Fox News is master of its domain, such as it is

From Mediate:

“Fox News will mark 2010 as one of the best years since the network’s launch in 1996. The network posted powerful ratings, beating the combined ratings of CNN and MSNBC and marking the ninth straight year as cable’s top news network.

According to Nielsen, the top five cable news programs in terms of total viewers and viewers 25-54 (the metric used by advertisers and considered the most important by networks) were all on Fox: The O’Reilly Factor (781,000 viewers 25-54); Hannity (585,000); Glenn Beck (572,000); On the Record (481,000); and The O’Reilly Factor repeat (447,000).”

MSNBC beat CNN for the second straight year among viewers 25-54, and for the first time beat CNN among total primetime viewers as well. The numbers for CNN are truly abysmal, not only compared to Fox and MSNBC, but compared to its own numbers of a year ago. Total primetime viewers of CNN fell by 34 percent compared to 2009.

However, Fox viewership fell as well, declining 7 percent in primetime and 8 percent among primetime viewers in the 25-54 demographic. And to put things in some perspective, “The O’Reilly Factor” drew an average of 3.2 million viewers a night. That makes him the king of cable news talk, but well behind network news shows. (For the week of Dec. 20, NBC averaged 9.5 million viewers a night, ABC averaged 8 million a night and CBS averaged 6.2 million).

With roughly 1 percent of America watching, his numbers also put him well behind cable competitors such as his show’s spiritual cousin, World Wrestling Entertainment, and Spongebob Squarepants on Nickelodeon, both of which often pull 5 million or more viewers.

In addition, “The Daily Show” with Jon Stewart and “The Colbert Report” with Stephen Colbert both regularly outdraw O’Reilly among the younger demographic sought by advertisers. In fact, it’s striking how old the O’Reilly audience skews (3.2 million average audience, just 781,000 of them between 25 and 54.)

All that said, however, there’s no question of Fox News’ success within its narrow field, nor about the profitability of its approach.

– Jay Bookman

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TnGelding

December 30th, 2010
9:25 am

It’s amazing what it covers as “news.” Can you say repetition ad nauseum?

james

December 30th, 2010
9:29 am

New Years prediction- BS will have to walk a little faster. The public (not the gov’t) will demand more facts and less biased garbage.

Wyld Byll Hyltnyr

December 30th, 2010
9:30 am

Jay, cry not that the bell tolls for CNN, which Fox News has rendered irrelevant, for its audience far exceeds, and decays at a far slower rate, than that of the AJC.

(disclosure item: Gretchen Carlson is a close personal friemd dating back to when she was in Dallas)

Doggone/GA

December 30th, 2010
9:31 am

“but well behind network news shows”

Jay…I wish you had included some numbers. I do get so tired of hearing that FOX is the #1 news network, or that this or that FOX show is #1 on TV…when the truth is they are only #1 on CABLE. They don’t even come close to the broadcast networks.

Ragnar Danneskjöld

December 30th, 2010
9:31 am

Good morning all. I would gauge the essay of our host as reasonably fair and balanced, although it smacks of sour grapes. On the issue, I think O’Reilly’s opinion show and Bret Bair’s news show were the only television shows I watched this year, although I watched those two reasonably regularly. The appeal – they talk about stuff the other places do not. Same appeal I find with the WSJ. Just coincidence that they are controlled by the same company, I suppose.

TaxPayer

December 30th, 2010
9:31 am

How is it that FOX gets so many viewers given that Republicans claim to not watch their shows and no Democrat in his left mind would dream of doing so. Perhaps it is all the right-leaning Independents.

Howard Beale

December 30th, 2010
9:31 am

I want you to get up right now, sit up, go to your windows, open them and stick your head out and yell – ‘I’m as mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore!’

Matti

December 30th, 2010
9:32 am

I’m sick of “news” organizations that spend more time telling us how to feel about a ten-second partial tidbit of a news item than they do presenting facts about the item. Just give us as many facts as you can find about what happened, and let the viewers decide how we feel about it! But the money comes from whipping people into a gotta-tune-in frenzy that supports their existing biases, so that’s not likely to happen.

Ragnar Danneskjöld

December 30th, 2010
9:34 am

Maybe sour grapes was too harsh by me, but I thought it a nice touch that our host included shows familiar to our leftist friends (SpngeBob, WWE, Nickelodeon) to give them a frame of reference they could appreciate.

