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Saturday July 04, 2020 @ 06:24:17 AM mt

CNN Censors MSNBC Barely Carries Trump Speech at Mount Rushmore




On Friday night, CNN and MSNBC put on display their hatred for America by either completely ignoring or barely covering President Donald Trumps 42-minute speech at Mount Rushmore that offered a full-throated defense of the four Presidents engraved in the South Dakota mountainside, who have come under attack by a liberal media hellbent on poisoning Americans into trashing those who came before us. CNN refused to carry a single second of the speech. Instead, they ran previously-aired specials on blaming the President for the countrys coronavirus response and then how bats in carry viruses like COVID-19. MSNBC wasnt much better, airing only four minutes and 44 seconds live, which worked out to just over 11 percent. Of course, the Fox News Channel carried the speech in its entirety. According to the MRCs recording system, the President stepped to the microphone below Mount Rushmore in Keystone, South Dakota at 10:50:54 p.m. Eastern time, but it wouldnt be until 11:00:42 p.m. Eastern that MSNBC joined for the first of two excerpts, which ran for a scant three minutes and 24 seconds. Why? Well, The Beat host Ari Melber and his panel of America-trashing, far-left journalistic hacks couldnt stomach anymore. Repeatedly, Melber insisted that MSNBC wouldnt debase itself to serve as another C-SPAN for Trump. Melber complained in that first pull-away: The President of the UnitedStates there speaking at part of thisIndependence Day weekend event.We just heard him say something thathad been previewed by the WhiteHouse and that weve been reporting: the argument that peopleseeking change or the opponents ofthe President are seeking tosomehow disgrace, as he put it,every presidential face on MountRushmore.As our experts and others haveargued, it may be more complexthan that.It is 9:04 p.m. In South Dakota.We'll continue monitoring thespeech for any newsworthyevents, as promised. Sorry, Ari, but how else should one characterize spending the hour-plus prior with guests trashing the event as a dog whistle, honoring of a country thats condoned slaughter of Black and Native Americans, part of stoking a racial cultural war, unsafe, and giving voice to our countrys history of white supremacy? Melber would relent exactly 13 and a half minutes later, dipping into the President for one minute and 20 seconds before the control room cut him off for a commercial break. And from there, the President was not to be heard from again (even in highlights) before Melber ended MSNBCs live programming for the night at 11:43 p.m. Eastern. Alas, we were instead told to rely on Melber and his cast of leftists for their interpretations of what the President said, fixating on a passage acknowledging the arrest of the so-called mastermind in the attempt to bring down an Andrew Jackson statue in Washington. For its part, CNN wouldnt return to live programming until midnight Eastern with a CNN International simulcast. In that first hour, they only aired a 58-second soundbite of Trump calling on Americans of every race, in every city, and every part of this glorious land to protect and preserve our history, our heritage, and our great heroes because we will not be intimidated by bad, evil people. It should be noted that this was an even worse showing for CNN than their paltry effort back on June 20 for the Presidents Tulsa campaign rally. Our Scott Whitlock crunched those numbers and found that CNN begrudgingly carried live three minutes and 25 seconds (or 3.4 percent) of that event. In the case of MSNBC, Mount Rushmore was an improvement if one could even call it that since they aired three minutes and 45 seconds (or 3.7 percent) of the Tulsa rally.
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Saturday July 04, 2020 @ 06:24:14 AM mt

