January 14, 2014

5 facts about Fox News

One of the most closely observed—and powerful—figures in the news business, Fox News Channel President Roger Ailes, is the subject of a 560-page biography being released today. Even before its publication, “The Loudest Voice in the Room” by journalist Gabriel Sherman has triggered jousting matches between Ailes’ legions of critics and defenders.

Whatever one’s view of Ailes, it is undeniable that he has turned the 17-year-old Fox News Channel into a powerhouse that dominates the cable news ratings and wields substantial power in the world of conservative politics. Below are five facts about the organization that changed the face of cable news:

1Fox News was very tough on the last Democratic candidate for president. (But MSNBC was even tougher on the Republican). During the late stages of the 2012 presidential campaign, a Pew Research analysis found that Barack Obama received far more negative coverage than positive on the Fox News Channel. Yet Fox found its ideological mirror image in MSNBC. In the final stretch of the campaign, nearly half (46%) of Obama’s coverage on Fox was negative, while just 6% was positive in tone. But MSNBC produced an even harsher narrative about the Republican in the race: 71% of Romney’s coverage was negative, versus 3% positive.

2The Fox News audience skews more ideological than that of its two main competitors. Fully, 60% of Fox News viewers describe themselves as conservative, compared with 23% who say they are moderate and 10% who are liberal, according to a 2012 survey by the Pew Research Center. By contrast, the ideological makeup of CNN viewers (32% conservative, 30% moderate, 30% liberal) and MSNBC viewers (32% conservative, 23% moderate, 36% liberal) is far more mixed.

3Fox News is expensive. If you’re a cable subscriber, you pay roughly 89 cents per month for the Fox News Channel, based on 2012 estimates provided by the industry research firm SNL Kagan. Cable channels generate much of their revenue from “license fees” they receive from cable companies in exchange for carriage in households. Those fees are passed along in subscribers’ monthly cable bills. Fox has aggressively negotiated its license fees, and now claims one of the highest average rates per subscriber. Only six non-premium cable channels command higher fees than Fox. CNN, by contrast, is estimated to average 57 cents per subscriber per month and MSNBC, 18 cents.

4Fox still leads in audience, but that audience is smaller than it used to be.
In 2013, Fox’s prime-time viewership declined 6% from the previous year, according to median monthly viewership data provided by Nielsen Media Research. But with 1.7 million viewers each evening, the channel still drew a bigger audience than CNN, MSNBC and HLN combined. Fox surpassed then-leader CNN in prime-time viewership in 2002, and has never looked back. However, there is some evidence of a ceiling for audience growth. Fox has not increased its median evening viewership since 2009.

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5Fox outspends its rivals. In 2009, Fox surpassed CNN as the cable news outlet that spends the most money each year. In 2012, the channel was estimated by SNL Kagan to spend $820 million—on everything from salaries for on-air talent to maintaining bureaus and keeping the lights on. That spending was up 11% from 2011 levels, according to Kagan data. CNN was estimated to spend $682 million on news gathering in 2012, and MSNBC, which draws partially upon the resources of parent NBC News, $240 million.

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Topics: News Audience Trends and Attitudes, News Content Analysis, News Sources, State of the News Media, Television

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  1. Shawn16 hours ago

    I read most of these comments and have to say that if you read them all it definitely points to the divisiveness that culminates in ideological stubbornness on both sides. Including myself in that. But on the Fox issue. Although I rarely watch MSNBC I compliment them for being (with no misrepresentation or for that matter no excuses) a far left windbag machine. And this is where I part ways with those that watch FOX, subscribe to TPNN, The patriot (Ha!)….. FOX specifically states that it is delivering fare and unbiased “news”. And worst of all its followers say this is true. I doubt that many regular watchers of MSNBC would say that they are fare and unbiased. FOX would have my respect if they took the same course as MSNBC and just said “We are here to be a conservative windbag machine”. So to Fox, its followers. Man up. Quit lying to the public and yourselves. Trust me. You will get a lot more respect from independents like myself by taking this route verses the current direction

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  2. jpearsonaia6 days ago

    There is no qualitative comparison between FOX with CNN and MSNBC cable news, the latter two which provide broad coverage of news and events with commentary, but targeted for a more informed audience. I would not call Fox talking points coverage. Ailes, himself calls it opinion and entertainment to avoid first amendment issues with fraud and slander. Fox conclusory talking points, as with those in the right wing echo chamber, are so entirely specious, one is amazed at the degree that two decades of social conditioning has so changed political discourse. As Rove’s playbook attests, it’s fairly easy to manipulate right wing authoritarian submissives. When you can isolate the conservative voting block and foment an angry misinformed mob with well understood and extensively documented propaganda techniques in the FOX world, the dog that FOX wags is obvious.

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  3. K2 weeks ago

    I found this interesting. I understand that it makes sense to start a study like this with a small focus, i.e. how the three major cable news channels compare and contrast. Following the same tack, I’d love to see the study expanded to the other major sources of news that aren’t explicitly partisan: network news, news magazines, news blogs, news feeds like AP and Reuters, etc. Viewership/readership numbers would also provide a sense of perspective. I think it a lot of interesting things would emerge. Even though it would be a much bigger study, it would reflect the fact that “news” comes from a variety of sources nowadays and is also filtered through a variety of lenses.

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  4. Daniel Delaney2 weeks ago

    Did not have to go far on this ‘fact-tank’ article before I thought..Whao!!!!
    MSNBC does not even consider itself a ‘news channel’, so right from that point on your points stray away from what could be an insightful topic of discussion.
    Just the idea that one News organization could claim such an ‘ideological’ swing to the Conservative and beyond makes one wonder just what channel is truly the MSM.
    CNN, NBC, CBS, ABC, etal; certainly are not.
    I tend to go for Reuters, and AP; don’t know where that puts me.
    All I know is that Fox News is just a television show that puts on a display for its targeted audiences.
    Frightful eh?

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  5. Ken2 weeks ago

    I love watching liberals works so hard to justify mediocrity. So, even though Fox ratings are better than all of the competition combined, these are reasons why that’s not important.

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  6. Lynne Addair3 weeks ago

    Who was the 73% who think illegals ought to receive citizenship?
    They did not follow our law coming to our country. Why is that ok?

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  7. Mark2 months ago

    This is a little deceptive while be truthful at the same time but the big picture is EARTH not one nation and when we look at International viewers not one station has ever beat CNN in viewers and it never will but FOX wants YOU to believe otherwise because of various ratings given like in this article. FOX has a lot more US viewers than CNN who turn a show on and sit through the entire thing so FOX beats CNN domestically easily that way no matter if numbers down or not. FOX does NOT beat CNN on how many people domestically turn one or the other on during a given moment since CNN always wins there and those are the mainstream aka majority and of course majority means Democracy so I will not demonize the word mainstream in attempt to fool ignorant people as some do. Most Americans who turn either Station on tend to work outside or inside the home but most want family time and are busy doing other things than just kicking back watching anything on TV let alone idiotic news. After all; when was it important for you personally that you saw CNN or FOX for news? LIKELY NEVER. Even in 911 unless you were right in the middle of it, you should have been watching HBO instead since hearing about it did you nothing other than cause some Americans to believe the US had been attacked by another nation on its homeland post the war of 1812 with England lol really. We have NEVER been attacked by a nation on our homeland since then but who should I educate fools?

    CNN has another kind of viewership and it starts with U but I’m not saying what it is but it is something FOX can never catch up with and it’s domestic.

    CNN has over one billion viewers worldwide while FOX has about 20 MILLION viewers worldwide so one could see, FOX is pathetic yet I consider all Cable or Network New pathetic since who in his or her right mind wants to work all day, come home, forget about family time and sit in front of a TV to listen to political or other BS and then just get angry over some lie or something YOU cannot ever control? An idiot and a real nut would have their poor kids sitting in front of the TV watching one of these so called news stations. I am neither idiot nor real nut. I am into logic, statistics and human sociology and a few other things but not the news. I make more in a month than most will pay in taxes in a lifetime and I don’t do it watching these stations.

    I suggest people turn these stations off and especially the fanatical right wing and get to work and tending to family because this is one sick and angry nation as a result of two things; Regions and News. There is no God, not after life and it really is not the business of others what someone else is doing so get your nose out of gossip and educate your kids so the States can have HS grads coming out on 12th grade levels instead of the Second grade READER! We still have Americans who think homosexuality is a choice or a sin because of Religion and being idiotic and not using a dictionary with a so called Holy book or one would know words like abomination are from one thousand-five hundred years AFTER books of the Bible/Torah were written. lol

    Time to wake up and grow up America.

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  8. jOHN c3 months ago

    BEING A NEWS JUNKIE, i WATCH A LOT OF NEWS SHOWS ON VARIOUS NETWORKS. tO ME FOX NEWS IT THE BEST, THEY ARE THE MOST FAIR AND BALANCED. TtHERE REPORTERS ARE GOOD REPORTERS, WHO RE3PORT THE NEWS, THE FACTS. THE OTHER NEWS LAKIES LIKE . MSMBC, NBC, AND CBS NEED TO SEND THERE REPORTERS BACK TO J SCHOOL, SO THER CAN LEARN HOW TO REPORT THE NEWS FACTUALLY.

