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What's Going on with Cable News Channels?
Columbia Conservative Examiner ^ | May 30, 2009 | Anthony G. Martin

Posted on 05/30/2009 12:18:36 PM PDT by Welshman007

A curious phenomenon is occurring with regard to cable news viewers. Since the election those networks that have been decidedly pro-Obama are in deep trouble. Revenue has tanked and viewers have been leaving in droves. At the same time, outlets such as Fox News have been gaining new viewers by leaps and bounds. What's going on here? There is a reasonable explanation for the shift, and the news isn't good for the Obama administration.


TOPICS: Government; Politics; Society
KEYWORDS: cablenews; foxnews; foxnewsratings; newsmedia; obama; talkradio
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1 posted on 05/30/2009 12:18:36 PM PDT by Welshman007
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To: Welshman007

Hee hee. How sweeeet it is.


2 posted on 05/30/2009 12:20:10 PM PDT by Marysecretary (GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL.)
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To: Welshman007

You can get Fox News live and for free on the internet...

Just cancel your cable subscriptions and send a REAL message.


3 posted on 05/30/2009 12:20:55 PM PDT by Safrguns
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To: Welshman007

It’s why Obama is ramming through his agenda as fast as possible. Health care is next, and the big peices will all be done before 2010.


4 posted on 05/30/2009 12:21:30 PM PDT by PGR88
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To: Safrguns

You can? How?


5 posted on 05/30/2009 12:22:28 PM PDT by ABQHispConservative (A Blue Dog Democrat is an oxyMoron!)
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To: ABQHispConservative

http://blinkotv.com/


6 posted on 05/30/2009 12:23:08 PM PDT by Safrguns
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To: Safrguns

I am on the verge of doing just that. I don’t watch anything but Fox anyhow.


7 posted on 05/30/2009 12:24:45 PM PDT by johnnycap
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To: Welshman007

Anyone who thinks Obama is not in trouble isn’t paying attention. People have seen that Obama was a mistake.


8 posted on 05/30/2009 12:25:19 PM PDT by Maelstorm (Those that have nothing to hide welcome debate.)
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To: johnnycap

I dropped it 3 months ago... I dont miss it in the least bit.

We are renting a lot of movies.. even old ones... its awesome.
No more endless channel surfing through a bunch of crap, or commercials about male enhancements and STDs.

And hey... if you want to save even more money, just go to your local library... they rent videos for free.

Furthermore, it’s all to easy to get it back if you just cant do without your football.


9 posted on 05/30/2009 12:29:55 PM PDT by Safrguns
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To: Welshman007

MSNBC’s owners don’t care because if Obama succeeds in implementing his global warming agenda GE stands to benefit greatly. Much moreso than if MSNBC got good ratings and Obama wasn’t able to implement his agenda. Thus MSNBC’s advocacy, if successful, would be financially beneficial to its owners despite the low ratings.


10 posted on 05/30/2009 12:35:42 PM PDT by exist
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To: Welshman007

Not complicated:

When the “establishment” has become 100% brainwashed, gay, Hollywood commies.

It’s hip (and hugely profitable) to be square!

What truly baffles this poster - is that only Rush Limbaugh and Rupert Murdoch, seem thus far to have figured that obvious bit of “duh” out.

One can only surmise their competitors are so thoroughly partisan in their determination to provide constant propaganda - that they are not actually ruled by the usual laws of capitalism.

The end game for them, is complete power.

For some reason, leftwing so-called “journalists” seem to believe the tiger they’re one and all, so carefully feeding - won’t eat them too...

History suggests otherwise.

In fact, given liberals’ clearly demonstrated tendency to throw their own “under the bus” at the blink of an eye.

It’s likely, those useful idiots - will be first ones eaten.


11 posted on 05/30/2009 12:35:44 PM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (Got Tea?)
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To: Safrguns

Thanks!!


12 posted on 05/30/2009 12:36:32 PM PDT by ABQHispConservative (A Blue Dog Democrat is an oxyMoron!)
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To: Welshman007

What...No more being told what to think.....May they can report and we decide....now that’s an idea......FOX needs to follow through on it. ;~)


13 posted on 05/30/2009 12:37:49 PM PDT by hoosiermama (Hey hey! Ho ho! Where's your Birth Certificate/ We've a right to know!)
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To: Maelstorm
"Anyone who thinks Obama is not in trouble isn’t paying attention. People have seen that Obama was a mistake.

Maybe. Maybe not. He's still enjoying over a 60% approval rating by every pollster I've seen. Sure, his negatives are increasing, but that's reflective the people who didn't like him in the first place feeling even more strongly about it now.