Tucker Carlson's Ratings So Hot It Spurs Tucker-for-President Chatter




It's been an incredibly negative three months on the news with the coronavirus pandemic and angry protests against police after the killing of George Floyd, but Deadline reports it's a good time for cable news: Tucker Carlson Tonightdrew a record 4.331 million viewers in the second quarter and 791,000 in the 25-54 demo, making it the number one program in all of cable news among both total viewers and demo for the first time,according to the network and Nielsen Media Research. This comes as Fox News Channel wrapped the second quarter of 2020 with the largest audience in network history in both total day and primetime, Nielsen says. FNCs primetime lineup ofTucker Carlson TonightandHannitymade cable news history with both programs breaking the all-time record set byHannityin 1Q20 for the highest-rated quarter for any cable news program. Both programs were the first cable news telecasts to deliver over 4 million total viewers for an entire quarter and bested that number again in the second consecutive quarter. The talk about Tucker's success is so giddy it's spurring Tucker Carlson for President chatter for 2024....as if we elect TV hosts as a matter of course. This was terrible news for the leftists trying to yank advertisers for Tucker's show...although they have the habit of just moving their commercials to other hours on Fox News. Deadline noted the "recent pullouts by some key advertisers, including Disney, T-Mobile and Papa Johns, over the hosts polarizing point of view on the Black Lives Matter movement." Laura Ingraham can celebrate that The Ingraham Angle earnedthe highest ratings in network history in the 10 PM/ET timeslot. Meanwhile, it may getting a little boring to report, but Fox Newswas the most-watched network across both total day and primetime among all of basic cable, marking 16 consecutive quarters in the top spot in total daytime viewers. Fox was not alone in ratings growth. According to an article posted at Mediaite, "CNN, bolstered by Chris Cuomos hotly debated primetime show, had the most-watched quarter in its 40-year history." That "hotly debated" term means "shamelessly promoting his controversial brother" antics. Each primetime show earned its best quarterly ratings ever. Cuomo Prime Time beat The Rachel Maddow Show in the demo during June, making it the most popular show on CNN. Maddow also earned impressive overall ratings for the quarter, Mediaite insisted. Cuomo may have beaten Maddow in the demo, but the MSNBC host trounced her CNN rival in total viewers. MSNBC drew its highest overall ratings ever in total day, with 1.2 million, and primetime, with 1.99 million, the staff reported. In the total day demo, MSNBC drew 193,000, while in primetime the network drew 315,000. But they had to acknowledge the top rankings of shows are a Fox-heavy affair, they noted. In total viewers, the top five shows on cable news for the quarter were: Tucker Carlson Tonight, Hannity, The Five, Special Report with Bret Baier and The Ingraham Angle. The Rachel Maddow Show placed sixth, making her program the top-rated non-Fox show on cable news. Fox News aired 12 of the top 15 cable news programs. This would explain why the other two networks suggest Fox viewers are dangerously propagandized robots. They're jealous.
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Saturday July 04, 2020 @ 06:24:11 AM mt

Will Joe Biden's Press Corps Reelect Trump




So as the nation heads into the Fourth of July holiday, former Vice President Joe Biden emerges from his basement and holds a press conference. And the media? In stark contrast to the hardball they play with both the President and his White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany it was softball city. A serious hat tip here to Foxs Sean Hannity, who put together a hilarious montage of the pro-Biden press at work. Foxs Doug McKelway politely asks Biden a seriously serious question about the constant stories of Biden experiencing cognitive decline - aka dementia - to which Biden answers that he is being constantly tested for cognitive decline. Say what? Now theres a bombshell revelation. The Democratic nominee for President of the United States needs regular tests for cognitive decline? (!!!!) And the follow-up from the rest of the press corps? As Rush Limbaugh might say, zero, nada, zilch. As Hannity pointed out, questions about the growing politicization of mask wearing or the Black Lives Matters protests that have erupted into mass violence in American cities? None. The murder rate in Chicago, with the victims all black? President Obama is from Chicago, and he and Biden ran the country for eight years. Any question about why they didnt do anything to halt the murder epidemic in Obamas hometown? Nope. And speaking of violence? All hell has broken loose in Seattles infamous CHOP zone, which, the day after Bidens presser, has finally been shut down. But no questions about that either for Sleepy Joe. And whats the big issue out there with Biden supporter Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her like minded progressive comrades? That, of course, would be defunding the police. Hard questions for Biden on defunding police? Would he voluntarily give up his own Secret Service protection? Should the Capitol Hill police who protect AOC and all members of Congress be defunded? Nah, no questions like that for Joe. Oh, and speaking of AOC? Whats with Biden and AOCs Green New Deal? Not a question. The reason for the existence of the Black Lives Matter movement in the first place is race. Just the other day the White House was being grilled about a presidential retweet of a video of Trump supporters in Floridas The Villages, in which some nut on a golf cart shrieks white power as he drives by. So race is a big issue? Then the obvious - grill Biden on his past views on race, with everything from his eulogy for former Senate colleague and one-time Klan member Robert Byrd to his various statements in the 1970s about his concern for his kids growing up in what Biden called a racial jungle. Then there is more recent history. Documents have now been released by the Department of Justice that show Biden, in the waning days of the Obama-Biden administration, wanted to go after then-incoming Trump national security adviser General Michael Flynn. No questions probing that? Nah. And who can forget all the shenanigans with son Hunter Biden, who mysteriously has all these money-making connections in countries around the globe where Joe was riding point for the Obama administration. Hard questions from the Biden press corp about this? Nope again. The contrast with the way the Biden press treated Biden and the way the White House press corp treats Trump could not be more stark. As Hannity noted of the Biden pressies: They didnt interrupt him, they didnt shout their questions, they didnt fight, they didnt try and grandstand. They lobbed one softball question after another. Not to mention that absent-minded Joe actually admitted that he had a list of preferred reporters that he was supposed to call on. Uh-oh. Look. The American people are not stupid. There is a reason that Fox News is continually beating the pants off its cable news competitors CNN and MSNBC. There is a reason why, night after night, Hannity and Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham are winning the ratings in hands down fashion. There is a reason Hannitys town hall-style interview with President Trump scored the highest ratings in Foxs history. There is a reason for the stunning and on-going mega-success of Rush, Hannity and Mark Levin, not to mention the success of the wider conservative media writ large. I have noted this before, but in the wake of the Biden presser and the softball treatment he received - and will continue to receive throughout the election season - it is worth reminding for those who havent read up on the press coverage of the long ago Kennedy-Nixon campaign in 1960, a full sixty years ago. The press coverage of JFK versus Nixon was heavily tilted to JFK. The late Theodore H. White, a JFK friend and fan himself, candidly described the press that covered JFK in Whites groundbreaking and Pulitzer Prize-winning book on the campaign,The Making of the President 1960. After describing the outright hostility the Nixon press corps had for the candidate they were covering, White wrote this of the reporters covering JFK: By the last weeks of the campaign, those forty or fifty national correspondents who had followed Kennedy since the beginning of his electoral exertions into the November days had become more than a press corps-they had become his friends and, some of them, his most devoted admirers. When the bus or the plane rolled or flew through the night, they sang songs of their own composition about Mr. Nixon and the Republicans in chorus with the Kennedy staff and felt that they, too, were marching like soldiers of the Lord to the New Frontier. In other words? The press was in the tank for JFK then, just as they have been in the tank for every Democratic presidential nominee since 1960. Just as they are in the tank for Joe Biden in 2020. The difference - the very big difference in 2020? The American people themselves have long since caught on to the game - and in catching on they have signaled mightily that they have had enough. More than enough. It might even be said that the reason Donald Trump won in 2016 in the first place - or one of them at least - is that millions of Americans were in open rebellion against not only the swamp of Washington elites but from what they saw as a thoroughly biased if not outright corrupt media that was and is the calling card of the swamp elites. All of which leads to an obvious question. Will the constant pro-Biden bias in the media so infuriate millions of Americans that it backfires, big time? Is the Biden press corp in fact actually in the clearly unintended process of re-electing Donald Trump? Stay tuned. And happy Fourth of July!
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Saturday July 04, 2020 @ 06:24:08 AM mt

