Whites-Only Fox News


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here’s fascinating news in TV Land — only 1.38 percent of the viewers of Fox News are African-American.

I raise this because so many bloggers, readers and commenters on Bacon’s Rebellion swear by the “Fair and Balanced” news channel.
Fox keeps them in their comfort zone. It is like a down quilt and warm milk on a chilly night. In the morning, they can leer at co-anchor Gretchen Carlson, the Stanford-trained former Miss America who plays classical violin. Dressed in her plain, pastel-colored shifts, her Midwestern wholesomeness competes with her demure sexiness in a way that boils the blood of the average U.S. conservative male.
Not only is Fox reassuring, it is the point of departure for the Right Wing Propaganda Network that Larry Gross has astutely identified. Conservatives, including some on this blog, take their cues from Fox News.
It reminds me of watching “Vremya,” when I was in Moscow back in the 1980s. This government-controlled prime time show always started with a woman anchor, seated far left in a 1960s beehive, saying “Good Evening.” At far right, a male anchor with gigantic Larry King style eyeglasses, then said, “Hello Comrades.” After that, we’d hear about the wonderful crop harvests, the clever but sneaky U.S. initiatives at arms control and the need for “world peace.”
So how come Blacks don’t watch Fox News? News analyst Steve Colbert says it could be that they are afraid to learn the truth about Barack Obama.
That’s not all he says. Colbert has done us a real service by identifying the 1.38 percent of African Americans who do watch Fox News. He has broken them down into four categories: blacks stuck in Jiffy Lube waiting rooms, whites in blackface, people who say “Glenn Beck” three times quickly and former Washington Post correspondent Juan Williams.
My big question is: “How many African Americans read Bacon’s Rebellion?” I have contracted with a big polling group and initial reports are NOT encouraging — only 0.005 percent of the total.
Why? I am not sure. But it could be Jim Bacon’s backing an end to affirmative action, sermons on personal responsibility and lectures on Washington sluts, cocaine heads and deficit spending. Maybe it is Groveton’s shoot-from-the-hip denunciations of liberals and immigrants. Maybe they can’t understand Tril-o-gy, but then, I can’t either. Maybe it’s me — the classic white liberal hitting tired 60’s tunes.
Whatever.
Peter Galuszka

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35 responses to “Whites-Only Fox News”

  1. Larry G Avatar

    does anyone remember how Steve Doocy got his start?

    I bet Groveton knows.

  2. My wife keeps six hummingbird feeders in the yard, along with fabulous flower beds. Humming birds live a long time, and they come back to the same place yaer after year.

    After 15 years of thes e have generations of hummingbirds that all return for the sweet nectar she puts out. she replaces it with new stuff daily because hummingbirds don't like stale nectar.

    By now there must be a hundred of them nesting in the area, and the yard is preety much a constant hum as they dash about, protecting their territory. There are now so many that they do allelomimetic aerobatics, like clouds of starlings swarming the feeders for sugar water, each one rising and falling and circling in unison, making their puny little cheap cheap song.

    Reminds me of conservatives and Fox news.

  3. Gooze Views Avatar
    Gooze Views

    Hydra,
    Absolutely brilliant!

    Peter Galuszka

  4. Groveton Avatar

    Sorry to burst your bubbles but I don't watch Fox News. Generally, I don't watch TV news at all. Once in a blue moon I see Rachael Maddow or Some guy named Ed and watch for a few minutes. I keep hoping to see something that would help me understand Peter and Larry better. So far, no hope.

    I recall Steve Doocey from WRC – TV in DC. I vaguely recall that he did light hearted schticks. Jim Vance and Doreen Gentzler were the heavyweights and still are. I may be mistaken about Doocey but I think he did funny "dog bites man" type of stuff.

  5. Groveton Avatar

    Sorry … meant to write … "man bites dog".

  6. Accurate Avatar

    And what news network, pray tell, did the survey show that blacks watched? Were you also able to find out which news networks the Asians, Hispanics or Native American Indians watch?

    While I still had cable TV (turned it off due to cost) I was an avid viewer of Fox News basically because it didn't just parrot back the pablum dished out by the white house and the democrats. In Peter's world, if you aren't holding to the democrats line, then you are a republican – and by extension an enemy (or so it seems). Even without cable TV, I do tend to listen to Fox News radio and other conservative radio shows. About once a month I tune to NPR and have to change the station after 5 minutes to keep from falling asleep. About once every 3 months I tune into a liberal talk show (if I can still find one on the air) and after listening to 2 minutes of blaming Bush and blaming people of religion I have to change that station because I can feel my blood pressure go up.

