How are cable news channels doing these days during all these huge Obama-gate scandals? There’s at least got to be some good news in that segment of the economy right?
At least you’d think so. But MSNBC is failing just when there’s so much news to talk about, so much to question government about and to then reveal what’s been discovered, and to report as truths to their audience who are thirsting for real knowledge and facts, and to fully inform them so they can make wise or wiser decisions next time they get the chance (i.e. 2014 and 2016), etc.
Then again, I started out talking about news channels, then went to MSNBC. This is incongruous. The left-wing news and Obama/MoveOn.org talking-points parrot, MSNBC, is flopping like a dieing fish on a dock, having just been caught. Only in this case, we think we’ve caught them and their world of lies. (I know — holy mixed metaphor, Batman!)
Ironically, “The more you know,” as the NBC public service announcement slogan used to go, helps us here. The more you know what MSNBC actually is, and what’s really going on here, the smarter you will be.
Before we discuss this and the facts (I know — that’s racist!!!), here’s part of the article which got me “all ginned-up” as Barack Obama likes to call conservatives who are about to reveal truths about him:
By DOMINIC PATTEN | Monday May 20, 2013 @ 4:44pm PDT
The scandals of the Obama administration seem to be hurting not just the White House but MSNBC as well, while Fox News Channel has just scored its second-best week of the year. After double-digit gains during last year’s presidential election, May 13-17 saw the progressive-aligned “Lean Forward” news network hit new lows as the IRS scandal erupted and revelations that the Justice Department secretly obtained AP records became public. With 350,000 viewers on average and 94,000 in the adults 25-54 demo, MSNBC had its least-watched and lowest-rated total-day results of the year last week. That was also the lowest total-day demo result the network has had since the week of June 26-July 2, 2006, when MSNBC pulled in just 83,000 viewers among adults 25-54, according to Nielsen data.
For MSNBC, last week’s total day results were down 17% in viewers and 22% among the demo from the comparable May 14 to May 18 week of last year. In primetime, the numbers were even worse as a steady decline from the beginning of the year continued. The network had 570,000 total viewers and 159,000 in the demo from 8-11 PM from May 13 to May 17, 2013. That’s the lowest-rated week of the year so far for MSNBC in terms of viewers and the third-lowest of 2013 in the demo. The week of May 6-12 was worst in the demo with 148,000 viewers when the network had 604,000 viewers on average. These latest results come as the news network’s recently launched and struggling All In With Chris Hayes hit a new viewership los of 396,000 and its second-lowest demo audience of just 88,000 on May 14. It also comes on the heels of MSNBC falling in April ratings from its second place ranking of the year before. …
When a news channel has become nothing but a water-carrying camel to a left-wing government which dictates to it the news and talking points to be parroted, and the news is about a government which stinks with corruption, well, the news channel flounders just like the dictating presidency itself. (Yessir, again with the mixed metaphor-a-palooza.)
And when the president sets up a pretense of not knowing nuttin’ about nuttin’, we are seeing how his media wing is acting likewise, barely reporting on any of the scandals. The audience will have to go elsewhere.
We know they — MSNBC at least — know plenty. So this omission of particular news stories in their reportage is strange behavior for a “news” organization which used to use the slogan “the more you know.” Apparently the less you know, the better for them, given their choice to be Obama camels.
The fish rots from the head down.
I take no joy in the failure of… oh I can’t even pretend. Let’s be honest. I’m thrilled that once again,the mindset of the common progressive is once again on display in all its failuretude.
We’ve seen how President Obama has pretended (you can go ahead and read this as “lied”) about “not knowing” or of his having “just found out” (from “the newspapers”!) about the latest in his growing record of failures and scandals. If you haven’t seen, then read today’s daily email from Jim Geraghty of National Review for an info top-up. For example:
…Obama didn’t know the IRS was targeting conservatives until he read it in the papers. He didn’t know about “Fast and Furious” until he read it in the papers, too. He has “complete confidence” in Holder, and didn’t know about the decision to collect the phone records of reporters. He didn’t know about the investigation into CIA director David Petraeus’s affair. He told Letterman during the election he didn’t know what the national debt was. He didn’t know about the AIG bonuses in the TARP legislation. He said he didn’t know how bad the economic crisis was when he took office.
That “empty chair” metaphor from the Republican convention was so out of line, huh? …
In MSNBC’s perfidy and failure we see what happens when the Barack hits the fan. It and its fanboys have buried their heads in the sand to establish some sort of plausible deniability, just like their Barack Obama. All avoid culpability by simply “not knowing.” Or so they thought.
But some (OK, me) have also suggested that with, say, the IRS scandal (that’s Obama scandal number 57D for you who are playing the home version), the IRS may well have not been explicitly “instructed” by Obama or his administration to invoke tyranny upon the conservative and tea party groups seeking tax-exempt status before the last election. It may just be that the Obamatrons have simply become even more useful idiots. They are now fully awash in his culture of anti-conservative political partisanship and division, and, taking after him, are reflexively against anybody who opposes his left-wing manifesto of “fundamentally transforming America.” The theory goes that they honestly thought and think they were and are still doing the right thing. Obama’s claim to fame was, after all, his “community organizer” skills. So he has succeeded in this sphere.
Like me, Jonah Goldberg and several others (’cause like I’m in that same group, intellectually, don’tchaknow) also assert this theory.
… Throughout his presidency, Obama has set a very clear tone.
He’s made it clear that people who disagree with him are fevered, illegitimate, weird, creepy, dangerous, stupid, confused, ignorant or some other adjective you might assign to a revamped version of the seven dwarves. He’s explained that he doesn’t mind “cleaning up after” after Republicans but he doesn’t want to hear “a lot of talking” from them….
I’ve often said that liberals in the media are so liberal they don’t even know how liberal they are. Commentary.com’s Jonathan S. Tobin would also seem to agree.
… Add this all together and what you get is a picture of an agency that has so thoroughly absorbed the views of its political masters that it doesn’t even recognize when it has crossed the line into illegal activity. …
You’d think Obama could be taken at his word when he says he is “outraged” and “angry”. But here’s what he and his henchmen are really thinking: Eureka! It’s working!
The more you know.