- The American Music Awards have always been an odd show. When Dick Clark started them, he did so because of the idea that the Grammys do not award American artists enough. That reason has changed over time, but the idea remains. But, the latest version did not help music at all. It was an odd show, as usual. The industry tends to really live in a bubble. That might come from the fact that they are shut out of real life more than other industry professions. What the industry likes does not always reflect popularity of the country - and it seems, more and more, the charts do not either. The show had a dismally low ratings. The ratings do not reflect their record sales or their streaming numbers, so something is way off. It is time to find out what is wrong because their is a disconnect between those who tune into these show and the sales and/or streaming. My guess is they are fudging the streaming numbers and the Billboard charts are not what they used to be. TV Ratings Sunday: American Music Awards slip
UPDATE: Pundits and TV nets are using treating the hearings like a sporting event. Not sure they care how that looks, either.
Another sizable drop in daytime impeachment hearings total viewers from Day 1 to Day 2 to Day 3: Day 1: 13.8 million (11/13) Day 2: 12.7 million (11/15) Day 3: 11.4 million (11/19) By Network: Fox News: 2.254M MSNBC: 2.246M ABC: 1.904M CBS: 1.749M NBC: 1.718M CNN: 1.715M
Joe Concha @JoeConchaTV
Again, for context: Comey testimony to Sen. Intel Committee: 19.5 M viewers Michael Cohen testimony to House Oversight: 15.8M Robert Mueller testimony to House Intel/Judiciary: 13M
No matter the spin of the impeachment hearings on TV, people are tuning out.
- The first round had the reports going with 13.1 million on six networks. Then, it was updated to 13.8 million on 10 networks. Both are brutal. When one has to add up all the networks and the total is only 13.8, that is not good for eyes on it. And that is the point of the live hearings - eyeballs. Sure, some will say people were at work, and these are on weekdays, but that is pure spin.
- The second round had even less, with 12.7 million. If these were so darn important, the country will stop to watch, no matter what. And they are not - at least yet.
Joe Concha @JoeConchaTV Day 2 of impeachment on Fri attracted just 12.7 million viewers w/Fox News topping MSNBC, CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC. The number is more than 1M less than those tuning in Wednesday for Day 1 (13.8M), nearly 7M less than Comey's 2017 testimony & more than 3M less than Michael Cohen in Feb.
Neilsen: MEDIA ADVISORY: NEARLY 13.8 MILLION VIEWERS WATCH FIRST PUBLIC HEARING OF THE 2019 IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY INTO PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMPTELEVISION AUDIENCE ESTIMATES 11-14-2019New York, NY — Nov. 14, 2019 — An estimated 13.8 million people tuned in to watch U.S. diplomats Bill Taylor and George Kent testify at the first public hearing of the 2019 impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019.
While coverage varied by network, 10 aired live or tape delayed coverage from approximately 10:00 a.m. ET to 4:00 p.m. ET.
Yawn: 95% of U.S. Adults Skipped Friday’s Impeachment Hearings Rich Noyes
Meanwhile, Impeachment Frenzy: TV Networks Blast Trump With 96% Negative News
I got my journalism/mass communication/broadcasting/media degree in 1986. Boy, have things changed since. The internet has ruined journalism and TV news is lost. Newspapers are closing all over and the rest are being swallowed up in mergers and takeovers. It is not pretty. The internet and social media surely has changed how we cover things - - and it shouldn't. We should have let those new to the game and those who only worked in social media, look to us as to how to report. Not the other way around, which seems to have happened. There are rules and styles that have gone out the window and that is because social media has beaten regular media and newspapers. So, those legacy media outlets changed to keep up with that, and changed their views and way in which things are covered. It has killed the business. Media companies never should have given their OK to share their work on Facebook, and the like, from the outset. They should have treated social media as a organization like the Associated Press, which people pay to use. It is now too late, and the damage has been done.
Now, look at this from the Daily Northwestern. Click here for full story.
Addressing The Daily’s coverage of Sessions protests November 10, 2019
Last week, The Daily was not the paper that Northwestern students deserve.
