What's the Better News Experience, Fox News Channel or CNBC?


Closest battle yet! But one network eked out a victory by ONE vote...

Sorry, geeks, the jocks win this one. Here's what you had to say:

Critisceptic: "Really, G4? That 'video game channel' with a whopping half hour a day actually devoted to video games? I don't think so."

ButterMeUp44: "ESPN. Even of you don't like sports, 30 for 30 is brilliant. They have some of the best documentaries I've ever seen."

BarryDalton: "what a silly waste of space this article is"

Onward! 


We report [the match-up], you decide [the winner]!

Background: In 1996, News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch decided to expand his Fox media empire to cable news by creating the Fox News Channel, a direct competitor to industry leader CNN. By capitalizing on CNN's widely perceived leftward slant, FNC presented itself as a more neutral interpreter of current events but quickly struck gold with its pronounced rightward skew. The network remains a frequent controversy-generator and fosters a love-it-or-hate-it perception in pop culture, but no one can deny that its right-leaning viewership has led to Fox News Channel's ratings domination for nearly a decade now.

Original Programming: Fox News Channel uses a fairly typical programming schedule, broadcasting headline news-style reportage during the day and showcasing its higher-rated opinion-oriented shows in the evening. Fox & Friends kicks off the morning schedule, followed by America's Newsroom, America Live with Megyn Kelly, Studio B with Shepard Smith, and later The O'Reilly Factor, Hannity, On the Record with Greta Van Susteren, and late-night quasi-comedy show Red Eye with Greg Gutfeld. Weekend programming includes original specials and newsmagazines like Geraldo at Large.

Reruns: Weekends and late nights are usually filled with rebroadcasts of that day's headlines and opinion shows.

Why It's the Best: Between its graphics, attractive anchors, and sheer loudness, Fox News Channel is one of TV's least boring channels.

Why It's the Worst: I'm already cringing about what kinds of comments I'll be reading below.

 

Background: First, a fun fact: CNBC does not stand for Cable NBC (as I always believed it did). Nope, CNBC actually stands for Consumer News and Business Channel, and it's merely owned and operated by NBC (National Broadcasting Company). Got that? The letters "NBC" mean different things. That same peacock appears in both logos, but that's just corporate synergy. Anyway! CNBC originally launched around 1980 as the Satellite Program Network, which, like many cable channels of the era, mostly aired old movies, reruns, and cut-rate entertainment programs. But NBC eventually bought it in 1989 and rebranded it CNBC before merging it with another cable acquisition, the Financial News Network. Today CNBC is considered the foremost information outlet for financial news.

Original Programming: Much like Headline News, CNBC tends to divide its schedule by business hours and primetime. During the day, it airs a nonstop barrage of financial news shows that all boast a similarly dizzying array of tickers and onscreen graphics. The more recognizable financial news personalities include Lawrence Kudlow, Maria Bartiromo and the very shouty Jim Cramer. But in the evening and on weekends, CNBC mellows out with some NBC network reruns or its impressive array of original series like American Greed, 'Til Debt Do Us Part, The Facebook Obsession, and the gloriously titled How Much Is Your Dead Body Worth? My absolute personal favorite, however, is Saturday night's Suze Orman Show—this woman is like a perfect hybrid of Mother Theresa, Ayn Rand, and Jerri Blank. Riveting television.

Reruns: The aforementioned NBC reruns have included things like The Apprentice, Deal or No Deal, or—for one brilliant era—Late Night with Conan O'Brien.

Why It's the Best: For a subject matter as dry and/or stressful as financial news, CNBC has figured out a way to pack its schedule with entertaining television.

Why It's the Worst: Sometimes I just want to watch something trashy while I eat a sandwich, you know? CNBC is for grown-ups!



Official TV.com Verdict
I avoid politics like the plague and I watch A LOT of Suze Orman. CNBC for me.


But now it's your turn! COMMENT BELOW and tell us your verdict: Fox News or CNBC? And make your case! What do you love or hate about each channel?


Click below to see the full tournament bracket:


Note: Because we started with an odd number of channels, we gave some of the bigger channels a first-round bye.


Want to catch up on past battles? Head over to the America's Got Cable archives.

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As punishment for Sean Hannity's television existence alone, CNBC for the win.
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I love people that just rip fox news and call it bias and false without even watching it. Word of mouth can really kill reputation. Sad people can't form their own opinions with a significant sample size of viewing.



With that said, I choose neither, for I haven't watched enough CNBC programming to judge it. As others have stated, it should be FNC for MSNBC.
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CNBC, or anything but Fox News. Hell, I'd pick Sprout's "Good Night Show" over Fox News. At least it serves a valid purpose, in putting my liberal, atheist humanist toddlers to sleep.
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I'm an ignorant motherf---er who watches Fox news and I vote! If we're talking appealing to the lowest common denominator then Fox wins. Otherwise Fox News is the equivalent of a media abortion. "No facts? No Problem." There I wrote your new slogan Fox, please pay me by committing seppuko.
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Fox is easily the best news channel of all of them. It's the only one that presents both liberal and conservative views at the same time. All the others limit themselves to the liberal line only.

