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Born at the Crest of the Empire

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

I'll wait for you while you're in jail, baby..... I'll wait for you....

FoxNews, loyal to the end.
Late Tuesday afternoon, Fox News was the only major national TV outlet that carried a live telecast of former President Bush's homecoming speech to cheering supporters in Midland, Texas.


  • I don't see how a company the size of Fox News can sustain a business model that caters only to the 23% dead-enders.

    By Blogger -epm, at 8:20 AM  

  • Well, they appeal to about 40%. Remember, they represent "conservative," and that's a larger chunk than Bush supporting.

    And, the cable news audience is not 100% of the country. They pull from a very thin slice of deeply politically inetersted, and there's plenty of those out there to make them the number 1 network.

    They have their audience.

    By Blogger mikevotes, at 8:23 AM  

  • OK. I'll let you have your "facts" and "reason" :)

    Fox News will survive... damn it.

    By Blogger -epm, at 8:31 AM  

  • I think it will likely thrive after awhile. Being in opposition is a whole lot easier because you don't have to outline your positions.

    By Blogger mikevotes, at 8:34 AM  

  • Well, Chris Wallace is not sure that Obama is really the president, due to the 'garbled oath'.
    The key to being an effective opposition is in casting doubt on the incumbent without providing positions that can be attacked. This worked very well on the Iraqi occupation issue, for example. The Administration's "facts" on Iraq were consistently and effectively rebutted, and Bush looked like an incompetent or a liar.

    Now, the wingnuts and FNC crowd are very fact-averse. That's why we have an opposition that relies on fake birth certificates, garbled oaths, and secret Muslim agendas.

    If Obama were (like McCain) denying that the economy was in trouble, then they could attack him without having to ouline their positions. Obama isn't as stupid as Bush was, though, and the wingnut/FNC crowd actually does have de facto positions - those of Bush and McCain. These odd ideas of Obama as "The Messaiah" and him as the instant solution to the nation's problems are largely fictions put forth by the Right, for the Right's consumption.

    In short, we do not have the typical "opposition" here, and they have less opportunity than the Democrats had in the previous Administration. Unless, of course, they lose the shrill tone and start using facts.

    By Blogger Todd Dugdale, at 6:49 PM  

  • Fair points.

    I guess it's a question of whether right sided criticism is meant to be effective or simply a ratings grabber among the harder core that watch FoxNews.

    That's thwo very different credibility thresholds.

    By Blogger mikevotes, at 8:57 PM  

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