tuning out

Eric Boehlert (Media Matters): The new year got off to a dark, dismal start for Fox News when, on Monday, Gallup posted its latest polling results regarding Obama’s job rating: He hit it the 50 percent approval mark, having climbed nine points from a low in late October …

And there was more bad news for Fox this week. Another poll … found that nearly two-thirds of Americans hope Obama succeeds this year, while 73 percent “approve” of Obama as a person.

So why the sad faces at Fox News? Because it’s the job of Rupert Murdoch’s cable channel to make sure Obama fails … they remain dedicated to undermining and destroying his presidency. Not to hold Obama accountable or challenge his polices, but to destroy his presidency. Fox News’ entire corporate mission is to be an anchor around Obama’s neck and to drive his approval numbers into the 30s.

And right now, Fox News is losing…. it’s telling that the president has been able maintain that same level of support for more than a year despite a hyper-active right-wing media machine that … is dedicated to furiously attacking him on an hourly basis….

Yet in the face of that avalanche of invective, there Obama sat this week, right around Gallup’s 50 percent approval mark, which put him, at least temporarily, 13 points higher than where Ronald Reagan was at the same juncture of his first term in office. It must be driving Fox News bonkers.

…media hucksters like Andrew Breitbart, Michelle Malkin, Andrew Malcolm and others understand that force feeding their fanatical base of Obama-hating fans an endless diet of Obama-hating content is good for business because it drives traffic and ratings. But beyond that hermetically sealed right-wing world, the endless, shrieking Obama attacks have transformed into background noise, albeit dangerous background noise that must be monitored and kept in check….

It’s that frantic, blinding hatred that binds the community together. It’s also that frantic, blinding hatred that more and more Americans seem to be tuning out … it appears most Americans have stopped listening to Obama’s most deranged critics….

This is a great article – read the full version here

8 Responses to “tuning out”

  1. January 6, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    SHINE A LIGHT…things will become clearer as we move forward!!!!
    People will begin to see that this President is a good man, and only wants to do whats best for “ALL AMERICANS”

  2. January 6, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    Great article! I hope the Democratic base play this right!

  3. January 6, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    For once, the comments that came afterward were pretty readable. *S*

  4. 4 majii
    January 6, 2011 at 11:27 pm

    Some other recent movement in the right direction have been a radio station in NY dropping Beck, and one in Boston that is considering doing the same thing. His programs in these areas are losing money. Beck and the other rw radio entertainers only play well in the so-called “red” states. On his show today, he blamed the birds falling out of the sky on the Affordable Care Act and on the Swedes. He doesn’t know that the Swedes live longer than Americans, or that they are more satisfied with their lives than many Americans are.

    • 5 Theo67
      January 6, 2011 at 11:48 pm

      I hope we get to the point when people are embarassed to admit that they watch Fox or listen to Glenn Beck, or that they bought Sarah Palin’s book or voted for George Bush. These actions deserve ridicule.

  5. 6 Kelly
    January 6, 2011 at 11:31 pm

    *whistles and applauds*

  6. 7 Theo67
    January 6, 2011 at 11:46 pm

    Simply excellent.

  7. 8 whatISworking
    January 7, 2011 at 12:53 am

    Woo Hoo

    Beck is in trouble, and the Recovery Act is getting good press. This made my evening. I have made a web page that organizes some of the stimulus projects, this was an amazing bill.

    Stimulus 101 http://www.whatisworking.com/2010/12/stimulus-101.html

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