Fox News Kennedy: I'm Sorry Not Sorry for McIlroy Comment

This morning, FTVLive told you that a Fox News host referred to Professional Golfer Rory McIlroy as a "leprechaun."

Which a number of Irish people, like McIlroy consider a derogatory term.

Today on FNC, Lisa “Kennedy” Montgomery said she was the one that made the off camera comment about the world's number 1 golfer. But, if you were looking for an apology, you weren't getting it.

“Yesterday at this time I used the word leprechaun to describe golfer Rory McIlroy. I love sports, I love golf, but I am not a fan of Rory’s. Mostly for the way he treated tennis great Caroline Wozniacki and discarded her like a piece of chewed gum when he broke her heart and broke off their engagement in a short phone conversation. That’s worse than breaking up on a Post-it. Now to be clear, neither Harris (Faulkner) nor Jenna Lee used the term and I don’t want them to get the credit for it. I called Rory McIlroy a leprechaun and believe me I wanted to call him much worse.  As you know, some of my best friends are leprechauns and they also have tremendous sense of humor. Thank you.”

Not sure that Rory is laughing.

McIlroy is known on tour as a down to earth really nice guy. Rory has been straight forward and honest about his break up with Wozniacki. He was not ready for marriage and backed out. It was a better option than going through with something you were not ready to do. He put all the blame on himself and never had a bad thing to say about Wozniacki. And it should be pointed out, that Wozniacki has never said a bad thing about Rory.

So while Kennedy can diss Rory all she wants, the truth is she does not really know much about the guy. And when she got caught on camera making a snide remark, she really couldn't step up to say she was sorry.

Something Rory has done time and time again when he makes a mistake. 

Kennedy should have done the same.

Just saying.... 

The Weather Savior has Died

Former Philly Weather Anchor and pants pooper John Bolaris has pulled the plug on his website, WeatherSavior.com.

The website, which offered up personal forecast for $500 a month has closed up shop. Bolaris had been working with Philly.com, but they struck a deal with NBC O&O WCAU and kicked Bolaris to the curb. 

Bolairs left this message on WeatherSavior.com:

I want to sincerely thank my loyal followers of Weathersavior.com. 
Our small team made this project fun, exciting, ACCURATE, and No B.S.

However to be perfectly honest losing our partnership with Philly.com was a huge blow to us as COMCAST pushed us out the door. The folks at Philly.com are wonderful people who work tirelessly and loved the team work.

Sometimes when things are at their bleakest (against the ropes) great things that you never knew existed before come to you. I'm truly excited about a couple of great projects that will launch. One project you might here about, however the grand slam will remain silent until sometime this fall. ..Stay tuned...

"Its always darkest before sunrise"

-JB

"It's always darkest before the sunrise"???? And people paid $500 a month to learn that?

Wow, no wonder it didn't work.

Fox News Reporter Calls Rory McIlroy a "Leprechaun"

World Number 1 golfer Rory McIlroy might have a lot of fans around the world. But, we know at least one Fox News Reporter that doesn't like him.

In the segment on Fox News 'Outnumbered' contributors were discussing McIlroy (who is Irish), who has ruptured a ligament in his ankle casting doubts over his participation in the British Open.

While speaking on camera, co-host Harris Faulkner said the group were "still reacting to that Rory McIlroy story", before being interrupted by an unseen reporter.

"He's a leprechaun, I can't stand him," she can be heard saying.

Faulkner took to Twitter to say she did not hear the remark, but that she also was not a fan of the golfer. 

McIlroy is known on the PGA Tour as one of the nicest, most down to earth people you could meet. But, the folks over at Fox News don't seem to like him.

Let's go to the video:

One for the Record Books

June goes down as the biggest and best month ever for traffic to FTVLive.com.

This site set another all time record last month in both page views and visitors to the site. In fact the month was so good that we were not even halfway through it before we broke the record for page views.

Of course, we have to thank all of you for spreading the word of FTVLive to your friends, family and co-workers. 

And without the best sponsors in the world, none of this would be possible. FTVLive has aligned ourselves with the best companies in and around the TV business. We have told you in the past that we have turned down advertising dollars from companies that we don't believe in or think that you should use.

Not many websites out there will do something like that. Many will take the money and run, but we have held true to only having the best of the best place an ad on this website.

We thank those people and we thank you for making June our best month ever.  

New ND Named in Birmingham

Back in June, FTVLive told you that WVTM News Director Tim Gardner is leaving the station after more than 8 years on the job. 

