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The Decline of Fox News
Media Monitor ^ | 8/31/2005 | Cliff Kincaid

Posted on 08/31/2005 8:40:33 AM PDT by Mike Bates

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I find myself spending less time watching FoxNews. Brit Hume's program is now the only one I regularly try to catch.

Michael M. Bates: My Side of the Swamp

1 posted on 08/31/2005 8:40:33 AM PDT by Mike Bates
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To: Mike Bates
I miss my MTV NWI!
2 posted on 08/31/2005 8:41:53 AM PDT by Andy from Beaverton (I only vote Republican to stop the Democrats)
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To: Mike Bates

Well if your article is truthfull, then why is Fox News Channel leading in all the cable news polls?

You just wished it would be that way....keep on wishing, your other hand will get fuller first!


3 posted on 08/31/2005 8:42:07 AM PDT by HarleyLady27 (My ? to libs: "Do they ever shut up on your planet?" "Grow your own DOPE: Plant a LIB!")
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To: Mike Bates

Fox wouldn't suck so much if it wasn't all Natalee all the time. I have no idea how they plan to hang on to #1 like that.


4 posted on 08/31/2005 8:42:11 AM PDT by Fierce Allegiance (This ain't your granddaddy's America)
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To: Mike Bates

Fox News has two good things left:

1) Brit Hume

2) Smoking, hot babes


5 posted on 08/31/2005 8:42:58 AM PDT by GianniV
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To: Mike Bates
Fox News is nothing more than the same tabloid sh!t that pervades all of Rupert Murdoch's media outlets.

The fact that it is "fair and balanced" in comparison to other cable news networks says more about the entire industry than it does about Fox News.

6 posted on 08/31/2005 8:43:01 AM PDT by Alberta's Child (I ain't got a dime, but what I got is mine. I ain't rich, but Lord I'm free.)
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To: Mike Bates
Ditto. Brit's show is the best anywhere.
7 posted on 08/31/2005 8:43:03 AM PDT by atomicpossum (Replies should be as pedantic as possible. I love that so much.)
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To: Mike Bates

It's the same with me. I still like Brit Hume's show, Media Watch, and the Beltway Boys but I infrequently watch BOR or H&C anymore.


8 posted on 08/31/2005 8:43:18 AM PDT by Texas_Jarhead
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To: Mike Bates



It's not that bad...geeeeeeeeeeeessshhhhh.


9 posted on 08/31/2005 8:43:41 AM PDT by in hoc signo vinces ("Houston, TX...a waiting quagmire for jihadis.")
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To: HarleyLady27
You just wished it would be that way....keep on wishing, your other hand will get fuller first!

You know not of whom you speak.

10 posted on 08/31/2005 8:43:43 AM PDT by Fierce Allegiance (This ain't your granddaddy's America)
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To: Mike Bates
Agree. Along with the millions of hours spent on one when thousands are missing, they have started to hire the CNN left-wing crowd. And have started to be like CNN and go to the left. I can only think that the left-wing anti-Americans in New York City got to them and they are now being brought under the wing of the anti-American left. I watch only Brit and sometimes even his show is moving left.
11 posted on 08/31/2005 8:44:32 AM PDT by YOUGOTIT
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To: Mike Bates
yep FOX has really gone down hill.

All last night they ran reruns of the hurricane coverage from earlier in the day...

WTH is with that! One of the biggest stories of the century and a 24 hour news channel is running RERUNS !

I could start a news channel tomorrow and put all these putzes out of business.
12 posted on 08/31/2005 8:44:39 AM PDT by Texas_Conservative2
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To: Fierce Allegiance; Mike Bates
Fox News up 34% in August

Talk about a chanell in decline! No idea how than can hang onto #1 at this pace.

13 posted on 08/31/2005 8:44:43 AM PDT by Phantom Lord (Fall on to your knees for the Phantom Lord)
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To: Mike Bates

Ratings for FOX just released and they were up HUGE, again. I guess the FACTS dispute the author's premise.


