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.

Category: 5 Facts

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

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  1. Axel Traxel1 week ago

    is it factual that fox is unfactual most of the time and out right lies , when looking up info on fox all i find are sites that find fox news in a very negative view.

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  2. Barbara Bollinger2 weeks ago

    I am curious how Al Jazeera compares to Fox and CNN in unbiased news given more truthfully or not. They also seem to be less ‘dramatic’ about everything and cover more topics.

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  3. Kyle V3 weeks ago

    I can’t understand why people only bash Fox news. MSNBC is bias as well and could be described as the liberal extreme news network. Just because you are on one political spectrum does not mean that news networks that are on the opposite side are evil. Our media is bias and has different agendas, we should take each story with a grain of salt and do our own research to conclude the truth and not just blindly follow our own political bias that has formed as a result of our polarized political spectrum. Please be respectful and not slanderous, it just makes you look ignorant.

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    1. Tamra2 weeks ago

      Hear, hear!

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    2. Freddy F.1 week ago

      You hear more about FOX than MSNBC for the simple reason that almost no one watches MSNBC.

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  4. becky b4 weeks ago

    my husband watches Fox just for the fun of it….I keep telling him to stop it b/c you are adding to their ratings. I wonder what percentage of the Fox audience just tunes in to make fun of them….

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    1. J. Kasilo3 weeks ago

      Go up this page and check the ratings, my dear! Fox news is prejudiced but less so that the rest of the stations!

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    2. Larry S2 days ago

      me.. it is such a joke it actually makes me laugh.. Fox lovers quote the silly ‘newscasters” verbatim, even though it is not factual..

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  5. Leilani young4 weeks ago

    You didn’t compare factual versus completely lies percentages

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    1. Dyani4 weeks ago

      They won’t because of they’re all part of the same ole backstabbing group. Liars, every single one of them.

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  6. carol anderson1 month ago

    I’m almost speechless when it comes to Fox news. People who suck up their garbage are clearly an uninformed/uneducated lot. They are fear/war mongers and should be ashamed of themselves.

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    1. ionia4 weeks ago

      Then again, it could be that many of the people just watch it for the hell of it.

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    2. Johnny2 weeks ago

      Thanks Professor Anderson for your very very informed opinion.

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  7. Bob Vanderpool1 month ago

    I believe fox news creates its own stories , far from the truth just to have a story. They should go out in the world and see the real truth ,Talk to real people and not lie about our leaders to here themself talk on TV

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  8. scott2 months ago

    It’s amazing that anyone takes any news outlet too seriously. They are ALL agenda driven and biased towards some political side. The fact that most are too ignorant to make a decision on their own is truly a travesty. America is quickly becoming the land of mindless drones and narcissists. Truth is, to become truly informed, one must take all news organizations with a grain of salt, and then make their own decision. Common sense is a must to be truly enlightened. We live in a world where greed rules, and decency towards one-another is near extinction. In order to survive as a country, a species, is to love one-another and stop using a political side to make a rational decision. Off my soapbox now…..

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    1. Ben1 month ago

      Agree 100%. Especially the first and last sentence.

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    2. Will Johnston4 weeks ago

      Scott please stop the false equivalence. There is nothing perfect in this world, but comparing the purposeful lies of Fox to credible news organizations like Al Jazeera or BBC is just ludicrous. I am in total agreement that people need to learn to filter and make informed decisions, but painting all news organizations with the same brush is patently false. Try NPR

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    3. J. Kasilo3 weeks ago

      OK, that may be the hard version but you hard close to the truth!

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    4. LowLightLover3 weeks ago

      Could not agree more. Many on the street interviewees cannot even name the VP of the U.S> – and yet they vote.

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      1. Leigh1 day ago

        I agree. I think it may be a good thing for voters to take a test on the issues as their vote effects all of us. Be informed on all politicans & how the vote on issues that will effect our country/state/county/city or town before you mark/punch/click/score the voting card.

