Faking The News

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I’m not sure why MSNBC chose network honcho Phil Griffin to host a briefing on their decision to abandon the pretense of balanced journalism in a web transformation which started beta-testing this morning. Surely, they could have presented a video compilation of Chris Matthews’ top tantrums, thereby allowing everyone to go back to playing Robot Unicorn Attack on their IPads without seeming rude. Perhaps Al Sharpton was forced to bow out after a tragic Soul-Glo mishap at the barbershop. Whatever the reason, Griffin took full advantage of the opportunity; bemoaning the trials and tribulations he faces trying to keep the flagging Democratic Party’s primary mouthpiece from imploding.

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To that end, Griffin has decided the reason his charges can’t achieve the same ratings success as those crazy kids on Fox News isn’t that Megyn Kelly is a lot easier to look at than Rachel Maddow; nor that Kelly is eminently more trustworthy. Nope, our boy Phil thinks something fishy must be going on; and someone ought to get to the bottom of it.

According to Griffin, Fox News, which regularly trounces not only MSNBC but MSNBC and CNN combined, has somehow found a way to cheat the ratings system. Whined Griffin: “You guys should be doing some investigations – I have never seen it in all my years of cable. Same overnight, same everything, and they doubled their ratings in a day? It is impossible…”

Since Griffin and his retinue of has-beens, never-wases and never-will-bes operate as a de facto branch of the Administration of President Barack Obama, it’s clear that they suffer from the same cloudy thinking which has allowed the Democrats to transform from the party of slavery, Jim Crow and Chappaquiddick into an even sleazier collection of thugs, crooks and lunatics. In the twisted liberal mindset, conservative opposition to Obama’s daily drumbeat of disgrace must be a product of racism. Likewise, MSNBC can’t beat Fox – or that noisy guy hawking “Flowbies” on the Home Shopping Channel — and that must be a result of a secret plot involving Fox News, the Nielsen Corporation and the cable providers (one of which is MSNBC step-parent Comcast).

It never occurs to liberals that conservative opposition to Obama’s daily drumbeat of disgrace and dishonesty is actually a product of revulsion at his tendency to behave like a cheap knockoff of one of those old guys who used to own the Soviet Union. And it never occurs to a liberal like Griffin that MSNBC’s poor showing is actually a product of a lineup comprised of racist filth like Sharpton, two talking hairdos who are clearly clones of Keith Olbermann gone horribly awry (Maddow and that squeaky little fellow with the hipster glasses; like most of the universe, I’ve forgotten his name), and the essentially-unwatchable daytime filler MSNBC features instead of actual news.

Just as those who refuse to bow down to Obama’s fraudulent assaults on everything from our health to our wealth are smeared as “terrorists” and “traitors” by Democrats; those who refuse to waste viewing hours on a channel which the Pew Research Center noted is by far and away the least reliable in delivering unbiased reporting are presumed to be non-existent. Poor Phil Griffin; he’s confusing the available television viewing audience with Lawrence O’Donnell’s viewing audience.

To be honest, I’m not much of a Fox News watcher. Actually, I’m not much of a television “news” viewer. With resources like the Personal Liberty Digest™ and others, expecting to gain a meaningful insight into current events from the aptly-nicknamed “boob tube” is every bit the fool’s errand that is expecting MSNBC to attract viewers by hiring a violent – and quite possibly disturbed — racist like Alec Baldwin.

I have no idea who Griffin expects to lead the “investigation” of Fox News’ ratings. Evidently, the millions upon millions of Americans who find the Democrat Channel less palatable than the local cable-access channel’s “Houseplants with Henrietta” didn’t make his short list of TV detectives. Given that the incestuous relationship between the Democrats and the lapdog media produces inbred refuse like MSNBC, I wouldn’t be stunned to learn Attorney General Eric “Guns” Holder is on the job.

Let’s look at the bright side, kids. After carrying President Barack Obama’s water on Operation Fast and Furious, Benghazi, the IRS intimidation program, the NSA spying program and the rest of the scandals which have defined Obama’s tenure, the Democrat Channel finally found something worth investigating.

-Ben Crystal

Personal Liberty

Ben Crystal

is a 1993 graduate of Davidson College and has burned the better part of the last two decades getting over the damage done by modern-day higher education. He now lives in Savannah, Ga., where he has hosted an award-winning radio talk show and been featured as a political analyst for television. Currently a principal at Saltymoss Productions—a media company specializing in concept television and campaign production, speechwriting and media strategy—Ben has written numerous articles on the subjects of municipal authoritarianism, the economic fallacy of sin taxes and analyses of congressional abuses of power.