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    1. Greg.E2 months ago

      Dude… You are really making me laugh… Fox isn’t news at all… It is Conservative propaganda… there is no fairness to it at all… and most of what they say is made up…

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      1. Sticker1 month ago

        Dude……Fox News and not their programs is the most fair reporting. I watch the news on several channels. When you make comments like this, it really shows that you don’t know what in the hell you are talking about. I have actually taken top news stories, got as much info as possible, and then compare the reporting on all the major networks, Fox, and PBS (Sorry, I forgot to do CNN). It was fun to see how they reported the story. The major networks (NBC, CBS, ABC) shortened the story and left out a lot of information. Fox did cover it pretty well. PBS was the most interesting. Martha Raddatz from ABC actually reported it well, but she left out something that was important to the story which showed a left bias by doing so. Even if you don’t show your bias initially by what you say, it is important that you don’t omit important information. Also, my friend, a liberal who watches PBS agreed that the material should have been presented because it didn’t give a full picture of the event. Many times people who don’t like Fox News haven’t watched the news, but rather have watched a show like Hannity and think that’s their news.

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    2. Gary4 weeks ago

      Not the Fox News I’ve watched.They are the propaganda wing of the Republican party.They constantly knock Obama when Bush did the same thing only worse.Case in point the release of prisoners from Gitmo.Don’t take my word just fact check it.

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      1. Reason4 weeks ago

        So what if they’re hard on Democrats? Someone has to be.

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        1. Shye1 day ago

          It’s not that they’re hard on Dems, but they’re not hard at all on Repub.. One cannot call themselves fair and balanced when they do that.. hypocritical.

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  9. Situs Agen Judi Online3 months ago

    I’d say “luck” is generally positive, unless otherwise stated. You can “luck into” something but rarely “luck out” of it. “Luck out” seems to me to be similar to “win out” it’s applied to a Bandar Judi Bola favorable outcome of some situation, often ongoing, that might well have gone the other way. I do wonder if non-Americans may sometimes confuse “luck out” (positive) with “struck out” (negative).

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  10. bill3 months ago

    I lost all respect for Gabriel Sherman when he criticized and ridiculed amateur marathon participants in a Slate article a few years ago.

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  11. Paul3 months ago

    What jumps out at me is the fine print at the bottom that says all figures are estimates. So these statistics are made up? Go figure.

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  12. Erica3 months ago

    hm, something that jumps out at me is the race and gender numbers among Fox viewers. also, seems funny doesn’t it, that after the first year of Obama’s first term, the Fox viewership has not increased like the years leading up to (along with the paranoia, among certain segments of the population) the election.

    i’d say this data is lacking in depth.

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  13. Kyle4 months ago

    Number 2 makes sense. Various surveys have shown that liberals are least likely to seek out an opposing point of view. It goes back to socialist Pauline Kael stating she did not understand how Nixon beat McGovern (it was a landslide) because she didn’t know anyone that voted for him. Liberals tend to only listen to liberal media outlets because they don’t want to hear a dissenting point of view. They relish confirmation of their “knowledge.”

    In more current times, it would follow with the vilification of the Koch brothers. Because of their support for conservative candidates, they are “evil.” Most liberals would not bother to search out that the Kochs sponsor numerous programs on PBS and NPR or that David is a supporter of the immigration reform and supports gay marriage, notably more liberal positions. But you won’t hear that on NPR, PBS, MSNBC, HLN, CNN, CBS, NBC, or ABC. It doesn’t fit the narrative.

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    1. vFunct4 months ago

      We liberals have no need to hear opposing viewpoints, as our liberal media already provides opposing viewpoints already, since liberal media is fair and balanced.

      IT is the conservatives that do not wish to hear opposing viewpoints, which is why they keep SAYING they are fair and balanced, to reinforce that false identity.

      If they were actually fair and balanced, they wouldn’t need to state that, correct?

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      1. An Independant Libertarian3 months ago

        No, they state it as an assurance for anyone that calls them out. And furthermore, you say Liberals have no need to hear opposing viewpoints, but then say the liberal media provides opposing viewpoints already. Just that statement alone contradicts itself. I’ve watched MSNBC and CNN and MSNBC is the worst when it comes to bringing both sides in a debate. CNN has them, but CNN skews their stories to only the ones they decide to report. Every news station will have an idealogical bias.. you just have to look passed that and pay attention to the facts they report, which is why I still watch Fox news even after being skeptical for years. I’ve done my research and it’s safe to say, Fox brings on the most diverse panel for open debate on TV. They’re also growing in viewers, so I have no idea where these guys are getting their facts. If Fox news reported a false story, EVERYBODY would rip them apart. Instead, they rip apart the show host for his biased comment, cherry picking the opinion and not the fact. I don’t agree with some of O’Reilly and Hannity’s points such as pro life and criminalizing drugs, but they give you the whole story to decide for yourself.

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        1. Fauxbe the conservative3 months ago

          Well said. I’m surprised you’re a libertarian. Generally, I have a low opinion of you people. ;-)
          People are forever confusing the reporting of news with the opinion shows like Hannity and O’Reilly. Obviously, they’re completely different. Reporting good/bad things about candidates is not comparing apples to apples. Franky, there was nothing to report about Obama during that time. The fact that few positive statements were made about the president during that time is not an indication of any bias. We (the FNC audience) were aware of Fast and Furious, Benghazi, Obamacare nightmares and a myriad of other Obama scandals. Should they have made up positive crap to report?

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        2. An observer2 months ago

          I believe the poster to whom you replied meant that liberals have no need to turn to other media outlets for opposing viewpoints because these opposing viewpoints are already present in the mainstream media.

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    2. Bo3 months ago

      Fox News viewers being more ideological isn’t a compliment and definitely means they seek more like minded media. Oh, since when is Fox News legitimate news?

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      1. Erica3 months ago

        agreed.

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        1. Fauxbe the+conservative3 months ago

          I don’t think either one of you ever watch Fox News. Watch Brett Baier not Sean Hannity or Bill O’Reilly. There’s a difference between NEWS reporting and opinion shows.

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      2. editedforbias2 months ago

        Fox’s audience is far closer to the US populous (40% conservative, 40% independent and 20% liberal). Based on Liberals desires for quotas and other government action to make things fair, you should embrace a more fair distribution of the American viewpoint. A 36% Liberal share over represents the population by almost double. Should they not be required to fix that?

        Another point of Bias in point one. “found its ideological mirror image in MSNBC” Really, 46 to 6 versus 3 to 71. Carnival mirror maybe. Explains why journalists are journalists and not scientist or engineers.

        Since media’s JOB is question those in power and be an advocate for the PEOPLE, their coverage should be neutral to slight negative for all of those in power. This is why they were given protection in the Constitution. The current propaganda arms of the administration are exposed by these numbers.

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      3. Marcy Thorne2 months ago

        Fox News is more legitimate than the others. I am a news addict myself and I often hop from channel to channel. The programming after 7:00 est on weeknights is opinion-base. Daytime programming is news based. MSNBC is all about 90-95% opinion and they’re slogan “Lean Forward” shows their progressive ideology. Recently during a major event in the event Fox News broke into the opinion base show and covered it. MSNBC was showing it prison lock down crap and CNN was had some investigative 48 hour-type of tape running. Why is Fox News so expensive? Maybe because it is the only 24 hours news channel still running. MSNBC and CNN have people plugging in prerecorded programs. Fox News IS the only network that is fair and balance. They always have two major parties represented and in religious stories, they will have all the major faith represented. Also there is faux fact going around saying the Fox News viewer are ill informed and a less intelligent. Don’t buy it. Proof is watch the many “man on the street” segments where a liberal leaning, college educated, adult who think “Benghazi” is the name of guy who works out in the gym, they can’t name the vice president, or know what month to vote in. One more thing. The best investigative reporters in this biz is Catherine Herridge and Jennifer Griffin. who repeatedly scoop other reporters on the other networks.

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  14. Brent4 months ago

    The best news of this whole article is number 4, that viewership is declining among cable news. I was one of the original ‘CNN junkies’ back in the 80′s, and have watched a fair amount of CNN and MSNBC since they came on the scene and can tell you that they’re all just a bunch of crap now. It’s evidenced by Rupert Murdoch, when he divided up NewsCorp he put FoxNews on the entertainment side instead of the news side. It’s all about ratings and getting scoops as opposed to actually providing the service of delivering news these days.

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    1. Brent4 months ago

      Meant to say ‘…watched a fair amount of FoxNews and MSNBC since…’

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      1. Bonnielee3 months ago

        Of course viewership has gone down. It was an election year.

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  15. HeeveSteven4 months ago

    The number one fact about FOX is that MSNBC is worse? It could well be that the Romney campaign fairly earned it’s negative coverage. You can’t just call negative stories bias.