I'll feel much more confident about the GOP's chances when Obama's approval rating drop to 50% or less.

By comparison, Clinton's approval ratings reached their lowest levels (less than 40%) before the '94 midterms, leading to a bloodbath in the House. If Obama continues to enjoy above 55% approval rating, the GOP's outlook for 2010 won't be good.

14 posted on 05/30/2009 12:41:49 PM PDT by Big_Monkey
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To: Safrguns
We canceled ours in fall of 2007.

We don't miss it one bit.

15 posted on 05/30/2009 12:47:01 PM PDT by wintertime
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To: Cringing Negativism Network
"What truly baffles this poster - is that only Rush Limbaugh and Rupert Murdoch, seem thus far to have figured that obvious bit of “duh” out.

Which is all the empirical evidence I need to understand to know for an unquestionable fact that there is indeed a significant liberal bias in the media.

In any other industry, the market share leader is emulated or copied. Business leaders understand what works, and if they didn't think of it first, they mimic it. This is a universal truth understood by every first-year business school student.

FNC has been the dominate, preeminent news channel for the last ten years, at least. Yet, we haven't seen any cable or broadcast news organizations modify their approach or format. In fact, many have leaned even further to the left.

The people who run these companies are not idiots, despite overwhelmingly evidence to the contrary. They have made a conscious decision to abandon the best-practices of business management in favor of their own ideological bias. It's that simple.

16 posted on 05/30/2009 12:50:49 PM PDT by Big_Monkey
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To: Welshman007

Could it be the same reason liberal newspapers are going under?


17 posted on 05/30/2009 12:54:28 PM PDT by Liberty Wins
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To: Welshman007
What's going on here?

Is it possible that common sense and sanity still exists in America? What else could it be? I don't think people are tuning in for O'Reilly's pop culture quiz.

18 posted on 05/30/2009 12:55:48 PM PDT by TigersEye (Cloward-Piven Strategy)
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To: Welshman007

19 posted on 05/30/2009 12:56:51 PM PDT by Bon mots
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To: Liberty Wins

It could be that a LOT of people are banging their head up against the wall right now for NOT VOTING!


20 posted on 05/30/2009 12:59:54 PM PDT by Safrguns
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To: Safrguns; johnnycap

>>>> I dropped it 3 months ago... I dont miss it in the least bit. We are renting a lot of movies.. even old ones... its awesome. <<<<<<

Check out Netflix with streaming video. You can stream over your broadband Internet connection to your PC, or buy the Netflix Roku box for $100 and stream over 15,000 movies (and TV shows) directly to your TV. No additional charge above the monthly Netflix account fee.

So. No cable, no satellite. Only Roku streaming, netflix DVDs, and broadcast HDTV channels for the morning weather and traffic.

I have to say that it’s getting so bad that even wading through the local news channels can be painful. The local Fox channel is still having Obamagasms.


21 posted on 05/30/2009 1:00:41 PM PDT by angkor
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To: ABQHispConservative; wintertime

Welcome...

My kids eyes are clearing up too...
and they are starting to think for themselves again :)


22 posted on 05/30/2009 1:02:06 PM PDT by Safrguns
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To: Welshman007

I think what is going on is that all those college kids who voted for him don’t watch news. Let’s face it the majority of the people who voted for him, voted for him for one reason, they thought it was cool if they were young and the others were teachers and professors, they thought it was sooo sixties to have a black president. Now they don’t really care about day to day news.


23 posted on 05/30/2009 1:03:58 PM PDT by snippy_about_it (Looking for our Sam Adams)
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To: angkor

hulu

Rocks

http://www.hulu.com/


24 posted on 05/30/2009 1:05:53 PM PDT by AH_LiveRight
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To: TigersEye
O’Reilly gets on my nerves.

He claims to be an independent, and he states he is neither conservative or liberal, or Republican or Democrat.

Any person that can't figure out where to take a stand on conservative and liberal principles is merely a man who is:

1) Brain dead
2) Unprincipled.
3) Both

25 posted on 05/30/2009 1:06:58 PM PDT by wintertime
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To: wintertime

We have been contemplating this for a long time..it would save a lot of $$$!


26 posted on 05/30/2009 1:08:09 PM PDT by Freedom2specul8 (Please pray for our troops.... http://www.americasupportsyou.mil/)
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To: Welshman007

CNBC and MSNBC use of “shock jocks” like Olberman for affect have had diminishing returns.

Once you’ve heard someone make some stupid incindiary remark without substance it becomes boring and then irritating.

