Olbermann going and Fox News still kicking butt.

So its been awhile since i posted… needed to unhook for awhile.

First off, today we found out that Keith Olbermann is leaving his show Countdown on MSNBC.  With no explanation (really), today was the last show.   Olbermann is symbolic of MSNBC rise from 3rd to 2nd place and a shift from neutrality to liberal commentary.    It was a counter to the conservative commentary of Fox News with CNN seemingly taking the higher road of journalism (too bad that doesn’t get you ratings).  From Olbermann came Rachel Maddow and a slew of left-leaning primetime commentary.   Is Olbermann’s departure a sign that Comcast will force MSNBC back to more unbias (and lower ratings) prime time shows?  Where will liberals go for their voice?

Personally I will say that maybe this is the best for Olbermann.  His show has not been the same since Obama has won.   Just as it was easy for the GOP to criticize the first 2 years of the Obama administration without any real need for substance, it was easy for Countdown to criticize the Bush administration during its 8 year reign.  Without W. to blame, his stuff became stale and degenerated into the stereotypical bed-wetting liberal that the right so often portray the left.  His stance on healthcare was too personal and seemed to drain him.  I’m sure a main of his talents will soon be giving new opportunities and I’m sure many liberals will be waiting for that.    Still, even in these latter years, Countdown was more watchable than say Hannity.

….. Which leads me to the 2nd part.   I still wonder why FOX News is still beating MSNBC and CNN (combined i believe).  I mean I don’t remember the numbers but it was a good beating.  What is so appealing about the commentary of O’Reily and Hannity?  I really don’t get it.  I could understand FOX News beating MSNBC and CNN in ratings slightly but not as much as we are seeing.  Could someone give me an ubiased, analytic, non-political reasoning for this?  This can not be based solely on political preference.  The ratings do not match up with the polls in the long run.  I don’t find O’Reily’s style so much more appealing than say Olbermann’s or whoever CNN has.  In fact i find O’Reilly insulting to my intelligence at times.  Hannity I have no clue, I can barely watch a couple minutes of him.  Maybe I’m under-valueing his ethos appeal to the loyal GOPers.

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6 Responses to Olbermann going and Fox News still kicking butt.

  1. Ben Hoffman says:

    It’s simple. The right-wing sheep need to be told what to think, and that’s what Fox provides. They also spin the facts or just outright lie to give their audience what they want to hear.

  2. austin_watcher says:

    thanks for the reply!!

    It was a more quantitative question. If I go by polls I would except FOX News to probably still be on top but not by much. I however, if i look at the ratings, it seems to suggest the VAST majority of Americans are conservative. Maybe my question is why the liberal commentaries are not getting close to the ratings that O’Reily gets. Im guessing your reply would be that the left-leaning people don’t watch as much commentary/opinion shows?

  3. Ben Hoffman says:

    [I however, if i look at the ratings, it seems to suggest the VAST majority of Americans are conservative.]

    That’s not true. The House of Representatives composition shows the composition of our country and historically, Democrats have controlled the House far more than Republicans.

    [Im guessing your reply would be that the left-leaning people don’t watch as much commentary/opinion shows?]

    That’s exactly right. Liberals also tend to be better educated and get their news from other sources.

  4. lxy says:

    Quoting Ben Hoffman
    “That’s not true. The House of Representatives composition shows the composition of our country and historically, Democrats have controlled the House far more than Republicans.”

    Thats the whole point. Thats my question. Why is there such a difference in the ratings quantitatively? The whole point is that we know that America, based on polls, is pretty close to 50-50 and definitely not above 60-40. However, if we look at ratings, Fox News is killing MSNBC and CNN, much more than you expect from a 50-50 population.

    “That’s exactly right. Liberals also tend to be better educated and get their news from other sources.”

    I agree there. Based on data, liberals tend to have more education. I’m not sure what other sources for liberals are though. Huffington post? AP press? local sources? maybe you could help me out on that.

    All the arguments are plausible but purely qualitative, not quantitative. The trouble with qualitative arguments is that its very hard to decide from the multitude of plausible arguments, which one is actually the major factor

    • Ben Hoffman says:

      [I’m not sure what other sources for liberals are though. ]

      The news is all we need. Facts support Democratic policies, so all we need are legitimate news sources. Facts don’t support the Republican policies, which is why they need propaganda outlets.

      • lxy says:

        I guess I’ll have to try to be satisfied with that answer. It is really not what I was looking for but beggars can’t be choosers.

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