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Vote: Is this what the Fox News audience is really like?

I’ve been getting some angry response to my cartoon about Fox News’ audience, so I thought I would put it to a vote. What do you think? Come and vote.

By Daryl Cagle

Daryl Cagle is the founder and owner of Cagle Cartoons, Inc. He is one of the most widely published editorial cartoonists and is also the editor of The Cagle Post.

144 replies on “Vote: Is this what the Fox News audience is really like?”

…and I suppose you consider the ACORN Reps to be just normal, average, everyday folks …just like you and me?

The price of freedom is eternal vigilance….and I can tell you have never been on a battlefield …or had your freedom taken away.

If you look in the dictionary for the definition of Fox News Viewers, you will find "BIASED" and probably with white robes on…. Can you say ultra way out on the spectrum conservatisim???

Nice poll, but why can't I select two or more answers? For instance, this is what the viewers look like, and so do I, and yes, you look like you work for MSNBC. We all have our faults, biases and intolerance. Maybe we'll all have regrets someday.

I'm not a fan of the choices in this poll. I think it's more complicated then that. Yes, absolutely, a lot of Fox viewers are like that but a lot are reasonable people too. You can't generalize all of them.

Oh, and Bob Anderson. How on earth did we get to ACORN from this?

Judging from your vote count and the polls, i would say a lot more people watch Fox new than read your cartoons

I see the humor and give you credit for the creativity. I'd like to see your interpretation of the MSNBC/CNN viewers. Would it be equally hyperbolic?

Daryl, I know you draw these things for fun…but you should try to be a little more fair and balanced. I watch Fox news, as well as all the other networks. I don't see why a slant to the right is so much worse than a freakin' landslide to the left. I guess all Fox watchers are sick, blue collared, wife beaters who abuse the medical system??? Huh??? Please don't encourage the silly libs any more…they're already lost in space…

Actually, I probably fit the demographic age wise, but I avoid watching any t.v. news like the plague, as well as the shyster lawyer ads about mesothelioma and drug company ads. Those two things are some of the reasons why I love digital video recorders, you can fast forward through them. Just to ruffle some feathers, no matter which news channel one watches a lot of it comes across like the National Enquirer staff wrote the copy.

Polls show that Fox news is watched more than all the others put together. They tell the truth, about Liberals and conservatives. Liberals watch Fox news as much as conservative's do, becouse they know more about what goes on there than anyone else.
If someone say's they don't watch Fox News, and can tell you how bad or how good they are are lying out their yangyang.

Liberals don't like the fact that all their Controller in Chief's big Chicago thugs are being brought to light by Fox News.

I find the rampant ageism inherent in your above cartoon, and in many of the posts, as abhorrent as any racial slur. I don't agree w/everything I see/hear on FOX News, but compared to the pandering, outright Obama worship everywhere else, at least they are keeping the idea of investigative journalism alive and well. Waiting for everyone else to remove the blinders and start questioning what's going on in the current adminstration. No matter who is president, it is wrong to simply accept everything you're told w/o thinking for and educating yourself as to the situation/problem at hand. I cannot understand the slavish devotion to the progressive movement in our government, and its promotion in most of our national media. Something is deeply wrong.

Reminds me of the caller to c-span this morning who called to inform the c-span listeners that global warming is caused by Dems putting "something" in space to "mess up what God put up there to control the weather".

Since you are a political cartoonist, I believe you are entitled to spoof whomsoever you wish. Fox News undoubtedly leans to the right, so if you swing the pendulum a bit further out, you are entitled to do so.

I'm a conservative and can see the humor here, but I agree with Brian B. How about a cartoon of MSNBC viewers? I'd like to see your take on that. (PS – you forgot to draw one (or both) of the FOX viewers wearing a Snuggie.)

I think your emphasis should be on the "personalities" who appear on camera for FOX. I have never heard or seen some many "loaded" questions asked of guests on "news" shows in my life.

In August I was watching a New York football team in a pre-season game. On the last play, the opposition's quarterback fumbled the ball which resulted in the local team winning. About 10 minutes after the game was over, FOX sports showed the touchdown being scored by the quarterback who fumbled and the TD was credited to the wrong team (who was also proclaimed the winner!). And sports is the best that FOX does. Pitiful.

Fox's popularity does bring to mind that old bromide, 'nobody has ever lost money by underestimating the intellligence of the American people.'

Are you kidding me? Loaded questions….lets see…Matt Lauer, Katie Couric…really..get the facts. People watch FOX because they challenge both sides. Watch sometime and realize they put everyone on the hot seat!! What's your take on the liberal news stations…here is the story with our opinion…we love BO!! Doesn't matter..draw that love affair picture.

I an educated, black, conservative woman and watch Fox news regularly. But then again, I watch all news regularly. Unlike President Obama, I feel that Fox has a lot of value and touches a pulse that the other news stations either ignore or scorn. But in the spirit of this being a political cartoon, it's pretty funny.

Daryl,
you've been pretty fair as much as I can tell. You've dragged us Dems over the coals as well. You must have hit pretty close to home, to get such a negative response. Most will be able to laugh at themselves, the others?…….glad to see it rumples them!

Wow,
Who wee-weed in SJ's Wheaties. I'm 60 and am not offended by the cartoon. Do some of these people not understand that editorial cartoons are meant to offer a "satirical" look at current events and that the figures are caricatures of reality?

fox news is destroying the country. they spin and twist and distort things so much to demonize anyone who's not far right-wing. and the masses sit in front of the TV and absorb it all until they actually believe that Obama is a nazi commie and become afraid the country is becoming muslim with abortions being performed in every 7-11.

My husband and I have been watching Fox News for about 2 years. He is a Republican with 2 Ph.D.s in Criminal Psychology and Clinical Psychology. I am a disappointed Democrat (soon to be Independent) with a degree in Early Childhood Education. We watch Fox because they are the only ones interested in TRUTH, not the same old *&%# put out by both parties. The "main-stream-media" is now like "Entertainment Tonight", with their main star: President Obama. We are the silent majority left unsatisfied by the msm's one-sided coverage. Oh, and Daryl, I don't consider you a jerk — most of the time.

