The questions that have been asked so far in this debate, illustrate why the American people don’t trust the media. This is not a cage match. And if you look at the questions, Donald Trump, are you a comic book villain? Ben Carson, can you do the math? John Kasich, can you insult two people over here? Marco Rubio, why don’t you resign? Jeb Bush, why have your numbers fallen? How about talking about the substantive issues —

Ted Cruz CNBC Debate Oct 29th 2015

Last week Ted Cruz has his single biggest moment in the GOP race to this point when during the CNBC debate he called out the bias of the MSM against the GOP contrasting it with how Democrats have been treated by said media and suggested that perhaps the people asking the questions of the person seeking the GOP nomination should have voted in such a primary at least once.

During the week that followed we heard all kinds of snark suggesting that if the GOP couldn’t handle CNBC they couldn’t handle the white house, they were called whiners, complainers and attacked by press from CNN MSNBC and even Megyn Kelly of Fox news.

However on Friday we had a 24 hour period where the Media did their best to make his point for him.

Item 1.  The only way a Black Man escapes the Democrat Plantation is Death

Months ago just after he announced I covered a Ben Carson Q & A in NH and ask him about the media 180 on him since he critiqued the president at the Prayer Breakfast.

at the time Carson’s prospects were considered slim and none and slim was not in town. Well a few weeks after he finished 2nd in the 603 alliance caucus of confirmed NH voters and just a few days after a Quinnipiac poll showed that he was drawing nearly 20% of te black vote, enough to make a Democrat victory impossible in a general election. The media decided to go after him in a Big way.

Politico put out hit piece on Carson claiming he was lying about some childhood & teenage stories. Before you knew it every single media outlet was piling on as illustrated by this image via the Rush Limbaugh site:

Journalistic-Malpractice

and this statement

See? From the moment I told you about this, this is exactly what I told you The Politico’s purpose was. They want you to think that Carson never went to West Point but that he says he did. “Politico published a piece Friday claiming Carson’s campaign ‘admits fabricating’ the fact that he applied and was admitted to West Point.” So they go to the West Point spokesbabe today and she says, “No, we had no application. He didn’t apply, and he certainly didn’t attend here.”

So they clearly want ignorant, impressionable, uninformed readers to think that Ben Carson’s out there writing in his book that he went to West Point and that The Politico today has uncovered the fact that he didn’t. And do you want to know how successful this is? I’m not gonna mention any names here. In the opening segment of this program, I’m going through exactly what I just told you here, and somebody on the other side of the glass shouted to me, “It doesn’t matter, he’s toast! The truth doesn’t matter. He’s toast.”

And this might be true if Carson was a regular pol but if you think a fellow who has spent hours fighting for the lives of kids considered doomed was going to just give up they were quite mistaken. Carson called the story “an outright lie” American Elephant put it well

and lo and behold within a few hours Politico had already edited their story (without mentioning the edits) and CNN was putting out a story titled “Where Politico’s Ben Carson ‘Scoop’ Went Wrong

The rewritten article did not initially include a correction or editor’s note, although a note was later added on Friday. Politico again said it “stands by its reporting.”

Of course by the time these corrections were promulgated the low info voters who don’t follow the news or see the corrections will have the background noise of “Ben Carson Lied” added into things “everybody knows.”

Take a look at the press conference below

And remember the primary subject of these questions are concerning a dinner he attended at age 18.

Now some might say, hey this guy is running for president of the United States, this isn’t softball, he’s got to demonstrate that he can stand up and take it.

However that very evening we saw a very different press event for Democrats…

2. MSNBC invites the Hillary Clinton & Co over to play  softball

At 8 PM Friday evening MSNBC broadcast the First in the south Democrat forum featuring Martin O’Malley, BErnie Sanders and Hillary Clinton.

The Contrast was quite striking.

