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Big Brother cast member: Pres. Obama is a "Muslim monkey"


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Yes, I admit it, I watch Big Brother and have since Season One. Sue me. Mr. Laffy and I have no idea why we started, considering we're not fans of reality [sic] shows... which is ironic, because Mr. Laffy writes/produces reality shows. (Before you ask how one writes an unscripted show: He writes host dialog and figures out how to whittle down over 300 hours of footage to create a storyline for a 41-minute show.) So anyway.

Last year Big Brother had, erm, issues. Racist issues. Nasty ones. Ugly ones. Involving two blonde women targeting their fellow African American, Asian, and gay house guests. It was not easy to watch, the viewer backlash was loud and clear, and they both got fired from their jobs. But one of them came in second and was rewarded for her on-air behavior with thousands of dollars, despite her vile conduct.

Clearly, CBS, squirming amid the uncomfortable howls of protest, has learned a thing or two and is making every attempt to improve the screening process of this season's contestants.

The Los Angeles Times:

Absent in the promotion of the new season however has been any mention of the elephant in the "Big Brother" living room — the racist and homophobic comments that clouded last season, but did bolster ratings.

Key words: Bolster ratings.

In TV land, ratings are everything. Without ratings, shows go to TV Heaven (or Hell, depending on the show), with some exceptions of course. But CBS knows better than to repeat this particular mistake, especially one that was so egregiously offensive. Right?

But already a similar controversy is heating up. Fan websites discovered this week homophobic and racially inflammatory comments on social media from new cast member Caleb Reynolds, an "adventure hunting guide" who lives in Hopkinsville, Ky. In commentary on his Instagram account, Reynolds referred to President Obama as a "Muslim monkey" and used an anti-gay slur.

CBS's response? No comment. No comment about whether Racist Caleb will be a house guest. No comment about whether they knew about his disgusting racist, bigoted "commentary." Only silence, per the L.A. Times.

I guess they're weighing whether boosting the number of more rubbernecking viewers and spiking media coverage trump prejudice and hatred. That should be an easy choice. If CBS has to mull this one, then Big Brother will be evicted from my house.

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"MSNBC's move to veer to the left" puts it ahead of CNN, "Meet the Press" has lost 25% of its audience


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The L.A. Times Calendar section has an article out today about Patricia Fili-Krushel, the new chairman of the NBCUniversal News Group, which includes NBC News, MSNBC and CNBC. The piece concentrated mostly on the "Today" show, but at the end, there was this:

Fox News dominates the cable news landscape, but MSNBC's move to veer to the left of the political spectrum has firmly entrenched it in second place ahead of CNN. The financial news channel CNBC remains very profitable despite increased competition from Bloomberg TV and Fox Business.

Still, there are other holes to be patched. "Rock Center," the prime-time news magazine that Williams anchors, is struggling. "Meet the Press," too, has fallen behind CBS' "Face the Nation" and has lost more than 25% of its audience since 2008. NBC insiders downplay the decline at "Meet the Press," arguing that the audiences for Sunday morning shows are so small that it has little bearing on the bottom line.

High on Fili-Krushel's to-do list is building NBC's digital presence, particularly mobile, as part of an effort to get younger viewers who typically steer clear of broadcast news. "I have 21- and 22-year-old kids," she said. "They do not watch linear TV."

Three noteworthy points:

1. MSNBC's "move to veer to the left" pushed it ahead of CNN. That's a big deal, especially in light of all that nonsense about this being a "center right" country, which has once again been thoroughly debunked. Are you listening, Comcast?  How about giving Ari Melber, Joy Ann Reid, Lizz Winstead, Stephanie Miller-- among others-- a shot at their own shows? Call me crazy, but I'm willing to bet they'd up the ratings even  more.

2. "Meet the Press" is losing its audience. Surprise! Gee, how could that be happening, especially with such a host who regularly avoids tough follow-up questions to Republicans, lets his guests get away with lying and/or refusing to answer questions directly, and hosts way more right-leaning guests than (moderate to conservative) Dems, and very few real liberals (scroll)?

3. Younger viewers "typically steer clear of broadcast news." That's a great point. How do we expect younger voters to make informed choices if they aren't aware of what's going on around them? I can vouch for this depressing phenomenon as I wrote back in 2009 in a post titled "Teen Idles" that I hope you'll read:

Tabloid infotainment has replaced serious news, as I’ve mentioned in post after TPC post. As a result, the osmotic nature of how teens learn about their own world has been reduced to sound bites from the most inane, splashy, celebrity-driven stories.

So many lessons to be learned here, so little time.


Fox "News" [sic] ratings at 12-year low



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Need a lift? Tired of all the political bickering? In the mood for a little upbeat news? Well, wait no more.


Fox News had its worst prime time TV ratings in twelve years, since back in 2001. HuffPo:

...Fox News had its worst prime time ratings in the coveted 25-54 demographic since August 2001, and its lowest total day ratings since June 2008.

There now, wasn't that fun?

but wait there's more

It gets better. Per Politico, The Rachel Maddow Show was the only non-Fox News program to enter the top 10:

And “The Rachel Maddow Show” topped CNN’s “Piers Morgan Tonight” this month, and also ranked number one among the 18-34 demo.



...and if Maddow were to continue creeping up the list, it would mean a real sea change. Overall, MSNBC... was the only cable news channel to grow its ratings from 2012.

Poor Fox. On 3, let me hear as insincere an "Awwww" as you can muster up. Ready? 

1... 2... 3!



TV ratings for second debate good news for President Obama


The Hollywood Reporter:

Early ratings for cable network coverage of Tuesday's presidential debate have numbers surging ahead of the first showdown between President Obama and Mitt Romney earlier this month.

More people watched an energetic, sharp-as-a-tack, prepared President Obama kick a testy Willard M. Romney in his lying binder.

More people watched as Romney's lies were exposed.

More people watched Romney's usual awkwardness and discomfort, especially after having to learn how to sit on a stool for the occasion.

More people watched an unpresidential, defensive, petulant Mitt Romney interrupt moderator Candy Crowley while showing similar disrespect for the President of the United States.

More people watched and realized that the more they watched, the less they believed the Romney sales pitch.

More people watched President Obama win. But “don’t gloat! VOTE!”