On Nov. 5, former Attorney General Jeff Sessions spoke on campus at a Northwestern University College Republicans event. The Daily sent a reporter to cover that talk and another to cover the students protesting his invitation to campus, along with a photographer. We recognize that we contributed to the harm students experienced, and we wanted to apologize for and address the mistakes that we made that night — along with how we plan to move forward.
Other outlets were not happy.
CAMPUS FREE SPEECH
The Daily Northwestern Apologizes to Students for Reporting News That Triggered Them...A newspaper staffed by the country's most famous journalism school says it shouldn't have covered a Jeff Sessions event.ROBBY SOAVE | 11.11.2019 10:09 PM..more here
The Briefing Room @Briefing__Room
The Daily Northwestern Apologizes to Students for Reporting News That Triggered Them http://dlvr.it/RJ7MVY
Gregory Pratt @royalpratt
There’s a lot to comment on in this Daily Northwestern editorial, but apologizing for contacting people to ask if they’re willing to be interviewed? Regretting that you photographed protesters protesting in public?
Robert Feder @RobertFeder
Someday the young editors of The Daily Northwestern will look back on this episode in their lives with regret and shame. But for now, let’s just think of it as a teachable moment: https://bit.ly/2X51BYx
The Daily Northwestern, Where Journalism Committed Suicide SCOTT H. GREENFIELD
The Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University was supposed to be pretty good. One of the best, some say. Maybe it was once, but not today.
* When we say flyover country, it is not a myth, per se. Most journalists seem to not care or get out and about from certain areas of the country. And they espouse those views on the rest of the country. It can and does affect the coverage, whether they like it or not. Or whether they know it or not.
Pew Research has this:
One-in-five U.S. newsroom employees live in New York, Los Angeles or D.C.The financial, entertainment and political capitals of the United States are home to 22% of U.S. newsroom employees, compared with 13% of all U.S. workers. Regionally, newsroom employees are more likely than workers overall to live in the Northeast – and less likely to live in the South.
* Meanwhile, Facebook may have too much influence...like it or not. But, many suggest they have too much control...
Facebook plays a key role in Americans’ news diet...Facebook’s handling of misinformation drew attention this week when the site’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, testified before Congress. In a recent Pew Research Center survey, 52% of U.S. adults said they get news on Facebook. At the same time, majorities said social media companies have too much control over the news people see and that the role these companies play results in a worse mix of news for users.
Yes, Shep Smith was a great breaking news reporter at one time. But, something changed and I was not the only one who felt that. He left and the speculation has begun. Now, many who never watched Fox News will chime in, too. Be careful when playing that game. If they liked him, they would have watched, no matter the network he was on. He was doing very well in the ratings, but as recently as the day before he signed off, fell to No. 31 among cable news hosts.
Here's some of the news on this:
- No, William Barr had nothing to do with it.
- Yes, there was a rift between Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson and him - the opinion side vs the news side. It is common as rifts between the advertising side and the editorial side of a news outlet or newspaper.
- Fox News just celebrated 23 years on the air - 17 of which at No. 1.
- It is always wise to wait at least 8 hours before the real reasons start to emerge on stories, good or bad.
- This is more than just Shep leaving a news network.
Twitchy Team @TwitchyTeam Oct 12
‘Trump had nothing to do with your firing’: Greg Gutfeld hammer’s Bob Beckel’s ‘dishonest swipe’ at Fox News after Shep Smith’s departure
Manfred Rosenberg @4PawShop
Fox News insiders hint at years of frustration and conflicts for Shep Smith leading up to his departure from Trump's favorite network http://dlvr.it/RG6Lh7 http://bit.ly/2wTtJV
US Today Show @Thewanharian
Howard Kurtz Bashes ‘Wild Conspiracy Theories’ About Shep Smith’s Departure from Fox News http://ustodayshow.com/howard-kurtz-bashes-wild-conspiracy-theories-about-shep-smiths-departure-from-fox-news
So you do not have to read snippets of the release from other outlets, here it is in total, from Fox News.
FOX NEWS CHANNEL’S SHEPARD SMITH TO STEP DOWN AS CHIEF NEWS ANCHOR AND MANAGING EDITOR OF BREAKING NEWS UNIT...
