Bill O’Reilly, the Internet’s favorite political curmudgeon, has jumped on the Gangnam Style bandwagon, bringing psychiatrist Dr. Keith Ablow on his show to help him dissect the viral YouTube sensation.
Americans purchased more books considered to be conservative than liberal, according to Amazon’s new Election Heat Map 2012. According to the map, which is updated daily, 56 percent of books purchased are considered “red,” while 44 percent of political books purchased are considered “blue.”
The top selling red books include: The Amateur by Edward Klein; Fool Me Twice: Obama’s Plans For the Next Four Years Exposed by Aaron Klein and Brenda Elliott; and Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever by Martin Dugard and Bill O’Reilly. The top selling blue books include: A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn; The New New Deal by Michael Grunwald; and The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander and Cornell West.
Amazon explains the map with this blurb: “Election day is November 6, 2012. We hope this map will provide you with a novel way to follow the political conversation this election season. Just remember, books aren’t votes, so a map of book purchases may reflect curiosity as much as commitment.”
Are you ready for O’ReillyVille? OK, maybe not, but News Corp has announced that they are aiming to build their own social games company. This was announced by Jonathan Miller, News Corp’s head of digital media, to Reuters today.
According to Hitwise, the Websites of four news programs cracked the top 10 of most visited cable shows last week. When children’s programs are excluded, Lou Dobbs‘ CNN.com page was 7th, Keith Olbermann‘s msnbc.com page was 8th, Bill O’Reilly‘s FoxNews.com page was 9th, and CNN.com’s Larry King page was 10th.
As for broadcast programs, Fox.com’s American Idol page was #1 again followed by NBC.com’s Biggest Loser site.
Fox News Channel host Glenn Beck is the talk of the cable news world today, with a front page story in the New York Times about his ratings dominance and the reigning ratings king, Bill O’Reilly, weighing in as well.
As Beck’s 9/12 Project galvanizes fans online (The912Project.com) behind the FNC host’s nine principles and 12 values, TheDailyBeast.com has a different take — the “nine principles behind [Beck's] meteoric rise.”
Those include such principles as “I Will Constantly Reaffirm My Ineptitude” and “I Will Keep the Spirit of Joe McCarthy Alive.” Each principle comes with video evidence.
Click continued to see two of the video compilations, or check them all out at TheDailyBeast.com…
The Web site will attempt to emulate the social aspects of Facebook — as well as MySpace, which, like Fox, is owned by Rupert Murdoch — by encouraging readers to post comments and argue with one another. And the hook will be columns, blogs and videos from the likes of Bill O’Reilly, Greta Van Susteren and Hannity, which will likely draw their strongest followers.
“We felt that giving people a real destination to go and express themselves would give them a feeling of belonging,” says Senior Vice President Joel Cheatwood, adding “If they’re critical of Fox News, that’s fine. You just can’t say anything that’s hateful or hurtful to someone else.”
The new site will be linked from FoxNews.com, which trails its cable news competitors’ Websites. FoxNews.com drew 16 million uniques in February, behind msnbc.com’s 41 million and CNN.com’s 36 million.
Says senior VP Bill Shine: “We’re calling it a mix between the Huffington Post and Drudge.”
> More from CJR: “You might not conclude, in baffled frustration, hey, there’s nothing wrong with partisan journalism…but only if it’s up-front with its audience about its biases; only if it doesn’t try to disguise those biases under a glib motto of objectivity; only if it doesn’t perpetuate a laughable line of logic that purposely confuses conservatism with patriotism.”
After Monday’s O’Reilly Factor on Fox News Channel, Bill O’Reilly went back to his office, fired up a Webcam and hosted his first “Post-Game” Web show. During the candid, seven-minute Webcast O’Reilly recapped the show, gave inside details about production problems (“somebody screwed up in Texas and we’re going to hunt them down”) and even detailed his mispronunciation of Antonin Scalia‘s first name. “Hey I make mistakes all the time,” he added. And how does O’Reilly gauge Monday’s show: “On a scale of A to F, that program gets a B+.”
This week the Post-Game Show is free but beginning next week will be for premium members only of BillOReilly.com.