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News 2012/06/28 16:00:00
CNN reported a massive drop in viewership this year, losing more than a third of its total audience. Fox News, on the other hand, is floating along nicely, only dropping about 1%. But we wanted to know how viewership looked at the ground level. What percentage of the public watches major news networks? We asked the public to find out.



As ratings predicted, Fox News came out on top. However, even more respondents shunned the entire batch. That's evidence of two things. First, the so-called "major" news networks are hardly satisfactory outlets for news. They might have the most viewers, but as with the music charts, a high rating doesn't mean high quality. Second, it suggests most people are getting their news from alternative sources, because it's unlikely all these people are just ignoring world events completely. They're just sick of the major outlets. One commenter put it best: "If I want to hear nothing but lies, I'll talk to my ex wife."

Conservatives Back Fox

Naturally, all of these stations deny these claims of bias. Whether or not that's true is really a matter of opinion, but what is clear is that their viewers do lean. 77% of conservatives voted Fox, compared to 0% of liberals and progressives; 31% of liberals watch CNN or MSNBC, compared to 2% of conservatives. The vast majority of moderates (72%) avoid the major news channels all together.

The Internet Age

The reason "none of the above" was such a popular choice was clear in the age breakdown: People under 35 don't watch the news. Below that age, the difference in support between major networks was negligible. About two-thirds of them refused to pick one. And we think the reason for this is pretty obvious, too. Do they really expect us to wait 'til 11 when we could just check our personalized feed?

Alternative Sources

Simply saying that "the Internet" is an alternative source of news isn't specific enough. We wanted to see what other people were watching specifically. A quick glance through the comments revealed: YouTube, The Onion, Al Jazeera, C-SPAN, local news, college radio, The Weather Channel, and there were even a few hits for The History Channel.

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  • JWnTX 2012/06/28 16:42:07
    JWnTX
    +16
    Funny how the liberals seem to be the experts on the alleged bias at Fox News, yet they never watch it. Of course, there have been studies--Pew Research, USC, and UCLA studies--that show that of all the networks, cable and broadcast, Fox News was the most balanced in the 2008 election. But don't bother bringing that up to a lib. They're so invested in their alternate reality that they could never bring themselves to admit that they've been wrong. Here's a great insight into the liberal mindset (this particular one refers to the end of the old Soviet Union, but it's just as applicable to our own leftists and their chosen faith):

    Vital resistance and resentment are the two main responses to the events of 1989. Vital resistance: the mind realizes its mistake – it admits, for example, that nationalization of the means of production does not produce a happy society, but rather laziness and constant shortages; it refuses, however, to let go of the idea because of its passionate attachment to it. Existence – adventures, friendships, successes – is nourished and permeated by this belief to such an extent that the belief becomes an identity; the individual cannot renounce it without committing a kind of symbolic suicide. No one can admit… that his existence reflects the echo of a failure.--Chantal Delsol, "Unlearned Lessons of the Twentieth Century"--hat tip to Ward Dorrity

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  • biggerman Haley 2012/07/02 16:33:14
    biggerman
    +1
    No matter how hard they try, non-partisanship is only an act.

    "Stay informed my friend!"
  • Blessed Sheep Gone Wild! 2012/06/29 06:28:48
    Blessed Sheep Gone Wild!
    A billion Chinese can't be wrong: eat rice.
  • TheBadOne 2012/06/29 06:21:20 (edited)
    TheBadOne
    A challenge to my Sodaheadies out there:

    1. Has Fox ever had a liberal host for any of it's programs?

    2. Has MSNBC ever had a conservative host for any of it's programs?

    3. Which allegedly liberal-biased news network has more conservative coorespondents than liberal ones?

    4. The Americans who are the most well-informed on current events get their news from NPR. Which president ensured that the reporting from NPR was neutral in bias?
  • Eric Al... TheBadOne 2012/06/29 09:00:39 (edited)
    Eric Albertson
    +1
    1. Not that I can think of.
    2. Joe Scarborough.
    3. MSNBC.
    4. Reagan.
  • aneed2know TheBadOne 2012/06/29 09:07:26
    aneed2know
    +1
    1. No
    2. Yes
    3. MSNBC
    4
    dont know
  • Bill G5... TheBadOne 2012/06/29 11:18:20
    Bill G53  ~PWCM~JLA
    +3
    Alan Colmes co-hosted Hannity and Colmes at one time. When he left, I pretty much stopped watching. They have another program called The Five and Bob Beckel is co hosting that.
  • Zippcodey TheBadOne 2012/06/29 19:13:08
    Zippcodey
    Yes, Fox news has few liberals hosts - Shepard Smith, Juan Williams, and others like Bob on "Five" program. I disagree with them from time to time but they have every right to have their thoughts while they bring the facts from both sides. Give me more opportunity to think for myself while hear the both views. But, research on the internet is the one I do the most of time. I'm not for both sides. I look for the common sense issues.
  • EdVenture 2012/06/29 05:16:50
    EdVenture
    +6
    Fox is not a news option its bought and paid for propaganda
  • Katie1234 EdVenture 2012/06/29 10:36:25
    Katie1234
    +2
    its better than MSNBC or CNN tho
  • EdVenture Katie1234 2012/06/29 17:33:01
    EdVenture
    look at the neilson ratings
  • Katie1234 EdVenture 2012/06/30 22:37:58 (edited)
    Katie1234
    it's funny you say that. because the poll on this story does state that people choose other news to read or to listen to. but fox still outwins the other news sources especially lib media. so.... u might wanna read over ur replies to make sure its a ligitamite arguement
  • EdVenture Katie1234 2012/07/01 00:01:40
    EdVenture
    Look at their survey on accuracy and dependable reporting.
  • Katie1234 EdVenture 2012/07/01 03:18:07
    Katie1234
    i will but lemme ask you this: did you check several of surveys to make sure theirs was accurate. be honest
  • Katie1234 Katie1234 2012/07/03 04:21:37
    Katie1234
    i noticed ur online but have not answered my question....
  • Bill G5... EdVenture 2012/06/29 11:20:10
    Bill G53  ~PWCM~JLA
    +2
    Fox never forged documents to unseat a sitting president and Fox never edited 911 tapes to make Zimmerman sound like something to fit their agenda
  • COMALite J Bill G5... 2012/07/02 22:15:00
    COMALite J
    Who forged documents to unseat a sitting president? I’m unfamiliar with that accusation.

    Fox News has done some seriously shady things. Remember their “The Investigators” team? Ever wonder what happened to them? Fox News fired them. Why? Because they insisted on reporting a truth that was bad for one of Fox’s main advertisers, a very evil company (arguably the most evil company on the planet) who is poisoning Americans (especially children) in the name of profit.

    In the aftermath of this, Fox News actually went to court and argued for, and won, the right to bald-faced lie to their viewers!
  • Bill G5... COMALite J 2012/07/03 12:06:39
    Bill G53  ~PWCM~JLA
    CBS. Check out Dan Rather who lost the anchor chair over his document scandal. And it was HIS scandal. I don't care how they try to whitewash it.

    Don't know about The Investigators team. I think I'd need a little more info to Google search that.....
  • COMALite J Bill G5... 2012/07/05 01:35:55 (edited)
    COMALite J
    Dan Rather was, at worst, guilty of falling for someone else’s fraud. It was not his scandal, and it is no whitewashing to say that. News anchors are like actors: talking heads. He had little control over the actual news stories.

    The actual person at CBS who had control of that story was Mary Mapes, the producer. And even she was under the jurisdiction of CBS News president Andrew Heyward, who pushed for the story to air quickly, denying Mapes and others the time needed to properly analyze the evidence. Note that it took the experts weeks after the airing and release of the Killian documents to fully demonstrate that they were printed on a computer, and not one of the high-end typesetting typewriters of the day. CBS News didn’t have those weeks. They got the last set of documents just three days before the story aired (Heyward’s deadline).

    The real person at fault was Lt. Col. Bill Burkett, the likely forger and the source from which CBS obtained the documents. Mapes was fired over this. Rather was neither fired nor asked to resign, though this apparently did hasten his own decision to retire earlier than he might otherwise have done.

    But your implied claim was that a news organization (you were comparing to Fox, a news organization) had forged documents to unseat a sitting presi...
    Dan Rather was, at worst, guilty of falling for someone else’s fraud. It was not his scandal, and it is no whitewashing to say that. News anchors are like actors: talking heads. He had little control over the actual news stories.

    The actual person at CBS who had control of that story was Mary Mapes, the producer. And even she was under the jurisdiction of CBS News president Andrew Heyward, who pushed for the story to air quickly, denying Mapes and others the time needed to properly analyze the evidence. Note that it took the experts weeks after the airing and release of the Killian documents to fully demonstrate that they were printed on a computer, and not one of the high-end typesetting typewriters of the day. CBS News didn’t have those weeks. They got the last set of documents just three days before the story aired (Heyward’s deadline).

    The real person at fault was Lt. Col. Bill Burkett, the likely forger and the source from which CBS obtained the documents. Mapes was fired over this. Rather was neither fired nor asked to resign, though this apparently did hasten his own decision to retire earlier than he might otherwise have done.

