With hope and Ratings …

With the hope everyone is enjoying and having a memorable holiday here are the ratings since we have been away.
The individual dates below go from a week ago Tuesday through Christmas Day.
That is followed by adweek stories on 2017 for Fox. MSNBC and CNN you may like.

Total Viewers Tuesday (12/19). Fox wins day and night. All slots 4-11.

  • Total day: FNC: 1.903 | CNN: 739 | MSNBC: 1.217 | HLN: 208
  • Primetime: FNC: 2.753 | CNN: 911 | MSNBC: 2.235 | HLN: 263
4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC Cavuto:
1.686
Five:
2.533
Baier:
2.480
MacCallum:
2.303
Carlson:
3.052
Hannity:
2.773
Ingraham:
2.432
Bream:
1.739
CNN Tapper:
884
Blitzer:
945
Blitzer:
816
Burnett:
905
Cooper:
1.051
Cooper:
868
Lemon:
812
Lemon:
714
MSNBC Wallace:
1.103
MTPDaily:
1.234
Melber:
1.329
Matthews:
1.732
Hayes:
1.765
Maddow:
2.735
O’Donnell:
2.203
Wlms:
1.486
HLN Michaela:
94
S.E.Cupp:
93
Banfield:
125
Banfield:
123
Files:
185
Files:
259
Files:
345
Files:
394

Total Viewers WEDNESDAY. Fox dominates day and night. Win every time slot easily.

  • Total day: FNC: 2.080 | CNN: 681 | MSNBC: 1.115 | HLN: 220
  • Primetime: FNC: 3.070 | CNN: 816 | MSNBC: 2.060 | HLN: 323
4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC Cavuto:
2.055
Five:
2.714
Baier:
2.833
MacCallum:
2.557
Carlson:
3.259
Hannity:
3.147
Ingraham:
2.804
Bream:
1.820
CNN Tapper:
785
Blitzer:
811
Blitzer:
684
Burnett:
751
Cooper:
816
Cooper:
790
Lemon:
838
Lemon:
711
MSNBC Wallace:
904
MTPDaily:
1.010
Melber:
1.143
Matthews:
1.453
Hayes:
1.552
Maddow:
2.558
O’Donnell:
2.066
Wlms:
1.381
HLN Michaela:
78
S.E.Cupp:
60
Banfield:
106
Banfield:
164
Files:
266
Files:
317
Files:
386
Files:
400

Total Viewers THURSDAY. Another Fox sweep of day and night and all time slots.

  • Total day: FNC: 1.937 | CNN: 675 | MSNBC: 1.152 | HLN: 217
  • Primetime: FNC: 2.723 | CNN: 811 | MSNBC: 2.051 | HLN: 264
4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC Cavuto:
1.776
Five:
2.702
Baier:
2.732
MacCallum:
2.331
Carlson:
2.871
Hannity:
2.799
Ingraham:
2.498
Bream:
1.643
CNN Tapper:
691
Blitzer:
789
Blitzer:
787
Burnett:
771
Cooper:
873
Special:
786
Lemon:
774
Lemon:
636
MSNBC Wallace:
971
MTPDaily:
1.058
Melber:
1.214
Matthews:
1.696
Hayes:
1.754
Maddow:
2.606
O’Donnell:
1.792
Wlms:
1.463
HLN Michaela:
61
S.E.Cupp:
65
Banfield:
106
Banfield:
153
Files:
188
Files:
254
Files:
351
Files:
446

Total Viewers FRIDAY. Fox wins day and night and 4-7 plus 10 slots. MSNBC 9 &11.

  • Total day: FNC: 1.709 | CNN: 566 | MSNBC: 1.088 | HLN: 197
  • Primetime: FNC: 2.231 | CNN: 532 | MSNBC: 1.881 | HLN: 238
4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC Cavuto:
1.471
Five:
2.319
Baier:
2.327
MacCallum:
2.007
Carlson:
2.591
Hannity:
2.255
Ingraham:
1.846
Bream:
1.232
CNN Tapper:
731
Blitzer:
712
Blitzer:
568
Burnett:
553
Special:
676
Bell:
553
Bell:
367
Bell:
348
MSNBC Wallace:
979
MTPDaily:
1.054
Melber:
1.164
Matthews:
1.514
Hayes:
1.569
Maddow:
2.286
O’Donnell:
1.780
Wlms:
1.469
HLN Michaela:
70
Files:
80
Files:
139
Files:
199
Files:
249
Files:
235
Files:
232
Files:
310

Total Viewers SATURDAY. Another weekend of Fox domination. 

  • Total day: FNC: 1.229 | CNN:  572 |  MSNBC: 566 | HLN: 273
  • Prime time: FNC: 1.550 | CNN: 484 | MSNBC: 576 | HLN: 298
4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC NwsHQ:
869
NwsHQ:
949
NwsHQ:
1.130
Report:
1.175
Watters:
1.768
Pirro:
1.488
Gutfeld:
1.394
Watters:
1.019
CNN Nwsrm:
530
Nwsrm:
584
Smerc:
552
Nwsrm:
584
70s:
477
70s:
474
70s:
502
70s:
445
MSNBC News:
614
News:
627
Hayes:
539
Maddow:
675
Velshi:
584
Spcl.:
575
Spcl.:
570
Dateline:
341
HLN Files:
236
Files:
265
Files:
217
Files:
214
Files:
252
Files:
294
Files:
348
Files:
387

Total Viewers SUNDAY, CHRISTMAS EVE. LOW AUDIENCE — FOX WIN.

  • Total day: FNC: 1.009 | CNN: 495 | MSNBC: 393 | HLN: 262
  • Prime time: FNC: 870 | CNN: 397 | MSNBC: 278 | HLN: 289
4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC NwsHQ:
771
Five:
906
NwsHQ:
838
Report:
835
BaierSpcl.:
950
KlmdeSpcl.:
877
BaierSpcl.:
784
BaierSpcl.:
757
CNN Nwsrm:
348
Bourdain:
373
Nwsrm:
289
Bourdain:
314
Bourdain:
378
Bourdain:
429
Bourdain:
383
Bourdain:
370
MSNBC News:
449
Hayes:
424
MTP:
388
Williams:
390
Hedlinrs:
339
Spcl.:
273
Spcl.:
221
Dateline:
244
HLN Spcl.:
162
Files:
176
Files:
107
Files:
126
Files:
242
Files:
293
Files:
330
Files:
432

2017 Ratings: Fox News Is Most-Watched Cable Network For Second Consecutive Year.

By A.J. Katz Comment

For the second year in a row, Fox News was the most-watched cable television network. Fox News posted double digit growth in total day and its 1.5 million viewer average is Fox News’s largest average audience on a 24-hour basis since the network launched in 1996.

And the blockbuster ratings came despite the departures of the network’s two biggest stars.

Below are 2017 Nielsen live+same-day numbers through December 24:

  • Primetime (Mon-Sun): 2,421,000 Total Viewers /  486,000 A25-54
  • Total Day (Mon-Sun): 1,501,000 Total Viewers /  320,000 A25-54

The year began with the stunning departure of Fox News prime time host, Megyn Kelly, who left Fox News for NBC News. In the spring, Kelly’s lead-in, cable TV’s most-watched personality for two decades, Bill O’Reilly, exited due to sexual harassment complaints. Those departures, and others, set off a host of programming changes that continued into October.

“Throughout this past year, Fox News has continued to prove its dominance in the television landscape despite many changes and one of the most intense news years on record,” said Fox News programming president Suzanne Scott.

Fox News was flat in prime time viewers, but was up +1 percent in the ad-friendly adults 25-54 demo compared to 2016.

“For a news channel to experience growth following an election year is unprecedented and we are grateful to our loyal viewers for once again making us the most-watched network in all of cable,” Scott added.

The network’s juggernaut morning program, Fox & Friends, had its most-watched year in network history, averaging nearly 1.6 million total viewers (up +25 percent from 2016).

Other daytime programs which won their respective hours include Outnumbered Overtime with Harris Faulker, which averaged 1.59 million total viewers at 1 p.m. and The Daily Briefing withDana Perino, which averaged 1.56 million total viewers at 2 p.m.

At 5 p.m., The Five averaged 2.7 million total viewers and 475,000 in A25-54. At 6 p.m., the network’s political news program Special Report with Bret Baier averaged 2.4 million total viewers and 444,000 in the A25-54. At 7 p.m. ET, The Story with Martha MacCallum delivered 2.1 million total viewers and 413,000 in A25-54.

Then there’s the network’s signature prime time daypart. For the first time in network history, Hannity topped all of cable news with 3.18 million viewers and 645,000 in A25-54. That’s double digit growth versus 2016.

At 8 p.m., Tucker Carlson Tonight was the second-most watched program for the year in total viewers with 2.7 million viewers and averaged 540,000 with A25-54.  At 10 p.m., The Ingraham Angle, ranked No. 5 in total viewers with 2.5 million and No. 4 with A25-54 since it launched back in the fall.

2017 Ratings: MSNBC Has Best Year Ever, Sees Most Growth On Cable

By A.J. Katz 

Cable TV news is as popular as it has ever been and the biggest gainer of the big three cable networks is MSNBC.

The NBCU network grew its prime time audience by more than half a million viewers this year (+550,000) versus 2016. No other cable network saw that type of year-over-year total audience growth.

MSNBC finished 2017 as the third-most-watched basic cable network in Monday – Sunday prime time, only behind powerhouses Fox News and ESPN. The network also finished No. 3 in total day viewers, behind Fox News and Nickelodeon.

Below are 2017 Nielsen live+same-day numbers through December 24:

  • Primetime (Mon-Sun): 1,631,000 Total Viewers / 370,000 A25-54
  • Total Day (Mon-Sun): 889,000 Total Viewers / 203,000 A25-54

During the Obama years, the network’s prime time slate delivered solid audiences. But it’s taken the election of Pres. Trump, and the coverage of his administration, to make MSNBC a consistent Top 5 network.

MSNBC was up +51 percent in total prime time viewers and up +37 percent in the prime time demo. Across the total day, MSNBC saw +47 percent growth in viewers, and was up +33 percent in the demo.

This was also the first time MSNBC scored a yearly victory over CNN in the prime time demo, measuring Monday – Sunday. MSNBC averaged 370,000 adults 25-54 to CNN’s 369,000.

Several MSNBC programs set network records. Brian Williams was No. 1 in cable news at 11 p.m. Morning Joe shattered records for the second consecutive year, both in total viewers and in the A25-54 demo, and defeated CNN in total viewers for the 8th straight year.

