I was noticing yet again the whining and bitching about Trump vilifying the “News Media” and “The Press” and how it was just horrible that he was against a free press and on and on.
Then Trump told me directly that he was being misquoted as the “Lying Press” had edited out “Lying” from his statement. He had ‘vilified’ the “Lying Press”. (Some of us would assert that is a distinction without a difference… but I digress…) Yup, POTUS told me directly himself. (Me and about 50 Million of his closest friends… and maybe more who were not his supporters. It was some speech he was giving somewhere. At the Hangar perhaps? I forget. We talk so often it is hard to keep straight when we last had a “huddle”. I’m pretty sure I was on the couch and having a snack and it was in Florida at the airport…
So that got me thinking… Always a dangerous thing.
Now I’m a bit of a “news junkie”. I watch at least 4 different TV news sources per day, and cruise who knows how many online publications.
The Search Engine has really modified by reading habits. 20 years back, I got 3 newspapers. The local Murky News (“Mercury News”), the IBD (Investors Business Daily), and usually one from the set of [Barron’s, WSJ Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and occasional others). Now I get none. Why? Because you can’t search a 60 page newspaper for a topic with the click of a mouse and I really don’t need 2 lbs of bulk advertising I’m not going to read and editorials that are just stupid getting between me and what I want to know. Though the final death of the final paper was when they all went to Checkout Line Enquirer sized paper and microtype. If I must go searching for the glasses just to read the paper, well, what’s the point? For whatever reason, I can read screens fine. Likely the light causing a smaller pupil diameter, though if needed I can change the font size. But it seems to be bigger font than the “bird cage liners” use anyway.
So “print” media is substantially irrelevant and more so every day. Mostly used by doctor’s & lawyer’s offices and libraries to preserve the aroma of the past, and by those old folks who have not yet learned to embrace search engines. (Why, when the only demographic they were hanging onto was old folks, they would take an old-folks-hostile posture like shrinking type font size is beyond me.) My kids hardly know what a real newspaper is. I’ve gained hours more lifetime per week not tending to the refuse of the papers. At the same time, I’m now getting far more quality and variety of news. Sometimes it is India Today (or whatever the name is…). Occasionally things from Germany, Greece, Brazil, you name it. Oddly, not the Financial Times. I used to read some of it, then they went to this ‘reader hostile’ system of quote blocking and popup thrusting and a sample-only-then-nag. Since there are PLENTY of alternatives, I just blacklist sites that are user hostile and skip them. So far I’ve not missed F.T. at all.
So clearly it isn’t the print media that’s having a significant impact. If we look at the top papers, what kind of circulation do they have?
Rank Newspaper Primary Locality State Circulation Owner 1 The Wall Street Journal Nationwide New York 2,378,827 News Corp 2 The New York Times Nationwide New York City New York 1,865,318 The New York Times Company 3 USA Today Nationwide None 1,674,306 Gannett Company 4 Los Angeles Times Los Angeles California 653,868 tronc 5 San Jose Mercury News San Jose California 527,568 Digital First Media 6 New York Daily News New York City New York 516,165 Daily News, L.P. 7 New York Post New York City New York 500,521 News Corp 8 The Washington Post Nationwide Washington D.C. 474,767 Nash Holdings 9 Chicago Sun-Times Chicago Illinois 470,548 Wrapports 10 The Denver Post Denver Colorado 416,676 Digital First Media
If we look at how many Twitter Followers Trump has:
Lists it as 25.7 Million at the moment. So let’s just think about this for a moment. The Donald has a “circulation” of 25 Million on just one platform. Then he is also carried on all the major news media for public events and on Right Side Broadcasting for folks who don’t want talking heads telling them what to think. See: http://rsbn.tv/ (Though they have taking to putting up an obnoxious “pop up” click me to proceed thing, so I’m no going to be watching them until it is gone. They have moved to the ‘grey list’ until it leaves, or stays long enough to go to the black list…)
I also note in passing that my favored papers of years gone by rank 1, 3 and 5 on the list. Guess I’m average ;-)
OK, so the “biggest” is WSJ at 2.4 Million (owned by Fox / News Corp) and the second is the NYT at 1.8 Million. Really? That’s IT for NYT? Heck, it is nearly mandatory at libraries globally and all the other papers get a copy so they know what to write the next day… Just the DNC Members, staff, and hangers-on ought to account for at least 1/2 that sales volume. Yet it isn’t even able to get closer than 3/4 of the Trump Supporting Fox Paper? (Worse if you add in the 1/2 Million News Crop N.Y. Post numbers to the batch).
Now compare Trump’s 25.7 Million… Fourteen Times ( 14 x ) larger “circulation” than the NYT.
So the NYT and friends can bleat all they want about Trump, and in one Tweet he gets 14 times the coverage. I think this matters. (Frankly, I think POTUS Trump ought to have a blog and staff writers and just publish his own online news… I’d read it.)
BUT the NYT has that global following. What about papers that are not The Name Paper Of Record (due to having been important in the 19th Century…)? Let’s look at that thriving Megalopolis, the center of all things Future and Trendy: Los Angeles. Population:
• Total 12,828,837
So the L.A. Times manages to sell 654k papers into a 12.8m population? That’s about one paper per 20 people. A 5% market share. That’s horrible. They would have greater “circulation” with advertising on the sides of buses.
