The Weekend ….

The Weekend Had It’s Moments
WHCD

First, Saturday’s correspondent dinner made news. The President has avoided it two years in a row, actually holding a rally at the same time. They made him look good, — which was the last thing they wanted to do!

When the correspondents who trash Trump and team daily say it went too far, it went too far. We saw the comedian and it was disgusting. The media did itself no good this weekend.

North Korea

The story continues to astonish. This weekend Kim Jong-un said he would get rid of all nuclear weapons if the U.S. would pledge not to invade.
We think he really is worried about that. We have pointed out that Qaddafi in Libya and Saddam in Iraq were two he thinks about. Both made deals and were later eliminated. Now Saddam brought it on himself, but to Kim it is what happens if you are not armed. To negotiate you have to understand how and why the other side thinks as they do. Kim sees the weapons as survival. He wants to assure he survives without them.
This continues to move in a positive direction, and each day we think a deal is more possible.

Now we wish the President would stop saying so much publicly. He is raising expectations and that is a dangerous game. Just do it and then tell the world. Plus he is claiming victory, and why denigrate Kim before the world while you need him to give up more? Why not let others say you got done what your predecessors couldn’t? Why do you have to be the one doing that?

Finally, if you want Iran to back down and give up things wouldn’t it better to be praising Kim as a statesman and his desire for peace? Why not make him look good so you encourage Iran? We don’t think beating him down daily is good for negotiations with Iran.
BTW, May 12th is the next big date with the Iran deal extension.

The Russian Investigation

The beat goes on. The House Intelligence Committee puts out a report that there was no collusion. Of course only the Republicans signed the “final report”. The Democrats led by Adam Schiff say they have more to do. After sixteen months here’s an idea,  how about putting your cards on the table?
Ex CIA Director Brennan, really anti Trump, tweeted to the President about the house report, you just wait for “the Mueller” report. He told the President that his “day was coming”.

On the other side there are increasingly credible reports that James Clapper leaked the dossier’s existence and details to CNN. A station at which he went to work upon leaving the White House. In testimony he denied ever leaking anything. Stay tuned on this one.

Police Killers and Parole

Well, last Friday that NY and SF police killer of three walked out of prison a free man. The police union tried everything to keep him locked up but failed.

Now another NY Police murderer is up for parole. A former Weather Underground radical Judith Clark will get a new parole hearing — and a possible release from prison — after a judge ruled that she “has undergone a remarkable transformation over the three decades during which she has been incarcerated.”
Clark, now 68, was involved in the 1981 Brinks robbery in which two police officers from Nyack in Rockland County and a security guard were killed.

From our standpoint, until the police officer and their family can be reunited, no one should get parole.

At the same time in NY, if you are an officer and acquitted they keep raising charges. Here’s an example the same day the killer was released:

An NYPD officer acquitted in the shooting death of a bat-wielding Bronx woman has been hit with a fresh set of departmental charges related to the matter, his union said. The Sergeants Benevolent Association has responded by calling on Police Commissioner James O’Neill to recuse himself from any involvement in the case of Sgt. Hugh Barry because of O’Neill’s critical comments after the shooting.

Barry was served this month with a notice of the amended charges stemming from the Oct. 18, 2016, death of 66-year-old Deborah Danner. The veteran cop was acquitted of murder charges on Feb. 15 in a bench trial.

He was also cleared of all departmental charges.

But now the NYPD has levied new charges claiming he “exercised poor tactical judgment” and “failed to supervise” subordinate members of the department, according to the SBA.

Michael Cohen and The Fifth

Remember all the stories last Friday that “Trump’s lawyer, Micheal Cohen, is going to plead the fifth”? Well here’s what actually happened in court:
Judge James Otero said Cohen’s constitutional rights could be endangered if the suit proceeds while Cohen is under criminal probe. He then paused the case for 90 days.
Did you see that?

She Said She Didn’t Do It

MSNBC’s Joy Reid said she has no recollection of writing anti gay messages in her blog. This after facing some similar remarks last year.
Now maybe Joy’s thoughts evolved on this as so many other have, but she is not taking that stand. She went from “my blog must have been hacked” to “I don’t recall” ever writing anything like this.

The reason to bring this up is not to jump on the bashing wagon, but to point out the difference in the media between liberals and conservatives. If this were Tucker, Hannity or Laura what would the reaction be? Would there be a boycott? Petitions? Demands for sponsors to stop supporting the show?
Now what have you heard here?

Contrast That With This

A Manhattan judge ruled Wednesday that a bar was well within its rights to throw out a customer for wearing a “Make America Great Again” cap — because the law doesn’t protect against political discrimination.

Think about that. It is okay said this judge to discriminate against a person wearing a Trump hat. “Anyone who supports Trump — or believes in what you believe — is not welcome here! And you need to leave right now because we won’t serve you!” Piatek claims the staff of the West 10th Street tavern told him after he and his pals complained about the rude service they were getting from a bartender.
So he sued, claiming the incident “offended his sense of being American.” And the judge saw no wrong.

What do you think would have happened if he were wearing a different hat and got thrown out?  Where does it begin and end? This is an eye opener and a danger to us all.


Scott Pruitt

Why is he still in office?

While Ronny Jackson

Not only won’t he be the head of the V.A. now he won’t return as the WH Doctor.

Unless some evidence emerges to support what Senator Jon Tester said, he may well pay a price in November. He (Tester) was on his way to reelection. His race just got interesting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday Morning News …..

Two stories dominant the morning to us. Korea and Comey.

Korea

Watching the meeting this AM between North and South Korea leaders was nothing short of astounding. Kim walked across the border line and the leaders shook hands. A minute later they walked across to the north side and shook hands again. What a moment in the history of the countries and the region. Seventy-five years in the making and full of hope for tomorrow.

You can’t trust them, we get it;  but this looks real. In the next month President Trump will meet with Kim and it could be truly historic. It could be a turning point for Korea, for the world and the Trump presidency. Wow.

Comey

The longer he goes on interview shows the lower his credibility and standing go. When have you seen such a disastrous book tour year?
First Hillary and now Comey. I guess they made money, but not enough to buy back their reputations.

Last night Comey did his FoxNews interview on Bret Baier. What amazes us is the things he still says he doesn’t know. Example: He said he doesn’t know, but “heard in the media”, that the Clinton campaign paid for the dossier. What? Say that again. You, who were head of the FBI. You who used the dossier to go to the FISA court. You who led the investigation and began the process and still “don’t know”?
The man has answered so many times that he “doesn’t know” and was “unsure” that we are among those who lost the total respect we had for him.
Add that he “didn’t know” his top aides like McCabe, Strzok and Page were so passionate anti Trump and doing things to get him, and you have to question his leadership.

So on this Friday Korea is up and Comey is down.

The Ratings

Total Viewers TUESDAY. A closer night. Fox wins overall and 6 of 8 slots.

  • Total day: FNC: 1.743 | CNN: 684 | MSNBC: 1.192 | HLN: 215
  • Prime time: FNC: 2.654 | CNN: 831 | MSNBC: 2.309 | HLN: 257
4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC Cavuto:
1.392
Five:
2.330
Baier:
2.319
MacCallum:
2.296
Carlson:
2.550
Hannity:
2.918
Ingraham:
2.492
Bream:
1.407
CNN Tapper:
842
Blitzer:
823
Blitzer:
734
Burnett:
742
Cooper:
799
Cooper:
796
Lemon:
896
Lemon:
629
MSNBC Wallace:
1.240
MTPDaily:
1.299
Melber:
1.495
Matthews:
1.529
Hayes:
1.796
Maddow:
2.943
O’Donnell:
2.189
Wlms:
1.574
HLN Michaela:
89
Cupp:
63
Banfield:
111
Banfield:
119
Files:
195
Files:
267
Files:
310
Files:
414

Total Viewers WEDNESDAY. Fox wins by a good margin. Win 6 of 8 slots.

  • Total day: FNC: 1.736 | CNN: 797 | MSNBC: 1.212 | HLN: 225
  • Primetime: FNC: 2.935 | CNN: 1.469 | MSNBC: 2.256 | HLN: 245
4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC Cavuto:
1.260
Five:
2.146
Baier:
2.167
MacCallum:
2.016
Carlson:
2.785
Hannity:
3.508
Ingraham:
2.511
Bream:
1.517
CNN Tapper:
768
Blitzer:
807
Blitzer:
707
Burnett:
949
THall:
1.680
Cont./THallPost:
1.521
Tonight:
1.153
Tonight:
743
MSNBC Wallace:
1.261
MTPDaily:
1.180
Melber:
1.410
Matthews:
1.493
Hayes:
1.683
Maddow:
2.739
O’Donnell:
2.346
Wlms:
1.582
HLN Michaela:
195
Cupp:
125
Banfield:
174
Banfield:
222
Killer:
233
Files:
209
Files:
293
Files:
385

Some Quick Hits …..

Some Quick Hits

President Trump is having maybe the best week of his presidency. His State Meeting with France’s President Macron, has been a real boost. The MSM has spent the past year telling us how disrespected he (and we), were in the world today.
What we saw this week was a leader who is setting the world agenda.

Add the progress with North Korea and suddenly the man the MSM told us was leading the world to a nuclear  war may actually be doing the opposite. There’s a long way to go but Kim Jong-un does seem to be a little different doesn’t he?
This outcome will be fascinating.

Suddenly there’s talk of an added agreement with Iran coming from others. Is that the solution to both sides saving face? Could be, and if it is, it would be another coup for the president.

The special election in Arizona last night is another sign of what may be ahead in November. The Republican held the seat in a 52-47 win. However, this was a district that Trump won by over 20%. The Republicans have a lot of work to do.

As we mentioned yesterday the MSM took off on Dr. Ronnie Jackson’s nomination to head the VA as soon as Pompeo made it through. What bugs us is they keep saying “the President nominated his doctor” for the position. They are misleading. Dr Jackson was the White House Doctor and received such great reviews and recommendations from President Obama too. Why can’t they tell the whole story? It’s a true example as to why the respect for the media is so low.

Here’s another they played up the President responding to their questions about Kim Jong-un and saying that in this matter he has been smart and “honorable”. Meaning Kim has done what he said and was told. The media plays that as Trump calling Kim “honorable” overall. Totally out of context and so misleading.

The old saying that you know people by their friends and enemies may apply here. Retired Senator Harry Reid said this about President Trump today: “He is not a nice man,” Reid continued, “and that’s an understatement.”
I wonder if Mitt Romney thinks Harry Reid is a good man after the false statement he made on the floor in the 2012 campaign.

The found Page/Strzok text messages are being released to congress today or tomorrow. There should be leaks in about 20 minutes.

The Ratings:

Total Viewers SATURDAY.
Fox dominant as it beats all competition – combined.