    So Peter, do you classify MSNBC as the 'liberal-only' news network? If not, why not? We all have comfort zones and Fox works for conservatives and MSNBC works for liberals – BTW, I know when MSNBC is lying, there are words coming out of the speakers.

  7. Groveton Avatar

    "There is not now, nor has there ever been, anything post-racial about Barack Obama, except for the people who voted for him in the mistaken belief that he shared their desire to be post-racial. When he leaves office, especially if it is after one term, he will leave this country more racially polarized than before.

    Hopefully, he may also leave the voters wiser, though sadder, after they learn from painful experience that you can't judge politicians by their rhetoric, or ignore their past because of your hopes for the future. Voters may even wise up to race card fraud.".

    That quote was from one of the
    sources of political insight I read religously. Just another conservative hummingbird named Thomas Sowell.

    Here is the whole blog:

    http://jewishworldreview.com/cols/sowell072010.php3

    Maybe I'll write Dr. Sowell an e-mail and see if I can get him to look at BR from time to time. Then, presumably, Peter would be happier.

  8. Gooze Views Avatar
    Gooze Views

    Sowell?

    I was wondering when someone would bring him up.
    PG

  9. Groveton Avatar

    I am not sure of the ethnic background of these two authors. I don't dwell on such things. However, I do read the Wall Street Journal with regularity. Here is the money quote (in my opinion):

    "Even the former head of the Civil Rights Commission, Mary Frances Berry, acknowledged that the Obama administration has taken to polarizing America around the issue of race as a means of diverting attention away from other issues, saying: "the charge of racism is proving to be an effective strategy for Democrats. . . . Having one's opponent rebut charges of racism is far better than discussing joblessness."".

    I don't know the race of Mary Frances Berry either. But she sure is right. Making false claims of racism is much easier than explaining joblessness.

    Here is the whole article:

    http://online.wsj.com/article/NA_WSJ_PUB:SB10001424052748703700904575391553798363586.html

  10. Larry G Avatar

    Doocy was the weatherman and like to yuck it up a lot…then he went out west… then the next thing I know, he's got a gig on FOX… even got his son a gig.

    But Groveton… if you liked Terry McAuliffe and you say you don't understand… we have ourselves quite the conundrum here…

  11. Anonymous Avatar
    Anonymous

    Heard a core values report about Michelle and her trip to Spain. Must be a conservative thing. Why should she have to wait eight years to visit Spain just because her hubby is the Pres?

  12. James A. Bacon Avatar
    James A. Bacon

    Touche, Tobias!

    To assist those too lazy to click on the links you provided:

    MSNBC — Morning Joe, Dylan Ratigan, Dr. Nancy, Andrea Mitchell, Ed Schultz, Chris Matthews, Keith Olberman, Rachel Maddow — a lily-white line-up.

    How many African-Americans watch MSNBC?

    New York Times board of directors: 13 members, all white.

    New York Times corporate officers: 27 white, two African-Americans (the treasurer and the chief diversity officer), zero Asians, zero Hispanics.

    New York Times editorial board: 16 whites, one African-American, one Hispanic (Eduardo Porter?), zero Asians.

    I wonder how many African-Americans read the New York Times.

    Associated Press board of directors — 22 directors, of whom 21 are white, one is African American. No Hispanics of Asians.

  13. Groveton Avatar

    "But Groveton… if you liked Terry McAuliffe and you say you don't understand… we have ourselves quite the conundrum here…".

    I give up. What is it that I said I didn't understand? That Doocey was a weatherman?

  14. Gooze Views Avatar
    Gooze Views

    But Jim,
    How mnany African-AMericans read Bacon's Reblleion? DO you doubt my research?

    Peter Galuszka

  15. Groveton Avatar

    Larry:

    Why don't you read this …

    http://www.terrymcauliffe.com/

    Let's see … Terry Mcauliffe is bringing jobs to southern Virginia along with former Republican AG Jerry Kilgore.

    Let's see ….

    focusing on jobs where jobs are most needed.

    working with a well known member of the other party

    putting some of his own money where his mouth is

    Why don't you help me understand why his approach is so troubling to you.

  16. Groveton Avatar

    "My big question is: "How many African Americans read Bacon's Rebellion?" I have contracted with a big polling group and initial reports are NOT encouraging — only 0.005 percent of the total".