Published October 11, 2019 NEW YORK – October 11, 2019 — FOX NEWS Channel’s (FNC) Shepard Smith will step down from his role as Chief News Anchor and Managing Editor of the network’s breaking news unit and Anchor of Shepard Smith Reporting, announced Jay Wallace, President & Executive Editor of FOX News Media. This afternoon’s edition of Shepard Smith Reporting was Mr. Smith’s final show, during which he addressed his decision. A series of rotating anchors will host the 3PM/ET time slot until a new dayside news program is announced.
In making the announcement, Mr. Wallace said, “Shep is one of the premier newscasters of his generation and his extraordinary body of work is among the finest journalism in the industry. His integrity and outstanding reporting from the field helped put FOX News on the map and there is simply no better breaking news anchor who has the ability to transport a viewer to a place of conflict, tragedy, despair or elation through his masterful delivery. We are proud of the signature reporting and anchoring style he honed at FOX News, along with everything he accomplished here during his monumental 23-year tenure. While this day is especially difficult as his former producer, we respect his decision and are deeply grateful for his immense contributions to the entire network.”
Mr. Smith added, “Recently I asked the company to allow me to leave FOX News and begin a new chapter. After requesting that I stay, they graciously obliged. The opportunities afforded this guy from small town Mississippi have been many. It’s been an honor and a privilege to report the news each day to our loyal audience in context and with perspective, without fear or favor. I’ve worked with the most talented, dedicated and focused professionals I know and I’m proud to have anchored their work each day — I will deeply miss them.”
One of FNC’s original hires in 1996, Mr. Smith has covered virtually every major news story over the course of his career as both a correspondent and an anchor, playing a fundamental role in the network’s innovation of the way news is presented.
As the anchor of Shepard Smith Reporting (weekdays 3-4PM/ET), Mr. Smith utilized state-of-the-art news gathering techniques enhanced with advanced technologies, as well as digital and social media, to bring viewers the latest hard news from the signature studio known as The FOX News Deck.
Throughout the most recent portion of his tenure, Mr. Smith anchored numerous breaking news stories, including: the El Paso shooting; the Parkland school shooting; Hurricanes Dorian & Irma; the Las Vegas massacre; the 2016 terrorist attacks in Nice, France and Belgium; the coordinated terrorist attacks in Paris in 2015; the 2014 riots following the shooting of civilian Michael Brown by a police officer in Ferguson, MO; and the search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, among many others.
Before taking the helm of the breaking news division with the advent of Shepard Smith Reporting, Mr. Smith anchored The FOX Report and Studio B, both of which ranked number one in their respective timeslots. In this role, among the stories he notably anchored were: the Boston Marathon bombing of 2013 along with the subsequent manhunt and ultimate capture of the Tsarnaev brothers; the financial crisis of 2008; the War in Iraq (2003); the War in Afghanistan (2001), as well as the murderous terrorist attacks and devastating aftermath of 9/11.
Additionally, Mr. Smith has traveled to Ukraine to report on the unrest in Kiev and Crimea, and reported live from Rome during the election of Pope Francis, as well as on the retirement of Pope Benedict XVI. In 2011, he was on location from Japan following the destructive earthquake and tsunami amid nuclear threats. During that same year, he provided significant news coverage of the anti-government protests and civil unrest in Egypt and Libya. Mr. Smith also reported extensively on the Middle East conflict between Israel and Hezbollah forces from Beirut, Lebanon in 2006.
Prior to joining FNC, Mr. Smith was a Los Angeles-based FOX News Edge correspondent, reporting on a wide range of stories for the FOX affiliate news service, including the crash of TWA Flight 800, the Montana Freeman standoff, and the Oklahoma City bombing. Before this, he gained extensive local news experience throughout the state of Florida serving as a reporter for WSVN-TV (FOX) in Miami, the former WCPX-TV (CBS) in Orlando, WBBH-TV (NBC) in Fort Myers, FL and WJHG-TV (NBC) in Panama City, FL where he began his television career.