I believe you are mistaken. The Fox News viewers I know are educated, informed, intelligent and generally the opposite of the rednecks that the other news networks like to portray. In fact, most of the rednecks in my area are uneducated democrats, and would not be caught dead watching the news, listening to talk radio or attending a rally of any kind unless it had tractor trailers and big trucks. You are part of the ignorant mass, and should no longer be taken seriously.

For your information polls DO NOT show Fox News beats all news broadcasts combined. Fox News gets less than 3 million viewers a night, NBC News about 8 million, ABC News 7 million and CBS News about 5 million. But by all means don't let the facts get in the way of your argument.

I can always tell when I've been confronted by someone that only watches Fox News. It's like a vending machine that's broken and keeps dumping out goods without any coins being deposited. That's Fox viewers. They never investigate to see what other opinions are, they take for granted that Fox tells the truth which is the biggest lie of all.

As for ACORN, I've seen several cartoons and editorials on that subject. They are getting roasted as they should.

Well, considering that FOX News has become the most watched show/station in the country, I'm sure that they do have some viewers that are like that. However, since the majority of the country watches FOX and the majority of the country does not behave this way, I'd have to say these characterizations are MOSTLY inaccurate.

Great cartoon and so true!
About the above conservative comments how come you weren't asking for equal time for the liberals when you were in the congressional majority? For 8 years I was locked out of all discussions when the conservatives ruled the roost. Kind of hard to feel much sorrow for you!

"Typical" Fox news viewers are no more like this than reality show watchers are students of human psychology. The target audience is anyone who seeks entertainment, regardless of political persuasion. Very few news programs even pretend to offer news anymore. I consider myself moderate-to-liberal, but I watch and listen to every ultra conservative rant I can find on television or radio. It's simple human fascination with the bizarre, the extreme, like watching train wrecks and freak shows. Beck and O'Reilly and Levin and Savitch and Coulter. I can't help myself, and they are all doing what the medium demands — not indoctrination, but entertainment; not education but ratings. Teabag rallies and threats of death panels and commie presidents and hijacked town halls and all their clueless zombie minions are way more entertaining than reasoned debate. I'm ashamed to admit this, but the "news" media is now there solely for entertainment, not enlightenment. I compartmentalize "news" and get it from other places.

Hey Daryl,
You are getting a great mix of comments on this one, and it seems to be upsetting everyone, so you did just what a political cartoonist should do. By the way, since everyone seems to be speaking of demographics, I'm a conservative, college educated sixty year old, military retired, who has something some of the respondents apparently don't have, a sense of humor. (of course, anyone who spends twenty or more years in the military has to have a sense of humor, believe me.)

Fox News' only purpose is to provide opinions for people who have never formed an original thought in their lives. It's frightening that the American public allows talking heads to do our thinking (?) for us!!!

If one were to take a poll of FOX viewers, I think you would find them to be of higher intelligence and more conscious of the real world going on around them than those who immerse themselves in reality shows and the other c… shown on other channels.

I'm amazed that there are still some people out there that don't see what Obama is up to. Thank God the VAST MAJORITY of us REAL Americans do. Real Shock and Awe for those on Capital Hill will occur in 2010 and 2012. The look on your faces will be priceless!

Whatever it takes to advance their conservative agenda-
just as our founding fathers (not “politi- cally correct") would be so pleased to know their sacrifice was not in vain.

Was your cartoon hateful, prejudicial, unjust?? You bet!! I think you are stereotyping what is a diverse audience of people. The people I know who watch Fox News as their primary news channel are intelligent, well-balanced and well-educated people. They are not, and I repeat, ARE NOT gun-toting idiots like you present. It's very unfair and very prejudicial against the majority of people who watch Fox that they are presented in that way just because they swim against what has been the dominant news stand pushed down our throats for years: the liberal stand. Liberals cannot seem to tolerate any other view but their own. Coming from a family of many liberals, I can tell you that liberals always take the view that they are the intelligent ones and that conservatives are stupid when the truth is that there are intelligent people and stupid people in both realms.

I don't have only one news channel I watch, I watch them all and let me tell you that MSNBC has a number of hateful commentators also, but why is it no one ever explodes over what they say??? My favorite show is Morning Joe because both he and Mika–although opposite political parties, give it to us as fairly as possible.

Not only that. They're largely undereducated; have a distrust of mainstream colleges & universities, save "intitutions" like Bob Jones University, Regent University, Liberty University, etc.; they wholly endorse home schooling; they find "living-off-the-grid" increasingly attractive; abhor diversity in all it's forms; Revere Ronald "Ronnie Baby" Reagan, although he betrayed them by raising their taxes in 1985; believe in isolationism; View the UN as an evil organization hellbent on world domination; believe in and lament that the Miss America Pageant isn't what it used to be (Thank God). In short, they are a wing-nut paranoid bunch.
Oh! and they just l-u-v-v-v Sarah Palin. Case closed.

The primary goal of a news organization should be to inform the people who watch it – to help them to understand the world around them. Networks that do that are doing their job. There is reliable data that indicate that FOX newswatchers are far more likely than non-FOX newswatchers to "know" things that are just, fundamentally untrue. Example – they are more convinced that Iraq held weapons of mass destruction before the war. On top of all the other harm that FOX does, including inflaming the population, it does an even greater disservice by suggesting facts that are, fundamentally, wrong. That's not partisan – that's dishonest and stupid.

I believe that like many polls, you have "skewered" your results. Like many other Fox Viewers, I disagree with you but don't need to call you a "jerk", or a "creep" to get the point across.
As one of the other comments stated, you don't offer just a simple "No".
Why do some people, yourself included, have to use name labeling to try to get a point across? Is it lack of adequate vocabulary?

Harlem Scholar: HAHHA,…now there's an oxymoron for you…heavy on the "moron". I fit many of the stereotypes you bash, to one degree or another, and I take offense to your suggestion that I am a paranoid wing-nut. If you can only insult people for beleifs that differ from your own, perhaps you would be happier living in a more socialist country. This is MY country.

