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Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Trumpenfreude as Fox axes its election staff



On Election Night, Fox was quick to call Arizona for Biden, which he barely, um, won, while not calling Ohio or Texas for President Trump, who won those states by 8 and 3 points respectively.

Fox viewers responded en masse by changing channels. Fox won Election Night bigly in the ratings, and has since fallen to third place ending a nearly 20-year run as the king of cable news.

Well, you diss The Donald, you suffer the consequences.

Ad Week reported, "Chris Stirewalt Out at Fox News Amid Network Restructuring."

Business Insider reported, "Fox News has reportedly laid off at least 16 staffers. They include political editor Chris Stirewalt, who defended the network's Arizona election call that angered Trump."

The Los Angeles Times reported, "Fox News political editor Chris Stirewalt fired."

The man's a star!

Fox staffers screwed up because they wanted to impress their peers rather than inform their audience. The numbers at the time showed Donald Trump easily carried Ohio and Texas while it was close in Arizona. Fox should have just reported those facts.

But noooooooo. Fox had to be the first to call Arizona, a move that showed to many of us that the fix was in and Fox knew it. Democrats went on to take the election through mailed-in ballots that were in many cases not validated and delivered in the wee hours of the morning.

Viewers had every reason in the world to abandon Fox because Fox abandoned them. This was not the first time. Fox failed to recognize the damage to its credibility by Cavuto's caterwauling about President Trump's style, as well as Chris Wallace's sarcastically polite attacks on conservative guests.

Americans can get better sniping at Donald Trump on different channels that never tell the conservative side of the story.

So Fox is in trouble. Hahaha.

The Associated Press reported, "Two of Fox News Channel’s top news executives involved in the controversial — but correct — election night call of Arizona for Democrat Joe Biden are out at the network.

"Bill Sammon, senior vice president and managing editor at Fox’s Washington bureau, announced his retirement to staff members on Monday. On Tuesday, as part of a restructuring of Fox’s digital operations, politics editor Chris Stirewalt was let go.

"Fox’s decision to call Arizona for Biden took the network’s anchors by surprise and infuriated the White House, which believed the determination was premature.

"Stirewalt and Fox’s decision desk chief, Arnon Mishkin, were the two most visible people defending the decision on the air amidst heat from President Donald Trump and his supporters. Mishkin, who worked the election on a contractual basis, is not a Fox employee."

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Stirewalt will do OK. I worked with him at the Charleston Daily Mail. He is a smart if smarmy guy. He had a nice decade run at Fox, which sets him up for a big payday in public relations once the sting of being fired fades. Likely he already lined up something.

As for Fox, it is a mess. Roger Ailes set Murdoch up perfectly. Give viewers the conservatives spin on stories as a counter to the liberal spin offered by everyone else. It takes a certain suicidal striving to be stupid to screw that up.

But that is where Fox is.

And the de facto boycott leaves Fox unable to cut its biggest salaries because it would lose even more viewers.

The New York Times reported, "Prominent conservative pundits at Fox News who supported Mr. Trump, like Tucker Carlson and Sean Hannity, remain popular and are tied to the network under long-term contracts.

"Fox’s corporate leadership has been scrutinizing the news division, which is led by Jay Wallace, the president and executive editor of Fox News Media, according to a person with knowledge of internal discussions. Fox News’s daytime news programs, which often feature conservative guests but are helmed by anchors who do not report to the network’s opinion side, have experienced a sharp loss in viewership."

The Times means the daytime anchors are liberals who are interchangeable with all the other news hosts on cable.

The only prime-time host changed was Martha MacCallum as her show was demoted from the 7 PM slot to 3 PM (Shep Smith's old hour). The Times rumored Maria Bartiromo will replace her. That likely would add a million or more viewers especially since the 7 PM slot's main competition has had to replace Alex Trebek.

Yes, Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy own the 7 PM hour in most cities.

And that is what it boils down to. TV news is infotainment that treated the Trump presidency as if it were a rerun of The Apprentice. Legitimate doubts about the election were dismissed out of hand rather than investigated.

Viewers get the final say. And unlike politicians, networks cannot create viewership through the U.S. mail.

57 comments:

  1. I don't watch TV news, Not even Newsmax. I have my resources on the internet. This blog is one of those aforementioned recourses. CFP does a nice job at aggregating too. I would be remiss if I didn't mention Bookworm Room. She is responsible for me getting here.

