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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Fox News Ranked in Top 5 Cables News Shows For Sixth Week In a Row

Despite the claims from the left about Fox News not being fair and balanced, it amuses me greatly to see that according to the Nielson Media Research figures, for the week of 2/11-2/17-08, CNN ranked as number 20 and MSNBC ranked as number 28, while Fox News Channel ranked as number 4, putting them in the top 5 prime time news cable shows for the sixth week in a row.

This comes one week after Super Tuesday, when FNC finished at #3, CNN was #8 and MSNBC was #26 in prime time. Only CNN saw a significant drop week-to-week.

Not long ago we wrote about a Center of Media Affairs study which showed:

Who’s Fair and Balanced?: Fox News Channel’s coverage was more balanced toward both parties than the broadcast networks were. On FOX, evaluations of all Democratic candidates combined were split almost evenly – 51% positive vs. 49% negative, as were all evaluations of GOP candidates – 49% positive vs. 51% negative, producing a perfectly balanced 50-50 split for all candidates of both parties.

On the three broadcast networks, opinion on Democratic candidates split 47% positive vs. 53% negative, while evaluations of Republicans were more negative – 40% positive vs. 60% negative. For both parties combined, network evaluations were almost 3 to 2 negative in tone, i.e. 41% positive vs. 59% negative.

Just a little tweak for those that like to discount any story just because Fox News reports it.