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Fox News Ratings Hit 12-Year Demo Lows In January Cable News Figures

Some interesting information from the Huffington Post…..

I’m interested to see how/if this trend continues….

Keep in mind, Fox News has the same problem as the GOP: Only old white people pay them any attention and that demographic is dying out.  Younger people don’t watch much TV news anyway, but they certainly aren’t watching Fox.

And cheers to Rachel Maddow and the gang at MSNBC….

And, does anyone watch CNN anymore?  I can remember when they did real news and I watched it almost all the time.  Now I can’t take five minutes of their blathering.  Well, except for Anderson Cooper and even his show is not exactly a master class in journalism anymore….

Here is an excerpt from the Huff Post article and a link to the full story:

 

At the end of each month, cable news ratings are released to the public. And, like clockwork, Fox News dominates the top 13 or so programs, far outstripping its competitors.

January was … a little different. To be sure, everything is relative in cable news: Fox News still had nine out of the top ten programs. It has spent 11 consecutive years as the top-rated cable news channel. Its 6 AM show drew almost double the ratings of CNN’s top-ranking prime time show.

But, as rival MSNBC was quick to point out, and BuzzFeed was quick to trumpet, Fox News had its worst primetime ratings in the coveted 25-54 demo since August 2001, and its lowest total day ratings since June 2008.

To a seasoned watcher of cable news ratings, there were other surprises. Rachel Maddow, for instance, came in 10th, beating “Studio B” and the 11 PM repeat of “The O’Reilly Factor.” In January 2012, she came in 14th. It may not seem like much, but the top of the cable news field has been extremely stable — and if Maddow were to continue creeping up the list, it would mean a real sea change. Overall, MSNBC — perhaps powered by liberal euphoria over President Obama’s inauguration — was the only cable news channel to grow its ratings from 2012.

This continues a pattern that emerged in 2012: Fox News viewers tuned out en masse from Democratic-themed events, causing the network’s ratings to plunge during the Democratic National Convention, the hours immediately following Obama’s re-election, and the president’s inauguration. MSNBC, meanwhile, benefited from the solidification of its Democratic-friendly lineup, and drew a lion’s share of eager liberal viewers.

via Fox News Ratings Hit 12-Year Demo Lows In January Cable News Figures.

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CNN Hits 21-Year Ratings Low In Second Quarter

Somehow, I’m not surprised….

Old people leave Faux News on 24/7 to keep them company and reinforce their prejudices, while CNN becomes more ridiculous everyday…

CNN isn’t about news anymore, it’s about entertainment and sensationalism- just like there rest of the Corporate Media.

They blew their reputation for being a “serious” news network a long time ago…

But I miss the old CNN.  Just the facts and good solid, objective reporting.  But there doesn’t seem to be a place for that anymore in an America that no longer recognizes the existence of “facts”…

Not with the Corporate ownership of the Media….

They really shouldn’t call it the “Cable News Network” anymore…

It’s the “Corrupted Nonsense Network” now…..

Form the Huffington Post:

CNN had its worst ratings in twenty-one years, according to quarterly figures released on Tuesday.

CNN drew an average of just 319,000 total viewers and 129,000 viewers ages 25-54 in the second quarter. Ratings fell 35% among total viewers and 41% in the key demo compared to the same time last year. Primetime ratings also suffered big losses — 35% and 45% in those audiences respectively.

The news was inevitable, after months of terrible ratings at the network. CNN had its lowest-rated month in over a decade in April. May was its worst month in primetime in over twenty years.

As usual, Fox News dominated the ratings in the second quarter, taking 13 of the top thirty programs. MSNBC and Fox News also saw drops, though smaller than CNN’s, from last year. The second quarter of 2012 saw less news than in 2011, when Osama bin Laden died and as Arab Spring protests continued.

via CNN Hits 21-Year Ratings Low In Second Quarter; Cable News Ratings For Q2 2012.

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Fox News Makes You Know Less

If we really had truth in advertising laws, they wouldn’t even be able to call it Fox “News”.

It should really be called something like Fox Propaganda or Fox Positive Reinforcement for Republican Paranoiacs or, at the very least, Fox Fantasy.

God knows they don’t report facts….

I’m convinced watching Fox “News” more than 5 minutes a day is a leading cause of Alzheimer’s Disease…..

It has to kill more brain cells more than heavy drinking…..

From Political Wire:

 

A new Fairleigh Dickinson PublicMind Poll finds that the Sunday morning political shows on television “do the most to help people learn about current events, while some outlets, especially Fox News, lead people to be even less informed than those who they don’t watch any news at all.”

“For example, people who watch Fox News, the most popular of the 24-hour cable news networks, are 18-points less likely to know that Egyptians overthrew their government than those who watch no news at all (after controlling for other news sources, partisanship, education and other demographic factors). Fox News watchers are also 6-points less likely to know that Syrians have not yet overthrown their government than those who watch no news.”

