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FOX & Friends Scold the New York Times for its Rush Limbaugh Coverage

Pete Hegseth and Lara Logan took issue with the way the Times referred to Limbaugh even in death.

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The New York Times farewell obituary for conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh, who died of lung cancer, didn’t sit well with Fox News’ Pete Hegseth and Lara Logan. During the “Fox & Friends” program, the two scolded the newspaper for its blunt farewell.

Logan stated that Limbaugh was a heroic figure and an icon to a significant number of people, but that many media outlets were not remembering him that way.

“What you said is completely reflected in the way The New York Times is remembering Rush Limbaugh today,” Hegseth said later. “It’s so sick that I barely feel comfortable putting it on the screen.”

After Hegseth read aloud the Times’ headlines, which described Limbaugh as a media figure that built “talk radio into a right-wing attack machine” and “trafficking in conspiracy theories,” Logan would respond by scolding the Times for their coverage of Limbaugh’s death.

“You know what, Pete? I was raised to be a better person than that. I can only think of my mother. She would have looked at that and said, ‘how small, these people are very small.’ She would have left it at that, and honestly, I’m going to leave it there when it comes to them because I think their actions and their language speak for themselves.”

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FOX News Leads Cable News Ratings Thanks to Trump CPAC Speech

FNC was most assisted on Sunday Feb. 28 with its live broadcast of Donald Trump’s speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) from Orlando, Fla.

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For the final week of February 2021, Fox News Channel accomplished a feat it has not done since the final week of October 2020 — topping all of cable news in both total viewers AND the key demographic of adults 25-54. It is a position FNC had long been familiar pre-2020 election. For the week ending Feb. 28, Fox News averaged 1.388 million viewers and 222,000 adults 25-54 in total day (6 a.m. to 5:59 a.m.) data from Nielsen Media Research; for prime time (Feb. 22-27 @ 8-11 p.m. and Feb. 28 @ 7-11 p.m.), FNC drew 2.478 million viewers and 376,000 adults 25-54. Each of those total-viewer marks were tops on all of cable; their total day 25-54 performance also leading cable.

FNC was most assisted on Sunday Feb. 28 with its live broadcast of Donald Trump’s speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) from Orlando, Fla. It generated the network’s highest 5PM ET hour ever on a Sunday among total viewers with 5.74 million total viewers and 966,000 in the 25-54 demo. The pre and post programs that bookended the speech also benefited: “America Reports” with John Roberts and Sandra Smith scored 3.15 million viewers and 501,000 with 25-54 in the 4PM ET hour; “The Big Sunday Show” at 6PM ET notched 3.72 million viewers and 708,000 with 25-54 demo.

CNN, the usual Sunday prime time cable news leader, took a backseat to Fox News on the night of Sunday Feb. 28. FNC continued its positive ratings wave from the late afternoon with “Life, Liberty & Levin” at 8PM ET having drawn 2.25 million viewers and 334,000 in the 25-54 demo. “The Next Revolution” with host Steve Hilton at 9PM ET delivered 1.88 million viewers and 351,000 in the 25-54 demo for its exclusive interview with Trump, topping CNN’s just-renewed “Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy” (1.32 million viewers/286,000 adults 25-54). within the hour.

MSNBC was the week’s respectable No. 2 cable network in total day (1.166 million) and prime time (1.967 million). Despite FNC’s recent return to the lead cable network spot, MSNBC still managed to win the entire month of February 2021, averaging 1.4 million viewers in total day (vs. Fox News’ 1.3 million and CNN’s 1.2 million). It is MSNBC’s first time ever as the most-watched network on cable (not just cable news) for one full calendar month.

Boosted by the second Trump impeachment trial and up-to-date COVID-19 information, MSNBC’s live breaking news coverage drew 1.53 million total viewers during their dayside slot of 9am-4pm ET (vs. CNN’s 1.52 million and Fox News’ 1.4 million); also, the top viewer figure in all of cable.

Here are the cable news averages for Feb. 22-28, 2021 — the total viewer figures were cable’s three best marks for the week in both total day and prime time:

Total Day (Feb. 22-28 @ 6 a.m.-5:59 a.m.)

  • Fox News Channel: 1.388 million viewers; 222,000 adults 25-54 
  • MSNBC: 1.166 million viewers; 159,000 adults 25-54
  • CNN: 0.909 million viewers; 201,000 adults 25-54

Prime Time (Feb. 22-27 @ 8-11 p.m.; Feb. 28 @ 7-11 p.m.)