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  • Harold Olsen

    It’s been my opinion for something like the last 30 years that the media’s motto should be, “We’ll give you the truth even if we have to make it up.” And, when I say the media, I mean all the media. No exceptions.

  • Deerinwater

    Ruppert has a history of being a very able businessman Mr. Crystal, where it be packaging, employing bundling along with premium channels at very competitive prices to get his product line out, to under the table deals with the people that design the electronic devises and employ such devises that determine media “popularity”. ~ This is not actually “News” , but events long known and understood by those of us that looked for the facts and ran down the many rabbit trails years ago when the Foxed era of broadcasting dominated and supplied the air under W Bush wings in Bristol fashion as his administration went from blunder to blunder as many of us looked on in disbelief.

    Without getting too deep into this matter of the popularity of Fox, lets just say Ruppert is the “Fox” in Fox and at the end of this search for the truth, ~ it all boils down to a very good businessman selling products that people want to buy, using every ploy available to him and has little actually to do with delivering “Hard News” as focus is presented in “Entertainment” fashion and flare at a rapid pace to instill emotion and excitement to keep viewers entertained and coming back for more.

    I have enjoy the Fox broadcasting network and it’s many “features” for many years, it’s a good product. But what I don’t do, is depend of Fox as a primary News source for the general overall mood of the nation or in-depth reporting of current events.

    For those viewers that do depend on Fox from the bulk of their News and Commentary, who enjoys this “slanted style” of reporting that attempts to increases it’s entertainment value by pandering to a known “quantity” ~ in some effort at crafting and culturing some unified “Team Spirit” illusions in the arena of political discourse and politics ~ I say ~ Wonderful! ~ strong opposition does not have to be seen as a BAD thing, for it is not. While the weak points in any argument, where they be fact or fiction are just waiting to be “Exposed” by anyone that wishes to invest the time.

    And so it is, ~ MSNBC counter thrust ~”the primary Directive” has been one of “exposure”. To invest the time to”expose” ~ Oh! I know they are not the “pretty people” and not near as glamorous, ~ but neither are Facts. ~ Facts are often things, ~ you really don’t wish to know and prefer that you didn’t.

    Fox has decided to sell products omitted of hard and unflattering facts, ~ MSNBC in less fanfare has decided to preview facts ~

    I tire of both, ~ rather quickly. ~ Don’t really care much for Al Shapston ~ Obermann was good , but glad that he’s gone. Too pompous. ~

    Don’t overdose ~ with your TV news viewing ~ watch 30 minutes of each ~ ask yourself a few questions ~ then get on the net and look for your own answers.

    Information and disinformation resemble each other, learn the difference.

    • speedle24

      Well Deer, if you don’t rely on Fox for your “facts” or as your “primary news source”, please tell us exactly what is the source of your “facts”. To infer that MSNBC and Fox News are one and the same at the different ends of the political spectrum is not only inaccurate, but a marginalizing tactic that just doesn’t work.
      Of course Murdoch is “selling products that people want to buy”. It’s called the truth. Why do the overwhelming viewing audience prefer Fox over MSNBC and MSNBC lite (CNN)? Could it be that the Fox approach to politics closely mirrors the American citizenry that actually cares more about the future of the country than those “politically astute” slacker sheep who are busy trying to determine who has the best costume on “Dancing With The Stars” ?

      • Deerinwater

        Well Sir, “Facts” have a way of presenting themselves speedle24.

        Look for the missing piece of information that guides you to these “facts” , Learn to ask the hard questions. Learn to be suspicious and especially suspicious of things you would like to hear. .

        The truth has never been available for the mere asking of it. ~ but they are mined and extracted in a laborious methodical fashion.

        Just don’t expect to sit down and tune in ~ and the truth to pour forth in a flood of information.

        They are “all” selling soap.

        • speedle24

          Thank you Deer, but I need to reassure you that I am not as naive as you seem to suggest. “Facts” as presented by newscasters is not that hard to validate outside that newscast. It is “opinons” that are presented as “facts” that are the problem. It is also a problem that ideologues are making the determination as to just “which” facts we are to be made aware of. In that regard I will stick to Fox, and you can continue to get your facts from whatever planet you are receiving your signals. Thanks

          • Deerinwater

            Well, allow us each to weigh the merit of these “facts” and may the we find ourself in heaven 10 minutes before the devil knows we are gone.

