yet another take on Obama vs. Fox

I argued that, contrary to the pundits, Obama might as well criticize Fox for its news practices, since he will be attacked regardless by its lineup of opinionators.

Support for that, and a good example of claim checking, comes from Media Matters that shows the Fox ratings spike some claimed was a myth.

“I sent Barack Obama, President Obama a fruit basket for all that comments because our ratings are up 20% since he made it.” [Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly]

“[R]atings at Fox are through the roof.” [Politico’s Mike Allen]

“Every time the president or one of his spokespeople mentions [Glenn] Beck or [Rush] Limbaugh, the latter two enjoy increased ratings and bucks.” [Washington Post columnist Kathleen Parker]”

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