Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Cable TV News Show Wars

From Drudge:

FNC BRIT HUME 1,648,000
FNC SHEP SMITH 1,559,000
FNC GRETA 1,491,000
CNN COOPER 1,128,000
CNN KING 1,097,000
CNN ZAHN 890,000
CNN DOBBS 784,000

You can criticize Fox News all you want. They are beating the pants off of the competition. You can say only stupid people watch Fox, but if you do, you have to ask yourself something.

How many stupid people watch news at all?

They can tell you what the subject was on Jerry Springer, alright. But I have never known them to watch any news shows that require any thinking, with any regularity.

What is particularly interesting is the little war between Olbermann and O'Reilly. Olbermann is really getting desperate and acting like a real horse's ass to get some viewers. And it isn't working. O'Reilly isn't my favorite by any stretch, because I think he is an arrogant and pompous ass. But he still has the numbers and Olbermann doesn't. Olbermann should have stayed on ESPN.


G_in_AL said...

Fox has occasionally showed itself to be a bit more pro-Bush that would be concidered objective, but I really think that people enjoy the rather optimistic and upbeat tempo that is portrayed, rather than just the doom-gloom depression message other networks are portraying.

superfrenchie said...

Ya, Fox News is #1, and many Americans believe what they say. Pretty depressing, for America...

G_in_AL said...

Frenchei... if they were that wrong all the time, dont you think the other networks would capitalize on that? If CNN is getting beat out by Fox, and Fox is lying, wouldnt they try to let everyone know so that folks would stop watching them?

A difference of opinion from yours does not make them false.

LASunsett said...

//A difference of opinion from yours does not make them false.//

G's got a good point there, SF. Fox does a better job of seeing the gray areas. They have things about them that I do not necessarily like, after all they are part of the media. But overall, I think they do a better job than the others.

As G says they may be slanted a little to the right, but they give the left a voice and give them a chance to air their grievances. The biggest reason that many like Howard Dean will not appear is they are afraid they won't get softball questions like on other networks. They may have to answer too tough of a question and their talking points of the day will not carry them through to relevency.

superfrenchie said...

G, LA, here are some related news:

• 50% of Americans believe that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. (Jul 06 poll)

• 64% of Americans say that say it is true that Saddam Hussein had strong links to Al Qaeda. (Jul 06 poll)

• 47% of Americans believe that Saddam Hussein helped plan and support the hijackers who attacked the U.S. on 9/11 (Feb 05 poll)

• 44% of Americans believe that several of the hijackers who attacked the U.S. on September 11 were Iraqis. (Feb 05 poll)

Despite all of those things being patently false, they are constantly presented as true on Fox News.

LASunsett said...


//Despite all of those things being patently false, they are constantly presented as true on Fox News.//

1. Just because there has been no conclusive evidence of WMDs or Saddam links to al Qaida, does not mean that it's not true. There has been quite a bit of evidence that has been suggestive that these things are true.

2. Like I am always saying to you when the polls say what you agree with, POLLS are just POLLS. They take them, they report them, you decide whether you agree with them, or not. A poll that gives a result that you do not agree with, does not mean that a news org is putting out false information. They are reporting on the results of the poll and nothing more.