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Ted Koppel to Brian Stelter: ‘CNN’s ratings would be in the toilet without Donald Trump’

CBS contributor and former ABC “Nightline” anchor Ted Koppel told CNN’s senior media correspondent Brian Stelter that his ratings would “be in toilet” if Donald Trump weren’t president. The dis came during a panel discussion Monday for The National Press Club’s “The Kalb Report” about the state of journalism under President Trump. Mr. Stelter, a frequent critic of Mr. Trump, argued that the press is victim of a “hate movement” led by the president, who routinely lambasts CNN as “fake news.” Mr. Koppel said CNN would be nowhere without Mr. Trump. “He has been wonderful for the industry,” Mr. Koppel said. “But that means what?” Mr. Stelter asked. “If ratings are up, that means what?” “It means you can’t do without Donald Trump,” Mr. Koppel responded. “You would be lost without Donald Trump.” “Ted, you know that’s not true,” Mr. Stelter fired back. “CNN’s ratings would be in the toilet without Donald Trump,” Mr. Koppel continued. “You know that’s not true, you’re playing for laughs,” Mr. Stelter said. “You’ve lived through enough presidencies to know there will be more presidents.” Mr. Koppel asked Mr. Stelter how CNN’s ratings have changed since Mr. Trump took office, to which the “Reliable Sources” host estimated “we might be up 20, we might be up 30 percent, we might be up 40 percent.” He then insisted that it would “OK, too” if those numbers went down, prompting the rest of the panel and the audience to laugh. “I reject the premise that these networks are making so much money off of Trump and thus, we benefit from it,” Mr. Stelter said. Mr. Koppel acknowledged that criticizing CNN in Mr. Stelter’s presence was a “sensitive subject,” so he pointed to MSNBC as also profiting off covering the president’s every move. “Is there a moment of the day when they are not focusing on Donald Trump?” he mused. Mr. Stelter later addressed the exchange on Twitter, saying Mr. Koppel oversimplified the “cyclical” nature of cable news ratings.

Ted just took Brian to the cleaners..    Ted is spot on here.  CNN and MSNBC would be totally lost without their pathological fixation on President Trump.  To see this exchange, click on the text above.  Great job Ted!     🙂

Pompeo scolds CNN’s Jim Acosta for ‘ludicrous’ 25th Amendment question

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday scolded CNN chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta for asking a “ludicrous” question about Cabinet members allegedly discussing invoking the 25th Amendment against President Trump. During a press briefing at the United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York, Mr. Acosta asked U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley if she ever heard of such discussions taking place inside the Trump administration. “I have never once been in the White House where that conversation has happened,” Mrs. Haley said. “I’m not aware of any Cabinet members that are even talking about that. It is completely and totally absurd. No one is questioning the president at all.” Mr. Pompeo added that he also had never heard any such discussion within the administration about invoking the 25th Amendment, which allows for a president to be removed by his own Cabinet under extraordinary circumstances. “I find the question ludicrous,” Mr. Pompeo said. “I’ve never heard anyone talk about it, whisper about it, joke about it in any way. I’ve been in a lot of meetings with a lot of senior officials from this government.” He also chided Mr. Acosta for claiming Mrs. Haley was the “only person” at the press conference that had been in the Trump administration “since the beginning.” “Fact check: I’ve been with the administration since the beginning, too,” Mr. Pompeo said. “That’s relevant. But I’ll add — no discussion with me about the 25th Amendment anywhere, either — so you can now report that two senior leaders have said that your question was ludicrous.” Their comments came three days after The New York Times reported that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein discussed secretly recording Mr. Trump and enlisting other Cabinet members to invoke the 25th Amendment against him — a report Mr. Rosenstein has denied. The report came on the heels of an op-ed published by The New York Times, written anonymously by someone claiming to be a senior administration official who alleged to be part of a “quiet resistance” actively working to thwart the president’s agenda.

Jim Acosta is such an annoying tool..  Kudos to Sec. of State Mike Pompeo (R) for making him look like the ass that he is.

New York Times: Trump’s Iran Sanctions ‘Working’; Foreign Policy ‘Success’

The New York Times gave President Donald Trump credit for oil sanctions on Iran, which it said had been successful in pressuring the regime without raising oil prices. In an article by Cliffor Krauss titled, “Trump Hit Iran With Oil Sanctions. So Far, They’re Working,” the Times reported that Trump had defied foreign policy experts and achieved what few of them would have thought possible. The Times noted: “When President Trump announced in May that he was going to withdraw the United States from the nuclear agreement that the Obama administration and five other countries negotiated with Iran in 2015 and reimpose sanctions on the country, the decision was fraught with potential disaster. If Mr. Trump’s approach worked too well, oil prices would spike and hurt the American economy. If it failed, international companies would continue trading with Iran, leaving the Islamic Republic unscathed, defiant and free to restart its nuclear program. But the policy has been effective without either of those nasty consequences, at least so far.” “The president is doing the opposite of what the experts said, and it seems to be working out,” said Michael Lynch, president of Strategic Energy and Economic Research, a research and consulting firm. Initial signs of a foreign-policy success could benefit Mr. Trump politically as Republicans try to hold on to control of Congress. The president and lawmakers allied with him could point to the administration’s aggressive stand toward Iran as evidence that his unconventional approach to diplomacy has been much more fruitful and far less costly than Democrats have been willing to acknowledge. The article also noted that while European governments have criticized Trump for pulling the U.S. out of the nuclear deal with Iran, European companies have been supporting Trump’s policy by pulling out of Iran.

