Glenn Garvin in the Miami Herald writes about Bill Hemmer’s debut on FOX News Channel…
Hemmer says the philosophy at Fox is keep things moving, and he’s in total agreement.
‘’I am of the firm belief that cable-news viewers are a click-fickle bunch,'’ says Hemmer. “Make them wait for what they want, they’ll go find it on their own, somewhere else. They’ve got other choices, and other options, and you’d better keep them engaged.'’
But what about those critics who say Fox News is just a lot of right-wing claptrap? Did Hemmer get a briefing before this morning’s show about which Democrats to gore and which Republicans to praise?
‘’Oh, puh-leaze,'’ he groans. “It’s never come up. It’s never been an issue. And I think my record over the past 10 years makes it clear I’m not that kind of reporter.'’
As does Walt Belcher of What’s On TV…
Hemmer said he had several offers but didn’t want to leave New York. In addition, he said he was impressed by Fox News President Roger Ailes.
“He values honesty and loyalty and has a proven track record at winning,” he said.
He was also impressed by how many of his new co-workers said they “love” working there.
He said Greta Van Susteren, host of Fox’s “On the Record” and a former CNN staffer, told him this would be the best career move of his life.
And John Kiesewetter of the Cincinatti Enquirer…
One hour on TV: “The rest of the day I prepare for the show, set up interviews for the next day, and examine the show and figure out how to do it better. One thing Fox News does is come up with innovations that others will emulate. I’ll bet you dollars to doughnuts the program will be radically different six months from now.”
Flex time: “If there are other hours they need an anchor, I anticipate that I’ll fill in. I think decisions about me traveling to cover stories will be made on a story-by-story basis, depending on the gravity of the story and its impact internationally. I think my experience helped attract them to me.”