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  1. CNBC is my background noise every weekday, and has been for at least five years. They’ve ALWAYS been conservative. I didn’t even KNOW there was a Fox Business Channel, but CNBC has been “right on” just about everything as long as I’ve been watching it.

    Comment by tim — 05/28/2007 @ 02:22:26 PM

  2. Part of the strategy outlined by Fox, in anticipation of the launch of FBC, is to put across the perception that CNBC isn’t as conservative as it seems to be. That approach was scoffed at by media watchers, for the reasons you cite. But perception can be manipulated, and forcing CNBC to double down on the pro-business slant would be playing right into that strategy. Fox is following the template it laid down versus CNN when it launched Fox News Channel, and it’s hard to argue with that preceding success.

    Comment by CT — 05/28/2007 @ 11:45:16 PM

  3. “Part of the strategy outlined by Fox, in anticipation of the launch of FBC, is to put across the perception that CNBC isn’t as conservative as it seems to be.”

    That may be so, but I haven’t noticed any hard move to the right lately.

    Any time CNBC covers anything political, they bring in someone from a conservative think tank and a liberal one. Last week they reported on CEO compensation, and brought in some guy from the Ayn Rand Institute to debate some guy from the Center for American Progress.

    But in the eyes of the majority of CNBC viewers (and potential viewers of FBC), these debates shouldn’t even be staged. The answer is less government 99% of the time. Paying lip service to an ideology grounded in socialism is absurd.
    Before criticizing the messengers (CNBC), you might want to take a look at the message - therein lies your disagreement.

    Comment by RM — 05/31/2007 @ 10:28:04 PM

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