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Media Matters: how Eric Boehlert became illiterate

November 3, 2009


For a so-called “watchdog,” mandated to expose “inaccuracies,” Media Matters isn’t terribly scrupulous about its columnists’ own mistakes.

This morning, Eric “The Excitable” Boehlert outdid himself with another one of his typo-ridden screeds.

His post, entitled “How Chris Wallace became irrelevant” begins:

In September, I detailed how Fox’s Chris Wallace, who used to enjoy [sic] sort of hold [sic] himself up [sic] being part [sic] from the [sic] boisterous Fox News, [sic: comma splice] how Wallace like [sic] to present himself as the adult supervising the Fox News romper room, had gulped the kool-aid [sic?] and embraced the Glenn Beck era if [sic] Fox Land.

No doubt veteran newsman Chris Wallace is now trembling behind the Fox News photocopier, shamed and shaken to the bone, having just been declared “irrelevant” by a guy whose typing — one hesitates to call it “writing” — approximates that of a trained chimp in a backwater flea circus.

In another post this morning, Boehlert gloats that, contrary to predictions made by conservative media pundits, Fox News’ ratings didn’t “soar” or “go through the roof” after it was targeted by the Obama White House.

Boehlert contends that the cable giant’s ratings have, in fact, “flatlined.” Fine.

So… the most powerful man in the world, and his minions, launched  a wall to wall smear campaign to demonize an insufficiently laudatory media outlet, and this toxic onslaught had… no effect whatsoever?

That IS what you just inadvertently admitted, isn’t it, Eric?

Compared to those of its competition, Fox News’ ratings look like this, and have for some time:



If that’s a “flatline”, all I can say is: we’re lucky Boehlert went to UMass for Near Eastern studies, instead of to medical school.

  1. Harmon permalink
    November 3, 2009 9:58 am

    From what I understand, Fox News Sunday is dead last among the Sunday Chat shows. The interview of Limbaugh was an obvious play to boost his ratings. From what I understand it was a lovefest, Serious jounalism it was not.

    • In the Know permalink
      November 3, 2009 10:07 am

      From what you understand….which is subjective.

  2. November 3, 2009 11:22 am

    Hi Harmon,

    I believe you are right.

    However, Fox is competing with Sunday shows with multi-generational legacies and viewerships; I for one started watching them as a precocious 12 year old, and I’m now 45!

    Loyalty and habit have a huge effect on these sorts of shows, which are a sort of household tradition for many folks.

    In all other categories, as you can see from the graphs above, Fox is well ahead of the other cable networks in terms of ratings. In fact, Fox’s Red Eye has more viewers at 3AM ET than CNN does at 8PM — CNN being 4th overall now.

  3. Harmon permalink
    November 3, 2009 1:59 pm

    Kathy, I think if you looked at the ratings that Tony Snow (RIP) got when he was the host of Fox News Sunday, you would not say your explanation rings true. I will also point out that FNS plays on Fox affiliated stations around the country, as well as the FNC.

    And yes, Fox normally gets very high ratings to which I ash so what? I don’t believe for a second that translates into electoral victories – especially when they have a whack-a-doodle like Glenn Beck.

  4. Revnant Dream permalink
    November 4, 2009 6:04 pm

    This pretty much says it all.

    PRIMETIME (8-11 PM/ET)

    FOXNEWS: 4,043,000 viewers (1,130,000 in A25-54)

    MSNBC: 974,000 viewers(308,000 in A25-54)

    HEADLINE NEWS: 842,000 viewers(341,000 in A25-54)

    CNN: 826,000 viewers (227,000 in A25-54)…

  5. Howard Reed, Durhamville, NY permalink
    November 5, 2009 8:53 am


    Whack a doodle Glenn Beck gets his point across because of his acting ability. Say whatg you will about the man . . . he influences millions of viewers who love his antics interposed with his rhetoric that is so on.

    Since I am a major Dunie, a huge fam of the Frank Herbert and his son ‘Dune’ series, I liken Rush, Glen, et al to Bene Geserit ‘truth sayers’. What attracted me to Rush Limbaugh was that he was broadcasting what me and most Americans think in the animated way Glenn Beck does. You not only got a serving of straight from the hip facts, but you got some belly laughs along the way. And, you know what they say, ‘laughter is the best medicine’.

    Harmon. Get out of liberal pity party mode and join us in the refreshing and healing waters of right wing media.

    The Turban Torpedo


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