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Saturday, January 28, 2017

Media begins to notice its irrelevance

Folklore holds that there is a canary in each coal mine to determine if there is enough air to continue mining. Air is not the problem. Methane is, and by the time it would kill the bird, it would be too late for the men.

But as a metaphor, it sometimes works.

Megyn Kelly is the canary in the media mine.

Lauded when she fearlessly confronted Donald Trump about all those terrible things he said about Rosie O'Donnell, she was the toast of the media.

A year ago, Newsweek breathlessly reported:
Megyn Kelly was already a popular Fox News host before the 2016 election cycle began last summer, but she could never have predicted the level to which her profile would ascend after posing one simple question to Donald Trump during the first Republican debate in August. Now, six months and countless Trump tweets later, Kelly has landed a book deal with HarperCollins that could be worth up to $11 million.
"It's been a surreal six months, because we never anticipated that anybody would react to the questions in that particular way," Kelly told Jimmy Fallon Thursday night on The Tonight Show. "You just have to keep your head down, put your shoulders back and forge forward."
A year later, she is toast. He won. She didn't.

From Newsweek now:
For Megyn Kelly, at a price one person familiar with the negotiations put at $17 million-$18 million (practically speaking it would be hard for NBC to let anyone exceed Today show star Matt Lauer’s recent raise to $20 million), there was a prospective daytime show, with few models of success; a Sunday evening show, typically a loss leader; and a possible move for the hard-news Kelly into the soft hour of Today’ s 9 a.m. hour. Some observers see her inevitable destination as MSNBC—from the top-rated news network to the lowest.
For others though, there is another path and a clear message for Savannah Guthrie, the Today show’s female star: Watch out.
MSNBC already hired Greta Van Susteren. Maybe they could squeeze Kelly in between Rachel Maddow and Brian Williams.

Nevertheless, she is set for life financially.

However, the rest of the media is not. Like Kelly, they went all in against Trump. He won. Steve Bannon, Trump's adviser, told the New York Times:
“The media should be embarrassed and humiliated and keep its mouth shut and just listen for awhile. The media here is the opposition party. They don’t understand this country. They still do not understand why Donald Trump is the president of the United States.”
Chuck Todd now regrets being With Her.

From the Washington Times:
NBC’s Chuck Todd confessed that he and others in the mainstream news media played down just how despised Hillary Clinton was in the heartland due to the fear of appearing “sexist.”
What’s more, he admitted, the mainstream media failed to “tell the stories of all Americans.”
“Where I think political correctness got in the way of what we all knew as reporters and didn’t fully deliver was how hated the Clintons were in the heartland,” the “Meet the Press” host admitted Thursday to former Bush White House press secretary Ari Fleischer in a interview for the “1947” podcast.
“And I think it was a fear of, ‘Oh, is it going to look like it’s sexist, anti-woman if we say that?’” he added, pointing out that on the hustings he saw numerous “Hillary for Prison” signs adorning the front yards of rural America.
“I think we underplayed it a little bit out of political correctness fears,” Mr. Todd said. “No member of the press corps wants to look like they’re singling out a group and making a group feel bad, right, whatever that [group] is.
“If we sort of were straight-up honest and blunt about hey do we understand the level of hatred that’s out there and you know, all the Hillary for Prison signs that are out there, we certainly would have at least made the viewer know, hey, you know, she’s not well-liked in some places in this country in ways that’s times 10 when it comes to Trump,” he said.
Michael Wolff of Newsweek tried to explain in,"Why the Media Keeps Losing to Donald Trump":
The media’s holy grail is, as it’s been for much of the campaign, about what will stick. Of the myriad likely damaging possibilities, which one will be so prima facie damaging (pay no attention to the many instances that many people already thought were, or would be) or so shocking and insulting to the body politic that it will be the end, or at least the beginning of the end, of Trump? Nothing counts but delivering a mortal wound, so everything is delivered as though it is a mortal wound.
The Trump people recognize this and, it would seem, even encourage it. A key difference between the Trump and Nixon administrations is the relative lack of paranoia in this new White House. There is contempt but not paranoia (that may, of course, come). The Trump strategy, conscious or not, is to invite overreaction—to program for it. Kellyanne Conway, with effortless smile, is more official media tormentor than simple spokesperson. The Trump team’s overt threats against the media—which is quite easy to placate if, in fact, you want to placate it—reliably serve to stoke several news cycles of the media’s breast-beating and self-serving virtue, never a pleasant sight.
Of course, the media’s inability to damage Trump leads it to try all the more. The list of attempts is long: the dossier, the tax returns, emoluments, conflicts of interest, etc. The weight of all this, the media clearly believes, ultimately brings him down. In turn, the more stuff that is piled on, the Trump team believes, the more it is all diminished.
I said he tried to explain.

