Time For CNN To Bounce Cuomo?

I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for media companies that are loyal to their employees. Now, saying that, realize that not every media employee is a gem. There are an awful lot of them that are really rank. I can say that there were times in my career when something I said or did was actually supported by upper management, even though it may have been, shall we say, questionable? But I appreciated them telling whomever was coming after me that they supported me. They could tell that I was overall an asset to the company, not a detriment, and if I screwed up on this occasion, I may get a talking to, but I wasn’t going to get fired.

So, it’s with that little backstory that I can say, I fully understand CNN wanting to continue to support Chris Cuomo. He’s got a decent sized (though shrinking) audience on their news channel. And he’s been loyal to them, even if he’s made a mockery of journalism with what he’s done regarding his brothers problems in New York.

But I think there comes a time when you have to ask yourself as a corporation, is this still good to back this guy or is it time to cut him loose? That time is here for CNN.

Every major media outlet everywhere has asked that question at least once in their life cycle. I have known some very good people who got bounced for very bad reasons. I worked with a guy who was doing a morning show, that got into trouble because something he said was misconstrued by the NAACP. It took several meetings, lots of hand wringing and eventually, he was let go. What he said wasn’t that bad, it was the way it was said.

And then you’ve got several folks even at the conservative Fox News that have been let go for their stances. Usually it’s for sexual abuse at that news channel, but there are other things. Roger Ailes, the guy that was at the top forever at Fox News had it happen to him. So did Eric Bolling, Bill O’Reilly, and others. And still others like Glenn Beck got into trouble for other reasons and were bounced from the network. There were several “contributors” that also got bounced, most recently Judge Andrew Nepolitano. Usually their contracts aren’t renewed and they silently slip away without notice. It’s only when you find them at CBS or MSNBC that you find that they’ve been booted.

But it’s time for CNN to decide to let Chris Cuomo go. It’s reached the point, as Andrew departs office this week, that he is no longer an asset to their struggling network. With the network now turning on Joe Biden for his totally insipid and monstrously bad decisions regarding Afghanistan, the southern border, and COVID, it may be time to bring someone fresh in to replace Cuomo. He’s been given enough leeway to last a lifetime. His lifeline has pretty much reached the breaking point.

And it could very well be time for CNN to change it’s political philosophy. I’m not saying they need to be conservative. They certainly don’t need to become another Newsmax. But it could very well be that they could use this whole Biden administration screw up and Andrew Cuomo resignation to examine whether or not they want to stay in bed with Democrats and liberals. The same could be said about MSNBC, who is having a very hard time convincing Morning Joe and his wife that they need to stop crawling into bed with the socialists. Maybe it’s time to get a little bit more back to “normal” journalism, and a lot less of screaming meemies!

It would be nice if the broadcast networks, all of whom jumped on the anti-Trump train, as well as the NY Times, the Washington Post, and the cable news idiots at CNN and MSNBC returned to the day of unbiased news reporting. I don’t need anyone telling me how to interpret the news. I can certainly do that myself. Just report it and let me decide. After all, isn’t that what vaulted Fox News to the top of the cable news heap to begin with? Maybe there’s something to that philosophy?

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

CNN, MSNBC Continue To Struggle

You would have thought that once Donald Trump was out of office, and Joe Biden had replaced him in the White House, the friendlier confines of socialist media like CNN and MSNBC would do well covering the much more liberal Biden administration. And you’d be dead wrong.

CNN has had problems since January. Jake Tapper, as Donald Trump recently pointed out, has lost about 70% of his network’s audience since Biden took over. Tapper is generally regarded as the most professional of the CNN journalists (are there any true journalists left over there?). Tapper’s program “The Lead” has lost about 75% of it’s audience since January.

But he’s not alone.

Brian Stelter, host of “Reliable Sources” has dropped over half of his audience during that time. In fact, for the last three months, this nationally broadcast show has failed to reach a million people. In June that number was down to 786,000 people. There are LOCAL radio programs that reach more people than that!

