If FOX news is so bad...

icegoat63

Son of Liberty
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#1
Then why do they dominate in ratings? Statistics show that the Fox News Channel has more Democrats and Independents in its Audience than CNN or MSNBC. At some points it even shows that FNC has almost more than both CNN and MSNBC combined!

Partisan Profile of TV News Audiences
2008................................Percent who are…
Of those who......................Rep Dem Ind DK
regularly watch….....................% % % %
Fox News Channel...................39 33 22 6=100
Nightly network news...............22 45 26 7=100
MSNBC..................................18 45 27 10=100
CNN......................................18 51 23 8=100
NewsHour..............................21 46 23 10=100
General public.........................25 36 29 10=100

Source: (Graph on Page 17) http://people-press.org/reports/pdf/444.pdf
Then using those percents against these statistics:
http://tvbythenumbers.com/category/r...ews/cable-news

P2+ Total Day
FNC – 1,323,000 viewers
CNN – 498,000 viewers
MSNBC –369,000 viewers
CNBC – 194,000 viewers
HLN –357,000 viewers



P2+ Prime Time
FNC – 2,511,000viewers
CNN— 628,000 viewers
MSNBC –861,000 viewers
CNBC – 127,000 viewers
HLN – 658,000 viewers

The question I ask is, if Fox news is so "Faux"... why do they continue to dominate on such a broad spectrum. With these numbers backing it... the argument cant even be made that the Fox audience is made up of nothing but Republicans and Right Wingers.

So what is fox doing Right?
 

pro2A

Hell, It's about time!
#2
People watch it for one reason, they actually report the news.

They do in fact report both sides regardless of what other media tells you. I watch it daily. I can tell you for a fact they report both sides. The ratings prove this, people want the truth and if they are not getting it one place they will go to another source.
 

Rectify88

Registered Member
#3
Telling it like it is. If everyone is fair game then people really don't have any backing to say that there right winged or not. Apparently if you say the truth you have to be conservative or right winged. I'm an avid supporter of the network, and guys like Bill O'riley have talk radio shows in my state.

I think also that people are now actually seeing how right some of these guys are, like Hannity, and Beck. They speak to the people instead of just reporting the news. I mean of course there are somethings that may be considered media tinkering, but really it's hogwash most of the stuff they show and air is real stuff going on. Also to the other networks are so obviously sided you can watch it for 5 minutes and just tell. I've seen guys back up every party under the sun there.
 

CaptainObvious

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I think what Fox is doing right is reporting the news pretty fairly. That's not to say it isn't Pro-Conservative but they do seem to show both sides more often that any other news sources.

Now, someone can point to a mistake here or there such as reporting someone being a D instead of a R, but that's been done time and time again by many sources.

Overall they make an attempt to be fair to both sides which is more than I can say for CNN or MSNBC. I still think people need to get their news from a variety of sources, however.
 

MenInTights

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#5
I remember Bill O'Reilly breaking down the teaparty coverage from the other networks. It was amazing. We were all angry and racist. Its no wonder that the liberals here think of us in that way. It wasn't just the usual suspects of Olbermann and Matthews. It was a theme of the teaparty coverage on most of the networks and print media.

I think most of media just misses the mark on so much. Its not that they collude to intentionally paint us that way, its just I think most of the media has a very different view of the world so they are reporting the truth, its just the truth to them.

Somehow it seems Fox is a little better at seeing the world outside of the Beltway Loop and Manhattan Island. I think that's really the key to Fox's success. I bet if you polled people in large cities and in the DC area, Fox would rank last.
 

Jeanie

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Because people go for sensationalism. It's more exciting than the truth.

Also just because people are watching doesn't mean they believe the nonsense being spouted on FOX.
 

CaptainObvious

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Because people go for sensationalism. It's more exciting than the truth.

Also just because people are watching doesn't mean they believe the nonsense being spouted on FOX.
Just because you disagree with it doesn't make it nonsense. Nor does it make it sensationalism. We're not talking about the TV equivalent of The Enquirer afterall.
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I remember Bill O'Reilly breaking down the teaparty coverage from the other networks. It was amazing. We were all angry and racist. Its no wonder that the liberals here think of us in that way. It wasn't just the usual suspects of Olbermann and Matthews. It was a theme of the teaparty coverage on most of the networks and print media.

I think most of media just misses the mark on so much. Its not that they collude to intentionally paint us that way, its just I think most of the media has a very different view of the world so they are reporting the truth, its just the truth to them.

Somehow it seems Fox is a little better at seeing the world outside of the Beltway Loop and Manhattan Island. I think that's really the key to Fox's success. I bet if you polled people in large cities and in the DC area, Fox would rank last.
I was watching some CNN coverage of a Tea Party event and all they talked about was one sign that could be construed as racist. Seriously, that's ALL they talked about. And Fox is sensationalism....go figure
 
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Major

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Are you seriously using ratings to prove that the channel is good? All I have to say to that is American Idol. Just because something is popular does not mean it's not horseshit.
 

CaptainObvious

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Are you seriously using ratings to prove that the channel is good? All I have to say to that is American Idol. Just because something is popular does not mean it's not horseshit.
Doesn't mean that it is either, nor does it mean it's comparable to American Idol.

EDIT: What is does seem to show though it that it seems the audience is made up of people from a pretty broad spectrum, when you take into account the Republicans not doing so well in recent elections.
 
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FindMuck

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Silly question. Look at your statistics and it answers the question for you.

Republicans make up 39% of the audience, which is 14% more than they make up in any other audience you listed. Democrats, Independents and DK's make up less of the audience of Fox than they do for any other station, and pretty substantially.

The reason fox news gets so many ratings is because it is really the only conservatively biased news station in America, so most conservatives watch it, which as dems and independents spread themselves out over all the stations, as you can tell by the percentages of the audience. Furthermore, the poll about percentages in the audience is not exclusive. I watch fox news sometimes, I'm a socialist, but I also watch MSNBC and BBC World. As a matter of fact you forgot BBC and C-Span, who knows what putting those in would have shown.

And last, but not least, people on Fox news have been proven to have lied over and over again, ratings don't make something truthful or better, people are dumb.