Lefty media death spiral update: Fox News outdraws MSNBC and CNN combined

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Will MSNBC’s last viewer please change the channel?

Just when you thought things couldn’t get any worse for MSNBC, along came the quarterly ratings reports.

In both daytime and prime time, MSNBC endured its lowest quarterly demo numbers in a decade, and its total viewership since the final quarter of 2007. Prime-time viewership was down 45 percent in the demo from the first quarter of 2014, while daytime viewership was down 39 percent in the demo.

Between the hours of 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Monday, for instance, more people were watching Al Jazeera America than MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell, Thomas Roberts and “The Cycle.”

Bwhahahahahahaha!

Sucking up to terrorists and libtards is not a winning strategy.

The Big Kahuna in the ratings war? Fox News! For the 53rd consecutive quarter.

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With its 53rd consecutive quarter total audience win, Fox News Channel saw a 10% primetime rise among adults 25-54 in first-quarter 2015 over last year. In fact, with 321,000 on average among the 25-54s in primetime, Fox News thrashed rivals CNN (187,000) and MSNBC (132,000) with more news demo viewers than the other two combined, according to Nielsen.

In fact, Fox News had the five top watched and rated shows on cable news for the quarter. Again. Leading the pack? Bill O’Reilly. Meanwhile, Rachel Madcow fell to 26th place, behind reruns of Bill O’Reilly.

Ouch.

Their own families don’t watch MSNBC.

At some point the poobahs at Comcast will have to put profits ahead of ideology. At least I think they will. Who knows? They’re obviously in the tank for the Hilldebeest, and if she wins, running MSNBC at a loss is probably cheaper than writing checks to the Clinton Foundation.

Still, it warms my heart to see the looney lefties down for the count. Their shrillness echoes so loudly because there are so few of them to absorb it, not because their message is powerful or noteworthy.

If a cable news network bloviates in the forest, and there’s no one around to hear it, does it even matter anymore?

Originally posted by our resident curmudgeon Wyblog.

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Top Military Brass Demand NBC Apologize On-Air For Calling Chris Kyle A “Racist” Who Went On “Killing Sprees”

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Hat/Tip to Paul Bedard at The Washington Examiner.

Back in January we covered the story of how once again, NBC has lowered it’s standards and allowed one of their employees to levy charges of racism and serial murder on one of America’s finest, that of Navy SEAL Sniper, Chris Kyle.

MSNBC Does It Again: Reporter Calls Chris Kyle “Racist” Who Went On “Killing Sprees”

In that article, we reported that Middle East field reporter, Ayman Mohyeldin said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” program that Chris Kyle was a “racist” that went on “killing sprees.”

It has come to light that Mr. Mohyeldin’s own views of American soldiers and sailors may have been tinged a tad bit on the, shall we say “racist” side because of where he worked before coming to NBC?

Yes, it seems that Mr. Mohyeldin worked for Al Jazeera TV, so it is small wonder that he would call what a sniper does to protect American, Iraqi and Afghanistan lives, “killing sprees” performed by a “racist.”

Now, in the wake of the “Lyin'” Brian Williams scandal, top military brass has had enough and they’ve banded together and sent a letter to NBC, demanding an apology.

Already under fire from Iraq War veterans for making up events, NBC is taking new flak today from former military brass over a correspondent’s claim that sniper hero Chris Kyle was a “racist” on “killing sprees” while protecting troops in Iraq.

Some 22 retired generals and admirals, including a former deputy undersecretary of defense for intelligence, joined with dozens of other officers and the press watchdog Media Research Center in a letter to demand an apology from NBC parent Comcast after the network refused to acknowledge the comments.

Kyle, the subject of the hit movie “American Sniper,” said a letter to Comcast provided to Secrets, “is a hero, not a talking point for a smug journalist.”

As a reminder of what Mohyeldin said…

The comment came from Middle East reporter Ayman Mohyeldin January 29 on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” program. Ayman, formerly with Al Jazeera, said of Kyle:

“Some of what people have described as his racist tendencies towards Iraqis and Muslims when he was going on some of these, you know, killing sprees in Iraq on assignment.”

Mohyeldin’s comments seemed to bother “Morning Joe” host, Joe Scarborough who made a lame (at best) defense of Kyle. However Conservative Hideout 2.0 has got to hand it to NBC’s Willie Geist for putting Mohyeldin in his place by pushing back with the truth about who Kyle referred to as savages and that what he was doing was saving American lives, not going on killing sprees.

The letter by military brass to NBC demanding an on-air apology about this says, in part:

“Mohyeldin’s statements were an inexcusable slap in the face to the widow of Chris Kyle and to all those in the armed forces who continue to serve our country in harm’s way. Such rants do not add anything to a thoughtful discussion of public policy regarding Iraq.”

NBC seems to still be reeling over the whole “Lyin'” Brian Williams debacle and as such, the patience of the military is wearing thin on this. This has prompted them to go to NBC’s owners, Comcast.

