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Is this Another Reason MSNBC’s Ratings are so Abysmal?

Oct.5, 2015
by Bob Adelmann

Even the liberal Huffington Post was embarrassed at just how bad MSNBC’s ratings are. The network cancelled three shows in July, and brought back the discredited Brian Williams. Wrote Larry Atkins:

The changes had come as a result of MSNBC’s plummeting ratings. MSNBC’s Nielsen ratings for the second quarter of the year dropped five percent in total viewers and 17 percent in the key adult demographic 25-54. Its primetime lineup’s ratings dropped by 10 percent. It was a continuation of a long time trend.

Last Thursday’s farcical interview by Chris Hayes of Josh Fox proved the point. Touting his latest attack on fracking, Fox was allowed to promote his latest “documentary” Gaswork: The Fight for C.J.’s Law, allegedly all about safety and health issues being ignored by the energy development industry. Hayes never asked about credibility issues raised by detractors of his previous efforts, Gasland and The Sky is Pink. In Gasland it was the “flaming faucet” incident about which Fox was publicly challenged by Irish filmmaker Phelim McAleer. That exchange can be seen on YouTube, despite efforts of Fox and his lawyers to have it removed. In it McAleer got Fox to admit that methane in water was common, with flaming water incidents dating back to 1936, but claiming weakly that this was “not relevant” to his purposes in Gasland.

In The Sky is Pink Fox claimed that breast cancer was linked directly to fracking activities in the Barnett Shale region in Texas, claims which were later successfully refuted by credible national experts looking into the matter.

Did Hayes ask Fox about any of this? Did he ask Fox about the “flaming faucet” incident that brought the wrath of McAleer in his rebuttal, FrackNation? Did he ask Fox if he was ready to admit that his claim in The Sky is Pink was false? Did he ask Fox if he was ready to apologize to the women and their families living over the Barnett formation for scaring them half to death over his discredited claims?

Of course not. In the 4 ½ minute segment that ran Thursday night Hayes jumped in bed with Fox, providing him with nothing more than an echo chamber reflecting the network’s anti-fracking position.

McAleer learned about Fox’s latest attack in time to launch his own rebuttal, GasHoax, also on Thursday, at It’s as if McAleer has found his niche: tracking down Fox and demanding answers to questions that Hayes wasn’t willing to ask.

For instance, in speaking about The Sky is Pink, McAleer said:



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