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    1. Fletcher Poulos3 months ago

      It could well be that Obama’s dishonest, America hating administration fairly earned it’s negative coverage on Fox. You can’t just call negative stories bias. See how that works?

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      1. Shye1 day ago

        You can dislike Obama, that is your right, but it sounds really juvenile when people such as yourself say, “America Hating” like… really? just silly.

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  16. Jerry Boggs4 months ago

    As a journalist, you should know better than to make your bias so obvious.

    All writers know to put their most important point at the end of a report, a paragraph, and a sentence. That’s the point they want readers to leave with.

    Re: “Fox still leads in audience, but that audience is smaller than it used to be.”

    You could just as easily said, “Fox’s audience is smaller than it used to be, but it still leads.”

    Which thought did you want readers to take away?

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  17. james laxton4 months ago

    My heart bleeds purple peanut butter for MSN and NBC that didn’t tell the truth in the first place , maybe if yall had of read the 10 commandments you wouldn’t be losing money and crying about it . Honesty is always the best policy . God save America

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  18. Fageol5 months ago

    Pew ideology (since Pew used the term first) by section headings.
    1. Seems balanced since the report is about Fox
    2. A. Use of the word “skew” — the denotation of the word is correct but the connotation of the word “skew” is that it’s another word for “slant”
    B. Use of the word “ideological” — the word denotes some sort of acceptance of a set of principles of attitudes. The word connotes rigid thinking that is apparently inimical to a perceived or desired change of attitudes, e.g. acceptance of homosexuality to thinking that homosexuality is healthy and cool. Further it appears that conservatism is ideological whereas liberalism isn’t.
    3. The use of the word “expensive” — per the numbers cited, the denotation of the word is correct. However the word connotes that a Fox viewer isn’t getting his money’s worth.
    4. The graph indicates that Fox is experiencing something akin to an “S” curve whereas the other news/opinion — take your pick — providers are on a receding linear track despite a growing population. Briefly the heading was biased as not only Fox viewership was declining but fewer viewers were looking at the other providers.
    5. “Fox outspends its rivals” Looks like a good old objective statement.
    My conclusion is that three of the five headings contained a message unfavorable to Fox. Assuming I’m correct, should a reader read anything published by Pew with a grain or ton of salt?

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    1. TheRadioman19765 months ago

      You are correct. In fact, what the heck am I doing here reading this skewed article? Maybe more for reading pleasure than for search of facts. Thanks for pointing out the obvious. Your response should be used as an example of critical thinking and provide discussion in a philosophy class.

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    2. Jace4 months ago

      The fact is that there are many article on here stating that left-leaning news organizations like MSNBC contain more opinion than Fox. This article may use some negative connotations, but the foil articles on here condemning MSNBC seem to balance that.

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    3. Commenter4 months ago

      Pew is financed by right wing parties and publish right wing ideology. This is new-ish for Pew….. but it’s not longer non-partisan. Arnold Foundation is putting up a lot of money to get Pew to discredit pensions…… follow the money.

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    4. Dave Ryan4 months ago

      The mere fact that this article singles out Fox News for this kind of deconstruction manifests a clear bias.

      Read the book BIAS by Bernard Goldberg.
      and LEFT TURN by Tim Groseclose.
      These and others show the clear tilt of the News media to the left of the spectrum.

      Here’s a Pew report that was written with the intent of proving Fox News is biased. But what it accidentally proved is that Fox is actually the most balanced, giving both conservative AND liberal viewpoints. And Fox only appears to “tilt right” when compared to the other networks that tilt overwhelmingly left!

      yelp.com/topic/new-york-foxnews-…

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      1. Jerry Boggs4 months ago

        Glad you mentioned LEFT TURN by Tim Groseclose and BIAS by Bernard Goldberg. Both are great.

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      2. John Roberg4 months ago

        Dave, Suggest you also read What Liberal Media? by Eric Alterman and compare to BIAS. While Goldberg’s book is apparently only his thinking (no references, footnotes, etc), Alterman’s is a packed with source references you can fact-check. Having read both, if one’s to each with an open mind, one can’t help but view Alterman’s book as closer to the truth. My best, John

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        1. Dave Ryan4 months ago

          I’d already heard of it, and It’s on my list of books to read, thank you for the suggestion, John.

          Apparently Groseclose and Alterman have dueled on the subject a few times. By this commentary by Groseclose…

          ricochet.com/archives/political-…

          …he offers more sourced and reliable facts for his work. But I’d still like to see Alterman’s work, to see both sides.

          But when 50 years of polling shows that liberal journalists and editors SELF-IDENTIFY as overwhelmingly liberal at a ratio of about 80%, it would defy common sense to believe that news reporters didn’t tilt liberal.
          archive.frontpagemag.com/readArt…

          Some of these polls are also cited by Goldberg in his BIAS book (pages (pages 115-136).

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    5. Jeremy Flannery2 months ago

      It is worth pointing out, as you have, that “slant” is a synonym of “skew,” Fageol. But “skew” is a professional term for statistical analysis. And so stating that “The Fox News audience skews more ideological” means that a greater portion of the population of the audience tends to be in one group over the other groups studied, rather than the population of the audience being a “normal distribution” or a more equally portioned distribution between the studied groups (such as maybe 33%, 34%, 33%).

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  19. gail tillman5 months ago

    My husband & I are in our 70′s and are very concerned about our country and the total disregard of our values that made us so different and so loved b the rest of the world! We have made our mistakes (slavery) and we are paying dearly, both in conscience and treasure. It seems station other than Fox News want to focus on the African American president rather than the issues; the constitution, the huge debt, the minorities who are becoming as beholden to this govt. as they were to the massas on the plantations; what a waste!!!! As a conservative,Christian who loves her country and ALL our citizens; I want the truth and I believe Fox does also. But to call us raciest is the worst insult. Gail Tillman

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    1. r.k.4 months ago

      Have you ever been outside of the country? The rest of the world hates us and/or thinks we’re morons because of the ridiculousness Fox News spews.

      And I hope you realize since Obama has a black father and a white mother he is just as much white as he is black….”masses on the plantations”? Dear god, you are so entirely racist.

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      1. Dave Ryan4 months ago

        My problem with Obama is not that he’s black. It’s that the Democrats and the complicit media use the fact that Obama is black as a slander-weapon to discredit any valid criticism of Obama’s policies.

        CONSERVATIVE: “Obama used the IRS to harass private citizens and 501 (c) (3) and (4) groups to prevent them from organizing political opposition in 2012, and thus unfairly won the election. Obama was negligent before, during and after Benghazi and is still covering it up, and obstructing investigation. NDAA 2012 and NDAA 2013, allow Obama to declare martial law in peacetime. The incredible failure of the Obamacare website, and low enrollment because of high cost and low coverage. Obamacare is unconstitutional, and was passed into law in March 2010 despite that 53% of the U.S. opposed it, and the Democrats rammed it through anyway. And that opposition rose to 56% a year after it passed, and is at least 56% on any day since it was implemented in Oct 2013. Eric Holder’s open racism on multiple occasions, prosecuting only cases where minorities are the victims (so much for equal protection). Eric Holder’s involvement in Fast and Furious gun-running to Mexican drug cartels, and obstruction of THAT investigation. On and On.”

        LIBERAL: “Oh, you’re just a racist who can’t handle that a black man is president.”

        OH YES! That’s SUCH a civil and factual response to legitimate criticism of Obama policies and failures.

        Let me clue you in on where that tactic comes from:

        “Members and front organizations must continually embarrass, discredit and degrade our critics. When obstructionists become too irritating, label them as fascist or Nazi or anti-Semitic [or racist]. The association will, after enough repetition, become ‘fact’ in the public mind.”
        –Moscow Central Committee, 1943

        Both of Obama’s parents were communists.
        Both of Obama’s grandparents who raised him after age 10 were far-left, if not Marxist. Who introduced Obama to mentor Frank Marshall Davis, who was a Marxist –more than Marxist, a Stalinist, who was under constant investigation by the FBI.
        Obama’c closest advisor, Valerie Jarrett, is far-left if not Marxist, and her parents were closely associated with Frank Marshall Davis.
        Anitia Dunn (Obama’s first Communications director) : Marxist.
        Mark Lloyd (Obama’s FCC czar) : Marxist.
        Ron Bloom (Obama’s transportation czar): Marxist.
        Obama is deeply indoctrinated in far-Left literature, and is so versed in Saul Alinsky, that his job for ACORN was to teach Alinsky’s “rules for radicals” Social Marxist tactics to classrooms full of “community organizers” like himself. Community Organizer being the euphemistic term for Marxist agitator, professional demagogue. Divisive tactics Obama has splintered the nation with since he became president.

        THESE are the things we object to from Obama. It has nothing to do with his race. Conservative Republicans love Allen West, Herman Cain, Dr Ben Carson, J.C. Watts, Mark Steele. Conservatives for 20 years have been polled who they would like to run and in every election since 1992 have said Colin Powell. If he only had wanted the job.
        So it is absolutely false to call Republicans “racist”.

