Let’s Take A Look …….

The President and Houston

The criticism of the President is not over his handling and preparation for the situation, which has been excellent, but over his demeanor. The problem is that, it is who he is. He is not the Bill Clinton, bite my lip, “I feel your pain” person; or George Bush who teared up. He doesn’t poetically wax words that move you like Reagan, or show the facial I care like Obama. He is Trump. You always get the impression it is about him. I think he cares, but he just doesn’t have that natural caring instinct or expression his predecessors did, or that Mike Pence will show today.
The example to me was when he spoke to the crowd. He thanked them for coming out and remarked what a large crowd it was. What he should have said was something like “thank you for all you are doing for your citizens and the spirit you bring. You are making a difference and showing the world the best of America. Thank you.” It needs to be about them, not his crowd size.
So he is handling this well and the public is seeing that. It’s that personal side that needs some effort.

Some Quick Thoughts Today

Taxes:
Trump’s speech in Missouri yesterday focused on the need for tax changes but provided no details. The question is, does he want tax reform or tax cuts?
Those are very different and will bring different fights. He and the leaders of congress need a firm plan or this will go no where either.

How High Are Taxes?

Here’s a report out this morning from the Bureau of Labor Statistics:
Americans on average spent more on taxes in 2016 than they did on food and clothing combined. We included the full report below after the Ratings section.
The same data also shows that in three years—from 2013 to 2016—the average tax bill for Americans increased 41.13 percent.

Economy:
The U.S. economy grew 3%, the highest rate in two years.
The growth was driven in large part by strong consumer activity, and purchases of durable goods like automobiles and appliances rising. Increased business spending also helped lift the latest estimate above Commerce Department’s initial reading of 2.6 percent for the quarter.
This is a good sign, and if tax reform comes to drive more it could be interesting.

Don’t worry about Trump getting any credit. An editorial in today’s NY Times has this headline:
“The Cheap Prosperity Gospel of Trump and Osteen”. They linked Trump to the Houston church and the question of whether it opened its doors soon enough.

Mixed Messages:
The President and his cabinet continue to send different messages. This continues to happen. The latest on North Korea. This from today’s WSJ:

Mr. Trump and his national security team issued a set of mixed messages about the U.S. approach to North Korea on Wednesday, with Mr. Trump suggesting that the window for talks has closed while Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis said the U.S. is “never out of diplomatic options.”

Sanctuary Cities:

A Federal Judge blocked Texas from implementing actions against its sanctuary cities. The ruling prevents the state from going ahead with controversial provisions that were to go into effect on Friday. An appeal is underway.
It doesn’t seem it should be that difficult to take action against municipalities who are breaking the law, does it?

Two surprising things 

Did you see yesterday that Nancy Pelosi called out by name the antifa, or “anti-fascists,” for the first time since Sunday’s leftist violence in Berkeley? How much pressure was there that she finally did this? After all, she was one arguing the Patriot Group should not be allowed to have a rally. She said: “Our democracy has no room for inciting violence or endangering the public, no matter the ideology of those who commit such acts. The violent actions of people calling themselves antifa in Berkeley this weekend deserve unequivocal condemnation, and the perpetrators should be arrested and prosecuted.”

Surprised us and let down a good number of her supporters, no doubt. You see they are anti violent, unless it is them doing it.

Surprise Two:

I guess this should be a surprise but did you see Kathy Griffin has rescinded her apology for the photo of herself posing with a bloodied Donald Trump mask?
In an interview with Australia’s Seven Network, the comedian told “Sunrise” co-hosts that she “is no longer sorry” for the photo that stirred up so much outrage.
“The whole outrage was B.S.” Griffin said. “

Maybe Nancy will step up again here? You think? How about Chuck?

A Few Sports Notes:

Two legendary college basketball coaches who won national titles and were characters of the game passed away this week. Jud Heathcote of Michigan State and Rollie Massimino of Villanova. Their accomplishments will live forever. May they rest in peace.

Houston and Harvey:

The storm knocked the Houston Astros out of town to play home games in Florida. Want an irony? Their first game back home is Saturday against the NY Mets. Coming off a long period on the disabled list to pitch that first game for the Mets  — Matt Harvey.

Kudos to the Mets, too. A disappointing and bad baseball team for sure, but  a team that decided on their day off Friday to be in Houston to do whatever they can to help.

A shout out to JJ Watt the great defensive end for the Houston Texans. He started out to raise $400,000 and continued raising the number as people supported him. He is nearing $8 million and raised the goal to ten as we write this.

The Ratings:

Today we include Tuesday’s numbers, the top five cable shows for August, the Cable Morning News rankings and Sunday’s News shows:

Total Viewers (Live +SD) TUESDAY. FOX WINS THE NIGHT

  • Total day: FNC: 2.037 | CNN: 1.151 | MSNBC: 1.374 | HLN: 254
  • Primetime: FNC: 2.840 | CNN: 1.374 | MSNBC: 2.490 | HLN: 294
4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC Cavuto:
2.290
Specialists:
2.238
Baier:
2.656
MacCallum:
2.535
Carlson:
3.035
Five:
2.677
Hannity:
2.806
Carlson:
1.524
CNN Tapper:
1.325
Blitzer:
1.278
Blitzer:
1.215
Burnett:
1.386
Cooper:
1.568
Cuomo:
1.289
Lemon:
1.265
Lemon:
1.024
MSNBC Wallace:
1.076
MTPDaily:
1.298
Melber:
1.541
Matthews:
1.683
Hayes:
1.846
Maddow:
3.020
O’Donnell:
2.592
Wlms:
1.721
HLN MichaeLA:
174
Files:
133
Files:
164
S.E.Cupp:
120
Banfield:
255
Files:
251
Files:
375
Files:
471

The top 5 programs across cable news for August 2017:

  • The Rachel Maddow Show (2,783,000)
  • Hannity (2,679,000),
  • Tucker Carlson Tonight (2,483,000)
  • Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell (2,352,000)
  • The Five (2,351,000)The morning cable show race.
    • Total Viewers
      • Fox & Friends: (1,477,000, +22 percent year-over-year)
      • Morning Joe (1,057,000, +34 percent year-over-year)
      • New Day (642,000, +29 percent year-over-year)

    The Sunday News Shows numbers for August 27:

    Network Program Total Viewers A25-54
    NBC Meet the Press  3.936M 1.238M
    ABC This Week  3.165M 886,000
    CBS Face the Nation  3.037M 703,000
    FOX Fox News Sunday  1.622M 512,000
    UNIV Al Punto 597,000 256,000
Bureau of Labor Statics Report:
BLS: Americans Spend More on Taxes Than Food and Clothing Combined

(CNSNews.com) – Americans on average spent more on taxes in 2016 than they did on food and clothing combined, according to data released this week by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The same data also shows that in three years—from 2013 to 2016—the average tax bill for Americans increased 41.13 percent.

In 2016, according to BLS, “consumer units” (which include families, financially independent individuals, and people living in a single household who share expenses) spent more on average on federal, state and local taxes ($10,489) than they did on food ($7,203) and clothing ($1,803) combined ($9,006).

The average tax bill for American “consumer units” increased from $7,423 in 2013 to $10,489 in 2016, according to data released this week by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The tax-and-spending data was collected as part of the BLS’s Consumer Expenditure Survey, which is conducted for the BLS by the Census Bureau. The survey measures the expenditures and incomes of American consumers.

The survey publishes the itemized expenditures of what it refers to as “consumer units,” which include “all members of a particular household who are related by blood, marriage, adoption, or other legal arrangements,” or “a person living alone or sharing a household with others or living as a roomer in a private home or lodging house or in a permanent living quarters in a hotel or motel, but who is financially independent,” or “two or more persons living together who use their income to make joint expenditure decisions.” The BLS said that a consumer unit generally refers to a family.

In 2016, according to the survey, there were 129,549,000 “consumer units” in the United States. The average before-tax income of an American consumer unit was $74,664 for the year. The consumer unit then paid an average of $10,489 in personal taxes—including $8,367 in federal income taxes, $2,046 in state and local income taxes, and $75 in other taxes.

Three years before that, in 2013, according to the survey, there were 125,670,000 “consumer units” in America. The average before-tax income of these consumer units that year was $63,784. In 2013, consumer units paid an average of $7,432 in taxes—including $5,743 in federal income taxes, $1,629 in state and local income taxes, and $60 in other taxes.

From 2013 to 2016, overall personal taxes climbed from $7,432 to $10,489—an increase of $3,057 or 41.13 percent. Federal income taxes climbed from $5,743 to $8,367—an increase of $2,624 or 45.7%.  State and local income taxes climbed from $1,629 to $2,046—an increase of $417 or 25.6 percent. Other taxes climbed from $60 to $75—an increase of $15 or 25 percent.

The biggest single expenditure by “consumer units” in 2016—and the only one that exceeded taxes—was “housing,” which cost the average consumer unit $18,886 during the year. That included $11,128 for the “shelter” itself, $3,884 for utilities fuel and public services, $1,384 for household operations, $160 for housekeeping supplies, and $1,829 for household furnishings and equipment.

However, American “consumer units” only spent $1,803 on “apparel and services” (clothing) in 2016 and $7,203 on “food.”

The $1,803 that the average consumer unit spent on clothing included $427 for “men and boys,” $665 for “women and girls,” $66 for “children under 2,” $388 for “footwear,” and $257 for “other apparel and services.”

The $7,203 for food included $4,029 for “food at home” and $3,154 for “food away from home.”

Under the food at home category, the average consumer unit spent $890 on “meat, poultry, fish and eggs,” $783 on “fruits and vegetables,” $410 on “dairy products,” and $393 on “non-alcoholic beverages.”

The $10,489 that the average consumer unit spent on taxes in 2016 was 13.4 times as much as the $783 it spent on fruits and vegetables.

Here is a screen capture from the BLS table showing the personal tax expenditures of the average consumer unit rising from $7,432 in 2013 to $10,489 in 2016–an increase of $3,057 or 41.13 percent:

 

Houston dominates the news ….

The news has been dominated, and rightly so, by the devastation in Houston. Thus far the performance of the Governor and the people of Texas has been outstanding. The coordination with the federal government is flawless and people are getting the help they need. Let’s hope and pray it continues.

The news dominance and coordination has made it tough to attack the President. But the MSM did find a way yesterday. They created a story about Melania wearing high heal shoes to board Air Force One to travel to Houston. Think about that. She changed on the plane to sneakers and wear for the area, but the left covered this like she committed a crime. This AM the NYT has this story and headline:
Melania Trump, Off to Texas, Finds Herself on Thin Heels.
 Can you believe that?
I guess if the best they can get you on this week is the shoes your wife wore to board a helicopter, you are having a good week.

The Russian Probe:

From an interview on Newsmax TV:
Eric Trump slammed the Russia collusion investigation as “a total hoax” — telling 
that the media was keeping it alive only because no matter what President Donald Trump does, “he’s going to get hit.”

“They tried really hard,” the Trump, 33, told “The Joe Pags Show” in an exclusive interview of the Russia probe. “They tried really hard, but it didn’t fly. And everybody realizes the whole thing was a total hoax and a spoof and that there was nothing there. I’m proud of him. Listen, no matter what we do, we’re going to get hit.”

We’ll see what Mueller comes up with but the family is adamant there is no there, there.

Now on Hillary and the Emails:

This story is so incredible that I will include the link to it as well as reprint it below.
Hillary Clinton’s case isn’t interesting enough to the public to justify releasing the FBI’s files on her, the bureau said this week in rejecting an open-records request by a lawyer seeking to have the former secretary of state punished for perjury”.
WHAT?
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/aug/29/fbi-lack-public-interest-emails-justifies-withhold/?mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiTmpSaE56ZzJaalEyTkdGayIsInQiOiJJZWFlbWZycUVqbStZRTdzKytnSFZCUjg4OU1NN1BcL0dVVjlqSGlJS1dnVmNjUndSU2xcLzhIT215Z0UzSjVcL01qRDVseVRZb3E1MU1SRHI4VU55dXptcFlDMndLa0tZZG1pXC9DT2JQa3FjRmJ0clBwS0ZlZjJWMlwvV1p3SnBrOFRDIn0%3D

A Major Day for the Trump Presidency:

The President will be in Missouri today to discuss his tax plans. He needs a victory here when congress returns in September.
No matter what he proposes the left will be against it. Get ready for the tax savings for the rich and nothing for those who need it, from them. That of course ignores the fact you have to pay taxes to get a reduction.

The Uncovered Dismantling of Obama Era Executive Orders:

This dismantling continues with two orders this week.
The first reversed the sale of surplus of military equipment to police departments. You may recall the previous administration stopped it after the false narrative of Ferguson resulted in riots and police brought in equipment.

The second will halt a rule that would have required businesses to begin collecting data about how much they pay workers of different genders, races and ethnic groups, saying it posed a burden to employers. It was scheduled to take place next spring.

There are so many reversals that have occurred and continue that change so much. Most of it goes unreported by the MSM. But wait until he reverses one that could be popular.

NORTH KOREA:

Kim Jong-un was back at it this week and the drum beat is getting louder. There is no easy answer here. Twenty plus years of passing the buck and appeasing them has created a dangerous situation. We expect Trump to up his language and Jong-un to do the same. Buckle up.
And don’t forget we are doing this again with Iran.

The Ratings:

Driven by hurricane coverage the daily numbers are up for all the cable news stations. Below are numbers for Monday and the top five cable stations for August.

Total Viewers  MONDAY. Everyone up, Fox wins the day and night. 

  • Total day: FNC: 1.892 | CNN: 1.179 | MSNBC: 1.356 | HLN: 227
  • Primetime: FNC: 2.733 | CNN: 1.610 | MSNBC: 2.540 | HLN: 196
4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC Cavuto:
1.970
Specialists:
1.779
Baier:
2.318
MacCallum:
2.342
Carlson:
2.863
Five:
2.664
Hannity:
2.672
Harvey:
1.560
CNN Tapper:
1.422
Blitzer:
1.504
Blitzer:
1.370
Burnett:
1.420
Cooper:
1.823
Cuomo:
1.528
Lemon:
1.477
Lemon:
1.195
MSNBC Wallace:
1.058
MTPDaily:
1.248
Melber:
1.469
Matthews:
1.831
Hayes:
1.984
Maddow:
3.101
O’Donnell:
2.530
Wlms:
1.743
HLN MichaeLA:
94
Files:
110
Files:
189
S.E.Cupp:
106
Banfield:
208
Hunt:
182
KillingMe:
199
Files:
335

Top 5 Basic Cable Networks of August 2017 (Prime Time)

  1. Fox News (2,206,000)
  2. MSNBC (1,835,000)
  3. USA (1,499,000)
  4. HGTV (1,429,000)
  5. TBS (1,258,000)

Top 5 Basic Cable Networks: August 2017 (Total Day)

  1. Fox News (1,345,000)
  2. Nickelodeon (1,165,000)
  3. MSNBC (1,002,000)
  4. CNN (832,000)
  5. Adult Swim (809,000)
CLINTON/FBI STORY
– The Washington Times – 

Hillary Clinton’s case isn’t interesting enough to the public to justify releasing the FBI’s files on her, the bureau said this week in rejecting an open-records request by a lawyer seeking to have the former secretary of state punished for perjury.

Ty Clevenger has been trying to get Mrs. Clinton and her personal attorneys disbarred for their handling of her official emails during her time as secretary of state. He’s met with resistance among lawyers, and now his request for information from the FBI’s files has been shot down.

“You have not sufficiently demonstrated that the public’s interest in disclosure outweighs personal privacy interests of the subject,” FBI records management section chief David M. Hardy told Mr. Clevenger in a letter Monday.

“It is incumbent upon the requester to provide documentation regarding the public’s interest in the operations and activities of the government before records can be processed pursuant to the FOIA,” Mr. Hardy wrote.

Mrs. Clinton, is the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, former chief diplomat, former U.S. senator, and former first lady of both the U.S. and Arkansas.

Her use of a secret email account to conduct government business while leading the State Department was front-page news for much of 2015 and 2016, and was so striking that the then-FBI director broke with procedure and made both a public statement and appearances before Congress to talk about the bureau’s probe.

In the end, the FBI didn’t recommend charges against Mrs. Clinton, concluding that while she risked national security, she was too technologically inept to know the dangers she was running, so no case could be made against her.

The FBI says it will only release records from its files if a subject consents, is dead, or is of such public interest that it overrides privacy concerns.

Mr. Clevenger said he thought it would have been clear why Mrs. Clinton’s case was of public interest, but he sent documentation anyway, pointing to a request by members of Congress for an investigation into whether Mrs. Clintonperjured herself in testimony to Capitol Hill.“I’m just stunned. This is exactly what I would have expected had Mrs. Clinton won the election, but she didn’t. It looks like the Obama administration is still running the FBI,” Mr. Clevenger told The Washington Tim  “How can a story receive national news coverage and not be a matter of public interest? If this is the new standard, then there’s no such thing as a public interest exception,” he said.

The FBI didn’t provide comment Tuesday when asked how it balances public interest versus privacy in open-records requests.

Seeking to clear up any confusion over the level of public interest, one person forwarded to The Washington Times a petition started on the White House website to demand release of the documents.

“The assumption made by Mr. Hardy that such a release is not in the public interest is invalid and the FBI should immediately release these documents,” said the petition, started by user “C.S.”

