MSNBC’s “All In” host Chris Hayes said that Fox News enjoys ratings success because Fox News is the only conservative outlet and the only one conservatives watch on Wednesday.
“Imagine a presidential race that was just an open race where you could vote for anyone, and there are six candidates, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Elizabeth Warren, John Kerry, Al Gore, and Mike Huckabee. Mike Huckabee would win that race. And maybe that would lead you to think, ‘Mike Huckabee is the most popular politician in America,’ which is not true. But in this mock race, there’s only one candidate to represent all of the conservatives in this country, and five candidates who would split the vote of everyone else, and that is exactly the way the media landscape looks in this country right now. You have one national TV news outlet that conservatives watch, Fox News, and a whole bunch of news outlets that everyone else watches. Look at that new poll. While Fox News took the title of Most Trusted, only 29% of voters chose the network,another 57% of voters were split between MSNBC, CNN, NBC, ABC, and CBS News” he stated.
Hayes continued, “according to data from the Pew Center, audiences for basically every outlet in both these so-called mainstream media and progressive media…they all skew left of center. That is not an accident. Because conservative media outlets like Fox News spend day after day discouraging their viewers from watching other outlets, telling them they are being lied to, telling them they are being sneered at, and laughed at, and spit upon by the mainstream media. With an assist from conservative websites and talk radio, Fox News successfully managed to convince a huge portion of the country that no network — hardly any other outlets can be trusted. And the network tells that story over and over again because as Rupert Murdoch and Roger Ailes know, it’s very good for business.”
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