Unlike the combative CNBC, Fox & CNN Debates the Democrat Candidates appeared one at a time without worrying about being challenged by their opponents

Unlike the CNBC debate and the Scrum around Ben Carson earlier in the day. Rather than facing confrontational questions from political opponents like Ben Carson and the GOP CNBC debaters did the Democrat Candidates faced questions from Rachel Maddow the most liberal of hosts on MSNBC all based on affirming their worldview rather than challenging it.

And while Mr. Carson’s words at a dinner at age 18 were considered relevant neither this story which broke this morning:

A day after assuming office as secretary of state, Clinton signed a Sensitive Compartmented Information Nondisclosure Agreement that laid out criminal penalties for “any unauthorized disclosure” of classified information.

Experts have guessed that Clinton signed such an agreement, but a copy of her specific contract, obtained by the Competitive Enterprise Institute through an open records request and shared with the Washington Free Beacon, reveals for the first time the exact language of the NDA.

Nor he contradictory explanations concerning the cause of the Benghazi attack.

An email released by the House Select Committee on Benghazi Saturday suggests Hillary Clinton’s State Department was advised to tell two different stories about what sparked the 2012 Benghazi terror attack: one to the U.S., and another in Libya.

Both which took place while secretary of state in this administration were not newsworthy enough to elicit a question on the topic from Miss Maddow. Here is one of the questions

 

Now you might say that it’s the job of the press to examine the words of a top tier GOP candidate like Ben Carson and you might also say that at the Democrat Forum Rachel Maddow asked some questions of real substance, particularly the one on the tech industry & in both cases you would be right…

…HOWEVER if I was a candidate like Ted Cruz, who was roundly attacked for contrasting the way Democrats and Republicans are treated by the press and ridiculed by Megyn Kelly for suggesting that perhaps the GOP should have it’s debates moderated by people who actually vote in GOP elections the next time someone questioned either of these statements and asked why he’s spending his time talking about media coverage I’d hand them a DVD of the Media coverage of November 6th 2015 and answer:

THIS is why.

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Dave Weigel’s beat is covering conservatives. You will see him regularly at CPAC and on the campaign trail with GOP hopefuls.

So it is no surprise that Ted Cruz’s appearance before the national firefighters union was on his radar.

Cruz entered the less friendly climate of the International Association of Firefighters, for its bipartisan presidential summit. Firefighters’ unions are not as solidly Democratic as most labor unions.

Given that unions slavishly follow the Democrat line that’s not a high standard to reach but more interesting was his reaction to a video put together by MSNBC noting the reaction, or lack thereof of the Union crowd to things that were applause lines at CPAC

No one had anything good to say about Cruz. “I had to take a shower after listening to that,” said Washington state IAFF leader Ricky Walsh.

You can likely count on one hand the number of State Union leaders who are conservatives and in liberal Washington you can probably count them on one finger so the above reaction is frankly not much of a story.

What IS a story is this: Ted Cruz didn’t give a “feel good” speech about his family history (like Marco Rubio) or steering away from domestic issues (like Lindsey Graham).

Nope Ted Cruz, rather than tailoring his speech or spinning his audience, went before a hostile crowd and did what he always does made his case for the things he believes. He told the truth.

MSNBC not withstanding this is what we used to called “Character” and I’m old enough to remember when we the media used to celebrate this kind of character in candidates.

The MSNBC video is here

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Yesterday afternoon while people were busy protesting against police at the Mall of America two police officers in Brooklyn were murdered execution style.

They were not in the process of violating tax laws passed by liberals in the state of New York like Eric Garner, they had not just robbed or muscled a store owner like Michael Brown, they were simply in their car doing the job they were hired to do.  Protecting the public and were killed for it.

There are many who have for ratings & or  financial and political gain lionized those who have violated the law and demonized those who enforce it over the last several week and months.  They have done so publicly and proudly.

