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Did Sarah Palin “Misremember” How She Created “Refudiate?”

28 December 2010 5:58 AM, PST | Mediaite - TV | See recent Mediaite - TV news »

Was it just a mis-typed tweet? On Sarah Palin's Alaska Sunday, Sarah Palin mentioned the dustup over her use of the made-up word "refudiate," telling husband Todd she'd merely made a typo while sending a Twitter message on her Blackberry. But the New York Daily News calls foul, noting that prior to that tweet, Palin had used the word in an appearance on the Fox News show Hannity: »

- Mark Joyella

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To Provide Perspective On Start, Hannity Turns To Jon Voight. Wait, What?

21 December 2010 5:11 AM, PST | Mediaite - TV | See recent Mediaite - TV news »

Will Start be passed in the lame duck session of Congress? Should it be? Who can help us process all of this? These are weighty issues, and fittingly, Fox News' Hannity wasted no time Monday night rolling out just the right person to provide desperately needed perspective--a guy who's literally been on the front lines in the war on terror as Jack Bauer's father: Jon Voight. »

- Mark Joyella

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Sean Hannity’s Tortured Logic To Defend Gop Earmarks Frustrates Conservative Guest

16 December 2010 6:18 AM, PST | Mediaite - TV | See recent Mediaite - TV news »

This has not been a good week for Sean Hannity. First political commentator Imogen Lloyd Webber discredited his arguments fact-by-fact, then congressman Anthony Weiner more than held his own in a shout-filled debate. Now on the issue of Gop senators including earmarks in the new spending bill, a seemingly hypocritical position even other Fox News anchors find confusing, never fear, because Hannity is on the case to . . . make you even more confused. »

- Matt Schneider

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Sean Hannity To Rep. Anthony Weiner: “Thank God For Rupert Murdoch”

15 December 2010 5:00 AM, PST | Mediaite - TV | See recent Mediaite - TV news »

Less than a week after a contentious appearance on America Live with Megyn Kelly, Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-ny) gave Fox News another shot last night with an appearance on Hannity to discuss the potential Bush tax cut extension and tax philosophy in general. And while the overall conversation went better than this, the two men certainly had their share of differences (of course). »

- Glenn Davis

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Bret Baier Signs New Deal With Fox News

14 December 2010 12:30 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Bret Baier, anchor of Fox News Channel's Special Report, has signed a new multi-year deal with the top-rated news cable channel. The pact comes on the heels of Special Report with Bret Baier ranking as the second most watched program in cable news for November, behind only juggernaut The O'Reilly factor and ahead of such popular Fox News shows as Hannity and Glenn Beck. “Bret’s integrity and hard-nosed approach to journalism has made him a go-to source for political news coverage," said Svp of News Editorial Michael Clemente. Baier has served as the anchor of Special Report since January 2009, taking over from Brit Hume. With Baier, the newscast has been averaging more than 2.4 million viewers in its 6-7 Pm time slot, often beating CNN, MSNBC and Headline News combined. Baier also co-anchored with Megyn Kelly Fnc's 2010 midterm election night coverage, which outdelivered all broadcast and cable networks' coverage with more than 7 million viewers. »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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Sean Hannity Guest Exasperated From Preposterously Pointless Debate

14 December 2010 6:21 AM, PST | Mediaite - TV | See recent Mediaite - TV news »

No one suggested debating Sean Hannity would be easy or intellectually stimulating, but it at least seems fun as Hannity guest Imogen Lloyd Webber, political commentator and daughter of famous composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, found out last night. First Hannity read off a litany of generic complaints with the British healthcare system, all of which was dismissed pretty convincingly by Webber's more concrete statistic that "life expectancy is longer in the UK than [in the Us]." From there the two could not agree on facts or even on what issue they were going to debate, which led to an exhausted Webber making a visibly disgruntled face to Hannity's amusement. »

- Matt Schneider

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Frank Luntz’ Focus Group Turns Unruly While Discussing Obama’s Tax Cuts

10 December 2010 8:03 AM, PST | Mediaite - TV | See recent Mediaite - TV news »

Fox News contributor and right-of-center pollster Frank Luntz held a focus group yesterday for Hannity and the results were remarkable for a couple of reasons. First, the speech that Obama made announcing the extension of the Bush Tax Cuts saw a far more positive response from Gop participants than those who self-identified as Democrats. Secondly, and perhaps more entertainingly, the follow up discussion was like a scene from The Jerry Springer Show. Woof. »

- Colby Hall

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Fox News' Spin Game

9 December 2010 2:00 AM, PST | The Daily Beast | See recent The Daily Beast news »

As the debate over the health-care public option heated up, a Fox News executive told staffers to change the way they talked about it. Howard Kurtz on the memo that echoed a Gop talking point.

