It comes as no surprise to anyone with an IQ higher than onion dip that, with the exception of Fox News, the “mainstream media” (MSM) has been little more than a cheerleading squad for The Left. The MSM has consistently refused to cover (or even acknowledge the existence of) many major stories (ex: ACORN workers allegedly involved in Voter Registration Fraud) until the Fox News coverage made it impossible to ignore. When President Obama’s “Green Jobs Czar” Van Jones’ controversial history as a “Truther” and a communist was exposed, none of the mainstream news channels – except for Fox News again – mentioned a word of it until the problem was so blatant that Jones had to resign.
Over the past year, Fox News has clearly established itself as the only member of the MSM that is willing to put the truth out there and let the people make their decisions based on the availability of BOTH sides of the story. America has come to depend on Fox as the only major television source of news they can trust. Their ratings overwhelmingly bear this out:
Prime Time News Network Ratings
(as of October 9, 2009)
P2+ Prime Time
FNC – 2,299,000 viewers
CNN – 582,000 viewers
MSNBC – 816,000 viewers
CNBC – 158,000 viewers
HLN – 551,000 viewers (HLN= Headline News)
All ten of the “Top 10 Cable News Shows” are Fox News programs. The top 5 (All Fox News programs) break down as follows:
- “The O’Reilly Factor” – an average of 3.295 million total viewers for the quarter, up 12% over the previous year.
- “Hannity” (2.603 million viewers, up 9%)
- “Glenn Beck” (2.403 million viewers, up 89% )
- “On the Record with Greta van Susteren” (2.150 million viewers, up 16%)
- “Special Report with Bret Baier” (1.997 million, up 20%)
Source: Huffington Post
No wonder, then, that the Obama administration (aka the gang that can’t do anything straight) is setting their sights to discredit Fox News.
It all comes down to this: Americans are voting again, but this time it’s with the remote control. In response to the Fox News absolute dominance in the ratings (see above), and in what has to be seen as further proof of the Obama administration’s complete lack of common sense coupled with inexperience, the White House seems to be declaring war on Fox News.
Sunday, on CNN, White House Director of Communications Anita Dunn said:
“What I think is fair to say about Fox — and certainly it’s the way we view it — is that it really is more a wing of the Republican Party. They take their talking points, put them on the air; take their opposition research, put them on the air. And that’s fine. But let’s not pretend they’re a news network the way CNN is.” (emphasis mine)
Dunn is obviously hoping… desperately hoping… that American viewers will buy into her criticism of Fox News. Look at the ratings, Ms. Dunn and you will see you have just been diagnosed with “Hoof IN Mouth” disease. Even the Huffington Post admits there’s no contest when it comes to which news network the American Public turns to for “fair and balanced” reporting:
Fox News has pulled off another dominant quarter, claiming the top 10 cable news programs in 3Q 2009 and growing against 3Q 2008, while CNN and MSNBC lost substantial portions of their election-boom audience.
Fox News averaged 2.25 million total viewers in prime time for the third quarter, up 2% over the previous year. That’s more than CNN (946,000, down 30%) and MSNBC (788,000, down 10%) combined.
What does worry me a bit is just what the Obama administration has in mind to counter the impact of conservative radio talk shows and now, television news that isn’t afraid to tell the truth.
This might be a good time to keep tabs on Mark Lloyd, President Obama’s “Media Diversity Czar.” Another one of Obama’s un-vetted advisors, Lloyd is the person who has suggested what amounts to nothing more than fining radio stations that broadcast conservative talk shows but don’t provide, in his opinion, enough opposing programming. If he pulls this off as well as going after broadcast TV, a victory for the Obama administration would mean people in this country would have about the same level of access to news as residents of the former Soviet Union.
Isn’t the preservation of the Constitution part of the Presidential Pledge that was taken by Barack Hussein Obama?