So when I see self-serving tweets like this:

and this

and this

and this

and statements like this from the AG’s office:

“This was an unspeakable act of barbarism, and I was deeply saddened to hear of the loss of these two brave officers in the line of duty,” Holder said in a statement. “On behalf of all those who serve in the United States Department of Justice, I want to express my heartfelt condolences to the officers’ loved ones and colleagues.”

You will forgive me if I tend to doubt their sincerity

I don’t hold the ignorant & naive  college students who apparently were not taught by their parents the realities of life nor do I blame the ignorant on twitter who are cheering this, for I expect no better from them.

The people I have quoted above, however,  are public figures and those figures,  elected and appointed,  should know better.  (I submit DID know better yet charted their course anyway).

Mayor DiBlasio & Barack Obama were lawfully elected and Eric Holder lawfully appointed to their public positions.  The people of the United States and New York City choose them therefore they must live with the consequences, however outrageous,  of these choices, unless they choose to remove themselves from office (Mr. Holder resigned months ago but still holds his office pending the confirmation of his replacement)  we are pretty much stuck with them.

However Al Sharpton hasn’t been elected to anything, he is a TV host on the MSNBC network (Currently owned by cable giant Comcast) and MSNBC has chosen to give him a daily show on their network.

I submit and suggest that by giving his a public platform on their network MSNBC has endorsed his statements and actions of the last several months, and if they continue to do so they implicitly endorse the events of Saturday in NYC.

You might say, “But DaTechGuy Mr. Sharpton has 1st Amendment rights” indeed he does, but said right does not extend to programing on MSNBC, if that was the case then I would demand one myself.

I call upon the network to immediately “suspend” Mr. Sharpton and remove his show from their lineup.

It is their network and they of course have the perfect right to ignore my call for this action, conversely I have the perfect right to express my opinion that a failure to do so is a direct endorsement of the events of Saturday afternoon by MSNBC and by their parent company Comcast and consumers should act accordingly.

The Comcast contact page is here.

You can contact MSNBC here.

Or perhaps you might choose to contact their advertisers, I’m sure they must be delighted to have their brands associated with the face of the anti-police movement at this time.

Closing thought, If Comcast decides the Rev Al is a liability & removes him from MSNBC & said reverend’s followers quit the network in protest, would anyone be left watching?

Update 2nd potential murder thwarted when gun jams:

A second slay attempt on NYPD officers was narrowly avoided early Sunday when a gunman’s weapon jammed as he took aim at two cops outside a Bronx housing project, sources said.

Investigators grabbed the wannabe cop killer after he dropped his gun and ran into the Millbrook Houses on Saint Anns Ave. in Port Morris, sources said.

Yup no pattern here.

Update: Ed Driscoll links and notes an advantage of Sharpton staying where he is:

However, reasonable people can disagree with Ingemi as to whether or not Sharpton should be dumped in the rapidly escalating wake of the violent protests Sharpton helped gin up. As with past anchors Keith Olberman at his must lunatic, Alec Baldwin at his most violent, and Martin Bashir at his most scatological, Al Sharpton is the spokesman for MSNBC — and Comcast — right now. After all, Sharpton is “all the things” its network president thinks “that MSNBC is.” as the network’s president says. And he’s a powerful daily reminder of just much hatred lurks in the hearts of the left:

A fair point, but I think prosperity trumps it, additionally the more we make the unacceptable acceptable the more we enable the next Sharpton, much better to make vice unacceptable and the fall of Sharpton might generate courage in those who appease him.

We need to defeat him and make him feel defeated.

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At first glance this story is a source of a lot of chuckles

Sports on MSNBC? News Outlet Will Launch Streaming-Video Hub To Test New Shows, Hosts

What? Are we to believe that MSNBC’s particular blend of blind radical liberalism isn’t enough to carry a cable network?

MSNBC is getting ready to debut a new show about sports. And one focused on books. And another that will examine celebrity and popular culture. In all, the NBCUniversal-owned cable-news network has 14 new programs ready to roll.

As you can guess the comments section is all about conservative Schadenfreude.

