Anthony Bourdain Dishes On ‘Smug’ Bill Maher And Trump Voters

Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain is slamming fellow liberals like Bill Maher for living in a bubble and demeaning Donald Trump voters instead of seeking common ground with them. The host of Parts Unknown on CNN, the foodie and author is no fan of President-elect Trump, particularly his policies on illegal immigration or what he clams are the new president’s authoritarian tendencies. In a sense, Bourdain may be suggesting that red states, or what is often called flyover country, are “parts unknown” to the liberal elite. Trump’s election came as a shock to many news outlets, media pundits, and celebrities who were apparently relying on flawed polls rather than the facts the ground in states such as Michigan, Wisconsin, or Pennsylvania. That being said, the self-described privileged New York City liberal apparently thinks that the disdainful, out-of-touch attitude by those on his side of the ideological spectrum led to the populist, nationalistic wave that elected Trump as the 45th president, as he explained in a post-election interview published by Reason that took place the day after the Electoral College confirmed Trump’s victory. “The utter contempt with which privileged Eastern liberals such as myself discuss red-state, gun-country, working-class America as ridiculous and morons and rubes is largely responsible for the upswell of rage and contempt and desire to pull down the temple that we’re seeing now. “I’ve spent a lot of time in gun-country, God-fearing America. There are a hell of a lot of nice people out there, who are doing what everyone else in this world is trying to do: the best they can to get by, and take care of themselves and the people they love. When we deny them their basic humanity and legitimacy of their views, however different they may be than ours, when we mock them at every turn, and treat them with contempt, we do no one any good. Nothing nauseates me more than preaching to the converted. The self-congratulatory tone of the privileged left—just repeating and repeating and repeating the outrages of the opposition—this does not win hearts and minds…” [Image by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP Images] The CNN star and Emmy winner also called out Real Time host and Obama/Clinton supporter Bill Maher, describing him as “insufferably smug.” “Really the worst of the smug, self-congratulatory left. I have a low opinion of him. I did not have an enjoyable experience on his show. Not a show I plan to do again. He’s a classic example of the smirking, contemptuous, privileged guy who lives in a bubble. And he is in no way looking to reach outside, or even look outside, that bubble, in an empathetic way.” On the subject of political correctness, Bourdain noted that he wouldn’t attend in person or watch on TV a comedian who traffics in racist or offensive content, while underscoring at the same time that “I’m not going to try to put you out of work. I’m not going to start a boycott, or a hashtag, looking to get you driven out of the business.” Demonization of these comedians in the PC environment such as college campuses is unspeakable, he declared. [Image b by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP Images] Bourdain expressed similar sentiments about red state voters in an interview with Eater, in which he also expressed doubts that President-elect Trump is a good person, noting that he has an unfavorable impression of his NYC neighbor who he maintains will dismantle American institutions. The TV chef also vowed never to eat in the restaurant at Trump’s new D.C. hotel. “But nobody wants to hear some successful Hollywood actor or TV person’s opinion on politics. I certainly don’t. It’s enraging,” Bourdain added. Back in 2014, Anthony Bourdain chided MSNBC for “shrieking” at Republicans constantly rather than seeking some common ground or engaging in outreach. [Featured Image Andy Kropa/Invision/AP Images]

