Friday Links and Open Thread

  • Thursday’s numbers: Bill O’Reilly-Megyn Kelly-Bret Baier 1-2-3.
  • Flood: Brian Williams snags a win in the 25-54 demo for one hour.
  • Video: on media’s role in the Boehner resignation.
  • Ariens: Fox News unhappy with Lowry crack, but not ‘furious’.
  • MSNBC ratings tick up thanks to BriWi…or was it Pope Francis?
  • Krinsky: Joe Scarborough happy with MSNBC, ‘thrilled’ with BriWi.
  • Chariton: What cablenewsers can learn from Pope Francis’s speech.
  • Friday special: Losing Faith in America?  Video: Bill Hemmer
  • ICN somewhat unconvinced by Sherman’s latest ‘sources say‘ scoop.
  • Holograms? Old hat! CNN to offer the Dems’ debate in virtual reality!

20 thoughts on “Friday Links and Open Thread”

  1. The omnipresent Trump-ettte commenters flooding websites like Mediaite, Variety, Politico and Breitbart seem to be totally consumed with a common theme of bashing Fox News while conveniently overlooking the fact that Donald Trump has gotten 90% plus favorable coverage from all of the following:

    Bill O’Reilly, Greta, Sean Hannity, the Fox & Friends co-hosts, Eric Bolling, Geraldo, Howard Kurtz, Kimberly Guilfoyle and Harris Faulkner

    • The Trumpbots are just as thin skinned as their hero and the current narcissistic egomaniac in the Oval Office.

      Breitbart is impossible to post on if one supports anyone but The Donald.

    • Frankly, I think they’re regular people, like you and me, who’ve been called all manner of things and characterized in all sorts of pejorative ways, for holding positions not held by liberals, but happen to have been the prevailing ethos until now.

      Are they angry? Yes. Are they nuanced? Not generally. Are they getting a perverse kick from a guy who’s campaigning on his middle finger? Oh, yeah.

      • I think there probably is a large working class segment of Trump supporters who genuinely feel they are getting a raw deal while Congress diddles and bickers endlessly. Hard to argue with that.

        What my OP was addressing is the silly notion that somehow Fox News is anti Trump and trying to undermine his campaign. For me this is out of control group thinking run amok. In fact, it’s so silly I find it more amusing than I do annoying.

        • I generally find the many and often contradictory memes about Fox News absurd.

          BTW, when you state that you wonder “if there are any Trump supporters in this cult-like collection of fact-free attack dogs who think independently for themselves”, it is not intuitive that you just mean the blog board commenters who follow what you describe as their out of control, misleading, and prevaricating candidate.

          • I was referring to the FNC critics who claim Fox News is trying to force Trump out of the race.

            Some don’t even mention Trump. They go off on how liberal they think Fox News has become — a haven for RINOs according to them.

          • Case in point in this recent tweet/reply to Joe Concha from a Trump supporter:

            (I deleted her Twitter handle to protect her privacy.)

            @NewsmaxTV @JoeConchaTV I have just stopped watching Fox News due to Bush/Rubio bias.

          • Yeah – we got a lot of that in our viewer comments. And then we get criticism for not being all rah-rah for Trump. I had to temper expectations on Friday’s show for new viewers that we’re going issue to issue and calling ’em as we see ’em…and that includes calling out Trump when he says or does something ill-advised.

  2. Re:Joe S being happy at MSNBC. Joe is every single day surrounded by Dems of all stripes and occasionally a Republican. Even when you read the article which my comment is based on only Dems are surrounding him. I am finding it harder and harder to believe he is a true conservative, more like a mushy moderate, from my perspective.

    So, if he’s happy it’s because he gets props every day from the Dems around him and not because Repubs are praising him.

    Just my opinion.

  3. I noticed that someone who used to comment here is (maybe has been for some time) a writer for newshounds. I’ve always suspected that lying was a job requirement there, and this post is so transparently dishonest that it’s almost parody. All you have to do is read the text (or watch the video) to see that the key premise of the post is a lie.

      • I’m glad that I don’t live in the world that these Twitter twits imagine in their feverish little minds.

  4. Most emblematic of our times juxtaposition of headlines that I’ve seen in awhile is on Drudge:

    White House puts up screen to shield Chinese president from protesters…

    Flashback: Forces Pope to greet Transvestite, Pro-abortion Nun, Gay Bishop…

  5. Today’s most popular links:
    5 tick up
    4 sources say
    3 happy with MSNBC
    2 Fox News unhappy
    And the most popular link in today’s links…
    1 ICN somewhat unconvinced by Sherman’s latest scoop.

  6. Has Trump complained about the Pope getting too much attention yet? It must have him and his loyal minions boiling to see someone other than Trump get so much attention.

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