Is this code for liberalism has jumped the shark and Americans are tired of being preached at by Race- Baitors and heterophobes who think any weather pattern is caused by global warming.

While we are laughing at this a bit I think it’s important to point out that this is a smart move. They are playing the culture game to get some eyeballs which brings to mind some advice Instapundit gave to us on the right.

The political left has a quasi-monopoly in this slice of media. This is a serious effort; it’s time conservatives start competing.”

MSNBC has become a micro niche, by increasing their appeal outside their niche they have the potential to draw people to the network or influence people by their short promo videos.

We ought to be smart enough to do the same even if it takes time.

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Red Dwarf: Back in the Red Part 3 1999

Once again Fox news is embarrassing their competitors in terms of numbers.

Third-Quarter 2014 Primetime Averages
FNC: 1,797,000 viewers, up 12 percent (313,000 adults 25-54, up 12 percent)
CNN: 555,000 viewers, up 2 percent (186,000 adults 25-54, up 4 percent)
MSNBC: 557,000 viewers, down 2 percent (150 adults 25-54, down 21 percent)
HLN: 352,000 viewers, down 4 percent (120 adults 25-54, down 12 percent)

Yes FNC is outdrawing them all combined and yes we can joke about Shark Tank re-runs beating MSNBC but let me throw a dose of reality at you. Those FOX numbers mean nothing as long as these broadcast news numbers remain true:

Numbers for the week of Sept. 22, 2014:

Total Viewers/A25-54
NBC 8,187,000/1,811,000
ABC 8,029,000/2,002,000
CBS 6,344,000/1,507,000

You will note that Fox total views barely beats the 3rd place CBS number for 18/54 year olds.  Furthermore If we combine the totals of these 25,821,000 & 6,089,000 in the 18-54 demo for the seven networks in question here is what we get for numbers by comparison

Total Viewers/A25-54
NBC 31.6% 29.7%
ABC 31.1% 32.9%
CBS 24.5% / 24.7%
FOX 7.0% /5.1%
CNN 2.1% / 3.0%
MSNBC 2.1% / 2.5%
HLN 1.3% / 1.9%

So for all their power in cable Fox news reaches a whopping 7% of news viewers and not even Megan Kelly beauty has gotten them above 5.1% among 18/54 year olds.

Furthermore when you remember that the 25.8 million number represents only 10.7% of the voting age population and and 18.4% of the number of people who actually voted the impact of Fox (and to some degree the networks) is really understood.

Now to the left, being totalitarian in nature, even this modest bit of the electorate getting an opinion differing from their message is dangerous which is why FOX remains a target, but lets not kid ourselves. As long as we are crowing about FOX News vs CNN/MSNBC/HLN we are like the toughest player on the JV football team talking smack.

Until we break into those newsrooms thing swill not change and frankly until we break into the greater culture where the 89.3% of voting age people who don’t watch news go even that move will be wasted.

Conservatives pride themselves on seeing things as they are as opposed to the utopian left.  Let’s start acting like it.

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Since last year I’ve been writing about the inability of people on the left to name an actual Hillary Clinton accomplishment as Secretary of State.

Today Bill Kristol illustrated this inability on a grand scale.

Appearing on MSNBC the subject of Hillary 2016 came up.  Kristol contrasted her with Sen Claire McCaskill and challenged the table to name a single accomplishment of Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State.

John Heilmann & Mika Brzezinski were sitting at that table so it should have been no problem for two professional journalists who have talked about Hillary’s inevitability for months to snap off an answer.

They did not.

Heilmann declined saying he would leave to the Hillary campaign as if it was not the job of a reporter to say such a thing, Joe Scarborough picked up on meme and repeated the question.  Chuck Todd danced around speaking of the difficulty of making the case as Hillary’s style is more subdued, not as visible as John Kerry.

When John Heilmann had a 2nd chance to speak the best he could come up with in the time he had to think, mentioned Hillary Clinton’s extensive travel,  as if she was the first Secretary of State to ever travel all over the place.

