Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Fox News North Making a Big Splash - "Drip"?

I guess just making stuff up and spouting nonsense isn't going over so well with Canadians: Sun News drawing as little as 4,000 viewers during some time slots
Despite launching in the middle of a federal election, the new Sun News Network has so far had little impact on the Canadian news scene. The Quebecor venture launched April 18 after months of "Fox News North" buzz and had an estimated 37,000 viewers across Canada tune in for its initial half-hour, when it hit the airwaves with a splashy promise of "hard news and straight talk."

Showcased commentator Ezra Levant's "The Source" rated highest with an estimated 31,000 viewers on opening night, according to BBM Canada overnight estimates provided by sources. That total had fallen to 12,000 by Wednesday, with less than 1,000 viewers in the coveted 25-to-54-year-old demo. By this Monday, a week after launch, Levant's show was up to 19,000 viewers.

By the end of Sun News's first week, shows featuring Winnipeg-based radio host Charles Adler and Ottawa-based journalist Brian Lilley were drawing 4,000 and 5,000 viewers across Canada in their evening slots (Adler had opened the week with 31,000 viewers and Lilley with 17,000).
Starting off with a bang.


  1. "Making stuff up an spouting nonsense" is what those supermarket tabloids do. So, if people can't watch Fox News North while they're waiting to pay for their groceries, they're probably not going to watch it at all.
    Thank goodness.

  2. Fox News Insider: "Stuff Is Just Made Up"

    ((This is not a joke site. This is a real news item.))

    snip snip: Namely, that Fox News is run as a purely partisan operation, virtually every news story is actively spun by the staff, its primary goal is to prop up Republicans and knock down Democrats, and that staffers at Fox News routinely operate without the slightest regard for fairness or fact checking.

    “It is their M.O. to undermine the administration and to undermine Democrats,” says the source. “They’re a propaganda outfit but they call themselves news.”
    And that’s the word from inside Fox News.

    “They say one thing and do another. They insist on maintaining this charade, this façade, that they’re balanced or that they’re not right-wing extreme propagandist,” says the source. But it’s all a well-orchestrated lie, according this former insider. It’s a lie that permeates the entire Fox News culture and one that staffers and producers have to learn quickly in order to survive professionally.

    “You have to work there for a while to understand the nods and the winks,” says the source. “And God help you if you don’t because sooner or later you’re going to get burned.”

    "When you first get in they tell you we’re a bit of a counterpart to the screaming left wing lib media. So automatically you have to buy into the idea that the other media is howling left-wing. Don’t even start arguing that or you won’t even last your first day.

    Hopefully most people understand how dangerous it is for a media outfit to be a straight, unfiltered mouthpiece for an unchecked president.”

    Meanwhile, Media Matters revealed that during the 2009-2010 election cycle, dozens of Fox News personalities endorsed, raised money, or campaigned for Republican candidates or organizations in more than 600 instances. And in terms of free TV airtime that Fox News handed over to GOP hopefuls, Media Matters calculated the channel essentially donated $55 million worth of airtime to Republican presidential hopefuls last year who also collect Fox News paychecks.
    And of course, that’s when Murdoch wasn’t writing $1 million checks in the hopes of electing more Republican politicians.

    “People assume you need a license to call yourself a news channel. You don’t.

    So because they call themselves Fox News, people probably give them a pass on a lot of things,” says the source.

  3. I hope Péladeau goes bankrupt.

    He fooled no one when Patrick Muttart took the fall about the false photograph and story about Ignatieff working on the Iraq invasion

    Péladeau and Harper have similar political views. (But Péladeau is not a fundamentalist.)

    All Péladeau was concerned about was the lawsuit since it is STILL illegal to broadcast falsehoods in Canada.

    And the only thing Harper cares about is getting caught.