Wolff cannot bring himself to admit that it is wrong for all of the media to gang up on one candidate.

George Wallace received fairer treatment in his 1968 campaign.

The penalty for failure in regicide is death itself.

The penalty for failure in prezicide is a little less clear.

The Washington Post flourishes with its hourly dose of Trumphobia. (Jennifer Rubin: "Trump's authoritarian tendencies are revealed once again." The poor woman needs a dictionary and rest. Plenty of rest.) Trump has promised to drain the swamp, and the newspaper's readership is nothing but swamp critters.

But others see the futility of continuing to sacrifice credibility and customers at the altar of conformity. Even Vox has its limits:
A viral Washington Post story about State Department resignations is very misleading
For Trump's part, he is smiling, tweeting, doing the job of being president, and having the time of his life.

If he were Hitler, reporters would be hauled off to concentration camps.

If he were Obama, they might face the IRS.

But Trump has a better way of getting even. He lives his life in the White House to its fullest.

His approval rate may be in the 40s, but theirs is in the teens.

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  1. LOL! The media still has not tweaked that to President Trump, life is a blessing and to be enjoyed. He is not the RINO of old, cowering before the Demwits and the press to prove how altruistic he is. I truly believe that he goes to sleep every night with a smile on his face. He loves this!

  2. "The Washington Post flourishes with its hourly dose of Trumphobia".

    For now.

    I suspect all the Lefties rush to see what death blow the WaPo has today, but, as more and more of them fail, even the Lefties will cease to pay the exorbitant price of a copy.

  3. If Trump's approval ratings were in the 80's, the fake stream media would report them to be in the 20's.

    1. If Nixon had've grown his hair long, all the hippies would've gone out and got crew cuts.

      Similar psychology at work to the MSM and Trump.

    2. As an Instapundit commenter wrote, "the right is the new counter-culture."

  4. "Megyn Kelly is the canary in the media mine."

    Given how toxic that media mine is, I suppose the miners are watching to see if the canary mutates.

  5. "NBC’s Chuck Todd confessed that he and others in the mainstream news media played down just how despised Hillary Clinton was in the heartland due to the fear of appearing “sexist.”"

    We knew it but didn't tell anyone? Sure. Fake news.

    1. I ignore the guy but from everything I read about him, yeah, he seems like a preening bullshit artist. Like much of the media, I guess. Not an impressive group of people.

    2. And I think it was a fear of, ‘Oh, is it going to look like it’s sexist, anti-woman if we say that?’”

      So, according to Todd, the press was afraid of being called names, but they sure didn't hesitate to call Trump all sorts of names. They like to hand it out, but can't take it? Hummpf. The abuse they get at the hands of the Trump administration is well deserved. No honesty. No courage. Drive a stake though their hearts, Donald, I want to hear the press scream in pain.

  6. Given what we agree the MSM is like, would it be fair to say that the penalty for prezicide is insecticide?

  7. "Keep your head down and shoulders back"... I'd like to see how that works.


    Ooh, that's a pain that's gonna linger. Everybody, cancel your trips to Club Med Tehran, and get refunds on those burkinis.