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lol what a joke! you sir have no idea what ur talking about!
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Insulting liberal views is not the same as presenting them.
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Shouldn't it be Fox News vs MSNBC??? CNBC is more of a business channel.

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I vote neither because no "news" station on TV tells the actual news these days, they all censor it and change/slant the facts towards what they want us to believe or "know" about situations. I prefer my local Canadian news
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CNBC. The question is "What's the Better News Experience, Fox News Channel or CNBC?", not which is the best comedy fake news channel. Fox News is only getting so many votes because this is an American TV site, because for other people this choice simply doesn't make sense.



I remember the few times I got to watch Fox, it showed angry TV presenters who, when interviewing guests, wouldn't let them speak if they had a contrary point of view.
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Sorry, but I don't see how you can compare a regualr cable news station with a specialized one. FOX should be compared to MSNBC or CNN; CNBC should be compared to Bloomberg.
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FOX News is better, but you are comparing apples & oravges. It is like comparing ESPN with the SyFy channel, which you probably will.
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for any sane person you could compare fox news to anything out there and it would still come across as a big pile of steamy shit.



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Neither could be considered impartial. I beieve that CNBC is farther to the left then Fox is to the right. I personally would love to see a real news channel. Not an opinion channel. Too bad one does not exist. Neither CNN or BBC can stay away from trying to influence the news. When available, I watch Al Jazerra.
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thats such a joke it doesn't get more right-wing than fox period.. and for all of you claiming that fox news presents a libertarian point of view.. u must be on crack, they consistently present ron paul as a joke and lets not forget how they got id of judge napolitano. foxnews is a joke, it caters to old, uneducated people and plays on every prejudice known to man. facts are their kryptonite.



vote goes to cnbc (dont like it that much but ANYTHING beats a channel promoting haterd, exclusion, bigotry, racial prejudices)
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Oh Geez..., I just knew someone like this guy would make a comment like this. Do you read your own comments..., and you call them "uneducated?"
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While Fox does tend to have a rightward slant, it's not as far right as the other networks are left. So I'll say I give Fox News my vote. I really enjoy Red Eye and love Margaret Hoover. You never really see Libertarians on the other networks.
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and in fox you see libertarians being made fools of.



RIGHTWARD SLANT ?!??! GET REAL !!! they receive their marching orders from the GOP...... i hate how people try to disguise this... FAIR & BALANCED ?!?! pleaseeeeeeeeee give it up, PURE PROPAGANDA and anyone with half a brain can see it.



the most interesting thing is how shocking most people outisde of america find FOX NEWS... as in they would BAN IT from their airwaves at once.. only some people in america lack the common sense to see past the bullshit
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CNBC - cause the other guys are pure propaganda.
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Current Tally:



CNBC: 22

FOX: 12

Facetiously FOX: 6

Neither: 4

Both: 1

Young Turks: 1

Would rather watch a very intoxicated, high on crack, nude man shit on a sidewalk then try to flush said sidewalk than watch any of these two channels: 1

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Fox is evil and so forth. CNBC.
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CNBC!
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CNBC. I avoid all cable news, but at least CNBC is more than just a punchline (lookin at you, Fox).
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I love that this has become an object lesson in why third parties don't work through a demonstration of the effect of a split vote. The conservative vote goes to Fox News. Half of the liberal vote goes to CNBC. The other half of the liberal vote goes to Fox-as-comedy-fodder for being hilariously not news. What might have been a close vote becomes an easy win for Fox. I kind of wish I taught high school civics so I could show them this page. No I don't, teachers have lousy jobs and make no money. Also, I hate kids.
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Its a search for 'America's Finest Cable Channel', so looking for which is the better channel, not which is better at reporting news (which is obvious), this means that Fox News as a comedy is a perfectly fine reason for choosing them.

A damn fine reason if you ask me.
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Maybe you should have fake taught math.
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I think I lack the attention to detail to teach much of anything. I'm more about the big picture and/or wild speculation.
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Fair enough.
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Let me put it this way: I'd rather watch a very intoxicated, high on crack, nude man shit on a sidewalk then try to flush said sidewalk than watch any of these two channels.
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I'd pay to see that. What channel can I get that on?
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Fox News Rules. Why don't you compare Fox News with the assholes of MSNBC? Compare CNBC with the Fox Business Channel you lib bastards.
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easy there big fella... could you at least attempt to defend that so called "news" channel? im sure uve picked up some talking points from hannity, oreilly and the motley crew of bigots no?
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How can anyone not love that adorable scamp known as Greg Gutfeld and his passion for unicorns? Or TV's Andy Levy and his mesmerizing cat stories? Or Bill Schulz...yeah, there's really nothing good to say about him. But "Red Eye" alone makes Fox News worth my vote.
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I only see Fox News when I watch the Daily Show and I can't believe that there people who actually watch it for the news value. It's absurd! (But I'm Dutch, so waaayyy to liberal of course)
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I vote none of them
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omg...this premise has officially jumped the SHIRK (spelling as intended)
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CNBC...gotta go with Suze Orman.
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In the U.K. we don't get CNBC, we do however get to enjoy the comedy that is Fox News.



