It’s On! Markos Moulitsas Responds To Chris Matthews’ Netroots Mockery

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The MSNBC crossfire continues. On Thursday night, Chris Matthews dismissed the Democratic netroots as “troublemakers who love to sit in the back seat and complain:” you may recall that his colleague Keith Olbermann sometimes blogs at Daily Kos and recently used the platform to dismiss the health care bill currently under consideration.

Yesterday, MSNBC’s Ed Schultz rolled a clip of Matthews’ remarks for Daily Kos founder Markos Moulitsas, who promptly fired back.

The Huffington Post has the transcript:

In 2003, when Bush landed his plane in the aircraft carrier, and spoke in front of the banner that said, ‘Mission Accomplished,’ Chris Matthews had an entire show based on that event,” Moulitsas said. “And he said everybody knows that we won the war, except a few critics. Well, I was one of those few critics. People like me in the Netroots were some of those critics. And it turns out that we were right and the Beltway conventional wisdom was wrong. And once again, we’re in a situation where people like Chris Matthews don’t learn from these mistakes. They’re trapped in this bubble and they think that they know better.”

“If Chris Matthews is worried about us working, and if he thinks that we’re not Democrats, then he really should be worried, because he’s got a thing coming,” Moulitsas said.


O’Reilly’s Spat With Ingraham Helps Factor To Another Best Cable News Show Win

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

Bill O’Reilly’s dust-up with his usual fill-in host Laura Ingraham occurred on the top cable news show Thursday night – O’Reilly was once again #1 in the A25-54 demo and in total viewers. Sean Hannity was #2 in both categories.

• The top non-FNC show was Keith Olbermann on MSNBC at 8pmET in both categories.

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

520

Blitzer

158

Matthews

93

Prime

92

6 pm Baier

356

Blitzer

132

EdShow

108

Prime

106

7 pm Shep

378

Tonight

112

Matthews

154

Issues

144

8 pm O’Reilly

762

Brown

139

Olbermann

337

Grace

250

9 pm Hannity

581

King

168

Maddow

294

Behar

188

10 pm Greta

487

Cooper

134

Olbermann

254

Grace

184

11 pm O’Reilly

435

Cooper

80

Maddow

140

Showbiz

153

TOTAL DAY 358 130 116 133
PRIME TIME 612 147 295 204
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

2305

Blitzer

571

Matthews

554

Prime

233

6 pm Baier

2087

Blitzer

482

EdShow

536

Prime

245

7 pm Shep

1835

Tonight

446

Matthews

494

Issues

426

8 pm O’Reilly

3290

Brown

559

Olbermann

986

Grace

874

9 pm Hannity

2382

King

817

Maddow

806

Behar

752

10 pm Greta

1895

Cooper

575

Olbermann

628

Grace

557

11 pm O’Reilly

1473

Cooper

304

Maddow

345

Showbiz

380

TOTAL DAY 1492 477 397 352
PRIME TIME 2524 650 807 711
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.


Spinning In Second: CNN And MSNBC Want Their Silver Medals NOW

cnnmsnbc_12-1812 days before the 2009 ratings year officially ended, CNN and MSNBC put out their end-of-year press releases, touting their strong ratings. In turn, outlets that cover media were forced to report on the story – like this piece by Bill Carter in the New York Times.

So what’s the truth? Here’s a breakdown of what each network is saying, and what it really means.

First of all, obviously, Fox News is way ahead of the pack, and #1 on cable news in all categories. But the battle for second is not as easily determined. CNN and MSNBC each finish second in some categories, and they’d like you to focus on those categories, of course.

For CNN, one strategy is to look to the past. And more specifically, 2007 and before. In their release, CNN described 2009 as their best in the last five years – not counting last year, which they pull out as an outlier because of their strong election ratings. Of course, every network is in this same situation – and FNC still did better year to year.

But it is true that CNN’s ratings are up from 2007 and before. In primetime and total day, and in the A25-54 demographic and total viewers, CNN had a better year in 2009 than in 2007 or the four years before it. Not nearly as much as Fox News, however, but still up.

