Despite the massive popularity of President Obama, Fox News Channel has seen a big boost in its ratings by acting, as one FNC executive put it, "the voice of opposition on some issues." In an interview with the Baltimore Sun TV columnist David Folkenflik that aired on NPR's All Things Considered , Fox News programming chief Bill Shine said that the network attempts to maintain a "balance" with its right-of-center commentators like Bill O'Reilly, Glenn Beck, and Sean Hannity by inviting more liberal guests. But Fox News anchor Chris Wallace acknowledged that the channel is attempting to take a contrarian look at a popular president, noting, "On Fox News you've seen a lot of coverage of the question of, 'Are we headed down the road to socialism?'" Commented Folkenflik " Newsweek had a cover article that posed much the same question -- but on Fox News it often seems more a cudgel than a question."

24/03/2009