        It is ALL about policy, ideology and character (or in Obama’s case, lack thereof).
        Stop slandering people who disagree with Obama (and you) on the ISSUES.

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      2. Kyle4 months ago

        People from other countries disrespect us because of Obama’s continual backtracking on US commitments and his words and actions (Poland and Czech missile defense, red line in the sand, Benghazi, mistreatment of Netanyahu, “rules of engagement” in Afghanistan, use of drones killing civilians over sovereign nations, etc.).

        It has nothing to do with Fox News.

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    2. lindsncal4 months ago

      Other civilized countries, who get real news, laugh at us for watching Fox.

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      1. Dave Ryan4 months ago

        “Other civilized countries” are completely dominated by the left to the point that they completely shut out any dissenting views. Political Correctness/ Social Marxism on full display.

        Europe is dominated by socialist countries like France, the U.K., Germany and those of Scandanavia. A BBC executive openly boasted of his network’s bias against the U.S. during the Iraq war.
        telegraph.co.uk/culture/tvandrad…

        Charlie Rose on his program asked Robert Kagan (who had just returned from Europe) back in 2004 why Europeans overwhelmingly opposed the U.S.-led war in Iraq against Saddam Hussein. Kagan said: “Because never in the European media do they hear a pro-American point of view.”

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      2. John Kennedy1 week ago

        WRONG! They laugh at our President today!

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    3. Martha Steele2 months ago

      I too am a Christian, and my Bible tells me to ” Love My Neighbor “and ” I Am My Brother’s
      Keeper. ” Let us not forget,” Christian ” means to be Christ-like. Love, that is Christ’s message.

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    4. Greg.E2 months ago

      But you are…it is evident in your what you wrote… Sorry… Old feeling are hard to die. Just because I think differently than you does not mean I love my country any less..

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  20. incomitatus5 months ago

    Pew Research is not exactly an honest broker when it comes to their so-called ‘projects’ They are almost exclusively populated and funded by the left. Of course that doesn’t mean they would ever let their political bias leak into their ‘studies’-right?

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  21. Makana5 months ago

    1. Fox News was very tough on the last Democratic candidate for president. (But MSNBC was even tougher on the Republican).

    Yes Fox is biased toward the right. And MSNBC is biased to the left. Hardly startling.

    2.The Fox News audience skews more ideological than that of its two main competitors. The analysis says more about Pew than the fact does about Fox. There are other possible deductions – perhaps more Liberals misidentify their positions as mainstream rather than Liberal.

    3.Fox News is expensive. The cable and satellite companies are not charities nor are they altruistic. They are paying for what they see as the value of the audience that Fox brings. If MSNBC could demand more fees, why would it not do so?

    4. Fox still leads in audience, but that audience is smaller than it used to be. This fact is true for all three channels in the graph and more so for MSNBC. A neutral person might draw the conclusion that television viewership is moving to other technologies.

    5. Fox outspends its rivals. If Fox outspends its rivals and it is receiving more licensing fees, one can conclude that its business plan is superior or “it takes money to make money.”

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  22. Ed Barry6 months ago

    Jesse,

    A mechanical question:

    I received with interest and respect the research done in FIVE FACTS ABOUT FOX NEWS.

    But I was taken aback when I was immediately deluged by the outpouring of individual of the 107 comments. What I wanted – and thought I had asked for – was the neat summaries
    of the FIVE FACTS, in order. How should I have keyed my computer to receive what I wanted?

    Thanks for an answer. I value Pew research products and find helpful in my own work.

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  23. Lynn6 months ago

    I will listen to any source that sites documented facts, doesn’t attack and leaves me feeling empowered.

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  24. Len Simpson6 months ago

    I have not turned on a TV in 9 years. I get everything from the internet. Those who wish to get their daily pablum fix of news get it from TV. With 85% of the MSM owned by International Corporations no rational person would believe what they hear on TV. The internet has a multitude of news sources with counter arguments, and coverage of many sides of the same story.

    The TV is truly the “Idiot Box”.

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  25. Jim6 months ago

    This country is so divided. We should just the 47% of people who do nothing, the takers, let them move to California, let like paying taxes and supporting these clowns.
    Maybe I’ll become one of them. With Diblasio running NY, it doesn’t pay to work anymore.
    Lets see:
    I can get Food Stamps, obamaphone, free medical, unemployment for 99 weeks, work off the books, free college(for those of us that can read).
    I now see why obama started out with a 47% lead. It’s great to be given things!!!

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    1. Len Simpson6 months ago

      It is truly sad to see the proof of how TV, such as Fox, can influence the less knowledgeable among us.

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      1. JR5 months ago

        Amen!

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        1. Martha Steele2 months ago

          Is this my JR…?MJS

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      2. Patricia C.+Gilbert5 months ago

        Len – I agree with you.

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      3. Naomi4 months ago

        Just as MSNBC is. Who has the “lean forward” slogan? That alone states bias.

        Oh, I will tell you what…I bet I am better educated AND better read than you, Len!

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      4. Fletcher Poulos3 months ago

        Len,
        What an intelligent response. You sure destroyed Jim with your logic. It’s truly sad to see how those on the left will immediately resort to character assassination when they have no facts.

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        1. Robin3 months ago

          When this country stop talking about the left against the right; white against black; and Hispanics against everybody, gay against straight; Please grow up, cut the TVs off and do something productive like providing service without looking for something in return, we may become a better country. Faux news and MSNBC have the same objective and are both bias. The middle class needs to come together and stop acting like children and hold our government, big business and wall street accountable, because they are the ones that are truly raping us.

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          1. Greg.E2 months ago

            Here Here… Well Said

    2. lindsncal4 months ago

      The mere mention of ‘Obama phones’ tells everyone who you listen to.
      It’s amazing, with all the real information out there, you completely ignore, because those you listen to never show you, all the free stuff from republicans that goes to our richest corporations and dwarfs the money going to welfare to the people.
      Sad.

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      1. Dave Ryan4 months ago

        Because no one but conservative media will report and not selectively omit those facts?

        “Penny the moocher” and the “I’m gonna get me an Obama phone” welfare-parasite woman can both be viewed on Youtube. It’s not like Fox is the only network to run those clips.
        They’re manifestations of the attitude that has allowed welfare, disability and other handouts to unnecessarily double under Obama.

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    3. Paul3 months ago

      Let’s start with the CEOs who pay almost no taxes at all due to obscene loopholes! Off to the rock with every last one of them! You agree, right, Jim?

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  26. Bwin6 months ago

    Many of the would be MSNBC and CNN viewers have migrated to the internet for their news. I’d like to see a study that includes these folks.

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    1. Jim6 months ago

      No, many of the would be msnbc viewers are watching the Kardashians

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      1. lindsncal4 months ago

        The comment you refer to can show the facts about what he said. Your comment is simply belittling and bashing without a clue.

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        1. Dave Ryan4 months ago

          I don’t endorse insults from either side.

          But apparently you’ve somehow missed the far higher ratio of insults directed here at Fox viewers in the many above comments.

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          1. Sudetengerman4 weeks ago

            Touche’!!!!!

  27. Tony6 months ago

    The main difference between Fox and MSNBC is that most people who watch MSNBC know that they are getting liberal opinion. Much of the Fox news viewership isn’t aware that they are getting conservative opinion dressed up as news. As to Fox allowing liberals to talk, with the exception of Juan Williams, most of the liberals Fox allows to talk are so completely out of touch that they are effectively straw men set up for the Fox news opinion hero of the hour to disassemble.

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    1. Patricia C.+Gilbert6 months ago

      Tony – And you are absolutely correct in your comment.

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      1. JR5 months ago

        Very true. This was the most perceptive comment here.

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    2. Naned5 months ago

      Yes and right on! I have noticed that also.

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    3. lindsncal4 months ago

      No, MSNBC, especially Maddow and Hayes spends it’s time showing you, with facts and sources, that you’ve been given lies from conservative news. Fox and the limbaughs say something and MSNBC is forced to prove that it’s false.

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  28. SK6 months ago

    There’s a pattern to these comments: the left-wing people seems to be critical of Fox News and cite their extensive, general experience watching news. The right-wing people call the left-wing people “socialist” and when their evidence is called into question, simply ignore the matter and attack the questioner.

    The simple fact of the matter is that although MSNBC is harsher against specific people, FOX gives a general and harmful twist to their news. They condemn the poor as “leachers” despite tax-shelters that the wealthy use. Strangely enough their viewers sound more and more like extremist Islamic groups every year.

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    1. Patricia C.+Gilbert6 months ago

      YEP, you get it.

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    2. Dave Ryan4 months ago

      Apparently you missed the many comments by myself and others citing facts and links to back up what we say, WAY beyond snarky remarks like yours.