Howard Beale

December 30th, 2010
9:35 am

I would like at this moment to announce that I will be retiring from this program in two weeks’ time because of poor ratings. Since this show is the only thing I had going for me in my life, I’ve decided to kill myself. I’m going to blow my brains out right on this program a week from today. So tune in next Tuesday. That should give the public relations people a week to promote the show. You ought to get a hell of a rating out of that. 50 share, easy

Keep up the good fight!

December 30th, 2010
9:35 am

Well if we go by the ratings numbers to determine reliabilty, which is what is heard from the right so often, CNN should hire Spongebob to present the news….

Doggone/GA

December 30th, 2010
9:36 am

“no Democrat in his left mind would dream of doing so.”

Well, I don’t watch FOX but it has nothing to do with “not dreaming of doing so” – as I’ve stated before, I just don’t like their house “style.” It irritates me and I don’t get enough out of it to judge them on the facts they present.

cosby smith

December 30th, 2010
9:37 am

Pick on Republicans, pick on Fox news..must be a slow day at the AJC

RAMBLE ON!!!

December 30th, 2010
9:41 am

Wow Jay, no cheap shots. I’m shocked. I guess you’re just teeing it up for your sheep.

USSRinUK, Normal, Amvet, in three, two, one…

Mick

December 30th, 2010
9:41 am

Maybe fox is so prolific because it is on every tv in restaurants, hotel lobby’s, hospital waiting rooms, car dealership waiting rooms etc. When I asked if they could change the channel the answer is no because of some deal with fox and cable….cheaters.

Howard Beale

December 30th, 2010
9:43 am

So. A rich little man with white hair died. What has that got to do with the price of rice, right? And *why* is that woe to us? Because you people, and sixty-two million other Americans, are listening to me right now. Because less than three percent of you people read books! Because less than fifteen percent of you read newspapers! Because the only truth you know is what you get over this tube. Right now, there is a whole, an entire generation that never knew anything that didn’t come out of this tube! This tube is the Gospel, the ultimate revelation. This tube can make or break presidents, popes, prime ministers… This tube is the most awesome God-damned force in the whole godless world, and woe is us if it ever falls in to the hands of the wrong people, and that’s why woe is us that Edward George Ruddy died. Because this company is now in the hands of CCA – the Communication Corporation of America. There’s a new Chairman of the Board, a man called Frank Hackett, sitting in Mr. Ruddy’s office on the twentieth floor. And when the twelfth largest company in the world controls the most awesome God-damned propoganda force in the whole godless world, who knows what shit will be peddled for truth on this network?

Jay

December 30th, 2010
9:44 am

Doggone, the numbers you requested have now been added.

Doggone/GA

December 30th, 2010
9:45 am

Redneck Convert (R--and proud of it)

December 30th, 2010
9:47 am

Well, us old, Conservative f-rts watch Fox News all the time. We ain’t had a new idea or changed our thinking about anything in about 30 years, and that’s the way it should be. If it was good enough for my Pappy and my Grandpappy, it ought to be good enough for me.

So let Bookman and the young pups throw off on Fox. I’ll keep my TV tuned right where it always is. I’ll just say this: we was alot better off back in the 1930s than we are today.

Have a good Thursday everybody.

Mick

December 30th, 2010
9:53 am

I used to watch nightly news every day then katie couric came and I went over to brian williams. I got tired of nbc real quick and haven’t watched nightly news in more than 3 years, and I’m not coming back. Prefer local news, local newspaper and internet. Read opinion columns krugman, krauthammer hiassen, bookman, to name a few..

barking frog

December 30th, 2010
9:56 am

Fox is in the ‘henhouse’. Costs are minimal.
making the distributors of his advertising
pay him to distribute. He stole the business
model of the freebie networks and went one
better. Murdoch is King.

N

December 30th, 2010
9:57 am

This pleases Rupert Murdoch, who spends quality time figuring out how to dominate the world. He’s pretty much on track.

Road Scholar

December 30th, 2010
9:58 am

Matti @ 9:32: I gree with you with the addition of providing a brief history of what led up to the news piece. Some of the conjecture (like who will the Repubs nominate) is not news, just wasted time.

jt

December 30th, 2010
10:01 am

MSNBC,CNN,FOXNews all spew nothing but State-approved Propaganda.
FOX= Hate Muslims and War,War,War.
MSNBC=Hate the rich and War,War,War.(only if their boy is president).
CNN=Hate the rich and Ted Turner and War,War,War.

