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The NFL is blaming its horrible ratings on the election

As Dr. Eowyn reported in September, the NFL is losing viewers in Kaepernick blowback. The ratings continue to slide and yet, somehow, it is the fault of the elections. The NFL is stuck on stoopid.


From Yahoo: The NFL is blaming its horrible TV ratings on the election, according to a leaked memo to team owners obtained by the Wall Street Journal.

Every single one of the NFL’s primetime offerings (Sunday, Monday, and Thursday Night Football) is down double-digits, according to Sports Illustrated. Overall, NFL viewership is down 11% this year.

The NFL wrote that the drop in primetime was likely because of “unprecedented interest in the Presidential election.” The letter went on to reference the 2000 election as another period of time when NFL ratings went down.

The NFL is not the only one to make the connection. In an interview with Sports Business Daily, Mike Mulvihill, a senior VP at Fox Sports, said the current season reminded him of fall of 2000, a year which included the race between Al Gore and George W. Bush. 2000 was the only year during the decade 2000-2010 where the NFL saw a downtick overallSports Illustrated notes.


One thing the NFL said was not affecting ratings was fan backlash against players protesting police brutality by not standing during the national anthem. “In fact, our own data shows that the perception of the NFL and its players is actually up in 2016,” the NFL wrote.nfl-players-blm-movement

Alternative theories

There are a few other theories on what might be affecting ratings this year, however, that have nothing to do with Donald Trump. In a meeting with analysts at Pacific Crest, CBS, one of the NFL’s TV partners, cited three reasons:

  • Small sample sizes (there haven’t been enough games yet)
  • Injuries
  • Unfavorable matchups (for instance, NBC’s last “Sunday Night Football” had a Steelers-Chiefs matchup that was down 26% from last year, but last year’s game was Saints-Cowboys, and the Cowboys are the NFL’s biggest TV draw)

Lastly, there is a far more troubling explanation: people are losing gradually losing interest in live sports, and big TV “spectacles” in general.

NBC had a disastrous TV showing at the Olympics, which saw a sharp viewership dip for the first time since 2000. NBC’s Olympics primetime broadcast was down 15% versus 2012. The damage was even greater among younger people. Among 18- to 49-year-olds, there was a 25% drop for the bulk of the games, according to Bloomberg Intelligence.


NBC Developing Dramedy Inspired By Former Texas Senator Wendy Davis

The Adventures of Abortion Barbie?

wendy davis

Deadline: Wendy Davis made national headlines in 2013 for filibustering anti-abortion legislation in the Texas Senate. Now the former Democratic state senator is poised for more national attention as the inspiration for a dramedy series in development at NBC.

Written by Jennifer Cecil, the untitled project centers on a female Democratic senator who, after losing the Texas governor’s race, gets her world turned upside down. In the vein of The Good Wife, while she pieces her pride back together, she goes to work in the law firm of her best friend — a black male Republican — and discovers that with no political future to protect, she can unshackle her inner badass.

Cecil and Davis executive produce alongside Sue Naegle via her Naegle Ink banner and Karen Sherwood. Universal TV is the studio.

A Harvard-educated lawyer, Davis represented District 10 in the Texas Senate from 2009-15. She made national news in June 2013 when she staged an 11-hour filibuster to block a Senate bill imposing major new restrictions on abortions. The filibuster, which drew support from President Obama, was successful, but the bill ultimately passed. The move made Davis a political star, leading to a run for governor last year, which she lost in the general election. Since then, Davis had been working on a new women’s equality initiative targeting millennials.

Former Private Practice executive producer/co-head writer Cecil is an an executive producer on NBC’s upcoming medical drama Heartbreaker. Her résumé also includes stints as a co-executive producer on AMC’s Hell On Wheels and CBS’ Hostages.


NBC news anchor Brian Williams admits he lied

Lying Brian Williams

On Feb. 4, 2015, NCB News anchor Brian Williams admitted he had lied about being aboard a helicopter that was shot down by an RPG (rocket-propelled grenade) in Iraq in 2003. Williams retold the story as recently as last week.