Meanwhile at MSNBC, their numbers continue to crater. As with CNN, the main reason at MSNBC seems to be a credibility problem. They are locked in this Kumbaya dance with the Biden administration, only covering positive news, while shunning the gaffes, miscues, scandals, and disasters that have been commonplace since January 20th. When a story doesn’t show that administration in a positive light, it’s CNN and MSNBC’s response to just ignore the news, treat it like it never happened. That would work well if they were the BBC, or Rossiya 24 (Russia’s largest TV News station), were ignoring the problem since they are basically the only national news outlets in their country. But in the US, you’ve got options. While Fox News cratered after the election, they’ve bounced back some. And the big winner is upstart Newsmax who seems to have picked up a good share of the folks that used to turn into Fox News.

So, what does all of this mean in terms that any of us care about? I mean, who really cares if Jake Tapper does a show at night or if Brian Stelter has a job tomorrow? It shows a lot about media. It shows a lot about the fickleness of the American public. And it shows that the socialist media’s assertion that they control the news, and they’ll tell you what they think you need to know is misguided. It doesn’t work that way in a free society.

If you’re going to succeed, you have to at least show the good with the bad. Nobody believes that any administration is 100% good or 100% bad. And if anyone else is telling the world about major snafus happening in the White House or in Congress, you’d better be saying something about it or you’re going to lose something news divisions around the country thought they didn’t need to worry about. You’re going to lose credibility.

Apparently, it still matters that if you’re giving people the news, you still need some semblance of credibility!

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

Cable News On The Outs

There’s an old saying in media…what goes up, always comes down. And when cable news networks enjoyed sky-rocketing ratings during Donald Trump’s presidency, whether they praised him or bashed him, you should have known it wasn’t going to last forever.

And it hasn’t.

CNN has lost about 55% of their total daily audience since inauguration day. They went from 2.2 million viewers per day down to about a million. That’s a huge loss in just a few short months. MSNBC has had similar declines. And Fox News, while rebounding a little bit, still hasn’t gotten over the Chris Stirewalt debacle on election night. They’re down as well, though they regained their #1 position in March, and are poised to keep it in April.

What I find amazing is that the younger people that were so into Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden and wanting to get rid of Trump, should be tuning in by the billions. Instead the top advertising demographic, the adult 25-54 year old has dropped cable news by 60%!

If you go back to last Wednesday, which I picked at random, Tucker Carlson is the top rated cable news show in the industry (Adults 25-54) with about 3.2 million total viewers. That’s a little better than normal for him from prior to the election. Chris Cuomo’s show is rated 10th among all cable shows at 1.3 million, which is about 65% lower than right before the election. Rachel Maddow has long been the leader at MSNBC, and had a particularly good night last Wednesday with over 2.9 million viewers, but 2.1 million of them were over 50. That doesn’t bode well for advertisers! She finished the 25-54 race in 16th place.

What’s the reason for the decline?

First of all, there is a certain segment of the population that loved to hate Donald Trump and would tune in for anything anti-Trump. But the overriding factor was the fact that Joe Biden is very boring and doesn’t do a whole lot. Yes, he steps in it quite a bit, which is probably how Fox News regained it’s top spot after losing it in the 4th quarter of last year, but he is trying to get legislation passed such as statehood for DC, which would give the Dems’ two additional Senators, or packing the court, which by all accounts is being met with a lot of resistance on both sides of the aisle. Meanwhile, Biden hides out in the Oval, and K-baby Harris hides out overseeing her $700 million renovation of the Naval Observatory home she currently occupies.

Whether or not the ratings change as we head into summer will depend on the issues being discussed and the positions being taken by the various media outlets. Nobody likes to tune into a program where everything is roses and cupcakes. We’ve learned the bashing of personalities is what draws viewers in these days…at least for some on the left! And right now, there’s no way they will bash anyone on the left. So, they deal with lower ratings, lower revenues, lower viewers, lower prestige.

