It's not often that I defend Richard Justice, and in this instance, he somewhat deserves the flak he's getting. But...
Justice had a blog post yesterday getting on Drayton. Just a bit of his usual nonsense. And in his post, he references Fox News being for idiots. Now I've go no argument with that statement. I think Fox News is for idiots. But Justice had some comments about this. And the primary argument used to refute Justice's statement is that Fox News is the number one rated news channel, and has been for years.
But the problem with that argument is that it doesn't address Justice's point: that the people who watch Fox News are idiots.
Just because you're rated number one doesn't mean that you're the best. It just means that this the choice of a number of people. It doesn't guarantee quality. For instance, According to Jim is still on the air, but Arrested Development, despite a great cast, great writing, and despite being very damn funny, barely made it three years. I think Two-and-a-Half Men is damn funny, but it's nowhere near the quality of The Office. But millions prefer TAAHM to The Office. Quality be damned.
Fox News might be the most popular news channel on cable. But that doesn't mean that it's the best. The only thing Fox News is good at is providing material for Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert. It's just like Two-and-a-Half Men is way more popular than The Office. Being more popular doesn't make something better.
Richard Justice is right: Fox News is for idiots. And he's proven right by the fact that those attempting to refute his statement don't actually refute the argument, they just bring up another, unrelated fact that they actually think is relevant, but isn't. And the thing is, I'm not sure most of these people understand why what they say is a bogus point meaning nothing to the argument. Then again, these are Fox News watchers.