A Palin/Beck Ticket In 2012? The Mind Reels

palinbeckObviously, unless sometime between now and 2012 there occurs a rip in the space-time continuum and the country slips into an alternate reality, Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck will not be running on a joint ticket for the presidency. But let’s speculate anyway.

The (sort of inevitable, considering their popularity) topic of a Palin/Beck 2012 was first broached in a Newsmax interview with Palin on Tuesday:

“I can envision a couple of different combinations, if ever I were to be in a position to really even seriously consider running for anything in the future, and I’m not there yet,” Palin tells Newsmax. “But Glenn Beck I have great respect for. He’s a hoot. He gets his message across in such a clever way. And he’s so bold — I have to respect that. He calls it like he sees it, and he’s very, very, very effective.”

For his part, Beck was a early Palin adopter, interviewing her on his HLN show in early 2008 long before she was on the national (or John McCain’s) radar. The Atlantic’s Marc Ambinder actually thinks this is an interesting idea that could double the Palin phenomena of 2008.

Palin/Beck could unite the conservative anti-Obama movement and basically form a Tea Party ticket that would vent the anti-stimulus, anti-Democratic health care reform, anti-cap-and-trade, sentiment that’s been brewing with a firestorm of angry, populist rallies.

Depending on which side of the political spectrum you fall, you might think this ticket, were it come to pass, was either actual proof that the Mayans were right and 2012 is the year of the apocalypse, or that you were somehow witnessing the political version of Super Friends. Either way, (and purely from the perspective of having to provide content, it would be sort of a dream) it is an utterly unlikely scenario.

Sarah Palin may be an enormously popular figure across the country, but with the publication of Going Rogue she has managed to alienate just about everyone in D.C. with the ability to run an effective campaign. Moreover, as a Newsweek article pointed out this week, populist candidates can make lots of waves, but they don’t make it to the White House. That’s not to say Palin is not a 2012 contender — it’s entirely possible she will run for political office again, but more likely as the running mate to someone whose experience might reasonably warrant the country’s votes.

As for Beck, not only has he never expressed any interest in political office, it’s very hard to imagine him leaving the comfort (and power) of his studio (and chalkboard) where he gets to make all the agitating assertions he wants with nary a dissenting voice to be heard. At some point as a politician you actually have to say what you are going to do, not just what everyone else but the Founding Fathers is doing wrong. Also, 2012 is still a ways a way.


Sarah Palin Interview Gives Sean Hannity Second Best Ratings of 2009

Cable news ratings, November 16, 2009: Check out the highlights, and see the full ratings below:

Sean Hannity’s interview with Sarah Palin last night – her cable news first during the book tour – gave the 9pmET FNC show it’s 2nd highest total viewer average of 2009. It also gave Hannity a rare cable news ratings victory in both total viewers and the A25-54 demographic. He had more demo viewers than his cable news competition had in total viewers.

• The top non-FNC show was Nancy Grace’s at 8pmET for HLN in the demo and Keith Olbermann’s at 8pmET for MSNBC in total viewers.

Check out all the ratings below, and leave your own thoughts in the comments:

TV NEWS RATINGS: 25-54 DEMOGRAPHIC (L +SD)
Fox News CNN MSNBC CNN Headline News
5 pm Beck

651

Blitzer

123

Matthews

107

Prime

86

6 pm Baier

472

Blitzer

117

EdShow

118

Prime

116

7 pm Shep

452

Tonight

135

Matthews

132

Issues

202

8 pm O’Reilly

1065

Brown

126

Olbermann

288

Grace

355

9 pm Hannity

1149

King

208

Maddow

273

Behar

152

10 pm Greta

747

Cooper

171

Olbermann

162

Grace

197

11 pm O’Reilly

599

Cooper

117

Maddow

129

Showbiz

149

TOTAL DAY 451 119 113 150
PRIME TIME 989 168 241 231
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.
TV NEWS RATINGS: TOTAL VIEWERS (L +SD)
Fox News CNN MSNBC CNN Headline News
5 pm Beck