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

It’s Been 40 Years Since…

Forty years ago…would have put us at the first week of March or so in 1981. Some of you may not have been alive back then, but there was a rather earth-shattering event that happened that week that has forever changed our society. It was monumental, because at the time, most Americans felt a kinship with this tradition. We felt like family. We were trusting of it’s calming voice and soothing demeanor. And it’s never been the same. Not once in the past 40 years can any American say they felt as comforted and as well-informed as they were on March 6, 1981.

That was the day Walter Cronkite retired from CBS News.

Let’s compare what has happened to our mass media and our newscasts since that time. It was only about nine years later that an upstart cable news channel called CNN thrust itself to the forefront of our minds, covering news as it happened so we didn’t have to wait until 6pm to find out what we had missed that day while we were at work. We actually could watch a war unfold as CNN had people on the ground in Iraq for the First Gulf War, covering every explosion, every Scud missile attack, every surge, pretty much a blow-by-blow, play-by-play of war, like we had never been privy to before.

Then came MSNBC and Fox News. Together they were able to cover topics in depth, because they could devote time during the day or night to news items that the broadcast networks just could afford to spend time on. All of a sudden, we were able to watch important trials through CourtTV. We watched Congress through CSPAN (starting in 1979), and we were given all sorts of live updates of breaking news. It was only 13 years after Cronkite left his anchor’s chair that all media covered a “slow car chase” of OJ Simpson in nauseating detail.

That coverage has given us a lot of stories we only got a few seconds of when Cronkite was around. But we lost something much more valuable. We lost objectivity. Even The Hill realizes that today’s newscasters are nowhere near the credible source for news that Walter Cronkite was. Cronkite held a mirror up to America every evening and showed us what we looked like. He was unbiased, he was truthful, he was our grandfather in a lot of cases, teaching us what we needed to know. Unfortunately, there isn’t one journalist today on either side of the aisle, who won’t let their bias be shown, and will ram it down your throats if you tune in.

During the Obama administration, we entered into the era of the screaming newscast-type shows. You know the type. The Rachel Maddows of the world…the Bill O’Reilly’s of the world…the Sean Hannity’s of the world…the Chris Cuomo’s and Don Lemon’s of the world will scream at you, will call you names if you don’t agree with their viewpoint, and they aren’t shy at giving you that viewpoint. Even so-called “network journalists” like Norah O’Donnell at CBS, Lester Holt at NBC, and David Muir at ABC are not ashamed or afraid to show their bias.

It does seem like the veil of the 1950’s and early 1960’s was lifted to show a much more raw America. It shows the blemishes, the inadequacies, the ugly side of our society. Cronkite shielded us from that, while being truthful and unbiased. I’m afraid we’re never going to go back to that type of honest reporting ever again!

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

How The Mighty Have Fallen

I know a lot of people that did as I did after the November 3rd election and basically called it quits on Fox News. Oh, my wife still likes watching The Five, and she likes Dana Perino. But other than that, nah. I tweeted Bret Baier a fond farewell over their reporting which I considered very biased and not in Fox News tradition at all. I even called for the firing of their “Decision Desk” on air guy, Chris Stierwalt. His comments election night were not only blatantly left-wing, they were wrong.

Apparently, I wasn’t alone.

Here are the ratings from this past Friday, you would figure a huge news day since it was just 48 hours after the Capitol takeover:

MSNBC MADDOW 5,152,000
CNN COOPER 4,855,000
CNN CUOMO 4,320,000
CNN BURNETT 4,221,000
MSNBC O’DONNELL 4,055,000
CNN LEMON 3,891,000
CNN TAPPER 3,803,000
MSNBC HAYES 3,740,000
MSNBC REID 3,369,000
FOXNEWS TUCKER 3,360,000
FOXNEWS HANNITY 3,013,000
FOXNEWS INGRAHAM 2,561,000
NEWSMAX KELLY 626,000

What is shocking here is that NONE of the primetime Fox News shows, which always were at the top of the heap did very well at all. When Tucker Carlson and Sean Hannity’s audience are cut in half, it says a lot about how conservatives have deserted the one-time king of the cable news hill. In the void, they have left it to Rachel Maddow, Anderson Cooper, Chris Cuomo and Erin Burnett. In fact, the top nine shows on primetime cable news are on liberal CNN and MSNBC networks.

