The Faux News Meme
The last refuge of a leftist flailing away in an argument, be it in person, on the radio, or the internet, is to accuse his conservative opponent of getting all their information from Fox News. Actually, they don’t say Fox News, they say Faux News because they have all the creativity of a discombobulated yak. Be that as it may, this line of argument amuses me on several levels. First of all, the left’s ire about Fox News is completely hysterical considering the left-leaning tilt of just about every other major news organization. In fact it is a sign of the overall leftist tilt of the mainstream media that left-wingers are so obsessed with Fox News. You see there are so many left-wing news stations and major news publications that skew left that conservatives can’t really focus their ire on any single one. Meanwhile, the major right-leaning news organizations are pretty much Fox and perhaps the editorial section of the Wall Street Journal.
What’s more, from the sound of the complaints you would think that every conservative in America was tuned into Fox at all hours of the day, receiving our marching orders before heading out into pitched battle with the forces of the left. Sure, Fox News does better ratings than all the other cable news stations combined. But if you take a closer look at the numbers, Fox’s dominance has as much to do with the fact that nobody watches cable news. Fox attracts a bit more than a million viewers a day on average for its programming. That’s impressive . . . until you consider that the Daily Show with Jon Stewart (the show that is pretty much single-mindedly obsessed with attacking Fox News for its news coverage) gets more viewers than any show on Fox except Bill O’Reilly. So the same people who mock conservatives for being Fox News drones are basically getting most of their news from a satirical show on Comedy Central. Yeah.
Fox News is a killer whale in a local swimming pond. So the idea that legions of conservatives are largely just aping Fox News is simply laughable.
Personally, the only time I watch Fox News is when I occasionally watch Special Report with Brett Baier (the guy who got Mr. Cool, Mitt Romney, completely off his game the other night), and then only to watch the final 20 minutes for the All-Star Panel. So I basically watch Fox News once a week or so if that, and then only to watch pundits talk about the issues. I also tend to watch Fox over the other networks on election nights, but that’s because I think it has better coverage – after all, they’re the network that has Michael Barone. Based on conversations I’ve had with most of my conservative friends, I think my viewership is par for the course.
So, I’m curious, do any of you actually watch Fox with any regularity?