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Bill O'Reilly and the Decline of Cable News
National Ledger ^ | Dec. 5, 2005 | Cliff Kincaid

Posted on 12/06/2005 1:42:09 PM PST by COUNTrecount

My favorite show on cable news has been cancelled. MSNBC’s Connected Coast-to-Coast political talk show with Monica Crowley and Ron Reagan has been disconnected. I was on the show several times, pleased with the fact that the hosts permitted guests enough time to complete their sentences. It provided a serious forum for the discussion of hard news. Crowley is a knowledgeable conservative who never gave any ground to her liberal co-host, the pleasant but usually smirking Ron Reagan.

Bill O'Reilly

Rita Cosby’s Live & Direct program seems to represent the new direction of MSNBC. Her show was supposed to feature a story about a male brothel. That certainly got my attention, if only because it seemed to represent another new low in programming. No topic, no matter how sleazy, is out of bounds. On December 2, she was covering the issue of “postal porn.” Then she tackled the subject of “two people apparently having sex in the front of a window inside a dorm at the University of Pennsylvania.”

No kidding.

I was pleased, however, to discover that she was going to be doing some stories about World Wrestling Entertainment stars going to Afghanistan to entertain U.S. forces. So-called “professional” wrestling is fake but fun to watch. It will probably be a welcome break for our troops from the hunt for terrorists. Perhaps Cosby will return to the states with a new appreciation for the sacrifices being made in the war on terrorism and cover the issue on a regular basis.

Cosby got her show in the 9 p.m. EST time slot when Tucker Carlson was booted to 11 p.m. He actually advertised his later time period as being more hospitable to those who were drunk. I tuned in once last week, only to discover that he was still wasting valuable airtime bantering with liberal lesbian Rachel Maddow.

If MSNBC President Rick Kaplan wants to do a good conservative vs. liberal show, he ought to consider airing some solid, hard-hitting media criticism. The Fox News Watch program on Saturday nights has completely failed in that regard. Host Eric Burns opened one recent program by showing a fake People magazine with Burns on the cover as the sexiest man alive. He’s certainly not the most informed.

I didn’t need to read any transcripts of the Chris Matthews MSNBC Hardball show to know what’s he’s been doing. It’s a safe bet he was hyping some Bush-related “scandal.” The former Democratic congressional staffer does what he does best—make Democrats into heroes and Republicans into villains. He may be predictable and boring, but at least he’s not wasting time on hopeless missing person cases.

MSNBC host Joe Scarborough, a former Congressman and author of a book about corruption in Washington, D.C., could provide a counterweight to Matthews. But he’s still covering the Natalee Holloway case. Slowly but surely, he seems to be trying to move on to more serious matters.

Over at Fox News Channel (FNC), Greta Van Susteren started running sycophantic interviews with Hillary and Bill Clinton, and Shepard Smith and Geraldo tried to act like self-righteous heroes during the hurricane disaster.

And this is the conservative channel?

Van Susteren, a refugee from CNN, led the stampede to cover the Holloway case. This was seen as a smart move on her part because her ratings shot up. At best, of course, we are only talking about a couple million people watching these cable shows. The concept of expanding an audience by covering real news is apparently out of fashion.

The “War on Christmas” has been a major topic for FNC anchors John Gibson and Bill O’Reilly and it’s a legitimate issue. But liberals on the lookout for conservative hypocrisy charged that Fox News Christmas merchandise was being sold on the channel’s website as “Holiday” merchandise. O’Reilly had been highlighting those companies unwilling to highlight the Christ in Christmas.

In response, an “O’Reilly Factor Holiday Ornament” was quickly transformed into an “O’Reilly Factor Christmas Ornament” in the Fox News online store. But the real issue is why anybody would put something like this on a Christmas tree anyway. Can you imagine having an ornament on your Christmas tree with the O’Reilly Factor logo on it? Do people actually buy these things? Or give them away as gifts?

I don’t know which is worse—the ACLU’s War on Christmas, as noted by Gibson and O’Reilly, or making a commercial killing from the birth of Christ, as demonstrated in the Fox News Shop. One thing is certain: you won’t find O’Reilly targeting his own employer for a boycott.

To make matters worse, FNC, which became the number one cable news channel because it appealed to political conservatives, aired a November program on global warming featuring liberal Democratic Party activist Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. as a “special correspondent.” The airing of this one-sided show suggests that this network, too, has lost its sense of direction.

But if you think this is bad, wait until you read our forthcoming AIM Report on how a Saudi Prince has increased his financial stake in News Corporation, the parent of Fox News.

How do you think Bill O’Reilly will factor that?