One has to wonder what the attraction of persistent vehemence of opinion is. Opinions are predictable and frequently couched in righteous indignation. While appropriate in considered and measured dosages, a steady diet of it is as helpful as a steady diet of red meat…

I think the cartoonist hit the nail on the head with this fantastic cartoon. The Fox propagnada machine is considered a joke, and I can always tell a Fox watcher theiy're the nut case in the crowd. Fox doesn't do politics on their network they do propaganda, Perhaps the idiots who listen to the talking heads will wake up and realize that these clowns make millions preying on misinformed, paranoid people who want to remain in their caves and bunkers and pretend the world is something it's not. No wonder they feel the world has passed them by…..it has. We're in the 21st century not the 19th century. Get a life.

I know some Fox viewers. These were the last people I thought would watch such a biased news station. They are college educated, successful, nice people. I guess it's just a matter of perception.
They really believe that the CIA should be allowed to do anything they want to to keep us safe. Even if it means destroying the fundamentals of this country. In short, they are AFRAID!!!
We can thank the Bush administration for much of this attitude. These are people in their 40's and have never had to contend with some of the conditions that we see today.
I was born during the Great Depression, grew up during WWII and have seen hard times come and go.
Of course there are other types who are FOX viewers. These are the ones who have are like those you depict in your cartoon.

I wish there was another option to vote. I am sure that there are reasonable people who watch Fox news, but its much easier to identify the group by their most vocal extremists. Do even the broadcasters on Fox believe the absolute positions that they put out there? I think they are smarter than that, and just dumb it down so they can keep the viewers who will not bother to work through the details.

Both sides do the same. For some reason the extreme conservatives are just scarier when they do it…

I voted for not watching, but do watch the morning news for weather and road reports. The real news is nothing more than the slant the editors/owners of the network/stations/newspaper want us to hear. For quite a while I would watch the BBC for world news but then you get the British slant. What ever happened to the idea of reporting the facts of a story and letting us draw our own conclusions? I know some people are going to reply John Q Public can't do that because they lack the smarts. My response would be I guess that's what you've been told by the politicians/networks/stations/newspapers. Please use your brains, it's like any other muscle if left idle it will at atrophy.

Pretty funny cartoon … and I'm a FOX News watcher !!!

I'm sure there's a few FOX news watchers just like that. What's interesting is how many Dems believe ALL are like that. What an ignorant lot — just like those that continue to perpetuate the stereotype.

But I believe in a free society where both sides can poke fun … even if it's a bit extreme … at the other side. It keeps them both in check. I hope we never see the day when one or the other side is silenced for their views.

Nice cartoon.

I agree with comments that FOX viewers include all types. The "fear" factor plays so strongly. For the "haves", they wish to keep all they have. For the "have-nots", they were screwed along the path of life and resent it. They both live in the same gated communities and trailer parks. Some are my friends and relatives. On the left Socialist, on the right, Socialites and in the middle Social – no listing nor lites.
Understand the "powers that be" are only interested in distracting (gay marriage, creationism, death panels, anti all things not white, etc.) the public so they can run our country as they deem financially and idealogically appropriate. They have brilliantly used media to cash in on the publics' choice of adult leaning entertainment FOX Entertainment to make money while putting the family values and biased reporting on the "news" channels. I suspect that Disney/ABC is moving in a similar model.

I think your depiction of the Fox news audience is right on. The only news shows I watch are BBC World News America and of course, The Daily Show and Stephen Colbert. According to a Times Magazine poll, Jon Stewart of the Daily Show is the most trusted newsman in America since Walter Cronkite has passed on. Fox News casters are hate mongers.

This is why I watch BBC news. I work with too many Fox Viewers and they, without exception, are knee-jerk reactors to anything even marginally liberal. They remind me of Maynard G. Krebs panicked reaction to the word "work" back in the old Dobie Gillis sitcom. If I want the truth I will find in news that originates outside the US where they are far more objective.

If CMC takes offense at the suggestion "they" are a paranoid wing-nut bunch, might we inquire which of the terms gives offense? Perhaps melancholic sociopaths would be more fitting, seeing that they live in the past a lot and don't really care much for their fellow earthlings. CMC accentuates the least important aspect of the person/nation-state relationship under capitalism. No one cares what is YOURS. Only how to move it from YOURS to THEIRS. This is what truly captivates my attention with the right wingers. They can be so easily manipulated to operate in their own worst interests and be so vehement in their espousal of their righteousness in doing so. The word gullible is a poor substitute for stupid in their case.

As for the Harlem Scholar "oxymoron" slight, instead of referencing the term "racist," might I mention that Bill Clinton is both a former Rhodes Scholar, the first and only President to be so designated, and a current entrepreneur in Harlem?

Now, Daryl, we need some cartoons re Obumble's speech writers. Whoever wrote the UN speech for him did some heavy plagiarizing of the Gadafy and Ahmadinejad orations. We finally got the truth about Barry's birth. He's Gadafy's son! He's not Kenyan, he's Libyan!!!!!! Always thought his whistles and clicks favored the Libyan dialect… More fodder for a cartoon!!!! Oops, forgot, one doesn't criticize Barry, that's racist…………P.S. Love the FOX News critics on this site. To be such experts on its content , they must be regular viewers or get their "truth" from K. Odormann, NYT, and the rest of the fringe media……

Actually, as someone who watches the news on ABC, CBS, CNN, Headline News, NBC and Fox , I don't know if the majority of Fox viewers are like that or if they're like me. I, and most of the people I know don't limit ourselves to one perspective. I suppose if you really tried, you render a cartoon that portrayed the main "big three" network viewers as pony-tailed, leftover hippie types in tee shirts with peace symbols and with a copy of Al Franken's book in their hands. Wouldn't that be just as unrealistic? While I realize it's a lot of fun to ridicule those on the far right, I don't think it gives an accurate picture of who's viewing what.

lol…looks and sounds like my aunt & uncle. Listen, aren't we all targets? Nobody has the same background or life experiences. We all form opinions based on what? Input. Is all that input 100%? No.The "system" is broken(was it ever working?) We thrive on a tree thats been ravaged by poisonous vines. Some of the leaves get the sunshine, but the vines choke out our sustainability. Others get some substance from the root, but the vine blocks the light. And the twigs are so entangled, you cant tell what's apart of the tree and what's a weed. No one president, no one cabinet, no one army is going to change that. It's going to have to start with you and the person next to you, however easy or challenging it may be. Yea, we are all pawns. And if you think you are not, you're an even bigger pawn. Doesn't mean you give up, you just live more tactfully.

