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Fox News Rating In The Tank – Daily Kos

Well, if you are a follower of Daily Kos you know all you need to know, Fox News has had it. It’s over. The right-wing propaganda machine has finally stripped its gears and will soon sputter to a grinding halt. And if that is what you have been yearning for then read no further and enjoy your day. If you are more interested in reality then you need to look to other sources for analysis of the latest ratings.

The powers that be at Fox certainly aren’t celebrating over the latest ratings and may be privately second guessing some of their recent moves. But despite the bleak picture painted by the Kos, Fox News remains in the driver’s seat and that is exactly where you want to be. How they react to their challenges will obviously determine how long they remain on top. At one time CNN was THE player in cable news and slowly lost the lead to Fox and have been scrambling to even be competitive for years.

You can look at the numbers and come to the conclusions of the Daily Kos. They report the Fox numbers are the worst in 13 years. They call the numbers devastating. They say the news was MUCH better for MSNBC, because their viewer losses were not as large. But DK failed to mention that even with the good news, MSNBC did climb back over CNN into second place, MSNBC hit longtime lows…

“In total day, MNSBC delivered its lowest ratings in total viewers since December 2007 and in the A25-54 demo since June 2006. In primetime, the network had its lowest demo delivery since July 2006.” —TVNewser

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New Yorker Magazine Post Nude Photos Of American Servicemen

Memorial Day a time to honor America’s military and those who have given their lives defending their country. And the New Yorker thinks that publishing photos of service men in the nude and suggesting there is something homoerotic in the visuals.  Their article, 10 Intimate Photographs of World War II Soldiers In The Buff” come from a book, My Buddy: World War II Laid Bare  by Diane Hanson. No links here to either, they aren’t deserving of any extra traffic.

Newsbusters nails the New Yorker for their sleazy tribute.

Projections For Next Season’s NCAA Football Bowl Matchups

Unfortunately it is never to early to be talking about something no one can have any realistic idea about. So with that, the 2014 NCAA college football season doesn’t start for 3 1/2 months and here is CBS Sports Bowl Expert Jerry Palm filling out his best guesses for which teams will fill which spots in the bowls coming up in December and January.

If you are a sports junkie though you might want to give a look. I found it interesting only because my Wyoming Cowboys are actually given a shot at playing in the New Orleans’ Bowl in December. New Wyoming coach Craig Bohl has just gotten through his first spring-football with the Pokes and is still getting to know his players but if Palm is right, Mr. Bohl will be adding one month’s base salary, which would be around $25,000 to his income for gaining a bowl invitation.

At the other end of the projections Mr. Palm figures Alabama and Oklahoma to face off at the Sugar Bowl  and Florida State to go against Ohio State at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena with the winners matching up in the title game in Arlington Texas.

The most useful thing about these sort of expert prognostications is to save them and check back in December to see how well he did. Then when you get expert advice for stock investments, remember this and – Think, Then Think Again.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti Is In The House – Getty House

Could it possibly be that the Mayor Eric Garcetti of Los Angeles is a politician who talks a good line but one should be very careful about believing what he says? Is is possible? Yes. American’s need to keep a watchful eye on politicians from the White House to state houses to the mayor’s mansion in Los Angeles because what they say one day may not be what they say the next. What they promote before the television cameras may not match their actions. What they demand from citizens may not be what they are willing to do themselves.

In the case of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti there is a lot of evidence that what he tells the media is not to be believed. How do we know? Because the LOS ANGELES TIMES can be counted on to get the story straight? Well no, one can’t count on the Ol’ Grey Lady of Spring Street to see any problem with a liberal in the Mayor’s Office. Thank goodness for the LA WEEKLY and Gene Maddaus. Not because the publication is by any stretch of the imagination a conservative publication but they at least have enough intellectual curiosity to know there is a story when what they see is not what they hear.

In this case the WEEKLY reports on the $453,000 renovation of  Getty House, the residence provided for the mayor and his family. Many will be put-off by such an expenditure of taxpayer funds but I am willing to accept the need to do preventative maintenance or even spruce the Mayor’s Mansion when needed. Although the laundry list of repairs and improvements made at Getty House don’t seem to add up to what was spent. But again that is, in cases such as this another matter.

What is an issue here is what the Mayor and his wife have said about the project and their involvement in it. It now would appear that the First-Lady of Los Angeles, Amy Wakeland, took control of the renovation effort and became a first-rate headache for city personnel trying to get the work done on deadline. Oh, the deadline is at issue as well. Statements made by Mr. Garcetti to the media indicated that he wasn’t sure if his family would even be taking  advantage of the public housing option by actually living at the Getty. But city crews were working feverishly to get the work done by the October 1st deadline, that’s when the Garcetti/Wakeland’s would be taking up residence even though publicly denying they had made a decision about it.

One reason for the denial is that way he could say he and his wife weren’t responsible for the expenditures, it was some work, he said,  that was being done anyway. So as Hilary Clinton might question, “What difference, at this point, does it make?” Politicians, you have to love them.  Ms. Wakeland was also making political hay out of replacing lighting with energy-saving LEDs. But according to the LA WEEKLY , most of the lighting had already been upgraded in 2007 so there wasn’t really much of an opportunity to save energy. Ms. Wakeland may not and known or understood the finer points of the discussion so I won’t blame her for anything other than not knowing what she was actually doing.

In Los Angeles, Mayor Garcetti would have fared much better if he had just been above-board from the beginning. He and Ms. Wakeland come off looking like a couple of privilege, with an entitlement attitude that during any future election should make people Think, Then Think Again.

For the LOS ANGELES TIMES and the ever shrinking circulation numbers maybe it would help to be a little more inclusive in its investigative journalism. The TIMES has a long history of first rate journalism but taking off the blinders and covering all sides of an issue would be one suggestion I would make. Having worked at the LAT for 25 years I know there is a problem of group-think in the newsroom on Spring Street.

Discrimination Lawsuit Against TMZ

Just a quickie on trusting what you read or hear from the news media. Reuters reports that a former writer for TMZ, Catherine “Taryn” Hillin is suing sexual discrimination and harassment among other things. And according to Reuters she was employed by TMZ as a producer from February 2012 to September 2014. Which means she is suing and she won’t be fired for another 4 months. Sure it is just a typo but then it makes one wonder if the description of her job as a writer and then producer is in error as well. It could be correct but we don’t know.