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Nielsen: Fox News ratings up 9% since White House declared war

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Fox News Ratings up nine percent
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Since the White House 'war on Fox' began two weeks ago, Fox News ratings are up nine percent.  Pundits from the left and the right advised the White House that an attack on a news organization would only backfire.  It appears the pundits were right.

This week, when Fox was excluded from the interview schedule, the other networks protested.  The reason may be out of honor for the first amendment or self preservation as the same treatment could be afforded them if they don't hold the Obama policy line.

It’s a nine-percent bump in the two weeks since Anita Dunn’s whine heard ’round the world — in terms of overall audience. Among the coveted 25-54 demographic? A 14-percent bump. Good work, Barry. People keep telling me that this PR offensive by the White House benefits both sides but I don’t see how that’s true. If the goal is to contain Fox by framing the stories it breaks — Van Jones, ACORN, etc — as somehow illegitimate, then every tenth of a point that Fox’s ratings go up undermines that goal.

Comments

  • KK 4 years ago

    How is the morbid curiosity of viewers to see the worst, most untruthful, most slanderous, most libelous so-called news broadcast for themselves bad for the white house's goal to high-light that Fox News is not a legitimate news organization? Why would focusing on Fox News have lead to anything else but a ratings increase and why would that be any indication as to what people think of the broadcast? You assume too much...

  • juliobrz 4 years ago

    FOX "News" is a circus. We love watching clowns. It has nothing to do with content or reporting. It's just fun to laugh at the clowns, like Billo and the other crazies.

  • Justin 4 years ago

    The 9% increase is misleading. The 9% increase is comparing
    14 days prior vs. 12 days later. However, if they compared 14 days prior vs. 14 days later it would be 2% increase (which is nothing). They left out the 2 days (sat and sun), because it's the least busiest in the news business. Fox News will do anything to make themselves look good.