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    1. Subvet, SS-567 was a great boat, if I say so myself. Thanks for the referral to Bookworm.com, I'll check it out.

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    2. Thanks for the Bookwormroom.com reference.

      "The Times rumored Maria Bartiromo will replace her. That likely would add a million or more viewers..."

      Adding MB to any time or day or night will add exactly ZERO viewers. We're not to be had, and the double entredre is intentional, any more.

      Because we're GONE.

      Loved this line:

      " unlike politicians, networks cannot create viewership through the U.S. mail..."

      However, if the presidential election of an entire country, with a population of approximately 330,000,000 citizens, can be rigged, cooking the Nielsen numbers will be child's play.

      I'm suddenly shocked to realize that it hasn't already happened!

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    3. Roger that. I will read and decide. In between listening to the radio / apps of trusted talk show people who provide infotainment I can tolerate. Video has limited interest and I quit watching all news infotainment. Thanks, Don!

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    4. This is pure gold ... " unlike politicians, networks cannot create viewership through the U.S. mail..."

      Even with fake Nielsen ratings which is their next course of action, there will be zero increased revenues for advertisers in those phony metric time slots because we will not be watching, so we will not be buying.

      Because they misled and tried manipulating us with bad intentions. We will never forgive nor forget that. And we are not coming back no matter what lineup changes they make.

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    5. Well, then You are missing Real America's Voice which has some REALLY great anchors.

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    6. Well, then You are missing Real America's Voice which has some REALLY great anchors.

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    7. I will check out Bookworm Room; thanks for the tip. Sail safe.

      (J.C. SSN23 2007)

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    8. Fuck Fox & Newsmax is quite the corporate rubbish propaganda too. Only thing on television to watch is OAN. They're the real true right wing news. Other than them, Infowars.com, Banned.video, the gateway pundit, nationalfile.com, Summit.news, & the liberty daily is where you get your news

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  2. Now, if they'd just expunge Stierwalt's doppelganger Mr. Potato Head Rove, Chrissie Wallace, Guano Williams and John I'm The WH Correspondent Dammit Roberts.....I still wouldn't watch.

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    1. I tried to dig up that link of Stirewalt confronting Levin about election spying... couldn't find it. Of course, today we have all the documentary evidence proving it happened and proving Stirewalt wrong, thanks in no small part to document dumps by Grenell.

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  3. Trump will remain a force in American politics, because of the movement he created & led.

    The other reason is the active resentment that his enemies continue to nurture about him....Check out HRS's podcast yesterday in which Clinton interviews Pelosi.

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    1. Really? How will he communicate with them? Forget social media they won't let him. They colluded to steal the election they sure won't let him return.

      The only thing to stop Trump is if 50 million people delete their facebook, twitter, and google searches and accounts.

      I bet they aren't about to.

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    2. Jeffery, there is always the post office and e-mail. And, with billions in the bank, he can always create his own. And that includes competitors of Facebarf, twat, and Gargoyle (those things are capitalized, moron).

      And, no, they will do everything to stop him, but he has the military on his side.

      PS Trump did not create the movement he led. It's been there since Thomas Paine. He was just the latest to lead it.

      And I don't think he's done yet.

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    3. "...just the latest to lead it." Brilliant observation.

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    4. supposedly Trump is going to start his own network news program

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  4. Do you realized how hard they had to work to screw this up? Rupert turned over a media-juggernaut, and Lachlan f-ed it up in less than 18 months.

    Shrivel up and die, say I.

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    1. "From shirtsleeves to shirtsleeves in three generations" does not apply literally to the destruction of Fox-QUISLING TV, but the point is valid.

      Murdoch's moronic sons and their rapacious Fleet Street Walker wives have set an example of self-destruction so unique, not even the lying coroners --- who if the price is right routinely attribute an obvious drug OD fatality as "accidental" --- will be able to put lipstick on the trichinous lips of this magnificent Aussie Armageddon.

      *"Fleet Street Walker" is from Bernard Levin's anthology of newspaper columns, "Taking Sides" (1979). Get ahold of a copy, if you can (HARDCOVER only!).

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    2. hiring traitor Lyin Ryan and using Worthless Wallace in the debate put the final nails in their coffin

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    3. The article repeated the same information about Stierwalt maybe six different times. I get it. He's out. I would like to have read more about Arnon Mishkin the 'consultant'. He has been very influential in creating the New Fox News. Is he still on retainer?

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    4. Your right, nothing like turning over a billion dollar corporation to one of your dumb kids.