Do remember, this is The TOP TEN newspapers in the country.
OK, so folks have moved to TV for a lot of their media. How’s that doing?
CNN Target Audience Shrinks By 62 Percent
CNN has apparently recognized its growing irrelevance, citing a desire to steer away from breaking news by featuring more documentaries on the network.
by B. Christopher Agee November 29, 2013 at 2:47pm
Oh Dear. You don’t want phrases like “growing irrelevance” and “steer away from breaking news” in a network designed specifically for “breaking news”… So they are going to more un-real reality TV “documentaries” (really more like docu-dramas), news not so much… But hey, it’s only one network…
When determining a television network’s influence, no factor carries quite as much weight as its viewership numbers. For this reason, far left organizations CNN and MSNBC are in dire straits regarding their rapidly diminishing market share.
Comparing CNN’s audience to that of just one year ago, the steep drop in viewers is telling. During primetime, the network had 481,000 total viewers this month, with just 153,000 in the target demographic of viewers between the ages of 25 and 54. This marks a 62 percent decrease in viewership among that audience.
Oh, maybe not…
See, that’s something the Left Manipulators have just not been able to grasp. We, the people, have our own minds and make them up all by our lonesome, and as soon as we realize someone is feeding us a load of PC Infested propaganda crap, we literally “tune out” and move on.
Now CNN can easily drum up a core of True Believers to keep them in tea and cookies. Likely about 1/4 Million of them. (That would be about 1/10th of one percent of the USA Adult Population). Season with the 100,000 or so of us who find them biased and deceptive, but feel compelled to do Opposition Research, and you get darned close to 350,000 or about their prime time viewers.
So just whom do they think they are influencing? Those who are already True Believers and fully on board? Or those who find them despicable and are looking to see what porkies they are telling today?
OK, so lets compare that 250,000 to Trump’s 25,000,000 followers. Um, seems to be off by two zeros… or about 100 to 1. But to be fair, lets allow for the whole lot of CNN numbers, or 481,000. Then it is only a 50 : 1 ratio… But those numbers are old. Maybe CNN has gained market share (cough.. cough…) since they have gone full on jihad on the POTUS. So let’s give them the benefit of the doubt and call it 40 to 1 circulation ratio.
Now tell me again just why I ought to give a damn about what CNN (or MSNBC or NYT or LAT) says Trump said when POTUS Trump told me himself what he said?
That, in a nutshell, is The Media’s Problem. They have the tiny one and Trump has the Really Big One. (Megaphone that is…)
And it is their own damn fault. IF they would just do their job of recording What happened, Where it happened, Who did it, When, and go a bit light on the speculation about Why they did it (since nobody can really know the motivation of another) We The People might actually find them useful and watch their show. I’ve given up on ever having coverage of “How” from American media, as that has a tiny bit of ‘technical’ in it and TV / Papers never do anything that requires you to think… I’d love to have a paper that talks about the ‘How’ things were done. Look at what shows sell on TV. Things like NCIS and CSI and Bones and such that are all about the “How” of solving crimes.
But since the media is now nearly 100% spew of “The Anointed Message” full of “Framing” and “Positioning” and emotional clap trap, well, it is the moral equivalent of Dr. Phil or Jerry Springer Does Daily Rushes. And I don’t like Dr. Phil and despise Jerry Springer’s show. By the time you dig out some kernel of actual information, well, “The Slime Is Strong In Them”… and you feel so dirty…
Is there real news available?
Yes, there is. I increasingly find myself watching things from the other side of the planet and reading on-line papers from there as well. NHK News (Japan) is interesting in that they cover how well industries are doing, and sometimes how they do things. A local channel carries them for 1/2 hour in the evening. I’m fond of France24 via the internet, as it covers what is really happening in Europe (glossed over at best in USA media). Then there is RT Russia Today. Behind the lines video from their side of various wars. Political programs that actually discuss the How of things. (Though never will you see criticism of Putin… but great for getting the dirt on the USA / EU political animals). I also find myself reading more online newspapers from India. They seem to cover things that interest me. Like their space program and their lunar lander.
Kolkata is the more proper way to spell Calcutta.
Up, up & away: Kolkata joins the lunar journey
KOLKATA Updated: Dec 26, 2016 10:02 IST
For the first time in the history of the country’s space programme, an instrument designed and built by a team of scientists from Kolkata would be landing on the moon’s surface in January 2018. It would be piggy-riding on the same mission that is planning to unfurl the Indian tricolor on the lunar surface on January 26, 2018 when the country celebrates its 69th Republic Day.
“The four-kg payload would be installed atop a lunar lander that a Bengaluru-based private company Team Indus is planning to send to the moon in December 2017. We have signed a deal with Team Indus. The country’s trusted Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) engineered by India’s space agency ISRO would be carrying the lander and at least two rovers to the moon,” said Sandip Kumar Chakrabarti, who also heads the Indian Centre for Space Physics in Kolkata.
