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Born at the Crest of the Empire

Tuesday, October 27, 2009


"Hugely influential" FoxNews only had an average of 881,000 viewers a night for Bill O'Reilly, their flagship show.

Admittedly, that blows the other cable networks away, but still, by my guess, that's probably less than half the registered Republicans just in the greater Houston area.

The power of FoxNews is greater because it affects the other news organizations and journalists, not because it reaches tons of people.


  • "The power of FoxNews is greater because it affects the other news organizations and journalists, not because it reaches tons of people."

    Same for Drudge, I'd imagine. This is why the Obama administration has been off handedly trying to delegitimize FoxNews (and Limbaugh, et al.) and then trying to shame legitimate news organizations for being patsies to Fox memes.

    But even before the current situation with FoxNews, corporate broadcast (and print?) news was starting to leverage memes first raised (spuriously) in tabloids. I think this is the same time where corporations shifted their traditional news organizations from news to news-tainment profit centers.

    By Blogger -epm, at 8:11 AM  

  • Yeah, but Drudge has actually broken a story.... (sort of kidding, sort of not.)

    That's my hunch, too that they're not really going after FoxNews as much as shining the light on Fox so they can say to the other networks,"Really? This is what's driving you?" They're trying to break the dynamic.

    And, I agree that we're that profit driven news is nearing its fruition of news channels that tell people "what they already know" rather than report news.

    We've also seen the death of actual reporting in TV news. It's now about reactions and who said what. There are very few facts delkivered anymore.

    By Blogger mikevotes, at 10:25 AM  

  • News Hour with Jim Lehrer is a bright spot.

    Also -- now don't laugh -- Rachel Maddow is good. I'm not talking about her opinion pieces, but how she invites conservative spokespeople to her show and engages in rational, intelligent debate. No shouting matches, nor ad hominem filled vapidity.

    By Blogger -epm, at 10:35 AM  

  • Yeah, I've heard. I can't watch the MSNBC nightly lineup since they decided to openly be partisan.

    BEfore, they were giving me facts and stories. Alot of it now is just them saying what they think.

    By Blogger mikevotes, at 11:35 AM  

  • I rely on a roof top antenna for TV so I only catch Maddow on the MSNBC website. While I agree with you regarding MSNBC, I like Maddow's show. She's smart and witty and I appreciate her intelligent debates with guests.

    By Blogger -epm, at 1:14 PM  

  • A lot of people like her show. It's very different in it's visuals and construction. Plus, she seems to pull her stories from print rather than just weighing in on whatever's been on the network all day.

    I just get tired of the opinion.

    By Blogger mikevotes, at 6:08 PM  

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