  • Total day: FNC: 1.375 | CNN: 773 |  MSNBC: 673 | HLN: 272
  • Prime time: FNC: 1.752 | CNN: 656 | MSNBC: 603 | HLN: 320
4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC NwsHQ:
903
NwsHQ:
953
NwsHQ:
1.071
Report:
1.101
Watters:
1.683
Pirro:
2.018
Gutfeld:
1.554
Watters:
1.089
CNN Nwsrm:
669
Nwsrm:
780
Nwsrm:
746
Jones:
727
Nwsrm:
726
Nwsrm:
690
AmnPourSpcl:
551
AmnpourSpcl:
447
MSNBC News:
629
News:
627
Hayes:
552
Melber:
591
Melber:
605
11thHr:
584
Wallace:
621
Matthews:
477
HLN Files:
280
Files:
310
Files:
265
Files:
284
Files:
343
Files:
327
Files:
290
Files:
364

Total Viewers SUNDAY. Another Fox weekend night win.  Win all 8 slots.

  • Total day: FNC:  1.083 | CNN: 639 | MSNBC: 597 | HLN: 274
  • Prime time: FNC: 1.167 | CNN: 545 | MSNBC: 708 | HLN: 352
4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC NewsHQ:
880
Gutfeld:
944
Report:
1.073
FNSunday:
1.050
Lgnds:
1.067
Hilton:
1.174
Levin:
1.259
Lgnds:
685
CNN Nwsrm:
745
Nwsrm:
783
Nwsrm:
720
Nwsrm:
692
Nwsrm:
642
Bourdain:
534
Bourdain:
460
Bourdain:
402
MSNBC News:
504
News:
597
MTP:
681
KasieDC:
701
KasieDC:
775
Hedlinrs:
686
Hedlinrs:
663
Dateline:
407
HLN Files:
291
DthRow:
284
DthRow:
296
DthRow:
283
DthRow:
419
HowItRlly:
281
HowItRlly:
356
DthRow:
296

Total Viewers MONDAY. Big night for Fox. Win all 8 slots.

  • Total day: FNC: 1.793 | CNN: 774 | MSNBC: 1.251 | HLN: 215
  • Prime time: FNC: 2.902 | CNN: 910 | MSNBC: 2.266 | HLN: 272
4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC Cavuto:
1.645
Five:
2.398
Baier:
2.350
MacCallum:
2.184
Carlson:
2.702
Hannity:
3.281
Ingraham:
2.722
Bream:
1.560
CNN Tapper:
876
Blitzer:
783
Blitzer:
859
Burnett:
955
Cooper:
929
Cooper:
826
Lemon:
973
Lemon:
746
MSNBC Wallace:
1.264
MTPDaily:
1.190
Melber:
1.497
Matthews:
1.644
Hayes:
1.800
Maddow:
2.733
O’Donnell:
2.266
Wlms:
1.542
HLN Michaela:
98
Cupp:
90
Banfield:
134
Banfield:
170
Files:
208
Files:
265
Files:
344
Files:
369

Week of April 16: Top Cable Shows

Basic Cable Top 5 – Total Day (Total Viewers)
1. Fox News (1,420,000)
2. TNT (1,103,000)
3. MSNBC (1,039,000)
4. Nickelodeon (872,000)
5. HGTV (775,000)

Basic Cable Top 5 – Prime time (Total Viewers)
1. TNT (2,958,000)
2. Fox News (2,435,000)
3. MSNBC (1,996,000)
4. ESPN (1,344,000)
5. HGTV (1,320,000)

NOTE: CNN finished number 10 in Prime and number 6 in Day. 
 
Business Day:

FBN: 228,000 total viewers
CNBC: 165,000 total viewers

Total Day:
FBN: 164,000 total viewers
CNBC: 144,000 total viewers

This was the 10th straight week, Fox Business’s Business Day coverage posted 228,000 total viewers compared to CNBC’s 165,000. In Total Day.                                                    FBN delivered 164,000 compared to CNBC’s 144,000 for the week.

Marking 48 consecutive weeks as the most-watched market program on business TV, Varney & Co. delivered 270,000 total viewers.                                                                            Lou Dobbs Tonight remains the most-watched show in all of business TV, averaging 356,000 total viewers.

Evening News Numbers for the week of April 16, 2018: ABC Wins.

ABC NBC CBS
• Total Viewers: 8,544,000 7,906,000 5,985,000
 
 
 
 
Morning News Averages for the week of April 16: ABC wins this too.
  • Total Viewers: ABC: 4.358M / NBC: 4.112M / CBS: 3.399

Sunday News Show numbers for April 22:

Network Program Total Viewers
NBC Meet the Press 3.236M
ABC This Week 2.889M
CBS Face the Nation (1/2 hr) 2.698M
FOX Fox News Sunday 1.231M

Pompeo Passes, now onto …..

Pompeo Passes

That may be the headline but the story is how it happened. The committee was at 10-10 (a straight party spilt), as Rand Paul switched his vote in the last minute to yes.  One Republican Senator Johnny Isakson of Georgia was missing. He was home attending a funeral. As the committee began to decide next steps with the tie Delaware Senator Chris Coons changed his vote to “present”. That made it 10-9 with Rand’s change to yes. At that point they decided to count Isakson’s vote even though he wasn’t present.
So you will read that Pompeo passed 11-9, but it was not quite like that. Rand’s switch at the end after all his pronouncements that he was a solid no led to Coons change and the counting of a proxy.

Now the hypocrisy continues as it goes to the full senate. Three Democrats have already announced they are voting yes. Want to know why? All three are running this November in states where Trump won big and remains popular. They want to tell their constituents “I am bi partisan”.  Oh really? Find one vote where you went against your party and it mattered.
In Washington the call this profiles in courage. What a joke.

Now Get Ready

Now get ready for the next cabinet uproar. You will hear starting today. This one will be about the Presidents doctor Admiral Ronny Jackson. You may recall he did the President’s annual exam and faced all those heated questions. (Yes, he was Obama’s doctor too).
Anyway he was nominated to head the VA and try to fix it. He is next up and watch now how the smearing of his reputation begins as Pompeo fades.

The Nashville Shooter

Another use of the AR15 in a mass shooting. We ask again, why do so many need access to this?
However that alone is not the answer as we have said on so many occasions. Do you know this about the shooter:
His parents then told authorities he was suffering from delusions since 2014.
In May 2016 he told Illinois police that Taylor Swift was stalking him and wanted to meet him at Dairy Queen.
In June 2017 he was wearing a pink dress and carrying the AR15 when he threatened a co-worker of his father.
When police arrived he jumped into a pool in his underwear and flashed the lifeguards.
He was fired from another job three weeks ago.

There is more but you get the idea.
The gun and a nut who should have been locked up is the issue.

The NYT Today

Here’s a headline on how the NYT sees the upcoming meeting of Trump and Kim Jong-un:
An Unpredictable Trump and a Risk-Prone Kim Mean High Stakes 

Think they have a lot of confidence in Trump? Don’t forget they supported the peace actions of Clinton, Bush and Obama that would prevent North Korea from building the weapons.
That worked out well.

Remember Broward County Sheriff?

Remember Broward County Sheriff Scott Isreal and what a hero of the media he was after the Parkland shooting? The same political Sheriff Isreal who said we will hear from him and was so close to leftist leaders? I bet you haven’t heard this:

He is facing a no confidence vote this week from the rank and file.
“They’ll come in, they’ll be given a ballot,” union president Jeff Bell explained, “A simple ballot right here, it’s a very simple question.  I have confidence in Sheriff Israel or I do not  have confidence in Sheriff Israel.” Bell said the historic move is due to the dysfunction of the office, which has been piling up for years but it was Israel’s handling of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting that is a major component of the no-confidence campaign.

Funny how this has gotten no coverage isn’t it?

BTW if they vote “no confidence”

If deputies vote “no confidence”  the unon will call the governor and push for the Sheriff’s removal from office.

Free Speech?

Does the left see how far it has gone? Look at just yesterday:
A country superstar singer (Shania Twain) said good things about Donald Trump and got so much heat she had to pull back her statement.

Kenye West complimented a black conservative on her words and they went after him from every angle. She (Candace Owens) got threats and heat for her words.

Since when in America can you only think one way? Very dangerous.

THE RATINGS

Total Viewers THURSDAY. Big numbers for Fox, win 6 of 8 slots.

  • Total day: FNC: 1.721 | CNN: 825 | MSNBC: 1.327 | HLN: 195
  • Primetime: FNC: 3.001 | CNN: 1.054 | MSNBC: 2.616 | HLN: 245
4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC Cavuto:
1.271
Five:
2.099
Baier:
2.256
MacCallum:
1.964
Carlson:
2.585
Hannity:
3.525
Ingraham:
2.890
Bream:
1.574
CNN Tapper:
1.310
Blitzer:
1.023
Blitzer:
776
Burnett:
942
Cooper:
1.044
Cooper:
1.115
Tonight:
998
Tonight:
814
MSNBC Wallace:
1.306
MTPDaily:
1.277
Melber:
1.473
Matthews:
1.670
Hayes:
1.931
Maddow:
3.417
O’Donnell:
2.499
Wlms:
1.605
HLN Michaela:
86
Cupp:
76
Banfield:
144
Banfield:
189
Crimes:
220
Crimes:
278
Files:
241
Files:
375

 

Total Viewers FRIDAY. Fox wins by a good margin and 7 of 8 hour slots.

  • Total day: FNC: 1.601 | CNN: 753 |  MSNBC: 1.204 | HLN: 175
  • Primetime: FNC: 2.419 | CNN: 883 | MSNBC: 2.085 | HLN: 200
4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC Cavuto:
1.381
Five:
2.006
Baier:
1.983
MacCallum:
1.717
Carlson:
2.349
HannitySpcl:
2.595
Ingraham:
2.311
Bream:
1.395
CNN Tapper:
923
Blitzer:
934
Blitzer:
893
Burnett:
858
Cooper:
986
Cooper:
883
Tonight:
777
Tonight:
640
MSNBC Wallace:
1.177
MTPDaily:
1.215
Melber:
1.371
Matthews:
1.578
Hayes:
1.720
Maddow:
2.658
O’Donnell:
1.876
Wlms:
1.367
HLN Michaela:
68
Weed:
92
Weed:
139
Weed:
155
DeathRw:
211
DeathRw:
196
DeathRw:
193
Files:
343

A New Week …..

 New Week:  Lot’s of News Ahead

Let’s start with France’s President Macron visiting and trying to get Trump to change his policies in two fronts — Tariffs and the Iran Agreement. Both are big and will be interesting to watch today.

North Korea and the setting of a date for the summit could be this week. This story has a lot to follow. Interesting to  see the MSM asking if Trump has given up too much already. Really MSM? What has he given up? I have seen N. Korea change policy and positions, but Trump?  Are you serious?

The committee vote on Mike Pompeo today is a third. It will be historic for what follows. (More below)

Secretary Munchin is planning to visit China to discuss the trade issues dividing our countries.

With all this and more isn’t it a shame you turn on the MSM and all you hear is Trump and Cohen?

