Saturday, December 14, 2013

Media Matters Declares 'Victory' over Fox News

Media Matters Declares 'Victory' over Fox News
by John Nolte 13 Dec 2013, 10:47 AM PDT
Like a frustrated child who flips over a board game and screams, "I win!", the George Soros-funded, tax exempt Media Matters for America declared victory in its years-long war against Fox News. Although Fox News regularly pulls in more viewers than both of its left-wing counterparts (CNN and MSNBC) combined, and recent polls show that Fox is trusted more than almost every other news source, Media Matters would like its donors to know it has won:

[I]n the coming years, Fox will no longer be the center of Media Matters' universe. That's because the group believes it has effectively discredited the network's desire to be seen as "fair and balanced."

"The war on Fox is over," said Media Matters Executive Vice President Angelo Carusone. "And it's not just that it's over, but it was very successful. To a large extent, we won."

As recently as last month, a poll showed that Fox News is the most trusted source of information about the most important issue in America today: ObamaCare. Fox News beat "friends and family," NPR, President Obama, and every rival news network.

As recently as last month, Fox News absolutely crushed CNN and MSNBC in the ratings. In both total viewers and the all-important 25-54 age demo, Fox News beat both of them combined. Moreover, out of over 100 channels, Fox News is #2 in all of cable.

In February of this year, the left-wing PPP found that Fox News was the second-most trusted name in news after PBS, with 41% support. As far as mistrust, Fox is upside down by 5 points. MSNBC is upside down by 9, 35%-44%; CNN is upside down by 5, 38%-43%.
When compared directly to its broadcast competition, 34% percent chose Fox as most trustworthy. Second place wasn't even close, with PBS at 13%. Fox was also the most mistrusted by 39% of viewers, but that just means that Media Matters wasn't even able to convince 20% of Obama supporters to mistrust Fox.

Much was made of the fact that this poll showed erosion in trust for Fox News, but that had to be cold comfort for Media Matters and the left in general. Left-wing outlets like Politico can spin that to their hearts' content, but it is just a fact that CNN is vanishing and MSNBC is sinking while Fox News's dominance appears to be just getting started.

Changes made recently in the Fox News primetime line-up, including the addition of Megyn Kelly, have been a huge boon for a programming block that was already dominant. Meanwhile, CNN has announced it will move away from news during its primetime hours and MSNBC has lost half its primetime audience, compared to last year.

Fox News isn't just dominant; it's competition is in deep, deep water and either drowning or barely treading water.

If that's a victory for Media Matters, I'd love to know what defeat looks like.

But don't worry, Media Matters's donors: that's not a white flag you’re seeing. It's David Brock waving goodbye to you as his luxury Victory Cruise heads out to sea.

Fox News
Media Matters monitors Fox News.

Note: Foundation to Promote Open Society was a funder for Media Matters, the International Rescue Committee, People for the American Way, the Aspen Institute (think tank), and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (think tank).
George Soros is the chairman for the Foundation to Promote Open Society.
Harold E. Ford Jr. is an overseer at the International Rescue Committee, a political commentator for MSNBC, and a 2008 Bilderberg conference participant (think tank).
Up Late With Alec Baldwin was an MSNBC program.
Alec Baldwin was the host for Up Late With Alec Baldwin, and is a director at People for the American Way.
Walter Isaacson is the president & CEO for the Aspen Institute (think tank), and was the chairman & CEO for CNN.
Ted Turner is the founder for CNN, and a co-chairman for the Nuclear Threat Initiative (think tank).
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (think tank) was a funder for the Nuclear Threat Initiative (think tank).
Jessica Tuchman Mathews is a director at the Nuclear Threat Initiative (think tank), the president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (think tank), a director at the American Friends of Bilderberg (think tank), and a 2008 Bilderberg conference participant (think tank).
Ed Griffin’s interview with Norman Dodd in 1982
(The investigation into the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace uncovered the plans for population control by involving the United States in war)

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