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(Deadline)   The viewership for President Obama's State of the Union speech dropped sharply, with only 33 million people tuning in. And to make matters worse, the most-watched network for the speech was Fox News   (deadline.com) divider line 157
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2014-01-29 06:07:18 PM  
A lot of the liberal people I know were watching it on FoxNews if nothing else than for the derp.

I tuned into PBS.

Time to look away...
 
2014-01-29 06:21:09 PM  
I guess if you ignore NBC, CBS and ABC, then yes, Fox was the most watched network.
 
2014-01-29 06:21:56 PM  
I watched it on whitehouse.gov/live, but then I don't have cable.  It's been interesting watching the right-wing folks I know trying to come up with things to dislike in his speech.
 
2014-01-29 06:29:47 PM  
"And to make matters worse, the most-watched network for the speech was Fox News "

Worse?  How so?  Because they stayed around after it to listen to fox?  I'd rather that at least listen to the president on any network than not watch it at all
 
2014-01-29 06:38:55 PM  
I only ever watch it on Cspan. I can't stand listening to the talking heads.
 
2014-01-29 06:39:28 PM  
the number of telegraphed messages discussing the state of the union is also at an all-time low since the invention of the telegraph
 
2014-01-29 06:40:57 PM  
I caught it on whitehouse.gov
 
2014-01-29 07:07:06 PM  

sprawl15: the number of telegraphed messages discussing the state of the union is also at an all-time low since the invention of the telegraph


Hey, at least they get to decipher it.  I only read papers that are sold by newsboys in front of old-timey newsstands.  I'm still waiting for the SotU to come spinning out of the clouds in thirty-point font.

/Voting Republican because I never did trust that Roosevelt fella.
 
2014-01-29 07:43:27 PM  
So then it's not going to get picked up for next season?
 
2014-01-29 08:01:58 PM  
Uh oh. If the viewership drops below 30 million, Sarah PalinCathy McMorris Rodgers is automatically president, and Obama has to have Joe Wilson and Samuel Alito follow him around and yell at him as he performs mundane tasks.

This is bad news...for Obama.
 
2014-01-29 08:02:15 PM  
I recorded it on msnbc and watched after the UK-LSU game was over. And turned that shiat off before the talking heads chimed in. I'm liberal as can be, but I didn't feel they were going to add anything of value. I know what I heard (and didn't hear) and how I feel about it.
 
2014-01-29 08:04:22 PM  
FNC led in cable news.

Though I have to really wonder how good these numbers are, given that I suspect both the Neilsen traditional numbers and the household surveys skew heavily towards older, more traditional viewers.

Which is, of course, also why FNC always has such high viewership numbers on cable.
 
2014-01-29 08:06:47 PM  
If ratings keep dropping like this, I figure Obama won't be renewed for 2017.
 
2014-01-29 08:09:23 PM  
So does this mean sponsors will be spending less on politicians?
 
2014-01-29 08:13:29 PM  
This means something.

right?
 
2014-01-29 08:22:49 PM  

TheBeastOfYuccaFlats: FNC led in cable news.

Though I have to really wonder how good these numbers are, given that I suspect both the Neilsen traditional numbers and the household surveys skew heavily towards older, more traditional viewers.

Which is, of course, also why FNC always has such high viewership numbers on cable.


Neilsen take a broad sample that includes all demographics, if they skewed heavily towards older viewers, then why does Pro Wrestling and Spongebob generally top the ratings charts? Reruns of Big Bang Theory do real well too for some reason.
 
2014-01-29 08:26:48 PM  
I was jerking off to porn. Did I miss anything?
 
2014-01-29 08:33:08 PM  
Where does this fall on the "Sarah Palin is automatically President" continuum?
 
2014-01-29 08:37:34 PM  
It's because Fox News digitally added flames PLUS had a picture-in-picture of slow-motion Megyn Kelly leg-crossing action.
 
2014-01-29 08:39:02 PM  

spman: TheBeastOfYuccaFlats: FNC led in cable news.

Though I have to really wonder how good these numbers are, given that I suspect both the Neilsen traditional numbers and the household surveys skew heavily towards older, more traditional viewers.

Which is, of course, also why FNC always has such high viewership numbers on cable.

Neilsen take a broad sample that includes all demographics, if they skewed heavily towards older viewers, then why does Pro Wrestling and Spongebob generally top the ratings charts? Reruns of Big Bang Theory do real well too for some reason.


No idea.
 
2014-01-29 08:44:48 PM  

NewportBarGuy: I was jerking off to porn. Did I miss anything?


That Biden smile. I hope I haven't ruined future endeavors.
 
2014-01-29 08:54:23 PM  

djkutch: NewportBarGuy: I was jerking off to porn. Did I miss anything?

That Biden smile. I hope I haven't ruined future endeavors.


I love that guy. He's like the crazy uncle who'll let you shoot his pellet gun in the backyard even though mom would go ballistic.
 
2014-01-29 08:56:09 PM  

FirstNationalBastard: If ratings keep dropping like this, I figure Obama won't be renewed for 2017.


I'm pretty sure he'll just go into syndication and appear late nite on deep cable.
 
2014-01-29 09:04:17 PM  

spman: why does Pro Wrestling and Spongebob generally top the ratings charts?


Dementia?
 
2014-01-29 09:14:23 PM  
How many watched it online?
 
2014-01-29 09:15:24 PM  
hard to believe that there were that many viewers.    More likely that half those people just left the TV on while they walked the dog.
 
2014-01-29 09:17:34 PM  
I was playing Counterstrike, drinking Boddingtons Pub Ale, and listening to 80's new wave cd's and then some Warren Zevon.
 
2014-01-29 09:17:54 PM  

Tarkus: I caught it on whitehouse.gov


Me too
 
2014-01-29 09:19:25 PM  
does anybody actually watch that anyway? I would rather have a conversation with my dog. It's one sided... just like that speech img.fark.net
 
2014-01-29 09:22:52 PM  
So you're saying conservatives get all their news from one source and that tends to drive up ratings for national events disproportionately?
 
2014-01-29 09:26:31 PM  

Prank Monkey: does anybody actually watch that anyway? I would rather have a conversation with my dog. It's one sided... just like that speech [img.fark.net image 480x640]


Not quite. You get the response of clapping or standing by members of the audience, and judge participants accordingly. Plus, Boehner seemed to be on the verge of passing out after a 3 day bender.

Quite simply, it was a stellar day in U.S. politics.
 
2014-01-29 09:26:31 PM  

NewportBarGuy: I was jerking off to porn. Did I miss anything?


The drapes?
 
2014-01-29 09:26:49 PM  

skinnycatullus: I recorded it on msnbc and watched after the UK-LSU game was over. And turned that shiat off before the talking heads chimed in. I'm liberal as can be, but I didn't feel they were going to add anything of value. I know what I heard (and didn't hear) and how I feel about it.