I was watching O’Reilly last night and the topic was Julian Assange. NO LIE————his mug shot was displayed alongside Charlie Manson and John Wayne Gacey.

What idiots.

C’mon Jay, tell us your opinion on the global Hero of liberty, Julien Assange.

Dave

December 30th, 2010
10:02 am

A little off topic, but definately relevant:

From Larry Elder – $5 Gas Predicted Under Obama — What, No Pitchforks?

“Five dollars per gallon of gas by 2012! A former president of Shell Oil considers this likely. The average price on Christmas Day for a gallon of regular gas reached $3.28 in Los Angeles County, the highest price since October 2008. In one month, the price rose 13 cents, up 35 cents year to year.

Where are the calls to sic Obama’s Justice Department on Big Oil to hold the oil companies accountable for “market manipulation”? Why aren’t we hunting down the amoral “oil speculators” responsible for repealing the law of supply-and-demand in order to line their pockets?

During President George W. Bush’s administration, we constantly heard demands to hold the President accountable for “Big Oil’s price gouging.” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., just two years ago, knew exactly whom to blame for “skyrocketing” oil prices: “The price of oil is at the doorstep; $4-plus per gallon for oil is attributed to two oilmen in the White House and their protectors in the United States Senate.”

In 2007, when the average national price ranged from $2.17 to $3.22, then-Sen. Barack Obama demanded that the Federal Trade Commission investigate Big Oil for “price manipulation.” In 2008, presidential candidate Obama urged the Justice Department “to open an investigation into whether energy traders have been engaged in illegal activities that have helped drive up the price of oil and food.”

Obama also called for “a windfall profits penalty on oil selling at or over $80 per barrel.” As of Christmas 2010, a barrel of oil sold at slightly above $90. What happened to the windfall profits tax?

Yes, back then the average price per gallon was four bucks. But blaming “oilman” Bush for high prices began when the average price was well below today’s $3.05 national average.

The average price was $1.72 on March 5, 2003, when CBS News posted a story online with this headline: “Dems Blame Bush For High Oil Prices.” It referred to an investigative report by Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich. Levin blamed Bush’s post-9/11 decision to increase the amount of oil in the Strategic Petroleum Reserve by 40 million barrels in 2002 — bringing the total to 600 million. Levin said, “We’re confident this had a significant impact on the price of oil in 2002.” Never mind that the Bush administration called the amount of oil diverted too small to matter.”

Left wing management

December 30th, 2010
10:04 am

I guess the suits at CNN are holding out to see what their numbers look like as we start moving into the election season, which is where – along with disasters (by the way I wonder how their numbers were during the Haiti and oil spill events of this year) – they typically make up ground. If their numbers remain slack into 2011 and 2012, then they know they’ve got a huge problem. And frankly, they’ll probably deserve it. As I see it, they’re the journalistic equivalent of Barack Obama, who suffers from a naive fantasy of a magic “middle” ground of objectivity and reasonableness. Which is obviously not what the moment calls for, nor is it what the people want.

Keep up the good fight!

December 30th, 2010
10:04 am

Fox has mastered the “some people say/think” innuendo. Especially when the “innuendo” is presented in a Fox segment and becomes the source. And of course, there is the daily email to Fox talking heads about the words they shall and shall not use.

Of course, they do talk about other things the other networks dont talk about….like reporting stories from The Onion as true.

Dave

December 30th, 2010
10:06 am

Of course I’d theorize that the Dems “outrage” was pure political at the time and, in the end, would prefer high gas prices (remember the calls for increasing the gas tax?) to alter the populace’s behavior to reduce our driving and/or “pursuade” us to purchase little 4-door lawnmowers in the name of “global warming”, i mean, “climate change”.

larry

December 30th, 2010
10:07 am

Spongebob Squarepants ……Bill O’Really

Whats the difference?

Bosch

December 30th, 2010
10:09 am

….like reporting stories from The Onion as true.

Are you serious Keep?

Bosch

December 30th, 2010
10:09 am

larry,

I think Spongebob is more entertaining, you know, as far as entertainers go. He’s more deep (pun intended).

Intown

December 30th, 2010
10:10 am

Fox News is trash. Absolute trash. It is clear that the vast majority of americans are moderate and sane folks who don’t yell and don’t like to be handed political propaganda and overs sensationalized stories passed off as news. They prefer network news and Jon Stewart/Stephen Colbert. G-d bless ‘em. I’m one of ‘em.

