? Why...
    Two top FOX News hosts reportedly expressed their concerns about Tucker Carlson's Patriot Purge series before it aired earlier this month and two contributors quit over the documentary's claims. According to a report from NPR, senior FOX News figures Bret Baier and Chris Wallace raised their objections to the three-part documentary series to network leaders, including FOX News Media CEO Suzanne Scott and president of the network's news division, Jay Wallace. Their complaints about the show's dubious claims eventually made their way up to Lachlan Murdoch, the chairman and CEO of FOX Corporation. But network executives still allowed Carlson's three-part documentary series accusing President Joe Biden of setting up the January 6 riots in order to 'conduct an ideological purge and persecute conservatives' to air earlier this month - even as some FOX News hosts debunked its claims.   FOX News hosts Chris Wallace, left, and Bret Baier, right, reportedly told network executives they had concerns about Tucker Carlson's Patriot Purge series before it aired The complaints were made to FOX News Media CEO Suzanne Scott and president of the network's news division,...
    A Fox News executive reportedly said that the network had not intended to re-sign either Hayes or Goldberg when their contracts came up for renewal in 2022. Carlson mocked Goldberg and Hayes in a comment to the New York Times, saying that their resignations were welcome news. "Our viewers will be grateful," said Carlson. Here's more about the resignations from Fox News: Two Fox News Contributors Quit Over Tucker Carlson's Jan. 6 Documentary www.youtube.com
    At Fox News, far-right opinion host Tucker Carlson has not only been a supporter of Hungarian strongman Viktor Orbán and promoted the racist, anti-Semitic Great Replacement theory — he has also been an apologist for the insurrectionists who violently assaulted the U.S. Capitol Building on January 6 in the hope of stopping Congress from certifying now-President Joe Biden's Electoral College victory over then-President Donald Trump. And Carlson's coverage of January 6 is so beyond the pale that two conservative journalists, according to National Public Radio, have left Fox News because of it. Those conservatives, NPR's David Folkenflik reports, are Jonah Goldberg and Stephen Hayes. Goldberg is known his years as a National Review editor. And Hayes was with the now-defunct Weekly Standard, whose Bill Kristol started The Bulwark with fellow Never Trump conservative Charlie Sykes following the Standard's demise. "Two long-time conservative Fox News commentators have resigned in protest of what they call a pattern of incendiary and fabricated claims by the network's opinion hosts in support of former President Donald Trump. In separate interviews with NPR, Stephen Hayes...
    Tucker Carlson responded to two contributors who resigned in protest of his Fox Nation series on the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. Jonah Goldberg and Stephen Hayes, co-founders of center-right news outlet The Dispatch and regulars on Bret Baier’s news show Special Report, resigned from Fox News in protest of its coverage. Hayes and Goldberg said in interviews with the New York Times and NPR that they stuck with Fox until now because they were reassured that some of the more propagandistic coverage the network pumped out following the 2020 election would recede after Donald Trump left office. Then Fox Nation, the network’s streaming service, dropped Patriot Purge, a three-part series produced by Tucker Carlson that pushed incendiary conspiracy theories about the Capitol attack, and sparked outrage within Fox News. Hayes and Goldberg said the documentary was the final straw. It was “a sign that people have made peace with this direction of things, and there is no plan, at least, that anyone made me aware of for a course correction,” Goldberg told the Times. The pair...
    STEPHEN Hayes and Jonah Goldberg have sensationally quit Fox News after over a decade on the air. The conservative commentators said they found it "regrettably necessary" to resign in a statement on Sunday, November 21, 2021. 2Jonah Goldberg resigned from his position on Fox News on Sunday, November 21, 2021Credit: Getty 2Contributor Stephen Hayes also stepped down in the wake of Tucker Carlon's controversial documentaryCredit: Rex Why have Stephen Hayes and Jonah Goldberg quit Fox News? Both Hayes and Goldberg have stepped down from their roles as contributors as they believe "the voices of the responsible are being drowned out by the irresponsible." In a post on their conservative online publication, The Dispatch, they revealed they have left the network in protest of prime-time host Tucker Carlson. The duo said Carlson's bizarre three-part documentary on the Capitol riots, Patriot Purge, was publicizing a dangerous and distorted narrative. As well as being "riddled with factual inaccuracies, half-truths, deceptive imagery, and damning omissions," they said the doc encouraged the debunked conspiracy theory that the FBI incited the deadly insurrection. ...
    Alyssa Farah did not hold back in her critique of Tucker Carlson, and Fox News, during a Monday morning appearance on CNN New Day, calling Carlson’s programing “pure conspiracy-mongering.” Briana Keilar asked Farah to opine on the recent news that two visible and long-time Fox News contributors, Jonah Goldberg and Stephen Hayes, have asked to leave their contributorship to the network in protest of Tucker Carlon’s docu-style conspiracy-fest Patriot Purge.  Carlson aired a trailer for the series on his prime time show, which created the exact sort of controversy he typically curries, though the series appears only in full behind a subscriber-only paywall on streaming service Fox Nation.  The portion aired on Fox News included numerous baseless conspiracies like January 6th was a “false flag” and that the left was trying to put the right-wing in Gitmo. Or something. Keilar introduced the topic to Farah, noting how “two Fox News contributors are quitting because of that special — it’s total b.s. — that Tucker Carlson put on — and they released a statement where they were talking about this basically being...