      In polls for the last 50 years, news reporters and editors have consistently SELF-IDENTIFIED as overwhelmingly liberal.
      archive.frontpagemag.com/readArt…

      ricochet.com/archives/political-…

      I could hurl insults like yourself, but I prefer to let the facts speak for themselves.

      Your comment that Fox News calls people “leachers” proves that you don’t actually watch Fox, you just watch soundbytes of it twisted to DEMAGOGUE Fox, on some liberal spin site like Media Matters, DailyKos, Raw, or MSNBC.
      What commentators on Fox say is that the Democrats cultivate a culture of welfare dependency, and that the more people Democrats get on food stamps, disability, and other forms of assistance, the more reliable voters the DNC has.
      Are you blind to the fact that Obama’s government now runs COMMERCIALS SOLICITING food stamps and disability?
      That welfare and food stamp dependency have doubled in just Obama’s first term? That welfare dependency is rising despite an alleged economic recovery? What’s wrong with this picture?
      Commentators on Fox (given equal time with liberals who offer opposing views) assert that this socialist-cultivated widening of dependency is discouraging the work ethic that built this country, and sapping the American spirit.

      When conservatives here call liberal journalists “socialist”, it is precisely because they are of a well intended but flawed European-socialist mentality. And these benign types at the grassroots level are unwittingly guided by leadership that is far less benign, and far more anti-capitalist/anti-Western/anti-American.
      (Discoverthenetworks, “Tactics of the Left”)
      discoverthenetworks.org/viewSubC…

      It is a precise plan termed Social Marxism or Political Correctness:
      discoverthenetworks.org/viewSubC…

      And it is a plan that began with a Marxist group called the Frankfurt School in the 1930′s that fully emerged as the 1960′s cultural revolution.

      Here is how a former Soviet KGB agent describes it:
      youtube.com/watch?v=_9rOxe61KSY

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  29. Truth be told6 months ago

    Truth be told…..The network channels are losing viewers every second, I for one, no longer watch network news. Most if not all news programs resemble “reality shows”, nothing but brainless rubbish. If it wasn’t for the comedy channel and sports, I would get rid of my TV channel service in a New York minute. No wonder Netflix is becoming so popular.

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  30. Packard Day6 months ago

    If CNN were to disappear tomorrow, would anyone but the immediate families of the current batch of employees even miss them?

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  31. S L+Mark6 months ago

    I forget to say that I do watch PBS on a regular basis along with Jon Stewart, along with listening to NPR for news and features.

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    1. incomitatus5 months ago

      Why not just have White House press briefings sent to your house? It would be pretty much the same thing.

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  32. S L Mark6 months ago

    All three are so fixed with little change in format, thought in addition to having the same “pundits” on so frequently that I think I can tell you what they will say before they say it. All are so predictable. Its like Congress, replace them all. I am depending more and more on the internet for my news and commentary.

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  33. James Schumaker6 months ago

    A very useful survey by Pew. It would have been interesting to throw a few other news organizations into the mix, however, like the Washington Post, Al-Jazeera, The Atlantic, CNBC, Mother Jones, Media Matters and the Moscow Times, all of which I also follow. I’m very conservative (at least according to the recent Time survey science.time.com/2014/01/09/can-… ), but frankly, I find Limbaugh, O’Reilly and Hannity almost completely worthless as sources of actual news. Anyone who gets their news and commentary from them is just seeking to confirm previously held views, or to get an update on the latest fake right wing meme. Maddow is a different story. She has her hobby horses, such as LGBT issues and reproductive rights, and I usually switch channels when she is talking about these subjects. In contrast to the far-right pundits, however, when Maddow comments on other topics like Benghazi, voter rights, corruption in government, etc., she is very watchable and has a lot of interesting things to say. Other MSNBC pundits like Chris Matthews are hyper-ideological and a little bit goes a long way. However, I do very much like Alex Wagner and Andrea Mitchell (the female mayor of “This Town”). I do read the NYT religiously — it’s just better at covering the news than anyone else, even though I think the editorial board should get its collective head examined. I was surprised at how close WSJ and MSNBC were on the ideology of their viewers — something I wouldn’t have guessed. Lots to learn here.

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  34. SGK6 months ago

    I always laugh hysterically when people say Fox is so biased. MSNBC is without question the most radical left wing propaganda in the history of all media! Screed after screed after screed! Never any facts.

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    1. JR5 months ago

      Actually, in the past I have fact-checked various stories from both sources. Like them or not, MSNBC is nearly always verifiable. Fox, on the other hand, were inaccurate (and in some instances, downright lying) on numerous instances. Learning that for myself is part of the reason I find them so reprehensible. I may not agree with certain slants from both sources, but one absolutely fudges the truth more than other.

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      1. Patricia C.+Gilbert5 months ago

        JR – Amen, you are right and FOX viewers as a whole are the least informed people in our country and take great pride in their ignorance it seems.

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      2. TheRadioman19765 months ago

        I’ll call you out on this one: sources, please. And don’t send me a link to Media Matters. I’ll delete that just as fast as you can post it.

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      3. Dave Ryan4 months ago

        When all the “factcheck” sites such as the Washington Post are as left-leaning as the New York Times itself, I can see where you would walk away with that impression.

        While they do factcheck a percentage of stories on the liberal/Democrat side, they seem fixated on proving the conservatives are wrong.
        newsbusters.org/blogs/tim-graham…
        newsbusters.org/blogs/randy-hall…

        Hiding behind an image of neutral objectivity. But still liberal journalists, tilting the news with their brethren. Forward!

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  35. Victoria Merson Pickwick6 months ago

    I wish you had included polling research on PBS TV stations & that you will in the future.

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  36. sara d6 months ago

    You might research why you, Google, etc. want my Friends List and other stuff when I try to sign in

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  37. TXSFRED6 months ago

    I notice the decline angle of viewership is identical , indicating no one is “leaving” Fox News as much as a lot of people get tired of seeing the same videos run with same comments constantly all day on Fox OR the MSM. To me that is healthy as it just means they check back to make sure there isn’t new news occasionally.

    All the people below worrying about slant are simply worried about hearing truth…If the Station does not come up ( or down ) to their personal ideas of truth.

    Message to YOU people: There is a LOT of negative truth about President Obama and his agendas. BY the way,don’t bother to foam up on me here as I am a “Fire and Forget” and do not care one bit if the truth hurts feelings… and I won’t be back to read your screed. :-})

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  38. Jim Whalen6 months ago

    Im tired of having my news delivered by so called reporters who profess their opinions as factual, and thereby newsworthy. And Fox is the worst of the bunch. Only NPR gives me a chance to consider my news as being unbiased….

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    1. bonnie6 months ago

      agreed. NPR radio and PBS TV are dedicated to give an impartial and unbiased news report.

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      1. Charlie Jensen6 months ago

        The few times I have watched Fox News I have seen not just opinions that I disagree with, but frequently manipulated quotes or video clips which when presented on other News sources ‘in toto’ demonstrates an affinity for fabrication or as Tennessee Williams wrote in one of his plays; “A distinct odor of mendacity.”
        I do not see that happening on CNN, MSNBC or usually the three networks. And when they do present something that is less than completely accurate they almost always present an apology and a correction.

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        1. bob6 months ago

          Charlie,
          I don’t suppose you remember NBC and MSNBC cutting and manipulating audio of George Zimmerman to make it sound like he stated the subject he was observing was black? What these two fine ‘news’ outlets did was cut the part where Zimmerman is asked if the subject is white, Hispanic or black. They of course got busted, after they broadcast this ‘mendacity’ and were forced to correct their slant on reporting. I guess that makes it OK.
          Charlie, If I had to guess, I would say you lean left. (not that there’s anything wrong with it.)

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          1. Paolo6 months ago

            And to Charlie’s point, there was an acknowledgement, apology and consequence as a result of the edited content in question. And there is where the glaring difference between the networks lies. FOX has made manipulating video and audio into an art form. There are countless examples of this. People like John Stewart routinely expose this by simply showing how FOX anchors present the information, followed by the exact same content shown its entirety, creating a thing called, “context.” And guess what? Always a different picture when viewed this way. But with hours and hours of examples of this, how many people have lost their jobs at FOX? How many apologies have been issued? Keith Olbermann was fired. Martin Bashir was fired. The producer who made the decision to edit and run with the Zimmerman audio was fired. Why does NBC hold people accountable for misinformation or “egregious” statements, but FOX does not?

      2. Seanmom6 months ago

        Wow. You really don’t know what “unbiased” means, do you? NPR and PBS are not “unbiased.” They are not even “liberal.” They are both “far-left liberal,” and the closest you can get to “socialist” and still be American. Wake up.

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        1. Jeffrey S.5 months ago

          Just to interject- Socialism as an ideology is not mutually exclusive with being an American.

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      3. incomitatus5 months ago

        Now that’s funny!

