Apr 6, 2017

Bill O'Reilly is having the best worst week

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At least 48 companies have pulled their ads from Bill O'Reilly's show since an NYT report Saturday detailing sexual harassment allegations against him. But by the numbers, you'd never know.

  • Ratings: O'Reilly's show doubled MSNBC and CNN in the 8:00 p.m. primetime slot Monday and Tuesday.
  • Book Sales: His book, "Old School: Life in the Sane Lane," (about preserving traditional American values), hit #1 on NYT's nonfiction bestsellers list when it came out last Tuesday and his other book, "Killing the Rising Sun,"is currently #4 in the same category.
  • Ad revenue: Fox News' Advertising EVP said in a statement Tuesday that many advertisers have chosen to reallocate their ad dollars to other shows on Fox, meaning the network hasn't exactly taken a direct revenue hit from every advertiser that has "pulled" it's ads.

In addition, President Trump defended O'Reilly and said he didn't think the anchor did anything wrong. Meanwhile, O'Reilly has been tweeting and hosting his show as if it's all business as usual.

Why it matters: If Fox deemed O'Reilly's lawsuits as worthy of taking action against him, they likely would've done something by now. Because they haven't, it's likely that the network is weighing an important business decision: At which point (if there is one) will advertiser and public pressures outweigh O'Reilly's success for the network?

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 5 p.m. ET: 657,691 — Total deaths: 30,438 — Total recoveries: 139,263.
  2. U.S.: Leads the world in cases. Total confirmed cases as of 5 p.m. ET: 119,748 — Total deaths: 1,991 — Total recoveries: 921.
  3. Federal government latest: President Trump is considering a quarantine on New York, parts of New Jersey and Connecticut. He signed a $2 trillion stimulus bill to give businesses and U.S. workers financial relief.
  4. State updates: Alaska is latest state to issue a stay-at-home order — New York is trying to nearly triple its hospital capacity in less than a month and has moved its presidential primary to June 23. Some Midwestern swing voters that supported Trump's handling of the virus less than two weeks ago are now balking at his call for the U.S. to be "opened up" by Easter.
  5. World updates: In Spain, over 1,400 people were confirmed dead between Thursday to Saturday.
  6. 🚀 Space updates: OneWeb filed for bankruptcy amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.
  7. Hollywood: Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson have returned to U.S. after being treated for coronavirus.
  8. What should I do? Answers about the virus from Axios expertsWhat to know about social distancingQ&A: Minimizing your coronavirus risk
  9. Other resources: CDC on how to avoid the virus, what to do if you get it.

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Infant dies after testing positive for coronavirus in Chicago

Hospital staff working inside a COVID-19 screening tent in Chicago on March 26. Photo: Jim Vondruska/NurPhoto via Getty Images

An infant less than one year old died in Chicago, Illinois after testing positive for the novel coronavirus, the state health department said on Saturday.

Why it matters: The death would mark the first reported infant mortality from COVID-19 in the U.S. The fatality rate for the novel coronavirus in the U.S. is highest among those over 85 years old, per the CDC.

Trump weighs quarantine of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins; Map: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

President Trump said on Saturday he is considering a "short term" quarantine of New York, New Jersey and parts of Connecticut — states that have already taken steps to quarantine residents and promote social distancing.

The big picture: With 112,000 people infected, the U.S. has the most COVID-19 cases in the world, exceeding China and Italy, per data from Johns Hopkins. A second wave of American cities, including Boston, Detroit, New Orleans and Philadelphia, are reporting influxes of cases.

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