You should have checked out the Republican response

/a genuine work o fart
 
2014-01-29 09:30:09 PM  
The viewership probably dropped because we know what will happen, the President will ask for things, the Republican controlled Congress will roll their eyes and scream class warfare, and nothing will be done by congress to promote the Presidents plan. Instead we'll get another 40 attempts to get rid of the Affordable Care Act, because the black guy made it happen, even though it's mostly what the white guys wanted in the 90s when the Republicans used to offer alternatives (even bad ones) instead of simply obstruction.
 
2014-01-29 09:30:19 PM  

djkutch: Prank Monkey: does anybody actually watch that anyway? I would rather have a conversation with my dog. It's one sided... just like that speech [img.fark.net image 480x640]

Not quite. You get the response of clapping or standing by members of the audience, and judge participants accordingly. Plus, Boehner seemed to be on the verge of passing out after a 3 day bender.

Quite simply, it was a stellar day in U.S. politics.


Honestly, I just wanted to post that picture of my dog... The bluetick coonhoud in the chair. Seemed fitting
 
2014-01-29 09:33:20 PM  

djkutch: NewportBarGuy: I was jerking off to porn. Did I miss anything?

That Biden smile. I hope I haven't ruined future endeavors.


img.fark.net

Yep!
 
2014-01-29 09:33:39 PM  

BSABSVR: So then it's not going to get picked up for next season?


And Phil Robertson takes over his time slot.
 
2014-01-29 09:34:19 PM  

Prank Monkey: djkutch: Prank Monkey: does anybody actually watch that anyway? I would rather have a conversation with my dog. It's one sided... just like that speech [img.fark.net image 480x640]

Not quite. You get the response of clapping or standing by members of the audience, and judge participants accordingly. Plus, Boehner seemed to be on the verge of passing out after a 3 day bender.

Quite simply, it was a stellar day in U.S. politics.

Honestly, I just wanted to post that picture of my dog... The bluetick coonhoud in the chair. Seemed fitting


:-)
 
2014-01-29 09:36:05 PM  

Tarkus: I caught it on whitehouse.gov


Same here. I wouldn't be surprised if the viewership was at least the same or up, if they counted online viewers.
 
2014-01-29 09:38:15 PM  

NewportBarGuy: djkutch: NewportBarGuy: I was jerking off to porn. Did I miss anything?

That Biden smile. I hope I haven't ruined future endeavors.

I love that guy. He's like the crazy uncle who'll let you shoot his pellet gun in the backyard even though mom would go ballistic.


Anyone who doesn't love Uncle Joe has questionable value as a human being.
 
2014-01-29 09:39:22 PM  

djkutch: NewportBarGuy: I was jerking off to porn. Did I miss anything?

That Biden smile. I hope I haven't ruined future endeavors.


Also Obama got Boehner to give him a thumbs up.

www.washingtonpost.com

Still waiting for the Tea Baggers to use this as evidence that Boehner's a RINO.
 
2014-01-29 09:39:45 PM  
I completely understand how the rating could (un)skew that way. Someone had to whitesplain that speech to conservatives.
 
2014-01-29 09:40:57 PM  
If the numbers fall any lower, the SOTU will just be a ten minute segment on "Kickin' It With Byron Allen" from now on.
 
2014-01-29 09:45:10 PM  

fusillade762: djkutch: NewportBarGuy: I was jerking off to porn. Did I miss anything?

That Biden smile. I hope I haven't ruined future endeavors.

Also Obama got Boehner to give him a thumbs up.

[www.washingtonpost.com image 850x566]

Still waiting for the Tea Baggers to use this as evidence that Boehner's a RINO.


Biden looks like he either got botoxed or his handlers slopped a huge blob of foundation on him for the cameras.  Too smooth.

Boehner looks tanned, rested, and ready.
 
2014-01-29 09:45:50 PM  
I came to ask whether they took online viewing into account, but I see it's been taken care of.  If they didn't, that would also explain why Fox had the highest ratings, since I'd expect the web viewers to skew younger, traditionally a less conservative demographic.  There's also the punditry angle, as people who are more interested in what Obama had to say on his own would tune in to C-SPAN or whitehouse.gov's streams, while Republicans might be more interested in the conservative pundits' refutation of the speech than in the speech itself, therefore favoring the networks.
 
2014-01-29 09:46:01 PM  
A large portion of the South was busy with a snowy/icy Hell of driving for 8 hours just to get nowhere while exits off of all major roadways were littered with jacknifed tractor trailers, terrified children in school buses as well as stuck and/or straight up abandoned vehicles, requiring them to hunt on their phone for an ever dwindling supply of vacant hotel rooms while moving 3 feet a minute on increasingly icy and treacherous roads.

It kind of took precedent over the SOTU regardless of political leanings.

/it was not fun...
 
2014-01-29 09:48:19 PM  

Prank Monkey: djkutch: Prank Monkey: does anybody actually watch that anyway? I would rather have a conversation with my dog. It's one sided... just like that speech [img.fark.net image 480x640]

Not quite. You get the response of clapping or standing by members of the audience, and judge participants accordingly. Plus, Boehner seemed to be on the verge of passing out after a 3 day bender.

Quite simply, it was a stellar day in U.S. politics.

Honestly, I just wanted to post that picture of my dog... The bluetick coonhoud in the chair. Seemed fitting


also noted is that you have a purse and drink wine from a sippy cup
 
2014-01-29 09:50:43 PM  
Remember the good old days when the President just filed a memo and went golfing?

/good times good times
 
2014-01-29 09:52:20 PM  
pbs.twimg.com
 
2014-01-29 09:52:50 PM  

fusillade762: djkutch: NewportBarGuy: I was jerking off to porn. Did I miss anything?

That Biden smile. I hope I haven't ruined future endeavors.

Also Obama got Boehner to give him a thumbs up.

[www.washingtonpost.com image 850x566]

Still waiting for the Tea Baggers to use this as evidence that Boehner's a RINO.


As per Mr. Conservative:   http://www.mrconservative.com/2014/01/31183-rino-john-boehner-blames- g op-for-govt-shutdown-video/

He has been RINO'ed since he blamed the shutdown on the GOP, not Obama.
 
2014-01-29 09:57:08 PM  

nyseattitude: Prank Monkey: djkutch: Prank Monkey: does anybody actually watch that anyway? I would rather have a conversation with my dog. It's one sided... just like that speech [img.fark.net image 480x640]

Not quite. You get the response of clapping or standing by members of the audience, and judge participants accordingly. Plus, Boehner seemed to be on the verge of passing out after a 3 day bender.

Quite simply, it was a stellar day in U.S. politics.

