The Technology and Politics of Broadcasting

Television is one thing that Americans seem to have in common.  About 99% of American households have at least one TV set.  (Mine doesn't.  I haven't owned a TV since 1980.)  Television is powerful and could have been used as a mostly positive influence in our culture, but it has turned into one of the most destructive forces in our society.

Many TV stations and networks are on the air 24 hours a day and seem to have plenty of programming material available to fill the time.  (That's partly because drive-in movies disappeared and the "B movies" are now on UHF TV.)  But if you look closely, much of that material is merely serving as spacers between the commercial breaks.  The revenue from commercials keeps the stations on the air.  Therein lies the root of TV's troubles:  They have to keep your attention, so you'll keep watching, so the ratings for that station will go up, and the advertising rates on that station will then increase.  And the cycle repeats.

This results in programming and advertising that looks like it is designed to entertain and inform people with extremely short attention spans — people who get bored after looking at the same thing for more than five seconds.  In the business of television news, this means less thoughtful journalism and more three-second sound bites and one-liners.  It also means that the typical TV advertisement is a 30-second frenzy of special effects and very short edits.

The sound bite syndrome means that meaningful half-hour debates are condensed down to the few seconds when someone raises his or her voice.  That leads to political arguments (and entire campaigns) in which the winner is the person who has come up with the greatest number of memorable one-liners.  People who base their votes on this kind of shallow information — or on someone else's emotional outbursts — are likely to do more harm than good at the polls.

The effect on entertainment programming is that prime time shows are becoming more and more salacious in an effort to attract viewers.  Material that was considered unfit for broadcast 20 or 30 years ago is now commonplace.  Society's standards didn't change overnight — the TV networks kept "pushing the envelope" gradually to get us where we are today.  The envelope has taken quite a beating, but the incremental changes seem to go in only one direction.

Much of the blame for the deterioration of broadcasting belongs to the FCC, which has repeatedly deregulated the industry, allowing unlimited advertising time on radio and TV, and ownership of more than one station in each market.  More stations means a diluted market and the desperate need to attract an audience.  The FCC has also abdicated its role as enforcer of basic decency on radio and television, opening the door to FM "shock jocks" and prime time TV programming that would have been unimaginable a few decades ago.

Some of the blame should go to the producers of network shows.  Many of their creations carry the warning, "Viewer discretion advised."  (Apparently if they make that disclaimer, it's okay to include anything in a TV show.)  But why should discretion be entirely up to the viewers?  Couldn't the producers show a little discretion of their own?

The rest of the blame belongs to the audience.  You could say that the FCC has just stepped aside and let our society's downfall run its course.  The government prefers to "let the market decide" what's appropriate or unfit for broadcast, and how many stations can survive in a given city.  But the market doesn't seem to decide that anything is inappropriate.  No matter what is on the air, Americans keep watching and listening.

Newton Minow, in his famous vast wasteland speech on May 9, 1961, said, "When television is bad, nothing is worse."  If you allow television into your home, you will not benefit from it, unless your goal is to squander your time and take your mind off your troubles.  For that purpose, television is cheaper than alcohol and safer than heroin.  Television is widely used in hospitals, jails and laundromats as a Time Vaporizer — it makes people less aware of the passing time.

The British TV viewers have to buy a license to receive broadcast signals, which is absurd, in my opinion.

Related topics covered on other pages:

Radio Broadcasting

The Fairness Doctrine

The FCC.

Recent television history:

      Coupons for digital converter boxes

      The Broadcast Flag

      The Transition to Digital TV

News Media Bias,  with numerous subcategories.

Cultural and political bias in the movies.

Cultural and political bias on television.

National Public Radio and the Public Broadcasting Service:  NPR and PBS are taxpayer-subsidized fountains of humanist and socialist propaganda which should support themselves.

My comments about Spanish-language broadcasting can be seen here.

News Media Incompetence:  a discussion of cheap and shallow tabloid news shows.

You may also be interested in my page about the old Emergency Broadcast System.

