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Study says Fox News may ‘harden conservative views’ of its audience

A Public Religion Research Institute/Brookings Institute study of Americans’ views on immigration reform finds that people’s media choices have a strong effect on their beliefs:

Only 12% of Americans who most trust Fox News for information about politics and current events correctly believe deportations have increased. In contrast, nearly one-quarter (24%) of Americans who most trust broadcast news, one-third (33%) Americans who most trust CNN, and 35% of Americans who most trust public television believe the deportation rate has increased.

In fact, the study finds, Fox News may “reinforce and perhaps harden conservative views.” 60 percent of Republicans who trust Fox News most say immigrants “Burden our country because they take our jobs, housing, and health care.” 38 percent of Republicans who trust other news sources most say the same thing. Read more


Arrested Fox News anchor is ‘dealing with serious personal issues’

The Star Tribune

Fox News weekend anchor Gregg Jarrett was arrested Wednesday at the Northern Lights Grill at Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport, Joy Powell reports in The (Minneapolis) Star Tribune.

Police had been called about an intoxicated man at the grill. Officers reported Jarrett refused to follow orders and was arrested for obstruction of the legal process and taken to jail.

Jarrett was charged with obstruction of legal process and interfering with a police officer, according to the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office. He posted $300 bond and is due in court June 6, Powell reports.

“We were made aware late last night that Gregg Jarrett was arrested in Minneapolis yesterday and charged with a misdemeanor,” a Fox News spokesperson told Poynter in an email. “He is dealing with serious personal issues at this time. Read more


Murdoch: Fox News has ‘absolutely saved’ Republican Party


In a rollicking interview with Fortune’s Patricia Sellers, Rupert Murdoch says an all-digital New York Post “might be quite likely in 10 years,” claims Mike Bloomberg told him “nobody reads” Bloomberg View and says of Twitter: “My family are horrified that I’m on it.”

There’s also this exchange with Sellers:

Does it bother you at all, Rupert, that there is a view that Fox News has contributed in a big way to the political discontent in the U.S., degraded the political process, and maybe, in spotlighting the Tea Party, even hurt the Republican Party? I think it has absolutely saved it. It has certainly given voice and hope to people who didn’t like all that liberal championing thrown at them on CNN. By the way, we don’t promote the Tea Party.

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What the DOJ’s new guidelines mean for journalists

The U.S. Department of Justice’s new revised guidelines tightening government access to journalists’ records officially take effect this week. Yet the protections are not absolute, leaving some important exceptions in the hands of the Justice Department and Attorney General Eric Holder to circumvent the safeguards, particularly when it comes to classified information deemed potentially harmful.

The guidelines specifically aim to shield journalists from “certain law enforcement tools,” the department noted, including subpoenas, court orders and search warrants that “might unreasonably impair ordinary newsgathering activities.” Read more


#JFK: media organizations taking new look at old news

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The news today, in many parts of the country, is about something that happened in Dallas 50 years ago. But now, the retelling of JFK’s assassination is unfolding in a way quite different than it did then — through social media.

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Pew study finds big differences in recent network coverage

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Four cable news networks devoted significantly different amounts of time to Obamacare and the typhoon in the Philippines, according to a new study from Pew Research Center. On Wednesday, Mark Jurkowitz, Paul Hitlin, Nancy Vogt and Monica Anderson reported that a pattern emerged after analyzing 80 hours of cable news from Nov. 11 through Nov. 15.

The two channels with strong ideological identities in prime-time—liberal MSBNC and conservative Fox News—spent far more time on the politically-charged health insurance story than the overseas disaster. And the two organizations that built a brand on global reporting—CNN and Al Jazeera America, an offshoot of the Qatar-based Al Jazeera media network—spent considerably more time on the tragedy in the Philippines.

MSNBC, they report, devoted four times more coverage to issues with the healthcare law. Read more


Rob Ford’s media tour: ‘Actions speak louder than words’

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After Toronto Mayor Rob Ford trampled a government official on Monday, and after Toronto’s City Council voted to strip him of most of his power, Ford mayor sat down for an interview with “Today”‘s Matt Lauer.

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Lauer asked Ford about his substance abuse issues. Ford responded, as he has elsewhere, that he doesn’t have substance abuse issues and won’t seek treatment. Read more

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Sizing up Howard Kurtz’s new show against ‘Reliable Sources’

As a recent member of the conga line of guest hosts for CNN’s media-analysis show “Reliable Sources,” I took interest in the Sunday debut of ex-host Howard Kurtz’s new Fox News program “Media Buzz.”

Airing at the same time as “Reliable Sources,” Kurtz’s show offered the same kind of media discussions as the CNN show he hosted for 15 years, presenting a chance for anyone with a DVR or twitchy TV remote finger to get two different visions of the week’s media news in one hour.

Kurtz’s inaugural show offered a fast-paced, technology-tinged overview of media stories that felt like a, well, buzzier version of the slightly more contemplative — OK, wonkier — edition of “Reliable Sources” guest-hosted by another former CNN staffer, Frank Sesno.

“We are going to hold the media accountable in a fair, aggressive and unbiased way,” said Kurtz, offering a mission statement of sorts at the show’s start. Read more


Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren is staying, but Megyn Kelly moving to prime time

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While Greta Van Susteren is denying Mediaite’s report that she went looking for a position with CNN, her Fox News coworker Megyn Kelly, who is expecting her third child, is gearing up for a move to prime time.

In a very brief blog post Tuesday, Van Susteren addressed Andrew Kirell’s Monday item claiming that “according to our high-level sources within CNN, the Fox host initiated several meetings with CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker earlier this spring, inquiring about a potential return to CNN.” The On The Record host wrote:

I am not going anywhere.

I have a long term contract with Fox  and it is for a show in “prime time.”

Done, ok? (And by the way, don’t you love the courage of the anonymous sources?

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Family sues Fox News after experiencing trauma from live suicide coverage

Courthouse News Service | The Washington Post

Two of JoDon Romero’s children have been unable to attend school, and another “experiences considerable emotional distress and trauma” since Fox News broadcast footage of their father committing suicide after a car chase last September. Their mother, Angela Rodriguez, filed a lawsuit against Fox seeking “compensatory and punitive damages for intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress,” Jamie Ross reports.

According to Rodriguez’s complaint, the children watched the footage on YouTube.

Fox “aired something horrible,” Erik Wemple argues in The Washington Post, but that “doesn’t mean it should be liable for the emotional damage that it may have caused viewers.” Read more

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