Aug 222017
 
  • Monday’s numbers: Trump (Fox)-Trump (CNN)-Hannity 1-2-3.
  • ‘Campaign’ Carl Cameron retiring from Fox to begin ‘a new chapter’.
  • Cupp’s goal: destroy political correctness; video: her
  • CNN premieres Snapchat show.  MSNBC’s latest conspiracy theory.
  • Eboni: Being pretty can help you get ahead.  MSNBC hires Noonan.
  • The Five video: Ed Henry joins analysis of Trump
  • CNN hires Steve Warren.  Kurtz: ‘Media misconception‘ about Bannon.
  • Sunday showdown: Reliable Sources edges MediaBuzz.  Weekend numbers.
  • Larry Kelly

    Peggy Noonan has become significantly anti-Trump to make her a good hire.

    • Grandpa D

      Still one of my favorite columnists. A must read, providing WSJ lowers their paywall.

      • Larry Kelly

        Smart.

      • Cecelia

        James Taranto is my fav at WSJ. Unfortunately, he doesn’t write as often now.

    • Mitch Alan

      She voted for Obama and for Hillary Clinton, so she is barely a Republican anymore. Noonan also has an excessively high opinion of herself.

  • Cecelia

    I’m sixty-one this year and I know the difference between a “misconception” and a mental projection.

    Howard Kurtz should too.

    • I hope this doesn’t offend, but I always thought you were older. My parents were also born in 1956.

      Howie is a few months older than one of my aunts. He turned 64 back on August 1.

      • Larry Kelly

        Bella is older in dog-years than me, but she runs faster.

        • Cecelia

          It’s so unfair that a species that’s so pure and guileless burns out so faster than the likes of us.

          • Larry Kelly

            I’m grateful little dogs have a longer life span. The only thing more unfair is that they all deserve a good home and good care and so many don’t get that.

      • Cecelia

        I’ve been battling lymphoma since March so I feel a bit older (and hairless).

        • gcblues

          ouch. best of luck, well i guess it is not luck, but you know what i mean.

          • Cecelia

            Oh, I’m good. I’m through with all my treatments and see the doctor only every 3 months for a year.

            Lymphoma is curable.

          • gcblues

            well in that case i can wish your nails fell off instead of your hair, eh tia Fester.
            glad to hear.

          • Cecelia

            Oh, you have no idea. I had to get my drivers license renewed recently and they won’t take your picture in any sort of head covering.

            I had been telling myself that I that I looked damn good without hair. Then I saw the picture. Aunt Fester all the way…

          • gcblues

            put a light bulb in yer mouth and get back too me.
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kk48piSwrBE

          • Nixon – niihpikiiookani

            A friend of mine went through it 25 years ago. Fully recovered.

        • carolr527

          So sorry. Will pray for you. I have two cousins who beat lymphoma and have been in remission for many years.

          • Cecelia

            Thanks so much, Carol. Prayers are more valuable than a winning lottery ticket.

        • Nixon – niihpikiiookani

          I’m so sorry to hear that, Cece. My prayers are with you. Fourteen years ago this month I had surgery for brain cancer. I wasn’t supposed to make it off the table, but here I am.

          • Cecelia

            And the world has been the better for that.

          • Nixon – niihpikiiookani

            Many would disagree.

        • homemaker

          Cecelia, I am so sorry to hear about your lymphoma. My husband is 10 years out from lymphoma and 5 years out from prostate cancer. You will make it through this and you may cherish life going forward in a very different way as my husband has individually and we, as a couple, sure have. My prayers are for your strength and perseverance as you work your way though whatever life brings you in the future.

          • Cecelia

            Homemaker, so many people have been so kind and have said such uplifting, tender and encouraging things to me.

            No one more so than you.

        • sky303

          Hoping all the best for you , praying for you , keep on fighting.

          • Cecelia

            Thank you, Sky!

        • Minnesota Nice

          So sorry, thoughts and prayers with you (and family – as I know they get stressed as well). Take Care.

          • Cecelia

            My diagnosis has been far harder on my husband and daughter than it has ever been on me.

            Thank you, MN.

  • Here’s the fourth episode of my informational YouTube series, Mike Chimeri’s Music Collection. This time, I talk about five debut albums from the 2000s, four of which are by saxophonists.

    • Minnesota Nice

      I used to play the tenor sax in 6-8 grades. I was always last chair as I hated it! I also took organ lessons for 3 years. My Mom dreamed of me being a church organist. I doubt I can play sax anymore, but I can play piano somewhat.

      • I’ve been taking piano lessons on and off for 11 years.

  • carolr527

    I recorded SE Cupp’s new show but watched only part of it. Is it me or did Andy look unhappy? (I say this knowing that Andy Levy never really looked very cheerful!)

    • CDG24

      Andy has been on TV for over 10 years and rarely looks fully comfortable. He has a personality that is not naturally suited to TV. He was always more lively when he would do the podcast.
      Also, whenever he would be doing a new role, he would get off to a slow start. Whether it was Halftime, guest hosting or being a permanent part of the panel. So, he is likely getting off to a slow start with this show, but he seemed to do fine. The congressman was getting the most attention.

      I thought when he was doing the eclipse and AI bits he was his usual self.
      I think he’s not sure how to look when he has to be on camera while other people are having a discussion.