This is what Williams had reported in 2003:

“During the invasion of Iraq, when the helicopter we were traveling in was forced down after being hit by an RPG. Our traveling NBC news team was rescued, surrounded and kept alive by an armored mechanized platoon from the U.S. Army Third Infantry. Command Sergeant Major Tim Turpack was put in charge of our safety.”

Stars and Stripes, the official newspaper of the U.S. Armed Forces, first uncovered the fake story:

NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams admitted Wednesday he was not aboard a helicopter hit and forced down by RPG fire during the invasion of Iraq in 2003, a false claim that has been repeated by the network for years.

Williams himself repeated the claim Friday during NBC’s coverage of a public tribute at a New York Rangers hockey game for a retired soldier that had provided ground security for the grounded helicopters. In an interview with Stars and Stripes, he said he had misremembered the events and was sorry.

The admission came after crew members on the 159th Aviation Regiment’s Chinook that was hit by two rockets and small arms fire told Stars and Stripes that the NBC anchor was nowhere near that aircraft or two other Chinooks flying in the formation that took fire. Williams arrived in the area about an hour later on another helicopter after the other three had made an emergency landing, the crew members said.

After his lie was uncovered, Williams said in a statement in to Stars and Stripes:

“Because I have no desire to fictionalize my experience (we all saw it happened the first time) and no need to dramatize events as they actually happened, I think the constant viewing of the video showing us inspecting the impact area — and the fog of memory over 12 years — made me conflate the two, and I apologize.

Developments since his admission that he had lied include:

1. NBC executives knew Williams is a liar

Maureen Dowd of The New York Times: “NBC executives were warned a year ago that Brian Williams was constantly inflating his biography . . . to the point where it was a joke in the news division.”

2. Doubts raised about Williams’ other “inflated” CLAIMS

Writing in USA Today in 2011, Williams claimed when he was a volunteer firefighter in New Jersey, he saved a puppy from a burning house. But in an earlier version of the story which he related to Esquire in 2005, Williams boasted that he once saved “two puppies.” (Source)

Williams’ gripping accounts of Hurricane Katrina, the disaster that burnished his nightly news bona fides almost a decade ago, are also coming under scrutiny, especially his account of seeing a body float by in the French Quarter — which remained largely dry — and his claim of catching dysentery from drinking Katrina floodwaters. (Source)

3. Williams steps down as news anchor for a few days

Yesterday, Williams said he was stepping aside as anchor of NBC’s “Nightly News” for the next several days because he has become “a distraction” for his network. (Source)

Frankly, that is not enough. If NBC doesn’t fire Brian Williams, that is tantamount to the network admitting that it’s perfectly OK for reporters to lie and fake their news reports.

But then, none of that should surprise us about the Mainstream Lapdog Media.

H/t FOTM’s MomOfIV


It’s Official. Obama Can Not, And Will Not Tell The Truth No Matter What.

Warning, if you throw anything at your computer , you will only hit your computer and have to replace it. 




The fact that President Obamas ego won’t allow him to simply say, “I made a mistake and I’m sorry,” was exhibited in spades Thursday during an exclusive interview he had with NBC’s Chief White House Correspondent Chuck Todd.

In response to a question as to whether he owed the American people an apology for his oft-repeated promise (at least 36 times) that if you like your health care you can keep your health care,


Obama simply said he was sorry that some people were losing their health care coverage, according to US News and World Report.

The president’s promise earned him the maximum four Pinocchios from The Washington Post. This week, the Tampa Bay Times’ PolitiFact awarded the president the maximum “Pants on Fire” designation when he went back on his statement and claimed it included the caveat

“if it hasn’t changed since the law passed.”

Both publications have a leftward slant.

Watch his response in this NBC news clip.



Media Bias: coverage of govt shutdown victims vs. Obamacare victims 100 to 1

Ministry of Truth

The Mainstream Media continue to be whores for President Lucifer.