Tommy Maddox

December 30th, 2010
10:10 am

The news they report is basically the same that all other networks report. They do carry stories that the other networks refuse to carry due their own agenda.

What galls the Left, as is evident on these blogs on a daily basis, is Fox’s commentary shows. Beck, Hannity, O’Reilly, are all opinion shows. The Left howls about opinion commentators as being news anchors: wrong.

Lil' Barry Bailout

December 30th, 2010
10:10 am

Jay, why the need to minimize Fox News’ ratings and financial dominance?

Ragnar Danneskjöld

December 30th, 2010
10:10 am

Dear Larry @ 10:07, conservatives appreciate political analysis by O’Reilly, leftists appreciate political analysis by SpongeBob.

Bosch

December 30th, 2010
10:11 am

Although I must admit about O’Reilly, the only time I’ve ever seen him was his appearances on other shows — I guess he is more tame then.

I saw him on Bill Maher’s show once and it was odd that he and Bill agreed on some things. That’s what I’ve always suspected — if you take these talking heads out of their elements, just like us, they (we) actually agree with more than you think.

Bill Orvis White

December 30th, 2010
10:12 am

Why does FOX News win so much? Answer: Because most of America relates to what they present. It’s that simple. Americans are sick and tired of being overtaxed by the elites in Washington who spend our money on unnecessary programs that do not benefit anyone. Most of America is tired of being lied to by the MSM (mainstream media) which brainwashes the masses with a pro-Socialist agenda. Those ideas weaken this nation on so many fronts. In my opinion and many others across this nation, the MSM has damaged this country by weakening our military and promoting cultural decay.

The reason for the decline at the other cable nets and pro-government newspapers like the AJC is that these outlets are out of touch with the common man who is trying to make a simple buck and attend church.

Thank the Lord Almighty for FOX News which questions how our government is forcing items like health care down our throats. Yes, Liberal Jay, there will be death panels and just the other day, FOX News did a huge segment on it. Where was the MSM on this story? Answer: y’all were asleep at the wheel writing blogs that bash conservatives. Thank God for publications like Newsmax and books by Dinesh D’Souza, the Honorable President George W. Bush and the Honorable Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich. We need more men of strong character like this out in front. You will find them on FOX News, but you won’t find them on PMSNBC which seems to have the Communist governor from Pennsylvania and Bawney Frank on all the time.

For more information, read my thoughts on why FOX News is important to today’s news pipeline:

http://tinyurl.com/2dwaqpf

TaxPayer

December 30th, 2010
10:12 am

SpongeBob has class. As for Bill, not Really.

@@

December 30th, 2010
10:12 am

jay’s into popularity contests?

Sad commentary when Spongebob Squarepants becomes intermixed with newsworthy. I know some of jay’s leftist are big fans, or so they’ve said.

larry

December 30th, 2010
10:13 am

Dear Ragnar, what is the difference? They are both saying the same thing. They act the same , they look the same. Even the starfish looks like Hannity.

Bosch

December 30th, 2010
10:13 am

Ragnar,

I particularly liked the episode when Spongebob and Patrick discovered curse words and referred to them as sentence enhancers — you know, which they are. At least, Spongebob speaks the truth some times. :-)

TGT

December 30th, 2010
10:14 am

Given that we’re at years end, a friendly reminder: Make sure you have all your charitable contributions in by tomorrow evening if you intend for the tax deduction to be on your 2010 income.

I wonder what the average giving of a FOX viewer is vs. an MSNBC viewer. Two to three times more?

@@

December 30th, 2010
10:14 am

By the looks of things, jay’s left-wingers aren’t even embarrassed to admit their love for Spongebob.

Weird!

larry

December 30th, 2010
10:14 am

Faux so called -news = Nick Jr.

IM out .

Keep up the good fight!

December 30th, 2010
10:15 am

Bosch

December 30th, 2010
10:15 am

“which questions how our government is forcing items like health care down our throats”

Yes, damn that government for wanting everyone to pay for it instead of just those who have insurance….damn them.

“Yes, Liberal Jay, there will be death panels”

Will be? Seriously, Bill, you are speaking in future tense — there already ARE death panels.

[...] Jay Bookman digs a little deeper, though, and finds some interesting related data. MSNBC beat CNN for the second straight year among viewers 25-54, and for the first time beat CNN among total primetime viewers as well. The numbers for CNN are truly abysmal, not only compared to Fox and MSNBC, but compared to its own numbers of a year ago. Total primetime viewers of CNN fell by 34 percent compared to 2009. [...]

