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January 21, 2010

First Week of Haiti Coverage: Fox wins cable ratings (Is the WH paying attention?)

Topics: Political News and commentaries

A quick TVNewser examination of the ratings since the first full day of coverage of the earthquake in Haiti, Wednesday, Jan. 13, and since, shows Fox News winning out over CNN, MSNBC, and HLN - in that order.

And as for the Massachusetts senate race on special election night, Fox News Channel put up its best numbers since Election Night 2008.

FNC was the #1 news channel in all day-parts, beating the three cable news channels combined in all categories. "Hannity" at 9pmET had its highest Total Viewer average ever (you have to go back to 2003 for a higher number when the show was "Hannity & Colmes".)
It seems that regardless of the major topic, whether it be politics, earthquakes, or any other major event, Fox's coverage blows away the other cable networks. Yet the White House continues to attack Fox and say Fox isn't a "real" news organization. But hell, how can it get any more "real" when its news coverage is consistently number one!

And as Greg Gutfeld notes, the White House has a new communications director and he's just as screwed up and misguided as the previous one (with the exception that unlike Anita Dunn, he hasn't embraced Mao Tse Tung yet):

WHITE HOUSE COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR DAN PFEIFFER: I have the same view of Fox that Anita had, which is that Fox is not, is not a traditional news organization. They have a point of view. That point of view pervades the entire network, both the opinion shows, like Glenn Beck and Bill O'Reilly, but also through the newscasts during the day. We, our relationship with Fox is we will, we don't feel an obligation to treat them like we would treat a CNN or an ABC or an NBC or a traditional news organization, but there are times when we believe it makes sense to communicate with them and appear on the network.
As Gutfeld goes on to quip in his piece, the White House is acting like the angry kid on the playground who wants to take his ball and go home if he can't pitch, bat clean up and keep score. And that's partly why Fox News Channel beats CNN, MSNBC and HLN combined in total viewers every weeknight during prime-time.

Posted by Abdul at January 21, 2010 8:02 PM

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