Fox News and their viewers like to pound their chests and tout their success, but Fox can’t hold a candle to Obamacare. Nearly four times as many people have signed up for Obamacare than watch Fox News.
Fox News had a record setting third quarter in 2014. The conservative news network was the most watched channel on all of cable. 1.77 million people watched Fox News’ primetime lineup. 1.045 million people watched Fox News during the day. Fox News grew 10% in total viewers over the same period in 2013. Cable news viewership overall continued to plunge as Fox News, CNN, and MSNBC combined attracted under 3 million primetime viewers.
Conservatives love to tout the success of Fox News as proof that America is a right-wing nation, but Fox can’t hold a candle to the success of the Affordable Care Act. 7.3 million people have enrolled in the ACA. All total the law is estimated to be providing 26 million Americans with access to affordable healthcare.
The vaunted number one lineup in primetime cable news is roughly four times smaller than the amount of people who have gotten private health insurance policies from Obamacare. About 26 times more people overall have access to healthcare than watch Fox News’ primetime lineup.
Fox News is tiny compared to Obamacare. Fox is loud. It influences the Republican Party and the mainstream media, but the top cable news network is a small fish compared to the Affordable Care Act. This simple comparison puts into context how successful the ACA has been. It also makes it easy to understand that Fox News’ cable dominance is small potatoes when compared to what’s happening in the real world.
The conservative fantasy that Fox News pumps into a few million television screens is nothing compared to what Democrats have accomplished for tens of millions of people. The Fox News campaign to demonize the ACA has marched on for years, but exponentially more Americans have embraced the ACA than Fox News has viewers.
The math is on the side of the Democrats. Fox News is a big fish in an ever shrinking pond. The hot air on Fox News is no match for the real world results of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA.Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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