Hey, Bull, in your case the word gullible is an excellent substitute for the word stupid…………..Talk about self-righteous commentary, yours exceeds Obumble's. To coin a phrase, left wingers can be so easily manipulated to operate in their own worst interests and be so vehement in their expousal of their righteousness in doing so.. They don't care what is YOURS, they just want to take it and give it to someone else………Clinton is an entrepreneur in Harlem? What did he pose as to get one of those ACORN small business loans??????

Love it! I'm a Fox News fan, and love to laugh at caricatures of all sorts, including of myself. Bill O' would get a big kick out of the cartoon. Someone be sure to send it to him. (PS I voted choice #2 of course!)

It is amazing the amount of hate this has produced. The biggest problem is most FOX haters wont fire back with facts that disprove their views, instead its name callling such as TonyC who said they are rabid dogs. Dan tried to disprove but used different facts. Fox does outpace all CABLE news shows by far and thats what the writer stated, and dan those NETWORK shows do not get the numbers you quoted

Live + Same Day Cable News Daily Ratings for September 22, 2009

P2+ Total Day
FNC – 1,449,000 viewers
CNN – 527,000 viewers
MSNBC –393,000 viewers
CNBC – 224,000 viewers
HLN – 347,000 viewers

25-54 demo: NBC: 2,380,000 / ABC: 2,030,000 / CBS: 1,590,000

So as you can see Fox did beat all other cable shows combined which is what the previous writer stated, also Fox being cable is far behing the behemoth CBS which is a tv network not cable.

Not how about some of you liberals use facts?

It is amazing the amount of hate this has produced. The biggest problem is most FOX haters wont fire back with facts that disprove their views, instead its name callling such as TonyC who said they are rabid dogs. Dan tried to disprove but used different facts. Fox does outpace all CABLE news shows by far and thats what the writer stated, and dan those NETWORK shows do not get the numbers you quoted

Live + Same Day Cable News Daily Ratings for September 22, 2009

P2+ Total Day
FNC – 1,449,000 viewers
CNN – 527,000 viewers
MSNBC –393,000 viewers
CNBC – 224,000 viewers
HLN – 347,000 viewers

25-54 demo: NBC: 2,380,000 / ABC: 2,030,000 / CBS: 1,590,000

So as you can see Fox did beat all other cable shows combined which is what the previous writer stated, also Fox being cable is not far behing the behemoth CBS which is a tv network not cable.

Not how about some of you liberals use facts?

I have sisters, and an ex-wife, each of whom resemble this to some extent, and several email correspondents who are similar. These folks, while well educated and very bright, nevertheless do not seem to be able to reason about the serious flaws in Fox News (Faux News; Fox Noise) coverage — if you can call it that. Mainly Glen Beck. Your cartoon is very very funny. Thanks.

I think all the conservatives on here are missing the point. I am a huge conservative and the cartoon is freakin hilarious.

Cartoons are not meant to explain truth, they are meant to make light of current social and/or political issues so that we may all not lose our sense of humor.

We ALL must learn to laugh at ourselves, and others again. Remember, citing the differences in humanity, and finding those differences funny, is what makes us human. If we didn't find the differences funny, we would find them atrocious and we would seek to exterminate those different than us. That would make us animals.

Um…Bull…with a first name like that, one might wonder what your surname is. But then, after reading your post…it becomes clear…

I AM AN ULTRA-CONSERVATIVE REDNECK. I MIGHT DISAGREE WITH THE MESSAGE, BUT I LOVE POLITICAL CARTOONS….NO MATTER WHOSE OX IS GETTING GORED. EVEN IF IT IS MINE. I LIKE ANYTHING THAT MAKES ME LAUGH. IF I COULD DRAW A STRAIGHT LINE I WOULD DRAW SOME CARTOONS TOO!

KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!

I fully resent your cartoon. However, after further consideration what can you expect from a coolaid drinking liberal. So in closing I will "comona my house, my house, ima gonna give you big fat lip."

I know they are out there because I get their email forwards. I don't know whether they watch Fox News, but I am pretty sure they don't get comfort from MSNBC or CNN.

Um, Ernie… I hate to tell you, but 1,449,000 is LESS than 1,491,000. Your point is close to valid, Fox New is about equal to the others combined, but if you're going to publish numbers and make mathematical claims, it doesn't hurt to actually do the math. If arithmetic isn't your long suit, you can always use Google as a calculator. It will tell you that:

527 000 + 393 000 + 224 000 + 347 000 = 1 491 000

just for instance.

We now return you to the Fox and liberal bashing extravaganza, already in progress…

That's exactly what they are. Now that we are in control can't we just start the reeducation centers and put these people out of our misery? They are all ignorant anti-progressive knuckledragging racists. Obama has the moral mandate. It's time to just do it already.

Your "Fox Viewers" cartoon was obviously inspired by jealously over the fact that compared to Fox Viewers, other networks practically have no viewers. It must be frustrating that Fox sets the standard and you guys only have two choices: change your prejudices or slowly continue to "die on the vine".

You're giving those inFoxicated people way too much credit for rationality. I have the misfortune of working around people whose idea of reality is what they see on FAUX news and hear on the radio from the bloated, drug-addled gasbag, inHannity, and the others in their fact-free zones.

As an amatuer cartoonist, and die hard political hack, I appreciate all of Craig's contributers, regardless of their political beliefs….I do want to conclude with a note that we all should be thankful for Glen Beck and Fox News for expossing ACORN and their associations, for the fraudulent aid they gave to our President….The disassociation with the IRS and Census Bureau , alone is worthy of their being acknowledged by the citizens of America

I see from the comments that when life is filtered through the warped lens of Fox Propaganda, somehow decibels and slurs manage to trump reason and facts. Sad, so sad.

Invoking "Acorn" has become the latest refuge for people who have nothing else to say.

They would have us believe that a few bad nuts in the organization somehow make the whole organization bad. With their corruption and adultery, the real crime of the acorn baddies is "Impersonating A Republican."

"Acorn" has become the new code word for "ni**er."

I am in the same category as far as age goes, but I am no where in the vicinity of pandering and watch The Fox Newsnetwork. They are so pious until you watch anything else on any other Fox channel, and then all you can see is filth. No, I don't watch anything Fox period.