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  39. Tom Eglinton6 months ago

    I read the Fox story and was struck (but not stunned) by the clearly negative tone.
    You even slanted the good news negatively.
    Just two examples.
    You headlined Fox leads in cable audience but its audience is down.
    Truth:In fact virtually add TV audiences are down -cable and over the air.
    You headlined with Fox costs more to view and it spends more.
    Truth: Fox leads in audience because it invests more in people and programming.

    I sometimes hear people say “Pew is non-partisan.” I did some research awhile ago and found your funding is from mostly liberal sources.

    I guess stories like this is how you pay the piper.

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  40. Benjamin Benedict6 months ago

    I am a moderate who likes Al Jazeera America.

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  41. Sam6 months ago

    I am a moderate and find Fox less abrasive than MSNBC. MSNBC appears appears extremely biased and less tolerant.

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  42. bonnie6 months ago

    what i respect about watching the PBS News Hour every evening is that it is a balanced report with in depth interviews from people from both sides of the political environment on a certain situation being discussed. They have no commercials so are not under any entities pressure and since they don’t have commercials and that the news is an hour long, you get much more news and like i said, more in depth coverage on the news of the day.

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    1. Gary6 months ago

      I totally agree with you about PBS which I listen to when I get a chance. I do not watch any other news channels except CBS & ABC. I am a conservative but do not watch Fox as they are too radical on political issues in my opinion.

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      1. bonnie6 months ago

        amen, gary.
        it’s good to keep an open mind.

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  43. Old Sarge6 months ago

    I agree………………

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  44. Old Sarge6 months ago

    I agree 100%. Why can the news not cease political correctness/ If it is a lie call it a lie not spin………It is time for Americans to demand their tax dollars no longer go to PBS ect. after they have advertisers also. Stop politician’s from utilizing insider information like Pelosies husband and his selling of Post Offices

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  45. Allan6 months ago

    I’d like to see “pure” reporting from my news. I don’t want my agenda, nor anyone else’s to be in focus, but pure truth. I’d like to see FOX start a Sunday evening program that would rival 60Minutes, with something along the lines of the “State of our Union”. In other words, a very simple portrayal of our “real” government. Where is our money going? Why? Why? and Why? do we have such a huge deficit and budget? Stories of present government, stories of our past government who spent tomorrows money then, and in effect, got us into the bind we are now? Why don’t we have a reporting card for our politician’s actions?
    WHY ARE THE SO CALLED REPORTERS, NOT REPORTING!?!?!?!?
    Really, I think though they spend a lot of time looking good on TV, they would do much better at their jobs if they spent as much time doing their jobs.
    I think the politician’s are smarter than they are.

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    1. Pat6 months ago

      I agree. I’m so sick of today’s liberal press. Regardless of our political affiliation, I respect and expect a journalist to report the news unafraid and unbiased. Period!

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      1. Kyle6 months ago

        “Liberal press” … really???? If you have not figured it out by now, every “news” media outlet (besides PBS) has a corporate owner who spews their political views on the rest of us. Fox News Pres. Roger Ailes has admitted that Fox News is his opinion in a news format (not real news, just opinion). That’s your conservative media at work. Others have a liberal bias (MSNBC) that can be called Liberal media. But almost all media is corporate, not liberal or conservative, corporate with their CEO’s opinion spun as news. Wake up!!!

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        1. Jim Whalen6 months ago

          Right on!!!!!

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    2. C. Strickland6 months ago

      What is most noticeable is the almost total absence of news and opinion from outside the USA. What coverage there is features war and US involvement or possible involvement. There is almost nothing about daily life in other countries or politics in other countries. If there is no natural disaster or other catastrophe and no civil war or terrorist action there is no coverage. American political life is so dysfunctional and so naturally complicated there is little room for anything else but football.

      By the way, if America did not spend US$1trillion annually on defence and defence related expenditures the country would not be in the debt situation it is in now.

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      1. An Independant+Libertarian3 months ago

        We’ve significantly reduced our defense spending since Obama’s been in office, and yet we’re still adding 1tril every year to our debt. It’s the careless government spending on programs and regulations that do nothing but hinder small business and growth. Socialized healthcare, high taxes, and less state power is what is hurting this country right now. If you don’t believe me, do research on the European countries and why they’re in such bad shape. Plus, we NEED defense to protect ourselves from Putins and BinLadins otherwise we won’t pose a threat to our enemies and (eventually) will push war. Look at what just happened in Crimea (This is only the beginning)

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  46. Sam Dobermann6 months ago

    re: viewership. what are the numbers for the networks. I include PBS with CBS, NBC and ABC. Quite a few people like me do not even have Cable or satellite and are glad of it.

    I know that PBS draws 3 million but I don’t know if that is every evening or what.

    I don’t know what PBS spends on News but I know it buys rights to programing from Independent Television News and other world wide networks. I watch a variety of news programs daily and read others and think I get a fairly good picture of what is going on. I don’t think any cable stations do a very good job of covering important issues and occurrences of the day.

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    1. Jesse Holcomb6 months ago

      In 2012, about 22 million people watched one of the evening broadcast network (ABC, CBS, NBC) news programs. More on that here: stateofthemedia.org/2013/network….

      We’ll be updating those numbers soon… look for them and more in our upcoming annual State of the News Media report.

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  47. George Petts6 months ago

    Apparently Fox owns direct tv, a good reason to switch to another provider. The conservative audience sells themselves so cheaply. All one has to do to get applause is to denigrate Obama. Many prefer bad government to gay marriage or legal abortion. They embrace the views of the billionaires while they don’t have a pot to piss in or a window to throw it out of. Voting according to ones economic interest makes some sense. Voting for low taxes for the rich makes no sense at all. Trickledown is a testable theory. When it is tested against history it fails. Trickle down is really nothing more than the idea that the majority should be satisfied with crumbs from the tables of the rich. Before one of you calls me a communist or a socialist you should know that I am a life long Republican and a former Republican operative. My first vote was caste for Dwight Eisenhower. Think!

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    1. Wayne6 months ago

      “It’s easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled.” Mark Twain
      You have bought into Pinnochio’s narrative, George. “Republicans just want less taxes for the rich!”- Only simple minds would believe that Liberal BS.

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      1. An Independant+Libertarian3 months ago

        As unsupported your claim is Wayne, that Mark Twain quote truly describes the premise of how the media reports to it’s viewers and alone on how people believe. There is such a thing as political bias and propaganda that the government enforces to control the masses and votes. I’m talking about NBC, PBS, ABC, and CNN too. First off, cable is free (funded by the government) which ABC, NBC, and PBS report on. You in turn can’t compare views to that of cable news since it’s ‘Cable’ and it’s free. The bias is very well hidden too, but all you have to do is ask the questions those outlets aren’t answering. Their reports are based on Pathos (Emotion) instead of Logos (Logic).

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  48. Barbara Griffith6 months ago

    I have never much liked CNN after what they did to Lou Dobbs. They let the open border organizations influence Dobbs leaving. Claiming he was raciest when Dobbs wife is Hispanic and and all of his children speak Spanish. Dobbs was paid well when he left and I watch his show every day on Fox News. I also like the Kelly File. For my money I’m sticking with Fox News.

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  49. marco6 months ago

    jesse, it would be difficult to discern your political preference by the tone of your article. Not! Stop the madness!

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  50. Margaret6 months ago

    I wish I could choose my channels instead of taking a package. I would be happy to do without Fox news.

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    1. Jesse Holcomb6 months ago

      I think Sen. John McCain had people like you in mind with this legislation theverge.com/2013/5/9/4316688/jo…

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    2. Jerry F6 months ago

      You CAN do without Fox News. Don’t watch it. You have the choice.

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    3. Scott6 months ago

      We agree on at least one thing Margaret; I wish I could pick and choose as well. If that were the case I would drop MSNBC and Al Jeezera America, and probably CNN until they get rid of Piers Morgan. Look at their pathetic viewership; do you think if the FOX viewers could drop them from their subscription cost that these networks could keep the lights on? I don’t…except for Al Jeezera because they are privately funded to be a tool of propaganda and they do not exist to make a profit.

      As far as FOX’s subscription cost, I think I speak for most viewers when I say that .89 cents is likely the best value for the money we spend in any given month and I would gladly pay many times more. They are beating the pants off the competition with nearly 3x the viewership, which shows the demand; why shouldn’t they command more than a poorly performing network?

      On the content of the viewership, it looks to me like the number skew to the left as you go down the list toward Rachel Madow, but it’s not as pronounced…in my opinion because many more liberals(than conservatives) don’t consider themselves as such and would like to consider themselves moderate/independents.(this comes from a general lack of knowledge and a failure develop fully formed opinions that are based on current facts about the world in which they live which in turn allows them to be incredibly flexible in their beliefs and easily manipulated.) It is also my belief that many more liberals get their news from John Stewart and similar sources, rather than put 30 minutes a week into any “serious” news source no matter what bent it may be. Let’s not forget the liberal du jour who’s political concerns are summed up with “legalize it”.

