Friday, September 10, 2004

latest cable news numbers

via Drudge:

FOXNEWS HANNITY/COLMES 2.2
FOXNEWS O'REILLY 2.1 [RATING]
FOXNEWS GRETA 1.7
FOXNEWS BRIT HUME 1.4
FOXNEWS SHEP SMITH 1.3
CNN LARRY KING 1.2
CNN AARON BROWN 0.8
CNN PAULA ZAHN 0.6
MSNBC HARDBALL 0.6
MSNBC OLBERMAN 0.5
MSNBC SCARBOROUGH 0.5
MSNBC NORVILLE 0.4
CNBC MILLER 0.1
CNBC MCENROE 0.1

Wow. That's a slaughter. I'm not sure what the liberal spin on this will be, since Democrats rely on television for their news too and presumably don't watch the diabolical media hand of the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy. I also think charges of Fox being a right-wing propaganda machine are false too; I remember Bill O'Reilly condeming the Swifties on the day those ads came out. I think liberals' main objection to Fox News is that they employ conservative commentators as well as liberal ones. Apart from the emasculated Tucker Carlson (who is also moderate to liberal on gay marriage) and anti-Iraq-war Bob Novak, I can't name any other conservative commentators on the CNN payroll. Of course, their reporting is obviously slanted left, but it's harder to prove that with tallys and numbers.

In other news, I saw Lou Dobbs last night, where he was talking about outsourcing of jobs. The disdain with which he treated businesses (he had one employer on the air who outsourced some telemarketing stuff to India) who do such a thing was palpable, but I also do not understand the uproar about this. Obviously there is an emotional aspect, in that the pictures of Mom & Pop Smith losing their jobs to an overseas worker is potent stuff, particularly for a liberal network. But, as far as I can understand, isn't the economic benefit of outsourcing passed along to all the consumers in America, who then get goods and services at a cheaper price? If anyone else knows more about this than me, please post some stuff, because my understanding is very rudimentary, to put it generously.

1 Comments:

At 8:18 AM, Blogger Tortfeasor said...

Tucker Carlson brings a knife to a gunfight routinely on Crossfire. He doesn't have the brass balls to do battle with Carville/Begala on a daily basis. He needs to be more willing to lie like Begala/Carville. Those guys will say anything to score applause with the audience.

 

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