In Pres. Obama's speech, he specifically said, "Health insurance executives are NOT bad people." 30 minutes later, on FauxNews, Sean Hannity bellowed, "So Obama thinks insurance executives are bad people." Last week, Obama told a reporter, "I do not believe that racism has anything to do with criticisms of my health care reform proposal." The next day, Chris Wallace on FoxNoise declared, "Obama needs to stop calling his critics racists." See a pattern here? All of the "personalities" on FixedNews twist everything so that it comes out as the opposite of the truth — in other words, they LIE, LIE, LIE. I had to laugh at some of the comments here that insist that Fox "gives a balanced view." MSNBC, for all its liberal slant, employs people like Joe Scarborough for balance; Fox is all-right-wing-distortion, all the time.

The job of a political cartoonist is poke fun, make you laugh, and make you think. Exaggeration is one of the most powerful tools available to the artist. The best cartoons exaggerate both the physical attributes of the lampooned victim (Obama's ears for example), as well as the stances taken by the victim. I can understand being a little annoyed at a cartoon where you see some of yourself, but I wouldn't go as far as to be offended.

"Ernie" wrote
..So as you can see Fox did beat all other cable shows combined which is what the previous writer stated,

Umm, nice try for a Fox viewer, but guess again. The previous writer's exact words:

Comment from Ken
Time September 24, 2009 at 8:41 am

Hmmm – if it’s so bad I wonder why Fox is beating all the other (liberal biased) news broadcasts (combined?).

Nothing about cable there, "Ernie" besides your math being lousy, as was already pointed out. No wonder you think Fox news is so great; your elevator is not going all the way to the top.
Yes, the cartoon is perfect, as you have just proven.

Hey Ernie, here's a fact:

The top two providers of food in the history of the world are McDonald's and the US Army. By your metric, the best eats mankind has to offer are available from a clown and at mess halls.

That, in itself, explains a lot.

This was sent to Mr. Rand who is the Executive Director of AARP

Dear Mr. Rand,

Recently you sent us a letter encouraging us to renew our lapsed membership in AARP by the requested date. I know it is not what you were looking for, but this is the most honest response I can give you. Our gap in coverage is merely a microscopic symptom of the real problem, a deepening lack of faith..

While we have proudly maintained our membership for several years and have long admired the AARP goals and principles, regrettably, we can no longer endorse it's abdication of our values. Your letter specifically stated that we can count on AARP to speak up for our rights, yet the voice we hear is not ours. Your offer of being kept up to date on important issues through DIVIDED WE FAIL presents neither an impartial view nor the one we have come to embrace. We do believe that when two parties agree all the time on everything presented to them, one is probably not necessary. But, when the opinions and long term goals are diametrically opposed, the divorce is imminent. This is the philosophy which spawned our 200 years of government.

Once upon a time, we looked forward to being part of the senior demographic. We also looked to AARP to provide certain benefits and give our voice a power we could not possibly hope to achieve on our own. AARP gave us a sense of belonging which we no longer enjoy. The Socialist politics practiced by the Obama administration and empowered by AARP serves only to raise the blood pressure my medical insurance strives to contain. Clearly a conflict of interest there!

We do not understand the AARP posture, feel greatly betrayed by the guiding forces whom we expected to map out our senior years and leave your ranks with a great sense of regret. We mitigate that disappointment with the relief of knowing that we are not contributing to the problem anymore by renewing our membership. There are numerous other organizations which offer discounts without threatening our way of life or offending our sensibilities.

This Presidential Administration scares the living daylights out of us. Not just for ourselves, but for our proud and bloodstained heritage,but even more importantly for our children and grandchildren. Washington has rendered Soylent Green a prophetic cautionary tale rather than a nonfiction scare tactic. I have never in my life endorsed any militant or radical groups, yet now I find myself listening to them. I don't have to agree with them to appreciate the fear which birthed their existence. Their borderline insanity presents little more than a balance to the voice of the Socialist mindset in power. Perhaps I became American by a great stroke of luck in some cosmic uterine lottery, but in my adulthood I CHOOSE to embrace it and nurture the freedoms it represents as well as the responsibilities it requires.

Your website generously offers us the opportunity to receive all communication in Spanish. ARE YOU KIDDING??? Someone has broken into our 'house', invaded our home without our invitation or consent. The President has insisted we keep the perpetrator in comfort and learn the perp language so we can communicate our reluctant welcome to them.

I DON'T choose to welcome them.

I DON'T choose to support them..

I DON'T choose to educate them.

I DON'T choose to medicate them, pay for their food or clothing.

American home invaders get arrested.

Please explain to me why foreign lawbreakers can enjoy privileges on American soil that Americans do not get?

Why do some immigrants have to play the game to be welcomed and others only have to break & enter to be welcomed?

We travel for a living. Walt hauls horses all over this great country, averaging over 10,000 miles a month when he is out there. He meets more people than a politician on caffeine overdose. Of all the many good folks he enjoyed on this last 10,000 miles, this trip yielded only ONE supporter of the current administration. One of us is out of touch with mainstream America. Since our poll is conducted without funding, I have more faith in it than one which is power driven.

We have decided to forward this to everyone on our mailing list, and will encourage them to do the same. With several hundred in my address book, I have every faith that the eventual exponential factor will make a credible statement to you..

I am disappointed as hell.

I am scared as hell.

I am MAD as hell, and I'm NOT gonna take it anymore!

Walt & Cyndy

Miller Farms Equine Transport

The best place to get your new's , if you want the truth to all sides is Jon Stewart, Conan O'Brian, SNL.,
and of course Cagles Cartoon's. And that's the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth!!!
Debbie Sytnik

Fox to me is highly biased. The vast majority of its time is spent bashing the president. They are free to do so but it is not a news channel by a long shot. Today's top story all morning was about a group of school children who sang a song about the president. Really? This is news? I am a little uncomfortable with the lack of diversity on the conservative side and the language used, even here, about them being the real Americans. Hey, we are all Americans no matter if you live in the south and are conservative or San Francisco and are a flaming liberal. Let's start looking for common ground not division.

Good comments, Walt and Cyndy. It's a little off the focus of this forum, but I wholeheartedly agree with you.