People still have a need for news and anaylsis and will seek it out.

Unless someone is a total leftist loon, viewers are insulted by the shock jocks.


27 posted on 05/30/2009 1:09:43 PM PDT by School of Rational Thought (I once had an awkward moment just to seen how it felt.)
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To: Safrguns
It could be that a LOT of people are banging their head up against the wall right now for NOT VOTING!

I'd like to bang their heads against a wall myself. Right now I have a lot of disdain for Obama voters who are seeing the light way too late and almost as much for conservatives who sat on their hands in 2008, STUPIDLY thinking that McCain and Obama were one in the same. Can they say Sotomayor?


28 posted on 05/30/2009 1:10:11 PM PDT by Cinnamontea
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To: snippy_about_it

They never watched that much before either though. If there were stats showing a dramatic up-tick in the viewership prior to the election with the corresponding drop now, it would support your theory, but I don’t think that is the case.


29 posted on 05/30/2009 1:11:51 PM PDT by ExpatCanuck
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To: angkor

I’ve been tempted to check out netflix for sometime now.


30 posted on 05/30/2009 1:12:05 PM PDT by Safrguns
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To: School of Rational Thought


MSNBC DNC shock jocks!
31 posted on 05/30/2009 1:12:26 PM PDT by roses of sharon (We must get a grip on what we can, and hold on. Hold on with energy, imagination, and ferocity)
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To: Maelstorm
Anyone who thinks Obama is not in trouble isn’t paying attention. People have seen that Obama was a mistake.

I witnessed a couple of old hippies at Blockbuster engaged in a heated and animated discussion re. Obama. The part I overheard was the frustration of this old lefty with all his associates who felt they had to vote Obama because he was black. But on the other hand Pravda is welcoming Obama to the Marxist fold.

32 posted on 05/30/2009 1:13:15 PM PDT by School of Rational Thought (I once had an awkward moment just to seen how it felt.)
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To: Safrguns

>>>> I’ve been tempted to check out netflix for sometime now. <<<<

I’ve been with Netflix since 2001 or 2002, so I’m biased.

But the broadband streaming is relatively new.

It’s great.


33 posted on 05/30/2009 1:16:49 PM PDT by angkor
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To: Big_Monkey

“58% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the President’s performance so far. Forty-one percent (41%) now disapprove.”

The congress on the otherhand has an approval rating of 28%. The GOP will pick up seats come 2010. We still haven’t had the fight over health care which is coming. We still haven’t had the fight over right to work. We still haven’t had the fight over cap n trade.

That 41% just isn’t Republican voters. The undercurrents are bad for Obama and the GOP can capitalize and can win big if they stop whining and get back to their roots.


34 posted on 05/30/2009 1:18:48 PM PDT by Maelstorm (Those that have nothing to hide welcome debate.)
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To: Maelstorm
"That 41% just isn’t Republican voters. The undercurrents are bad for Obama and the GOP can capitalize and can win big if they stop whining and get back to their roots.

I hope you're right. But, I've made a conscious decision to be pessimistic about 2010, lest I face the same crushing disappointment of 2008. It's just better for my mental health if I keep expectations low.

35 posted on 05/30/2009 1:23:03 PM PDT by Big_Monkey
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To: ~Kim4VRWC's~
Yep! In some cases it might even pay for a nice vacation.
36 posted on 05/30/2009 1:23:55 PM PDT by wintertime
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To: Big_Monkey

2008 went to pot as soon as the economy hit and the GOP didn’t throw Bush to the curb when he proposed the Bailout and then McCain rode to Washington and did nothing. I find it better to focus on winning till you actually lose. All we can do is do our part. My father voted for Obama and that was depressing.


37 posted on 05/30/2009 1:27:13 PM PDT by Maelstorm (Those that have nothing to hide welcome debate.)
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To: PGR88
It’s why Obama is ramming through his agenda as fast as possible. Health care is next, and the big peices will all be done before 2010.

Yes, it's political strategy 101, and also why he's nominated a liberal racist as his first Supreme Court pick (and hopefully his last).

38 posted on 05/30/2009 1:28:04 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The issue of whether cheap labor makes America great should have been settled by the Civil War.)
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To: Maelstorm

IMHO 2008 went to pot when Duncan Hunter was sidelined.

Simple as that.

Can we please bring him back into the national conversation?

Duncan Hunter gets it.

For real.


