Brewtown Politico

Carrying a little stick and speaking loudly in Milwaukee


Local radio/TV columnist Tim Cuprisin pointed out an important distinction with Fox News Channel's coverage of the new pope in his column yesterday.

The cable channel used the banner headline "We Have a Pope!" while other channels like CNN and MSNBC went with variations of "Pope Elected."

"Traditional news is an outsider, an observer looking in. The goal is to keep a distance from the story, although that goal is not always the reality.

Fox has built the top cable news ratings by casting itself as more of a clubhouse, an us-against-them kind of news shop. When Fox News says 'we have' something, like a new pope, there's a connection between channel and viewer that you don't find with traditional news venues."


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