So what does this mean for conservative news? It’s pretty much the death blow. The broadcast networks (ABC, CBS, NBC, and PBS) have always had a liberal bent since the days of Dan Rather. Cable news went rogue in the George W. Bush era, and grew stronger in Obama’s reign. Newspapers have been left wing for decades, especially the New York Times, Washington Post, and others like them. In fact, there aren’t many conservative journalists out there at all anymore. The one bastian that conservatives could turn to, talk radio, is also undergoing a change, as Rush Limbaugh, king of the radio talk show, has indicated he has a “death sentence” with his lung cancer, and it’s only a matter of time now.

As the more conservative figures in our world try to get unbiased and actual coverage in news, they are left to look at places like Newsmax. It’s not bad, it’s just not very professional, and lacks the polish that we were used to on Fox News. You certainly can’t turn to the internet anymore, with Big Tech giants like Microsoft, Twitter, Facebook, and Apple all bailing on Parler, and knocking off anyone they don’t feel is liberal enough from their own sites. One would say that it looks very bleak indeed for conservatives.

Then Tuesday morning I’m greeted with the news that long-time Republican mega-donor, Sheldon Adelson passed away at 87. Depending on his heirs and their philosophy, that could leave a gaping hole in Republican donations for years to come!

But overall, I’m optimistic.

Huh?

Yeah. The thing that makes me optimistic is that we’re dealing with the left-wing of society. They’ve always screwed things up. In fact, you can’t point to a time when they’ve been in charge that they ultimately didn’t. And it’s simply because of one fact. They don’t know when to stop pushing the boundaries. We’ve all known people like that. And this group of folks just keeps pushing and pushing until mainstream Americans say enough and switch parties. Though things may look bleak for those right of center today, trust me…the pendulum swings both ways with equal force. And it’s been swinging faster and faster the further we get down the road.

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

Media Fearing Life After Trump

Donald Trump has been the best friend of this country’s media over the past five years (including the run up to the 2016 election). Now, I know that statement is going to get a lot of you probably shaking your heads or wondering if I’m having Irish Coffee (and a lot of it) this morning. But it’s true.

The media cares about one thing and one thing only. High ratings and also read that as high subscription rates or readers. That’s it. Because without high ratings, media can’t sell advertising. Without advertising, there isn’t enough scratch to employ more than a janitor or two. The wicked truth is, media doesn’t work if there aren’t people there to pay for it. And when you have the explosion of media that we’ve had over the past decade, most of it thanks to the internet, you have spread the available advertising dollars out pretty thin.

Now, take Donald Trump OUT of the equation. What are the media like CNN, MSNBC, The New York Times and Washington Post going to be talking and writing about? Worse yet, are their viewers or readers going to want to tune in or subscribe to hear the Kumbaya messages that are going to be coming out of the Biden White House, especially if let’s say a recession hits? Of course not.

Put gently, the media are expecting a rather major decline in viewership and readership over the next four years. CNN and MSNBC are already planning for it. The Washington Post is trying to dig deeper in finding juicy salacious stories by hiring 1,000 new reporters! Can you imagine how long they are going to last if advertising and readership goes the way of the rest of the media? It’s a last gasp of a dying newspaper to try and resuscitate itself. And trust me…I’ve seen this happen hundreds of times…it won’t work.

Print is already a dead medium. And broadcast radio and television stations aren’t far behind. I’ve mentioned several times that streaming is the way of the future. Even cable companies have realized that people don’t want their telephone or television services any longer. They’re opting for their high-speed internet instead. And the cable news channels like CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News know without a personality like Donald Trump, they are going to have a lot less to cover! It’s like taking Johnny Carson out of the Tonight Show and replacing him with Tommy Newsom (that will only make sense to you if you were at least 15 years old in 1990!)