Houston ……

With all thoughts on Houston and the work being done, and to be done, we know all other issues today are minor. We applaud the efforts of the responders and those doing all they are. They represent the best of who we are.

Credit goes to the Governor and Lt. Governor who smartly avoided the questions on politics and pushed every thought to helping. There will be post evaluations of the Mayor encouraging people to stay while the Governor was doing the opposite. It will be interesting to see how the MSM treats that, as well as the visit of the President today.

TRUMP PARDONS ARPAIO:

The pardon created a fire storm. It seemed to get bigger coverage than the Obama pardons of Chelsea Manning and Oliver Lopez Rivera, the FALN terrorist. Not surprising I guess.
We would have suggested that the President wait until the process played out. Arpaio was facing up to six months in jail and had an appeal ahead.

Funny too, how Republicans like Paul Ryan, John McCain and Jeff Flake turned on the President over this. As noted, Arpaio faced up to six months. Do you remember any Democrats turning on Obama over Manning (with 35 years remaining on her sentence) and Rivera (remember the FALN murdered and injured citizens and police)? As we commented many times, Trump is lacking support in his own party. In part because he attacks them.

The Russian Story Continues:

This in the Washington Post:
While Donald Trump was running for president in late 2015 and early 2016, his company was pursuing a plan to develop a massive Trump Tower in Moscow. “The details of the deal, which have not previously been disclosed, provide evidence that Trump’s business was actively pursuing significant commercial interests in Russia at the same time he was campaigning to be president.”

This was the second story over the weekend said that General Flynn may have asked the Russians for the 33,000 emails Hillary and team destroyed. Wouldn’t it just be like the Clintons that they destroy the emails with bleach bit, crushed phones and lost devices, but they walk away: while their opponent asks a hacker if they have them and goes to jail?

That’s the America we live in today.

While on that subject:

The list of statues that offend continues to grow, and it is moving beyond confederate soldiers, leaders, members, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Teddy Roosevelt and Christoper Columbus. You can add these:

Franklin Delano Roosevelt — who led the nation through the Great Depression and W W II and told Americans they had “nothing to fear but fear itself” — is nevertheless unworthy of having his name on Roosevelt Island, home to 9.700 New Yorkers. It should be renamed because of FDR’s “racist” decision to send Japanese-Americans to internment camps during World War II, a new petition demands.
“Roosevelt Island should be renamed because of FDR’s “racist” decision during World War II”.  The petition is underway and says, “To add injury to insult, the name was taken away from the Native American people who were slaughtered by the American settlers”.

Also, in New York there is a drive to change the name and make up of Rikers Island prison. The story:

Rikers Island should be shut down because a descendant of the complex’s namesake was a notorious slave-catcher, protesters demanded. The demonstrators at the Queens end of the Rikers Island bridge want the prison included on Mayor de Blasio’s list of “symbols of hate’’ facing possible shutdown or removal. The activists waved signs reading, “Confederate monument’’ and “torture”. Rikers Island “has a long history of being owned by slave owners,’’ charged protester Alfredo Carrasquillo. He said Mayor de Blasio’s 10-year timeline for closing it down is too long. The mayor wants it replaced with more “humane,’’ smaller jails.

                               More on the state of left thinking:

Six people were injured, including a police officer, and 13 protesters arrested Sunday after a violent black-masked antifa mob swarmed Berkeley in order to protest a previously cancelled rally. The rally was scheduled to be a Patriot Prayer Rally.

Think about that, the rally was cancelled, yet thousands of protesters gathered in Berkeley to counter and got violent.

Antifa is as violent as an right group, they just don’t get covered.

And finally for today, this:

NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick will make it into Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture before longtime Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas.

Damion Thomas, the museum’s sports curator, said Kaepernick items will be featured in an exhibit on the Black Lives Matter movement, which Kaepernick has become a face of after he began protesting the national anthem last year at NFL games.

Judge Clarence Thomas, Dr. Ben Carson and others like Scholar Thomas Sowell are not represented in the museum.

Our heroes are reversed today.

North Korea Again:

After a two week quiet period North Korea fired a missile over Japan last night. This was a major provocation and caused Japan to have some panic in the area it flew over. Why did they do it? We are guessing because Japan is conducting military preparation exercises and the N. Korea leader wanted to show he is not afraid. Big ego on that little man, and sometimes ego’s can you get in big trouble as readers of this blog know.

The Ratings: (Thursday and Friday)

Total Viewers (Live +SD) THURSDAY. NARROW FOX WIN Day and Night.

  • Total day: FNC: 1.539 | CNN: 797 | MSNBC: 1.317 | HLN: 229
  • Primetime: FNC: 2.452 | CNN: 1.034 | MSNBC: 2.406 | HLN: 291
4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC Cavuto:
1.273
Specialists:
1.380
Baier:
1.880
MacCallum:
1.565
Carlson:
2.395
Five:
2.464
Hannity:
2.496
Carlson:
1.377
CNN Tapper:
924
Blitzer:
979
Blitzer:
836
Burnett:
942
Cooper:
1184
Cooper:
1115
Films:
756
Lemon:
704
MSNBC Wallace:
1.139
MTPDaily:
1.204
Melber:
1.194
Matthews:
1.718
Hayes:
1.908
Maddow:
2.770
O’Donnell:
2.535
Williams:
1.982
HLN MichaeLA:
123
Files:
111
Files:
93
Cupp:
73
Banfield:
218
Files:
268
Files:
388
Files:
434

Total Viewers (Live +SD) FRIDAY – Fox wins again.

  • Total day: FNC: 1.593 | CNN: 1.006 | MSNBC: 1.230 | HLN: 199
  • Primetime: FNC: 2.378 | CNN: 1.478 | MSNBC: 2.176 | HLN: 205
4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC Cavuto:
1.453
Hrrcane:
1.616
Baier:
1.871
MacCallum:
1.829
Carlson:
2.392
Five:
2.412
Hannity:
2.327
Hrrcane:
1.604
CNN Tapper:
1.156
Blitzer:
1.168
Blitzer:
1.101
Burnett:
1.265
Cooper:
1.517
Cooper:
1.610
Lemon:
1.301
Lemon:
1.238
MSNBC Wallace:
1.028
MTPDaily:
1.219
Melber:
1.155
Matthews:
1.547
Hayes:
1.995
Maddow:
2.661
Spcl.:
1.765
Cont.:
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HLN MichaeLA:
100
Files:
106
Files:
151
Spcl Rpt:
143
Killing:
196
Killing:
238
Hunt:
181
Files:
261

On Script and Off ….

Editors Note: Barring breaking news, our next blog will be next week.

On Script and Off:

The President has followed his off script speech in Phoenix Tuesday night with an on script one to veterans on Wednesday.  It went well. So let’s see, Monday and Wednesday on script and all is well. Tuesday off script and all kind of issues. The man simply won’t learn what works and what he should do. It’s beyond our ability to understand.

How Does This Feel?

So in New York City, Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito said that the 76-foot-tall monument honoring Christopher Columbus (located at Columbus Circle) should be among the statues reviewed by the city for potential purging. She said, “There obviously has been ongoing dialogue and debate in the Caribbean — particularly in Puerto Rico, where I’m from — about this same conversation that there should be no monument or statue of Christopher Columbus based on what he signifies to the native population. . . [the] oppression and everything that he brought with him,” she added.
So let me understand, there should be no statue of Christopher Columbus in Columbus Circle, that is named after him.
Now for readers not in the NYC area, this is from the City Council President who invited the just pardoned FALN leader to be the honorary chair of the Puerto Rican Day Parade a few months ago.

Comment: If anything, this illustrates how far the other way we have gone.  There will be a political price for the Speaker or Mayor, who likely backs her, to pay.

Peace In The Middle East Is Not Easy:

The President, as most of you know, put his son in law, Jared Kushner, in charge of trying to find a middle east solution. The task has proven impossible to every administration and diplomat forever. Well yesterday, due to U.S. cuts, the task got more difficult. Here’s a story from The Washington Times:

“White House adviser Jared Kushner and visiting U.S. officials were snubbed by the Foreign Ministry in Cairo on Wednesday in apparent protest over the Trump administration’s move to cut and delay aid to Egypt.

Egypt’s top diplomat, Sameh Shoukry, was to meet with the U.S. delegation headed by Kushner, but a modified version of the minister’s schedule showed the meeting had been called off, shortly after the Americans landed in Cairo.

The protest came after the Trump administration on Tuesday cut nearly $100 million in military and economic aid to Egypt and delayed almost $200 million more in military financing, pending human rights improvements and action to ease harsh restrictions on civic and other non-governmental groups”.

Comment: Just another roadblock and issue added to the pursuit of peace.

The Ratings:

For Monday night’s address to the nation on Afghanistan it was FoxNews that dominated. They did so again on Tuesday when the President was in Arizona.

The Sunday news show race was won by Meet The Press.
Below those numbers is a recap of the progress of FoxBusiness and the growth of Lou Dobbs show.

Total Viewers (Live +SD) MONDAY — Presidential Address at Night

  • Total day: FNC: 1.958 | CNN: 1.199 | MSNBC: 1.335 | HLN: 214
  • Primetime: FNC: 3.572 | CNN: 1.940 | MSNBC: 2.443 | HLN: 208
4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC Cavuto:
1.647
Specialists:
1.607
Baier:
2.185
MacCallum:
1.952
Carlson:
3.143
TrmpAdrss:
5.113/4.440
Hannity:
3.124
Carlson:
1.925
CNN Tapper:
1.360
Blitzer:
1.101
Blitzer:
1.069
Burnett:
1.130
Cooper:
1.410
Trump/Ryan:
2.390/2.288
Tonight:
1.601
Tonight:
1.246
MSNBC Wallace:
1.142
MTPDaily:
1.200
Melber:
1.201
Matthews:
1.693
Hayes:
1.985
Trump/Mdw:
2.694/3.125
O’Donnell:
2.424
Williams:
1.762
HLN MichaeLA:
102
Files:
118
Files:
171
Cupp:
106
Banfield:
256
TheHunt:
180
KillingMe:
188
Files:
364

Total Viewers (Live +SD): Fox Wins Tuesday with President in Arizona. Check Hannity’s number as President spoke at 10:00.

  • Total day: FNC: 1.874 | CNN: 995 | MSNBC: 1.278 | HLN: 202
  • Primetime: FNC: 3.378 | CNN: 1.546 | MSNBC: 2.503 | HLN: 266
4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC Cavuto:
1.456
Specialists:
1.570
Baier:
2.121
MacCallum:
2.047
Carlson:
2.711
Five:
2.844
Hannity:
4.578
Carlson:
3.545
CNN Tapper:
764
Blitzer:
917
Blitzer:
958
Burnett:
1.040
Cooper:
1.323
Cooper:
1.305
Lemon:
2.006
Lemon:
1.929
MSNBC Wallace:
1.185
MTPDaily:
1.243
Melber:
1.339
Matthews:
1.676
Hayes:
1.879
Maddow:
3.088
O’Donnell:
2.535
Williams:
2.013
HLN MichaeLA:
99
Files:
112
Files:
141
Cupp:
91
Banfield:
159
Files:
265
Files:
373
Files:
386

 

The Sunday News Shows for August 20:

Network Program Total Viewers
NBC Meet the Press  3.274 M
CBS Face the Nation  3.186 M
ABC This Week  2.803 M
FOX Fox News Sunday  1.174 M

Fox Business Network:  This story from The Hill publication.
Note: Check CNBC’s reaction to Fox Business winning. If you’re not satisfied, fire the research company!

Fox Business Network’ “Lou Dobbs Tonight” marked one straight year as the most-watched program in business news this week, according to Nielsen Media Research.

The show, hosted by staunch President Trump supporter Lou Dobbs, averaged 285,000 total viewers, making it the highest-rated program over other business networks including rival CNBC.

Trump thanked Dobbs via Twitter last month for supporting his agenda and giving him an “A+” grade on the performance of his first six months in office.
“Thank you to [Lou Dobbs] for giving the first six months of the Trump Administration an A+. S.C.,reg cutting, Stock M, jobs, border etc. = TRUE!” the president tweeted on July 23.
Overall, Fox Business has topped CNBC for nine consecutive months.
CNBC announced in 2015 that it would no longer rely on Nielsen ratings to measure its daytime audience, turning to rival Cogent Reports instead.
The financial network made the switch after complaining for years that Nielsen fails to track “out of home” viewing in locations such as airports, gyms, restaurants and offices.
The business news ratings come as the Dow has hit 35 all-time highs in 2017. The all-time record for one year is 70 all-time highs, which occurred in 1995.

 

Trying to get on track ….

The President Visits Phoenix:

You saw last night the support for President Trump inside the building and the anger at him outside. When on script, he was clear defending and presenting his accomplishments for the eight months in office. When he went off script he attacked the media hard and went through a long defense of his Charlottesville statements, comments and actions. The off script stuff will no doubt provide the morning shows and MSM enough fodder to blast him all day. As he spoke (off script) I just imagined his staff backstage cringing. I wondered who was going to volunteer to go on GMA and CNN today, the two shows he really blasted. Those stations will be angry and ready to call him out — all day. You see they are allowed to blast the administration all day, but get very indignant if you attack them. They can dish it out, but consider it unfair to take incoming.

This is where we are today, and as we have long thought the President is to going to run against Democrats and Congress. It started with the Arizona Senate race last night. Trump was clear that John McCain cost “us” healthcare reform and their other senator Jeff Flake is weak. He all but endorsed his opponent in primary race. Kelli Ward, a staunch conservative and pro Trump person, ran against John McCain last year and this year is going against the other Republican Senator, Jeff Flake. She was in the building and Flake wasn’t.
The WSJ said this about the race: “Jeff Flake, the outspoken junior U.S. senator from Arizona, faces a tough road to re-election in 2018”. Mr. Flake opposes Mr. Trump’s trade and border-wall plans, and with the president calling the senator “toxic” and “weak on borders,” cracks are starting to show in Mr. Flake’s support from Trump voters.
We don’t think Flake will lose to her but it is an example of the divide in the party these days. If she does win the primary then the Republicans will likely lose the seat in the general election. So this is a slippery slope for Trump and team.

On that topic, the NYT this AM reports:

“The relationship between President Trump and Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, has disintegrated to the point that they have not spoken to each other in weeks, and Mr. McConnell has privately expressed uncertainty that Mr. Trump will be able to salvage his administration after a series of summer crises.

What was once an uneasy governing alliance has curdled into a feud of mutual resentment and sometimes outright hostility, complicated by the position of Mr. McConnell’s wife, Elaine L. Chao, in Mr. Trump’s cabinet, according to more than a dozen people briefed on their imperiled partnership. Angry phone calls and private badmouthing have devolved into open conflict, with the president threatening to oppose Republican senators who cross him, and Mr. McConnell mobilizing to their defense”.

COMMENT: Just more proof that Republicans can’t govern, Mitch McConnell should go, Donald Trump brought a huge ego to the WH and he is going to run against Democrats and Congress in the future.
Here’s a link to an incredible story if you want to read it.
http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/trump-and-mcconnell-locked-in-a-cold-war-threatening-the-gop-agenda/ar-AAqyA6r?li=BBnb7Kz

More News (Some) You May Not Have Heard:

Imagine if this were about a Trump or Bush. Did you hear that two members of the Kennedy family were arrested in Massachusetts after complaints about a party and fireworks? Police say officers responded to a home near the family compound in Hyannis Port on noise complaints. Arrested were Matthew (son of Robert) Kennedy and his daughter, 22-year-old Caroline Kennedy and charged with disorderly conduct.
I’m guessing you didn’t hear this on the MSM. But then again if Teddy can drive a car off a bridge, and a passenger dies while he goes home to sleep, why report this?

Wouldn’t you love to know what is going on behind the scenes with this whole North Korea situation? Funny he stopped firing missiles for awhile. We just think there is a lot we don’t know. The WSJ has this story:
“The U.S. is stepping up its efforts to cut off North Korea from the financial world. The Washington U.S. attorney’s office in May obtained warrants to freeze funds of Chinese firms that were processed through U.S. banks, alleging these firms help finance North Korea’s weapons program, which the country has accelerated in recent months”. 

Some stories and their headlines in the NYT:

Trump Administration Moves to Expand Deportation Dragnet to Jails
Federal officials are working with sheriffs on a legal maneuver to gain access to undocumented immigrants in local jails, a practice now limited by the courts.

COMMENT:  And the problem is?

Even Business Leaders Who Abandoned Trump’s Councils May Not Stray Far
Despite their symbolic moves, many C.E.Os will continue to advocate positions in person and through lobbyists, while people in Mr. Trump’s inner circle face a harder decision.

COMMENT:  This just supports our thoughts they are feckless and resigned because of boycott threats.

Angry Trump Grilled His Generals About Troop Increase, Then Gave In

The president, who had called for American withdrawal from Afghanistan before he took office, in the end accepted a “big military” approach as the only viable option.
COMMENT: This was actually encouraging to see he thought and listened.
The Washington Times had a story on what we reported yesterday concerning the hacked DNC.  The headline is interesting:

DNC hack theories considered extreme and fringe now entering mainstream.  Some claim party insider leaked data.
I included the article below after the ratings if you want to read it.