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  9. dig sniggler2 months ago

    CNN and MSNBC like the rest of the media go easy on Obama. Fox news is the only station providing any kind of balance. Liberals in general had put so much belief and pride behind Obama and they can not face up to his failures to lead this nation. He does not have a plan only operating by public opinion polls that he calls “leading from behind”. Cry all you want Democrats. You know Obama over promised and delivered on nothing and your just mad because Fox news has the guts to point out details MSNBC and CNN conveniently omit. NO YOU WILL NOT SILENCE THE RIGHT!

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    1. Eric M2 months ago

      You have some valid points, but don’t call Fox news coverage “guts”. When President Bush was sending us down the path of destruction in his policies, Fox News used their “guts” to back away and give him a straight up 100% pass.

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    2. carol anderson1 month ago

      The above comment from carol anderson is regarding the D. Sniggler comment.

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    3. AJ Rodrigues1 month ago

      Loud mouthed conservatives will never be silent because they still spew their hate propaganda about Obama.

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      1. Paul4 weeks ago

        Its weird that you think they have the “guts” to call out the president. When Bush was president, FOX was telling their audience that it was un-American to criticize the president. Funny how that works.

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    4. Dyani4 weeks ago

      Amen!!!! BUT! People are waking up and man are they pissed!

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    5. charles3 weeks ago

      you meant to say the wrong!

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  10. Mark Zinan2 months ago

    I know “facts” don’t lie. But does anybody truly believe that 32 percent of MSNBC viewers are conservative?

    Here is my opinion, many liberals, prefer to call themselves Moderate. No facts to back it up.

    Therefore, many moderates are calling themselves conservative?

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    1. Adam3 weeks ago

      Mark, it’s like Howard Stern: “If they hate him, why do they listen to him? Most common answer given – they want to see what he’ll say next.”

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  11. Suzie Q3 months ago

    I want the news. I want to know what is going on locally and around the world.
    But I don’t want to listen to Fox bias, criticism and propaganda. Trying to convince me how to think, what to think or who to hate. Any attempt at watching Fox news and ignoring the negative comments doesn’t work, it makes me feel ill and I have to shut it off. News should not be a platform for opinions and politicking. Fox takes free speech to a level that borders on harm to society through misinformation. News, research and reporting. Let people come to their conclusions. I’m tired of your blatant agenda.

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    1. Abbey2 months ago

      Have you ever even tried watching Fox News for more re than 20 seconds? The way you talk about sounds like you’ve never even watched it. Your opinion on the the matter is very skewed, Fox News is one of the few national news stations that gives both sides. The anchors on at the time may weigh in and tell what they believe in (which is one of their rights) but by no means are they “Trying to you convince you how to think, what to think and who to hate”. Fox News gives you a lot of freedom to make your own decisions based on the FACTS.

      Sincerly,
      A political science major

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      1. Bob2 months ago

        Time to switch majors or take a politics in the media course.

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      2. Phil2 months ago

        Wow. give me a break man. Both sides?

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        1. J. Kasilo3 weeks ago

          Yes, it does! Watch the whole news a few times!

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      3. Karin Rupp1 month ago

        I have watched Fox and find no balance whatsoever. Their coverage of “the other side” is smoke and mirrors. Token liberals whom I don’t recognize and have not seen on stations leaning liberal. It’s a sham. Fox seems to have no respect for its viewers or they would not blatantly lie to them or distort the real news. Benghazi indeed, weeks and weeks of coverage at the expense of more current and more profound news after a while. There is no perspective in their programming, only whatever will promote more hatred and/or fear. A wonderful Republican propaganda machine.

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      4. cg1 month ago

        Having someone tell you that all the worlds problems are Obama fault and then having three people agree with you is not giving both sides of the story

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      5. Paul4 weeks ago

        Well, another Pew Research poll found that FOX news viewers are the most uninformed among all the news groups. That also included people who don’t watch the news at all. Political Science. That’s an oxymoron when it comes to FOX.

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    2. Sage2 months ago

      Enjoy wonderland.