Rachel Maddow, which earned two News and Documentary Emmys in 2017, defeated CNN’s 9 p.m. hour for the 8th straight year. In addition to the critical accolades, The Rachel Maddow Show delivered the largest total audience and A25-54 demo audience for any MSNBC program ever (2.55 million total viewers, 586,000 adults 25-54.)

Maddow finished as the No. 2 show on cable news, behind Hannity, in the A25-54 demo.

Each program’s A25-54 delivery in 2017 is worth noting. Hannity’s 645,000 adults 25-54 average comes from only 57 telecasts in the 9 p.m. hour, while Maddow’s 586,000 adults 25-54 delivery comes from 245 telecasts in the hour. (Hannity moved to 9 p.m. in September.)

At 10 p.m., The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell beat CNN Tonight with Don Lemon, both in total viewers and in the demo.

The newly-launched Deadline: White House, hosted by Nicolle Wallace, MSNBC Live with Velshi & Ruhle and The Beat with Ari Melber all defeated CNN in total viewers this year, and delivered the network’s largest yearly audience ever in their respective hours. MSNBC Live with Hallie Jackson at 10 a.m.; Andrea Mitchell Reports at 12 p.m.; and AM Joy, hosted by Joy Reid at 10am on Saturdays also defeated CNN counterparts in total viewers.

In addition to the aforementioned shows, MTP Daily, hosted by Chuck Todd, Hardball with Chris Matthews, All In with Chris Hayes also delivered the network’s largest audiences ever in their respective timeslots.

2017 Ratings: CNN Has Its Largest Audience Ever, But Sees Prime Time Losses

By A.J. Katz 

For CNN, 2017 was a year like no other. And no, we’re not just talking about the unprecedented social media attacks launched at the network by the President of the United States. We’re also talking about ratings.

2017 was CNN’s most-watched year in network history. The 779,000 total viewer average (No. 5 across all of basic cable) is up +3 percent from 2016.

Below are 2017 Nielsen live+same-day numbers through December 24:

  • Primetime (Mon-Sun): 1,055,000 Total Viewers / 369,000 A25-54
  • Total Day (Mon-Sun):  779,000 Total Viewers /  256,000 A25-54

CNN was up even more in the all-important adults 25-54 demo, up +10 percent in total day compared to the network’s delivery in 2016, an election year.

CNN is especially strong in presidential election years during prime time, broadcasting major political debates, town halls and other events. So it’s not a total shock then that CNN was down in prime time audience this year, a non-election year. The network dropped -16 percent in total viewers, and was down -15 percent in the prime time demo (A25-54) compared to last year.

That said, CNN improved upon its 2009 prime time ratings performance among adults 25-54 this year by double digits. up +44 percent.

Several CNN programs smashed previous network ratings records in 2017, including: New Day with Chris Cuomo and Alisyn Camerota, The Lead with Jake Tapper, The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, Erin Burnett Outfront, Anderson Cooper 360 and CNN Tonight with Don Lemon. All of these shows are up double digits versus last year in the A25-54 demo.

The network was especially strong in the coveted demo on weekends, defeating both Fox News and MSNBC on weekend afternoons, and on Sunday evenings. CNN led on Sunday evenings with its original series, including Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown, and This is Life with Lisa Ling, among others.

Heading to the holiday ….

Editor’s Note:

With the holiday week upcoming we want first to wish our loyal readers the best of holidays and new year ahead. May it be a healthy and successful one for you.
We will cease regular publication of this blog, and send only updates on the ratings so many like. If some news breaks we will do a special blog.
Thank you one and all for your support and readership.
Happy Holidays to you and yours.

The Tax Cut Passes:

We’ve spent a good amount of time and space reviewing this plan. With its passing, it is now up to individuals to decide who was telling the truth.
Does it put more money in your pocket as Trump and team say, or is it the worst bill ever as Pelosi and team say?
Does it stop the job exodus and begin to bring jobs back?
Does it create new jobs and put people to work?
Or, was it just “corporate welfare” so companies can make more money?
Does it drive GDP growth?
Does it keep the stock market up at record heights?
Or, does it destroy the economy as Schumer, Pelosi and team say?
You get to watch, experience and decide.

Our final thoughts on this are these:
You saw that every Democrat in the House and Senate voted no on the bill. They stayed in complete lock step. A question:
Do you know what their (Democrat Plan) on taxes was?
Us either.
They didn’t have one, they were only about making noise on why your federal tax should not be cut.
Think about that.
All that noise was about saying “no” to any cuts.

Second, when you hear Governors like Cuomo (NY) and Brown (Ca) denounce the plan for the limited state and local tax deduction allowed, ask this question.
How about you lowering taxes in your state (13% in CA and NYC) and giving your citizens back some of the dollars they earned?
Instead of criticizing Congress for doing this on a national level, why don’t you do the same.
And if you decide not too, stop expecting the rest of the country to pay for your extravagance.

On Trump’s Performance

We’ve been as vocal as anyone (beginning before he took office) on what the President has to stop recklessly tweeting.

We’ve also been clear on our disdain for the MSM coverage of this presidency. The numbers don’t lie — 91% negative.
As we head to the holiday here are seven positives of the past year the media doesn’t cover:

  1. Remember the issues with Trump and Latino’s? Well Latino unemployment is at a record low of 4,7%.  Hear that?

  2. Black Unemployment? At a 17 Year low? Did you know that? 
    At 7.3 percent, the black unemployment rate still needs to improve, but not since hitting 7 percent in 2000 have things looked this good, most especially after nearly two decades of double-digit unemployment.

  3. Real economic growth:
    After an unexpectedly high growth rate of 3.3 percent in the third quarter of 2017 (and that is with two devastating hurricanes), projections for the fourth quarter have edged into the magic number closer to 4 percent.
  4. Economic Optimism in the American economy.
    This leads to investor confidence and consumer spending. That drives manufacturing and shipping of products needed to fill those needs. This leads to a booming economy.
    For the first time in more than a decade, a majority of Americans see our economy as “good or excellent.”
    In fact, a near record of 41 percent believe 2018 will see an even better economy and their home values rise; 42 percent believe their wages will increase.
  5. The stock market boom.
    Today millions of working and middle-class Americans invest in the stock market through various retirement accounts. Every announcement of a new record is like a cash register ringing for them.
  6. Jobs:
    America now enjoys an unemployment rate of just 4.1 percent, the lowest since 2000.
  1. The increase in Manufacturer jobs.
    In the final year of the Obama presidency, America lost a net of 16,000 manufacturing jobs.  So far in 2017, a full 171,000 manufacturing jobs have been created.
    In fact, manufacturing unemployment rate is just 2.6 percent, the lowest ever recorded.
    Remember what Obama said?
    “When somebody says like the person you just mentioned who I’m not going to advertise for, that he’s going to bring all these jobs back. Well how exactly are you going to do that? What are you going to do? There’s uh-uh no answer to it. He just says. ‘I’m going to negotiate a better deal.’ Well, how? How exactly are you going to negotiate that? What magic wand do you have? And usually the answer is, he doesn’t have an answer”.

    There you are seven things to think about and the MSM won’t mention, even in this season of good cheer. At the bottom of the ratings we reprinted a story about the media if you want to read it.

The Ratings

Below are the ratings for Saturday, Sunday, Monday and the week of December 11.

Total Viewers SATURDAY. Once again Fox dominates the weekend night.

  • Total day: FNC: 1.279 | CNN: 613 |  MSNBC: 573 | HLN: 288
  • Prime time: FNC: 1.795 | CNN: 553 | MSNBC: 492 | HLN: 335
4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC NwsHQ:
847
NwsHQ:
1.033
NwsHQ:
1.088
Report:
1.182
Watters:
1.728
Pirro:
2.009
Gutfeld:
1.647
Watters:
1.046
CNN Nwsrm:
556
Nwsrm:
620
Smerc:
531
Nwsrm:
680
Nwsrm:
644
80s:
535
80s:
480
80s:
439
MSNBC News:
607
News:
629
Hayes:
585
Maddow:
607
O’Donnell:
554
Williams:
512
Hdlinrs:
408
Dateline:
360
HLN Files:
263
Files:
252
Files:
251
Files:
288
Files:
325
Files:
324
Files:
357
Files:
422

Total Viewers SUNDAY. Another Fox dominant night.

  • Total day: FNC: 1.279 | CNN: 613 |  MSNBC: 573 | HLN: 288
  • Prime time: FNC: 1.795 | CNN: 553 | MSNBC: 492 | HLN: 335
4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC NwsHQ:
847
NwsHQ:
1.033
NwsHQ:
1.088
Report:
1.182
Watters:
1.728
Pirro:
2.009
Gutfeld:
1.647
Watters:
1.046
CNN Nwsrm:
556
Nwsrm:
620
Smerc:
531
Nwsrm:
680
Nwsrm:
644
80s:
535
80s:
480
80s:
439
MSNBC News:
607
News:
629
Hayes:
585
Maddow:
607
O’Donnell:
554
Williams:
512
Hdlinrs:
408
Dateline:
360
HLN Files:
263
Files:
252
Files:
251
Files:
288
Files:
325
Files:
324
Files:
357
Files:
422

Total Viewers MONDAY. Fox wins day, night and all 4-11 slots.

  • Total day: FNC: 1.951 | CNN: 831 | MSNBC: 1.244 | HLN: 210
  • Primetime: FNC: 2.737 | CNN: 907 | MSNBC: 2.128 | HLN: 213
4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC Cavuto:
1.817
Five:
2.670
Baier:
2.727
MacCallum:
2.376
Carlson:
2.960
Hannity:
2.796
Ingraham:
2.453
Bream:
1.474
CNN Tapper:
1.017
Blitzer:
1.055
Blitzer:
931
Burnett:
1.023
Cooper:
945
Cooper:
892
Lemon:
880
Lemon:
707
MSNBC Wallace:
1.159
MTPDaily:
1.280
Melber:
1.491
Matthews:
1.859
Hayes:
1.878
Maddow:
2.550
O’Donnell:
1.955
Wlms:
1.413
HLN Michaela:
89
S.E.Cupp:
75
Banfield:
113
Banfield:
113
Files:
135
Files:
214
Files:
290
Files:
359

 

EVENING NEWS RATINGS for the week of Dec. 11: ABC wins total. NBC wins demo group.