Closed Captioning

Closed Captioning started out as a simple favor to those less fortunate and has turned into an entitlement.  It is now mandatory.  But it costs a lot of money to put closed captioning into reruns of old sit-coms, and the TV stations will almost certainly pass the cost along to the advertisers, who will then pass the cost along to you, whether you watch TV or not.

Occasionally during a commercial break on TV, you may hear an announcement such as, "Closed captioning of this program is sponsored by...", followed by one or more commercials.  I find it hard to believe that sponsors sign up for commercial time to pay for closed captioning, since closed captioning is required by the FCC, and the station has to provide it anyway.

The FCC says, "Closed captions provide a critical link to news, entertainment, and information for individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing, enabling these individuals to be part of the cultural mainstream of our society."*

That is simply nonsense.  Television is not an essential part of life, or of civilized society.  In fact our society was more civilized before television came along.  In any event, a person can be "part of the cultural mainstream of our society" without watching television.

The FCC's Closed Captioning Rules:  Definitions, requirements and complaint procedures.

The FCC's Closed Captioning Fact Sheet  says, "Closed captioning is an assistive technology designed to provide access to television for persons who are deaf and hard of hearing."

Usually when you see the word "access" it is a code word for the implementation of special rights and privileges for a protected and politically sensitive minority.  Everybody has access to television; sometimes a little too much access.  If a person can't make sense of a television program without being able to hear the sound, that person isn't missing anything.  I can see where it would be reasonable to require closed captioning on a tornado warning, but to require it on nearly 100% of all programs (no matter how old, unpopular, or self-explanatory) is the kind of foolishness one can expect from an overgrown government.

Brief History of Closed captioning:  The engineering department of the Public Broadcasting System started to work on the [closed captioning] project in 1973, under contract to the Bureau of Education for the Handicapped of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare (HEW).  The Federal Communications Commission set aside line 21 in 1976, for the transmission of closed captions in the United States.

The Editor says...
I should have known that the Department of HEW was in on this.  For those of you too young to remember, HEW changed its name in 1979 to Health and Human Services, to get away from the well-deserved stigma of the name Welfare, and to spin off the Department of Education into its own enormous entity.  The two departments devour a total of about $123 billion a year.  But that's another topic.

Depictions of Moms in Traditional Roles Banned in Ads.  Cooking, cleaning mums will be banned in advertisements across the UK from next year, following a study which claimed traditional gender roles are "harmful and outdated".  The decision to tighten regulation was announced by the Committees of Advertising Practice (CAP) this week, after a report published in summer identified gender stereotypes in adverts as a driver of inequality between men and women.  "Wherever they appear or are reinforced, gender stereotypes can lead to mental, physical and social harm which can limit the potential of groups and individuals," the Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) alleged in its study.

The Editor says...
A depiction of traditional gender roles, the way normal people live their customary lives and the way things are supposed to be is not a stereotype.  It may be ordinary, dull and routine, but it is not misleading.  Those who are constantly "pushing the envelope" to sell a product, a book, or a TV show are the only ones who find traditional behavior offensive.  Permit me to elaborate:  Advertising is constantly being used as propaganda.  In every TV commercial, the women are smart and the men are dumb.  The women are the problem solvers, and the men are the ones who brought the problem into the house.  The women are the savvy shoppers, and the men are helpless buffoons.  In some commercials, life is wonderful for Mom and the kids, because there's no man in sight.  Nearly everything you see in television advertising depicts an inversion of the truth.

DOJ moves to require services in movie theaters for the blind and deaf.  The Justice Department moved Friday [7/25/2014] to open up the nation's cinemas to the visually and hearing impaired with a slate of draft regulations requiring movie theaters to offer closed captioning and audio description technology.  "This proposed rule will allow all Americans, including those with disabilities, to fully participate in the moviegoing experience," Attorney General Eric Holder said in unveiling the plan.  The DOJ's bid to amend the Americans with Disabilities Act comes four years after the agency signaled plans to move forward with new regulations, drawing more than 1,000 public comments.

