Catching Up …

Catching up on some stories:

Sanctuary Cities and States:
We have often wondered here why sanctuary cities/states can choose what laws they  choose to follow. Well, finally  “Attorney General Jeff Sessions opened a new front in the legal war over California’s sanctuary city policies asking a federal court to halt three state laws that prohibit police and businesses from cooperating with federal agents.
The lawsuit, filed in federal district court in Sacramento, says those laws not only trample on the federal government’s powers to set national immigration policy, but endanger communities by freeing criminals back onto the streets”.
Let’s watch this case to see if federal law is upheld.

The Hatch Act and Kellyanne Conway

Did you see that the office of special counsel called for President Trump to take disciplinary action against Kellyanne Conway for political activity while in her White House role?
The federal watchdog said Mrs. Conway violated a ban on federal employees campaigning, when during television interviews she promoted Republican candidate Roy Moore and discouraged voters from supporting Democratic candidate Doug Jones in last year’s Alabama race for U.S. Senate.
This is a first for us and once again illustrates how some want to attack the White House and staff.
It is unclear what disciplinary action she (a counselor to the president), could face, but the law allows for her removal or deductions to pay.
Our bet is the President does nothing.

What Sweden?

Remember the President said “look at what is happening in Sweden” and the MSM blasted him for days? Well this week the Swedish Prime Minister was in Washington and here’s some coverage of his remarks you likely did not see on that same MSM.
“At a White House news conference with Mr. Trump at his side, Prime Minister Stefan Löfven spoke of his own Trump-like agenda of implementing tougher laws on immigration and crime, and of spending more money on law enforcement.
“We have our share of domestic challenges, no doubt about that,” Mr. Lofven said. “We are dealing with it every day, allocating more resources to the police, more resources to the security police, tougher laws on crime, tougher laws on terrorism.”
Not only that, he said Sweden’s crackdown on immigration and gangs is working. “We inherited a legislation that was not sustainable, legislation on migration,” Mr. Lofven said. “We changed the legislation, so now we have decreased the number of refugees, and we’re also putting pressure on the other European Union countries to take their share of the responsibility.”

Did you see any coverage of this? I bet you saw the President’s remarks covered a year ago.

North Korea

You saw the coverage of North Korea willing to discuss giving up its nuclear weapons, right? Two things to remember here:
In the past when they have gotten pressure from our Presidents, they have taken softer stands and entered into negotiations. Think Clinton, Bush and Obama thinking they solved the problem. The issue was North Korea then simply went on its way to building weapons.
So don’t get too excited and don’t expect Trump to fall into that trap. This time its real, and if we did, they would begin building and stock piling the missiles and bombs. I don’t think Mathis will let this happen.

Second, North Korea says it wants assurances they will be left alone if they stop building them. You see they don’t believe we will do that. Kim Jong un looks at Libya and Qaddafi and says he got rid of his weapons and you took him out. He says look at Saddam, he did the same and you hung him.

Trust is a real issue here on both sides. A lot to overcome and even more at stake, so keep close watch.

Gary Cohn resigns:

We’ve come to expect turnover and turmoil in the administration, and we expect more departures to come. In fact we expect them throughout the term.
Working for this President is a challenge and it’s all about him. It just makes things hard. Look at yesterday when asked about North Korea and why they appear to be willing to negotiate, his answer was quick and certain — “ME” he said. Not my team, not my people, not our administration. It was “me”.

And Now Comes Word:

The NYT is reporting today that President Trump “engaged in conversations with witnesses in special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia election probe, despite admonitions from his lawyers not to behave in ways that might look like witness-tampering”.

Now the questions they say he asked seem innocent (“how the interview had gone with the special counsel’s investigators and whether they had been ‘nice’”), but you never know with Trump. He has his own rules.

Parkland Coverage and the MSM:

Guns, guns and guns is what the MSM covers. Do you ever wonder how Cruz got one? Here’s a story you didn’t hear from them:

Confessed shooter Nikolas Cruz was a disciplinary nightmare for schools before he opened fire in Parkland, Florida — yet there was nothing on his record to stop him from buying a firearm or alarm the FBI after the agency received a tip.

Why not?

The demand for an answer to that question has focused attention on Broward County Public Schools policies embraced by the Obama administration that were designed to help rule-breaking students avoid permanent blots on their records by reducing referrals to law enforcement.

Under Superintendent Robert W. Runcie, who worked for Obama Education Secretary Arne Duncan in the Chicago Public Schools, school-based arrests dropped by 63 percent from 2012 to 2016 after he implemented policies designed to derail the “schoolhouse-to-jailhouse pipeline.”

But the approach also helped keep Cruz off the law-enforcement radar, despite school-based offenses that reportedly included assault, threats and bringing bullets to school in his backpack.

“Mr. Cruz is a perfect example of someone just falling through the cracks that we create through bad policy,” Jeff Bell, a deputy sheriff and president of the Broward Sheriff’s Office Deputy Association, told The Washington Times”.

The Ratings

Total Viewers SATURDAY. Fox weekend dominance continues.

