Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Fox News Beats Out Cable Competitors in a Landslide

The news for 2013 is out in more ways than one. And Fox News decidedly makes the cut.

While it and its competitors’ ratings did fall compared to the hype of election year 2012, Fox News still won out among cable-news networks with an average 1.774 million primetime viewers per day.

In comparison, MSNBC had a mere 645,000, CNN took third place with 578,000 and HLN (whatever that is) managed 142,000. So Fox brought in more daily viewership than its top three competitors.

Combined.

If you’re a Fox News fan, don’t celebrate quite yet though. While it may be nice to know that hatemongers like MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow and CNN’s Piers Morgan are getting less and less attention, this is more than likely due to two different factors.

For one, yes: President Obama’s increasingly poor public image has woken some people up so that they’re throwing in the towel. They’re giving up on MSNBC, CNN and their fellow profligate propaganda pushers. Possibly, these viewers are even alert enough now to set aside their previous prejudices and give Fox News a try.

In that case, more power to them. Not that Fox News is the end-all and be-all of trustworthiness, but expanding your information-gathering antennae is rarely a bad thing.

What isn’t so much of a plus is this… I think the main reason the mainstream media’s numbers have tanked so badly over the last few years is because of the snowball effect, as it were. They set us down a slippery slope decades ago, and now they – and the rest of society – are paying the price.

Their style of intentional and militant ignorance cultivates more of the same. So in large part thanks to them, people are growing stupider by the day. And stupid people would much rather watch nothing but TV shows that don’t even pretend to make them think. It’s an epidemic.

Add to that a societal fixation on Hollywood-style sexuality and you’ve got a whole new mutant on your hands: one that could really, really, really care less about the world around it, since it’s too busy trying to “get some” to worry about getting anything else: like a fully-functioning brain.

So congratulations, Fox News. Just don’t get too comfy on that pedestal.

We still have a long ways to go.

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