14 posted on 08/31/2005 8:44:45 AM PDT by 1Old Pro
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To: Texas_Jarhead

I watch Cavuto and Special Report w/ BH. That's it.


15 posted on 08/31/2005 8:45:09 AM PDT by Trust but Verify (Get over yourselves!)
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To: GianniV

Isn't Tony SNow still there?

What about Krauthammer and Hannity?


16 posted on 08/31/2005 8:45:16 AM PDT by ZULU (Fear the government which fears your guns. God, guts, and guns made America great.)
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To: Mike Bates

I usually just put on CNBC for the financials, etc. When I did put on the early Fox news, I was surprised how stupid and trivial the morning "anchors" and news sounded.


17 posted on 08/31/2005 8:45:29 AM PDT by garyhope
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To: Mike Bates
Time for FR to have it's own 24 hour conservative network.

It doesn't have to be all-news either, there'd be hunting shows, tips on firearm defense, spotlights on key issues such as SS and illegal immigration (bayourod could be one of the debaters ROFL) and interviews with FReepers.

18 posted on 08/31/2005 8:45:50 AM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist
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To: Mike Bates

Yet the Fox news numbers continue to rise. The ratings actually showed that more people WANTED to see the Aruba story. Someone please explain that one.


19 posted on 08/31/2005 8:45:50 AM PDT by TommyDale
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To: Mike Bates

While I agree Fox News has worn out the utterly boring Natalie Hollaway story, is it any more worn out than what the other networks cover obsessively, whether it's the daily body count ticker in Iraq they get off on telling us endlessly about or their endless coverage of the utterly insignificant Cindy Sheehan?

At least the Hollaway coverage is motivated by the fact it at one time held viewer's interest and was something they wanted to know about (hopefully Fox is reading their ratings and noting people have lost interest now). Of course we know the Iraq body count and Cindy Sheehan obsession of CNN, CBS, ABC, NBC, MSNBC was all about furthering an agenda. Given the two motivations, I'll take the former over obsessive reporting meant to mold public opinion.


20 posted on 08/31/2005 8:46:09 AM PDT by MikeA
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To: Mike Bates

Fox News: Almost All Tabloid All the Time


21 posted on 08/31/2005 8:46:20 AM PDT by nicmarlo
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To: Mike Bates
Hmmmm, how about some facts vs. conjecture

Conservative Fox News Channel Up 32% (WOW) In August Ratings As Other Cable News Operations Crash

22 posted on 08/31/2005 8:46:23 AM PDT by 1Old Pro
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To: Mike Bates

We don't get cable or satellite TV so we're stuck with the 3 networks and sometimes PBS. At one point over a year ago we were really looking into getting cable because we wanted to get Fox News, but it wasn't offered with the most basic package so we didn't bite.

But now even if it was offered at a basic rate, I doubt we'd go for it. I've heard way too many complaints from regular Fox News watchers and every time I tune into Fox News at a family member's house I tire easily at the amount of time spent on non-news stories.


23 posted on 08/31/2005 8:47:13 AM PDT by Mr. Mulliner
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To: Phantom Lord

I don't watch the others, well sometimes I watch that asshat Olberman when O'reilly is being stupid. I am amazed anyone watches Greta, though. Sheis annoying and boring. I'll take Animal Planet over Greta.


24 posted on 08/31/2005 8:47:29 AM PDT by Fierce Allegiance (This ain't your granddaddy's America)
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To: GianniV
2) Smoking, hot babes

Yeah! Greta in a swimsuit! can't Wait for the calendar!......

25 posted on 08/31/2005 8:47:34 AM PDT by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? GOOOOGLE your own name. Want to have fun? GOOOOGLE your neighbor's......)
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To: Mike Bates

I have a cousin who is a producer for CNN. Even He watches Fox News! The reason more people watch Fox than the others is simply because their on-air personalities are more attractive than the competition. Period.