Megyn Kelly: Media Wants To ‘Kill’ Matt Lauer After NBC News Forum

Megyn Kelly went to bat for her friend Matt Lauer last night on The Kelly File after the “fierce backlash” against the “shady,” as it were, way he moderated the televised NBC News Forum a.k.a. the Commander-in-Chief Forum Wednesday evening. According to Kelly, mainstream/legacy media critics of his performance want to “kill” Lauer in the rhetorical or career sense for the manner in which he conducted the town hall before members of the U.S. military. Lauer, who ordinarily hosts The Today Show, threw too much “shade” on Hillary Clinton for the media’s liking, the Fox News Channel anchor claimed. Many mainstream media pundits and Twitter social justice warriors condemned Lauer for questioning Democrat presidential nominee Clinton too aggressively on the private email server controversy while in their view letting Trump off the hook during the separate portion of the show with the GOP presidential nominee. According to CNN, an anonymous NBC executive described Lauer’s stewardship of the forum, which attracted about 15 million viewers, as a “disaster.” Ironically, some Trump supporters seemed to think that Lauer was too easy on Clinton during the broadcast. .@megynkelly on Lauer Critics: If You Don't 'Kill Trump,' Left-Wing Press Will 'Kill You' https://t.co/dDr0WpG6HH pic.twitter.com/Bpdrw1zSiA — FoxNewsInsider (@FoxNewsInsider) September 9, 2016 With Kelly File panelists Howard Kurtz, the channel’s media correspondent, and Obama surrogate Bill Burton, Megyn Kelly denounced what she and Kurtz apparently view as press hyper-partisanship in play in this election cycle as she defended Matt Lauer. “I am friends with Matt Lauer, and I respect Matt Lauer a lot, and I think he actually doesn’t get enough questions for the tough questions he asks on that show. I don’t know Howie, you can’t win in this election. You can’t win, especially with, with all due respect to our brethren, the left-wing press, because they want to see you ‘kill’ Trump. And if you try and throw too much shade at Hillary, then they want to ‘kill’ you.” Kelly famously got into a feud with the New York real estate mogul after she essentially accused him of misogyny in the first GOP debate back in August 2015. In April, Kelly and Trump met at the Trump Tower in Manhattan, during which they settled their differences to some degree, and he agreed to appear on her prime time special on the Fox broadcast network the following month. Megyn Kelly Presents fell short of a big number in the ratings, however, despite the hyped-up interviews with Trump and several other celebrities. One day closer! Our #KellyFile Election Day countdown continues. pic.twitter.com/jTeHEWWCwg — Megyn Kelly (@megynkelly) September 9, 2016 Noting that she received a lot of criticism for the above-mentioned Trump interview being insufficiently hard hitting, Kelly added that “They want every interview to be Kill ‘Em! It’s ridiculous. It wasn’t Matt Lauer’s job to kill him or her last night.” She and Kurtz agreed that too much anti-Trump opinion is seeping into straight-up news reporting. Parenthetically, Trump fans, however, have argued that there has been a disproportionate amount of anti-Trump content on The Kelly File. Burton claimed that Lauer’s performance was “uneven” in the way he grilled Clinton as opposed to Trump. NBC News tweeted out the results of a poll suggesting that Donald Trump had the better of the NBC News Forum in the eyes and ears of the viewers. Which candidate came out on top at the #NBCNewsForum? — NBC News (@NBCNews) September 8, 2016 Joe Concha, the media columnist for The Hill, seemed to echo Megyn Kelly’s analysis that the establishment media expected a Trump takedown. “Following his performance as moderator of a veterans affairs’ forum featuring Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump Wednesday night, Matt Lauer broke the same rule Megyn Kelly once did: The rule? If you don’t kneecap Donald Trump in a big one-on-one event, don’t turn the conversation into the journalism version of the gory chariot scene in ‘Gladiator,’ then prepare to be shamed before being burned at the stake. Kelly didn’t have her sword out in her prime-time special and promptly went from a heroine within establishment and even progressive media circles to journalist-non-grata. Now Lauer is getting the same treatment, mostly from the liberal end of the industry, and the reviews are scathing…” Do you think that Megyn Kelly has a point about Matt Lauer and media expectations for the NBC News Forum? [Photo by RW/MediaPunch/IPX via AP Images]