These results mirror a University of Maryland study published last year.

via Some News Makes You Know Less.

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How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love the OWS Protests

Brilliant article in “Rolling Stone” by Matt Taibbi.  Finally, someone truly both gets and can articulate the Occupy Wall Street movement.

Here is a very brief excerpt and a link to the full article.  I strongly encourage you to click the link and read the entire article.

It’s not very long, so don’t be afraid….

 

…Occupy Wall Street was always about something much bigger than a movement against big banks and modern finance. It’s about providing a forum for people to show how tired they are not just of Wall Street, but everything. This is a visceral, impassioned, deep-seated rejection of the entire direction of our society, a refusal to take even one more step forward into the shallow commercial abyss of phoniness, short-term calculation, withered idealism and intellectual bankruptcy that American mass society has become. If there is such a thing as going on strike from one’s own culture, this is it. And by being so broad in scope and so elemental in its motivation, it’s flown over the heads of many on both the right and the left.

via How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love the OWS Protests | Politics News | Rolling Stone.

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From New Jersey- John Gorka: The Anti-Snooki

I’ll gladly admit I’ve never actually seen “The Jersey Shore.”

I’ve seen snippets and read enough to know it exceeds my limits for blatant sorriness…..

Poor New Jersey already had enough bad PR.

This show single-handedly wiped out all the positive image gains from Bruce Springsteen.

However, in New Jersey’s defense, I wanted to post this…I like this singer, John Gorka, a lot and have a couple of his CD’s.

(Yes, I still buy CD’s.  I need  a “hard copy” of my digital music.)

Anyway, I know too many great people from New Jersey to let Snooki and Company completely ruin the state’s image.  I’m going to post this as my feeble attempt to help New Jersey’s image recover from “The Jersey Shore.”

This is John Gorka singing his song “I’m From New Jersey.”

I also recommend you check out more of John Gorka’s music….

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The Time Has Come: Ban Straight Marriage

Great article from David Mixner’s blog, Live from Hell’s Kitchen:

 

The LGBT community likes to believe it is a tolerant community that is open to a wide spectrum of alternative relationships. However, with the recent marriage of Kim Kardashian that lasted for only 72 days we might have reached our limit. After a ten million dollar wedding, entirely sponsored by commercial interests, we are treated to a scam of a divorce. If only this was an exception in the straight community but alas it is just the latest in scam marriages that have placed heavy burdens on the institution of marriage.

What kind of message does this send our children? What kind of role models does this provide our little ones? These high profile short term marriages are just the ones visible. Can you imagine how many straights have practiced this violation of their marriage vows across the country?

The time has come for a Constitutional Amendment to ban straight marriages .

The haphazard way that straights have approached marriage hurts LGBT marriages. The LGBT community has worked hard to win marriage equality. With these clowns staying with their spouse for less than six months seriously demeans our scared vows. The LGBT community has had its patience tested with these quick divorces and it is time we take action.

Look at the record of the celebrities who have scarred the institution of marriage. Gwaker reports that these marriages have lasted less than six months. It is shocking, I tell you, it is shocking!

More:   DavidMixner.com – Live From Hell’s Kitchen.

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Occupy Wall Street More Popular Than Justin Bieber On Twitter

Well, there is some comfort here….

Occupy Wall Street is a serious, grass-roots uprising of normal citizens try to force society into recognizing and dealing with income inequality and the Corporate ownership of our government.

I guess that’s a little more important than some no-talent, plastic pre-pubescent “entertainer” who is a manufactured product of the very mass-produced culture generated by these corporations, strictly  to make money from gullible Americans, and forced down their throats via distribution, broadcast and media empires owned by said Corporations…

Besides, I’m still not convinced Justin Bieber isn’t really a 24 year-old Lesbian being marketed by the Corporations as a  teenage boy.

Call me cynical, but remember Milli Vanilli…

From Huffington Post:

The Occupy Wall Street movement topped Justin Bieber as the most popular story on Twitter, according to the New Media Index from the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism.

Despite the teen heart-throb’s over 14 million Twitter followers, Occupy Wall Street was the top story on Twitter between October 24 and 28, followed by Bieber, who has made the New Media Index charts three times in the last five weeks. Steve Job’s death, the news of which broke October 6, came in third and the 2012 presidential elections ranked fourth.

The Occupy Wall Street movement was the third most popular news story on blogs (Bieber didn’t make the cut!) and the New Media Index notes that the protests “inspired very different conversations on blogs and Twitter.”

“On Twitter, the tone was markedly pro-protestor, with Twitter users sharing images and videos of police using tear gasduring protests in Oakland,” wrote the New Media Index in its report.