26 posted on 08/31/2005 8:47:49 AM PDT by TommyDale
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To: Mike Bates

Brit rules. Fox News Sunday is OK - especially the panel where Brit regularly beats up on Juan Williams.

Greta has always been a one story woman starting with OJ.


27 posted on 08/31/2005 8:48:33 AM PDT by Cathy
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To: Fierce Allegiance

Yea I bet you don't.


28 posted on 08/31/2005 8:48:36 AM PDT by HarleyLady27 (My ? to libs: "Do they ever shut up on your planet?" "Grow your own DOPE: Plant a LIB!")
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To: ZULU
What about Krauthammer and Hannity?

Two of the reasons I no longer watch Fox

29 posted on 08/31/2005 8:48:37 AM PDT by billbears (Deo Vindice)
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To: Mike Bates

Not having TV or radio, I just heard about the Hurricane yesterday. And that is just because I went to Freerepublic for the first time in quite a while.

Life is so quiet these days... ;^>


30 posted on 08/31/2005 8:49:17 AM PDT by RobRoy (Child support and maintenance (alimony) are what we used to call indentured slavery)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
Time for FR to have it's own 24 hour conservative network.

It doesn't have to be all-news either, there'd be hunting shows, tips on firearm defense, spotlights on key issues such as SS and illegal immigration (bayourod could be one of the debaters ROFL) and interviews with FReepers.

We could have a "War on Drugs" show. More chair throwing than on Geraldo Rivera.

31 posted on 08/31/2005 8:50:02 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (Bork should have had Kennedy's USSC seat and Kelo v. New London would have gone the other way.)
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To: atomicpossum

Ditto - he was great yesterday. Made a very good report on Sheehan's poor excuse for a radio interview with NPR. You know how he does it with that straight face and those eyes looking at you that say "what she's doing is b*&^s&#t." Then he reported something the New York Times said about Bush - something like "Bush said that the supporter are giving aide to the Enemy." Brit said, "That's not what he said at all," and then said the correction. Love that man's style!


32 posted on 08/31/2005 8:50:42 AM PDT by bethtopaz (We will not allow another generation of heroes to be forsaken. -- NewLand, from Free Republic)
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To: Mike Bates

I watch Brit and John Gibson....however if either one of them so much as mentions Aruba....WHERE'S MY G.D. REMOTE????


33 posted on 08/31/2005 8:50:43 AM PDT by trubluolyguy (Warning: Exposure to the SON may PREVENT burning.)
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To: Mike Bates
In response to my column on the decline of cable news because of their obsession with missing-person cases, one person wrote in, "Come-On. Get a Grip... What's wrong with a couple of hours 'break' from Real News.."

FOX needs to start a new network, one that caters to sensational types of stories. They can call it "OMG/FOX". For the rest of us? Please, give us our news network back...

34 posted on 08/31/2005 8:51:04 AM PDT by GOPJ
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To: Mike Bates
Very foolish of them to replace David Asman with *gulp* Bill Hemmer.
35 posted on 08/31/2005 8:51:07 AM PDT by Petronski (I love Cyborg.)
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To: Mike Bates

what happened to David Asmond and Linda Vester? There have been an awful lot of new anchors most of whom cut people off and won't let them talk? MSNBC can have Rita Cosby who I have always found irritating. I would prefer Greta talking about Natalee than about Cindy Sheehan. The summer is usually a slow news cycle. Give them a break.


36 posted on 08/31/2005 8:51:08 AM PDT by Merry
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To: Mike Bates

While I agree with all this as it relates to the Aruba story...it is interesting (and sad) that since Greta has been covering it, her ratings seem to have gone through the roof. Granted, it was a few weeks ago that I recall these ratings...but I'm wondering if Fox isn't just pandering to what it thinks is a ratings winner.


37 posted on 08/31/2005 8:51:21 AM PDT by cwb (Liberalism is the opiate of the *asses.)
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To: Texas_Jarhead

I like Heartland on Saturdays at 5 p.m. John Kasich. Sometimes he sits in for Bill O'Reilly.