Facebook ‘Fake News’ Fact-Checkers Accused Of Liberal Bias

Right-leaning websites are expressing concern that the Facebook initiative to clamp down on fake news is using only liberal organizations to engage in fact-checking, at least in its initial rollout. “Conservative pundits and publications are charging that most of the third-party organizations recruited this week to filter fake news stories from Facebook have a track record of liberal bias,” the New York Post asserted yesterday. Along the lines of who will fact-check the fact-checkers, the concern on the right is that those groups with which Facebook is partnering may engage in censorship by labeling legitimate news stories that don’t fit into a desired ideological category as fake news. According to PoliticsUSA, however, which insists that the charges from conservatives are groundless, “Facebook isn’t going to silence conservative media…Conservative skepticism is understandable, but allegations of partisan bias are not. The easy way for conservatives to avoid getting flagged by the fact checkers on Facebook is to make sure their stories are based on facts, and if they aren’t, the stories should be clearly expressed as opinion.” In outlining the work in progress for flagging misinformation which includes third-party verification by “respected fact-checking organizations,” Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg wrote, in part, that “We need to be careful not to discourage sharing of opinions or to mistakenly restrict accurate content.” [Image by Esteban Felix/AP Images] “Facebook is giving fact-checking organizations a kind of power they’ve never had before: the power to publicly brand other websites’ stories as ‘disputed’ and push them down in Facebook users’ newsfeeds,” Vox noted. “The problem is that — especially in the middle of a political campaign — what’s a ‘fact’ is often hotly disputed.” Earlier this year, Facebook was engulfed in a controversy over allegedly suppressing conservative-oriented news stories from its trending news section, which prompted a change in curation procedures. Allegations also emerged that Google was suppressing information unfavorable to Hillary Clinton, which Google denied. According to Business Insider, the initial group of fact-checking organizations include Politifact, Snopes, Factcheck.org, and ABC News, “all of which have records of left-wing partisanship — particularly throughout the 2016 election,” Breitbart News claimed. The Associated Press is also in the mix. Brent Bozell of the conservative watchdog Media Research Center released a statement after checking in with Mark Zuckerberg about about the even-handedness of the fact-checking function. “I have been in communication with Mark Zuckerberg at Facebook since he announced their new ‘fake news’ initiative. I expressed grave concern with this decision and the liberal ‘fact-checking’ organizations Facebook has chosen. Mr. Zuckerberg assured me that his express aim is to eliminate only patently false news stories from Facebook. He underscored he has instructed these organizations to focus only on truly fake news and nothing of a political nature. I will accept in good faith his commitment to address our concerns on this matter. It is my hope this will be the last we say about this issue.” In 2013, Politico reported on a George Mason University study over a four-month period indicating that Politifact supposedly characterized 52 percent of Republican claims as false but only 24 percent of those from Democrats. According to The Weekly Standard at the time, Politifact has a track record of being much harder on Republicans. “Ironically, the big problem with PolitiFact is that they claim to make psuedoscientific judgments about the ‘facts’ and frequently end up drawing their own erroneous conclusions.” The Daily Caller is not enamored with Snopes either. “Almost all of the writers churning out fact checks for Snopes have a liberal background, and many of them have expressed contempt for Republican voters. The Daily Caller could not identify a single Snopes fact-checker who comes from a conservative background. Snopes did not respond to a list of questions from TheDC regarding the site’s ideological leaning,” it claimed. An Op-Ed published by The Hill suggests that there should be more philosophical diversity among Facebook’s fact-checkers. “If Facebook’s third-party fact-checkers limit themselves to flagging stories that are straightforward hoaxes, that will go a long way toward making them credible. Adding more conservatives to fact-checking operations would also help. A fact-checking panel made up of journalists and experts from news organizations and think tanks across the political spectrum would be an excellent addition to the media landscape. It would promote cooperation across ideological lines, something that is becoming regrettably rare.” [Image by Joerg Koch/AP Images] Parenthetically, the Washington Post had to recently distance itself from its own article about fake news websites when it acknowledged that it was not vouching for its primary source’s findings. According to Zero Hedge, one of the sites allegedly smeared, the editor’s note may amount to an acknowledgement that “the entire story may have been, drumroll, ‘fake news.’” Although controversy is swirling about what the Russians may or may not have done during the election season to help Donald Trump, the mainstream media has also been scolded for what many Trump fans contend is the most fake story of the year, the almost unanimously insistence that the New York real estate mogul had no chance of winning the presidency. [Featured Image by James H. Collins/AP Images]

Has Buzzfeed Lost Journalistic Integrity Through Anti-Trump Bias?

This Tuesday CNN Money published a report that a chairman over at BuzzFeed would be hosting a fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee (DNC) the following Wednesday evening. The article suggests that BuzzFeed‘s support for the DNC during the same week that the media company announced they were rejecting ads by the Republican National Committee (RNC) on their site would cause Republicans to “raise eyebrows”. The Inquisitr reported on BuzzFeed‘s rejection of the RNC’s $1.3 million dollar ad deal, detailing the decision over Donald Trump’s offensive platform, according to the CEO Jonah Peretti, which he explained in an email to the media company’s staff. “The Trump campaign is directly opposed to the freedoms of our employees in the United States and around the world and in some cases, such as his proposed ban on international travel for Muslims, would make it impossible for our employees to do their jobs.” The deal that they ‘nixed’ was apparently for ads that look like journalism news pieces, which are usually funded by Super PACs and political groups. Jonah Peretti at ad week in 2012. [Photo by Jason DeCrow/Invision for Advertising Week/AP Images]As reports come in of Republican leaders taking their positions either away from or behind Donald Trump, progressives and their companies are taking a stand as well and in some cases being attacked for it, very much within the familiar tonal brand of Trump. Last month, The Inquisitr published an op-ed about the Facebook controversy over conservative media where Zuckerberg is mentioned as reaching out to conservatives as a way to get in front of the accusation that they were being biased with their news feed against conservative media. In that case the response from conservatives has been very abrasive, mimicking the common tone already set by conservatives against liberals and progressives.