As to the focus of the article, unfortunately everyone is missing the bigger point. The casualty of 24/7 news and/or the network news is THE TRUTH. Whether one tunes in to Fox, CNN, Rush Limbaugh or MSNBC, all you are getting is OPINION…..not news. You hear what you want to hear, or what the editorial staff wants you to hear.

I sincerely hope that one day, all of you on both sides of the Great Divide will wake up and make a concerted effort to divine the truth out of what you hear on the media. It's difficult to do, and requires a lot of research to find out what is really going on. At that point, you will be qualified to have an honest opinion. Until then, the polarization will become that much more extreme, and you will be pawns in promoting the agenda of the special interests…..not your own true interests. I promise you, the special interests don't have YOUR interests at heart.

I hope this country learns to become more moderate in this post-American post-Dollar world we are living in today. The problems of this country will only get worse, and there are no politicians out there who are smart enough (or courageous enough) to turn the course our once-great country is headed down.

While the idealogues on the left and right dig their heels in on their positions, and spin lies and half-truths that the mindless lemmings will blindly follow and regurgitate, our country doesn't stand a chance to make progress. When ALL of you decide to quit listening to the BS opinions coming out of the media that pass for fact, and start making qualified decisions based on THE TRUTH, our country can make intelligent choices and begin to heal and move forward.

Until then, it will just be more divisive drivel like what lies in the comments above.

Sterling

I hate survey questions like these, where none of the selections are even close to my views. What am I supposed to do, when any answer I would pick seems totally wrong for me, or for anyone else I can think of?

As far as the statement in the cartoon about socialists taking over, so we need to buy more gold: I suggest we revisit this in 1 or 2 years and see if the inflation resulting from the massive increase in deficit spending (yes, George Bush's, too!) won't prove that buying gold wasn't a smart move. I have grave fears that my retirement savings and pension will be worth a lot less in spending power by then, even if the stock market recovers somewhat.

It just makes me sad. FOX exploits the poorly-informed, using fear-tactics for their own gain. The quality of life has dramatically deteriorated over the past 30+ years, and people are very much afraid. Many who have devoted their lives to "working hard and playing by the rules" have lost everything as a result of the very politicians and policies that they supported (and they can't even fall back on welfare, since they "OK'd" the repeal of welfare). They don't understand the complex issues that have caused so much to go so wrong, but they know they need to blame someone. FOX fills the void, telling them who to blame without complicating the issues with facts. FOX is old-fashioned rabble-rousing brought into the electronic age.

That said, I still haven't figured out why it's called "FOX News", since the former has no connection with the latter.

The many conservative fans of this site and of the television version of the National Enquirer (FOX, which appears to be a network devoted to news spoofs) should take a deep breath, sit down and think about something: Is the quality of life for We the Ordinary better than it was before the "Reagan/Republican Revolution"? Is there more peace, economic opportunity and security? Has Republican rule left us with enough good, family-supporting jobs that include the same level of workers' benefits found in the more modern nations? Is our health care system, or our deregulated financial system, or our education system, better than it was before Reagan? Have we reduced the economic disparities that, as history shows, weakens nations and tends to precede the downfall of those nations? Are we using our prosperity well? Are Americans united, focused on the common good? Has the conservative leadership encouraged unity or encouraged ordinary citizens to be at each others' throats?

Earnie supplied data on cable/network viewers for 9/22 and drew unfounded conclusions. way back, but it is in the name of truth I calculate, and so here is what he published:

Live + Same Day Cable News Daily Ratings for September 22, 2009

P2+ Total Day
FNC – 1,449,000 viewers
CNN – 527,000 viewers
MSNBC –393,000 viewers
CNBC – 224,000 viewers
HLN – 347,000 viewers

25-54 demo: NBC: 2,380,000 / ABC: 2,030,000 / CBS: 1,590,000

So as you can see Fox did beat all other cable shows combined which is what the previous writer stated. end quote

Now unless my calculator has gone postal, the other cable networks combined had 1,491,000 viewers.

So how did Fox beat all the rest combined? Perhaps just as Bush won the election??

The cable/network distinction is meaningless in terms of numbers, as everyone can watch whichever channel they prefer. Here are my conclusions: 1. Fox ranks forth in total viewers. 2. Fox has 20% of viewership. 3. Fox does not beat all other "cable channels" combined.

Any retractions for repeating a falsehood without checking it out for yourself?
AS Purcell quotes above………a lie travels halfway round the world before the truth has finished its calculations.

Love this cartoon: To the idiot who dragged ACORN into this discussion, I will say that there is a difference in power and influence between a person, with barely a high school diploma, doing intake work at a social service agency for maybe $10 an hour, and a person making millions of dollars a year spewing inflamatory garbage and hate over the ariways in pursuit of higher ratings and more money. The fact that FOX viewers believe this nonesense spoken by professionals liars is as sad as the people being duped by a hidden camera and a prankster.

Right on the money! Fox viewers are not interested in the truth, just in verification of their own distorted sense of "reality". Men are from Mars, women are from Venus, Fox viewers are from Pluto!

Way to stereotypye on this cartoon and the ignorant comments that followed. What would you think to stereotype those who watch MSNBC? Where are they rated anyway? Why is FOX news #1, because just a small percentage of people who are "uninformed" watch? Really? Really? Kind of a low brow assault, but typical from the left. Tolerance is preached as long as it agrees with you, if not, villify it, attack it, discredit it.
I am a typical FOX viewer, college degree, work in the Health care field for 20 yrs in a Heart Center. My wife is an RN who has worked for the last 20 years in the Hospital, both of us are degree holders. We have raised 5 kids, with no assistance from the government in anyway shape or form. This is typical of those I know who watch FOX news, intelligent, college graduates, employed and self sustaining.

THIS CARTOON IS DEAD-ON TRUTH !!!! and then some…

In fact, truth and FoxNews is two words that should never again be mentioned in the same sentence…EVER !!!

I never would have thought a "news" broadcast could be such biased, hateful, untruthful, antagonists , I mean simply astounding!!!

To think I used to watch Fox back in the 90's faithfully until they proved to be the 2nd coming of the National Enquirer, encouraging hate filled hosts and so-called anchors, supporting hate filled rallies, (damn near lynch mobs), and inciting what America and, sad to say countries abroad witnessing, "treason formed- anti-presidential groups" !!!! simply a disgrace…..