38 posted on 08/31/2005 8:51:29 AM PDT by bethtopaz (We will not allow another generation of heroes to be forsaken. -- NewLand, from Free Republic)
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To: Mike Bates

Are there still people who watch television out there?

How quaint.


39 posted on 08/31/2005 8:51:30 AM PDT by AdamSelene235 (Truth has become so rare and precious she is always attended to by a bodyguard of lies.)
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To: 1Old Pro

LOL! I was thinking the same thing.


40 posted on 08/31/2005 8:51:51 AM PDT by Sprite518
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To: Merry

Linda's on maternity leave I believe.


41 posted on 08/31/2005 8:51:59 AM PDT by Mike Bates (Irish Alzheimer's victim: I only remember the grudges.)
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To: TommyDale

reality t.v.


42 posted on 08/31/2005 8:52:30 AM PDT by bethtopaz (We will not allow another generation of heroes to be forsaken. -- NewLand, from Free Republic)
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To: TommyDale
The ratings actually showed that more people WANTED to see the Aruba story. Someone please explain that one.

It's actually quite simple. Fox is now a tabloid network, which means their primary competition is no longer CNN or MSNBC -- it's the "Inside Hollywood" type of crap you see on the major networks.

It's becoming increasingly clear to me that Fox is marketing itself to an audience with an average IQ of about 90.

43 posted on 08/31/2005 8:52:48 AM PDT by Alberta's Child (I ain't got a dime, but what I got is mine. I ain't rich, but Lord I'm free.)
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To: billbears
What about Krauthammer and Hannity?

Two of the reasons I no longer watch Fox -bb

I don't know how much you watch him, but Charles K is one of the most astute observers, at the table. He routinely stomps on the libs, and gets to keep his status. He doesn't seem to be a liberal. He is not anything that I can really detect... but he usually does have some very good thoughts.

As for Sean, I can say similar things for Mr. O'Pompass...

44 posted on 08/31/2005 8:52:53 AM PDT by pageonetoo (You'll spot their posts soon enough!)
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To: Andy from Beaverton

Tell me about it...

Now that NWI is no more, I only watch TV news for major story coverage.

I can't really remember the last time I watched it before Katrina.


45 posted on 08/31/2005 8:53:04 AM PDT by Sometimes A River (Elegant Funeral Ruined By Presence Of Hideous Corpse)
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To: Red Badger
Yeah! Greta in a swimsuit! can't Wait for the calendar!...... MY EYES!!!
46 posted on 08/31/2005 8:53:22 AM PDT by hadaclueonce (shoot low, they are riding Shetlands.....)
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To: Mike Bates
You need to back to school and learn how to count. Apparently you haven't looked at the numbers.
47 posted on 08/31/2005 8:53:33 AM PDT by kempo
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To: Mike Bates

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1474026/posts
Fox News Channel Up 32% In August Ratings


48 posted on 08/31/2005 8:53:34 AM PDT by tophat9000
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist; NormsRevenge; glock rocks; steveegg; WestCoastGal; GRRRRR
Time for FR to have it's own 24 hour conservative network. It doesn't have to be all-news either, there'd be hunting shows, tips on firearm defense, spotlights on key issues such as SS and illegal immigration (bayourod could be one of the debaters ROFL) and interviews with FReepers.

Nork, Glock, Steveegg, Westcoastgal and Grrrr could host the weekly NASCAR Shows

49 posted on 08/31/2005 8:53:35 AM PDT by Fierce Allegiance (This ain't your granddaddy's America)
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To: Mike Bates

I agree, Brit Hume, that's it.

For the London Bombing CNN was the best even if you had to read between the lines because of their slant. I'd still rather watch News, even left leaning, than People Magazine on the air.


50 posted on 08/31/2005 8:54:34 AM PDT by dervish (tagline for rent, inquire within)
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