September 17, 2009

Down Steeply Since Late Jan., Big 3 Evening Newscasts Stuck at Low Summer Levels

Big3NetsSymbols0909After a summer swoon, you would think that the evening newscasts of the Big 3 networks would start to recover a bit now that many Americans are back from vacations, kids are back in school, and fall routines are getting established or re-established.

So far, you would be wrong.

It’s early, and there’s still plenty of time this fall to recover, but during the time period after Labor Day, the broadcasts primarily anchored by Brian Williams at NBC, Charles Gibson at ABC, and Katie Couric at CBS:

  • Are down a combined 28.5% from their peak in late January during the first full week of Barack Obama’s presidency.
  • Have lost a combined 37.7% of their audience in the  25-54 demographic during the same time period.
  • Are down year-over-year compared to September 1, 2008, the week after Labor a year ago, by 8.9% overall and 18.1% in the 25-54 demographic.
  • At 19.55 million, are basically drawing audiences no larger than they were during this past (for them) miserable summer.

What follows are related graphics (source material comes from posts in the Evening News Ratings Category at Media Bistro’s TV Newser.

Here’s the overall, down from 27.36 million during the week of January 26 to 19.55 million during the relevant days this past week:


Here’s the by-network look, where ABC can take a tiny bit of comfort in having passed NBC during the past week — but only because NBC lost about 500,000 viewers:


Finally, here’s a chart comparing this past week to the January 26 peak week and the analogous week from a year ago:


There’s little point in denying that Big 3 Nets supported and heavily invested in Barack Obama’s electoral rise and ultimate victory, risking large-scale alienation of what remained of its already-shrinking audience. From a ratings and presumably financial standpoint, it’s pretty hard to argue that it was worth it. The Internet doesn’t cause almost 30% of an audience to disappear in less than 8 months. More recently, as documented frequently at NewsBusters, all three networks have bit on the “subtle racism” meme and, until recent days, totally ignored James O’Keefe’s and Hannah Giles’s unmasking of the seamy side of ACORN, more than likely driving even more viewers away.

Although the 500 employees getting laid off at NBC (after buyouts were offered to “virtually everyone”) would probably agree that the complete sellout has not been worth it, it wouldn’t surprise me if the hardened ideologues with the smiley faces at the Big 3 networks consider such actions unfortunate and inconvenient collateral damage.

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Latest Pajamas Media Post (‘Cracking ACORN Requires Comprehensive Electoral Reform’) Is Up (UPDATE: Only a Big 4 CPA Firm Can Do an ‘Independent Audit’)

acorn_rottenIt’s here.

It will go up at about noon on Saturday here at BizzyBlog (link won’t work until then) after the blackout expires.


UPDATE: ACORN’s decision yesterday to “suspend advisory operations” was accompanied by an announcement that its “Independent Advisory Council” would conduct an “audit.”

The “Independent Advisory Council” is a collection of strident, partisan, leftist, beholden hacks (HT Hot Air):

The Council includes many prominent Democrats, including the man who helped President Obama Transition Team, John Podesta, President and CEO of the Center for American Progress; former Maryland Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend; Andrew Stern, International President of the Service Employees International Union; and former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Henry Cisneros.

As summarized by a Hot Air Tweeter: “A Soros hack, an SEIU thug, someone who pleaded to lying to the FBI, and a Kennedy.” Hot Air’s Allah added: “All that’s missing are a few pimps and prostitutes for ‘technical expertise.’”

Uh, no. Heck no. H*ll no. This is outrageous, and totally unacceptable.

There are four private entities qualified to comprehensively audit ACORN’s operations and its hundreds of entities from top to bottom. They are, in alphabetical order:

The firm chosen must be assisted by FBI agents that for the duration of the assignment are independent of the influence of Attorney General Eric Holder. The auditors and the G-men must have unfettered access to all records at all offices of all ACORN and ACORN-related entities. The G-Men will have to take charge of anything the auditors find that appears to be criminal in nature.

Only these firms can bring sufficient resources to bear at the necessary speed. Bring in the GAO auditors as additional low-level staff if necessary.

While the anti-ACORN momentum is strongest, offended congresspersons of both parties must insist that a truly independent audit be undertaken, and they must fund it appropriately.

This is a proven criminal enterprise we’re talking about here. Nothing else will suffice. If the audit costs millions, so be it. Given what’s at stake, especially over the long-term, the auditors should metaphorically be given an unlimited budget, and be allowed to exceed it if necessary.

ObamaCare Public Service Announcement

Filed under: 2nd Amendment,Activism,Health Care,Taxes & Government — Rose @ 8:02 am

From Michelle Malkin:

Home Invastion Robbers Pose as ObamaCare Activists

ObamaCare Invader

This man is wearing scrubs, but he’s not a doctor.

He was part of a ring of violent thugs who posed as Obamacare supporters to pull off a terrifying home invasion robbery.

This is why we allow our “poor-man’s butler,” Mr. Remington, to “screen” all visitors.

After all, you should never let a good crisis go to waste.

Positivity: Slain Mich. activist remembered as unwavering

Filed under: Life-Based News,Positivity — Tom @ 6:46 am

PouillonProlifeActivist0909From Owosso, Michigan:

September 16, 2009

OWOSSO, Mich. — An anti-abortion activist gunned down in a drive-by shooting was praised Wednesday as an unwavering worker for his cause, even if some people didn’t agree with his approach of holding a sign depicting a dead fetus.

More than 250 people, including family, friends and other activists, gathered at an Owosso football field to remember James Pouillon, who was shot last week while holding his sign at one of his usual spots across the street from the school.

“You may not have agreed with his tactics or his methods. But you could not — not — miss his commitment or his passion,” pastor David Knox of Abba’s House, a local church, told those gathered at Willman Field. “Jim shouted to the world what he was living for.”

Pouillon was the first of two people shot and killed Friday by 33-year-old trucker Harlan Drake, prosecutors said. Drake found Pouillon’s methods irritating, especially when he’d protest near the high school, police said.

Drake is charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of Pouillon and 61-year-old gravel company owner Mike Fuoss. Drake’s family says he suffers from depression and was having trouble with his medicine.
Some of those who attended Wednesday’s service here about 70 miles northwest of Detroit wore shirts emblazoned with anti-abortion messages.

…. Matthew Trewhella, 49, and his wife Clara drove six hours from Milwaukee with nine of their 11 children. He last saw Pouillon in August at an abortion protest at the Woodward Dream Cruise, a popular event near Detroit that celebrates car culture.

“If every town had a Jim Pouillon in it, like Owosso did, abortion would be illegal,” Trewhella said. “Most people play bingo at his age, but here he was using an oxygen tank and speaking for the unborn.”

…. For more than 20 years, Pouillon protested outside schools, City Hall, the library and even the athletic field where he was remembered. The Vietnam veteran’s activism began in 1988 when he traveled to Atlanta to protest abortion, his daughter, Mary Jo Pouillon, said before the service.

Mary Jo Pouillon said she harbors no ill will toward Drake.

“He needs Jesus just like I do,” she said. Her father’s body was cremated earlier this week.

Go here for the full story.