Meanwhile the great champion of woman’s issues Mika Brzezinski never said a word..

For a conservative like me this Hillary hilarity was priceless moment of comedy but for a liberal activist it’s something more serious, it’s a crisis of faith.

Picture being a member of the MSNBC partisan audience base sitting there at home watching. You’ve always taken the question of Hillary’s qualifications and accomplishments as a given. Suddenly you’re confronted with Bill Kristol’s direct question. A question so simple you’re tempted to laugh, instead you sit there in tongue-tied disbelief unable to answer yourself and watching the best and brightest of MSNBC fail to provide an answer for you.

That’s when the awful reality hits you.

The reason professional political reporters, people who have followed Hillary Clinton for decades and spent the entire Obama presidency sitting on that MSNBC set talking the issues of the day can’t name a Hillary Clinton accomplishment as Secretary of State off the top of their head, it’s because she doesn’t have any.

How such a person reacts to that revelation, anger toward Kristol for asking the question or re-examining what they’ve been told will say much about who that person is.

Update: The Morning Joe Site no longer supports subclips so here is the full segment

What makes it even more dramatic is John Heilmann scoffs at the idea that McCaskill is more qualified than Hillary Clinton and that’s when Bill Kristol asks the $64,000 dollar question:

“What achievement, one sentence, was did Hillary Clinton done, what is her achievement in politics that qualifies her to be President of the United States?”

Look at the faces it’s speaks volumes.

Update 2: Here is the sub clip from Youtube it’s absolutely wonderful

Update 3: I’ll be Guest Hosting Conservatively Speaking this weekend and Mr. Kristol will be joining me in the 8 AM hour to talk about the Hillary segment.

Update 4: Ed Morrissey

What’s even more amusing is the suggestion that we should wait for Hillary’s next book to tell us what her qualifications are. Clinton has been in the public eye since the Clinton days in Arkansas, 30 years ago. She ran for President in 2008 after eight nondescript years in the Senate, and then served four years as Secretary of State in a tenure bookended by the embarrassing “reset button” with Russia and the Benghazi failure that left four Americans dead. If she had a major accomplishment in all of that time, we wouldn’t need a campaign biography to discover it.

and At Ace of Spades HQ:

Hillary 2016: She’s Already Passed The Globetrotting Vacation Test

Update 5: Byron York reminds us that when asked Hillary couldn’t name one either.

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Media-Scales-590-LIBack in January the Bridgegate™ scandal broke and the media devoted hours and hours to the coverage to the exclusion of all else.  The coverage was so excessive  that Vladimir Putin could have taken Crimea, Ukraine and the Baltic states and it might have rated a line at the bottom of page A-16 or 30 seconds at the bottom of a newscast.

So yesterday when Randy Mastro’s press conference began to announce the result of his investigation every news network turned to it cutting away from the President in Europe

In connection with allegations related to the George Washington bridge realignment we found that Governor Christie had no knowledge aforehand of this George Washington bridge realignment idea and he played no role whatsoever in that decision or the implementation of it. We further found no evidence that anyone in the governor’s office asides Bridget Kelly knew of this idea in advance or played any role in the decision or the implementation of it.

It wasn’t long after the words came out of his mouth that MSNBC cut away and had a commentator dismissing these results and dismissed Randy Mastro as a hired gun for Gov Christie and not independent. As I noted at the time:

 

CNN carried the press conference a little longer but then continued along those same lines. This was a legal team hired by Christie and should be taken with a grain of salt.

The next day Morning Joe spent practically the entire show dismissing the findings of but suggesting Christie would have been better off not having the press conference.

This has become the MSM media meme:

CBS Headline: Christie-Appointed Lawyer: Governor Not Involved In George Washington Bridge Plot

Yahoo News: Christie cleared in his own probe, but others loom

Huffington Post: Chris Christie’s Lawyer To Issue Traffic Scandal Report

UPDATE:  The New York Times:

A Whitewash for Gov. Christie
The best example?   TPM’s headline which calls this “Christie’s Self Exoneration Panel“.

