Wednesday, May 03, 2006

MSNBC Swallows's Big Lie

Believe it or not, the gang at -- or, as we prefer to call them, "" -- is trying to rescue Keith Olbermann from cable TV oblivion:
MSNBC's "Countdown with Keith Olbermann" is celebrating its third anniversary and challenging Bill O'Reilly to become the #1 cable news show.
MoveOn then urges its members to watch the show, the television equivalent of a root canal. (Hat tip: Ace of Spades.) This claim is a big heaping pile of lies. Let us examine the FACTS of cable news, shall we?

April Nielsen Ratings:

O'Reilly (Fox News)
total audience: 2,090,000
Olbermann (MSNBC) total audience: 419,000

So, the Olbermann audience is about 21% the size of O'Reilly's #1 primetime cable-news show. Wow, Olbermann is really "challenging" Bill, huh? Given that "The O'Reilly Factor" is seen by five times as many people, Keith's got a long way to go.

If you go into the numbers, you will see that MSNBC's audience gains -- up 8% in April -- come mainly at the expense of liberal rival CNN which, except for the popular Lou Dobbs, is steadily losing share.

Here's how the overall primetime ratings stood in April:

Fox News: 1,430,000
CNN: 701,000
MSNBC: 370,000

In other words, Fox News had about 360,00 more primetime viewers than CNN & MSNBC combined. And yet thinks that soliciting left-wingers to sign an Internet pledge to watch Olbermann is an effective use of George Soros' billions?

If Olbermann's obnoxious leftism is more popular than the mainstream liberalism of Paula Zahn on CNN at 8 p.m., well, good for Olbermann. (I've always thought Zahn was beautiful -- wonderful bone structure -- liberal though she may be.) But still, what Olbermann is fighting for is 2nd place, and the No. 1 guy, O'Reilly, is stomping everybody else into smithereens.

Olbermann Watch observes:
MSNBC recently struck gold when the leading far-left internet advocacy,, joined hands to promote MSNBC's Countdown with Keith Olbermann by launching a "Civic Action" campaign designed to boost the ratings of the perennial ratings also-ran., which reported 3.3 million members as of December 2005 ....
Stop right there! does NOT have — never has and never will have — "3.3 million members." What they've got is 3.3 million e-mail addresses (one of which is mine). By dishonestly describing its spam list as "membership," MoveOn falsely implies that these millions of people are active participants in their left-wing schemes. That's sort of like some Nigerian scammer claiming that I'm part of his fraudulent plans, simply because he's got my e-mail address.

How many active members does have? Well, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, as of April 28, in the 2006 election cycle, 3,306 people had given $200 or more to the PAC -- about 0.1% of their claimed "membership." Overall, PAC has raked in $11.8 million for 2006. And, pray tell, exactly what has accomplished with all that cash? Zip. Zilch. Zero. Nada. is, and always has been, a bunch of clueless clowns who couldn't win an election for 10th-grade class president. If George Soros is giving those idiots money, he's getting ripped off. has never accomplished any significant political goal, and never will, because it is a transparent hoax.


Previously about Soros/

3/25: Deep Pockets, Sticky Fingers
4/15: Hard Hats vs. Moonbats


Voluntary Conservative links us -- thanks, Rob!

Olbermann names cancer survivor Laura Ingraham as "Worst Person in the World." brags about promoting voting rights for felons:
MoveOn members in Pennsylvania helped protect voting rights in Pennsylvania by making over 700 phone calls to state legislators to oppose House Bill 1318. Those calls helped stop an effort to strip paroled felons of their right to vote. Even though the legislature went on to pass an anti-democratic voter ID requirement by a narrow margin, the visible public outrage persuaded the governor to veto the bill.
Many people find it hard to believe that Democrats are actively in favor of voting rights for killers, robbers and rapists (PDF format) -- letting lawbreakers choose our lawmakers, a phenomenon Lowell Ponte has dubbed "felonocracy." This is discussed at length in Chapter 7 of DONKEY CONS, and is one of the things that really shocks and angers readers.

Olbermann fan Aleksandra seems upset by recent bloggage of her guy. Aleksandra, it seems, is some sort of academic, with writer's block, who's all crushy on Keith. Guess it's like a chick version of the whole Laurie Dhue cult.

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