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Let’s first agree on one thing.  The two left-wing cable giants – CNN and MSNBC – and their print media puppet panelists from the New York Times and the Washington Post have launched a media war against the long-time number one cable news network, FOX News.

While the battle is being fought under the pretense of ideology, it is all about ratings.  The management over at CNN and MSNBC appear to have decided that a war on FOX would help bring down their long-time ratings leadership as the most popular cable news network.  They have set aside a competition strategy for an aggressive air war strategy based on ideology.

The coordinated campaign to discredit FOX appears to be an example of psychological projection – attributing to others one’s own characteristics – rather than honest and balanced analysis.  The assault on FOX has reached a fever pitch as seen in a recent edition of CNN’s “Reliable Sources” hosted by the smarmy Brian Stelter – a devotee of the Joseph Goebbels School of Public Communication.  It is a show that is remarkably at odds with its title — and anything that would pass as ethical journalism.  The only thing the audience can rely upon is to be force fed a constant flow of mendacious New York left-wing drivel.

We are not talking about legitimate criticism here – or an intellectual presentation of factual news.  No.  No.  No.  This is classic propaganda press – designed to indoctrinate rather than educate.  It is carried out with hyper-hyperbole and all the elements of propaganda – false interpretations, censorship of counterpoints, character assassination, disinformation and outright lies.

In support of CNN’s preconceived false narratives, Stelter – or more accurately, his producers – gin up the most strident and well-coached anti-Trump and anti-FOX hired guns to serve as pundits and analysts.  They are then choreographed into a company of spreaders of malicious disinformation.

Although Stelter is a liar, he is not an outlier.  Throughout the broadcast day, the CNN and MSNBC personalities and guests repeatedly attack FOX as some second-rate network engaging in nothing but political propaganda – that projection thing.  They frequently use the very word “propaganda” to describe FOX reporting.

By extension, they slander FOX viewers as a bunch of hypnotized Neanderthals – a basket of deplorables, you might say.

But is the air war working for the aggressors?  Apparently not.

The three major cable news networks each increased their viewership in 2020, but FOX maintained its historic lead.  In fact, it even improved its lead – with a 45 percent increase over its already commanding lead.  The FOX Network averages 3.6 million viewers in prime time.

MSNBC gained 24 percent to bring its average viewing audience to 2.2 million.  CNN enjoyed the biggest percentile gain of 85 percent – but they were coming up from a distant third.  Even with the increase, CNN remains in third place with 1.8 million prime time viewers – and they call themselves “the most trusted name in news.”

All the news networks have seen increases largely due to the interest in the Covid-19 pandemic, the presidential election and the post-election transition controversies.

If the attacks on FOX – and the networks increased viewership – suggests anything, it is that the American people are a lot smarter than the left-wing brainwashers think.  There can be no doubt that FOX News thrives despite the winnowing attack from the left-wing stations because of content.  It remains on top even as major personalities come and go.

By any objective analysis, FOX presents a broader range of news – and they do it consistent with their “fair and balanced” motto.  Minute-by-minute, they provided more point and counterpoint in their coverage than do CNN or MSNBC – by a long shot.

Stelter and the others can gnash their teeth, pound their fists and stomp their feet, but trying to attack FOX on political and philosophical bias may well backfire by drawing a negative comparison to their own manifest biases.  We can only hope …

So, there ‘tis.

By Larry Horist

So, there ‘tis… The opinions, perspectives and analyses of Larry Horist Larry Horist is a businessman, conservative writer and political strategist with an extensive background in economics and public policy. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman. He has served as a consultant to the Nixon White House and travelled the country as a spokesman for President Reagan’s economic reforms. He has testified as an expert witness before numerous legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress. Horist has lectured and taught courses at numerous colleges and universities, including Harvard, Northwestern, DePaul universities, Hope College and his alma mater, Knox College. He has been a guest on hundreds of public affairs talk shows, and hosted his own program, “Chicago In Sight,” on WIND radio. Horist was a one-time candidate for mayor of Chicago and served as Executive Director of the City Club of Chicago, where he led a successful two-year campaign to save the historic Chicago Theatre from the wrecking ball. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He is praised by readers for his style, substance and sense of humor. According to one reader, Horist is the “new Charles Krauthammer.” He is actively semi-retired in Boca Raton, Florida where he devotes his time to writing. So, there ‘tis is Horist’s signature sign off.

33 thoughts on “Will CNN and MSNBC Outfox FOX News?”
  1. Fox desires the drop in rating, I quit listening to them when they declared Biden the winner, I hate liar .

  2. Who cares? Your all libtard rags with nothing but anti-American propaganda. Fox is the same as the rest of the lying politburo rags, lies compounded by lies. Facts are not something you would ever use.

  3. Who cares , I don’t watch any of them fake news stations . I won’t belive them saying the sun rises in the east and sets in the west , even tho I know it does . Just can’t belive anything them liers say anymore . Not when their payed to say what they say by the corrupt party

  4. If a tree falls in the forest, does it make a sound ? Only if your there. Does cnn& msnbc make a sound ? Only if you turn the channel on.
    They are blocked along with porno and sales channels in my home.
    NewsMax & OANN is my go to with talk radio.
    I think for myself, I do not need to be lead by the nose.


  6. Amazing – right below this classic no facts FOX propaganda piece is an article claim 100 million Americans will be vaccinated by the end of Feb – what a bunch of Orange Fascist Party BS.

  7. By the way 2,2 million plus 1.8 million equals 400 million viewers – 400K more than FOX.

  8. Fox turned liberal, it’s Newsmax for real conservative news. After watching fox since they started I have to say goodbye. They even cut the throats of there top shows, Hannity, Tucker lura and Lou dobbs.

  9. Robert Maguire … You forgot to add in AON, Newsmax, Newsy, and other of the non-leftwing stations,

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