The Week: Most Recent Media recent posts.en-usThu, 07 Feb 2013 10:45:00 -0500http://theweek.com Recent Media from THE WEEKThu, 07 Feb 2013 10:45:00 -0500Fox News cleans house: Can the network restore its credibility?<img src="" /></P><p>This week, Fox News fired Dick Morris, the former polling guru for Bill Clinton who has since reinvented himself as a Republican analyst and operator. Morris loudly predicted a landslide victory for Mitt Romney in the run-up to the November election, one of several ridiculous prophecies that quickly made him the laughingstock of his profession. As David Weigel at <em>Slate</em> writes, "No single human made as many wrong, botched, bogus, and stupid predictions about the 2012 election as Dick Morris."</p><p>Morris's ouster, which followed Fox ditching Sarah Palin, is being seen as evidence that the network &mdash...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/ryu-spaeth" ><span class="byline">Ryu Spaeth</span></a>Thu, 07 Feb 2013 10:45:00 -0500Fox News' plummeting ratings: Why the network is struggling<img src="" /></P><p>In January, Fox News had its worst primetime ratings since 2001 in the all-important age demographic of 25-54, according to new Nielsen data. Furthermore, its total day ratings for the age group fell to their lowest levels since 2008. The grim news for the conservative cable network was gleefully publicized by liberal rival MSNBC, which boasted a 20 percent boost in the 25-54 demographic from the previous year, and an 11 percent climb in primetime.</p><p>What happened? While some liberal commentators would like to see Fox's decline as evidence of a leftward shift in public opinion, coinciding with President...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/ryu-spaeth" ><span class="byline">Ryu Spaeth</span></a>Wed, 30 Jan 2013 13:50:00 -0500Glenn Beck goes big: Will Blaze TV succeed as a global libertarian network?<img src="" /></P><p><iframe width="660" height="397" src=";width=660&amp;height=397&amp;property=theblaze" frameborder="0"></iframe></p><p>Glenn Beck became a household name and Tea Party icon during his halcyon days at Fox News. Since parting ways with the network, Beck has built up his own media empire, <em>The Blaze</em>, and branched out politically a bit. On Tuesday, he declared full independence from Fox and the broader conservative media, declaring that he has no use for the yelling match between the "extreme left" (pointing to a screen showing MSNBC) and the "far right" (a second TV showing Fox News) and vowing, "we're not gonna play in that crazy space as a network." Going forward, he added, "I consider myself a libertarian... I...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/peter-weber" ><span class="byline">Peter Weber</span></a>Wed, 09 Jan 2013 09:35:00 -0500Is Al Jazeera a legitimate news channel?<img src="" /></P><p>Just hours after Qatar-based Al Jazeera revealed that it was buying Al Gore's Current TV, Time Warner Cable announced on Thursday that it was dropping Current from its stable of offerings. Current executives said Time Warner was dropping their channel because it had not signed off on the transaction. Time Warner's move was a clear setback to a deal, reportedly worth $500 million, that marks Al Jazeera's most forceful push yet to get its news programs into American living rooms, and shed its reputation as the media arm of Islamists. So what's the network's story? Does Al Jazeera simply present the...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/harold-maass" ><span class="byline">Harold Maass</span></a>Thu, 03 Jan 2013 15:10:00 -0500Why Al Gore sold Current TV to Al Jazeera<img src="" /></P><p>It's easy enough to understand why Al Jazeera agreed to buy Current TV, the cable network owned by former Vice President Al Gore and business partner Joel Hyatt, on Wednesday: The Qatar-based pan-Arab media conglomerate has struggled to gain access to American viewers, and the acquisition of Current TV &mdash; to be shut down and replaced by a new channel based in New York, provisionally named Al Jazeera America &mdash; will pipe it into some 40 million U.S. homes. That will put it ahead of its nearest foreign rival, BBC World News, which reaches 25 million American TV sets. Al Jazeera, in announcing...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/peter-weber" ><span class="byline">Peter Weber</span></a>Thu, 03 Jan 2013 07:53:00 -0500The grassroots movement to get Piers Morgan deported: Could it actually work?