      Following the departures of Jonah Goldberg and Stephen Hayes from Fox News, a new report says the network has seen a significant level of an internal dispute over the conspiracy theories espoused by Tucker Carlson. New York Times media columnist Ben Smith reported on Sunday that Goldberg and Hayes walked out because of Patriot Purge, Carlson’s 3-part Fox Nation docuseries about the storming of the U.S. Capitol. Fact-checkers and media commentators have been tearing Patriot Purge to shreds for boosting known propagandists and advancing unsubstantiated claims about January 6th. NPR’s David Folkenflik reported on this development new details that had not yet been known: Senior Fox News figures voiced their own concerns about the dubious claims advanced by Patriot Purge and Fox’s opinion side. The report states that Bret Baier and Chris Wallace went as far as raising their objections to the network’s leaders. From NPR: Veteran figures on Fox’s news side, including political anchors Bret Baier and Chris Wallace, shared their objections with Fox News Media CEO Suzanne Scott and its president of news, Jay Wallace. Those...
    Two Fox News contributors, Jonah Goldberg, 52, and Stephen Hayes, 51, have resigned from the network after 12 years following the release of a documentary by Tucker Carlson about the January 6 Capitol siege. The pair have left the broadcaster after the film entitled, Patriot Purge, appeared to 'baselessly suggested that the January 6 insurrection was a 'false flag' plot orchestrated by the federal government.  The documentary accuses President Joe Biden of setting up the entire event in order to 'conduct an ideological purge and persecute conservatives.' Jonah Goldberg, 52, left and Stephen Hayes, 51, right, have resigned from the network following the release of a documentary by Tucker Carlson about the January 6 Capitol siege which they have described as 'truly dangerous' and 'factually inaccurate' 'Whether it's 'Patriot Purge' or anti-vax stuff, I don't want it in my name, and I want to call it out and criticize it,' Goldberg said to the New York Times. 'I don't want to feel like I am betraying a trust that I had by being a Fox News contributor.' The duo say they are also concerned...
    New York (CNN Business)A version of this article first appeared in the "Reliable Sources" newsletter. You can sign up for free right here.Every month or so, while conversing with sources at Fox News, I express surprise that Jonah Goldberg and Stephen Hayes are still employed by the network. The two men are reality-based conservative thinkers who refused to capitulate to Donald Trump. Unfortunately, Fox viewers rarely got to hear from them. This year they were booked by the network's producers so rarely that their contracts could be likened to golden handcuffs.Now they are ditching the cuffs. Hayes and Goldberg announced Sunday night that they have resigned from Fox. The pair wrote in a blog post for The Dispatch, their online home, that Tucker Carlson's "Patriot Purge" propaganda film was the last straw."Fox News still does real reporting, and there are still responsible conservatives providing valuable opinion and analysis," the men wrote. "But the voices of the responsible are being drowned out by the irresponsible," and Carlson is the case in point. CNN and many other news outlets have described how...
    Famous never Trumpers Jonah Goldberg and Stephen Hayes quit as contributors for Fox News in protest of Tucker Carlson’s January 6 documentary suggesting that the Capitol Hill riot may have in part been sparked by the FBI. In late October, as Carlson’s documentary hit the subscription service Fox Nation, Jonah Goldberg sent a text to Stephen Hayes wondering if he should quit the network. “I’m tempted just to quit Fox over this.” “I’m game,” Hayes replied. “Totally outrageous. It will lead to violence. Not sure how we can stay.” Speaking with the New York Times, Hayes and Goldberg said they stayed on as contributors with Fox News despite their never Trump stance in hopes that they could help “right the ship” after the former president exited the White House. Those hopes were dashed with the arrival of Patriot Purge, Tucker Carlson’s documentary exploring January 6 and how the riot has allegedly been used by the Biden administration to crack down on patriotic Americans. Goldberg said the documentary was evidence that “people have made peace with this direction of things, and...
    Two Fox News contributors, Jonah Goldberg and Stephen Hayes, have resigned from the network in protest over Tucker Carlson’s Patriot Purge special about the events of Jan. 6, calling it “dangerous” and “revisionist history.” Carlson’s three-part special aired on Fox Nation and was loudly criticized by a variety of media commentators and fact checkers., including Mediaite’s Colby Hall, who wrote that it would be an “understatement” to label the series “a fever pitch of deranged conspiracy theories.” “There is no evidence that the FBI, or any government agency, orchestrated the attack or incited it,” wrote PoltiFact about Patriot Purge. “And there is no evidence that it was staged or a false flag.” Goldberg, formerly at National Review, and Hayes, formerly at The Weekly Standard, were part of a group of Never-Trumpers and Trump-skeptics who founded The Dispatch in 2019. They have carved out a unique niche for themselves in a conservative media world still rocking from the seismic impact of former President Donald Trump’s surprise success in the 2016 Republican presidential primary, even more shocking victory in the general election, and...
