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.”
Moore’s film did quite well by generating $222.4 million on a $6 million budget.
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.
Marco Rubio Believes “Boogaloo” Groups are Responsible for Leftist Mayhem Sweeping Across the Country
Like clockwork, Florida Senator Marco Rubio is advancing mainstream media narratives during the current wave of rioting taking place across the nation.
On May 30, 2020, Rubio tweeted “News networks missing a big story In city after city we have a rogues gallery of terrorists from Antifa to “Boogaloo” groups encouraging & committing violence They may not be ideologically compatible but share a hatred of govt & police & are taking advantage of the protests.”
News networks missing a big story
In city after city we have a rogues gallery of terrorists from Antifa to “Boogaloo” groups encouraging & committing violence
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) May 31, 2020
Indeed, Antifa and leftist groups adjacent to their cause have exploited protests to engage in flagrantly criminal acts such as looting and rioting.
However, the mentioning of “Boogaloo” groups is laughable.
First off, talk of “Boogalo” is done in jest and only confined to the Internet.
It has not manifested itself in a coherent form as far as physical politics is concerned.
Secondly, right wing protesters have behaved themselves peacefully in the last few months.
The same cannot be said about Antifa and its leftist cohorts.
It would behoove Rubio to get the facts straight and take the Left exclusively to task for this mayhem.
The media is already trying to change the narrative by blaming the riots on “white supremacists” and far right groups.
It makes sense for elected officials on the Right to get the facts straight and not fall for media disinformation.
For establishment figures like Rubio, this may be too much to ask for.
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