Graphic from source, NYT
FOX "News" is only about a dozen years old, and has had its heyday in the last eight. Not coincidentally, those are the same years that Republicans have had the White House (and for most of it, both houses of Congress). It is no secret that many (including me) believe the station is a propaganda outlet for the GOP, disguised as a news station. The evidence on that is borne out again and again at sites like News Corpse and Newshounds.
But it would seem that with the waning popularity of the GOP, FOX's numbers are stalling a bit, and rivals MSNBC and CNN are picking up steam. Imagine what would happen if a truly liberal cable news outlet were in the mix (some conservatives think that MSNBC and CNN already are liberal outlets, but they are delusional).
Fox News Finds Its Rivals Closing In
When prime-time cable news ratings for the second quarter of 2008 are officially released next week, they will show that Fox News reclaimed the top spot among viewers in their mid-20s through mid-50s, those of greatest interest to news advertisers, according to estimates from Nielsen Media Research. [snip]
But the back-and-forth these last few months masks a more ominous trend for Fox News, particularly as its gears up to cover the general election campaign. . .
Read more at: New York Times