The major network evening newscasts, along with CNN and MSNBC, have not presented both sides of the debate. They have not been critical of the gross incompetence and mismanagement by Congress and the Administration. They have portrayed those who are not in agreement with them, as fanatics, lunatics, and rabid racists.
This hasn't set well with mainstream Americans who are now beginning to wake up and realize they have been lied to by Obama, Pelosi, Reid, and the rest of the Democrats who promised the world to everyone. Why? Because many of the people who bought into the bogus "hope and change" mantra are average people whose only sin was being naive in the last election.
The numbers speak for themselves. Here they are according to Drudge:
CABLE NEWS RACE
NITE OF AUG 10, 2009
FOXNEWS O'REILLY 3,814,000
FOXNEWS HANNITY 3,118,000
FOXNEWS BECK 2,417,000
FOXNEWS GRETA 2,388,000
FOXNEWS BAIER 1,988,000
FOXNEWS SHEP SMITH 1,833,000
MSNBC OLBERMANN 1,243,000
MSNBC MADDOW 1,082,000
CNNHN GRACE 875,000
CNN KATHY GRIFFIN 810,000
MSNBC HARDBALL 710,000
MSNBC's Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow have been the most outrageous in their accusations against people who do not support their views, or the gross misconduct of the elected officials (as it pertains to spending and healthcare reform). Both of them have painted the opposition as racists, who cannot stand the thought of a black president. Never mind many of these people may have voted for Obama, both of them pretend to know the hearts and intentions of those they tag with this label. Both of them are drunk on their own arrogance, without a just cause.
Olbermann is one of the most condescending broadcasters in a long list of many before him. The difference between him and the others is, he has no reason to be arrogant. He comes from a sports background. He was an ESPN sports hack long before being a news commentator, and wasn't particularly good at that role. His obsession with Bill O'Reilly is only based in his consistent drubbing by O'Reilly's show, in the ratings.
O'Reilly is not particularly a humble man. But he is obsessed with being fair, almost to the point that he is unfair. More people are finding out they would rather have an egoist that works hard at presenting both sides in his presentation, than the constant demonization of people that do not agree with him. Olbermann is not even in the same league, he sports only a BS from Cornell as evidence of his self-imposed eliteness. At least Bill has two Master's Degrees, with one in Public Administration.
Maddow is different, she was a Rhodes Scholar and received a doctorate in political science. While this makes her more academically qualified to be an intelligent commentator, it does not follow due to the fact she is wrong on most of the issues. Her commentary originates from a the position of an angry gay woman, who has a chip on her shoulder. This is cut right out of the Gloria Steinem/Betty Frieden mold and is not conducive to winning mainstream viewers. Her browbeating of those she disagrees with, only endears her to those who already identify with her radical views. And as anyone can plainly see, the numbers clearly support this claim.
So, here we are again. MSNBC is beaten by a 3:1 margin in all major time slots and CNN is not even placing respectably, in any of them. I would think some marketing professionals would be on the hot seat, along with upper management in the editorial departments. At some point, it would make sense that stock holders would demand better efforts by all who are in authority. Market share must not mean much to anyone in the cable news world, these days.