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    3. Jon Weiss1 month ago

      It is fairly obvious that like many Fox news detractors you do not confine yourself to the “news” on Fox. The network has more than news, it has “commentary”. Sadly many with the extreme left wing agenda cannot tell the difference.

      I cannot count the number of people I have encountered who use the argument that “Fox tells nothing but lies”. They then go on to cite a segment of Hannity or O’Reilly with which they disagree as proof. Yet they fail to comprehend that both of these shows are “Commentary” not news. They further fail to comprehend that “Opinions” are not “facts” they are persona views about the facts. Sadly many liberals admit by their criticism that they don’t know the difference. The Commentators like Hannity, O”Reilly, Van Susteren, etc. bring up news stories that were written by others and discuss them. They do not directly report on breaking news. Try watching “Happening Now” , “America News Room” or “Shepard Smith Reporting” these are a few of the show on Fox that report “news”, if you want opinions on the news go to Hannity or O’Reilly.

      As for Fox being biased in their “NEWS” try watching the actual “News” (Not commentary) on Fox then compare them to the other network “News” not “commentary” shows, and you will find that they are pretty much all the same, reporting the same information.

      So if Fox is lying to you, so is everyone else.

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      1. Elaine Babino3 weeks ago

        Well done!! :)

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      2. Willyp3 weeks ago

        the issue isn’t that Fox has no news, but that the commentary elements of fox (which takes the majority of its primetime programming and has by far the highest viewership numbers) are projected as “news.”

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    4. cmc1 month ago

      Sorry but every cable news outlet is exactly the same way. You gravitate to whatever lies closer to your own viewpoint

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  12. Phyllis Krom3 months ago

    I taught students how to recognize bias, propaganda and brainwashing when reading, listening, or watching tV. While most media are somewhat bias because they choose what they provide as news, Fox News is nothing but bias and uses only propaganda and brainwashing on every program they put on the air. They hate Democrats and President Obama, and they are very prejudiced against minorities. They spin(yes, O’Reily spins everything on his show, and by his claiming to be a no spin zone, he is using a very common propaganda technique,) and they twist the truth, and yes, they even lie very often. They claim to be “Fair and Balanced,” which is another very common and effective propaganda technique. By repeatedly saying this, they convince the audience that this is true, where in fact, they are the most unfair and unbalanced tv network on the air. They teach hate and intolerance, and shows like Hannity and O’Reily, The Five and for awhile Glen Beck, and all the others use brainwashing techniques daily.
    I was a proud Republican all my life, conservative on many issues, but liberal on some others, so I considered myself an independent and voted for people from both parties. Then I began watching Rush Limbaugh on TV in the 80’s, and was disgusted by his hated and vehemence. Then in the 90’s, Fox News made me so ashamed to be a Republican. I consider myself an Independent now, but in 2007 I became a Democrat. I can no longer be a part of that hatred and intolerance. No one could love their country more than I do, but we need to understand that in a Democracy there is more than one side to an issue, and we need to respect that. We need to vote for those we agree with, and to abide by the plans of those voted into power. We don’t take oaths to block everything they want to do while in office. If we don’t like what they do, then we vote to remove them from office and put someone else in. We don’t need TV and radio people to teach us to hate the other party, and to be intolerant of everything they do.

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    1. Sage2 months ago

      Welcome to the Democrat club.
      Huge debt, more poverty, less income and less freedom.
      Look at the Democrat states like California and compare them to Republican states like Texas. Everyone is flocking to the Republican states.
      Food for thought.

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      1. K_Pirron2 months ago

        Or you could look at California when it was Republican compared to now – Democratic.

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      2. Paul4 weeks ago

        Uh. The country has been under Republican economic policy for over 30 years. You cant blame the Democrats for that one. How did we go from surplus to debt from Clinton (Democrat) to Bush (Republican). People seem to forget that Welfare doubled under Bush also. 20 million to 40 million people. Cant just blame the democrats. They are just as bad tho. Both sides support a Corporatist agenda and corporations don’t care about the people of this country. When Bush listened to corporations saying that they didn’t want to bring their money back to the states because it was being taxed to high, he put a 5% tax in place for 2 years. They brought their money in promising more jobs and growth. All they did was lay off more people and keep their money. Look it up if you want.