Honestly, I just wanted to post that picture of my dog... The bluetick coonhoud in the chair. Seemed fitting

also noted is that you have a purse and drink wine from a sippy cup


Hey now, the purse is the german shepherd owners and the sippy cup. Well, that's was filled with her vodka and tonic.... so yeah. I'm an idiot
 
2014-01-29 09:58:49 PM  
o.onionstatic.com
 
2014-01-29 09:59:16 PM  
I was downing dirty martinis, watching the Spartans edge the Hawkeyes in overtime, and flirting with the cute female bartender.  I regret nothing.
 
2014-01-29 10:09:01 PM  
I forgot it was on because I was too busy working, unlike farttaxbongosocialkenyadictatobengahzibama.
 
2014-01-29 10:11:36 PM  
I was too busy not caring. There was never going to be anything amazing about what he had to say. I keep my finger on the pulse of the news well enough to have a pretty decent idea of what the state of the union is.

It's Democrats wishing that they could do something to improve the lives of Americans but lacking the power in the House to get anything of any consequence through the blockade of stupidity that is GOP/Tea Party. Republicans and Tea Party asshats in the house are going to continue to try and screw over the country and point the finger at Obama. They're going to continue to offer absolutely nothing of benefit to the country while droning on endlessly that Obama is simultaneously a complete idiot and evil mastermind.

So... Republicans full of shiat... Democrats powerless to stop them from farking everyone over. That's the basic bottom line of the State of the Union...
 
2014-01-29 10:13:12 PM  
Oh yeah, totally no one using all those tubes to watch anything

/witness the death of TV
//THANK GOD but it's STILL NOT FAST ENOUGH
 
2014-01-29 10:13:34 PM  

Ambivalence: I only ever watch it on Cspan. I can't stand listening to the talking heads.


Same. I put it on whatever channel 3 is (NBC? Is that a thing?) and just the people chattering before it started annoyed me. All the "he's going to say this and it's going to mean this!" bullshiat.
 
2014-01-29 10:14:47 PM  
Sorry, Mr. President- I'm busy cleaning up for our Super Bowl Party.
 
2014-01-29 10:15:29 PM  
that's because o won't give the left what they want.
And the right is playing the fear card
.
.
.
still
 
2014-01-29 10:18:40 PM  
didn't you hear? he announced he's now a DICTATOR 'cause EXECUTIVE ORDER

or at least that's what's going around facebook
 
2014-01-29 10:23:05 PM  
Seems like some voter remorse.
 
2014-01-29 10:24:02 PM  
The TeaDerpers needed something to masturbate to. Furiously.
 
2014-01-29 10:24:04 PM  
Biden: 'I told you you should have had the Decemberists playing in the background!'
 
2014-01-29 10:29:56 PM  
A lot of 'non-whites' watched FOX...cause 'Whites' are racist and didn't bother watching at all.
 
2014-01-29 10:30:19 PM  
Obama's entire 2nd term is essentially a lame duck presidency so people really don't have a reason to tune in.  All you're going to hear are vague, conservatively pitched proposals from a president who we all know can't actually get anything through Congress.  Even the executive order threats are milquetoast.  This guy is just putting the office on cruise control until January 2017.
 
2014-01-29 10:30:23 PM  

Omahawg: didn't you hear? he announced he's now a DICTATOR 'cause EXECUTIVE ORDER

or at least that's what's going around facebook


Total Executive Orders:

Obama: 168
Bushie: 290
Clinton: 363
Reagan:  380

We get it, he's black
 
2014-01-29 10:30:28 PM  

doloresonthedottedline: Ambivalence: I only ever watch it on Cspan. I can't stand listening to the talking heads.

Same. I put it on whatever channel 3 is (NBC? Is that a thing?) and just the people chattering before it started annoyed me. All the "he's going to say this and it's going to mean this!" bullshiat.


You sound like you might be a neighbor...relatively speaking.
 
2014-01-29 10:34:13 PM  
Watched it online like lots of others (hundreds of thousands on YouTube and who knows how many on government and TV newtork websites).
The article doesn't mention online viewing, therefore it is full of shiat.

/TV ratings have always been guesses anyway
 
2014-01-29 10:34:45 PM  

NewportBarGuy: I was jerking off to porn. Did I miss anything?


Tuesday. You should cut back.
 
2014-01-29 10:38:13 PM  

TheBeastOfYuccaFlats: FNC led in cable news.

Though I have to really wonder how good these numbers are, given that I suspect both the Neilsen traditional numbers and the household surveys skew heavily towards older, more traditional viewers.

Which is, of course, also why FNC always has such high viewership numbers on cable.


Well the numbers work like this:
Suppose there were 100 people. 20 of those people watch FNC and nothing else, while 60 people spread their viewing among ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, C-SPAN, MSNBC, CNN, and we'll even toss in UNIVISION for the spanish speaking audience. We'll also give 20 viewers over to the "didn't watch at all" category.  If the spread is even, each network will have 7.5 viewers. FNC will then be able to claim that their viewership was 167% higher than any other network, and the numbers will bear this out, even if only 1 in 5 people watched the speech on their channel.

The issue is their single focus, which attracts an audience of simpletons willing to believe whatever rolls across the screen, as long as it aligns with their worldview. These inbreds are loyal to distraction, and FNC knows it. Facts, science, reality, grammar... who needs that sh*t as long as they're told exactly what they want to hear.

FNC's numbers aren't high, they are concentrated. Like dried feces.
 
2014-01-29 10:38:56 PM  

Tarkus: I caught it on whitehouse.gov


Me, too. Apparently I'm unAmerican. Or something.
 
2014-01-29 10:39:00 PM  
i didn't watch it. ten minutes of policy spread over what? an hour and fifteen minutes. besides i had a pretty good idea what he was going to say. and the damned applause. good lord it's as scripted as any reality show. although i did read today that it was even more partisan then usual.

i did try to watch CRM online today. my god was that lame. half of her allotted time was all i could take. i don't give a fark that she worked at mc donalds and have no idea how that relates to jobs or the war on women or whatever the hell her point was supposed to be.
 
2014-01-29 10:40:07 PM  

A_Listless_Wanderer: Watched it online like lots of others (hundreds of thousands on YouTube and who knows how many on government and TV newtork websites).
The article doesn't mention online viewing, therefore it is full of shiat.

/TV ratings have always been guesses anyway


1.3 Million watched it on whitehouse.gov
http://mashable.com/2010/01/29/state-of-the-union-numbers/
 
2014-01-29 10:42:30 PM  
Most watched Fox for the derp and humor.

Those numbers are not counting people that watched it online.
 
2014-01-29 10:46:23 PM  
"But Fox News is losing younger viewers at an even faster rate than its competitors. With a median viewer age now at 68 according to Nielsen data through mid-January (compared with 60 for MSNBC and CNN, and 62 to 64 for the broadcast networks), Fox is in essence a retirement community." Link
 
2014-01-29 10:47:34 PM  

Shaggy_C: Obama's entire 2nd term is essentially a lame duck presidency so people really don't have a reason to tune in.  All you're going to hear are vague, conservatively pitched proposals from a president who we all know can't actually get anything through Congress.  Even the executive order threats are milquetoast.  This guy is just putting the office on cruise control until January 2017.