For fifteen months we heard “Trump and collusion”.  When that seemed to be a dead end, we moved to Trump is going to fire Mueller and Rosenstein. After a week of denials we are off that.

Now we are on to Trump and Cohen to lead every newscast. “Cohen is going to turn on Trump”. How do they know that? We don’t even know what is in the files. If there is something in there how do we know it is not covered under attorney client privilege? “Trump is going to pardon Cohen” is the new refrain. Where are they getting that from?

How about the MSM covering some real news that can impact our lives and future?

Pompeo Vote Today

Pending a last minute change the committee is about to vote no on Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State. Every Democrat and Rand Paul are going to vote no.
The administration will push the vote to the full senate, and we suspect he will win there, but this is ridiculous. We’ve come a long way from Jim Baker (100% yes) and 90%+ for Madeleine Albright, Conde Rice, Hillary Clinton and John Kerry.
BTW, the only cabinet nominee on record to be confirmed to a post without a favorable committee recommendation was Henry Wallace in 1945. He was approved  as secretary of commerce in 1945 by a 56-32 vote after committee rejection. That was it, one time before.
Pompeo will be the next we think. And well he should be. First in his class at West Point. Military Service with honor. At the top of his class at Harvard Law. A successful business class and then election to Congress. What is there not to like? Answer: He was elected as a Tea Party supporter. (Tea party stands for Taxed Enough Already). I guess that’s it.

That Cop Killer in NY

The three time cop killer (2 in NY and 1 in SF) who got parole and then was challenged by the widow of one officer and the police union, had his case heard in court. The judge ruled that if the parole board voted to release, he cannot stop it.
He is now scheduled for release on Friday.

Comey

Comey had a bad first week on the circuit to sell his books. He is back out there for week two, and if he has another like that the publisher may pull him off.
Think of the great reputation he had, and how today it is continuing to decline. While the country waited for the revelations to damn Trump, it is Comey who has suffered!

The Ratings

Total Viewers THURSDAY. Fox wins the night.

  • Total day: FNC: 1.721 | CNN: 825 | MSNBC: 1.327 | HLN: 195
  • Primetime: FNC: 3.001 | CNN: 1.054 | MSNBC: 2.616 | HLN: 245
4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC Cavuto:
1.271
Five:
2.099
Baier:
2.256
MacCallum:
1.964
Carlson:
2.585
Hannity:
3.525
Ingraham:
2.890
Bream:
1.574
CNN Tapper:
1.310
Blitzer:
1.023
Blitzer:
776
Burnett:
942
Cooper:
1.044
Cooper:
1.115
Tonight:
998
Tonight:
814
MSNBC Wallace:
1.306
MTPDaily:
1.277
Melber:
1.473
Matthews:
1.670
Hayes:
1.931
Maddow:
3.417
O’Donnell:
2.499
Wlms:
1.605
HLN Michaela:
86
Cupp:
76
Banfield:
144
Banfield:
189
Crimes:
220
Crimes:
278
Files:
241
Files:
375

 

Extra … The Comey Memo’s

We read the Comey memos last night as soon as they were released. Our immediate observations:

A. There was very little new that we haven’t heard from Comey this week.
B. Trump actually looked pretty good to us in the notes.
C. He clearly denied anything about the hooker story and wanted it cleared.
D. There was not a shred of evidence about any collusion.
E. There was nothing that touched obstruction that we saw.
F. Trump explained his feelings about Flynn — but was clear he had reservations about him. He questioned Flynn’s judgement and we never heard that before. It was always that Trump tried to protect Flynn. Not in what we read. He was apprehensive about him and wanted to fire him.
G. The one questionable thing that surprised us  was Comey’s comment that Trump said Putin told him Russia had great hookers. Trump has always denied speaking to or meeting Putin.
H. We have heard Comey say that “Trump said I am not a person who needs hookers” on many occasions. But we never heard another line in the notes that Trump said “Why would I need that? I have a beautiful wife”.
I. Trump continually in each meeting was asking about McCabe and if he could be fair. Why? Because, he said he attacked the connection between McCabe’s wife and the Clinton money she got. He kept asking if McCabe could be fair or was bitter.
J. Comey always defended McCabe as fair and a professional. But clearly there was a difference of concern between the two.
K. Finally, Trump continually denied the dossier had any validity and was adamant he wanted it cleared.  Yet it was used over and over as part of the FISA warrant.  We have to question that.

So where are we today? Well, add the additional news out today:

That Rob Rosenstein has told Trump he is not a target of neither the Mueller nor Cohen cases.

That the Inspector General has sent a recommendation to prosecutors laying out charges that can be brought against Andrew McCabe. The charges are serious and involve leaking.

That Comey, seeing the charges, said McCabe is a good man, but these are serious mistakes. That McCabe says everything he did was with Comey’s knowledge.

Suddenly you have the real possibility of charges coming, but not against the President and his team, but the heads of the FBI.

Then add the I.G. is finishing his report and recommendations on the Clinton investigation and this could get really ugly for the bureau and those who saw nothing but misdoings by Trump and team.

Finally, here comes Rudy Guiliani to the party. Rudy will try to meet with “his friend Mueller” to get this collusion investigation over.

Wow, what a day. If our observations are right the MSM will have a hard time spinning these stories into a negative. You may see in a week or ten days, a bump in Trump’s numbers. But twenty-four hours in this administration is a lifetime. Stay tuned.

A Pompeo Update

It appears all ten Democrats are going to vote against him in committee. (The same committee Dems voted no last year on Tillerson, and he became the first Sec of State nominee to win on a party vote). Well add Rand Paul who is still a “no” and Pompeo will lose the committee vote.
That means Mitch O’Connell will bring the nomination to the full floor through a procedural move.
Yesterday we mentioned, keep an eye on the Democrats running for reelection in Trump popular states. Well one of them Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota has indicated she will will vote “yes”. That would wipe out Paul in the whole senate and leave just two Republican questions. They are Flake (undecided) and John McCain (can he make it and how will he vote) as questions. A 50-50 tie means VP Pence gets the tiebreaker vote.
So things look a little better for Pompeo, but isn’t it a shame how politics is playing games here. With all that is going on — think North Korea, Russia and Syria, we have this in Washington.

The Ratings

Total Viewers WEDNESDAY. Fox wins night and 7 of 8 time slots. 

  • Total day: FNC: 1.672 | CNN: 803 | MSNBC: 1.313 | HLN: 180
  • Primetime: FNC: 2.789 | CNN: 1.028 | MSNBC: 2.479 | HLN: 213
4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC Cavuto:
1.414
Five:
2.268
Baier:
2.245
MacCallum:
2.041
Carlson:
2.444
Hannity:
3.334
Ingraham:
2.589
Bream:
1.471
CNN Tapper:
912
Blitzer:
845
Blitzer:
844
Burnett:
972
Cooper:
1.128
Cooper:
982
Lemon:
971
Lemon:
770
MSNBC Wallace:
1.342
MTPDaily:
1.461
Melber:
1.287
Matthews:
1.646
Hayes:
1.904
Maddow:
3.146
O’Donnell:
2.387
Wlms:
1.548
HLN Michaela:
93
Cupp:
71
Banfield:
109
Banfield:
117
CNNSpcl:
149
Files:
208
Files:
282
Files:
300

Collusion, Comey, Charges and More

Since day one of the Trump presidency we have had charges against him beginning with collusion and wrong doings. This week with the Comey book release things have intensified on the counter side. Here are examples:

Comey vs. McCabe

Andrew McCabe (the fired Deputy Director of the FBI) said that Jim Comey was not telling the truth. Think about that. This is the director and deputey director disagreeing on what happened.
Here’s McCabe’s lawyer’s quote:

“Comey has relied on the accuracy and the soundness of the Office of the Inspector General’s (OIG) conclusions in their report on Mr. McCabe. In fact, the report fails to adequately address the evidence (including sworn testimony) and documents that prove that Mr. McCabe advised Director Comey repeatedly that he was working with the Wall Street Journal on the stories in question prior to publication,” said Michael Bromwich, counsel for McCabe.

Now Comey for his part said this:

In his appearance on ABC’s “The View” earlier Wednesday, Comey said he ordered the probe that eventually led to McCabe’s firing, and believes McCabe lied about his conversations with the media.
“The McCabe case illustrates what an organization that’s committed to the truth looks like. We investigated — I ordered that investigation. We investigate and hold people accountable,” Comey said Wednesday morning. “I still believe Andrew McCabe is a good person, but the inspector general found that he lied, and there are severe consequences in the Justice Department for lying as there should be throughout the government.”

Hmm. Is the former FBI choir boy director or his deputy director not telling the truth? When McCabe was leaking to the WSJ did Comey or not?
If they turn on each other someone will be in trouble.
It does appear the IG yesterday recommended charges against McCabe.

Comey vs. Comey

As people read the book and he does his tour, Comey is raising questions about what he testified to and what he is saying now. Here’s an example:

Rep. Mark Meadows said Thursday there’s a growing body of evidence to suggest that former FBI Director James Comey lied when he told Congress that the FBI and the Justice Department were not coordinating on the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server.

Meadows said his staff has more texts between FBI agents Peter Strzok and Lisa Page that show signs of coordination.“We know because we have a number of documents, a growing body of evidence, to suggest Comey may have lied about that coordination. Not only was that false, but we know that over and over again now, we have emails that would suggest that that testimony was false and at best misled the American public, at worst was lying to Congress,” he said.

Comey and Rosentein

Here’s another where the House Judiciary Committee is involved:

The top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee says Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., is poised to subpoena the Justice Department for former FBI Director James Comey’s memos, which the agency so far has failed to produce. Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., warned such a move puts Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in jeopardy of being placed in contempt of Congress and the special counsel investigation of being shut down prematurely.

Comey on the radio

You know the questions we have that the MSM never seems to ask Comey? Well, he got one in a radio interview. Isn’t it a shame more aren’t asked:

During his ongoing tour to promote his book — A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership — former FBI Director James Comey responded to a question on Wednesday from a Washington D.C. radio reporter that he said he had never before been asked:
Is the “smashing of cell phones and destruction of thousands of emails” by the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign in 2016 “obstruction of justice?”

The query came from WTOP-FM morning co-host Joan Jones and Comey replied:
“Now that’s a great question. That’s
the first time I’ve been asked that.”

According to a story by Lifezette’s Kathryn Blackhurst, Comey also stated: “You have raised the specter of obstruction of justice charges with the president of the United States.”

Jones pressed the former federal official: “Some are asking, though: ‘Why wouldn’t smashing of cell phones and destruction of thousands of emails during an investigation clearly be obstruction of justice?’”

Comey responded: “And the answer is: It would depend upon what the intent of the people doing it was.”

“So if you smash a cell phone; lots of people smash their cell phones so they’re not resold on the secondary market and your personal stuff ends up in somebody else’s hands,” he noted.

“But if you smash your cell phone knowing that investigators want it and that they’ve got a subpoena for it, for example,” Comey added, “that is a different thing and can be obstruction of justice.”

