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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 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
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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.
 
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