In other cases, those progressive companies that have taken a stand against the RNC — which The Inquisitr also wrote about, as with Credo Mobile/Action protesting Google’s involvement with this year’s convention over Donald Trump — have had some help from other companies, such as those from the conservative-led Hewlett-Packard, which has also turned down providing any support to either convention this year because of Donald Trump. Many see BuzzFeed‘s decision as a media company to be unprecedented and shocking, as they cannot understand how a media corporation its size could turn down $1.3 million in ad revenue or that there could be a reason at all. An article on this by The Washington Post suggests “that Trump has ‘threatened to limit the free press’ by vowing to weaken protections against libel suits — a change that would have sweeping implications for not only BuzzFeed but also the rest of the media.” RNC chairman Reince Priebus talks to audience in Spring 2016. Has vowed to support Donald Trump as nominee despite talk from various circles to stop him at the Cleveland convention. [Image by Wilfredo Lee / AP Photo]But it also repackages the issue that BuzzFeed‘s decision to do this is based on bias, which is not okay by the standards of modern journalism. There is also the fact that traditional press is already hurting for revenue against social media services and blogs; and this move might set a new and more dangerous standard for other media corporations to follow. As to the question of whether BuzzFeed’s investment in news is waning, an article by Politico covered a panel discussion at NYU School of Professional Studies Center for Publishing in Manhattan. It refers to BuzzFeeds‘s news editor in chief, Ben Smith, who says that The Huffington Post’s era of news aggregation is over. “You’ve got to break the news if you’re in the news business,” Smith said at the panel, which was moderated by Huffington Post senior media reporter Michael Calderone. “In the early HuffPost era, aggregated news won because search dominated. But social media has reversed that. No one is saying, here’s a great rewrite of that New York Times story that only took 30 minutes and is a third as good.” Certainly their fundraiser for the DNC and their choice to reject ad revenue from the RNC over Trump have gotten the attention of conservative media, who have suggested that BuzzFeed is not only biased, but they’ve also make the connection with those who refuse to serve same- couples as the same kind of discrimination with the hypocrisy they claim the media corporation is showing by rejecting ads by the Republican Party. [Image by Richard Vogel / AP Photo]

Marissa Mayer Deliberately Tried To Get Rid of Male Yahoo Workers, Lawsuit Claims

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer and her key lieutenants allegedly implemented a process whereby male managers were illegally purged from the company to pave the way for females to replace them. That is the contention of an employment discrimination and civil rights lawsuit filed against the company by former Yahoo manager Scott Ard, who is now the editor-in-chief of the Silicon Valley Business Journal. Ard went to work for Yahoo in September 2011 and was abruptly terminated in January 2015 despite a series of positive performance reviews. Ard directed editorial content for Yahoo’s home page until his job duties were allegedly transferred to a recently hired female in June 2014. Scott Ard claims the reason for his termination from the Internet portal based on unsatisfactory performance was a pretext (or a smokescreen in non-legal terms) for gender discrimination. Ard filed his 24-page lawsuit in San Jose, California, federal court this past week, with the Mercury News summarizing the allegations as follows. “‘Mayer encouraged and fostered the use of (an employee performance-rating system) to accommodate management’s subjective biases and personal opinions, to the detriment of Yahoo’s male employees…’” “In addition to Mayer, two other female executives — Kathy Savitt, former chief marketing officer, and Megan Liberman, editor-in-chief of Yahoo News, identified in the lawsuit as Yahoo’s vice president of news at the time — are accused in the lawsuit of discriminating on the basis of gender.” Lawsuit: Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer led illegal purge of male workers https://t.co/sZpE4IZA56 — Mark J. Perry (@Mark_J_Perry) October 8, 2016 The former employee legal complaint claims of the senior editors that Savitt hired or promoted, 87 percent of them were allegedly female, and within a year in a half, top managers reporting to Savitt allegedly grew from 20 percent female to 80-percent-plus female. “Ard’s suit also takes aim at the performance-review process he said Mayer imposed. The process allowed high-level managers to arbitrarily change scores of employees they had no contact with, and it ‘permitted and encouraged discrimination based on gender or any other personal bias held by management.’” the Mercury News added. Yahoo has denied the allegations, insisting that the performance review process is fair, and that the lawsuit lacks merit. Top story: Marissa Mayer accused of illegally firing men | New York Post https://t.co/f1xt5cEPjS, see more https://t.co/XTSHFHSd00 — Androlphegax (@Androlphegax) October 9, 2016 “The lawsuit is the second this year accusing Yahoo of discrimination against men, and targets one of the highest-profile Silicon Valley female executives, Mayer, who is in the middle of divesting Yahoo’s core assets after failing to turn the company around,” the New York Post noted. It also emerged this week that Yahoo allegedly may have have run custom-made software that secretly crawled through millions of emails searching for specific snippets of information security agencies like NSA or FBI were looking for, the Inquisitr previously reported. Last month, Yahoo acknowledged that a massive data breach could have compromised the accounts and personal information of about 200 million users. Stolen data in the hack may have included names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth and passwords. “Yahoo was recently acquired by Verizon, which is now reportedly requesting a $1 billion discount on price due to a teensy bit of hacking. Mayer’s future at the company remains unclear, but she stands to walk out with a sweet $55 million if Verizon cuts her loose,” Gizmodo asserted. “A recent report from the Financial Times alleged Mayer had known since at least July that a breach had taken place, but did not immediately disclose that information to the public or to Verizon,” U.S. Newsindicated. In general, Marissa Mayer’s stewardship of Yahoo has not lived up to expectations, Breitbart News claimed. “Mayer, a former Google engineer, became a prominent symbol of female empowerment in the tech industry when she was hired as Yahoo’s CEO in 2012, especially since she was pregnant when hired. Initially, she was credited with rescuing the company from a long downward spiral under several previous chief executives. However, the company’s woes continued, and Mayer has failed to find a new business model for Yahoo, which is now largely focused on spinning off its core assets.” “Marissa Mayer became CEO on a wave of optimism and then engaged in a sleight of hand to terminate large numbers of employees without announcing a single layoff.” and allegedly in non-compliance with state and federal layoff laws, Scott Ard’s five-cause-of-action legal complaint against Yahoo claims in part. The civil lawsuit seeks money damages in an unspecified amount for gender-based discrimination and other alleged violations as well as additional forms of legal relief. [Featured Image by Frank Franklin II/AP Images]

