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.
U.S. Law Enforcement Bust 27 People Connected to Mexican Sinaloa Cartel
Over two dozen people were arrested on drug charges in connection to a Mexican cartel smuggling cocaine into the U.S. Following a two-year investigation, 27 people were arrested through Operation Tripwire, an investigation effort U.S. officials have been working on featuring members of the Sinaloa Cartel.
The trafficking network went from Los Angeles, California to Tucson, Arizona and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where cocaine originating from Mexico was smuggled stateside. The United States Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Scott Brady declared “this is a large organization that was trafficking hundreds of kilograms of cocaine throughout the country and has direct ties to the Sinaloa cartel in Mexico.”
U.S. authorities recounted that the investigations started after an agent in Pittsburgh was able to identify an address that received large quantities of suspicious-looking packages coming from California. Since then, agents started to do investigation on other members of the network across the U.S.
Across the span of seven months, authorities were able to intercept U.S. calls made by some of the alleged traffickers with Sinaloa carte leaders in Mexico. On September 9, 2020, 27 were arrested in Arizona, California, and Pennsylvania.
According to American authorities, $1.3 million in cash and over 140 kilograms of cocaine were seized. The aforementioned people arrested are now facing a prison sentence of between 10 years and life in prison.
The border situation is no joke. Prior administrations have largely neglected the issue and have allowed for unprecedented levels of illegal immigration and drug trafficking to cross the U.S. border.
In a prior instance, BLP reported on how Mexico is a failed state that cannot maintain public order and is largely being pushed around by cartels. Due to its proximity to the U.S., Mexico’s problems will likely spillover stateside.
This is why border security is crucial. Thankfully, the U.S. has a president in Donald Trump that gets the memo. He’ll still need help from Congress, however,
That’s why it’s crucial that America First Republicans have strong showings at all branches of government in 2020.
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