Now I wonder why they used bleach bit and smashed phones if it wasn’t to assure no one could see what they contained. Don’t you?

Pompeo

Mike Pompeo’s nomination to become Secretary of Sate is in real jeopardy. The committee deciding it has one more Republican than Democrat. However, Rand Paul (R) has announced he is a no vote. (Yesterday Pompeo met with Paul to try and win his vote). Every Democrat except Chris Coons of Delaware has announced they are voting no.
Now it is possible to get a no vote and still get a full senate vote. The Republicans have a single senate vote advantage. So Rand Paul’s no makes it even — if John McCain can be there to vote.– and if he and the others vote yes.
Now this is the same Senate that  voted 66-32 to confirm Mike Pompeo as director of the Central Intelligence Agency. 14 Democrats voted yes then.
Why the turn on Pompeo? Nothing he did as CIA director was negative. It was Pompeo who went to North Korea last week to meet with Kim Jong-un. He did well then. So why?
For Rand Paul it’s because he believes Pompeo is too pro military action and will lead us that way along with John Bolton. For most it’s all politics. A President’s choice for Secretary of State usually breezes. An example, Hillary was approved 94-2. John Kerry was approved 94-3.

So this is all politics on behalf of the Democrats and those senators running in Trump voting states better think long and hard before simply sticking with their party.

A little bit about Pompeo you won’t hear on the MSM. He is a West Point Graduate, and finished first in his class.
After serving in the military he received a Harvard Law degree where he was an editor on the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy; as well as an editor on the Harvard Law Review. That was before a successful business career and election to Congress.
Sound good? So far not good enough for one Democratic vote.

The Ratings:

Total Viewers TUESDAY.
Fox wins night. Spilt with MSNBC 4-4 on 4-11 slots. 

  • Total day: FNC: 1.672 | CNN: 867 | MSNBC: 1.422 | HLN: 194
  • Primetime: FNC: 2.716 | CNN: 1.201 | MSNBC: 2.509 | HLN: 238
4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC Cavuto:
1.278
Five:
2.213
Baier:
2.169
MacCallum:
2.148
Carlson:
2.582
Hannity:
3.140
Ingraham:
2.425
Bream:
1.523
CNN Tapper:
924
Blitzer:
927
Blitzer:
912
Burnett:
1.182
Cooper:
1.385
Cooper:
1.189
Lemon:
1.018
Lemon:
835
MSNBC Wallace:
1.458
MTPDaily:
1.463
Melber:
1.708
Matthews:
1.828
Hayes:
1.809
Maddow:
3.227
O’Donnell:
2.492
Wlms:
1.621
HLN Michaela:
75
Cupp:
67
Banfield:
98
Banfield:
149
DthRow:
159
Files:
244
Files:
313
Files:
398

Trump, News and more …

A Trumpian Observation and Thought

Last night we watched the President’s press conference with Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. In it, we saw the two sides of Trump that represent what we think are his strong and weak points.

On the weak side it was all about him. He continues to use “I” and not “we” in claiming every success. He even claimed he was responsible for the Olympics being so successful this year. Yes, the one in South Korea. Sometimes it’s just tough to listen and see that ego out there above all else.

On the other side, no President would have the (let’s use the word) courage he does. He stands right there next “to his friend Abe” and before the Japanese press, and defends why he has put tariffs on Japan. He talks about the billions more the U.S. is getting. He answers the Japanese press questions about why he won’t back down by defending America, it’s workers and fair trade. He does it right there in front of their leader and press. Somehow can’t see (nor ever remember) Obama or Bush doing the same. There would have double talk, backing down and concessions. Trump stood there, stuck his chin out and he was taking care of his country and workers.

News and Thoughts

Korea: We’ve become intrigued by the meetings with North Korea and the quiet (or not so quiet) optimism from the administration over what might occur. Is it possible that Kim Jong un is really ready to get rid of his weapons, allow inspections and open to the world? After 75 years of not doing that and misleading past Presidents you have to be cautious. Despite that, this seems to be an opportunity. The story is the North and South are close to signing an agreement to end the hostilities against each other. There never was such an agreement after the Korean War. It would be quite an accomplishment if it happened. President Obama won the Pulitzer Peace Prize for a lot less.
Let’s follow this closely and see what the U.S. and world give up in return.  Watch, too, if we bring our troops home from the demilitarized zone. We would welcome that. We paid Iran $150 billion in cash, what’s this worth?

More Boycotts:  David Hogg, the Parkland student who has gained much notoriety since the shootings, has set his sights on two new boycott targets. You remember the Laura Ingraham boycott he led, which we reported yesterday led to lost sponsors, but higher ratings. This time he is going after gun manufacturer Smith & Wesson and its capital backers. The companies he targeted are Blackrock and Vanguard.
Hogg has decided not to attend college this fall so he can spend his time on the campaign trail. He will be supporting liberal causes.

The Michael Cohen proceeding is big news in the MSM, especially when Stormy shows up. A little news about the judge you might not know.
She was once going to become the Attorney General under Bill Clinton, but withdrew when it was disclosed she had a nanny problem (she hired an illegal immigrant and failed to pay taxes). Some think as a Clinton friend she should recuse herself from this case.
She recently (2013) officiated the wedding ceremony of George Soros third marriage. Yes, the same George Soros who has been funding all the liberal causes. It is estimated he invested $10 million in Hillary’s campaign in 2016. His total spending on leftist causes in 2016 is estimated to be $25 million. So you know her political leanings.
An interesting aside, earlier in her college days she went for training as a Playboy Bunny.

We’ve talked about mental health and how the answer to guns is more than just regulations. Well here’s an interesting story out of  NYC. It was part of the review of the NYC police shooting where someone had a pipe shaped as a gun and was running up to people pointing it at them. The police got calls about a man with a gun and showed up. The individual them pointed the fake pipe gun at them and was shot. Of course, many in the community and city reacted immediately that it was police violence. With the videos of the man running the streets and people scurrying to safety the issue died. But here’s the rest of the story.
The individual suffered from bipolar disorder and had been in and out of hospitals multiple times in recent years. He had gone to psychiatric hospitals at least twice. But the hospitals released him and failed to provide adequate follow-up. It was known that he failed to take required medication. Many are now saying this death was a failure of the city’s mental health policies.

Last year, the NYPD responded to 165,000 calls for emotionally disturbed persons, and almost all went off without a hitch. The difference here was a gun like object pointed at people and the police. The individual needed help and people knew, but they let him out. This time the person himself died. In Parkland many died.

The city and nation need to do more to protect citizens and stop being politically correct.

What happened to collusion?  We have ceased hearing the collusion stories haven’t we? After 15 months of relentless collusion was it really just a MSM and Democratic illusion?  When do we get Mueller’s report on the issue that is the foundation of this all?
We think it’s giving the Trump campaign too much organizational credit to think they could pull that off.

Comey and Stormy

Jim Comey continued his book tour and television appearances. He said on ABC, that yes he was once a Republican, but no longer. “The Republican party left me” he said. They “didn’t stand for the values he had” he said.
Oh, so that’s why you and your family backed Hillary, you share the Clintons values? Maybe that explains why you continue to back McCabe, Strok and Page too.

Now Stormy, did you see the picture of her husband? If you didn’t we suggest you google Stormy Daniels husband. You will see side by side his picture and the sketch she put out yesterday. You might think they are one person.
We’ve had enough of Stormy as we said yesterday. As far as we’re concerned she is a stripper, who slept with a married man and got paid $130,000.

The Ratings

Fox News now has 14 consecutive weeks as the number one cable TV network in both prime time and total day, among total viewers. In fact, the three news channels were the top 3 cable stations last week:

Basic Cable Top 5  
1. FNC (1,534,000)
2. MSNBC (1,125,000)
3. CNN (863,000)
4. NICK (838,000)
5. HGTV (777,000)

Morning News for the week of April 9:

  • Total Viewers: ABC: 4.185M / NBC: 3.964M / CBS: 3.317M
  • A25-54 viewers: ABC: 1.322M / NBC: 1.415M / CBS: 884,00

Compared to the same week last year GMA saw growth among younger viewers, up +2 percent, but was down -2 percent in total viewers. Today was down -3 percent in viewers and down -7 percent in the demo. CBS This Morning was down -7 percent in viewers and down -13 percent in the demo.

The Evening News for the week of April 9:

ABC NBC CBS
• Total Viewers: 8,192,000 7,754,000 5,922,000
• A25-54: 1,665,000 1,707,000 1,239,000

ABC was up +8 percent in both measurements. Nightly News was up +3 percent in viewers and down -3 percent in the demo. The CBS Evening News with Jeff Glor was down -5 percent in viewers and down -9 percent in the demo.

The Sunday Show numbers for April 15:

Network Program Total Viewers
ABC This Week 3.747 M
NBC Meet the Press 3.709 M
CBS Face the Nation 3.452 M
FOX Fox News Sunday 1.570 M

 

News ….

News Stories

Does this guy have any clue? EPA Chief Scott Pruitt got caught again. This time he had a $43,000 soundproof phone booth built in his office. First it was unauthorized. Second, why? Why would he even think he need that?
Pruitt has become a drag on a President who doesn’t need another one. He will be the next to leave this administration. We are unsure why it hasn’t happened yet.

Why does Trump continue to hold back on Putin? On Sunday, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, said new sanctions against Russia were imminent. On Monday, the administration changed it’s mind and now it seems no additional sanctions will be made in the near future.
No way Haley announces this at the U.N. without the plan in place. Only one person could have changed the plan. The question is why?

A story you will hear about this week. Fidel Castro took over Cuba in 1959 and stayed at the head of government until 2014. He retired and passed away in 2016. Well this week, his brother Raúl is set to step down as Cuba’s president.It will be the first time that a Castro won’t be officially in charge of the country in 59 years.

Remember when David Hogg, the Parkland student organized the boycott of Laura Ingraham’s show? Well 21 sponsors ran and cancelled ads. You heard that no doubt. Did you hear this. — her ratings were up 20% the next week. The advertisers missed out.

Interesting with CBS. They have been angry at the NDA’s that Trump and team have with some woman. Yet they are having their people sign NDA’s on the Charlie Rose case. Hmmm.

How did Comey do ratings wise with George? He had less than half the audience that Stormy got on 60 Minutes a few weeks before. I guess sex over boy scouts for ratings.
Speaking of Stormy I have to believe others are getting tired of her act as we are. Enough publicity already.

Remember that triple cop killer that New York was to release? His release date was this week, but the police union in NY is in court and has managed to get a temporary hold. We’ll see what happens.
Oh yea and that Palm Sunday killer of ten they released the police are trying to tie him to another unsolved murder and get him back behind bars. For now though he walks free.

International Events

Amazing to hear of Mike Pompeo meeting with North Korea. There is hope on where this goes, but be careful. N. Korea always wants to buy time, but they may just realize that Trump is serious and want a deal. Stay tuned.
By the way, the same Pompeo is having a hard time getting congressional approval for his new role as Secretary of State. This will help him.

