If you listen to the way liberals explain it, FOX News is under Trump’s spell. But if you check the facts, FOX has been crushing CNN for seventy straight quarters, which is more than 16 years.
Clearly, FOX isn’t a right-wing propaganda machine. They fired Kevin Jackson for calling Christine Blasey-Ford a skank on his own personal Twitter feed. And when facts emerged, proving Kavanaugh’s innocence, they sure didn’t call to apologize.
However, leftists act like FOX News is the mouthpiece of Trump and the enemy of the people. Consider this except from Vox:
A recent piece by the New Yorker’s Jane Mayer is the latest to pose this question. Back in 2017, the New Republic’s Alex Shephard floated a similar argument, writing that “Donald Trump is treating Fox News like state TV.”
Even Bret Baier, a lead anchor at Fox News, addressed the claims in a 2018 interview with the New Yorker, saying it “pains” him to hear that the cable news channel has become “state TV” for the Trump administration.
There’s plenty of evidence to support the argument. Trump constantly watches Fox News, tweets out claims he hears on the network, reportedly speaks regularly with Sean Hannity, and gives the majority of his interviews to Fox News. World leaders as well as members of Congress quickly learned that one of the best ways to communicate a message to Trump is to say it on Fox News.
The article goes on to accuse Hannity of being a toxic puppet for the President. But if you truly examine the numbers, it’s easy to draw a different conclusion. The liberal media is simply jealous of the ratings Fox pulls in.
Numbers Don’t Lie
Of course, politics is the most polarizing subject on the planet, and that’s to be expected. But sometimes, the cold hard facts can’t be denied by either side. When millions of viewers are consistently loyal to FOX, while CNN can’t top the million mark, the message to CNN is crystal clear. “We’re not buying what you’re selling.”
As Fox News explains:
Fox News has been the most-watched cable news network for 70 consecutive quarters after finishing the second quarter of 2019 ahead of MSNBC and struggling CNN in both total day and primetime viewers — as Sean Hannity crushed Rachel Maddow’s show in the 9 p.m. ET hour.
Fox News averaged 2.4 million primetime viewers to rank as the most-watched network in all of basic cable from 8-11 p.m. ET. MSNBC came in second place with an average of 1.7 million, while TNT, ESPN, and HGTV rounded out the top five.
The lowly CNN finished fifteenth, averaging only 761,000 primetime viewers and finishing behind channels such as Discovery and the Food Network.
In other words, reality shows about bush people and veggie burgers are a better use of screen time than watching Rachel Maddow.
A few more facts:
Fox News was the only basic cable network to average more than one million total-day viewers, finishing with 1.3 million to win the category for the 12th straight quarter. MSNBC finished second with 900,000, followed by HGTV, Nickelodeon and Investigation Discovery. CNN averaged only 525,000 to finish eighth overall.
“Hannity” finished the quarter as the most-watched show in cable news, averaging 3.2 million viewers, while Maddow averaged 2.5 million to finish in third place.
“Tucker Carlson Tonight” finished in second with 2.8 million viewers. “The Ingraham Angle” and “The Five” rounded out the top five.
Meanwhile, the most-watched show on struggling CNN was “Cuomo Prime Time,” which finished No. 25.
CNN’s most popular show averaged only 910,000 viewers, as 14 Fox News programs and 10 MSNBC programs attracted larger audiences.
Maddow’s Track Record
Maddow’s track record is dismal, at best. I recall when she spent the entire day teasing viewers of Trump’s tax returns.
Here’s what I wrote at the time:
Interestingly, you can bet that even using Trump’s tax returns as “click bait,” Maddow won’t win in the ratings battle against FOX News. … In typical Donald Trump showmanship, he beat Maddow to the punch, releasing his tax returns before her broadcast.
In the end, Trump reported $150 million in income and $38 million paid in taxes. Further, Trump didn’t take advantage of a tax credit that would’ve wiped out a great deal of his tax bill. Thus, Maddow fell flat on her face.
And if you’re wondering how low Maddow’s willing to go, consider this. She was previously busted creating fake Twitter accounts to boost her social media presence.
Thus, it’s no surprise most journalists consider Maddow a joke.
Maddow’s recent performance at the democrat debates doesn’t do anything to improve her image. Here are a few blurbs regarding Maddow’s presence:
Left-wing MSNBC host Rachel Maddow may be too biased for The New York Times, but she was front and center during NBC’s technical-issue-plagued debate between 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls — and critics say it made for a softball fest that was “a loss for journalism and a lost opportunity for media balance.”
…Maddow served up questions about her favorite conspiracy theories including that Miami will be underwater because of global warming and that the Mueller report actually contains secret gems that could still lead to Trump’s prosecution,” Miller said. “These are unserious questions unbefitting of a news organization but perfectly suitable for this batch of equally unserious candidates, who made a mockery of themselves and the American people with shameless pandering and outright falsehoods.”
…[Maddow was] not interested in pressing the candidates on how they would actually unify the country and appeal to the everyday Americans that carried President Trump to victory,” Sheffield said. “That is a loss for journalism and a lost opportunity for media balance.”
Sheffield noticed that, “even as a progressive, Maddow lacked any stand-out moments where she substantially cornered any candidate into admitting just how hard left” they had turned.
I’m not sure which is worse: the morons delivering the “news” on CNN, or the morons running the network. Their efforts to lead the anti-Trump movement serve only to knock them further down the charts.
At this point, I’m surprised they have enough ratings to keep advertisers on board.