Laurence Kudlow the prominent financial analyst and James Carter who served as head of President Trump’s tax planning counsel proposed a novel idea for the new tax plan. They say, “Index Capital Gains for Inflation” How would that work. Here’s an example they offer:
” You invest $1,000, and after 10 years, you sell that investment for $1,200. But if inflation averaged 2.5 percent in that period, the $1,200 you receive will be worth less in real terms than the $1,000 you invested. And yet, under current law, you will pay a tax on your $200 capital gain”.
They propose changing the law to allow for inflation.
Sounds reasonable right? It has no chance because the government is spending way too much to give you a break like that. Think about that.

How Crazy Have We Gotten:

When we heard ESPN moved an announcer off an upcoming football game in Virginia to one in Pittsburgh because his name was Robert Lee, that just about capped it all. The Asian Robert Lee announcer was being moved because of his name! Who has lost their way and is prejudice?
ESPN has been in a a major decline, and as many of you know recently had major cut backs. One of the main reasons people gave for not viewing the station was they had gotten too political.
You think so?

THE RATINGS:

FOXNEWS was number one for the 33rd week in a row. The report and top shows as reported by adweek:

Last week was a wild one, news-wise. The cable news networks reported on the aftermath of the Charlottesville protests, terrorist attacks in Barcelona and the resignation of Steve Bannon from the Trump administration.

Fox News came out on top among total viewers, both in total day and in prime time, for the week of August 14. With the Monday – Sunday victory, FNC has now been the most-watched basic cable network in total day for the 33 consecutive weeks, and the most-watched basic cable network in prime time for 13 consecutive weeks. FNC programs made up 11 of the top 30 basic cable programs in total viewers, including various presentations of Tucker Carlson Tonight, The Five and Hannity.

Fox News posted a -4 percent decline in prime time, but improved +1 percent in total day versus the comparable week last year (w/o Aug. 15 2016).

MSNBC continues to perform well both in prime time and in total day. The network fell to Fox News by only an 80,000 viewer average in Mon-Sunday prime time, and ranked No. 2 overall across basic cable. MSNBC also posted +86 percent year-over-year prime time viewer growth.

CNN had a very solid week in its own right, finishing No. 6 in total prime time viewers across basic cable (+75 percent), and No. 4 in total day viewers (+42 percent year-over-year)

Basic Cable Top 5 – Prime time (Total Viewers)

  1. Fox News (2,058,000)
  2. MSNBC (1,978,000)
  3. USA (1,490,000)
  4. HGTV (1,416,000)
  5. TBS (1,311,000)

Basic Cable Top 5 – Total Day (Total Viewers)

  1. Fox News (1,280,000)
  2. Nickelodeon (1,134,000)
  3. MSNBC (1,088,000)
  4. CNN (908,000)
  5. Adult Swim (797,000)

Here’s Saturday, Sunday (Fox Wins) and weekly Morning and Evening News (ABC wins):

Total Viewers (Live +SD)  SATURDAY FOX WINS THE NIGHT.

  • Prime time: FNC: 1.274 | CNN: 822 | MSNBC: 771 | HLN: 285
4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC NwsHQ:
955
NewsHQ:
1.063
NewsHQ:
1.096
Report:
1.157
Watters:
1.481
Pirro:
1.245
Gutfeld:
1.095
Watters:
931
CNN Nwsrm:
1.018
Nwsrm:
954
Nwsrm:
918
Nwsrm:
990
Nwsrm:
999
Dclasified:
892
90s:
575
Nwsrm:
524
MSNBC News:
868
News:
809
News:
832
News:
984
Maddow:
750
ODonnell:
818
Williams:
745
Lockup:
420
HLN Files:
169
Files:
236
Files:
238
Files:
200
Files:
243
Files:
286
Files:
327
Files:
428

Total Viewers (Live +SD)  SUNDAY. FOX CLOSES OUT WEEKEND WIN.

  • Primetime: FNC: 1.091 | CNN: 827 | MSNBC: 635 | HLN: 388
  4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC NewsHQ:
792
Gutfeld:
844
Report:
952
Report:
1.089
Watters:
1.167
Hilton:
1.029
FNSunday:
1.077
Watters:
884
CNN Nwsrm:
677
Nwsrm:
745
Nwsrm:
681
Nwsrm:
792
90s:
740
90s:
952
Comedy:
789
90s:
502
MSNBC News:
590
News:
640
News:
705
MTP:
801
Dateline:
733
Dateline:
800
Lockup:
371
Lockup:
426
HLN Files:
287
Files:
304
Files:
320
Files:
348
Hunt:
366
KillingMe:
408
Hunt:
391
Hunt:
344

EVENING NEWS:  Week of August 14, 2017: ABC WINS.

ABC NBC CBS
• Total Viewers:  7,887,000 7,484,000 5,875,000

MORNING NEWS: For the week of August 14, 2017:  ABC WINS AGAIN

  • Total Viewers: ABC: 3.987 M / NBC: 3.827 M / CBS: 3.273 M
THE WASHINGTON TIMES STORY:

DNC hack theories considered extreme and fringe now entering mainstream

Some claim party insider leaked data

The conventional wisdom that last year’s Democratic National Committee computer hack, which triggered WikiLeaks to release thousands of emails revealing Democratic Party favoritism of Hillary Clinton over Bernard Sanders, was conducted by Russian operatives is facing increasing scrutiny.

Theories once considered fringe and extreme have begun entering the mainstream, with a prominent group of former NSA and CIA officials claiming the hack that rocked the 2016 presidential election was not actually a hack at all but rather a leak by an insider with physical access to the DNC computer network.

Speculation around the claim by the group, the Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS), is also being fueled by investigators re-examining statements by key players in the drama, including former President Barack Obama and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, whose carefully chosen words on the hack have drawn fresh attention.

A research memo compiled by VIPS last month directly conflicts with the U.S. intelligence community’s January claim that it was Russian operatives who orchestrated the cyberattack on the DNC network.

The memo, which the group sent to President Trump last month under the title “Was the ‘Russian Hack’ an Inside Job?” — investigates metadata and data transfer speeds found in the records of the alleged Russian cyberintrusion into DNC computers.

The memo also raises issues with assertions that the U.S. intelligence community has made over the existence of “Guccifer 2.0,” a shadowy Romanian hacker alleged to have carried out the cyberintrusion.

A January assessment publicized by the intelligence community claimed that Guccifer had hacked the DNC network on behalf of Russian intelligence and had then passed documents obtained through the hack to WikiLeaks.

VIPS argues that Guccifer was made up.

The intelligence community’s “assessment and its conclusions are a disgrace to the intelligence profession,” VIPS co-founder Ray McGovern, a retired 27-year CIA veteran, told The Washington Times in an interview.

VIPS claims the FBI, CIA and NSA never actually performed any cyberforensic analysis of the documents that the agencies claim were hacked by Guccifer and provided to WikiLeaks.

According to Mr. McGovern, there is clear evidence that some of the DNC emails given to WikiLeaks contained superimposed Russian language formatting. “Essentially, they were synthetically tainted with Russian fingerprints,” he said, adding that such tainting was done to make it appear as if Russian operatives had been involved in the hack.

Such assertions, which directly counter the widely accepted “blame the Russians” narrative, have emerged as the source of much handwringing among analysts and journalists at several news organizations.

Last week saw the left-leaning magazine The Nation — one of America’s oldest publications — consider retracting a 4,500-word investigative article that had prominently featured VIPS’ findings.

VIPS is not a new organization, nor is it an unseasoned player to controversy that sometimes accompanies heated debates over national security matters at the highest level.

The group, which has no official ties to the U.S. government, gained notoriety in 2003 by protesting the Bush administration’s use of faulty intelligence to justify the invasion of Iraq.

VIPS’ current hack/leak memo offers a timeline suggesting that the whole existence of Guccifer was actually made up to distract American voters and journalists.

The first mentions of the alleged hacker in news reports occurred just after WikiLeaks had released the emails showing embarrassing information about Mrs. Clinton’s presidential campaign and its battles with Mr. Sanders just before the Democratic National Convention.

But on the opening day of the convention in Philadelphia last summer, Mr. Assange made no mention of Guccifer when discussing how WikiLeaks had come to be in possession of the emails.

To the contrary, Mr. Assange suggested that the hack of the DNC system could have been an inside job.

“We never reveal our sources, obviously. That’s what we pride ourselves on,” Mr. Assange said at the time from the Ecuadorean Embassy in London. “But if we’re talking about the DNC, there’s lots of consultants that have access, lots of programmers. And the DNC has been hacked dozens and dozens of times.”

Mr. Obama, meanwhile, addressed the issue roughly six months later, after Russia’s alleged role in the hack had mushroomed into a much wider media frenzy around accusations that the Kremlin had meddled aggressively in the 2016 election.

“The conclusions of the intelligence community with respect to the Russian hacking were not conclusive as to whether WikiLeaks was witting or not in being the conduit through which we heard about the DNC emails that were leaked,” Mr. Obama said during his final press conference in January, just two days before Mr. Trump’s inauguration.

On a separate front, recent weeks have brought new questions about the role played by a company known as Crowdstrike — a DNC-connected cybersecurity firm that was tasked with investigating the DNC sever that was hacked.

While Crowdstrike created a “cyberforensic” report on the alleged hack, federal investigators, including the FBI, have thus far not been able to get their hands on the DNC’s computer network.

The January intelligence community assessment made no mention of Crowdstrike.

But Mr. McGovern told The Times that the Irvine, California-based firm could be connected to a subsequent dump of documents to WikiLeaks, which occurred last March, and which the anti-secrecy organization claimed contained classified details about the CIA’s latest hacking capabilities.

Those capabilities, refined by the CIA’s Directorate of Digital Innovation, which then-director John O. Brennan had launched in 2015, allegedly included programs to listen in on smartphones and smart TVs, in addition to establishing tools to create false-flag hacks in Chinese, Russian, Korean, Arabic and Farsi.

Mr. McGovern maintains that only the CIA has the capability to make a hack look like it came from a different language. As a result, he said, current CIA Director Mike Pompeo made a rare public appearance to blast WikiLeaks just weeks after it had published the documents alleging CIA hacking capabilities.

“It’s time to call out WikiLeaks for what it really is,” Mr. Pompeo told a crowd at a Washington think tank in early-April. “[It’s] a nonstate hostile intelligence service, often abetted by state actors like Russia.”

Mr. McGovern speculates that Crowdstrike, which the DNC paid more than $400,000 during the 2016 election cycle, could have been complicit in generating the narrative of Russian involvement in the DNC hack.

He argues that such complicity would explain why neither the FBI, CIA, NSA nor any other major U.S. intelligence or law enforcement outfit has ever fully examined the DNC hack. “[Fired FBI Director] Jim Comey could have gotten authority to access the DNC server, but he never wanted to,” Mr. McGovern said.

The President Speaks ….

THE PRESIDENT SPEAKS:

The Russians could never solve it in the 1980’s. They finally left tails between their legs, beaten back as a super power. George Bush went all in after 2001. All in, meant not just getting the Al Qaeda terrorists, but changing the government. He found out the Afghans couldn’t govern themselves. Obama wanted a way out but could never figure it out. He made it worse. Trump started out that he wanted out, then got “behind the desk” in the oval office and saw it differently.

The problem remains that the country doesn’t appear governable. The Taliban, who allowed Al Qaeda in, never stopped fighting and have made progress. When we chase them they run across the border to Pakistan and safe haven. That is the key to Trump’s speech. Pakistan has been the unspoken problem as they have tried to thread the needle between supporting us and the islamic terrorists. (Remember that’s where we found Bin Laden). They live in that territory and want to survive. If Trump can turn them, then this policy has a better shot. If not, there is little chance.

The other change that can make a difference is to let the Generals loose. In the previous administration they were controlled and restrained. If you’re in a war, let the Generals run it. Trump is unleashing them. If your sending our troops, then play to win, or don’t send them.

So the Afghan war goes on. With this move Trump now owns it. As he said, governing is different than running. Stay tuned.

Short Takes On News You May Not Have Heard:

A poll of Kentucky voters found that just 18 percent approved Senator Mitch McConnell’s performance, compared to 74 percent who disapproved. Seven percent of people said they were not sure. If you’re that unpopular in your own state with the people who elected you. how bad is it in the nation as a whole?

Rand Paul, the other Republican Senator in Kentucky has a higher approval rating of 39 percent, although he still holds a high disapproval rating of 47 percent.

Voters in Kentucky in the same poll have a far higher opinion of President Trump’s performance in office. They gave him a 60 percent approval rating. (In the presidential election, Trump won the state by 63 to 33 over Hillary).

Speaking of Senators, trial for Senator Menendez of NJ is about to begin. This could have major implications if he is convicted and removed from office by years end. The reason? He is a Democrat and Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican, would appoint his replacement since he is in office until January 1. Think about that. By how many votes did Obamacare fail to be changed? One.

Think about this, too. Obama, Pelosi and Reid pushed Obamacare through before Scott Brown took his seat after winning Ted Kennedy’s open seat. Brown was a Republican and replacing an appointed Democrat who provided the final vote needed. Wouldn’t that be a reversal of historic proportions?

The statue attack continues. You hear daily about some municipality or state removing a statue. The MSM is covering, as noted yesterday, the removal of confederate statues. They are still not covering others like the  hammer  attack in Baltimore yesterday. The Washington Times reports “A monument to Christopher Columbus that was over 200 years old was smashed with a sledgehammer Monday morning to combat a ‘culture of white supremacy’.”

There are controversial battles ahead on statues and named tributes to Washington, Jefferson and many others. The left has raised the issue of Mount Rushmore and it’s legitimacy.

 

By the way, did you see the Red Sox owners want to change the street name outside the stadium from Yawkey Way (name of long time owner) because he was racist? Red Sox were the last team to intergeate and the new owners want to change the street name to something like Big Papi Way, after the recently retired David Ortiz.

 

Still no MSM coverage of the Debbie Wasserman-Schultz hiring and payment to those four IT execs, but there are indictments now. At some point they will have to cover this.

 

From The Nation Magazine:  “The Democratic National Committee was not hacked by Russia — nor by anyone else — but instead was “ an inside job by someone with access to the DNC’s system”. They were referencing conclusions “by a group of former NSA computer experts”. Hard to believe the Democrats would have made such an issue if this is true, but who knows. Maybe Mueller will.

Remember when Lois Lerner and the IRS destroyed their computers and then testified there was no bias against the Tea Party groups? Most of us had an instinct that this didn’t feel right. Well a federal judge has now ruled. A federal judge has ordered the IRS to name the specific employees the agency blames for targeting tea party groups for intrusive scrutiny, and said the government must prove it has ceased the targeting.

He also said the IRS must explain the reasons for the delays to 38 groups that are part of a lawsuit in the District of Columbia, who are still looking for a full accounting of their treatment. Hmm, no coverage of this either, right?

Did you see where James Murdoch (Rupert’s son and now running Fox) criticized President Trump’s response to the Virginia situation? The Murdoch kids are not as conservative as their Dad and you wonder if they are influencing things at Fox, which as the ratings report below shows, may be impacting the station.

Below the ratings we printed an email on the death of common sense in America today that we thought you might like to see. Thank you to our loyal supporter who forwarded it.

The Ratings:
 

Total Viewers (Live +SD)  FRIDAY. MSNBC WINS THE NIGHT AGAIN.

  • Total day: FNC: 1.493 | CNN: 1.054 | MSNBC: 1.402 | HLN: 195
  • Primetime: FNC: 1.932 | CNN: 1.292 | MSNBC: 2.239 | HLN: 174
4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC Cavuto:
1.246
Baier:
1.592
Baier:
2.004
MacCallum:
1.671
Carlson:
2.207
Five:
1.852
Hannity:
1.736
Carlson:
1.150
CNN Tapper:
1.257
Blitzer:
1.317
Blitzer:
1.256
Burnett:
1.347
Cooper:
1.442
Cooper:
1.337
Lemon:
1.094
Lemon:
891
MSNBC Wallace:
1.357
MTPDaily:
1.514
Melber:
1.532
Matthews:
1.666
Hayes:
1.831
Maddow:
2.843
O’Donnell:
2.034
Williams:
1.800
HLN Files:
96
Files:
118
Files:
114
Hunt:
130
Spcl:
201
Hunt:
155
Hunt:
164
Files:
294

 

 

THE SAD PASSING OF COMMON SENSE IN AMERICA:

Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape.

He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as knowing when to come in out of the rain, why the early bird gets the worm, life isn’t always fair, and maybe it was my fault. Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don’t spend more than you earn) and reliable parenting (adults, not children, are in charge). His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned, but overbearing, regulations were set in place.

Reports of a six-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate, teenagers suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition. Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job they had themselves failed to do in disciplining their unruly children. It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer paracetamol, sun lotion or plaster to a pupil, but could not inform the parents when a pupil became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion.

Common Sense lost the will to live as the Ten Commandments became contraband, churches became businesses and criminals received better treatment than their victims. Common Sense took a beating when you couldn’t defend yourself from a burglar in your own home, but the burglar could sue you for assault because you protected yourself and your own.

Common Sense finally gave up the will to live after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in her lap and was promptly awarded a huge settlement.