Another strategy for CNN is to talk about daytime news hours, where it will beat MSNBC handily and was #2 across the board. In fact, MSNBC finished either 4th or 5th (in some cases behind CNBC) during the daytime hours. CNN also beat MSNBC on the weekends, as State of the Union and Amanpour, two new shows finished in 2nd place on cable news.

Also- talk about finances. This was seen in a note to staff from CNN President Jim Walton earlier this week:

First, some breaking news: Despite the worst economic climate in 75 years, CNN will finish 2009 with double-digit profit growth for the sixth consecutive year. Our collective commitment to cost management has helped us achieve our most profitable year ever. You did that. And it was hard. But you understood the importance to our future of weathering this storm and you did your part, and more, to see us through it…

Fine-tuning our structure to reflect and support what we are now and will become, as opposed to what we used to be, continued across the CNN portfolio. We added staff in areas where we were thin and where we will grow, and will end 2009 with more employees than we had at the start of the year. Your judgment, planning and vision did that, too.

MSNBC’s strategy meanwhile is to talk about prime time – when its biggest stars, Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow, continue to shine. And more specifically, outshine CNN. For the first time ever, MSNBC will finish the year ahead of CNN in the prime time demo, in both weekday and seven-day averages. As a whole, it was MSNBC’s best ratings ever – not counting last year.

Some other notes from MSNBC, about its star programs:

“Countdown with Keith Olbermann” finished the year with a tremendous lead over CNN’s “Campbell Brown,” for the third year in a row, beating CNN by 57 percent in A25-54 (360,000 vs. 230,000) and by 42 percent in total viewers (1,166,000 vs. 823,000).

“The Rachel Maddow Show” at 9 p.m. had the most growth of any cable news show in the hour among total viewers, up 15% from 2008 (1,023,000 vs. 888,000) and up 127% from 2007 (450,000). “The Rachel Maddow Show” finished the year just 3,000 A25-54 shy of “Larry King Live” in the hour (302,000 vs. 305,000).

There’s one other cable news network doing really well (no spin needed) – HLN is having its best year ever in 2009. Here’s their press release:

HLN set yet another ratings record in 2009, posting its best deliveries ever among total viewers and the 25-54 demo in both total day and primetime. Additionally, HLN had the most growth of any cable news network in primetime (both M-Su and M-F), up 15% among total viewers and up 12% in the 25-54 demo compared to a year ago on a weekday basis. This is the third year in a row that HLN has had its best year ever in the past five years in total day among total viewers and 25-54, and in primetime among 25-54.

2009 HLN program highlights include:

* Morning Express with Robin Meade from 6a-10a had its best performance in HLN history in both total viewers and the 25-54 demo.
* Issues with Jane Velez-Mitchell at 7p increased the most of any evening cable news program (from 7p-12m) increasing 32% among total viewers and up 29% among 25-54 viewers.
* Nancy Grace at 8p posted its best year ever in both total viewers and the 25-54 demo since the show launched in 2005.
* The Joy Behar Show has increased 8% among total viewers launch-to-date (Oct.-present).
* Showbiz Tonight at 11p posted its best year ever in both total viewers and the 25-54 demo since 2005.

In 2009, more people turned to the platforms of CNN Worldwide than any other news network — with 67.1 million coming to CNN for non-opinion programming on average each month, 49.1 million people turning to HLN for news, views and opinion programming, 37.9 unique visitors on average each month on CNN Digital, and CNN Mobile had 11.8 million users. On television, FNC reached 57.5 million and MSNBC 50.3 million viewers.

Recap: best year ever for Fox News, 2nd best year ever for MSNBC, 2nd best year in last five years for CNN, best year ever for HLN. Let’s move on.


Chris Matthews Dismisses Democratic “Netroots” As Immature Crybabies

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On yesterday’s Hardball, Chris Matthews got testy over the suggestion that President Barack Obama is having trouble with the left. When New York Magazine political correspondent John Heilemann suggested that the Democratic base was wavering about Obama over concerns that he had “sold out to conservatives” and was “too mushy and too centrist,” Matthews swatted back, saying that the netroots “get their giggles out of sitting in the back seat and bitching:”

From MSNBC’s Hardball:

HEILEMANN: Chris, have the last two days made you think that, when you hear the Democratic left trashing the health care bill and attacking the president?
MATTHEWS: Well, I don`t consider them Democrats. I consider them netroots. And they`re different.
HEILEMANN: Ah.
MATTHEWS: And if I see that — if I see that they vote in every election or most elections, I will be worried. But I`m not sure they`re regular grown-up Democrats.
I think a lot of those people are troublemakers who love to sit in the back seat and complain. They`re not interested in governing this country. They never ran for office. They`re not interested in working for somebody in public office. They get their giggles out of sitting in the back seat and bitching. Excuse me. That`s a verb.

