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Jennifer Harper

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Some observers believe there is a strategic war brewing against Fox News Channel, directed at prime time hosts such as Sean Hannity. (Sean Hannity)

Inside the Beltway: The strategic war on Fox News

There are those who believe Fox News has been methodically targeted by critics who would like to see the end of the network's ratings reign and influence. Fox News has been the No. 1 news channel for 15 years and is currently first in the entire cable realm, according to Nielsen Media Research. Yet recent dramatic developments draw much attention, including the departures of prime time hosts Bill O'Reilly and Megyn Kelly, harassment lawsuits from former employees, the unexpected death of Fox News founder Roger Ailes — and now, a new episode. Veteran host Sean Hannity is temporarily off the air after featuring a conspiracy-related story, which the network ultimately retracted. Five advertisers have pulled their commercials from the show. Published May 25, 2017

Artie Muller, national executive director and founder of Rolling Thunder, Inc.

30 years later, still roaring for POW/MIA freedom

For three decades, they have faithfully fired up their machines, raised up Old Glory and taken off on a mission of freedom, remembrance and resolve. This is the true essence of Rolling Thunder, an annual event which draws 500,000 motorcyclists to the nation's capital each year to underscore the rights and importance of veterans who fought our wars, those soldiers missing in action, and the POWs who never made it home. Published May 24, 2017

The Media Research Center has cited some of the worst "impeachment" talk featured on broadcast and cable networks. (Media Research Center image)

Inside the Beltway: Gauging the worst of the 'impeachment' chatter

The liberal news media's unprecedented outcry against President Trump continues, and it constantly mutates. Whether Americans pay attention to all this chatter remains to be seen. Some of the remarks are worse than others, however. Geoffrey Dickens, deputy research director for the Media Research Center, pored over news footage from the last three weeks to determine the best of the worst of the commentary. Or maybe that should be the worst of the worst. Published May 24, 2017

President Trump and first lady Melania Trump, leave the White House as they embark on Mr. Trump's first overseas tour to the Middle East. (Associated Press)

Inside the Beltway: Trump must weather 'the climate of hate'

Yet another analyst has stepped forward to cite the inequities of the media's ill treatment of President Trump, bolstered by nonstop political maneuvers by the Democratic Party. It all equals an attempted "take-down" of the president, says Roger Aronoff, editor of Accuracy in Media — a grass-roots watchdog which has parsed the complexities, including the appointment of former FBI director Robert Mueller as special counsel to investigate Mr. Trump's recent firing of FBI director James B. Comey. Published May 23, 2017

Voters cast their ballots before a patriotic mural in Richmond, Virginia. (Associated Press)

77% of Americans say the nation's moral values have tanked

There is a reason why so many voters have complained that they don't recognize their country, their culture or the direction life appears to have taken. The nation's basic tenets are in decline, and the public knows it. Published May 22, 2017

President Obama waves before boarding Air Force One after campaigning for Hillary Clinton in Los Angeles in the 2016 campaign. (Associated Press)

The final Obama travel tab on Air Force One reaches $100 million

It's taken a while, but investigators from Freedom Watch have at last tabulated a final travel bill for former President Barack Obama, who made much use of America's ultimate ride — the magnificent, but pricey Air Force One. Through persistent efforts over the years, the watchdog group has done the math and figured the total cost for Mr. Obama's travel when in office. Published May 21, 2017

Fox News Channel logo. (Fox News) ** FILE **

Fox News adopts aggressive new war footing

Fueled by combative ratings wars and partisan politics, the broadcast realm is quickly turning into a war zone. One tactically minded network is ready for it. Fox News Channel, the most popular cable channel of all at the moment, also has been the top-rated cable news channel for the last 15 years, all of this according to consistent audience ratings numbers from Nielsen Research Media. Recent critical headlines might suggest otherwise, implying that Fox News is "faltering" or in some form of crisis. Though there can be industry fluctuations and personnel changes, Fox News is still top dog. The network, meanwhile, is stepping up to the battlefield with a clear strategy: It's pushback time. Published May 17, 2017

The entrance to the CNN Center in Atlanta is seen here. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Inside the Beltway: CNN obsessed with Trump, but not in a good way

"CNN is completely obsessed with Donald Trump - and not in a good way," says Rich Noyes, senior editor of Newsbusters.org, which has conducted an ambitious study of more than 13 consecutive hours of recent CNN coverage that reveals the network's true fascination: 92 percent of it was devoted to President Trump, primarily dwelling on his firing of FBI director James B. Comey. Published May 16, 2017

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, New York Democrat (Associated Press) **FILE**

Progressives stage a 'CPAC for liberals'

It's big doings on Tuesday for those opposed to President Trump. The Center for American Progress convenes a daylong "Ideas Conference" at an upscale hotel in the nation's capital -- an event rumored to be modeled after the remarkably successful Conservative Political Action Conference, or CPAC. Fox News already has called the conference "CPAC for liberals," while Politico reports the event as "the first real cattle call of the Democrats nosing around 2020 presidential runs." Published May 15, 2017

Republicans and Democrats have vastly different opinions on the role of the "watchdog" press, a new poll finds.  (Associated Press)

Republicans and Democrats have dramatic differences of opinion on the 'watchdog' press: Poll

The prevalence of bias in the media appears to have affected the role of the "watchdog" press, once a traditional calling among journalists. A new Pew Research Center poll finds that 42 percent of Republicans agree that media criticism of political leaders "keeps them from doing things they shouldn't"; a hefty 89 percent of Democrats agree Published May 15, 2017

Protesters against a speech appearance by Milo Yiannopoulos march on the University of California, Berkeley campus Feb. 1. (Associated Press)

Inside the Beltway: Liberal outrage teeters on the brink

Oh, the outrage. For months, it has proliferated nonstop among those who oppose President Trump and now veers into dicey territory. Party officials, lawmakers and the liberal media have joined in the fray, along with interest groups, activists and operatives. Published May 14, 2017

A shot of Liberty University's 2016 commencement is seen here. Roughly 18,000 are expected to graduate on May 13 when President Trump gives the day's official address. (Liberty University)

Liberty University expects record-breaking crowd for Trump commencement speech

When President Trump steps out on the big stage to deliver the commencement speech at Liberty University on Saturday, he will face 18,000 graduates. They portend to be a friendly, faith-minded and patriotic crowd; their graduation ensembles include a traditional gown in navy blue -- plus red, white and blue scarfs at the neck. Published May 12, 2017