By Christopher B. Daly
Today’s Times has an interesting (though somewhat thin) story about the relationship between president Obama and Fox News.
One thing caught my eye:
But now, with the presidential campaign entering its most competitive phase, the simmering tensions between Mr. Obama and the country’s highest-rated news channel threaten their fragile détente.
Problem is, Fox News is NOT the “country’s highest-rated news channel.” It is the highest-rated cable news channel, with about 1.3 million viewers. But it comes nowhere near the size of even the lowest-rated broadcast news channel. And it is still a tiny fraction of the combined audiences of ABC, NBC, CBS, and PBS, which have well over 20 million viewers in all.
(Yes, there is a bit of an apples/oranges issue here, but, come on: Fox is in a different universe from the broadcast networks.)
(A further thought: in a nation of 300+ million people, does Fox News with 1.3 million viewers deserve the attention it gets?)