“We understand that as members of the board of Comcast, the parent company of NBC, you may not be privy to how NBC News responds to such situations. However, your stockholders, advertisers, NBC News viewers, and the public have a right to know: Is it the policy of NBC News to allow its own reporters to make inaccurate and insulting editorial comments on its airwaves, aimed at our soldiers who gave their lives for their country? Is it the policy of NBC News to ignore the scandal and hope it goes away?” asked the letter.

“NBC News’ continued refusal to acknowledge and apologize for Mohyeldin’s malicious remarks about Chris Kyle is as disappointing as it is shocking. Chris Kyle’s family, veterans everywhere, and the public at large deserve from NBC News a strong, unequivocal public statement condemning Mohyeldin’s vile hate speech,” added the letter.

Once again, here is the video of the “Morning Joe” show in which the former Al Jazeera reporter slanders the legacy of American Hero, Chris Kyle.


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MSNBC Talking Heads Mystified by Reality: Can’t Understand why 39% Increase in Costs Would “Put a Business Under”

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Popular San Fransisco book store, Borderland Books, is closing it’s doors.  The cause is the fact that that city is increasing the minimum wage to $15 an hour.  MSNBC grilled the owner, and could not seem to understand that increasing a business’s labor’s expenses by 39% will put them out of business.

Here is the video…

In many businesses, they’re lucky to make a 5% profit, and a lot of their expenses are due to employee costs, but these idiots have probably never actually a business. They believe money just appears in an employer’s pocket, and he refuses to share it because he’s evil.

But hey just for kicks, let’s do the math. A jump from $11.05 to $15 per hour is about $4 more every hour. Three employees, eight hours a day, 40 hours a week, you’re talking about $5,120 a month more, about $61,400 per year. How much does a book store make? According to this book-owner, just not enough to keep the business alive.

The Right Scoop link has another, more humorous version of the video…

As usual, reality hits, and regressives don’t get it.
Here’s the real equation
15 times 0 is what?
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MSNBC Does It Again: Reporter Calls Chris Kyle “Racist” Who Went On “Killing Sprees”

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Hat/Tip to John Nolte at Breitbart.com.

The same network who brought you, on Memorial Day weekend, Chris Hayes saying he was troubled by the term “fallen heroes” when speaking about US military personnel killed in the line of duty.

Now we’ve got a reporter named Ayman Mohyeldin who decided to take it upon himself to label Chris Kyle a racist who, instead of serving his country, went on “killing sprees.”

Editor’s Note: What a tool.

Ayman Mohyeldin

Transcript via Newsbusters:

MOHYELDIN: A lot of his stories when he was back home in Texas, a lot of his own personal opinions about what he was doing in Iraq, how he viewed Iraqis. Some of what people have described as his racist tendencies towards Iraqis and Muslims when he was going on some of these, you know, killing sprees in Iraq on assignment. So I think there are issues –

SCARBOROUGH: Wait, wait. Killing sprees? Chris Kyle was going on killing sprees?

MOHYELDIN: When he was involved in his — on assignments in terms of what he was doing. A lot of the description that has come out from his book and some of the terminology that he has used, people have described as racist. . . .

GEIST: It wasn’t a commentary about the war. It wasn’t about the politics of the war. It was a character study of what this guy went through. And you don’t have to like him and all the comments about him calling Iraqis savages. He was calling the people he was shooting savages. He was calling people who he thought had IEDs, who he thought were going to kill his buddies savages. He didn’t — some people have seized on that term that he thought all Iraqis or everyone in the Middle East is a savage. That’s just not what he said. It’s not what he said. He was talking about the people he was fighting in the theater, calling them savages.

SCARBOROUGH: All right, when we come back, Ayman is going to kick around Santa Claus.


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MSNBC Plays The Race Card Again, This Time On Bobby Jindal

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Hat/Tip to WeaselZippers.

Unreal what MSNBC can get away with.

Via Free Beacon:

Lean forward? MSNBC upped the ante in their quest to attack Republicans on Monday when a guest made a racially charged attack on Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal on Monday.

Governor Jindal is in London this week where he is addressing the Henry Jackson Society. Governor Jindal publicly denounced “no-go zones.”

MSNBC’s Alex Wagner had Arsalan Iftikhar, founder of TheMuslimGuy.com, on to discuss Governor Jindal’s comments.

“I think Governor Jindal is protesting a bit too much. He might be trying to scrub some of the brown off his skin as he runs to the right in a presidential bid,” said Iftikhar.

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Since Dispute With Fox, Dish Network Has Lost 90,000 Subscribers

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Hat/Tip to TownHall.com.

File this one under, “Underestimating Your Customers’ Wishes”.

Dish Network is bleeding customers right and left since deciding to stop carrying the Fox News Channel.

Thousands of TV viewers have proven they’re more loyal to Fox News than to the Dish network, following a dispute between the TV provider and political news channel. Since Dish removed Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network on Dec. 20, the provider has lost about 90,000 subscribers.