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  5. a move that showed to many of us that the fix was in

    That isn't what you said at the time. You kept claiming the courts would jump in and stop it. But if it was rigged then you knew they wouldn't dare jump in because as you now say the fix was in


    So you kept your rubes here hanging on to hoping that the rigged election would be overturned. The koolaid you kept pouring....gulp by gulp it was slurped up for 2 months.

    What's hilarious is you clowns really think you're conservative! Even while you support the same programs the liberals do: public education, health care, retirement, regulation, conquest, bombing dirt poor nations, and on and on none of which the Founders supported. None.

    And you can't even see how much you agree with liberals on those programs. Talk about the blind leading the blind!

    Finally y'all claim to be for personal liberty as long as you get to define it. God is not allowed to define liberty in your world. That about sums up your belief system. Your god is We the People of your civil religion.

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    1. What Surber wants to "conserve" is the programs of FDR and Lincoln. Social programs and the end of state rights. He loves centralized power in the presidency and Congress just as much as Schumer and McConnell.

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    2. ....I don't think that word means what you say....

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    3. Hello, Jeffery. Still trying to accuse Conservatives of being Lefties? Still trying to accuse us all of being hypocrites?

      Well, nobody knew the fix was so far in although all of us, myself especially, expected nothing out of the state courts or judges appointed by Willie or Zippy and said so, while you were farther out of it than anybody. you claimed it was all above board.

      So you lie, as usual.

      Finally y'all claim to be for personal liberty as long as you get to define it. God is not allowed to define liberty in your world. That about sums up your belief system. Your god is We the People of your civil religion.

      Oh, that's right, you claim to be from the backwoods of MO instead of the St Lou ghetto. Well, your idea of personal liberty is to allow public carriers to censor 1st Amendment rights and for the government to confiscate all firearms.

      After all, unarmed people are much easier to load onto boxcars and, with your hatred of white people, you can't wait to man one of the machine gun towers at one of the re-education camps.

      Feels great being a Commie traitor, doesn't it?

      Just don't get too close to anybody in a uniform.

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    4. So I want to conserve the socialist programs of Lincoln

      Homestead Act (till the farm in the wasteland, it is yours to keep)

      Transcontinental railroad (build it, keep the land)

      And Land Grant colleges (sure, close Ohio State)

      Never mind that this laid the foundation for the American Century.

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    5. QAnonAnon has returned. Ho hum. No more Trump to kick around any more. Nothing to do in his basement any more. Ho hum. Post screeds that no one reads. Ho hum. Accuse everyone of everything. Ho hum.

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  6. Fox is finished. By 2024 Hannity will be doing podcasts and Tucker too, most likely.

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  7. I don't watch TV "news". Won't stay up that late.

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    1. Used to watch both those guys. But since they did absolutely zero to investigate the steal, I consider them nothing more than blow hards. No use for them at all.

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    2. Agreed. NONE on Fox News including Tucker/Ingram/etc did any investigating on their own. OAN does excellent investigative reporting on voter fraud, Seth Rich, George Sorors - ALL of which are censured on Fox News and NewsMax reports on all also. ALSO Fox News anchors and guests are banned from saying Islamic or Muslim terrorism ..can only say "terrorism" thanks to that Sauid Prince who owns NewsCorp stock and brags he controls how Fox News reports on any muslim terrorists even or if they report it. Notice Fox News NEVER reports on muslim terrorists when they slit French or German etc people throats

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  8. So Trump chose to leave with a whimper not a bang. Julian Assange got him elected more than any other person. Wikileaks soured the Rust Belt democrats on Hilary and Trump became the first outsider to ever win.

    And Trump refused to pardon him. He also didn't pardon Ed Snowden who did untold damage and humiliation to the CIA deep staters everywhere.

    Snowden could have returned to America if pardoned. He could've toured the nation with Trump giving speeches and introducing Trump by declaring war on the deep state swamp creatures.

    There wasn't even one sign of hope for all the folks Trump inspired with his inauguration speech four years ago.

    Instead he bragged about what he did like a typical narcissist. He said nothing about the future. People need to hear of the future not the past!

    He never deported the millions of illegal aliens he promised he would. Now they will get amnesty. Thanks Donald!

    He never lowered health care or drug costs like he promised. Thanks Donald.

    He never lowered the trade deficit with China by increasing our Exports. Instead it decreased every year in his term.

