Wednesday, May 24, 2017

What Roger Ailes Wrought

For John, BLUFThere is only one Fox News and their are no suitable substitutes.  Nothing to see here; just move along.


This is from Reporter Kelefa Sanneh and The New Worker, 24 May 2017.

Here is the lede plus one:

Twenty years ago, Roger Ailes launched Fox News with a simple but effective premise: most news outlets were liberal, and most Americans were not. “I think the mainstream media thinks liberalism is the center of the road,” he once said. “I really think that they don’t understand that there are serious people in America who don’t necessarily agree with everything they hear on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.”

Ailes was right about this in 1996, and he was still right about it last summer, when he resigned from the network in disgrace, amid multiple allegations of sexual harassment. The stories about Ailes that emerged, from a number of women of who had worked for him, suggested that he created, at Fox News, a culture of extraordinary sexual cruelty at the same time that he was creating an extraordinarily successful business: last year, Fox News was the most-watched network on basic-cable television.

But, later the author gets to the key question, which I have tried to extract:
The authors concluded that “Republicans are turning off ESPN.”

But where are they going? Even now, during a period of instability, Fox News finds itself with a surprising dearth of competitors.

Yes, as Fox fades, where are the viewers going?  I am thinking they are moving away from television, toward the Internet.  Is that an opportunity for The New Worker?  I think not, except for me, since I already have a subscription and have not had enough time to read all the articles.  For one thing, The New Worker is implacably opposed to President Trump, or the idea of President Trump, or the outcome of the election back in November 2016, or the Electoral College vote.  They are not going to be picking up those viewers who are leaving Fox News because they perceive it as drifting left, drifting toward Shepard Smith, who used to be perceived as part of the Fox main thread.

This may be Breitbart's opportunity.

Regards  —  Cliff

Carry On

For John, BLUFYet there are hundreds of Muslims living in Lowell and giving no offense.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

This is from noted Canadian Troublemaker and sometimes Rush Limbaugh substitute Host, Mark Steyn, on 23 May, from his Blog.

He is responding to the Headline in The Independent:

There's only one way Britain should respond to attacks such as Manchester.  That is by carrying on exactly as before.
His point is that the Europe we knew is slowing going out of sight, as Europeans adjust to the foibles of Islam.  While he doesn't say it, it would be good for us to start to acknowledge, Islam is not a religion, but rather a way of life.  Islam is life.  And, if we let it, it will push our way of life off the streets.

Here is one of the many interesting paragraphs in Mr Steyn's post:

And so it will prove for cafe life, and shopping malls, and pop concerts.  Maybe Ariana Grande will be back in the UK - or maybe she will decide that discretion is the better part of a Dangerous Woman's valor.  But there will be fewer young girls in the audience - because no mum or dad wants to live for the rest of their lives with the great gaping hole in your heart opening up for dozens of English parents this grim morning.  And one day the jihad will get lucky and the bomb will take with it one of these filthy infidel "shameless" pop whores cavorting on stage in her underwear.  You can carry on exactly as before, but in a decade or two, just as there are fewer gay bars in Amsterdam and no more Jewish shops on the Chaussée de Gand, there will be less music in the air in western cities.  Even the buskers, like the one in Manchester's Piccadilly Gardens today serenading a shattered city with "All You Need Is Love", will have moved on, having learned that it's a bit more complicated than that.
I hope you have not forgotten Charlie Hebdo already.  Never forget Charlie Hebdo.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Impeachment Mechanics

For John, BLUFPretty straight forward.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Nation of Change looks at the question…

Fair enough discussion of the mechanics.

Regards  —  Cliff

Local Government Looms Large

For John, BLUFI wonder what the implications are for Lowell, given our own "chicken" issues?  Nothing to see here; just move along.

It is from FEE and the author is Ms Annie Holmquist, on Monday, 22 May 2017.

Here is the lede plus three:

Should Americans have a right to garden in their own yards?

If you looked at this question, shook your head, and answered, “Of course! Why would we not?” then it would seem there is still some common sense left in the world.

Unfortunately, that common sense doesn’t always extend to the powers that be, and the citizens of Columbiana, Ohio, are learning that the hard way.

According to an article in the Salem News, the city government of Columbiana recently informed citizens that they don’t have a right to plant and maintain a garden in their own yards:

It is like reading the Introduction to the Dash One.

Regards  —  Cliff

Tuesday, May 23, 2017


For John, BLUFIt is going to take a while to get over the election of 2016.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

I blame Mr Stephen Greene, writing at the InstaPundit, for introducing this term, Gleichschaltung, (pronounced ˈɡlīkˌSHalto͝oNG), into this discussion, but it is so apropos, as would be the term, "the new Blacklist" or the term "the new McCartyism, but it is more so, since it seeks to change a culture.