      • Deerinwater

        Gains of truth in bucket of manure has never been understood as the truth speeedle24.

        If you only wish to hear what you like to hear ~ Ruppert Murdoch’s produce line will sever you well. ~ But if you lose another “sure thing” election ~ from being misinformed ~ (like you were misled last time) you only have yourself to blame for not digging deeper and doing your homework.

        • speedle24

          How was I “misinformed” in the last election oh omniscient one?

          • Deerinwater

            Perhaps you wasn’t speedle24 but most Foxed News Hounds were. ~ as Karl Rove with his Crossroads , words and thoughts are hard wire into Fox media. Fox gives him direct access.

            Mr Rove accepted a lot of money from some very wealthy people to be so far off in his prediction on election results the last General.

            So you see , Your Royal Hinee , ~ The fix is in with Fox and it always has been so. ~ that over the passed several years other networks ~ have taken it on as a quest to expose disinformation originating out of Fox for what it has always been ~ a mouth piece for the Right Wing Christian coalition aka moral majority , Tea Party. ~ Fox has done so, not because of some virtuous, devout or righteous notion but for the shear numerically superior numbers that a loyal Born Again Christians audience offers any American network. ( it’s just good business)

            To get any great mileage from this clever arrangement ~ Christians are feed a steady stream of messages that they are under attack ~ and Fox is the network that defenses and supports Christian values.

            That many of you have failed to recognized Rupert’s cleaver ways ~ you probably should keep allowing Foxed News to do your thinking for you. ` Since it’s worked out so well for everyone so far.

          • speedle24

            Sounds like you are a bit paranoid of religious folks Deer. But that’s just speculation on my part. What is not speculation is your misstatement regarding “facts”, Fox News, and Carl Rove. His elections predictions were just that “predictions”. They were not intended as “facts”, and I believe the subject matter here concerned your point of view that we don’t get “facts” from Fox News. I’m still waiting for a logical response.

          • Bob666

            Yes deer and let’s not forget a guy who writes for PLD that predicted Romney by a land slide.

      • Deerinwater

        speedle24 says ; ” Of course Murdoch is “selling products that people want to buy”. It’s called the truth. Why do the overwhelming viewing audience prefer Fox over MSNBC and MSNBC lite (CNN)?

        I say, ~ No seepdle24, ~ it’s not the truth that Ruppert is selling, ~ Ruppert is selling “Feel good”.

    • ron

      all MSNBC does is expose idiots like you..then you go on the internet to find the truth??? Then you come here to post opinions on what you found to be the truth??? And all this time you still show the world you’re still an idiot…good work deer!!!!

      • Deerinwater

        You can say such things, ~ but I have a better understanding of what is afoot today and who best stands to gain and lose from it.

        Where as you ~ have been standing in the losers corner for some time now, ~ and really don’t have a clue how to get out of it. A bunch of feel good, half baked ideas on a hyjacked train, ~ is all that you have got.

        You don’t even have a “party, ~ left to hyjack one that you believe might bring you close to a victory. ~ You have had to “Borrow”, void underpinning and sold foundation.

        Got News for you ron ~ get your own train , this one is taken. ~ You are not going anywhere that you “want to go” ~ so get off!

        Hang a single somewhere that reads “Dixiecrat’s ‘r us” and be true to your strips.

      • Karolyn

        ad hominem. Deer did say that he only watches a limited amount of tv news. Problem with reading comprehension?

  • janice kraczon

    This article is soo true and funny

    • Snoopy Sanchez

      It’s not funny, it is sad & dangerous & the Founders would be repulsed by it…the Power in our govt., society, economy & culture lies in pols,business leaders, judges & JOURNALISTS…a free , open & unbiased media is crucial. Der Fuhrer Obummer & his corrupt cabal gets all kinds of cover for lawlessness & malfeasance & incompetence, & they know it & it informs their strategy & agenda! It is simply a soviet-style propaganda machine!

      Watching MSNBC is like entering The Pit of Death & Hell!

  • 4lifeandfreedom

    Of course, the news and talking presenters on Fox News are much easier to look at, but they also have intelligence to go along with the looks–trumping everything the liberal media pretends they have.