Melania Trump Apology And Retraction From 'The Inquisitr'

A story published within the last week at the Inquisitr had attributed to unfounded rumors and innuendo regarding model Melania Trump, wife of Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump, and her life prior to her marriage. While Inquisitr writers did not generate said rumors, which alleged Melania Trump previously earned money as an escort, the writer in question was not diligent in fact-checking or maintaining a healthy distance between innuendo and fact. As such, the Inquisitr’s management and editorial staff would like to officially retract this story in full and apologize to Mrs. Trump for any duress she may have endured as a result of these reports.

Megyn Kelly To CNN Reportedly Is In Play According To Insider

Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly could jump to CNN when her contract expires next July given CNN’s reported willingness to do almost whatever it takes to bring her over to the competing cable network. As previously reported by the Inquisitr, speculation emerged that Kelly could compete directly on the Time Warner-owned channel against former mentor Bill O’Reilly in the coveted 8 p.m. Eastern Monday-through-Friday time slot. Megyn Kelly’s show The Kelly File at 9 p.m. Eastern originated as a legal-oriented weekly segment on The O’Reilly Factor. There has been speculation that O’Reilly and Kelly, who previously anchored in the afternoon, have had a falling out since then, a possible clash of egos which would not be unprecedented in the television universe. O’Reilly averages about 3.1 million viewers a night (which spiked to 4 million last month), with Kelly getting slightly less than that, which nonetheless blows away their counterparts on MSNBC and CNN. Tucker Carlson’s new 7 p.m. FNC show, which replaced the program anchored by Greta Van Susteren placeholder Brit Hume, has also been generating huge ratings. Fox News CEO Rupert Murdoch recently stirred the pot by saying that he hopes the anchor and former corporate lawyer inks the new Fox contract very soon, adding that FNC has a deep bench, with qualified in-house talent (including personalities such as Judge Jeanine Pirro and former prosecutor Kimberly Guilfoyle, among others) who could take over the 9 p.m. program if Kelly decides to move on. TV Newser pointed that Fox News continues to dominate, however, which could factor into Megyn Kelly’s career plans. “During the month of November, Fox News claimed 14 of the top 15 cable news programs in total viewers and 13 of the top 15 in the 25-54 demo, which is preferred by advertisers of news programs. Perhaps more surprisingly, FNC also had the top five cable news programs in the younger 18-49 demo, with eight shows ranked in the top 10, more than any other cable news network.” Jeff Zucker reportedly is offering Megyn Kelly 8pm or 9pm time slot — just as @AndersonCooper just reupped with CNN https://t.co/mieavgnaEw — CNN Commentary (@CommentaryCNN) December 1, 2016 According to what an insider told the Drudge Report today, CNN wants Megyn badly, and Kelly is supposedly very tempted to make the jump. “CNN President Jeff Zucker is actively [pursuing] FOX star Megyn Kelly to anchor 8 or 9 PM on his network, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned. And Kelly might just say, YES! “‘He is moving the Himalayan mountains to get her,’ a top insider explains. ‘But they are tripped up on money. He simply can’t pay her the $20 million a year FOX has on the table.’ “For Kelly, a move to Columbus Circle would represent a fresh break from a turbulent 18 months at FOX NEWS. And the chance to go directly against arch-nemesis Bill O’Reilly will be hard to resist.” Although the $5 million raise that Fox has offered Kelly (a.k.a. Bill O’Reilly money) is apparently an issue standing in the way of a possible CNN move, CNN has the ability to give her wide-ranging exposure across multiple platforms, the insider claimed. “Zucker at CNN would compensate her salary with heavy promotion and synergy across all TIME WARNER outlets. A top source close to the action describes how Megyn would be an immediate international star at CNN. ‘It’s the opportunity of lifetime.’ She could even star in a movie at WARNER BROS.” Is Megyn Kelly Planning A Move To CNN? https://t.co/djOi8QouaZ — TheFederalistPapers (@TheFederalist1) December 1, 2016 Some Megyn Kelly critics contend that when he famously accused Trump of misogyny in the first GOP presidential debate in August 2015 (and which prompted a long-running feud), it was more about careerism and burnishing her credentials for CNN or another network than a legitimate journalistic inquiry. In the intervening months, The Kelly File has featured a lot of anti-Donald Trump content, in contrast to much of what is presented on bookend programs anchored by O’Reilly and Sean Hannity (who was bumped from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. about three years ago to make room for Megyn Kelly) Kelly is currently promoting her memoir Settle for More, a book that O’Reilly implied last month during an appearance on CBS This Morning was making the Fox News Channel look bad, given its coverage of the Roger Ailes ual harassment scandal. “The anchor is ‘despised’ by fellow on-air talent. And FOX insiders describe how it’s gotten only worse since the release of her book, which is expected to end the holidays under 500,000 total copies sold. [Megyn refused to promote her book on both O’Reilly and Hannity, foreshadowing a move.],” the Drudge source added. As alluded to above, Megyn Kelly’s critics expect her to gravitate more in the liberal direction if she jumps to CNN, similar to what has allegedly occurred with Alisyn Camerota whose point of view seems to have changd since going from Fox to CNN. Do you think that when push comes to shove, Megyn Kelly, 45, will jump to CNNor stay with Fox News as the host of The Kelly File, which launched as a stand-alone show in October 2013? [Featured Image by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP Images]