Ironically at TPM you can find another headline that is getting a lot less press: Oversight Dems To Issa: Drop The Charade And Let’s Do Some Real Work.

Because we all know the internal investigation of Benghazi was beyond reproach.

It’s seems strange to me that TPM and the rest of the media seem to have variable standards when it comes to internal investigations.  Let’s take the IRS…

The head of the Internal Revenue Service told House Republicans on Wednesday that it would take years to provide all the documents they have subpoenaed in their probe of how the agency handled tea party groups’ applications for tax-exempt status.

The comments by IRS chief John Koskinen drew a frosty response from Republicans who run the House Government Oversight and Reform Committee, one of several congressional panels investigating the controversy. The panel’s chairman, Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., warned him he should comply with the request “or potentially be held in contempt” of Congress, a sometimes threatened but seldom-used authority.

…they didn’t find this story particularly newsworthy.  It didn’t generate a whole lot of talk on Morning Joe either, in fact I don’t recall any, but why would it?  After all the internal investigation headed by an Obama donor leaked it was unlikely there would be any criminal charges filed and the president himself said there was no corruption involved.  Where’s the story there?

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: This is a gift to the GOP.

If I was a member of the GOP I would go on every morning & afternoon show that I’m invited and when questioned about this report and investigation say something like:

Well I think it’s very fair to question the credibility of an investigation commissioned by those who are being investigated like the IRS scandal for example when a political donor to the president leaked that there was unlikely to bring criminal charges even though we have people repeatedly taking the fifth in that investigation, or in the Benghazi investigation where the political allies of the White House are insisting congressional investigations be dropped

When they bring up Christie interview with Dianne Sawyer they should compare it to the President’s statement to Bill O’Reilly that there was “not even a SMIDGEN of corruption.” No matter what direction the question comes, some variation of these answer should be the response.

This is a gift to the GOP if they are smart enough to use it.

Closing Thought: What would the reaction of the MSM be if Chris Christie had  “joked” about using lane closures to punish mayors who didn’t support him in 2010?

Update 2: Via Glenn, Howie Carr reminds us we don’t have to go to the Obama Administration to find Democrats presumed innocent

Oddly, however, the hacks rounded up over the last few days, well, let’s put it this way. They voted for Obama 100 percent. They think Obamacare’s great. How could they possibly be guilty as charged?

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Sheldon: Can’t we just go to Big Boy? They only have one burger. The Big Boy.

Penny: The Barbecue Burger is like the Big Boy.

Sheldon: Excuse me. In a world that already includes the Big Boy, why would I settle for something like a Big Boy?

The Big Bang Theory The Hamburger Postulate 2007

There is a bit of a fuss about this story at Politico concerning MSNBC’s revenues and viewership.

MSNBC suffered harder loses in 2013 — in terms of both viewership and revenue — than either of its competitors at Fox News and CNN, according to Nielsen data featured in a new Pew Research report. Primetime viewership declined by a staggering 24 percent (nearly twice the loss sustained by CNN and four-times that sustained by Fox News). Daytime viewership fell by 15 percent, even as it rose at both of the other networks.

On the revenue side, MSNBC was projected to decline by 2 percent, while both CNN and Fox News were projected to experience growth of 2 percent and 5 percent, respectively. MSNBC was expected to bring in $475 million in revenue: less than half what CNN will make and roughly one-quarter of what Fox News will make.

The graphs and charts make the case seem even more dire for MSNBC and there are a lot of folks on my side of the aisle noting with glee how the left’s favorite news network is no peacock compared to even CNN let alone the soaring and majestic Fox.

But people are forgetting a few things it’s not a question of relative audience it’s a question of actual profit.

Think of it as McDonalds vs Big Boy.