    A pair of Fox News contributors have quit their roles at the network, saying primetime host Tucker CarlsonTucker CarlsonRittenhouse defense attorney says he threw Tucker Carlson's film crew 'out of the room several times' Rittenhouse after trial: 'Self-defense is not illegal' Tucker Carlson gets Rittenhouse interview for Monday night MORE's recent documentary series examining the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol was a breaking point.  Steve Hayes and Jonah Goldberg, two leading conservative writers and pundits who have regularly appeared on the network since 2009, announced they had finalized their resignations from Fox following the release of Carlson's controversial documentary.  News of the pair's departure was first reported by the New York Times on Sunday evening.  "The special — which ran on Fox’s subscription streaming service earlier this month and was promoted on Fox News — is presented in the style of an exposé, a hard-hitting piece of investigative journalism," the two journalists wrote in an entry on their political news and commentary website The Dispatch. "In reality, it is a collection of incoherent conspiracy-mongering, riddled with factual inaccuracies, half-truths, deceptive imagery, and damning omissions. And its message...
    CNN anchor Jim Acosta repeatedly called "b*llshit" on the air Saturday, in a commentary blasting Fox News host Tucker Carlson and his network, as well as frequent guest Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX). "It's that time of the year, the days are getting shorter, it's cold outside — it's also when we start looking back at the past year," Acosta said. "And what a year it was over on Fox — or, as I've described it this year, the bullsh*t factory. Just in the last week, they've churned out so much BS it's hard to keep up." After playing clips from Fox News' Laura Ingraham and Jesse Watters, Acosta turned to Carlson. "We once honored you with the distinction of bullsh*t factory employee of the month, but now that 2021 is coming to an end, we decided to honor you as our first-ever BS factory employee of the year," Acosta said, noting that among other things Carlson has served as a mouthpiece for white supremacists, spread a false flag conspiracy theory about the Capitol insurrection, and most recently...
    Fox News saw a bit of a shake-up in the ratings on Monday as Tucker Carlson Tonight dropped to third place behind The Five and Special Report with Bret Baier in the advertiser-coveted 25-54 age demo. For coverage of closing arguments in the Kyle Rittenhouse trial, Tucker Carlson’s often dominant prime time show scored 668,000 viewers in the demo, lagging behind The Five‘s 774,000 and Bret Baier’s strong showing of 763,000 viewers in the demo. Carlson came second in total viewers with 3.6 million to The Five’s whopping 3.9 million viewers. Baier placed third with a very respectable 3.4 million viewers. For context, The Five’s near-4 million total viewers more than quadrupled the total viewers of its CNN and MSNBC time slot rivals — Wolf Blitzer’s The Situation Room and Hallie Jackson Reports, respectively. In the morning, Fox & Friends handily beat out MSNBC’s Morning Joe in total viewers and more than quadrupled CNN’s New Day peak viewership in their third hours. Here is a full breakdown of Monday’s cable news ratings by show: Total Viewers (thousands) ET...
    Chris Christie’s whole political persona is as a straight-shooting tough guy who tells it like it is. Yet despite being pressed repeatedly by MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace on Tuesday, the former New Jersey governor declined to aim his fire at Fox News for peddling lies and conspiracy theories. Christie, who is laying the groundwork for a 2024 Republican presidential run, has been a ubiquitous presence on the talk-show circuit in recent days. Promoting his new book, Republican Rescue: Saving the Party From Truth Deniers, Conspiracy Theorists, and the Dangerous Policies of Joe Biden, Christie has openly criticized ex-President Donald Trump while urging Republicans to let go of their false belief that President Joe Biden stole the 2020 presidential election. But while he has blamed Trump’s rhetoric and embrace of election conspiracies for the violence of the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection, Christie hasn’t ruled out voting for Trump if he’s the GOP nominee in 2024. That stance has prompted some to remind the ex-governor that he was the “first mainstream politician to glowingly endorse” Trump during the 2016 election and accuse...
    Is it possible for both a company and the individuals working for said company to be filled with more s@%t than even the sum of their parts? Fox News has time and time again defied all constructs of decency, intelligence, and morality. On Friday, Fox News sent out invites to raise themselves some money at what is being called an “award show.” The network that has turned its audience into the biggest believers in public health misinformation want everyone to meet up! The event is Fox Nation’s Patriot Awards 2021! Wowsers! It will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 17, in Hollywood, Florida! (GET IT?!?!?!?!?!) Tickets range from $125 for a plain old Patriot ticket up to $500 for a Patriot Gold ticket. “Special guests” will include all kinds of Fox Nation favorites like Tucker Carlson. Barf! Patriots are about freedom and Trump and the freedom to be you and me. No, it means the freedom to just be them everyone else be damned! Probably unrelated fine print from the event: “IMPORTANT: In order to attend The Patriot Awards, all attendees must show either (A) COVID...