2512

Blitzer

538

Matthews

502

Prime

183

6 pm Baier

2235

Blitzer

546

EdShow

495

Prime

256

7 pm Shep

1980

Tonight

589

Matthews

625

Issues

500

8 pm O’Reilly

3868

Brown

569

Olbermann

1041

Grace

1036

9 pm Hannity

4200

King

835

Maddow

957

Behar

537

10 pm Greta

2283

Cooper

611

Olbermann

575

Grace

499

11 pm O’Reilly

1774

Cooper

409

Maddow

361

Showbiz

370

TOTAL DAY 1693 470 401 339
PRIME TIME 3490 672 860 675
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.


O’Reilly’s Demo Rating Tops CNN and MSNBC’s Total Viewers Tuesday

Cable news ratings, November 17, 2009: Check out the highlights, and see the full ratings below:

Bill O’Reilly had the top rated cable news show again last night, in total viewers and the A25-54 demographic. His demo average of 1,012,000 viewers gave him more a higher demo rating than CNN and MSNBC’s total viewer rating.

Nancy Grace had the top non-FNC show for HLN at 8pmET, in total viewers and the demo.

Check out all the ratings below, and leave your own thoughts in the comments:

TV NEWS RATINGS: 25-54 DEMOGRAPHIC (L +SD)
Fox News CNN MSNBC CNN Headline News
5 pm Beck

 

628

Blitzer

 

116

Matthews

 

166

Prime

 

167

6 pm Baier

 

524

Blitzer

 

138

EdShow

 

122

Prime

 

148

7 pm Shep

 

558

Tonight

 

151

Matthews

 

162

Issues

 

253

8 pm O’Reilly

 

1012

Brown

 

147

Olbermann

 

256

Grace

 

463

9 pm Hannity

 

711

King

 

168

Maddow

 

211

Behar

 

223

10 pm Greta

 

564

Cooper

 

268

Olbermann

 

198

Grace

 

298

11 pm O’Reilly

 

520

Cooper

 

209

Maddow

 

105

Showbiz

 

197

TOTAL DAY 416 126 108 182
PRIME TIME 763 195 222 321
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.
TV NEWS RATINGS: TOTAL VIEWERS (L +SD)
Fox News CNN MSNBC CNN Headline News
5 pm Beck

 

2663

Blitzer

 

552

Matthews

 

635

Prime

 

268

6 pm Baier

 

2337

Blitzer

 

586

EdShow

 

458

Prime

 

300

7 pm Shep

 

2094

Tonight

 

563

Matthews

 

649

Issues

 

592

8 pm O’Reilly

 

3741

Brown

 

596

Olbermann

 

1004

Grace

 

1069

9 pm Hannity

 

2678

King

 

629

Maddow

 

893

Behar

 

493

10 pm Greta

2077

Cooper

 

647

Olbermann

 

685

Grace

 

583

11 pm O’Reilly

 

1610

Cooper

 

527

Maddow

 

373

Showbiz

 

421

TOTAL DAY 1567 478 420 358
PRIME TIME 2832 624 861 697
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.


Fox News Crowd Footage Goes Rogue…Again (Update)

palin_11-18Remember what happened when Fox News aired footage of a previous tea party while describing a Michele Bachmann event, making it look like there were more people there than there actually were? The Daily Show called them out, and Sean Hannity apologized.

Guess what – it happened again. And Fox News is ready to lay down the law.

Think Progress caught another instance of Fox News using incorrect b-roll, again leading to the effect of making a crowd look larger than it actually was.

As anchor Gregg Jarrett introduced a news segment about Sarah Palin’s book tour, video rolled of Palin on the 2008 campaign trail. But Jarrett said: “Sarah Palin continuing to draw huge crowds while she’s promoting her brand new book, Take a look – these are some of the pictures just coming into us. You can see the lines earlier had formed this morning. There’s a crowd of folks.”

