It’s A Good Thing Intelligence Doesn’t Count!

If you needed logic and intelligence to become a talk show host (speaking from 35 years of experience), there would be a lot of crickets chirping on the airwaves, both on TV and radio. The latest that would never have happened, because there is no intelligence anywhere to be found is on HBO’s program with Bill Maher.

Let’s examine something this snowflake idiot said this past Friday night, shall we? He had on Donna Brazile, who lit up a bunch of controversies in her new book “Hacks”. And of course Bill Maher, the uber-left wing socialist who couldn’t conduct a decent interview if Donna Brazile gave him all of the questions before hand (hmmm…has she ever done that before?) said…and I quote…”It doesn’t matter that the 2016 Democrat Presidential Primary was rigged…because it’s over.” Huh?

Can we parse this for a minute. So, using Maher’s logic, I guess the whole Holocaust thing doesn’t matter because it’s over. And the whole Obamacare thing doesn’t matter anymore, because it’s over. And speaking of Obama…his presidency is over, so I guess none of what he did matters anymore because it’s over. In fact, why in God’s name do we even have history to learn? It’s over. It doesn’t matter.

Is Bill Maher really that stupid?

I’m really hoping that Maher is just trying to be someone that is brushing off the significance of election fraud because he’s trying to bring his shattered political party together again. Because if he really doesn’t think that election fraud is a “big deal” because it happened and it’s over…he is demonstrating first hand why he needs to be taken off the air. People that are that ignorant, that devoid of intelligence should not be given a microphone in any way, shape, or form.

Having been in the media for my adult life, and a long-time veteran of talk shows, I can attest that if you are going to go on the air and make inane statements like Bill Maher did, you are going to lose audience, and you are going to label yourself as a fraud. You aren’t anyone that people with half a brain is going to want to spend time with…and judging by the premium cable ratings, most of America is leaving him. Maher reaches about 1.4 million viewers between 18-49, his core demographic. That’s incredibly low for a nationwide program. To give you a comparison…the Weather Channel comes close to doubling it for the same time period.

Look, Bill Maher is an idiot. There are a lot of idiots out there that make a living spewing garbage over the airwaves all across the political spectrum. The good news is, he doesn’t infect the minds of very many people, and it looks like the number is shrinking.

But then again, when Bill Maher’s program “Real Time” is finally cancelled, it won’t matter. It’s over already.

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

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CNN’s Future Big Stumble

Jeff Zucker came to the party of digital media very late. In fact, the CEO of CNN decided long ago that “trading analog dollars from television for the pennies you get from digital” was something he didn’t want any part of.

Jeff Zucker has changed his tune.

Because of sagging ratings, zero credibility in the news circles around the world, the once mighty cable giant has fallen on tough times. In fact, it’s become almost comical for anyone that has followed the media for the past 30 years or so.

CNN really took its first steps in the first Gulf War. Remember, Ted Turner started the cable news network back in 1980. But it took 10 years for it to gain any sort of traction. Oh, it was the place you’d turn if there was a developing story that the three major networks couldn’t cover in depth. But other than that, it was pretty much an after thought.

Then came the first Gulf War. And with it came names like Wolf Blitzer, Peter Arnett, Bernard Shaw, and John Holliman. And CNN became a household name.

Unfortunately, CNN ended up making some terrible decisions. They became too biased. They became too “me oriented”, and they lost a ton of viewers in the ensuing years. Plus, add the fact that since Fox News joined the airwaves in 1996, they pretty much almost immediately took over as the ratings king of cable news…a position they have yet to relinquish over 20 years later.

And now, Jeff Zucker has decided that with terrible TV ratings, lousy credibility, getting screamed at by the President of the United States for creating “Fake News” at almost every turn, and having to fire at least two reporters for creating said “Fake News”, Zucker feels that the way forward is through digital paywalls. Yup. Much like the Wall Street Journal, which by the way, hasn’t lost it’s credibility, CNN is going to start adding paywalls to their stories next year. So if you want to see what biased, snowflake reporting is like on the internet, as far as CNN is concerned you need to pony up! There hasn’t been any dollar figure involved yet as to what it would cost you to see behind their paywall…but Zucker’s goal is that they hit $1 billion in revenue next year.

