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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 02:49 PM
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Fox News Is Killing The GOP
:nopity: :nopity: :nopity:

http://gawker.com/5332558/whats-bad-for-the-gop-is-good...

What's Bad for the GOP Is Good for Fox News
By John Cook, 3:36 PM on Fri Aug 7 2009




Fox News posted an astonishing 50% jump in profit last quarter amid a disastrous advertising recession, and it's basically the only thing making money in Rupert Murdoch's empire. Why? Because the GOP has cratered.

Fox News' viewership is up 45% over the last year, and it's easy to see why: The ascendancy of a charismatic black Democrat has driven frightened, paranoid, enraged, nativist zealots into the ideological embrace of an outlet that habitually reconfirms everything they already believe. Watching Glenn Beck's spell-binding sermons on Barack Obama's racism is comforting to people who believe that their way of lifenamely, one in which fatherly white Christians protect us from danger both internal and externalis under attack. So they do it more frequently. Tuning into Hannity et.al. becomes a life-affirming political act.

But while cable news is niche, politics is mass. The chart above shows GOP party approval in as reported by New York Times/CBS in national polls going back to 2006 and Fox News' total primetime audience, in millions, over the same time period. Fox News can and does thrive with a primetime audience of 2.5 million, many of which are the aforementioned zealots. The Republican Party needs more than that to function electorally. And the aforementioned angry zealotry that's in vogue on Fox News is distasteful to the independent voters that the GOP needs to court.

Unfortunately for Republicans and fortunately for Roger Ailes, a feedback loop has been created: As disaffected conservatives turn increasingly to Fox News, Fox News caters its programming to keep them coming back, turning, for instance, the Tea Parties into a daylong televised festival of rage. But given Fox's well-earned brand identification with the Republican Party, and vice versa, that programming serves to promote a view of Republicans as angry white people who hate Puerto Rican judges. Which turns off independent voters, which further isolates the diehard rejectionist wing of the party, which increases the importance of Fox News in their lives as a reassuring voice telling them to be strong in the face of the barbarian hordesor, as Glenn Beck puts it, "We surround them."

The more viewers Fox attracts, the more voters the GOP repels. And the more voters the GOP repels, the more viewers Fox attracts. The most important part of the dynamic is that Fox News has no interest in doing anything other than attracting viewers. It will continue to ride this wave of anger and resentment irrespective of what impact it has on the Republican Party until it stops making them money. And yes, Barack Obama's popularity is dropping, and the bloom is beginning to come off the rose. But the GOP hasn't seen a concomitant rise in popularity: Just yesterday it hit the lowest approval rating it has seen in a quarter century, according to the New York Times.
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Lost-in-FL Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 02:52 PM
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1. We need more music
:nopity: :nopity: :nopity:
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City Lights Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 02:56 PM
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2. Hee-hee.
:party:

Great job, Fux Nooze! :toast:
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Hekate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 03:05 PM
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3. I'd be happier if Ailes were deported as the threat to homeland security he in fact is.
Aside from that, to the GOP who has embraced these scum and now must pay the price, I have this to say: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

Hekate
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Faryn Balyncd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 03:06 PM
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4. So does this mean Fox is a force for good?



:shrug:

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Gothmog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 03:25 PM
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8. It was not Ailes intent
I doubt that this was Ailes intent but the effect is the same.
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Tommy_J Donating Member (668 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 03:12 PM
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5. The correlation is good but -

establishing cause and effect is not so simple.
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DainBramaged Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 03:19 PM
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6. frightened, paranoid, enraged, nativist zealots
Yup, Freepturds to a T.
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Cessna Invesco Palin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-10-09 01:38 PM
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14. This from someone who goes around calling Asian people "rice " n/t
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Gothmog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 03:24 PM
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7. Someone send this Nate Silver at fivethirtyeight.com
I love this article. Thank you for sharing.

Someone needs to send this article to Nate Silver at Fivethirtyeight.com. He would have a great deal of fun with this.

Thanks for sharing
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gristy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 03:47 PM
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9. Here's Nate's email address - send away!
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Gothmog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-10-09 01:21 PM
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13. done nt
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JBoy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 04:20 PM
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10. That graph is awesome!
Fox News exec: Give me more cow dumb bell.
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SalmonChantedEvening Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 04:23 PM
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11. Unintended Consequences. Gotta love 'em.
:D
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glinda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 07:19 PM
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12. not fast enough
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