Recent analysis by Google found that search interest in Occupy Wall Street had waned slightly from its peak on October 15.

An NMIncite study released October 19 concluded that social media “buzz” about Occupy Wall Street “reached its peak on October 6th with 13,133 messages being posted in one day,” though the New Media Index’s findings suggest conversations about the movement are up again on Twitter.

Bieber enjoys such high popularity on Twitter that employees at the social media company have joked that the star has his own servers.

“At any moment, Justin Bieber uses 3% of our infrastructure. Racks of servers are dedicated to him. – A guy who works at Twitter,” tweeted Dustin Curtis last year.

via Justin Bieber Less Popular Than Occupy Wall Street On Twitter.

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Steve Jobs: Fox News ‘A Destructive Force In Our Society’

There are so many excerpts from this book on line in various articles, I really don’t feel like I need to buy it….

Here is more wisdom from the late, great Steve Jobs via the Huffington Post:

 

Steve Jobs told Rupert Murdoch that Fox News was a “destructive force in our society,” according to the blockbuster biography of the late Apple CEO.

Poynter was the first to uncover Jobs’ blunt words about the network in Walter Isaacson’s new book. Isaacson writes that, after speaking at a News Corp. retreat, Jobs unloaded on Murdoch:

“You’re blowing it with Fox News,” Jobs told him over dinner. “The axis today is not liberal and conservative, the axis is constructive-destructive, and you’ve cast your lot with the destructive people. Fox has become an incredibly destructive force in our society. You can be better, and this is going to be your legacy if you’re not careful.” Jobs said he thought Murdoch did not really like how far Fox had gone. “Rupert’s a builder, not a tearer-downer,” he said. “I’ve had some meetings with James, and I think he agrees with me. I can just tell.”

via Steve Jobs: Fox News ‘A Destructive Force In Our Society’.

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Keith Olbermann Calls Fox News A ‘Political Whorehouse’

And he’s right…as usual…

Can’t help but love the guy…

From TalkingPointsMemo:

Keith Olbermann often has tough words for Fox News, but not often like this.

During Countdown’s “Worst Persons” segment on Monday, Olbermann harangued the weekend crew of Fox and Friends.

“Yes, they’re the ‘B Team’ to the weekday dingbats, so they’re astoundingly bad,” Olbermann said.

Well, the Fox and Friends hosts devoted part of their weekend airtime to the story of Stacy Hessler, a middle aged Florida mom who left her kids and husband to participate in the Occupy Wall Street protests in New York. She equated her call to action to military service, saying, “Military people leave their families all the time, so why should I feel bad? I’m fighting for a better world.”

Surprise! The folks at Fox and Friends don’t see it that way. “Disgusting!” host Dave Briggs said. “She’s clearly having a midlife crisis,” Alisyn Camerota said.

“So she’s disgusting,” Olbermann said. “She’s having a midlife crisis, she’s denying her husband sex, and she’s an unfit mother because she decided to get involved in something political she believes in.”

“It’s funny,” Olbermann added, “(Camerota) has three kids, yet she leaves the house at four in the morning to go work at the ‘political whorehouse’ that is Fox News. I don’t see anyone suggesting they should take her kids away!”

via Keith Olbermann Calls Fox News A ‘Political Whorehouse’ | TPM LiveWire.

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Rupert Murdoch Uses His Media Empire to Declare War On Occupy Wall Street

Sounds like some folks are getting a little scared….

The Murdoch machine, headlined by Fox News and the NY Post, is going to war against Occupy Wall Street.

I hate to tell them, but no one who would support Occupy Wall Street pays attention to their right-wing media machine anyway….

Still, this is truly getting interesting when Murdoch’s gang is threatened enough to start portraying Occupy Wall Street as a bunch of dirty, drug addicted, over-sexed hippies…

Isn’t that what they tried to do in the 1960’s?

This really is back to the future…

 

 

Murdoch is using his vast media empire to declare war on Occupy Wall Street and the 99%. News Corp is now coordinating their message and attacks. The anti-Occupy message has been appearing on several News Corp owned properties individually, but the media giant is now trying to unify the dissemination of their misinformation. News Corp has gone from mocking the protests, to denying the size of the protests, to launching an all-out coordinated misinformation campaign against Occupy Wall Street.

News Corp and the right wing media have been trying for over a week now to slow down the growth of this movement with no success. More people are joining the existing protests, and new protests are springing up around the country. The 99% don’t have a Rupert Murdoch, but they do have thousands of people taking to Twitter, Facebook, blogs and websites to report the truth about these protests.

The one percent have their media machine churning out their propaganda 24/7, but they are fighting a message war that they are destined to lose.

MORE:   Rupert Murdoch Uses His Media Empire to Declare War On Occupy Wall Street.

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