What began as a contract dispute, is turning out to be quite harmful to Dish Network.

Dish CEO Charlie Ergen in a Christmas Eve video on Dishstandsforyou.com said the parties were nearing a deal, even though Fox News was looking for an increase doubling its rate – a hike he said was somewhat justified given its leadership status in the space. He said the talks, broke down when Fox introduced a third network into the conversation, for which it was eyeing a “surcharge” that would have trebled the cost for a service that was not scheduled to expire “for some time.” Ergen didn’t identify the service.

Besides the nearly 100,000 Dish subscribers who left, there are a whopping 350,000 that have told Dish how unhappy they are and are looking for other sources for Fox News.

One thing is for sure, though. In the long run this will help Fox and hurt Dish. Of course the massive lost revenue hurts Dish, but having so many Fox News viewers being forced to watch CNN or MSNBC is a real eye opener. The Far Left slant on those two networks is being hammered into the consciousness of TV news viewers, which will naturally make them seek ways to find Fox.

So, what is life like without Fox News? Greg Scandlen at The Federalist says being forced to find other news outlets has opened his eyes to just how biased the competition really is:

Both MSNBC and CNN are far more one-sided than I ever realized. Other than “Morning Joe,” they simply do not allow dissenting voices on their daytime programming. Anytime there is a story that needs a political comment, CNN will have a single has-been Democrat member of Congress. When MSNBC wants a variety of viewpoints, they will range from the Huffington Post on the Right to Mother Jones on the Left. Nobody ever disagrees with one another on these shows. It is really extraordinary.

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Well MSNBC We’ve Got Good News And Bad News…

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Hat/Tip to Conservative Tribune.

The Good News?

Megyn Kelly and Fox News will be having a very happy Christmas.

The Bad News?

MSNBC has now been viewed by fewer people than airport radar and sonograms. – Source

Even CNN is doing better than MSNBC.

It was just revealed that the liberal MSNBC network is facing dismal ratings, and not even the recent midterm election coverage could give it a necessary boost.

According to Accuracy in Media, viewership of the leftist channel is down 13% from last year to November 2014.

The low numbers mean that MSNBC is now trailing behind CNN, which has struggled with ratings problems itself.

This is really just more proof that the age of Obama-Mania is over.

After the 2012 Presidential election, MSNBC’s ratings were looking hopeful, and network President Phil Griffin even predicted that 2014 would be the year that his channel beat Fox News.

Instead, the troubled network has only fallen more behind.

The overall numbers show a dramatic difference between Fox and the rest of the field. An industry report by Mediaiteshowed that Fox News had over 2.3 million total prime-time viewers during November.

In comparison, MSNBC only had 662 million total viewers. That’s less than one-third of Fox News’ audience.

Despite its countless critics, Fox News is the undisputed leader in the news ratings. That domination was improved by the very strong Republican takeover during the 2014 midterm election. Conservative viewers typically prefer Fox, while liberals associate with MSNBC.

And Megyn Kelly is really coming into her own as the titular head of Fox News, and is beginning to eclipse Bill O’Reilly.

The feisty Fox anchor was ranked in first place for her demographic. That makes November the first time that Kelly beat her friendly rival Bill O’Reilly, who also appears on Fox.

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It’s Official! More People Watch Airport Radar and Ultrasounds Than Watch MSNBC

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Hat/Tip to Andrea Billups at Newsmax.

Conservative Talk Show Host, and the defacto “Godfather” of the Tea Party movement, Mark Levin often derides MSNBC (or as he calls them, MSLSD) on his radio show for their unflagging brown-nosing and sucking up to President Obama and his administration. The network consistently tacks far to the left on virtually every issue that comes down the pike, and they also don’t mind playing fast and loose with the truth, especially if it will advance their agenda.

If you doubt me, think back to early in the Tea Party movement when they showed a man with an AR-15 strapped to his back while attending an Obama event. They said it was due to the rampant racism in the Tea Party movement that a white man would wear an ‘assault weapon’ to such an event, and that he did it, of course, because a black man was President.

The only problem with that?

The guy wearing the rifle, was a black man, himself. But MSLSD edited the pictures of the man so as not to show any of his skin color.

Here is video of how MSLSD covered that particular story.

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And here are pictures of that “racist white man.”

 

 

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And there are plenty of other examples of MSLSD ‘bending’ the truth to suit their needs. Maybe that is why they’ve lost viewership steadily since Obama took office.

In fact, their present ratings are so bad, that Mark Levin’s oft used adage that “more people watch airport radar and ultrasounds” than watch MSLSD has come true.

From the National Air Traffic Controllers Association website:

“The U.S. air traffic controller workforce consists of approximately 15,000 dedicated and well-trained men and women.”

From the US News and World Report:

Dr. Rebecca Smith-Bindman, a professor at the University of California, San Francisco led a study of imaging techniques which followed 2 million patients (through patient records) over a number of years.