There is nothing anyone can say, albeit from the right or left, "in fact what is with this Right and Left nonsense, is this the new racism ????!!! once again more"key words" constantly fueled by FoxNews….absolutely nothing anyone can say to present this so-called broadcast in a pleasant light….but Im sure your typical hillbilly will beg to differ of course…

But after I think about it when it comes to entities such as Fox News….the Bible is absolutely right….
The time has come when "they will rather believe a lie, than to believe the truth"…

Rob (and others who call President Obama a "socialist") – do you not really have any idea what socialism really is? The U.S. is one of the few Western democracies that doesn't have anything close to a socialist party.

hmm, calling people watching news, over which they have no control over the advertisments, racists and in white robes. What happened to freedom of speech, and expression? Does this winner get to determine those definitions or is this a shout down of dissension? Or perhaps the denigrations of the viewers without proof of their intelligence (or lack thereof) somehow makes the denigrators feel superior, which raises the question of sitting on the couch, or in front of the computer raises or lowers ones IQ. So there.

Just because you have a superior education…raise lots of kids …or have lots of money does not mean that you dont have tunnel vision.
I dont seek out fox tv…..I seem to have lost touch with my friends that do watch it….somewhere after the 2004 election. It seems that all the news shows want to tell me what their opinion is on any given subject. I find that watching cspan first will let me decide for myself. If I need more research I look for it. The same goes for the news stories of the day. It is pretty hard to take the same stories over and over all day long ….sometimes all week long….when the world is full of interesting things happening every day. I like to hear entire speeches not just clips that distort what the speaker is trying to say. And have you ever listened to any of our representatives or senators speak? You may think it is boring but these people are controlling your future. Ralph Nader said once years ago….when your eyes glaze over….thats when the money changes hands.
And thank you Mr. Cagle for a little fun here.

Socialism refers to various theories of economic organisation advocating public or direct worker ownership and administration of the means of production and allocation of resources, and a society characterised by equal access to resources for all individuals with an egalitarian method of compensation.[1][2][3]

Most socialists share the view that capitalism unfairly concentrates power and wealth among a small segment of society that controls capital and derives its wealth through exploitation, creates an unequal society, does not provide equal opportunities for everyone to maximise their potentialities and does not utilise technology and resources to their maximum potential nor in the interests of the public.

Therefore socialists advocate the creation of a society that allows for the widespread application of modern technology to rationalise economic activity by eliminating the anarchy in production of capitalism[4], allowing for wealth and power to be distributed based on the amount of work expended in production, although there is considerable disagreement among socialists over how and to what extent this could be achieved, and whether increased production should be the main goal of socialists. The connotation of socialism varies among different groups, and can simply be a way of mediating decision-making within a society. Thus the degree of centralism in creating socialism, just as in capitalism or neoliberalism, is a feature of debate[5].

Socialism is not a concrete philosophy of fixed doctrine and program; its branches advocate a degree of social interventionism and economic rationalisation (usually in the form of economic planning), sometimes opposing each other. Another dividing feature of the socialist movement is the split between reformists and revolutionaries on how a socialist economy should be established. Some socialists advocate complete nationalisation of the means of production, distribution, and exchange; others advocate state control of capital within the framework of a market economy. Socialists inspired by the Soviet model of economic development have advocated the creation of centrally planned economies directed by a state that owns all the means of production. Others, including Yugoslavian, Hungarian, German and Chinese Communists in the 1970s and 1980s, instituted various forms of market socialism, combining co-operative and state ownership models with the free market exchange and free price system (but not free prices for the means of production).[6] Social democrats propose selective nationalisation of key national industries in mixed economies, while maintaining private ownership of capital and private business enterprise. Social democrats also promote tax-funded welfare programs and regulation of markets. Many social democrats, particularly in European welfare states, refer to themselves as socialists, introducing a degree of ambiguity to the understanding of what the term means. Libertarian socialism (including social anarchism and libertarian Marxism) rejects state control and ownership of the economy altogether and advocates direct collective ownership of the means of production via co-operative workers' councils and workplace democracy.

Modern socialism originated in the late 18th-century intellectual and working class political movement that criticised the effects of industrialisation and private ownership on society. The utopian socialists, including Robert Owen (1771–1858), tried to found self-sustaining communes by secession from a capitalist society. Henri de Saint Simon (1760–1825), the first individual to coin the term socialism, was the original thinker who advocated technocracy and industrial planning.[7] The first socialists predicted a world improved by harnessing technology and combining it with better social organisation, and many contemporary socialists share this belief. Early socialist thinkers tended to favour an authentic meritocracy combined with rational social planning, while many modern socialists have a more egalitarian approach.

Don't know how 'true' it is, but it's funny. AND those are the type ads they run. 😉 Of course so do the other networks. lol

That certainly the way the owners and bosses of Fox News are like, nonetheless the Fox audience likely "feels" like that, even if most people doesn't not want to… well, how could anyone accept such an image of oneself ?

If a network has to keep reminding you that they are fair and balanced, it's a good sign that they are just the opposite.

Rob- Wow, you got me – I apologize for suggesting you don't know what socialism is. But I still have the same question – how in the world does President Obama fit into this? And again I would say, the U.S. has nothing like a socialist political party. The closest Obama might come according to your essay is a "social democrat" , although even this is doubtful; but even if one insists that he is, according to what you have presented a "social democrat" is not a true socialist.
I just wish those who keep throwing the words "communist" and "socialist" at President Obama had the same understanding of the words.

All you people are fucking ignorent idiots. More people watch FoxNews than ALL THE OTHER ONES COMBINED!! Look it up you losers. It astounds me that there are people in the country as stupid as you.

I am a FOX News fan. I am educated and a student of history. Never has a socialist government succeeded without degrading into Communism or Fascism, ever. No Communist or Facsist government has passed on the opportunity to endoctrinate, abuse, confine or kill those that don't believe the Leftist Propaganda. Nor have these governments been able to keep groceries on the shelves. I'll fight for freedom any day to keep the CLUELESS (leftists) from destroying the last best hope for the world.

Steve – you have verified Cagle's cartoon with your posting. It's you sitting on the couch in the cartoon, isn't it?
BTW, the word is "ignorant", not "ignorent". Do you even understand the irony in spelling that word incorrectly? But I'm sure you always get the spelling of f****ing right.