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    2. Kris2 months ago

      AMEN!!!!

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    3. Robert W Rogers2 months ago

      You taught what? You just showed your bias.

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    4. Jon Weiss1 month ago

      If you were “teaching students” and you cite O’Reilly as “News” you do a disservice to your students and give teaching a bad name, since you obviously don’t know the difference between “News” and “Commentary”.

      I count myself fortunate that I never had to endure your course of disinformation.

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    5. David3 weeks ago

      It is really scary how left-wingers like you want to shut everyone up with whom they disagree. You make the libelous statements that Fox News people hate minorities yet you cannot cite a single example. Furthermore, it really scares me that you are a teacher and don’t know the difference between news and commentary. Hannity and O’Reilly are NOT NEWS SHOWS! They are political commentary shows just like Chris Matthews, Rachel Maddow, and Lawrence O’Donnell are on MSNBC who all tilt left.

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    6. J. Kasilo3 weeks ago

      Use the Constitution as the bottom line and tell me that Fox news is wrong! Democrats (liberals) all tend to be anti-Constitution! The US Constitution has made this country great! Why do we want to (hope &) change it now? We are on the slippery slope to extinction if we don’t mend our ways…

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    7. Barbara Bollinger2 weeks ago

      When I was a young student I was taught to NEVER use words that would imply bias. It was my job as a reporter to report the news, in its entirety honestly. Now Fox News Shows openly offer opinions while only reporting 1/2 truths, exaggerations and their idea of ‘whats right and wrong’. I see a little less of it on CNN and others, but I don’t really watch any of those anymore, I’ve been watching Al Jazeera America, it seems the most fair.

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  13. David Juhnick3 months ago

    I have e mailed FOX news about 9 times over the past 6 months and have never gotten a reply back from any news correspondent I’ve e mailed???? So, we don’t watch FOX network anymore, CNN and MSNBC will give us plenty of good and bad news when we want it. This guy, Al Sharpton of CNN is one arrogant person and in my opinion dysfunctional, and talks too much and many times he seems to always support the NAACP and seems to talk down the police departments in our nation that try to protect us, yet when one person is shot and killed, (maybe Mr. Sharpton should walk a street beat in Detroit or Philadelphia at night for 6 months like some of our finest have been doing, he wouldn’t last one night on the job. Bill O’Reilly is a great guy, very intelligent, but like all of us, he has his problems and has never answered any of my e mails to him. By the way, Greta Van S. is a member of the Scientology cult (It’s not a religion) and I’m surprised at her for being a Scientology member, that’s really scary. Ask Tom Cruises ex wife about the Scientology cult and their practices after her divorce to Mr. Cruise who might be a good actor for Hollywood, but research what Scientology teachs, they’d be better off in the middle east and not the middle eastern united states. So that’s all, God Bless the USA and hopefully we won’t be fighting Islamic extremists on our soil one day, but if the current administration including congress takes the currently beheading of a US citizen lightly and doesn’t come down super, super hard on the people responsible for the horrific crime, they should all be fired. Jesse Ventura is the guy who knows where things are headed and I understand the former Governor has moved out of the United States, I wonder why?? Have a wonderful day, David J. Lehigh Valley Penna

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    1. Lynne Fazio3 months ago

      Al Sharpton is from MSNBC

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    2. Jon Weiss1 month ago

      I have written, phoned, faxed and e-mailed the White House at least once a month since Obama took office, and in all that time I have NEVER received an answer to ANY of my questions. In fact, in all that time, I have received one communication from them, on Mothers Day 2012, congratulating me for doing a good job as a Mother. As a 57 year old man with kids my kids 15 years out of the house, I must question the sincerity and intelligence of this President and/or his staff. By your standard, I guess I no longer need pay any attention to him or his inane policies.