Cliff Kincaid is Editor of the AIM Report.


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KEYWORDS: cablenews; foxnews; msnbc
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1 posted on 12/06/2005 1:42:10 PM PST by COUNTrecount
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To: COUNTrecount
Anything to get that limp-wristed dork, Reagan, off the air!!

Nancy must have had a fling with Truman Capote.

2 posted on 12/06/2005 1:45:00 PM PST by CROSSHIGHWAYMAN (m)
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To: CROSSHIGHWAYMAN

Oh so true. I can not believe this man (?) came from the loins of Ronald Reagan.


3 posted on 12/06/2005 1:48:09 PM PST by svcw
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To: COUNTrecount

"My favorite show on cable news has been cancelled. MSNBC’s Connected Coast-to-Coast political talk show with Monica Crowley and Ron Reagan has been disconnected"

Yes, Ron Reagan is a towering journalist who will be missed. /"The shouldn't be needed sarcasm tag"


4 posted on 12/06/2005 1:48:27 PM PST by gondramB ( We don't get no government loan and no one sends a check from home-we just do what what we wanna)
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To: COUNTrecount

If MSNBC would get rid of Chrissy, Reagan and everyone in between, they may get their rating up.
If CNN would just quit their ratings would go up.


5 posted on 12/06/2005 1:49:25 PM PST by tobyhill (The War on Terrorism is not for the weak.)
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To: COUNTrecount

Professional wrestling is fake?


6 posted on 12/06/2005 1:49:33 PM PST by oldbill
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To: COUNTrecount

Fox's media watch program has always been lame, since they don't critique, they just defend.

And they are very out of touch when talking about bias because there is NO bias, just political organizations with political operatives pretending to be journalists.

Nothing will change until the hacks who have run the "news" for 40 years are called out, and term limited.


7 posted on 12/06/2005 1:52:26 PM PST by roses of sharon
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To: CROSSHIGHWAYMAN

In case you've forgotten, last year Monica Crowley's sister married Alan Colmes..


8 posted on 12/06/2005 1:52:34 PM PST by ken5050 (Ann Coulter needs to have children ASAP to pass on her gene pool....any volunteers?)
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To: COUNTrecount
So-called “professional” wrestling is fake but fun to watch.

On an interesting note, Rita Cosby was in the WWE RAW crowd last night.

9 posted on 12/06/2005 1:52:43 PM PST by Tim Long (I spit in the face of people who don't want to be cool.)
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To: COUNTrecount

Cancelled immediately?..what's on there now?


10 posted on 12/06/2005 1:53:06 PM PST by ken5050 (Ann Coulter needs to have children ASAP to pass on her gene pool....any volunteers?)
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To: tobyhill
If MSNBC would get rid of Chrissy, Reagan and everyone in between, they may get their rating up.

MSNBC is the cable news employer of last resort. Who else would hire these pathetic slobs? Then again, if Rick Kaplan manages to land somewhere else, he can hire them.

11 posted on 12/06/2005 1:53:12 PM PST by Sociopathocracy (Real men know the significance of the following numbers: 383, 426 and 440.)
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To: COUNTrecount
Is that show Connected Coast to Coast really going to be canceled?
12 posted on 12/06/2005 1:54:42 PM PST by tobyhill (The War on Terrorism is not for the weak.)
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To: COUNTrecount

More reasons why we need a conservative, news network... and fast.


13 posted on 12/06/2005 1:55:02 PM PST by johnny7 (“You have a corpse in a car, minus a head, in the garage. Take me to it.”)
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To: COUNTrecount
Crowley is a knowledgeable conservative who never gave any ground to her liberal co-host, the pleasant but usually smirking Ron Reagan.

Which is how it should be. Monica is too good to be on the tube with that dork. Hopefully, she'll land a good show. At the very least, she'll be away from that a-hole.

14 posted on 12/06/2005 1:55:12 PM PST by b4its2late (More Republicans in Congress need to grow a pair.)
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To: COUNTrecount
Kinda makes you feel all warm inside.
15 posted on 12/06/2005 1:57:10 PM PST by GSWarrior
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To: Sociopathocracy
I have never really believed that Crowley is a REAL conservative. I think MSNBC just put her up against Reagan because she's too easy for Reagan to constantly talk over.
16 posted on 12/06/2005 1:57:58 PM PST by tobyhill (The War on Terrorism is not for the weak.)
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To: COUNTrecount

I got a glance at what passes for news on the boob tube over the Thanksgiving holiday and was surprised that something that was so bad to begin with could actually get much worse. That whole "news as entertainment" thing is just not working.