According to the findings, published in the June 13 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, patients underwent an average of just over one imaging examination — such as an X-ray — per year.

So that’s 2 million imaging tests per year. But how many of those tests were in the Ultrasound category?

“A little over one-third were advanced diagnostic imaging tests…”

So that’s roughly 670,000 Ultrasound-type tests per year. And that means that there are roughly 670,000 views of those Ultrasound-type tests, couple that with the 15,000 Air Traffic Controllers and you have a total of around 685,000 viewers of airport radar and ultrasounds.

Compare that to the “star” of MSNBC, Rachel Maddow.

Ms. Maddow reached an average of 183,000 viewers in the audience component that most matters to MSNBC’s advertisers, viewers between the ages of 25 and 54, her lowest total since she started her show in 2008.

This is your wake up call, MSNBC. Are you going to wake up and fix things, or just hit snooze and keep dreaming?

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State-Run Media Circling the Drain: MSNBC Has Lower Ratings Than Reruns of “Shark Tank”

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For the past 3 months reruns of “Shark Tank” beat out every show on MSNBC. Oh, and Fox News is still #1.

shark-tank-s3No one would say the summer of 2014 suffered any shortage of breaking news.

From the crisis in Ferguson, Mo., to the cultural impact of Robin Williams’ and Joan Rivers’ sudden deaths and all the way up to recent round-the-clock coverage of U.S. strikes on ISIS, cable news has been heavily occupied. The last three months have been so big, Fox News Channel just clocked its first quarter with the most-watched prime time across all of cable in more than a decade — even besting USA and ESPN.

The average 1.79 million viewers between 8 p.m. and 11 p.m., Monday through Friday, gave FNC its first quarter atop the dial since the Iraq War broke out in 2003.

CNN’s gains from the comparable quarter last year were modest, but they were still gains. Its 186,000 adults 18-49 in prime time (8-11 p.m.) marked a 4 percent improvement and even outpaced MSNBC — now back in third place. MSNBC, still holding slight second-place edge in total viewers, was down 21 percent in the key demo compared to last year. Pulling just an average 150,000 adults 25-54 in prime time, it meant quarterly lows for Chris Hayes, Rachel Maddow and Lawrence O’Donnell in the key demo.

The wondrous anomaly of Shark Tank encores also continues. With the ABC reality competition in heavy off-net rotation on CBNBC, those repeats are outperforming much of cable news and ranking No. 14 in prime time where adults 25-54 are concerned — besting every telecast on MSNBC.

Can you guys hear me laughing? ‘Cause I’m rolling here. The Obamunist preenings of Rachel Madcow & Co. draw fewer viewers than reruns of a show devoted to naked capitalism. That’s gotta hurt.

Then, in a burst of schadenfreude synchronicity, we see that Pinch Sulzberger’s Pravda is sacking another 100 reporters.

The New York Times Co. said Wednesday it plans to cut about 100 newsroom jobs through buyouts, and perhaps layoffs, to cut costs and shift more resources to digital news products.

The company, whose advertising revenue fell 4% year-over-year in the most recent quarter, will offer buyouts to employees at its editorial and business operations. If not enough employees take the offer, it will resort to layoffs.

“The job losses are necessary to control our costs and to allow us to continue to invest in the digital future of The New York Times, but we know that they will be painful both for the individuals affected and for their colleagues,” said newspaper publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. and company CEO Mark Thompson in a note to the staff.

Except, their “digital future” isn’t looking too good either.

They also announced that the company will shut down NYT Opinion, a recently launched mobile app for opinion content, because it wasn’t getting enough subscribers.

Folks aren’t willing to pay for Obamunist claptrap emailed to them 24×7? Well sure, it’s available for free on MSNBC, and we’ve already seen how well they’re doing…

If only there was a news outlet that was successful, one the Times could emulate, and maybe cash in on millions of new subscribers. I wonder if Carlos Slim has Rupert Murdoch’s phone number?

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MSNBC’s Chris Hayes On US Veterans Killed in the Line of Duty: “I feel uncomfortable about the word ‘hero’…”

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In May of 2012, I wrote a short Op-Ed addressing some truly inane comments by an MSNBC television host named Chris Hayes. In concert with Memorial Day, he and his panel were discussing how inappropriate it is for us to label military personnel killed in the line of duty as “heroes.”

Here is what I wrote:

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I come from a family with a proud military history. My father was a Leatherneck in WWII, seeing heavy action in the South Pacific. He was in the invasion of Okinawa and stood awestruck one August morning when he saw that mushroom cloud over Hiroshima. My younger brother also served his country in the First Gulf War in the Navy, ultimately deciding to become a family man rather than take the PST to qualify for the Navy Seals after he was approached by his CO.

Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day mean a lot to me, personally and of course as an American. This is why what I heard on MSNBC really floored me. On a show called Up with Chris Hayes they had a panel discussion about why it isn’t proper to use the term ‘Heroes’ when talking about our fallen military personnel.