Inspectors are having trouble getting into the city in Syria where the chemical attacks occurred. Sounds like Saddam days revisited doesn’t it.

Barbara Bush was one of a kind and may she rest in peace.

The Ratings

Total Viewers SUNDAY. Fox wins a close one

  • Total day: FNC:  1.173 | CNN: 837 | MSNBC: 741 | HLN: 275
  • Prime time: FNC: 1.193 | CNN: 891 | MSNBC: 1.169 | HLN: 302
4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC NewsHQ:
949
Gutfeld:
895
Report:
1.064
FNSunday:
1.166
Lgnds:
1.018
Comey:
1.362
Levin:
1.199
Lgnds:
766
CNN Nwsrm:
756
Nwsrm:
848
Nwsrm:
713
Nwsrm:
698
Nwsrm:
804
Kennedys:
1.236
Pope:
632
Comey:
1.006
MSNBC News:
641
News:
702
MTP:
797
KasieDC:
858
KasieDC:
974
Comey:
1.473
Cont.:
1.061
Dateline:
578
HLN Files:
288
Files:
246
Files:
230
DthRow:
287
DthRow:
269
DthRow:
352
DthRow:
284
DthRow:
363

 

Total Viewers MONDAY. Fox and MSNBC have big nights.

  • Total day: FNC: 1.868 | CNN: 975 | MSNBC: 1.543 | HLN: 193
  • Prime time: FNC: 3.205 | CNN: 1.266 | MSNBC: 2.972 | HLN: 224
4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC Cavuto:
1.575
Five:
2.542
Baier:
2.510
MacCallum:
2.223
Carlson:
3.081
Hannity:
3.701
Ingraham:
2.831
Bream:
1.576
CNN Tapper:
1.227
Blitzer:
1.990
Blitzer:
1.113
Burnett:
1.168
Cooper:
1.133
Cooper:
1.179
Lemon:
1.283
Lemon:
917
MSNBC Wallace:
1.766
MTPDaily:
1.613
Melber:
1.769
Matthews:
2.114
Hayes:
2.375
Maddow:
3.613
O’Donnell:
2.928
Wlms:
2.053
HLN Michaela:
105
Cupp:
105
Banfield:
119
Banfield:
179
Killer:
168
Files:
206
Files:
298
Files:
318

Mired in ……

Mired In

You watch the news and can see the sad state of coverage we are mired in. The top stories and people last night were Jim Comey and his tell all book (as he saw it),  and Stormy Daniels trying to drive people to see her all.
What a sad state as we try and solve world issues and local problems.

Comey will be all over the airwaves the next few weeks as his book is officially released today. His boy scout utterings and love of the FBI come across so clear. Yet, we keep going back to how all his closes staff are under so much fire for partisanship. He can see all the wrongs of the President, but not that?
There is a disconnect there that is interesting.

The circus we thought would occur with Stormy Daniels yesterday was exactly what we saw. Why is this woman getting coverage on evening newscasts? What does she have to offer? She is playing the media and they are allowing it.

So there you have it.
A boy scout who still thinks he didn’t do anything wrong, and every action was to protect the integrity of the FBI. One who sees no fault in his staff; and a stripper who had an affair with the President ten years ago playing the media to drive up her appearance revenue.
We are mired in dirt.

WSJ Poll Today

Some interesting numbers in the WSJ poll released this AM. Highlights:

Right before the election, the share of people who viewed Hillary Clinton unfavorably was 10 points larger than those with a favorable view of her.
Today, her positive rating is at a new low of 27%, compared with 52% who have a negative opinion.
That spread of 25 percentage points is greater than President Trump’s, who is under water by 18 points.

So with all the negative news about President Trump, it is Mrs Clinton who has suffered the greater lose in prestigious. Interesting isn’t it?

A second finding in the poll is that American’s still view the tax cut in a negative light.
36% were negative on the tax cut and 27% positive.
That means the Republicans have done a really poor job of communicating the tax cut. As we have outlined here often this bill was good for the working and middle class.

Here are some other positive/negatives for individuals and groups in the poll:

March For Our Lives.            37          17
Robert Mueller                        28          19
ICE                                                34          26
James Comey                           22          20
Donald Trump                        35          53
Hillary Clinton                       27          52

One more.
In the upcoming November election who do Americans want to control congress? By 47 -40 they intend to vote Democratic.

Sean Hannity

All the uproar yesterday about Hannity using Michael Cohen as a lawyer seemed to us to be much about nothing. Unless there is more to this, we see nothing. Hannity has a right to any lawyer he wants. That said, the fact he never paid or used Cohen for anything other than ask a question or two makes clear this is more MSM hysteria.

The Ratings

Total Viewers FRIDAY. Huge night for Fox as Syria is bombed. 

  • Total day: FNC: 1.998 | CNN: 1.110 |  MSNBC: 1.497 | HLN: 206
  • Primetime: FNC: 3.936 | CNN: 2.059 | MSNBC: 2.703 | HLN: 271
4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC Cavuto:
1.408
Five:
2.093
Baier:
2.094
MacCallum:
1.880
Carlson:
2.694
Hannity:
4.482
Ingraham:
4.674
Bream:
2.919
CNN Tapper:
1.010
Blitzer:
1.024
Blitzer:
1.002
Burnett:
1.081
Cooper:
1.363
Cooper:
2.268
Tonight:
2.543
Tonight:
1.498
MSNBC Wallace:
1.449
MTPDaily:
1.481
Melber:
1.650
Matthews:
1.836
Hayes:
2.232
Maddow:
3.284
O’Donnell:
2.271
Wlms:
1.373
HLN Michaela:
69
Unmask:
70
Unmask:
119
Unmask:
228
Unmask:
294
DeathRw:
271
Files:
249
Files:
321

Total Viewers  SATURDAY. Another Fox dominant night. 

  • Total day: FNC: 1.678 | CNN:930 |  MSNBC: 727 | HLN: 253
  • Prime time: FNC: 2.023 | CNN: 873 | MSNBC: 718 | HLN: 272
4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC NwsHQ:
1.158
NwsHQ:
1.278
NwsHQ:
1.297
Report:
1.477
Watters:
1.984
Pirro:
2.287
Gutfeld:
1.798
Watters:
1.302
CNN Nwsrm:
878
Nwsrm:
917
Blitzer:
741
Nwsrm:
787
Cooper:
854
Nwsrm:
776
Nwsrm:
988
Nswrm:
731
MSNBC News:
733
News:
728
News:
656
Melber:
694
Melber:
797
Wallace:
753
Melber:
603
Dateline:
405
HLN Files:
225
Files:
329
Files:
245
Files:
224
Files:
246
Files:
280
Files:
290
Files:
400

Comey, Syria and Cohen

The Comey Interview

The interview really didn’t bring new charges or stories we didn’t know. The most devastating thing to the President was at the end, when Comey said the President lacked the moral fiber to be President.
What Comey did was reinforce the characteristics of the President we all know, and knew before the election. I don’t think America is surprised by what he said, they elected Trump despite his faults.

As for Comey, he comes across as too often shocked and not sure what to do. I can tell you what you do, you walk out and quit. If you are being asked to do something against the law, against what you stand for and feel so strongly you walk. You don’t wait to be fired to express your dismay. You live your principals.

Some things that were not asked we would have liked to see and hear:
The FBI is a mess at the top. The Inspector General issued a report late last week that Andrew McCabe lied and mislead. It was a scathing report and McCabe will likely face charges. He was number two under Comey. How come this never came up?
Nor did he ask about the Strzok and Page emails and what they were doing. This was under Comey and McCabe. In fact McCabe was on copy and involved.
All of this was directly under Comey, who said the FBI  must be clean. How did this happen under his watch by his closest people? If you’re outraged by moral actions in the WH, you better be by people under your watch too.
George never asked.

We also would like to know his thoughts as to why Clinton bleached 30,000 emails and destroyed devices so the FBI could not see them. Yes, we know Trump lacks some moral compasses, how about his opponent?  Didn’t they both have faults? Which was worse?
George never asked.

The other starting revaluation we heard was Comey saying his wife and kids were out on the day after inauguration in the protest march. They showed a picture of them walking with signs. Wait, we heard for months that Comey was a Republican. Now we hear his family were fervent supporters of Clinton and were out protesting the President while he was still FBI Director?

Finally Comey again admitted he leaked information. That is still surprising that one who wants to come across as the last honest person in America would do that. How does that sustain the reputation of the FBI?

So in the end we learned little new about Trump and some more about Comey and family.

Syria

The MSM continues to amuse us. Here they are blasting the administration about its action last week and making statements that shock us.

“Assad is still in power” we hear. Well our goal is not to replace him. Who would take his place? Think about Iraq after Saddam and the chaos after he was toppled. The same factions are in Syria. You take him out and we have the same mess. This mission was not to take out Assad. It was to act because he used chemical weapons — period. The mission was to bomb three complexes that were tied to their chemical program. It was done.

Then the President used the words “Mission Accomplished” and the media went ballistic. All because George Bush used that banner on the carrier after Saddam was toppled. Well for hundreds of years that statement was applied to the military and its action. Add that this mission was accomplished, we have the right to use it, and be proud and honor those who completed it.

Syria is a mess and we want no part of it. They have factions fighting internally. The Russians weaned their way back into the middle east here and are mired in the mess. Iran is pressuring from the outside and supporting a faction. ISIS too has one of its last bastions here. Trump’s instinct is to get out, but he can’t just walk while ISIS looms. He supported the red line on chemical weapons for a few reasons. One, it is right. Second, we don’t want those weapons in the hands of terrorists. Third, you want to stop any use, anywhere in the world immediately. Fourth, Obama drew the red line, then lost credibility by backing down. Trump can’t afford to back down. Not here, not now, not with North Korea and Iran watching. So we did a strike to show we mean business and hopefully the world gets the message. If not the next strike will be bigger. What won’t ever occur is troops on the ground.

Stormy and Cohen

Expect a circus on the news tonight as Stripper Stormy goes to court to watch the Michael Cohen case. Why is she going? Not because she is to testify or be part of the hearing. She is going to drum up more publicity for herself and drive more demand for appearances so she can earn more. The woman who says she doesn’t want all the publicity because of her daughter sure acts the opposite.
What a circus and the MSM will love it.

Cohen Alone

The Cohen investigation is in our opinion a bigger threat to the President than the Russian Collusion investigation. You don’t hear much about the collusion charges these days do you? Adam Schiff hasn’t been all over the airwaves talking about it, has he? The reason we think is there never was collusion between the President and the Russians.  But, as normal with special prosecutors they delve off track and find things. In Michael Cohen they are now at the heart of all Trump did as a businessman and we have no doubt there are things people will jump on. Buckle up for this one.

The Ratings

Total Viewers WEDNESDAY. Fox and MSNBC remain in a close race. 

