Alert! The good news continues to roll in for the Fox News Channel, which was the most-watched basic cable television network across total day and primetime viewing during the week of August 5-11, a feat FNC has accomplished for 31 consecutive weeks. In addition, the Hannity program at 9 p.m. on Wednesday, August 7, delivered a 3.3 million total and 546,000 in the coveted demographic of viewers from 25 to 54 years of age. The milestone was an apparent result of the FNC host exclusively interviewing 2020 Democratic candidate Bill de Blasio, the mayor of New York City.
Sixteen months ago, The Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC surpassed the ratings of rival Sean Hannity on the Fox News Channel, and people wondered if the liberal network might actually replace the top-rated TV news source. That situation has changed dramatically, and on Tuesday, the Nielsen company released ratings for July, in which Hannity was declared the top-rated program in cable news for the fourth month in a row while Maddow slid to fifth place in the 9 p.m. time slot.
The leftist media seeks to vilify those who support conservative ideals and glorify all who oppose them. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R), has felt the wrath of the press for decades so it’s not surprising that the liberal media are pulling out all the stops for his Democratic opponent Amy McGrath.
As NewsBusters has previously reported, CNN’s Chris Cillizza wrote an op-ed torching the idea of raising “unfounded questions about a presidential candidate’s health.” As Fox News host Laura Ingraham pointed out, CNN is the last news organization that should be lecturing anybody about raising "unfounded questions” about the health of our leaders.
Ordinarily, the media have quite an appetite for covering political family feuds; especially CNN. Last year, the network gave air time to relatives of Republican Congressman Paul Gosar, White House adviser Stephen Miller, and outgoing Republican Congressman Bob Goodlatte to either trash their relatives and/or endorse their Democratic opponents. However, they did not share the same enthusiasm for giving a platform to Democratic Presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg’s brother-in-law, who took issue with some of the information in a Washington Post article profiling Chasten Buttigieg, the candidate’s husband.
On Monday morning's New Day on CNN, during a discussion of Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg's decision to condemn right-leaning Fox News hosts even while appearing on the news network for a town hall with voters, CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin suggested that the primetime hosts are "racists and bigots."
On The Ingraham Angle Friday night, host Laura Ingraham and her panel reacted to the media meltdowns following the release of the Mueller report after playing some clips of “the worst offenders of the week.” Fox News Contributor Tammy Bruce proclaimed that the media’s ongoing obsession with the idea of Trump-Russia probe has “turned into fan fiction” while Ingraham urged the media to seek rehabilitation for their unhealthy obsession with the topic.
For more than two years, people in the “mainstream media” have relentlessly hammered President Trump and his allies with accusations of colluding with Russia during the 2016 election, which Democrat candidate Hillary Clinton was supposed to win in a landslide. Now that the report from Special Counsel Robert Mueller found no evidence of this, reporters, editors and others at liberal news outlets have been forced to state that they were wrong on this issue. That was the thrust of an op-ed from Gary Abernathy -- a contributing columnist for the Washington Post -- which had as its title: “Admit It: Fox News Has been Right All Along.”
During a mini-monologue Wednesday night, All In host Chris Hayes complained that “someone like John Yoo wrote a legal memo that facilitated the US implementing torture, which is a war crime” has a “nice tenured perch at Berkeley Law School.” Yoo, who worked on the Office of Legal Counsel during the George W. Bush administration, responded to Hayes’s attack; in part by calling the MSNBC host a “pipsqueak.”
CNN's town hall with Democrat presidential candidate Kirsten Gillibrand of New York was crushed in the ratings by Fox News Channel on Tuesday night. Joe Concha at The Hill reported The Ingraham Angle drew 2.38 million viewers to win the hour, while CNN only had 491,000. That's almost five to one. It was a four-to-one shellacking in the coveted 25-54 demographic as well.
On The Ingraham Angle Wednesday, host Laura Ingraham talked about how a book written by Peter Schweizer revealed “that a private equity firm managed by the son of former Vice President Biden struck a deal with China’s state-owned bank in 2013 at the same time that Biden was in the country to meet with President Xi Jinping.” Not surprisingly, the rest of the media did not share her interest in covering this story.
Two weeks ago, Bambi Larson of San Jose was murdered by illegal immigrant Carlos Arevalo-Corranza; who has an extremely lengthy criminal history. Not surprisingly, the legacy media largely ignored this story. With the exception of CNN's Early Start and a segment on Univision, all of the cable news coverage of Larson’s death came from either Fox News or One America News Network.