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July 27, 2010

NO ONE NOTICES THE CONTRAST OF WHITE ON WHITE.... Fox News viewers have been treated with an overabundance of coverage of "news" about the New Black Panther Party and Shirley Sherrod, who at least initially, the network accused of discriminating against whites.

Isn't Fox News concerned about driving away its African-American viewers with such racially-charged coverage? Probably not -- the network just doesn't have many African-American viewers to drive away.

Fox News may be the undisputed ratings champion in cable news, but not among black viewers.

The New York Times' Brian Stelter tweeted that, according to Nielsen Media Research, Fox News has averaged just 29,000 black viewers in primetime so far this television season (9/09-7/10).

For comparison purposes, note that 20.7% of CNN's viewers are black. For MSNBC, the number is 19.3%.

For Fox News, it's just 1.38%.

I'm going to go out on a limb and guess that this isn't likely to change anytime soon.

The National Association of Black Journalists has faulted Fox for years for inaccurately portraying blacks. And Mr. Beck called Mr. Obama a racist last August, prompting an advertiser boycott that continues.

In the last month, Fox doggedly pursued an accusation of voter intimidation by a fringe hate group called the New Black Panthers on the day of the last presidential election. One news anchor, Megyn Kelly, devoted dozens of segments to the incident. (Ms. Kelly was even upbraided on the air by a Fox News contributor, Kirsten Powers, who accused her of doing the "scary black man thing."

Last fall, Fox's news programs gave heavy play to heavily edited tapes that appeared to show counselors at the liberal community organizing group Acorn giving advice to an ostensible pimp and his prostitute about evading taxes and setting up a brothel. [...]

Over the weekend, a former Democratic National Committee chairman, Howard Dean, accused Fox of pushing "a theme of black racism."


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I'm going to assume those 29,000 were flat on their backs in nursing homes with no way to get the remotes.

Posted by: shortstop on July 27, 2010 at 3:30 PM | PERMALINK

Don't you just love the fact that a company owned by an Australian and partly owned by a Saudi Arabian prince sets the tone of political discourse in the USA?

I've often wondered what the feeble minded simpletons that make up Fox's base (you know, the people with no lives and nothing to do but sit around and watch TV all day which propels the high ratings) would do if they knew foreigners were running the show.

Posted by: citizen_pain on July 27, 2010 at 3:32 PM | PERMALINK

I've often wondered what the feeble minded simpletons that make up Fox's base (you know, the people with no lives and nothing to do but sit around and watch TV all day which propels the high ratings) would do if they knew foreigners were running the show.

Don't worry, they'd find a way to rationalize it.

A recent study showed that when confronted with facts that directly contradict their beliefs, people of a certain cast of mind *coughwingnutscough* will actually cling that much harder to their beliefs.

So facts mean nothing to these people.

Posted by: Gummo on July 27, 2010 at 3:36 PM | PERMALINK

Shorter: perhaps if more of teh blecks bought Gold from Goldline, there would be more black centric programming from Fox - you know, stories about young bucks using Foodstamps to buy T-Bones and the old MTV video of ODB riding to cash his welfare check in a limo...ya know, classy journalism.

Posted by: polldancer on July 27, 2010 at 3:38 PM | PERMALINK

Slightly OT, but ACORN is mentioned so I am making the connection.
What I don't understand is how ACORN has not sued someone over falsifying the story about them that got them shut down. Can I just make up a video that tells a lie and ruins someone's life, in this case many lives, and not have to pay any price?
I'd love to see the doctored video of Rush in conjugal relations with a young boy. I'm sure there is sufficient video for a talented video editor to put together something like this. Any takers?

Posted by: st john on July 27, 2010 at 3:43 PM | PERMALINK

and in between the moon and you, the angels got a better view - of the crumbling difference between wrong and right. . .

(thanks for sticking that in my head, Steve. did you intentionally refer to the highly relevant "crumbing difference between wrong and right" phrase?)

Posted by: zeitgeist on July 27, 2010 at 3:43 PM | PERMALINK

Bigots are just people like you and me, waiting to discover their humanity.

Until that time... fuck 'em.

Posted by: Rochester on July 27, 2010 at 3:50 PM | PERMALINK

"For Fox News, it's just 1.38%."

And yet, Steve, that is way more diverse than the invitation only membership of JounralList of which you were a member What's the matter with you people? Are all of you guys racists or what? LOL

Posted by: Chicounsel on July 27, 2010 at 3:56 PM | PERMALINK

"...the crumbling difference between wrong and right."

Posted by: Counting Crows on July 27, 2010 at 4:03 PM | PERMALINK

But they've got Juan Williams. (Oh I forgot -- to steal from Paul Mooney -- he makes Bryant Gumbel look like Malcom X.)

Posted by: Sir Charles on July 27, 2010 at 4:42 PM | PERMALINK

@st. john
Juan Carlos Vera from the San Diego office of ACORN has suit for invasion of privacy. He was one of the workers who contacted the police but was terminated anyway by ACORN before it closed.

Posted by: anomimouse on July 27, 2010 at 5:00 PM | PERMALINK

If Fox News has only 2 million viewers out of a US population of over 300 million, why do we keep hearing about it all the time? Or is the fact that it's on in all the airports, hotel lobbies, capitol hill offices enough to make it "relevant"?

By the way, Murdoch became a US citizen some time ago in order to comply with some FCC rules about foreign ownership...

Posted by: jmm on July 27, 2010 at 5:02 PM | PERMALINK

sure wish i could find a geographic breakdown of fauxnews viewers...wouldn't be surprised that if they have the southern white demographic totally wrapped up and trail cnn everywhere else...

Posted by: dj spellchecka on July 27, 2010 at 5:04 PM | PERMALINK

@anomimouse-Thanks for the info. Now, if only ALL those harmed would do likewise. Where is the ACLU to file a mass suit against the perpetrators? Surely more than one person's rights were violated.
When will Ms. Sherrod have her day(s) in court?

Posted by: st john on July 27, 2010 at 5:19 PM | PERMALINK

Fox will say that this proves that black people are racist.

Posted by: Baldrick on July 27, 2010 at 6:12 PM | PERMALINK

From today's Borowitz report:
Elsewhere, Apple unveiled a new iPhone app that translates Fox News into news.

Posted by: exlibra on July 27, 2010 at 7:36 PM | PERMALINK

Perhaps Rupert Murrrrdoch doesn't like black people... Except for those of the Oreo persuasion. Or the lawn jockey type.

to paraphrase Ed Buck, the guy instrumental in getting Az Gov Evan Mecham removed from office, "I've probably slept with more blacks than Murdoch has shaken hands with."

Posted by: KurtRex1453 on July 27, 2010 at 7:40 PM | PERMALINK

correction: "... Slept with more black MEN than Murdoch has...". just so that's clear...

Posted by: KurtRex1453 on July 27, 2010 at 7:43 PM | PERMALINK

Funny. I thought this post would point out how Fox uses scary black people to distract white people from the scary white people who exploit them.

Posted by: John Henry on July 27, 2010 at 11:25 PM | PERMALINK




 

 

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