  • hippybiker

    Newton Minnow the first head of the NAB once called Television “The Vast Wasteland.” How prophetic is that?
    Or, as my late father used to say…”If you put it in a pretty package, promoted it and advertised it correctly, you could sell the average uninformed American a bag of Horse Crap.” Rachel Madcow being a perfect example.

    • Briylaln

      Just one thing – Is Madow the horse or the crap (although she could be both)

      • independent thinker

        how about …she is the horses A$$ spewing horse crap.

    • IBCAMN

      is it just me,or is rachel madcow a raving liberal bull dyke?

  • mari

    When I heard that Griffin had said that, my first thought was, “that was a signal to start campaigning against real TV polls”. Soon they will be talking about the polls the way they talk about FOX news. They will demean and ridicule until the polls say what they want to hear.
    Speaking of FOX, has anyone else noticed a change in their “fair and balanced” policy? When I watch now it seems that the liberals are yelling over the other guests more and I am not hearing the conservative side near as much. I get the same frustrated feeling of not hearing my voice represented that I have watching all of the liberal keerap.

    • crossrammed302

      Yes, I agree. They seem to come closer to the truth….especially early in the AM, before the sensors have edited the reports….but, you still have the feeling that only the perspective they project is what they want you to know…Like there is a giant veil between what we are fed and what the real truth is. Still, FOX trumps others for being most truthful…though still lacking. Iistening to the national CBS news in the morning really irritates me in my guts, so I combat it for more real news via internet websites. Research it yourself and you can piece quite a bit of truth together.
      Liberals are yelling louder because they are desperate for you to believe the lies they convinced themselves of, however, it is so insane it make you ill and wonder what is wrong in their mind to make them think that way.

  • carl_AF

    We, that are concerned with finding out what is going on follow the Fox channel. Most of those that are Democratic supporters do not care what is going on so they watch entertainment channels and when election time comes around they will vote for the money. So, goes it for MSNBC, there are not many left to watch them. In truth, I have switched over to the Obama channel just to see what filth they are putting out and this will last for 2-3 minutes as I can’t stand to watch continuous Democratic commercials.

    • Alex

      One of the biggest advertisers on MSNBC is Reich Wing Golden Boy Ted Cruz, loser…..

      • Vis Fac

        ALEX in La La Land you have no business labeling anyone or anything as a loser for you are the biggest LOSER of all. Labeling others does nothing to giving you credence.

        As I OWN you I will now FLUSH you!!!
        Libertas inaestimabilis res est
        Semper-Fi

  • Ried

    IMHO, Fox Network is NOT a shining example of a quality network or news organization. The fact that it is better than any other “lamestream” news outlet is a sad commentary on US media and attitudes.

    • Briylaln

      Reading quickly through the posts, I’ll answer here because your post is clear and concise. Fox news is not an example of quality because you and others believe it isn’t far enough to the right as MSNBC is to the left

      • Ried

        Half of what passes for Fox “news” is entertainment industry fluff and publicity for exciting new Fox shows. Or sports news. That’s why I don’t care for Fox. IF NPR would add some “libertarian” influences, I would prefer that style of news reporting. However, NPR is generally too socialist for my tastes. Al Jazeera (sp?) seems to offer more balanced news than any of the US networks.

        • IBCAMN

          oohhh,ew,an Allah pedo dick tugger is among us,yuk!

          • Ried

            Al Jazeera is a bit like the BBC news, and much more even handed than MSNBC. I do not subscribe to their religious views, but as a news source they are more “even-handed” than the US press.

          • Bob666

            Yo Ried,
            I watched Al Jazeera a few times when I have been in the middle -east and I have to say that I did not find anything offensive or bias as an American in their reporting.

            They cater to their audience much like PLD and other media outlets do.

          • Ried

            Thanks! Maybe others will realize I haven’t lost all my marbles because I’m willing to have a bit of an open mind!

          • Bob666

            Well Ried,
            On this site, an open mind is not very fashionable or popular, but some of us are able to color outside the narrow minded lines.

          • Jana

            Well Bob, Sometimes your mind can be so open that anything can walk right on in. Be careful.

          • Bob666

            I don’t believe that you will ever have that “problem” Jana :>

          • Jana

            I sure pray not. I ask God to guard my mind that only good can come in and not evil. The Bible tells us to guard our minds. If we don’t, Satan will drop evil into them without us even being aware.

          • Jana

            I talked to one of my relatives that has been to Qatar also. He was over there for business purposes and this is what he had to say. I quote, because this doesn’t sound very nice, ” They will kiss your tail to get your business then stab you in the back when their Muslim leaders tell them to. So be prepared, they are sharp business people but they are very obedient to their muslim leaders.” ( He worked for a very large company so he was fortunate in his dealings.)

            So AlJazeera is just a way for them to get a foot hold into this country and everyone thinks they are so nice and they are our friends but then once they have our trust then they will push and push and push for their
            Muslim ways even more to take over.

            Their is not one country that has Islam or Muslims that has peace. Most countries that have Muslim
            dominance ie: France, England, Russia, Bosnia, etc. wants to get rid of them because they do not move in to assimilate they move in to take over.

            They can’t even get along with themselves. Do not be deceived, As Jazeera is a forerunner or a stepping stone for them, just to draw you in. Remember they practice the art of taqiyya.

            There are two forms of lying to non-believers that are permitted under certain circumstances, taqiyya and kitman. These circumstances are typically those that advance the cause Islam – in some cases by gaining the trust of non-believers in order to draw out their vulnerability and defeat them.

            TheReligionofPeace.com
            Guide to Understanding Islam

          • Bob666

            Wow Jana,
            there are times when I just can’t come up with the correct words to respond. I would guess that all toll, I have spend about three and a half years providing engineering services in the middle east. There are good people and bad all over the world and I would say that the majority of people that I ran into were basically good and decent people.

            Don’t know about your relative, but my personal dealings have been as good if not better than my dealings here in the United States.

            I can say that personally from experience and also that I don’t get up every day looking for a new reason to hate Islam.

            Can you?

          • Jana

            I’m glad you did. Many others did not. I have been in contact with several.

          • Jana

            Especially some women!

        • Jana

          Your pick of AlJazera our enemies news network that infiltrated us speaks volumes. My husband and I PROUDLY blocked that station on our TV.

          • Ried

            I did not realize I would ignite a small tempest by mentioning AlJazera (Thanks for correcting my spelling by the way!) This station is not my regular source of news, but the couple of times I have watched it I have found that it’s coverage of events to be more in depth and even handed than the majority of popular US “news” sources. The quality of AlJazera news should put the majority of US news organizations to shame. I get information from lots of sources, but do not believe or accept all the opinions I hear. If I did, I would be in trouble because I mostly see CNN because it runs in our break room.

          • Karolyn

            Your spelling was correct Ried.

          • Karolyn

            Just because it’s Al Jazeera (This is the correct spelling)? I was not aware that Qatar is our enemy. it seems to be a pretty good station, similar to BBC, as has been mentioned.

          • Jana

            Then you haven’t been to Qatar. I have relatives who have. Oh they are nice to you to your face. But they are still very much Islam by choice and believe that we should be conquered to serve their false god. Never be fooled and never let your guard down.
            By the way I was not correcting anyone’s spelling, I don’t claim to know how to spell the name.

  • Jim B

    I think ‘less palatable’ when discussing MSNBC is an understatement. I’ve tried and I’ve tried to be balanced in my viewing, but can’t last more than a few minutes of watching before I am completely tuned out and turned off. To be fair, my viewing attempts, cause I work, begin any time after 5:30 pm, so you all know the lineup, and I’ve tried them all (except for ED, he hates people, say’s hateful things, needs to be institutionalized, nobody can disagree with that). Not only is MSNBC not balanced, but I don’t have a clue who their guests are. It’s obvious that they have to search high and low to come up with such a lame punch of no-nothings, and inconsequential idiots to sport their poisoning opinions, which are just a regurgitated host talking point. WHERE ARE YOUR THINKERS MSNBC? Why is 17 Trillion in debt good for us, why is it that Operation Fast and Furious, Benghazi, the IRS intimidation program, the NSA spying program, TSA groping, (DHS, CIA, FBI drone killings), over taxation, countless duplicity and waste, and an utter and complete failure in architecting a healthcare site with over 3 years of development and billions of tax payer dollars spent…. Is this your holier than thou government, is this supposed to be good for us? And Mathew’s, where to begin… I used to love to watch, he gave it to everybody from politicians to guests, he used to question, and he used to be skeptical, and now he’s a BHO shrill! It’s too scary, I’m skeptical that Chris is compromised in some way, Godfather style. When you hear that Journalism is dead, they are referring to MSNB!

    • Henry L

      That is just what I was going to say, but you beat me to it and did it even better. Thanks.

  • Briylaln

    Two words – Apple and Blackberry

  • Bill from Colorado

    I turned MSNBC on once but I had to leave after about 10 minutes of watching, got home 3 hours later, the same talking points, “I hate FOX and conservatives” but different faces… In between the gibberish was the previous days news. I think I have an answer for you Mr. Griffin, news outlets such as yours have dumbed down the audience to the to the point they need government to hold their dick to understand the gibberish. Hence, government shutdown, no one to assist. Just my take on your situation Mr. Griffin.

    • Henry L

      I sometimes watch MSNBC for entertainment. It is better than the comedy shows.

      • Vis Fac

        Hillaryious aren’t they after all they (BSDNC) support Hillaryious Clinton

        Libertas inaestimabilis res est
        Semper-Fi

  • IBCAMN

    i always was wondering,why did liberal progressive news channels(CNN,MSNBC,)why do they have starbucks coffee all over the place like a little constant commercial going on,when starbucks supported gun ownership,CCW and always used to let customers enter their coffee shops w/guns at their sides!liberals are against gun ownership but starbucks wasn’t,isn’t that a weird combo!??(of course starbucks now turned on their gun toting customers)does that have something to do with progressives and liberals that run CNN,MSNBC,and figured paying millions to starbucks was gonna stop people from carrying guns w/them into places to get coffee!(i’ve stopped buying starbucks coffee,home and in shop)wouldn’t that hurt starbucks’ buisness?(not that liberals care)
    –The whole point of this is…that’s how much millions of people care about CNN,MSNBC,we wonder about the props they use,not their reporting of the news(if you can call it that)
    and fox has way hotter chicks working there than CNN,MSNBC does!oh,and do you notice how whatever backdrop FOX comes up with-CNN,MSNBC try to copy!and the dresses the chicks wear,CNN,MSNBC,they tried to copy(different color)so they must think it’s the clothing and props and backdrops that are getting FOX all the viewer ratings,not the content of the programs!hahaha,liberals are such a joke!

    • Alex

      Speaking of coffee, Bill–you could use a large cup with two heaping spoons of coherence.

      • Vis Fac

        ALEX in La La Land strikes again with more inanity more stupidity and even more silliness!!

        ALEX in La La Land the pathetic liberal shill with less common sense and IQ than the average amoeba who dares to try and exhibit an iota of lucidity only to fail miserably.

        We OWN you ALEX in La La Land now back to your cesspool.

        Libertas inaestimabilis res est
        Semper-Fi

        • Speedy

          You sure are wasting a lot of peoples time with your babble.

          • Vis Fac

            So why are you wasting time reading this babble? Then again wasting more time criticizing what you think is babble Unless you are kin to ALEX in La LA land and you happen to be SPEEDY in La La Land holding the same values as ALEX in La La Land.

            If you like me I am in your heart if you hate me I am obviously on your mind. how little a mind that might be. So apparently I OWN you too.

            Libertas inaestimabilis res est
            Semper-Fi

      • Henry L

        On the coherence scale IBCAMN beat you, hands down

  • scott miller

    Every “reporter” needs to go back and take a 3rd grade journalism class,

    Get the facts, tell all sides of a story in a impartial way as possible.

    3rd grade journalism in a nutshell.

  • Alex

    There is no question that Fox News trounces its competition, using ratings points as the criteria, and has for years.

    The problem with the sort of media ‘analysis’ offered by Ben Crystal is that he seems to view television ratings as indicative of the mindset of the nation. Were this so, and as Fox News continues to pummel its competition, Mitt Romney would be president and grade-schoolers would be packing Glocks in with their baloney sandwiches.

    Consider: Suppose we send fifty people to the market for the candy of their choice. Eight people choose Milk Duds, three people pick Snickers, Hot Tamales and licorice are selected by two people each, and the remaining thirty-five folks each choose one of the other available candies, with no two alike.

    Milk Duds can truthfully claim to be the highest-rated candy amongst the shoppers tallied. Milk Duds can also rightfully claim to be favored by more than the next top three candies COMBINED! No other candy can claim to be at least HALF as popular as Milk Duds. Total market domination, right? With sixteen per cent….

    The argument set forth by Mr Crystal also seemingly presupposes two factors which are indeterminable from the data compiled, that is, ratings points do not indicate the percentage of the populace that rely solely on television for their information, nor do they measure the veracity of the message.

    As I have stated on PLD many, many times, thinking people cull their information from a wide variety of sources. Fox included. The lock-step Fox loyalist, however, never ventures far enough from the Slanket of comfortable memes they live in to see what others have to say, much to their detriment.

    • Henry L

      You write very intelligently but make no sense whatsoever.

      • Vis Fac

        Surely you jest ALEX in La La Land intelligent? When? Where? How? The ALEX in La La Land who uses eye instead if “I”?
        ALEX in La La Land the epitome of inanity? You’ve got to be joking!!!

        Libertas inaestimabilis res est
        Semper-Fi

        • Alex

          Farce Recon—here you go again, sailor.

          Vitriol and pejorative rather than even the weakest attempt to refute what I wrote!

          That is because you cannot refute what I say, whiner.

          • Vis Fac

            ALEX in La La Land how does one refute nonsense? Speaking of answers; How about answering the questions I ask you and you continually avoid answering yet spew forth copious amounts of BS?

            ALEX in La La Land I OWN you now I’ll flush you back you your natural habitat — the cesspool!!

            Libertas inaestimabilis res est
            Semper-Fi

        • Henry L

          Well, he does use big words, doesn’t he? And I had more important matter to discuss with him (see above) than to make fun with his eye for I..

          • Vis Fac

            Alex in La La Land is coached by his handlers to use diction he doesn’t comprehend. Unfortunately the dumbed down nation is at the mercy of those who appear to be sophisticated yet are anything but. You can dress a bear in a top hat and tails but in the end you still have a bear in ALEX in La La Land’s case a MORON!! And his is oh so much fun to ridicule as he has no idea he has been ridiculed ergo the EWE parody for his eye.

            I seldom view any news reports for I have more reliable resources that don’t have agendas. 35 plus years in business have given me exceptionally reliable sources than any lame stream media cabal.

            I am afraid your argument was wasted on the likes of ALEX in La La Land to those of us with an iota of sophistication find your argument to be solid.

            If you like what I stand for I am in your heart If you hate what I stand for I got to you and am on your mind
            and own you.

            Libertas inaestimabilis res est

            Semper-Fi

          • Henry L

            Anybody who considers Lawrence O’Donnell and Rachel Maddow as Oracles of Delphi can’t be very smart.

          • Vis Fac

            That goes without saying however people like ALEX in La La Land need to be reminded over and over again!

            If you like me and what I say I am in your heart If you hate me and I have gotten to you and am on your mind and own you.

            Libertas inaestimabilis res est
            Semper-Fi

      • Alex

        Show me where I am wrong.

        • Henry L

          Second paragraph: contrary to your synopsis television ratings ARE indicative of the mindset of the nation. Romney lost due to corruption. And a Romney win would NOT have resulted in what you are suggesting.
          I can not see where your cute story about kids going to the store to buy candy has anything to do with voting. (Grown-ups do not go to the store to buy candy, maybe you do).
          The fifth paragraph could make some sense, but inasmuch as this “election” was a total fraud it does not relate.
          As far as your last point is concerned, if you follow the blogs thoroughly you will find that those you identify as “lock-step Fox loyalists” , moi inclus, DO try to get information from other networks. CNN always and automatically places the Republicans on the wrong side of an argument, which is annoying and MSNBC is not much more than a comedy show. How can one not laugh when Ed Schultz or Al Sharpton tries to make a point. And Chris Mathews is still enjoying his leg thrills, poor guy. Furthermore I am convinced that there are more exclusive CNN followers and MSNBC followers than exclusive Fox followers.
          The main problem in this country is the fact that totally uninformed morons have the same vote value as somebody who understands the issues.

        • Libertarian Soldier

          You’re wrong. Factually, we’re tired of the bias of the network news and we do go to msnbc when we need a laugh or to watch chris matthews melt down by exacerbating his mental illnes by stacking faulty logic upon faulty logic, upon bull$#!+ (bull$#!+ [/] = faulty logic X ).

          If you actually read the story, msnbc has decided that it’s no longer working to pretend to be a show of journalism as much as a commercial promotion of the democrat ick party propaganda ministry.

          It’s clearly at the head of the ministry. It’s network news on steroids.

          Try to keep up.

  • MFS

    C’mon, Ben – it’s HILARIOUS watching Mika Brzezinski in the mornings – this lady is dumber than the bleach bottle she does her hair with – and the funniest part is she THINKS she’s hot-$hyt! What isn’t funny is who her father is – part of The Problem.

    Anyhoo, Blondie is a hoot to watch in the mornings!

  • MFS

    Re Fox vs. the yellow-stream media, here’s where FOX absolutely crushes the competition – anatomically correct on-air talent ladies! What other network has such delectable lovelies on it??

    • Alex

      So in school, whatever the pretty young teacher taught was unassailable while the lessons given by the homunculus were not.

      You are ridiculous…

  • Alex

    Eye do not watch Al Sharpton or Ed Schultz much at all. Like almost never. Too screamy and irritating, like Sean insHannity

    Chris Hayes, lots. Rachel Maddow, nearly every night. Lawrence O’Donnell, often. Those three programs are intelligent and on the mark. Unlike the Fox News biggies, they will acknowledge mistakes. Rachel Maddow never shouts down the opposition like insHannity or Bill O’Really.

    Any credible media watchdog group will show you–not tell you, but SHOW you factually— that Fox News is much-less trustworthy than MSNBC.

    • Henry L

      Considering the difference of popularity of Fox versus MSNBC shows you to be in the minority. Please stay there.

    • Vis Fac

      EWE are a moron and a liar as Sharpton and Jackson has written your bible. You are addicted to the vidiot box and especially the DUMBOCRITE channel BSDNC You wouldn’t recognize credibility it it were to slap EWE in the face. EWE are too enamored with those who speak MORON.

      Sophisticated people do not speak moron and we have a difficult time in cyphering the falgracarb you think lucid commentary to be!.

      Libertas inaestimabilis res est
      Semper-Fi

      • Too many stupid people

        Very funny, love the sheep referance. He also doesn’t understand that when you refer to yourself it’s not eye it’s I.Good lord.

        • Vis Fac

          Oh but I actually have nothing for it all belongs to the lord who allows me use it.

          Libertas inaestimabilis res est
          Semper-Fi

    • Tim Maddy

      Alex, they never use truth in their opinions or views, at least Fox tries to be honest in reporting, and will bring up all the scandals THat MSNBC refuses to report on.

  • Alex

    The Fox loyalists had their historical and hysterical matches with the readers of Der Sturmer and Pravda…

    • Henry L

      Und was meint das?

    • Vis Fac

      Facts to ALEX in La La Land are those that are pulled out
      of thin air and or provided by lame stream media to swathe ALEX in La La Land’s ineptness on all things rational. Liberal one dimensional idiot-ology dictates ALEX in La La Land makes things up as ALEX in La La Land goes so ALEX in La La Land can blame others for ALEX in La La Land’s failures or force ALEX in La La Land’s agenda.

      So whenever ALEX in La La Land has trouble defending and/or nothing to substantiate ALEX in La La Land’s positions ALEX in La La Land simply falls back on the FBAB (Federal Board for Assigning Blame) and/or character assassination through the use of pejoratives or labeling, and/or citing lame stream media’s partial/fabricated truths and prevarications; then all ALEX in La La Land’s liberal inadequacies are soon considered ancient history becoming non issues and then quickly forgotten.

      Libertas inaestimabilis res est
      Semper-Fi

  • Randal

    I am surprised he didn’t blame Bush.

    • Deerinwater

      it’s not too late!

      • Jana

        That’s a good one.

  • Bob666

    46% Want Democrats to Control Congress, 45% Prefer GOP In Charge
    Tuesday, October 15, 2013

    After two weeks of a partial government shutdown, ask voters which party they want in charge of Congress, and – it’s a draw.

    Right now, Democrats control the U.S. Senate, and Republicans have the majority in the House of Representatives. Forty-six percent (46%) of Likely U.S. Voters would vote for the Democratic Party to be in charge of the entire Congress if their vote in next year’s elections was the determining factor. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just as many (45%) would vote for the Republican Party to be totally in control. (To see survey question wording,

    http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/general_politics/october_2013/46_want_democrats_to_control_congress_45_prefer_gop_in_charge

    • Libertarian Soldier

      Just shows more people are stupid than not!

      • Bob666

        tell me that in the mid-terms and 2016,

  • Jim B

    Seasoned veteran journalists know their ‘5-W, and H’ rule, the kids at MSNBC/CNN never learned it, can’t apply it, and so their journalism is lousy. And in case they are tuned in they are (What, Where, When, Who, Why, and How)