Accuracy in Media

Mediaite is reporting that sources have told them that Fox News mainstay Greta Van Susteren initiated several high level meetings with new CNN president Jeff Zucker, to explore the possibility of rejoining the network.

greta van susteren on the recordVan Susteren, whose departure from CNN for Fox in 2002 raised eyebrows since she wasn’t considered to be a conservative, has been a fixture in the FNC primetime lineup, with her show finishing number one for 11 straight years.

But her efforts failed, as CNN ultimately decided against bringing her back. So she re-signed with Fox.

That doesn’t mean that Fox is completely satisfied with her show’s performance. Despite being the number one cable news show at 10 p.m., it isn’t as dominant in the key 25-54 demographic as are The O’Reilly Factor and Hannity, which has sparked rumors of a possible time-slot change.

All of this comes just two months after The New York Times reported that Van Susteren’s husband, John Coale, who has been diagnosed with cancer, suggested that his wife would happily move to an earlier hour. Coale also told the Times that “I’d like to spend some quality time with my wife, at least before 11 p.m.,” perhaps showing more eagerness to change time-slots than Van Susteren herself.

Well, it looks like Coale will get his wish, as it was announced late Tuesday that rising star Megyn Kelly will get a primetime slot when she returns from maternity leave in a few months, as Fox rejiggers its lineup. With O’Reilly and Hannity firmly in place, Van Susteren’s 10 p.m. slot is the logical choice for Kelly. And while Van Susteren has been struggling in the demo to beat Lawrence O’Donnell, there is little doubt, at least in my mind, that Kelly will leave the MSNBC dullard in the dust when she faces off against him in the fall.

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  • Richard Hellstrom

    She always offer such good insight – I’d like to see her do a segment on a morning show. ^ 5

    Too funny – Thanks – I corrected it !

  • Howard Schargel

    I didn’t realize her husband was sick. Prayers go out to him. Move Greta to 7pm. Shep still has his afternoon show. Simple 🙂

  • Roguewave1

    It doesn’t get more dull than an evening with Greta, and boredom is the one thing a TV executive cannot abide.

  • Human Person Junior, Jr.

    The “dullard,” Lawrence O’Donnell — what an apt description. I sometimes wonder if even he believes the incredible nonsense he spouts.

    I’m not sure Greta can be trusted. After all, she fell for the scam known as Scientology, and obviously has a few screws loose for such a failure in her critical thinking skills. I do respect her mental discipline regarding her stories, but she pernounciates her words in such a unique way (Example: Turning “Obama” into “Bama”) and, in general, eliding syllables in a way that, were they letters, say, the final “g” of an “ing” word, she’d be pronounced a hillbilly beyond redemption. The two factors, Scientology and her mispernounciated words, are distracting to me.

  • Mysticbeetle

    She should have tried MSNBC, where her parsing of the law and infatuation with “precedent” rather than right, wrong, or justice, would be appreciated. To become a lawyer, she took an oath to defend our constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic. Not 1 person that has taken this oath is doing so.
    RICO all banksters, IRS bureaucrats and their political ho’s.

  • acidulous

    Greta doesn’t beat Lawrence? WTF??

  • BeautifulAmerica

    True. I can’t watch her at all any more.

  • pookieamos

    I’d rather have Megan Kelly for two hours in the afternoon and Greta in the evening. Megan is too damn good for a one hour show !

  • Ted

    “Mourning” who? Her husband?

  • Ted

    And you know these people personally well enough to warrant you using their first names in conversation?

  • acidulous

    LOL – I know you pretty well. That’s why I am addressing you as MORON.

  • KarenJ

    As of mid-February 2014, Rachel Maddow is beating Megyn Kelly, and Chris Matthews is beating Greta Van Susteren.

    I guess Megyn is just going to have to try on air some of that cheesecake she displays in the photo at the link. She doesn’t have much else to offer. As for Greta, TWEETY is beating her in their time slot?? That’s embarrassing…

  • mitchell DAY

    I didn’t realize that her and her husband were members of the “church” of Scientology!!!!!!!!!!!! I wonder how many more infotainers are members?

  • Rick

    …and TOO DAMN HOT!!!!!!!

  • Rick

    You are NOT WORTHY to even use the word “hillbilly.” Most hill people are VERY kind, VERY obliging, VERY humble, and VERY helpful people… Go take a leap, you turd!!

  • Human Person Junior, Jr.

    Well, heck, I knew that. Hill people are finest kind, and you’ll get no argument from me on that point. I know ’em personally, and love ’em for a fact.

    But then, I hate to spoil your narrative about me being the “t” word. Too bad for you, but thanks for trying. I’m awarding you a 3.5 of 10.