  • Fox News Channel: 2.478 million viewers; 376,000 adults 25-54
  • MSNBC: 1.987 million viewers; 283,000 adults 25-54
  • CNN: 1.295 million viewers; 298,000 adults 25-54

Top 10 most-watched cable news programs (and the top CNN program and its associated rank) in total viewers:

1. Special Report “Trump Speaks at CPAC” (FOXNC, Sun. 2/28/2021 4:47 PM, 94 min.) 5.736 million viewers

2. The Big Sunday Show (FOXNC, Sun. 2/28/2021 6:21 PM, 39 min.) 3.720 million viewers

3. Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC, Wed. 2/24/2021 9:00 PM, 60 min.) 3.468 million viewers

4. Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC, Mon. 2/22/2021 9:00 PM, 60 min.) 3.463 million viewers

5. Tucker Carlson Tonight (FOXNC, Thu. 2/25/2021 8:00 PM, 60 min.) 3.407 million viewers

6. Tucker Carlson Tonight (FOXNC, Mon. 2/22/2021 8:00 PM, 60 min.) 3.343 million viewers

7. Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC, Tue. 2/23/2021 9:00 PM, 60 min.) 3.329 million viewers

8. Tucker Carlson Tonight (FOXNC, Tue. 2/23/2021 8:00 PM, 60 min.) 3.298 million viewers

9. Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC, Thu. 2/25/2021 9:00 PM, 60 min.) 3.238 million viewers

10. America Reports (FOXNC, Sun. 2/28/2021 4:00 PM, 47 min.) 3.148 million viewers

63. Cuomo Prime Time (CNN, Mon. 2/22/2021 9:00 PM, 60 min.) 1.825 million viewers

Top 10 cable news programs (and the top CNN program and its associated rank) among adults 25-54:

1. Special Report “Trump Speaks at CPAC” (FOXNC, Sun. 2/28/2021 4:47 PM, 94 min.) 0.966 million adults 25-54

2. The Big Sunday Show (FOXNC, Sun. 2/28/2021 6:21 PM, 39 min.) 0.708 million adults 25-54

3. Tucker Carlson Tonight (FOXNC, Thu. 2/25/2021 8:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.572 million adults 25-54

4. Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC, Mon. 2/22/2021 9:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.538 million adults 25-54

5. Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC, Wed. 2/24/2021 9:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.513 million adults 25-54

6. Tucker Carlson Tonight (FOXNC, Mon. 2/22/2021 8:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.501 million adults 25-54

7. America Reports (FOXNC, Sun. 2/28/2021 4:00 PM, 47 min.) 0.501 million adults 25-54

8. Hannity (FOXNC, Thu. 2/25/2021 9:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.499 million adults 25-54

9. Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC, Tue. 2/23/2021 9:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.491 million adults 25-54

10. Tucker Carlson Tonight (FOXNC, Tue. 2/23/2021 8:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.486 million adults 25-54

12. Anderson Cooper 360 (CNN, Mon. 2/22/2021 8:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.445 million adults 25-54

Source: Live+Same Day data, Nielsen Media Research

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Former Andrew Cuomo Executive Assistant Opens Up About Harassment Claims

“He explains at that point that he is looking for a girlfriend and that he is lonely and tired,” Bennett said.

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One of the women who came out and accused New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo of sexual harassment this week, told CBS Evening News he made strong sexual advances towards her during a closed-door meeting in his office. 

Charlotte Bennett, a former executive assistant said the encounter took place following a press conference last spring.

“He explains at that point that he is looking for a girlfriend and that he is lonely and tired,” Bennett said. “He (Cuomo) asked if I had trouble enjoying being with someone because of my trauma. I understood that the governor wanted to sleep with me and felt horribly uncomfortable and scared.”

Bennett reportedly left the $55,000-a-year job in the Cuomo administration in November. Her lawyer told CBS that the allegations have derailed her career.

“The governor asked me if I was sensitive to intimacy,” she said. “He asked me if age difference mattered and then explained to me that he was fine with anyone over the age of 22.

Bennett said she was terrified and felt forced to answer the intimate questions and later felt shame when she thought about speaking out.

Cuomo apologized for his behavior in a televised news conference but said that he was not going to resign.

Bennett is one of three women to come out with accusations against the powerful Democrat.

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Averi Harper Names New Deputy Political Director at ABC News

Harper came aboard ABC News in 2019 and worked as a campaign reporter covering presidential candidates like Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) during the Democratic primaries.

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ABC News has announced a new deputy political director in its Washington bureau as Averi Harper will take over the position. Meanwhile, former deputy political director, MaryAlice Parks, will assume ABC’s weekend White House correspondent.

Harper came aboard ABC News in 2019 and worked as a campaign reporter covering presidential candidates like Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) during the Democratic primaries. Harper later made the transition to covering the Biden-Harris campaign, focusing on Vice President Harris.

Furthermore, Harper also covered George Floyd’s death, reporting from the funeral in Houston, speaking to Floyd’s high school friends, and contributed to the special Juneteenth: A Celebration of Overcoming. “A gifted reporter and storyteller and also a natural leader, and her talents will be invaluable in guiding our audience – and our political team – through this unprecedented moment in our nation’s political life,” Jonathan Greenberger, ABC News vice president, said.

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