Fox News Channel achieved yet another milestone this month when
nearly 11.5 million viewers watched the third and final
presidential debate Monday -- an accomplishment that has placed
many left-leaning pundits on the attack.
With an estimated 59.2 million people tuned in to Fox News
to watch the last debate between President Barack Obama and
Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, viewership landed the
cable network its highest-rated broadcast ever.
Dan Gainor's cover story in
the latest issue of Townhall Magazine chronicles the history
of "the left's war" on Fox News.
"What scares me is it goes all the way to the top of the White
House and works its way down almost through this infrastructure of
the left, whether it's a Jon Stewart, or a Bill Maher, or these
lefty organizations that … go after Fox," Gainor details.
He contends the left's strategy this election is not just about
defeating Romney and the Republican Party; it is also about
targeting Fox News.
"We call it 'Fox hunting.' The left has created this stereotype
of Fox that's completely false, but they've done it because they
and their immediate allies are so threatened by media they don't
control," the analyst explains.
"But people need to keep it in perspective that the major media,
the old school media, still have a much more dominant reach."
The debate was seen live on ten different networks, with the
Spanish-language Telemundo airing it on tape delay.
Dan Gainor is vice president of business and culture for the
Washington, DC-based Media Research Center.