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Friday, December 16, 2016

Fox News tops ESPN. Here's why

Fox News topped ESPN and every other cable network in prime time in 2016 for two reasons: Donald Trump and Colin Kaepernick.

Turns out, people watching television want to Make America Great Again instead of taking a knee when it comes to patriotism.

From Deadline Hollywood:
Fueled by mostly nonstop coverage of Donald Trump’s nose-thumbing race to the White House, FNC locked up the wins both in prime time and in total day, and every hour on the network’s lineup logged double-digit jumps compared to 2015. Fox News bagged its biggest audiences ever both in prime time and in total day with 2.4 million and 1.4 million viewers, respectively.
USA Network tried to get out ahead of FNC’s celebration with its own announcement, boasting it would end 2016 as the No. 1 entertainment cable network in total viewers for an 11th straight year. But mostly, entertainment cable networks just could not come up with scripted storylines as as gob-smacking and ratings-getting as the endless material churned out daily for the cable news networks – and, mostly particularly for FNC viewers – as did real estate developer turned reality star turned GOP hijacker Donald Trump.
Adding to FNC’s victory-lap fun, the network closes out 2016 as the fifth-most-watched primetime in all of television, behind only Big Four broadcasters networks NBC, CBS, ABC and Fox, in order. FNC noted in particular that it beat ESPN, which ranked sixth for the year, also besting USA — though, of course, ESPN is a “sports” network not an “entertainment” net.
ESPN spends billions on rights to NFL and NCAA games. The politicization of NFL games has turned off many fans.

And ESPN is cool with Colin Kaepernick's antics and respect America and its national anthem.

In fact, many ESPN staff members cheer him on.

From Ian O'Connor, ESPN Senior Writer:
Colin Kaepernick stood tall while sitting down, which is not an easy thing to do. In fact, what he did in benching himself for the national anthem on Friday night was the hardest thing he could possibly do.
The easy thing? That would be standing silently with his teammates on the San Francisco 49ers sideline, cutting against the grain of his conscience. Nobody would've known the difference. Nobody would have reason to challenge his patriotism, to call him all kinds of nasty names, and to remind him, by the way, that he has devolved into a lousy quarterback who should be spending more time with his playbook anyway.
We get it, ESPN and its owner Disney. You hate America.

Portraying an ingrate like Colin Kaepernick as a hero is as dumb as proclaiming Bruce Jenner courageous because he got a boob job and changed his name to Caitlyn.

ESPN did that too.

Politicizing sports is another terrible idea by the Left that undermines another institution. People turn to sports for entertainment, not lectures. Disrespecting the country is not entertaining.

Good luck in 2017, ESPN and Disney.

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29 comments:

  1. Kaepernick and the Niners are tanking this season. Karma is a b*tch.

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    1. Useta be, controversy brought viewers. Colin, clearly, was not controversial enough.
      Bummmmmmmmmmmmmer.

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  2. If Fox News Channel would broadcast Free To Air they would pass the other networks like they were standing still. - Elric

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  3. ESPN will continue to circle the drain. Wonder how many times Obama will be on ESPN as a guest for various shows.

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    1. Monday night Football?

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    2. Most likely covering golf tournaments. Maybe a shot at basket ball.....

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    3. After 18 holes, all the hazards follow him home like stray puppies.

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    4. What's the over/under on His Obamaness taking Stephen A.'s place on First Take?
      -Fred

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  4. Today is the anniversary of the start of the Battle of the Bulge, speaking of heroes. A club to which Kaepernick most definitely does **not** belong.

    Re: that crap above by Ian O'Douchebag, and related to my point in an earlier thread today, why are so many journalists just complete tools? Well, I know why, they're all highly educated elitist clowns who went to Hahvahd and think speaking Truth to Power is the height of achievement. Meanwhile guys like Staff Sgt. Robert Miller (Medal of Honor 2010) who grew up here in Wheaton and went to the same high school my kids go to, 1/2 mile from our house, gave his life in Afghanistan defending and protecting his troops, and is a real hero who gets no love from the media except during the actual MOH ceremony.