Fox News' Bill O'Reilly And Megyn Kelly Join MSNBC's Rachel Maddow In Great Ratings Week

This past week’s ratings for Bill O’Reilly, Megyn Kelly, and Rachel Maddow certainly aren’t the best for any of them, but they’re still good, especially considering they are coming off of a vacation week. When averaging ratings for shows after the Memorial Day holiday on Showbuzz Daily, O’Reilly scored an average 3.12 million viewers, Megyn Kelly averaged 2.89 million a night, and new superstar Rachel Maddow averaged almost 2 million. Bill O’Reilly scores another great week in the cable news ratings. [Photo by Randy Holmes/Getty Images] Bill O’Reilly’s biggest night was Tuesday, when he scored 3.26 million viewers. It was his return after a short vacation and he began his 20th season with a bang. His “Talking Points Memo” segment talked about Donald Trump and immigration. “By going to Mexico last week, Mr. Trump signaled that he is willing to engage in diplomacy. But as soon as he got back to the USA, he repeated his policy of being tough on illegal aliens. There was some nuance, but not much,” O’Reilly said before noting that Trump is gambling on the notion that people will vote for him since they are sick and tired of illegal immigration. “Trump is hoping that voters are fed up with a federal government that won’t enforce immigration law and allows chaos to reign. The GOP ticket apparently believes there are many voters who are silently sick of permissive, long standing immigration policies.” O’Reilly added that if somebody is outspoken about enforcing immigration laws, the left will brand you a nativist and, perhaps, a racist. However, Mr. O’Reilly believes that the issue of illegal immigration has allowed Trump to win the GOP nomination. Megyn Kelly didn’t have her best week, but still attracted a lot of viewers. [Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images] Megyn Kelly, whose biggest night was Wednesday (3.32 million viewers), dealt with Matt Lauer’s controversial interview with Hillary Clinton. According to transcripts from the Fox News show, Kelly played a video of some of the tougher parts of the interview. “You’ve said it’s a mistake. Why wasn’t it more than a mistake? Why wasn’t it disqualifying if you want to be commander-in-chief?” Lauer asked Clinton in regards to her emails. Hillary said that she has claimed repeatedly that it was a mistake to have a personal account. She said that nothing she handled on her personal email server had a header that said an email was top secret, confidential, etc. After Lauer pointed out that Director Comey said that there was evidence to support Clinton had emails that definitely weren’t “personal,” Clinton responded that she could point to hundreds of experienced foreign polity experts who were communicating information on an unclassified system because it was necessary to answer questions. According to the New York Times, Lauer faced a storm of criticism for his questions. Lauer was accused of ism, unfairness, and sloppiness in his handling of the event. However, according to the Los Angeles Times, NBC News chief Andy Lack praised Matt Lauer’s presidential forum performance. “Because of our event, national security has dominated the news cycle for days. Every major paper and news broadcast around the world has led with headlines about Putin, Iraq, ISIS, and intelligence briefings. Matt did a tremendous job – driving one of the most serious discussions to date on these topics.” MSNBC‘s Rachel Maddow, whose ratings are improving each month, scored her biggest night this week (Wednesday) with 2.67 million viewers. She wasn’t happy about Matt Lauer’s questioning either and spent a lot of this week defending Hillary from ist critics. The next week on Fox News and MSNBC should be interesting, especially since it was just announced that Hillary is sick with pneumonia. Political news watchers are interested in seeing how different the coverage of Hillary’s sickness is when comparing Fox News to MSNBC. [Photo by D. Dipasupil/Getty Images]