It’s not like Fox News needed to falsely make it look like there were big crowds – many came out for the book tour yesterday in Indiana. But another mistake like this just looks bad.

Chicago Tribune’s Mark Silva talked to FNC SVP Michael Clemente:

This was a production error in which the copy editor changed a script and didn’t alert the control room to update the video. There will be an on-air explanation during Happening Now on Thursday

That will come sometime between 11am and 1pmET today. Also, Silva writes, “serious disciplinary action will be taken for those responsible behind the scenes in the control room.”

> Update: Here’s the apology video from this morning (via J$):

Here’s the clip:

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“Conscientious Objector” Major Garrett Interviews Pres. Obama On Fox News

obama_11-18Well, it finally happened.

After all the back and forth between the White House and Fox News, Major Garrett sat down with Pres. Barack Obama earlier this week (as other networks did as well). Here’s how it went.

It started with a slight reference to the fact that Obama hadn’t been on Fox News in awhile:

Garrett: Mr. President, the Fox News Channel is very happy to see you. And behalf of the news channel let me wish you, Michelle, Sasha and Malia, a very happy and joyous 2009 holiday season.
Obama: That’s so nice. I appreciate it. To the Fox family, let me say the same.

The rest of the interview, however, stayed entirely away from the White House vs. Fox News feud. We’ll get to the interview, but Special Report anchor Bret Baier brought up the mood of the interview in his live Q&A with Garrett in between the two parts of the interview.

Baier: After all the focus by this White House on Fox News, what were the atmospherics behind the scenes?
Garrett: Very calm, very rational, very relaxed. Look, I wasn’t going to litigate whatever it was that was going on between Fox and the Whie House, whether it was a war or not. I was always a conscientious objector in that conflict.

It’s not surprising that the 10 minute interview, that was part of a five-interview round robin by Pres. Obama, was “calm” behind the scenes, since it was right down to business between interviewer and interviewee. The “conscientious objector” comment was telling though – Garrett has continued to stay above the fray in whatever feud/war/conflict is going on between both sides.

As for the interview, it was fairly newsy. Garrett pushed Obama to answer a yes or no question about the Stupak amendment, which Obama eventually admitted he wouldn’t sign the bill with the amendment as is (”not yet” was the eventual comment). Also, Garrett asked about the time it’s taken to close Guantanamo Bay, and if it had been harder than he thought it would be during the campaign. “As hard. As usual in Washington, things move slower than I anticipated,” said Obama.

A true sign of just how news-making the interview was is where it got picked up by other outlets – ABC News White House correspondent Jake Tapper wrote a blog post about Pres. Obama’s GM answer (Tapper also sat down with Obama in the same round of interviews).

Finally – Garrett got a straight answer on the big story of this week – Sarah Palin. Would he read “Going Rogue”? “You know, I probably will not, but I wish her well,” said Obama. “You know, it looks like she’s going to do very well without my readership.”

This is likely the first step toward Obama appearing on a Fox News opinion program. It went well, and the back-and-forth was usual between White House correspondent and President. Will Obama be on The Factor in early 2010? If he has something he really needs to sell, he’ll likely find his way to the cable news leader.

One problem CBS News radio White House correspondent Mark Knoller had with the interview was the promotion of it. On Twitter yesterday he wrote: “‘Bite Me Award’ of the day to the Fox News promo dept trumpeting its Obama intvu: “only we ask the tough questions.” Puh-leese.

>>>NEXT PAGE: Watch the full interview.


Lou Dobbs’ Replacement Show Debuts In Last Place For CNN

Cable news ratings, November 16, 2009: Check out the highlights, and see the full ratings below:

CNN Tonight, the temporary replacement for Lou Dobbs at 7pmET until John King’s new show takes over the timeslot, debuted in 4th place in total viewers and the A25-54 demographic, behind Fox News, MSNBC and HLN. John Roberts hosted Monday night.