  • Total day: FNC: 1.170 | CNN: 720 |  MSNBC: 755 | HLN: 325
  • Prime time: FNC: 1.741 | CNN: 694 | MSNBC: 837 | HLN: 450
4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC NwsHQ:
731
NwsHQ:
824
NwsHQ:
957
Report:
1.161
Watters:
1.801
Pirro:
1.856
Gutfeld:
1.565
Watters:
1.034
CNN Nwsrm:
775
Nwsrm:
848
Smerc:
754
AxeFiles:
748
Nwsrm:
847
Comedy:
567
Comedy:
669
Comedy:
428
MSNBC News:
724
News:
794
Hayes:
719
Matthews:
818
O’Donnell:
739
11thHour:
881
Wallace:
892
Matthews:
692
HLN Files:
298
Files:
335
Files:
327
Files:
301
Files:
436
Files:
448
Files:
466
Files:
459

Total Viewers SUNDAY. A big night for Fox. 

  • Total day: FNC: 1.063 | CNN: 615 | MSNBC: 581 | HLN: 268
  • Prime time: FNC: 1.371 | CNN: 324 | MSNBC: 428 | HLN: 241
4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC NewsHQ:
634
FNSunday:
726
Report:
900
Scndlous:
952
Scndlous:
1.587
Hilton:
1.166
Levin:
1.361
Scndlous:
720
CNN Nwsrm:
594
Nwsrm:
610
Nwsrm:
631
Nwsrm:
535
Newsrm:
395
Bourdain:
283
Bourdain:
292
Bourdain:
292
MSNBC News:
642
News:
687
MTP:
783
KasieDC:
750
KasieDC:
530
Engel:
378
MTP:
376
Lockup:
270
HLN Files:
297
PttyHrst:
229
PttyHrst:
248
PttyHrst:
228
PttyHrst:
231
PttyHrst:
230
PttyHrst:
253
Files:
343

Total Viewers MONDAY. MSNBC wins the by 100,000 over Fox.

  • Total day: FNC: 1.640 | CNN: 824 | MSNBC: 1.449 | HLN: 191
  • Primetime: FNC: 2.602 | CNN: 1.180 | MSNBC: 2.703  | HLN: 235
4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC Cavuto:
1.180
Five:
2.143
Baier:
2.156
MacCallum:
2.028
Carlson:
2.579
Hannity:
2.852
Ingraham:
2.371
Bream:
1.368
CNN Tapper:
1.012
Blitzer:
957
Blitzer:
882
Burnett:
1.236
Cooper:
1.275
Cooper:
1.134
Tonight:
1.129
Tonight:
724
MSNBC Wallace:
1.436
MTPDaily:
1.566
Melber:
1.974
Matthews:
2.159
Hayes:
2.234
Maddow:
3.380
O’Donnell:
2.495
Wlms:
1.766
HLN Michaela:
50
Cupp:
60
Banfield:
99
Banfield:
130
Files:
184
Files:
213
Files:
310
Files:
343

Total Viewers TUESDAY. A second consecutive win by MSNBC.  This time by 29,000. 

  • Total day: FNC: 1.597 | CNN: 777 | MSNBC: 1.382 | HLN: 210
  • Primetime: FNC: 2.519 | CNN: 1.045 | MSNBC: 2.548 | HLN: 253
4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC Cavuto:
1.233
Five:
1.921
Baier:
2.025
MacCallum:
1.858
Carlson:
2.499
Hannity:
2.639
Ingraham:
2.419
Bream:
1.581
CNN Tapper:
864
Blitzer:
848
Blitzer:
853
Burnett:
1.087
Cooper:
1.025
Cooper:
990
Tonight:
1.106
Tonight:
801
MSNBC Wallace:
1.238
MTPDaily:
1.474
Melber:
1.564
Matthews:
1.844
Hayes:
2.078
Maddow:
3.126
O’Donnell:
2.440
Wlms:
1.703
HLN Michaela:
103
Cupp:
73
Banfield:
91
Banfield:
148
Files:
181
Files:
229
Files:
348
Files:
406

 Cable’s top 5 for the week of Feb. 26, 2018:

PRIME TIME

  1. Fox News (2,304,000)
  2. MSNBC (1,869,000)
  3. ESPN (1,420,000)
  4. HGTV (1,399,000)
  5. USA (1,290,000)

TOTAL DAY

  1. Fox News (1,365,000)
  2. MSNBC (1,034,000)
  3. Nickelodeon (948,000)
  4. HGTV (811,000)
  5. Investigation Discovery (727,000)

CNN dropped to No. 19 in prime time viewers, and No. 14 in total day viewers this past week.

Fox Business won the business day and market hours.
Lou Dobbs Tonight was the most-watched business program for the week.
Stuart Varney’s three-hour market-open program (Varney & Co.) defeated its CNBC competitor in total viewers for the 41st consecutive week.
CNBC did announce changes this week in its anchors and air times.

Sunday News Show Ratings for March 4:

Network Program Total Viewers A25-54
NBC Meet the Press 3.410M 956,000
CBS Face the Nation (1/2 hr) 3.298M 713,000
ABC This Week 2.896M 823,000
FOX Fox News Sunday 1.442M 417,000

 

 

 

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