The Trump-affiliated attorneys were once a regular presence with baseless claims of election fraud. That has changed since a legal pushback from voting-technology companies.
Oliver Darcy: “As we cover D.C. politics and the fallout from last week’s attack, we should not forget that thousands of Americans continue to lose their lives each day to this ruthless virus. And while the vaccine rollout is gradually improving, the situation right now is, frankly, very alarming and urgent.”
As the historic events unfolded on Capitol Hill during the afternoon and evening of Jan. 6, people around the world tuned into news networks and social media to follow what was happening. The TV networks also harnessed social platforms such as YouTube to share breaking news, videos and more as the Capitol was thrown into chaos.
CNN led the way in cable news ratings during Wednesday’s impeachment of outgoing President Donald Trump, according to early Nielsen Media Research data. According to Nielsen, from 12:30 p.m. ET to 4:45 p.m. Wednesday, CNN brought in a total of 3.804 million average viewers. MSNBC was in second place among the big three cable news networks, pulling in an average of 2.581 million. Fox News delivered 1.391 million average total viewers in that time period.
No-holds-barred reportage has been given more of a spotlight in the Zucker era, but there are concerns his time may be nearing an end. A Zucker farewell is a real possibility, according to four people familiar with the matter, spurring no small amount of hand-wringing at the AT&T-owned news stalwart. The executive has indicated he’s unsure if he wants to continue much longer, these people say, citing his eight years managing the outlet during one of the most intense news cycles in recent memory.
Doocy’s new position begins Jan. 20. Kristin Fisher will continue as White House Correspondent.
Jake Tapper has been promoted at CNN, becoming the cable news channel’s lead Washington anchor. As such, he’ll take an hour from Wolf Blitzer’s daily program. Tapper’s daily show will now run from 4-6 p.m. ET. Wolf Blitzer will run from 6-7. Tapper also gets Dana Bash on Sundays. The two will co-anchor State of the Union together.
Fox News Channel will revamp a significant chunk of its daytime schedule, and launch a new opinion program at 7 p.m., which previously housed the news-focused show, The Story. As part of the changes, many of Fox News Channel’s best known daytime anchors will find themselves leading new time slots and shows.
Correspondents recall last week’s mob attack on the Capitol and the threat to news media.
Margaret Sullivan: “Fair and balanced” was the original Fox News lie, one of the rotten planks that built the foundation for Wednesday’s democratic disaster. In the Trump era, the network — now out of favor for not being quite as shameless as the president demands — was his best friend and promoter. So to put it bluntly: The mob that stormed and desecrated the Capitol on Wednesday could not have existed in a country that hadn’t been radicalized by the likes of Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham, and swayed by biased news coverage.
A number of journalists who were at the Capitol reporting on this week’s insurrection, including NBC’s Kasie Hunt (above), offer their observations and insights from the ground during what was a historic, chaotic, and frankly, sad day for America.
Some 30 million people watched coverage during the day and evening on broadcast networks and the major cable news channels. CNN had its most watched day ever.
Dealing with the shocking breach of the national landmark was a complex task for outlets aimed at Trump’s base, many of whom are suspicious of more mainstream news sources. Most were clear: the violence was indefensible.
The pictures were stunning: security officials with guns drawn on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, people fighting with police in the Capitol Rotunda, rioters smashing windows and streaming into the building where the nation’s leaders had gathered to count votes sealing President-elect Joe Biden’s victory. Above, people shelter in the House gallery as protesters try to break into the House Chamber at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Educators might not be teaching civics as well as they used to in middle and high school, but cable TV is doing a good job of it. Viewers are getting a firsthand lesson this week with coverage of Tuesday’s Senate runoff vote in Georgia and the planned challenge Wednesday to the certification of Joe Biden as president. And some mainstream cable channels like MSNBC and CNN have been doing an outstanding job teaching, as well as covering, the news by explaining the Constitution and how government is supposed to work — something too few Americans seem to understand these days.
She will host Banfield, an hour-long news/talk show, weeknights at 10 p.m. ET beginning March 1 on Nexstar’s cable network.
For One America News Network and Newsmax, the Georgia runoffs present an opportunity to capitalize on post-presidential election audience gains, which they’ve boosted thanks to promotion from President Donald Trump. For weeks, the outlets pushed baseless theories about election fraud in an effort to be No. 2 behind dominant cable news channel Fox News.
The hosts of Fox & Friends — including Brian Kilmeade, above — warn of “anarchy” and say they have not seen evidence of fraud, while a Fox News colleague, Mark Levin, says the Constitution is being “destroyed” by Democrats and the media.
Ratings for Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News Channel topped all news and basic cable channels for a fifth straight year in 2020, according to Nielsen data released on Tuesday. The network averaged 1.9 million viewers per day and 3.6 million in primetime — record levels for cable news channels — during a news-heavy year marked by the coronavirus pandemic, protests for racial justice and a contentious U.S. presidential election.
The complete broadcast, cable and pay TV ratings ranker for 2020 in total viewers and adults 18-49.
There has been a quantifiable shift in the number of people who watch Newsmax, a much-smaller, would-be Fox News competitor that has seen a dramatic uptick in viewers in the weeks since the election by capitalizing on conservative frustration with Fox, and, some say, a desire from President Trump’s fans to keep alive the flailing narrative that he will ultimately serve a second term, despite Biden’s coming inauguration.
Trump’s repeatedly discredited attempt to overturn the November results has been given continued sustenance by the Fox News star.
Fox News will finish the year again at top of the news channels in primetime, with an average of 3.6 million viewers, up 45% from the same period the previous year. MSNBC averaged 2.2 million, a boost of 24%. CNN saw an even greater increase, as it was up 85% to average 1.8 million.
Fox Business Network (FBN) ended 2020 by notching its highest-rated year in network history across total day and business day dayparts, while nine FBN programs delivered milestone viewership highs, according to Nielsen Media Research. In commenting on the network’s year-end ratings, FBN President Lauren Petterson said: “We are incredibly proud of the entire Fox Business team […]
The investigative reporter-turned-freeform celebrity is now a seasoned pundit delivering a firm message to Trump fans about the 2020 race: “It’s over.”
Fox News said it extended primetime host Laura Ingraham’s contract with the network, ensuring her 10 p.m. program, The Ingraham Angle, will remain in its lineup for the foreseeable future.
The C-SPAN board of directors added several new members and elected Cox Communications President-CEO Pat Esser to serve as chairman at its annual meeting, held virtually in light of COVID-19 restrictions. Dave Watson, CEO of Comcast, who just completed a three-year term as C-SPAN executive committee chairman, assumes the role of vice chairman of the board. Phil Spencer, […]