FOX News Channel (FNC) is a 24-hour all-encompassing news service delivering breaking news as well as political and business news. The number one network in cable, FNC is a unit of FOX News Media and has been the most watched television news channel for more than 17 consecutive years. According to a 2019 Suffolk University poll, FOX News is the most trusted source for television news or commentary in the country, while a 2019 Brand Keys Emotion Engagement Brand Analysis survey found that FOX News was the most trusted cable news brand. Owned by FOX Corporation, FNC is available in nearly 90 million homes and dominates the cable news landscape, routinely notching the top ten programs in the genre.
* Monday on cable TV news is not worth it. Why? It is a rehash from what happened on the weekend. Hey, these days, we already know. The people working on Monday act as if nobody worked all weekend or they are not good enough at their jobs. That means the so-called A-team will fill us in. Much of Monday is rehash and giving their opinions on what happened on weekends. One more way to change it up it is NOT do that.
* The TV news tease no longer is effective. A tease will go something this like: "We will tell you more when we come back" - now, if you want to know you can simply Google it and then you no longer need to wait. That is both good and bad. TV news needs to change a bit the way in which they deliver news. It does not have to be significant, but subtle. Stop the teasing would be a good first step. And they need to tone down the breaking news alerts. Something that broke at 8 a.m. is no longer breaking at 10 a.m., noon, or 5, 6 p.m. Stop it.
* Media organizations need to stop playing defense. When they get criticized, they do not have to go and write up story after story and Tweet why they are right. The work should stand on its own. The reason why they are doing that more and more is they truly hate Pres. Trump and his supporters. Some did that when Obama was in office, and that, too, was sad. The Obama haters were wrong, too.
* Just because you see a news outlet cover something, that does not make it news. Trump putting a marker on a weather map is not news. It is trivial. Weather reporting is now political - and that is sad.
* Meanwhile, networks ignore Biden bloody eye; they also ignore Kamala Harris gaffe; media go nuts over weather; for some reason, the media (my career) feels like they cannot be criticized; media crying wolf over all things Trump is bad form; When the majority of news is produced from New York, that is not good for the rest of the country; try ignoring morning news on TV (you will be happier as you start your day). Live your life.
FROM OAN - full press release from them...
One America News Fires Back Against Rachel Maddow, MSNBC And Comcast With A Defamation Lawsuit
MILLER BARONDESS FILES $10 MILLION LAWSUIT AGAINST RACHEL MADDOW AND MSNBC FOR DEFAMATION
Los Angeles, CA—September 9, 2019 – Herring Networks, Inc., an independent, family owned national cable television programming company based in San Diego, California, filed a defamation lawsuit today in the United States District Court, Southern District of California, against Defendants Rachel Maddow, Comcast Corporation, NBC Universal Media, LLC, and MSNBC Cable LLC. The Complaint seeks damages in excess of $10,000,000.
Herring Networks owns and operates One America News Network (“OAN”), a prominent and popular independent television news channel providing Americans with a conservative alternative to the major liberal news outlets. The Complaint alleges that Comcast refused to carry OAN as part of its cable programming because OAN counters the liberal politics of its own channel, MSNBC.
The Complaint further alleges that one week after OAN’s President, Charles Herring, called out and objected to Comcast’s anti-competitive censorship in an email to Comcast’s President of Content Acquisition, MSNBC’s most popular show—The Rachel Maddow Show—opened with the show’s host, Rachel Maddow, telling her audience that OAN “really literally is paid Russian propaganda.”
OAN asserts that, in fact, Defendants knew this statement was false and that they acted maliciously and recklessly in making it. The Complaint alleges that the statement was meant to damage OAN’s business and reputation because OAN, unlike MSNBC, presents a conservative viewpoint; and that OAN was targeted in retaliation for calling out Defendants for their anti-competitive censorship in refusing to carry OAN on its cable system.
OAN is represented by Skip Miller, a partner at Miller Barondess, LLP in Los Angeles. Per Miller, “One America is wholly owned, operated and financed by the Herring family in San Diego. They are as American as apple pie. They are not paid by Russia and have nothing to do with the Russian government. This is a false and malicious libel, and they’re going to answer for it in a court of law.”