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  51. Robert6 months ago

    Fox news is fair and balanced in the sense that the hosts frequently have liberal guests who at times offer stiff arguments and rebuttals. Compare that with MSNBC that very seldom if ever present divergent commentary from conservatives. The MSNBC guests are mostly toadies who are echo chambers for the progressive agenda.

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    1. Grant Grieves6 months ago

      I Agree …I love “FOX”

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      1. Pat6 months ago

        So do I.

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    2. Carolyn6 months ago

      Robert, All I can say is, “That’s how you see it.” FOX News says what you want to hear.
      And to me, they report it your way and hope they don’t get caught in their embellished, or
      dubious truths.

      I find them to be dangerous, only because less educated actually believe they are hearing factual news.

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      1. Pat6 months ago

        Carolyn, it seems to me that you have your facts wrong. The lower class and low middle-class will vote for a POTUS for race only, believe whatever he says and never question, and only watch CNN and/or MSNBC (NBC) because they do not have to listen to any other side. All I wish is that people would take time to find the facts themselves, listen to CNN evening one day and Fox News evening the next day. THEN, make an informed decision about what they believe to be the truth. Believe me! we have a president whom is a pro at skewing the truth.

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        1. An Independant+Libertarian3 months ago

          Very well said Pat

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      2. Wayne6 months ago

        Pat has it exactly right, Carolyn. Everything you said is true of MSNBC to a “T”. I will bet 2 things: You are a Liberal and voted for Obama; you never watch FOX News. If you did, you would hear the likes of Juan Williams and several other Liberals every single day debating along with Conservative thinkers. It is you that is biased and follow Liberalism/Progressiveness with blinders on so as not to hear the other side. If you really love your country, then it is your duty to listen OPENLY to both sides and make educated decisions. If you are African American, I can tell you flat out that there is no racism in the Republican Party (except for the odd lowlife who probably does not vote anyhow). There are any number of African Americans that I would vote for for President (e.g., Condie Rice, Collen Powell, Dr. Ben Carson, etc.) but not Barack Obama who is not even an African American. His ancestors were not slaves but, in fact, were Arabs who WERE the slave traders. He has openly spurned the USA and is bent on changing it to a socialistic system. FYI, The Republican Party came into being just before the Civil War with one and only one platform, ‘to free the slaves’. They elected the first Republican President, Abraham Lincoln, (who, of course, did free the slaves) and the Democrats, who were completely against freeing the slaves, founded the Ku Klux Klan to maliciously torture and kill Blacks in an attempt to keep them in slavery. “He who refuses to study the past is doomed to repeat it.” (Santayana)

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        1. An Independant+Libertarian3 months ago

          Wayne, spot on conjecture about how the Republican party started. And with the Democrats too after the Civil War. It’s such a shame to see our fellow Americans not understand our history, how we became the world power, and what our fundamental government belief is. I can’t wait for the new generation of GOP (Grand Old Party of 1776) as it stands for individual freedoms, liberty, less government power, and that we are endowed by certain unalienable rights that this country cannot take away. Remember kids, these cooks up in Washington work for us and not the other way around. Working for government is a public service and not a career like some have made it out to be… (Harry Reid)

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    3. bob6 months ago

      I’ll second that.

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    4. Anthony Gaines3 weeks ago

      Recently I watched an episode of the Kelly show. I didn’t like how her and one of her guests kept talking and yelling over their liberal guest. It wasn’t very respectful.

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  52. d6 months ago

    partly, not partially (whose antonym is IMpartially)

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  53. Wayne6 months ago

    I am very incredulous about the statistic stated in this article that 32% of MSNBC viewers are Conservative. I am not even a full Conservative and I could not stand to listen the manure that comes out of the mouths of their sophomoric commentators. Does anyone know if PEW Research has a bias? Of course, facts are facts, but they can be skewed as shown so openly by Liberals/Progressives.

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    1. Pilgrim6 months ago

      Agreed! The MSNBC numbers don’t make sense as far as conservatives are concerned. Something skewed the data. I can buy that CNN is flat across the spectrum but even that seems “iffy” based on news content.

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    2. Jesse Holcomb6 months ago

      This is the survey that stat came from people-press.org/2012/09/27/sect…. The finding about MSNBC viewers might possibly be explained, in part, by the fact that 35% of the total adult population self-identify as conservative, while just 22% self-ID as liberal.

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  54. Vic6 months ago

    1. 46% of Obama’s coverage on FOX was negative; 71% of Romney’s coverage on MSNBC was negative. (According to PEW) That amounts to an ideological mirror image? Not very accurate.
    2.Missing are the stats for negatives and positives on Romney at FOX and Obama at MSNBC.

    If conclusions are to be drawn and comparisons made, the stats should be complete. Otherwise you are just playing with the figures to support your own pre-conceived conclusions.

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    1. Badjax6 months ago

      Thank You!!!! So glad someone else noticed this. I’m new to reading Pew and was very disappointed it was not all included in article.
      My expectations were too high.

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    2. Jesse Holcomb6 months ago

      Vic, here are some more numbers. 6% of Obama’s Fox coverage was positive, while 3% of Romney’s MSNBC coverage was positive. MSNBC’s Obama coverage was 39% positive/15% negative, and Fox’s Romney coverage was 28% positive/12% negative. Here’s another study during the campaign period that suggests similar patterns of coverage: journalism.org/2012/08/23/master….

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  55. maximilian6 months ago

    I used to watch MSNBC and CNN all the time…I was a progressive liberal and worked on many issues, wrote white papers, helped candidates get elected, etc. I drank the Kool-Aid. But, I was warped to have thought Chris Mathews had a legitimate perspective on politics and matters of the day. Yes, I know, he has a “thing” for Obama and waves the president’s flag on a daily basis. Most every anchor on MSNBC screams the liberal mantra and takes pot-shots at conservative thinking. But, it is moderate and conservative thinking the country needs to solve problems, not the left-wing rants that do nothing but beg for more of my money to support social programs that continue to take us further into debt. And so, as an Independent, I listen to Fox News and get a – mostly – fair and balanced presentation of the situation. Suggest you do the same.

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    1. Daniel Michaels6 months ago

      OMG! Balanced and fair. That is the funniest effing thing I’ve heard in a long time.

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    2. Margaret6 months ago

      when they have to announce they are “fair and balanced” they are not

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    3. Dom6 months ago

      Are you serious?

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    4. Pilgrim6 months ago

      Welcome aboard!

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  56. C W Anderson6 months ago

    Has anyone checked the clock hour content comparing the cable news channels, in regards to soft content to hard news. I have not monitored any of the channels however my perception is that Fox has more commercial content per clock hour.

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  57. dan6 months ago

    Fox calls themselves Fair and Balanced. They have the entire right of center all to themselves. That is the rub. Fox is no where near fair and balanced but their audience refuses to acknowledge it.

    The rest of alphabet soup of news groups (ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, etc) divide up the balance. MSNBC does not portray itself as anything but liberal. So yes Faux news has the largest share but by no means a majority.

    Over all, Jon Stewart is better at pointing out the hypocritical nature of all the networks. He picks on Faux because it is so easy.

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    1. Seanmom6 months ago

      Anyone who thinks Jon Stewart is news is too stupid to vote and undoubtedly voted for Obama on the advice of that political genius, Lena Dunham.

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      1. G-5 months ago

        “Anyone who thinks Jon Stewart is news is too stupid to vote and undoubtedly voted for Obama…”
        I don’t believe Dan implied that Jon Stewart presented the news. He clearly stated that Jon Stewart excelled at pointing out the hypocricy of ALL the news outlets. You see, that is called satire, humor, and/or entertainment. Too stupid to vote, yet undoubtedly voted, eh? Which one is it, Einstein?

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  58. Al Johnson6 months ago

    Put things into perspective. There is a total of about 3 million Fox, MSNBC and CNN viewers. That leaves more than 300 million (99%+) Americans who do not watch any of them.

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    1. Jesse Holcomb6 months ago

      Always a good point to make. Those 3 million–we call them ‘appointment’ viewers– are far fewer even than the number who watch the major broadcast network newscasts. But among more casual cable news viewers (those who watch as little as 60 mins/month) there are actually quite a few (see this chart: stateofthemedia.org/2013/cable-a…).

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  59. Wooker16 months ago

    Of the $820 Million spent by Fox I’d wager that $800 Million is provided by the Koch brothers, America’s fascists!

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    1. emer836 months ago

      This must stop; because they are wealthy and disagree with you does not make them fascists. The Clintons have become enormously (and mysteriously) wealthy but I would never call them fascists: crooks, yes, but not fascists. What about George Soros who extorted money from Jews during the Holocaust? How about most of Hollywood who pays itself millions but leaves the unnamed talent penniless? How about the Pelosis and their peculiar financial status. Shame on you!

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      1. David Lloyd-Jones6 months ago

        emer83,

        George Soros was born in 1930. This makes him six or seven when Dachau got into the swing of things, and 11 when the Holocaust was at its peak.

        This means you are not merely a liar. You are an innumerate, thoughtless, and gullible liar.