As the health-care debate was heating up in the summer of 2009, Republican pollster Frank Luntz offered Sean Hannity some advice.  

Related story on The Daily Beast: Obama's Best Health-Care Fix

Luntz, who counseled the Gop on how to sell the 1994 Contract With America, told the Fox News host to stop using President Obama's preferred term for a key provision.  

"If you call it a public option, the American people are split," he explained. "If you call it the government option, the public is overwhelmingly against it."   

"A great point," Hannity declared. "And from now on, I'm going to call it the government option, because that's what it is."   

On Oct. 27, the day after Senate »

- Howard Kurtz

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Sean Hannity Asks Juan Williams: “What’s Wrong With Racial Profiling?”

2 December 2010 5:55 AM, PST | Mediaite - TV | See recent Mediaite - TV news »

It would have been a lot of fun to be on Sean Hannity's show last night. During its "Great American Panel" segment, a discussion about airport security led inevitably to a discussion of Fergie's recent experience with a body scanner—which spurred Juan Williams to possibly make Fox history by uttering the phrase "lady lumps" on air. Williams's comment sparked both laughter and an observation from Hannity, that he had "lost all control of the panel." And then Hannity had an unfortunate slip of the tongue that only made the segment sillier. »

- Hillary Busis

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Ann Coulter On American Power Post-WikiLeaks: “We’re A Helpless, Pitiful Giant”

1 December 2010 5:40 AM, PST | Mediaite - TV | See recent Mediaite - TV news »

On <em>Hannity</em> Tuesday night, <a href="http://www.mediaite.com/power-grid/person/?q=Ann+Coulter">Ann Coulter</a> accused the Obama Administration of letting<a href="http://www.mediaite.com/power-grid/person/?q=Julian+Assange"> Julian Assange</a> and WikiLeaks expose turn Barack Obama into Jimmy Carter. "Democrats are in the White House, so America is standing tall as usual. We're a helpless, pitiful giant. That's the way America stands when a Democrat is in the White House, because they will not do anything." »

- Mark Joyella

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Bret Baier Beats Hannity, Beck in Fox News Ratings

30 November 2010 10:39 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Is the news part of Fox News on the rise? News program "Special Report with Bret Baier," landed in second-place in total viewers in November -- both on Fox News and cable news overall. The finish was notable because opinion and commentary-driven shows traditionally dominate cable news. November's election coverage helped Baier quietly beat "Hannity" and "Glenn Beck," both topped by headline-topping commentators. Also read: Fox News Beats ABC, CBS, NBC on Election Night "The O'Reilly Factor" remained, as usual, the top-rated show in total viewers on the network and on any cable news »

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Ed Schultz Takes Aim At Sean Hannity: Future Feud In The Making?

20 November 2010 9:25 AM, PST | Mediaite - TV | See recent Mediaite - TV news »

For a primetime Fox News anchor whose rhetoric is as sharp as his ideology is rigid, Sean Hannity seemed to avoid the intra-media crossfire quite handily. Sure, he'll get a stab here, a "Worst Persons" there, but rarely does he get into long-term feuds or become the subject of an energetic campaign against him. Herein a clip that could change that all, should Hannity take the bait: Ed Schultz steps up to bat with a montage of Hannity clips to boil the blood of any dyed-in-the-wool liberal. »

- Frances Martel

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Fox News Chief Blasts NPR 'Nazis'

17 November 2010 6:39 PM, PST | The Daily Beast | See recent The Daily Beast news »

Roger Ailes slams Jon Stewart as a conservative-basher, explains why he rode to Juan Williams' rescue-and sees NPR as taxpayer-funded propaganda. Part II of Howard Kurtz's interview.

Update: On Thursday, Ailes apologized to the Anti-Defamation League (Adl) for describing NPR brass as "Nazis." He wrote: "I was of course ad-libbing and should not have chosen that word but I was angry at the time because of NPR's willingness to censor Juan Williams for not being liberal enough... My now considered opinion 'nasty, inflexible bigot' would have worked better." Abraham H. Foxman, Adl's national director and a Holocaust survivor, responded: "I welcome Roger Ailes apology, which is as sincere as it is heartfelt. Nazi comparisons of this nature are clearly inappropriate and offensive. While I wish Roger had never invoked that terminology, I appreciate his efforts to immediately reach out and to retract his words before they did any further harm. »

- Howard Kurtz

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Roger Ailes Lets Rip

16 November 2010 7:02 PM, PST | The Daily Beast | See recent The Daily Beast news »

In an exclusive interview with The Daily Beast, the Fox News chief says Obama thinks differently from most Americans, defends Murdoch's Gop donations, and admits Beck sometimes goes too far.

