I would just point out that the so-called Fox "News" is an entertainment venture, so i don't understand why anyone would expect relevance from them.
My gut feeling [..] is that they simply script the outrage of the extreme right wing, and that the propaganda they peddle is simply a case of preaching to the choir. [..] Fox is the most watched "news" organization in the United States, in terms of regular viewers (i.e., those who tune in every day). But they're like the "ditto-heads" of Lush Lamebrain (a.k.a. Rush Limbaugh) [..]. Fox has captured a market for which they tailor their message. I don't know that i'd consider them influential, because they are just feeding pap to an audience which tunes in to have their prejudices confirmed.
Miss Olga seems fixated on Fox, but i would say that many Americans, perhaps most, had the same reaction when they heard about this as i did, which was to turn on CNN to get reliable news of the details of the story. CNN is the granddaddy of them all.
Well, i've already pointed out that Fox has the highest ratings of any single news service--and that this is because of a loyal following. I still suspect that when a big story breaks, many and perhaps most Americans go to CNN to get the "breaking" coverage. There can be no doubt that among repeat viewers, Fox takes the palm, but then, that's only a percentage of the viewers of all news programs available, and a small percentage at that.
They are sensationalist, with all that implies, and their sensationalism is attractive to a great many Americans, but by no means the majority, and not even a significant fraction.
from among more than three hundred million people, they don't represent a significant fraction of the population. [..] Millions of Americans eat up this drivel. Hundreds of millions of Americans don't.
Miss Olga continues to speak as though she believes Fox has undue influence in the US
I think Setanta has been underplaying the influence of Fox News in America.
His argument has basically been that it may be true that Fox has the highest ratings - but that's because they cater to a relatively small minority of loyal "dittohead" repeat viewers and viewers who come for the sensationalism. Most Americans, when it comes down to it and they need reliable news, would rather go to a station like CNN.
Maybe the wish here was the father of the thought, as we say in Dutch, or there was a little too much extrapolation from oneself and one's surroundings onto the whole country. Because it doesn't appear to be true:
Poll: Fox most trusted name in news
Fox is the most trusted television news network in the country, according to a new poll out Tuesday.
A Public Policy Polling nationwide survey of 1,151 registered voters Jan. 18-19 found that 49 percent of Americans trusted Fox News, 10 percentage points more than any other network.
Thirty-seven percent said they didn’t trust Fox, also the lowest level of distrust that any of the networks recorded.
There was a strong partisan split among those who said they trusted Fox " with 74 percent of Republicans saying they trusted the network, while only 30 percent of Democrats said they did.
CNN was the second-most-trusted network, getting the trust of 39 percent of those polled. Forty-one percent said they didn’t trust CNN.
Each of the three major networks was trusted by less than 40 percent of those surveyed, with NBC ranking highest at 35 percent. Forty-four percent said they did not trust NBC, which was combined with its sister cable station MSNBC.
Thirty-two percent of respondents said they trusted CBS, while 31 percent trusted ABC. Both CBS and ABC were not trusted by 46 percent of those polled.
“A generation ago you would have expected Americans to place their trust in the most neutral and unbiased conveyors of news,” said PPP President Dean Debnam in his analysis of the poll. “But the media landscape has really changed, and now they’re turning more toward the outlets that tell them what they want to hear.”
The telephone poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.8 percentage points.