    I'm so sick of these people ... it shouldn't be that hard to recognize what a hero is, and what it isn't. Yet here we are.

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    1. And the fact that Staff Sgt. Miller died for nothing, since Obama quit in Afghanistan and everywhere else, after honorable guys like Miller gave all ... it just makes ill.

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    2. He didn't die for nothing; it's because of the crap His Obamaness pulled that DJT was elected.
      -Fred

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  5. It's the natural progression for the libs. They ruin everything. They destroyed movie theater attendance by many of us with their preachy lib movies. They did have some help there from the constantly texting group.

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    1. Looks they're doing it with Rogue One, from what I've read today.

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    2. They also managed to increase our distrust of Government. In the '60s, the hippies didn't trust anyone over 30. Now that they've take over the major religions, foundations, academia, and the Federal government, they've gotten the rest of us to not trust anything when they're in charge.

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    3. You left out the media; remember when Walter Cronkite was the most trusted man in America? All his successors, no matter what network, think that that applies to them as well. Not by a long shot!!
      -Fred

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  6. Watching Fox, or most any broadcast TV, will make America dumb, not great. Turn off the TV, talk to your family, read Don Surber's blog and post comments here---THAT will make America great again. /LOL

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    1. Good advice, and you're right.

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    2. I totally agree! Cut the cable!

      Some folks don't realize that the networks/cable channels have a profit-sharing arrangement. It doesn't matter too much what you watch, as long as you pay for the package you are supporting CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS... and so on, as they split the proceeds amongst themselves. That's why you can't get just the channels you want to watch, but have to pay for them all!

      Don't feed the beast. I've found that everything (yes, I DO mean everything!) is online. I only pay for internet access and there's far more content than I have time to watch! So CUT THE CABLE and STARVE THE BEAST!

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  7. "Politicizing sports is another terrible idea by the Left that undermines another institution."

    The Curling plot to take over the North American continent proceeds apace.

    Hurry Hard!

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    1. Not to mention, Soccer. GOOOOOAAAAAAAAALLLLL against their own side.

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    2. Ya'll, it's spelled: l.a.c.r.o.s.s.e. ;-)

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  8. I haven't watched ESPN in two years.

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    1. Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay longer than that for me. Not since SPEED got the Formula One races, so 30+ years.

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  9. As an Aussie follower of the 49ers since Montana-Rice I've been disgusted. NFL has lost me, I've watched barely half an hour of football the whole season.

    They have to drop him, the cost to the 49er and NFL brands are huge.

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  10. #BoycottNFL The NFL has been taken over by Social Justice Warriors. The Beyonce show at halftime of the Super Bowl was disgusting. I haven't watched a minute of the NFL this season. Even the NBA which is blacker than the NFL won't put up with this crap. They fined players a game's salary for not standing during the National Anthem. Colon Kaperdickhead is a disgrace and so is ESPN (also taken over by SJWs) for supporting him. Pete Rozelle would not have put up with Kaperdickhead's antics when he was commissioner. Don't watch the games and don't watch ESPN. Make the SJWs take it in the wallet.

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    1. It's not just ESPN; all the pregame and sports shows made Colon Krapernick into a hero---they were all comparing him to Rosa Parks, Tommie Smith and Juan Carlos and telling us what a wonderful thing he was doing by getting a "conversation" going on social injustice and race. If we learned one thing in these last eight years, when a lib says "conversation" it means "we're going to tell you what we think and you're going to agree." I stopped watching those shows along with the NFL, and my yard has never looked so good!
      -Fred

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  11. "We get it, ESPN and its owner Disney. You hate America.
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    Walt must be spinning.

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  12. I don't watch much tv, only whatever She Who Will Be Obeyed watches in the early evening, just to have some together time. I don't go to theaters for films, nor do I watch Fox News or ESPN. I voted for Trump. Perhaps we can start a movement of ignoring our Betters in mass entertainment/News complex?

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  13. What will President Trump do about:

    (1) the Defense Department is a big advertiser on ESPN

    and

    (2) as usual the NFL will request an Air Force flyover at the Super Bowl.

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