<img src="" /></P><p>Can a foreign-born political commentator be deported for making political comments? That's the question &mdash; and the goal &mdash; of more than 60,000 Americans who have signed a petition to deport British journalist Piers Morgan for his outspoken views on gun control. On a recent episode of his CNN series <em>Piers Morgan Tonight</em>, Morgan called guest Larry Pratt, the executive director of Guns Owners for America, "dangerous" and "an unbelievably stupid man" for arguing that the U.S. needs more guns to fight gun violence. Pratt responded by calling Morgan "morally obtuse." (Watch a video of the heated...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/scott-meslow" ><span class="byline">Scott Meslow</span></a>Tue, 25 Dec 2012 13:00:00 -0500Why Fox News put Karl Rove back on the air<img src="" /></P><p>Well, that was a pretty short exile: A brief 27 days after Fox News reportedly benched Karl Rove (and Dick Morris) for their ill-fated Republican boosterism before and especially during the November election, the GOP strategist once known as "Bush's brain" was back on the air Monday night, talking about the fiscal cliff with Brett Baier on <em>Special Report</em>. He's scheduled to appear on Fox's <em>The O'Reilly Factor</em> on Wednesday. "Gentlemen, welcome back," Baier told Rove and Democratic strategist Joe Trippi at the start of the eight-minute segment.&nbsp;</p><p>I guess Fox didn't like having its dirty laundry...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/peter-weber" ><span class="byline">Peter Weber</span></a>Wed, 12 Dec 2012 08:30:00 -0500Why Fox News had to bench Karl Rove<img src="" /></P><p>Since the November election, two of <em>Fox News</em>' most prominent political commentators &mdash; <strong>Karl Rove and Dick Morris &mdash; "have virtually vanished</strong>," says Howard Kurtz at <em>The Daily Beast</em>, "seemingly airbrushed from the airwaves." What's going on? "Turns out they&rsquo;ve been sidelined, at least temporarily, by Roger Ailes." <em>New York</em> magazine's Gabriel Sherman was the first outsider to notice. "Multiple sources say that Ailes was angry at Rove's election-night tantrum when he disputed the network's call for Obama," Sherman reports. Former George W. Bush strategist Rove, Kurtz says, "drew national...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/harold-maass" ><span class="byline">Harold Maass</span></a>Thu, 06 Dec 2012 10:15:00 -0500Roger Ailes asked David Petraeus to run for president: What it says about Fox News<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">David Petraeus, the former head of the CIA, undoubtedly has a few regrets in life, including the fateful decision to pursue an extramarital affair that ultimately cost him his job and stained his reputation. On the other hand, he's probably pretty happy that he decided not to run for president; the consequences of an adultery scandal during a major political campaign would have been exponentially worse. Still, if Fox News chief Roger Ailes had had his way, says Bob Woodward at <em>The Washington Post, </em><strong>Petraeus would have joined the 2012 race</strong>:&nbsp;</p><p >Ailes asked a Fox News analyst headed to Afghanistan...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/ryu-spaeth" ><span class="byline">Ryu Spaeth</span></a>Tue, 04 Dec 2012 13:38:00 -0500Can Jeff Zucker turn CNN around?<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">Jeff Zucker, the former head of NBC Universal, has been tapped to lead CNN, the middle-of-the-road network that has fallen far behind its more partisan rivals, MSNBC and Fox News, in primetime ratings. Zucker has long been one of the favorites to succeed Jim Walton, but <strong>his tenure at NBC had its ups and downs</strong>. He made&nbsp;<em>Today</em>&nbsp;the most profitable show on television as its executive producer, but was also responsible for a highly publicized spat between Jay Leno and Conan O'Brien that may have permanently scarred O'Brien's soul. NBC began to trail all three of its broadcast competitors under...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/ryu-spaeth" ><span class="byline">Ryu Spaeth</span></a>Thu, 29 Nov 2012 13:33:00 -0500Obama in Pee Pee: Is Glenn Beck a brilliant satirist?