I think Obama wants to enter into the domestic game. But it's probably too little, too late. I think he wants his legacy to be something more than cruising through spring fever of his senior year. But liberals and progressives like me should probably pin their hopes on the next Dem Pres.
 
2014-01-29 10:49:00 PM  

sobriquet by any other name: Omahawg: didn't you hear? he announced he's now a DICTATOR 'cause EXECUTIVE ORDER

or at least that's what's going around facebook

Total Executive Orders:

Obama: 168
Bushie: 290
Clinton: 363
Reagan:  380

We get it, he's black


It's what's in the orders, not the quantity.

/should be obvious
 
2014-01-29 10:51:22 PM  

DarkSoulNoHope: The viewership probably dropped because we know what will happen, the President will ask for things, the Republican controlled Congress will roll their eyes and scream class warfare, and nothing will be done by congress to promote the Presidents plan. Instead we'll get another 40 attempts to get rid of the Affordable Care Act, because the black guy made it happen, even though it's mostly what the white guys wanted in the 90s when the Republicans used to offer alternatives (even bad ones) instead of simply obstruction.


I doubt the Repubs will need to keep trying to repeal OBC since it's being repealed in installments by the Death By A Thousand Delays And Exemptions. It'll probably end up like the Medicare Doc Fix: there in theory but put off over and over unto infinity. All that will remain of it will be an unending series of insurance company bailouts due to their actuarial assumptions being destroyed and their bottom lines devastated by the fallout from the shambolic mess that is Obamacare.
 
2014-01-29 10:53:37 PM  

Animatronik: sobriquet by any other name: Omahawg: didn't you hear? he announced he's now a DICTATOR 'cause EXECUTIVE ORDER

or at least that's what's going around facebook

Total Executive Orders:

Obama: 168
Bushie: 290
Clinton: 363
Reagan:  380

We get it, he's black

It's what's in the orders, not the quantity.

/should be obvious


I'm sure you can provide specifics.
 
2014-01-29 10:54:44 PM  

nyseattitude: A_Listless_Wanderer: Watched it online like lots of others (hundreds of thousands on YouTube and who knows how many on government and TV newtork websites).
The article doesn't mention online viewing, therefore it is full of shiat.

/TV ratings have always been guesses anyway

1.3 Million watched it on whitehouse.gov
http://mashable.com/2010/01/29/state-of-the-union-numbers/


Viewership is probably up. We went through this with telephones just before the election. The guy whose supporters don't have land lines won.
 
2014-01-29 10:58:47 PM  

Notabunny: Shaggy_C: Obama's entire 2nd term is essentially a lame duck presidency so people really don't have a reason to tune in.  All you're going to hear are vague, conservatively pitched proposals from a president who we all know can't actually get anything through Congress.  Even the executive order threats are milquetoast.  This guy is just putting the office on cruise control until January 2017.

I think Obama wants to enter into the domestic game. But it's probably too little, too late. I think he wants his legacy to be something more than cruising through spring fever of his senior year. But liberals and progressives like me should probably pin their hopes on the next Dem Pres.


I think we should ditch them altogether. they are nothing but corporate clones. if we could drag the labor unions along kicking and screaming out of the D camp into something new maybe we could get something good done
 
2014-01-29 11:02:08 PM  

meat0918: How many watched it online?



Me, for one.
 
2014-01-29 11:04:17 PM  

Animatronik: sobriquet by any other name: Omahawg: didn't you hear? he announced he's now a DICTATOR 'cause EXECUTIVE ORDER

or at least that's what's going around facebook

Total Executive Orders:

Obama: 168
Bushie: 290
Clinton: 363
Reagan:  380

We get it, he's black

It's what's in the orders, not the quantity.

/should be obvious


The Derpublicans really don't care if it was for naming a post office. The point is that Obama can do *something* and it would make him look like he is doing something. This makes the Derp squad look bad because they now look like they are letting him be successful. That is the entire point of them being obstructionist asshats. They only want to make Obama look like a failure and that he can't do anything. Even if they have to vote against their own bill they they themselves wrote.
 
2014-01-29 11:06:34 PM  

zenobia: nyseattitude: A_Listless_Wanderer: Watched it online like lots of others (hundreds of thousands on YouTube and who knows how many on government and TV newtork websites).
The article doesn't mention online viewing, therefore it is full of shiat.

/TV ratings have always been guesses anyway

1.3 Million watched it on whitehouse.gov
http://mashable.com/2010/01/29/state-of-the-union-numbers/

Viewership is probably up. We went through this with telephones just before the election. The guy whose supporters don't have land lines won.


Yup. Now that you mention land lines...hmm Ii haven't had a land line for almost twelve years
 
2014-01-29 11:09:52 PM  

Herr Docktor Heinrich Wisenheimer: spman: why does Pro Wrestling and Spongebob generally top the ratings charts?

Dementia?


My husband's family are long-lived. When a couple of his Aunts got older, they'd never married, so they moved in together, to save on expenses.
Last visit he remembers they were both in their nineties.
One had bad eyesight, and the other couldn't hear well anymore. Which worked out perfectly for them.
As old folks are wont to do, they had a schedule of the day, which included some tv. Like Rain Man, it was very important that they see their shows.

The two important favorites?
Lawrence Welk and Professional Wrestling.

/ya css, I know
 
2014-01-29 11:14:06 PM  

Omahawg: Notabunny: Shaggy_C: Obama's entire 2nd term is essentially a lame duck presidency so people really don't have a reason to tune in.  All you're going to hear are vague, conservatively pitched proposals from a president who we all know can't actually get anything through Congress.  Even the executive order threats are milquetoast.  This guy is just putting the office on cruise control until January 2017.

I think Obama wants to enter into the domestic game. But it's probably too little, too late. I think he wants his legacy to be something more than cruising through spring fever of his senior year. But liberals and progressives like me should probably pin their hopes on the next Dem Pres.

I think we should ditch them altogether. they are nothing but corporate clones. if we could drag the labor unions along kicking and screaming out of the D camp into something new maybe we could get something good done


I agree. Unfortunately, the "labor movement" and the Democrats are still too timid. If ever there were a time...
 
2014-01-29 11:17:28 PM  
Of course Fox was the most watched network. 30 million hamheads looking for Obamwow's subtle Zionist Black Panther codespeak is the only way we'll be able to figure out Satan's next move.
 
2014-01-29 11:17:32 PM  

sobriquet by any other name: Omahawg: didn't you hear? he announced he's now a DICTATOR 'cause EXECUTIVE ORDER

or at least that's what's going around facebook

Total Executive Orders:

Obama: 168
Bushie: 290
Clinton: 363
Reagan:  380

We get it, he's black



 Let me ask you this, if you asked people which city gets the most rain in America? What would they say?

