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It all depends on what the definition of "ridiculous" is

Reported by Chrish - July 27, 2006 -

Bill O'Reilly used his "Most ridiculous item of the day" yesterday 7/26/06 to blow his own horn vis a vis the ratings since the made-for-TV conflict between Israel and Hezbollah(Lebanon - who are they kidding?) He bragged:

"As mentioned earlier, FOX News is dominating the ratings in covering the crisis in the Mideast.

Last Thursday, a heavily watched night, FOX News hammered its cable competition. Greta, "Hannity & Colmes," Shepard all won their time slots by a wide margin. In fact, FOX prime time more than doubled its closest competitor, CNN.

As for "The Factor," at 8 p.m., we beat all our cable news competition combined with 700,000 viewers leftover, perhaps the biggest margin of victory ever on cable news.

Overall, CNN second, Headline News third, and MSNBC dead last. Ridiculous? Only to those who don't like us."

Now, numbers are funny things. I'm a numbers person, but it doesn't take a genius to manipulate numbers to say whatever you want. For instance, looked at another way by Broadcast&Cable, CNN had a much greater response to the war coverage than FOX:

The Israeli attack on Lebanon drove CNN’s total primetime audience 51% compared to the same week last year, to an average of 1 million viewers, while the Nielsen Media scores among the 25-54 news demo soared 97% to 364,000.

While FOX's total numbers remained higher, one could deduce that when big news happens, more people turn to CNN - "the most trusted name in news."

In any event, it's somewhat pathetic and unprofessional to be tooting one's own horn like that. Kinda like the locker-room braggart who lists all the women he's had; it's quantity, not quality, that counts.