Most networks typically experience some kind of ratings drop following a presidential election cycle, as people take a breath to relax after intense, wall-to-wall political coverage.
Not so much, however, at Fox.
Fox News is absolutely crushing its competition in the ratings race, according to Neilson Research, and is the only network currently enjoying higher ratings than before the election.
Close to one month after the election, Fox is averaging 2.9 million views in primetime. That is more than triple the amount of views of competitors CNN and MSNBC. CNN is bringing in 960,000 viewers, and MSNBC is averaging 959,000 viewers.
In the 25-54 year-old demographic, an indicator that advertisers look for most, Fox is also beating the two competitors combined. Fox is bringing in 1.82 million viewers, while CNN and MSNBC are only bringing in 765,000 and 559,000 respectfully.
21st Century CEO James Murdoch said in an interview that he attributes the success of Fox News to simply being a better news product.
“The goal for anyone in the news business is to make sure that you’re presenting the news, breaking news,” Murdoch said. “But also providing different perspectives, consistently putting the best product on the air and investing in that product and that’s something we’ll continue to do.”
: On Friday, just two days before Christmas, Obama signed the
: “Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017” bill
: into law.
: This bill will “Criminalize ‘Fake News, Propaganda’ on the
: Web,” a key piece of legislation meant to crack down on
: free speech and independent media. In Layman’s terms, the
: act will allow the government to crack down with impunity
: against any media outlet it deems “propaganda.” The next
: piece of the legislation will provide substantial amounts
: of money to fund “counter propaganda,” to make sure the
: government’s approved stories drown out alternative media
: and journalists who question the status quo.
: The “right to free speech and freedom of the press,” is
: guaranteed by the First Amendment to The U.S. Constitution.
: It is a foundation of American values, put in place by our
: Founding Fathers to protect our liberties, is now being
: endangered by this new law.
: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of
: religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or
: abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the
: right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition
: the Government for a redress of grievances.”
: “The liberty of the press is essential to the security of
: freedom in a state: it ought not, therefore, to be
: restrained in this commonwealth.” – John Adams, Samuel
: Adams, James Bowdoin (1780). Constitution of the
: Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
: This is not the first time that the National Defense
: Authorization Act (NDAA) was used to disguise a piece of
: legislation. Back in 2012, Obama signed a law that allowed
: for the “indefinite detention of American citizens” without
: a judge or jury. Then in 2013, Obama signed an NDAA bill
: that packaged an end to the Smith-Mundit act that prevented
: the government from using propaganda against its own
: citizens enabling the government again to legally produce
: What does that mean for you if you are an independent
: journalist or blogger? You can read more here, but it means
: that for simply writing this and asking questions and
: pointing out that Obama always signs these bills around the
: holidays like I did in this poem, if I am accused of “fake
: news” or propaganda, I could face criminal charges.
: In other words the stage is now set for the U.S. government to
: legally crack down on every media outlet that the they deem
: to be “foreign propaganda.” The ministry of truth is setup.
: Welcome to 1984.
: In a statement, Obama said that: Today, I have signed into law
: S. 2943, the “National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal
: Year 2017.” This Act authorizes fiscal year 2017
: appropriations principally for the Department of Defense
: and for Department of Energy national security programs,
: provides vital benefits for military personnel and their
: families, and includes authorities to facilitate ongoing
: operations around the globe. It continues many critical
: authorizations necessary to ensure that we are able to
: sustain our momentum in countering the threat posed by the
: Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and to reassure our
: European allies, as well as many new authorizations that,
: among other things, provide the Departments of Defense and
: Energy more flexibility in countering cyber-attacks and our
: adversaries’ use of unmanned aerial vehicles.”