 Most people will say Seattle. Which is wrong.

 And if they can't figure out the weather, they sure as hell won't figure out politics.

It's not that they're racist...they're just stupid.
 
2014-01-29 11:19:11 PM  
The GOP has succeeded in getting Obama to dilute his platform down to "let's just get SOMETHING productive done". A speech full of middle-of-the-road goals that are controversial by virtue of being spoken by the Socialist usurper.
 
2014-01-29 11:34:14 PM  

grumpfuff: Animatronik:
It's what's in the orders, not the quantity.

/should be obvious

I'm sure you can provide specifics.


Uh... Hello?!  He said it was obvious.  That means he doesn't have to provide specifics, and you automatically lose.  Doy.
 
2014-01-29 11:41:16 PM  
Like I said above, I watched it online.
This may be off topic but I have to say it...
I watched Fox News the first time in a few years yesterday afternoon while I was getting some car work done...

Everyone on there spoke like they were talking to elementary schoolers. There were five minutes of "headlines" for news, which included nothing important or interesting going on in the world. Other than that...
There was a piece about the snow storm down south, apparently tailored to people who never heard of snow before.
There was a piece about Queen Liz being broke, because one of her bank accounts may be almost down to a million dollars. This lead into a "poll" about what people are wasting money on.
There was a piece about what reporters ate for lunch at the White House (Obama is still making them eat vegetables!).
They talked about how  paying people the exorbitant sum of $10.00 an hour would make poor rich people go broke.
The rest was talking heads spouting LIBS LIBS LIBS, with some Benghazi's thrown in.
The ads were mostly old geezer insurance, with cash for gold scams and gold for cash scams thrown in.
Oh, and they profiled the Republican "responders" to the SOTU who, as far as I can tell, hardly anyone watched on TV or online...

/"news," huh?
 
2014-01-29 11:41:35 PM  
My daily limit for bullshiat was reached well before the speech.
 
2014-01-29 11:42:25 PM  

SCUBA_Archer: My daily limit for bullshiat was reached well before the speech.


i would suggest maybe some bagels for breakfast instead
 
2014-01-29 11:44:57 PM  

grumpfuff: Animatronik: sobriquet by any other name: Omahawg: didn't you hear? he announced he's now a DICTATOR 'cause EXECUTIVE ORDER

or at least that's what's going around facebook

Total Executive Orders:

Obama: 168
Bushie: 290
Clinton: 363
Reagan:  380

We get it, he's black

It's what's in the orders, not the quantity.

/should be obvious

I'm sure you can provide specifics.


"The signature of a black man" is my guess
 
2014-01-29 11:45:04 PM  
Why does anyone watch this?

Well, except for the Right Wing freakjobs who exist only to rip it apart.

These speeches are always the same, 'The country is doing better', 'We've managed to recover from 'XXXXXXX', We have a tough road ahead of us, but we're the US', etc...

And I don't really understand the whole rebuttal thing. All it is is the opposition Party getting in front of a camera and saying the exact same shiat they say the rest of the year. 'The President sucks', 'We're all going to die unless our Party gets elected', 'This President is driving us to World War III', etc...

It's a lot of work for no real return for either side, IMHO. Like I said, nothing new is ever presented, nothing new is ever said. The only thing that's changed is that since Obama has gotten elected, they've become much more rude, but they're like that all of the time, anyway, it just used to be that speeches garnered a little bit of respect.
 
2014-01-29 11:48:27 PM  
farking Duck Dynasty?  At the SOTUA?  This country is worse off than I ever thought.
 
2014-01-29 11:57:04 PM  
Not getting the Boehner inkwell tray set thing.  What's that about?
 
2014-01-30 12:00:33 AM  

vabeard: farking Duck Dynasty?  At the SOTUA?  This country is worse off than I ever thought.


Could have been worse.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2013/02/11/ted- nu gent-to-attend-state-of-the-union/
 
2014-01-30 12:07:05 AM  

cuzsis: sobriquet by any other name: Omahawg: didn't you hear? he announced he's now a DICTATOR 'cause EXECUTIVE ORDER

or at least that's what's going around facebook

Total Executive Orders:

Obama: 168
Bushie: 290
Clinton: 363
Reagan:  380

We get it, he's black


 Let me ask you this, if you asked people which city gets the most rain in America? What would they say?

 Most people will say Seattle. Which is wrong.

 And if they can't figure out the weather, they sure as hell won't figure out politics.

It's not that they're racist...they're just stupid.


The Venn diagram of racists and stupid people has a LOT of overlap.
 
2014-01-30 12:26:36 AM  
People are tired of the campaign speech and blame game and ready for results.
 
2014-01-30 12:31:31 AM  

vabeard: farking Duck Dynasty?  At the SOTUA?  This country is worse off than I ever thought.


I hope this really bites the GOP in the ass the next time those assholes say and/or do something asinine.
 
2014-01-30 12:33:41 AM  

rewind2846: TheBeastOfYuccaFlats: FNC led in cable news.

Though I have to really wonder how good these numbers are, given that I suspect both the Neilsen traditional numbers and the household surveys skew heavily towards older, more traditional viewers.

Which is, of course, also why FNC always has such high viewership numbers on cable.

Well the numbers work like this:
Suppose there were 100 people. 20 of those people watch FNC and nothing else, while 60 people spread their viewing among ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, C-SPAN, MSNBC, CNN, and we'll even toss in UNIVISION for the spanish speaking audience. We'll also give 20 viewers over to the "didn't watch at all" category.  If the spread is even, each network will have 7.5 viewers. FNC will then be able to claim that their viewership was 167% higher than any other network, and the numbers will bear this out, even if only 1 in 5 people watched the speech on their channel.

The issue is their single focus, which attracts an audience of simpletons willing to believe whatever rolls across the screen, as long as it aligns with their worldview. These inbreds are loyal to distraction, and FNC knows it. Facts, science, reality, grammar... who needs that sh*t as long as they're told exactly what they want to hear.

FNC's numbers aren't high, they are concentrated.

Well-stated.  I'm going to save this for a while.
 
2014-01-30 12:41:06 AM  

cchris_39: People are tired of the campaign speech and blame game and ready for results.


Unfortunately, that is all we get out of Republicans. Nothing but blaming the President and obstructing governance in the name of trying to appeal to voters for the next election.
 
2014-01-30 12:41:41 AM  

Last Man on Earth: If they didn't, that would also explain why Fox had the highest ratings, since I'd expect the web viewers to skew younger, traditionally a less conservative demographic.  There's also the punditry angle, as people who are more interested in what Obama had to say on his own would tune in to C-SPAN or whitehouse.gov's streams, while Republicans might be more interested in the conservative pundits' refutation of the speech than in the speech itself, therefore favoring the networks.


