I was perusing the comments on an article I wrote about the White House omitting the word “news” from Fox News place cards at the annual State Of The Union luncheon. What I found were multiple instances of Fox viewers defending the network as truthful because, well…just look at those ratings:
Ratings don’t equal truth, Moose. People are emotional creatures, and when you appeal to the uneducated, misinformed and ignorant with headlines that include things like “death panels,” you’re sure to get them to keep tuning in.
The Obama administration doesn’t want Fox to follow their lead, scooter. They just don’t believe propaganda and lies deserve the title “news.” Love your profile pic, by the way.
Jealous of the audience Fox has? The average Fox viewer is 68. They score the lowest ratings with the 18-54 crowd. They are predominantly male and 98% white. Nobody is jealous of that viewership, it’s exactly what you’d expect.
It’s absolutely astounding that Fox viewers attribute truth to ratings. If that were the case The Kardashians would be the all-American family, Honey Boo-Boo would be the typical American child and everyone would get rich by growing beards and making duck calls.
It’s absurd. Fox has placed the word “news” on their network, yet little of what they report on is actual news. According to Punditfact:
At Fox and Fox News, 10 percent of the claims PunditFact has rated have been True, 11 percent Mostly True, 18 percent Half True, 21 percent Mostly False, 31 percent False and nine percent Pants on Fire.
That means about 60 percent of the claims checked have been rated Mostly False or worse.
To those of us under 68, non-white or female, that adds up to whole lot of BS.
A poll conducted by Farleigh Dickinson University showed that Fox News viewers are less informed than people who watch no news at all.
Are the viewers of Fox captivated by their hateful content or are they watching with the volume off? This photo, circulated on Reddit, shows the diversity of an overwhelming majority of Fox News actors and just why those 68-year-old white men might be watching so often.
The showcase of the network is of course Megyn Kelly, whose appeal can be summed up with one picture:
Yes, Megyn is an attractive woman. That didn’t quite matter when her primetime debut, which was met with more than 2 million viewers, attracted approximately 10% of the key 18-54 demographic.
It seems grumpy old men who love Fox News are and always will be their bread and butter.
Sorry, Fox viewers. The ratings don’t matter. It seems the White House got it right after all.
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