Common Sense was preceded in death by his parents, Truth and Trust, his wife, Discretion, his daughter, Responsibility and his son, Reason. He is survived by three stepbrothers; I Know My Rights, Someone Else is to Blame, and I’m A Victim. Not many attended his funeral because so few realized that he was gone.

Author Unknown

What is there to say?

Does Donald Trump realize his presidency is in trouble?  

We are getting the impression he does. Now does he realize he is the cause of the issues? We are not sure about that.

Think about the people and groups opposing Trump. They include:
The MSM, Hollywood Stars, The liberal establishment, socialists, left wing blogs, the Democratic Party led by Nancy Pelosi, Hillary Clinton and Chuck Schumer, the blame America first crowd, billionaires and college professor elites.
With an opposition like that you have to really work hard to get middle of the road and right thinking Americans to turn on you. Yet, Trump is managing to do that. He has done it to the point his own party increasingly moves away from him. His own supporters don’t want to speak for him (they had trouble getting people to go on the Sunday shows). His social media supporters are reluctant to do the same.
That’s quite an accomplishment.

Now to be fair, the media has it set up so that if you back the President you are a racist or even a Nazi supporter. That intimidates some. But, most are hesitating to support him because they fear what he will tweet or say next.  His non existent filter to think before speaking or sending has put his presidency in peril. Some in the MSM are beginning to go there, that is questioning his stability for the office. They are asking if he is ill.
Who among his supporters are prepared to take that on, knowing the next tweet is coming?

Newt Gingrich, his most loyal supporter even said this:  “I think he’s in a position right now where he’s much more isolated than he realizes. On the Hill, he has far more people willing to sit to one side and not help him right now…”

Some Outcomes:

Rep. Steve Cohen of Tennessee announced “he is introducing articles of impeachment against President Trump following the violence in Virginia”.
Not yet, but the drumbeat is getting louder.

The WSJ had this:
Republicans Start to (Publicly) Sound Like Democrats on TrumpDemocrats, since the presidential campaign, have openly questioned Mr. Trump’s moral authority (think the Access Hollywood tape) and his general competency to be commander-in-chief (Hillary Clinton said his Twitter habits, among other traits, made him unfit to be president). Many Republicans, however, have largely tried to single out individual comments by Mr. Trump that they deem to be inappropriate without questioning Mr. Trump’s overall character.

Examples from the WSJ were Republican names you didn’t see before:
“Sen. Bob Corker (R., Tenn.) said that Mr. Trump has not yet been able to demonstrate the stability nor some of the competence that he needs to demonstrate in order to be successful.
Sen. Tim Scott (R., S.C.) told Vice News that Mr. Trump’s moral authority is compromised after his handling of the situation in Charlottesville, Va.  Mr. Scott, the GOP’s sole African-American senator, added that he could not “defend the indefensible,” referring to Mr. Trump’s comments on Charlottesville”.

And Reuters had this observation:
“President Donald Trump has stepped up his attacks on Republican senators, an approach he may regret if he is someday impeached and the Senate has to weigh charges against him stemming from an investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election.

More than half of the 11 Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee, which would be central to any proceeding to remove Trump from office, have tangled with the Republican president, including on Thursday when he fired off early-morning tweets”.

Some Questions about the MSM coverage too:

Their bias is growing as they become more confident they have the President on the defensive. Thus, a relentless drum beat of negativity is what we hear. How about this, did you hear it on the MSM this weekend?

Did you know that those arrested in the illegal bringing down of the statue in Durham were members of a communist party (Workers World Party)?
“The Workers World Party is fighting to bring about a socialist America. It’s a communist party that was founded in 1959 by a group led by Sam Marcy of the Socialist Workers Party. The group supports myriad issues including anti-racism to anti-imperialist struggles.”
The party is active in the Black Lives Matter movement and supports the struggles of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community. The group says they’re “dedicated to organizing and fighting for a socialist revolution in the United States and around the world”. The group said it destroyed the statue hoping to “take down white supremacy.”
The Durham newspaper reported that the first three arrested “are affiliated with the Communist Workers World Party, which organized the protest in response to deadly violence over the weekend during the white nationalist rally Charlottesville, Virginia”.

Somehow this was not newsworthy this weekend.

Issue 2:
The MSM media this weekend talked about taking down “confederate  statues” and argued the validity of that. (Now we made clear our thoughts last week about local decisions and the value of statue parks like Budapest). They never mentioned the names George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Teddy Roosevelt.  Why is that? Because they know the American people, today at least, would draw a line there and get angry. So they completely ignored prominent left figures and elected officials who were calling for exactly that.  Examples:

Al Sharpton called for ceased funding of the Thomas Jefferson memorial.
CNN political commentator and Democrat , Angela Rye is demanding that statues and monuments to George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, “need to come down.”
A Chicago elected official wants to change the name of Washington/Jackson park from honoring George and Andrew to Jesse Jackson and Mayor Harold Washington.

There is more but you get the idea. The MSM held off reporting these to control the narrative. They want it about racism and confederate statues for now. Shameful coverage and reporting.

And don’t forget CNN’s Wolf Blitzer’s now famous quote after the Barcelona terrorist attack. “There will be questions about copycats. There will be questions if what happened in Barcelona, was a copycat version of what happened in Charlottesville, Virginia”.
Really Wolf, you said with a straight face?

Much more to report but we’ll leave it for another day.

The Ratings:

On Wednesday as the anti Trump coverage was heating up a funny thing happened. MSNBC won the total day for the first time.
Consider this from adweek:
“Whenever President Trump finds himself embroiled in controversy, the cable news networks often see their significant ratings improvement. This has been especially true for MSNBC, which has become the resistance network for the Trump era.

MSNBC was nowhere close to being a player in the cable ratings race not too long ago, averaging just 579,000 prime time viewers in Q4 2015.

That’s not the case anymore, it finished Wednesday as No. 1 network across all of cable TV. Not only was MSNBC the most-watched cable network across total sales day (6 a.m. – 2 a.m.) for the first time in its history, but it also finished No. 1 in prime time, both in total viewers and among adults 25-54.”

In addition to being No. 1 across total day and prime time, MSNBC was the No. 1 cable network across the 5 – 8 p.m. time period.

Total Viewers (Live +SD)  WEDNESDAY MSNBC WINS DAY AND NIGHT

  • Total day: FNC: 1.498 | CNN: 1.129 | MSNBC: 1.519 | HLN: 231
  • Primetime: FNC: 2.400 | CNN: 1.589 | MSNBC: 2.607 | HLN: 311
4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC Cavuto:
1.140
Specialists:
1.338
Baier:
1.812
MacCallum:
1.800
Carlson:
2.432
Five:
2.312
Hannity:
2.455
Carlson:
1.429
CNN Tapper:
1.345
Blitzer:
1.314
Blitzer:
1.321
Burnett:
1.266
Cooper:
1.667
Cooper:
1.517
Lemon:
1.580
Lemon:
1.094
MSNBC Wallace:
1.372
MTPDaily:
1.640
Melber:
1.488
Matthews:
1.872
Hayes:
2.012
Maddow:
3.247
O’Donnell:
2.542
Williams:
2.220
HLN Files:
122
Files:
155
Files:
168
Files:
214
Banfield:
327
Files:
279
Files:
328
Files:
366

 

Total Viewers (Live +SD)    THURSDAY. FOX  RECOVER AND WINS

  • Total day: FNC: 1.647 | CNN: 1.068 | MSNBC: 1.369 | HLN: 206
  • Primetime: FNC: 2.580 | CNN: 1.488 | MSNBC: 2.422 | HLN: 257
4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC Smith:
1.498
Smith:
1.707
Baier:
2.057
MacCallum:
1.800
Carlson:
2.398
Five:
2.561
Hannity:
2.781
Spcl.:
1.440
CNN Tapper:
1.215
Blitzer:
1.288
Blitzer:
1.090
Burnett:
1.225
Cooper:
1.468
Cooper:
1.503
Lemon:
1.487
Lemon:
1.301
MSNBC Wallace:
1.094
MTPDaily:
1.349
Melber:
1.373
Matthews:
1.763
Hayes:
1.881
Maddow:
2.687
O’Donnell:
2.686
Williams:
2.051
HLN Files:
102
Files:
142
Files:
105
Files:
153
Banfield:
249
Files:
256
Files:
268
Files:
297

A Presidency In Peril …..

Editor’s note: Barring Breaking News We Will Not Publish Until Next Week:

We now have a presidency in peril and you can begin placing odds on who is President a year from now. What happened?

First, as discussed here often, the President’s shoot from the lip mentality places him in controversy almost daily. We know why people voted for him over Hillary, but how did he get past quality people in the primary? It still surprises us.
Second, we mentioned this back before inauguration. It’s folly to get into a war with people who have unlimited print ink and air time. The 24/7 anti Trump narrative in the MSM is taking the toll we all expected.
Third, we have a strong (and dare I say) militant left, that is financed and determined to change the direction of the country. They are vocal in the streets, on the airwaves and gaining converts. They are so strong that threats of boycotts have cowered business leaders. They organized boycotts against right wing spokespeople (ie: Bill O’Reilly) and are changing history.
Fourth, the President has no support. The opposition party is united against him and his own party will not support him. Trump so angered, and has so viciously attacked his own party that they delight in opposing him. When did you ever see that? The Democrats went to the wall supporting Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. On any given day Republicans are blasting the President, from Senators like Graham and Governors like Kasich.
Fifth, all the things that were supposedly his strengths, have you seen any of them from Trump? Did he pick the best people? Is he the Great Communicator? Is he the incredible deal maker? Is he the great persuader? I haven’t seen any of it. He named his fourth communications director yesterday.

The Advisory Councils Go Away:

Right before more feckless leaders cancelled their participation, the President announced he was disbanding the boards. Just another example of the lack of respect for this President.
Jamie Dimon the CEO of JPMorgan angered us as much as anyone when he said, “It is a leader’s role, in business or government, to bring people together, not tear them apart”. We agree, and that includes you serving in a role you agreed to bring jobs to America. Then he added, “Racism, intolerance and violence are always wrong”.  Mr. Dimon, can you show me the quote where the President said anything different? Did the President say he supported “racism” or “intolerance” or “violence”? He said the opposite.
These business leaders are shameful and not the titans of our past.

The WH Announces We Will Make Obamacare Payments:

A White House spokesman said “the August payment will be made to insurers under the Obama healthcare.” The President has repeatedly threatened to end these  payments, which help reduce health insurance copays and deductibles for people in the program.
This “cost-sharing” subsidies is about $7 billion this year. It is a payment to the insurance companies, if you can believe that. 
Insurers are still unhappy because they want the administration to do more, and guarantee the payments at least through next year.
The subsidies are in a legal dispute over whether the Obama health care law properly approved the payments to insurers. House Republicans sued the Obama administration in federal court in Washington, arguing that the payments were illegal.  A district court judge agreed with House Republicans, and the case has been on hold before the U.S. appeals court in Washington.

It is estimated that premiums would climb by 20% next year if the administration halts the payments. 

Did the events of the past two weeks factor into the President’s decision to make this payment? We don’t know, in the years gone by we’d have had to wait for the books to come out, now we’ll just wait for the leak.

Bannon Speaks:

But he didn’t really mean to he said. He, like The Mooch, thought it was off the record. What? Don’t they ever learn the basic rule of saying “this is off the record”? Not only that, but like the Mooch (CNN) and the President who spilled his anti Jeff Sessions stuff to the liberal NYT, Bannon spoke to a liberal publication.  Why does this administration continue to do that? These publications attack with what you call “fake news” and you continue giving them exclusive interviews? You wonder why they don’t get loyalty back.

Besides that, Bannon said, “There’s no military solution [to North Korea’s nuclear threats], forget it”. Wait, the President has been walking around saying we know what to do and will take care of it. What am I missing? Was Trump just talking again? Was this more of his “on day one I will” stuff?

Today Lee. Tomorrow?

Last week we asked can George Washington statues be far behind? We now know the answer. One week. Here’s todays news:

“If you want to remove symbols of white supremacy why are you limiting it to confederacy? Yes, Jefferson & Washington must be next”.
Ajamu Baraka, a Antifa Member.

There are actual people out there that “want to change the name of Washington, DC, because George Washington owned slaves”.
Andrew Mullins (@AndrewWMullins)

The logical connection between “white supremacy” and the erasure of Washington, Jefferson and other famous white people in U.S. history  — whether they were noble, or ignoble, Civil War, pre-Civil war or post-Civil War — is justified .
Left-wing writer Ijeoma Oluo.

A Chicago pastor has asked the Emanuel administration to remove the names of two presidents who owned slaves from parks on the South Side, saying the city should not honor slave owners in black communities.
A bronze statue of George Washington on horseback stands at the corner of 51st and King Drive, at the northwest entrance to Washington Park.
Bishop James Dukes, pastor of Liberation Christian Center, said he wants the statue gone, and he wants George Washington’s name removed from the park.
He added this:
“Even though Washington was the nation’s first president and led the American army in the Revolutionary War, he’s no hero to the black community”.
And this:
He said President Andrew Jackson’s name should be removed from nearby Jackson Park, because he also was a slave owner. He said he’s not necessarily asking the city rename the parks altogether. He suggested Washington Park could be named after former Mayor Harold Washington, and Jackson Park could be named after civil rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson or singer Michael Jackson.

Don’t think it will end with that. There is a group in NY that wants to take down the statue of Teddy Roosevelt from outside the Museum of Natural History. Why? In the statue on horse he is flanked by an African American and a Native American. The protesters see this as an expression of white supremacy. They also of course say he was an imperialist and that adds to it.

Finally, today the question of Mount Rushmore has come up. There are some who think only Abe Lincoln should be left standing there.

The Ratings:

As predicted, the Va. situation drop the left to viewing the happy news of Trump’s failures, and MSNBC captured the night Tuesday.
Fox, though, won the week of August 7th. Details below:

Total Viewers (Live +SD)  TUESDAY – MSNBC WINS THE NIGHT

  • Total day: FNC: 1.611 | CNN: 1.125 | MSNBC: 1.516 | HLN: 220
  • Primetime: FNC: 2.529 | CNN: 1.677 | MSNBC: 2.752 | HLN: 310
4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC Cavuto:
1.604
Specialists:
1.503
Baier:
2.127
MacCallum:
1.934
Carlson:
2.596
Five:
2.316
Hannity:
2.675
Carlson:
1.574
CNN Tapper:
1.344
Blitzer:
1.628
Blitzer:
1.584
Burnett:
1.577
Cooper:
1.877
Cooper:
1.469
Lemon:
1.677
Lemon:
1.354
MSNBC Wallace:
1.352
MTPDaily:
1.602
Melber:
1.686
Matthews:
2.240
Hayes:
2.163
Maddow:
3.297
O’Donnell:
2.785
Williams:
2.130
HLN Files:
138
Files:
126
Files:
148
Files:
219
Banfield:
286
Files
281
Files:
363
Files:
366
Week of August 7th:

Fox News finished the week of August 7th as the No. 1 basic cable network, both in total day viewers and in prime time viewers. Fox News has now achieved the distinction of No. 1 in total day for 32 consecutive weeks, and No. 1 in prime time for 12 consecutive weeks, per Nielsen data.

The network posted +20 percent growth in prime time viewers and +6 percent growth in total day viewers versus the comparable week in 2016.
 

MSNBC was the No. 2 basic cable network in prime time viewers this past week, posting +72 percent year-over-year growth in the process. The network finished No. 3 in total day viewers, and posted +57 percent total viewer growth in the daypart.

CNN was a top 10 basic cable network in total viewers this past week. The network posted +47 percent total viewer growth in prime time, and +12 percent total viewer growth in total day from last year. The network finished No. 13 in the prime time demo, and No. 9 in the total day demo.

Basic Cable Top 5 – Prime time (Total Viewers)

  1. FNC (2,136,000)
  2. MSNBC (1,754,000)
  3. USA (1,429,000)
  4. HGTV (1,409,000)
  5. NFL Network (1,280,000)

Basic Cable Top 5 – Total Day (Total Viewers)

  1. FNC (1,332,000)
  2. Nickelodeon (1,167 ,000)
  3. MSNBC (944,000)
  4. HGTV (794,000)
  5. Adult Swim (782,000)
Business Stations Fox vs CNBC:

Business Day (M-F 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. ET) 

FBN: 191,000 total viewers 

CNBC: 151,000 total viewers 

Cable Prime (M-Sun, 8 – 11 p.m. ET)

FBN: 99,000 total viewers 

CNBC: 328,000 total viewers 

 

A Divided Country Gets Rocked …….

As we forecasted, the Russia all the time, that was replaced by North Korea is going to blow us up, is now all about Trump, the Alt Right and his failings. This will go on until Trump says or does something else that they can beat on him for 24/7. After yesterday’s press conference that should be a long time.

The mistake yesterday was in a failure to separate morality. He gave the impression that the protesters of the planned and identified Nazi and racist demonstrators were of equal standing. He needed to separate this and make clear that racism is wrong. To appear to be defending or linking people who carried torches for a reason, is a mistake.

If he separates them and makes clear there is a difference then he can talk about the failure to keep the groups apart. He can say the smart thing was to ignore them and they will lose. He can argue why violence ensued and who was to blame. Instead, he took the opposite approach. This will hurt him and his Presidency and have long term impact. His people will have trouble defending this. The protests will grow.

