[internetworkers] Fox News at it yet again
tony at tonyspencer.com
Thu Oct 7 14:34:41 EDT 2004
It cracks me up when all my liberal friends continue to send me evidence
that Fox News has a conservative slant. No shit! Yes I'm aware of the
taglines (Fair and Balanced) but I watch the network regularly and they make
no bones about it! They regularly refer to themselves as conservative. Its
not something Fox News is trying to hide. They saw a niche and have
cleverly filled it and what a niche it has turned out to be. The ratings
are hard to dispute:
NEW YORK -- For the first time in its history, Fox News Channel beat
the combined competition in primetime during the third quarter of
2004, with major headlines of the summer including the national
political conventions and a brutal string of hurricanes.
According to Nielsen Media Research, Fox News averaged 1.8 million
viewers, while CNN, MSNBC, CNBC and Headline News averaged a combined
total of 1.7 million. The quarter ended Sunday.
CNN came in a distant second, averaging 882,000 viewers, while MSNBC
drew 421,000. Headline News averaged 226,000 in primetime, and CNBC
attracted a paltry 133,000.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: internetworkers-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org
> [mailto:internetworkers-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf
> Of Michael Czeiszperger
> Sent: Thursday, October 07, 2004 2:16 PM
> To: Internetworkers: http://www.ibiblio.org/internetworkers/
> Subject: Re: [internetworkers] Fox News at it yet again
> On Oct 7, 2004, at 1:42 PM, Tony Spencer wrote:
> > When did working for a campaign become grounds for firing?
> > Paul Begala currently works for the Kerry campaign AND is
> employeed by
> > CNN.
> > James Carville currently works for the Kerry campaign AND
> is employeed
> > by
> > CNN.
> That's a great point! News used to be done by reporters who
> "reported" on the news, making every attempt to get the facts right,
> and for whom impartiality was crucial. Fox News has pioneered the
> switch from news, which the common wisdom was that people
> would like it
> to be factual, as opposed to commentary, which is someone's opinion,
> and thus doesn't have any factual requirement. The
> increasing ratings
> for Fox News has prompted the other networks to try and follow suit.
> CNN has been especially hit in the ratings because almost all
> of their
> conservative viewers have switched to Fox news,
> People you sight are clearly labeled commentators who are expected to
> be biased because they're there as representatives of a point of view.
> Its great that the conservative movement gets to have it both ways,
> both by complaining about media bias from news outlets that
> make every
> attempt at impartiality, while simultaneous spearheading the
> switch to
> an all commentary network which makes no pretense of even basic fact
> michael at czeiszperger dot org
> Chapel Hill, NC
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