        -dly.

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  60. Merriwether6 months ago

    Re #2: Since these respondents self-describe their leanings, with no independent means to verify their claims, could this mean that Foxers are more forthright in their self-descriptions? Could it mean that MSNBC audience have a different yardstick from Foxers on what views are “moderate” or “liberal”?

    Re #3: Perhaps Fox and its supporters should factor in its 5X(!) cost differential over MSNBC when complaining that too few markets accept (“purchase”) Fox’s coverage.
    …Yet one must wonder who subsidizes the rest of MSNBC’s costs, and why.

    Re #4: That audience majority drubbing, and of course Fox’s politics, explain why—almost unprecedented in history—a sitting president repeatedly singled out one network and its audience to publicly ridicule.

    Re #5: Can the 2.8X expenses differential between Fox and MSNBC owe partially to Fox’s more-extensive on-site research and fact-checking?
    Pulling blog and web stories is cheaper than sending a reporter to gather facts on the ground.

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    1. Jesse Holcomb6 months ago

      MSNBC’s reported news-related expenses are low, in part, because the channel draws on the larger news-gathering resources of NBC News.

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    2. David Lloyd-Jones6 months ago

      “Re #5: Can the 2.8X expenses differential between Fox and MSNBC owe partially to Fox’s more-extensive on-site research and fact-checking?”

      Hunh? What research? When did they ever do any fact checking?

      I’m serious: what are you referring to?

      -dlj.

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  61. slk6 months ago

    as an independent, i watch all!!! i do love to hear debates, but msnbc, at most times is a one way talk – anti anyone who disagrees with them!!! watching fox, i can get a steady diet of liberal/socialist/communist views!!! i don’t care for republicans, but i despise socialism!!! one question, “why do most socialists, not like to be called socialists”???

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    1. Bill C6 months ago

      The truth hurts!

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    2. Bill C6 months ago

      …because the truth hurts!

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  62. Morton A Winkel6 months ago

    Of the people whose opinion of Christie did not change, what were their opinions previously?

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  63. Enhanced Reasons6 months ago

    Really upsets me I have to pay $0.87 as part of my monthly cable bill to FOX when it has been set on skip channel

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  64. john6 months ago

    When did CNN and MSNBC become news outlets ?

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    1. Jesse Holcomb6 months ago

      1980 and 1996, respectively.

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  65. Donald6 months ago

    Every Fox news regular I know tilts so far to starboard they begin to take on water. Rupert’s mouthpiece.

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  66. Phillip Nagle6 months ago

    The cost per subscriber is very misleading. Since Fox News has a much higher viewership than CNN or MSNBC one would expect a significantly higher cost. It is also unfair to say that Fox and MSNBC are mirror images of each other. Recently we have seen an MSNBC host tossed off the air for vile remarks and another host making a tearful apology for making fun of a Romney grandchild (she should have been fired). To make things worse, MSNBC has given an hour show to Al Sharpton, an anti-Semite with blood on his hands, who has a long record of racial demagoguery. I believe this whole story was justa hit piece, Pew should be ashamed.

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  67. joan secrest6 months ago

    Your quote about mirror image of Fox shows your prejudice. Really..msnbc isnt just one sided, they flat out lie.

    Fox is more conservative, but they have democrats and liberals on their news shows. Obama and his white house have tried to bully them for years. They even lied about a fox reporter and tapped his parents phone. They have harassed Sarah Palin’s father since she became veep candidate. Why would anyone be for this lying President that we have. He is a bully and uses the IRS to harass anyone who donated to Romney. He has always been a zealot who has lied about his life. He was a prince remember, or so he told one of his high school friends.

    There is a big difference betweem 49% negative and 90% negative. That is a skewed image along the order of Ed Schultz yelling, “there are no glitches with the health care web site. Fox is not a shill for the Republicans . If you have ever warched either Bret or Mike wallace, they ask very difficult questions of Repulblicans all the time. The other networks don’t even talk to conservatives, only progressive (and I don’t mean that in a kind way) republicans. CNN has a few who will ask question, but look at the lap dog press. The facts maam have nothing to do with reality. Your comment disgusted me. Are there any fair media and poll takers in this country. Just the lying media that
    doesnt tell the truth about any democrat ever. And they don’t tell the truth about the fed, the economy, unemployment, Benghazi, Eric Holder, the IRS, or Obamacare. Fox helps to keep them honest. That is why they have more viewers than the others combined. By the way, it is playoff time, golf is back, tennis in Australia, college basketball, etc etc etc…just wait until we get closer to the elections. Fox will be running even network tv into the ground.

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    1. slk6 months ago

      bingo!!!

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      1. Marlene Case6 months ago

        Wow, Joan, you are showing your “fair and balanced” side. LOL

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        1. slk6 months ago

          do you have a pen too???

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    2. Dom6 months ago

      Outside of name calling you didn’t say much. your “anyone that donated ” …makes it obvious you have no idea, as to Sara Palin she self destructed…..anyone that takes her serious needs their head examined….Read the book……see how FOX was birthed.. but of course you wont why get another side….FAIR

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  68. Robert Morton6 months ago

    I admit I watch more FOX than any of the others, but there are MANY times on FOX when I look at what they are presenting and thinking, “Who told them that this item was news?” Interviewing celebrities or talking with mothers and children about some social event, then not saying anything about what is happening in Iran, Iraq, or Afghanistan (where we still have military personnel in harms way) does not make me feel that they are covering the news. On the other hand, when they cover the left wing Republican party, or the Socialist Democrats activities, that qualifies as news. Maybe that is why i watch. I do use shortwave radio to hear how the British, Germans, Canadians, and others cover a story that may not be covered by ANY news agency here, and there is a significant amount of news that the US will never hear about. How very sad.

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    1. slk6 months ago

      you need to stayed tuned for more then 2 minutes!!!

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  69. John L6 months ago

    It’s not about Fox or MSNBC or CNN. Over 90% of all media is now owned by 6 corporations.

    G.E.
    Newscorp
    Disney
    Viacom
    Time-Warner
    C.B.S.

    Folks, wake up. It’s about oligarchy, corporatocracy, the military-industrial complex, and the near-complete domination of lawmaking by industrial lobbies. The “left” and the “right” are now all part of “the 1%” — the primary role of all corporate media is to keep is believing otherwise.

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    1. mom6 months ago

      absolutely hits the nail on the head-

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  70. Ray6 months ago

    If my cable provider should drop Fox News, I would find another provider who did… Or sell my TV.

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  71. FREE MAYN6 months ago

    Fox News is the biggest joke in this universe.

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    1. Shadowwork6 months ago

      There is no way of knowing that.

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    2. Ken6 months ago

      Amen! FAUX News is not a news organization; it’s an arm of the Republican party.

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      1. mom6 months ago

        a court decision in florida-some years ago,
        decided Fox does not have to be ‘truthful’
        look it up.
        Canada refuses to air the Fox channel.
        why, do you think ?
        ha!
        Read the Guardian- they do a better job.

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  72. Kristen6 months ago

    Is it just me, or does none of these address “The Five”? And isn’t this rather uninteresting? None if this is juicy. Perhaps I’m the problem, expecting juicy news bits, but Fox just offers such a smorgasbord of journalistic failure, I’m disappointed at mere lameness and mediocrity.

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  73. MendoChuck6 months ago

    It really doesn’t matter when, where or who you get your news from.
    If you do not check yours and their sources and establish when and where THEY got their information you are wasting your time.
    I believe that more than 80% of ALL news news on the internet, and it could be 90%, is a reprint of PR releases from organizations that want you to see things their way.
    As long as the “General Public” continues to watch and accept “Filtered News” factual information will require the INDIVIDUAL to do their own research and seek out any Real Facts.
    I believe that this phenomenon has reached such a peak that most folks never get past headlines or sound bites.

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  74. Chas6 months ago

    The American press is a corrupt agenda driven institution dismissive of the average American and his concerns. Members of the press are overwhelmingly elitist liberals who believe their job is to guide the legislative and social agenda in the direction they wish. I was a long time New York
    Times reader and CNN viewer, but as those media sources became less trustworthy and more agenda driven I changed my news consuming habits. Thankfully today with talk radio FOX news and the Internet I have many choices about where to gather news and information? Rather than spending so much time worrying why the Fox news Channel is popular the press needs to ask itself how they lost people like me as readers and viewers

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    1. eb ward6 months ago

      If you like your opinions handed to you, Fox is the place. Fox will massage, twist, spin, doctor and create out of whole cloth all the news you want to hear. Fox remains the primary source of the recession.

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      1. SCP086 months ago

        EB – All cable & network news spoon feed their audiences nowdays and push an agenda. So really what you have a problem with is Fox News pushing a non-liberal agenda. As Mendo said, use multiple outlets and research their sources to get to the truth. Perhaps if you did that a little, you would realize just how absurd you sound blaming a single cable news station as the PRIMARY source of the recession.

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    2. Rex6 months ago

      You gotta be trollin me.

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