Today, Miller-McCune.com published the results of one such study, conducted by two researchers at Indiana University. The researchers found that men, when they watch a newscast with an attractive, provocatively-dressed female anchor, are more likely to remember the image of the person reading the news than the news the person was reading.
Well, of course they are.
That's what the networks count on.
"MSNBC makes a living out of making personal attacks," O'Reilly opined. "That's what the network does ... that's why it beats CNN."
"CNN is so boring, when they open their mouths dust comes out," he continued. "So (MSNBC) said 'you know, we can beat them. We're not as good at covering the news' -- MSNBC will never be as good as CNN at covering the news -- 'so we'll attack people. We'll be the World Wrestling Federation.' So that's what they did."
Allow us to tweak that anology, Bill. The way we see it, Fox News is the WWF, whereas MSNBC is more like an upstart wrestling federation -- say the WCW -- trying to match the WWF's superior ratings by ratcheting up their own outrageousness. Clearly, the only way this can end is some sort of intra-network steel-cage match.
According to The Guardian, nixing Rivers has reinforced the growing perception in some quarters that Fox News is promoting Palin -- a Fox host -- and protecting her from criticism.
Comedienne Rivers made her comments in an interview with TMZ, during which she was asked if Palin should be US President. She replied: "I think Sarah Palin is an amazing woman. I think she represents everything strong a woman can be, and I think she should go someplace -- to another planet -- to show them, and get out of our face."
'Million Dollar Money Drop' Still Won't Give Players Their $800,000, Fox Executive Denies That Any Mistake Was Made (VIDEO)
But now, things are getting weirder. On tonight's episode (Wed., 9PM ET on Fox), a couple won $240,000, while debating the relative merits of Ben Affleck and Matt Damon. Which is nice, but ...
... But most people are distracted by the scandal that took place on the show's first episode. During the premiere, Gabe Okoye and Brittany Mayi lost $800,000 after they answered a trivia question "incorrectly." There was only one problem. ... They weren't really wrong. But now, a Fox executive is denying that show made any mistake, and is insisting that the netwok is not at fault.
Bill O'Reilly Responds to 'The View' Walk-Off and Ground Zero Debate, Says He Was Trying to 'Sell a Book' (VIDEO)
On 'Late Show' (weeknights, 11:35PM ET on CBS), David Letterman had this question for O'Reilly: "What the hell happened over there on 'The View'? What was going on?"
Bill said he knew Behar didn't like him, and that Whoopi's opinion of him varied. He added that he was just trying to "sell a book" during his time on the show. And he found a positive aspect to the fiasco, joking that it was the "greatest thing ever." "You know what I was thinking? ... 'I hope they all leave! Then I'll take the whole show. I'll have 45 minutes of ABC airtime.'" Well, that's one way to sell a book.
Writers and producers at 'The Simpsons' love nothing more than to take comedic pot-shots at the Fox network and its parent company News Corp.
However, some controversy is brewing after the show made fun of Fox News twice, but 'Simpsons' producer Al Jean says they're ready to stop. (For now.)
After a recent episode featured a Fox news chopper with the slogan "Not Racist, But #1 With Racists" on the side, Fox News anchor Bill O'Reilly called Matt Groening and his crew "pinheads." So this past Sunday the Fox news chopper was back, only this time the slogan read: "Unsuitable for Viewers Under 75."
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Jean said the "Unsuitable" joke was added at the last-minute because of O'Reilly's dig. "If you're calling cartoon characters 'pinheads,' what does that make you? Matt Groening wanted to do a response to O'Reilly so we slipped this in."
On 'The Daily Show' (weeknights, 11PM ET on Comedy Central), Stewart watched as Fox covered the event. Oddly enough, many Fox News pundits -- including Mike Huckabee and Sarah Palin -- used the same metaphor for the victory. The GOP triumph was described as a "tidal wave," an "earthquake" and a "tsunami."