  • Total Viewers: ABC: 9.323 M / NBC: 8.882 M / CBS: 6.711 M
  • A25-54 viewers: ABC: 1.914 M / NBC: 2.071 M / CBS: 1.405 M

Morning show ratings for the week of Dec. 11: NBC continues to win minus Lauer.

  • Total Viewers: NBC: 4.568 M / ABC: 4.509 M / CBS: 3.695 M
  • A25-54 viewers: NBC: 1.688 M / ABC: 1.439 M / CBS: 1.004 M

Here are the top 5 basic cable networks for the week of Dec. 11:

Prime Time (Total Viewers)

  1. ESPN (2,750,000)
  2. Hallmark (2,524,000)
  3. Fox News (2,496,000
  4. MSNBC (2,023,000)
  5. Freeform (1,377,000)

Total Day (Total Viewers)

  1. Fox News (1,508,000)
  2. Hallmark (1,270,000)
  3. MSNBC (1,098,000)
  4. Nickelodeon (974,000)
  5. ESPN (932,000)

Moving over to the business news side – Fox Business defeated rival CNBC in total business day viewers for the 28th consecutive week last week (231,000 vs. 192,000). For the 69th consecutive week, Lou Dobbs Tonight was the most-watched show in business TV news. Along with Dobbs,Stuart Varney, Liz Claman and Neil Cavuto won their respective timeslots in total viewers.

Reprint of Article:

“Our record as journalists in covering this Trump story and the Russian story is pretty good,” legendary reporter Carl Bernstein recently claimed. Pretty good? If there’s a major news story over the past 70 years that the American media have botched more often because of bias and wishful thinking, I’d love to hear about it.

Four big scoops recently run by major news organizations, written by top reporters and, presumably, churned through layers of scrupulous editing, turned out to be completely wrong. Reuters, Bloomberg and others reported that special counsel Robert Mueller’s office had subpoenaed President Trump’s records from Deutsche Bank. Trump’s attorney says it hadn’t.

ABC reported that candidate Trump had directed Michael Flynn to make contact with Russian officials before the election. He didn’t (as far as we know). The New York Times ran a story claiming that K.T. McFarland, a former member of the Trump transition team, had acknowledged collusion. She hadn’t.

Then, CNN topped off the week by falsely reporting that the Trump campaign had been offered access to hacked Democratic National Committee e-mails before they were published. It had not.

Forget your routine bias. These were four bombshells disseminated to millions of Americans by breathless anchors, pundits and analysts, all of whom are feeding frenzied expectations about Trump-Russia collusion that have now been internalized by many as indisputable truths. All four pieces, incidentally, are useless without their central faulty claims. Yet there they sit. And these are only four of dozens of other stories that have fizzled over the year.

If we are to accept the special pleadings of journalists, we have to believe these were all honest mistakes. They may be. But a person might then ask: Why is it that every one of the dozens of honest mistakes is prejudiced in the very same way? Why hasn’t there been a single major honest mistake that diminishes the Trump-Russia collusion story? Why is there never an honest mistake that indicts Democrats?

Maybe the problem is that too many people are working backward from a preconception. Maybe newsrooms have too many people who view the world through an identical prism — which is to say they believe he stole the election with the help of Russians.

For instance, the CNN reporters who wrote the DNC story contend they had two sources who told them Donald Trump Jr. was offered encryption codes to look at hacked DNC emails. They both must have lied to them about the same date on the same e-mail. CNN says that the duo followed “editorial process” in reporting the piece. This brings three lines of questioning to mind.

First: Do news organizations typically run stories about documents they’ve never authenticated? Can they point to a single story about the Obama administration CNN has written using a similar process?

Second: Why would two independent sources lie about a date on the e-mail to Trump Jr. if they didn’t want to mislead the public? And how independent could they really be? How many stories regarding the Russian-collusion investigation has CNN run from these same sources?

Three: If sources lie to you, why not burn them? There may be good reasons to avoid exposing a dishonest source. Perhaps it will scare away legitimate whistleblowers. Perhaps reporters want to preserve relationships with those in power — because they may help on other stories in the future. At the end of the day, you’re in contest for information.

But these people have put the reporters’ reputation, even their jobs, in danger. Moreover, they have engaged in a serious abuse of the public trust and an abuse of power.

Who knows how many of these mistakes, spread over numerous outlets, came from the same sources? This seems newsworthy.

When honest mistakes are found, the reflex of many journalists has been portraying themselves as sentinels of free speech and democracy. Often they will attempt to do this by contrasting their track record on truth with that of Donald Trump. Yes, Trump is a fabulist. And maybe one day Robert Mueller will inform us that the administration colluded with Russia.

What it has not done up to this point, however, is undermine the ability of the press to report stories accurately. Trump didn’t make your activist source lie.

The fact that many political journalists (not all) have a political agenda is not new, but if they become a proxy of operatives who peddle falsehoods, they will soon lose credibility with an even bigger swath of the country. They will have themselves to blame.

Tax Vote Update

Today the house and senate will likely vote to pass the tax bill and no Democrat will vote for it. What a shame.

Add, that no one is holding Democrats in red states accountable for voting against their own citizen interest and it shows a media bias.

The MSM all day will be playing how this will be a tax increase for the low and middle class. How? The bill raises the standard deduction to $24,000 before you owe a penny.  Then taxes kick in at 3% less than the current and go to higher levels than before.
How?

You have to watch what they are saying. In ten years taxes could go up for personal rates. Why? We told you of the Byrd Rule (Democrat senator from W.Va.). Here’s the rule:

The Byrd Rule is a United States Senate rule that amends the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 to allow Senators during the Reconciliation Process to block legislation if it possibly would increase significantly the federal deficit beyond a ten-year term or is otherwise an “extraneous matter” as set forth in the Budget …

So they have to write it in a way that congress gets to continue the cuts in ten years.
Not telling people this is the MSM bias to hit conservatives.

And how if the cuts go away do the rich profit? Someone tell me. They will get hit harder.

Anyway watch the coverage and the unfairness. People get to keep more of their own money and the MSM thinks it’s bad.

As for the blue states that will see less of an increase in their take home than the red states. Here’s a novel idea. Vote in leaders who think you have the right to keep more of your own income; and can it spend it instead of them.

The Ratings:

Total Viewers Friday. Fox wins day and night. 

  • Total Day: FNC: 1.818 | CNN: 772 | MSNBC: 1.283 | HLN: 203
  • Primetime: FNC: 2.719 | CNN: 804  | MSNBC: 2.122 | HLN: 273
4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC Cavuto:
1.610
TheFive:
2.401
Baier:
2.432
MacCallum:
2.078
Carlson:
2.795
Hannity:
2.892
Ingraham:
2.466
Bream:
1.499
CNN Tapper:
940
Blitzer:
944
Blitzer:
906
Burnett:
980
Cooper:
1063
Cooper:
858
HeroSpcl:
482
CNNSpcl:
491
MSNBC Wallace:
1.211
MTP:
1.309
Melber:
1.317
Matthews:
1.613
Hayes:
1.739
Maddow:
2.615
O’Donnell:
2.007
Wlms:
1.507
HLN Michaela:
57
Files:
75
Files:
107
Files:
196
Files:
229
Files:
278
Files:
313
Files:
337

It’s Tiring …..

On Tax Cuts

You can argue tax cuts, who should get what, pay what, if all should pay some, and what should be raised and reduced. What drives us to anger is the constant negativity of the left and MSM.

Allow us one more time to provide our thoughts on the continued diatribe.

First, they might have some credibility if they weren’t spouting the same talking points before the bill was even released. The details weren’t out and the liberals and MSM were talking the same anti noise.

Second, make up your mind on one thing. You keep saying this cut will be a big boost for the President’s personal income. Trump profits, you shout.
Then later you say it is going to hurt people in NY because of the deduction loss of state and local taxes.
Since Trump and his family are residents of NYC, make up your mind.

Next, stop misrepresenting the elimination of the Obamacare mandate. Thirteen million will not be left without coverage. No one loses anything.
All the law says is you have the right to choose to buy it or not. Choosing is a different path than someone taking something from you.
In this case you can actually “keep your coverage” if you choose.

And STOP already with this “corporate welfare” talking point. Even your sainted leaders Obama and Clinton thought we were uncompetitive at 35%. Why can’t the MSM present all the facts on this?
It’s why companies move their HQ’s out of the U.S. and keep profits parked overseas. Are we lowering the rate to be more competitive or give corporations more money? You know the answer but the MSM keeps presenting it as “corporate welfare”.
If they want to know what welfare is I suggest they look at food stamps and what happened under the previous administration.  There were 28 million  people on food stamps at the start of the administration and 44 million at the end. An increase of 16 million.
Becoming competitive with corporate rates is designed to create jobs and maybe what they call  “corporate welfare” can produce jobs and reduce other welfare.

The next talking point is another not fully explained. They said corporate cuts are permanent, while tax cuts are scheduled to go away in 2025. Why don’t you explain that this is in the bill because it is the law? It’s a rule passed by congress that says anything increasing the deficit must be reviewed in seven years? In 2025 if the deficit is up, congress reviews and makes a call. Do you think Republicans will want to increase taxes then, or Democrats?
One more thing on this. You can’t make corporate taxes temporary. Would you as a CEO move dollars and HQ’s back knowing your rates will increase 14% in a few years? Of course not.
But why tell the American people the facts when you can spout garbage?

Then there’s the deficit. The Democrats, after supporting the last administrations doubling the deficit of every President from Washington through Bush are now concerned. Spare me the false concern, but if you were sincere I have a solution for you. Two in fact:
First, every tax cut drives revenue. The problem is you spend the increased dollars. How about not spending the money? Then people could keep more of their own earned money and spend it how they want. Isn’t that a novel idea?
Second, all I hear is you yelling about allowing people to keep their earned dollars because you need it to spend. How about just cutting spending. How come you have so many solutions on how I should spend my dollars but you never cut a program you created that spends too much?

Finally, on the whole SALT issue. There are arguments on both sides. We come down squarely on the side that the federal government is one thing and the state government is another.
Why the people of “fairness” in the media think the people in low tax states should pay more federal tax because of the high tax states, is beyond us. What the states choose to do is their choice. If NYC, as an example, has a 13% state and city rate because they want special programs, that’s their business. Why is that Texas or North Dakota’s problem?
Imagine if Texas decided to have a law that funded free guns for every citizen through a tax. Should New Yorkers pay more federal tax  because of that? If you say no to that, then you cannot argue the salt tax exclusion. The fancy of any state is their own responsibility and not the rest of the country.