I feel uncomfortable about the word ‘hero’ because it seems to me that it is so rhetorically proximate to justifications for more war. Um, and, I don’t want to obviously desecrate or disrespect memory of anyone that’s fallen, and obviously there are individual circumstances in which there is genuine, tremendous heroism, you know, hail of gunfire, rescuing fellow soldiers, and things like that. But it seems to me that we marshal this word in a way that is problematic. But maybe I’m wrong about that…

 


*sigh*

The left never will get it, I’m afraid.

It isn’t HOW these folks died, it is WHY they wear the uniform in the first place. Anyone who dons that uniform and puts their life on the line qualifies as heroic in my book. But putting that aside, the mere fact that our brave military sons and daughters; husbands and wives; fathers and mothers have made the ultimate sacrifice by dying in combat for their country, well THAT is what makes them HEROES.

Birthdays, Christmases, Thanksgivings, Graduations and myriad countless other days and nights will pass without someone being there, ever. There are families all across our country that have to pick up the pieces and go on with their lives, trying to pacify a child who keeps asking for Daddy or Mommy and doesn’t understand why they aren’t there anymore. Parents must continue to deal with the fact that their child who they raised and nurtured and instilled values in so that they could be a contributing member of society will never have that chance to become one. Husbands and wives who forever will have an empty place where their loved one once was know the sacrifice made, for they pay the freight each and every day on that sacrifice.

No, the left just doesn’t understand. They abhor war of all kinds, and actually any sane person should. War is hell. It is fiery and violent and devastating and horrible, and it exacts a price on all who have to endure it; but more so on the ones who don’t survive it. The change it brings about, good and bad, intentional and collateral is permanent. It shouldn’t be celebrated, but the sacrifice made by those who volunteer to fight for America ought to be honored.

Taking the word ‘Heroes’ out of the equation does such a disservice to those who have earned that title, that no amount of words I can write can do justice to injustice MSNBC has done.

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UPDATE: After I published this piece last year, Mr. Hayes issued an apology of sorts:

On Sunday, in discussing the uses of the word “hero” to describe those members of the armed forces who have given their lives, I don’t think I lived up to the standards of rigor, respect and empathy for those affected by the issues we discuss that I’ve set for myself. I am deeply sorry for that.

As many have rightly pointed out, it’s very easy for me, a TV host, to opine about the people who fight our wars, having never dodged a bullet or guarded a post or walked a mile in their boots. Of course, that is true of the overwhelming majority of our nation’s citizens as a whole. One of the points made during Sunday’s show was just how removed most Americans are from the wars we fight, how small a percentage of our population is asked to shoulder the entire burden and how easy it becomes to never read the names of those who are wounded and fight and die, to not ask questions about the direction of our strategy in Afghanistan, and to assuage our own collective guilt about this disconnect with a pro-forma ritual that we observe briefly before returning to our barbecues.

But in seeking to discuss the civilian-military divide and the social distance between those who fight and those who don’t, I ended up reinforcing it, conforming to a stereotype of a removed pundit whose views are not anchored in the very real and very wrenching experience of this long decade of war. And for that I am truly sorry.

So Chris Hayes is sorry for reinforcing a stereotype of a person who speaks without truly knowing what he’s talking about, and for not living up to his own standards.

Now, even though this went on two years ago, this is still worthy of discussion now because the left’s mindset hasn’t changed. So I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that, in my estimation, Mr. Hayes ought to be sorry for taking the ultimate sacrifice made by our fallen heroes and diminishing it down to a “justification for more war;” as if our brave young men and women fight and die – GIVE THEIR LIVES – so that we can have more war.

No Mr. Hayes, you would be well served to at least become a reporter embedded with a military unit, since you evidently have no inclination to actually don a uniform and see what it means when the guy next to you one second ago just got blown up. For then, and only then can you even begin to understand why these people are heroes.

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MSNBC Show Featuring Ronan Farrow Loses in Ratings to a Golden Girls Rerun

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The last first run episode of the Golden Girls ran in 1992.  However, it still has more viewers than MSNBC, or at least, Ronan Farrow’s show.  Weasel Zippers has more in Ronan Farrow’s MSNBC failure…

Via NYDN:

Ronan Farrow’s MSNBC talk show is facing cancellation amid poor ratings, sources exclusively tell Confidenti@l.

Farrow, 28 — the opinionated, blue-eyed son of actress Mia Farrow and either Woody Allen or Frank Sinatra (even Farrow’s not sure which) — has been a disaster for MSNBC. The channel took the frequent cable-show guest and handed him his own program, “Ronan Farrow Daily,” which premiered in late February.

“He sort of stinks on TV,” an MSNBC source told Confidenti@l. “He hasn’t turned out to be the superstar they were hoping for.”