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  14. Chuck3 months ago

    I’m curious to find out if others are getting tired of Fox. I am over 55, conservative, and live in OK, and used to like Fox news shows, but I am sick of how everything that they say is in a demeaning, degrading manner towards anybody except conservatives. Plus they always try and get in some kind of slam, punch or snide remark in one way or the other. You can get used to it and not notice so much for a while, but if you step out of the conservative box for a minute, you can see exactly what is going on, and it’s sickening. Why can’t they report and not do that? I didn’t vote for Obama, but I’m tired of hearing them slam and cut anything and everything he does. He is our president, so why can’t they try and support America? It’s not just Obama, it’s any subject that they don’t agree with, such as medical cannabis, which was a medicine until 1937 when it was demonized, and Fox is still making it out as evil, even though it’s saving the lives of people with seizures. Yet Fox calls them potheads, which really is being evil. Fox doesn’t seem to be fair and balanced at all, and I’d guess that they are losing viewers because of their constant attempt to influence people with their demeaning snide remarks to democrats and whoever doesn’t see things their way.

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    1. SirOtis ofLiver3 months ago

      Really Chuck, guess you missed the hatchet job MS-NBC and CNN did on Romney during the last election. If you are looking for “fair and balanced” Fox is the only game in town. And sucking up to a very bad President isn’t supporting America. To the contrary, not calling a duck a duck isn’t fair to the pond.

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      1. Jason3 months ago

        that is only if you are wearing glasses with a duck taped to the lenses… FOX is incredibly inaccurate in their “reporting”.

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      2. julie1 month ago

        It is not necessary to “suck up” in order to show respect but I guess fox news and it’s viewers don’t know what that means. Sad.

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      3. J. Kasilo3 weeks ago

        Amen!

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    2. Rachael3 months ago

      Chuck, I am glad that you have pointed out these things. It is important to get out of our boxes for a bit and see that some things aren’t so cut and dry. Some people do need welfare, some are trying to suck whatever they can from the freebie box. Some people can be productive members of society and still smoke pot, yet others have destructive personalities and marijuana makes them fall deeper into their hole of apathy. For the same reasons you’re unhappy with Fox News, I also don’t watch MSNBC anymore. I am more progressive (not quite far left) but I had to step out of the MSNBC bubble for a bit and realize that just like Fox News tends to stir people up on their issues, MSNBC does the same on the other side.

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    3. Sage2 months ago

      Your nose is growing to an alarming length.

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  15. Norman Pollard3 months ago

    I lean toward Fox, but I am getting tired of increasing commercial time. I have to watch an hour of Fox to get 30 minutes of news now days. MSNBC is so partisan I have a hard time watching it, although I have found some solace with Morning Joe. Really, all the so called news outlets have an agenda, what happened to just getting the news?

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    1. Cory Weston3 months ago

      If you just want the news no opinions no bias you need to be looking at places like the BBC, Al Jazeera America, Al Jazeera English, Sky News, the CBC, The Independent, The Guardian, the AP, Buzzfeed. To name a few. All these give straight news. Like or dislike the facts they present that give you the facts.

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      1. Jess3 months ago

        Really? You recommend Buzzfeed as a straight news source?

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        1. Micki3 months ago

          Though I wouldn’t call it straight news, it is statistically more factual than Fox. Last time I checked, Fox new was rated at being truthful less than 20% of the time.

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          1. J. Kasilo3 weeks ago

            You probably got that rating from CNN… LOL!

      2. dr3yec3 months ago

        Foxnews by far is the best , its not even close. All other news is nothing but progressive trash. Drudgereport is another source, which is my favorite. Progressive news is like Obama , they are both like the JV team.

