Originally Posted by JimSmith
"Slayed?" C'mon Bot, that is a 2.9% advantage for Faux News compared to CNN, and a ~60% advantage compared to MSNBC, while the networks had a minimum advantage over their dominance eroding competitor Faux News of 107% (more than twice the viewership of Faux News) to 217% (more than three times the viewership of Faux News). When all the Faux News viewers are compared to all the network viewers, the result is more like 7 times as many viewers that watched the same event on tv, watched a channel other than Faux News. Are you saying there are 7 times as many Moderate Democrats than there are Republicans? Even on cable networks alone, CNN and MSNBC combined to out perform Faux News. What is your point?
I think Faux News is recognized by even their regular audience to not be a real source of news. They are apparently a well appreciated source of entertainment, but not recognized for actual news coverage. Jim
Fox News recognizes that it is a niche network, not a general viewership network. I haven't any demographical data on Fox News Channel but I'll bet the viewership is predominantly white males over 30 with above average education and income. FoxNews is not interested in a wider audience (though they'd undoubtedly love to have it) because I'll bet their demographical data has huge appeal to advertisers.
Since Fox News started with 0 viewership, the viewers it has came from somewhere else. They skimmed their audience from the other news programs -- taking conservative white middleclass males with disposable incomes from the other networks.
Does this mean that their business model will always work? No.
I think the both MSNBC and CNN have shifted moderately leftword in recognition of two things: (1) They'll likely not get all of that demographic back no matter what they do; (2) they know that the majority of their viewers are looking for news programming that reflects their own personal biases and since the conservatives left there is no reason to be fair and balanced.
I'm curious about something that maybe worth somebody starting a poll to get at. Do only conservatives recognize the bias of the major networks & CNN? Do only liberals recognize the biases of Fox News Channel?
Finally, recall that UC Santa Barb study concerning this recent election. In it they found that the majority of reports on Democrat candidates were positive while only 11% of the reports about Republicans was positive.
What kind of news are we getting? How is it projected? What impact has it on elections? Is there a world view commonly shared within the news media that is unwittingly portrayed?
That is why I don't single-source news.