The theory was that Farrow, a Rhodes scholar who graduated college when he was 15 and went on to score degrees from Yale and Oxford, would bring his 245,000 Twitter followers with him to television. “But that hasn’t happened,” the source said. “Just because someone is a boy genius-turned-Twitter star doesn’t mean they deserve their own TV show.”

Last Wednesday, Farrow drew an average of about 312,000 total viewers, which might be stellar for Twitter but “is rather measly for someone who is supposed to be a major national personality,” another source said.

Even worse: Wednesday’s show was 708th among all programming ranked by Nielsen, in both total viewers and the 18-to-49 age group advertisers covet. The midnight airing of “Baggage” on the Game Show Network came in ahead of it, at No. 707, and the 8 a.m. “Golden Girls” on the Hallmark Channel (No. 700) crushed it.

A stinky show, or a stinky network is defeated in the ratings by a 22 year old re-run with a cast of mostly deceased actresses.

Though, I imagine that they all still vote democrat.

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A Third Party Perspective

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Often times we hear that we’re too close to something to be able to be objective enough to evaluate it rationally. Now before I go much further, lets make sure that we all know who I’m speaking of.

I’m not talking about our main stream media, MSNBC, CNN or the plethora of far left websites, such as DailyKOS, HuffPo, etc… No, I’m talking about those that are closer to the center of the political spectrum. The folks that possibly bought into Hope & Change in ’08 and maybe sat home in ’12.

Back in ’08, candidate Obama sounded pretty centrist. He certainly talked a good game, and sounded to the run of the mill voter, or as Rush says, the low information voter, like he was the breath of fresh air they were looking for. Somebody who was charismatic enough to get people together and smart enough to surround himself with good advisers.

Unfortunately, we all know that was just smoke and mirrors by a narcissitic, America-loathing, socialist (I’m being generous on that label, btw) intent on residing at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. However, there are still folks out there who just can’t see the real Obama.

Enter Sir Hew Strachan, a prominent war historian and his credentials are, to say the least, impressive.

He is Chichele Professor of the History of War at All Souls College, Oxford. He was Professor of Modern History at the University of Glasgow from 1992 to 2000. Additionally, he is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the Royal Historical Society. He holds an honorary D.Univ from the University of Paisley. He was appointed a deputy lieutenant of Tweeddale in 2006. He is a member of the Academic Advisory Panel of the Royal Air Force Centre for Air Power Studies. In addition, he is on the Chief of the Defence Staff’s strategic advisory panel, the UK Defence Academy Advisory Board, and is an advisory fellow of the Barsanti Military History Center at the University of North Texas. He was on the council of the National Army Museum and is currently a trustee of the Imperial War Museum. He is a visiting professor of the Royal Norwegian Air Force Academy in Trondheim and in 2009 was the Sir Howard Kippenberger Professor at Victoria University Wellington.

Whew!!

So to say that he knows military strategy is quite the understatement.
In an interview with The Daily Beast, he said that President Obama’s strategic failures in Afghanistan and Syria have crippled America’s position on the world stage.

Sir Hew Strachan, an advisor to the Chief of the Defense Staff, told The Daily Beast that the United States and Britain were guilty of total strategic failure in Iraq and Afghanistan, and Obama’s attempts to intervene on behalf of the Syrian rebels “has left them in a far worse position than they were before.”

The extraordinary critique by a leading advisor to the United States’ closest military ally comes days after Obama was undermined by the former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who questioned the President’s foreign policy decisions and claimed he was deeply suspicious of the military.

He went on to say that Obama is “chronically incapable” of military strategy and falls far short of George W. Bush in that area. Strachan also cited President Obama’s “crazy” handling (or bumbling) of the Syrian crisis as the most egregious example of a fundamental collapse in military strategy and planning since 9/11.

“If anything it’s gone backwards instead of forwards, Obama seems to be almost chronically incapable of doing this. Bush may have had totally fanciful political objectives in terms of trying to fight a global War on Terror, which was inherently astrategic, but at least he had a clear sense of what he wanted to do in the world. Obama has no sense of what he wants to do in the world,” he said.

Strachan also spoke of President Obama’s “dithering” over intervention against Syria’s Bashar al-Assad, saying it has empowered the Syrian ruler and simultaneously undermined America’s military reputation while destabilizing the Middle East.

“What he’s done in talking about Red Lines in relation to Syria has actually devalued the deterrent effect of American military capability and it seems to me that creates an unstable situation, because if he were act it would surprise everybody,” he said. “I think the other issue is that in starting and stopping with Assad, he’s left those who might be his natural allies in Syria with nowhere to go. He’s increased the likelihood that if there is a change of regime in Syria that it will be an Islamic fundamentalist one.”

Sir Strachan has a book coming out next month which examines the failure of modern politicians to use strategy to determine the proper course of military action. He states that the lessons learned at the end of the 20th century hurt us going into the 21st century.

“Using war did deliver. The wars were pretty short, the Falklands, First Gulf War, Kosovo, so people lulled themselves into an expectation that war was simply a continuation of policy and that it was successful. But it hasn’t been since 9/11,” he said.

