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Michael Moore Predicted The Demise of Fox News in 2004. In 2019, Fox News Received Record Viewership

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For those with short-term memory, Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11 seemed like it was released eons ago.

In this documentary film, Moore took shots at then President George W. Bush and his controversial foreign policy.

Back in 2004, Moore went on record during the Cannes Film Festival—when his film won the Palme d’ Or— and boldly stated that “A significant portion of the proceeds of “Fahrenheit 9/11″ will go toward convincing every thinking American to turn off the Fox News Channel. This will be my contribution to making America a better place. I hope they enjoy this year, their last year with actual viewers.”

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Moore’s film did quite well by generating $222.4 million on a $6 million budget.

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However, does Moore’s prediction about Fox News hold up today?

A recent report from Forbes indicates otherwise.

According to data from Nielsen, Fox News just had its highest-rated year in prime time during the network’s 23-year history. In 2019, it had a total average audience of 2.5 million viewers.

“Once again, Fox News Channel’s team of leading journalists and opinion hosts have led the network to a record-breaking ratings year as the number one network in all of cable for the fourth consecutive year,” said Fox News Media CEO Suzanne Scott and Fox News Media President and Executive Editor Jay Wallace in a joint statement Fox released. “FNC continues to exert its dominance in cable television as the country experiences what may be one of the most fervent news cycles in history and we are proud to provide our audience with news and opinion they can trust across a variety of programming.”

Fox increased its prime-time ratings by 2 percent in the last year. On the other hand, CNN and MSNBC witnessed declines. CNN finished in third place with 972,000 views, while the second place MSNBC held a prime-time audience of 1.753 million viewers. CNN’s ratings dropped 2 percent, while MSNBC’s dropped by 3 percent.

Sean Hannity led the way in 2019 for the third year in a row with an average audience of 3.3 million viewers.

Populist all-star commentator Tucker Carlson took second place with an average audience of 3.032 million viewers.

Overall, Fox News had seven of the top ten highest-rated cable news programs.

Despite Moore’s bold claims, Fox News has held up quite well.

Moore is one of the poster boys for political correctness and has made a lucrative career pushing leftist causes.

Although Fox’s content may leave a lot to be desired for some America First advocates, its continued relevance shows that people still desire an alternative to leftist media.

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Black Rifle Coffee Does Not Support Second Amendment Hero Kyle Rittenhouse

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Black Rifle Coffee, a coffee company based in Salt Lake City, is not defending 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse.

The company said that it was against a tweet that Blaze Media reporter, Elijah Schaeffer,  posted that featured Rittenhouse wearing a Black Rifle Coffee Company shirt captioned “Kyle Rittenhouse drinks the best coffee in America.” Rittenhouse was released on November 20, 2020 after supporters were able to raise $2 million for his bail. 

In the tweet, Schaeffer posted a discount code for the coffee. Sara Tabin of The Salt Lake Tribune noted that online Twitter users “questioned whether the coffee company had a sponsorship deal with Rittenhouse and accused it of supporting murder and hate.”

This prompted Black Rifle Coffee, the sponsor of the Slightly Offens*ve podcast, to release a statement on November 21 declaring that it is not sponsoring or supporting Rittenhouse.

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Initially, there was a misunderstanding about the company withdrawing its sponsorship of Slightly Offens*ve. However, a spokesperson for the company told the Salt Lake Tribune on November 21 that “We are not fluctuating our ad spend.” The coffee spokesperson added “We did have a conversation with Schaffer, and he understands that the post was a mistake.”

She stressed, “We don’t traffic in national tragedy and to us, that’s what this is. We are not legal experts or members of law enforcement. We fully support all law enforcement officials and believe in the integrity of the legal system.”

The spokesperson reiterated that the company will maintain its sponsorship of Blaze Media. She explained: “Our concern is that use of the discount code in the post did not reflect our values. That’s a concern we’ve addressed with the journalist and that he understands.”

Blaze employees “make decisions about how to allocate ad dollars within the Blaze,” she remarked. Although the spokesperson did not go into further detail about the company’s status as a podcast sponsor, it noted that the coffee company and the Blaze are in talks about “how to move forward with the allocation of ad dollars.”

Black Rifle Coffee positions itself as a pro-Second Amendment, conservative company that was founded by veterans. Black Rifle Coffee co-founder Evan Hafer released a statement on November 21 declaring that “We do not support legal advocacy efforts. We do not sponsor nor do we have a relationship with the 17-year-old facing charges in Kenosha, WI.”

At the moment, Rittenhouse is facing two counts of first-degree murder for shooting and killing Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber during a Black Lives Matter riot back in August. In addition, he’s being charged with one count of being a minor in possession of a firearm. During the riots, Rittenhouse was attacked by Rosenbaum. Rittenhouse was carrying an AR-style rifle as he was walking down the street to protect private property from looters.

It is disappointing to see supposedly pro-Second Amendment businesses fold to the mob. Although the Left is very effective at mass politics and causing certain businesses to get cancelled, some businesses will have to take a stand. Submission to these radicals only encourages them to become bolder in their attacks. 

Can Americans actually grow a spine for once?

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