Embarrassing Annual Nielsen Ratings Show Just How Poorly Fox News Does with Black Viewers

fox-news-whiningIt’s no secret that Republicans have a big problem when it comes to attracting minorities, specifically African-Americans. While they’ll try to paint themselves as the “party of Lincoln” (even if reality tells us that those days ended decades ago) and proclaim that Democrats are secretly trying to “keep African-Americans hooked on the government so they’ll keep voting for them,” most members of the African-American community see right through this propaganda.

And if you really wonder what many conservatives feel about African-Americans, I invite you to spend some time here in the South. Racism has always been a fairly important and prevalent issue here, but since the election of President Obama, it’s bordering on being popular once again. Oh, but I forgot, it’s not “racism” – it’s just all about Obama’s politics.


But try and try as Republicans might, they just can’t attract minority voters and they really can’t attract African-Americans. In fact, during the 2012 presidential election, one poll showed GOP candidate Mitt Romney with zero percent of the African-American vote.

Zero. Percent. 

And while GOP candidates struggle getting the African-American vote, “America’s most watched cable news” channel, Fox News, surely would have a few black viewers, right? After all, watching Fox News isn’t voting for a Republican candidate. Hell, I watch the network more than any other because it’s the best place to find out what kind of idiocy conservatives will be regurgitating next.

And there is good news! In 2014, Fox News did better with African-Americans than Mitt Romney apparently did in 2012.

According to Nielsen’s annual ratings, African-Americans account for a whopping one percent of Fox News viewers. It doesn’t matter if it’s daytime or primetime, only one percent of Fox News viewers are African-American.

And while that number might not be as embarrassing as Romney’s zero percent, it’s still pretty pathetic. If you can’t even get African-Americans to watch the Republican Party’s own network a “news” channel geared toward the GOP, how in the world do you ever expect to get them to vote for your candidates?

Then again, what should they expect? African-Americans aren’t dumb. The Republican party, especially tea party conservatives, have made their feelings clear about the black community. Because while they continue to claim their blind hatred of President Obama is based entirely on his policies, anyone with even the slightest bit of common sense knows that a huge part of why so many of these people hate him is largely based on his race.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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