Dead Last

CNN came in dead last for ratings during their almost five-hour “Equality Town Hall” event with the Democratic presidential candidates on Thursday. Fox News came in first and MSNBC was in second during the same time period. Fox News was in first place for the entirety of CNN’s nearly five-hour long town hall from 7:30 p.m.-12 a.m. by averaging 3.7 million viewers and 662,000 in the 25-54 demo. CNN was in last place by having an average of 1.1 million total viewers and 320,000 in the 25-54 demo, meaning Fox News had a triple-digit advantage over CNN.

What Fox showed all evening was Trump’s Minneapolis rally. It was a really fun rally. I watched a small segment of the rally and then some highlights from the townhall on YouTube, and Trump sounded a lot saner than “my-pronouns-are-xyz-Kamala” and “you have erased black trans women for the last tiiiiiiime!”

I wonder if the pronoun crowd knows how completely insane it sounds to pretty much everybody on the planet.

16 thoughts on “Dead Last”

  1. A spectacle of resistance (in this case, user hostility) regarding pronoun speech codes, is currently unfolding at Stack Exchange, the very popular network of Q&A sites. Once again, it seems that the Silicon Valley intelligentsia who run the web and institute these policies, live in a different world of values, compared to the majority of their users.

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    1. To think that this insanity even reached programmers is really sad. What I also don’t get is are all those programmers American? Don’t they tend to be from places that ridicule this sort of thing to death?

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      1. Well, Stack Exchange started with Stack Overflow (the Q&A site for programmers), started and run by Americans. The user base is from all over the world, but it’s the management who decided on this policy, and as you can see from the comments, the users are not happy.

        I generally agree with mitchellporter, Silicon Valley tends to be ahead of the curve (of insanity, if you will) when it comes to these things, so I’m not surprised at all.

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      2. Can’t speak for other places but will speak for India. (And we do produce a whole lot of programmers.) Wokesterism has been imported and is thriving in India. Indian twitter is full of the wokerati. Most of our academics have PhDs from America and bring the woke back with them. (Just yesterday, a friend who is a professor at a top Indian university posted on facebook about how men should ‘lean out’ and let women take charge because women are ‘better behaved’.) These people are, of course, very disconnected from reality but are dominant and vocal on social media.

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        1. Really? That might explain the audience for publications like Scroll.in and shows like Made in Heaven. [I was so very confused.] How many of these woke academics love Modi though? [I feel like the woke ones are very much the exception in opposing Modi.]

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        2. Oh wow. That’s really sad. I’ve got to say, I can’t imagine a situation where a Russian-speaking programmer would take this sad crap seriously.

          This is fascinating if sad.

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  2. “if the pronoun crowd knows how completely insane it sounds to pretty much everybody”

    I think they’re perception is: We are moral…. it’s the rest of the world that’s wrong. It’s pretty much the same thing I noticed in vegan videos 99,99999 % of humanity has been unnatural and immoral but they’re undoing that.

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    1. I really want to see poor old Bernie try to announce his pronouns with a straight face. It was ridiculous when the younger Kamala did it looking awkward. When Bernie does it, it will be very painful.

      Alternatively, a candidate could dominate the field and wipe out the competition by saying, “This pronoun game is so stupid. Don’t you folks see how idiotic it is?”

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      1. Not even the prospect of Bernie saying “genderqueer” induced me to watch or DVR this town hall. But I’ve been preoccupied with a family emergency.

        On the other hand, nothing will induce me to watch or go to a Trump rally. If I want to yell slogans at the top of my lungs in a crowd I’d go to a sportsball game.

        As for announcing pronouns, I refuse. I already have to spell out my my first name when encountering any kind of bureaucracy and if I throw my legal government names in I got to think for a minute about which ones — (and spell them. Thanks parents!) I’m not going to throw in pronouns like it’ll actually help anyone who isn’t unambiguously cis-gendered. If people start spelling their names in solidarity and rhyming to help pronunciation I will lose it. Because every single Starbucks line is just going to turn into the Scripps spelling bee. “My name is Jenn, J-e-n-n. Like pen.”

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  3. Macabre Video of Fake Trump Shooting Media and Critics Is Shown at His Resort
    A video depicting a macabre scene of a fake President Trump shooting, stabbing and brutally assaulting members of the news media and his political opponents was shown at a conference for his supporters at his Miami resort last week, according to footage obtained by The New York Times.

    Several of Mr. Trump’s top surrogates — including his son Donald Trump Jr., his former spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders and the governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis — were scheduled to speak at the three-day conference, which was held by a pro-Trump group, American Priority, at Trump National Doral Miami. Ms. Sanders and a person close Mr. Trump’s son said on Sunday that they did not see the video at the conference.

    The video, which includes the logo for Mr. Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign, comprises a series of internet memes. The most violent clip shows Mr. Trump’s head superimposed on the body of a man opening fire inside the “Church of Fake News” on parishioners who have the faces of his critics or the logos of media organizations superimposed on their bodies. It appears to be an edited scene of a church massacre from the 2014 dark comedy film “Kingsman: The Secret Service.”