Now, all that said, does everything in this tax cut excite us? No. We are angry at the little deals that had to be made to get 50 Republicans on board. We wish 100 senators would have looked out for the best interests of our citizens and voted for a clean bill that would have cut taxes, created jobs and driven the economy. But too many looked for talking points and opportunity rather than the greater good.

Other News:

We saw Paul Krugman of the NYT on a Sunday show as an expert on the tax bill and why it was so bad. The same Paul Krugman who wrote this on election night:
“It really does look like ‘President Donald Trump’, and markets are plunging. If the question is when markets will recover, a first-pass answer is ‘never'”.
The man who said the markets would plummet and never recover under Trump is now the expert on why this tax cut is not good.
Paul, the market has 65 new highs this year. We’ll pass on your advice.

Remember when Philadelphia passed the penny per ounce soda tax (and we correctly predicted it would fail miserably)? Here’s their latest crazy idea.
The Philadelphia’s City Council voted to remove bulletproof glass windows from certain local businesses Thursday. The council passed the measure by a vote of 14-3 to remove protective glass that separates customers from the cash register.
The biggest uproar is from minority store owners. Don’t they know liberals know what is best for them?

The Ratings

Total Viewers Thursday. Fox wins day and night. MSNBC wins 10 & 11. 

  • Total day: FNC: 1.854 | CNN: 861 | MSNBC: 1.429 | HLN: 230
  • Primetime: FNC: 2.909 | CNN: 1.144 | MSNBC: 2.574 | HLN: 268
4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC Cavuto:
1.457
Five:
2.422
Baier:
2.621
MacCallum:
2.323
Carlson:
3.008
Hannity:
3.247
Ingraham:
2.470
Bream:
1.540
CNN Tapper:
962
Blitzer:
925
Blitzer:
980
Burnett:
957
Cooper:
1.233
Cooper:
1.127
Lemon:
1.065
Lemon:
843
MSNBC Wallace:
1.210
MTPDaily:
1.394
Melber:
1.569
Matthews:
2.034
Hayes:
2.128
Maddow:
3.107
O’Donnell:
2.483
Wlms:
1.692
HLN Michaela:
123
SE Cupp:
79
Banfield:
112
Banfield:
150
Files:
185
Files:
280
Files:
341
Files:
405

 

Some Tidbits ….

Some Little Known Tidbits:

Here are a few administration accomplishments that you don’t hear much about amid all the negative noise out there.

Regulations:

Ask anyone who has run a business or worked in one how much government regulations have caused it pained.

Well, did you know that President Trump’s administration has cut 22 regulations for every one it has passed? A major accomplishment and one of the reasons companies are doing so well and the market is roaring.

A second area this has impacted is energy independence. We have for over forty years strived to accomplish this. We have made progress this year.
The administration has approved the previously stalled Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines, lifted restrictions on American energy and ended the war on coal.

The President said this:
“The never-ending growth of red tape in America has come to a sudden, screeching and beautiful halt.”

It has made a difference. More people need to know and understand this.

Judgeships:
President Donald Trump’s 12th federal appeals court nominee was approved by the Senate this week. This set a record for the most circuit court picks confirmed during a president’s first year in office.

The President has selected young conservatives for the lifetime posts. These judges and their impact will easily outlast his presidency. The judges have significant say in almost every area policy. Just look at the 9th circuit and the impact it had on the travel ban.

Add Neil Gorsch to the Supreme Court and the next time you think it wouldn’t have made a difference if Hillary won — remember this.
Judges have long term impacts.

The NFL Ratings:

It didn’t get much play in the MSM but the average TV audience through last Monday night dipped to 8.4 percent below last year.
Think about that. The ratings were down last year and it was blamed on the election year and the politics of the presidential race. Every expert expected an uptick this year.

The NFL is now averaging 15.3 million viewers per game this season, down from 16.7 million last season, according to Nielsen.
That means the total audience watching all NFL games is down 120 million from last season.

This will have an impact when they begin negotiating ad rates and coverage.

The Next Turn:

Yesterday a Democratic Woman candidate for the House had to quit the race. Why? Sexual Harassment charges against her by a male colleague.

She was running in one of the 23 districts that Hillary won but had a Republican congressional person. She had the endorsement of Emily’s List, a liberal women’s group that has raised more than a half-million dollars to help female candidates who support abortion rights.

For those old enough to remember the Virginia Slims ads — “We’ve come a long way baby”

The Ratings

Total Viewers Wednesday. — Post Election. A close race.

  • Total day: FNC: 1.820 | CNN: 1.040 | MSNBC: 1.562 | HLN: 206
  • Primetime: FNC: 2.818 | CNN: 1.263 | MSNBC: 2.697 | HLN: 226
4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC Cavuto:
1.440
Five:
2.231
Baier:
2.199
MacCallum:
2.087
Carlson:
2.890
Hannity:
3.115
Ingraham:
2.450
Bream:
1.637
CNN Tapper:
1.127
Blitzer:
1.086
Blitzer:
1.002
Burnett:
1.081
Cooper:
1.338
Cooper:
1.292
Lemon:
1.154
Lemon:
942
MSNBC Wallace:
1.347
MTPDaily:
1.552
Melber:
1.604
Matthews:
2.053
Hayes:
2.414
Maddow:
3.239
O’Donnell:
2.434
Wlms:
1.745
HLN Michaela:
82
S.E.Cupp:
54
Banfield:
87
Banfield:
104
Files:
151
Files:
252
Files:
277
Files:
394

 

Another week …..

We come to the end of another eventful week. Here’s some catch-up, new information and thoughts:

The WSJ had a story yesterday that backed up what we have been telling you concerning the 2018 elections. Here is an excerpt.

“FOR 2018 AND BEYOND, Mr. Jones’s win shows that Democrats are proving more eager to vote than are Republicans. The enthusiasm gap was powered by the fact that African-American voters were motivated. Voter turnout was down on Tuesday compared with the 2016 presidential election, which is normal for a special election. But it was down much less in counties with large African-American populations, where Mr. Jones captured 60% or more of the vote”.

OPINION:
Trump and the Republicans need to build some enthusiasm and can only do that by uniting and sticking to message. Right now they are not close. Trump has no party leadership support and the message is unfocused.

Continue reading “Another week …..”

Some Thoughts …..

Yesterday we said the President was playing right into the hands of his opposition with his continued ego laden tweets. He can’t accept blame for anything, and truly puts his staff in a very difficult position. They are always playing defense and that mentality is tiring. It makes their mounting any offensive effort very hard, and there is much to attack.

To survive and have a chance to win any second term the President needs a clear message and attack plan. His inability to focus on a message is because he must defend himself. An example yesterday was saying he told us Moore “couldn’t win”. Forgetting of course that he did all he could to try and assure he did. A Friday night rally in Florida on the Alabama border. A robo call he produced. So why turn on Moore now? Simply because Moore lost and he must defend his honor. Too late. Just congratulate Jones, lick your wounds and get on with governing.

The President must focus and refine his message. He can run against the congress, the MSM media and hysterical liberal charges. Help is all around if he could focus. Here are some examples:

Congress is about to miss the deadline set for them to provide input on the Iran nuclear deal. Back in October the President did not want to certify Iran’s compliance. Many erupted. The media went wild. The President gave congress time to add input. Time is up. They have failed.
Now they will criticize whatever he does, but here is a major issue and he went to them. Nothing back.
Doesn’t that make an easy issue to present and run against those who  accuse him of all sorts of things? When given a chance to provide vital input they do not make a call. A winning opportunity.
Watch how he handles it. We predict it will be lost in the weeds of mindless tweets.

CNN again. This time they are backtracking on a report that accused Attorney General Sessions of violating the law. They reported earlier this year that Sessions had failed to disclose contacts he had with Russian officials on a security form. It was a big deal, proving collusion to some.
Now it is saying that an FBI agent told Sessions that “he was not required to list foreign government contacts while in official government business unless he developed personal relationships from such contacts”.  In May they were insistent that Sessions was required to list “any contact” with a “foreign government” or its “representatives” over the past seven years on the security clearance application.
Easy to attack the false news hysteria and begin to lay out a pattern of reporting on him.

CNN, CBS and NBC all made the same mistake when they reported that Donald Trump Jr. had received an email offering them access to hacked Democratic emails before they became public, when in fact, that email came after the emails were publicly disclosed.
Their rush to disclose negative news on the administration should be an easy issue.

The Media Research Center has been documenting coverage all year and outlined how the Trump presidency has been hit with “unrelenting hostility”.
The latest numbers show that coverage of Trump on the ABC, CBS and NBC evening newscasts in September, October and November was more than 90 percent negative. Read that again — more than 90% negative.  Think about that in light of jobs, unemployment rates and the stock market. 90% negative. Here’s the number of positive and negative reports by month:

                                                Think about these numbers:
In September, there were just 31 pro-Trump statements on the Big Three vs. 359 negative.
In October, the number of positive statements grew to 41, while the negative statements swelled to 435.

In November, there was somewhat less coverage of the President, as they raced to cover the allegations against Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore, but the ratio remained essentially unchanged: 33 positive statements vs. 320 negative statements.

Add it all up, and coverage of Trump has been 91 percent negative during the past three months.
Their study of news in June, July and August found an identical 91% negative rating.
It all adds up to a MSM that is hostile toward the President.

Easy numbers to present to the public in a rational manner. Can he do it?

The Mueller Probe is beginning to smell.

Why did he staff it with a seemingly 100% pro Hillary and anti Trump staff?
How can you argue fairness when an FBI agent on the case repeatably called the President a “douche” and thought he should never have been elected?
Then we find out this same FBI agent led the investigation of the Clinton email server and found no wrong doing.
Add we then learn he was one of two agents to interview and question Mike Flynn, leading to his indictment.

While he was doing all the name calling he was texting with an FBI lawyer on the Trump case. She agreed with the agent and his feelings.
Sounds pretty fair doesn’t it?  Want some more from these two key players?
“I am riled up. Trump is a f**king idiot, is unable to provide a coherent answer,” the agent wrote in one exchange on Oct. 20, 2016, in the hours following the final presidential debate. “I can’t pull away. What the f**k happened to our country??!?!”
“I don’t know. But we’ll get it back. We’re America. We rock.” the lawyer replied.

They also mock Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, with the lawyer saying he reminds her of “a turtle” and the agent responding back calling him a “droopy dog.”

Would you want these two judging you if you were Trump?

Despite what Deputy AG Rosenstein testified to yesterday this is an easy attack opportunity for the President. But he can’t stop tweeting other junk long enough to build a case.