    Fox News anchors Tucker Carlson drew big ratings for coverage of the Kyle Rittenhouse trial, surging ahead of (newly-crowned) regular ratings winner, The Five. Carlson, who had an interview with Ohio Senate candidate J.D. Vance about the trial, drew 3.53 million total viewers and a whopping 639,000 in the advertiser-coveted 25-54 age demographic. Carlson also had an animated interview with Republican Congressman Mike Turner (R-OH), in which Turner explained to a baffled Carlson why the United States backs Ukraine (a democracy with borders) over Russia (an autocracy with no respect for borders.) The Five, which has been beating Tucker Carlson Tonight in recent months, drew 3.24 million total viewers and 500,000 in the demo. Here is a full breakdown of Wednesday’s cable news ratings by show: Total Viewers (thousands) ET FNC CNN MSNBC NEWSMAX NEWSNATION 6a FOX AND FRIENDS: 1175 NEW DAY: 285 MORNING JOE: 893 WISE GUYS WITH JOHN TABAC: 11 MURDER, SHE WROTE: 29 7a FOX AND FRIENDS: 1490 NEW DAY: 427 — WAKE UP AMERICA: 103 MORNING IN AMERICA: 30...
    Sean Hannity edged out Tucker Carlson Tonight — which was guest-hosted by Will Cain — in total viewers in the Friday night ratings race. Hannity drew 3.02 million viewers at 9 p.m. on Friday night, coming out ahead of Cain, who drew 2.94 million in the 8 p.m. hour. Cain still managed to best Hannity in the advertiser-coveted 25-54 age demographic, with 456,000 to Hannity’s 417,000. The Five placed first in cable news, with 3.29 million viewers and 504,000 in the demo, continuing a strong run at the top of cable news. Here is a full breakdown of Friday’s cable news ratings by show: Total Viewers (thousands) ET FNC CNN MSNBC NEWSMAX NEWSNATION 6a FOX AND FRIENDS: 1071 NEW DAY: 240 MORNING JOE: 678 CONVERSATIONS WITH NANCY: 10 MURDER, SHE WROTE: 29 7a FOX AND FRIENDS: 1399 NEW DAY: 304 — WAKE UP AMERICA: 139 MORNING IN AMERICA: 9 8a FOX AND FRIENDS: 1699 NEW DAY: 410 — — — 9a AMERICAS NEWSROOM: 1835 CNN NEWSROOM: 524 STEPHANIE RUHLE...
      Fox News host Tucker Carlson not only beat every CNN show in the ratings Wednesday night, but the viewers he got in the key demo alone were enough to beat most CNN shows’ total numbers. Tucker Carlson Tonight scored 3.92 million viewers overall and 758,000 in the 25-54 viewer demographic. CNN’s highest-rated show Wednesday was Anderson Cooper 360 with 790,000 total viewers. Every single other CNN program scored less total viewers than Carlson did in just the demo. In prime time alone, CNN averaged 703,000 viewers overall, while Fox News averaged — in the demo alone — 627,000 viewers. Here is a full breakdown of Wednesday’s cable news ratings by show: Total Viewers (thousands) ET FNC CNN MSNBC NEWSMAX NEWSNATION 6a FOX AND FRIENDS: 1375 NEW DAY: 289 MORNING JOE: 745 WISE GUYS WITH JOHN TABAC: 25 MURDER, SHE WROTE: 26 7a FOX AND FRIENDS: 1836 NEW DAY: 311 — WAKE UP AMERICA: 135 MORNING IN AMERICA: 19 8a FOX AND FRIENDS: 2261 NEW DAY: 415 — — — 9a...
    New York (CNN Business)A version of this article first appeared in the "Reliable Sources" newsletter. You can sign up for free right here.Fox News is not officially commenting on the record, but it seems the right-wing talk network is quietly trying to distance itself from Tucker Carlson's 1/6 trutherism.That's the takeaway from this story by Daily Dot's David Covucci. He wrote on Friday that after his outlet published a story on Carlson's 1/6 special series, titled "Patriot Purge," the Fox News PR department reached out. Fox PR intended its request to be off the record, but Covucci correctly noted that *both* parties must agree to go off the record before it is binding. "The Daily Dot did not agree to Fox's demand when it was sent this quote, and thus is not bound by the request," Covucci explained to readers. "Plus, you should know that even Fox News wants to distance itself from Carlson's documentary."Even Geraldo Rivera thinks this Fox Nation series is bulls**tSo what was the request from the unnamed spokesperson? According to Covucci, it read as follows: "Can...
