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#1 Posted on 2.9.04 1038.57
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Not sure if this means anything, but it is interesting nonetheless:

    Originally posted by Reuters
    The Fox News cable channel made a bit of television history by drawing more viewers than any of the Big Three broadcast networks on the opening night of major coverage of the Republican convention, according to figures issued on Wednesday.

    Fox News' presentation of Tuesday's speeches by California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and first lady Laura Bush drew 5.4 million viewers, more than broadcasters ABC, CBS or NBC.

    That marked what is believed to be the first time a cable channel has grabbed the biggest audience for a telecast of a single event covered by all the networks, Fox said.

    Combined viewership during the 10 o'clock hour in which the Big Three joined cable outlets Fox News, CNN and MSNBC in carrying Tuesday's proceedings totaled nearly 22.2 million, according to Nielsen Media Research.

    That was up from the 18.5 million six-network total for the first night of the Democratic convention in July, when former President Bill Clinton addressed the delegates.

    NBC was a close second behind Fox with 5.1 million viewers, followed by CBS with 4.4 million and ABC with 4.3 million. NBC's sister cable network, MSNBC, was fifth with 1.6 million viewers, and CNN was dead last with 1.5 million.


I do find it humorous that FNC nearly doubled the output of MSNBC and CNN combined.

Of course, I watched CSPAN because I don't care to hear either side bloviate during the speeches...
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#2 Posted on 2.9.04 1045.15
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I'm very suprised this didn't happen sooner. You figure at this point pretty much every conservative who is interested in the convention (save the couple like yourself who want no commentary) are all going to be tuning into FNC to get the spin they want to hear. For the average voter there's not a real difference in where you go for coverage (as there's really no one network that is acknowledged as the liberal network...MSNBC is I guess the closest to that but no one really ever wants to watch that network), whereas FNC is a "safe space" for conservatives to go to avoid what they feel is a media that is biased against them. I don't care for their coverage, but I do credit Roger Ailes with seeing a void in the tv news market and filling it.
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#3 Posted on 2.9.04 1047.08
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Howard Kurtz did an interesting piece last night on CNN showing Fox News getting a rating 128% higher during the RNC than the DNC. He pretty much admitted the leanings of each of the stations.

He said the reason for the rating change is "if you're a Yankee fan, you're going to watch the game on a Yankees-friendly station."

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#4 Posted on 2.9.04 1104.45
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    Originally posted by Grimis
    Not sure if Of course, I watched CSPAN because I don't care to hear either side bloviate during the speeches...


Yup, that's me too. I can only take so much of a cable news channel.
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#5 Posted on 2.9.04 1428.18
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I can only take so much of Susan Estrich's grim visage. Yikes.
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#6 Posted on 5.9.04 0213.28
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    Originally posted by spf2119
    I'm very suprised this didn't happen sooner. You figure at this point pretty much every conservative who is interested in the convention (save the couple like yourself who want no commentary) are all going to be tuning into FNC to get the spin they want to hear. For the average voter there's not a real difference in where you go for coverage (as there's really no one network that is acknowledged as the liberal network...MSNBC is I guess the closest to that but no one really ever wants to watch that network), whereas FNC is a "safe space" for conservatives to go to avoid what they feel is a media that is biased against them.

That is one of the best points I ever read here, makes all the sense in the world. Republicans are known for loving to be spoon fed their ideals and listen to only that, one of the reasons why conservative radio is so popular... It's funny that any news media that is somewhat centered is considered liberal.
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#7 Posted on 5.9.04 0249.06
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That was a pretty judgemental and inflammatory post.
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#8 Posted on 5.9.04 1341.41
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One word...Shocking...heh.
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#9 Posted on 5.9.04 1508.09
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Actually, I *only* watched MSNBC during the GOP convention because I wanted to hear the "other side." I find that when conservatives are doing good in the spotlight, Chris Matthews is reasonably tolerable. Plus Ron Silver is my new hero.

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