Even “the failing New York Times” had to admit that Trump’s pressure on Iran IS working.  I bet that was a painful admission.      🙂

How Americans really feel about the mainstream media

A major poll from Gallup and the Knight Foundation confirms that Americans don’t trust the press. “The news media, like many other major U.S. institutions, has suffered from a decline in public confidence in recent years. A key question for the future of the news media, as well as for U.S. democracy, is whether that trust is lost for good,” advises the poll, released Tuesday. “Most U.S. adults, including more than 9 in 10 Republicans, say they personally have lost trust in the news media in recent years. At the same time, 69 percent of those who have lost trust say that trust can be restored,” the analysis says, noting that the biggest criticisms were lack of accuracy and bias. “Sixty-nine percent of U.S. adults in the current survey say their trust in the news media has decreased in the past decade. Just 4 percent say their trust has increased, while 26 percent indicate their trust has not changed. Republicans (94 percent) and political conservatives (95 percent) are nearly unanimous in saying their trust in the media has decreased in the past decade. However, declining trust is not just confined to the political right — 75 percent of independents and 66 percent of moderates indicate they are less trusting than they were 10 years ago.” Click here for some findings

Soo.. By and large, most Americans don’t trust the mainstream media.  Gee..  What a shocker.

Woke Miss America Delivers All-Time Ratings Low

ABC’s broadcast of Sunday night’s Miss America pageant capped a ceremony rife with politicization, leading to an all-time low in TV ratings. The Wrap reports that Sunday night’s Miss America pageant was “down 36 percent in the key demo and off 19 percent among overall audience members” compared to last year. The abysmal broadcast ratings come as Sunday night’s competition featured no swimsuit competition as it did for decades. However, the competition did feature several political messages. During Thursday’s program, Miss Virginia Emili McPhail commented on NFL players kneeling during the national anthem, saying that it is “a right you have.” “But it’s also not about kneeling; it is absolutely about police brutality,” she also said. On Friday, Contestant Miss West Virginia Madeline Collins said that President Trump is “the biggest issue facing our country today.” “Unfortunately he has caused a lot of divide in our country, and until we can trust in him and the choices that he makes for our country, we cannot become united,” she said. This year’s winner was Nia Imani Franklin who was also Miss New York. Drama over bullying allegations and Gretchen Carlson, former Miss America and the chairwoman of the Miss America Organization, also made headlines over the summer. Carlson was accused of bullying behavior by Suzette Charles Charles accused Carlson of “bullying for a long time.” Miss America 2018 Cara Mund also accused Carlson of bullying, saying, “Our chair and CEO have systematically silenced me, reduced me, marginalized me, and essentially erased me in my role as Miss America in subtle and not-so-subtle ways on a daily basis.” Carlson responded at the time on Twitter with a statement denying the allegations.

Sunday’s abysmal tv ratings were expected.  The political correctness at the Miss America pageant has gone beyond over-the-top.  It used to be the question and answer phase of the competition was the stuff of SNL jokes, and spoofed in movies like Miss Congeniality.  “What do you pray for?”  “World peace.”  But, now, it’s just over-the-top pc, hate-Trump nonsense.  And, getting rid of the decades-old swimsuit competition?  Seriously?  Its a BEAUTY pageant for crying out loud!  Unreal..  Gretchen Carlson has been a disaster and should resign, or be let go…

ESPN appeared to be moving away from politics until Max Kellerman slammed Tiger Woods

