So you don’t remember it quite like that? Me neither. But then again I’m not a democrat/liberal.
If you’re a democrat/liberal, the ends justify the means. There is no concern about being fair…, just winning. If they can’t beat you fair and square, they’ll change the rules, change the playing field, or just have you taken out of the game.
In this instance, we’re referring to cable news ratings. Specifically between the three major cable news networks: CNN, Fox News and MSNBC.
According to Mark Joyella, who is a contributor for Forbes.com, “Fox News Crushes The Cable News Competition In October Ratings.”
Just to be clear, Fox News channel routinely “crushes” CNN and MSNBC, and it’s been that way for years now. What we’re really talking about in October is an annihilation, or a complete domination.
Most of the time, Fox News Channel’s competitors can point to something and say, “we beat them here” or “we beat them there. It could be just an hour slot during the day or a special weekend show. Earlier this year MSNBC’s prime-time “star” Rachel Maddow turned in her show’s best week ever, and the liberal media were all popping the champagne. But that was then and this is now.
Joyella confessed that, “Fox News wiped the floor with CNN and MSNBC in October, beating the combined ratings of the two networks in prime-time, and delivering wall-to-wall wins across all key day parts. Fox News also saw its ratings climb in October from the same month a year ago, as its competition, with few exceptions, saw significant viewership drops.”
See what I mean? Complete and utter domination.
For the seventh month in a row, Fox News host Sean Hannity (the unrivaled King of Cable News) was the most-watched host in cable news, with a total audience of 3.495 million.
Fox News then continued by running the table with the top-five most-watched shows in prime, with Hannity followed by Tucker Carlson (3.231 million), Laura Ingraham (2.973 million), The Five (2.838 million) and Special Report with Bret Baier (2.668 million).
Several Fox News shows, including The Ingraham Angle, The Story with Martha MacCallum, Outnumbered with Harris Faulkner, The Daily Briefing with Dana Perino and Fox News at Night with Shannon Bream had all-time high ratings in October.
Overall, Fox News viewership was up +25 percent in October (in total viewers). Among viewers 25-54 years old, the key demographic coveted by advertisers, Fox grew compared to October 2017 by +13 percent, while CNN was down -11 percent and MSNBC was down -19 percent.
MSNBC had several of its key shows, including Morning Joe, All In with Chris Hayes, The Rachel Maddow Show, The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell and The 11th Hour with Brian Williams return their lowest-rated month of 2018 in October.
MSNBC was largely uncontested for second place overall (If you ain’t first, you’re last!), beating CNN among total viewers in prime time and total day viewership for the 13th consecutive month.
You can infer whatever you want from these numbers, but in any case it isn’t good for the state of “biased, liberal, fake news.”
So, how are the liberals and the “biased, liberal, fake news media” responding?
They are sicking the liberal media group “Media Matters” on Fox News, in an attempt to mount negative pressure on their advertisers!
According to Brian Stelter at CNN Business, “Media Matters’ president Angelo Carusone, who previously led boycotts against Glenn Beck and others, said on Monday that Fox’s programming ‘is only getting more extreme and volatile,’ and that’s why he is taking action now.”
“‘Fox News’ never-ending focus on demonizing political opponents and front-line communities, echoing [President] Trump and framing the struggle against these groups as an urgent matter of life or death, makes the network an increasingly bad business decision for advertisers,’ Carusone said.”
“Liberal critics of Fox, like Carusone, have pointed a finger directly at Fox, accusing the media company of inflaming tensions across the country.”
“Neera Tanden, the president of the liberal Center for American Progress, tweeted on Sunday, ‘It really is time to boycott Fox News advertisers. Who has the list? I’m game.’”
“Media Matters has been moving in this direction for a while. The group challenged Laura Ingraham and Sean Hannity’s advertisers in the past.”
“In his statement on Monday, Carusone named ‘major Fox News advertisers’ like Expedia, McDonalds and Capital One. Media Matters also published a list of other advertisers on its website.
Carusone urged the companies to ‘listen to their customers’ and ‘consider suspending their relationship with Fox News until the network makes meaningful changes to curb its propagandistic narratives that intentionally spread disinformation and incentivize violence.’”
These accusations are typical for “the swamp.” They charge others with doing exactly what they are guilty of doing in an effort to deflect attention from themselves and shut down and silence anyone who disagrees with them or anyone who challenges their liberal narrative.
In a statement to CNN, Marianne Gambelli, the president of ad sales for Fox News and Fox Business, said “we cannot and will not allow voices to be censored by agenda-driven intimidation efforts.”
“Media Matters continues to turn a blind eye to every television network but Fox News since it’s the only outlet that doesn’t subscribe to their extreme left-wing political agenda,” she said.
Fox News has quite a bit of experience fending off advertiser pressure campaigns like this, however
Sean Hannity has been outspoken in his opposition to boycotts of all kinds.
“EVERY American should see the danger of politically motivated efforts and boycotts to silence speech they disagree with,” he said.
Hang in there FOX! Without you we would be at the mercy of the “biased, liberal, fake news media,” and their uncontested “fake news” would sadly become just “the news” again, and our country would be worse off because of it.
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