Monica Crowley, Trump's National Security Pick, Suggested Huma Abedin Had Ties To Islamic Extremists

Fox News analyst Monica Crowley, Donald Trump’s choice to be senior director of strategic communications for the National Security Council, furthered the rumor that Huma Abedin had strong ties to Islamic extremists. Though this suggestion is unfounded, Crowley continued to share this theory as if it was a fact. Fox seems to be the hunting ground for Trump administration picks, as Kimberly Guilfoyle is also under consideration to be Trump’s press secretary, says the Inquisitr. Guilfoyle has some strong credentials, as she has been a prosecutor, and legal analyst for Court TV and Fox News. While Guilfoyle is still under consideration, Monica Crowley is a done deal. The rumor that Huma Abedin has ties to Islamic extremists has been debunked by Washinton Post and Snopes, but that hasn’t stopped Crowley from mentioning it over and over again, says CNN. The idea that Huma Abedin was in synch with the Islamic Brotherhood. The buzz actually went as far as suggesting that Huma Abedin was Hillary Clinton’s Islamic Brotherhood handler, and despite these notions being proven as untrue, they were recirculated. RELATED REPORTS BY INQUISITR Kimberly Guilfoyle Has Come A Long Way From Victoria’s Secret… Trump Appoints Anti-Semitic Stephen Bannon To Senior Position… Ivanka Trump Stalker Nabbed By Secret Service A Block Away From… Sylvester Stallone Under Consideration For Trump National… Monica Crowley continued to push this agenda even though some high profile Republicans rebutted it. Former House Speaker John Boehner said the language was “pretty dangerous” and Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers said that Abedin is an American patriot.Even Republican Sen. John McCain used strong language on the Senate floor to emphatically state that this was untrue. On Sean Hannity’s show, Crowley said that she didn’t understand why everyone focused on the Anthony Weiner ting story, when Huma Abedin’s ties to Islam made for a much better story. “That’s the real Huma Abedin story. It’s not about Weiner’s Weiner. It’s about Huma Abedin and her ties to Islamic extremists.” “That’s the real Huma Abedin story. It’s not about Weiner’s Weiner. It’s about Huma Abedin and her ties to Islamic extremists.” Trump taps Fox News commentator Monica Crowley for the National Security Council #Trump #TruePundithttps://t.co/JO87h9UcJf — True Pundit (@true_pundit) December 18, 2016 In praising Frank Gaffney in his efforts to investigate what they perceived as Huma’s suspicious background, Crowley suggested that anyone who would consider voting for Hillary Clinton should be concerned about Huma Abedin and Islam. Gaffney shared what he says he learned about Abedin’s connections. “One of whom I’ve been very concerned about, as I know have you, Huma Abedin, the woman who was tied extensively through personal, as well as family, relations with the Muslim Brotherhood, among other things. There’s a new movie that will be coming out shortly about the Weiners, her husband and Huma, and I just wonder what you make of her role in all of this as so far we can determine it.” Crowley was emphatic that Frank Gaffney had unveiled the greatest conspiracy and warning of the election. Crowley literally said that the connection exists. “Well, what we do know, at least so far, we’ve known for years Frank, that Huma Abedin is Mrs. Clinton’s closest and most trusted aide, apart from Bill, we know that to be true. You have done yeoman’s work in investigating her background, her family’s background, in terms of links to the Muslim Brotherhood and Muslim Sisterhood. That exists.” Monica Crowley wrote a story on her blog called “The Real Huma Abedin Story,” speaking of her family, and their ties to “Islamic Supremacists.” The Huffington Post says that Crowley claims that Huma Abedin’s parents were “tools of the Saudi regime.” Crowley, for some reason, also has included President Barack Obama in some sort of Arab conspiracy. She said that Obama was an Arab masquerading as a black man, and that was part of his “con.” “[Obama is] not black African, he is Arab African. And yet, this guy is campaigning as black and painting anybody who dares to criticize him as a racist. I mean that is — it is the biggest con I think I’ve ever seen.” But Monica Crowley isn’t the only appointment with a love of conspiracy theories. David Friedman, whom Trump nominated as ambassador to Israel, told a crowd at a rally that Abedin was “close to the Muslim Brotherhood.” Trump appointment Michael Flynn and his son, Michael Flynn, Jr. were connected to #pizzagate, and the younger Flynn was fired for Twitter posts from the Trump transition team, Fox News’ Monica Crowley reportedly joining the Trump administration https://t.co/9w1X12lpzs via @tregp @theblaze — Scott (@retiredfirecapt) December 18, 2016 Do you believe the Huma Abedin rumors that Monica Crowley is spreading, or do you believe that Snopes has debunked any tie to the Islamic Brotherhood? [Featured Image by Drew Angerer/Getty Images]

