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Popemania in full swing for media at White House stop

President Barack Obama and Pope Francis stand at attention during the playing of the national anthems during a state arrival ceremony for the pope, Wednesday on the South Lawn of the White House. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

President Barack Obama and Pope Francis stand at attention during the playing of the national anthems during a state arrival ceremony for the pope, Wednesday on the South Lawn of the White House. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

It was all-pope-all-the-time Wednesday morning as television media ignored virtually any other news to reverently cover Pope Francis’ address at the White House.

Wherever one turned, there he was, acknowledging the perils of climate change and deriding inequality in one of his longest English-language speeches ever: ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News Channel, even CNBC and Fox Business Network.

Of course, old reliable C-Span was there but without any intrusion from anchors, reporters or academic pundits.

There was as much emoting as cold analysis, even on Fox, where many viewers surely take issue with Francis’ unequivocal views on climate change, if not other matters. Read more


Woodward scoop: Murdoch and Fox News chief Ailes tried to get Petraeus to run for president

The Washington Post | Fox News
Bob Woodward reports that Fox News chairman Roger Ailes had a Fox analyst visiting Afghanistan deliver a message to Gen. David Petraeus in 2011 — that the general should demand to be appointed chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, or else resign and run for president.

From Woodward’s scoop:

The Fox News chairman’s message was delivered to Petraeus by Kathleen T. McFarland, a Fox News national security analyst and former national security and Pentagon aide in three Republican administrations. She did so at the end of a 90-minute, unfiltered conversation with Petraeus that touched on the general’s future, his relationship with the media and his political aspirations — or lack thereof. The Washington Post has obtained a digital recording from the meeting, which took place in Petraeus’s office in Kabul.

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Anonymous Fox spokesperson bravely talks trash about school behind news habits survey

The Hollywood Reporter
Fairleigh Dickinson University’s recent study about how people’s media diets affects their knowledge of current events didn’t cast a positive light on Fox News: People who watched only that channel scored lower than those who watched no news at all, the study said.

An unnamed Fox spokesperson lowered the boom on the school:

“Considering FDU’s undergraduate school is ranked as one of the worst in the country,” said the FNC spokesperson, “we suggest the school invest in improving its weak academic program instead of spending money on frivolous polling – their student body does not deserve to be so ill-informed.”

Anonymous spokespersoning is SOP at many networks, but it’s especially lame in this case: an ad-schoolinem attack (or whatever you call insulting a university) rather than a response to the survey findings. Read more


Judge dismisses Fox News correspondent’s age, sex discrimination suit

McClatchy Suits & Sentences
On Thursday, U.S. District Judge Richard Leon sided with Fox News and dismissed an age and sex discrimination complaint filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on behalf of homeland and national security correspondent Catherine Herridge. “In doing so, Leon also opened a window into the kind of money flying around Fox’s Washington offices,” writes Mike Doyle. The judge notes:

Since her contract was up for renewal, Fox News sent Herridge a draft three-year employment contract in August 2008. In the draft, Fox News proposed a deal in which Herridge would receive $495,000 in year one, $530,000 in year two and $570,000 in year three.

Herridge wanted $900,000 in year one and promotion to anchor. Judge Leon called her salary demand “astronomical,” said she “utterly failed” to show financial injury, reports Doyle. Read more


PEJ confirms Fox News trails far behind rivals in News Corp. scandal coverage

Project for Excellence in Journalism
An analysis by Pew’s Project for Excellence in Journalism found that Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News Channel devoted about one-fifth as much time to the News Corp. phone hacking story as MSNBC, and about one-sixth as much time as CNN. During the period examined by Pew, CNN and MSNBC devoted roughly 16 minutes per night in prime time on the story, while Fox News devoted an average of about three minutes per night. PEJ’s report adds:

Daytime cable tends to be more hard-news oriented than the opinion-driven evening programming, but the same basic pattern emerged.

CNN spent the most time on the subject, just over four minutes per hour (35 minutes and 19 seconds over the eight days). That was substantially more than MSNBC (18 minutes, 19 seconds.) The Fox News Channel spent a total of 3 minutes and 52 seconds on the story over those eight hours.

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