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Thursday, January 05, 2017

Fox News tucks in the 9 p.m. slot

Tucker Carlson's appointment to replace ratings-challenged Megyn Kelly shows Fox News is behind our conservative president. CNN praised the move. MSNBC has to wonder what NBC just did to it by hiring Kelly.

Carlson is a Washington elitist who went to the best schools and was a House Conservative at CNN for years. He was the replacement for the replacement in the final days of Crossfire, pretty much over his head.

Since then, he has spent a decade learning his craft and honing his conservatism. In January 2016, he blistered the Never Trumpers as a bunch of think tankers out of touch with anything outside the Washington-Manhattan bubble.

This came even though Carlson was not a Trump supporter.

I quoted him in part in "Trump the Press."

Greta Van Susteren's departure opened the door for Carlson.

From Brian Stetler of CNN:
Carlson, a conservative commentator and founder of The Daily Caller web site, is well-known to Fox fans. His two-month-old show "Tucker Carlson Tonight," an out-of-the-box ratings success at 7 p.m.
The overnight success, ten years in the making, is Vintage Bill O'Reilly. The centipedes at Reddit_The_Donald love the way Carlson destroys the liberals-in-the-news who are dumb enough to go on his show. The pedes call it being tucked.

Sir Rupert Murdoch is happy: “In less than two months, Tucker has taken cable news by storm with his spirited interviews and consistently strong performance. Viewers have overwhelmingly responded to the show and we look forward to him being a part of Fox News’ powerful primetime lineup.”

Martha MacCallum will take over Carlson's 7 p.m. time slot, calling her show, "The First 100 Days."

Kelly leaves in Friday. GOOD.

Stetler said:
Many of his segments and fights have gone viral. A sampling of recent headlines from the show: "How liberals are slowly killing colleges," "Journalists exposed by WikiLeaks to cover Trump White House," and "Tucker vs. student who says Trump shouldn't be given chance."
Unlike Fox's 8 p.m. host Bill O'Reilly and 10 p.m. host Sean Hannity, Carlson does not have a friendly relationship with President-elect Donald Trump dating back decades. He said in a January 2016 column that "Trump might not be my first choice for president." But he is open-minded about Trump and doesn't have the antagonistic relationship that Kelly had with him.
At the end of every show, Carlson says his broadcast is "the sworn enemy of lying, pomposity, smugness, and groupthink."
Rumors hold that O'Reilly does not like Hannity or Kelly.

Given how Carlson's work pays homage to O'Reilly, that may not be a problem.

Carlson's comeback reminds me of Peter Jennings, who became ABC's anchor at 27, and lasted two years.

Jennings recovered from that firing by staying with ABC, learning his craft, and regaining the job at age 45, a well-seasoned pro. You don't have to like Jennings to have appreciated his hard work.

Carlson should boost the prime-time ratings for Fox News, which sagged in the 9 O'Clock slot when she alienated Trump supporters.


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  1. Like Carlson, but wished he would stay in the time slot he is in now. It is 5 here in CO and I watch/listen while fixing/eating dinner. Last night with a climate guy was grand.

  2. Said the spider to the fly, Come in and have a seat!

  3. MeAgain Kelly's comments about leaving for a daytime job without politics, sounds way too much like Keith Olbermann's exit from MSnbc

  4. So Tucker is gonna fill Megyn's slot?

    1. We now pause for station identification.

    2. Not unless he is REALLY well blessed. ;-)

  5. Kelly was not bad for a time, but she seemed to lean more and more leftward as time went on. Any bets on how long she lasts at NBC? The 9:00 slot on FOX is a ratings lock, unless the host just plain sucks.