In its recent dispute with
Fox's parent has developed a pretty good business covering politics, and appears to relish injecting politics into business. The company's faith in this strategy is intriguing, since the general reaction to most intra-showbiz squabbles is a pox on both their houses.
While such exchanges are fairly common in cable-carriage standoffs,
The most blatant example occurred a half-dozen years ago, when the company bankrolled an entity dubbed the Don't
The danger was that the new methodology would reduce ratings for minority viewers -- thus depressing revenues for Fox's major-market stations, which disproportionately appeal to the large minority populations in cities like
With the News-owned
By contrast, FNC's PR team bluntly (and entertainingly) impugns rival talent for registering dismal ratings and dismisses competing executives as failures, fabulists and loons. This pugilistic posture -- often capped off by the mock-sincere line, "We wish him well" -- prompted
Fox can hardly be blamed for creativity in aggressively pursuing its corporate interests -- though there's certainly a raw stench of cynicism in the underlying belief that third parties can be manipulated into taking sides and carrying its banner.
The bottom line is that Murdoch's stewardship of
It's too early to determine whether that game plan actually benefited the company during the
Decade of Rapid Change
The media world spins so fast, it's easy to forget how dramatically the landscape has changed during the 00's decade. So before putting the '00s behind us, let's review some key statistics and recap the dramatic changes in television and entertainment.
America Through the Reality Lens
Culturally, this has been the decade of the reality show. And what do we have to show for it? Not much more than the contestants themselves.
TV's Best for 2009: Can't Pick Just 10
In television putting together an aggregated 10-best roster amounts to more of a time-killing exercise. That said, boiling down the scripted series on display in 2009 to just 10 feels inordinately daunting.
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