Black Conservatives: Tina Fey Should Be Held to Her Own Cancel-Culture Standard




Project 21 isnt your typical black organization. The group is sponsored by theNational Center for Public Policy Research, a communications and research foundation supportive of a strong national defense and dedicated to providing free market solutions to todays public policy problems. The group, while officially nonpartisan, embraces values more typically associated withright-of-center Americans. This week, Project 21 followed the lead of other black groups in the wake of the George Floyd protests. The organization wants change, targeting an august creative body and an Emmy winner in the process. The group formally asked The Kennedy Center to rescind the Mark Twain Prize from 2010 recipient Tina Fey. The Saturday Night Livealum earned the honor for her work on that legendary show, her NBC sitcom 30 Rockand feature films like Mean Girls. The group sent a letter to the D.C. based Kennedy Center requesting it take back the Mark Twain comedy prize from Fey in light of the use of blackface on her television show and her recent request to remove that content from circulation. We are not trying to cancel Tina Fey. Tina Fey cancelled herself when she asked Hulu to purge offensive episodes of 30 Rock,calling the fruits of her creativity ugliness,' said Project 21 member Horace Cooper in the June 26 letter. We are simply alerting the Kennedy Center -- which has acted in the past to protect itself and the integrity of the Twain Prize -- to do so again in light of Tina Feys admission. The group insists its not joining the Cancel Culture wave nor does it wish Fey to lose any particular gig. Instead, we are asking you to act to preserve the integrity of the Twain Prize and the Kennedy Center itself, the letter said. Fey asked Hulu to remove four episodesof her 30 Rockseries that featured white characters donning blackface. The streamer complied with Feys request, one of many suchpop culture erasuresin recent days. The comic star co-wrote two of the episodes in question. Here is part of Feys statement on the matter: As we strive to do the work and do better in regards to race in America, we believe that these episodes featuring actors in race-changing makeup are best taken out of circulation, she wrote. I understand now that intent is not a free pass for white people to use these images. I apologize for pain they have caused. [i]t is her newly-announced standard to which she should be held, Project 21 concluded. The request wouldnt be unprecedented. The Kennedy Center rescinded its comedy prize from previous winner Bill Cosby in light of his incarceration fordrugging and rapinga woman roughly 16 years ago. Feys missteps, the letter alleges, occurred within the field and thus directly reflect on the honor of the institution. Traditionally media outlets would scramble to cover such a story, particularly at a time when race is at the forefront of the national conversation. A good faith Google News search found afew mainstream sources, like The New York Daily News and The Daily Mail, tackling this story. Most avoided it. Variety, Deadline.com, The Hollywood Reporter and TheWrap.com similarly chose to ignore it.
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