After Just Eight Years, Examiner.com Is Closing Its Doors And Shutting Down

The blogger platform known as Examiner.com made its debut about eight years ago and it has since brought forth countless people who wanted to write. They wanted to share their knowledge and ideas with the whole world, but they never had much of a platform to do it on. Examiner.com and Denver billionaire Phil Anschutz gave that to them, but that time has come to an end as the popular website is closing its doors and shutting down. As reported by CBS San Francisco, the online content creators are going to be shutting down their site and it is going to happen somewhere around July 10, 2016. All the writers, known as Examiners, were sent an email at the beginning of July which let them know that Examiner.com would soon be no more. https://t.co/YmbG6LXc0g to Close Down, but Popular Beatles Blog Will Live On https://t.co/a9g8547MyG — Ryan Seacrest (@RyanUpdate) July 7, 2016 That shift in “business priorities” means that the focus is now going to the live entertainment platform known as AXS.com. No longer will the vast website of everything from TV reviews to news reports to sports happenings and everything in between exist, but the shift will move on to different things and not stay as broad. Justin Jimenez is the spokesman for AXS.com and the previous senior director of content marketing for Examiner.com, and he told The Denver Post this was not a decision that was made quickly. “The media landscape and media consumption, it’s transformed dramatically. It wasn’t an easy decision. The Examiner.com experience has been a very positive one.” Examiner.com had more than 80,000 contributors (Examiners) and brought in an average of 10-15 million unique visitors a month. AXS.com has invited a number of former Examiners to join them as writers for the digital ticketing branch of Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG). It bought Examiner.com from Anschutz’s Clarity Media Group in 2014 and sort of merged the two companies, but it has come time for there to be only one. https://t.co/jHrRIiRSsR is shutting down https://t.co/sXXXobYNIA — Joshua Benton (@jbenton) July 7, 2016 Examiner.com stopped taking new submissions at the beginning of this month, but they are still up and visible as of this time. In the coming days, the site has not said exactly what will happen but has recommended that writers save any work they wish to keep since operations will be shut down entirely on or around July 10, 2016. AXS.com has truly grown in the past two years and it now includes a music-related TV channel which works with CBS Corporation, Ryan Seacrest, and Creative Artists Agency. As it has blossomed into what it is today, and will be in the future, it has caused Examiner.com to be pushed out. The site promotes a lot of upcoming music concerts and other shows, and that is where AXS wants to focus all their energy as per Michael Roth, a Los Angeles-based spokesman for AEG. “We’ve shifted our content focus to AXS.com and growing that platform. We’re still going to have hundreds of music and live-entertainment contributors to AXS.com, and I’m anticipating that some of our Examiners from Examiner.com will be applying for jobs, and perhaps many of them will stay on.” In 2012, a number of senior staffers at Examiner.com had been let go at the Colorado headquarters for Examiner.com and most of the other staffers were relocated to Los Angeles. Phil Anschutz had a great idea and it truly worked well for almost a decade with Examiner.com, but sometimes, ideas just run their course. It was an experiment that many thought wouldn’t have a leg to stand on, but it managed to survive and grow for eight years. Now, all of those who provided content for Examiner.com will look elsewhere or just let their writing dreams fade away. [Image via Examiner]