Did you know that India can go to the moon but the USA can’t anymore? Just sayin’…
Or how about some un-PC action in Europe?
Teargas & water cannons: Police clash with activists protesting squatters eviction in Swiss city
Published time: 27 Feb, 2017 15:49
Edited time: 27 Feb, 2017 16:06
Several hundred people gathered in the unauthorized protest in Bern over the weekend, which descended into violence as hooded youth set cars on fire. Police used teargas and deployed water cannons to disperse the crowd.
Hundreds of people took part in the protest organized by Bern-based group RaumRaub in the city’s Schutzenmatte area on Saturday, Bern police said in a statement.
Doesn’t fit the Approved Narrative of the Europeans and American Globalists of a dandy happy and peaceful integration of foreigners into a peaceful and serene Europe? Crickets… but RT has it.
How about Japan not seeing Putin and Russia as All Evil All The Time?
Japan mulls joint activities on Russian-held isles
Japan is considering including tourism and distance medicine in the proposed joint economic activities on 4 Russian-held islands.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed at their summit in December to begin negotiations for a special system to conduct joint activities on the islands.
Japan claims the 4 islands that are controlled by Russia.
The Japanese government maintains the islands are an inherent part of Japan’s territory. It says the islands were illegally occupied after World War Two.
Japan’s Deputy Foreign Minister Takeo Akiba and his Russian counterpart Igor Morgulov are scheduled to meet in Tokyo on March 18th to have the first official discussion on the matter.
Japanese government officials plan to study the feasibility of aquaculture and seafood processing projects, as requested by those living near the disputed islands.
That is just huge. Yet not a peep from CNN or MSNBC who are all Political Navel Gazing All The Time. How about more news and less reprocessed navel lint?
It would also seem that The French have much in common with the average American. Especially the farmers:
‘We no longer expect anything from politicians,’ say French farmers at agriculture fair
Text by Ségolène ALLEMANDOU
Latest update : 2017-02-27
French farmers criticised politicians for failing to do enough to resolve the country’s ongoing milk crisis at the opening of the 2017 International Agriculture Fair this weekend in Paris.
Thousands of visitors wandered the narrow allies of the fairgrounds on Saturday, gaping at cows, pigs, goats and other livestock on display, and sampling an array of regional products.
Yet behind the scenes, farmers struggled to hide the strain caused by two years of falling dairy prices, after the European Union decided in 2015 to eliminate milk quotas, which helped keep the market stable by preventing overproduction.
“It’s very hard to live off of my farm,” Simon (who did not give his last name), a 32-year-old dairy and grain farmer from the eastern Rhône region, told FRANCE 24.
Simon, who began working in agriculture in 2012, said he is determined to keep his farm of 70 cattle afloat, despite the ongoing milk crisis and a miserable grain harvest last year.
“I continue because the cows are there,” he explained.
To keep his farm running, Simon works an average of 80 hours per week without pay. He and his wife manage to get by living off of her salary as a teacher.
Now any one of those is a MUCH more interesting story than the latest “Peeing in the political punch bowl” by CNN or MSNBC. All Trump-Hate all the time makes Hillary a dull girl, and does the same for the media puppets of the DNC. Heck, I’m even happier with the Rural News Network RFDTV (they have GREAT weather reports – since income depends on it). Oh, and don’t forget the fashion show:
Local retailers will join western lifestyle and rodeo celebrities for a fashion show at RFD-TV’s THE AMERICAN FanZone in the historic Fort Worth Stockyards. The show begins at 3 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 17. Brianna Bigbee, aka “The Bleacher Babe,” a rodeo fashionista and western lifestyle blogger, has put the show together. The show will feature rodeo athletes and their families plus western celebrity models wearing FarmHer fashion and apparel from area and Stockyards City boutiques.
Lorinda Graham Van Newkirk, founder of “Gypsy Soule” and well-known local western fashion industry insider, will serve as emcee. 2015 World Champion Barrel Racer and western fashion trendsetter Fallon Taylor, high-demand western industry model Cameron Baldus, “Western Sports Weekly” host Amy Wilson and rodeo icon Pam Minick headline the participants’ list. Others include the stars of western and rural lifestyle programs on both RFD-TV and RURAL RADIO Channel 147 on SIRIUS XM.
Joshua Rush, President and CEO of Rush Auctioneers is serving as the Live Auctioneer. Annually, Rush Auctioneers has raised over $1,000,000 for over 50 benefit and fundraising events nationwide. New items from DFW boutiques and autographed memorabilia from western celebrities will benefit Phase Line Organization, a local charity. They specialize in providing tools, equipment, and finances necessary for the advancement of veterans’ basic living, education and well-being.
Spectators will receive discount cards from participating boutiques plus have a chance to enjoy The American FanZone which includes food trucks, beer vendors, live music, exhibits and the only 2017 DFW area appearance of The Wall That Heals, the traveling replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
Frankly, with competition like The Bleacher Babe and a FanZone with food trucks and beer vendors, well, hell, CNN and MSNBC can just go shovel out the bull stalls… oh, wait, they are already shoveling the bull…