In order to hit such a magic number, they need to expand. Forget the fact that unless you actually have something WORTH paying for, people aren’t going to hang around long enough to pay for it. And of course, a lot of it is Zucker trying to save his own skin after the merger with AT&T goes through. And if you haven’t followed what AT&T does when they take over a company, just do a quick search about how much DirecTV has lost compared to the pre-AT&T merger years. It’s stunning. The mere fact AT&T is buying out CNN is like taking Hitler’s Germany, merging it with Pol Pot’s Cambodia, and presenting it as Santa Claus (OK…I get the mixed metaphor reference!)

CNN will continue to slide under AT&T’s ownership, just like DirecTV has. The reason is simple. AT&T is a terrible company that has no leadership, no vision, and incredibly bad products. I can see that continuing when they purchase CNN…not that CNN has to go far to reach the “incredibly bad product” stage. They’re already there!

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

Time For Chris Wallace To Wake Up!

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Chris Wallace is the host of Fox News Sunday, and has worked for the Fox News Channel for years. He knows a little bit about media having been the son of 60 Minutes icon, Mike Wallace. But I’ve personally never thought Chris was in the same category as his father when it came to journalism. He’s trying hard to be hard nosed, hard hitting, and flamboyant. But really…take a look at that picture. This is a guy that is more apt to sell you a refrigerator than to nail you on a gotcha interview question!

Well, Wallace has had it with his colleagues at Fox News for bashing the other journalists in the industry over fake news. He says that people shouldn’t criticize other media members, and he’s dead wrong. As a former member of the media my entire adult life, I can tell you when something stinks, and you DON’T say something about it, THAT is wrong. And Chris…you’re dead wrong on this one.

Sticking up for your profession is one thing. I have no problem with that, and I do stick up for the profession and for individuals in it when I think they are right. But to say people shouldn’t call out “journalists” because they’ve thrown away that moniker to become more critics than journalists is wrong. What is happening at places like the New York Times, CBS, NBC, CNN, MSNBC, and other snowflake outlets where they routinely make up stories about conservatives, and the current resident in the White House is an affront to the First Amendment. Yes, they have a freedom of the press, but like that freedom doesn’t give you the right to yell “FIRE!” in a crowded theater, it doesn’t give the media the right to make up stories without any retribution.

If you can’t be held responsible for anything you say just because you’re a member of the media, then maybe we ought to re-write the First Amendment. You ARE responsible for what goes out on the airwaves, and hits your front porch in the way of a newspaper. And when you publish or air something that you know is false, that is (or should be) criminal, and you should be called out for it. I’m not talking about a difference in point of view, which any self-respecting journalist should keep to themselves anyway. I’m talking about falsifying a story.

If Chris Wallace wants to hide behind fake news, he should quit Fox News and go work for CNN or MSNBC. He should find out what Megyn Kelly found out…your stardom isn’t because you’re who you are, it’s because of where you are. And quite frankly, Chris Wallace couldn’t make it any other place other than Fox News. He’d be swallowed up in a heartbeat. He’s just not that good.

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

Is Anybody Watching???

Let me give you three names and see if you can identify them. David Muir, Lester Holt, and Anthony Mason. Who are these three?

If you answered Senate candidates from Alabama, you need to go back to Civics class. No, these are the three network news anchors at ABC, NBC, and CBS respectively. And according to the latest polling which apparently just finished the year, they finished in that order…with ABC winning the top news spot for the first time in 21 years. That’s the good news for them. The bad news is, there are only 23 million people watching the three network newscasts anymore. That’s only about 7% of the population. And it’s on the decline.

While ABC won the overall “family reunion” ratings which includes everybody, NBC continued to win the much prized 25-54 number and touted such in a full page advertisement. CBS languished in last place as it has since before Dan Rather left.

So, who cares about which network news show won the ratings, and who cares that the numbers are dropping? Apparently not a lot of folks because if you go back in time, say 40 or 50 years, probably 75% of Americans could name the three major news anchors for the networks. I mean, back in the 60’s, we all knew it was Walter Cronkite, Chet Huntley and David Brinkley, and Howard K. Smith, right? They were some of the most famous people in America. Nowadays, I bet the three guys holding down those positions could walk into a mall anywhere in America and not get noticed. Yeah…it’s that bad.