  • Total day: FNC: 1.755 | CNN: 929 | MSNBC: 1.413 | HLN: 190
  • Primetime: FNC: 2.788 | CNN: 1219 | MSNBC: 2.659 | HLN: 244
4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC Cavuto:
1.727
Five:
2.385
Baier:
2.224
MacCallum:
2.000
Carlson:
2.731
Hannity:
3.045
Ingraham:
2.587
Bream:
1.568
CNN Tapper:
1.068
Blitzer:
1.080
Blitzer:
1.057
Burnett:
1.169
Cooper:
1.288
Cooper:
1.222
Tonight:
1.146
Tonight:
1.007
MSNBC Wallace:
1.348
MTPDaily:
1.469
Melber:
1.563
Matthews:
1.868
Hayes:
2.145
Maddow:
3.257
O’Donnell:
2.576
Wlms:
1.708
HLN Michaela:
67
Cupp:
60
Banfield:
104
Banfield:
103
CNNSpcl:
185
Files:
241
Files:
305
Files:
349

Total Viewers THURSDAY. MSNBC wins a close night. 

  • Total day: FNC: 1.680 | CNN: 862 | MSNBC: 1.426 | HLN: 196
  • Primetime: FNC: 2.811 | CNN: 1.246 | MSNBC: 2.872 | HLN: 255
4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC Cavuto:
1.358
Five:
2.200
Baier:
2.106
MacCallum:
1.849
Carlson:
2.564
Hannity:
3.112
Ingraham:
2.756
Bream:
1.508
CNN Tapper:
910
Blitzer:
1.042
Blitzer:
1.018
Burnett:
972
Cooper:
1.245
Cooper:
1.276
Tonight:
1.215
Tonight:
1.001
MSNBC Wallace:
1.278
MTPDaily:
1.321
Melber:
1.557
Matthews:
1.921
Hayes:
2.233
Maddow:
3.555
O’Donnell:
2.828
Wlms:
1.896
HLN Michaela:
75
Cupp:
59
Banfield:
73
Banfield:
102
Files:
172
Files:
253
Files:
341
Files:
428

 

Storms Hover ….

Paul Ryan

As predicted here three months ago Paul Ryan will not be running for reelection to congress. Why? We think he is truly upset with the system, time he must give and truly wants to be with his family. He was in a tough spot. He was between the President and congress. He never knew where his next attack was coming from. In his own district he faced a challenge from the left and right and he could see the handwriting on the wall for November. He would be minority leader to Nancy Pelosi.
The leader to take his place would be Kevin McCarthy, but he was the last time, too. He didn’t get it then because of rumors of an affair. I think he will face a few challenges.

Zuckerberg and Congress

Mark Zuckerberg, as of this writing is escaping nicely through the congressional hearings. The best barometer of that is Facebook stock is up over the time he has been there.
That said, you have to wonder about Facebook longer term. People now realize their personal information is being used. If they didn’t know before, they do now that they are being targeted for ads by what they say and do. You now wonder how that will impact the app long term.

The Raid on Michael Cohen

Reports are that the raid on Michael Cohen is all about payoffs to women that Trump had affairs with. If that’s true, then we are not sure how that will resonate with the American people. We all knew from the NY Tabloids for years what kind of lifestyle the President was living before running for office. This is not a surprise.
Again, this started as a charge that the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians in this election. We heard a drumbeat from the MSM and Democrats for over a year that this occurred. Now we’re down to this?

Syria

The President was clear in warning Russia that an attack was coming — despite Russia warning first they would shoot down missiles, and second that it would destroy evidence of gas attacks. An attack is coming and we think it will be significant. As outlined yesterday Trump has too much on the line worldwide for it not to be.
Nikki Haley continues to shine. Yesterday she looked the Russians in the eye at the U.N. and held them accountable. Watch her in 2020 and beyond.

By the way, don’t Obama, John Kerry, Susan Rice and others look bad? They all assured us as part of the agreement in the middle east the chemical weapons were destroyed.

China Blinks

Not much coverage, did you notice, to the fact that China blinked on tariffs?
Here’s the story in brief
At a business conference, China promised Tuesday to cut auto tariffs and improve intellectual property protection in possible concessions aimed at defusing a worsening dispute with Washington over trade and technology that investors worry could set back the global economic recovery.
“China’s door of opening up will not be closed and will only open wider”, they said at the Boao Forum for Asia on the southern island of Hainan.
China’s leader said Beijing will “significantly lower” tariffs on auto imports this year and ease restrictions on foreign ownership in the auto industry “as soon as possible.”

Let’s see what happens next but that is a significant move. China has a lot at stake here.

More on 2018
Nationwide, whites over the age of 60 with college degrees now favor Democrats over Republicans for Congress by a 2-point margin, according to Reuters/Ipsos opinion polling during the first three months of the year. During the same period in 2016, that same group favored Republicans for Congress by 10 percentage points. 
The 12-point swing is one of the largest shifts in support toward Democrats that the Reuters/Ipsos poll has measured over the past two years. If that trend continues, Republicans will struggle to keep control of the House of Representatives, and possibly the Senate, in the November elections.
The Ratings

Below are Saturday, Sunday, Monday and week of April 2nd ratings.

Total Viewers SATURDAY.
FOX WINS ANOTHER SATURDAY, BEATING OTHERS COMBINED. 
  • Total day: FNC: 1.108 | CNN: 574 |  MSNBC: 640 | HLN: 275
  • Prime time: FNC: 1.592 | CNN: 607 | MSNBC: 613 | HLN: 274
4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC NwsHQ:
718
NwsHQ:
740
NwsHQ:
748
Report:
1.201
Watters:
1.613
Pirro:
1.716
Gutfeld:
1.446
Watters:
981
CNN Nwsrm:
472
Nwsrm:
541
Smerc:
508
Jones:
576
Kennedys:
610
Sex:
658
Sex:
552
Bourdain:
335
MSNBC News:
644
News:
645
Hardball:
577
Maddow:
731
O’Donnell:
708
Wlms:
585
Wallace:
545
Hardball:
521
HLN Files:
249
Files:
303
Files:
259
Files:
272
Files:
273
Files:
254
Files:
296
Files:
352
Total Viewers SUNDAY.
Fox edges CNN who ran the Kennedy and Pope series shows.
  • Total day: FNC:  981 | CNN: 708  | MSNBC: 575 | HLN: 262
  • Prime time: FNC: 1.138 | CNN: 1.114 | MSNBC: 785 | HLN: 358
4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC NewsHQ:
599
Gutfeld:
650
Report:
795
FNSunday:
932
LgndsLies:
1.159
Hilton:
1.133
Levin:
1.123
LgndsLies:
586
CNN Nwsrm:
440
Nwsrm:
484
Nwsrm:
525
Nwsrm:
577
Kennedys:
727
Kennedys:
1.532
Pope:
1.084
Kennedys:
684
MSNBC News:
455
News:
551
MTP:
598
KasieDC:
690
KasieDC:
735
Headlinrs:
1.151
Rvolution:
470
DatelineXtra:
261
HLN Files:
230
Files:
267
Files:
255
DthRow:
299
DthRow:
409
DthRow:
340
DthRow:
327
DthRow:
401
Total Viewers MONDAY.
Big numbers for all three news stations as FBI raid on Trump’s lawyer broke.
  • Total day: FNC: 1.833 | CNN: 912 | MSNBC: 1.432 | HLN: 216
  • Prime time: FNC: 3.033 | CNN: 1.432 | MSNBC: 2.878 | HLN: 252
4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC Cavuto:
1.498
Five:
2.363
Baier:
2.638
MacCallum:
2.497
Carlson:
2.942
Hannity:
3.348
Ingraham:
2.809
Bream:
1.577
CNN Tapper:
1.005
Blitzer:
1.142
Blitzer:
1.240
Burnett:
1.375
Cooper:
1.501
Cooper:
1.402
Tonight:
1.390
Tonight:
1.152
MSNBC Wallace:
1.372
MTPDaily:
1.553
Melber:
1.826
Matthews:
2.090
Hayes:
2.468
Maddow:
3.402
O’Donnell:
2.763
Wlms:
1.959
HLN Michaela:
94
Cupp:
113
Banfield:
129
Banfield:
151
Killer:
158
Files:
259
Files:
339
Files:
427
Most-watched for the week of April 2:

TBS wins primetime week with NCAA basketball championship. Fox wins news segment.

Basic Cable Top 5 – Prime time

  1. TBS (2,349,000)
  2. Fox News (2,064,000)
  3. MSNBC (1,715,000)
  4. HGTV (1,500,000)
  5. USA (1,236,000)

Basic Cable Top 5 – Total Day

  1. Fox News (1,252,000)
  2. MSNBC (943,000)
  3. Nickelodeon (850,000)
  4. HGTV (828,000)
  5. Investigation Discovery (730,000)
On the business news front

Varney & Co., was the most-watched market program on TV for the 46th consecutive week. Along with Varney, Countdown to the Closing Bell with Liz Claman also ranked among the top 4 business news programs of the week.

Then of course, there was Lou Dobbs. His was the most-watched show on business news, averaging 304,000 total viewers in the 7 p.m. hour.

Business Day

FBN: 221,000 total viewers / 27,000 A25-54 viewers

CNBC: 198,000 total viewers / 36,000 A25-54 viewers

Market Hours

FBN: 227,000 total viewers / 28,000 A25-54 viewers

CNBC: 202,000 total viewers / 37,000 A25-54 viewers

Stormy Days …..

Stormy Days Ahead

The surprising raid on the President’s personal attorney’s offices and home opens a whole new dimension to the investigations.  Simply put, as have have written often, it appears to us that the “collusion illusion” is a dead end.  However, the financial side of things is a whole different game. Something is coming now and this is going to get messy.
There are two areas that jump out as potential targets:
1. The payment to Stormy Daniels, and who knew what, when and what they said they did.
2. The Trump finances and foreign dealings before the election.

One of those two is the area of investigation and either is a problem for Trump and the Republicans. What started on a lie “collusion” is now opening new fangs.

Impact on the 2018 Elections

This will put the administration and thus the Republicans in a worse position than they were before. Unless other events overtake things (and six months is a long time in politics) this is a headed for a Democratic tide wave. The odds of Speaker Pelosi is very probable at this point.

Syria

Some far leftists will yell the action we are about to take in Syria is a Wag The Dog scenario. They will do so because we expect a very strong action by the administration.  They will see it was done so strongly because of a desire to take attention away from the Mueller and now new investigation.
They will be wrong. A strong action is a must.

The President promised and for credibility reasons he needs to act. Failure to so and he becomes Obama and red lines that means nothing.

Second he must be extra strong to show North Korea he means what he says. A strong action here will convince Kim Jong un that Trump is not one to fool around with.

Third Putin has to know we are serious. No way that Assad did what he did without Putin’s knowledge and thus approval.

Fourth Iran. They are watching to see if Trump is as tough and “crazy” as they fear. He has to assure them he is as he prepares to cancel the Iran deal.

