Obama Presidency has been Very Good for Fox News

By Andrew Gauthier 

The Swamp

Who says FOX News doesn’t like Barack Obama?

The first year of the Democratic president has been good for the nation’s leading cable news channel–its viewership up 7 percent in prime-time hours so far in 2009, compared to the same time last year.

Make that 10 percent among the 25-54-year-olds whom advertisers love to court.

As opposed to both rivals CNN, suffering an apparent post-Dobbs slump as well, and MSNBC–down by double-digits from year to year.

So say the Nielsen ratings in this year of living Democratically, when President Barack Obama’s White House has taken on FOX for being something other than a traditional news network–“an arm of the Republican Party,” according to the outgoing White House communications director. It could be, perhaps, that all the vitriol which commentator Glenn Beck and company have stirred up for Obama and crew has been box-office for the network that the press office loves to hate.

Beck’s own audience–2.67 million viewers in November–includes a 101 percent gain among the 25-54 year-olds since last year. More…