The reason is that while most people are still watching network news as opposed to the cable news networks (like CNN, Fox News, HNN, and MSNBC), more and more people are getting their news here…on the internet. As I’ve said in the past, it’s the life-death-rebirth cycle of all media. TV News has died and they don’t know how to bring it back. They can’t compete with the cable channels that can cover a story 24/7, because they have to get to their prime time lineup, where most people still watch drama, comedy, and reality shows. And until the news hawks at the networks figure out how to tackle that problem, they’ll be losing more and more people until there are three people left; the mothers of the three anchors, each watching their son.

Actually, there is no cure for what’s happening. It’s all moving to the internet. My wife and I no long subscribe to satellite TV, which we had done for decades, because the internet streaming services are so much cheaper and so much more convenient. We don’t need a DVR, and we don’t care when we watch something…we just go to Hulu or Amazon Prime, select a show we want to watch from our “favorites” list, and away we go. In fact, you don’t even need cable or satellite to watch the cable news shows anymore. They’re all being streamed live on YouTube.

Times have changed, and the TV networks haven’t changed with the times. They have no clue how to handle the situation. But it isn’t any different than what’s happened to newspaper, magazine, or radio. And someday…it will happen to the internet. Just you wait!

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

Can Journalism Survive?

From a political standpoint, the on-going fight between the snowflake media and the Trump Administration is well documented. Newspapers like the Washington Post and the New York Times have gotten into almost daily barbs with the president over “fake news”, as have cable news networks like CNN and MSNBC. Of course, the broadcast networks haven’t been a fan of conservatives for decades, and have continued to lose incredible amounts of news viewers to the point where in reality, broadcast national news is almost a joke.

Well, it appears that the fuel for the liberal left’s media bandwagon may be running on “E”. The New York Times has announced that they are looking at starting a not-for-profit, philanthropic arm that seeks donations to cover the expense of some of their journalism projects. Mind you, this wouldn’t cover ALL of the news that’s “fit to print”, but certainly would be what pays for the more investigative dalliances of the Times. If it works, look for other snowflake media groups to test the waters.

And here’s why this is such a bad idea. Yes, it allows for the investigative journalistic stories to continue, but at what price? Let’s say Harvard University, which holds the nation’s largest endowment fund, decides they are going to be a major sponsor of the Times and their investigative reporters. So, when it comes to something happening at Harvard that needs investigation, are we going to read about it in the Times? Of course not! While liberal, the editors and publisher of that rag aren’t totally bereft of brain cells. So, your “investigative” journalism, becomes bought and paid for by the liberal alt-left. And in the process, you lose all journalistic integrity.

That’s a term by the way that used to carry a lot of weight. If you didn’t have journalistic integrity, you didn’t have anything. The only thing that mattered in journalism was the fact that you had credibility, that you fully researched stories, and that you didn’t make stuff up. Nowadays, that has been tossed aside. I’m not even sure if universities like Syracuse, Northwestern, and Missouri that hold the most prestigious J-Schools in the land even teach ethical reporting. I know they used to! And if you throw integrity out the window, what is to differentiate between the New York Times and Desert Musings? Answer…absolutely nothing. Other than the fact I DO report the truth, as ugly and as crass as it may seem at times. What you read here may be debated, but never denied. I wish I could say that for the Grand Old Lady of journalism, but frankly, they lost that mantle years ago.

It used to be that other news outlets in TV, radio, cable, and print, would wait until the New York Times published something before they went with it, because if it was in the Times, it was news. If it didn’t make the Times, a lot of places wouldn’t bother with it. That was the mantra at CBS News under Dan Rather for years. Nowadays the thing you have to ask is, “Did someone at the Times make up the story? How do we know it’s true?” Those are sad questions when you understand how well-respected the Times had been for so long in its stellar journalistic career.

Now, they are no different than anything else bought and paid for. The sponsor will control the content, and journalistic integrity continues to slide away. How sad!

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

CNN Continues “Fake News” Publishing

You can sometimes tell a lot about a company by the reporters it keeps. Take CNN. Long been bandied as a liberal bastion, CNN has come under fire since Donald Trump ran for president for its “fake news”, or making up news stories that aren’t true, hoping that the public will accept them as fact. I like to call it the Bill Clinton Effect; lie enough and people will start to believe you.

