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July 12, 2011
By Jonathan Schell Over the past decade, the News of the World, a British tabloid owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp., targeted the voice mail of 4,000 people, including not only royals and other VIPs, but also the families of those killed in Afghanistan, Iraq, and the 2005 terrorist attack in London. It all unraveled when the Guardian reported that the tabloid had hacked into the voice mail of a missing 13-year-old, Milly Dowler, apparently in the hope of obtaining private expressions of family members' grief or desperation to splash on its front page.
NEWS
November 21, 1998 | By Gail Shister, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
If Americans are as fed up with the Lewinsky scandal as they say they are, you wouldn't know it by the ratings for cable's live coverage of independent counsel Kenneth W. Starr's testimony before the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday. CNN, MSNBC, Fox News Channel and Court TV all experienced dramatic increases in Nielsen ratings during Starr's 10-plus hours of testimony. Live coverage began at 10 a.m. Each channel's numbers peaked between 9:30 and 10 p.m., when the President's lawyer David Kendall cross-examined Starr.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 4, 2013 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
JOE MUTO has dealt with losing his job, losing his reputation and losing friends. The low point for the former Fox News Channel "mole" came three weeks ago, when he needed to be escorted from a holding cell in handcuffs to use the bathroom. The ex-producer is still dealing with his spectacular flameout of April 2012. Muto, who worked on Bill O'Reilly's prime-time show, began writing an anonymous column for the Gawker website about what it was like for a liberal to work at Fox. His bosses blew his cover and fired him within 24 hours.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 12, 2001 | New York Daily News
A few weeks ago, the Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly branded Geraldo Rivera a liberal sympathizer. Monday, O'Reilly gave Rivera a passing grade for his coverage from Afghanistan. "I think he's doing all right," O'Reilly said. Rivera recently gave up his prime-time CNBC talk show - and a couple of million dollars - to go cover the war in Afghanistan for the Fox News Channel. For Rivera, a controversial personality, that meant joining a network that appeals to conservative-leaning viewers.
NEWS
November 12, 1997 | by David Bianculli, New York Daily News
Monday afternoon, as Massachusetts Superior Court Judge Hiller Zobel announced his resentencing of convicted murderer Louise Woodward - reducing her penalty to jail time served - the world was watching on TV. Broadcast networks and cable news operations relayed the courtroom proceeding live, most of them presenting a split-screen image, offering views of both the Cambridge court and Woodward's Elton, England, hometown. It was a very dramatic TV moment, and television's response in the afternoon was just what you'd expect: wall-to-wall coverage at the time of the resentencing, with parades of talking heads - many of them graduates of Court TV now employed by the broadcast networks - filling time during the recess and after the announcement of the new sentence.
NEWS
October 22, 2012 | By David Hiltbrand, INQUIRER TV WRITER
In a survey conducted by North Carolina's Public Policy Polling this year, Fox News Channel earned the paradoxical distinction of being America's most trusted news source and its least trusted news source. Nielsen data would give Fox a clearer, indisputable title: most watched. More than 11 million viewers watched last week's second presidential debate from Hofstra University on Fox anchored by Megyn Kelly and Bret Baier. That's more than the audiences for Fox's cable competitors CNN and MSNBC combined.
NEWS
September 20, 1998 | By Gail Shister, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
If you want to record President Clinton's grand jury testimony tomorrow, you can set your VCR for any of five cable channels: CNN, MSNBC, Fox News Channel, Court TV or C-Span. All-news cable networks CNN, MSNBC and Fox News Channel will carry the complete tape of Clinton's testimony, beginning with its scheduled release at 9 a.m. CNN will have a special report at 8 p.m., followed by a two-hour Larry King Live at 9 and a Clinton replay from 11:30 p.m. to 3:30 a.m. FNC will offer an edited version at 11 p.m. Among other cable outlets, Court TV and C-Span plan to run full versions at 9 a.m., with a C-Span repeat at 8 p.m. All the cable networks except C-Span will have verbal and on-screen warnings about content that may be inappropriate for some viewers.
NEWS
February 2, 2013 | Associated Press
NEWARK, N.J. - Geraldo Rivera, who hosts a weekend show on Fox News Channel, said Thursday that he was seriously thinking about running for a U.S. Senate seat from New Jersey. "Buckle your seat belts," the broadcaster said before announcing on his radio show on WABC-AM in New York City that he was "truly contemplating" a Senate bid. A longtime resident of Edgewater, on the Hudson River overlooking Manhattan, Rivera said he had spoken to people in the New Jersey GOP about a run, but did not say what they told him. He got a mixed response when he asked his 30,000 Twitter followers how they felt about his challenging either Sen. Frank Lautenberg or Newark Mayor Cory Booker.
NEWS
November 5, 2008
TELEVISION, the medium that first divided us into a nation of red and blue states, last night pulled out every crayon in its box to show that map remade. Holograms, virtual rotundas, game show-style sets that cried out for briefcase-toting models - even a fussy set of "drawers" that opened to yield exit-poll nuggets - all served to mark time in the hours before the polls closed on the West Coast. But for sheer drama, no news division's bells or whistles could compete with the news itself, delivered in the final moments of prime time with none of the ambiguity that marked two previous presidential elections.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 21, 2011 | BY CHUCK DARROW, darrowc@phillynews.com 215-313-3134
IS DENNIS Miller still raising Cain? That's a question only he can answer. And he's apparently keeping it to himself. In a phone interview with the veteran stand-up comic and unapologetic conservative cheerleader that took place before accusations of sexual harassment against Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain became known, Miller made clear he was backing the former pizza-chain executive in the current GOP horse race....