Surely his colleague Keith Olbermann, who said that he would go to jail if he had to buy government health care under the current reform bill and occasionally blogs at Daily Kos, would agree.

 


FNC Tops Cable News Competition Combined In Prime Time Demo and Total Viewers

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

• Fox News Channel regularly beats CNN, MSNBC and HLN combined in total viewers every weeknight during prime time. But last night, they also beat the cable news competition combined in the A25-54 demographic during prime time – averaging 695,000 to 627,000. They also topped the other three combined in total viewers, total day.

• The top non-FNC show was Nancy Grace on HLN at 8pmET in the demo, and Keith Olbermann on MSNBC at 8pmET 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

665

Blitzer

88

Matthews

94

Prime

132

6 pm Baier

474

Blitzer

124

EdShow94 Prime

81

7 pm Shep

469

Tonight

115

Matthews

160

Issues

128

8 pm O’Reilly

894

Brown

111

Olbermann

249

Grace

258

9 pm Hannity

692

King

184

Maddow

208

Behar

168

10 pm Greta

496

Cooper

232

Olbermann

279

Grace

210

11 pm O’Reilly

568

Cooper

160

Maddow

151

Showbiz

199

TOTAL DAY 398 135 109 150
PRIME TIME 695 175 245 207
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

2476

Blitzer

621

Matthews

527

Prime

278

6 pm Baier

2172

Blitzer

553

EdShow

488

Prime

254

7 pm Shep

1997

Tonight

534

Matthews

560

Issues

405

8 pm O’Reilly

3362

Brown

484

Olbermann

1068

Grace

826

9 pm Hannity

2369

King

820

Maddow

915

Behar

645

10 pm Greta

1706

Cooper

921

Olbermann

753

Grace

501

11 pm O’Reilly

1611

Cooper

489

Maddow

404

Showbiz

382

TOTAL DAY 1477 542 415 347
PRIME TIME 2480 742 912 638
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.


Nancy Grace, Joy Behar Top CNN And MSNBC In Demo Tuesday

Cable news ratings, December 15, 2009: Check out the highlights, and see the full ratings below:

• HLN’s prime time shows – Nancy Grace at 8pmET and Joy Behar at 9pmET – topped CNN and MSNBC in their timeslots in the A25-54 demographic. Fox News was #1. In total viewers, Grace was also #2 in cable news, but Behar was #4.

• The top show on cable news last night was, once again, Bill O’Reilly’s 8pmET FNC program in both categories.

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

552

Blitzer

106

Matthews

96

Prime

61

6 pm Baier

462

Blitzer

87

EdShow

178

Prime

131

7 pm Shep

507

Tonight

131

Matthews

154

Issues

168

8 pm O’Reilly

796

Brown

135

Olbermann

176

Grace

279

9 pm Hannity

682

King

213

Maddow

186

Behar

218

10 pm Greta

529

Cooper

153

Olbermann

168

Grace

165

11 pm O’Reilly

572

Cooper

131

Maddow

99

Showbiz

152

TOTAL DAY 395 120 95 142
PRIME TIME 673 167 177 216
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

2354

Blitzer

636

Matthews

501

Prime

184

6 pm Baier

1975

Blitzer

549

EdShow

653

Prime

283

7 pm Shep

2119

Tonight

589

Matthews

614

Issues

468

8 pm O’Reilly

3299

Brown

555

Olbermann

831

Grace

846

9 pm Hannity

2603

King

948

Maddow

857

Behar

796

10 pm Greta

2102

Cooper

578

Olbermann

495

Grace

491

11 pm O’Reilly

1756

Cooper

421

Maddow

312

Showbiz

386

TOTAL DAY 1471 515 399 340
PRIME TIME 2672 694 728 694
Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.