Just when it seemed like ESPN was moving away from far-left politics and making changes to return to the sports network’s nonpartisan glory days, “First Take” co-host Max Kellerman made headlines by slamming Tiger Woods’ response to questions about President Trump. ESPN became increasingly liberal under former ESPN President John Skipper, who left the network last year when a drug dealer attempted to extort him by using his cocaine habit against him. New boss Jimmy Pitaro has declared that he wants less politics on his airwaves. “I will tell you I have been very, very clear with employees here that it is not our jobs to cover politics, purely,” Pitaro recently told reporters. This past weekend, it appeared that Pitaro’s plan was put into action. Outpoken feminist Michelle Beadle was taken off struggling morning show “Get Up!” and anti-Trump host Jemele Hill reportedly agreed to a buyout of her contract and will exit the network on Friday. In September 2017, Hill tweeted, “Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has surrounded himself with other white supremacists.” Hill also called Trump a “bigot” and “unqualified and unfit to be president.” She added, “If he were not white, he never would have been elected.” Hill’s anti-Trump comments caught the attention of the White House and Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, who said she considered the rhetoric a “fireable offense.” Trump even got involved himself, mocking Hill and ESPN’s lackluster ratings. As for Beadle, she once told white men to “shut up and listen” and recently declared she was done watching football because of the way the NFL and NCAA handled domestic violence issues. Under Skipper, the network was accused of spending too much time covering Colin Kaepernick’s protests and was criticized for awarding the Arthur Ashe Courage Award to Caitlyn Jenner. Far-left voices were rewarded with high-profile gigs, while conservative personalities such as Curt Schilling were silenced (Schilling was fired in 2016 after sharing a Facebook post regarding the North Carolina law that banned transgender people from using specific bathrooms). With Hill’s exit looming and Beadle now focusing on NBA coverage, as opposed to the news-of-the-day content that consumes “Get Up!,” it seemed like ESPN was actually taking steps to distance itself from politics. The network still employs anti-Trump former MSNBC star Keith Olbermann, but he’s stayed relatively quiet when it comes to spouting political opinions since ESPN announced his expanded role under Pitaro. “I suspect ESPN’s focus here wasn’t on Olbermann’s left-wing mania, it was on his role at ESPN in the 1990s. Olbermann’s hire was an attempt to send a message that ESPN was getting back to what made it great,” author and radio host Clay Travis wrote on Monday when offering his thoughts on the political landscape at ESPN. Travis, a frequent critic of ESPN, regularly referred to Hill’s and Michael Smith’s now-defunct, urban version network’s flagship 6 p.m. ET “Sportscenter” as “WokeCenter” because the show regularly touched on politics. “They finally have executives in charge of the business who have realized WokeCenter is bad for ESPN’s brands. Sports fans don’t want to see sports and left wing politics mixed ad nauseum,” Travis wrote. “The best way to cure a toxic brand? Get rid of the people who made that brand toxic.” Travis and other critics of ESPN noticed Pitaro’s changes were making an impact and the network was finally receiving praise for moving away from politics when Kellerman spoke out against Woods. The golf legend said over the weekend that Trump is the president of the United States and should be respected. “You have to respect the office. No matter who is in the office, you may like, dislike personality or the politics, but we all must respect the office,” Woods said on Sunday. Kellerman blasted Woods’ remarks, saying it was a “thoughtless statement dressed up as a thoughtful statement,” while essentially calling Woods dumb for having his own opinion. “And it either holds in contempt the intelligence of people who hear it or else it’s just a stupid thing to say. … To say you must have respect for the office — Tiger, be clear. Are you saying that the office, therefore, confers respect onto its present temporary occupant? No. Having respect for the office means principally, in my view, is the office holder should have respect for the office,” Kellerman said. ESPN enjoyed a few hours of positive coverage for the recent changes before Kellerman decided to dive into the political arena. Social media is now filled with users telling Kellerman to “stick to sports” and his monologue has been criticized by everyone from conservative pundits to fans who simply want to enjoy a nonpartisan sports show. Now, as opposed to articles praising ESPN for returning to its non-political glory days, the internet is filled with headlines such as, “ESPN host can’t handle Tiger Woods saying ‘you have to respect the office’ of the presidency.” Travis, the frequent ESPN critic who actually complimented the network earlier in the day took to Twitter to offer his thoughts. “Sigh. Utterly predictable. Tiger Woods said he respects the office of the president & ESPN called him stupid for it,” he wrote.

Agreed..  Utterly predictable..

MSNBC: Voters ‘selfishly’ expect Second Amendment rights to ‘stay the same’

The hosts of “MSNBC Live” told viewers on Thursday that President Trump’s support continues to be strong due to an abundance of “selfish” Second Amendment supporters. Co-anchors Stephanie Ruhle and Ali Velshi mulled over the White House’s solid support as the midterm elections near and concluded that self-centered Americans are to blame. “While we could find or do find the president’s constant lying or lawlessness or reprehensible behavior morally unacceptable, a lot of people vote pretty selfishly, and they say, ‘What’s going to give me more money in my pockets?’ ” Ms. Ruhle told billionaire Tom Steyer. “Or what’s going to make abortion illegal, or what’s going to make sure that my Second Amendment rights stay the same, and clearly, that adds up to enough people that the president still has something akin to 40 percent of the electorate in polls,” added Mr. Velshi. Mr. Velshi added that it was “fascinating” but difficult to talk about the kind of voter who demands lawmakers follow the official amendment process when changes to constitutional rights are sought. The Washington Free Beacon noted that Mr. Steyer, who claimed that “80 percent” of Americans are not benefiting from the nation’s economic boom, gave more than $90 million to support Democratic Party causes in 2016.

And this is why MSNBC and CNN have NO clue why their ratings continue to tank.  They simply don’t get it…and by calling voters “selfish,” they’re alienating half of the electorate.  Over 62 MILLION people “selfishly” voted for Donald Trump in 2016; many of them sick and tired of self-righteous, arrogant, and out-of-touch liberal media personalities like these tools over at MSNBC.