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      3. Charlie2 months ago

        To Chuck,
        I am an independent, but I watch Fox News to get the truth. They tackle event that other stations do not dare touch. As for O’rielly, I often think he is a liberal posing aas a conservative. I do not always agree with any news network, but Fox appears to do the best job.
        a lot of people plck on Fox because they are conservative, but take a look at what MSNBC ddoes, and no one seems to complain.
        Personally, I think the news media should just report the facts and keep their “slant”out of the news. This government was not set up for the media to be the strongest arm in government, but it is. And it will take people like you andd me to turn the channels or better yet, cut the damn TV off and get a good book. Then maybe CNN HLN NBC, MSNBC ABand CBS, will stop fighting the one station, Fox, and news can get back to being civilized. But don’t hold your breath. Way to much outside and inside money is at stake. Good luck to you and your family. God bless.

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        1. J. Kasilo3 weeks ago

          O’Rielly is anti-gun so that tells me he is not a true Conservative. Someone once told me if a person does not trust you with a gun, you should not trust that person. Good advice!

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    2. Phyllis Maskarina1 month ago

      I have watched Fox and it makes me very angry so I quit watching. It is very biased and bigoted with much hatred for our current President. I prefer MSNBC even though it is biased my way. I am liberal although most people tell me I am not liberal, I am moderate. I think liberal is best with such a diversifed people as Americans are!

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  16. Bill4 months ago

    This just seems to be a fairly easy distinction to draw. Despite the political failings of any news organization, it’s the MSNBC’s, and CNN’s of the world that will go down with a President who lies through his teeth. Just shows the extent they will go to. No moral issues there…

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  17. Shawn4 months 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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    1. Cory Weston3 months ago

      MSNBC a left wing machine? Nope. They are pro establishment Democrat. They are not left wing. True left wingers do not like MSNBC and get uses sources such as The Young Turks, The David Pakman Show for their news. The Young Turks has a larger audience than CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, HLN combined.

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    2. Carl3 months ago

      FOX NEWS has never claim to be unbiased, their tag line is fair and balanced in other words they have opposing sides on their news and shows.

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      1. john boscarino2 months ago

        And yet they are nowhere near fair and unbiased.

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  18. jpearsonaia4 months 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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    1. Doug2 months ago

      I think one of the appeals of Fox (or any “news” network that is mostly propaganda and, if MSNBC does the same thing in favor of the liberal point of view- I haven’t watched them enough to know- then this is true of them too) is that, because it is totally biased, it draws an audience that shares it’s point of view. They can almost always count on it to share opinions that are like their own. Because that audience shares it’s point of view, that audience sees Fox as “just telling the truth”. As far as they are concerned, it is the truth. On any network that just reported the news as objectively as possible or gave both sides, the audience would just tune out all arguments for the viewpoint they disagreed with. But with Fox (and maybe MSNBC) they don’t have to even bother with having to hear an opposing viewpoint except maybe a couple of sentences before such a person gets cut off and the host (who always represents one ideology, conservative in Fox’s case), explains why they are wrong while allowing guests with views agreeing with theirs time to fully give their arguments. But to an audience member who always sides with that network’s ideology, it isn’t biased but “just telling it like it is”.

      One could say that the days of Walter Cronkite and long over and that all news reporting is biased though I don’t know if it is really all. However, from what I’ve seen, Fox takes that bias to the level of absurdity.

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  19. K5 months 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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  20. Daniel Delaney5 months 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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  21. Ken5 months 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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    1. Sam4 months ago

      The fact that entertainment is popular does not make it quality. Kim Kardashian?

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  22. Lynne Addair5 months 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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    1. Kurt4 months ago

      have you NOT been reading the posts here ? the topic isn’t about the border . please try and keep up .

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  23. Mark6 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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  24. jOHN c7 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.E6 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. Sticker5 months 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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        1. FactCheckz3 months ago

          I love researching things, perhaps you could give a specific example with some links, to show the discrepancies of which you speak, instead of just “top news stories”

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    2. Gary5 months 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. Reason5 months ago

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

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        1. Shye4 months 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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    3. Kurt4 months ago

      John c – man … thats pretty funny you actually used their tag line ( fair and balanced ) . do just 5 minutes of research and you’ll find Fox News is 18% true news at best .

