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Fox, Hannity, Clobber Cable Rivals in Ratings

What would happen if CBS reporter Dan Rather were punched in the stomach by some goons on live television back in the day? Well, actually, he was. On the floor of the 1968 Democratic Convention. Here’s the clip. 

Do you think this was blacked out by CBS? Of course not. Walter Cronkite, sitting up in the anchor booth, exploded in anger on air: “I think we got a bunch of thugs here, Dan” he snapped, the clip later shown over and over.

Has CBS shown what happened to Fox contributor Steven Crowder the other day? When Crowder, like Rather, was punched by “a bunch of thugs”?

Not a prayer. As Newsbusters reports, CBS totally ignored the attack on Crowder, as was true of NBC and ABC.

All of which helps explain why our friends at Fox News have once again spent another year clobbering the liberal cable channels in the ratings.

As the Daily Caller reports here, this makes the 11th year in a row — say again the 11th year in a row — that Fox has beaten the pants off of MSNBC and the once-dominant CNN.

The 2012 data comes as always from the Nielsen Media research folks. And it is indeed amazing data when you consider the hammerlock liberal networks once had in the ratings department.

Fox wins the day outright in eleven out of the first eleven categories in total viewers, and wins the first seven with that always coveted 25-54 demographic.

Our friend Sean Hannity has almost twice or more the audience of his competitors.

In fact, the entire Fox lineup runs the table. To put names and faces to all of this, it means the combined efforts of the various Fox shows, beginning with the morning Fox and Friends and running through the day with hosts Bill Hemmer, Martha McCallum, Jon Scott, Jenna Lee, Megyn Kelly, Shepherd Smith, Neil Cavuto, The Five, Brett Baier, Smith again, and on to O’Reilly, Hannity and Greta Van Susteren, are cleaning the collective clocks of their rivals.

Somewhere along the line here it might be noted that professionally speaking Fox simply gives good television. A vastly superior product gushing forth daily not to mention hourly. For which Roger Ailes and Rupert Murdoch deserve immense credit.

The defeat of Mitt Romney can easily make some believe that the efforts of presenting a fair and balanced network with a decided positive focus on conservatism is somehow to no avail.

This is a mistake — and a big one.

The dominance of the liberal media in the pre-Fox era did not prevent the election of Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, or George H.W. Bush, not to mention the election of a GOP Congress in 1994 as led by Newt Gingrich. It is a mistake to equate network ratings with the ability of candidate A or B to win the presidency or the Congress.

The importance of Fox — and talk radio as well, the latter an institution that was revolutionized by Rush Limbaugh — is that the monopoly on the media narrative of what is happening in America and the world has been not just broken but shattered.

For good.

One need only look at the recent dust-up in Lansing, Michigan, with Big Labor to understand how the game works. Every bit of that story made Fox News — both the labor side of the story… and the incredible story of labor goons physically attacking Fox contributor Steven Crowder and tearing down the tent of the people from Americans for Prosperity.

For that matter, when CBS correspondent Lara Logan was attacked in Cairo a while back Fox made a point of reporting the story, with Hannity discussing it several times.

Why? Not as some sort of favor to CBS. But because — hello? — the attack on Logan was news.

News. And unlike the liberal media, Fox News is about news.

One need look only to the angry whining coming from uber-leftist Robert F. Kennedy,Jr. the other day to understand how traumatized the American Left has become because of the success of Fox and talk radio.

Said RFK Jr. as reported here by Newsbusters:

There’s two things happening. One is the influence of big money in politics, and the other is the right-wing control of the American media, particularly starting with Fox News. 95 percent of talk radio in our country is right-wing, and you need, according to Pew survey, and you, so a whole section of our country that that’s what they’re hearing. They wake up in the morning, when they go to bed at night.

Twenty-two percent of Americans say their primary news source is Fox News. I think that that has, that has, it’s divided our country in a way that we haven’t been divided probably since the Civil War, and that it’s empowered these large corporations to get certain kinds of politicians and ideologues who are in the United States Congress elected — the Tea Party ideologues who control the Republican Party.


It is always amusing to see the horror that liberals display at the realization that ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, CNN, the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Time, Newsweek and all the rest no longer control the narrative of the day. Not to put too fine a point on this, but in a few weeks Newsweek in print will simply cease to exist, so badly did its flag carrying of the liberal narrative damage its circulation.

So as the end-of-year reflections begin to pour forth — here’s to Fox News. Congratulations to Hannity and all the Fox crew from the on-camera talent to the behind-the-scenes production crews to those working in the executive suites.

A job well done. The American television audience has just given them all a well-deserved two-thumbs up yet again.

And a Merry Christmas to you to, Mr. Kennedy.

Jeffrey Lord
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Jeffrey Lord, a contributing editor to The American Spectator, is a former aide to Ronald Reagan and Jack Kemp. An author and former CNN commentator, he writes from Pennsylvania at His new book, Swamp Wars: Donald Trump and The New American Populism vs. The Old Order, is now out from Bombardier Books.
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