Fox News Channel kicks the other cable news channels month after month. I find this somewhat hard to explain as the channel is completely bias, slanted, tilted and in the back pocket of right-wing conservatives. But then again hard-core conservatives feel they are at war with the other political factions in the U.S.A. And these right-wingers watch a lot of news T.V. to keep tabs on how the war is progressing.
Bill O’Reilly (above) is just a big bombastic buffoon who never listens to anybody else. If he has a couple of the FNC blonde bimbo commentators on the set with him, he just ignores what they are trying to say, and continues on with his nonsensical diatribes. He treats guests on his show like lepers. He keeps his distance and appears to want to get rid of them as fast as possible.
Hannity is a former sports commentator turned politico ignoramus. He is so uniformed that he makes George W. Bush look like an Ivy League political science prof guru. The rest of the crew on FNC, including Greta Van Susteren, are so obsessed with the war to defeat Obama and any other liberals that they spew vitriol hatred that makes the late Ayotallah Khomeini seem reasonable.
Back at CNN Anderson Cooper can get really boring. And his topics sometimes are comparable to sleeping aids. That thick accented Brit Piers Morgan, who replaced Larry King, can barely be understood at times with that upper class London dialect. Morgan also acts not like an interviewer but like a commentator most of the time. He starts getting into tangents where he seems to be interviewing himself, on topics that he knows nothing about.
Rachel Maddow on MSNBC is always interesting and original. And Ed Schultz from The Ed Show on MSNBC played a year for the Blue Bombers. In my books that makes him a good guy. He also ties into right-wing conservatives like a rabid grizzly on a killing spree. He is one of the few liberal commentators that takes no prisoners.
And so the cable news wars continue, let the most outrageously misinformed and dishonest not win.
FBN stands for Fox Business News. HLN is CNN’s Headline News.
Source: TV by the Numbers
Same Day Cable News Daily Ratings for November 14, 2011
|P2+ (000s)||25-54 (000s)||35-64 (000s)|
|Primetime||P2+ (000s)||25-54 (000s)||35-64 (000s)|
|Net||Morning programs (6-9 AM)||P2+ (000s)||25-54 (000s)||35-64 (000s)|
|FNC||FOX & Friends||1,121||331||642|
|HLN||Morning Express w/ Meade||234||98||135|
|Net||5PM||P2+ (000s)||25-54 (000s)||35-64 (000s)|
|MSNBC||Hardball WITH C. MATTHEWS||866||164||347|
|HLN||HLN SPECIAL REPORT||182||59||73|
|Net||6PM||P2+ (000s)||25-54 (000s)||35-64 (000s)|
|FNC||SPECIAL RPT W/BRET BAIER||2,104||493||836|
|CNN||John King USA||552||111||177|
|Net||7PM||P2+ (000s)||25-54 (000s)||35-64 (000s)|
|FNC||The Fox Report W/S.SMITH||1,969||435||864|
|CNN||ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT||465||121||192|
|MSNBC||Hardball WITH C. MATTHEWS||819||191||404|
|Net||8PM||P2+ (000s)||25-54 (000s)||35-64 (000s)|
|FNC||THE OREILLY FACTOR||3,185||725||1,404|
|CNN||Anderson Cooper 360||507||157||236|
|CNBC||BILLIONS BEHIND BARS||181||61||103|
|Net||9PM||P2+ (000s)||25-54 (000s)||35-64 (000s)|
|CNN||Piers Morgan Tonight||544||126||195|
|MSNBC||Rachel Maddow Show||814||245||366|
|CNBC||SPRAWLING FROM GRACE||69||24||47|
|Net||10PM||P2+ (000s)||25-54 (000s)||35-64 (000s)|
|FNC||ON THE RECORD W/GRETA||1,669||409||741|
|CNN||Anderson Cooper 360||565||206||275|
|MSNBC||Last Word W/ L. ODONNELL||766||173||302|
|Net||11PM||P2+ (000s)||25-54 (000s)||35-64 (000s)|
|FNC||THE OREILLY FACTOR||1,258||410||665|
|CNN||ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT||333||102||167|
P2+ = viewers over the age of 2
(25-54) = Adults 25-54 viewing
(35-64) = Adults 35-64 viewing
Prime Time = 8-11pm
While watching a lot of CNN I have become confounded at the networks panel of experts set-up. When the news channel discusses leading news topics like the economy, the war in Libya or Somali pirates they bring on experts to discuss those issues. And the panels of experts seem to be getting bigger and bigger. The host, whether it be Anderson Cooper or Wolf Blitzer or whoever, begins to introduce the panelists. As I watch I am expecting maybe 2-3 panelists, maybe 3-4 maximum. But lately CNN starts bringing on 6-7 panelists to discuss an issue during a 15 minute segment.
Each panelist gets one chance to blurt out their opinions. The good ones are muffled for most of the segment while we are forced to listen to the less talented pundits. Why not just bring out 2 or 3 of the best panelists so we can get logical analysis? They bring out so many panelists you don’t have a clue to who is talking. It gets very confusing.
The Casey Anthony murder trial is a real circus in terms of panelists. From profilers to body language experts the panels on this story are very crowded. They have even brought out Marcia Clark, the prosecution attorney who botched the O.J. Simpson trial. Who wants to listen to that incompetent bimbo?
Below is a panel, that I think I saw, analysing the Weinergate story. Weinergate is the story of horny New York congressman Anthony Weiner who sent pictures of his erect member to women via email. Why is it that so many politicians just can’t keep their libido under control? They are like alley cats in heat for crying out loud.
Anyway here is the panel that discussed whether Weiner should resign or stay on. And whether he should receive treatment at the Tiger Woods Institute for the Abnormally Sexually Aroused.
It is finally over. Thank the Gods for that. It was overkill in its most obnoxious form. The media jumped on the bandwagon and soaked it up to no end.
The media is going to great lengths to cover the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton this Friday, with CNN alone dedicating 125 reporters to the event. Here are some of the extremes media outlets are undertaking:
Fox News Channel (FNC) is way out in front in the cable news wars in the United States. In my opinion this is surprising considering that Fox is as biased as it gets. They espouse the conservative right-wing point of view with unrelenting ferocious tenacity. They do not really report the news, they report the views that they want to become the news. Does the name Joseph Goebbels come to mind?
From Sean Hannity to the bully Bill O’Reilly the commentators are sound pieces for the American far right-wing. Sarah Palin with all her verbal gaffes and blatant ignorance is depicted as one of the news analyst gurus on the station.
And then there is Glenn Beck. This guy is completely off his rocker. A combination of conspiracy theorist and coming Armageddon soul saver. He believes the world is being taken over by a socialist global power group that wants to promote an atheistic unified world order. This guy converted to Mormonism, enough said. And yet his ratings are sky high.
He caters to the paranoia of many Americans.
It is possible that many liberal Americans just don’t spend much time watching cable news channels. While paranoid right-wing Americans (a la Tea Party types) are always tuning in to find out what the demon enemy is up to now. They want to know if they should go ahead and spend that 60 grand on the doomsday shelter. And Fox propagandists give them a minute by minute analysis of the machinations of the godless hordes.
Below are the ratings. FBN is Fox Business Channel.
Live + Same Day Cable News Daily Ratings for March 31, 2011
|P2+ (000s)||25-54 (000s)||35-64 (000s)|