The Editor says...
It is an act of tyranny to make the owners of privately-owned businesses adapt to customers who shouldn't be there.  It makes no sense for a deaf and blind man to go to a movie theater, just as it makes no sense for a paraplegic to go rock climbing or a blind person to go to a gun range and expect to be treated like everyone else.  If people go places they shouldn't be, the owners of those places should not be penalized.

Watching the State of the Union speech with the sound muted:
The Silent SOTU.  As I followed along via the closed captions, it was immediately apparent that Obama had a) nothing to say and b) was saying it very badly.  Mercifully spared his characteristic drone, the predictable cadences and the sine-wave rise and fall of his voice, all a viewer was left with were the president's policy prescriptions, often hilariously rendered into fractured English in the caption crawl, and his robotic body language; he appeared more akin to a hologram than a human being. [...] Finally, there is this:  At least half the country simply does not believe the man has the best interests of the union at heart.

Newest disabled right:  audio TV captioning.  The FCC has proposed that TV networks be compelled to provide at least four hours of programming a week with "secondary audio" descriptions of filmed action in hopes of giving blind viewers an "equivalent experience" to what sighted viewers are getting.

The Editor says...
Common sense should tell you that "blind viewers" will never have an "equivalent experience" sitting in front of a TV, no matter what provisions are made by the broadcasters.

Timeline of Closed Captioning Development.  Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 enacted, requiring all federally funded public service announcements to be closed captioned.

This kind of incrementalism only goes one direction.  First it's applied to television, then to movies in theaters, and before long it will be required on DVDs, video games, and anything that can be shown on a television.

Deaf group files lawsuit against movie theaters.  Invoking the Americans with Disabilities Act, eight hearing-impaired persons in Portland, Oregon have filed what aspires to the status of a national class action seeking to force three large cinema chains, Regal, Century, and Carmike, to install closed captioning devices for films in their theaters.

ADA Goes to the Movies.  The movie-theater snob looks for big screens, high-end sound, legroom, and the newest innovation, stadium seating.  If you're a movie-theater snob, chances are you worship at the altar of AMC theaters because they are the gold-standard of the cineplex world.  So naturally, the Department of Justice is trying to put them out of business.

Movie theaters face suit over lack of captioned films.  For most cinema buffs, silent movies went out with the Coolidge administration eight decades ago.  But for film fans who are hard of hearing, today's theaters offer little beyond an indecipherable silence.  Captioned showings remain rare, and existing technology that would allow attendees to read along at their seats is rarely used.

The V-Chip:
An ineffective substitute for parental supervision.

If you bring a television into your house, you know exactly what you're getting into.  Whether your TV set has the V-Chip or not, if you see offensive programs on TV, it's only because you failed to push the POWER OFF button.

Parents Have the Tools to Control TV Content.  What's so troubling about calls for increased media regulation/censorship in the name of "protecting children" is that it ignores the fact parents have at their disposal many constructive alternatives to censorship.

When the Chips Are Off:  If Americans overwhelmingly favor the V-chip, why don't they use it?  In his 1996 State of the Union address, President Clinton urged Congress "to pass the requirement for a 'V' chip in TV sets, so that parents can screen out programs they believe are inappropriate for their children."  He said the technology would enable parents "to assume more personal responsibility for their children's upbringing."  This was an odd way to characterize the V-chip, which actually represented an abdication of parental responsibility.  Instead of monitoring what their kids watch and deciding for themselves what was appropriate, parents would rely on ratings assigned by the networks.  There would be no need for active supervision or discussion:  Once the V-chip was programmed, everything would be automatic.

The obscene "reality" at MTV. There's approximately one instance of foul language every three minutes.  None of that onslaught would be caught by your supposedly foolproof V-chip, since MTV is skipping out on identifying its own filth.

The networks are fighting a two-faced war.  To parents and the general public, they talk of social responsibility, and spend hundreds of millions of dollars talking up their V-chip, and how they aid parents to navigate the channels.  But in court filings, and in the councils of power, the networks are unmasked for what they are:  people who believe in no limits, no standards, no scruples.  It's an industry that is just a profitable assembly line of garbage, and wants the "right" to offend many millions of families, using the public airwaves owned by those families to do so.