About One America News Network (“OAN”):
One America News Network (“OAN”), owned and operated by Herring Networks, Inc., was launched on July 4, 2013 and provides an independent source of national and international news around the clock. In addition to external newsgathering sources, the network operates news bureaus in Washington, D.C. and California. The OAN channel is carried on satellite, cable and streaming providers. For more information, please visit www.oann.com.
About Miller Barondess, LLP:
Miller Barondess, LLP is a 35-lawyer firm in Los Angeles handling high-stakes litigation and trial work. Skip Miller is among the top trial lawyers in the nation, representing clients from celebrities to Fortune 500 companies to government in litigation matters. The firm’s attorneys hail from top law schools and aggressively and effectively litigate. For more information, please visit www.millerbarondess.com.
Miller Barondess, LLP
UPDATE: * It did not work. Of the three cable news networks, the Climate Crisis Townhall could not grab a lead in any of the hours it was on. Ouch! In fact, it finished third all day and night. Ouch again.
---CNN climate change marathon a ratings flop, Fox News rules the airwaves - https://go.shr.lc/2zRyMUK -
* When CNN announced a bold move of airing a 7-hour marathon of Democratic candidates, in one day, one could easily wonder, would people watch?
- Much like a TV schedule, it mattered when it was on, Sept. 4, 2019.
• Castro: 5 p.m. ET • Yang: 5:40 p.m. • Harris: 6:20 p.m. • Klobuchar: 7 p.m. • Biden: 8 p.m. • Sanders: 8:40 p.m. • Warren: 9:20 p.m. • Buttigieg: 10 p.m. • O’Rourke: 10:40 p.m. • Booker: 11:20 p.m.
- Wow, really?
Be careful when people suggest ratings do not matter for certain things that air on TV. That could be true for specials like this, but in reality, the candidates do not want it to be low-rated, even if CNN says it is a public service.
* Update Sept. 5: Bill Hemmer back in studio, which tells you something. Back to a Cat 3. Still over-talking about storm surge.
UPDATE: 9/4/19 - reporters and hosts are trying to still make it seem like the hurricane is worse than it is. Tell me, would you evacuate from a Cat 2? A Cat 5, sure, and even a four, but not a 2. So, they are screaming about storm surge and beach erosion...hmmm...erosion that happens daily with waves, and during high tide. Of course, there will be rain and floods. It is a hurricane. Making the storm in the U.S. worse than it was is not the best plane. Just because they invested so many resources and reputations on it does not mean they should double down on it.
- media went over-the-top once again on the coverage of the current weather event. They started the coverage way too early and then would not let up even when the storm was downgraded. Perhaps, it was a collective ego matter for the TV news. They need to justify their coverage, so they always say "if," "could" and "may" ...when in reality, it was not going to hit land in Florida and skirted the coast. It is actually a disservice to the viewers to constantly talk about what may happen.
* What I did was go to the source and area for info. The airports were opening earlier than originally planned, and Disney World went back to normal operations. Florida residents were still swimming, surfing and walking the beach, while reporters were spouting doom and gloom in front of them. It looked silly. Reporters talking about waves on a beach, during high tide.
* Now, the Bahamas got whacked, and that is bad. A brutal Cat 5 storm at the time. Yes, they need the help and they will get it.
* Having worked in it so long, I never really saw some things that I plainly see now. But, I tried to be careful of the headlines and the hype. In entertainment and sports, that is where the real fun in headline writing is, but news, it can backfire. It needs a bit more scrutiny.
- When it comes to numbers, that is dicey. The mass shootings are a sensitive issue so when the headline blasts 50 dead, when that was not confirmed, that is not good.
- We also get into a headline that reads 24 feared dead...as in the recent California boat fire. Is that necessary at this point. Many feared dead would be better.
* Media is now 24/7 and with social media, they can update in real time. That is good, but it needs the proper perspective. Do not just put in wrong, overheard info and then say the situation is fluid and will change. Qualify that right away if you feel the need to give out early info.
- Being first now is not the best anymore. Too many are being first with the wrong info these days.
* Media actually blew it once again on hurricane coverage. Yes, they happen and do strike land, but it is how they are covered is at issue. They start the blanket coverage and unnecessary panic reporting so far out.
- Do not really not know where the hurricane will make landfall or are they covering for a potential mistake?
