Fox News Channel continues to gain market share against CNN, a development sure to madden the Left, which is adamantly against FNC.
In a desperate attempt to discredit Fox News, the Left accuses it of being a Right-wing shill parroting the Bush administration line. However, objective viewers recognize that while there are conservative opinions expressed on FNC, those opinions are labeled and separate from news coverage, and the Fox approach to news, as opposed to its approach to commentary, is as advertised: Fair and balanced.
My own theory as to why the Left perceives Fox as Right-leaning has a couple of elements to it. First, many people do not understand that there is a distinction between news and commentary, or they have been trained by the mainstream media, which routinely pollutes its news coverage with opinion or bias, to believe that news and commentary are the same thing. They may not understand that there are two separate types of content, one a factual accounting of events, the other opinions about issues.
Second, the mainstream media is so dramatically tilted to the Left/liberal view, once the public has become accustomed to that slant and perceive it as normal, anything neutral – that is to say right of the mainstream – is mistakenly interpreted to be Right/conservative, rather than properly perceived as neutral.
One hopes continually that data like those confronting CNN will communicate that the country rejects the mainstream media’s liberal bias, and that the media will then move to the center and restore its credibility. Alas, this news shows that this transformation is yet to come.
Some results from the recent market data:
- CNN is falling farther behind Fox News Channel, with a network-wide 16 percent falloff in viewership for February and a 21 percent slide in prime time.
- The New York Post reports, "Fox News was the only one among the four cable news networks to post ratings gains during the month," an 18 percent gain, to be exact, pushing Fox News to nearly triple the viewership of its rival.
- CNN's "Paula Zahn Now" down 17 percent; Fox's "O'Reilly Factor" up 9 percent
- CNN's "Larry King Live" off 23 percent; Fox's "Hannity & Colmes" up 19 percent