    Joy Reid tore into Fox News and Tucker Carlson on Friday night and ripped the host for the second time in two days for his upcoming Fox Nation series on the January 6th Capitol attack. Carlson previewed the trailer for the series, which suggests that the attack was a “false flag” event. It also features a person claiming,  “The left is hunting the right. Sticking them in Guantanamo Bay, for American citizens, leaving them there to rot.” Reid did not mince words on Friday’s ReidOut. “Arguably the greatest threat to our democracy continues in its quest to rot this country out from the inside,” said the MSNBC host. “No, no. Not the Republican Party this time. I’m talking about Fox News. Tuckums Carlson, the new prep school Alex Jones is defending his January 6th fake-u-mentary.” Calling him a “frozen food scion,” Reid said Carlson’s continued presence on air is part of a broader problem in Rupert Murdoch’s media empire. She alluded to the Wall Street Journal publishing a letter from Donald Trump on Wednesday, in which the former president lied...
    An ex-Fox News reporter has slammed his former network and accused it of betraying its viewers by airing Tucker Carlson's upcoming segment on the Jan. 6 insurrection. Speaking to CNN's Anderson Cooper, Carl Cameron weighed in on the highly controversial trailer for the "Patriot Purge" which highlights a number of baseless conspiracy theories suggesting the Capitol riots were part of a "false flag operation," according to The HuffPost. Following the insurrection, the U.S. Department of Justice charged hundreds of individuals for their participation in the deadly riots that followed former President Donald Trump's "Stop the Steal" rally. In the aftermath, Trump was also impeached for a second time in connection with the incitement of a riot. According to Cameron, Carlson's trailer may also lead to the same outcome: incitement of anger. "There's whole a bunch of extraordinary madness involved in this," Cameron told CNN anchor Anderson Cooper. "Tucker's trailer is meant to incite, it's meant to make people angry." Former Fox News reporter reacts to Tucker Carlson series www.youtube.com Cameron's latest remarks only add to...
    Christopher Cantwell in prison. In the middle of August 2017, a bunch of neo-Nazis calling themselves “white nationalists” stormed into Charlottesville, Virginia, under the pretense that participants wanted to show off how organized they were. Over two days, the Unite the Right rally devolved into violence, with one person dead and dozens others injured. The impetus for the rally was the proposed removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. The devolution didn’t have to go very far to become dangerous. While counterprotester Heather Heyer lost her life after convicted murderer James Fields plowed his car into her section of peaceful protesters, then-President Donald Trump characterized a large swath of the white supremacists there that day as “very fine people.” In October 2021, a federal civil rights lawsuit brought by the victims in the community who were intimately affected by the white supremacist violence that day began its trial phase. There are 24 defendants in the case, including alt-right racist Richard Spencer and white supremacist podcaster Christopher Cantwell, which has made the jury selection and proceedings thus far a somewhat unbalanced display of antifa conspiracy theories and general white persecution complex gunk....
    Tucker Carlson has a new series set to air on the streaming service Fox Nation titled Patriot Purge, the trailer for which he aired Wednesday night on Fox News. The trailer for the show elicited exactly the outraged reaction that Carlson likely expected, and probably even wanted. Judged purely on the feverish trailer, Patriot Purge is set to be a deeply dangerous and irresponsible bit of programming. Its very existence raises troubling questions about the leadership at Fox News Media. To label the documentary-style series a fever pitch of deranged conspiracy theories would be an understatement. It casts conservative Americans as targets of the liberal elite, featuring harrowing imagery of Guantanamo detainees being waterboarded while a voice-over claims liberals are hunting “patriots” like them. Carlson introduced the clip by warning his viewers: “The U.S government has in fact launched a new war on terror, and it’s not against al-Qaeda, it’s against American citizens.” He then added that this is an “attack on core civil liberties,” and that “it’s essential that you know what’s happening, and that you resist it.”...
    Congresswoman Liz Cheney (R-WY) condemned Fox News for enabling Tucker Carlson to spread “lies” and conspiracy theories about the storming of the U.S. Capitol. On Wednesday night, Carlson previewed “Patriot Purge,” a three-part documentary series that suggests the January 6th riot was a “false flag,” and liberals are waging some kind of insidious “domestic war” against the right-wing. The series will be streamed on Tucker Carlson Originals, and the lunacy seems to be the inevitable culmination of the Fox host’s attempts to downplay the Capitol riot and claim it was an inside job. A reminder: the riot was perpetrated by Donald Trump’s supporters, who were fueled by lies from the former president that the election was corrupted by mass voter fraud. Carlson facilitated this unsubstantiated claim with his own past assertions that the contest was “rigged.” Carlson’s project has already drawn significant outrage for its blatant attempt to advance conspiracy theories. Among the critics was Cheney, who has been actively working to hold people accountable for the riot, and she ripped Fox for letting Carlson go ahead with this. “It...