So expect a big action — if not done by the time you read this.

A Tax Update

Remember all the noise about this tax cut was for the rich? Well here’s a stat out this week:

In 2018, households in the top 20% will have income of about $150,000 or more and 52% of total income, about the same as in 2017.
But they will pay about 87% of the income taxes.  This is up from about 84% last year

So let that sink in. The top 20% will earn the same ratio of income this year as last. However they will pay 87% of the federal taxes. That 87% is up 3%. Wait I thought this was a tax break for the rich. Will the liberals and MSM apologize for their false accusations.

The Ratings

MSNBC has continually closed the gap on Fox and the ratings below illustrate that. With the announcement last night of the new probe, I am guessing they will win a few days this week too.

Total Viewers TUESDAY.
Fox wins but they and MSNBC are much closer than the past.

  • Total day: FNC: 1.570 | CNN: 778 | MSNBC: 1.238 | HLN: 208
  • Primetime: FNC: 2.488 | CNN: 1.018 | MSNBC: 2.186 | HLN: 280
4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC Shep:
1.275
Shep:
2.269
Baier:
2.234
MacCallum:
2.008
Carlson:
2.416
Hannity:
2.931
Ingraham:
2.111
Bream:
1.336
CNN Tapper:
887
Blitzer:
1.188
Blitzer:
1.033
Burnett:
923
Cooper:
1.034
Cooper:
1.055
Lemon:
962
Lemon:
751
MSNBC Wallace:
1.313
MTPDaily:
1.401
Melber:
1.139
Matthews:
1.626
Hayes:
1.820
Maddow:
2.747
O’Donnell:
1.992
Wlms:
1.403
HLN Michaela:
69
Cupp:
67
Banfield:
89
Banfield:
144
Killer:
189
Killer:
295
Files:
355
Files:
452

Total Viewers WEDNESDAY. Fox wins again by a small margin.

  • Total day: FNC: 1.594 | CNN: 721 | MSNBC: 1.205 | HLN: 214
  • Primetime: FNC: 2.541 | CNN: 923 | MSNBC: 2.241 | HLN: 279
4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC Cavuto:
1.203
Five:
2.152
Baier:
1.967
MacCallum:
1.753
Carlson:
2.581
Hannity:
2.938
Ingraham:
2.103
Bream:
1.318
CNN Tapper:
789
Blitzer:
760
Blitzer:
818
Burnett:
944
Cooper:
1.003
Cooper:
869
Tonight:
891
Tonight:
711
MSNBC Wallace:
1.113
MTPDaily:
1.205
Melber:
1.291
Matthews:
1.597
Hayes:
1.805
Maddow:
2.779
O’Donnell:
2.139
Wlms:
1.461
HLN Michaela:
80
Cupp:
57
Banfield:
118
Banfield:
142
Files:
202
Files:
287
Files:
340
Files:
404

Total Viewers THURSDAY. MSNBC edges Fox to win the night.

  • Total day: FNC: 1.526 | CNN: 690 | MSNBC: 1.266 | HLN: 205
  • Primetime: FNC: 2.392 | CNN: 861 | MSNBC: 2.424 | HLN: 225
4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC Cavuto:
1.139
Five:
2.004
Baier:
1.918
MacCallum:
1.693
Carlson:
2.496
Hannity:
2.704
Ingraham:
1.974
Bream:
1.273
CNN Tapper:
697
Blitzer:
779
Blitzer:
713
Burnett:
814
Cooper:
918
Cooper:
853
Tonight:
808
Tonight:
752
MSNBC Wallace:
1.231
MTPDaily:
1.179
Melber:
1.357
Matthews:
1.618
Hayes:
1.803
Maddow:
2.904
O’Donnell:
2.565
Wlms:
1.759
HLN Michaela:
89
Cupp:
83
Banfield:
126
Banfield:
181
Files:
168
Files:
243
Files:
265
Files:
456

Total Viewers FRIDAY. Fox wins the night. 

  • Total day: FNC: 1.408 | CNN: 675 |  MSNBC: 1.151 | HLN: 202
  • Primetime: FNC: 2.140 | CNN: 902 | MSNBC: 1.849 | HLN: 255
4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC Cavuto:
972
Five:
1.760
Baier:
1.603
MacCallum:
1.371
Carlson:
2.267
HannitySpcl:
2.590
Ingraham:
1.562
Bream:
1028
CNN Tapper:
729
Blitzer:
748
Blitzer:
772
Burnett:
863
Cooper:
1.121
Cooper:
812
Tonight:
770
Tonight:
703
MSNBC Wallace:
1.177
MTPDaily:
1.165
Melber:
1.251
Matthews:
1.430
Rvolution:
1.251
Maddow:
2.526
O’Donnell:
1.769
Wlms:
1.271
HLN Michaela:
83
Files:
75
Files:
97
Unmask:
160
Unmask:
230
DeathRw:
247
Files:
287
Files:
409

Mueller, Trump and Tariffs …..


Mueller Probe

The reports are that Mueller has reportedly told the President’s attorneys that he is not a criminal target of his probe, but he still wants to interview him to wrap up his investigation into possible obstruction of justice.
We wonder is that from that ill fated plan on Air Force One to say the Russian meeting with DJT Jr. was about adoptions; or was it the Comey meetings and firings?
Also, is it obstruction if the President wanted to end the investigation on collusion that never existed?
Maybe Trump simply wanted this behind him because there was no Russian collusion. We’ve asked before, can you obstruct in a crime that never occurred?

Trump and Putin

It still strikes us as odd that the President seems to attack every opponent, but never does Putin. It happened again this week as he held a press conference with three Baltic State leaders. He said that “probably nobody’s been tougher on Russia than Donald Trump.” He mentioned the 60 diplomats he forced out versus other countries doing four or five. He talked about drilling and America being energy independent and how that hurts Russia. But the man who has names for everyone like “Rocketman” only said this about Putin’s Russia. We want to be able to get along with Russia. If we got along with Russia, that would be a good thing, not a bad thing. And just about everybody agrees with that, except very stupid people”.

Why has he never attacked or said negative things about Putin? He attacks his own cabinet, party leaders and friends. Strange isn’t it?

The WSJ on Trump

An interesting story in the WSJ on Trump now establishing himself in the job. Here’s a recap:

Mr. Trump yesterday appeared to be a president freed of the forces last year that pushed him toward a mainstream Republican agenda. The president declared that he wants to bring U.S. troops home from Syria and wanted to use U.S. troops to guard the U.S. border with Mexico, and detailed $50 billion worth of Chinese goods on which it plans to slap a 25% tariff. Never was there a more clear sign than Tuesday that Washington has moved into the period of Trump Unbound”.

Speaking of Tariffs

Well the Chinese reacted and that spooked the market early yesterday. It came back by days end, but there is more to go on this. Negotiations are underway, and if the countries agree on a deal we will avoid a trade war that no one will enjoy. Trump has a point on the goods we import over export. Past leaders did make bad deals. He has a better point on the stealing of intellectual property. Keep a watch on this, it will impact you on everything from prices for things you buy to jobs and investments.

AMAZON, TRUMP AND THE POST OFFICE

The President has declared war on Amazon and it has impacted their share price. (down over 250 dollars per share).
First, remember Amazon is owned by an anti Trump person (Jeff Bezos) who also owns the very anti Trump Washington Post. So we start with that.
Then add Trump’s business is building and his friends are builders. Amazon is hurting brick and mortar stores more than anyone with its online and delivery services. So Trump hears from them how this is hurting them.
All the pieces are there for an attack.

Then comes the deal Amazon made with the post office to deliver the products and you have it all. What about that deal?

First understand the post office has lost $60 billion since 2007.
It expects to lose $6 billion more this year.
The Postal Service has had one profitable quarter in the last five years.
Think about those numbers – this is a monopoly.
It is $120 billion behind in pension and retiree health expenses.
Now:
Since 2007, the Postal Service has been required to allocate 5.5 percent of its fixed costs to package delivery and to incorporate that into its pricing. Today, 25 percent of the Postal Service’s business is package delivery.
Thanks to features of the Amazon deal – such as Sunday delivery, grocery delivery, even delivery from fish markets to local restaurants – the expenses have climbed.
So:
It is estimated that they should be charging Amazon $1.46 more per package than the $2 or so it does now.
Thus:
The President has a point about the postal service and it’s costs.
We expect in the end the postal service will raise its price when it can, but it cannot be outbid by any other delivery option. They need the volume to cover their fixed costs.
The President can impact this but his buddies must realize the convenience of shopping online and having the goods delivered to your home is going to grow –not decrease.

The Ratings

BELOW ARE DAILY RATINGS SATURDAY THROUGH MONDAY
RATINGS FOR THE WEEK OF MARCH 26
QUARTERLY RATINGS FOR FIRST QUARTER OF 2018

Total Viewers SATURDAY.
Fox wins another Saturday beating others combined.

  • Total day: FNC: 1.020 | CNN: 575 |  MSNBC: 625 | HLN: 279
  • Prime time: FNC: 1.261 | CNN: 516 | MSNBC: 575 | HLN: 275
4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC NwsHQ:
691
NwsHQ:
738
NwsHQ:
673
Report:
790
Watters:
1.347
Pirro:
1.211
Gutfeld:
1.224
Watters:
999
CNN Nwsrm:
584
Nwsrm:
584
Smerc:
469
AxeFiles:
585
Kennedys:
524
Sex:
527
Sex:
498
Kennedys:
412
MSNBC News:
613
News:
648
Hayes:
523
Maddow:
502
O’Donnell:
571
Wlms:
551
Wallace:
602
Hardball:
527
HLN Files:
325
Files:
271
Files:
277
Files:
261
Files:
251
Files:
286
Files:
287
Files:
329
 

Total Viewers SUNDAY. Fox edges CNN despite Kennedy and Pope series. 

  • Total day: FNC: 870 | CNN: 697 | MSNBC: 558 | HLN: 277
  • Prime time: FNC: 983 | CNN: 956 | MSNBC: 473 | HLN: 318
4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC NewsHQ:
524
Futures:
581
Report:
732
FNSunday:
934
LgndsLies:
1.002
Hilton:
945
Levin:
1.001
LgndsLies:
648
CNN Nwsrm:
530
Nwsrm:
590
Nwsrm:
576
Nwsrm:
588
Kennedys:
622
Kennedys:
1.371
Pope:
875
Kennedys:
626
MSNBC News:
509
News:
522
MTP:
621
KasieDC:
670
KasieDC:
607
Headlinrs:
441
Hope&Fury:
372
Cont.:
381
HLN Files:
217
Files:
271
Files:
261
Files:
238
DthRow:
309
DthRow:
339
DthRow:
305
DthRow:
383

Total Viewers MONDAY. Fox edges MSNBC.