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    4. LeRoy Ferguson2 months ago

      Do you think that Fox’s annual “War on Christmas” is legitimate social reporting, and not anti-semitic trash? If so, you are unqualified to enter a discussion on media bias.

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      1. David3 weeks ago

        It is Bill O’Reilly that does the “War on Christmas”. Do you know the difference between news an commentary?

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  25. Situs Agen Judi Online7 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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  26. bill7 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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  27. Paul7 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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  28. Erica7 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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  29. Kyle8 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. vFunct8 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 Libertarian7 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 conservative7 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 observer6 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. Bo7 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. Erica7 months ago

        agreed.

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        1. Fauxbe the+conservative7 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. editedforbias6 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 Thorne6 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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  30. Brent8 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. Brent8 months ago

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

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      1. Bonnielee8 months ago

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

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  31. HeeveSteven8 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 Poulos7 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. Shye4 months 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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      2. goldenluck4 months ago

        Of course, a FOX, like you would behave in a way to divide rather than find common ground. Must you be reminded that Obama’s, dishonest America hating administration” as you ignorantly call it, won the election in 2008 and 2012, despite the surety on FOX that first McCain and then Romney were on the road to winning. There are some good things and good people at FOX, it’s their viewing audience that is too slow minded to know when there’s a FOX truth and the REAL truth. You can not have a political discussion with someone who ONLY watches FOX, their view is quite skewed and the truth seems to not be their main goal. And if that isn’t enough, they all have the EXACT same talking points. In other words, every FOX watcher spews exactly the same thing, that is how it’s so easy to tell who they are and how little they actually know. Wasn’t their a PEW Research poll several years ago that concluded that the people who watch FOX know less about the news than people who watch no news at all? Point made!

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        1. Joel White1 month ago

          You must be talking about yourself. Every Democratic Party candidate today is desperately trying to distance themselves from Obama, and refusing to admit if they even voted for him in hopes to get re-elected this year.

          And Pew’s polls are largely internet based, aka “non-scientific”. Follow more reputable sources such as Nielsen ratings, to find out what people actually think.

          Oh, and Fox News routinely does “on the street interviews” proving how uneducated and uninformed the public is. You might have known that if you weren’t what you fear.

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          1. Bruce Drake1 month ago

            You can find an explanation of our polling methodology here: people-press.org/methodology/sam…

            Other information can be found on our methodology page: people-press.org/methodology

  32. Jerry Boggs8 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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    1. john boscarino2 months ago

      Either way you write it it says Fox’s audience is smaller than it used to be, which is a direct result of their unfair and unbalanced approach.

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      1. David3 weeks ago

        The audience of MSNBC is also smaller. I guess you missed that part.

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  33. james laxton8 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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  34. Fageol9 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. TheRadioman19769 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. Jace8 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. Commenter8 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 Ryan8 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 Boggs8 months ago

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

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      2. John Roberg8 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 Ryan8 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 Flannery6 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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  35. gail tillman9 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.8 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 Ryan8 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. Kyle8 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. lindsncal8 months ago

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

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      1. Dave Ryan8 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 Kennedy4 months ago

        WRONG! They laugh at our President today!

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    3. Martha Steele6 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.E6 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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  36. incomitatus10 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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  37. Makana10 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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  38. Ed Barry10 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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  39. Lynn10 months ago

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

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  40. Len Simpson10 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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  41. Jim10 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 Simpson10 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. JR10 months ago

        Amen!

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        1. Martha Steele6 months ago

          Is this my JR…?MJS

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      2. Patricia C.+Gilbert10 months ago

        Len – I agree with you.

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      3. Naomi8 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 Poulos7 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. Robin7 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.E6 months ago

            Here Here… Well Said

    2. lindsncal8 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 Ryan8 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. Paul7 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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  42. Bwin10 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. Jim10 months ago

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

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      1. lindsncal8 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 Ryan8 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. Sudetengerman5 months ago

            Touche’!!!!!

  43. Tony10 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.+Gilbert10 months ago

      Tony – And you are absolutely correct in your comment.

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      1. JR10 months ago

        Very true. This was the most perceptive comment here.