    Exports to China were down 20 billion since he took office. Yet the rubes here think they are up! lol

    Then in March he shut down the country for a month when he never had the power to do so. He inspired all the governors to do likewise. Suddenly the top dogs in the States had newfound powers to announce new law at will! Thanks Donald.

    He let Fauci the Fascist scare the wits out of millions over a bad case of the flu. A flu that 99.997% of kids under age 25 had no risk whatsoever. And so all the schools closed many remain that way. Thanks Donald.

    Now those kids are at risk of respiratory bacterial infections from wearing masks all day. They will get cavities and gum disease too. Just search 'mask mouth' to see

    He spent $7 trillion more than he collected in four years close to $2 trillion a year. He made Obama look like a spendthrift!

    He told the CDC to prohibit all owners of rental property from kicking out anyone for refusing to pay rent and destroying private property rights for good.

    The perfect authoritarian president for sure. He's just less authoritarian than Biden that's really all it amounts to.

    Now come 4 years Biden will be more hated than Trump. A recession has become and democrats will make it worse.

    Thanks Donald!

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  9. Stirewalt had one job - kneecap the election coverage. He performed flawlessly. Got paid. Goes home.

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    1. SL, there's a pretty good chance that in the next 48 hours more news about Stirewalt will be heard. And if so, good chance that it will look like that nursing home explo in Madrid.

      If so, good. Yes, Fox-Quisling undoubtedly paid him off to be quiet. He might not think it's enough and return to the bargaining table. Guys like that do not stay bought.

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  10. I quit watching Fox when they brought over the raging racist Juwan! I then watched Fox Business until they started their leftward PLUNGE! I gave up on Lou "let me tell you what I asked you only six seconds ago" Dobbs due to his constant and almost immediate interruptions. Had the same opinion of the self righteous O'Reilly! Now I get my news online from a FEW real Patriots!

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    1. O'Reilly was quite good long ago, but then he mastered the art of giving me a headache and that was that. When he was ousted, no tears were shed. All of these guys are irreplaceable only in their own minds.

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  11. Fox was a full participant in this Uni-Party Putsch.

    They are traitors and their business must be ruined by defunding them. Liars.

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  12. When Donna blue hair Brazil told the Republican national committee chair woman Rona McDaniel’s to go to hell last March, twice, And was not fired immediately,that’s when my watching Fox news dwindled.

    Arizona was the last of many straws.

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  13. I like Hannity, but to say he "still remains popular" isn't completely accurate. In fact, he's getting killed by both CNN and MSNBC. Laura Ingraham and Tucker are suffering the same ratings loss.

    I haven't watched Fox since Election night and have no plans to return until and unless the purge the managers who turned it into CNN lite.

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    1. I will never return to FNC, no matter who they hire and/or fire.

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  14. Just in the interest of facts, say "bigly" if you like, but don't think it's what Trump says. He confirmed to Raymond Arroyo that what he says is "big league."
    https://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential-races/303226-trump-ends-debate-on-bigly-big-league

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  15. We're not done wrecking Foxes numbers yet.

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  16. In plain and simple words, FOX you F'kd up. OANN and Newsmax are the conservatives answer for TV viewing. An abundance of great conservative news blogs are found on the internet.

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  17. Let's be honest... calling AZ early was part of a panoply of measures designed to depress Trump turnout. "Well, the polls have him so far behind, why bother?" "Well, Biden already took AZ, so why even go vote?" And so on...

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  18. CHRIS WALLACE IS ANOTHER TRAITOR!!!! Fox needs to wake up! The people stopped watching Fox because of Barr Martha Caputo WALLACE Vetter. We the people knew something was changing a while back. It came true. Fake and bias people. Get rid of them keep the Honest ones you will see a difference in your ratings

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  19. If the powers that be at FOX think that they're going to get their audience back by firing people, they're more out of touch than I thought.

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  20. I'm done with Fox until they fire Chris Wallace and I never want to see that hag, Donna Brazile again either.

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    1. Agree, Juan must go as well. He doesn't provide any intelligent insight from the other side and his voice annoys me. I've had my eye on Martha and she has been suspect to me for a lonnng time. Fox is dead. I respect Tucker but he had his chance and failed us.

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  21. evil is ugly.....just look at Jen Psaki. EEEEK. Come back Kayleigh come back.

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  22. Trump won Texas 52-46.

    That's six percent not three.

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  23. Add my name to the never-Foxers.

    Fox is guilty of betrayal ... the worst crime of all.

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