Thread: Frank Rich: Fox News Is Dying
#1 Frank Rich: Fox News Is Dying01-27-2014, 02:02 PM
Mon Jan 27, 2014, 09:34 AM
Frank Rich: Fox News Is Dying
Fox News may be the dominant cable news channel by far. Its executives may be the subject of intense scrutiny whose every move is watched carefully and who inspire massive biographies. Its on-air talent may dominate headlines for days on end merely by discussing Santa Claus.
Despite all that, New York magazine columnist Frank Rich posited a provocative theory in the title's latest issue. Fox News, he wrote, is in terminal decline:
In truth, Fox News has been defeated on the media battlefield—and on the political battlefield as well. Even the 73-year-old wizard of Fox, Roger Ailes, now in full Lear-raging-on-the-heath mode as portrayed in my colleague Gabriel Sherman’s definitive new biography, "The Loudest Voice in the Room," seems to sense the waning of his power. The only people who seem not to know or accept Fox’s decline, besides its own audience, are liberals, including Barack Obama, whose White House mounted a short-lived, pointless freeze-out of Fox News in 2009, and who convinced himself that the network has shaved five points off his approval rating.
But Rich opined that the network's ratings mask more existential problems, including a rapidly aging, overwhelmingly white, politically cocooned audience, the rise of the Internet as a dominant form of communication, and what he called Fox News's "inability to navigate the conflict between the party Establishment and the radical base that is dividing the conservative ranks." That theory becomes more persuasive if you accept the narrative that many, including Sherman and CNN chief Jeff Zucker, posit: that Fox News exists more as a political operation than a news channel.
Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/0...n_4672800.htmlMay the FORCE be with you!
01-27-2014, 02:07 PM
It is sad to watch, they are dying in front of a larger share of news watchers all the time.
01-27-2014, 03:17 PM
Yeah, Fox News is dying. This is why their viewership is nearly twice what the other networks are combined. However, what's sad is that BSNBC is gaining viewership while CNN is dying. BSNBC had nearly 3 times the viewers than CNN in prime time for 1/23: http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/201...3-2014/231641/. Now the only place where Fox is losing viewers is during Greta's show at 7pm but it's still twice that of BSNBC.The Obama Administration: Deny. Deflect. Blame.
01-27-2014, 03:23 PM
The article is just an exercise in wishful thinking by a desperate sort.
01-27-2014, 04:16 PM
Isn't Frank Rich the same guy that single-handedly destroyed Newsweek by ramrodding his Lib agenda into everything in it when he was editor?
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01-27-2014, 11:33 PM
The fox still looks alive to me.
01-30-2014, 11:51 AM
Frank Rich is a former drama critic who graduated to writing opinion pieces for the NY Times when they decided that the one thing that politics needed was analysis by a guy with an encyclopedic knowledge of showtunes and Broadway gossip. He's now at New York Magazine doing the same thing that he did at the times, which is spinning wishful thinking as fact. He's one of the reasons that nobody takes the Times seriously.--Odysseus
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01-30-2014, 01:08 PM
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He's basing it on the belief that Fox simply can't convince new viewers to tune in. Which is silly.
It would be the same to believe that cig. companies can't get new smokers because the current smokers are dying out. Silly to believe.
Fox will take over more of the market as their competitors continue to fail and switch formats.
MSNBC is going full DNC propaganda broadcasting. Forgoing actual news and just pushing a line of liberal BS. Their president even stated, "We are not a source of breaking news" a few months ago.
CNN is in the process of shutting down HLN, and switching CNN over to reality and documentary TV. They are going the path of MTV. No longer what they started out as.
When viewers lose what they use to watch on one network, they will switch to another to get what they want. As MSNBC and CNN fold, their viewers will switch to FOX's benefit.Rest In Peace America
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01-30-2014, 02:11 PM
Critics would say that the reason why the liberal networks are failing is because there are more of them splitting the viewership. Of course this doesn't explain why Fox outdraws all of them combined.The Obama Administration: Deny. Deflect. Blame.
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