Archive for December 19, 2012

Pushback Rebuttal?

Posted in FNC on December 19, 2012 by icn2

Mediaite’s Tommy Christopher tries to push back on the push back to Gabriel Sherman’s FNC piece on Monday…

New York Magazine‘s Gabriel Sherman is under fire from the conservative media, and from Fox News’s Brit Hume, over his reporting on internal emails regarding Fox News’ weekend coverage of gun control in the wake of Friday’s horrific mass shooting. Much of that criticism is based on a story, from The Hollywood Reporter‘s Paul Bond, that purports to debunk Sherman’s reporting, but a review of what Sherman actually wrote, and how Fox News actually covered the issue of gun control this past weekend, reveals that THR didn’t check their facts, or didn’t care.

Christopher then goes on to argue that the type of discussion regarding “gun control” on FNC was weak…

The “both sides represented” by Fox News over the weekend, then, were:

Gun control is not the issue
Gun control is not the only issue
Let’s talk about something else

As supporting evidence, Christopher linked to a video, source unknown, of selectively edited clips from various FNC shows on Saturday and Sunday. Selectively edited clips are always a red flag for me. You can’t evaluate a segment or a series of segments fairly if you only have snippets of the segments to go on.

Notice the shift in narrative though? It’s no longer “FNC didn’t talk about Gun Control”. It’s now “FNC didn’t talk about Gun Control in a way I feel was meaningful.” It’s not a yes/no proposition anymore but a subjective in the eye of the beholder proposition. I consider that too slippery a slope to venture down. If you have to resort to subjectivism to frame your argument, you are going to be hard pressed to convince anyone whose ideological world view isn’t the same as yours.

On the other hand there is this…

Bond took what was spoon-fed to him by “Fox News insiders,” didn’t insist that they provide him with a full accounting of the emails that Sherman reported on, then closed the loop with an on-the-record source.

To be clear, there is absolutely nothing wrong with a network making a public relations effort to rebut negative press, and Fox News has no duty to tell Gabe Sherman’s side of the story, or provide evidence to contradict their own. That’s the reporter’s job, and THR‘s failed at it.

On this point, Christopher and I are in agreement. The Hollywood Reporter story had all the markings of a classic story plant.


FBN Gains Viewers in 2012

Posted in CNBC, FBN on December 19, 2012 by icn2

TVNewser’s Chris Ariens has FBN’s numbers for 2012 and the numbers appear to be showing promise…

CNBC, which in April will celebrate 24 years on the air, is not having a stellar 2012 in the ratings department. And while it still doubles or even more than triples the viewership of its only rated competitor Fox Business (Bloomberg is not publicly rated), CNBC is declining while FBN is showing growth. The 2012 ratings year ends Dec. 30, but here’s how the networks are stacking up as we go into the holidays.

12/26/11 – 12/17/12:

CNBC Total Day Average: 171,000 Total Viewers / 51,000 A25-54
FBN Total Day Average: 63,000 Total Viewers / 14,000 A25-54

Free for All: 12/19/12

Posted in Free For All on December 19, 2012 by icn2

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