The media’s coverage of “victims” of the recent federal government shutdown vs. their coverage of victims of Obamacare is a shocking ratio of 100 to 1.

Ben Shapiro reports for Truth Revolt, Oct. 17, 2013, that since October 1, when the government shutdown began, the media have run dozens upon dozens of stories about victims of the shutdown. Over the same period of time, the media have run virtually no stories about businesses suffering thanks to Obamacare, low-income people victimized by the new Obamacare tax, and economic chaos thanks to the impact of Obamacare.

The Washington Post was a key offender in its bias, with over 220 stories on the supposedly horrible effects of the government shutdown vs. only 3 stories on the individuals and small businesses victimized by Obamacare.

The New York Times ran well over 80 stories about victims of the government shutdown, but ran zero stories about those negatively affected by Obamacare.

The story was the same on television. From October 1 to October 15, ABC World News with Diane Sawyer spent approximately 21 minutes over the course of eight broadcasts covering stories of the shutdown and its effects on victims. Over the course of the same period, ABC News covered Obamacare twice, and then only to point out website difficulties quickly but praise Obamacare overall. There were no stories of victims of Obamacare in that entire period.

Brian Williams’ NBC Nightly News was no better. From October 1 to October 16, the program spent over 30 minutes discussing victims of the government shutdown. All Obamacare coverage was relegated to discussion of website glitches, but no actual victims of Obamacare were shown.

CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley had approximately 27 minutes worth of stories on government shutdown victims. Aside from segments about the Obamacare glitches, there were no stories about victims of Obamacare. There was a two minute segment about evil Republican governors who hadn’t expanded Medicaid under Obamacare, however. So much for Pelley’s “real consequences for real people”.

Overall, the Washington Post and New York Times covered victims of the government shutdown over victims of Obamacare by a margin of 100 to 1; ABC, NBC, and CBS News all covered victims of the government shutdown over victims of Obamacare by a margin of over 78 minutes to zero.


Ah, low-rated tv show “The New Normal” – canceled!

One season and done!

One season and done!

‘The New Normal’ Canceled By NBC; Will Not Return For Season 2

HuffPo: “The New Normal has been canceled, NBC announced today.

The single-camera comedy from Ali Adler and Ryan Murphy had been a modest performer for the troubled Peacock network: It debuted with an impressive 2.5 rating in the adults 18-49 demo with 6.88 million viewers — aided by “The Voice” as a lead-in, along with timeslot companion “Go On” — but had slid to 1.4 and 3.39 million viewers by its season finale. At its lowest, the series was drawing only a 0.7 and a paltry 2.11 million.

The now-canceled “New Normal” starred Andrew Rannells and David Bartha as a homosexual couple in Los Angeles looking to start a family. They meet Goldie Clemmons (Georgia King), a single mother to the precocious Shania (Bebe Wood), who decides to be their surrogate, much to the dismay of her very conservative and opinionated grandmother Jane (Ellen Barkin). The comedy also starred NeNe Leakes as Rocky Rhoades, Bryan’s former production assistant, and Jayson Blair as Clay Clemmons, Goldie’s estranged husband and Shania’s father.

The “New Normal saw its share of controversy in its freshman season, drawing the ire of conservative anti-gay group One Million Moms, who urged viewers to boycott the series. A Utah affiliate refused to air the show, leading GLAAD to partner with Equality Utah to try and change their minds, to no avail.

What do you know, viewers didn’t want to watch a tv show that tries to redefine a “normal” family. Or maybe they didn’t want to watch Ellen Barkin, who routinely trashes conservatives on Twitter (Ellen Barkin mocks Andrew Breitbart’s death; calls Right ‘pro-murder,’ ‘evil assholes’ and ‘scary ugly’).

Good riddance!


Where he leads, main stream media follows


Today on Breitbart.com:


Perhaps this explains why CNN, MSNBC, NBC, ABC and CBS are so full of crap.