Not surprising, but it’s always good to back up an assumption with hard data: Black people are 1.38% of Fox News’s audience.
Via the Slatest
As a hater of Fox News for both their style and their content, I find both of these nuggets to be toast-worthy:
Glenn Beck has seen his audience fall almost 30% since the start of the year, from about 2.9 million viewers in January to 2.1 million in April.
[Rachel] Maddow … now beats her colleague Keith Olbermann among adults 25-54.
Well, this is a nice surprise. Fox News has published a story about the nutty things some Tea Partiers say. Of course, the article’s thrust is to portray the crazies as the fringe of the movement. Nevertheless, it’s hard to argue with reporting like this:
Other Tea Party members continue to question the president’s citizenship — a sign reading “Show Us Your Birth Certificate” popped up at a recent rally in Traverse City, Mich.
“What’s more disturbing is that he’s not answering them,” Tea Party member and conservative blogger Andrea Shay King said of the questions over Obama’s birthplace.
The Hawaiian government twice confirmed during the 2008 presidential election that a copy of Obama’s birth certificate was authentic. Factcheck.org tracked down the birth certificate and posted copies of it online.
At a recent town hall meeting, Tom Coburn actually stood up for Nancy Pelosi, the truth about health care reform, and the virtue of listening to news sources other than Fox.
When a woman in the audience asked Coburn if it was illegal for the government to jail citizens for not complying with the new health care law, Coburn responded by blaming TV news, and Fox News in particular, for that false rumor
An event like Arlen Specter’s party switch really brings out the differences between Fox & MSNBC.
Veteran Republican Sen. Arlen Specter abruptly switched parties Tuesday, a move intended to boost his chances of winning re-election next year but also pushed Democrats within one seat of a 60-vote supermajority they need to push President Barack Obama’s agenda through the Senate.
“This is a painful decision,” said Specter at a Tuesday afternoon news conference. “I know that I’m disappointing a lot of my friends and colleagues…the disappointment runs in both directions.”
Veteran GOP Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania announced Tuesday he will switch political parties and run in the Democratic primary in 2010.
Republican voters had sent him to the Senate five times. But faced with the prospect of a strong challenge from conservative Pat Toomey in the GOP primary and the state trending Democratic, Specter issued a statement that he was going to jump ship.
“I deeply regret that I will be disappointing many friends and supporters,” Specter said at a news conference on Tuesday.
“I can understand their disappointment,” he continued. “I am also disappointed that so many in the party I have worked for for more than four decades do not want me to be their candidate. It is very painful on both sides.”
Love Fox’s emphasis on how sad Specter is that Republicans hate him for being a total loser. Of course MSNBC pushes the notion that Republicans are jerks and they push nice guys around, but as a partisan, I’m ok with that.