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Cable News Networks See Surge in Ratings

October included a positive coronavirus test for the president, presidential campaign trail, presidential debate, a vice presidential debate, and multiple town hall events.

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Cable news networks enjoyed the month of October as ratings exploded across Fox News, CNN, and MSNBC, who all saw record numbers for the month. However, of the three networks, Fox News had the highest-rated month in cable news history.

October included a positive coronavirus test for the president, presidential campaign trail, presidential debate, a vice presidential debate, and multiple town hall events.

All these events resulted in Fox News having 4.9 million total viewers in the prime time slot, the highest number in cable news history dating back 40 years. Meanwhile, MSNBC was second with 2.7 million viewers and CNN with 2.4 million, which isn’t bad but fails compared to what Fox News did this month.

When it comes to the top shows in October, Fox’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight” averaged 5.3 million viewers, followed by “Hannity” with 5.2 million and “The Five” with 4.1 million. “The Ingraham Angle” delivered over 4 million total viewers, and MSNBC’s “Rachel Maddow Show” rounded out the top five with 3.7 million.

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Britt McHenry Opens Up to The Daily Beast About Her Ongoing Lawsuit

A U.S. district judge denied Fox News contributor Tyrus’ request to dismiss McHenry’s lawsuit, alleging that her former Fox Nation co-host repeatedly harassed her via lewd, inappropriate text messages.

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Fox News contributor Britt McHenry hasn’t appeared in months on the network and states that she remains on the sidelines due to suing her former co-host and Fox News during an interview with The Daily Beast.

A U.S. district judge denied Fox News contributor Tyrus’ request to dismiss McHenry’s lawsuit, alleging that her former Fox Nation co-host repeatedly harassed her via lewd, inappropriate text messages.

Despite the ongoing lawsuit, the former professional wrestler has appeared on Fox’s airwaves at least ten times. Furthermore, he’s the co-host of the highly-rated late-afternoon talk show The Five.

“All I want to do is work,” McHenry told The Daily Beast. “But when you flip on the TV and see your harasser once again given on-air promotions, it sends a clear message that solving this appropriately on Fox News’ end isn’t in the cards.” According to the conservative media outlet, they’re not benching McHenry. The network renewed her contract for two more years and added that she could pitch herself to appear on Fox News or Fox Business Network shows like any other contributor.

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Cable News Coverage of Biden Inauguration Ran the Gambit

Coverage of President Joe Biden’s big day came with little to no scrutiny on the left-leaning networks.

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The tone of cable news coverage during Inauguration Day depended entirely on who you voted for. Anchors at CNN and MSNBC offered dismal and sarcastic opinions about President Trump’s four-year term while reporters at Fox News, One America News Network (OANN) and Newsmax offered a less critical analysis of the 45th President.

OANN, the nation’s most friendly Trump network, covered the president’s final White House goodbye with pre-taped video packages and in-depth analysis. The network also produced a 48-minute video for its website called “Trump – Legacy of a Patriot.”

Fox News Described Trump as a hard-working man while host Dana Perino repeatedly and delicately referred to him as a “disruptor.” Anchor Martha MacCallum claimed Trump has “worked hard in the past 48 hours to finish this on a more gracious note.”

CNN sent reporter Jim Acosta to cover Trump’s departure at Joint Base Andrews. Acosta, who worked in the White House for the last four years and had several run-ins with Trump, called him an “autocrat” as his plane was headed towards Florida.

CNN’s Wolf Blitzer called the turn-out for Trump’s farewell “pathetic” piggybacking off of the seeming disgust that Acosta was reporting with.

“He looks small,” CNN anchor Dana Bash opined as the defeated 45th president and his unpopular first lady, Melania, made their way across the South Lawn to Marine One. “He just looks like a small man.”

Coverage of President Joe Biden’s big day came with little to no scrutiny on the left-leaning networks. CNN and MSNBC seemed to ignore the fact that Biden signed 17 executive orders erasing key aspects of Donald Trump’s presidency.

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FOX Co-Host Greg Gutfeld Rips Media Fawning Over Biden Inauguration

Gutfield demonstrated his points with several soundbites from various networks including CNN and MSNBC who seemed to rejoice in Trump’s plane departing Joint Base Andrews.

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The Five co-host Greg Gutfield ripped the mainstream media for practically “drooling” with compliments for President Joe Biden while almost “spitting” on Donald Trump during Inauguration Day coverage.

Gutfield demonstrated his points with several soundbites from various networks including CNN and MSNBC who seemed to rejoice in Trump’s plane departing Joint Base Andrews. 

“A welcomed sight for many Americans,” proclaimed MSNBC. “He’s almost leaving town like an autocrat,” said CNN’s Jim Acosta.

Gutfield said he was amazed by the “emotional intensity of the [media’s] conformity” He also called the media “predictable” and compared them to “children.”

Meanwhile, Trump said goodbye to a small crowd at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland where he touted his administration’s accomplishments and wished the new administration “great luck and success.”

“I hope they don’t raise taxes, but if they do I told you so,” said Trump.

Gutfield claimed that the media will handle Joe Biden’s administration with kid gloves, avoiding controversy at all costs. 

“Don’t worry there will be no anonymous sources feeding Wolf Blitzer stories of Joe Biden meltdowns,” proclaimed Gutfield. “What will the media do after all of their bitter, emotional farewells?”

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