Dec 232015
 
  • Tuesday’s numbers: Shannon Bream-The Five-Eric O’Bolling 1-2-3.
  • Outnumbered video: The Washington Post attacks Ted Cruz children.
  • Jake Tapper’s tips on how to survive covering a Presidential campaign.
  • Stacey Dash files police report.  Jury trial set in FNC 9/11 photos case.
  • Hogue: Elisabeth’s tearful farewell.   200,000+.   Stan Freberg:
  • Profiles: Jesse Watters, Brooke Baldwin (v/TVN).  Greg Burke promoted.
  • From Cronkite to Blitzer: TV newsers are a Hollywood casting obsession.
  • Do the media have a Trump/Hillary double standard on ’embellishments’?
  • Rand Paul tells Kilmeade he will not participate in an ‘undercard’ debate.
  • Fox Biz sets criteria: next GOP debate could be limited to six participants.
  • Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar: The Nick Shurn Matter
  • Michael T

    Based on current polling averages Fox Business announced that their criteria would place Trump, Cruz, Carson, Rubio, Bush, & Christie on the main stage.
    http://www.mediaite.com/online/fox-business-announces-entrance-criteria-for-next-gop-debate/

    At least there’s a little winnowing possibly taking place. Yay!

    • Grandpa D

      Main criteria is not polling; main criteria is ratings draw.

      • gc

        said mean Gene, the dancing machine.

        • Nixon – niihpikiiookani

          Jaye P. gave me dirty thoughts.

    • Larry Kelly

      I’ll second the Yay! The also-rans have had their say and now it’s time to bring out the hook.

      • Nixon – niihpikiiookani

        Gong ’em!

      • Cecelia

        Or the schlong.

        • Larry Kelly

          Schlong, it’s been good ta know ya.

  • Larry Kelly

    Who remembers how Stan Freberg’s son was able to compile a report on “space”? Hint: Jimminy Cricket could teach you how to spell it.

    • I remember both of those references. (sigh)

    • Marty

      E-N-C-Y-C-L-O-P-E-D-I-A !

      • Larry Kelly

        “When your heart is in your dreams, no request is too extreme.” The wise old cricket.

  • Larry Kelly

    Cable Ratings 2015: Fox News Rides Donald Trump Almost to Top, Discovery And AMC Rise, A&E And MTV Down
    For most cable networks in the pre-election year—a time where news networks always see generous bumps—there were dips and declines, with even top dog ESPN down about 7 percent in prime time to 2.12 million viewers. However, based on ratings data as of Dec. 20, Fox News Channel, Discovery Channel, HGTV and AMC saw upticks in 2015, with Fox News rising 4 percent in prime time from 2014 to finish second overall behind ESPN—a first for Fox News, a first for any news net, and a nice pre-20th anniversary present for the Roger Ailes-run channel. (Deadline)

    • Larry Kelly

      Eat that, Twitter swine.

      • Cecelia

        Actually, their argument is that FNC initially pumped Trump in order to cynically foment election process drama and created a monster in the process.

        • And the evidence for that is…what?

          • Cecelia

            I’m replying to Larry’s formulation of Fox riding Trump to the top.

            Are you asking me for evidence of that?

          • Not really. I suppose my question was rhetorical, because this ever-popular claim about Fox and Trump is one for which little evidence exists that I have ever seen. It’s a made-up meme (all the best ones are) designed to advance a predetermined purpose. Just as now there are two mutually exclusive memes about Fox’s current Trump coverage: that they’re ‘in the tank’ for Trump, vs that they’re trying to scuttle his campaign. Each side can cite some nugget of anecdotal evidence (despite its not being probative) but neither can make a case for what is their essentially made-up meme.

          • Cecelia

            Well, Larry ventured a variation of that meme four hours ago.

            Perhaps you should have countered it then.

          • I took Larry’s comment as a quote from the article he was linking to. And the article doesn’t claim that Fox News ‘created’ Trump or was responsible for his campaign taking off. I took the article’s headline to reflect that increased interest in Trump helped drive FNC’s ratings, i.e. FNC was a beneficiary of the Trump surge not the creator of it. Your comment however correctly cited what is a popular (though dubious) theory in some corners about Fox in effect ‘creating’ Trump and his popularity. I wasn’t intending to challenge either you or Mr Larry but rather the fanciful theory referenced.

          • Cecelia

            I doubt anyone thinks that Fox News went searching for a Trump, found him, groomed him, and then went on from there.

            The meme is that Trump launched his candidacy, he struck a nerve in both the establishment press and in working class conservatives (for different reasons) and Fox from jump, saw that dynamic and gave him legitimacy by taking him seriously.

          • Larry Kelly

            The defense rests. I am innocent I say. I actually don’t know what we’re talking about.

          • Nixon – niihpikiiookani

            Not knowing what i’m talking about has never stopped me.

      • Nixon – niihpikiiookani

        You just know that Oswald Cobblepot will show up from the frozen sewers to complain.

  • Larry Kelly

    Eat that, Twitter creeps.

  • Cecelia

    I understand that FNC wants to go after a younger demographic, but Stacey Dash ain’t it…

    • Larry Kelly

      A pinch of this, a something of that.

      • Cecelia

        Means nothing at all if the ingredients lack freshness and…

    • Fox News Fan

      Stacy Dash will be 49 in January. She won’t even be in the most lucrative demo 18-49 much longer.

      FNC going younger would mean ladies in their mid to late 20’s to mid 30’s.

      • Cecelia

        Thus the “ain’t it”.

      • Nixon – niihpikiiookani

        Lauren Sivan would be a good choice.