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What Do Fox News and Erectile Dysfunction Have in Common?

From <em>The New Yorker</em>

From The New Yorker

The lead-off spot in The New Yorker‘s “Talk of the Town” section usually goes to the most serious political item (last week, Afghanistan was first on deck). This week, however, the first entry plunges into a discussion of Obama and the White House’s recent exchanges with Fox News with this gentle comparison of FNC’s core viewership to users of erectile dysfunction medication:

In 2008, half the people who watched the Fox News Channel were over sixty-three, which is the oldest demographic in the cable-news business, and, according to a poll, the majority of the ones who watched the most strident programs, such as Sean Hannity‘s and Bill O’Reilly‘s shows, were men. All that chesty fulminating apparently functions as political Cialis. Fox News shows should probably carry a warning: Contact your doctor if you have rage lasting more than four hours.

Even though it characterizes FNC viewers in this way, the piece doesn’t get into the business of whether or not Fox News should be classified as a news network. In fact the piece — which is titled “Chin Music” in reference to remarks made by Press Secretary Robert Gibbs two weeks ago that the WH was effectively throwing an inside fastball at Fox — ends with a reminder that in baseball throwing at the batter is grounds for ejection.

Read Louis Menand’s “Chin Music,” on newsstands and online tomorrow.

Illustration courtesy of The New Yorker.

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