But Strachan says that a good start at fixing this problem would be to allow military leaders to speak their minds. He was critical of how General McChrystal was forced to resign after that Rolling Stone interview, which revealed his and his staff’s comments about the politicians who were their bosses.

“The concern about the military speaking out shows a lack of democratic and political maturity. We’re not facing the danger of a military coup. The professional experts, who deal with war all the time, should be able to express their views all the time, openly and coherently, just as you would expect a doctor or a teacher to express their views coherently about how you run medical policy or teaching policy,” he said.

In fact, he can point to precedent on this. British Prime Minister Winston Churchill held daily strategy meeting with his chairman of the Chiefs of Staff back in World War II.

“The Churchill-Allan Brooke relationship was fraught at times but it worked because both were pretty frank with each other,” Strachan said. “Soldiers have a duty here as well—if they just say, ‘yes Mr. Prime Minister or Mr. President, we can give you exactly what you want,’ then they’re probably not being very honest.”

Now I know this isn’t any groundbreaking news to those of us who have delved into Obama’s past and had him pegged for a radical since way back in 2007. But the fact remains that it is heartening to hear somebody on the world stage who is forthright enough to be honestly critical of our president.

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Rev Al Explains All“Just because it snows in winter, doesn’t mean the planet isn’t getting warmer.” – Al Sharpton

“Progressives,” besides being some of the world’s nastiest people, are some of the dumbest — to be expected in a group where ideological psychopathy will assassinate common sense the first chance it gets.  And leading the ever-shrieking Reality Deniers are the Agenda-Driven Liars, serial prevaricators like Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, every other elected Democrat, and assorted “community” loudmouths like the “Reverend” Al Sharpton, the aging agitator from the Big Apple who’s parlayed a lengthy career as a professional race hustler into a lucrative gig spinning liberal old wive’s tales on MSNBC.  That’s one mangy hyena who’s laughing all the way to the bank.

MSNBC’s Politics Nation on Friday featured a lab coat-wearing Al Sharpton pontificating about global warming. Instead of using real facts, the racial-agitator turned faux-scientist tried to exploit the “everybody believes it’s real” argument to attack those who disagree with the anthropogenic global warming theory … Perhaps Mr. Sharpton would be better off putting away the white coat and concentrating on what he does best: dividing the American people. (Truth Revolt)

After witnessing Al’s act for lo, these many years, I’m beginning to think that the “Reverend” honorific is awarded in New York in much the same way as “Colonel” in Kentucky; that is, after a few stiff toots of bourbon and a generous campaign donation to the Governor.  

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What Has Happened To The Once Mighty Peacock?

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The executives and powers that be over at 30 Rockefeller Plaza have evidently never heard that old adage, when you find yourself in a hole – STOP DIGGING!! What has happened to the network that brought us such sterling news people as, Hugh Downs, Tom Brokaw, Tim Russert, David Brinkley, Jessica Savitch, John Chancellor and Stone Phillips?

The list of NBC’s faux pas keeps growing and growing with each passing day, it seems. Let’s recap, shall we? (and these are just the ones this author remembers)

* MSNBC television host Ed Shultz via his radio show –
– calls radio talk show personality, Laura Ingram a slut, live on the air, not once, but twice.
– calls the GOP “anti-American.”
– says of the Republicans, “Sometimes I think they want Obama to get shot. I do. I really think that there are Conservative broadcasters in this country who would love to see Obama taken out.”
– says “You’re damn right Dick Cheney’s heart is a political football. We oughta rip it out and kick it around and stuff it back in him.”
– he continues about Dick Cheney, “Lord take him to the promised land, will ya? See I don’t even wish they guy goes to hell, I just wanna get him the hell outta here.”

* MSNBC host Chris “Thrill Up His Leg” Matthews –
– “I think Sarah Palin proved herself to be – I think she’s proven herself to be profoundly stupid.”
– mocked Rep. Michele Bachmann as being hypnotized for the answers she gave him, then called her a balloon head because she stated that the Founding Fathers were against slavery.
– called people who believe in God, “troglodytes.”
– on MSNBC’s Morning Joe show he said, “…everybody in the GOP pushes the birther conspiracy…”

* Martin Bashir called for defecation and urination into the mouth of Sarah Palin. (He later resigned.)

* Melissa Harris Perry –
– She and her entire panel made fun of Mitt Romney’s adopted black grandson.
– said, “…we have to break through our kind of private idea that kids belong to their parents or kids belong to their families and recognize that kids belong to whole communities.”

