O'Reilly Continues to Pull in the Ratings Despite Controversy

The Bill O'Reilly controversy continues to bring in the ratings.

While the Fox News host continues to be under attack for allegedly lying about some of his past stories, the viewers are tuning in.

The latest charge is that O'Reilly lied about what happened to him while covering the 1992 LA riots. 

O'Reilly pulled in his highest numbers this year on Wednesday night. With no special guest or further commentary on reports that he exaggerated the danger he faced covering the 1982 Falklands conflict, O'Reilly nabbed 705,000 adults 25-54.

He was up 62 percent in demo compared to the same day last year and 24 percent to the same day last week. Among total viewers, he brought in a relatively steady 3.08 million viewers.

H/T Hollywood Reporter

Fox News not Happy with Holder Snub

Fox News is not happy with outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder after the AG snubbed FNC on an exit interview. 

In a statement, Fox News Executive Vice President Michael Clemente signaled that his network has been excluded from a round of interviews granted to competing outlets. “The Attorney General’s decision does a deep disservice to America’s largest cable news audience and the interests of a free press,” reads a statement from Clemente.

A Fox News correspondent going one-on-one with Holder might have made some good television given the backstory. A search warrant 2010 affidavit in a leak investigation against former intelligence analyst Stephen Kim cited Fox News reporter James Rosen as a possible “co-conspirator” in Kim’s alleged violations of the Espionage Act. The Justice Department was seeking Rosen’s personal e-mails.

Rosen and FNC was not surprised by the snub, "Ultimately, however, we’re not surprised that Holder would try to evade a thorough accounting of his record in office, including his decision to investigate our Chief Washington correspondent, James Rosen through an illegal seizure of emails and phone records of Rosen and his parents." 

H/T Washington Post

Seriously...you can't Make this Shit Up

Sometimes the hypocrisy of TV news runs so deep, you have to look twice at what is happening.

This screen shot is from last night's newscast on WAFF in Huntsville, AL. The station was reporting that roads were impassable, a state of emergency has been declared, and authorities have asked everyone to stay off the roads.

They did this while driving on the roads doing a live shot. At one point, they said the bridge they were driving over was closed to traffic.

Seriously...you can't make this shit up. 

Kit Kat Reporter Lands News Director Job

For the last two years, FTVLive has posted about WRIC (Richmond) Reporter Nate Eaton who has measured the snow with different size Kit Kat bars.

Well he might need to get some bigger bars because Eaton is headed to Idaho for what he calls a "once in a lifetime opportunity." Which might be the first time that phrase has ever been used by someone moving to Idaho.

Eaton posted this message to the station's website: 

"After six amazing years, I’m sad to announce that I’m leaving WRIC 8News.  It seems like just yesterday that I arrived and instantly fell in love with this beautiful place.

It would take a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to pull me away from Richmond – and that’s just what I’ve been offered.  I’m going to be the news director/chief anchor for Riverbend Communications in Idaho and will help launch some innovate media projects .

My family and I will miss so many things – most importantly, my 8News colleagues and YOU.  Fortunately – we’ll be back often (my wife’s family is from here) and my last day isn’t until Wednesday.  Until then, I put together a little video with some of the memorable stories I’ve covered over the years. http://youtu.be/EbqdnOK5a5Y

You’ve been great, RVA!"

Maybe he can use potatoes to measure the snow when he gets there. 

Just saying.... 

Don't Quit Your Anchor Job

WCTV (Tallahassee) Anchors A.J Hilton and Abby McCall show you why they anchor news and not sing or dance for a living:

San Diego Sports Anchor Returns to the Station After Shooting

KFMB Sports Anchor Kyle Kraska returned the station yesterday (last day of sweeps) for a visit.

It was his first since he was gunned down just outside his SoCal home.

Kraska showed up at the station wearing a ballcap, jeans and sneakers. The only visible sign of the Feb. 10 shooting was his bandaged left hand.

Kraska was released from the hospital one week ago after spending four days in a medically-induced coma.

Mike Montana has pleaded not guilty to attempted murder charges in the shooting. His preliminary hearing is set for April 30.

Montana faces at least 37 years to life in prison if convicted.

Kraska was shot six times including once in the torso and once in the abdomen, prosecutors said in court.


Just Asking....

Which central Illinois Anchor could be in hot water after being involved in a bar fight?

Sources say the Anchor, who has a bad boy past, got into a fight at a local bar with a station Reporter.

Word is that booze was a factor and both the Reporter and Anchor left the bar before the cops arrived.

 FTVLive now hears that HR is investigating as to what happened?

Both men took the day off from work and the Reporter is claiming he fell on some ice and that's why his face is injured. 

Stay tuned.... 

Quiet on the Set

Anchor and Reporter going toe to toe in an Albuquerque newsroom. Another Anchor and Reporter throwing down in a Illinois bar.

It has been a crazy Feb book.

Baltimore sources tell FTVLive that not all the fighting took place off the news set. During the February Ratings, sources say it got real ugly one morning at WMAR in B-More.

 Word is that Morning Meteorologist Lynette Charles and Anchorman Charlie Crowson got into a screaming match that would have made a trucker blush. 

Insiders say the Executive Producer had to step in and try and bring some peace to the set. "The studio crew had to leave the set to get away from the noise..." said our source.

Thankfully the book is over and maybe everyone will just calm down a bit. 

Fox News Continues to Have O'Reilly's Back

There is no doubt that the fangs are out for Fox News host Bill O'Reilly. While O'Reilly did well to fend off accusations that he lied about his experience covering the war in the Falkland Islands, the story about being present at a suicide in Florida, holding a bit more water. 

The Fox host has claimed on several occasions that he heard the gunshot that killed George de Mohrenschildt, a friend of JFK assassin Lee Harvey Oswald who committed suicide at his daughter’s home in Florida in 1977.

A number of people have stepped forward saying not only wasn't here there, he wasn't even in the state of Florida at the time. 

There is no doubt that when this latest charge of lying came out against O'Reilly, he was not nearly as quick with a denial.

The Fox News Network was always mostly quiet about the latest charges of lying against their star host.

But, late yesterday, FNC released a statement saying they still got Bill's back.

The statement reads: “Bill O’Reilly has already addressed several claims leveled against him. This is nothing more than an orchestrated campaign by far left advocates Mother Jones and Media Matters. Responding to the unproven accusation du jour has become an exercise in futility. FOX News maintains its staunch support of O’Reilly, who is no stranger to calculated onslaughts.”

While O'Reilly clearly seems to be the latest anchor with a target on his back, there is once media star that has to be happy to see it.

Brian Williams.

Just saying....