      They need to either make him more of a sidekick or put him in the chair furthest from SE. That way he doesn’t have to be seen as much when he is not talking.

  • gcblues

    her debut episode.
    very smooth, moved fast. better than all 3 of foxe’s new shows if she keeps it up. rare to see all sides given equal time, i thought she got as close to that as possible.

    • carolr527

      I didn’t like it as much as you did, but it wasn’t bad. I hope Andy has a bigger role in future shows because it seemed like he mostly just sat there and didn’t say much. Yesterday was Dave Smith, tonight is Charles W. Cooke. I guess they will be sharing a lot of guests with FOX and FBN.

      • gcblues

        i tried to sind 8/22 and only the premier is up and i do not get HLN on cable here ….lol. if you see it please post.

    • Larry Kelly

      talked me into watching

      • gcblues

        well i liked WADR too, so it may not be something you like, i will watch again because i am sick of people using the same talking points over and over. it is like they are zombies just repeating for a free cracker. been pretty dismal and info lite.

        • carolr527

          I didn’t like the fact that in the first few minutes of the show SE said that Trump defended Nazis and White Supremacists. I don’t think that’s exactly what he said at all.

          • gcblues

            “very good people on both sides”. after checking info cc posted, i had to conclude there were no good people in the streets at all on any side on either day. kinda hard to see differently in my view, but that is what makes the world go round.

          • Nixon – niihpikiiookani

            It’s not at all what he said. She should be ashamed of herself.

    • sky303

      agreed , it was a good show tonight as well 90 times better than any CNN panels which descend into some sort of talk over fest and insults. It was smooth guess they had enough months to practice.

  • gcblues

    Carl Cameron
    big loss, need more news people and fewer personalities.

    • Presbyter

      “Retiring ” at 55? “New chapter”. Sounds like a network switch in the offing to me.

      • gcblues

        kinda young, i waited till i was 56 and bailed.

        • Grandpa D

          I waited until 68. The increase in SSA benefits was worth it.

          • gcblues

            i grabbed mine at 62 because i knew it was the only way i would ever get money back. men in my family die young, at 62 i beat everyone i know of. kids out of school, out of the house set for life, self employed in the people’s republic of oregon. big empty house and yard paying 50% in taxes and all my clients were car dealers. i wanted out, filled 2 passports. missed a lot, gained a lot. the way it goes. like giving up my season tiks before chip and marcus got to oregon. lol

          • Larry Kelly

            It’s all a crapshoot. I collected a lot of money between 62 and 68 that would have had to come from other sources with associated costs.

  • CDG24

    RATINGS:

    SE’s show was a disaster in the ratings. It did only 106,000 total and 44,000 in the 25-54 demo. Last Monday in that time slot, HLN had 212,000 and 79,000 in the demo with an episode of Forensic Files. The show following SE last night had almost 2.5 times more viewers.

    Compared to the other shows in the time slot, MacCallum had 18 times the total viewers and 10 times the demo viewers. Erin Burnett had 11x in total and 9x in demo. Hardball had 16x in total and 7x in the demo.

    Getting half the viewers from the week before is a horrible start for a new show.
    The fortunate thing for them is that it seems like a lot of people didn’t realize it started yet. If they are getting about the same number next week, this show might not last very long.

    The Specialists made a bit of a comeback, but still had some issues.
    Pros: Won its timeslot in total and 25-54 demo and was up to 1.6 million from 1.3 million in its last episode. Up in the demo from the Monday before.
    Cons: Lost to Cavuto in total (previous Monday they had beat him by 200,000), 18-49 and 25-54 (only FNC show of the night under 400,000). Finished down from the previous Monday, but so did the other shows in its time slot.
    The combination of the eclipse and the Trump address lead to a good day for FNC. So, The Specialists’ ratings likely were inflated a bit by the rest of the network.

    The 5:00 show on Fox cannot lose to Cavuto. Last year The Five averaged 700,000 more viewers a night than Your World.

    • sky303

      Well it’s HLN alot of people (including probably CNN ) forget it exists. I watch it more than the others because they do other stories in the day than just politics. And Forensic Files ratings fluctuate between high and low. Michaela Did better than F.F did last Friday but not better than last Tuesday . Hope HLN holds firm in this strategy and ads a new show 5-7pmet they have some clear ideas this time it seems let’s hope they don’t give up in 18 months again.

      • Based on nothing at all other than an idea that occurred to me, but I get this feeling that when the big Time Warner/ATT deal goes thru, something is going to happen to HLN. Basically it won’t be HLN any more. Needless to say, I could be wrong, and probably am.

        • CDG24

          With ratings so bad, clearly Time Warner is either keeping HLN on basic cable by force or through deal making. I don’t think that is going to stay possible much longer.

          Even the HLN name has become mostly worthless.
          If it doesn’t improve soon, they will either need to completely rebrand it or sell it off.

          They should just make it a documentary channel.

        • sky303

          Or merge it with CNN International (maybe partly like have Robin Meade as an opt out program to the US )

    • carolr527

      I’m surprised the debut show didn’t attract more viewers. Both SE and Andy have tons of twitter followers and they both have been promoting the show.

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    And the most popular link in today’s links…
    1 MSNBC’s latest conspiracy theory.

  • Presbyter

    This whole Eboni pretty stuff would have a lot of media and “activists ” screaming ” Sexism” if she was blonde.