Ratings, V-Chips and Self-Policing:  "The ratings system is a fraud, and therefore the V-chip is, by extension, useless," said PTC Founder and President Brent Bozell upon the release of the April 2005 special report The Ratings Sham.  The report studied 638 different shows during 2003 and 2004 on the seven broadcast networks.  Among its major findings:
  •   Every network had problems with accurate and consistent application of content descriptors.
  •   NBC didn't use any content descriptors on its programs.
  •   81% of CBS's TV-14-rated shows contained sexual dialog yet lacked the "D" descriptor.
  •   43% of the Fox shows were missing appropriate content descriptors.
  •   73% of ABC's TV-14-rated shows lacked appropriate content descriptors.
  •   82% of WB's TV-14-rated shows containing sexual behavior lacked the "S" descriptor.

Cable's creepy lobbyists.  For the V-chip to work effectively, it must rely on an accurate ratings system.  This ratings system is at best wildly inconsistent, with each network making its own decisions determining what is or isn't offensive in its own programming.  At worst, it's a joke.

The V-chip is no magic pill.  For starters, most parents have no idea how this V–chip works or know that their TV set even contains one.  A survey done by the Kaiser Family Foundation discovered that only 15 percent of parents they surveyed have used the V–chip.

Say Goodbye to Family Friendly TV.  Avoiding objectionable material has become more difficult, despite V-chips, which allow parents to control access to certain programs.  And one of the more toxic areas is now the ads.  Not only do commercials try to use sex to sell everything from automobiles to soap, it seems half the ads on TV now are marketing sex itself in the form of sex-enhancing drugs.  And there's no avoiding the ads, no matter how careful you are with selecting your programming.

The TV Boss.  A web site developed by the Ad Council to explain how to use the V-Chip.  (If you can't figure out how to use the V-Chip, would you be able to get to this web site?)

NBC slices and dices "Veggie Tales".  This is one of those moments where you understand that networks like NBC are only talking an empty talk and walking an empty walk when it comes to the First Amendment, and "creative integrity," and so on.  They have told parents concerned about their smutty programs like "Will and Grace" that if they're offended, they have a remote control as an option.  The networks have spent millions insisting that we have a V-chip in our TV sets.  Change the channel.  Block it out.  But when it comes to religious programming — programming that doesn't even mention Jesus Christ — just watch the hypocrisy.

TV's trouble with religion:  For an industry that claims to reflect reality, the results are not good.  Religion is virtually ignored, and when covered, more often than not it's attacked.

Industry leaders announce new ratings system.  The parent companies of the major broadcast networks, along with several media buying agencies and advertisers announced Thursday [9/10/2009] the creation of a new TV ratings measurement organization:  The Coalition for Innovative Media Measurement (CIMM).  The group includes 14 companies making a multi-year commitment to establish a new data system.

Judges Find Dignity in Profanity.  Anyone who's had half an eye on broadcast television in the last 10 years would not be so ridiculous as to suggest that Hollywood hasn't been trying to push the envelope on what frontier of dirty language, sex and violence it can surpass.  Of course, broadcasters came into the courtroom to tell judges they've made a "good faith" effort.  But the record shows — the useless V-chip, the corrupted ratings system and so much else — that they could care less.  After the decision, the broadcasters kept the phony routine going, insisting that nothing would change now on TV.

Senseless Violence
and the FCC's attempts to put a lid on it.

TV's Increasing Female Body Count.  Violence — especially grotesque, gory or bloody violence — has become a staple of network television during sweeps periods.  But there's a new kind of violence surging — violence against women.

More Television, More Crime?  In the fight against senseless violence, Hollywood remains a tempting target.  But don't blame the remote control.  Blame a remote dad.

FCC Seeks To Rein In Violent TV Shows.  The Federal Communications Commission has concluded that regulating TV violence is in the public interest, particularly during times when children are likely to be viewers — typically between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m., FCC sources say.  The agency's recommendations — which will be released in a report to Congress within the next week, agency officials say — could set up a legal battle between Washington and the television industry.