Do you ever wonder how these protests spring up so quickly all around the country and people have the time to stand there and yell slogans all day? I wonder how many are naive enough to think they are spontaneous?
Don’t you wonder, too, why the media doesn’t investigate that? If they were pro Trump would they?

By the way, if you want further proof the press hates this President, just take a look at yesterday’s press conference to talk infrastructure. Watch how they asked questions and the vehemence with which they did it. Then contrast that with the worst Obama press conference ever.

The end result is a firestorm over the President not agreeing with them. He condemned the right groups again, but this time he said the left was to blame too. This won’t go away now.

A Personal Reflection:

As we reflected on the events of this past week and wrote about them the past few days, I wanted to share two experiences that will share some personal thoughts.

The first reflects back to my time stationed in Ft. Jackson, SC. I went to S.C. Gamecock Football games, which then, as now, was the major sporting event in town.
As the team came on the field they were greeted with the song “Dixie” and the crowd standing as one to cheer.
It struck me in an uneasy manner and I thought it a poor choice. They didn’t do it maliciously or to attack anyone, just to rev up the crowd.
I made the decision to sit in my seat rather than stand and support the moment. I did that for every game the entire season and time I was there.

I say this because today we see people who disagree, and their solution is to tear down symbols they find wrong. I never considered it my role to attack the band, people or event. I chose to attend and sat through a part others stood to cheer. Over time the school changed its entry as life moved on.

The second event involves statues to heroes I didn’t agree with. When the Iron Curtain fell, countries behind it did what we see on the streets in our country today. They tore down Soviet built statues honoring leaders and supposed heroes that they did not like. They destroyed them as they tore them down.
Except in Budapest, where my wife and I had the chance to visit a few years back. In Budapest they removed the statues, in tact, and moved them to a place today called Statue Park. We had the chance to spend a fascinating day visiting that park. There we saw statues of communist heroes and read the words that honored them. In every case we were on the other side of what they did to earn the statue.
As an example, there was a statue to a General who put down the 1956 uprising for freedom. It was fascinating to see the history, how others thought and what was honored. We appreciated history and find it a shame others can’t. They are missing something.
Wouldn’t you enjoy visiting a Statue Park when you travel?
Too bad so many are so shortsighted. Anyway, two personal experiences that are relevant to today that I wanted to share.

CEO’s Quitting the Presidential Board and Lecturing Him:

What is this about? You join a manufacturing board to bring jobs back to America and you quit because the President was too slow to name some groups? You didn’t join a morality board, you joined a job creation board. Leave your politics at the door and meet your commitment (especially since most of you joined the off shoring movement and moved jobs).

And Doug McMillon (CEO of Wal-Mart) spare me your lecturing the President. Try paying your people a living wage and supporting American workers before you lecture others. How many of your workers have to get additional government assistance to survive?

We suspect the reasons for most of these actions are because the CEOs faced threats from the intolerable left to boycott their products. Deplorable. Have the courage to lead and stop letting others bully you.

The Ratings:

Here’s Saturday, Sunday and Monday as well as last week’s morning and evening ratings.

Total Viewers (Live +SD) SATURDAY —- FOX EDGES OUT CNN.

  • Total day: FNC: 1.348 | CNN: 1.085 |  MSNBC: 851 | HLN: 270
  • Prime time: FNC: 1.674 | CNN: 1.345 | MSNBC: 966 | HLN: 284
4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC NwsHQ:
1.495
NewsHQ:
1.553
NewsHQ:
1.486
Report:
1.504
Cont:
1.674
Pirro:
1.784
Cont.:
1.564
Pirro:
1.122
CNN Nwsrm:
1.342
Nwsrm:
1.356
Nwsrm:
1.333
Nwsrm:
1.249
Nwsrm:
1.258
Nwsrm:
1.345
Nwsrm:
1.431
Nwsrm:
1.243
MSNBC News:
1.109
News:
1.151
News:
1.171
News:
1.306
News:
1.171
News:
990
Maddow:
738
Lockup:
356
HLN Files:
251
Files:
260
Files:
187
Files:
187
Files:
273
Files:
305
Files:
273
Files:
331

Total Viewers (Live +SD) SUNDAY — FOX AGAIN EDGES CNN.

  • Total day: FNC: 1.135 | CNN: 955 | MSNBC: 725  | HLN: 300
  • Primetime: FNC: 1.285 | CNN: 987 | MSNBC:  760 | HLN: 394
  4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC NewsHQ:
822
NewsHQ:
856
NewsHQ:
996
Report:
1.154
Watters:
1.560
Hilton:
1.192
FNSunday:
1.105
Watters:
1.104
CNN Nwsrm:
987
Nwsrm:
1.094
Nwsrm:
1.083
Nwsrm:
1.045
90s:
789
90s:
1.041
Comedy:
1.132
90s:
591
MSNBC News:
799
News:
945
News:
935
MTP:
924
Joy:
909
News:
745
MTP:
627
Lockup:
362
HLN Files:
283
Files:
299
Files:
325
Files:
331
Hunt:
384
Hunt:
463
Hunt:
336
Hunt:
311

 

Total Viewers (Live +SD) MONDAY. FOX WINS A CLOSE ONE

  • Total day: FNC: 1.620 | CNN: 1.021 | MSNBC: 1.352 | HLN: 247
  • Primetime: FNC: 2.600 | CNN: 1.456 | MSNBC: 2.421 | HLN: 289
4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC Cavuto:
1.396
Specialists:
1.618
Baier:
2.207
MacCallum:
2.185
Carlson:
2.819
Five:
2.527
Hannity:
2.453
Carlson:
1.455
CNN Tapper:
1.238
Blitzer:
1.263
Blitzer:
1.121
Burnett:
1.187
Cooper:
1.466
Cooper:
1.480
Tonight:
1.422
Tonight:
1.049
MSNBC Wallace:
1.215
MTPDaily:
1.298
Melber:
1.242
Matthews:
1.708
Hayes:
1.826
Maddow:
2.863
O’Donnell:
2.558
Williams:
1.942
HLN Files:
147
Files:
155
Files:
170
Files:
212
Banfield:
353
TheHunt:
241
KillingMe:
273
Files:
379

 

Numbers for the week of August 7, 2017:  

EVENING NEWS: ABC WINS FOR THE 11TH WEEK IN A ROW. 

ABC NBC CBS
• Total Viewers: 7,837,000 7,588,000 5,781,000

THE MORNING SHOWS for the week of August 7, 2017:

  • Total Viewers:                    ABC: 3.895 M     NBC: 3.801 M       CBS: 3.221 M

 

 

N. Korea backs off, but who knows?

North Korea Blinks:

The biggest news of the day should be how N.Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un has decided not to launch a threatened missile attack on Guam. For the first time N. Korea backed down (for now). Trump’s tough talk, that the liberals and MSM were inciting him and leading us to war, was right. Check Keith Ellison (Congressman and second in command at the DNC) who said that Jong Un ” is acting more responsible than President Trump”. Will the MSM hold him, others on the left and itself responsible for their words now? Will they give President Trump credit? We doubt it on both.

The President Names Names:

The President was clear yesterday in condemning the actions in Charlottesville and named the names the media wanted. On Saturday he condemned all, then yesterday named the right groups directly. Will this satisfy the left and MSM? Don’t be silly. You see nothing would have ever satisfied them. Trump could have named names one minute after the event and the MSM would be running with “his words and actions fostered this”. They just don’t like him and will never relent.

Just as he will always provide them fodder. We were clear yesterday that he was slow and should have been more direct, but it wouldn’t have mattered. A loyal reader of this blog sent this message yesterday on those thoughts: (We have very intelligent readers!)

“Good morning, to feel better just think we could’ve had Hillary, then repeat. It will continue to be a mess for a long time. Trump is fighting a war within his own administration, that’s very sad and I expect it to continue. If your own house is unstable and divided how can you normalize and bring a divided nation together? Every line and utterance coming from the WH is dissected and examined,  and if it’s possible to put a spin on it, it’s never in a positive light. It’s a no-win.  Yes he puts fuel in the fire with his comments which makes it even worse. He’ll say too much, he’ll say too little. It won’t change, this is Trump. We got ’em, let’s pray”.

On That Topic:

I bet you didn’t hear this on the MSM. The mother of the young woman killed in Charlottesville thanked the President for his words of comfort.

Susan Bro said in a statement, “Thank you, President Trump, for those words of comfort and for denouncing those who promote violence and hatred. My condolences, also, to their grieving families of the two state troopers and quick recovery for those injured.”

Protests Abound and Statues Come Down:

You probably saw the video of people toppling the statue in Durham. Remember it was a planned statue removal in Charlottesville that led to the events of Saturday. We have some thoughts on this:
First we can understand why some would be against the statues and what they represent. There is a legal means to conduct a movement to remove them. It should be followed.
Second you are  not a hero for taking the law into your own hands in our world. Where does that begin and end? Who decides what is right and wrong?
Third the statue was built by forefathers of the area with their funds, thoughts and support. You may judge people by today’s standards but understand why they did what they did.
Fourth where does it end? Do we remove George Washington from our history because he had slaves? Do we disown Thomas Jefferson for the same reason? Who decides that?
Fifth you can have a statue removed but it is despicable to see you tear it down, spit on it and then stomp it.

Finally one thought and question for the intolerable left. Remember when you told conservatives “if you don’t believe in abortion don’t have one”; or  “you don’t want to see that on TV then change the channel”? How come that doesn’t apply to you and things you don’t agree with?

The Ratings:

Total Viewers (Live +SD) FRIDAY. FOX WINS ANOTHER CLOSE ONE

  • Total day: FNC: 1.522 | CNN: 692 | MSNBC: 1.117 | HLN: 230
  • Primetime: FNC: 2.081 | CNN: 779 | MSNBC: 1.815 | HLN: 268
4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC Cavuto:
1.379
Specialists:
1.666
Baier:
1.961
MacCallum:
1.616
Carlson:
2.115
Five:
2.062
Hannity:
2.064
Carlson:
1.232
CNN Tapper:
879
Blitzer:
855
Blitzer:
912
Burnett:
837
Cooper:
902
Cooper:
813
Special:
623
Cooper:
495
MSNBC Wallace:
1.021
MTPDaily:
1.157
Melber:
1.018
Matthews:
1.249
Hayes:
1.362
Maddow:
2.410
O’Donnell:
1.669
Williams:
1426
HLN Files:
182
Files:
170
Files:
157
Hunt:
179
Hunt:
274
Hunt:
285
Hunt:
244
Files:
382

Here we go ……

We moved from Russia all the time, to North Korea all the time. Well check that, because now it will be Charlottesville Va. all the time.

Let’s not underplay the situation here. Driving a car into people on the street is terrorism. It should be called out no matter who does it. Why the President didn’t, we don’t know. It was wrong, especially from someone who correctly criticized his predecessors administration for the failure to utter the words “Radical Islamist Terrorism”.

Next, white supremacists walking and chanting “White Lives Matter” is as wrong as others chanting “Black Lives Matter”. We said it when that movement was out there daily and we say it again today — All Lives Matter.
A life is precious and everyone matters to someone. You cannot have one life valued over another. All lives matter  – period.
We repeat, if you are protesting something and add “too” to the end, we can live with that, but implying only your movemment lives matter is wrong.

We need leadership today to bring the country and people together. The divide is wide and we are clearly a divided people.  Virginia should have better prepared for the events this weekend. A white supremacist group is coming into town to protest around a statue of General Lee that you are going to take down. You know the announcement that you are going to remove the statue will inflame some. You know the group coming in is going to draw counter protesters calling them racist. How could you allow the two to come together?  You own some of this.

Finally, the President needs to heal and lead. He ad libbed in his speech the “all group” words and helped set off the firestorm as the MSM saw an opening to attack him. They will be unmerciful on him now and if he doesn’t manage this better they will make this his Katrina.

North Korea:

The pot still boils and what the outcome becomes remains uncertain. It is interesting to watch the MSM say Trump’s words are inflaming the situation. Really? Why don’t you go back and see how the soothing words of Bill Clinton, George Bush and Barack Obama worked so well. In fact, check how you (the MSM) praised their actions. You were wrong.

Now we sit with a nuclear N. Korea able to attack. Who owns the blame, and what do we do? Let’s see what the famous Susan Rice said this week:
“History shows that we can, if we must, tolerate nuclear weapons in North Korea — the same way we tolerated the far greater threat of thousands of Soviet nuclear weapons during the Cold War”.
So live with it she says; that’s the liberal solution.

As for how we got here, here’s her thoughts:
She acknowledged that three previous administrations “failed” in stopping North Korea’s nuclear ambitions.  “That’s a very unfortunate outcome” she said. “You can call it a failure,” she said. “I accept that characterization over the last two decades”.

Since you admit your policies failed, we’ll pass on your giving us the solution now.

The Ratings:

It will be interesting to see how the anti Trump coverage of Virginia drives liberal station ratings when announced later this week.
In the interim here’s last Wedneday’s and Thurday’s numbers:

Total Viewers (Live +SD)   WEDNESDAY. FOX WINS A CLOSE NIGHT.

  • Total day: FNC: 1.669  | CNN: 860 | MSNBC: 1.237 | HLN: 224
  • Primetime: FNC: 2.486 | CNN: 1.133 | MSNBC: 2.334 | HLN: 326
4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC Cavuto:
1.487
Specialists:
1.758
Baier:
2.142
MacCallum:
1.908
Carlson:
2.446
Five:
2.380
Hannity:
2.632
Carlson:
1.434
CNN Tapper:
1.063
Blitzer:
932
Blitzer:
1.034
Burnett:
1.072
Cooper:
1.246
Cooper:
1.126
Tonight:
1.023
Tonight:
811
MSNBC Wallace:
1.018
MTPDaily:
1.251
Melber:
1.216
Matthews:
1.562
Hayes:
1.769
Maddow:
2.821
O’Donnell:
2.406
Williams:
1.738
HLN Files:
159
Files:
159
Files:
162
Files:
189
Banfield:
264
CNNSpcl:
356
Cont.:
Files:
276

 

Total Viewers (Live +SD) THURSDAYFOX WINS ANOTHER CLOSE NIGHT:

  • Total day: FNC: 1.596  | CNN: 823 | MSNBC: 1.197 | HLN: 219
  • Primetime: FNC: 2.316 | CNN: 1.012 | MSNBC: 2.213 | HLN: 241
4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC Cavuto:
1.543
Specialists:
1.669
Baier:
1.969
MacCallum:
1.785
Carlson:
2.285
Five:
2.259
Hannity:
2.403
Carlson:
1.360
CNN Tapper:
961
Blitzer:
1.126
Blitzer:
1.059
Burnett:
1.017
Cooper:
1.065
Cooper:
980
Tonight:
989
Tonight:
779
MSNBC Wallace:
1.068
MTPDaily:
1.147
Melber:
1.165
Matthews:
1.378
Hayes:
1.627
Maddow:
2.715
O’Donnell:
2.295
Williams:
1.663
HLN Files:
136
Files:
171
Files:
167
Files:
182
Banfield:
230
Files:
183
Files:
310
Files:
339

The New Norm ….

There may just be a new norm developing that many are missing as they focus on their biases. Consider this:

We speculated weeks ago that President Trump may be setting up running against the Democrats and a weak “do nothing” Congress. As days and events unfold we may see this coming into play.

Can’t fix healthcare  — it is the “do nothing” congress that wants the status quo.
Tax cuts, see the Democrats won’t help. They don’t care about he working person.
Remember, Trump got the nomination by staging a takeover of the Republican party.

Folks he will say, we need to drain the swamp. Let’s fix America.

It all sounds logical right? The one fly in the ointment is the President’s tendency to shoot from the lip. A thoughtful reasoned politician and leader could pull that off. The only groups with less popularity than the President are the Democrats and Congress.

An Example:

Here’s a great example. Healthcare goes down and the President looks bad. He tweets about it and people shake their heads. Then what happens? Mitch McConnell goes out and says the President doesn’t understand how long things take in Washington. What?
Mitch that’s why we sent him there to drain the swamp.
Mitch you claimed to have a better plan for eight years.
Mitch are you that tome deaf and dead?

For the first time we found someone to make Trump’s tweets look brilliant. The head of the Senate.

Mitch’s comments just prove it’s time to change congress. If you’re satisfied with failure because it takes time, it’s time to change leadership. We called for it weeks ago and we call again. Change Senate leadership.

By the way Mitch, hasn’t it been long enough even by your standards to pass Kate’s law (that got through the house)?
What’s the story Mitch?

Some Stats:

Did you know that 6.5 million people chose to not buy healthcare last year and pay the fine? Doesn’t that tell the Mitch’s (McCain’s and Democrats) that the law needs changing?
Another 15 million say they would drop it if the law is changed.

Our solution: Okay you want us to change it so you can chose to have no coverage. Here’s the new law. You walk into a clinic or emergency room and we treat you then you owe us back. We put a lieu on your earnings, home, auto, all you own. There are no free rides in life.

Speaking if which the WSJ reports: A group of advisers to former Republican and Democratic presidents, who have been holding meetings this year looking for points of agreement on a possible bipartisan health-care package, is pitching a proposal to stabilize Obamacare’s insurance markets to lawmakers like Sen. Lamar Alexander (R., Tenn.), who chairs the Senate Health Committee, and Sen. Patty Murray (D., Wash.), the committee’s top Democrat, who are working to address rising premiums and insurers leaving the individual insurance market.

