Thursday, January 20, 2011

Falling Fox

When one has come to instinctively mistrust the judgment of his countrymen, it comes as a considerable and pleasant surprise to see public sentiment shift back toward agreement. Of course where I live, it still seems like the Gospel according to Beck and no one thinks he's rewriting history by pretending Tom Paine was a Christian nationalist, In fact support for the network whose scripts are faxed in from the GOP and which makes million dollar contributions to GOP candidates has only fallen marginally, but according to Public Policy Polling, amongst the public in general, Fox has fallen from the pedestal, down to the level of CNN and PBS is now seen as the most trustworthy. No wonder many Republicans want to get rid of it.

Do I doubt those results? Hell no, it's just too much like Christmas in January to want to ruin the buzz.


Buffalo said...

Fox is what it is. If a person is constipated, watching Fox News is a good thing.

CNN is ... well, it is there and they get it right now and again.

PBS (television and radio) I both like and dislike. Down home it was my primary news feed. My problem with it came from the local programming. It was 99% heavily biased toward the left; so much so it sounded like a P.R. agency. Public Broadcast should be neutral.
Balance is a good thing.

Baltazar said...

Remenber when MacCarthy began to slip,the repubs were the first to snarl "he failed".

Capt. Fogg said...

Hey the Repubs were claiming Clinton failed 6 weeks before he was inaugurated. That's just the way they are.

Neutral is relative, but of course we could get a lot closer to it without spending 90% of the time telling us what everything means in hysterical tones. But then they'd have to fill all that time with something else -- maybe all those stories they never touch and you'll only hear about on BBC?

I'm just happy to see Fox down off the top of Mt. Sinai, wandering in the desert with the rest of us.

Anonymous said...

Apparently, those who distrust Fox don't watch much TV:

THURS. JAN. 20, 2011

FOXNEWS SHEP 1,786,000
FOXNEWS BECK 1,780,000
CNN PIERS 1,025,000
CNN COOPER 740,000

Capt. Fogg said...

Ratings and trust are not the same thing and perhaps not closely related either. Drudge isn't telling whether people trust what they're saying or whether the trust is better this year than last and so these numbers don't make the point you think you're making (nor is Drudge exactly a dependable source)

The assertion that it's only the people who don't watch it that don't like it is a tautology, by the way and there's no logical point to be had in a tautology, is there?

On the other hand, the statistics seem to say that dedicated followers don't watch anything but Fox, which so often is contradicted by every other source on the planet and covers fewer news items then most others.

I don't trust Fox because I've caught them in lies and I've noticed they don't retract or even mention their mistakes. Fox doesn't follow up or retract or even re-evaluate. I've written about many of their hyperbolic distortions and outright scams.

The recent leak of internal e-mails showing who calls the shots and who writes the scripts and how much money Fox gives to the GOP and how all the staff are far right Republicans has not helped Fox's declining respect and from what I hear in this staunchly Republican outpost I live in, I believe they're being seen increasingly as the dishonest propagandists they are.