Paul

December 30th, 2010
10:17 am

Heh, heh, heh

Jay, you included enough in this to hit 400 or 500 comments today. Let the games begin!

“That makes him the king of cable news talk, but well behind network news shows. ”

I think it would be more appropriate to compare cable news talk show with network news talk shows. I know the source article included that program plus Hannity and others as ‘news’ shows, but even the hosts of the programs cited are clear they have opinion shows, not news shows.

More relevant for news was this line: “In terms of total viewers, Special Report joins the top five cable news shows, as host Bret Baier has taken the show to its highest ratings ever.” I know, I know, the two straight news shows – Brett Baier’s and Shepard Smith’s – are not generally talked about by the left wing, probably because there isn’t much to criticize as far as straight news reporting (I can here the fingers clicking “MediaMatters” on their keyboards).

Isn’t the obligatory putdown of “With roughly 1 percent of America watching, his numbers” a little like saying “Only one half of one percent of US Households bought oatmeal last week.” To a company like Quaker, operating within its niche, that may be a great percentage. Total population is not an appropriate denominator. “course, one could say “Only 3 percent of America watched NBC News…”

Many here make the case Stewart and Colbert are not news shows. Heck, Stewart and Colbert don’t pretend such. I think the viewership of those shows, who do not watch or read hard news shows, says more about the viewership than it does about the ‘competition.’

TaxPayer

December 30th, 2010
10:17 am

Actually I suppose it is sad that SpongeBob, the epitome of childhood innocence, has been dragged down into the gutter with the likes of anything Fox. It must be opposite day.

Ragnar Danneskjöld

December 30th, 2010
10:18 am

Dear Bosch @ various times, my analysis of O’Reilly is that he is a conservative of the Isakson cut – not exactly a Limbaugh, if you know what I mean. Nevertheless, even though he is far to my left I do enjoy his show, where everybody argues and nobody agrees about anything – warms the cockles of my heart to think there are people out there who have beliefs that have thought-through.

I used to watch the Simpsons for the same reasons, but I fell out of that habit about five years ago. Now it’s just O’Reilly and Bret Bair.

Paul

December 30th, 2010
10:18 am

Mick

Hiassen has his first new (adult) book in a couple of years out -

GLEN BECK

December 30th, 2010
10:18 am

Bosch

December 30th, 2010
10:18 am

“jay’s left-wingers aren’t even embarrassed to admit their love for Spongebob.”

Why should we be? Many cartoons have serious life lessons if you have a mind capable of abstract thought. Look at a Luckovich — hell, even many Loony Tunes can be analyzed for it’s literature merits. It’s certainly a way to enjoy something with your kids — why should you be embarrassed about that?

Paul

December 30th, 2010
10:19 am

Morning Bosch!

Hey, where are you?!!? All I see is MY name at the top of the page…

TaxPayer

December 30th, 2010
10:20 am

By the looks of things, jay’s left-wingers aren’t even embarrassed to admit their love for Spongebob.

I find it telling what some people call weird and embarassing.

Bosch

December 30th, 2010
10:21 am

Ragnar,

On Paul’s recommendation, I started paying a little more attention to O’Reilly.

“that he is a conservative of the Isakson cut”

I would certainly agree with that. I’ve always thought Isakson was a good man — not one that I agree with, but he’s a good man and although I’d like him to be more influential in the Senate, I’ve never really had a problem with him personally, just his politics.

Paul

December 30th, 2010
10:21 am

Bosch

“I saw him on Bill Maher’s show once and it was odd that he and Bill agreed on some things. That’s what I’ve always suspected — if you take these talking heads out of their elements, just like us, they (we) actually agree with more than you think.”

I’ll submit such perceptions are driven by people who get their info from MediaMatters and other such websites designed to ‘get’ their ideological enemies. When one goes to source material one can form a more realistic conclusion.

Such as, he’s still obnoxious.

Keep up the good fight!

December 30th, 2010
10:22 am

I think the viewership of those shows, who do not watch or read hard news shows, says more about the viewership than it does about the ‘competition

Who says they do not read news? To truly comprehend the Daily Show joke you must be aware of what is going on in the world. I would put viewers of the Daily Show up against Foxies any day…but then again, sadly, viewers of Spongbob would also likely exceed actual knowledge of news than Foxies.