  9. Most of the truffle rooters we hear from today also hated Rudy Giuliani after he defeated the worst Mayor in NYC history, Crime Wave Dave Dinkins, to head the City. As the City became cleaner and safer, the mob, squeegees and porno palaces removed, every aspect of life improved, the press, except for the NYT and Rolling Stone, gave up bashing him. Indeed it was a measure of the true greatness he achieved after 9/11 that he was hated even more by the left. As Trump moves from executive orders to solid legislation and better economic results for everyone, some of his opposition will cool, but to me there has been some kind of sea change in liberal America in the last 15 years to the dark side of selfishness and self absorption that will not end soon, or ever, if I may be allowed to define my life time as "ever". Obama's willfulness, arrogance and even his failures, seem to have reinforced a hatred of discipline, hard work, taking risk, and most of all, success by anyone who is not a Democrat.
    I had a laugh at Chuck T wondering if he was too PC. Not for where he works, in Midtown Manhattan! Out of a single window it is possible to see the massive granite Headquarters of NBC, Comcast , CBS and the AP, all clotted together in a circle like the prehistoric temple at Stonehenge. The children of their rulers attend private schools that teach them to worry day and night about Trans bathrooms while their parents remind them to dress well and marry someone rich. It is a cozy world of views, doormen and lunch at 21, a dimension away from the uncertain, struggling one that elected Trump. Indeed, It will always remain invisible to Chuck, Megan, and their peers, and for them happily so. Living in it would be a punishment they could not endure.

  10. reported Trump's approval at 59 the other day. People that did not like him because they didn't believe he would do what he said will come around and propel his numbers higher. And remember who is reporting the 40's number.

    1. You can count me among those numbers. I really didn't believe him. I thought he was a huckster playing the role of a Conservative. By the time of the election, I was coming around and I did end up voting for him because the alternative was too horrible to imagine.

      Since the election, I am very, very impressed. He is actually doing what he said that he'd do. It's been 30 years since I've seen a politician do that.

  11. Don - If I remember correctly, during the GWB administration the WaPo was widely seen as tough but fair, moreso than the NYT at least. Do you know what happened, exactly? Did Bezos install a layer of partisan hack management? Have they had a lot of turnover in the ranks?

  12. Well, the worm turns. You see, in earlier times, the media was able to lie with impunity. That pesky Internet. I'm setting here in pajamas, BTW. I believe the MSM is supported by rich globalist who aren't worried about profit. So, the loss of ad revenue isn't that critical.

  13. Press does not like Trump because he is outside their ken. DC press hates anything NYC, which doubles the hate, and then you adjustfor liberal bias and WaPo is at DefCon 11

    1. Liberals' DefCon looks more like ComicCon to me.

  14. Don, the DEFCON order is from 5 (lowest; normal day-to-day no drama at all) to 1 (highest; loaded for bear, cocked, and aimed). Strategic Air Command was normally in DEFCON 4 (eyes and radars on the sky, bomber crews in alert shacks, and missileers ready to get out their launch keys and message authenticaters at a moment's notice). I'd say the WaPo is at DEFCON 0.2.

  15. Interesting point of view by one who has been waterboarded:

  16. --NBC’s Chuck Todd confessed that he and others in the mainstream news media played down just how despised Hillary Clinton was in the heartland due to the fear of appearing “sexist.”

    What’s more, he admitted, the mainstream media failed to “tell the stories of all Americans.”
    “Where I think political correctness got in the way of what we all knew as reporters and didn’t fully deliver was how hated the Clintons were in the heartland,” the “Meet the Press” host admitted Thursday to former Bush White House press secretary Ari Fleischer in a interview for the “1947” podcast.--

    I don't watch TV anymore, but this guy is retarded.

  17. Amazing how idiotic people like F. Chuck Todd sound, especially in print---all the "you knows" sprinkled throughout their interviews. Eric Sevareid and all the "erudite" journalists of his time must be rolling over in their graves at warp speed!

  18. Drudge had Trump's approval rating at 59 this week

  19. The media is and has been the propaganda arm of the democratic , socialist and neo-communist parties for many, many years now; certainly since the Vietnam War.
    There really is no difference betwixt the media and Pravda or Izvestia during Stalin's murderous rule of the USSR.

  20. Methane is NOT poisonous and would not be toxic to miners or canaries. Carbon Monoxide, Carbon Dioxide and low Oxygen levels can kill rather quickly though, and will quickly be fatal for a canary. That said, Methane or 'firedamp' can cause explosions and has it's own danger.