The system is broken and something has to be done — you hear us Mitch?

 

Why did the President endorse someone in Alabama?

We reported that both candiates for Senator Sessions open seat were fighting to be closer to the President. Why did Trump out of the blue announce his endorsement of Sen. Luther Strange, R-Ala., Tuesday evening?

Strange’s opponent Mo Brooks called for Trump to retract the endoresemnt. He said “Mr. President. McConnell & Strange don’t support your agenda. I do”. He later added, “I respect President Trump, but I am baffled and disappointed Mitch McConnell and the Swamp somehow misled the president into endorsing Luther Strange.”

We were surprised the President did this and apparently he caught his staff by surprise too.

Remember the taxes we reported on for Seattle and Chicago?

Well both cities are now facing lawsuits and review of the taxes.

In Seattle the city income tax on “high earners” was hit with its first legal challenge. The new measure would impose a 2.25% tax on any income over $250,000 or above.

In Chicago some local elected leaders are demanding a vote on reversing the soda tax. They said it’s clear already it is a burden and hurting local business.

Isn’t that interesting in Chicago? So unpredictable right? Liberals who call any tax reduction a reward to the rich, put a tax on beverages that hurts the poor and small business owners are surprised at the impact.

The Ratings:

Total Viewers (Live +SD)  TUESDAY FOX WINS THE NIGHT

  • Total day: FNC: 1.653 | CNN: 829 | MSNBC: 1.172 | HLN: 263
  • Primetime: FNC: 2.499 | CNN: 1.148 | MSNBC: 2.149 | HLN: 308
4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC Cavuto:
1.545
Specialists:
1.809
Baier:
2.248
MacCallum:
1.914
Carlson:
2.541
Five:
2.288
Hannity:
2.669
Carlson:
1.660
CNN Tapper:
967
Blitzer:
1.049
Blitzer:
981
Burnett:
1.074
Cooper:
1.177
Cooper:
1.134
Lemon:
1.131
Lemon:
937
MSNBC Wallace:
1.084
MTPDaily:
1.183
Melber:
1.174
Matthews:
1.461
Hayes:
1.682
Maddow:
2.555
O’Donnell:
2.205
Williams:
1.714
HLN Files:
166
Files:
192
Files:
216
Files:
215
Banfield:
258
Hunt:
252
Files:
413
Files:
512

 

 

Summer lull … no way.

An attack in France, a war of words with North Korea, people’s trust, sanctuary cities, healthcare fallout, a drug war and a special election. Does that sound like vacation and recess?

Attack in France:

Not a surprise, just add this one to the list. This time they attacked the protectors to try and eliminate some of them. Europe has an issue that they are trying hard to fix now, but years of failed policy have created a mess.
Think of France, Belgium and England and all they have gone through. Think of what Venezuela is going through. Now think of liberals who kept telling us to be more like Europe and Venezuela.
Do you think the MSM will bring up some of their statements? We don’t either. But here’s a quote from Bernie Sanders a few years ago:
“These days, the American dream is more apt to be realized in South America, in places such as Ecuador, Venezuela and Argentina, where incomes are actually more equal today than they are in the land of Horatio Alger.”
Case closed.

North Korea:

Failed leadership in the past twenty four years have us in this mess, just as failed leadership on Iran will be passed to our children in the future if we fail to act.
Now the MSM will work hard to make this Trump’s fault, but we repeat, North Korea did not develop these weapons over night. President Obama knew he was passing a power keg but he wanted to known as the “peace president”. Often times appeasement leads to greater conflict.

There are no easy answers as we’ve noted before. President Trump’s continued “this will be handled” comments, are going to come back and bite him. He has to watch his words and rhetoric.
As soon as we heard his “best not” threaten the U.S. any more, saying the U.S. would respond “with the fire and the fury like the world has never seen”, shocked us. What has the world not seen? We have seen atomic bombs, what does he mean? We assume he wants to warn them with a tough stance since nicety hasn’t worked, but the words matter.
Trump has never learned the art of the correct words. A poor choice again yesterday.

The People’s Trust:

Which leads us to the latest polling (from CNN) that shows only 38% approve of his job performance, but more importantly “three-quarters of Americans say they can’t trust most of what they hear from the White House.”
Seven months in that is a very sad number and yesterday didn’t help.

But In Some Places He Is An Asset:

In Alabama as an example there is a primary to replace Jeff Sessions. Both candidates have been competing with each other over who would be most loyal to the president.
In Nevada Senator Dean Heller is up for reelection (a state that Hillary Clinton carried). He has a conservative primary opponent who is promising to be a more reliable ally for President Trump. Senator Heller you may recall vacillated on support for Republican health-care overhaul.
Politics is a funny business.

A Drug War:

Another issue that did not just rise up the past seven months is the epidemic of opioid addiction. We have a nationwide crisis with this and it was another issue not covered before Trump became President.
A White House commission on the opioid crisis led by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, recommended that we declare a national emergency in a report released.
It is one thing to set up crisis centers to treat people. It is another to go after the trade and keep the drugs out. Let’s see what tract they follow here, but they promised to cut out trafficking.

Healthcare Fallout:

Hasn’t the MSM been quiet on the issues going on these days with the ACA (Obamacare). As an example.
Nevada announced on Monday that Anthem is leaving the Nevada exchange entirely after initially indicating in June that it would still provide plans in three of the state’s counties. Anthem informed the state about its intent to withdraw on July 28. The decision blindsided the state, which has been in talks with the provider following its earlier decision to pull out its exchange plans from most of Nevada’s rural areas starting in 2018. Gov. Brian Sandoval called it “a significant blow to the state’s individual marketplace.”

The ACA is facing continual insurance company cancellations to the point we are already down to a single insurer in many counties. Rates are going up double digit. Yet the media is quiet.
Why is that?

Sanctuary Cities:

We heard about Chicago saying the are going to sue the federal government to get their funds and maintain their sanctuary status. On the other side of the coin MiamiDade went the other way and changed it’s policy. Shortly after President Trump took office promising an immigration crackdown, Mayor Gimenez ordered Miami-Dade jails to begin honoring requests by immigration officers to extend the detentions of people in local custody who are also being sought for possible deportation. They will get funding now and we’ll watch the Chicago case, which will likely end up in the Supreme Court.

Speaking of Chicago we told you about the soda tax they added last week. Did you know they also have a tax on disposable plastic bags? It’s seven cents apiece. Shopping in Chicago is pretty expensive.

The Ratings:

Lot’s of ratings to catch up on. Here’s an overview:

Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday — Fox wins the night.
Week of July 31 below: Morning and evening news winners and top cable channels:

Total Viewers (Live +SD)  FRIDAY  FOX WINS THE NIGHT.

  • Total day: FNC: 1.522 | CNN: 732 | MSNBC: 1.641 | HLN: 247
  • Primetime: FNC: 2.198 | CNN: 873 | MSNBC: 1.641 | HLN: 247
4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC Cavuto:
1.309
Specialists:
1.551
Baier:
1.827
MacCallum:
1.715
Carlson:
2.349
Five:
2.035
Hannity:
2.208
Carlson:
1.222
CNN Tapper:
867
Blitzer:
854
Blitzer:
757
Burnett:
765
Cooper:
866
Cooper:
1.021
Special:
727
Cooper:
578
MSNBC Wallace:
1.032
MTPDaily:
1.253
Melber:
1.248
Matthews:
1.540
Hayes:
1.680
Engel:
1.663
O’Donnell:
1.567
Williams:
1.313
HLN Files:
169
Files:
185
Files:
200
Hunt:
188
Hunt:
220
Hunt:
254
Hunt:
265
Files:
259

Total Viewers (Live +SD)   SATURDAY  FOX DOMINATES

  • Total day: FNC: 1.149 | CNN: 593 |  MSNBC: 538 | HLN: 266
  • Prime time: FNC: 1.651 | CNN: 545 | MSNBC: 482 | HLN: 288
4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC NwsHQ:
804
NewsHQ:
881
NewsHQ:
918
Report:
961
Watters:
1.610
Pirro:
1.847
Gutfeld:
1.495
Watters:
1.167
CNN Nwsrm:
669
Nwsrm:
621
Smerc:
541
Nwsrm:
612
Nwsrm:
631
Declassified:
467
90s:
538
90s:
482
MSNBC News:
579
News:
586
AMJoy:
614
Hayes:
574
O’Donnell:
578
Williams:
606
Lockup:
261
Lockup:
307
HLN Files:
266
Files:
225
Files:
239
Files:
240
Files:
274
Files:
282
Files:
309
Files:
360

Total Viewers (Live +SD)  SUNDAY  FOX WINS THE DAY AND NIGHT

  • Total day: FNC: 981 | CNN: 692 | MSNBC: 504 | HLN: 325
  • Primetime: FNC: 1.091 | CNN: 881 | MSNBC: 506 | HLN: 471
  4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC NewsHQ:
724
Gutfeld:
732
NewsHQ:
920
Report:
1.068
Watters:
1.155
Hilton:
1.073
FNSunday:
1.044
Watters:
868
CNN Nwsrm:
509
Nwsrm:
514
Nwsrm:
606
Nwsrm:
623
90s:
664
90s:
1.003
Comedy:
976
90s:
546
MSNBC News:
524
News:
545
News:
466
MTP:
536
Engel:
534
DtelineXtra:
644
Lockup:
341
Lockup:
354
HLN Files:
253
Files:
266
Files:
298
Files:
342
Hunt:
484
Hunt:
489
Hunt:
442
Hunt:
432

Total Viewers (Live +SD)  MONDAY FOX WINS 

  • Total day: FNC: 1.613 | CNN: 749 | MSNBC: 1.132 | HLN: 254
  • Primetime: FNC: 2.611 | CNN: 1.027 | MSNBC: 2.040 | HLN: 2322
4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC Cavuto:
1.419
Specialists:
1.771
Baier:
2.253
MacCallum:
2.182
Carlson:
2.625
Five:
2.527
Hannity:
2.681
Carlson:
1.316
CNN Tapper:
934
Blitzer:
889
Blitzer:
834
Burnett:
877
Cooper:
1.004
Special:
1.119
Lemon:
958
Lemon:
789
MSNBC Wallace:
1.036
MTPDaily:
1.162
Melber:
1.146
Matthews:
1.503
Hayes:
1.665
Maddow:
2.322
O’Donnell:
2.130
Williams:
1.440
HLN Files:
137
Files:
111
Files:
157
Files:
173
Banfield:
303
Hunt:
262
Files:
402
Files:
462
WEEK OF JULY 31:

Numbers for the week of July 31, 2017: EVENING NEWS:

ABC NBC CBS
• Total Viewers: 7,689,000 7,417,000 5,708,000

 

 

Numbers for the week of July 31: Morning News:

Total Viewers: ABC: 3.945M/ NBC: 3.695M  / CBS: 3.169M

OVERALL THE WEEK OF JULY 31: 

Led by Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity and Bret Baier, Fox News topped the basic cable landscape in total day viewers for the 31st consecutive week. Fox News also finished No. 1 in total prime time viewers for the 11th straight week.

FNC was – 3 percent in total prime time viewers, but +3 percent in total day viewers versus a year ago.

Tucker Carlson Tonight made up four of the top 12 cable telecasts while FNC programs made up 11 of the top 25 programs for the week of July 31, including various presentations of The Five, Hannity and Special Report.

MSNBC, the second-most-watched basic cable network of the week, posted +44 percent growth in total prime viewers, and +28 percent growth in total day viewers. With Joy Reid filling in for Rachel Maddow on Wednesday and Thursday, and Richard Engel filling in on Friday, MSNBC’s 9 p.m. hour was still No. 1 across cable news in the ad-friendly A25-54 demo.

CNN posted +6 percent growth in total prime time viewers, and a -1 percent decline in total day viewers from last year. The network beat MSNBC in the total day demo.

Fox Business was +13 percent in prime time, and +24 percent in total day versus last year.
CNBC posted +8 percent growth in prime time, but was -28 percent in total day versus last year.

Basic Cable Top 5 – Prime time (Total Viewers)

  1. Fox News (2,186,000)
  2. MSNBC (1,760,000)
  3. USA (1,489,000)
  4. HGTV (1,473,000)
  5. TBS (1,210,000)

Basic Cable Top 5 – Total Day (Total Viewers)

  1. Fox News (1,314,000)
  2. Nickelodeon (1,206 ,000)
  3. MSNBC (969,000)
  4. HGTV (822,000)
  5. Cartoon Network (810,000)

 

A Vacation Quiet?

Will there be the traditional vacation quiet this August?
(Editors note: We will ease up on the daily blog also as the news slows)

We don’t think so in the traditional sense. Though it should be less hectic, when you have a President who tweets news daily and a press out to get him, things won’t go quiet. What we expect is the President will find things to tweet that will create news coverage. He can’t help himself.

The press in turn doesn’t want the anti momentum they’ve built to lessen. If you read the NYT over the weekend or saw the Sunday shows you saw the new big issue. The VP is “planning to run against the President in 2020”. They actually carried that narrative over and over.

What is happening is that VP Mike Pence is very active. He is doing so for a few reasons. However, let’s establish this first, the VP is a loyal person. One of his greatest traits is his loyalty. He is so loyal to his marriage he took much ridicule for some statements two months ago you may recall. He would never run against his President. Never.

So why is he so active? First, he is raising funds for the next election. Second, the conservatives in the Republican party respect and like him. Third, he knows how the President shoots off daily and knows he may yet shoot himself and Pence may find himself leading the ticket. He is raising funds, yes he is, but not to challenge the President, just to be ready for 2020 and reelection. But, why should the MSM allow reasoned thought to ruin a good anti Trump story? By the way, if Pence ever runs, like in 2024, you watch how the press treats him. He is a true conservative and they will paint him Hitler two, I guarantee you.

  A Recess:

We still think the President should have told congress to stay in session and forced them to work on healthcare and taxes. They would have gotten something done.

North Korea:

This is a ticking time bomb with no real solution. The world just increased sanctions and let’s see how they react. Our proposed solution of an alliance with countries around them with the thought “an attack by N’Korea on one is an attack on all” still makes sense. Plus we deploy anti missile defense for them and leave China exposed until they come on board.

Chicago Mayor Files Lawsuit:

Rahm Emanuel said the city will file a federal lawsuit challenging the Trump administration’s use of federal grant money as a way to force local authorities to cooperate with a crackdown on illegal immigration.
Good to know he is fighting the crime in Chicago. His city, though less populated, has had more murders than NYC and LA combined this year.
Very focused.

The Ratings:

Total Viewers (Live +SD)   THURSDAY Fox won but close again.

  • Total day: FNC: 1.652 | CNN: 891 | MSNBC: 1.355  | HLN: 229
  • Primetime: FNC: 2.519 | CNN: 1.296 | MSNBC: 2.379 | HLN: 250
4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC Cavuto:
1.367
Specialists:
1.689
Baier:
2.077
MacCallum:
2.698
Carlson:
2.758
Five:
2.423
Hannity:
2.376
Carlson:
1.502
CNN Tapper:
1.100
Blitzer:
1.188
Blitzer:
1.041
Burnett:
1.021
Cooper:
1.284
Cooper:
1.254
Tonight:
1.345
Tonight:
975
MSNBC Wallace:
1.347
MTPDaily:
1.540
Melber:
1.455
Matthews:
1.933
Hayes:
2.047
Maddow:
2.542
O’Donnell:
2.534
Williams:
1.826
HLN Spcl.:
134
Spcl.:
115
Spcl.:
150
Banfield:
121
Banfield:
199
Files:
260
Files:
290
Files:
330

Just News …….

The MSM, Trump,Grand Juries and The Future:

The WSJ broke two stories, only one you heard about I bet.

You heard that Special counsel Robert Mueller has convened a grand jury in Washington to investigate allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election, right? Big news, which means this investigation has months and months to go. The MSM loves it.

Now here’s a question. We are pretty convinced that there was no collusion between the Trump camp and the Russians. This was the reason for a special counsel, right? To determine if there was. But the charter Mueller has allows him to veer off wherever it takes him. So it will go beyond just the “did the Russians”. Our question is this. We know Trump and team tried to get this behind them because the president thought it was interfering with his message. So can someone be charged for “Obstruction of Justice” for a crime that didn’t happen? What’s the charge, you tried to prevent us finding out you didn’t commit a crime?

Oh yea, the second WSJ story. The Journal has a major story that the Debbie Wasserman Schultz story with the $4 million paid to those Pakistani IT people and the destroyed hard drives has a lot more to it. They are wondering why there is not more coverage and say it deserves much more.
It can’t be because she is a Democratic leader can it?

Speaking of the MSM, isn’t it odd how this AM they have avoided the big news that the Governor of W. Va. announced last night he is switching to the Republican party from the Democratic one. Isn’t that big? How often do you see a sitting Governor change parties? The number one AM show (GMA) ignored the whole thing while covering Mueller and Trump extensively. Shameful bias.

By the way, that makes thirty four states with Republican Governors and twenty five states that have a Republican Governor and state houses and senates. There are only six with Democrats leading all three.  Might be news worthy for the MSM if that were reversed.

That said, the MSM and Democratic leaders are convinced they can retake the House next year. That Trump’s been beaten down so badly they can retake control and make Nancy Pelosi speaker again. Now 15 months away in politics is a lifetime, but if the election were held today that would probably occur.