I'm young, liberal, and I always watch Fox for these sorts of things. They're just the funniest.

2012 Fox News election night coverage definitely ranks in my top 10 favorite tv-watching experiences of all time.
 
2014-01-30 12:49:43 AM  
At some point, the ratings are going to have to be adjusted for OTHER than TV networks.

Yup. Folks are still watching broadcast TV. Not everyone who watched or listened bothered with broadcast TV.
 
2014-01-30 01:07:16 AM  

Without Fail: [pbs.twimg.com image 800x500]


LAUGHED MY ASS OFF.
 
2014-01-30 01:15:28 AM  

rebelyell2006: cchris_39: People are tired of the campaign speech and blame game and ready for results.

Unfortunately, that is all we get out of Republicans. Nothing but blaming the President and obstructing governance in the name of trying to appeal to voters for the next election.


More blame game? I guess thanks for illustrating my point so promptly?

Clinton worked with Gingrich. Reagan worked with Tip O'Neil. You don't have to have super majorities in both houses to govern. You do have to get off your ass and realize it's not a meeting of the young ivy league pinhead Marxist circle jerkers.
 
2014-01-30 01:20:38 AM  
Obama Green Lantern Theory detected.
 
2014-01-30 01:26:45 AM  

Dusk-You-n-Me: "But Fox News is losing younger viewers at an even faster rate than its competitors. With a median viewer age now at 68 according to Nielsen data through mid-January (compared with 60 for MSNBC and CNN, and 62 to 64 for the broadcast networks), Fox is in essence a retirement community." Link


Wait, so could we just let them cut medicare for 10-15 years and then fix it once their base is dead?
 
2014-01-30 01:28:09 AM  
Not so surprising, subby. A lot more people are ditching their televisions. Many of us are checking out his speech on YouTube later if we feel like it.
 
2014-01-30 01:39:55 AM  

djkutch: NewportBarGuy: I was jerking off to porn. Did I miss anything?

That Biden smile. I hope I haven't ruined future endeavors.


img.fark.net
 
2014-01-30 01:48:13 AM  

cchris_39: rebelyell2006: cchris_39: People are tired of the campaign speech and blame game and ready for results.

Unfortunately, that is all we get out of Republicans. Nothing but blaming the President and obstructing governance in the name of trying to appeal to voters for the next election.

More blame game? I guess thanks for illustrating my point so promptly?

Clinton worked with Gingrich. Reagan worked with Tip O'Neil. You don't have to have super majorities in both houses to govern. You do have to get off your ass and realize it's not a meeting of the young ivy league pinhead Marxist circle jerkers.



You talk an awful lot about circle jerks. Are you trying to tell us something?

NTTAWWT.
 
2014-01-30 02:01:21 AM  

whidbey: Not so surprising, subby. A lot more people are ditching their televisions. Many of us are checking out his speech on YouTube later if we feel like it.


Skookum still not gainfully employed after all the years and mooching off the free WiFi.
 
2014-01-30 03:56:10 AM  

cchris_39: rebelyell2006: cchris_39: People are tired of the campaign speech and blame game and ready for results.

Unfortunately, that is all we get out of Republicans. Nothing but blaming the President and obstructing governance in the name of trying to appeal to voters for the next election.

More blame game? I guess thanks for illustrating my point so promptly?

Clinton worked with Gingrich. Reagan worked with Tip O'Neil. You don't have to have super majorities in both houses to govern. You do have to get off your ass and realize it's not a meeting of the young ivy league pinhead Marxist circle jerkers.


Oh yeah, Clinton/Gingrich is an excellent example of a smooth across-the-aisle relationship. You should definitely run with that.
 
2014-01-30 04:39:07 AM  
I'm something of a comic book fan, and have never heard of such a thing before your post. So I did a bit of googling. I think the only president we've had in the past hundred years who might possibly pass muster as a GL would be Eisenhower.
 
2014-01-30 04:44:55 AM  

Dusk-You-n-Me: Obama Green Lantern Theory detected.


robohobo: I'm something of a comic book fan, and have never heard of such a thing before your post. So I did a bit of googling. I think the only president we've had in the past hundred years who might possibly pass muster as a GL would be Eisenhower.


Stupid JAVA! I swear the Fark java allowances have changed.
 
2014-01-30 05:03:58 AM  

robohobo: I'm something of a comic book fan, and have never heard of such a thing before your post. So I did a bit of googling. I think the only president we've had in the past hundred years who might possibly pass muster as a GL would be Eisenhower.


See, I would have said Teddy Roosevelt.
 
2014-01-30 05:13:38 AM  

Weatherkiss: robohobo: I'm something of a comic book fan, and have never heard of such a thing before your post. So I did a bit of googling. I think the only president we've had in the past hundred years who might possibly pass muster as a GL would be Eisenhower.

See, I would have said Teddy Roosevelt.


Ooh, maybe. He certainly wasn't a puss. Perhaps I should amend to say that certainly no president AFTER Eisenhower would have a shot.  But that's a societal thing.
 
2014-01-30 05:14:06 AM  

Weatherkiss: Teddy Roosevelt


100 years, not 105.
 I know- math is hard . .... I walked by my lodgers room while he was watching the repeat, and he basically was saying  lets see what this ass has to say .  Later I heard him saying he liked it, best he had heard in a long time, etc.
 
2014-01-30 05:18:29 AM  

alienated: Weatherkiss: Teddy Roosevelt

100 years, not 105.
 I know- math is hard . .... I walked by my lodgers room while he was watching the repeat, and he basically was saying  lets see what this ass has to say .  Later I heard him saying he liked it, best he had heard in a long time, etc.


I seem to have a habit of rounding numbers instead of precise ones.
 
2014-01-30 05:25:03 AM  
But in addition to Eisenhower (since Theodore Roosevelt doesn't count by 5 years) , I'd suggest Gerald Ford would have made a good Green Lantern given his interest in scouting, football, and his WW2 service. Plus he's the president who holds the record for living the longest.
 
2014-01-30 05:25:37 AM  

Weatherkiss: alienated: Weatherkiss: Teddy Roosevelt

100 years, not 105.
 I know- math is hard . .... I walked by my lodgers room while he was watching the repeat, and he basically was saying  lets see what this ass has to say .  Later I heard him saying he liked it, best he had heard in a long time, etc.

I seem to have a habit of rounding numbers instead of precise ones.


No worries. I do like Teddy for one thing - National Parks. Regardless of all the other crap - he set aside places to remain pristine, or at least not built up / drilled on. And that means a lot to me. Yellowstone in the morning ... there is nothing else like it on this planet, imho .
 
2014-01-30 05:27:18 AM  
There's that damned 'liberal media' out there brainwashing the sheeple again.
 
