Tuesday, October 27, 2009

The Most "Rusted" Name in News

"CNN Drops to Last Place Among Cable News Networks"

So reported the New York Times on Oct. 26.

The NY Times media writer (Bill Carter) might have his opinion as to what the ratings mean.

"The results demonstrate once more the apparent preference of viewers for opinion-oriented shows from the news networks in prime time."

If I may be so bold, perhaps -- just perhaps -- it could mean that they are just tired of CNN. (the audience gasps!) At least, this incarnation.

Whether that fatigue is better described by "weariness" or "wariness" is the real predicament for the network, because one condition is far easier to respond to than the other.

One is a change of personnel, and maybe a studio set. The other is a change in how they report the news and what news they decide to cover. (again, the audience gasps)

Why is it that when a new car design becomes so popular, it quickly attracts imitation (most sincerest form of flattery)? Why is it that a food flavor becomes discovered or developed -- like Chipotle today, or pesto years ago -- (mesquite was "all that" back in the day). And remember "Ice" beer? Heck, everybody had to hurry out one of those.

Except in news.

FOX comes along and consistently spanks every other (cable) news outlets and threatens even the Legacy Nets in viewship and certainly brand loyalty. And rather than check into what product FOX brings to market and learn why its popular (and dare I suggest, emulate it a bit), the competitors pronounce the numbers to be an aberration or blame the (sizable) audience as being "brainless, mind-numb robots," "unthinking Dittoheads," or as our dear POTUS recently described us, non-critical thinking automatons who "do as we're told."

Oh, that's right. The Left doesn't understand how markets work.

Friday, October 09, 2009

SNL must not be carried in Oslo....

Apparently Saturday Night Live isn't carried in Scandinavia.

Couple thoughts:
Maybe now we know why he hasn't made Afghanistan more of a priority. Talk to the General once and drag your feet just long enough until the announcement was made; will be kinda tough to increase the troop levels now, don't you think?
Next, I didn't think my regard for the Nobel process could get any lower after Jimmy and Al got theirs. Don't know how many houses Barry has built (without Rezko's help, that is) and I don't think he's won an Academy award for documentary film making. But he does deliver a darn fine teleprompter speech.
Apparently Nobel doesn't follow its own rules because at the time of the Feb. 1 nomination deadline, he'd only just been "immaculated" on Jan. 20. So they had just the first day signing of the "Close Gitmo" order (which hasn't happened yet and may not meet its deadline) and his Inauguration speech go base it on. His address to Joint session of congress ("We do not torture") didn't happen until later in Feb., and his Cairo University speech didn't happen until June.

Guess as long as you go around the world apologizing for America, the Nobel is yours.

Friday, October 02, 2009

Is today the day the US media suddenly notices the Emperor has no clothes?

That nobody in the audience swooned when he spoke should have been a hint. But will today's Olympic decision be the day that inquiring minds of the US media finally snap out of their self-induced, teenage girl crush on da Emperor to notice how he's dressed?

I can't decide if POTUS is a high-stakes gambler from the back rooms of smokey pool halls on Chi-Town's South Side or he trusts much his advisers waaaaay too much. (There's a third option I'd rather not ponder.)

It wasn't just that he & the Mrs. made the HIGHLY publicized trip to lobby the IOC, but he actually had much more involvement that hasn't yet been reported (no doubt to come out later after the "win" in a documentary or a TIME magazine exclusive to show how his diplomatic prowess and "behind-the-scenes" personal efficaciousness carried the day.) Don't know if that story will be allowed to come out.

The gamble was this: there IS a reason why sitting presidents don't tend to get hip-deep involved in the Olympic pitch business.
Nobody likes to lose on such a public stage, and on the WORLD stage to boot.

Editor's note: Lest I be accused of ripping off "The Master," he also mentioned this fact on his show while I was driving around shouting the same thing at the radio. Great minds do think alike ;-)

THUS, Did Barry roll the dice that the cult of personality he enjoys with the US media would sway the IOC; OR, was it his advisers who assured him that would be the case even in cold, gray Denmark?

If it's the former, he's been reading too much of his own press.
If it's the latter, it might be time to get some new advisers that are brave enough to tell him the one about the Emperor's new clothes.