So what does that mean for us “regular” folk? Pretty much you should get ready for a couple of things to happen. The loss of viewership and readership will mean a huge decline in ratings. That will in turn mean a loss of advertising revenue as advertisers flock to the internet and streaming. That means that not everyone is going to survive, so look for behemoths like CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC to look for suitors to buy them out or to merge with someone else. And no one can guess if they’ll still have the same political bent when the smoke clears. It’s coming…even Richard Wolffe, a former executive at MSNBC thinks so. He told thewrap.com, “The ratings are going to collapse. You don’t have to be a genius or an experienced executive to figure that out.” Just a matter of time!

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

The REAL Fraud From This Election

Donald Trump released a video, calling it “the most important speech I’ve ever made”, this past week. In it he blasted pretty much everybody on Twitter and Facebook calling the election a sham and a fraud. Saying, “If we are right about the fraud, Joe Biden can’t be president. We’re talking hundreds of thousands of votes. We’re talking numbers like nobody has ever seen before.

Unfortunately, Donald Trump is looking in the wrong place.

The real fraud from this election came from the mainstream media. For the past four years, this group of “journalists” threw all of their integrity aside to try and carpet bomb the President of the United States. They withheld stories that they should have run, simply because it would have either made Trump look good, or would have made Joe Biden look bad. Need an example?

Project Veritas, which specializes in doing hidden microphone interviews with people revealed that CNN purposely axed any stories on Hunter Biden leading up to the election because they feared it would damage Joe Biden’s chances of winning if the American public knew the truth. THAT was the real fraud in this election!

Let’s understand one thing, and I come from a rather experienced place on this one. The media’s job is to REPORT what is going on. It’s not their job to slant the news. It’s not their job to be partial, or to root for one side or the other. They are the beacons of truth in our society…or at least they should be. And on that account, they failed. Forget for a moment Trump’s accusation (again, without any real proof of it…or at least proof that any court would uphold) that there was massive voter fraud, I’m saying the fraud perpetrated by CNN, MSNBC, The New York Times and Washington Post, CBS, ABC, NBC, and PBS was actually worse. It was a conspiracy among liberal media elites to throw the election to Biden. You want to talk about fraud? THAT was the fraud in this election.

No one can begin to tell me that Morning Joe and his wife, or Jim Acosta, or the myriad of little girl reporters out to make a name for themselves by badgering the President of the United States were objectively reporting on anything. Every single news outlet in this country, except maybe the New York Post (and yes, I’m including Fox News in that one!) were guilty and slanted news, just as CNN did. Not one major news outlet gave the Hunter Biden story originally published in the NY Post the time of day except Fox News. And while they may still be king of the hill in terms of cable news, they still don’t hold a candle to what the broadcast networks pull in on a nightly basis.

Until someone, and it would most likely have to be the Supreme Court, comes up with a way to define what “press” is in “freedom of the press”, we are going to continually have this badgering of right of center candidates and ideas. That’s not what they were founded and protected for. They were founded and protected for one simple thing. To shine a light on any stench they see coming from the government, REGARDLESS which political party stinks, and both parties have had a really bad stench for a long time.

So, you can continue to believe that Trump lost because there was “massive voter fraud”, or you can actually learn the truth. Trump lost because 97% of the news stories about him from April of this year until Election Day, were slanted and negative. Now, I’m not saying he didn’t deserve some of the negative news, and I’ve written blogs that weren’t complimentary toward him when I think he was wrong. He’s wrong on this one. He lost the election because the media convinced enough people that he was bad for them…or at least Joe Biden wouldn’t be as bad for them. And it was pre-meditated, and it was fraudulent. And the proof DOES exist on that one!

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

The Left’s Idiocy

Watching the left make fools of themselves used to be funny. I don’t think it is anymore. Partly because I think that they are so far out in left field, they not only have left the stadium, they’ve left the parking lot, and the city the stadium is in. It’s not funny because most of these people actually are starting to believe the garbage they are spewing.

There are some funny things left to chuckle about, however.