Gray – I don't dispute that you are educated and a student of history, but I have trouble following your point. When you assert, "Never has a socialist government succeeded without degrading into Communism or Fascism, ever", are you saying that they achieved success only by doing so? When you say no Fascist government has passed on the opportunity to kill those that don't believe the "Leftist Propaganda" – is it not correct that the Fascist governments of the German Nazis and the Spain's Franco were extreme right wing, and actually rounded up and killed "leftists", i.e. those who fought against their propaganda? If you vow to "fight for freedom any day", what exactly is your fight going to entail? Will it include fighting for the freedom of those "CLUELESS (leftists) to express their views as well? And what exactly is "the last best hope for the world", and how are those clueless leftists destroying it?

This cartoon truly expresses how Fox viewers think.( I refuse to say Fox news). They may be older or younger, but still have the same warped views. All of us are angry about something, but the endless lies and deliberate disruptions of town hall meetings is leading to mob rule. This will be an open door to fascism, which is the ultimate goal of the right wing.

Daryl:
I'm afraid I can't say "nice cartoon," as one reader did, because it is as biased as the programs you intend to denigrate, though in this case the bias is against older people. I taught and wrote about journalism for thirty years, and I'm still doing research on journalism history. It's for this reason I link to your blog but very infrequently view it. The title caught my attention this time, so thought I'd put in my two cents. People who comment on Fox News as biased do so to explain a biased cartoon. Now, if that isn't contradictory, I don't know what is. Cartoons are by their very nature biased. They can only focus on one aspect of a person or situation, and they emphasize that one aspect in order to make a point. The clearer the emphasis, the clearer the point. But I don't look to cartoons for clarity of issues, as some of your respondents seem to do, but as biased toward a particular viewpoint. That's ok, feel free, left or right or center. But don't think you are adding to thought but rather to conflict. I'm not telling you anything new, but perhaps some of your readers/viewers might reconsider the point of cartoons.
Blessings,

The National Enquirer and Weekly World News were two of the greatest examples of the finest kind of journalism to which Fox can only ever even hope to aspire.
But please watch the film 'OUTFOXED', in order to fully appreciate their efforts in such a direction (or other). Should be available in a video rental store near you.

I am sure that all FOX News listeners are this bad – but many are even worse. They are the kind of conservatives that know they are right and do not think any fact checking is necessary. I mean, when you have Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, and Glen Beck – not to mention the Coulter lady….

The Reuters article was interesting….while I was there I checked out an article by Dean Wright about the dim veiw of the media. That was even more interesting. It seems that only 20 to 25 percent of the people believe anything the news has to say.

When, like FOX, stuff is just made up, or events staged, it's not news. As someone educated as a historian, I can attest that anyone with such a background recognizes FOX as the propaganda arm of the RNC — it's not like they're subtle!

BlackTantalus,

Please post a copy of your resume and, paperwork to attest your claim to being a historian.

That should help give credibility to your claim.

Hope your next post is verification to your knowledge and copies of your educational qualification.

By the way folks, I thought this poll and the cartoon was supposed to be a funny joke.

Cant you guys see that the options no where give you a choice for a balanced view on fox?

Daryl just wants us to have fun about people who do not give Fox the credit it deserves.

What then are we getting worked up about?

Please keep this posting to be just a cartoon and have fun.

Don't Panic, Daryl! Sadly, you're too close to the truth in that cartoon. I know of some Fox News Channel watchers, and you barely exaggerate. (Yes, I regularly watch MSNBC, but for more analysis than for news… I get that from NPR, where if doesn't bleed, it leads. And at least on both those supposed "Librul" outlets they label a commentary as a commentary. What's Faux News' excuse?)

I think this is MUCH too tame! Show the rabid, right-wing, one-issue (abortion, guns) voters. And what about those disgusting fat cats in corporations with the huge paychecks, perks galore, and golden parachutes? (The only progress they EVER like is in the size of their pile of money.)

I think you can show all the above yahooing, salivating, and slapping the soles of their bare feet together. Or you can show a clod with a "books are fur burnin" T-shirt genuflecting.

Considering that Fox News' ratings have grown by leaps and bounds over the last year has to be some indication that we're not all as depicted in the cartoon. Personally, I believe in the Constitution, something that quite a few presidents, both democrat and republican alike, have found ways to circumvent. However, what we're seeing with Obama has not been seen since Johnson or FDR. As for me, I hate all politicians. It's just that I hate the republicans slightly less.

Good to see all the crazy nutjobs on the left came out to praise this cartoon – notice how for every tool bewailing Fox News(which is most certainly slanted to the right, not arguing that), there seems to be an admission that only MSNBC/ NPR/ The Daily Show is a real, balanced news show?

The problem right now is that BOTH sides are watching what is entertaining, confusing it for actual news items, and soaking in worthless opinions from talking heads – be it Hannity, O'Reilly, Jon Stewart, Colbert, or whomever else you might want to name.

Yes, some of the FOX News viewers are nutty some of the time. But also..
Yes, an equal number of The Daily Show viewers are nutty some of the time.

I can't tell you how many friends of mine will break into political discourse by citing Jon Stewart as though he were a primary source. When I ask them why they get their news from a channel called "Comedy Central"(hint hint) and a show which, for the last decade, has done little more than lampoon a single man(W Bush) their eyes glaze over and they begin pumping out left-wing propaganda. (Reminds me of Brandi's post above)

Sound familiar? Scroll up and see the posts with identical testimonials about "Faux News" watchers spewing right-wing propaganda and lies, and yes I see a lot of this too, from the right. Not picking on one party.

Obviously both sides have their fair share of intelligence and ignorance – the problem now is that people have become vastly ignorant as to what "the news" is. C-SPAN is the news. Fox News and The Daily Show are not.

i think your poll isstated wrong i am a fox news viewer, and although we do have a few crazies most of us are well-educated and have good common sense. as for the cartoon i won't go calling you names and such but it does not show what fox news viewers are like. i might have t say that left wing nbc viewers are hypocritical but i wont i will state my case and let you decide. fox news has been labeled as racist, mean, hypocritical, and lying. that would be a lie. i really do want to hear from nbc viewers on this so e-mail me
[email protected] i will respond as fast as i can

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