Mike Huckabee compared the win to one of the more powerful natural disasters in American history: a 19th century earthquake which sent shockwaves across half the country, causing the Mississippi River to run backwards. Jon pointed out a common theme here: "You do realize all your metaphors for Republican victory ... killed thousands of people."
Fox News Wins Midterm Election Ratings, Cybill Shepherd to Guest Star on '$#*! My Dad Says' and More
Ratings from last night's midterm election coverage are in, and America chose Fox News as its preferred election night viewing. According to Daily Intel, almost 7 million people tuned into the network for election results. That's more than twice as much as CNN's viewership and MSNBC's viewership combined.
More than 2.4 million viewers watched CNN, while MSNBC drew more than 1.9 million.
In other TV news ...
• Cybill Shepherd will guest star on '$#*! My Dad Says.' The actress will play a life coach in the show's Nov. 18 episode. [TV Guide]
• 'The Chicago Code,' previously known as 'Ride Along,' will premiere on Mon., Feb 7 at 9PM on Fox. The drama follows Chicago's most well-respected policemen and women who work to expose political corruption in their city. [Hollywood Insider]
The goal was to share political views in an inoffensive manner. Moderation was the ideal; Stewart showed video clips of media figures (such as Mr. Beck) who supposedly used polarizing speech.
Since the event was hosted by comedians, the whole thing was a joke -- or was it? A bunch of celebs attended, including Ozzy Osbourne, Kid Rock, and Sheryl Crow. But Stewart stopped the music and jokes to deliver this message: "I thought we might have a moment ... for some sincerity. ... I can't control what people think this was. I can only tell you my intentions."
[Warning: Spoiler alert.]
Ultra-liberal family dog Brian Griffin is the character who most represents the show's political voice. So it comes as no shocker when Brian decides to protest a Rush Limbaugh book-signing at the local mall. But on his way to the event, Brian is attacked by a multi-ethnic "politically correct" mob. The surprising part takes place when Brian gets rescued by a shadowy figure. And this mysterious savior turns out to be ... Mr. Limbaugh.
He also threatened to keep on predicting weird stories about Ms. O'Donnell -- unless she gave up and made an appearance on his show. (This, by the way, was a parody of host Bill Maher, who has said he will keep showing video clips of Christine until she returns to his show 'Politically Incorrect.')
But sadly, Stephen's last ploy failed ... and failed badly, because O'Donnell wants nothing to do with him. So on the latest 'Colbert Report,' (weeknights, 11:30PM ET on Comedy Central), he resorts to a different tactic.
But no matter how well or how poorly the rally went, one thing is clear: Stephen Colbert likes attention just as much as Glenn Beck does. Now, the question is -- will Colbert stage a rally of his own?
Captain Self was sent to rescue a missing-in-action Navy SEAL. In the course of this operation, Nate ended up fighting against enemy soldiers from before dawn until after dusk. Eventually, he located the SEAL -- but the man was already dead. Still, Ranger Self brought the SEAL's body back. However, Nate lost six of his own men in the course of the operation.
On the latest 'Colbert Report' (weeknights, 11:30PM ET on Comedy Central), Stephen notices that Glenn Beck has recently linked himself to Gandhi, Jesus Christ, and prophetic newscaster Howard Beale. All of this is occurring as Beck is about to give a speech on the exact anniversary of the "I Have a Dream" speech -- and he'll be doing it at the same location where Martin Luther King, Jr. made that historic address to the nation. Wow.
Yesterday on 'The Daily Show,' Jon Stewart uncovered a startling revelation. One of the men giving money to the "Ground Zero Mosque" in New York City is also a major Fox News shareholder. This man's name is Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal. He owns 7% of the Fox News parent corporation, and he's also supporting the so-called 9/11 "terror mosque." Thus, there's a link between Fox News and the supposedly "dangerous" Islamic center. But then it gets worse.
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