WASHINGTON, January 24, 2015 – The final ratings are now in and it’s official: President Obama’s midweek State of the Union (SOTU) laundry list and laugh fest, 2015 Edition, racked up a whopping 33.3 million viewers. That’s the number reported by the Nielsen organization Friday, which includes viewership on 13 networks plus a tape-delay transmission on Spanish-language cable channel Univision.
That number is down slightly from the 2014 SOTU edition, and way down from the 52.4 million viewers the President attracted in his 2009 debut performance before Congress in his “First Address to the Joint Session of Congress,” which is what a new President’s first speech before Congress is generally termed.
Part of the drop, of course, can be attributed to the simple fact that the Words of the Messiah are no longer new, nor particularly original. The remaining drop likely stems from the increasing perception, even among low-information voters, that the current President is not a man to be either believed or trusted, except when it comes to new revenue enhancement proposals.
To paper over these unimpressive numbers, at least one enterprising site, Deadline Hollywood, tried to use the network and cable breakout numbers to change the subject and make an alleged Fox News failure the story instead.
Deadline’s first story noted that “Fox News also was the only network to post bigger numbers than the 2013 SOTU – up 28% in viewers and 25% in the demo.”
But a later Deadline story “corrected” the politically unacceptable error of giving credit to Fox for anything by crowing about the brilliant performance of CBS:
Continuing in this vein, Deadline sliced the numbers another way just in case you didn’t catch that initial anti-Fox snark attack:
“CNN was No. 1 among the cable news networks in the all-important news demo – 25-54 year olds — with an average of 1.021 million. CNN easily outstripped Fox News Channel, which logged 834,000 demo viewers. Ditto the 473,000 news demo viewers who’d tuned to MSNBC to see the SOTU…”
Three questions for Deadline:
First, how does MSNBC’s 473,000 number “outstrip” Fox’s 834,000 demo viewers?
Second, why wouldn’t CBS or any other broadcast TV network like ABC or NBC not “beat” the cable-only Fox News network airing of this speech?
Third, isn’t it actually surprising that Fox News had any viewer numbers at all for this SOTU, given that most of the cable channel’s large, steady news viewership would, instinctively, not bother to tune into Obama’s annual and predictable Litany of Lies in the first place?
That apparently didn’t occur to Deadline, which was more intent on pursuing pro-Republican prey. That’s undoubtedly why this report next proceeded to chortle over the President’s infantile SOTU cheap shot, “one in which Obama sucker-punched the GOP, saying contemplatively, ‘I have no more campaigns to run,’ to which some Republicans predictably responded with derisive applause, walking right into his punchline: ‘I know, because I won both of them.’
Har-de-aer-har! What a card, that Barack! But actually, what else could one expect from The One, who has, after all, always been a unifier, not a divider?
Parenthetically, Deadline wondered why neither The Masses nor the media had actually listened to the wonderful things contained in the speech:
(Obama also called for higher taxes on wealthy Americans and new initiatives to boost the middle class, but nobody but the wonks are talking about that today – and not even some of them.)
Maybe this forward-looking brilliance was missed by proles and media elites alike because the chattering classes were busy avoiding reporting the verifiable fact that the wealthy, via still-available tax shelter vehicles, will avoid any and all new wealth taxes that manage to pass. Or the way the President proposed to “help” the middle-class not only by increasing the tax burden on small businesses, but by taxing the outflow of 529 educational savings plans—much as, we’re sure, he’d like to do the same to Roth IRAs, which, of course, would also help the declining middle class.
Bottom line: All demographics continue to tune this President out. With two years to go in his feckless, destructive administration, he has fully achieved zero credibility at last.
Even worse, though, is the fact that he could care less, given his utter contempt for the American electorate. Having endured the singular indignity of having to address the now-Republican controlled Congress, he can now get quietly back to his life’s work of eviscerating American democracy one Executive Order and one golf swing at a time. It’s the Marxist, post-Colonialist way to go.
* Cartoon by Branco. Reproduced with permission via ComicallyIncorrect.com.