On Moore:

The exit polls told a dangerous story for Trump and the Republicans.
Women made up a majority of the electorate and went for the Democratic Jones over Republican Moore 58% to 41%.
Nonwhite voters, principally African-Americans, made up one-third of the electorate and went for the Democrat 88% to 11%.
Voters under the age of 30 went for Jones by a 60%-to-38% margin.

The Republican brand base is too small for success in a changing America.

The Tax Bill:

We’ll await the final bill, but almost every revision we heard yesterday coming out of the joint conference did not excite us. In a desire to get a bill, this is turning into just another Washington bill. Too bad.

To the senators from Connecticut who keep complaining that the tax bill will hurt their state, you have far more problems than that. Try focusing on your state business. Here’s a report from the IRS today:

Released data from the Internal Revenue Service shows a record loss of high-income tax filers and their families in 2015 following the state’s second largest tax increase.
A total of $2.6 billion in adjusted gross income was lost to other states as Connecticut experienced a net loss of roughly 20,179 residents.
The largest group of tax filers leaving the state were those earning over $200,000 per year. Between 2015 and 2016, Connecticut saw a net loss of 2,050 tax filers who earn more than $200,000 per year, the most since the IRS began tracking that income bracket.

Senators, the President and Republican Congress had nothing to do with this. It was your Democrat Governor and Democrat legislature. Stop yelling out loud in Washington and look inside the state. Where by the way, your friend the Governor, yesterday announced he wanted to raise taxes again this year.

The Ratings:

Total Viewers Tuesday Election Night. Big Numbers. Fox wins.
They win 4-9, and MSNBC wins 10 & 11, CNN comes in second 10&11.
Democratic win drove viewership for MSNBC and CNN as election called.

  • Total day: FNC: 1.982 | CNN: 1.390 | MSNBC: 1.758 | HLN: 221
  • Primetime: FNC: 3.547 | CNN: 2.771 | MSNBC: 3.158 | HLN: 267
4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC Cavuto:
1.561
Five:
2.455
Baier:
2.714
MacCallum:
2.621
Carlson:
3.350
Hannity:
3.798
Ingraham:
3.486
Bream:
1.786
CNN Tapper:
1.239
Blitzer:
1.208
Blitzer:
1.138
Burnett:
1.473
Cooper:
2.339
Cooper:
2.460
Cooper:
3.493
Cooper:
3.188
MSNBC Wallace:
1.436
MTPDaily:
1.622
Melber:
1.713
Matthews:
2.267
Hayes:
2.612
Maddow:
3.102
O’Donnell:
3.745
Wlms:
3.654
HLN Michaela:
116
S.E.Cupp:
81
Banfield:
107
Banfield:
164
Files:
168
Files:
269
Files:
365
Files:
416

The Sunday Morning numbers for December 10:

Network Program Total Viewers A25-54
NBC Meet the Press  3.710 M
981 k
CBS Face the Nation (1/2 hr)  3.627 M 826 k
ABC This Week  2.930 M 730 k
FOX Fox News Sunday  1.619 M 493 k

 

 

 

Okay No Moore …

As this blog predicted from the day we asked Roy Moore to get out of the race, the Republicans gave up another sure win seat. You can add Roy Moore’s name to Todd Aiken (Mo.) and every time you see Senator Jones or Senator McCaskill vote “no” you can thank them. Their ego’s cost us all.

Let’s be clear here on who lost. Roy Moore lost.
He was charged with sexual molestation of teen age girls. He denied it, but not very well. His interview with Sean Hannity, and answer to the question, “did you date teenage girls when you were in your 30’s?  was so bad it cost him support. In fact every interview I saw him do was so weak I shook my head.
If he is innocent his inability to articulate a defense was so limited he doesn’t deserve a senate seat. His campaigning was so limited, he took this last weekend off. He went to the Army/Navy Football game. Who would do that and leave the state in a tight race? Meanwhile his opponent was all over the state saying “if you see Roy Moore call me”. His wife’s speech on election eve saying their lawyer “was a jew” to defend another charge was cringe worthy.

Our country is better without Roy Moore in the senate and the Republican Party is better for not standing with him.

As for Senator Jones, he will be in lock step with Schumer and Warren and anti administration. The warning for him is this. You sir will only serve two years, as you fill out the remainder of Jeff Sessions term. I have a feeling your time in office will be short.
Alabama Republicans, here’s some free advice:
Think Mo Brooks and nominate a candidate who will win.

Now Steve Bannon, do you get the message that your far right ideas are out of touch with the party and nation? Yes, you have a base, but so does Bernie on the other end. It’s in the middle with a slight tilt that you win. If you continue to drive primaries against Republicans in that area, and beat them, the party will be permanent minority. Stop.

The hypocrisy of the left will continue. They are now fully against misconduct like this. Well Chuck, Elizabeth, Nancy and Kirsten, some of us were against the Studds, Kennedy’s, Clinton’s and a host of others you supported before you discovered Moore. The difference is we were against Moore too. Your hypocrisy forces us to borrow a Hillary word. Deplorable.

And Then:

Then we have the President. Could he have put a dumber tweet out than the one he with Kirsten Gillibrand? They are clearly setting him up for all kind os sexual charges. All of this turning on their fellow Democrats is related to getting Trump in the spotlight. Megyn Kelly is part of it, as she had another woman on yesterday charging the President. There is a drip, drip, drip underway. So why would he text that message to add fodder to this?  Does he not get it? Is he that easily provoked?

For the first time we think the odds are moving forward to a real attempt to get the President. He and his staff better be alert and preparing a real offense.

What could that me?

The best bet for the President and his team is for Mueller to come back quickly and say there was no collusion. That would give him a platform to call charges ridiculous just like the collusion one. He could paint people as out of touch, just obstructionists and unable to accept election results.
Now we hear yesterday from the Presidents lawyers that Mueller and team are finished talking to the White House staff. If that’s true this may come to a close early in 2018.

Add the stories emerging about the bias of some on the investigative staff and maybe they can mount a counter of worth. The biggest obstacle to doing that would be the President and his inability to control outrageous messages.

The Ratings:

Here are ratings for Friday to Monday. Fox dominates until Monday. We suspect Tuesday’s will also be a toss up as election coverage takes over and the good news for stations like MSNBC and CNN to report the Jones win.

Also the weekly ratings are below as the morning and evening news. Take a look at the surprise in the morning shows.

Total Viewers: FRIDAY. A DOMINANT NIGHT FOR FOX.
  • Total day: FNC: 1.921 | CNN: 793 | MSNBC: 1373 | HLN: 206
  • Primetime: FNC: 3.093 | CNN: 935 | MSNBC: 2.279 | HLN: 215
4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC Cavuto:
1.749
TheFive:
2.424
Baier:
2.362
MacCallum:
2.271
Carlson:
3.240
Hannity:
3.458
Ingraham:
2.575
Bream:
1.682
CNN Tapper:
933
Blitzer:
994
Blitzer:
835
Burnett:
821
Cooper:
1.003
Cooper:
913
Lemon:
887
Lemon:
793
MSNBC Wallace:
1.406
MTP:
1.455
Melber:
1.444
Matthews:
1.628
Hayes:
1.858
Maddow:
2.596
O’Donnell:
2.380
Wlms:
1.637
HLN Michaela:
84
Files:
80
Files:
119
Crimes:
128
Crimes:
232
Crimes:
212
Files:
202
Files:
273

Total Viewers SATURDAY. FOX BEATS ALL OTHERS COMBINED.
Total day: FNC: 1.325 | CNN: 698 |  MSNBC: 665 | HLN: 296
Prime time: FNC: 1.873 | CNN: 602 | MSNBC: 726 | HLN: 385

4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC NwsHQ:
886
NwsHQ:
1.023
NwsHQ:
1.032
Report:
1.245
Watters:
1.922
Pirro:
2.083
Gutfeld:
1.613
Watters:
1.057
CNN Nwsrm:
687
Nwsrm:
764
Smerc:
728
Nwsrm:
685
Spcl.:
745
90s:
520
90s:
542
90s:
491
MSNBC News:
630
News:
709
Hayes:
654
Maddow:
805
O’Donnell:
873
Williams:
834
Dateline:
471
Dateline:
418
HLN Files:
252
Files:
228
Files:
320
Files:
372
Files:
405
Files:
377
Files:
354
Files:
358
Total Viewers SUNDAY. FOX DOMINATES AGAIN.
  • Total day: FNC: 1.070 | CNN: 627 | MSNBC: 525 | HLN: 268
  • Prime time: FNC: 1.189 | CNN: 570 | MSNBC: 594 | HLN: 418
4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC NwsHQ:
785
Gutfeld:
792
NwsHQ:
823
Report:
915
Kilmeade:
1.354
Hilton:
1.119
FNSunday:
1.095
Kilmeade:
736
CNN Nwsrm:
563
Nwsrm:
657
Nwsrm:
544
Nwsrm:
556
Nwsrm:
646
Bourdain:
537
Bourdain:
526
Bourdain:
381
MSNBC News:
410
News:
498
MTP:
607
KasieDC:
580
KasieDC:
653
Headlinrs:
675
Headlinrs:
453
Spcl.:
219
HLN Files:
216
Files:
188
Files:
173
Files:
181
Files:
343
Files:
443
RllyHpnd:
468
Cuomo:
308

Total Viewers MONDAY. CLOSE RACE. FOX WINS 4-8. MSNBC 9-11

  • Total day: FNC: 1.918 | CNN: 882 | MSNBC: 1.347 | HLN: 200
  • Primetime: FNC: 2.658 | CNN: 986 | MSNBC: 2.492 | HLN: 203
4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC Cavuto:
1.694
Five:
2.605
Baier:
2.625
MacCallum:
2.122
Carlson:
2.856
Hannity:
2.878
Ingraham:
2.233
Bream:
1.334
CNN Tapper:
1.118
Blitzer:
1.072
Blitzer:
962
Burnett:
1.000
Cooper:
1.031
Cooper:
920
Lemon:
1.005
Lemon:
670
MSNBC Wallace:
1.325
MTPDaily:
1.375
Melber:
1.440
Matthews:
1.895
Hayes:
2.071
Maddow:
3.073
O’Donnell:
2.330
Wlms:
1.628
HLN Michaela:
86
S.E.Cupp:
77
Banfield:
92
Banfield:
142
HowItRlly:
155
HowItRlly:
204
Files:
251
Files:
386
FOR THE WEEK OF DECEMBER 4: FOX WINS DAY AND NIGHT.