Bosch

December 30th, 2010
10:23 am

Hi ya Paul! Good Christmas? With the family home, we’ve been doing many, many home projects (I’m almost finished with the list — three more small ones to go, the big one, painting my daughter’s room has to wait until the plumbers finish in her bathroom — which has taken three weeks).

We had a good one, lots of food (still eating on the cheese balls), and lots of friends and family.

Doggone/GA

December 30th, 2010
10:25 am

“Such as, he’s still obnoxious”

I heard an interview of him on Terry Gross’s show Fresh Air. I just BARELY knew who he was and had never heard him speak before this. She ran him right into a ditch and he left in a huff. She had the sense to just shut up and let him make a fool of himself. Had no desire to ever listen to him after that.

Paul

December 30th, 2010
10:25 am

Bosch

“On Paul’s recommendation, I started paying a little more attention to O’Reilly.”

Lest anyone here misunderstands, I’ve made the same recommendation about Krugman. Or Maddow. Point is to watch some and form one’s own opinions, not rely solely on what someone else represents the person to be.

Soothsayer

December 30th, 2010
10:25 am

Well, Jay, it’s obvious that the topic du jour must sufficiently inflame/engage the Right so that will come over here and stink up the blog. Elsewise, nobody would post. Personally, I don’t give a rat’s rump roast what Fox’s ratings are—I wouldn’t watch them if my life depended on it. Likewise I am not interested in posting about another banal subject of little interest.

JohnnyReb

December 30th, 2010
10:25 am

This topic is sour grapes mixed with denial. I don’t have a graph or a reference to a poll that is so well loved here, but membership in conservative organizations such as The Heritage Foundation and the NRA, plus increased listners/viewers to conservative talk radio and Fox news paralleled the rise to and results of the mid-term elections. Progressive media is being rejected and that will continue.

Conservative media exposed the Obama agenda for what it truly is. Nancy and Harry did their thing, which back-fired if not in legislative success at the voting booth. Progressives have had their 24 months in the Sun, the majority don’t want any part of it, and sufficient middle men agree.

Conservative media like Fox are beating the drum and the following grows. Obama could not win dog catcher in 2012 regardless of lame stream media remarks. Jay and his loyal followers here just can’t come to grips with that.

Bosch

December 30th, 2010
10:26 am

“Such as, he’s still obnoxious.”

All talking heads are obnoxious, it’s what (most) people who tune into those kind of shows like.

Take Anne Coulter for example, she used to date Bill Maher and I’ve read from some sources close to her that she really doesn’t believe alot of what she espouses — she just laughs all the way to the bank with the checks from the wingnuts.

It’s entertainment and lots of folks fall for it.

I’ve always said that the 24/7 news cycle is one of the worst things that has ever happened to this country.

Paul

December 30th, 2010
10:28 am

Keep Up

“Who says they do not read news? ”

Saying ‘the viewership of those shows who do not” is not meant that ALL the viewership do not read or watch hard news shows. It was intended to mean “Those viewers of Stewart and Colbert who do not watch hard news shows)….”

@@

December 30th, 2010
10:29 am

Bosch:

It’s certainly a way to enjoy something with your kids — why should you be embarrassed about that?

I preferred to read with my child. What you do with yours is your business.

Brett Baier? Yes!

Chris Wallace? Yes!

Shepard Smith? Absolutely NOT!

If I want cutsie, I’ll watch Spongebob’s squarepants.

Keep up the good fight!

December 30th, 2010
10:30 am

Bill Maher and Anne Coulter?— now there is a bad sex tape

Paul

December 30th, 2010
10:31 am

Doggone/GA

That Fresh Air interview with Terry Gross? The NPR Ombudsman heavily criticized her for her unprofessional conduct during that interview.

http://www.npr.org/yourturn/ombudsman/2003/031015.html

Bosch

December 30th, 2010
10:35 am

“I preferred to read with my child. What you do with yours is your business”

Yeah! Good for you! That’s super.

I liked that too when they were toddlers, but as they grew a little we added new activities we did together like watching TV, cooking, going hiking, riding bikes, along with reading (which is why I included the word “something” to mean, to be interpreted we did that along with other things).

Paul

December 30th, 2010
10:36 am

Bosch

It was a good Christmas, thank you. Spent with four generations, wee kiddies with huge eyes as the presents just kept on coming. I did up a 19-lb standing rib roast and it came out great, thank heavens! The pressure was on and I can’t recommend a Thermapen-type instant read thermometer enough! (No more commercial endorsements, at least for now, Jay).

