1 year ago
Last edited at 11:24PM on 3/26/2012
Because it's all they know. Faux News tells people what they want to hear so why would they not believe it. Of course a recent large scale study showed that people who watch Faux News are actually less well informed than people who do not follow the news at all. Fox tried to launch a Fox News Canada channel a while ago but changed their mind when they were told by television regulators that in Canada if you call yourself a news channel you have to tell the truth. One last point. Steve Doocey recently actually admitted on air on Fox that the Republican party sends them talking points that they want covered.
We all tend to consume information that is consonant with our worldview. The worldview of Fox News is traditional and the majority of the hosts are fairly balanced. The opinion programs are indeed skewed toward the conservative side, but I find the news to be, on the whole, center-right to middle-of-the-road as opposed to the left-leaning network outlets. Several independent surveys bear this out. CNN is a tad to the left, according to the same surveys, and NPR is only slightly left. The success of Fox News (#1 in cable news for several years) speaks to two things: lack of competition, and excellence in coverage. It provides a product people want, and MSNBC has way too many liberal competitors.
Dude, I switch back and forth between MSNBC, HLN, Fox and CNN ... CNN leans more to the left than Fox does to the right. HLN seems to be a little bit more center, but still center-left. But MSNBC is so far to the left it falls off the edge and lands on top of RT. Why are you not complaining about MSNBC? Oh, because you agree with THEIR brainwashing. Got it, thanks.