Basic Cable Top 10 – Prime Time (total viewers)

  1. Fox News (2,608,000)
  2. Hallmark Channel (2,504,000)
  3. ESPN (2,435,000)
  4. MSNBC (1,928,000)
  5. Freeform (1,499,000)
  6. USA (1,396,000)
  7. TBS (1,252,000)
  8. HGTV (1,226,000)
  9. AMC (1,191,000)
  10. Hallmark Movies & Mysteries (1,120,000)

Basic Cable Top 10 – Total Day (total viewers)

  1. Fox News (1,568,000)
  2. Hallmark Channel (1,283,000)
  3. MSNBC (1,053,000)
  4. Nickelodeon (1,008,000)
  5. ESPN (879,000)
  6. Freeform (736,000)
  7. CNN (734,000)
  8. Investigation Discovery (710,000)
  9. HGTV (685,000)
  10. USA (665,000)
Morning show ratings for the week of Dec. 4:

INTERESTINGLY NBC wins again minus Matt Lauer

Total Viewers: NBC: 4.578M / ABC: 4.376M / CBS: 3.572M
A25-54 viewers: NBC: 1.635M / ABC: 1.379M / CBS: 916,000

Evening News  for the week of Dec. 4:
  • Total Viewers: ABC: 9.530M / NBC: 8.918M / CBS: 7.069M
  • A25-54 viewers: ABC: 1.997M / NBC: 2.108M / CBS: 1.382M

 

Get this race behind us ….

Finally today they vote in Alabama and we can stop hearing the MSM harp day and night about Roy Moore. It was tiring.

If Moore loses the Republicans lose a sure seat and 2018 will be shaping up as we think it is. That means a Democratic sweep and Pelosi back as speaker.
That’s the good news for Republicans.

If Moore wins the Democrats and media will paint the Republican party and its people as racist and anti woman. It will cause long term damage.

In the end, win or lose Roy Moore’s failure to do the right thing and leave the race will impact future votes. Just as past sure win Republican races in Missouri, Nevada, Delaware and elsewhere. There too, candidates failed to do the right thing and it cost them sure seats. That failure left us with Obamacare and the mess we have now.

We still think Moore loses tonight, which is the better option.

2018

Close to thirty Republican office holders in Washington DC have already announced they are not running for reelection. This is a sign they see the writing on the wall next year. In off year elections the party of people out of power vote much more heavily. Add the true anti Trump sentiment and you can see what is coming.

The Kelly Interviews:

Megyn’s interviews got over shadowed yesterday by the terrorist bombing a few blocks from her studio. The MSM was forced to cover the bombing and the interviews got less play. Enough though that five Democrats called upon the President to resign.

So let’s see, we had 58 Democratic congressmen voted to impeach and five senators now call for him to resign.

This is far from over and you can be sure it will heat up as we go forward.

By the way, you cannot be impeached as President for anything that happened before you took office. A minor point.

As for Kelly she is lagging in the ratings and the terrorist could not have struck at a worst time for her. Poor Megyn, she can’t catch a break.

The Terror Attack:

Early reports say the terrorist came to America as part of that family chain migration that President Trump is trying to end. Watch this heat up today and into the future.

His family actually complained later about the police questioning of them post the bombing. Really? Well here’s an option for you. Do a reverse chain migration and go back to Bangladesh. Then try an act like this and see how well you are treated.
Here you were treated as any other citizen until your kid tries to blow up a train station and kill people. Oh, we questioned you too hard about what he was doing in your house?

Gerry Stubbs

You know the story we kept repeating about Democratic hypocrisy in the past (besides defending Clinton and Kennedy)? The Washington Times had a story about it yesterday. Take a look, and see what happened to him after his male teen age dalliance and a Republican with another teen ager (female) at the same time.

The title of the story is how then Democrats saw a 36 year old male prying upon teen age boys far different than they see the Roy Moore charges today.
Our position is it was wrong then, and it is wrong now.

Here’s the opening lines of the story and a link for you to read it:

If Alabama voters choose Republican Roy Moore for the U.S. Senate in Tuesday’s special election, it won’t be the first time in the modern era that voters have sent to Congress a man dogged by a teen sex scandal.

Massachusetts voters stood by Democratic Rep. Gerry Studds even after he was censured by the House in 1983 for his sexual relationship at age 36 with a 17-year-old male congressional page, as well as making sexual advances toward two other teenage pages.

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/dec/10/gerry-studds-forgiven-by-democrats-for-preying-on-/?mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiWW1ZME4yUXlZakEyWlRsaiIsInQiOiJiME5LdVJVMmRVQkZRQm1IM0FjY2lvaTdtUlIwWm9GMkUybVZLYVRmQ1dad3k5ZytCZFVBeEh1UlZsUUZRUFR0XC9GNWI1a2I1Q0RISzhYa1NYMzVlVnFpa2kwYzByT09zTUR3VDg0MXBTWlVLSzNcL3FtK0praThPZUR1ZGlob2pzIn0%3D

 

Here we go …….

Buckle up for a media frenzy this week. Two issues jump out:

First it’s Megyn Kelly today. She is going to interview three woman who have accused President Trump of sexual harassment in the past. This will break like new news and get continued coverage in the MSM. You can expect Democrats to react and some ask him to resign. You will see the indignation on media people as to why he should not be held accountable when Al Franken and John Conyers are.
Oh the noise will be loud this afternoon, tonight and into the week.

Now the Trump team will call them liars and say this  was decided before the election. But, we heard the tape about what he thought he could do and are about to hear a hundred more times this week.
Oh boy!

The other story will be the election in Alabama and Roy Moore. Suddenly the Dems and MSM are claiming the high road because their predators are resigning. We have outlined here how they were hypocrites in the past with Gary Stubbs, Ted Kennedy and Bill Clinton.  Last month they found religion and now they are acting as if they always held that ground.

The Roy Moore story has no good ending for Republicans. They win and the party gets painted as predators, with the Trump interviews perfectly timed for release today. He loses and they lose a seat they need.
Roy Moore did the wrong thing by not quitting the race when we all urged him to. Win or lose tomorrow he hurts the right.

As for the election I know the polls say he is ahead — and why would people tell pollsters they are voting for him and are not? You would expect the opposite. Doesn’t make sense, but we still think he will lose. Turnout is key.

Do They Really Hate Him That Much?

First Brian Ross on ABC last week, and then CNN on Friday run with breaking news stories that they got Trump. The CNN story had the wrong dates on memos claiming Donald Jr. knew about the Wikileakes information before they were released. It turns out the memo was the day after the public release.

Think about that. A second major news organization runs a story that accuses the President of Russian ties and it turns out to be false. Think about the checking that goes into things. Think about the resources to verify. So how does it happen? It all seems to point back to this, the MSM is so convinced Trump won because of the Russians that they run stories before checking. What an incredible bias and they play right into the President’s narrative of “fake news”.

Congress:

Congress has much to do the next ten days. First fund the government. They will take this to the last minute, only because that is how they act these days. Showmanship has long worn thin and yet they continue.

Then tax cuts. The MSM and liberals have managed to make the American people think the bill is bad. They have managed to have the average person think tax cuts are bad. Can you believe that? The federal government cuts personal rates, cuts business rates to bring jobs and money back into the the US and it’s bad?

You know what’s bad? The government spends too much and no one wants to cut anything. The congress has a secret fund to pay off people. The state governments in blue states need to cut taxes and no one talks about it.
Allowing working people to keep more of their earned dollars is not bad.

The Ratings:

Total Viewers: THURSDAY. Fox wins night and all slots 4-11.

  • Total day: FNC: 2.004 | CNN: 878 | MSNBC: 1.418 | HLN: 207
  • Primetime: FNC: 3.036 | CNN: 1.005 | MSNBC: 2.383 | HLN: 248
4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC Cavuto:
1.676
Five:
2.633
Baier:
2.583
MacCallum:
2.368
Carlson:
3.181
Hannity:
3.348
Ingraham:
2.571
Bream:
1.599
CNN Tapper:
1.045
Blitzer:
1.089
Blitzer:
965
Burnett:
917
Cooper:
1.119
Cooper:
962
Lemon:
930
Lemon:
766
MSNBC Wallace:
1.325
MTPDaily:
1.539
Melber:
1.559
Matthews:
1.943
Hayes:
2.030
Maddow:
2.936
O’Donnell:
2.177
Wlms:
1.526
HLN Michaela:
70
SE Cupp:
71
Banfield:
116
Banfield:
149
Files:
163
Files:
247
Files:
335
Files:
365

Never a dull day …

With the Trump presidency there is never a dull day. He’s tweeting, speaking off the cuff, reacting to a perceived slight or like yesterday keeping a promise.

For twenty plus years Presidents made a campaign promise that we would move our embassy to Jerusalem. Add the senate voted unanimously to do so and congress overwhelmingly did. How were we to know they really didn’t mean it? We trusted our leaders and what they told us, but Nancy Pelosi herself yesterday said we were crazy. You see, she voted to move the embassy, but when Trump announced she went ballistic.

So wait, you mean a President’s promise, senators vote, the house agrees but they don’t mean it? I guess it’s kind of like a sanctuary city thing. You pick and chose what to follow. How were we to know that all three branches didn’t mean it?

Guess what Washington? The President we have actually means what he says. He may have an ego too big, a twitter finger that is too quick and a mouth that speaks before thinking, but he means what he says.  Maybe you should start voting for what you believe,too and stop misleading us.

As far as internationally, what does this mean? Well it could drive the middle east radicals to action (not that they weren’t already trying to get us). It may lead some more in the area to be anti American, but the peace process hasn’t exactly made much progress the past 70 years. Who knows, maybe this will show them we are serious and actually lead to some good. It certainly wasn’t working the other way.

One more message from this. Teresa May, the leader of England, is no Maggie Thatcher. Maggie and Ronald Reagan were a team standing side by side. Theresa May immediately said the move was wrong. By the way, you can add  the Pope to that. If three people lead to the fall of the Iron Curtain and our winning the cold war — without a shot being fired — it was Reagan, Thatcher and Pope John Paul. The current Pope immediately went the other way.

Vote To Impeach Trump

They had the vote in the house on the impeachment amendments we shared a few weeks ago. It went down of course, but know that 58 Democrats voted for impeachment.