17 posted on 12/06/2005 1:58:26 PM PST by P-40 (http://www.590klbj.com/forum/index.php?referrerid=1854)
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To: ken5050
In case you've forgotten, last year Monica Crowley's sister married Alan Colmes..

We know she didn't marry him for his looks, brains, or money, and he probably can't cook, so she did it to prove to us all that love is blind.

18 posted on 12/06/2005 1:58:44 PM PST by b4its2late (More Republicans in Congress need to grow a pair.)
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To: svcw

Wasn't Michael, the good son, adopted?
WTF?


19 posted on 12/06/2005 1:59:25 PM PST by SJSAMPLE
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To: COUNTrecount

We visited the Reagan Library last month and it is a very beautiful place. Air Force One was amazing to walk through.


20 posted on 12/06/2005 1:59:34 PM PST by KeyLargo
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To: Sociopathocracy

"MSNBC is the cable news employer of last resort."

Yes, just like a welfare program for homeless news readers.


21 posted on 12/06/2005 2:01:17 PM PST by KeyLargo
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To: ken5050

Fate makes our relatives, etc etc


22 posted on 12/06/2005 2:03:55 PM PST by litehaus
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To: svcw
I can. Eric Hoffer's book "The True Believer" makes the assertion that people who feel that they did not earn their good fortune (perhaps young Ron jr) feel that they must compensate by "altruistic" actions (as embodied by the liberal left).

It's a good study that supports TS Eliot's quote (ht Thomas Sowell)

Half the harm that is done in this world is due to people who want to feel important. They don't mean to do harm-- but the harm does not interest them. Or they do not see it, or they justify it because they are absorbed in the endless struggle to think well of themselves. -- T. S. ELiot3

23 posted on 12/06/2005 2:05:30 PM PST by saveliberty (The feed? Senator Ted thought it was part of the Big Dig. It's in the Esther Williams Tunnel now)
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To: gondramB

He apparently misses his "favorite show" because he "has been on it several times."

I missed that. Of course, Cliff Kincaid is no household word in the field of journalism. His writing over the years has mostly been of the kind that appears in those boxes that say, "Take One."


24 posted on 12/06/2005 2:06:41 PM PST by billhilly (John Murtha, ex Marine. Leading the charge of the Demoquits.)
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To: COUNTrecount
I tuned in once last week, only to discover that he was still wasting valuable airtime bantering with liberal lesbian Rachel Maddow.

LOL! The first time I saw Rachel I thought she was a gay guy.

25 posted on 12/06/2005 2:08:42 PM PST by PJ-Comix (Join the DUmmie FUnnies PING List for the FUNNIEST Blog on the Web)
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To: Sociopathocracy

The most lucerative show on MSNBC is a radio program, Imus in the Morning.


26 posted on 12/06/2005 2:09:21 PM PST by billhilly (John Murtha, ex Marine. Leading the charge of the Demoquits.)
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To: COUNTrecount
Tucker Carlson...wasting valuable airtime bantering with liberal lesbian Rachel Maddow

"She" is creepy. More so than Colin Powell prancing around on stage in a dress.
27 posted on 12/06/2005 2:10:13 PM PST by Mulch (tm)
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To: COUNTrecount
I didn’t need to read any transcripts of the Chris Matthews MSNBC Hardball show to know what’s he’s been doing. It’s a safe bet he was hyping some Bush-related “scandal.”

Actually it's ALWAYS Plamegate even though that "scandal" has pretty much Fitzled out. Matthews, however, will NEVER let it go.

28 posted on 12/06/2005 2:10:41 PM PST by PJ-Comix (Join the DUmmie FUnnies PING List for the FUNNIEST Blog on the Web)
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To: GSWarrior

" Kinda makes you feel all warm inside."

Like babies do when they need a diaper change.


29 posted on 12/06/2005 2:11:21 PM PST by billhilly (John Murtha, ex Marine. Leading the charge of the Demoquits.)
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To: COUNTrecount
Can you imagine having an ornament on your Christmas tree with the O’Reilly Factor logo on it? Do people actually buy these things? Or give them away as gifts?

They give them as gifts to people they are pissed at.

30 posted on 12/06/2005 2:13:32 PM PST by PJ-Comix (Join the DUmmie FUnnies PING List for the FUNNIEST Blog on the Web)
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To: SJSAMPLE

Yes


31 posted on 12/06/2005 2:13:41 PM PST by svcw
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To: oldbill
Professional wrestling is fake?

More sad news, Nick and Jessica broke up.

32 posted on 12/06/2005 2:14:27 PM PST by COUNTrecount
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To: CROSSHIGHWAYMAN

Truman Capote ? !!! That's hilarious.