2014-01-30 05:28:05 AM  

alienated: Yellowstone in the morning ... there is nothing else like it on this planet, imho .


And there won't be anything else on this planet when it erupts, for what that's worth. :P
 
2014-01-30 05:31:43 AM  

Weatherkiss: alienated: Yellowstone in the morning ... there is nothing else like it on this planet, imho .

And there won't be anything else on this planet when it erupts, for what that's worth. :P


There are places in Siberia that come close, but, you are right.
 
2014-01-30 06:02:06 AM  
Is it just me, or is Uncle Joe sporting one hell of a comb-over?
 
2014-01-30 06:07:50 AM  

Weatherkiss: alienated: Yellowstone in the morning ... there is nothing else like it on this planet, imho .

And there won't be anything else on this planet when it erupts, for what that's worth. :P


You have never seen Obetz at sunset. It's breathtaking.
 
2014-01-30 06:10:12 AM  
Meh... I always read the transcript the next day.

There's hockey to watch at night and I couldn't care less about the talking heads' "Analysis".
 
2014-01-30 06:42:33 AM  

cchris_39: rebelyell2006: cchris_39: People are tired of the campaign speech and blame game and ready for results.

Unfortunately, that is all we get out of Republicans. Nothing but blaming the President and obstructing governance in the name of trying to appeal to voters for the next election.

More blame game? I guess thanks for illustrating my point so promptly?

Clinton worked with Gingrich. Reagan worked with Tip O'Neil. You don't have to have super majorities in both houses to govern. You do have to get off your ass and realize it's not a meeting of the young ivy league pinhead Marxist circle jerkers.


Hmm. The difference being that Obama tried to work with the Republicans, but they negotiated in bad faith and publicly (publicly, on the record, mind) that they would not do business as long as Obama was President. Your revisionism doesn't work unless your audience is ignorant.
 
2014-01-30 06:46:30 AM  

Mike_1962: cchris_39: rebelyell2006: cchris_39: People are tired of the campaign speech and blame game and ready for results.

Unfortunately, that is all we get out of Republicans. Nothing but blaming the President and obstructing governance in the name of trying to appeal to voters for the next election.

More blame game? I guess thanks for illustrating my point so promptly?

Clinton worked with Gingrich. Reagan worked with Tip O'Neil. You don't have to have super majorities in both houses to govern. You do have to get off your ass and realize it's not a meeting of the young ivy league pinhead Marxist circle jerkers.

Hmm. The difference being that Obama tried to work with the Republicans, but they negotiated in bad faith and publicly (publicly, on the record, mind) that they would not do business as long as Obama was President. Your revisionism doesn't work unless your audience is ignorant.


I love how these braying jackasses conveniently forget that little detail.
 
2014-01-30 06:54:02 AM  

Tarkus: I caught it on whitehouse.gov


Whitehouse.com had better videos
 
2014-01-30 07:05:51 AM  

keylock71: Mike_1962: cchris_39: rebelyell2006: cchris_39: People are tired of the campaign speech and blame game and ready for results.

Unfortunately, that is all we get out of Republicans. Nothing but blaming the President and obstructing governance in the name of trying to appeal to voters for the next election.

More blame game? I guess thanks for illustrating my point so promptly?

Clinton worked with Gingrich. Reagan worked with Tip O'Neil. You don't have to have super majorities in both houses to govern. You do have to get off your ass and realize it's not a meeting of the young ivy league pinhead Marxist circle jerkers.

Hmm. The difference being that Obama tried to work with the Republicans, but they negotiated in bad faith and publicly (publicly, on the record, mind) that they would not do business as long as Obama was President. Your revisionism doesn't work unless your audience is ignorant.

I love how these braying jackasses conveniently forget that little detail.


Indeed.  In the House especially, they're doing nothing, and proud of that.
 
2014-01-30 07:33:58 AM  

Alphax: keylock71: Mike_1962: cchris_39: rebelyell2006: cchris_39: People are tired of the campaign speech and blame game and ready for results.

Unfortunately, that is all we get out of Republicans. Nothing but blaming the President and obstructing governance in the name of trying to appeal to voters for the next election.

More blame game? I guess thanks for illustrating my point so promptly?

Clinton worked with Gingrich. Reagan worked with Tip O'Neil. You don't have to have super majorities in both houses to govern. You do have to get off your ass and realize it's not a meeting of the young ivy league pinhead Marxist circle jerkers.

Hmm. The difference being that Obama tried to work with the Republicans, but they negotiated in bad faith and publicly (publicly, on the record, mind) that they would not do business as long as Obama was President. Your revisionism doesn't work unless your audience is ignorant.

I love how these braying jackasses conveniently forget that little detail.

Indeed.  In the House especially, they're doing nothing, and proud of that.


TDS covered this well last night
 
2014-01-30 07:51:37 AM  

Animatronik: sobriquet by any other name: Omahawg: didn't you hear? he announced he's now a DICTATOR 'cause EXECUTIVE ORDER

or at least that's what's going around facebook

Total Executive Orders:

Obama: 168
Bushie: 290
Clinton: 363
Reagan:  380

We get it, he's black

It's what's in the orders, not the quantity.

/should be obvious


I find it hard to believe you've adequately examined the contents of all 1200+ EO's mentioned and compared their relative merits.  But in case you did, who was the 'best' and who was the 'worst' re: EO's in your opinion?
 
2014-01-30 08:09:13 AM  

Last Man on Earth: I came to ask whether they took online viewing into account, but I see it's been taken care of.  If they didn't, that would also explain why Fox had the highest ratings, since I'd expect the web viewers to skew younger, traditionally a less conservative demographic.  There's also the punditry angle, as people who are more interested in what Obama had to say on his own would tune in to C-SPAN or whitehouse.gov's streams, while Republicans might be more interested in the conservative pundits' refutation of the speech than in the speech itself, therefore favoring the networks.


Data sample size of 1, I asked wife who was currently watching Hulu at 8 to pull up the SOTU at 9. She opened up the web stream from fox news. I was like, "why fox news", she was like, "whatever, its the first thing that came up, deal with it.". We turned it off before the "Reply".
 
2014-01-30 08:22:15 AM  

NewportBarGuy: I was jerking off to porn. Did I miss anything?


What were you trying to hit?
 
2014-01-30 08:37:18 AM  
Fox has the most viewers because
a: people who watch Fox News leave their tvs on it 24/7
b: they need to be told what to say about the speech on Facebook and other discussions they participate in
c: they have to have their hate fix like a junkie needs their dope.
 
2014-01-30 08:39:22 AM  

Mr. Coffee Nerves: It's because Fox News digitally added flames PLUS had a picture-in-picture of slow-motion Megyn Kelly leg-crossing action.


img.fark.net
 
2014-01-30 08:39:57 AM  
President Camacho is the best for referencing CostCo.
 