ABC Is Embarrassed

ABC is really embarrassed about the Brian Ross report. Yesterday they announced upon the end of his four week suspension that Ross would be not allowed to comment or cover the President. What else do you do on ABC? They spend every newscast day and night attacking him. What’s Brian going to talk about?
ABC said they need to be fair. Really? You better fire about 125 more writers and on air personalities tomorrow then.

John Conyers Resigns

As he does, he announces he wants his son to take his seat.
It turns out there is one other person going for the seat. His nephew.
You can’t make this stuff up.

Al Franken

It looks like today he is going. Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy. His arrogance leads no room for compassion. A phony.
By the way, everyone turned on him yesterday. There is far more to this story. Unless the Democrats think this is a way to impact Alabama’s race. You see, in Minnesota they have a Democratic Governor, and his appointed replacement is locked to be a liberal Democrat.
Alabama would be a true pick up and Republican loss.

The Tax Bill

The NYT had a full analysis and said the blue states will get less of a benefit and may get hit from the tax bill. They, of course, are blaming the President and the bill.
Hey NYT, there’s another side. Tell the blue states to lower their spending, cut taxes. Maybe even stop being sanctuary cities. How about that?

Here’s one example. In Blue NYC the Mayor has increased spending by 20% since he took office (4 years). He added 25,000 employees. When a downturn comes how is he going to pay for this? His solution will be to raise taxes.  You see they don’t save for a rainy day. They spend everything. A surplus? Don’t return it to the taxpayers you overcharged, find a program to fund.
Don’t worry it will be Trump and the Republicans fault.
And, they’ll want people in low tax states to pay for it. In their world the careful state spenders and savers, should pay a higher federal tax because they want to spend.

The Ratings

Below are ratings for the weekend, Monday and Tuesday; as well as the full week rankings and Sunday News Shows.

Total Viewers Tuesday. Fox wins 4-8 while 9-11 are very close races. 

  • Total day: FNC: 1.899 | CNN: 846 | MSNBC: 1.428 | HLN: 211
  • Primetime: FNC: 2.946 | CNN: 1.011 | MSNBC: 2.571 | HLN: 287
4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC Cavuto:
1.620
Five:
2.458
Baier:
2.622
MacCallum:
2.323
Carlson:
3.156
Hannity:
3.227
Ingraham:
2.449
Bream:
1.500
CNN Tapper:
978
Blitzer:
1.091
Blitzer:
866
Burnett:
923
Cooper:
1.095
Cooper:
972
Lemon:
965
Lemon:
779
MSNBC Wallace:
1.409
MTPDaily:
1.378
Melber:
1.601
Matthews:
1.954
Hayes:
2.038
Maddow:
3.214
O’Donnell:
2.455
Wlms:
1.645
HLN Michaela:
59
S.E.Cupp:
66
Banfield:
93
Banfield:
118
CNNSpcl:
178
Files:
278
Files:
405
Files:
429

Total Viewers. Monday, Fox returns to lead. Win 4-10. Basic tie at 11.

  • Total day: FNC: 1.919 | CNN: 853 | MSNBC: 1.342 | HLN: 193
  • Primetime: FNC: 2.991 | CNN: 1.048 | MSNBC: 2.383 | HLN: 236
4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC Cavuto:
1.684
Five:
2.593
Baier:
2.597
MacCallum:
2.334
Carlson:
3.126
Hannity:
3.254
Ingraham:
2.592
Bream:
1.436
CNN Tapper:
981
Blitzer:
1.176
Blitzer:
1.021
Burnett:
1.050
Cooper:
1.172
Cooper:
1.012
Lemon:
956
Lemon:
675
MSNBC Wallace:
1.269
MTPDaily:
1.320
Melber:
1.651
Matthews:
2.089
Hayes:
2.005
Maddow:
2.932
O’Donnell:
2.204
Wlms:
1.453
HLN Michaela:
72
S.E.Cupp:
53
Banfield:
71
Banfield:
140
HowItRlly:
215
HowItRlly:
308
Files:
186
Files:
254

Total Viewers Sunday, Fox wins a low viewing night.

  • Total day: FNC: 1.058 | CNN: 709 | MSNBC: 607 | HLN: 241
  • Prime time: FNC: 944 | CNN: 590 | MSNBC: 644 | HLN: 374
4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC NwsHQ:
836
Gutfeld:
811
NwsHQ:
994
Report:
1.099
Levin:
945
Hilton:
945
FNSunday:
942
Levin:
586
CNN Nwsrm:
698
Nwsrm:
833
Nwsrm:
693
Nwsrm:
781
Nwsrm:
743
Bourdain:
492
Bourdain:
537
Bourdain:
454
MSNBC News:
688
News:
816
MTP:
739
KasieDC:
750
KasieDC:
756
Spcl.:
734
Lockup:
442
Lockup:
295
HLN Files:
197
Files:
213
Files:
183
Files:
291
Files:
349
RllyHpnd:
381
RllyHpnd:
392
Cuomo:
315

Total Viewers Saturday, Fox dominates the night.

  • Total day: FNC: 1.336 | CNN: 758 |  MSNBC: 671 | HLN: 284
  • Prime time: FNC: 1.705 | CNN: 784 | MSNBC: 635 | HLN: 339
4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC NwsHQ:
987
NewsHQ:
1.105
NewsHQ:
1.040
Report:
1.120
Watters:
1.697
Pirro:
1.858
Gutfeld:
1.561
Watters:
975
CNN Nwsrm:
678
Nwsrm:
858
Smerc:
731
AxeFiles:
867
Nwsrm:
897
TrumpSpecial:
864
Ling:
591
Ling:
525
MSNBC News:
695
News:
745
AMJoy:
717
Maddow:
731
O’Donnell:
699
Williams:
725
Lockup:
481
Lockup:
351
HLN Files:
276
Files:
283
Files:
261
Files:
372
Files:
374
Files:
288
Files:
354
Files:
379

The Week of December 3:

Americans prefer watching Fox News in 2017. Not only was Fox News the No. 1 basic cable network in total day, but it was able to dethrone ESPN this past week in prime time. The top 10 in day parts:

Basic Cable Top 10 – Prime Time (total viewers)

  1. Fox News (2,470,000)
  2. Hallmark Channel (2,261,000)
  3. ESPN (2,231,000)
  4. MSNBC (1,967,000)
  5. Freeform (1,439,000)
  6. HGTV (1,244,000)
  7. History (1,232,000)
  8. TBS (1,204,000)
  9. Discovery (1,197,000)
  10. USA (1,191,000)

Basic Cable Top 10 – Total Day (total viewers)

  1. Fox News (1,530,000)
  2. Hallmark Channel (1,188,000)
  3. MSNBC (1,061,000)
  4. Nickelodeon (1,009,000)
  5. ESPN (847,000)
  6. CNN (762,000)
  7. Investigation Discovery (762,000)
  8. Adult Swim (741,000)
  9. HGTV (668,000)
  10. Freeform (667,000)
On the business news side, Fox Business defeated CNBC in total business day viewers this past week, and was led by Lou Dobbs Tonight, who had the most-watched show on business news for the 67th consecutive week.

The Sunday News Show numbers for December 3:

Network Program Total Viewers A25-54
NBC Meet the Press  3.568 M
1.015 M
CBS Face the Nation (1/2 hr)  3.421 M 702 k
ABC This Week   3.019 M 783 k
FOX Fox News Sunday  1.485 M 472 k
UNI

Charges, charges and charges

What does this mean to us?

There are charges against President Trump from the MSM and Democrats daily. There are counter charges from the right about Hillary and her campaign constantly. What is truth? Here’s what we see.

We still don’t see collusion, which is what the special prosecutor was brought on to investigate. We have neither seen nor heard of any collusion prior to the election. So Trump is in the clear right? Not necessarily.

What is now arising is “obstruction of justice”. That the President tried to subvert justice in the investigation. To us there might be something here, and is why the President’s lawyers are already saying a President cannot be charged for this.

There are two examples that have gnawed at us that told us Trump knew more than he said.

Example one:
Remember in the campaign when Trump said he was going to show evidence of Hillary’s crimes next week? He made a big deal in the speech that “on Monday” I am going to lay it out.
Well that speech was made the day after Donald Jr. agreed to meet with those Russians because they said they had dirt on Hillary. It was before the meeting, but knowledge of it was known to him. Now he never produced anything the next week and it went away.
We always wondered why he said he was going to do something and then never did. To us, he knew of this meeting and thought he was getting dirt.
Could it be a coincidence? It could, but not likely to us.

Example two:
President Obama, after the shock of Trump’s win, decided to get tough in his last month and put sanctions on the Russians, expelling many and closing offices. If you remember, Trump a few days later praised Putin for his restraint and not retaliating.
Well it turns out that was the Mike Flynn meeting with the Russia ambassador and asking them not to retaliate. Trump says he didn’t know of that. We find his tweeted words praising the non retaliatory action too coincidental coming days after Flynn’s meeting and Russia agreeing to believe that.

There may be more and the shame of all this is that there was no crime here. Only lying and denying the events happened. Why Flynn lied about that is beyond our understanding as of right now. Is Mueller going to use these and other events to charge the President with trying to obstruct justice? We think he may be headed there.

Now the other side:

The right continues to pound the crimes that they say Hillary committed. Why, they ask, is Mike Flynn indicted for lying to the FBI; didn’t Hillary lie too? How could having classified documents outside the government servers not be a crime? Others are in jail for that. What about destroying computers and phones so they could not be read? There is so much more as you the readers of this blog know.

Now the leaders of the FBI say “no”, there was no crime. That Hillary and team did much that is questionable, wrong and borders on the edge of legally, but no.

Is that believable?  We know the Clinton’s are pros at walking up to the line and carefully avoiding putting their toes over, but there sure seems a lot here. Now we are hearing that the lead investigator was a Clinton supporter, and vehemently anti Trump. Did the FBI leadership tilt the investigations? That would be a major blow to this most trusted organization, but is it worth investigating?

So who investigates the investigators? Jeff Sessions must step up. So far he has failed, and offering him the role and his accepting it was a major mistake.

One More Scandal

I bet you didn’t see this on the MSM yesterday or today

Former Florida Democratic Rep. Corrine Brown was just sentenced to five years in prison and three years probation for mail, wire and tax fraud involving a sham charity.
She supported a charity that was supposed to be gathering money for scholarships for poor students but actually was going to fill her pockets and those of her associates.