MSNBC should put Pat Buchanan back on the air. He's got a wonderful disposition, he's extremely knowledgeable and well read, and he's always thought provoking.

I don't always agree with Pat, but he's better than 95% of these talking heads, many of whom still end their sentences in prepositions.


33 posted on 12/06/2005 2:14:54 PM PST by colonel mosby (cultural purge)
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To: saveliberty

Thanks.


34 posted on 12/06/2005 2:15:45 PM PST by svcw
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To: oldbill
Professional wrestling is fake?

That can't possibly be true. What are you some kind of Grinch?

35 posted on 12/06/2005 2:17:07 PM PST by dearolddad
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To: GSWarrior

Kinda makes you feel all warm inside.

Hanging Bill's balls on the tree? What's wrong with that?

36 posted on 12/06/2005 2:17:48 PM PST by COUNTrecount
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To: PJ-Comix

$149.95 for a "No Spin Zone" Varsity Jacket. It's what all the hip kids want for Christmas this year.

37 posted on 12/06/2005 2:24:52 PM PST by Kjobs (Murtha IS A COWARD!! Go Jean Schmidt!)
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To: COUNTrecount

I just heard on MSNBC that Brittney Spears had a baby and Brad Pitt and Angela Jolie is going to adopt the child then let Jennifer Aniston breast feed it.


38 posted on 12/06/2005 2:25:47 PM PST by tobyhill (The War on Terrorism is not for the weak.)
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To: Kjobs
$149.95 for a "No Spin Zone" Varsity Jacket.

Is that jacket at least leather? For that price it should be. BTW, why is O'Reilly shilling all these trinkets? What? He doesn't already make enough money?

39 posted on 12/06/2005 2:26:52 PM PST by PJ-Comix (Join the DUmmie FUnnies PING List for the FUNNIEST Blog on the Web)
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To: colonel mosby
I don't always agree with Pat, but he's better than 95% of these talking heads, many of whom still end their sentences in prepositions.

I frequently disagree with Pat, but at least he has something serious to say, as opposed to this tabloid BS cable news has degenerated in to.
40 posted on 12/06/2005 2:30:25 PM PST by JamesP81
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To: tobyhill
I just heard on MSNBC that Brittney Spears had a baby and Brad Pitt and Angela Jolie is going to adopt the child then let Jennifer Aniston breast feed it.

And the fact that wrestling is fake upsets you with news like that?

41 posted on 12/06/2005 2:34:15 PM PST by COUNTrecount
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To: COUNTrecount

Is wrestling fake?


42 posted on 12/06/2005 2:35:28 PM PST by tobyhill (The War on Terrorism is not for the weak.)
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To: tobyhill
Is wrestling fake?

As real as Dolly Parton is .

43 posted on 12/06/2005 2:37:14 PM PST by COUNTrecount
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To: COUNTrecount
Fox News SUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCKS.

It just sucks the least.

44 posted on 12/06/2005 2:41:00 PM PST by xrp (Conservative votes are to Republicans what 90% of black votes are to Democrats (taken for granted))
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To: COUNTrecount

I have just had a couple of bad months. Last month MSNBC said Santa wasn't real, there's no more Christmas, Jesus was a fraud and now wrestling is fake? I can't deal with this "truth" anymore. I still believe Dolly is real though.


45 posted on 12/06/2005 2:44:26 PM PST by tobyhill (The War on Terrorism is not for the weak.)
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To: oldbill
Professional wrestling is fake?

"Fake, but Accurate."

46 posted on 12/06/2005 2:44:50 PM PST by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: nutmeg

FoxFan Ping


47 posted on 12/06/2005 2:51:59 PM PST by indcons (Don't question either my intelligence or my ability; I have none.)
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To: gondramB
Feh, unRon was impossible to watch but Monica brought a towering intellect to the show.

She just needs to find a better venue. Certainly, radio is not her niche....IMO.

I'd take one Monica for all of the lefties on FNC. Ratner, Clift,Estscreech, et al.

48 posted on 12/06/2005 2:58:03 PM PST by OldFriend (The Dems enABLEd DANGER and 3,000 Americans died.)
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To: b4its2late

Having heard Monica's sister on the radio for an hour, I can assure you, she and Colmes are perfectly matched.


49 posted on 12/06/2005 2:59:21 PM PST by OldFriend (The Dems enABLEd DANGER and 3,000 Americans died.)
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To: COUNTrecount

Monic is hot, she deserves her own show, doesnt need uber-geek cohosting.


50 posted on 12/06/2005 3:05:48 PM PST by isom35
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