Friday, September 5, 2008

Fox #1

Barack made his debut on the "No Spin Zone" last night, taking some more wind out of the sails of those Democrats who want to pretend that it is the National Enquirer of news/talk. O'Reilly does the best political talk show on news TV, and candidates who want to reach out to voters can't ignore the audience.

The New York Times wasn't all that impressed, but admitted that Barack adjusted his normal cautious, slow delivery to match O'Reilly's pace.
Mr. O’Reilly then demanded that his guest admit that he was wrong to oppose the military surge. Mr. Obama didn’t give in; he repeated previous qualifications but did go farther, and less equivocally, than before in acknowledging that the surge had worked. “It’s succeeded beyond our wildest dreams,” he said. Mr. Obama is known for the subtlety and nuance of his answers; Mr. O’Reilly has no patience for either.
Meanwhile, Fox does it again!
Fox News Channel led the way Wednesday, with 9.2 million people watching Palin's speech on the cable channel. It was the third-largest audience in its history, behind only President Bush's speech on Iraq in March 2003 and a Bush-Kerry presidential debate in 2004.
It's easy to understand why the Democrats hate Fox so much when you realize the impact it has.
For each night of the GOP convention so far, Fox's audience has been bigger than any of the other cable or broadcast networks. That duplicates a feat accomplished at the 2004 Republican convention for Fox, the first time a cable network had outdrawn broadcasters for a major news event.
By the way...
The audiences for the Obama and Palin speeches were bigger than the ones this year for the Academy Awards, the finale of "American Idol" or the Olympics opening ceremony in Beijing.

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