I hope the bathroom isn’t open to the outside. Understand it’s been a bit chilly down your way.

Oh, and just ’cause you have a few jobs left on your Honey-do list, don’t think that ends it. They have a way of spontaneously regenerating -

Doggone/GA

December 30th, 2010
10:36 am

“The NPR Ombudsman heavily criticized her for her unprofessional conduct during that interview”

Not my problem. I’m not required to agree with him. I thought she handled him exactly as he deserved to be handled, based on how he reacted.

Paul

December 30th, 2010
10:38 am

Bosch

“He’s still obnoxious.”

I mentioned some of the talking heads and talking over each other and interrupting and such to my dad. BOR came up. Dad’s response? “He’s Irish. When I’d have dinner with (Irish friend) and his boys over in Jersey it was the same thing. Loud, rude, hardheaded, then they’d laugh about it. Lots of’em are like that.”

Paul

December 30th, 2010
10:39 am

Doggone/GA

Your opinion vs NPR’s opinion. There it is.

One Nation Under educated

December 30th, 2010
10:39 am

Thank you for putting these numbers in the biggest paper in the South, Jay. These numbers agree with Arbitron. If you keep reading (either publication) you find that 75.6% of Fox viewers are over the age of 65.

Keep your chin up, 20-50 yr old progressives. In about 15 years from now (plus 22mil immigrant votes, too!), we will have the country we want – after the death panels from the socialist healthcare take effect, hee hee

Doggone/GA

December 30th, 2010
10:40 am

“Your opinion vs NPR’s opinion. There it is”

And just so you’ll know, I didn’t bother to read it.

AmVet

December 30th, 2010
10:41 am

Good morning all!

Can’t scan through the comments, but imagine there is much denial and poo-pooing by the faithful on this topic.

The Republican News Network is clearly opinion news for the vapid and vacuous…

Keep on drinking that Kool-Aid, cons…

George Langston

December 30th, 2010
10:43 am

How much of the broadcast audience doesn’t subscribe to cable?

james

December 30th, 2010
10:44 am

Dave- fully agree. Our leaders are very focused on printing money and cpi ex food and energy. We can all sit at home and have fun with our imported plastic electronice while we can’t afford a good meal and gas. Carter anyone?

Paul

December 30th, 2010
10:44 am

Doggone/GA

“And just so you’ll know, I didn’t bother to read it.”

Somehow, I’d gathered that.

Morning, AmVet

Not so much this morning. I’d predicted hundreds of bashing comments but it’s rather sedate –

Watched “We Were Soldiers” over the holiday. I hate how history keeps repeating itself, especially when those who were in on something as youngsters do the same stuff when they’re oldsters.

james

December 30th, 2010
10:46 am

Amvet and others- the moderates laugh and ignore cnn and msnbc. It is amazing to see the insecurity dripping from the far left- the estrogen is a flowing.

@@

December 30th, 2010
10:52 am

Can’t scan through the comments, but imagine there is much denial and poo-pooing by the faithful on this topic.

I somehow gained access to all of Luckovich’s archives as far back as 2005.

What’s funny about AmVet’s ^^^ proclomation is I found Andy and RW talking about their dislike of FOX.

Just goes to show…conservatives are not what AmVet declares us to be but still he plods on.

schnirt

Ragnar Danneskjöld

December 30th, 2010
10:56 am

Dear Bosch @ 10:21, “I’ve always thought Isakson was a good man — not one that I agree with, but he’s a good man and although I’d like him to be more influential in the Senate, I’ve never really had a problem with him personally, just his politics.” I think I would prefer that he be less influential in the Senate, leave the thinking to others in his party.

Haywood Jablome

December 30th, 2010
10:57 am

Fox needs to go ahead an add nudity to their news shows. Nudity at Fox News would:

1. Really juice their ratings. (Ratings, rather than journalistic integrity, seem to be really, really important to Fox).
2. Compliment the pornographic tone of their “journalism”
3. Increase the integrity, dignity and professionalism of their shows

Fang1944

December 30th, 2010
10:59 am

So the #1 news network is the one that frequently disseminates out and out hoaxes?

Bosch

December 30th, 2010
11:02 am

“I think I would prefer that he be less influential in the Senate, leave the thinking to others in his party.”

