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Left-wing author explains why newspapers and CNN are dying, and shows why FOX News is so hated by the left.


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Note: The man being interviewed is a leftist and biased against FOX News. When he states that FOX is a “niche market” of “poor rural people,” he is completely off base. FOX News has more viewers than CNN, MSNBC, and CNBC put together. The top six most watched cable news shows are all on FOX.

However, the man is correct in saying that Rupert Murdoch is a fellow leftist who doesn’t even like FOX News. Murdoch’s massive newspaper empires in Australia and Italy are on the far-left. It is only FOX News and the New York Post that take a right of center editorial stance, and this came about as a business decision on the part of men working for Murdoch, not based on Murdoch’s own political views.

From Huffington Post…

Fox News averaged 2.25 million total viewers in prime time for the third quarter, up 2% over the previous year. That’s more than CNN (946,000, down 30%) and MSNBC (788,000, down 10%) combined.

“The O’Reilly Factor” led all cable news programs with an average of 3.295 million total viewers for the quarter, up 12% over the previous year. “Hannity” (2.603 million, up 9%), “Glenn Beck” (2.403 million, up 89%), “On the Record with Greta van Susteren” (2.150 million, up 16%), and “Special Report with Bret Baier” (1.997 million, up 20%) rounded out the top five.

Meanwhile, flagship programs at MSNBC and CNN did not sustain their growth from 3Q 2008: At MSNBC, “Countdown with Keith Olbermann” averaged 1.087 million total viewers, down 12% from the previous year and “The Rachel Maddow Show” averaged 996,000 total viewers (Maddow began the program in September 2008, so a comparison for the quarter would be inaccurate; compared to September 2008, though, Maddow’s September 2009 total viewer average is down 40%). At CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360” averaged 1.005 million viewers, down 17% from the previous year and “Lou Dobbs” averaged 658,000 total viewers, down 24%. Larry King and Campbell Brown were both down just slightly in total viewers.

CNN in particular had a rough quarter in the primetime Adults 25-54 demo: the network dropped 39% compared to 3Q 2008, averaging 287,000 viewers.