Well, that didn’t happen with CNN. They’ve been relegated to the bottom of the cable news heap as far as integrity goes, and it doesn’t seem to matter to them that people are catching on that you can’t believe anything they say. The latest foray into this mess came Wednesday afternoon when CNN reporter Chris Cillizza reported that at the G20 summit in Hamburg, Donald Trump and Russian president Vladimir Putin sat down for a second, “secret” meeting. He went on to say on the CNN website that the meeting wasn’t publicized, and nobody has said anything about what was discussed. There was a very good reason for that.

Cillizza made the whole thing up.

The White House came out with statements immediately saying this was yet another example of fake news by CNN in order to discredit the Trump White House. In fact, it got so bad for Cillizza, that two of his own network’s anchors had to correct him on the air. There wasn’t any secret meeting. There wasn’t any second meeting. Nothing was discussed at it because it only took place in Chris Cillizza’s mind. And therein lies the problem. CNN makes up news.

And they should be shut down because of it.

Advertisers that continue to support this are part of the problem. The reporters that have the journalistic integrity of a used car salesman trying to deal lemons are certainly part of the problem. And the viewing public (mostly liberal) that continue to tune in to listen to the made-up tripe that spews forth on that network are also part of the problem. Let’s face it; if advertisers refuse to support this type of journalism, if journalists that are unethical and immoral are banned from the network, and if the viewing public tunes to some other news channel to get their news, one of two things has to happen. Either CNN changes its ways, fires those offending journalists and gets back to reporting the news and not trying to make the news up; or they go out of business.

The problem isn’t with the reporters. The problem is at the top. When leadership in any company allows unethical and immoral acts to permeate their company, they are the real problem. And they need to be fired as well. That will help solve the problem.

What I find funny is that for decades Fox News has been derided by the left as a right-wing mouthpiece. Now, I’ll admit, they are much more conservative in their views (even today with Roger Ailes dead and buried) than the other media, but no one has ever accused them of airing fake news.

It’s only too bad the same can never be said about CNN!

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

CNN Cries Foul

I’m really amazed at the size of the cuervos that CNN is displaying recently. They have been caught faking news for over a year now. And by faking news, let’s be clear so there is no misunderstanding. They have been caught six times by my own count, and I’m sure I’m missing some stuff, that they have made up. That means they have manufactured stories that not only were false, or that they just misquoted someone, the stories never even existed in the first place. They were fantasy. They were fiction. News organizations by the way, are not supposed to publish or air fiction as the truth. That is wrong.

And now, CNN of all people are crying foul. They are upset that they’ve been caught. They are upset that three of their own reporters, producers, and journalists have been forced to resign because they were putting together stories on Russia and the Trump administration that had no basis in fact. In other words…they lied. They lied about who was involved…they lied about what happened…they lied about the whole affair. And that’s the same thing that has been going on under Jeff Zucker’s rule ever since Donald Trump announced he was running for president over a year ago.

It’s gotten so bad that AT&T, which is actually considering adding CNN to its stable of communications companies, has told Time Warner not to move forward with the purchase of CNN until “Zucker is neutralized”. That is never a good thing.

For any journalistic endeavor, be it print, radio, TV, magazine, or internet, to be so outed in such a blatant fashion that they are routinely giving false information, made up information as fact is astounding in my world. That whole channel and everybody that works there ought to be shut down. They have lost every shred of credibility that they ever had, and for people like Wolf Blitzer and Chris Cuomo to cry out that this is terrible and it has to stop now (they were talking about the bashing of CNN) is ridiculous. What needs to stop now is CNN from broadcasting.

You cannot be a news organization if nobody trusts you. And for far too long, the mainstream media has gotten away with publishing slanted, biased articles and news stories that may have had a shred of truth in them, but by the time they reached the public, they were so shrouded in innuendo and covered in left-wing ideology that they were nowhere near what they started out to be. Finally, someone, and in this case it happens to be the president of the United States, is calling them out. He is telling their reporters that he won’t answer their questions because they are fake news. He is seating them in the rear of the press conferences, and not calling on them. He is basically telling them, you want to play ball like this, you get shut out. He’s one step away from pulling their credentials, which is what he should do in the first place.

No, CNN is the 2017 version of ACORN. They need to go away. They need to be shut down as a lesson to all media, on both sides that if you can’t give the news in a fair and objective manner, you have no business giving the news at all.

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!