    The disclosure that the video was played shows how Mr. Trump’s anti-media language has influenced his supporters and bled into their own propaganda. Mr. Trump has made attacks on the news media a mainstay of his presidency, and he tweeted a similar — but far less violent video — in 2017. In recent weeks as he has confronted impeachment proceedings, he has ramped up his attacks on the news media, repeatedly calling it the “enemy of the people.”

    A person who attended the conference last week took a video of the clip on his phone and had an intermediary send it to a reporter for The Times. Parts of the video were posted on YouTube in 2018 by a user with a history of creating pro-Trump mash-ups.

    The organizer of the event said in a statement on Sunday that the clip had been played at the conference, saying it was part of a “meme exhibit.” He denounced the video and said his organization was looking into how it was shown at the event.

    “Content was submitted by third parties and was not associated with or endorsed by the conference in any official capacity,” said the organizer, Alex Phillips. “American Priority rejects all political violence and aims to promote a healthy dialogue about the preservation of free speech. This matter is under review.”

    Organizers declined to say exactly where at Mr. Trump’s resort the video was shown.

    A person close to Mr. Trump’s son said he was unaware that the video had been played at the conference. Ms. Sanders said she was unaware of the video’s existence until a Times reporter contacted her.

    “I was there to speak at a prayer breakfast, where I spoke about unity and bringing the country together,” Ms. Sanders said. “I wasn’t aware of any video, nor do I support violence of any kind against anyone.”

    A spokesman for Mr. Trump’s campaign said he knew nothing about the video.

    “That video was not produced by the campaign, and we do not condone violence,” said Tim Murtaugh, the spokesman.

    A DeSantis spokeswoman did not respond to an email seeking comment.

    The video depicts a scene inside the “Church of Fake News,” where parishioners rise as Mr. Trump — dressed in a black pinstripe suit and tie — walks down the aisle. Many parishioners’ faces have been replaced with the logos of news media organizations, including PBS, NPR, Politico, The Washington Post and NBC.

    Mr. Trump stops in the middle of the church, pulls a gun out of his suit jacket pocket and begins a graphic rampage. As the parishioners try to flee, the president fires at them. He shoots Black Lives Matter in the head, and also shoots Vice News.

    Some of those in the church try to apprehend Mr. Trump. He fends them off and makes his way toward the altar, knocking over several pews. He wrestles a parishioner with a Vice News logo as a face to the ground and then shoots the person at point blank range. In the background, the former F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, is seen trying to get away.

    From there, Mr. Trump attacks a range of his critics. He strikes the late Arizona senator John McCain in the back of the neck. He hits the television personality Rosie O’Donnell in the face and then stabs her in the head. He strikes Representative Maxine Waters, Democrat of California. He lights the head of Senator Bernie Sanders, a Democratic presidential rival, on fire.

    He takes Senator Mitt Romney, Republican of Utah, hostage before throwing him to the ground. Then he strikes former President Barack Obama in the back and throws him against a wall.

    Others shown in the video include Mika Brzezinski of MSNBC; former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton; former President Bill Clinton; the film producer Harvey Weinstein; and Representative Adam B. Schiff, the California Democrat who as chairman of the House Intelligence Committee is overseeing an impeachment inquiry of Mr. Trump.

    The clip ends with Mr. Trump putting a stake into the head of a person with a CNN logo for a face. Mr. Trump then stands on the altar, admiring his rampage, and smiles.

    The video is similar in style to one Mr. Trump tweeted in July 2017, in which he is shown at a wrestling match body slamming CNN’s logo and beating it up. The president was roundly criticized for encouraging violence against journalists by posting that clip, but his supporters enjoyed it, and helped make the tweet viral.

    Throughout his 2016 campaign and presidency, Mr. Trump has sought to demonize the news media, partly out of frustration about the coverage of his administration and partly because he likes to have an opponent to target. Mr. Trump has also sought to undermine confidence in the mainstream media, some of his advisers acknowledge privately, to make people doubt the accuracy of less favorable accounts of what goes on in his administration.

    The president said at a rally on Friday that there was an “unholy alliance of corrupt Democrat politicians, deep-state bureaucrats and the fake news media.”

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    1. Is that the same one as the lady who posed with Trump’s severed head? Or the same one who announced she wanted to blow up the White House?

      We are really in no position to feel superior about somebody else’s supporters.

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    1. Twitteroids will keep twitteroiding. Don’t you feel it’s a shame to waste your one and only life on a bunch of losers whose only achievement in life is getting another bunch of losers to retweet them?

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  4. Lul – my pronouns are xyz.
    It really is so absolutely ridiculous sounding isn’t it? As much as I’d love to talk about how much Trump is fucking up, the democrats are having debates about who is more pro-troon.

    Of course his rally was more fun, one of the things Trump does very well is talk shit from a podium.

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