Breitbart lashes out at Megyn Kelly in response to new polling showing CNN has overtaken Fox News in key demographic.
“CNN enjoyed its strongest ratings month in years in October, beating rival Fox News in the key 25-54 demographic for a full month for the first time since 2001,” The Hill reported on Tuesday.
“CNN averaged 704,000 prime time viewers overall in October from the ages 25-54 demographic — the most coveted group by advertisers,” The Hill’s Joe Concha wrote, adding: “Fox came in second with an average of 663,000 viewers,” and “CNN also finished first in a close race for total day in the key demographic over Fox News with 7,000-viewer edge.”
However, The Hill reports that still Fox “won the race in total viewers” with an overall average of “1.547 million viewers to CNN’s 1.02 million.”
Conservative website Breitbart, headed by Trump adviser Stephen Bannon, was quick to respond by lashing out at Fox News host Megyn Kelly in complete contravention of the facts, which is not surprising, considering that the bigoted billionaire has been at war with Kelly for over a year. (For those interested, ABC News published a detailed accounting of the feud – so far – last last week.)
In defiance of logic, Breitbart makes the claim that although Megyn Kelly’s program topped the network for the 25-54 demographic, she somehow managed to take down Fox News in the October ratings.
While Kelly’s own program still finished atop cable news in the key 25-54 demographic for the month, CNN beating Fox News overall in primetime in the demo for the first time in over a decade comes as Kelly has emerged as the face as of the network thanks to the honchos in the Murdoch family.
Rupert Murdoch’s sons James and Lachlan, who have taken over 21st Century Fox, have decided—according to a Vanity Fair profile earlier in October—make Kelly the future of the network.
Breitbart then accuses Kelly of making a “move to oust Roger Ailes,” the now-disgraced former chairman of Fox News, by “alleging without evidence that he made an unwanted sexual advance against her years ago.” Breitbart goes on to claim that Fox “network’s ratings have collapsed,” as a result.
Of course this claim flies in the face of reality, as it was former Fox host Gretchen Carlson who set off the firestorm of controversy against Ailes when she filed a harassment lawsuit against Ailes in July of this year. Additionally, since that time, over 20 other women have stepped forward to accuse Ailes of harassment in the wake of that filing. (You can read an accounting of the numerous claims against Ailes in this article by The Guardian from earlier this year.)
Breitbart eventually reveals the substance of their real grievance against Kelly in the final portion of the article, directly accusing her of “leading anti-Donald Trump voice” and using her show to “disparage the Republican presidential nominee and his supporters.”
As it becomes increasingly likely that Hillary Clinton will take the Oval Office by a landslide, what’s next in the ongoing war between the Trump campaign and Megyn Kelly? The boogyman? An overall conspiracy led by the media? Unfounded allegations of voter fraud? (For more info on current election predictions see Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight, NBC News, the latest by Princeton University.”
Inquiring minds want to know.
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