I have to wonder about Fox News at times. It's obvious they have--value assertions aside--the most efficient and solid profit model of any news organization in the states, and it's equally clear that they fall into the mold of a profit-seeking news agency; you can compare the first five stories on a Fox affiliate's evening news to any of the other big three competitors and come to the same conclusion.
That said, here is what puzzles me: who is the force that molded Fox into a certain socio-political mold? If it's purely profit-seeking, then clearly there were only two reasons to adopt the fairly conservative slant they put on things:
1. The conservative market in the United States is the largest, and therefore, the most profitable overall.
2. The conservative market in the United States is the most neglected, and therefore, the easiest in which to obtain a majority share.
As we know from talk radio, the New York Post, and other outlets, nobody neglects right-wing views in the U.S. That means, obviously, that Fox is merely giving a large portion of the public what it wants. And really, is Fox News to blame for pandering to a demanding audience? Ethically, yes, but dollars and cents wise, not at all.
Furthermore, Bill O'Reilly is utterly HILARIOUS. It's all the ridiculousness of the Colbert Report without all that messy satiric brilliance.