Ragnar,

Like whom? I’ve always thought that Isakson is lock step with his party ideologue, but isn’t obnoxious about it. As I mentioned earlier, I’ve always thought Isakson an honorable man, and even though I don’t agree with his politics, he is our elected leader and as such should do what is best for his constituents.

george

December 30th, 2010
11:03 am

FOX is not “news”, its propaganda!

Bosch

December 30th, 2010
11:03 am

“Just goes to show…conservatives are not what AmVet declares us to be but still he plods on.”

So says the Queen of painting “jay’s left wingers” with broad brushes.

Paul

December 30th, 2010
11:04 am

Fang1944

Guess you gotta take the good with the bad. Someone noted the other day how the network news shows pretty much ignore Afghanistan and US deaths and stories about soldiers recuperating with arms and legs blown off, and someone else noted Fox covers that nearly every night.

Any ideas on why network news want to slight Afg, especially when American casualties are running at record levels?

james

December 30th, 2010
11:05 am

Haywood- “increase the integrity”- from a high school blog name? Maybe you should focus on your proactiv usage-

Paul

December 30th, 2010
11:05 am

Bosch!

george just gave you a t-shirt slogan -

TH

December 30th, 2010
11:05 am

Today is December 30.

WEEPER OF THE HOUSE, WHERE ARE THE JOBS CREATED FROM THE BUSH TAX CUTS FOR THE WEALTHY?

George Langston

December 30th, 2010
11:06 am

I repeat – how much of the broadcast audience doesn’t subscribe to cable? Comparing audiences of shows which are for pay with those that are beamed out over the (free) airwaves is not statistically sound.

josef nix

December 30th, 2010
11:06 am

Wheee! Fox news and lots of really pretty colored graphs and charts…what more could you ask for to wake up to!

Fox is like Palin, ring Pavlov’s bell and watch what happens. I really don’t understand why Jay goes to the trouble of penning a column on these two at all, however much a good read it may be, All he needs to do for the purposes here is just type “Fox News” or “Sarah Palin” and leave it go at that…it would be the same reaction.

Fox has a market. CNN has a market. MSNBC has a market. Sponge Bob has a market. Reruns of the Beverley Hillbillies have a market. Advertisers buy into that market. The demographics of that market are what the advertisers look at. So, look at who’s buying air time. Got a problem? Take it up with them.

Del

December 30th, 2010
11:06 am

Many people watch Fox News because with the exception of Glen Beck you do get both sides in the political debate. This of course is contrary to what the left believes because one: they don’t watch Fox News, so they really don’t know, two: they only want to hear the left wing perspective and third: within the lefts cult like mindset, Fox News is among their conservative demons to be despised. They’re really not sure why they should hate Fox but they’re told they should and like obedient lemmings they’ll follow. Good selection Jay, though continually recycled this topic will provide red meat for your lefty fans. Enjoy!

Paul

December 30th, 2010
11:07 am

time for an off-topic

Got this in an email this morning. Video from snow country –

“Why the bottom half of the bell shaped curve has to be monitored at all times.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kt_r-jO3lKE

y’know what’s really scary about people like that?

They reproduce and they vote -

Bosch

December 30th, 2010
11:09 am

Paul,

I don’t need more items on my list dude. :-)

1. Clean stairs
2. Clean closet
3. Print t-shirts…

I just don’t have the time!!! But yet, here I am blogging.

Paul

December 30th, 2010
11:11 am

Del

“Many people watch Fox News because with the exception of Glen Beck you do get both sides in the political debate. This of course is contrary to what the left believes because one: they don’t watch Fox News, so they really don’t know, two: they only want to hear the left wing perspective and third: within the lefts cult like mindset,”

During the midterm election results coverage I switched between MSNBC and Fox. Fox had on guests across the political spectrum, asked them to give their interpretation.

MSNBC had a panel of five quite liberal hosts, had far fewer interviewers and the general tone was ‘mock conservatives” – while the vote totals by conservatives were crashing over them.

Keep up the good fight!

December 30th, 2010
11:11 am

Fox gives you both sides? How with dictates from Fox news directors about the words to use or not use to influence debate? And that is why some Republicans only appear on Fox and refuse other requests — its the hardball questioning right?

Bosch

December 30th, 2010
11:11 am

George Langston,

I heard an story on NPR a while back about how cable subscriptions are dropping due to those who opt for programs like Netflix and Hulu to watch “TV” shows — companies like Comcast are scrambling to adjust.

Bosch

December 30th, 2010
11:12 am

Make that:

“I heard A story on NPR” — geez.