• The top show Monday night was Bill O’Reilly’s 8pmET hour on FNC – the only program to reach more than 1 million in the demo.

Check out all the ratings below, and leave your own thoughts in the comments:

TV NEWS RATINGS: 25-54 DEMOGRAPHIC (L +SD)
Fox News CNN MSNBC CNN Headline News
5 pm Beck

 

650

Blitzer

 

172

Matthews

 

88

Prime

 

140

6 pm Baier

 

497

Blitzer

 

135

EdShow

 

146

Prime

 

138

7 pm Shep

 

468

Tonight

 

146

Matthews

 

207

Issues

 

200

8 pm O’Reilly

 

1002

Brown

 

236

Olbermann

 

333

Grace

 

324

9 pm Hannity

 

641

King

 

248

Maddow

 

308

Behar

 

130

10 pm Greta

 

506

Cooper

 

203

Olbermann

 

221

Grace

 

254

11 pm O’Reilly

 

484

Cooper

 

138

Maddow

 

147

Showbiz

 

172

TOTAL DAY 400 139 138 155
PRIME TIME 717 229 287 229
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.
TV NEWS RATINGS: TOTAL VIEWERS (L +SD)
Fox News CNN MSNBC CNN Headline News
5 pm Beck

 

2574

Blitzer

 

574

Matthews

 

466

Prime

 

350

6 pm Baier

 

2271

Blitzer

 

534

EdShow

 

547

Prime

 

319

7 pm Shep

 

2133

Tonight

 

505

Matthews

 

687

Issues

 

552

8 pm O’Reilly

 

3507

Brown

 

563

Olbermann

 

1026

Grace

 

882

9 pm Hannity

 

2298

King

 

876

Maddow

 

953

Behar

 

362

10 pm Greta

 

1808

Cooper

 

676

Olbermann

 

591

Grace

 

514

11 pm O’Reilly

 

1533

Cooper

 

454

Maddow

 

406

Showbiz

 

345

TOTAL DAY 1522 497 420 331
PRIME TIME 2551 706 906 654
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.


Chyron of the Day: Sean Hannity Goes “Rouge”

Fox News, 9:04pmET:

hannity_11-18

Sometimes a chyron misspelling is particularly glaring because it accidentally makes a separate point. And rarely the misspelling serves to reinforce the exact opposite point. Thus was the case last night on Sean Hannity’s 9pmET FNC program. But besides the misspelling, there was also a serious discussion about the viability of Sarah Palin as GOP contender.

While Palin’s new book, “Going Rogue” is going bestseller, there’s another book that sounds just like it – “Going Rouge” that’s out this week as well. This one from two Nation editors aims to mock Palin instead.

Well, for several minutes during Hannity’s top-of-the-show interview with Frank Luntz, the chyron said “Palin Goes Rouge.” A few minutes later, it was corrected to “Palin Goes Rogue”…but not before the Palin haters (who probably weren’t watching Hannity anyway) got some chuckles.

Meanwhile, the interview itself was about the language used by Sarah Palin, and Luntz discussed how viable a candidate she is. You can imagine how Hannity felt. “If she decides to get in in 2012 she will be a formidable candidate, period,” he said.

Luntz wasn’t so sure, but had a theory on why her language is sometimes picked on by her detractors. “Because she is so real, she will say things that are not as effective as they could have been,” said Luntz. Interesting theory – “backassward” is just so real.

Luntz also had a different idea for how Palin could have conducted her book tour interviews:

She should have done it live. If I had been her adviser, ‘CBS, Katie Couric, ABC, NBC, come, I’ll do an interview with any of you but you’re going to come out to Indiana, you’re going to come out to Kentucky, you’re going to come out to Nebraska, you’re going to come do it live in front of the American people.’

Seeing Palin in a one-on-one live interview would mean she couldn’t say any editor made her look bad, and maybe we could all see the “real” nature of Palin Luntz describes on full display. But instead, we get all pre-taped interviews this week.

Here’s the full interview (h/t BangTheNews):

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