National Newswatch

Debate lineups: Biden, Sanders on 2nd night, Warren on 1st

Jun 14 2019 — David Bauder — NEW YORK — NBC set the lineup for its two-night debate of 2020 presidential contenders later this month, with a top-heavy second session that will pit former Vice-President Joe Biden onstage against 2016 Democratic runner-up, Bernie Sanders, the youthful Mayor Pete Buttigieg and California Sen. Kamala Harris. The first night, June 26 in Miami, is […]

Fox News to host town hall meeting with Amy Klobuchar

Apr 18 2019 — David Bauder — NEW YORK — Sen. Amy Klobuchar agreed on Wednesday to become the second Democratic presidential candidate to hold a town hall meeting on Fox News Channel, and others are soon to follow. Sen. Bernie Sanders was the first to venture onto Fox this week. His Monday town hall reached 2.55 million viewers, the biggest audience […]

Fox draws nearly 2.6 million viewers for Sanders town hall

Apr 16 2019 — David Bauder — NEW YORK — Sen. Bernie Sanders took heat from some Democrats for holding a town hall meeting on Fox News Channel. But it turned out to be the most-watched town hall of the campaign season so far. The Nielsen company estimated that 2.55 million people watched the Sanders event on Monday. That nearly doubled the […]

Study: Fox News is obsessed with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Apr 15 2019 — David Bauder — NEW YORK — Freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's name is on the lips of nearly everyone at Fox News. A study found that the New York City Democrat was mentioned 3,181 times on Fox News Channel and its sister Fox Business Network during the six-week period of Feb. 25 to April 7, or just under 76 […]

Fox host questions whether Omar is ‘an American first.’

Apr 11 2019 — David Bauder — NEW YORK — Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar said Wednesday that Fox News Channel host Brian Kilmeade is guilty of a "dangerous incitement" for questioning her loyalty to the United States, since she's been the subject of death threats in the past. Kilmeade said on a "Fox & Friends" segment about the freshman Democrat that "you […]

Bernie Sanders to appear in Fox News town hall meeting

Apr 3 2019 — David Bauder — NEW YORK — Fox News Channel says that Sen. Bernie Sanders will appear on a televised town hall on April 15, making him the first Democratic candidate to venture onto Fox for this type of event in the current presidential cycle. It's an important booking for Fox, after the Democratic National Committee announced last month […]

Jeanine Pirro case squeezes Fox News in two directions

Mar 20 2019 — David Bauder — NEW YORK — The apparent suspension of Jeanine Pirro is squeezing Fox News Channel in two directions. A prominent Muslim-American civil rights organization is calling for advertisers to boycott Fox News, while another group is petitioning to have the weekend host reinstated. Pirro wasn't on the air Saturday, a week after Fox publicly condemned her […]

Minnesota politician thanks Fox for condemning Jeanine Pirro

Mar 11 2019 — David Bauder — NEW YORK — U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar thanked Fox News on Monday for condemning comments made on the network by weekend host Jeanine Pirro centring on the freshman Democrat's wearing of a traditional Muslim head covering. Fox said it "strongly condemned" Pirro's Saturday night commentary and said it had addressed the matter with her. Pirro […]

Sanders says it’s laughable that White House is inaccessible

Jan 23 2019 — David Bauder — NEW YORK — Following the apparent demise of the traditional afternoon briefing of reporters, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told Fox News Channel on Wednesday that any notion the Trump administration is not accessible to the press is "absolutely laughable." "I take questions from reporters every single day," she said. Sanders' venue for […]

Technology near for real-time TV political fact checks

Jan 18 2019 — David Bauder — NEW YORK — A Duke University team expects to have a product available for election year that will allow television networks to offer real-time fact checks onscreen when a politician makes a questionable claim during a speech or debate. The mystery is whether any network will choose to use it. The response to President Donald […]

Colbert, Maddow are coveted slots for presidential wanna-bes

Jan 16 2019 — David Bauder — NEW YORK — Kirsten Gillibrand is hitting the television daily double this week. The New York senator announced her presidential candidacy on Stephen Colbert's "Late Show," following it up with an MSNBC interview Wednesday with Rachel Maddow. Her itinerary reflects the importance of those two media figures to the expected crowd of Democrats seeking President […]

Former Times editor not happy with reporters’ cable punditry

Jan 11 2019 — David Bauder — NEW YORK — Former New York Times editor Jill Abramson takes a dim view of many of the appearances that reporters at her former newspaper and The Washington Post make on cable networks to talk about President Donald Trump. "I really think that all the cable appearances on panels, particularly on CNN and MSNBC, are […]

Facing pressure, networks fact-check Trump speech

Jan 9 2019 — David Bauder — NEW YORK — Television pundits moved swiftly to correct or challenge President Donald Trump following Tuesday's Oval Office speech on the proposed border wall, after their networks were the target of an unusual debate over whether they should show him at all. "Just because you say it's a crisis doesn't necessarily make it one," ABC […]

White House bans CNN reporter after confrontation with Trump

Nov 8 2018 — David Bauder — NEW YORK — The White House has suspended the press pass of CNN correspondent Jim Acosta after he and President Donald Trump had a heated confrontation during a news conference. They began sparring Wednesday after Acosta asked Trump about the caravan of migrants heading from Latin America to the southern U.S. border. When Acosta tried […]

Midterm coverage was a roller-coaster ride of dips and dives

Nov 7 2018 — David Bauder — NEW YORK — After hours of television commentating, swinging needles on election meters and reams of statistics from obscure counties called up on computer screens, CNN's Jake Tapper had a revelation about Tuesday's midterm elections. "Actually," he said, "this is pretty much what we thought was going to happen." The House of Representatives appeared on […]