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Chris Matthews’ guests have donated to his wife’s campaign – and he didn’t bother to mention that to his viewers

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MSNBC “Hardball” host Chris Matthews isn’t much for keeping his promises of transparency when it involves political contributions to his wife’s congressional campaign, reports the NY Post.
Last June, the commentator insisted on his show that he would be “transparent and fair in our coverage” after his wife, Kathleen, announced that she was running as a Democrat for the open seat in Maryland’s 8th District.
Since then, Kathleen Matthews, a former news anchor and Marriott exec, has received a total of $79,050 in campaign contributions from prominent former and current politicians featured on her husband’s long-running cable-news show.
“As a journalist, I also know how important it is to respect certain boundaries on my support for her both in my public role and here on MSNBC,” her husband said on his program. “And while most of you know that our show doesn’t typically cover congressional races, I will continue to fully disclose my relationship with her as part of MSNBC’s commitment to being transparent and fair in our coverage,” added Matthews.
But Matthews, who has made glowing references to Kathleen on his show without mentioning her campaign, hasn’t uttered a word about the contributions his 62-year-old wife has received from his TV guests.
The revelation is another black eye for NBC, which bounced Brian Williams as anchor of the network news last year and dispatched him to MSNBC after he fabricated details of stories he covered.
The Intercept, which broke the story of the “Hardball” campaign connection Friday, compiled a laundry list of questionable donations. It showed some political heavyweights making contributions just ­before or after their appearances on the show.
The political action committee for Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) gave $10,000 to Kathleen’s campaign on June 20, 2015 — two days before Gillibrand appeared on “Hardball.” Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) contributed $1,000 on Jan. 11, 2016, one day before she was interviewed on the program.  Chris Matthews’ guests, their spouses or their PACs donated $79,050 as of Dec. 31 — about 5 percent of the $1.5 million Kathleen had raised as of then. At least 11 of the donations came from guests after they ­appeared on Matthews’ show.
Paul Pelosi, husband of House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), put $1,000 into Kathleen’s coffers. Jackie Clegg-Dodd, wife of Chris Dodd, a former Connecticut senator and president of the Motion Picture Association of America, gave $500. Dick Blum, husband of Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), maxed out with a $2,700 donation.
MSNBC issued a statement saying it “does not book guests on the basis of political contributions. That would violate not only our ethical obligation as journalists, but also violate the standards of NBC News.” Chris Matthews did not return calls for comment.
“Working women know it is possible to have their own career and not depend on their spouse for success,” said Kathleen Matthews’ campaign manager, Ethan Susseles.
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Too bad, so sad: #LapDogMedia MSNBC spiraling down in ratings

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NY Times: Rachel Maddow, the biggest star on the MSNBC cable network, just posted her lowest quarterly ratings results ever. “Morning Joe,” MSNBC’s signature morning program, scored its second-lowest quarterly ratings, reaching an average of just 87,000 viewers in the key news demographic group.

And “Ronan Farrow Daily,” the network’s heavily promoted new afternoon show, which stars a 26-year-old Rhodes Scholar with a high-profile Hollywood lineage, has been largely a dud.

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Though it has mostly happened quietly, which may be a comment on the cable network’s larger status in the media landscape, MSNBC has seen its ratings hit one of the deepest skids in its history, with the recently completed third quarter of 2014 generating some record lows.

Phil Griffin and his "star"...

Phil Griffin and his “star”…


Phil Griffin, the president of MSNBC, acknowledged that his network had been struggling, but put it in the context of the overall drop in cable news. “This has been a tough year all around,” he said. “All three cable news channels are drawing a smaller combined audience than they were five years ago.(He must not be including Fox News in his statement: “In addition to being the most-watched basic cable network for the 2014 quarter in primetime, Fox News Channel saw across-the-board growth vs. Q3 2013. FNC was up +2% in viewers and up +4% in the A25-54 demo for total day viewing and up +10% in viewers and up +11% in the demo in primetime.)  He also emphasized that despite the plunge that caused it to trail CNN in the last quarter, the network remained ahead of CNN for the full year.

In the past, MSNBC’s ratings have typically fallen during times of intensely followed major news events. The current period is awash in them, with stories like ISIS and Ebola commanding a high degree of international reporting. This plays well to CNN’s strengths.

MSNBC consciously established its brand as politics-centric, approaching stories from a left-of-center viewpoint, in deliberate contrast to the right-of-center approach of Fox News, which continues to dominate the news channel ratings. At the same time, MSNBC moved away from a close relationship with NBC News that it had during the early years of the network. Today, fewer NBC News correspondents appear on MSNBC.

Mr. Griffin said that a general apathy about American politics has also hurt the network. “You can look at the dysfunction in Washington, the wariness about politics, the low approval ratings,” he said. “That’s had an impact. But we’ve got to adjust; we’ve got to evolve.”

MSNBC’s recent results have not been encouraging. During the third quarter, Ms. Maddow reached an average of 183,000 viewers in the audience component that most matters to MSNBC’s advertisers, viewers between the ages of 25 and 54, her lowest total since she started her show in 2008.

More worrying is the slide for “Morning Joe,” which has, for much of its time on the air, enjoyed status as one of the most talked-about shows in media industry circles. Now the heat around the show seems to have dissipated. For four straight months, and six of the last eight, “Morning Joe” has trailed CNN’s new morning entry, “New Day.”

One longtime news executive who has worked for both network and cable news organizations said the problem with “Morning Joe” was partly a broader issue with MSNBC. “ ‘Morning Joe’ has been hurt because no one is tuning in to watch the channel now; they go right by,” he said. “The show took its eye off the ball, but you can’t discount the fact that nobody is watching the channel.”

The executive, who asked not to be identified because of potential future business with MSNBC, said Ms. Maddow remains a draw, but her format has grown tired. “In terms of Rachel, everybody knows every night what she’s going to say,” he said. “The network just doesn’t surprise you.”

MSNBC’s other numbers are no prettier. Over all in prime time, MSNBC, which for years had squashed CNN head-to-head on weeknights, has recently dropped consistently behind that network. The falloff over the last five years is stark. In the first quarter of 2009, MSNBC averaged 392,000 viewers in the 25-54 demographic for its weeknight lineup. In the third quarter of this year, the number was down to 125,000.

The network’s newest prime-time host, Chris Hayes, also hit a low in the third quarter, averaging 129,000 viewers in the 25-54 category, his worst since his show began in the second quarter of 2013.

The median age of the MSNBC viewer has also ticked upward. Five years ago it was 58; now it is 61. CNN has edged down a bit, from 62 five years ago to 59. Fox News has aged from 65 to 68.

On Monday and Friday of last week, only one MSNBC show all day, “Hardball” with Chris Matthews, even topped 100,000 viewers in that 25-54 group. And the daytime numbers are much worse. Mr. Farrow’s show averaged just 45,000 viewers in the preferred group, down 51 percent from other programming in the same slot last year.

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Some of the losses at MSNBC reflect a drift away from cable news channels in general, as Mr. Griffin noted. Over the last five years, Fox News and CNN are both down 13 percent in total audience in prime time; MSNBC is down 21 percent. Fox has little to worry about because its numbers so dwarf the others. CNN has responded with a new strategy that mixes its traditional hard news approach with a regular lineup of pre-produced original series. It had a major success last week with the latest of them, “Somebody’s Gotta Do It,” with Mike Rowe.

As for MSNBC, Mr. Griffin remained optimistic despite the challenges. He defended the network’s approach, but also hinted that it had to broaden its programming beyond politics. “We have a good brand, a strong brand,” he said. “But we’ve got to get outside Washington and open up our aperture a little.”

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Liberal Chris Matthews at Bohemian Grove

Chris Matthews to speak at Bohemian Grove

Chris Matthews to speak at Bohemian Grove

Thank you Maui Jim, for putting this up, and thank you Mark Dice for chasing this story. ~TD

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I’m always puzzled by this event. The question is, “How could these guys look the other way to attend this event? Is the lure of wealth and power so great that they can overlook such overt Satanic activity?”

~TD

This is an extremely HOT issue, no pun intended. After posting it, I did a quick search and found that even our competitors in Russia are disgusted. Here’s an RT contribution to the same subject.

 

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Obama's anti-white racist rants

Shocking news!
A white President of the United States wrote this in his memoir:
“That’s just how black folks will do you. It wasn’t merely the cruelty involved; I was learning that white people could be mean and then some. It was a particular brand of arrogance, an obtuseness in otherwise sane people that brought forth our bitter laughter. It was as if blacks didn’t know they were being cruel in the first place. Or at least thought you deserving of their scorn. Black folks.”

What a racist!!!!

But wait.
No white U.S. President actually wrote that.
Instead, the half-black Barack Obama wrote this in his memoir, Dreams From My Father:
“That’s just how white folks will do you. It wasn’t merely the cruelty involved; I was learning that black people could be mean and then some. It was a particular brand of arrogance, an obtuseness in otherwise sane people that brought forth our bitter laughter. It was as if whites didn’t know they were being cruel in the first place. Or at least thought you deserving of their scorn. White folks.”
There are more anti-white racist passages from Dreams From My Father.  In October 2011, the U.S. State Dept bought more than $70,000 copies of the racist book, using hardworking taxpayers’ money, to send out as Christmas gratuities and stocking “key libraries” around the world.
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And yet this is the man whom the fawning media in 2008 had touted as the first post-racial president who would bring racial healing to America.
Hey, Chris “tingle-up-my-leg” Matthews and all you “white folks” of the fawning media! Don’t you know you are included among the cruel, arrogant, obtuse “white folks” your idol trashes in his precious memoir?
There’s only two words for you stupid “white folks”:

Useful Idiots

See also “Obama is a Racist,” July 8, 2010.
~Eowyn

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Romney won, POS lost – The Left in meltdown

The consensus is that Mitt Romney won last night’s first presidential debate in Denver.

Here are the post-debate polling data, followed by the Left’s weeping and gnashing of teeth.

CNN: According to a nationwide CNN/ORC International survey conducted right after the debate, two-thirds (67%) said that Romney won the faceoff, with one in four saying that the POS won.

NewsMax: According to Newsmax/InsiderAdvantage Flash Poll conducted immediately after the debate of 373 likely voters, 52% said Romney won; 45% said the POS won. 3% were undecided/neither. Pollster Matt Towery says “the results largely followed party lines, but independents broke in favor of Romney, moving the dial in his favor.”

The morbidly obese leftwing filmmaker Michael Moore tweeted: “If Romney keeps this up…Obama is going to vote for him!” “Romney is channeling the look and sound of Reagan. Obama is giving a professor’s lecture.” Moore’s last tweet of the evening was to blame it all on John Kerry: “This is what happens when u pick John Kerry as your debate coach.”

MSNBC’s Chris “Tingles” Matthews: “I don’t know what he [Obama] was doing out there. He had his head down, he was enduring the debate rather than fighting it. … Romney, on the other hand, came in with a campaign. He had a plan, he was going to dominate the time, he was going to be aggressive, he was going to push the moderator around, which he did effectively…” Matthews bemoaned to a somber Rachel Maddow, “Mitty beat the ever-loving snot out of him. Obama looked like a retard.” Matthews’ recommendation to the POS is that he should start watching cable TV news, specifically Matthews’ program. LOL

National Journal’s Ron Fournier blamed it on “the curse of incumbency”: “Like many of his predecessors, President Obama fell victim Wednesday night to high expectations, a short fuse, and a hungry challenger. If Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney didn’t win the first of three presidential debates outright, he more than covered the spread. He was personable, funny, and relentlessly on the attack against a heavily favored Obama. The president looked peeved and flat as he carried a conversation, for the first time in four years, with somebody telling him he’s wrong.”

Former Clinton campaign adviser James Carville blamed it on Romney not having”a conversation” with the POS: “Let’s be real. They have run a very good campaign thus far. I don’t think that President Obama did what this campaign wanted him to do. I think he was off his game tonight. But let’s don’t go overboard here. It will be like a big sort of pushback. … My point is this — President Obama came in, he wanted to have a conversation. It takes two people to have a conversation. Mitt Romney came in with a chainsaw. He’s trying to talk to a chainsaw.”

Homosexual “gay marriage doesn’t mean monogamy” pundit Andrew Sullivan: “Look: you know how much I love the guy [Obama] … and I can see the logic of some of Obama’s meandering, weak, professorial arguments. But this was a disaster for the president for the key people he needs to reach, and his effete, wonkish lectures may have jolted a lot of independents into giving Romney a second look. Obama looked tired, even bored; he kept looking down; he had no crisp statements of passion or argument; he wasn’t there. … The person with authority on that stage was Romney – offered it by one of the lamest moderators ever, and seized with relish. This was Romney the salesman. And my gut tells me he sold a few voters on a change tonight. It’s beyond depressing. But it’s true.”

Like the other leftists, Obama’s spokesperson Stephanie Cutter also scapegoated moderator Jim Lehrer, blaming the PBS news anchor for being passive and allowing Mitt Romney to act as the moderator instead. “I sometimes wondered if we even needed a moderator because we had Mitt Romney.”

Well done, Governor Romney!

You thoroughly knew America’s economic problems; was in command of the economic data and statistics, but also presented the human side of our present economic misery; effectively conveyed and explained your proposed solutions (especially why the individual tax rate should be lowered because unlike big corporations, small businesses don’t qualify for the corporate tax rate because they are considered as “individual” taxpayers); firmly disagreed with the POS and explained why; and promptly corrected the POS whenever he mischaracterized your policies.

You were persuasive because you can point to your record of successful governorship of Massachusetts, whereas the POS has only 3+ years of abject failure.

I especially appreciate your resounding reminder to all Americans that the proper role of government, above all, is to uphold America’s Constitution and our founding document, the Declaration of Independence’s promise and commitment to the preciousness of life and liberty, and its affirmation of our Creator.

You did all that without being rude or condescending. On the contrary, throughout the debate, not only did you show respect for B.S. Obama because he holds the Office of the Presidency of the United States of America, you looked at him with a smile and with eyes brimming with kindness. (Romney’s kindness is borne out by his donation of one-third – over $4 million – of his income to charities in 2011.)

The eyes are windows into our souls. It’s your kind eyes that have completely won my heart.

Governor Romney, I will be so proud to have you be my president — the 45th President of the United States of America (2013-2020)!

~Eowyn

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Flight of the Bumblebrain

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“I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy.” – Senator Joe Biden, January 31, 2007.
“Listen he’s a nice person, he’s very articulate. But he couldn’t sell watermelons if it, you gave him the state troopers to flag down the traffic.” – Dan Rather, March 2010.
“He’s charismatic, he’s articulate, he’s a very strong figure on the national stage.” – Karl Rove, February 2009.
About Illinois’ junior senator Barack Obama: “He hasn’t gotten elected yet. He hasn’t even gotten the party’s nomination. He’s an attractive guy, he’s articulate.” – Pres. George W. Bush, January 2007.
“I have to tell you, you know, it’s part of reporting this case, this election, the feeling most people get when they hear Barack Obama’s speech. My, I felt this thrill going up my leg. I mean, I don’t have that too often.” – Chris Matthews, March 27, 2008.

H/t beloved Terry!

~Eowyn

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No More Thrill Up His Leg

The love is gone.
Chris Matthews, in an interview on MSNBC, asks why Obama even wants a second term:
“There is no Peace Corps. There is no Special Forces…. There is no Moon program. There’s nothing to root for. What are we trying to do in this administration? Why does he want a second term? Will he tell us? What is he going to do in a second term? More of this? Is this it?”
Then Matthews says that we’d “never believe all the things” he hears. He says that members of Congress don’t hear from Obama at all — not a single phone call. That’s because Obama just doesn’t like Congress. BooHoo.
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Good grief. Matthews sounds like a jilted lover.
H/t Breitbart.
~Eowyn

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Time for the Barf Bag


Here’s a reminder of the very unobjective journalist profession:
On Chris “I-feel-a-thrill-up-my-leg” Matthews’ show, Howard Fineman, senior Washington correspondent for Newsweek magazine, gushes that “of course” Obama “is much smarter than us” (0:28 mark):
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~Eowyn

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Why Do Conservative Elites Avoid Obama Eligibility?

The GOP honchos, beginning with John McCain in 2008 and continuing to new House Speaker John Boehner, avoid it.
Conservative columnists and talking heads such as Glenn Beck and Bill O’Reilly not just avoid it, they go out of their way to mock those who don’t. The latter chickened out when he wasted a golden opportunity to ask Obama about his elusive long-form birth certificate (and other documents such as his kindergarten and college records) in their recent sit-down interview.
When even an Obama worshipper such as Chris “thrill-up-my-leg” Matthews calls on O to release his original long-form birth certificate, it grows ever more curious why conservative elites avoid it with that proverbial 10-foot pole. I don’t buy the excuse that it’s because they fear a civil war would result should the Fraud be found to be constitutionally ineligible for the presidency.
Among national talk radio hosts, only Rush Limbaugh and to a lesser extent Sean Hannity talk about it, which is most strange because, as WorldNetDaily publisher Joseph Farah points out, the Obama eligibility issue is not just all-important, it is a winning issue. Go figure!
~Eowyn

The humongous elephant in the room everyone is denying



Why eligibility is a winning issue
By Joseph Farah – WorldNetDaily – February 03, 2011

Conservatives make me laugh – and cry, sometimes.
From the very beginning of WND’s relentless coverage of the eligibility issue, there were many very high-profile conservatives in public office and the media who discouraged any focus on it.
They whispered and muttered that it was not a “winning issue.”
They wrung their hands in worriment over the possibility that Barack Obama would pull the rug out from under the pursuit by pulling his long-form birth certificate out of his hat – making us look ridiculous for ever asking for it.
They even went so far as to suggest the whole controversy was a “trap” being set for those who went near it.
They warned that Obama is waiting for me to get out far enough on a limb so he can saw it off.
They were even afraid that Obama might indeed be ineligible and the nation would face a constitutional crisis as a result.
I didn’t listen to them then, and I don’t listen to them now.
Why?
It’s very simple.
There is no doubt, none whatsoever, that Barack Obama is hiding something about his origins and his life leading to the White House.
It has been two-and-a-half years since serious questions first arose about his birthplace, his parentage, his adoption, his travels, his college years, his early education and so on. When we began pursuing the question of his constitutional eligibility, no one else was covering it or taking it seriously. In fact, we were pleasantly surprised in June of 2009 when we conducted our first scientific public-opinion poll on the issue to learn that 50 percent of the public had even heard about the controversy – and that half of those were skeptical about Obama’s claims.
We were amazed at how many people were aware of the story with only one news source covering it.
The most recent poll, conducted by CNN last summer, showed 58 percent of Americans skeptical of Obama’s claims and that the entire world knows about the controversy – and that’s with practically the entire media establishment devoted to denying there is any story worth covering.
How is that not a winning issue?
Yet, most conservatives are still hiding in the tall grass on this issue, afraid of their own shadows and being outsmarted by their political opponents.
I have always looked at this issue through the eyes of a newsman. It is the job of the news media to hold politicians accountable to the law and the standards of our society.
The Constitution requires the president to be a “natural born citizen,” and the very first piece of evidence one would need to show to establish that fact is a long-form birth certificate – and actual eyewitness account of a birth taking place in a specific place, at a specific time, by specific parents.
So we asked for that specific document. We couldn’t get it. Obama wouldn’t release it. Nobody in government, no controlling legal authority has ever seen it as part of a process of evaluating Obama’s eligibility.
Even as a rookie cub reporter 35 years ago, I would have recognized that as a cover-up – a deliberate one. Somebody clearly had something to hide.
It’s amazing to me today, even as this story begins breaking out beyond WND, that practically no one in the media sees what I and my merry band of WND reporters and editors see. The American people get it. But the media and even most conservative political activists don’t. Most Republican officials are afraid of it.
But what could possibly be wrong with asking for the documentation that is absolutely necessary to meeting the constitutional test?
How could it backfire if Obama actually produces the proof? That’s all we’re asking for. That’s all we ever asked for. I would consider it a major victory if Obama produced what I have been asking him to produce for two-and-a-half years. I would even be relieved to find out that the man occupying the White House is indeed constitutionally eligible for the office he has held for the last two years.

I still don’t understand what is the downside of demanding something so innocent and so essential to constitutional governance as proof of eligibility.
I’m not afraid Obama will produce what I’m asking for. I’m afraid he won’t. That’s something very scary. It is already a constitutional crisis when the president can assume office and make profound changes in the direction of the country without ever proving he is constitutionally eligible.
Why won’t he produce it?
Americans are asking this question more frequently than ever before. It has become something of a national joke. But it’s not a joking matter. It’s a matter of national security and constitutional integrity.
Now that several states are ready to approve legislation requiring future presidential candidates to prove their eligibility before getting on the ballot, we are closer than ever to learning whether Obama can meet that test.
If he seeks re-election, he can. If he doesn’t, he can’t.
If he doesn’t and can’t, I dare someone to tell me our hard work and dedication on this issue wasn’t worthwhile and productive.

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At Last, Keith Olbermann Fired

 

A BKeyser design


MSNBC has fired Keith Olbermann — that rabidly leftwing, overpaid “newsman” who doesn’t even feign a pretense at objectivity. Just two years ago, the cable network had signed him to a 4-year contract, reportedly for $30 million.
Paul Farhi of the Washington Post reports today (Jan 22, 2011):

Keith Olbermann, the combative left-leaning anchor of MSNBC’s most popular program, “Countdown,” surprised viewers Friday night by announcing that the show would be his last. Olbermann said he had been told by MSNBC that the cable network was ending his contract.

Neither the network nor Olbermann publicly cited a reason for his abrupt departure, but that hasn’t stopped Washington Post’s reporter, the fawning Farhi, from engaging in some fanciful speculation — that it was because Olbermann made campaign contributions to three political candidates, in violation of an NBC News policy that prohibits political contributions by its employees without prior approval. Olbermann was suspended for two days, then returned to the air publicly unapologetic about his behavior, expressing his disdain for MSNBC’s decision.
Then Farhi further speculated that Olbermann’s dismissal may have something to do with the pending takeover of MSNBC’s parent company, NBC Universal, by Comcast, the cable and Internet giant.
Blah, blah, blah….
What the fawning Farhi omits to inform Washington Post readers is this: Olbermann pulls in fewer viewers than any of the news personalities on FoxNews. Here’s Drudge Report on the cable news stats for Thursday, January 20, 2011:

NEWS RACE
THURS. JAN. 20, 2011

FOXNEWS O’REILLY 2,918,000
FOXNEWS HANNITY 2,079,000
FOXNEWS BAIER 1,940,000
 OXNEWS SHEP 1,786,000
FOXNEWS BECK 1,780,000
FOXNEWS GRETA 1,460,000
MSNBC OLBERMANN 1,106,000
CNN PIERS 1,025,000
MSNBC MADDOW 976,000
MSNBC O’DONNELL 855,000
MSNBC SCHULTZ 760,000
CNN COOPER 740,000
MSNBC HARDBALL 700,000

Well done, MSNBC! Thank you for doing America a favor by sacking Olbermann. Now, please do the same to Ed Schultz, Anderson Cooper, and the man with the lowest rating of all — Chris “I feel a thrill up my leg” Matthews!
H/t Fellowship co-founder Steve.
~Eowyn

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