2014-01-30 08:51:12 AM  
Reminds me of the WNBC execs talking about Stern in the early 80's - I'm paraphrasing, but basically those who say they like him listen for 2 hours, those who say they hate him listen for 4.

I stayed away from Facebook that night, so loud was the derp.
 
2014-01-30 08:51:37 AM  
Well if you missed it, he just promised to do all the things he promised to do before but didn't.  You know the old create jobs, build infrastructure, close GITMO type shiat.  He also promised to attack the segments of business that are having success and actually are putting people to work.  Oh, and he wants to spend more money we don't have and he'll go it alone because he still refuses to play well with others.
 
2014-01-30 08:55:18 AM  

sigdiamond2000: Where does this fall on the "Sarah Palin is automatically President" continuum?


Obama has to watch a Duck Dynasty marathon while eating a case of Moon Pies.
 
2014-01-30 08:55:24 AM  

jjorsett: DarkSoulNoHope: The viewership probably dropped because we know what will happen, the President will ask for things, the Republican controlled Congress will roll their eyes and scream class warfare, and nothing will be done by congress to promote the Presidents plan. Instead we'll get another 40 attempts to get rid of the Affordable Care Act, because the black guy made it happen, even though it's mostly what the white guys wanted in the 90s when the Republicans used to offer alternatives (even bad ones) instead of simply obstruction.

I doubt the Repubs will need to keep trying to repeal OBC since it's being repealed in installments by the Death By A Thousand Delays And Exemptions. It'll probably end up like the Medicare Doc Fix: there in theory but put off over and over unto infinity. All that will remain of it will be an unending series of insurance company bailouts due to their actuarial assumptions being destroyed and their bottom lines devastated by the fallout from the shambolic mess that is Obamacare.


Best part... forever?
 
2014-01-30 08:57:29 AM  
There's nothing of value of the SOTU.  The President grandstands and says a bunch of things he isn't obligated to follow up on, and half the room jumps to its feet every five seconds to interrupt with frantic applause.  It's theater, and it isn't even very good theater.
 
2014-01-30 09:06:22 AM  

RevLovejoy: Reminds me of the WNBC execs talking about Stern in the early 80's - I'm paraphrasing, but basically those who say they like him listen for 2 hours, those who say they hate him listen for 4.

I stayed away from Facebook that night, so loud was the derp.


Since I'm acquainted with Sergeant Cory Remsberg, and so are dozens of people on my friends list, my Facebook feed was mostly overjoyed at his presence at the event, even though I remember Cory's father was a Romney supporter.
 
2014-01-30 09:30:36 AM  
The State of the Union address has become a farce. The President makes a pompous speech, is interrupted by members of his own party to thunderous applause while members of the other party sit on their hands and scowl. It is a meaningless ritual.
 
2014-01-30 09:56:45 AM  

A_Listless_Wanderer: Like I said above, I watched it online.
This may be off topic but I have to say it...
I watched Fox News the first time in a few years yesterday afternoon while I was getting some car work done...

Everyone on there spoke like they were talking to elementary schoolers. There were five minutes of "headlines" for news, which included nothing important or interesting going on in the world. Other than that...
There was a piece about the snow storm down south, apparently tailored to people who never heard of snow before.
There was a piece about Queen Liz being broke, because one of her bank accounts may be almost down to a million dollars. This lead into a "poll" about what people are wasting money on.
There was a piece about what reporters ate for lunch at the White House (Obama is still making them eat vegetables!).
They talked about how  paying people the exorbitant sum of $10.00 an hour would make poor rich people go broke.
The rest was talking heads spouting LIBS LIBS LIBS, with some Benghazi's thrown in.
The ads were mostly old geezer insurance, with cash for gold scams and gold for cash scams thrown in.
Oh, and they profiled the Republican "responders" to the SOTU who, as far as I can tell, hardly anyone watched on TV or online...

/"news," huh?


Fox News is always one of the four TVs on in my office cafeteria during lunch (others are CNN, ESPN, and the Weather Channel).  They are on mute, but I always get a laugh (or a grimace) out of the inane headlines and the gold commercials.  "THE NATIONAL DEBT IS SKYROCKETING!  THE DOLLAR IS COLLAPSING! BUY GOLD!"
 
2014-01-30 10:09:14 AM  

sobriquet by any other name: Omahawg: didn't you hear? he announced he's now a DICTATOR 'cause EXECUTIVE ORDER

or at least that's what's going around facebook

Total Executive Orders:

Obama: 168
Bushie: 290
Clinton: 363
Reagan:  380

We get it, he's black


I've unskewed the numbers, and since Obama's orders only count for 3/5ths of a regular President's orders, that means Obama has actually issued, like, 500 Executive Orders.
 
2014-01-30 10:14:30 AM  

Tyee: ....he'll go it alone because he still refuses to play well with others.


What delusional twaddle...
 
2014-01-30 10:39:58 AM  

oryx: The State of the Union address has become a farce. The President makes a pompous speech, is interrupted by members of his own party to thunderous applause while members of the other party sit on their hands and scowl. It is a meaningless ritual.


Plus he eats far too many crackers.
 
2014-01-30 11:51:30 AM  
House members are waiting for their invites to the whitehouse for his my way or the highway chat over coffee.
 
2014-01-30 12:53:33 PM  

robohobo: I'm something of a comic book fan, and have never heard of such a thing before your post. So I did a bit of googling. I think the only president we've had in the past hundred years who might possibly pass muster as a GL would be Eisenhower.


lol no

That dude never put on a pair of tights in his whole life.
 
2014-01-30 02:22:27 PM  
I was in my car so I listened to it on NPR.
 
2014-01-30 05:37:22 PM  

Tyee: House members are waiting for their invites to the whitehouse for his my way or the highway chat over coffee.


Why would they be waiting? Last time he said "Guys, come have a chat with me," most of them didn't go.
 
2014-01-30 06:26:55 PM  

Tyee: House members are waiting for their invites to the whitehouse for his my way or the highway chat over coffee.


If only that were his attitude. God knows what a better country this would be.

I love how you complain about social conservatives getting the better part of the deal in the past 5 years of the Obama administration, despite the fact that you/they were the supposed "minority" in DC.
 
2014-01-30 06:27:18 PM  

Jaymark108: Fox News is always one of the four TVs on in my office cafeteria during lunch (others are CNN, ESPN, and the Weather Channel). They are on mute, but I always get a laugh (or a grimace) out of the inane headlines and the gold commercials. "THE NATIONAL DEBT IS SKYROCKETING! THE DOLLAR IS COLLAPSING! BUY GOLD!"


I always love those.

"But, mommy, if the dollar is collapsing, why do these people want to sell me their gold for dollars?"
 
2014-01-31 08:48:30 AM  
I heard that President Obama jokes after the SOTU that he considered reporting that the State of the Union is 'Cold!'  But that might not be considered appropriate.
 
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