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Compare and contrast: Fox News vs ABC News

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Posted on February 25 2010 12:00 pm
Kathy Shaidle blogs at FiveFeetOfFury, now entering its 11th year online. Her latest book is Acoustic Ladylandkathy shaidle, which Mark Steyn calls "a must-read."

Even today, Media Matters is still pushing their tired meme about the “Glenn Beck boycott.” As I’ve explained, this boycott literally cannot work, because cable TV has a different business model than broadcast television.

Speaking of which…

It’s sad to see the George Soros Steno Pool desperately pushing their “boycott” non-story in light of reports like this:

Exhibit A:

ABC News will cut 300-400 jobs — 25% of its work force — in a restructuring that will dramatically change the way it gathers and produces news, the Los Angeles Times reports. The news follows a round of layoffs at CBS News only three weeks ago.

Exhibit B:

The FOX News Channel (FNC) operating income, as compared to the prior year, increased 50% for both the fourth quarter and the full year, primarily from increased affiliate revenues. For the full year, FNC primetime ratings were up 45% compared with the same period a year ago.

Exhibit C:

Fox News was the #2 cable network in primetime last week, averaging around 500,000 viewers less than #1 USA Network. MSNBC came in #27 and CNN was #33 in primetime. In total day, Fox was the #4 cable network, while CNN was #28 and MSNBC was #35.

In the rankings for cable news programs, Fox again had the top 13 led by “The O’Reilly Factor,” which averaged almost 4 million viewers the week of Jon Stewart’s appearance. FNC’s late-late night program, “Red Eye,” which airs at 3am on the east coast, ranked ahead of CNN’s primetime programs in the A25-54 demo.

Wow, it’s almost like ordinary people are boycotting liberal TV news!

For people with the word “media” in their name, who claim to be hip, plugged-in and progressive, you’d think all that hard evidence might have some kind of impact on Media Matters. Apparently, you’d be wrong.

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