Accuracy in Media

MSNBC host Rachel Maddow’s obsession with the Mueller report and the opinion issued by Attorney General William Barr shows no sign of abating and it’s costing her ratings while those of rival Fox News climb.

In the first two days this week, Maddow saw her audience drop to 2.5 million viewers or 19 percent below her average this year and decrease an additional 200,000 to 2.3 million on Tuesday according to Nielsen Media Research.

By comparison, her head-to-head competitor on Fox News Channel, Sean Hannity saw his audience soar to 4 million viewers, an increase of 32 percent above his average for the year.  It slid a bit to 3.57 million on Tuesday but still well above his average.

Fellow Fox hosts Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham also saw their audiences increase above their average, while their MSNBC and CNN counterparts experienced steep drops.

While MSNBC and CNN have been lamenting Barr’s opinion that Mueller found no collusion between Trump and Russia during the 2016 presidential election, Maddow has devoted far more time than anyone else on the two liberal-leaning networks to the report.

The New York Post created a mock “Mueller Madness” — based on the NCAA’s March Madness tournament, with Trump critics instead of college basketball teams with Maddow taking the top prize as “The Worst.”

Fox’s Britt Hume said the media’s coverage of the Mueller investigation, “Is the worst journalistic debacle of my lifetime and I’ve been in this business about 50 years,” and called on the media to do some soul-searching going forward so that this never happens again.




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