When the Cable News Network debuted in 1980, it soon earned a reputation as the top source for quick and accurate information 24 hours a day, all week long. That was 40 years ago, and the liberal channel has since fallen so far in the ratings that it was unable to generate even one program in the top 20 list during the first three months of 2020, which has been labeled “a dismal first quarter.”
On her 9:00 a.m. ET hour show on Friday, MSNBC anchor Stephanie Ruhle kept up her network’s effort to actually blame competitor Fox News for the spread of coronavirus across the country. She and her guests repeatedly suggested that Fox was providing “misinformation” that would “put people’s lives in danger.”
Despite many calls for people across the country to work together in reversing the coronavirus outbreak, several journalism professors have decided to go “against the flow” and criticize the most popular network on cable television. An open letter sent to the heads of the Fox News Channel was signed by 74 teachers and released by Oliver Darcy, a senior media reporter for the liberal CNN network, accusing FNC of spreading misinformation on the coronavirus amid the global pandemic.
One of the internet’s foremost tech journalists accused Fox News of spreading a “fake news contagion,” downplaying COVID-19, and Fox News host Sean Hannity fired back. Recode co-founder and New York Times contributor Kara Swisher has a history of hating Fox News. She condemned Fox News in her op-ed “Fox’s Fake News Contagion,” on March 31 and quipped that consuming Fox News content is like “extreme senior sugar addiction mixed with a series of truly unpleasant and conspiracy-laden doughnuts.” She later added that “it sometimes feels like Fox News is eating my mother’s brain.”
During the first quarter of 2020, the Fox News Channel continued its reign as the highest-rated network on cable television, beating shows from both MSNBC and CNN in total day viewers and the coveted advertising bracket of people from 25 to 54 years of age. As proof of its dominance, FNC produced 12 of the top 13 telecasts in cable news and had the top 31 programs in total viewers.
Between Monday night and early Tuesday morning CNN political commentator Joe Lockhart and MSNBC/NBC legal analyst Glenn Kirschner rhetorically molded and mounted on their heads matching tin-foil hats, insisting that the Fox News Channel and President Donald Trump should face “criminal” and “serious liability” for misinforming the public on the deadly nature of the coronavirus. In the latter’s case, he compared the President to murderers in Washington D.C. he threw in prison.
Yet another Biden family member is in trouble and once again the nets are doing their best to bury the scandal. On Monday morning Politico broke the news that the FBI “raided a health care business linked to Joe Biden’s brother in late January.” The report alleged James Biden may have engaged in fraud and traded on his familial connection to the former Vice President. This bombshell report has yet to be reported on ABC, CBS, NBC’s evening or morning shows.
It’s easy to predict how Brian Stelter, host of the Sunday Reliable Sources program on CNN, will respond to any disagreements with President Trump and the anchors on the Fox News Channel. He simply dismisses anything they say as simply being wrong. That was obviously the case on Friday, when the network’s chief media correspondent was a guest during a segment of the At This Hour program as hosted by Kate Bolduan, when he dismissed the coverage of the coronavirus crisis as “reprehensible” and an attempt “to make this all about Trump and politics when that’s really not the arena this is being fought in.”
Primetime was a great time for Fox News in February, when the channel drew its highest ratings ever and attracted an average of 3.5 million viewers during the second month of 2020. As if that wasn’t impressive enough, the latest report from Nielsen Media Research noted that February was the 44th consecutive month the FNC has been the most-watched channel in all of basic cable and a 218-month streak as the most-watched cable news network.
Liberals love nothing more than to trash the Fox News Channel as a propaganda network for President Trump. That narrative played out on the February 16 episode of Showtime’s Our Cartoon President in an episode titled “Fox News” that treats the president's relationship with Fox News like a dysfunctional marriage.
As the November 3 presidential election draws ever nearer, a survey conducted by the Pew Research Center in Washington, D.C., shows that conservatives within the GOP and liberals in the Democratic Party get their news from very different sources. While noting that Republicans usually rely on the Fox News Channel and talk radio shows, the poll indicated that liberals use such sources as the New York Times and CNN.
In the several hours after conservative radio legend Rush Limbaugh announced his cancer diagnosis, influential conservatives have each taken a moment to thank the man who has inspired and led the movement for decades. Limbaugh, the 69-year-old host of the Rush Limbaugh Show and radio broadcast Hall of Famer revealed the devastating news of his “advanced lung cancer” diagnosis on February 3.