And now we come to NBC’s latest transgression. During their New Year’s Eve show, Carson Daly tried to speak about the Pearl Harbor Day tweet by SpaghettiOs which showed their mascot holding an American flag and saying, “Take a moment to remember #PearlHarbor with us.” Following is a transcript of the exchange:

CARSON DALY, HOST: SpaghettiOs on Pearl Harbor Day, they sent out a tweet featuring their mascot holding an American flag asking people to quote “take a moment to remember #PearlHarbor with us.” It offended a lot of people, corporations glomming on to, you know, sentimental American historic traditions, seemingly looking for people in business. It wasn’t good. But you were offended for another reason.
JANE LYNCH: I’m offended because they were referring to SpaghettiOs as pasta.
NATASHA LEGGERO: I mean, it sucks that the only survivors of Pearl Harbor are being mocked by the only food they can still chew. It’s just sad.
Carson Daly’s face betrayed his emotions. You could tell he thought the remark was out of line, but he went along with the “joke” anyway. The rest of the ensemble laughed heartily about it, with B-list character actor, Anthony Anderson cackling like it was the funniest thing he’d ever heard.

What is it with NBC? They allow their on-air personalities to disparage, mock and denigrate anyone and everyone on the right, and as if that wasn’t egregious enough, they turn their sights on survivors of the second worst terrorist attack on American soil?
One can only wonder how many years must pass by before NBC begins to mock the survivors of 9/11.

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The Famous Mr. Ed

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Ed Schultz - Rich Socialist

A horse is a horse, of course, of course,
And no one can talk to a horse of course
That is, of course, unless the horse is the famous Mr. Ed.
Go right to the source and ask the horse
He’ll give you the answer that you’ll endorse.
He’s always on a steady course.
Talk to Mr. Ed.

Once a horse’s ass, always a horse’s ass.  The Daley Gator elucidates:

Suddenly, After Pimping Class Envy Rhetoric For Years, Ed Schultz Hates Class Envy

Hypocrisy much Ed?

The Angriest Man on TV™ gets paid big bucks for his act as a left-wing populist who hates Republicans like God hates sin. Alas, when it comes to the lowly wage slaves who haul the freight at his network, Ed Schultz sounds like more like Ebenezer Scrooge:

Ed Schultz decided to take a break from his normal act of ranting against Republicans today by raging against some fellow liberals who had the temerity to criticize him and other MSNBC hosts for declining to publicly take the side of union members in a dispute they’re having with the cable channel’s parent company, NBC Universal.

Schultz … lashed out at a report from Salon.com which mentioned him: “I become the target because I’m living good. I become the target because I have a platform … They’re just out to take somebody down who’s got something they don’t have.” …

“I’m not going to lower myself to people who just have got employment envy, income envy, exposure envy, platform envy,” Schultz said, according to a Salon transcription of the show…

Schultz also attacked an internet columnist named David Sirota in a way that could not be construed as anything but “punching down.”

“It’s interesting that you have had class envy on me for years, that you’re never going to be as big as I am. That’s what you’re all about, Sirota.” He reiterated his opinion moments later, calling Sirota a “loser.”

Wow, that’s weird. I actually agree with Ed Schultz: His critics are envious, and David Sirota is certainly a loser. But that message is not in sync with the egalitarian ethos of the Left, and Ed Schultz just exposed himself as a loud, phony, hypocritical plutocrat.

Did I mention Ed Schultz’s reported salary is $4 million a year?

Four Million for that ass hat? Whoever thought acting like a complete buffoon with anger management issues could make you rich? But, when you think about it, many rich Liberals are not that different from Schultz are they? Angry, bitter, foul-mouthed, need I go on?

Funny how Liberals like Schultz change their tune on the “rich” when they are themselves attacked for being rich.

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Someone must have been asleep at the switch in the control room at MSNBC.  They accidentally broadcast people being critical of Obama, most certainly causing severe nausea and cognitive dissonance among the three viewers that were tuned in at that time.  Chicks on the Right has more…

I’m sure someone over there got a call form the administration to make their minds right, or to order someone lobotomized…or something like that.

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In a move that will likely disappoint the several viewers that tune into MSNBC on a daily basis. Martin Bashir has submitted his resignation.  Schadenfreude commences over at The Other McCain…

When you think about all the evil things the liberal media have said about Sarah Palin over the years, you know it took a special kind of stupid for Martin Bashir to say something so grossly offensive he had to resign from MSNBC because of it:

“Upon further reflection, and after meeting with the President of MSNBC, I have tendered my resignation. It is my sincere hope that all of my colleagues, at this special network, will be allowed to focus on the issues that matter without the distraction of myself or my ill-judged comments. . . .
“I deeply regret what was said, will endeavor to work hard at making constructive contributions in the future and will always have a deep appreciation for our viewers.”

Liberals are better than you and me because . . . they’re liberals,” as I observed at the time of Bashir’s fateful comments. Believing that their politics makes them inherently superior, liberals feel no obligation to cultivate ordinary virtues or even simple courtesy.

I can’t argue a bit about that.  That smug, and might I add, COMPLETELY UNWARRANTED sense of superiority precipitated the fall of Alec Baldwin or Keith Olbermann.  Each one thought they were so superior that they could really share the contents of their dark hearts and think that there would be no consequences.

Turns out that there are still consequences to being a jerk.

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