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    2. Naned9 months ago

      Yes and right on! I have noticed that also.

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    3. lindsncal8 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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  44. SK10 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.+Gilbert10 months ago

      YEP, you get it.

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    2. Dave Ryan8 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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  45. Truth be told10 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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  46. Packard Day10 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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  47. S L+Mark10 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. incomitatus10 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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  48. S L Mark10 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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  49. James Schumaker10 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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  50. SGK10 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. JR10 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.+Gilbert10 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. TheRadioman19769 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 Ryan8 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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  51. Victoria Merson Pickwick10 months ago

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

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  52. sara d10 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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  53. TXSFRED10 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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  54. Jim Whalen10 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. bonnie10 months ago

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

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      1. Charlie Jensen10 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. bob10 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. Paolo10 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. Seanmom10 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.9 months ago

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

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      3. incomitatus10 months ago

        Now that’s funny!

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  55. Tom Eglinton10 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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  56. Benjamin Benedict10 months ago

    I am a moderate who likes Al Jazeera America.

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  57. Sam10 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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  58. bonnie10 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. Gary10 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. bonnie10 months ago

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

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  59. Old Sarge10 months ago

    I agree………………

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  60. Old Sarge10 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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  61. Allan10 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. Pat10 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. Kyle10 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 Whalen10 months ago

          Right on!!!!!

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    2. C. Strickland10 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+Libertarian7 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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  62. Sam Dobermann10 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 Holcomb10 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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  63. George Petts10 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. Wayne10 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+Libertarian7 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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  64. Barbara Griffith10 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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  65. marco10 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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  66. Margaret10 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 Holcomb10 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 F10 months ago

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

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    3. Scott10 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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  67. Robert10 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 Grieves10 months ago

      I Agree …I love “FOX”

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      1. Pat10 months ago

        So do I.

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    2. Carolyn10 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. Pat10 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+Libertarian7 months ago

          Very well said Pat

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      2. Wayne10 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+Libertarian7 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. bob10 months ago

      I’ll second that.

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    4. Anthony Gaines5 months 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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  68. d10 months ago

    partly, not partially (whose antonym is IMpartially)

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  69. Wayne10 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. Pilgrim10 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 Holcomb10 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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  70. Vic10 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. Badjax10 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 Holcomb10 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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  71. maximilian10 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 Michaels10 months ago

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

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    2. Margaret10 months ago

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

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    3. Dom10 months ago

      Are you serious?

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    4. Pilgrim10 months ago

      Welcome aboard!

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  72. C W Anderson10 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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  73. dan10 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. Seanmom10 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-9 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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  74. Al Johnson10 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 Holcomb10 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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  75. Wooker110 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. emer8310 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-Jones10 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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  76. Merriwether10 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 Holcomb10 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-Jones10 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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  77. slk10 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 C10 months ago

      The truth hurts!

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    2. Bill C10 months ago

      …because the truth hurts!

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  78. Morton A Winkel10 months ago

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

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  79. Enhanced Reasons10 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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  80. john10 months ago

    When did CNN and MSNBC become news outlets ?

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    1. Jesse Holcomb10 months ago

      1980 and 1996, respectively.

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  81. Donald10 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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  82. Phillip Nagle10 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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  83. joan secrest10 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. slk10 months ago

      bingo!!!

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      1. Marlene Case10 months ago

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

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        1. slk10 months ago

          do you have a pen too???

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    2. Dom10 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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  84. Robert Morton10 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. slk10 months ago

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

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  85. John L10 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. mom10 months ago

      absolutely hits the nail on the head-

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  86. Ray10 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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  87. FREE MAYN10 months ago

    Fox News is the biggest joke in this universe.

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    1. Shadowwork10 months ago

      There is no way of knowing that.

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    2. Ken10 months ago

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

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      1. mom10 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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  88. Kristen10 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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  89. MendoChuck10 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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  90. Chas10 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 ward10 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. SCP0810 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. Rex10 months ago

      You gotta be trollin me.

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