Skip to comments.The Decline of Fox News
Posted on 08/31/2005 8:40:33 AM PDT by Mike Bates
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At least whenever you change subjects you don't have to hear "DING - This is a Fox news alert."
I have two responses to that: 1) it shows how awful the other cable networks really are, and 2) quality doesn't always win out, especially where television is concerned.
Tabloid television sells. One tabloid television station might be better than another, but that doesn't make it high-quality in its own right.
I watch Fox and Friends both weekday and weekends (love them!) and Shepard Smith.
We listen to Rush then Brit. The only two serious shows on the face of the earth.
Fox is alright, but its numbers are high because CNN and PMSNBC are unwatchable. Few people are more annoying than Aaron Brown or Chris Matthews.
Could it be the difference between 'sustained' viewing & 'drive-by' viewing? I'm not expert on TV ratings, but it seems like the ratings agencies have a hard time distinguishing between the 2. The one place you know where to find the latest development on the Holloway case is FoxNews. Seems to me that this churns the drive-by numbers...
It's becoming increasingly clear to me that Fox is marketing itself to an audience with an average IQ of about 90
Mean or median? Inquiring minds want to know.
The Decline of Fox News
Quantitatively per the ratings,
Qualitatively per the feedback,
Something's happening in Aruba?
Well, if you absolutely insist. . .
Thanks for the vote of condidence and support!
I would be open as the others might be, but only if Laurie Dhue is my personal assistant. :}
Seems to me that many people here don't want to admit they watch Fox News...for fear of being labeled a radical right-winger by their lefty friends.
It's the same mindset that afflicts those RINO's in Washington, trying to get along with Tim, Katie, et al.
Count me in , but please don't make me dress like those pit lizards on Nascar Nation!
Well, I for one am just stuned - because I watch Fox news and thoroughly enjoy doing so.
I thought they were conservatives.
I just told FA and Steve that I was open but not to make me dress like the pit lizards on NN.
I would choose Shep or Greg Kelly as my personal assistant. News wise, but as for Nascar, well, ya'll know who my assistant would be. Guest host I guess would be his name.
Yeah, that's what I'm talking about. I personally have an eye for Juliet Huddy.
"Yeah! Greta in a swimsuit! can't Wait for the calendar!......"
I was just getting ready to go to lunch until the image of Greta in a swimsuit came into my head. Why did you have to ruin my lunch for!?
NE hour = ONE hour
100% correct. It used to be when you heard the "Ding", your heart would skip a beat and you'd zone in on what vital information was coming next. Now it's as annoying as the snooze on the alarm in the morning!
I TiVo Brit and Cavuto. I'll sometimes watch Shep if I want some "lite" news or to have something on in the background while I'm checking out FR on the den laptop.
I really didn't ever think I'd say I find the loofah boy more interesting than Vannity and the Vulture, but other than for something to watch to put me to sleep, I can't stand H&C. They suck! Greta is better than them. And they are like a pre-hash of her show. Less and less politics. Maybe the pols that count don't want to come on anymore, I don't know.
As Bill Maher put it, O'Reilly's show moves along at a clip that never bores. I enjoy it. I like his campaign to get the kiddie rapers put away one strike and out. I don't listen to him on the radio, but I do watch him.
Why can't we get someone other than Fox to rip into the liberals, eh?
Hummana.... hummana.... hummana!!!
It doesn't even phase Mrs. Mn-Bush-Man when she sees me gawking at Juliet. She's HOT! (although the "juvenile" tone that Mike adds to "weekend" drives me nuts sometimes)
Umma Pemmaraju!..........those eyes!.........
Course it's not just Natalee and the family, as compelling as they are, but watching a government snowjob and screwjob right in public while the world watches -- that's what's interesting.
When they first started they had relatively unknowns doing the news and talk shows. It was an absolute breath of fresh air. I loved Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade in the morning. (ED is annoying and boring. She is like inviting your nagging mother to a party. Everyone is having a good time and she has to throw a wet blanket on it.)
Now they have hired so many "anchors" from the very channels that we were trying to escape from. I expect to see Keith Olberman any day now! (John Gibson is the only acquisition who came from MSNBC and is worth it. As for the rest, if I wanted CNN I would watch CNN. If I wanted MSNBC I would watch MSNBC.
Are there still good things about FNC? Sure, but it is rapidly deteriorating.
How about like Patti Ann 3 posts above your?
How about Nancy Grace on CNN.
Same here; almost all the rest is utter tabloid crap, prior to Cavuto, then resuming when Brit's show ends and going for hours and hours.
That's part of live television. You never know when someone is going to turn on the television for the first time that day. It's not like with a newspaper, which has one space for a banner headline and prioritizes everything else accordingly.
And since the 24/7 networks are in disaster mode, they know many viewers will be checking in for updates. FR is a little different in that we have a number of news junkies (myself included) who will watch wall-to-wall coverage. Therefore, the alerts are more annoying to us.
As for Aruba, I agree. That's a story that has been drastically overcovered in my opinion.
If your definition of conservative is Fox, then they are. But I don't consider the Republican agenda, foreign or domestic, to be that conservative.
I would say the decline has been qualitative rather than quantitative. The fact that their ratings are up tends to confirm that they are going for the lowest common denominator viewer. Their fixation with crime stories is sickening.
Rush Limbaugh, Brit Hume, Mark Styne and Charles Krauthammer. Everybody else is just window dressing. Ann Coulter and PJ O'Rourke I find merely entertaining. JMHO of course.
I've often said that the dumbest Freeper is far more intelligent than the brightest news anchor from any network.
Around here (metropolitan Chicago) the local news is basically a televised version of the police blotter.
"Around here (metropolitan Chicago) the local news is basically a televised version of the police blotter."
At least that is interesting............
Here in Columbus it's all weather and traffic all the time..........
This was an idea several years ago. However, most of the "hosts" have been banned or gone on to other forum adventures.
Yep. It is gone as a reliable source. I can barely tolerate more than a couple of minutes at a time.
Huddy neads a decent meal.
She looks too much like a little girl than a full grown woman. But that's just my opinion.
As noted by others on this thread, not really. The piece focuses on the quality of FoxNews rather than its popularity.
Actually, I'm looking for some guidance here.
I thought Krauthammer was conservative as he supports the war against Terrorism in Iraq, which I thought was a conservative position. Hannity also, I thought was conservative, although he becomes overly maudlin at times about illegal invaders.
Although I have many problems with the Bush Administration, most particularly and recently its total ineptitude at protecting our southern border from invaders, on the whole I support the efforts in Iraq.
What disturbs me in that area is it appears we have been bogged down there too long, while other equally dangerous targets like Iran, Syria and North Korea are permitted to fester unattended to.
I alos am concerned about splinter elements in the Republican Party like John McCain et al, and the problems in facing down the Democrat minority in the Senate over Judicial appointments.
The apparent dearth of real conservative figures on the national level in the Republican Party is also an issue of concern.
Romney, Giuliani, Frist, McCain, etc. are really not representative of the majoirty of Republicans, I feel, on most issues.
Rice is still pretty much an unknown qunaitity, and so are Allen and Pence. Tancredo is good on the illegal invader issue, but where does he stand on other subjects?
Hume's Special Report is by far the best show on FNC, to be sure. Cavuto's show is pretty good too. The rest range from inconsistent (The O'Reilly Factor) to pure garbage (Hannity & Colmes).
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