The Birmingham station has now named Gardner's replacement. 

KOAT News Director Sue Stephens will take over as the station's news director beginning July 20.

Both WVTM and KOAT are owned by Hearst Television.

"Sue Stephens brings the kind of experience, dedication to quality and winning attitude that will be a perfect fit at WVTM 13," Hank Price, NBC 13's president and general manager, said in a media release. "Sue not only knows how to win, she knows how to do it the Hearst way -- with a long-term commitment to excellence in serving the people of Birmingham."

Is a move up in market size for Stephens, but not by much. Birmingham is 43rd  market and Albuquerque-Santa Fe market is 47th.

Hardly seems worth it, does it?

H/T AL.com

Crossing the Street in Chicago

Back in March, FTVLive told you that WMAQ Anchor Rob Elgas informed the NBC O&O that he was choosing not to renew his contract. 

He said at the time that he is leaving the station to pursue a “new opportunity." 

Many expected him to pop up across the street at WBBM, filling the open morning news anchor job. 

Well, he did resurface across the street but not at WBBM.

Starting Today, Elgas has been hired by WLS as a reporter and fill-in news Anchor.

"Rob Elgas is an experienced journalist who has established a strong connection with Chicago viewers during his 13 years covering this area. We welcome him to our newsroom with the knowledge he'll hit the ground running and do a great job on the street as well as filling in on the anchor desk," said WLS GM Jennifer Graves. 

Liens Placed on All Poynter Institute Properties

The federal Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. has placed liens on all property owned by Times Publishing Co. and its parent organization, the Poynter Institute for Media Studies, for failing to make required contributions to their pension plan.

The liens are for $30,476,992 — the difference between the pension plan's current assets and the calculation of all future benefits. The liens were recorded last week in Pinellas County official records.

"As we have previously acknowledged, the Times received approval to delay some of its contributions to the pension plan during the economic recession and recovery," said Jana Jones, vice president and CFO of Times Publishing, which publishes the Tampa Bay Times. "Related to these approvals, the Times agreed to provide collateral to the PBGC. These liens are part of this process."

Jones said the Times is about $10 million behind in its contributions, reiterating that the liens reflect total obligations in coming years. The Times' pension plan covers approximately 3,400 current and former staffers of the Times and its business magazine, Florida Trend. She said those participants should have "no reason for alarm" about their benefit payments.

If I was a current or former employee, I would be more than worried that I would never see my pension.

Just saying....

H/T Tampa Bay Times

Women's Soccer Scores Big in the Ratings

The US women's soccer team gave the ratings a kick in the grass (see what I did there?) as the game is officially the most-watched soccer match in U.S. history.

The match, carried by Fox, averaged 25.4 million total viewers, peaking with 30.9 million between 8:30 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. ET, according to Fox Sports.

The match, in which the U.S. women’s team won its first World Cup title since 1999, delivered a 12.9 household rating.

Among the highlights noted by Fox:

  • The 2015 USA-Japan final is the most-watched soccer match in U.S. history, obliterating the previous mark of 18,220,000 set by USA-Portugal during last year’s World Cup group stage match (6/22/15) by +39%.
  • USA-Japan also shatters prior mark for a women’s soccer match, the 1999 Women’s World Cup Final (17,975,000) by +41%.
  • The match beat the audience for the 2011 Women’s World Cup Final, which also featured USA vs. Japan, by +89% (13.5 million).

Will CNN Disclose Reporter's Ties with Hillary Clinton?

CNN is all happy that they have landed the first sit down interview with Hillary Clinton. While this is big news in the cable universe, it is likely that viewers could care less.

FTVLive conducted a poll of 32 likely voters and asked what they thought about CNN landing the Clinton Interview and if they planned on watching.

Not one had any plans on watching the interview and most thought that Clinton has been interviewed a number of times before. Most were surprised to learn that this was Clinton's first cable interview.

So just how did CNN "get" Clinton? Well, it likely had little to do with Journalism and much more to do with "who you know."

Brianna Keilar, the CNN reporter set to interview Clinton was recently at the wedding of a Clinton campaign staffer.

Keilar attended the the wedding of Clinton's Director of Grassroots Engagement Adam Parkhomenko and Kirby Hoag, Clinton's Deputy Operations Director.

A picture from the wedding was posted to Twitter, Keilar is shown in the picture (second from the right). 

Will CNN disclose that fact to viewers before the Clinton interview takes place.

We'll just have to wait and see.

That is if anyone cares to watch.