Primetime propaganda drives Fox News to highest-rated year in the network’s 23-year history

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In 2019, Fox News continued its spiral to the bottom with increasingly racist content, particularly in the prime-time hours, when big audiences are tuning in for nightly immigrant-bashing, overt racism, unhinged late-night rants, conspiracy theories, and even attacks on a 16-year-old climate change activist for having the audacity to work to make the world a better place for her future.

All of that is troubling for a national cable news outlet, but perhaps even more troubling is the fact that 2019 was a record-breaking year for Fox News viewership. Business Wire reports that, according to Nielsen Media Research, peddling conspiracies and promoting racist content must be feeding a hungry audience, because Fox News saw its highest viewership in the 23-year history of the network in 2019, averaging 2.5 million viewers per night. Business Wire writes, “FNC also ranks as a top-five network in primetime in all of television for 2019. Additionally, Hannity was the number one program in cable news for the third consecutive year with 3.3 million viewers.”

It gets worse. The notoriously racist shows featuring Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham have a tight grip on conservative audiences, and they aren’t only talking to your older relatives. Said Business Wire, ”In cable news, FNC secured nine of the top 15 programs in total viewers and the 25-54 demo. Additionally, FNC’s The FiveTucker Carlson TonightHannity and The Ingraham Angle claimed four of the top five programs in the younger 18-49 demo.”

Lou Dobbs hails Donald Trump's meeting with brutal dictator Kim Jong Un

This is what we are up against! As Fox News continues lurching to the extreme right, there is a danger that other networks will follow its lead to cash in on the ratings and the profits, forever seeking that middle ground and “both sides” to the story, even though the progressive side of the story is rarely ever told. And that is why now, more than ever, we need Daily Kos to stand strong in the face of the blatant propaganda coming from the most-watched news outlet in the country. Its hosts, such as Sean Hannity and Lou Dobbs, are regularly dining and palling around with Donald Trump and his circle of deplorables. As you can see from the graphic above, Lou Dobbs doesn’t bother even remotely to mask his pro-Trump propaganda, even as his reports mirror those that come from North Korea and China slobbering over their own Dear Leaders.

President Donald Trump listens Fox News' Sean Hannity speak during a rally at Show Me Center, Monday, Nov. 5, 2018, in Cape Girardeau, Mo.. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Sean Hannity has even taken the stage to address the crowds at Donald Trump’s political rallies. Can you imagine a prime-time host from another network having the audacity to display such blatant partisanship? Is there really a scenario in which Rachel Maddow, Chris Cuomo, or Anderson Cooper could be speakers at a political rally for a Democratic candidate? Their credibility would be shot, and they’d likely be looking for a new line of work. But not at Fox News. Let’s face it, the most-watched network in the country is little more than a Republican-operated super PAC.

 

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Rutokin
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Rutokin

I tune in once and a while just to get a good chuckle, I don’t know what they put in the kook ade but it’s doing something strange to those who drink it. The propaganda spewing meth heads never state facts about anything, they twist everything to fit their conspiracy theories, it’s disgusting and needs to be censored till they tell the truth

Allan
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Allan

Picket outside their homes for a while might get their attention.
They beam their extreame right-wing signals into millions of homes across the country, it’s our choice whether or not to listen.

Why dont millions go to where they live & express our own disgust at their propaganda. It will then be up to them whether to listen or not.
If they will never be held to account, they will never be accountable.

chris whitley
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chris whitley

It’s sad that their are so many people that have to be led to the slaughter. They really need to get a life.