    Upon his return to the air after a Covid-19 diagnosis, Neil Cavuto read aloud some viewer messages, some of which wished him well. Others, as MSNBC’s Ari Melber put it on Wednesday, amounted to “pretty vile attacks.” Melber played a clip of Cavuto, who is immunocompromised due to bouts with multiple sclerosis and cancer, imploring Fox News viewers during an appearance on Sunday’s MediaBuzz to get vaccinated against Covid. “Life is too short to be an ass,” said Cavuto. “Life is way too short to be ignorant of the promise of something that is helping people worldwide. Stop the deaths. Stop the suffering. Please, get vaccinated. Please.” One viewer wrote in response,  “It’s clear you’ve lost some weight with all this stuff. Good for you. But I’m not happy with less of you. I want none of you. I want you gone. Dead. Kaput. Fini. Get it? Now, take your two-bit advice and deep-six it, and you!” Melber said that “Cavuto [is] sharing what he’s hearing and imploring people to understand this is extreme while also trying to figure out...
    The Five stunned cable news ratings nerd-o-nauts last month when it embarked on a winning streak in the daily ratings, beating out usual ratings king Tucker Carlson for more than a week straight. Yet while the 5 p.m. Fox News panel show beat the 8 p.m. prime time host in total viewers, Carlson still held on to the top spot in the advertiser-coveted 25-54 age demographic. Now, Carlson’s iron grip on the demo is also under threat: The Five placed first in total viewers AND the demo on Tuesday night, drawing 3.26 million viewers in the former and 459,000 viewers in the latter. Carlson came second, with 3.11 million total viewers and 449,000 in the demo. Here is a full breakdown of Tuesday cable news ratings by show: Total Viewers (thousands) ET FNC CNN MSNBC NEWSMAX NEWSNATION 6a FOX AND FRIENDS: 910 NEW DAY: 278 MORNING JOE: 801 ROB CARSONS WHAT IN THE: 8 MURDER, SHE WROTE: 39 7a FOX AND FRIENDS: 1223 NEW DAY: 346 — WAKE UP AMERICA: 100 MORNING IN...
    Over the weekend, Fox News contributor Lisa Boothe explained to Dan Bongino that she isn’t vaccinated against Covid-19 and has no plans to get the shot. In fact, she partly credited her obstinance to “Joe Biden’s tyranny”: I, as a 36-year-old woman with no underlying conditions, have a 99.97 percent chance of survival against Covid. So I was on the fence because it didn’t make sense to get vaccinated for a virus that is not a threat to my life, nor one that I fear. But now, I’m doubling down as a giant middle finger to Joe Biden’s tyranny, because now it’s a fight for freedom. Now it’s a fight against tyranny in America and that’s what this is all about. We are literally fighting right now for the future of this country. On Tuesday, Tucker Carlson defended Boothe. The Fox News host cited Monday’s protest by unvaccinated New York municipal workers who are refusing to comply with the city’s vaccine mandate. Friday is the deadline. Carlson accused the “legacy media” of ignoring the protest before launching into a defense...
    Tucker Carlson once again made the case last night that the Democratic Party is “replacing” Americans with undocumented immigrants, a group the Fox News host describes as “more obedient” Democratic voters. Carlson has been promoting the idea on his Fox News show for months, despite a public backlash against a prominent cable news host proudly backing a white nationalist conspiracy theory. He once again outlined the liberal plot on his show Monday night. Above a chyron that read “Biden is importing millions of new Dem voters,” Carlson said: America will never be the same after this, and of course that’s the whole point of the exercise. The Biden administration is subverting democracy, diluting the political power of American citizens by importing a brand-new population. That is exactly what’s happening. There’s no way to justify this on the basis that it’s good for America, it’s not. It’s good for the Democratic Party. But is it good for the Democratic Party? Analysts have pushed back on the common wisdom that increasing diversity in the United States is actually helping Democrats to win...
    An exclusive town hall with President Joe Biden couldn’t help propel CNN past Fox News in the Thursday ratings — or even help it come close. According to data from Nielsen, Fox News’ Tucker Carlson Tonight and Hannity crushed the Anderson Cooper-moderated Biden town hall in both overall audience and the advertiser-coveted adults 25-54 demographic. Carlson took the top spot in both categories – with 3 million total viewers and 446,000 in the demo. Hannity placed second with 2.64 million overall, while The Five placed second in the demo with 442,000. The town hall finished behind every single Fox News program in the overall category with 1.28 million viewers. It finished eighth in the demo with 288,000 viewers. Here is a full breakdown of Thursday cable news ratings by show: Total Viewers (thousands) ET FNC CNN MSNBC NEWSMAX NEWSNATION 6a FOX AND FRIENDS: 1061 NEW DAY: 332 MORNING JOE: 730 DICK MORRIS DEMOCRACY: 29 MURDER, SHE WROTE: 13 7a FOX AND FRIENDS: 1395 NEW DAY: 356 — WAKE UP AMERICA: 123 MORNING IN...
