- The Washington Times - Friday, April 14, 2017

Controversial Fox News veteran Bill O’Reilly was the TV personality held in the lowest regard in a new survey of cable-TV news viewers, The Hollywood Reporter said Friday, citing data from a poll it commissioned from the National Research Group (NRG).

While CNN’s Don Lemon earned the lowest-overall approval rating (37 percent), Mr. O’Reilly ranked highest, “[of] the 1,000 respondents (all frequent news consumers, split 50-50 between Trump and Clinton supporters), 24 percent said they felt ‘very unfavorable’ toward O’Reilly.”

The other bottom-four in the “very unfavorable” category, in descending order are Sean Hannity of Fox News (20 percent), former Fox News prime-time anchor Megyn Kelly (17 percent) and MSNBC liberal commentator Rachel Maddow (17 percent) and MSNBC anchor Brian Williams (14 percent).

Oddly enough, Ms. Kelly, who found herself on the receiving end of long-running election-season feud with Donald Trump, enjoys only a 51 percent approval overall from Clinton-voting poll respondents. Just 48 percent of Trump supporters told NRG that they approve of the lawyer-turned-journalist’s work.

Ms. Kelly left Fox News in January to take a job with NBC but has yet to assume any on-air duties there. Mr. Williams lost his “NBC Nightly News” job and served a 6-month suspension from NBC News in 2015 resulting from embellished stories he told. He currently anchor an 11 p.m. program on MSNBC, “The 11th Hour.”

Mr. O’Reilly has been the target of increasing pressure as claims of sexual harassment mount and advertisers shift their ad buys from his program to other hours of Fox News programming. Nonetheless, the anchor’s ratings actually increased last week, The Hill newspaper reported on Monday. 

The 21-year Fox News veteran is now on vacation and scheduled to return to air on April 24.

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