Can anyone give Bill O’Reilly a run for his money?
“When I told my 7 year old I had decided to leave, she laid on the sofa for an hour crying that she’d never see Anderson Cooper again.”
“Piers gives his opinions. The show is a lot about him as much as the guests… He’s so different from me.”
"A lot of shows, they make it about the host and the guest becomes a prop to the host and I never liked that. It’s not the quality that counts anymore," he continued. "It’s how loud did you yell, how vituperative can you be.”
“Every day I wake up, brush my teeth, and do my damndest to ignore Piers Morgan. The veteran tabloid editor and talent show host, given a 9 p.m. slot on CNN as part of some secretive money-burning scheme (I’m guessing), manages to combine the tedium of “balanced” TV talk with overwhelming self-regard.”
“MSNBC has pumped up its ratings by recasting itself as a left-leaning riposte to Fox News, and that’s fine. Fox long ago proved that a lot of viewers like to hear cable anchors echo what they already think; MSNBC is just playing catch-up. Fox is still well ahead, especially during a Republican convention, but on Tuesday, there were times when MSNBC drew significantly more convention viewers than CNN.
That’s because MSNBC offers counterprogramming, not coverage. All that arch sarcasm and partisan brio may rev up the cable channel’s fans, but it constrains — and stains — NBC News, its corporate sibling, which is still the country’s No. 1 source in the evening.”
“Fox News outperformed the competition on night one of the GOP convention, drawing more viewers than NBC, ABC, and CBS in the 10 p.m. hour and at least four-times as many viewers as its cable competitors MSNBC and CNN, according to preliminary Nielsen ratings. NBC News won the most viewers in the coveted 25-54-year-old demographic.”
Fox News outperforms nets on night one
Of course, TV news shows have always put a premium on appearance, more so for women than for men. And it’s hardly a revelation that some networks place more pressure on women than do others: C-SPAN has no makeup room at all, just a collection of powder compacts that guests can use if they are so inclined. At MSNBC, Rachel Maddow is known to prefer minimal makeup, while other anchors want more, and the artists oblige with a range of choices, from neutral tones to berry hues. Bloomberg TV tends toward the corporate aesthetic; CNN favors a professional style that makes women and men look crisp, as if they have been ironed. As for Fox, suffice it to say that there is a YouTube montage devoted to leg shots of Fox anchors, who are often outfitted in body-hugging dresses of vibrant red and turquoise, their eyes enhanced by not only liner and shadow but also false lashes. A Fox regular once commented to me that she gets more calls from network management about her hair, clothes, and makeup than about what she says. “I just think of it as a uniform,” she said of her getup.