39 posted on 05/30/2009 1:29:22 PM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (Got Tea?)
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To: Maelstorm

And see if there are other fights to come, such as over this trial balloon over a value added tax/national sales tax. See if the gay activists push hard about repeal of Don’t Ask / Don’t Tell or the Defense of Marriage Act. Things could get ugly, at least from the Democrat point of view.

I would like to see the battles take place. The worst thing would be to see Obama get everything he wants without risking his “political capital” and overall popularity. Republicans should make his life at least as miserable as the Democrats did to George W. Bush. There are two political parties for a reason, as each as a different outlook on what our policies should be on a whole range of issues. When we disagree with the President, we should fight him and Democrats on their plans.

I worry too, about, how much of what happens will be permanent. If we go to socialized medicine, for example, how the heck would that ever be repealed? If the camel’s nose gets in the tent on a value added tax, how the heck do you ever get rid of such a tax permanently in the future?


40 posted on 05/30/2009 1:29:32 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: snippy_about_it

Too many young people get their only news from Jon Stewart and shows like Saturday Night Live. I’ve had young people tell me that they are well informed because they learn of events by seeing what Jon Stewart makes fun of. Honest to God, that’s how some young people are. They don’t want to even watch a liberal serious news channel. They are convinced that Fox News is evil, even though they have never watched Fox.


41 posted on 05/30/2009 1:31:18 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: wintertime

Zer0 was supposed to be the 0ne who would bring us all together. But BOR has actually done something of substance to unite the right and the left. Both sides think he’s an idiot. ;^)


42 posted on 05/30/2009 1:40:23 PM PDT by TigersEye (Cloward-Piven Strategy)
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To: School of Rational Thought
People still have a need for news and analysis and will seek it out.

What is REALLY DISCOURAGING is that there are polls and studies saying that many under-30s get their news from Colbert and his "Comedy Channel News". I would like to believe that this is malarky that they are feeding pollsters but Colbert's influence and ratings indicate that it is true. Actually given a binary choice I MYSELF would watch Colbert over d'Olberman any day.

43 posted on 05/30/2009 1:54:51 PM PDT by SES1066 (Cycling to conserve, Conservative to save, Saving to Retire, will Retire to Cycle.)
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To: Safrguns
We have been using Netflix for several years now. We love it.

We watched a internet movie through Netflix just last night. ( “Saving Grace”....cute movie!)

Believe me canceling cable pays for Netflix many, many times over.

44 posted on 05/30/2009 1:55:00 PM PDT by wintertime
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To: angkor
We also recently canceled our cell phone and haven't had a land line for many years. We now use Skype exclusively.

We do have an emergency cell phone that we carry in the car, though.

The savings is more than $1,000 a year.

45 posted on 05/30/2009 2:01:21 PM PDT by wintertime
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To: Welshman007

Somebody called and tried to sell me cable. I told them I just couldn’t see paying for it at the moment since I’m sure it was sure to be paid for soon by the Obama administration and I could get it for freeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.

He was speechless and that took care of that!


46 posted on 05/30/2009 2:18:04 PM PDT by JavaJumpy
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To: snippy_about_it

I think what is going on is that all those college kids who voted for him don’t watch news.
_____________________________

Someone about to graduate from a rather large college asked me if I realized just how many graduates have no idea who Karl Marx is.


47 posted on 05/30/2009 2:24:09 PM PDT by JavaJumpy
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To: Cringing Negativism Network; Salamander; GSP.FAN
"In fact, given liberals’ clearly demonstrated tendency to throw their own “under the bus” at the blink of an eye. It’s likely, those useful idiots - will be first ones eaten.




48 posted on 05/30/2009 2:27:34 PM PDT by shibumi (" ..... then we will fight in the shade.")
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To: Dilbert San Diego
Too many young people get their only news from Jon Stewart and shows like Saturday Night Live.

Agree. For all their self proclaimed technical savvy and Internet wizardry the 20 somethings are no different than most 20 somethings. They are naive and uninformed.

With the Internet though, the facts are there and can be accessed very quickly by those curious. The Reps have not yet figured this out, but there are other places that will deliver the truth.

We need to start a program that says stupid or uninformed in uncool!

schu

49 posted on 05/30/2009 2:27:52 PM PDT by schu
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To: Big_Monkey
“Maybe. Maybe not. He's still enjoying over a 60% approval rating by every pollster I've seen. Sure, his negatives are increasing, but that's reflective the people who didn't like him in the first place feeling even more strongly about it now.”

I think his 60% is due to people afraid to indicate a lack of support for a black. As to the negatives, those people have polled consistently and the new voters are the more indicative of former supporters turning!

50 posted on 05/30/2009 2:29:58 PM PDT by charmedone
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