My team is really good at news. They are really good at programming. For me one of the best things we can do is raise the wall between news and programming even higher. We need that wall high. We serve different functions.Fox News host Shepard Smith • Discussing his new role with the network, which will have him host a daily 3 p.m. newscast and then break in throughout the day with any breaking news that arises. Beyond adding more separation between news and opinion like Smith is suggesting above, this would help solve the problem Fox is currently having with its programming (no, not that one; nor that one; not that one, either; really, anything on this site)—the fact that Sean Hannity is about to lose his time slot to Megyn Kelly. See, Smith (who has a better rep than most of his co-workers) has long held down the 7 p.m. slot—now he’s going to get pushed back.
The business model of Fox Nation — of all of Fox News, really — is to encourage this sort of paranoid ignorance. The business model is to make people crazy and stupid, because it builds viewer loyalty and fuels outrage toward the Democratic Party.
it’s worth noting that Fox News as a journalistic entity does employ countless professional, first-rate journalists and reporters. That can get too easily get lost in the bombastic partisanship and presentation of its cable news side. Fox Nation, on the other hand… we’re not quite sure which adjective to use, so we’ll just remind everyone of this old classic.
In case you needed a reminder that the entertainment department of 20th Century Fox gets zero influence from the news department, this R-rated Mitt Romney music video, which features profanity, a parody of an Ol’ Dirty Bastard classic, Big Bird getting shot, an implication that Sean Hannity is gay, and a lot of sexual innuendo. It appears designed to offend your dainty sensibilities. (NSFW video)
If we’re going to spend all this money on content it has to be measured and monetized.NBC Broadcast Chairman Ted Harbert • Expressing his displeasure with Dish Network’s newly announced Hopper DVR, which includes an “Auto-Hop” commercial-skipping feature, during a presentation at Radio City Music Hall on Monday. (The player has been available since March.) Harbert also declined to comment on whether or not NBC’s legal department was evaluating the company’s the legal options. Fox entertainment chairman Peter Rice was skeptical as well, telling reporters he thought releasing such a device was a “strange thing to do,” but said his company absolutely was not looking into legal action at this time. source (via • follow)