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Fox is Having a Hissy Fit Over the Possibility That Rosie O'Donnell Might Air Opposite Hannity & Colmes

Reported by Melanie - November 6, 2007 -

Neil Cavuto, one of the flag wavers at Fox (free speech not included), joined Fox and Friends and John Gibson in bashing MSNBC and Rosie O'Donnell today (November 6, 2007). According to the New York Times, MSNBC and O'Donnell are talking about the possibility of O'Donnell hosting an hour-long talk show in the 9:00 p.m. ET slot, opposite Hannity & Colmes. The question Cavuto and his two guests debated was "will advertisers follow?" Julia Allison of Star magazine said hell yes but Holly McClure ("who has successfully maintained current exposure on television"), said, no way.

Comment: Fox doesn't give a rat's patootie whether or not advertisers will follow. Fox is freaked out that a Rosie show would smash Hannity & Colmes' ratings. According to Allison, Dan Abram's show -- which runs opposite Hannity & Colmes now -- is up 40% over last year. According to the article linked to above, Keith Olbermann's ratings is up 33% over last year. (Several months ago I read they were up more like 54%.) Democrats and progressives, who comprise 50% of the country, are starving for television that speaks to them. Rosie would probably be tremendously successful and I submit that's why Fox is having a hissy fit about this. Fox wants its viewers to call MSNBC and complain about that "radical" (as John Gibson called her) and quash this deal before it gets going. And they act like they're such big, bad tough guys.