Thursday, April 1, 2010

Fox News Channel accused of ratings fraud

Gee, what a surprise.

Lately, one of the big boasts among the right-wing thought police is that their cable channel of record - Fox News Channel - leads its competitors in the ratings. They cite Nielsen reports to back up this claim.

Folks are skeptical, because they know very few people who think Fox News is worth a shit. On the other hand, Fox News doesn't have a liberal competitor, because other cable channels also have a right-wing bias.

But now it's been revealed that the Wegener Corporation - which makes the ratings devices used by Nielsen - has links with Fox's parent company, Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation. The rise of Fox News Channel's ratings began in the early 2000s when this technology was first unleashed.

Because of this, Fox News Channel is now being accused of using the devices to commit ratings fraud.

Well, that would explain why Fox News keeps doing so well in the ratings even though so many people hate it. This channel's ratings seemed to go up even more right at the same time the Republicans' political fortunes were dwindling. If Fox News had so many viewers for its round-the-clock bandstand of manipulating public opinion, why weren't these efforts more successful at securing GOP victories?

This entire story kind of reminds me of how the Republicans previously kept winning elections even though nobody liked them. Much of this was because of voting machine software that was easily tampered with.


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