Canada's Most Peachiest Awesomest Bestest Blogger Kate McMillan loves her Fox News. Other people who aren't batshit fucking loons, racists and Nazi sympathizers? Eh ... not so much these days:
Fox News suffers another debate snub; bloggers take a bow
by Eric Boehlert
Coveted assignments for presidential debate moderators were handed out last week, and guess who was left off the list ... again.
After suffering the bitter, and unprecedented, blow during the Democratic primary season of having candidates refuse -- twice -- to appear in Fox News-sponsored forums when bloggers raised hell about the news organization's lack of legitimacy, Rupert Murdoch's news channel was again left off the list of news anchors tapped to moderate the must-see TV events in the fall.
Instead, the questions during the three presidential forums and one vice presidential debate will be posed by PBS' Jim Lehrer and Gwen Ifill, as well as NBC's Tom Brokaw and CBS' Bob Schieffer.
Oh, dear. What seems to be the problem here? Ah ...
Unlike the primaries, Fox News this time won't be locked out entirely; all the networks will be able to broadcast the debates. But the snub means that once again Fox News will be denied the chance to leave its imprint on the all-important debates. It won't be able to build its brand on the back of Democrats who have injected extraordinary passion and interest into the White House run.
That passion and interest has helped boost ratings for Fox News' cable competitors, while Fox's numbers have remained stagnant. Meaning, the unfolding presidential campaign has been a ratings dud so far for Fox News and its unofficial year of woe.
Just as the 9-11 terrorist attacks catapulted Fox News' ratings into the patriotic stratosphere, the 2008 campaign season may be viewed as the news event that marked the news channel's fall from ratings dominance.
Ouch. Can it get any worse? What a dumb question:
In turn, Fox News' ratings woes have opened the door to a much more frank and honest discussion about the news outlet. Like when New York Times media columnist David Carr recently called out Fox News flacks as thugs. And the way MSNBC chief Phil Griffin declared that when it comes to Fox News, "you can't trust a word they say." Sure, Griffin's a competitor. But before this year, that kind of blunt talk was not heard in polite Beltway media circles, and it certainly was not heard on the record.
Cool. And who got things rolling in the first place? Hey, hey, hey ...
Fox News has been taken down several notches, and the demotions can be traced back to the blogger-led debate boycott from 2007 and the repercussions it set off.
Yeah ... folks have finally had their fill of the sleazy dumbfuckitude that is Fox News, and they're calling them on it. And as for Canada's Most Superest Bestest Niftiest Blogger Kate McMillan? Coincidentally, people are telling her to fuck right off, too. Apparently, patience is finally wearing thin.
Interesting times, folks ... interesting times.