Media Matters for American
The O'Reilly Factor, Hannity, and Glenn Beck, Fox News' three top-rated programs for 2009, combined to devote a total of 20 minutes and 40 seconds of coverage to the earthquake in Haiti and its aftermath. Among the things Beck discussed instead of the earthquake were Senate majority leader Harry Reid's controversial comments; Hannity discussed the possibility that Republican candidate Scott Brown could win a special election for Massachusetts' U.S. Senate seat. Countdown, The Rachel Maddow Show, and Hardball, MSNBC's three top-rated shows, devoted 1 hour, 45 minutes, and 27 seconds to the earthquake -- more than five times the coverage aired by Fox News' top three shows.
Call it spin all you want, but these numbers don't lie.
To rally the people to support Haitian relief might mean rallying the people behind our Commander-in-Chief, and thus increase his approval among the American people.
We can't have that happen, now can we?
Note: If you are a Fox News viewer, please demand more coverage of the event. Let's just say that it is your civic duty.
Also, I am sure that there people that will believe that I, likewise, am also being politically calculating by criticizing Fox News. Truth is, any prominent news outlet withholding coverage of said resent event deserves criticism, regardless of their motive.
If you can come up with a reason as to why they might be doing this other than what I have stated: I am all ears.