From Wikipedia:

In Nazi terminology, Gleichschaltung (German pronunciation: [ˈɡlaɪçʃaltʊŋ]), was the process of Nazification by which Nazi Germany successively established a system of totalitarian control and coordination over all aspects of society, "from the economy and trade associations to the media, culture and education".
So, we have, from Hollywood in Toto:

By Mr Christian Toto, today, 23 May.

An unexpected confession from HBO's 'Silicon Valley' reveals how Hollywood discriminates against conservatives.

There are plenty of reasons people don’t get parts in Hollywood.

They’re not tall enough. They don’t fit the character in question’s physical profile.  They arrive with a lousy reputation.

The casting director had a bad day, perhaps?

Here’s a new one:  They want the current president to Make America Great Again.  Trump supporters in Hollywood might find work even harder to come by since Jan. 20, according to a revelation by comic actor Jimmy Yang.

And, there is a reference to an article by Reporter Stephen Galloway, on 20 May 2017, in The Hollywood Reporter:

Yes, I have seen this sort of thing.  You are a "non-perso" if you do not denounce and renounce Donald J Trump.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Whither Fox News

For John, BLUFJust goes to show that great men are not necessarily nice men (substitute women as appropriate).  Nothing to see here; just move along.

This is from The American Thinker, 19 May 2017, by Reporter Peter Barry Chowka.

Rober Ailes is not just out of Fox News, he is gone, having passed away just a few short days ago.

The question is, what is the impact on Fox News of Mr Ailes being thrown under the bus by the sons of Rupert Murdock, who want to be liked by the other kids?  And, more important, really, is where is that, for lack of a better term, Conservative audience, going to go?

This is a long article, of which these are just the first four paragraphs:

The sudden death of Roger Ailes (R.I.P.) yesterday is a grim omen for the network he envisioned and built.  In the wake of the recent upheavals at Fox News, the conservative cable television network’s ratings are experiencing a precipitous decline from cable news leadership for the first time in the history of the channel.  As the rest of the mainstream media continue their efforts to undermine and “resist” the Trump Administration, this development bodes ill for the future — not only of the unique kind of fair and balanced if right of center reporting pioneered by the Fox News Channel (FNC), but of the prospects for conservatives continuing to have a major media platform, maintain power, and advance their agenda in the months and years ahead.

The Fox News Channel launched on October 6, 1996.  MSNBC, originally a collaboration between NBC News and Microsoft, had started three months earlier.  Prior to mid-1996, CNN, the other competitor, was the exclusive cable news outlet in the United States, synonymous with “cable news.”  It enjoyed a long monopoly in the field during which it was able to build its brand at home and abroad.

Lacking the backing of a huge well oiled news organzation like NBC or the tailwind legacy of a sixteen year international presence like CNN, FNC initially had a bit of a shaky start.  But under the guidance of media and political genius Roger Ailes (the FNC CEO and Chairman), the financial support of international media mogul Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp, and with a clear agenda (“fair and balanced” reporting with a consistent respect for conservative viewpoints), after gaining wide cable and satellite distribution, Fox pulled ahead of its two rivals.  By 2002, FNC had done the unthinkable, establishing itself as the #1 cable news channel in the United States.  Notwithstanding its being constantly derided by the rest of the mainstream media, Fox News’s prime time ratings dominance went largely unchallenged for the next fourteen years.

The Fox News Channel’s innovative and successful approach to presenting the news in the new millennium helped to change the TV news landscape from one dominated by breaking hard news read by mostly interchangeable news readers to a model that relied on opinionated marquee personalities and colorful left/right debate.  Prime time personalities Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity, for example, both of whom debuted on FNC the night that it started, continued to host programs in prime time, seemingly in perpetuity. CNN’s “breaking news is king” strategy, and its aging prime time host Larry King, were caught off guard.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

  Per The American Thinker, Peter Barry Chowka is a seasoned journalist who writes about national politics, media, popular culture, and health care.
  Or will they just retreat further into the Internet?  Will Drudge or Breitbart emerge as the new news leadership.

Internal State Sponsored Terrorism

For John, BLUFMillions dead, for what?  Nothing to see here; just move along.

An Opinion Piece by Mr Jonathan Brent, in The Old Gray Lady.

This isn't just about Vladimir Lenin's use of terrorism to manage the crisis of the Soviet Union at the end of World War I.  It is also about Joseph Stalin and his use of terror in the 1930s and again in the early 1950s, including the "(Jewish) Doctors Plot".

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff