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CBS Evening News ratings plummet with Norah O’Donnell’s debut

From NY Post: Norah O’Donnell’s debut as the new “CBS Evening News” anchor drew much media fanfare but not so many viewers.

The former co-host of “CBS This Morning” came in last place among evening shows on Monday despite a much-publicized premiere that included a sit-down with Jeff Bezos, the richest man in the world.

O’Donnell not only trailed “ABC’s World News Tonight” and “NBC Nightly News,” she also failed to best the ratings of her predecessor, Jeff Glor, who hosted “CBS Evening News” for a year and a half.

CBS rolled out the red carpet for O’Donnell when it announced her new role in May — the same day she was set to receive a high-profile media award from her now former “CBS This Morning” co-host Gayle King.

It then heavily promoted her first show, which boasted an interview with Bezos about his space venture Blue Origin to mark the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Apollo 11 moon landing. King, too, gave the show a shout-out on Twitter.

Despite all the buzz, Monday night’s broadcast slipped compared to the same night a year earlier, as well as for the show’s average audience so this year, ratings agency Nielsen said.

O’Donnell garnered a total audience of 5.6 million viewers, down 1% from the same night in 2018 when Glor drew 5.7 million viewers. Her broadcast slid 6% compared with the 2019-to-date average of nearly 6 million.

CBS insiders attributed some of the decline to the revolving door of anchors on the nightly news show since O’Donnell’s predecessor, Glor, left in May when she was named as his replacement.

In the important 25- to 54-year-old demographic, O’Donnell drew 929,000 viewers versus 1.22 million, a year ago when the show was hosted by Glor. That translated to the newscast being down 24% in the demo versus the year-to-date average.

According to data provided by CBS, the network lost fewer viewers on Monday than the competition, suggesting its decline could be slowing. O’Donnell’s Monday broadcast was down 1 percent, compared with NBC’s second place showing which fell 10%, and ABC’s first place showing which fell 4% for the same Monday a year ago. Also, CBS was up 2% in total viewers while NBC was down 6% and ABC was down 7% versus the prior four Mondays.

All eyes are on the division, which got a hefty anchor shake up by CBS News president Susan Zirinsky in May, including moves that gave King a bigger role on the morning program. Zirinsky has heralded her moves, including O’Donnell’s promotion, as central to the network’s female-friendly next chapter following a string of sexual harassment scandals that sent anchor Charlie Rose, “60 Minutes” executive producer Jeff Fager and chairman and Chief Executive Officer Les Moonves, out the door.

Our focus is on delivering credible journalism that impacts viewers, and in just three days, we’re succeeding with exclusive, newsmaker interviews and impactful investigations,” a CBS News spokesperson said.


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Dan Rather moved by Toronto premiere of 'Truth'

The movie should have been called “Spinning the Truth”.
Sacramento Bee: A visibly moved Dan Rather choked up at the Toronto International Film Festival premiere on Saturday night of “Truth,” a drama that recounts the events surrounding the CBS News anchor’s downfall.
Rather attended the premiere of the film, which is based on “60 Minutes” producer Mary Mapes’ 2005 memoir about the network’s report on President George W. Bush’s Air National Guard service during the Vietnam War. Starring Cate Blanchett and Robert Redford, James Vanderbilt’s film is a bid for the vindication of Mapes and Rather, whose careers both tumbled as a result of the scandal.
“Truth” is clearly on their side, portraying the controversy as a journalistic tragedy, with Mapes and Rather sacrificed by a corporation with motivations beyond truthful reporting.
Appearing on stage after the film’s premiere, Rather received a standing ovation. He told the festival that watching the film was “an eerie experience, and I confess that I still haven’t quite gotten my head completely around it.”
When an audience member asked if he would have done anything differently, Rather responded that journalism is “on its very best days, kind of a crude art.”
“I’ve certainly made my mistakes, and I have the scars to show for it,” said the 83-year-old Rather. “There are plenty of things I would do over, which is why I spend a lot of my time trying to practice humility and modesty.” He then teared up and added: “Tremendous gratitude.”
Sony Pictures Classics will release “Truth” on Oct. 16. The enthusiastic critical response in Toronto suggests it could be an awards season contender. The film will surely spawn a new series of op-eds about one the previous decade’s most debated media stories.
At the Sony Pictures Classics annual Toronto Film Festival dinner following the premiere, Rather said he was particularly impressed by Blanchett’s performance, saying she faithfully captured Mapes as a newswoman. But he added “Truth” had one notable inaccuracy. “My wife keeps telling me: ‘Robert Redford is too good-looking to play you,'” said Rather.

Two liberals who wouldn't know "truth" if it smacked them in the face

Two liberals who wouldn’t know “truth” if it smacked them in the face


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This is Rich: Robert Redford to Play Dan Rather in "Truth"

Two liberals who wouldn't know "truth" if it smacked them in the face

Two liberals who wouldn’t know “truth” if it smacked them in the face

Hollywood Reporter: Robert Redford has signed on to play Dan Rather in Truth, a film based on the 2005 memoir Truth and Duty: The Press, The President, and The Privilege of Power.
The book, written by Rather’s producer Mary Mapes, centers on the firestorm that erupted after Rather reported that George W. Bush had gotten to serve in the National Guard in order to avoid the Vietnam War.
Cate Blanchett is attached to play Mapes, who was fired after the scandal, which was dubbed “Rathergate.”
Mapes’ memoir, Truth and Duty, was published in 2005. The Peabody Award-winning producer worked for CBS’ 60 Minutes starting in 1999. After Rather’s report on Bush aired, it became the subject of harsh criticism, and an internal investigation was launched.
Subsequently, Mapes was accused of lapses in judgment and was fired, while Rather’s career and reputation were jeopardized.
James Vanderbilt, the screenwriter behind The Amazing Spider-Man and White House Down, will adapt the screenplay, and make his directorial debut with the project, which Mythology Entertainment is producing. Brad Fischer, William Sherak, Vanderbilt and Mikkel Bondesen are producing. Vanderbilt is repped by WME, UFUSE Management and McKuin Frankel.
Redford, most recently appearing All Is Lost and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, is repped by WME and Jackoway Tyerman.
Ah, Redford and Rather – good little commies. Another Hollyweird movie that I predict will tank.

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Flight of the Bumblebrain

“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!


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10 Hoaxes Perpetrated by the Left

Top 10 Hoaxes Perpetrated by the Left and Trumpeted by a Complicit Media (excerpts)
by Megan Fox NewsRealBlog Dec 20, 2010

10. Professor at Claremont College Vandalizes Car. Holds Anti-Hate Rally to Protest
Kerri Dunn gave a barn-burner speech at Claremont College in California about racial discrimination and hatred. After her speech, she went to her car where she found it had been spray painted and vandalized with the words “kike whore” and “n***er lover.” She immediately went back to the event and reported she was a victim of a hate crime. The school shut down classes for an entire day.
The haters of hate had a big rally and just when everyone was whipped up into a racially fueled frenzy, two eyewitnesses came forward to report that Dunn had done the damage herself. (Cue leaking balloon sound effect.)  Adding to her long history of criminal activity (shoplifting, driving on a fake license, theft,) she was convicted of two felony counts of attempted insurance fraud and one misdemeanor count of filing a false police report. The college then went on to “defeat and repudiate” the offender by suspending her with pay and renting her a replacement car.
9. Crazed Professor Claims “Workplace Terrorism”
Lynn Snowden, far-left counter-terrorism professor at University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW,) accused colleague Mike Adams, criminal justice professor at UNCW and conservative columnist at Townhall, of breaking into her office and spraying it with tear gas. She reported this accusation to the police as well as to the entire staff. She claimed her legs were going numb and that several items in her office had been tampered with including, but not limited to, the margins on her computer.
It seems the trouble began with her accusing another staff member, Cecil Willis, of “hate crimes” and “sexual harassment,” which never proved true. Once her attempt to derail his career blew up, it is possible she just snapped. Snowden was never reprimanded for her false accusations and remains a professor at UNCW.

8. And Now For the Evening Noose
It all began in a little town, Jena, Louisiana. Some high school kids thought they were pulling a prank on the rodeo team by hanging nooses from a tree where they ate lunch every day. On the day of discovery, the kids (white and black) were reported to have been playing with them, doing pull ups on them and even sticking their heads into them. The students responsible were threatened with expulsion but it was decided that was too harsh a punishment since they did not know the significance of the noose in the South. (One more reason to home school your kids.) Instead of expulsion, they received suspension.
This did not sit well with the “community.” They felt the sentence was too light. Enter the race-baiters. The local FBI wanted to treat the noose hanging as a hate crime! I agree it’s dumb and even hateful to hang a noose, but is it against the law? Can you prosecute someone for putting an empty noose in a tree? Isn’t it better to simply ignore such distasteful behavior? And in this case, none of the school officials (or the kids playing on the nooses) thought the boys who did it meant any racial disrespect to anyone!
Months after the noose incident a white student, Justin Barker, was ambushed at school by six black students who beat him unconscious. There was no explanation for this attack although the media attributed it to the noose incident. The only problem with this theory was that Barker wasn’t one of the boys who hung the nooses.
7. Census Worker Found Hanging, Left Blames Tea Party
A census worker in Kentucky was found hanging with the word “fed” written on his chest and immediately the lefty media leapt to the conclusion that an angry anti-government Tea Partier was involved. Writers at the Huffington Post took this opportunity to embarrass themselves, writing articles called The Hanged Census Worker: Why Appalachia Hates Feds, and Discussion of Dead Census Worker Highlights Right-Wing Paranoia.
Too bad that person turned out to be Bill Sparkman, the victim trying to defraud his insurance company.

6. The Girl Who Cried Rape
The famous Duke Lacrosse team “rape” of stripper Crystal Gail Magnum made the headlines for quite a while, destroying the lives of many in their wake. I can’t argue that the guys involved in this case were examples of upstanding citizenry or anything. They were idiots who hired strippers at a booze-fueled party. Note to college-age boys: Refrain from getting drunk and calling suspect numbers on Craig’s List. You will regret it.
Everyone knows this story. Black girl accuses white athletes of gang rape, entire university (and media) responds by hanging posters of accused forcing their coach to resign and jumping the gun in defense of the “victim” who later turns out to be another crazy whackjob who made it all up.  I’m sure there were plenty of “Womyn’s Center” rallies around this one involving really awkward speeches about vagina rights. Like the other hoaxes, this one ended in the falsely accused filing and winning lawsuits, an out of control prosecutor serving jail time and a university staff shamed (but not repentant.)

5.  The Infamous Twawna Brawley
Undeniably, this was one of the worst race hoaxes ever committed. A 15-year-old girl faked her own kidnapping and gang rape by “white men” in order to escape punishment from her parents for being somewhere she ought not have been. When Al Sharpton got a hold of her, she became the rallying cry for racial justice in America. Sharpton pulled out all the stops and accused a District Attorney and police officers of being the rapists. One of the officers accused, Harry Crist Jr., had committed suicide before he was named in the attack and his memory was dragged through the mud causing untold pain and humiliation to his family. Eventually the truth came out and Sharpton had to pay tens of thousands of dollars in damages. Somehow, he still is allowed to be a leader in the black community.
4. The N-Word on Capitol Hill
MSNBC reported,

Rep. Andre Carson, D-Ind., told a reporter that as he left the Cannon House Office Building with Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., a leader of the civil rights era, some among the crowd chanted “the N-word, the N-word, 15 times.” Both Carson and Lewis are black, and Lewis spokeswoman Brenda Jones also said that it occurred. “It was like going into the time machine with John Lewis,” said Carson, a large former police officer who said he wasn’t frightened but worried about the 70-year-old Lewis, who is twice his age. “He said it reminded him of another time.”

But Andrew Breitbart offered $100,000 to anyone with video evidence of these events. Not surprisingly, none surfaced. There is absolutely no way in this technological climate where every 8-year-old has an iphone that no one got it on video. But Breitbart did find video on his own that showed the accusers to be liars.

3. Dan Rather Lied, the Mainstream Media Died
Dan Rather and his rabid anti-Bush producer Mary Mapes pulled one of the dumbest (and most entertaining) hoaxes in history. In 2004, the leftist media was desperate to kill George W. Bush’s chances at re-election. John Kerry was a disappointing candidate, to say the least, and Americans connected with Bush on 9/11 in a significant way. With re-election looming, the lefty media took it upon themselves to dig up dirt, even if they had to falsify it. Mary Mapes, 60 Minutes producer, was in contact with Bill Burkett who she admitted knowing was an “anti-Bush zealot.” He provided her with documents he said proved Bush did not live up to National Guard standards or fulfill his duties while serving. Mapes never authenticated the documents and gave them to Rather to run with them.
And run with them he did! Hours after the 60 Minutes episode aired, the blogosphere went crazy tearing apart the documents for the fakes they were. This was the moment the elite media died. Mary Mapes was fired and Dan Rather retired in a cloud of shame.

2. Muslim Hate Hoaxes
Who hasn’t heard of the notorious “backlash” Americans have been unleashing on Muslims since 9/11? We’re to believe that Americans don’t have anything better to do than spray paint hate graffiti on every Muslim business they come across. Intimidation and rudeness sums up what the media thinks Americans are into. But have you ever heard of the fake islamophobia hate hoaxes? I hadn’t. But rest assured if any of these were really true, the leftist media would run 24-hour news cycles to inform us of it. Here are some examples:

McALLEN, Tex., Sept. 29 – The owner of a Middle Eastern meat market who had said he was the victim of a hate crime in this border town was arrested and arraigned Tuesday [Sept. 28] on a felony arson charge that he set fire to his own business. The man, Amjad Abunar, had complained that “Go Home” was twice spray-painted on a door of his Al Madinah Market before a fire on Aug. 6 that gutted the small delicatessen. Only last week, the graffiti and fire were cited as evidence by a Washington advocacy group that hate crimes against Muslims were on the rise in Texas. Bond for Mr. Abunar was set at $150,000, and he remained in jail on Wednesday.

The story that developed in July [2006] was just too good to pass up: a Jordanian-born restaurant owner in Xenia, Ohio had been the apparent victim of repeated attempts to burn down his store. The day after the third attack, when a Molotov cocktail had been thrown through the front window of his business, yet another explosion rocked the store – the second attack in 24 hours – sending the owner and his son to the hospital with burns over 80-90 percent of their bodies. An employee in an adjoining store was also taken to the hospital for injuries. Just hours before the blast, the store owner had been interviewed by a local TV station vowing that he would never give in to pressure to close the store (video of the interview can be seen here). Arson investigators have determined that the final blast that severely injured the store owner, Musa Shteiwi, and his son, Essa, was set by the pair themselves. In a performance worthy of a Darwin Award, the Shteiwis were standing in a pool of gasoline that they intended to use as an accelerant in setting their store ablaze later that night when Musa Shteiwi took a break and lit up a cigarette, igniting the gasoline prematurely and causing the blast that inflicted their injuries. But there’s more: prosecutors claim that Shteiwi had hired a former employee, Joshua Hunter, to commit the previous attacks against his store that CAIR had insisted were hate crimes committed by non-Muslim members of the Xenia community. Hunter has been jailed and charged with arson, and similar charges against Musa and Essa Shteiwi are pending until after they have recovered from their injuries.

1. Fake Anti-Muslim Flyer
In a stratagem typical of the deceitful smear campaigns the left seems to favor, an obviously fake hate flyer has been posted all over the George Washington University campus with the intention of sabotaging Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week (October 22-26), and smearing its sponsors the David Horowitz Freedom Center and the Young America’s Foundation. The flyer, which is headlined “Hate Muslims? So Do We” and masquerades as a publication by GW students now organizing Islamo Fascism Awareness Week activities, is itself a hate crime as well as a forgery. Its authors, cowering behind anonymity, are part of what has become a national movement to attack Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week.
It does not seem to matter to leftists that the term “Islamo-Fascism” was first used by Muslims in Algeria.
~Excerpts posted by Eowyn

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Tragedy and Hope: Caroll Quigley Spilled the Beans!

This is a brief video that gives an overview of the Ruling Elite of the CFR and their ultimate goal.


For a one hour 1974 radio interview between Dr. Stan Monteith and the author , Carroll Quigley,  go here.     Among other things, Quigley discusses the origin of the CFR and the Global Agenda.   The  money men who started the CFR and the United Nations also started the tax-exempt foundations that funded a pro-Stalinst agenda in the 1930s and helped Mao Tse-Tung take over China.     





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