Many a British stand up has taken swipes at the absurdity of the channel, honestly if I watch half an hour Im guaranteed to laugh. Whether bigotry, absurdity or seemingly conspiracy you can always count on it.



So the better channel is Fox News, its hilarious.
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Fox News, because without them SNL would have to cut like half its sketches :P
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And the Daily Show
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this has got to be a joke right? fox news viewers arent consistently the most minformed people around! polls and surveys have shown this time and time again! saddam organized 911, they found WMDs in Iraw, Obama is a muslim... the list goes on and on. most of their viewers are old folk who love the pandering to their prejudices
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I hate both of these channels (and really, the 2 channels do not cover the same stuff, wouldn't MSNBC be a better comparison?) But Megan Kelly is hot.
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CNBC. For all the reasons that have been expressed below (I hate to join the popular opinion but, well, sometimes you have to). Maybe one day they'll hack some phones and we can get rid of them =P
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Fox News because unlike most of mainstream media it refuses to suck liberal donkey "insert you know what here".
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so its better to suck racist intolerant bigoted elephant d*** ?? please (no disrespect to elephants they are a majestic animal)
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I like you, Jedi.
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CNBC



It's not politics' fault that Fox News makes it look bad.
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CNBC because Fox News *insert bashing here*
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CNBC. Fox News shouldn't even be allowed to be a channel.
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Fox News - whether you love it or hate it, it's entertaining as hell.
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Fox News.



As one can see from almost all of the comments, it's no wonder that politics is a taboo subject. "Fox News is Satan... brainwashes you... lies... propaganda machine..." Wow, for real? Go ahead and give yourselves a pat on the back. You've earned it.
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FAIL. Politics is polarizing because "news" organizations like FOX have done their best to make it so,
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Jedi, I think you have some secret love affair for Fox News since you've gone out of your way to bash them every chance you get. Why have they been the #1 cable news channel for over a decade? "Brainwashing," I assume? Or no, maybe they "fix" their ratings. MSNBC, CNBC, Current TV, etc. are barely on people's radar. And what do all those other channels do aside from praise President Obama and rip apart Conservatives?
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Fox News for the Hours upon Hours of Daily Show material is offers.
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Fox News, just to be contrary to the probable opinion of most on this website.
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thats some terrible reasoning
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You read my mind, Jedi.
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Vote still counts. Actually I vote for Fox News anyways just because everything else is liberal garbage. Is that better?
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not really but at least there ur doing a better attempt at honesty... see what watching fox does to you!!!
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"Reality has a well-known liberal bias." - Stephen Colbert, White House Correspondents' Association Dinner, 4/29/2006
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CNBC -- I need news and not right wing opinion and directions. Yes, I watch Fox (as my Mother enjoys it).
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I HAVE to vote for CNBC. Fox News is no news program. All it is is a biased piece of propaganda that twists every story around so it fits their views and opinions. It doesn't inform you, it either only tells you part of the story or just completely lies.
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"I'm already cringing about what kinds of comments I'll be reading below."



You better be. Not only would I pick ANYTHING over Fox News, CNBC is actually a great news channel. It has a lot of great content.
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CNBC because Fox News is Satan.
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Why is there only one choice this week for the competition? I didn't know you guys do bye weeks!?! (vote: CNBC)
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CNBC, Fox "News" is a misnomer.
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I do occasionally enjoy watching Red Eye, but I could never bring myself to vote for Fox News so CNBC wins my vote.
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Current TV and YOUNG TURKS the only way to get honest reliable news!
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Now, I normally get my news from the internet. If I do watch the news on tv, it'll probably be MSNBC or NBC. But on principle alone, I will vote for CNBC.

Quality, quality, quality.

Fox News is truly an oxymoron. It's increasingly obvious that they do not hold the same journalistic standard as other news channels. I will not blame them for their politics-CNBC is liberally biased (as are NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, etc.), but they do a much poorer job of hiding it.
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The ONLY positive thing I can say for either CNBC or FOX News is that both had small roles in the greatness that is Arrested Development.



My vote is that both should get a -1 from me.
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Don't you mean which one is the WORST news channel, or which one is the LESS PAINFUL to watch?

Neither is a winner in this comparison...
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Is it not blantantly obvious that FoxNews is the government's go-to propaganda machine? FoxNews is the beginning of fascism in America, and its high ratings disgust me. Plus, they obviously hate Ron Paul, soooo...... yeah, I vote for CNBC by default.
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