Rachel Maddow, the host on the little-watched MSNBC, and the only reason that network can still pay its  electric bill, came out two days before the June job numbers and said, “It’s going to be terrible!” It wasn’t. In fact, more jobs were added in June 2020 than any other month in the history of our country. She didn’t smirk when that came out.

But the one that got me, the one that almost made me vomit was Don Lemon of CNN. His idea to “keep” Mount Rushmore, and make it acceptable to blacks, though I doubt it would matter much to the Native American population in the Black Hills, is to add the face of one Bobo Obama to the mix. So, you’d have George Washington, the father of our country; Abraham Lincoln, the great emancipator, Thomas Jefferson, the author of the Declaration of Independence, Theodore Roosevelt, who happened to be president when the OK was given to build the monument, and Bobo Obama who….who….who…who served two terms? I mean, other than making pre-existing conditions illegal in Obamacare, can anyone name one accomplishment that is universally hailed during his administration? No, I’m not counting giving an otherwise unemployable Hillary Clinton a job. I don’t want to count the 38 scandals his administration was embroiled in. I can’t count the Trans-Pacific Partnership since that never really took hold. His Supreme Court nominees have been a bust. Obamacare (other than the pre-existing condition which actually was a good idea) was an abortion. Renaming Mt. McKinley, as Mt. Denali wasn’t terrible, but it wasn’t called for. No, I can’t recall anything good that Obama did that still exists today! It’s like he never existed as president.

So, why does Don Lemon want to put his mug on a mountain? Is it because Lemon realizes that if you take Obama out of the picture, the last Democrat president that actually did something that meant something was Lyndon Johnson? I mean, he did the whole civil rights thing, and that was OK. He did the “war on poverty”, and that was an expensive boondoggle that’s wasted over $20 TRILLION. You can go back to JFK and you get the whole Bay of Pigs thing, which wasn’t very good. You got the Russian missile crisis, which turned out alright.

Don Lemon HAD to include Obama, not because he’s black, but because frankly, he’s the only Democrat in about the last 50 years that managed to do one thing that was positive. And he did do ONE thing. The rest of the time he was out playing golf or shooting hoops. Nothing else from his presidency really stands. OK, I guess you’ve still got DACA, but that’s being torn down as soon as John Roberts wakes up from hitting his head last month.

Sorry, Don. We reserve Mount Rushmore for either the creme de la creme of presidents or the guy that actually approved the project. Your guy fits neither category. In fact, he probably ranks with Jimmy Carter and Millard Filmore at the bottom of the list. Nice try though!

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

Where Is Congress?

You’ll have to forgive me for being a little bit cynical today. That’s because I can’t believe what is going on in Washington, DC. Over the weekend, Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) unleashed a very childish and untoward barrage at President Donald Trump. Now, I’m totally aware these two are not besties. But still, in a time when both sides of the aisle are calling for government to work together, I find it terribly odd that Pelosi would be breaching her own advice, and slamming not only Trump, but the official Coronavirus task force. It makes me wonder if she’s all there mentally!

Then I realized she wasn’t.

If you go back to World War I, or World War II, or the Spanish Flu Pandemic of 1918, you’ll notice that Congress worked overtime. They didn’t take a break. They stayed in session, even though tradition said that they shouldn’t. So, can someone tell me why it is that in this day and age, with the COVID-19 virus still on the rise in the country, that Pelosi decided to close down the House? I guess all of the talk of working together was really just more Pelosi-blather, right?

And while we’re at it, let’s look at the media. Now, I’ve not been shy of lambasting the media for their terrible coverage of the news coming out of Washington during this pandemic. In fact, I’ve wondered aloud why it is the news media insists on covering the daily briefing when they are pretty much boring, go on way too long, and don’t contain much if any new information from the day before. Apparently, I’ve got some agreement with an idiot at CNN! Don Lemon, who really amazes me that he’s been able to actually hold down a full=time job, has asked the question on the air why CNN covers the Coronavirus update. Now, his reasoning is a little different from mine. He says it’s because Donald Trump lies all the time. That’s pretty much nonsense. And it’s one of Lemon’s cohorts, Jim Alcosta, that shows up at these briefings every day with “gotcha” questions for Donald Trump. So, let me ask the question…why doesn’t CNN tell Alcosta to cool it?