<img src="" /></P><p>Glenn Beck, it turns out, is more than a chalkboard-happy provocateur &mdash; he's also an astute student of provocative contemporary art, or at least artistic provocation. Earlier this week, Beck put out a video to show his displeasure with a controversial Michael D'Antuono painting of President Obama wearing a crown of thorns, his arms out as if he's being crucified. At times sporting a beret and talking in a French accent, Beck says that while he may find the painting offensive, he respects the artist's freedom to paint it, as enshrined in the Constitution. To drive his point home, he takes...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/peter-weber" ><span class="byline">Peter Weber</span></a>Thu, 29 Nov 2012 09:40:00 -0500Fox News pulls the plug on guest Thomas Ricks: Was he being rude or honest?<img src="" /></P><p>"What happens when you agree to come on Fox News and then proceed to hammer the network for serving as a 'wing of the Republican Party'?" asks Eric Wemple at <em>The Washington Post</em>. "Answer: You don't stay on the air too long." That's the lesson Pulitzer Prize&ndash;winning military journalist Thomas Ricks learned on Monday, when he was invited on the Fox News show <em>Happening Now</em> to talk about his new book, <em>The Generals</em>, and troop readiness. Host Jon Scott started out asking about the deadly Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.&nbsp;</p><p>"I think that Benghazi generally was hyped...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/peter-weber" ><span class="byline">Peter Weber</span></a>Tue, 27 Nov 2012 08:45:00 -05004 hilariously sarcastic reactions to Fox's 'War on Men' column<img src="" /></P><p>"The War on Men," a Fox News op-ed by Suzanne Venker, has provoked outrage and scorn from critics for essentially blaming marital problems on women's supposed anger and irrationality. After examining a Pew study that shows a rise in women ages 18 to 34 who say a successful marriage is "one of the most important things in their lives," while the share of men saying the same has dropped,&nbsp;Venker concludes&nbsp;that "modern women want to get married. Trouble is, men don't." But why? The answer is simple, Venker says:&nbsp;"Women aren't women anymore." They're feminists. And men don't like it....</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/jessica-hullinger" ><span class="byline">Jessica Hullinger</span></a>Mon, 26 Nov 2012 14:35:00 -0500How MSNBC is catching up to Fox News<img src="" /></P><p>Fox News has long dominated the cable news industry by serving up red meat for conservatives. But now, after years on top, the "fair and balanced"&nbsp;network is slipping, and liberal MSNBC is catching up. According to Brian Stelter at <em>The New York Times</em>, Fox still has two million more viewers than MSNBC on any given night. But on average, the two networks are separated by just "300,000 viewers in the coveted 25- to 54-year-old demographic that advertisers desire." And on the three nights following last week's election, MSNBC surpassed Fox in that demographic. "Were closer to Fox than we've ever...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffMon, 12 Nov 2012 17:30:00 -0500Glenn Beck's new advertisement&hellip; for jeans?<img src="" /></P><p class="p1"><strong>The video</strong>: "These were the first American blue jeans. The jeans that built America. And they were built in America." So says&nbsp;the narrator in a dramatic new advertisement for jeans produced by Glenn Beck's company 1791, named for the year when the Bill of Rights was ratified. (Watch the video, which is heavy on imagery of manly men hammering and welding metal, below.) The former Fox News <em>enfant terrible</em> was inspired to produce his own jeans when he discovered that other companies, like the American icon Levi's, were having their jeans made overseas. In a press release accompanying the video...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffMon, 15 Oct 2012 14:33:00 -0400Glenn Beck's TV comeback: Can Dish recapture the Fox News magic?<img src="" /></P><p>A little more than a year ago, Glenn Beck left Fox News under a dark cloud: With the mercurial host's audience declining and advertisers jumping ship, Fox News chief Roger Ailes&nbsp;was reportedly&nbsp;tiring of Beck's increasingly strident diatribes.&nbsp;Beck, for his part, said he felt constricted at Fox, and declared that he didn't need TV networks, moved to Dallas, and launched a subscription internet-only channel, GBTV. A year later, the channel &mdash; rebranded TheBlazeTV &mdash; has 300,000 paying members, brings in millions in revenue, and, on Sept. 12, debuted on the TV sets of 14 million...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffThu, 13 Sep 2012 12:50:00 -0400