McDonalds had a gross of 28.11 Billion last year from 14,000 restaurants.  They are a worldwide powerhouse that last year had according to google finance  a net profit margin of over 19%.  As of this writing the stock is selling for more than $95 a share.

Frisch’s Big Boy has 120 locations.  Their stock price as of this moment is just over $23 a share, their net profit margin in 2013 was 3.42% and their sales were just over $213mill in the fiscal year ending may 2013

Any comparison of the relative strength of Frisch’s Big Boy & McDonalds is laughable.  In fact you could combine the numbers from Bob’s Big Boy out west with Frisch’s and their entire customer base would be considered a niche market vs the golden arches.

But that’s not how the real world works.  In the real word Big Boy, with sales over $200 million is and remains a powerhouse with a reach that many other small restaurants can only dream of.

Furthermore as long as the bills and employees are being paid and the shareholders are making a profit Big Boy will continue to remain a significant company that’s going away anytime soon.

It’s the same thing with MSNBC vs Fox.  This isn’t Tina Brown and the Daily Beast where  as Stacy McCain once put it

projected profitability at the Daily Beast to somewhere between (a) three years and (b) when hell freezes over.

MSNBC is a major company that makes a profit without the need for a George Soros or any other liberal angel to pay the bills.

As far as Comcast is concerned as long as MSNBC’s niche market (compared to Fox) produces a profit and provides a platform to promote Comcast products where the parent company can effectively pay itself for advertising, it is something that will continue for the foreseeable future.  Stacy Again:

Establishment Media still matters, and will continue to matter for the foreseeable future. MSNBC made a bet during the Bush years that there was a market for a cable network that was the antithesis of Fox News, and that bet helped MSNBC vault past CNN into second place among cable networks, but the momentum — which took MSNBC from about 350,000 primetime viewers in 2006 to about 750,000 in 2012 — couldn’t be sustained.

Conservatives who watch Fox News to get pro-GOP happy talk are much more numerous than people who tune into MSNBC to get anti-GOP angry talk, but that is cold comfort to Republicans when the Democrat in the White House was able to get re-elected in large measure because MSNBC actually reflects the private opinions of the people who produce mass-market news at the major networks.

MSNBC is a legit target as it almost uniformly pushes the left’s agenda so it’s trials and tribulations are worth a smile, but the goal isn’t to beat MSNBC it’s to beat liberals in elections to advance a conservative agenda and anything we do to counter MSNBC has to be in that context, anything else is fools gold.

Eyes on the prize people, eyes on the prize.

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♫  And I’m one step ahead of the shoe shine
Two steps away from the county line
Just trying to keep my customers satisfied,
Satisfied.

  Keep the Customer Satisfied Simon & Garfunkel 1970

No religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.

Constitution of the United States Article 6 Paragraph 3

Yesterday MSNBC made clear where its customer base is as host Joy Reid discussed the Hobby Lobby case.  (emphasis mine)

The court that will decide includes six Catholic justices, some of whom have not been shy about asserting their religion. And all of this is taking place as the country becomes more secular. Even as the fervently religious fight even harder than ever to push creationism in taxpayer funded schools, and on science TV shows. And where the question of corporate personhood has gone from whether the railroad has to pay its taxes to whether corporations can be religious people. The question is do you trust this court to make those decisions?

Now there is an obvious point to make concerning such a statement that  Yid with Lid has already alluded to.  If the host of the show had substituted:  “Muslim”, Jewish”, “Black”, “Gay”,  “Atheist”, “Hispanic”, in place of “Catholic”  the outrage of the left would be incredible and the demand for both an apology and the firing of Ms. Reid would become a cause célèbre among all the right people but as her statement concerned Catholics, and more importantly believing catholics this shall not happen because as I’ve asserted before,  the common thread of the left is the targeting of Christianity.

What I find more interesting is the video itself.