    CNN’s Brian Stelter accused Tucker Carlson and the rest of Fox News of “prolonging the pandemic” with their commentary over the coronavirus. Stelter appeared Tuesday on New Day to talk about conservative radio host Dennis Prager, who just announced he was diagnosed with Covid after deliberately trying to contract the disease. Stelter called this the “illogical extreme” of the right-wing mantra to “own the Libs,” and he noted how Prager’s contrarianism has public health consequences. Stelter went on to argue that right-wing media figures are primarily responsible for the vaccine skepticism and the partisan squabbling that overshadowed the pandemic. He invoked Carlson — noting that Fox News host used Colin Powell’s death to attack vaccine effectiveness before acknowledging the full context of Powell’s immunocompromised health conditions. “It is this day-in, day-out narrative that actually is prolonging the pandemic,” Stelter said. “It is that simple and that awful. They are prolonging the pandemic.” John Berman interjected to cite Will Cain questioning the effectiveness of vaccines as well. “Reminder, you don’t know everything right away,” Stelter said. “Took a couple hours to...
    Pete Buttigieg fired back at Tucker Carlson's claim he was 'figuring out how to breast feed' during his paternity leave and insisted he was still available to respond to the supply chain crisis while looking after his twins with husband Chasten  Pete Buttigieg fired back at Tucker Carlson's claim he was 'figuring out how to breast feed' during his paternity leave and insisted he was still available to respond to the supply chain crisis while looking after his twins with husband Chasten. 'I guess he [Tucker] just doesn't understand the concept of bottle feeding, let alone the concept of paternity leave', the Transportation Secretary told MSNBC's Deadline White House on Friday night. 'But what's really strange is that, you know, this is from a side of the aisle that used to claim the mantle of being pro-family, he added in the interview with Nicole Wallace. 'This attack is coming from a guy who has yet to explain his apparent approval for the assassination of Harvey Milk, so obviously we know there's some dark places where some of these attitudes come...
    Fox News host Tucker Carlson has been a vocal critic of President Joe Biden’s Covid-19 vaccine requirement for companies with more than 100 employees, but ducked a simple question about his own employer’s policy in a recent podcast. Biden’s policy requires employees to either get vaccinated or be tested at least weekly. It has been met with outrage on Fox News. In comparison, the Fox News policy requires employees to either show proof they had received the vaccine or agree to daily testing. Phrased another way, the employees do not have to get vaccinated and are not required to disclose their vaccination status either way, but must submit to testing if they do not show proof they were vaccinated. Regardless of vaccination status, all Fox employees are encouraged to wear masks if they’re in enclosed areas, like a control room, close to other employees. You don’t have to be rocket scientist to look at those two policies and come to the conclusion that the Fox News policy is stricter than Biden’s. And so far, it seems to be highly successful. According to...
    Fox News Media announced Thursday that it has signed a deal with HarperCollins to publish six more books authored by top anchors, hosts and personalities at the network. “We are thrilled to once again partner with HarperCollins, furthering the multiplatform brand extension of Fox News Media," Fox News CEO Suzanne Scott said in a statement. "Over the past 25 years, we have developed a unique connection with our audience and look forward to delivering more of the content they desire from their favorite Fox News personalities through our expanded publishing platform.” The deal with HarperCollins is part of an effort to expand Fox News Books, and will begin with the publication of a book by "Fox and Friends Weekend" co-host Rachel Campos-Duffy, along with her husband and former congressman Rep. Sean DuffySean DuffyFirst lady's press secretary calls on Rachel Campos Duffy, Fox News to apologize for host's comments Wisconsin GOP quietly prepares Ron Johnson backup plans Ron Johnson: 'I may not be the best candidate' for 2022 midterms MORE (R-Wis.), a contributor at the network. The forthcoming book, titled "All American Christmas," will be published...
    Tucker Carlson took a moment Monday night to address a comment by President Joe Biden about Fox News’ vaccine requirements. Last week President Joe Biden defended vaccine mandates in a speech and somewhat amusedly said that Fox News mandates them too. To be clear, Fox News is not mandating vaccinations, but has some significant, rigorous requirements in place for employees. A network memo last month explained their current system: all employees have been asked to input their vaccination statue on a secure system, and there will be “daily COVID testing for the small group of employees who are not vaccinated or have not provided their vaccination status.” The Fox host finally addressed the issue Monday, in response to the comments by President Biden that the network has a vaccine mandate. “As a factual matter, what Joe Biden just said is completely untrue. It is a lie, period,” he said. “We can say that with authority since we work here.” He said Fox News “defends this country’s most basic civil liberties”: To cynical authoritarians like Joe Biden and the ghouls around...
