Thursday, November 08, 2012

The hypocrisy of Fox News

"When you've got the national liberal media working compulsively in your behalf, it is very difficult to break through the noise to the reality." -Fox News commentator Lou Dobbs

"The media didn’t hand [the election] to Obama; after all, the Number One cable news channel, Fox, is right-wing. The Number One newspaper, the Wall Street Journal, also has a right-wing editorial slant (and is owned by the same guy who owns Fox News). The Number One talk radio show is Rush Limbaugh, and Sean Hannity is Number Two, and Glenn Beck is Number Three. When you control all the largest media outlets, it’s time to stop grousing about liberal media bias." -Paul Begala, Newsweek/Daily Beast columnist.

Did the "mainstream" media hand the election to Barack Obama?

Fox News likes to say it's the "number one news network in cable television."

A January 2012 Fox News press release proclaimed that Fox News "has now reigned over the cable news universe for an entire decade while continuing to outpace both CNN and MSNBC combined in total viewership, according to Nielsen Media Research."

"Reigning over the cable news universe,"  and claiming to have more viewers than the other two cable news networks combined sounds pretty damn mainstream to me.

Following Barack Obama's re-election, some Fox News commentators pointed to the "liberal media bias" of the mainstream media as one of the reasons for Obama's victory.

Fox claims that they dominate the cable news landscape and that they clobber the other cable channels in the ratings. So how can the "liberal media" with its much smaller audience control what a majority of Americans thinks? Doesn't make sense, does it?

If you consider yourself an intelligent adult and you're also a Fox News viewer, now might be a good time to ask yourself this question: "Why?"


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