- Yes, we get it. It rains, and it very windy, even if it does not make landfall.
- TV anchors and reporters need to quit talking down to the viewers, as if they are the experts. They are lecturing about what the weather folk are saying. Oh yes, a storm surge, there is a storm surge.
- In order to cover themselves, they are over-selling what they are reporting. They are suggesting that, look even if it does not make landfall, it is still bad, so our reporting was not over-the-top, etc. They get defensive if it goes differently. That would not happen if they tempered their coverage, that would solve the issue. When it gets close, go all in, but not a full week or two out.
* Much of the reporting was "could" and "if." Not will. The same was true for Lawrence O'Donnell as he reported on a Trump bombshell, he thought. He used "if true." We cannot start using the "if true" when it comes to basic reporting. That is for speculation and that is more about sports. And that is sometimes not even close to be accurate when the game is played. Pundits are ruining TV news and the hosts are feeling that blowback.
* Since so many people are doing what they think is journalism on social media, they likely do not have guidelines and the know-how to do it right. That is why us, who were trained in it and worked in the field, need to be better than them. Trying to keep up can make some lose that and it means they will not follow the usual guidelines that we have always used.
* When a story breaks (it does not have to be deep news, either), you will see Facebook and social media put out the same story over and over. One person or outlet will have it and then the others follow. But, they do nothing more with the info. They will just Tweet out the same story. It goes on and on that way, whether it is a breaking news item or gossip. That is what I mean by it needs to change.
Take, for an example this item: "The Black Panther" has a release date. Good, but what do you do from there?
- immediately Tweet it out so you have it right away?
- Tweet from others?
- Troll others with a snarky comment right away?
- Or do you look for more info and something different than all the others have?
Try the last one and then Tweet it out.
Again, rampant speculation is not always necessary on something that will not be happening for years down the road. It is better to say "The IG Report is coming out in late August? Not, the report is coming out so let's speculate about what we think will be in it for five hours. Again, this is for news hosts and anchors, and editors and reporters. A TV news host does risk his or her credibility by whom they have as pundits. My view is TV news shows should avoid the roundtables and airing of pundits.
Joe Walsh needs to be off his show ...* I was on it early on and it bothered me that no one in media (that I saw and read) talked about him ending his show. See other items and Twitter for my relentless take on this.
Here is the official reason from Salem Radio Network, via Radio Ink. SRN will work with any affiliates who want to discontinue airing the Walsh program during the 30-day period due to concerns about FCC political regulations in light of Walsh’s announcement of his candidacy for President of the United States. This announcement does not affect Walsh’s local program airing on AM 560 The Answer in Chicago, however Walsh’s program will have to be removed as soon as he becomes a viable and legal candidate for President. See here.
* The media was too busy letting Walsh on their shows to rip the president while ignoring what it really means. It means he needed to get rid of that show and should have said he was ending it when he announced. Perhaps he did not know as he is not well-versed on all things radio, or communications, legally speaking.
* They are also ignoring his past. But I am from Illinois and was there when he ran for Congress, won and then lost. He was a mean-spirited candidate, and still is that way, on his radio show. Even if you supported Pres. Trump, you did not support Walsh.
* He lamented that he lost his show on CNN. As if he did not know that would happen. My guess is that he was hoping to drag that part out and spew his brand of politics, as he was running.
* As I noted before, he had a link to his website from the Salem Radio Network. However, the red flag was that Walsh's page was now a donation page. There is no way Salem wanted any part of that. I will say the same thing if Sarah Sanders announces she is running for governor and then stays on at Fox News. They usually step down and then announce, as her father, Mike Huckabee, and others have done.
* I tuned in last night to listen to the spot which Walsh had and it was America First, with Dr. Serb Gorka. So, for this station (98.6 FM, Relevant Radio) in Columbus, Ohio, Walsh, is already gone. They say his last show is Sept. 26, but it takes that long to ease him out and it gives stations time to find a replacement, etc.
* It feels like he wanted to remain on the show until he legally filed papers to run. By not quitting the show, that indicates he has yet to do that. And the above comment by AM 560 shows that as well. Sneaky and tricky, I would say. But he is is fundraising off of all of this.