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December 13, 2013 - 10:20 am

The Huffington Post runs a press release announcing that Media Matters is declaring victory in its war on Fox News.

[I]n the coming years, Fox will no longer be the center of Media Matters’ universe. That’s because the group believes it has effectively discredited the network’s desire to be seen as “fair and balanced.”

“The war on Fox is over,” said Media Matters Executive Vice President Angelo Carusone. “And it’s not just that it’s over, but it was very successful. To a large extent, we won.”

Now is an auspicious time for the left’s leading cable clippers and smear artists to declare victory in the cable news wars. Its cable news ally, religious programmer MSNBC, has lost its capital.

Over tofu turkey, the powers behind the extreme-left cable news network MSNBC must have expressed many thanks yesterday for CNN, because it is only by comparison to CNN that MSNBC’s November ratings are not embarrassing. Compared to November of last year, MSNBC’s viewership has nearly been cut in half and the “Lean Forward” network continues to get crushed by Fox News.

MSNBC has lost 45% of its viewership over the past year. Fox is the most trusted network in America on the biggest story of the day, the left’s collective dishonesty regarding Obamacare.

Meanwhile, the network that Media Matters claims to have defeated just swallowed a continent.

Fox News triumphed in the cable news ratings battle in November, grabbing more total day and primetime viewers than its two rival competitors — CNN and MSNBC — combined.

It marks the 143rd consecutive month that Fox News has come out on top, and it ranked second in all of cable for the month of November — behind only ESPN. It featured the top 14 programs in all of cable news.

Media Matters isn’t declaring victory, despite the Huffington Post putting their best spinner on the story. It’s waving a white flag.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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"I'm a former liberal...from academia...and you are sad, stupid people. Why, nobody I know...voted for Bush...or watches Fox"

Ok, ok...I get the irony.

Funny gag.
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My work environment on the left-coast is populated largely by people that fit the demographic described by SirSpider. It's not uncommon for internal emails referencing HuffingtonPost to be considered factual and routine. It's maddening, as these are some of the smartest people on earth, yet they often swallow stuff that can be easily debunked if they only made the effort to look for alternative viewpoints and actual facts vs. unsubstantiated opinions.

Psycho-historians in the far future will write doctorial theses on this era.
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Media Matters has awakened to the cold, harsh fact...that it's sniveling toadie act has not made a dent in favor of leftist propaganda. Because the Propaganda Machine is little more than rugurgitaters of leftis Party lies and distortions...Media Matters just found out...it doesn't.
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I actually think Media Matters has won, sadly.

I don't know how apparent this is to readers here, but as a recent liberal-turned-conservative (for various reasons not pertinent here) coming out of Academia and the liberal-culture-sphere, I see this pervasive trend everywhere: Fox news may be large, but outside of conservative audiences it has been thoroughly discredited. Many relatively non-partisan, moderate people that I know use the network's name as a catchy synonym for "propaganda," while summarily dismissing anything reported on the station because "if it comes from faux news, it is clearly lies."

Worse, these views are not angry but condescending. It is one thing for the network to be hated - another for it to be seen as a sad joke watched by sad, stupid people who don't know any better. The fact that Fox has a large audience is actually used by some of my former colleagues as an argument for a nanny state: Such a sizable audience for the network clearly demonstrates that a good portion of the human race is not capable of sufficiently critical thought to discern the true amidst falsehood.

What media matters and others have managed to do is not to destroy the audience that fox news has. It has managed to render Fox impotent as a factual counterpoint for non-conservative audiences. This leaves the MSM free to shape a dominant majority opinion, especially in the young who are exploring political opinions for the first time. Fox is preaching, but everyone who isn't already in the choir has successfully been taught that it is a cult.
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"The last two presidential elections clearly demonstrate that a good portion of the human race is not capable of sufficiently critical thought to discern the true amidst falsehood."

FIFY.
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"I'm a former liberal...from academia...and you are sad, stupid people. Why, nobody I know...voted for Bush...or watches Fox"

Ok, ok...I get the irony.

Funny gag.
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Hi, Sirspider.

Your post demonstrates the fact that you're still immersed in your purportedly "former" statist world-view.

You assume that because a lot of people you know and with whom you associate behave as you say, that this makes any kind of difference to the reality of the situation. It doesn't.

What is the reality? The reality is that more than half of the people who used to watch the radical statist outlet MSNBC don't anymore. More-and-more people are now watching Fox News.

This is core of the free market principle in action, and yet you've come here to explain how reality doesn't impact your belief system. Regardless of the facts, you disagree with the obvious conclusion that must be correctly drawn from that set of facts. You ask us to look for other facts that will support your erroneous conclusions.

There is no spoon. Only when you realize that will you understand that it is not Fox News that is bent, but only yourself.
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