Megyn Kelly & Fox News: Mission Accomplished

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Megyn Kelly & Fox News: Mission Accomplished

Yes­ter­day on Twit­ter when I went through my rank­ings on the debate I was asked a ques­tion on how I came up with my rankings:

All can­di­dates have dif­fer­ent short-​range goals designed to enable their long-​term goal of win­ning the nom­i­na­tion, which con­trary to what some on twit­ter think, was not decided last night.

But There were other peo­ple on that stage.

Chris Wal­lace, Brett Baier and Megyn Kelly were all on stage and their goal was two fold to raise their own pro­file and Fox’s. Based on the print media cov­er­age they got high marks the Wash­ing­ton Post:

Megyn Kelly/​Bret Baier/​Chris Wal­lace: Mod­er­at­ing a 10-​person debate that includes Don­ald Trump is no easy task. The Fox trio man­aged the back and forth very well and, more impor­tantly, asked good, chal­leng­ing ques­tions with­out ven­tur­ing into “gotcha” ter­ri­tory. With the excep­tion of the weird­ness that hap­pened between 8:50 pm and the start of the debate (more on that below), they were outstanding.

The NYT

They took each of the 10 Repub­li­cans onstage to task. They held each of them to account. They made each address the most promi­nent blem­ishes on his record, the most pro­found appre­hen­sions that vot­ers feel about him, the great­est vul­ner­a­bil­ity that he has.

It was riv­et­ing. It was admirable. It com­pels me to write a clus­ter of words I never imag­ined writ­ing: hooray for Fox News.

Addi­tion­ally every sin­gle. cable show since 11 PM struck has been talk­ing Megyn Kelly vs Don­ald Trump. That is the pri­mary topic every­where and fur­ther­more every sin­gle MSM and cable out­let from CNN to MSNBC have been talk­ing it up and com­ple­ment­ing Megyn Kelly.

And that’s the whole point.

For a long time the MSM has been paint­ing Fox news as the mir­ror image of them­selves, just an arm of one side of the argu­ment whose goal is to advance a phi­los­o­phy. That’s just not the case.

Roger Ailes has only had one goal, the best rat­ings pos­si­ble and the #1 posi­tion in cable news. That’s why he didn’t care about Jon Stew­art, because Ailes put it

He’s feel­ing unre­warded because Fox News beats him on the amount of money we make, on rat­ings and on pop­u­lar­ity. I’m sure it’s very depress­ing when he sits home at night and wor­ries about it. We never did,” Ailes said.

In that same spirit the Goal of the Fox team at the debate was not to pro­tect the GOP, was not to look pro­fes­sional, it was to gen­er­ate rat­ings in the short run and the long run

The short run goal was met spec­tac­u­larly.

16% of United States homes with TV sets tuned in.
Fox News usu­ally has 1% or 2% of the house­hold audi­ence.
For the sake of com­par­i­son, the highest-​rated Repub­li­can pri­mary debates in 2011 and 2012 were watched by approx­i­mately 5% of house­holds.
The Demo­c­ra­tic pri­mary debates in 2008 were big­ger, but none of those ever topped 10%.

And with every sin­gle per­son on TV talk­ing Megyn Kelly what do you think her rat­ings are going to be tonight? (I’m writ­ing this Fri­day after­noon). I pre­dict they’ll be through the roof.

Fur­ther­more all of this is dia­met­ri­cally opposed to the MSM meme that Fox can not be trusted, that it is not “Fair and Bal­anced and how many of those peo­ple who will tune into fox for the first time over the next few days might decide to stay and frankly it’s not like the con­ser­v­a­tives who are upset have any­where else to go.

Roger Ailes must be danc­ing in the streets.

Does any­one seri­ously believe there any chance at all that any of the other net­works will be as hard on the Democ­rats as Fox was on the GOP

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Yesterday on Twitter when I went through my rankings on the debate I was asked a question on how I came up with my rankings:

All candidates have different short-range goals designed to enable their long-term goal of winning the nomination, which contrary to what some on twitter think, was not decided last night.

But There were other people on that stage.

Chris Wallace, Brett Baier and Megyn Kelly were all on stage and their goal was two fold  to raise their own profile and Fox’s.  Based on the print media coverage they got high marks the Washington Post:

Megyn Kelly/Bret Baier/Chris Wallace: Moderating a 10-person debate that includes Donald Trump is no easy task. The Fox trio managed the back and forth very well and, more importantly, asked good, challenging questions without venturing into “gotcha” territory. With the exception of the weirdness that happened between 8:50 pm and the start of the debate (more on that below), they were outstanding.

The NYT

They took each of the 10 Republicans onstage to task. They held each of them to account. They made each address the most prominent blemishes on his record, the most profound apprehensions that voters feel about him, the greatest vulnerability that he has.

It was riveting. It was admirable. It compels me to write a cluster of words I never imagined writing: hooray for Fox News.

Additionally every single. cable show since 11 PM struck has been talking Megyn Kelly vs Donald Trump. That is the primary topic everywhere and furthermore every single MSM and cable outlet from CNN to MSNBC have been talking it up and complementing Megyn Kelly.

And that’s the whole point.

For a long time the MSM has been painting Fox news as the mirror image of themselves,  just an arm of one side of the argument whose goal is to advance a philosophy.  That’s just not the case.

Roger Ailes has only had one goal, the best ratings possible and the #1 position in cable news.  That’s why he didn’t care about Jon Stewart, because  Ailes put it

He’s feeling unrewarded because Fox News beats him on the amount of money we make, on ratings and on popularity. I’m sure it’s very depressing when he sits home at night and worries about it. We never did,” Ailes said.

In that same spirit the Goal of the Fox team at the debate was not to protect the GOP, was not to look professional, it was to generate ratings in the short run and the long run

The short run goal was met spectacularly.

16% of United States homes with TV sets tuned in.
Fox News usually has 1% or 2% of the household audience.
For the sake of comparison, the highest-rated Republican primary debates in 2011 and 2012 were watched by approximately 5% of households.
The Democratic primary debates in 2008 were bigger, but none of those ever topped 10%.

And with every single person on TV talking Megyn Kelly what do you think her ratings are going to be tonight? (I’m writing this Friday afternoon).  I predict they’ll be through the roof.

Furthermore all of this is diametrically opposed to the MSM meme that Fox can not be trusted, that it is not “Fair and Balanced and how many of those people who will tune into fox for the first time over the next few days might decide to stay and frankly it’s not like the conservatives who are upset have anywhere else to go.

Roger Ailes must be dancing in the streets.

Does anyone seriously believe there any chance at all that any of the other networks will be as hard on the Democrats as Fox was on the GOP

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Normally I wouldn’t put it this way but right, with a car falling apart, a floor that needs to be torn up and some big debts I’m really in a bind and I’d really appreciate it if you can give me a hand getting out of it.





My goal for 2015 is Twenty Two grand which will give me a nominal living doing this.

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That gets all the bills paid. (including my writers like Fausta)  If I can get to Forty Thousand I can afford to travel outside of New England and/or hire me a blogger to help me get it done.

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If you could kick in I’d really appreciate it.