Update: White House press secretary Robert Gibbs told reporters Wednesday that he was not surprised by Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes quotes about President Obama to The Daily Beast's Howard Kurtz. "I think if you watch most of the programming on the channel, I don't think you would find many of those comments surprising," Gibbs said.

Related story on The Daily Beast: The Right's Democracy Hypocrisy

In the media world, as in politics, having a high-profile target can be a very good thing.

The age of Obama has provided a ratings boost for Fox News as its loudest personalities have relished the opportunity to play offense. Critics, of course, view Fox as an unabashed cheerleader for the Republican Party, an »

- Howard Kurtz

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Jon Stewart ‘Celebrates’ The Return Of George W. Bush To Mainstream Media Coverage

12 November 2010 4:33 AM, PST | Mediaite - TV | See recent Mediaite - TV news »

"Memoirs are by their nature self-serving, you get to create the parameters by which you want history to judge you." These were the words used to set-up by Daily Show host Jon Stewart the following segment focusing on former President George W. Bush's recent publicity tour promoting his new memoir Decision Points. Despite the very low energy of a clearly infirm Stewart, the source interview material made for a very entertaining and humorous trip down Presidential memory lane, with appearances on Hannity, Today, and Oprah, there was no shortage of clips used for comedic juxtaposition. »

- Colby Hall

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George W. Bush To Sean Hannity: I Don’t See Tea Party, I See Democracy

8 November 2010 12:27 PM, PST | Mediaite - TV | See recent Mediaite - TV news »

Why should Matt Lauer get all the fun? He shouldn’t: Sean Hannity also sat George W. Bush down for an intimate, necktie-free conversation at the former president’s ranch in Crawford, TX. In a preview clip from the interview, which is set to air on Fox News tomorrow, Hannity asks Bush his thoughts on the Tea Party's emergence. "Here's what I see," our most recent Republican president said. "I see democracy working." »

- Ray Rahman

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Sean Hannity And Panel Rail On The ‘Rally To Restore Cat Stevens/Yusuf Islam’

1 November 2010 6:44 AM, PDT | Mediaite - TV | See recent Mediaite - TV news »

Had you been watching Hannity, you would have seen host Sean Hannity and his panel discuss Jon Stewart's "Rally to Restore Sanity," but focusing on the inclusion of Cat Stevens/Yusuf Islam as a participant in a comedy bit over Trains of all sorts (Peace, Crazy and Love as it were.) Hannity (and panel) all expressed predictable outrage over Yusuf's inclusion, given his alleged support of the fatwa against author Salmon Rushdie for his tome Satanic Verses. »

- Colby Hall

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Sean Hannity Asks Christine O’Donnell About Gawker’s ‘One-Night Stand’ Story

29 October 2010 4:20 AM, PDT | Mediaite - TV | See recent Mediaite - TV news »

Credit where credit is due. Last night Sean Hannity had on as his guest Gop Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell, and very delicately broached the subject of yesterday's controversial and anonymously-penned story that appeared in Gawker that outlined a "one night stand" with the candidate. Hannity brought it up in the safe and predictable context of "liberal media" attacks on Gop women candidates. »

- Colby Hall

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Jimmy McMillan And Sean Hannity Agree: Taxes, Like Rent, Are ‘2 Damn High’

25 October 2010 8:13 PM, PDT | Mediaite - TV | See recent Mediaite - TV news »

Have you been yearning to watch New York gubernatorial candidate/rap sensation/karate expert Jimmy McMillan sit down for a substantive political debate on the rent and whether or not it is "too damn high"? The wait is over. McMillian was the headlining guest on tonight's Hannity, where he fared quite well fielding Sean Hannity's fiscally conservative questions and even admitted-- much to Hannity's amusement-- that taxes were also "too damn high." »

- Frances Martel

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In Hannity’s America, Fox News Allows On-Air Fundraisers For Republicans

17 October 2010 10:07 AM, PDT | Mediaite - TV | See recent Mediaite - TV news »

No one will ever accuse Sean Hannity of being fair and balanced, but earlier this week he took his support of Republicans to a new level - blatantly using his program to help his buddy, and former colleague, John Kasich fundraise for his Ohio Governor race. The problem is not what Hannity did. It is that Fox News allowed it to happen. »

- Steve Krakauer

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