That is a long speech to make and Ms. Reid is clearly reading from a teleprompter as she delivers it. That means it that speech was written, edited and loaded into the prompter for her to deliver. Since it makes assertions concerning court cases and had video of quotes from said cases would have gone through editors and producers before it began to roll on that screen for her to read.

Yet not a one of them suggested this might be a problem, Nobody figured it would offend their Catholic audience in general or Latino’s who are highly Catholic in particular. Nobody thought the clear mandate of the Constitution concerning religious tests would make them look foolish, nor did they think there was any chance of a backlash might cause trouble for a relatively new host.

Or if they considered any of those things, they decided the need to defend the White House would be more important to their audience than any such attack on religion.

And it’s worse than that.  The TV industry is constantly in flux, one day you have a job the next you don’t.  Yet not a person on that set figured that their boss, or an official at NBC or someone from the corporate ownership at Comcast might decide that mainstreaming a modern version of “know nothingism” on a major cable network under their name would cause any problems for their brands.

I suspect they will get more critique for having Jazz Shaw of Hotair on Morning Joe today then they will for the acts of Joy Reid yesterday.

This says something both about the culture at MSNBC,  the perception of its audience and their ownership and what it says is not good.

Update: Creative Minority Reports says:

I, as a Catholic, can honestly say no. I don’t trust this court at all. Sonia Sotomayor? Uhm no. Anthony Kennedy? Not exactly. I don’t trust John Roberts either.

Ed Morrissey:

It’s worth noting that the six Catholic justices on the Supreme Court rarely reach any kind of consensus, unless it is a consensus shared by the whole court. Reid bases her argument of religious bias on literally nothing at all but her own prejudice. One suspects it’s because of the desperation the Left has over the Hobby Lobby case and the HHS mandate in general, but it may just be that Reid has a bias against Catholics in public life apart from this, too.

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The Hobbit

I’ve been thinking about Melissa Harris Perry and her guests who had such a reaction to the very idea that Mitt Romney would have an adopted black grandchild in a family picture.  People have marveled at what has been said, at the attitude toward the Romney family.

Perry has since apologized, the whole panel is in retreat and NBC has moved on to Pearl Harbor Survivors but while the story is technically “over” I think there is one aspect of it that everyone missed.

It’s not about the idea of mixed race, after all Harris Perry & Barack Obama are of mixed race as well.  It’s something much worse, an anger, an anger much deeper than some can imagine hiding in plain sight that comes from the realization they have concerning him.

They realize how what this child will be taught and how he will be brought up contrary to so many Black American brought up using the Democrat Template.

They realize that unlike the vast majority of black children today, this child will not only have two parents but two grandparents who will be active members of her family

They realize that unlike so many other black children he will not be in a sub par school with teachers who have no expectations.

They realize that this child will not be told he is a victim, instead she will find that hir parents and grandparents will have high expectations for her and will do their best to help her to achieve them.

They realize this child will be brought up in a religious culture where he will not be expected to abandon her beliefs because someone of the same race does so first.

They realize this child will not be dependent on government, is unlikely to be a woman’s studies major, peace studies major and is unlikely to become a person who makes their living off the grievance industry.

They realize that Planned Parenthood will likely not make a dime off of his and that he will be encouraged to avoid sex until marriage.

They realize that the child will not be brought up in an environment that celebrates, sex, drugs, profanity where every woman is a ho’.

They realize he will be taught to judge and evaluate people not by what they say but by what they do.

They realize that even if he rejects the beliefs of her parents and grandparents and goes a different path  he will not be considered a sellout nor labeled with derogatory names by his parents or grandparents who will love him no matter what.

They realize that he is unlikely to fall for the spiel that the left sells on victimhood, government and republicans ignoring the world around him, the spiel that has kept black America voting democrat even as their lot becomes worse culturally (illegitimacy rate 72.3%+) nationwide and economically particularly in cities where liberalism has ruled for years.

In short, they’re angry because they realize one escaped.

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