Well, the reason for that is simple. CNN is doing anything they can to show their dislike of Donald Trump. They haven’t been a fan of his and have covered him with about 98% negative news since he won the election back in 2016. For them, Jim Alcosta is a foot soldier on the front lines.

But Alcosta and Lemon are just two examples of why the media ranks at the very bottom of the approval list of various institutions and people that are involved in the Coronavirus. I fact, well over half of the country (and even about 40% of Democrats!) say that the news media’s coverage of COVID-19 is terrible. Lemon and Alcosta are just two of the many reasons why.

I’m not saying there is a lot Congress should be doing (or could be doing), but it’s the optic of them leaving town during a crisis that is totally wrong. And Pelosi’s ranting and raving about how Donald Trump and his team are doing such a bad job is a joke. She has tied up more funds for longer than anyone in this country. She is the one that should be ashamed of the way she’s acted in a time of national crisis. In fact, Nancy Pelosi is a national buffoon. She fits in perfectly well with the CNN’s and MSNBC’s of the world who forgot what news coverage was all about!

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

Matthews Is The Next Newscaster To Go?

Chris Matthews announced this week he is retiring because…well, because he couldn’t control the acid tongue which spewed on a nightly basis. He opened up his show with the announcement that he was quitting, and retiring…followed by a commercial, and he was gone.

While I really wouldn’t call Hardball’s Chris Matthews a “newscaster” per se, he’s more of a talk show host, he very well could be the latest TV personality on the cable news channels and broadcast channels to be fired. He did not co-host the South Carolina Democrat Primary returns show, as would be expected.

Matthews is the acid tongued host of “Hardball” on MSNBC. He’s been around for a very long period of time, and had quite a following back in the day. His numbers have fallen recently. And while the liberals out there love his attacks on the president, he’s made quite a few gaffes over the past week. Add to that the fact that this past Friday, he was accused of some sex abuse problems with a journalist.

Journalist, Laura Bassett has accused Matthews of using “sexual language” around her when she visited his studio at MSNBC to appear as a guest. According to Bassett, back in 2016, they were both in makeup before the show, and Matthews said to her, “Why haven’t I fallen in love with you yet?” A couple of minutes later, he said to the makeup lady, “Keep putting that makeup on her, I’m starting to fall in love”. Now, that’s rather mild when it comes to some of the sexual antics of newscasters that we’ve heard about in the past year or two. But still, it’s not something you say.

Bassett wrote an op-ed in GQ magazine because of the fact that Matthews pressed presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren over her attack on Michael Bloomberg in which she accused the former New York City mayor of telling a pregnant woman to “kill it”.

Earlier in the week, Matthews misidentified a politician on the air. Now, I can personally say I’ve done this one myself. Back in the day, for the life of me, I couldn’t remember the mayor of Toledo’s name, even though I had interviewed him a dozen times. So, I have to give Matthews a pass on this one!

But he’s still catching flack, even though he apologized for comparing Bernie Sanders’ Nevada Caucus win to the Nazi’s 1940 invasion of France.

I don’t know what it is with these newscaster types. You had Brian Williams at NBC fired because he couldn’t tell the truth and embellished stories about himself. Over at Fox News, Bill O’Reilly was caught up in the sexual “#MeToo” scandal. Eric Bolling, who used to co-host The Five at Fox News, had sent a dozen women pictures of his genetalia. Rick Sanchez from CNN was fired for very anti semitic remarks about his bosses at the network. And who could forget Matt Lauer of the Today Show, who was accused of sexual harrassment and abuse of several women.

Frankly, I’ve never been a fan of Matthews. He plays “gotcha” way too often with his people. I put him in the same vein as Bill O’Reilly, another guy I’ve never really liked. And since Matthews has to bite the bullet and join those folks who’ve lost their jobs, I’m not going to be losing any sleep over it. I doubt MSNBC will either.

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!