    But your implied claim was that a news organization (you were comparing to Fox, a news organization) had forged documents to unseat a sitting president. Bill Burkett is not a news organization, and unseating Bush wasn’t his apparent goal (even had the documents been genuine, they would only have discredited Bush’s history, not been cause for impeachment).
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  • COMALite J Bill G5... 2012/07/05 01:45:29 (edited)
    COMALite J
    As for Fox’s The Investigators, hear it from their own lips:
  • Christopher Kirchen 2012/06/29 03:59:15 (edited)
    Christopher Kirchen
    +2
    The general public is getting a clue that liberal bastions like CNN don't even pretend to give you the real news without a ton of liberal slant.
  • Korgull 2012/06/29 03:34:56
    Korgull
    +7
    Hahahaha. Fox News. Forget drugs, turning on the TV and watching Fox News is a much faster way to kill off brain cells.
  • OneLast... Korgull 2012/06/29 03:42:29
    OneLastWord
    +1
    Happens when your stupid.
  • Christo... OneLast... 2012/06/29 14:11:32
    Christopher Kirchen
    +1
    You would know! It's "you're", idiot.
  • OneLast... Christo... 2012/06/29 15:20:11
    OneLastWord
    No my man, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to see negative things reported on-line by Fox News about the present administration, then go to MSMBC ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, all of the MSM and all their affiliates, and see, hear nothing about the same subject matter that you can easily verify as true.

    But I guess if you only have three neurons in your gray matter it's hard to put that together.

    I see you’re from the state of Illinois and that explains a lot, the most political corrupt U.S. state in the history of America, and now the American people have one of your most corrupt cronies in the White House.
  • Katie1234 OneLast... 2012/06/30 22:39:30
    Katie1234
    well if Fox IS guilty which they aren't 99% of the time, then CNN and MSNBC, ABC, CBS is just as bad. lol
  • Grabitz 2012/06/29 03:29:06
    Grabitz
    +2
    I chose cartoon network , they seem to be more serious about their work
  • WhereIsAmerica? ~PWCM~JLA 2012/06/29 02:25:50
    WhereIsAmerica? ~PWCM~JLA
    +5
    I watch Fox more because they are better, contrary to what the liberals say, I tried them all and I know which one is best. I also love Fox Business Network.
  • Mel 2012/06/29 02:20:20
    Mel
    i think people need to know regardless
  • oldcavpilot 2012/06/29 02:15:14
    oldcavpilot
    +5
    Jon Stewart has Fox giving Obama 4 'Watergates' to Nixon's one. Fox sued to be able to lie and make up the news, and the 'Kool-Aid' drinkers are sucking it up. Watching Fox 'News' is like watching Al Jazeera. I hear they are about to be sued for the use of the word 'News' on their programming. I watch them and hear hate; no positives; nothing is right or good.
  • bob h. oldcavp... 2012/06/29 03:03:59
    bob h.
    +3
    Fear is a great product. It's cheap, needs no talent to sell, and there's a big demand for it.
  • Kiosk Kid 2012/06/29 01:53:14
    Kiosk Kid
    +2
    I think the new owners of MSNBC (Comcast ) are going to eventually decide to provide some competition for FOX. They seam to be getting rid of party line announcers and they started with Comrade Oberman.
  • Joey 2012/06/29 01:14:59
    Joey
    +3
    Have you seen what songs are on the top of a the charts.



    This man can not sing , he can not rap , and his beats sound like they were made in 3 mins . Yet he is always on top of the charts . This shows why popularity does not show quality .
  • Maria R 2012/06/29 00:29:21
    Maria R
    +3
    FOX and it looks like they are doing very well!
  • Eric Al... Maria R 2012/06/29 10:56:50
    Eric Albertson
    Explain this explain
    explain
    explain
  • Dan 2012/06/29 00:17:25
    Dan
    +1
    Sadly, as they say, "If it bleeds it leads."
  • ☠ Live Free Or Die ☠ 2012/06/28 23:58:30 (edited)
    ☠ Live Free Or Die ☠
    +4
    Success
    Big news sucks!
  • nverumind 2012/06/28 23:57:10
    nverumind
    +4
    I listen to the radio, most news stations, and news outlets online. I kinda like a variety of news sources so you can decipher the bs from facts.
  • Max7 2012/06/28 23:51:41
    Max7
    +2
    Ha! FOX is not the bases of grounded and good news.
  • Kiosk Kid Max7 2012/06/29 01:44:36
    Kiosk Kid
    +4
    No they are not, they reports facts not party line crap.
  • Max7 Kiosk Kid 2012/06/29 01:54:16
    Max7
    +4
    They wouldn't know facts if facts slapped them in the face, and they allow people like Rush Limbaugh to spread hatred and untruths. So if FOX is where you get your facts, have at it.

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