A Democrat representing a poor minority district and she did this. Convicted, not indicted and going to jail. Newsworthy? Not to the MSM.
The Ratings

Total Viewers. FRIDAY – MSNBC WINS THE NIGHT

  • Total day: FNC: 1.906 | CNN: 1.015 | MSNBC: 1.675 | HLN: 180
  • Primetime: FNC: 2.630 | CNN: 1.289 | MSNBC: 2.803 | HLN: 158
4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC Cavuto:
1.773
TheFive:
2.550
Baier:
2.548
MacCallum:
2.226
Carlson:
2.980
Hannity:
2.728
Ingraham:
2.178
Bream:
1.468
CNN Tapper:
1.183
Blitzer:
1.262
Blitzer:
1.183
Burnett:
1.109
Cooper:
1.430
Tapper:
1.293
Lemon:
1.136
Spcl.:
886
MSNBC Wallace:
1.707
MTP:
1.764
Melber:
1.840
Matthews:
2.236
Hayes:
2.428
Maddow:
3.318
O’Donnell:
2.657
Wlms:
1.999
HLN Michaela:
69
Files:
77
Files:
1112
HowItRlly:
147
HowItRlly:
152
HowItRlly:
133
Files:
187
Files:
245

The news keeps flowing ….

Taxes

Let’s start here after a weekend of MSM and Democratic blasting the program. Here’s our questions for them:

You’ve discovered the budget deficit that some of us have been screaming about for 40 years. How come?

Where were you when President Obama doubled  — repeat doubled — the country’s deficit from $10 trillion to $20 trillion in his eight years?
We really don’t seem to remember you yelling then. Why is that?

You’re worried because we are about to make our businesses more competitive globally and give taxpayers back more of their earned money. What is your solution? I guess you want to raise taxes.

How come if you’re so worried, I have not heard you once say we should cut spending?  You know we can allow people to keep more of their earned income and stop spending so much and impact the deficit.
How come you never want to cut anything?

You go on the air and yell we are giving taxpayers their dollars back. Money they earned. You talk (now) about the deficit. How come I never hear about the other lever — spending?

Now you’re saying this is a bad deal for high tax states. Their deductions will be less. How come I never heard you yell that citizens in low tax states were paying additional taxes because of the higher tax states? Why does this work only one way?

While I’m at it, I have another question. How come not once have you mentioned that high tax states can reduce their tax rates and that would give their citizens additional dollars? You know it works both ways, the high tax states can be held liable for their spending too.

On that, you watch if this bill passes how candidates will emerge in some high tax states campaigning hard to lower taxes because of the unfair burden the states citizens now have.
Maybe people will wake up and in their states, pay attention to what politicians want to do, and who knows begin to reverse endless increased spending.

Now on the corporate tax cut to 20%, can the MSM just once explain why we need to do this. People complain about jobs leaving the U.S.. About the trillions parked overseas. It’s because of the tax rate, we have the highest in the competitive world. Why can’t you explain to people why we are lowering the rate and what we are trying to do as opposed to calling it “corporate welfare”.
In our opinion it is not corporate welfare but a move to drive jobs for the American people and expand the economy for every citizen.
To not present the full picture is a shame on you.

The MSM and liberals want to raise corporation taxes as if this doesn’t impact us all. As if they won’t increase the price of goods, reduce jobs and move them overseas. They think people are dumb so they attack a much needed move as “corporate welfare at your expense”.
Intellectual dishonesty is what it is.

Next, watching Chuck Schumer and team complain they didn’t have time to read the bill is a joke. Hello Obamacare. Are you kidding me Chuck? The bill, minus some last minute adjustments, was on line for weeks. You are all lying.

To the Senator who asked on camera “can you read this word, if you can, you have better eyes than me”. I can, and so I do. By the way, everyone I asked here also could read it. Go see your eye doctor.

Both the MSM and liberals would have some credibility if they started using their talking points about the bill before it was introduced. Now they say they didn’t have time to read it. Yet you are saying the same thing about it as before it was introduced.

And by the way, you said months ago no Democrat would vote for it. If you didn’t know the bill how did you know that?

Finally your dishonesty on the middle class paying more in 2027 is disingenuous to us all. The senate is forced to put that in because they cannot vote for anything that will potentially drive up the deficit without a trigger to pay for it. It is a rule. Yet you present it as a given.
Some of us expect the tax cuts to drive revenue. (Like the Kennedy and Reagan ones did). How about liberals not spending the increased dollars?
Second you know as well as me that congress does not have to accept middle class tax increases in 2027 if it came to that. Are you afraid liberals will see it as just opportunity to raise taxes, because I guarantee you conservatives won’t.

Trump Tweets

No matter how much progress the President makes on anything, he will tweet something outlandish and destroy the message. There is no hope, and his chances for reelection are diminished by his inability to use social media as an advantage.

Why does he do it? Because his ego is too big. The best way to explain this is:

President Ronald Reagan kept a saying on his desk, one he lived by. It was “There is no limit to what a man can do or where he can go if he doesn’t mind who gets the credit”. Reagan was one of our great President’s following this maxim.
Trump is the opposite. His tweets, his words are all “me”.

On The Russian Probe:

ABC’s Brian Ross gets a well deserved four week suspension after his false reporting on the Flynn testimony. Not the first time Brian has gotten over his skis wrongly on a issue. His liberal enthusiasm made him get out ahead of the facts. Disgraceful.

On Flynn, why did he lie? There was nothing in what he was asked that was wrong, so why did he lie? There has to be a bigger issue involved.

Isn’t it ironic that Flynn, a General who earned much accolade for his service to the country will be going to jail, while the killer of Kelly Steinle walks free? Is that American justice?

The Ratings:

Total Viewers. THURSDAY. Fox wins the night and all slots 4-11. 

  • Total day: FNC: 2.031 | CNN: 821 | MSNBC: 1.349 | HLN: 190
  • Primetime: FNC: 3.143 | CNN: 958 | MSNBC: 2.434 | HLN: 213
4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC Cavuto:
1.639
Five:
2.619
Baier:
2.802
MacCallum:
3.012
Carlson:
3.317
Hannity:
3.335
Ingraham:
2.770
Bream:
1.730
CNN Tapper:
999
Blitzer:
1.055
Blitzer:
959
Burnett:
969
Cooper:
1.047
Cooper:
948
Lemon:
873
Lemon:
719
MSNBC Wallace:
1.216
MTPDaily:
1.265
Melber:
1.386
Matthews:
1.806
Hayes:
2.002
Maddow:
2.907
O’Donnell:
2.386
Wlms:
1.705
HLN Michaela:
58
Files:
70
Files:
132
S.E.Cupp:
86
Banfield:
225
Files:
172
Files:
243
Files:
297

 

In The News …

The Kate Steinle decision will be added to the O.J. Simpson and Casey Anthony ones as verdicts that left us speechless. Not guilty on even involuntary murder? How is that possible? A stolen gun, fired illegally from an individual deported five times kills a young woman out for a walk with her Dad. He said he didn’t mean to do it. Oh, that’s nice, but she’s not less dead.

To make it worse, the city refused to hold him after ICE requested so they could come and get him. If you weren’t sure before, then you should be now that cities and states have to enforce our laws. You cannot pick and choose what laws to follow. Cut the funding to sanctuary cities and states until they comply.

We hope the family sues the city and state. Their precious daughter is dead at 31 because the city and state did not protect their citizens. Make them pay.

To those who defend the decision and position we ask you to do this. Look in the mirror, look at your child, your parent, your close friend. It could be them next time. How would you feel then? Their young life taken before they could live because your city would not deport an illegal criminal.

By the way, how come California, so gun conscious is not charging him with firing a gun in the city? How come they are not charging for his admission of shooting at Sea Lions? How come this doesn’t matter now?

Meanwhile, the minute the decision came down we pictured a dozen aides rushing up the steps at the White House to grab the President’s phone and hold off tweets. The last thing needed is a tweet that makes this about him and not the issue and decision.

This was the second decision this week that had us shaking our heads. The first was the captured terrorist tied to Benghazi. He was acquitted of the most serious charges (but convicted on some others). This was guy the Obama administration decided to bring back to the U.S. rather than send to Guantamo. In our opinion he should have sent him there, but Obama was committed to freeing the terrorist there and closing the base.

The President was way off on tweets this week. He has stirred up things that he shouldn’t (think resending English video’s) and removed focus from what he should have led on — taxes. He is close to a win and yet he continues to drag himself into issues that the media can beat him up on. Why?

We think Nancy Pelosi is racist. Why? Yesterday she called for minority congressman Conyers to resign. But she didn’t call for Al Franken to resign. Why? It must be White Privilege.

Eleven days to the election in Alabama. A lot at stake. Who knows what the next eleven days bring.

The tax bill is making its way through, as much because Republicans need it to show they can do something as for merit. They are tweaking here, and that’s so a senator can say “I did”. They will find a way.
Now Mitch how about passing Kate’s Law. The House passed it and sent it to you. We predicted four months ago you would sit on it. Why Mitch?

John McCain and Susan Collins appear to be for the tax bill. That caused us to go back and take another look at it to assure we didn’t miss something.

Jeff Zucker CNN Head, who was Matt Lauer’s boss at NBC for over a decade says he never knew. He is shocked. Really Jeff? You want us to believe that? Fake News. If it were true I guess it would explain why CNN is a distant third in the three way cable news battle.

The news media, will be all over the General Flynn news today. They want to prove anything they can to justify their beliefs and feelings. There could be a real danger for the President here. If Flynn committed crimes (like making deals with the Russians) and says he told Trump about them — buckle up.

The Ratings

Total Viewers. Wednesday. Fox big and they win every slot 4-11.

  • Total day: FNC: 2.062 | CNN: 948 | MSNBC: 1.363 | HLN: 224
  • Primetime: FNC: 3.371 | CNN: 1.276 | MSNBC: 2.566 | HLN: 307
4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC Cavuto:
1.770
Five:
2.644
Baier:
2.786
MacCallum:
2.698
Carlson:
3.439
Hannity:
3.720
Ingraham:
2.949
Bream:
1.789
CNN Tapper:
1.054
Blitzer:
1.114
Blitzer:
1.068
Burnett:
1.236
Cooper:
1.359
Cooper:
1.262
Lemon:
1.200
Lemon:
918
MSNBC Wallace:
1.136
MTPDaily:
1.466
Melber:
1.503
Matthews:
1.917
Hayes:
2.121
Maddow:
3.109
O’Donnell:
2.462
Wlms:
1.670
HLN Michaela:
118
Files:
102
Files:
127
S.E.Cupp:
94
Banfield:
258
Files:
260
Files:
402
Files:
404