Thursday, April 16, 2009

Tax Protest Coverage

Drudge threw up the post-tea party protest numbers today:

FOX RATINGS SURGE ON PROTEST COVERAGE
8-11 PM ET

FOXNEWS 3,390,000
MSNBC 1,210,000
CNN 1,070,000
CNN HEADLINE 909,000


FOXNEWS O'REILLY 3,980,000
FOXNEWS HANNITY 3,239,000
FOXNEWS GRETA 2,947,000
FOXNEWS BECK 2,740,000
FOXNEWS BAIER 2,401,000
FOXNEWS SHEP 2,185,000
COMEDY DAILY SHOW 1,777,000
MSNBC OLBERMANN 1,499,000
COMEDY COLBERT 1,446,000
CNNHN GRACE 1,336,000
CNN KING 1,292,000
MSNBC MADDOW 1,149,000
CNN COOPER 1,021,000

News outlets other than Fox accused Fox News of actively promoting these tax day protests, with some fairly reasonable proof that they went beyond embracing a big selling story to becoming part of the story.

Fox for its part accused many of those same media outlets of devolving into childish sex jokes and being overly dismissive of the events.

If the ratings are any indicator Fox made the better financial decision here, even if their behavior crossed the line of journalistic ethics, imo. Meanwhile the detractors of these protests seem to have figured out that professional comedians made for better entertainment than their favorite news folks trying to slip into the role.

Oops.

2 comments:

Coyote said...

Just read the Faux News article about the inappropriate humor & it seems like Sean H & Co are making jokes as well!!

direct quote from their website:

"Click here to join a discussion on teabagging."

HAHAHAHAHA!!!! ROTFLOL!!!

Glock21 said...

Except that wasn't a joke, it was a link to their forum page on whether or not the use of that term by other networks in poor taste.

lol's and rofl's and rotflol's aside, their point seems to be that the other networks were mainly just acting like frat boys with juvenile guffaws over double entendres. Something a bit more appropriate for comedy central, not journalism.