Don’t ask me where this came from, I got a wild hair up my ass, what can I say. But for quite a while now, I have had the nagging feeling that there has been something akin to frigging in the rigging when it comes to the cable news media’s viewership, and its effect on the population. So I fired up Google, enlarged the screen, put my nose against the screen, and did a little research. I’m glad I did.
FUX News loves to tout itself on breaks as America’s most watched cable news network. Credit where it’s due, they’re right. FUX closed out 2021 with an average daily viewership of 1.3 million. MSNBC was second with 977,000 and CNN brought up the rear with about 740,000. Bit FUX News is a pure propaganda organ for Trump and the GOP, MSNBC has a liberal bent, but still reports actual facts and news, and CNN tries to be strictly neutral anytime that Andrew Cuomo isn’t involved.
Here’s why I wanted to check, and to have some actual facts when I opened my pie hole. The RNC’s censure was a pure dick move, meant to please Traitor Tot, and engineered to play well on FUX. But their decision to describe an attempted coup as acceptable political discourse was insane, and geared solely for Trump and FUX.
And here’s why the numbers are so important, when you step back and look at it from 30,000 feet. Sure, FUX News enjoyed an average of 1.3 million viewers a day. But on November 2nd, 2020, 74,224,319 votes were cast for Donald Trump in the Presidential election. The RNC is trying to rewrite history, and erase an insurrection by speaking directly to 1.3 million viewers? But what about the other 173 million people who voted Republican?
Well, they sure as shit don’t get their news from FUX. But that doesn’t mean that they don’t get news. My guess is while some of them may get it from CNN, the vast majority of them get it from their nightly news shows on their local network affiliates. And that is not good news for Trump or the RNC.
Because most national news is covered in a 30 minute broadcast from network headquarters, likely in New York. And they don’t peddle in bullshit, they peddle in news. From the start, they saw the January 6th insurrection for exactly what it was, and they reported it as pure, unvarnished fact. And they have continued to report developments from the J6 committee as well as other relevant news as pure unvarnished fact, which those viewers are also seeing.
And now the RNC wants to come along and call a bloody, Trump inspired riot acceptable political discourse? The networks will report that too, it’s their job, and then replay footage, and hold it up to the scorn it so richly deserves. And non FUX voters sitting at home and watching will look at each other and say, These cats better repeal the national pot laws pronto, cuz they’re all smoking some wicked good shit!
That’s my point right there. Everybody looks at FUX News as this colossal behemoth, and in fact it is the most watched cable news network. But at the same time, they barely reach 1% of the voters who voted GOP in 2020. And by Trump tailoring their message exclusive to FUX, have screwed the pooch. Because all of those other national news networks will also report on it, and refute it. And all of their viewers, who are more or less reality based, are going to wonder what the fuck is going on?
In the old days, the RNC had legions of pollsters and analysts who would track data and trends, and advise the RNC how to fine tune its messages for maximum effect. But today’s GOP is All Trump All The Time, his word is law. And somehow or other, I find it hard to believe that there’s anybody wandering the halls of the RNC who will stop, point, and yell out The Emperor has no clothes! This should be fun to watch.