    "But Jim,
    How mnany African-AMericans read Bacon's Reblleion? DO you doubt my research?".

    .005% = 1 in 20,000, no?

    You research concludes that at least 20,000 people are engaged with this site while only 1 is an African-American?

    Of course, it could be 2 African Americans among 40,000 regular viewers. Or, 3 out of 60,000 and so on.

    Yes … I'd have to say I doubt your research.

    Perhaps we could double check that research by polling the 20,000 BR participants who are reading this post right now.

  17. James A. Bacon Avatar
    James A. Bacon

    Peter, I know at least at least one African-American who reads Bacon's Rebellion. You and I have had coffee with him. (I don't mention his name. not wishing to drag him into this inane dialogue.)

    But let's follow your logic. Let's assume our friend is the only African-American who does read the blog.What can we conclude?

    Probably that African-Americans can find other venues in the hyper-competitive blogosphere that speak more directly to their concerns and better reflect their viewpoints.

    Does that make us illegitimate somehow?

  18. Larry G Avatar

    " Hannity & Colmes"?

    when were they last on the air together?

    Just FYI – CNN has, by far, the most black journalists and the viewing stats confirm it.

    and yes.. it's true…. networks that serve the far left and far right do not seem to attract many black views.

    now tell me again what the right wing propaganda machines Michelle Malkins has to say that is worth listening to anyhow.

    Every time that women opens her mouth it seem to be fool of hate and misrepresentations to me.

  19. Larry G Avatar

    Groveton – I am not "troubled" by your attraction to left-wing democrats only amused as your explanation…(s)….

    " focusing on jobs where jobs are most needed.

    working with a well known member of the other party

    putting some of his own money where his mouth is"

    geeze guy.. that describes dozens (hundreds) of well known Democrats in Congress an Virginia….

    besides.. they only do that so the public thinks they actually want to work bipartisan… check out Michelle Malkin for the truth.

  20. Larry G Avatar

    Steve Doocy? I just thought it was cool that a weatherman from a local TV station … I think the same one as Katie Couric – made it to the big time… but I always had Doocy pegged as a left wing loon….sure got fooled on that one…

  21. Gooze Views Avatar
    Gooze Views

    Groveton,
    You are right to doubt my research because I made up that number out of the thin air.

    Bacon,
    Is this dialogue any more inane than the usual ones? Or what we read in the Wash TImes?

    PG

  22. Gooze Views Avatar
    Gooze Views

    Groveton,
    You are right to doubt my research because I made up that number out of the thin air.

    Bacon,
    Is this dialogue any more inane than the usual ones? Or what we read in the Wash TImes?

    PG

  23. A Virile Nagalingam Avatar
    A Virile Nagalingam

    you describe the fox news and white people dynamic much as Brink Lindsey (on bloggingheads.tv) did NPR and liberals–that, "NPR is the liberal's daily warm bath of affirmation."

    such news sources make people feel good. That's a particular kind of value that doesn't translate from one demographic to another.

  24. Groveton Avatar

    "geeze guy.. that describes dozens (hundreds) of well known Democrats in Congress an Virginia….".

    I don't see it. If there are dozens or hundreds they have certainly been ineffective. There are a lot of jobs in NoVa but far too few in many other parts of the state.

    If we have dozens or hundreds of Democratic politicians trying to bring jobs where the jobs are needed in Virginia – I'd say we need new people trying.

    Mcauliffe is actually bringing in some jobs … along with Kilgore.

    Is Deeds? Moran? McDonnell?

    I just don't see it.

    McAuliffe was the best choice for governor.

    Kaine was horrible.

    I am sure you are baffled that I like some Democrats and not others. Or that I don't think Republicans always have the right choice.

  25. Larry G Avatar

    If Kaine was so horrible how come the state has been voted the most fiscally responsible and one of the best of business?

    Mississippi and Alabama brought new auto industry to their states but they provided major incentive which you and Bacon say are bribes.

    so which is it?

    are you willing to pay bribes to businesses to locate in RoVa?

    What do you think of the Governors "opportunity" fund and it's use?

    oh.. no.. I'm not befuddled by your support of Dems – only your turnip-truck style of befriending some.

    Do you buy into the rest of McAuliffe's Democratic agenda?

    do you think it differs much from Kaines in terms of basic philosophy?

    I note that NOW.. you have shirked McDonnell ….after you supported him initially.

    You're quite the fickle guy, you know?

