MInTheGap

Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.

The Media Doesn’t Learn

February 1st, 2018 Viewed 328 times, 1 so far today

You would think that the media would learn. Instead, they just keep going. First, the tweet:

If you read that by itself, you could certainly claim that Trump is claiming that 45.6 million people watched and that he believes that it is the highest number in history. But wait!

She’s right. According to TV Ratings: Trump’s First State of the Union Address Fails to Match Obama:

Obama’s first State of the Union in 2010 drew 48 million viewers across broadcast and cable, while his first address before a joint session of Congress in February 2009 drew 52.4 million viewers.

So what’s the deal here? Power of positive thinking? Outright embellishment or lying? Trying to pull a fast one on the American people?

How about none of the above?

Check out this paragraph in the same article just a little above it:

Fox News topped both its cable and broadcast competition by a wide margin with 11.5 million viewers tuning into the network’s coverage of the speech, notching the highest-rated State of the Union address in the history of cable news [emphasis added]. CNN was second with 3.1 million, with MSNBC drawing 2.7 million. Fox Business Network drew 572,000 viewers. Spanish-language broadcasters Univision and Telemundo added 2 million and 1.4 million respectively. The speech was also carried live on Estrella and PBS.

If you’re not looking for lying every time you read the President, you see an alternative explanation– that Trump is referencing this statistic, not the overall number. He’s highlighting the positive in the report and ignoring the Obama numbers altogether. Well, it’s either that or an outright lie. You may believe what you wish.

And then there’s the bigger issue… Trump has everyone talking about just how many people watched his first State of the Union address. So over and over “45.6 million people watched Trump’s State of the Union!” Again, he’s the center of the news.

When will they learn?

Using the Media as a Propaganda Machine

September 9th, 2009 Viewed 1220 times, 1 so far today

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It’s getting pretty ridiculous, is it not?  I can’t remember any President in modern history being on the television in prime time as much as President Obama has.  And it’s not just press conferences—it’s taking over a segment of World News Tonight, and prepared speeches.

Even if the media is not trying to sound like the state run media of the communist system, the fact that he has been allowed to appear on the airwaves (costing millions of dollars) multiple times without rebuttal, makes it look really bad.

ABC Responds

June 25th, 2009 Viewed 1486 times

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Responding to critics in the Republican party that claimed ABC was not being fair in holding it’s ABC World News broadcast inside the White House without a single opposing view point voiced, ABC says, “Don’t worry about it, we’re above all this partisan politics:

The Right to be the Only Voice Heard

June 17th, 2009 Viewed 1524 times

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There are not many reasons why any given politician or President should be the only voice heard on a given issue.  One of these is when there has been a grave situation that has emerged—like 9/11.  Another is when much debate has occurred and there’s a need to come to resolution as one voice.  The last is when it is a distillation of classified material that needs to be presented in a clear way.

I don’t believe that the health care debate is one of those times.

Inevitable—Really?

October 23rd, 2008 Viewed 1281 times, 1 so far today

WEB_OBAMA_108_10191_r350x200There’s not much the MSM can do any more to influence the outcome because of the proliferation of other source of news—except affect the the idea of electability and inevitability.

We’ve talked before about the fact that people like to vote for a winner, and that people sometimes rank that quality higher than I believe they should—especially when it comes to Third Party Candidates.

Jumping on the Bandwagon

May 30th, 2008 Viewed 1076 times

It seems that very few people have an original idea– or if they are they are ridiculed.  The current thing that is “in vogue” is to bash the President and claim no association to him.

In a move reminiscent of Peter betraying Christ, Scott McClellan recently denounced the President’s lead up to the war, stating in a tell-all book that he had reservations about the entire thing.

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Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.