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Aidan Silitch, Opinion and Humor Editor

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Ahhh, Fox News. We all know it and I am sure we all love it. I mean how could we forsake a media outlet that puts out hard hitting news, such as “Inflatable Obstacle Course Stolen, Phoenix Police Say.”

I know, I am in shock too. What’s even more surprising, is that this story is one click away from “Comey Influenced by Bogus Russian Document, Reports Say.” By now, I sincerely hope that you can tell my tone is dripping in sarcasm. While these stories of floats being stolen are interesting, they undermine Foxes credibility as a news source. But believe it or not, some people actually rely on Fox News for information on Washington and the climate. This is proven in the fact that Fox news still has 2,441,000 people who watch its news on TV every week. That is 2,441,000 people influenced by this incredibly trustworthy news source. Now, many of you might be worrying that Fox news has a stronghold on the media. I assure you, that is not the case. According to an article published by The Blaze, Fox’s ratings have plummeted exponentially since the non-eventful departure of Bill O’Reilly. So much so, that MSNBC’s Hardball, beat out Martha MacCallum’s show by nearly 60,000 viewers. Moreover, this current political climate has even shifted late night talk show audiences.

Recently, CBS’s “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” beat out NBC’s “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” by nearly 400,000 viewers, according to an article published by CNN media. This may be due to Colbert’s ability to make brilliant and scathing jabs at our current President. Needless to say, TV is experiencing a massive change in viewership. Many people are now converting to reliable news sources, an abandoning the ones who fail in their duty (I’m looking at you Fox).

 

http://www.theblaze.com/news/2017/05/21/what-has-happened-to-fox-news-ratings-since-oreillys-departure-the-answer-is-shocking/

http://money.cnn.com/2017/04/05/media/stephen-colbert-jimmy-fallon-ratings/index.html

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