    🙂

  26. Groveton Avatar

    Larry –

    Your confusion is so palpable it's hard to debug. But … here goes:

    Mississippi and Alabama brought new auto industry to their states but they provided major incentive which you and Bacon say are bribes.

    so which is it?

    I HAVE NEVER SAID THESE WERE BRIBES. NEVER. NOT ONCE. I THINK THIS WAS GOOD THINKING.

    are you willing to pay bribes to businesses to locate in RoVa?

    YES. SO LONG AS THE ROI / NPV IS POSITIVE. MATH ISN'T ALL THAT HARD. IT IS WHAT IT IS.

    What do you think of the Governors "opportunity" fund and it's use?

    TOO LITTLE. TOO WEAK. THE WHOLE COUNTRY IS COMPETEING FOR THE 54% OF WAGE EARNERS WHO ACTUALLY PAY TAXES. GET USED TO IT.

    oh.. no.. I'm not befuddled by your support of Dems – only your turnip-truck style of befriending some.

    NOBODY IN MY LONG LIFE HAS EVER ACCUSED ME OF FALLING OFF THE TURNIP TRUCK. YOU ARR THE FIRST. CONGRATULATONS. MOST PEOPLE THING I AM EXCESSIVELY ANALYTICAL BUT YOU HAVE FOUND ME OUT.

    Do you buy into the rest of McAuliffe's Democratic agenda?

    i BELIEVE HE HAD THE MOST COMPELLING AGENDA FOR THE FOUR GOVERNOR CANDIDATES. IN TOTAL – I THINK HE WAS RIGHT.

    do you think it differs much from Kaines in terms of basic philosophy?

    KAINE WAS INCOMPETENT. MCAULIFFES IS COMPETENT. WHY IS THIS HARD?

    I note that NOW.. you have shirked McDonnell ….after you supported him initially.

    I HAVE NOT SHIRKED MCDONNELL. HE IS DOING A GFOOD JOB. MCAULIFFE WOULD HAVE DONE BETTER, AGAIN … WHY IS THIS HARD TO UNDERSTAND?

    You're quite the fickle guy, you know?

    ACTUALLY – NOT AT ALL. SAME POINTS MONTH AFTER MONTH QUARTER AFTER QUARTER YEAR AFTER YEAR. ONCE AGAIN … WHY IS THIS HARD FOR YOU TO UNDERSTAND?

  27. Larry G Avatar

    " If Kaine was so horrible how come the state has been voted the most fiscally responsible and one of the best of business?"

    and how about critique of Kaine.

    why was he "horrible"?

    compare and contrast that to Gilmore or Mcdonnell

  28. Larry G Avatar

    re: "saving" NoVa

    Groveton – don't you think that a good Plan B for Rova (you know in case the "bribe" businesses to come here – doesn't work out)

    would be to give each kid a solid education so that over time – RoVa will shrink back in population to what is more sustainable and the kids will grow up with a good enough education to leave and find jobs in places like NoVa?

    so wouldn't you think that would be a better use of NoVa money than just trying to bribe companies or send more welfare money each year?

  29. Anonymous Avatar
    Anonymous

    "Every time that women opens her mouth it seem to be fool of hate and misrepresentations to me."

    Sort-of like Peter and his racist views, particularly when it comes to immigration.

  30. Groveton Avatar

    LarryG –

    No, I don't that's a good plan B for RoVa. It might be a good plann G or Plan R but not B.

    Plan A – bring in jobs.

    Plan B – depopulate the places where the jobs can't be attracted.

    Detroit didn't fail because Michigan spent too little on teaching. But Mayor Bing is bulldozing homes in Detroit.

  31. Larry G Avatar

    I'm not sure how you de-populate RoVa without giving the kids a path to competing for jobs in NoVa though.

    Isn't that how you'd ago about it?

  32. I listen to NPR because it comes with the classical music I enjoy.

    I think NPR has a liberal slant, but I don' heare them outright lambasting the right or referrig to them with highly emotion laden words. Unlike Fox news, I believe that NPR does make a reasonable attempt to show both sides of an issue.

    Besides that, they have interesting bits like the interviews with old people in the story corps series.

  33. gentrifyrichmond Avatar
    gentrifyrichmond

    "But it could be Jim Bacon's backing an end to affirmative action, sermons on personal responsibility and lectures on Washington sluts, cocaine heads and deficit spending."

    Here is a loaded sentence that garnered my attention immediately. Maybe blacks won't read this site because even the one, semi-reasonable liberal thinks blacks don't want to read sermons on personal responsibility.

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