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June 4, 2013 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
JOE MUTO has dealt with losing his job, losing his reputation and losing friends. The low point for the former Fox News Channel "mole" came three weeks ago, when he needed to be escorted from a holding cell in handcuffs to use the bathroom. The ex-producer is still dealing with his spectacular flameout of April 2012. Muto, who worked on Bill O'Reilly's prime-time show, began writing an anonymous column for the Gawker website about what it was like for a liberal to work at Fox. His bosses blew his cover and fired him within 24 hours.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 1, 2013 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Fox News Channel prez Roger Ailes has blacklisted guests from ever appearing on his channel if they offended him, including the news site Politico.com and all its reporters. So claims ex-Fox News producer Joe Muto in his new book, An Atheist in the FOXhole: A Liberal's Eight-Year Odyssey Inside the Heart of the Right-Wing Media , which has been excerpted by PolicyMic.com. Muto was fired, prosecuted, and pleaded guilty earlier this month after he was caught leaking insider Fox News info to the website Gawker.
NEWS
February 2, 2013 | Associated Press
NEWARK, N.J. - Geraldo Rivera, who hosts a weekend show on Fox News Channel, said Thursday that he was seriously thinking about running for a U.S. Senate seat from New Jersey. "Buckle your seat belts," the broadcaster said before announcing on his radio show on WABC-AM in New York City that he was "truly contemplating" a Senate bid. A longtime resident of Edgewater, on the Hudson River overlooking Manhattan, Rivera said he had spoken to people in the New Jersey GOP about a run, but did not say what they told him. He got a mixed response when he asked his 30,000 Twitter followers how they felt about his challenging either Sen. Frank Lautenberg or Newark Mayor Cory Booker.
NEWS
November 8, 2012
A WEEK AFTER Sandy, electricity was flowing in Manhattan Tuesday night, as CNN lit up the Empire State Building in Romney red and Obama blue and NBC set 30 Rock aglow above "Democracy Plaza. " Presumably, New Yorkers (and some New Jerseyans) who were still without cable - or power - could follow the skyline for their election results. CNN's John King had his "magic wall," Fox News' Bill Hemmer his "BillBoard" and network sets shone as bright as Times Square. Contrast that with footage of people waiting in endless lines or filling out multi-page paper ballots.
NEWS
October 22, 2012 | By David Hiltbrand, INQUIRER TV WRITER
In a survey conducted by North Carolina's Public Policy Polling this year, Fox News Channel earned the paradoxical distinction of being America's most trusted news source and its least trusted news source. Nielsen data would give Fox a clearer, indisputable title: most watched. More than 11 million viewers watched last week's second presidential debate from Hofstra University on Fox anchored by Megyn Kelly and Bret Baier. That's more than the audiences for Fox's cable competitors CNN and MSNBC combined.
NEWS
September 21, 2012 | BY DAVID BAUDER, Associated Press
NEW YORK - Arrrrgh: Fox News Channel used a joke picture of President Obama sitting with a man in full buccaneer regalia to suggest Thursday that the president was more interested in meeting with a pirate than in conducting foreign policy. The network later tweeted a clarification to the blooper, made three times on the "Fox & Friends" morning show. The picture depicted Obama sitting in the Oval Office with a man in a colorful pirate outfit, complete with a red hat, eye patch and hook for a right arm. It was taken as a punch line for a joke Obama delivered to the White House Correspondents Association dinner in 2009 about the administration talking to enemies as well as friends.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 21, 2011 | BY CHUCK DARROW, darrowc@phillynews.com 215-313-3134
IS DENNIS Miller still raising Cain? That's a question only he can answer. And he's apparently keeping it to himself. In a phone interview with the veteran stand-up comic and unapologetic conservative cheerleader that took place before accusations of sexual harassment against Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain became known, Miller made clear he was backing the former pizza-chain executive in the current GOP horse race....
NEWS
July 12, 2011
By Jonathan Schell Over the past decade, the News of the World, a British tabloid owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp., targeted the voice mail of 4,000 people, including not only royals and other VIPs, but also the families of those killed in Afghanistan, Iraq, and the 2005 terrorist attack in London. It all unraveled when the Guardian reported that the tabloid had hacked into the voice mail of a missing 13-year-old, Milly Dowler, apparently in the hope of obtaining private expressions of family members' grief or desperation to splash on its front page.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 17, 2011 | Associated Press
NEW YORK - This week marks the final weekly airing of "America's Most Wanted" on the Fox network after 23 years and 1,153 fugitives nabbed. "I don't think it's hit me yet," said John Walsh, the host and driving force of what he turned into a nationwide crime watch. "Saturday when I see the last show. That's gonna be painful. " But that broadcast, which airs at 9 p.m. tomorrow, is billed as the season finale - not the series conclusion - on the "AMW" website. Not surprisingly, this is the same attitude voiced by Walsh.
NEWS
April 14, 2011 | By WILL BUNCH, bunchw@phillynews.com 215-854-2957
THERE'S AN OLD saying in politics, that as Pennsylvania doesn't go, so goes the nation six years later. OK, actually there's no such saying, but that's the theory behind former Pennsylvanian Rick Santorum's audacious new career move: seeking the 2012 GOP presidential nomination by rallying social conservatives, who tend to be strongest outside the ex-senator's supposed home base. Santorum went on Fox News Channel - where else? - last night with Greta van Susteren to announce that he's forming a 2012 presidential exploratory committee, which will allow him not only to raise money but also to take part in televised debates starting next month.
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