    The Five pulled ahead of the cable news competition in both total viewers and the 25-54 demo on Friday night. The 5 p.m. Fox News show drew 2.81 million viewers overall and 390,000 in the advertiser-coveted 25-54 demographic. Tucker Carlson placed second, with 2.64 million viewers overall and 322,000 in the demo, while Sean Hannity came third with 2.26 million total viewers and 272,000 in the demo. Here is a full breakdown of Friday’s cable news ratings by show: Total Viewers (thousands) ET FNC CNN MSNBC NEWSMAX NEWSNATION 6a FOX AND FRIENDS: 865 NEW DAY: 291 MORNING JOE: 825 CONVERSATIONS WITH NANCY: 17 MURDER, SHE WROTE: 25 7a FOX AND FRIENDS: 1115 NEW DAY: 409 — WAKE UP AMERICA: 99 MORNING IN AMERICA: 9 8a FOX AND FRIENDS: 1518 NEW DAY: 440 — — — 9a AMERICAS NEWSROOM: 1764 CNN NEWSROOM: 526 STEPHANIE RUHLE REPORTS: 654 NATIONAL REPORT: 144 — 10a AMERICAS NEWSROOM: 1774 CNN NEWSROOM: 565 JOSE DIAZ-BALART REPORTS: 555 — JAG: 89 11a...
    Getty Talen Horton-Tucker driving to the basket. The injury issues are piling up for the Los Angeles Lakers ahead of the regular season. They’ve already lost Trevor Ariza for two months due to an ankle injury. It now appears that they’ll be missing another key player for some time. According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, guard Talen Horton-Tucker will be undergoing surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb. Lakers guard Talen Horton-Tucker has a torn ligament in his right thumb and will undergo surgery, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. — Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) October 11, 2021 Horton-Tucker didn’t play in Sunday’s preseason game against the Phoenix Suns due to what was called a right thumb sprain. It’s obvious now that the injury was much worse than a simple sprain. Horton-Tucker was handed a three-year contract extension in the offseason with the Lakers. He was expected to have a large role on this team as one of the few young players among a sea of veterans. This is a disappointing development for the emerging guard and...
    MSNBC’s Chris Hayes lived up to the name of his show All In when he destroyed Fox News Tuesday night for the network’s Covid-19 vaccination coverage. Hayes called out media mogul Rupert Murdoch, and slammed one of Fox News’ most notable hosts, Tucker Carlson, for dispersing misinformation about Covid-19 and the vaccination effort. Just prior to going in on Fox, Hayes called out Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) for his comments on Carlson’s program Monday evening, saying that Johnson has “carved out a niche for himself as the most vaccine-resistant U.S. senator.” “So congrats on that,” Hayes quipped. Hayes then moved on to, “vaccine public enemy number one Tucker Carlson,” and claimed he does not care whether or not his guests are speaking the truth in regards to the pandemic. “Do not underestimate how many lies are being pumped into people watching these shows,” he continued, warning his viewers of the rampant spread of misinformation. Hayes then referenced a Media Matters study that determined “Fox News pushed a claim undermining vaccines during 99% of the days in the past six months.” “What makes all this so deeply cynical, aggressively cynical,” Hayes...
    A conservative American television host has claimed Australia is becoming 'like China' over the nation's policing, lockdown and vaccination policies as he stoked wild conspiracy theories on air. Tucker Carlson devoted a segment of his eponymous Fox News program to blasting Australia's pandemic response and exit strategy, claiming that the country's slide into 'Chinese authoritarianism' was a lesson for the United States. Mr Carlson's monologue suggested the government Down Under had 'disarmed' the locked-down public so 'they couldn't rebel', despite violent outbursts from those belonging to the 'Freedom Rally' movement recorded in Melbourne throughout September. Popular American television host Tucker Carlson has bizarrely claimed Australia is becoming 'like China' over our policing, lockdown and vaccination policies as he stoked wild conspiracy theories The popular news anchor began his spray by taking aim at the Australian Federal Police raids on the ABC in 2019, which he said 'seemed a lot like Chinese authoritarianism'. He said after countries like the United States were left horrified by images of Wuhan citizens at the start of the pandemic being 'welded into the apartments to...
    Fox News host Tucker Carlson placed first in the ratings on Tuesday night, in both total viewers and the demo, putting an end to a surprising run from The Five in which the daytime show placed first in cable news six times in a row. Carlson, who was the regular cable news king before The Five went on its winning streak last week, drew 3.24 million viewers overall and 528,000 in the demo. Here is a full breakdown of Tuesday’s cable news ratings by show: Total Viewers (thousands) ET FNC CNN MSNBC NEWSMAX NEWSNATION 6a FOX AND FRIENDS: 958 NEW DAY: 355 MORNING JOE: 802 ROB CARSONS WHAT IN THE: 26 MURDER, SHE WROTE: 20 7a FOX AND FRIENDS: 1317 NEW DAY: 421 — WAKE UP AMERICA: 83 MORNING IN AMERICA: 13 8a FOX AND FRIENDS: 1567 NEW DAY: 519 — — — 9a AMERICAS NEWSROOM: 1689 CNN NEWSROOM: 566 STEPHANIE RUHLE REPORTS: 823 NATIONAL REPORT: 132 — 10a SR/SENATE HRNG-AFGHANISTN: 1799 CNN NEWSROOM: 654 — —...