October 7, 2015

Update: ESPN’s Ratings Down 9 Percent in Prime Time in Third Quarter

In a September 23 post (“Impending Layoffs at ESPN Aren’t Only About the ‘Media Landscape’”), I argued that ESPN’s impending decision to lay off hundreds of employees is at least partially due to its determination to stuff political correctness down viewers’ throats.

I noted that the network’s ratings suffered a nearly 30 percent decline from August 2014 to August 2015 — a sea change which begged for an explanation beyond cable industry turmoil. A commenter observed that the network’s ratings were up during a recent week in September, so I said I would look at ratings for entire third quarter when they became available. ESPN’s primetime audience loss spread over the entire quarter was over 9 percent — a result nowhere near as awful as August alone, but certainly nothing to crow about:

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AP Taylor Touts ‘Improved’ Fiscal 2015 Deficit, Ignores Record Taxes, Spending

Over at the Associated Press, Andrew Taylor, contrary to the wire service’s usual practice, referenced a pre-official Congressional Budget Office report to tout the federal government’s “improved” budget deficit. The CBO estimates that the deficit, which won’t become official until the Treasury Department releases its final Monthly Treasury Statement of the fiscal year in the next week or two, will come in at $435 billion.

Predictably, Taylor didn’t disclose three facts he could easily have relayed in his brief report’s available space, instead choosing to create artificial drama over deadlines which are three weeks and two months away, respectively:

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Press Ignoring Unsettling News For Global Warming’s True Believers

On Saturday, conservative Australian columnist Miranda Devine revealed that an Australian engineer claims to have “fixed two errors” in “the basic climate model which underpins all climate science.”

The person making this claim was a “climate modeller for the Government’s Australian Greenhouse Office,” and has “six degrees in applied mathematics.” What he found is that “the new corrected model finds the climate’s sensitivity to carbon dioxide (CO2) is much lower than was thought.” While some U.S. blogs have begun to relay the news (examples here, here and here), the nation’s establishment press is ignoring it.

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Wednesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (100715)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:05 am

This open thread is meant for commenters to post on items either briefly noted below (if any) or otherwise not covered at this blog. Rules are here.

Positivity: Roseburg grandma’s gun shop gives all profits to homeless charity

Filed under: 2nd Amendment,Activism,Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Roseburg, Oregon:

10:17 a.m. PDT October 5, 2015

While the killing power of firearms is inevitably the focus in the wake of tragedies such as the mass shooting at Oregon’s Umpqua Community College, 86-year-old Carolyn Kellim is living proof that, in the right hands, guns also can contribute to acts of kindness.

Kellim is a white-haired grandmother who runs KC’s Exchange gun shop out of her home in a quiet residential neighborhood in Roseburg, Oregon.

But she donates all the profits from her business to Casa de Belen, a local charity that provides transitional housing for homeless families with adolescents and homeless teens.

“I’m doing the best I can to make as much money as I can to give to a charity that works with kids and families,” Kellim told NBC News, standing behind the counter in her one-room shop crammed with rifles, handguns, ammunition and hunting accessories.

“That’s so important in today’s world. We have to take care of people that have had a bad luck stroke.” …

Go here for the rest of the story.