  • Total day: FNC: 1.518 | CNN: 745 | MSNBC: 1.203 | HLN: 191
  • Primetime: FNC: 2.160 | CNN: 853 | MSNBC: 1.905 | HLN: 216
4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC Cavuto:
1.200
Five:
2.055
Baier:
2.116
MacCallum:
1.909
Carlson:
2.601
HannitySpcl:
2.189
Ingraham:
1.688
Bream:
1.097
CNN Tapper:
824
Blitzer:
836
Blitzer:
841
Burnett:
938
Cooper:
1.020
Cooper:
810
Lemon:
728
Lemon:
674
MSNBC Wallace:
1.378
MTPDaily:
1.329
Melber:
1.391
Matthews:
1.678
Hayes:
1.755
Maddow:
2.122
O’Donnell:
1.838
Wlms:
1.429
HLN Michaela:
56
Cupp:
77
Banfield:
133
Banfield:
175
Killer:
164
Killer:
190
Files:
296
Files:
356

The week of March 26

 
Fox won the week for the 12th week in a row. Fox had 8 of the 25 most-watched cable telecasts. TBS covering the NCAA basketball games won the week in primetime.

Basic Cable Top 5 – Prime Time (Total Viewers)

  1. TBS (2,364,000)
  2. Fox News (2,076,000)
  3. MSNBC (1,730,000)
  4. HGTV (1,446,000)
  5. ESPN (1,324,000)

Basic Cable Top 5 – Total Day (Total Viewers)

  1. Fox News (1,249,000)
  2. MSNBC (958,000)
  3. Nickelodeon (928,000)
  4. HGTV (825,000)
  5. TBS (792,000)
Quartly Rankings
 
Fox was the most-watched cable network for Q1 2018, both in prime time and in total day. That’s now 7 straight quarter victories in total day.

In prime time programming Sean Hannity was the most watched show.

QUARTERLY RATINGS FOR THE TOP FIVE PROGRAMS IN CABLE NEWS:

Total Viewers: Hannity (3,196,000), Rachel Maddow Show (2,993,000) Tucker Carlson Tonight (2,908,000), The Ingraham Angle(2,487,000), Special Report with Bret Baier (2,361,000)

QUARTERLY NUMBERS FOR CABLE NEWS:

TOTAL DAY
FNC: 1,445,000 total viewers
CNN: 713,000 total viewers
MSNBC: 1,008,000 total viewers

PRIMETIME: 8-11PM/ET
FNC: 2,479,000 total viewers
CNN: 985,000 total viewers
MSNBC: 1,859,000 total viewers

 

The news goes on …..

With the news being more of the same we have been light on our blogs. We don’t see why writing anything that would be a repeat is worth your time.
So if you don’t see blogs for days, it’s because you know where we stand.
Now let’s catch up on some news.

The Wall – Lot’s of News

First the news of about 1,000 Central American migrants traveling through Mexico toward the U.S. border has become a hot-button political issue.
Once they get to the border and claim political asylum we must let them in. Thus the divide.
The President’s “build a wall”. The Hillary position, “Open Borders”.
This march may make more Americans aware of the policy that if someone says “political asylum” we must let them in and evaluate. I bet most do not know this.
The second thing is does Mexico care they are marching through their country because they are heading to the U.S. border? We doubt it.

Thus the Wall. A survey this AM of (600) border patrol agents, those closes to the issue came out this way.
89 percent think we need a wall. Only 7% said we don’t.
We tend to trust those doing the job.

Now the problem for us remains the cost and payment. After riling up the country for 15 months that “Mexico will pay for it” and “mark my words” what happened?

And so the fight goes on. A country needs good borders and to know who is coming in. We can argue on how many, but not border control.

What’s with these people?

How many people in this administration have shown poor judgement? Add this one.
The E.P.A. chief Scott Pruitt, was renting an apartment for $50.00 a day, owned by the wife of the chairman of the lobbying firm, of a client, that sought the agency’s sign off on a pipeline project.

Even if nothing was wrong how could one so smart allow this appearance? We don’t get it, and he won’t last.

The police and crime

The MSM continues to show over and over police shootings and creating the impression these police are wrong and implying all police are biased and trigger happy.
Yet police officers are murdered weekly and it gets little coverage. Add that for each shooting there is an investigation and most times the police are cleared.
Why does the MSM persist in presenting such a negative picture?

Now let’s be clear. If a police officer sets out one morning to kill or harm they should pay the price as any criminal does. But without evidence how can they so condemn these officers? It’s a hard job protecting the public and we need to present them in the light that they do their jobs.

As an aside take a look at a show we have mentioned before on A&E called Live PD.
Follow the officers live as they do their jobs on Friday and Saturday night. Think how you would react in such a situation and job.

BTW, the moderator of the show is ABC’s legal analyst Dan Abrams. Maybe it’s just us but he comes across as a strong understander of the job and the police on Friday and Saturday night.
Then on GMA as they present story after story on police shooting he seems to take their liberal bend.
Again, maybe it’s just us.

How do people feel about the police?
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 67% of American Adults rate the performance of the police in the area where they live as good or excellent. That’s down just slightly from 70% in 2016.  Just seven percent (7%) rate their local cops poorly.
You wouldn’t know that watching the MSM.

Related:

We’ve talked about the non support for the police in Baltimore. Well yesterday we read they had a record 343 homicides in 2017. When the Mayor and DA went after the police this was easy to predict.
Would you move to Baltimore?

Two weeks ago we reported the release of a three cop killer named Herman Bell in NYC. The city said he was rehabilitated after thirty-five years of denying he committed the murders, he did. The wife of one dead officer asked where she goes to get her husband back after 40 years?

Add this one in NYC.
“Christina Rivera was just a baby when a cocaine-crazed addict walked into her two-family home in East New York, Brooklyn, packing two silencer-equipped .22-caliber handguns, and systematically shot everyone there but her. There were 10 dead in all — her mother, her two older brothers, six other children ages 4 to 14 and another young mother who was six months pregnant. Each one was shot in the head. It was April 15, 1984, a rainy Palm Sunday”.

The killer was paroled. A killer of 10, including eight children is released.
BTW, he moved in with his Mom, next to a kid school center.

Some would say we have lost our values. Liberals say otherwise. The MSM just doesn’t cover this. It doesn’t fit their narrative.

Here’s another NY story to show how out of whack we are.
“The Brooklyn Museum has sparked outrage in the black community after tapping a white woman to curate its vast African art collection.
On Monday, the museum appointed Kristen Windmuller-Luna, 31, who has a Ph.D. in African art history from Princeton University, lectures in Columbia University’s department of art history and archaeology, and once worked as an educator for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where she was “responsible for adult and college gallery tours in the African galleries. ”Despite the stellar résumé, her hiring left some wondering why a qualified person of color did not get the post.
“Seriously, @brooklynmuseum? There goes the neighborhood for good,” opined journalist Ernest Owens”.
Qualification doesn’t matter in some circles. – only origin or color.
It’s wrong to deny a person a position or role because of color or origin no matter which way.

The Ratings:

Total Viewers TUESDAY. Fox edges MSNBC. CNN cracks a million two. 

  • Total day: FNC: 1.632 | CNN: 864 | MSNBC: 1.364 | HLN: 176
  • Primetime: FNC: 2.648 | CNN: 1.247 | MSNBC: 2.437 | HLN: 241
4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC Cavuto:
1.206
Five:
2.119
Baier:
2.096
MacCallum:
1.990
Carlson:
2.902
Hannity:
2.868
Ingraham:
2.173
Bream:
1.472
CNN Tapper:
809
Blitzer:
786
Blitzer:
929
Burnett:
967
Cooper:
1.210
Cooper:
1.383
Lemon:
1.145
Lemon:
828
MSNBC Wallace:
1.373
MTPDaily:
1.397
Melber:
1.569
Matthews:
1.895
Hayes:
1.985
Maddow:
2.947
O’Donnell:
2.380
Wlms:
1.751
HLN Michaela:
59
Cupp:
53
Banfield:
103
Banfield:
135
Killer:
217
Killer:
262
Files:
245
Files:
332

Total Viewers WEDNESDAY. Fox wins the night. 

  • Total day: FNC: | CNN: | MSNBC: | HLN:
  • Primetime: FNC: | CNN: | MSNBC: | HLN:
4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC Cavuto:
1.288
Five:
2.157
Baier:
2.206
MacCallum:
1.912
Carlson:
2.648
Hannity:
2.928
Ingraham:
2.289
Bream:
1.346
CNN Tapper:
895
Blitzer:
889
Blitzer:
908
Burnett:
950
Cooper:
1.027
Cooper:
968
Tonight:
961
Tonight:
768
MSNBC Wallace:
1.154
MTPDaily:
1.323
Melber:
1.425
Matthews:
1.549
Hayes:
1.945
Maddow:
3.044
O’Donnell:
2.274
Wlms:
1.585
HLN Michaela:
89
Cupp:
72
Banfield:
123
Banfield:
160
Files:
237
Files:
316
Files:
321
Files:
342

Total Viewers THURSDAY. MSNBC wins the night by 2,000 viewers.

  • Total day: FNC: 1.514 | CNN: 703 | MSNBC: 1.222 | HLN: 1.94
  • Primetime: FNC: 2.309 | CNN: 918 | MSNBC: 2.311 | HLN: 232
4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC Cavuto:
1.167
Five:
2.022
Baier:
1.857
MacCallum:
1.670
Carlson:
2.388
HannitySpcl:
2.385
Ingraham:
2.152
Bream:
1.301
CNN Tapper:
732
Blitzer:
785
Blitzer:
729
Burnett:
791
Cooper:
1.015
Cooper:
891
Tonight:
839
Tonight:
667
MSNBC Wallace:
1.295
MTPDaily:
1.159
Melber:
1.224
Matthews:
1.411
Hayes:
1.855
Maddow:
2.872
O’Donnell:
2.205
Wlms:
1.550
HLN Michaela:
50
Cupp:
54
Banfield:
110
Banfield:
136
Killer:
199
Killer:
239
Files:
260
Files:
321

Total Viewers FRIDAY. Fox back on top

  • Total day: FNC: 1.412 | CNN: 673 | MSNBC: 1.110 | HLN: 212
  • Primetime: FNC: 2.064 | CNN: 778 | MSNBC: 1.651 | HLN: 292
4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC Cavuto:
1.049
Five:
1.820
Baier:
1.579
MacCallum:
1.298
Carlson:
2.077
HannitySpcl:
2.172
Ingraham:
1.940
Bream:
1.250
CNN Tapper:
758
Blitzer:
823
Blitzer:
821
Burnett:
785
Cooper:
797
Cooper:
806
Tonight:
729
Spcl.:
453
MSNBC Wallace:
1.142
MTPDaily:
994
Melber:
1.133
Matthews:
1.259
Hayes:
1.607
Engel:
1.638
O’Donnell:
1.707
Wlms:
1.386
HLN Michaela:
78
Files:
63
Files:
114
Unmask:
150
Unmask:
282
DeathRw:
267
Unmask:
327
Files:
461