General Kelly, Chief of Staff:

We can be ahead of ourselves but we do see some order coming to the chaos of the WH. General Kelly appears be to bringing military style discipline to the place. We should all hope.
Politicio had this story to support this:

“But unlike Priebus, who allowed staff members to meet directly with Trump or to leave information for him to read on his desk, Kelly, a retired Marine Corps general, has set up a military-style chain of command. The purpose is to see that the president gets good information rather than a mishmash of sometimes conflicting reports.John Kelly knows the challenges he is facing,” Leon Panetta, former chief of staff to President Bill Clinton, told Politico. Panetta talked to Kelly shortly after he took over as chief of staff. He’s not going to just stand to the side and watch the White House fall apart piece by piece,” Panetta said.

There were two other points in the story we thought you might like:

1. Trump has a reported habit of consuming information from all corners — whether it is reliable or not — and will often act on the last information he received.
2. He also has been known to trust reports he sees on the news more than the classified reports he has access to.

This will get interesting:

The Justice Department has told four cities Albuquerque, Baltimore, and Stockton and San Bernardino in California — that they wouldn’t be eligible for a federal program to combat drug trafficking and gang crime unless they cooperate with immigration agents.

This will get lots of coverage and be some fight to watch. We ask again why do city mayors think they can make their own law whenever they want?

Did you hear this good news?

Japanese automakers Toyota and Mazda on Friday announced it plans to build a $1.6 Billion U.S. plant, with up to 4,000 new jobs as part of an extensive new alliance .
Toyota said it would make the Corolla sedan at the factory instead of Mexico as previously intended.

If we were the MSM our next words would be: Now back to the Russian story.

They did not announce where they will build it, but below the ratings we added part of an analysis as to why Foxconn chose Wisconsin over six other states, including NY, last week to build their plants.

The Ratings:

Total Viewers (Live +SD) WEDNESDAY. Fox wins the night.

  • Total day: FNC: 1.671  | CNN: 880 | MSNBC: 1.358 | HLN: 236
  • Primetime: FNC: 2.615 | CNN: 1.214 | MSNBC: 2.396 | HLN: 306
4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC Cavuto:
1.500
Specialists:
1.720
Baier:
2.156
MacCallum:
1.886
Carlson:
2.761
Five:
2.530
Hannity:
2.554
Carlson:
1.470
CNN Tapper:
1.079
Blitzer:
1.137
Blitzer:
1.030
Burnett:
1.173
Cooper:
1.342
Cooper:
1.226
Tonight:
1.071
Cooper:
803
MSNBC Wallace:
1.230
MTPDaily:
1.486
Melber:
1.332
Matthews:
1.930
Hayes:
2.045
Maddow:
2.635
O’Donnell:
2.493
Williams:
1.904
HLN Files:
155
Files:
176
Files:
181
Files:
215
Banfield:
246
Files:
264
Files:
409
Files:
390

 

Why did Foxconn choose Wisconsin over states like NY?

President Trump last week suggested that economically struggling upstate New York residents should be willing to move to areas with better job prospects. This wasn’t exactly an original or outrageous idea — yet it still managed to ruffle feathers among defensive New York officials.

Trump’s remark was linked to the announcement that Foxconn had picked Wisconsin over six other states — including New York — as the site for a $10 billion flat-screen manufacturing plant. The president said the unemployed in states like New York should follow the manufacturing-jobs boost to Wisconsin and other states.

“You’re going to need people to work in these massive plants,” Trump said. “I’m going to start explaining to people: When you have an area that just isn’t working like upper New York state, where people are getting very badly hurt, and then you’ll have another area 500 miles away where you can’t get people, I’m going to explain, you can leave.”

Indeed they can. And they have been.

From mid-2010 to mid-2016, nearly 194,000 people moved out of the 50 counties north of the New York City metro region — a net out-migration rate exceeded only by four states. Births and foreign immigrants made up some of the difference, but the total upstate population still dropped by nearly 60,000 people.

Trump, in effect, was simply prodding upstaters to act in their own best economic interests. This nonetheless prompted blowback from, among others, Gov. Cuomo.

Claiming to “deal in facts — not fake news,” a Cuomo spokesman said: “The facts are unemployment has been cut nearly in half and private-sector jobs are at an all-time high in New York.”

The governor’s favorite “facts” are misleading, however.

The unemployment rate has dropped upstate because there are fewer people seeking and available for work, not because more have found jobs.

And those “record” job levels cited by Cuomo’s office are confined mainly to New York City and its suburbs. In most of upstate New York, private-sector employment is still below the 2000 level.

Cuomo has attempted to reverse the trend by spending billions on “economic development,” including new high-tech factories. So far he has little to show for it. Upstate as a whole has continued losing manufacturing jobs since 2010, even as Wisconsin and other Midwestern rust-belt states were adding them for the first time in decades.

To lure Foxconn, Wisconsin reportedly offered up to $3 billion in state tax breaks, or $230,700 per projected worker. That’s a rich package even by Albany standards — one New York couldn’t duplicate at least in part because (thanks to Cuomo) it no longer imposes any state corporate tax on manufacturers. And while upstate New York’s property taxes on homes are sky-high, property taxes on industrial plants in upstate cities are roughly equal to those in Milwaukee. Electricity rates for industrial customers in much of upstate also are competitive with those in the Midwest.

So, taxes aside, what advantages does Wisconsin offer over New York?

For one thing, it’s a right-to-work state, making it harder for unions to organize and force employees to join them. New York, by contrast, is the most heavily unionized state in the nation, and Albany is dominated by organized labor’s political agenda. Not by coincidence, New York employers are saddled with the nation’s third-highest workers’ compensation insurance rates — 54 percent above average, and 38 percent higher than Wisconsin.

While Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has been an aggressive deregulator, New York’s regulatory climate in general is notoriously hostile to businesses. The 1970s-era State Environmental Quality Review Act, which has no equivalent in most states, hands a potent weapon to anti-development activists.

Cuomo, while reducing corporate taxes, has pushed environmental and labor policies that can significantly boost business costs. For example, the governor hasn’t just prohibited shale-gas production via hydro-fracking; he also has blocked expansion of existing natural-gas pipelines in depressed regions such as the Southern Tier, whose few remaining manufacturers would benefit from the alternative energy source.

For all of the challenges faced by upstaters, Wisconsin’s giveaway to Foxconn is not something New York should emulate. Rather, Cuomo and legislative leaders need to dedicate themselves to the much harder, less glamorous work of creating a truly pro-growth climate — which will mean defying some of Albany’s most powerful special interest groups

 

Is the plan to run against congress?

The only strategy we can see the President planning is to run for reelection against the congress — both republican and democratic.
Think about how this might be setting up.

Healthcare goes down by a single vote. He wants to lower legal immigration while building a wall to stop illegals. He wants tax cuts, a travel ban, educational reform, welfare changes ……….

The congress won’t support almost all of what he wants. The only group less popular than him right now is congress. So he goes out to the people and says, Washington is a swamp (he may change it to sewer) and runs against a do nothing, just say no congress. He goes out and supports some changes and candidates saying this is what we need. I am on your side, too many in office are globalists. America First with me ….

Is there risk in this? Not really. The Democrats are clear they support nothing or anyone the President wants. They are united against him. The Republicans (in office) don’t like him. He beat the party. Along the way he called them names, individually and collectively, so they have no loyalty. They don’t trust him. They feel like if they support him now he will turn nasty on them in a minute (see Jeff Sessions), so they will never support him.

With no party support and little getting done we think the President has begun setting up a run against the congress and presenting himself as a man of the people.

This can only work if he gets his act together and right now he is a long way from that. The polls yesterday showed him at a new low in support and trust. There are two more instances of misleading this AM. He claimed he got calls of support from the Boy Scouts and the President of Mexico. After both denied that, he backed down to they told him that in private face to face conversations. His credibility continues to decline and if you lose personal trust and integrity it is impossible to recover.

We have a Presidency in turmoil and the best hope is for General Kelly to get it under control. There are some early signs, but can he get his boss under control?

Some Poll Data:

A Rasmussen national poll finds that 55% of Likely U.S. Voters think Trump is his own worst political enemy. In distant second is the national media, cited as his worst enemy by 25%.
Just 14% believe Democrats are the Republican president’s chief political foe, while five percent (5%) blame other Republicans.

In a separate release Rassmussen (generally a higher Trump positive poll) showed that 38% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance. Sixty-two percent (62%) disapprove.

Other polls released this week:
Quinnipiac — 61- 33 negative on Trump.
Economist: –55 -39 negative
Now the Economist on congress: 68-9 negative.

 

President to Mattis:

It was reported that the President told Defense Secretary Mattis we are losing in Afghanistan and questioned the generals in charge.
First I hope he didn’t think reversing eight years of pull back and thousands of years of tribal differences would be as easy as he said during the campaign.  After all Mr President fixing healthcare on “day one” with lower costs, more coverage and better care wasn’t that easy either was it? Or maybe building a wall and having Mexico pay for it.
Secretary Mattis is already angry over the transgender tweet, be careful.

Casualties in Afghanistan

There was a report of two American casualties in Afghanistan this AM, which may or may not be related to the story above.
The MSM will cover this big, but not mention more soldiers died under Obama in the area, than Bush or Trump. They simply did not cover this for the eight years we were in retreat. Here’s a chart:
U.S. fatalities by year with totals by Bush, Obama and Trump years.

2001                                                     7
2002 30
2003 33
2004 49
2005 93
2006 88
2007 111
2008 153 557 (Bush)
2009 310
2010 496
2011 412
2012 301
2013 120
2014 54
2015 22
2016 14 1729 (Obama)
2017 6      6 (Trump to date)

 

The confrontation with CNN at press briefing:

The White House press team had Pres. Trump’s senior policy adviser Stephen Miller take the questions on the administration’s new immigration proposal. It got quite heated when CNN’s Jim Acosta asked whether the new plan was racist and flies in the face of those immortal words at the foot of the Statue of Liberty. Well, Acosta, who has been quite negative got hit back hard. If you missed it here is a link:

http://www.adweek.com/tvnewser/miller-to-acosta-one-of-the-most-outrageous-insulting-ignorant-and-foolish-things-youve-ever-said/337178

But the conversation turned contentious when Miller accused Acosta, the son of a Cuban immigrant, of ignorance and foolishness
The TV Ratings:

Today we include Tuesdays numbers (Fox narrowly beats MSNBC) and the Sunday shows .

Total Viewers (Live +SD)      TUESDAY

  • Total day: FNC: 1.652 | CNN: 855 | MSNBC: 1.331 | HLN: 220
  • Primetime: FNC: 2.499 | CNN: 1.136 | MSNBC: 2.327 | HLN: 240
4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC Cavuto:
1.365
Specialists:
1.753
Baier:
2.162
MacCallum:
1.927
Carlson:
2.643
Five:
2.309
Hannity:
2.545
Carlson:
1.509
CNN Tapper:
954
Blitzer:
1.079
Blitzer:
1.002
Burnett:
1.105
Cooper:
1.191
Spcl:
1.093
Lemon:
1.119
Cooper:
786
MSNBC Wallace:
1.165
MTPDaily:
1.363
Melber:
1.368
Matthews:
1.837
Hayes:
2.085
Maddow:
2.571
O’Donnell:
2.302
Williams:
1.730
HLN Files:
111
Files:
206
Files:
179
Files:
186
Banfield:
187
Files:
244
Files:
288
Files:
376
The Sunday Shows, July 30, 2017:

 

Network Program Total Viewers Chg vs YAGO
CBS Face the Nation (1/2 hr)  3.268 M  – 1%
NBC Meet the Press  3.072 M  – 5%
ABC This Week  2.696 M – 9%
FOX Fox News Sunday  1.370 M  Even

 

Trump, The MSM, Self Destroying

Why Oh Why? 

It seems to us that the President is in a spiral downward. The constant drumbeat of negativity from the MSM continues unrelenting and the President’s personality flaws are providing constant feeder.
Now, on top of his directing Donald Jr’s misleading statement, comes additional fodder. Today the media is reporting he was involved with an unsubstantiated story to run on FoxNews.
It seems everyday the President gives the opposition something to report and talk about. Why? Think about it. Not because he and his team colluded with the Russians which was the story, but because his ego couldn’t take being attacked and he had to act. Why oh why didn’t he just let the story he did something wrong unfold and prove him innocent? He couldn’t, and still can’t, because an attack drives him crazy.
He is destroying his presidency and falling right into the MSM trap.

Some issue updates:

ACA:
Watch this closely now. Some insurance companies are raising rates for the ACA (Obamacare) by 30%.  This is no surprise as we’ve told you the bills are coming due. But watch this:
Is the administration adept enough to manage this and remind people the Democrats promised a $2,500 per family cut and let blame fall there?
Or, will the Pelosi’s and Schumer’s manage this to blame Trump and team for sabotaging the ACA?
EDITORS NOTE: At the bottom of the ratings we have copies a WSJ story on the rate increases to illustrate the increases announced and expected.

SODA TAX:
Remember when we told you this tax would spread. Well, add Chicago. If you buy a beverage there today you have a penny an ounce tax added. So buy a 2 Liter bottle for 99 cents, add .05 cents deposit charge and .67 cents tax. New price $1.71.
They expect to add $200.6 million in revenue. Wanna bet? We predict declining sales and lost jobs in the city.

TRANSGENDERS IN THE MILITARY:

So one day the president tweets a change in policy. It appeared his defense department and military leaders were caught by surprise. Since then nothing except some back tracking by military leaders that they were not planning on any actions. What happened here? Did the president simply talk to someone or hear something and tweet out a major policy change that no one approved? It certainly appears that the policy tweet is going to be reversed. This may yet up a big issue and reflect additional light on how the president acts impulsively.

Venezuela:

The left touted Venezuela’s socialist government and plans (as they did Cuba). Where are they now with the turmoil in that country. Isn’t it funny the MSM is not talking about it at all.

THE RATINGS:

Lots to report today as the sands continue to switch. Below are the ratings for Saturday, Sunday and Monday (FoxNews wins Saturday and Sunday overall viewership easily Monday was close as they edge MSNBC).
Then we included the week of July 24 morning shows and evening news (ABC wins both)
Finally we have the monthly cable viewer reports. (Fox wins the month)

Total Viewers (Live +SD) SATURDAY

  • Total day: FNC: 1.223 | CNN: 718 |  MSNBC: 650 | HLN: 264
  • Prime time: FNC: 1.676 | CNN: 660 | MSNBC: 641 | HLN: 269
4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC NwsHQ:
933
NewsHQ:
965
NewsHQ:
1.068
Report:
1.148
Watters:
1.673
Pirro:
1.929
Gutfeld:
1.425
Watters:
1.050
CNN Nwsrm:
691
Nwsrm:
734
Smerc:
771
Nwsrm:
802
Nwsrm:
758
Declassified:
670
90s:
550
90s:
508
MSNBC News:
756
News:
651
AMJoy:
618
Hayes:
596
O’Donnell:
782
Williams:
798
Lockup:
343
Lockup:
326
HLN Files:
234
Files:
294
Files:
289
Files:
240
Files:
236
Files:
263
Files:
309
Files:
338

Total Viewers (Live +SD) SUNDAY

  • Total day: FNC: 1.038 | CNN: 762 | MSNBC: 589 | HLN: 327
  • Primetime: FNC: 1.160 | CNN: 851 | MSNBC: 553 | HLN: 467
  4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC NewsHQ:
714
Gutfeld:
797
NewsHQ:
876
Report:
1.163
Watters:
1.273
Hilton:
1.120
FNSunday:
1.086
Watters:
874
CNN Nwsrm:
743
Nwsrm:
735
Nwsrm:
690
90s:
589
90s:
644
90s:
950
Comedy:
960
90s:
506
MSNBC News:
609
News:
761
News:
700
MTP:
769
EngelSpcl:
718
DtelineXtra:
598
Lockup:
343
Lockup:
353
HLN Hunt:
285
Hunt:
313
Hunt:
310
Hunt:
353
Hunt:
461
Hunt:
457
Hunt:
483
Hunt:
524

Total Viewers (Live +SD)  MONDAY

  • Total day: FNC: 1.785 | CNN: 927 | MSNBC: 1.399 | HLN: 210
  • Primetime: FNC: 2.730 | CNN: 1.363 | MSNBC: 2.587 | HLN: 247
4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC Cavuto:
2.048
Specialists:
2.085
Baier:
2.436
MacCallum:
2.234
Carlson:
2.860
Five:
2.617
Hannity:
2.713
Carlson:
1.454
CNN Tapper:
1.493
Blitzer:
1.294
Blitzer:
1.133
Burnett:
1.242
Cooper:
1.357
Cooper:
1.363
Tapper:
1.368
Cooper:
944
MSNBC Wallace:
1.477
MTPDaily:
1.429
Melber:
1.312
Matthews:
1.989
Hayes:
2.220
Maddow:
2.916
O’Donnell:
2.611
Williams:
1.842
HLN Files:
145
Files:
153
Files:
138
Files:
200
Banfield:
245
Hunt:
203
Files:
293
Files:
306
Morning and Evening News for July 24:

The averages for the week of July 24, 2017: MORNING NEWS

Total Viewers: ABC: 3.831 M  / NBC: 3.632 M  / CBS: 3.221 M

Numbers for the week of July 24, 2017:   EVENING NEWS

ABC NBC CBS
• Total Viewers: 7,553,000 7,212,000 5,574,00
Overall Cable for week of July 24th:

Fox News was the most-watched cable network in total day for the 30th consecutive week. Additionally, they won prime time in total viewers for 10 straight weeks, Monday through Sunday. The top five cable channels by day part:

Basic Cable Top 5 – Prime Time (Total Viewers)

  1. Fox News (2,102,000)
  2. MSNBC (1,871,000)
  3. HGTV (1,467,000)
  4. USA (1,445,000)
  5. Discovery (1,404,000)

Basic Cable Top 5 – Total Day (Total Viewers)

  1. Fox News (1,306,000)
  2. Nickelodeon (1,149,000)
  3. MSNBC (1,012,000)
  4. HGTV (821,000)
  5. CNN (760,000)
Month of July — Ratings:

Fox News ranked No. 1 across cable in total day viewers for the 13th straight month. Additionally, FNC was No. 1 in the month of July in total prime time viewers, and has now defeated rivals CNN and MSNBC in total prime time viewers for 187 straight months.
Rachel Maddow was the number one show. Fox News did have the No. 2 (Tucker Carlson), No. 3 (Hannity) and No. 4 (The Five) shows in total prime time viewers this past month.
Here’s the top 15 shows. Note 10 are FoxNews. 5 are MSNBC. 0 are CNN.

MSNB:    RACHEL MADDOW SHOW
FOX:        TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT
FOX:       HANNITY
FOX:       The FIVE
MSNB:    LAST WORD
FOX:        SPECIAL RPT W/BRET BAIER
FOX:        The STORY With Martha MacCallum
MSNB:     ALL IN W/ CHRIS HAYES
FOX:         SPECIALISTS
FOX:         AMERICAS NEWSROOM
MSNB:      11TH HOUR
MSNB:      HARDBALL WITH C. MATTHEWS
FOX:        OUTNUMBERED
FOX:         FOX AND FRIENDS
FOX:        YOUR WORLD W/NEIL CAVUTO

WSJ Article:

Some Insurers Seek ACA Premium Increases of 30% and Higher

Major health insurers in some states are seeking increases as high as 30% or more for premiums on 2018 Affordable Care Act plans, according to new federal data that provide the broadest view so far of the turmoil across exchanges as companies try to anticipate Trump administration policies.

Big insurers in Idaho, West Virginia, South Carolina, Iowa and Wyoming are seeking to raise premiums by averages close to 30% or more, according to preliminary rate requests published Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Major marketplace players in New Mexico, Tennessee, North Dakota and Hawaii indicated they were looking for average increases of 20% or more.

In other cases, insurers are looking for more limited premium increases for the suites of products they offer in individual states, reflecting the variety of situations in different markets. Health Care Service Corp., a huge exchange player in five states, filed for average increases including 8.3% in Oklahoma, 23.6% in Texas, and 16% in Illinois.

Together the filings show the uncertainty in the health-insurance marketplaces as insurers around the U.S. try to make decisions about rates and participation for next year amid open questions about changes that could come from the Trump administration and Congress.

Insurers face a mid-August deadline for completing their rates. The companies have until late September to sign federal agreements to offer plans in 2018. In some cases, insurers warn, the figures revealed by federal regulators may not reflect their up-to-date thinking.

The insurers’ decisions will be closely dependent on moves by the Trump administration and Congress. Most important is whether the federal government continues making payments that reduce health-care costs for low-income exchange enrollees, which insurers say are vital and President Donald Trump has threatened to halt.

Insurers are also concerned about whether the Trump administration will enforce the requirement for most people to have insurance coverage, which industry officials say helps hold down rates by prodding young, healthy people to sign up for plans.

In Montana, Health Care Service linked 17 percentage points of its 23% rate increase request to concerns about the cost-sharing payments and enforcement of the mandate that requires everyone to purchase insurance. Kurt Kossen, a senior vice president at Health Care Service, said the company’s rate requests are driven by causes including growing health costs and “uncertainty and the associated risks that exist within this marketplace, including uncertainty around issues like the continued funding of [cost-sharing payments] and mechanisms that encourage broad and continuous coverage.

Sen. Lamar Alexander (R., Tenn.), who chairs the Senate committee that oversees health policy, said Tuesday that he had told Mr. Trump directly that the government should continue making the payments to insurance companies

The effect of the rate increases will be blunted for many exchange enrollees, because lower-income people receive federal subsidies that cover much of their premiums.

On the RiseAverage premium increases proposed by big insurers for Affordable Care Act plans inselect statesTHE WALL STREET JOURNALSource: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Anthem (N.H.)Anthem (Ky.)Highmark (Del.)BlueCross BlueShield (S.C.)Highmark (W. Va.)Blue Cross of Idaho (Idaho)Health Care Service Corp. (Texas)Health Care Service Corp. (Mont.)BlueCross BlueShield (Tenn.)Health Care Service Corp. (Ill.)Health Care Service Corp. (Okla.)0%5101520253035404550

But increases could be tough to stomach for those who aren’t eligible for the help, like Harland Stanley, 53, of Louisville, Ky. Mr. Stanley, who owns his own research business, pays about $400 a month for a plan from Anthem Inc., which is seeking an average increase of 34% in the state, though Mr. Stanley’s own premiums might rise by less or more than that.

“It’s going to hurt,” said Mr. Stanley, who said his monthly premium this year is about $120 more than he paid in 2016. “I worry about, what if it keeps going? When is this going to stop?”

Anthem, which is seeking rate average increases of 30% or more in states including Colorado, Kentucky, Nevada and Virginia, has said it would refile for bigger hikes and may pull back its exchange offerings more if uncertainty continues around issues including the cost-sharing payments.

Centene Corp.’s requests ranged from less than 1% in New Hampshire to 21% in Texas and 12.49% in Georgia. Those rate proposals generally assume the current rules surrounding ACA plans continue, the company said.

Within the marketplaces, “there is relative stability,” said Chief Executive Michael F. Neidorff. “The uncertainty is driven by these policies on the ACA.”

CareSource, a nonprofit insurer that offers exchange plans in four states, has prepared alternate rate filings for different scenarios, and one of its state regulators Monday asked it to refile with proposed rates that assume no cost-sharing payments.

“It’s challenging; you learn to be very fluid,” said Steve Ringel, president of the Ohio market for CareSource. According to actuarial firm Milliman Inc., at least seven states have made similar requests in the past week, while others had earlier asked for two versions of rate filings.

“Resolution of the [cost-sharing payments] is an urgent issue,” said Bill Wehrle, a vice president at Kaiser Permanente, which offers exchange plans in a number of states. “We’re coming up at a point that’s fairly soon, where the pricing decisions we make are set for all of next year.”

The impact of potentially losing the cost-sharing payments was also clear in the rates requested by Blue Cross of Idaho, which average 28%. That would probably be in the lower teens if the payments were guaranteed, said Dave Jeppesen, a senior vice president. “It’s a big swing,” he said. “There’s a lot of risk associated with the uncertainty in Congress right now, and we are pricing appropriately for that risk.”

A recent Kaiser Family Foundation analysis found insurers’ financial results on exchange plans improved in the first quarter of this year, a sign of potentially emerging stability in the business. That is reflected in a number of states where rate-increase requests are limited. The exchange in California said Tuesday that insurers there were seeking an overall average increase of 12.5%—but there would be an additional 12.4% boost layered onto middle-tier “silver” plans if the cost-sharing subsidies aren’t paid.

However, in a number of cases, insurers’ rate requests are well above 20% because of market factors not directly tied to the federal uncertainty. Anthem has warned that it may need to add 18% to 20% to its existing rate requests if the cost-sharing payments aren’t locked in, and it may pull back in more states beyond the five exchanges where it has disclosed plans to leave or sharply reduce its footprint. An Anthem spokeswoman declined to comment on the company’s rate filings.

In Iowa, Medica said its rate increase request was 43.5%, driven by the dynamics of the local market, including the departure of other insurers and the fact that Medica itself has been losing money because enrollees’ health costs ran higher than expected. “You have some element of catching up to what the claims experience is,” says Geoff Bartsh, a Medica vice president.

Medica’s requests in other states have been far lower, he said, a sign of increased steadiness in those markets. But, he said, if the cost-sharing payments go away, Medica estimates it will need to add around 13% to 19% to its rate requests.

 

 

“A Great Day At The WH”

“A great day at the White House” the President tweeted last night. He had started the day tweeting “No WH chaos”.  In between those tweets communications director Anthony Scaramucci was fired after just 10 days on the job. I guess we have lowered our standard on great days.

General Kelly is the last best hope for this administration to turn this year around. The fact he demanded the change with Scaramucci and that everyone (including the Trump family) report through him is a positive sign. The lack of tweeting this AM is a hopeful sign that control is coming. Without it this presidency is doomed.

The Washington Post report that the President actually directed Donald Trump Jr. to mislead by saying his meeting with the Russians was about adoptions is shocking. Do you think it’s true? When you can’t trust the word of your president it is very bad. Trump has a credibility problem.

You know the longer it goes the one thing we revert back to is this. If Trump didn’t win we would have Hillary and all that drama now. Don’t forget that as events unfold. Next month when her book comes out I’ll think you’ll feel better about things!

Below the ratings information in this blog we copied Peggy Noonan’s column on Trump this week. (Peggy was a Reagan speech writer and wrote some of his famous speeches. She also wrote books “What I saw at the Revolution” and one on Pope John Paul). A very respected writer she really lets loose here.

The Ratings:

Fox came back and won Friday, but of note was that Maddow was off.

Total Viewers (Live +SD)  FRIDAY

  • Total day: FNC: 1.590 | CNN: 983 | MSNBC: 1.359 | HLN: 237
  • Primetime: FNC: 2.226 | CNN: 1.129 | MSNBC: 1.987 | HLN: 334
4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC Cavuto:
1.352
Specialists:
1.870
Baier:
2.169
MacCallum:
1.918
Carlson:
2.394
Five:
2.098
Hannity:
2.185
Carlson:
1.292
CNN Tapper:
1.081
Blitzer:
1.449
Blitzer:
1.288
Burnett:
1.353
Cooper:
1.219
Cooper:
1.222
Lemon:
944
Cooper:
776
MSNBC Wallace:
1.229
MTPDaily:
1.539
Melber:
1.538
Matthews:
1.676
Hayes:
1.771
Engel:
1.898
O’Donnell:
2.288
Williams:
1.625
HLN Files:
159
Files:
189
Files:
150
Hunt:
211
Hunt:
355
Hunt:
322
Hunt:
324
Files:
293
Megyn Kelly’s Show Ends:

Megyn’s show ended it’s seasonal run and it came in third place every week it was on (Sunday nights). Surprisingly poor ratings. Here they are. She lost to reruns.

Timeslot comparison

Total Viewers (Live +SD)

Program 6/4 6/11 6/18 6/25 7/9 7/16 7/23 7/30
Megyn Kelly (NBC) 6.197 3.608 3.562 3.414 3.243 3.127 2.851 (9pm) 3.511
60 Minutes (CBS)  6.789  7.882 5.416  7.448  7.429  6.023  7.357  6.040
America’s Funniest (ABC) 3.424 3.942 3.742 3.848 4.495 4.263 4.327 4.260
Bob’s Burgers (1/2 hr, FOX) .958 1.004 .885 .894 .690 .807 .850
Peggy Noonan

The president’s primary problem as a leader is not that he is impetuous, brash or naive. It’s not that he is inexperienced, crude, an outsider. It is that he is weak and sniveling. It is that he undermines himself almost daily by ignoring traditional norms and forms of American masculinity.

He’s not strong and self-controlled, not cool and tough, not low-key and determined; he’s whiny, weepy and self-pitying. He throws himself, sobbing, on the body politic. He’s a drama queen. It was once said, sarcastically, of George H.W. Bush that he reminded everyone of her first husband. Trump must remind people of their first wife. Actually his wife, Melania, is tougher than he is with her stoicism and grace, her self-discipline and desire to show the world respect by presenting herself with dignity.

Half the president’s tweets show utter weakness. They are plaintive, shrill little cries, usually just after dawn. “It’s very sad that Republicans, even some that were carried over the line on my back, do very little to protect their president.” The brutes. Actually they’ve been laboring to be loyal to him since Inauguration Day. “The Republicans never discuss how good their health care bill is.” True, but neither does Trump, who seems unsure of its content. In just the past two weeks, of the press, he complained: “Every story/opinion, even if should be positive, is bad!” Journalists produce “highly slanted & even fraudulent reporting.” They are “DISTORTING DEMOCRACY.” They “fabricate the facts.”

It’s all whimpering accusation and finger-pointing: Nobody’s nice to me. Why don’t they appreciate me?

His public brutalizing of Attorney General Jeff Sessions isn’t strong, cool and deadly; it’s limp, lame and blubbery. “Sessions has taken a VERY weak position on Hillary Clinton crimes,” he tweeted this week. Talk about projection.

He told The Wall Street Journal’s Michael C. Bender he is disappointed in Sessions and doesn’t feel any particular loyalty toward him. “He was a senator, he looks at 40,000 people and he probably says, ‘What do I have to lose?’ And he endorsed me. So it’s not like a great loyal thing about the endorsement.” Actually, Sessions supported him early and put his personal credibility on the line. In Politico, John J. Pitney Jr. of Claremont McKenna College writes: “Loyalty is about strength. It is about sticking with a person, a cause, an idea or a country even when it is costly, difficult or unpopular.” A strong man does that. A weak one would unleash his resentments and derive sadistic pleasure from their unleashing.

The way American men used to like seeing themselves, the template they admired, was the strong silent type celebrated in classic mid-20th-century films — Gary Cooper, John Wayne, Henry Fonda. In time the style shifted, and we wound up with the nervous and chattery. More than a decade ago the producer and writer David Chase had his Tony Soprano mourn the disappearance of the old style: “What they didn’t know is once they got Gary Cooper in touch with his feelings they wouldn’t be able to shut him up!” The new style was more like that of Woody Allen. His characters couldn’t stop talking about their emotions, their resentments and needs. They were self-justifying as they acted out their cowardice and anger.

But he was a comic. It was funny. He wasn’t putting it out as a new template for maleness. Donald Trump now is like an unfunny Woody Allen.

Who needs a template for how to be a man? A lot of boys and young men, who’ve grown up in a culture confused about what men are and do. Who teaches them the real dignity and meaning of being a man? Mostly good fathers and teachers. Luckily Trump this week addressed the Boy Scout Jamboree in West Virginia, where he represented to them masculinity and the moral life.

“Who the hell wants to speak about politics when I’m in front of the Boy Scouts, right?” But he overcame his natural reticence. We should change how we refer to Washington, he said: “We ought to change it from the word ‘swamp’ to perhaps ‘cesspool’ or perhaps to the word ‘sewer.’ ” Washington is not nice to him and is full of bad people. “As the Scout Law says, ‘A Scout is trustworthy, loyal — we could use some more loyalty, I will tell you that.” He then told them the apparently tragic story of a man who was once successful. “And in the end he failed, and he failed badly.”

Why should he inspire them, show personal height, weight and dignity, support our frail institutions? He has needs and wants — he is angry! — which supersede pesky, long-term objectives. Why put the amorphous hopes of the audience ahead of his own, more urgent needs?

His inability — not his refusal, but his inability — to embrace the public and rhetorical role of the presidency consistently and constructively is weak.

“It’s so easy to act presidential, but that’s not gonna get it done,” Trump said the other night at a rally in Youngstown, Ohio. That is the opposite of the truth. The truth, six months in, is that he is not presidential and is not getting it done. His mad, blubbery petulance isn’t working for him but against him. If he were presidential, he’d be getting it done — building momentum, gaining support. He’d be over 50 percent, not under 40 percent. He’d have health care, and more.

We close with the observation that it’s all nonstop drama and queen-for-a-day inside this hothouse of a White House. Staffers speak in their common yet somehow colorful language of their wants, their complaints. The new communications chief, Anthony Scaramucci, who in his debut came across as affable and in control of himself, went on CNN Thursday to show he’ll fit right in. He’s surrounded by “nefarious, backstabbing” leakers. “The fish stinks from the head down. But I can tell you two fish that don’t stink, and that’s me and the president.” He’s strong and well connected: “I’ve got buddies of mine in the FBI”; “ Sean Hannity is one of my closest friends.” He is constantly with the president, at dinner, on the phone, in the sauna snapping towels. I made that up. “The president and I would like to tell everybody we have a very, very good idea of who the leakers are.” Chief of Staff Reince Priebus better watch it. There are people in the White House who “think it is their job to save America from this president, OK?” So they leak. But we know who they are.

He seemed to think this diarrheic diatribe was professional, the kind of thing the big boys do with their media bros. But he came across as just another drama queen for this warring, riven, incontinent White House. As Scaramucci spoke, the historian Joshua Zeitz observed wonderingly, on Twitter: “It’s Team of Rivals but for morons.”

It is. And it stinks from the top.

Meanwhile the whole world is watching, a world that contains predators. How could they not be seeing this weakness, confusion and chaos and thinking it’s a good time to cause some trouble?

From The Wall Street Journal