ACLU Fires Back.  Although Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) grabbed the spotlight with his attack on TV violence, little noticed at the time was a proposal by Sen. Sam Brownback (R-KS) to craft a bill strengthening the FCC's profanity-regulation powers and giving it authority to regulate violence.  The American Civil Liberties Union wrote to legislators asking them to oppose such a move.

The Editor says...
The ACLU's position is surprising:  They see no need to regulate profanity on television because of the "technologies enabling parents to control content".  They assume that children are the only people adversely affected by violence on TV, and that everybody makes use of the V-Chip and the POWER OFF button.

Media Violence and the American Public:  Scientific Facts Versus Media Misinformation.  Over the last 50 years, the average news report has changed from claims of a weak link to a moderate link and then back to a weak link [between media violence and aggression].  However, since 1975 the scientific confidence and statistical magnitude of this link has been clearly positive and has consistently increased over time.

The Ancient Problem of TV Violence.  How ancient is the concern over violence on television and its effects on society?  Crack open a cobwebbed copy of Lyndon Johnson's National Commission on the Causes and Prevention of Violence from 1969, where it reads, "Public concern for violence in entertainment television programming has been with us since at least 1954."  In other words, go back to the days when people were still using their first TV sets.  You'd also discover reading this report that even back then, the TV industry execs were trying to duck and weave out of any public concerns.

[The "violence" that LBJ saw on television was probably just a fistfight on "Bonanza."]

TV violence found to be more frequent, graphic.  America's children are being exposed to more dead bodies, fistfights and perverts than ever before, according to an analysis of violence on prime-time television released yesterday by the Parents Television Council.  Violent content from 8 to 11 p.m. on weekdays jumped 75 percent from 1998 to 2006, largely because of popular crime-solving shows and medical dramas such as "Law and Order" and "CSI," the Los Angeles nonprofit concluded in its report, titled "Dying to Entertain."

Here is their report:
Dying to Entertain.  TV violence has become a paradox of sorts.  Medical and social science have proven conclusively that children are adversely affected by exposure to it — yet millions of parents think nothing of letting their children watch C.S.I. or other, equally violent programs.  Prominent leaders in the entertainment industry publicly decry violent entertainment — but then continue to produce and distribute it.  Despite the widespread consensus that TV violence is a significant problem, it has become not only more frequent, but more graphic in recent years.

Remote control:  On Tuesday [6/26/2007], the Senate Commerce Committee held a hearing to discuss whether there is too much violence on cable and satellite TV and what to do about it.  The issue of TV violence is the baby of Kevin J. Martin, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, who was scheduled to testify, but canceled at the last minute for family reasons.  Martin thinks there is too much violence on subscription TV.

Criticism of TV in General

You probably know people who leave their television on all the time just for background noise.  I know a few, and I also know people who watch less-than-mediocre programs "because that was all that was on."  Television seems to be the primary source of entertainment for almost everyone — an indispensable part of their everyday routine.  But about 1980 I realized there was channel after channel of nothing worth watching, and gave away my last television set.  You'd be surprised how much spare time that opens up.

If you watch fifty hours of television every week, you might see one or two minutes of material that was informative, fresh, edifying or uplifting.  Something you're glad you watched.  But the rest of the time you're probably thinking to yourself, "What a pointless show!" or, "What a stupid commercial!"  It's like digging through a barrel of garbage, knowing there's a perfectly good chocolate chip cookie in there somewhere.  It just isn't worth immersing yourself in garbage to occasionally find one little morsel.

Another section you might enjoy is called Cultural and political bias on television.

TV is increasingly for old people.  TV is increasingly for the old, and the Internet is for the young, according to new research by media analyst Michael Nathanson of Moffett Nathanson Research.  The median age of a broadcast or cable television viewer during the 2013-2014 TV season was 44.4 years old, a 6 percent increase in age from four years earlier.  Audiences for the major broadcast network shows are much older and aging even faster, with a median age of 53.9 years old, up 7 percent from four years ago.

Average TV Viewer Is 44 Years Old.  [Scroll down]  The windfall from cable television doesn't come from viewership, it comes from forcing a hundred-million plus households to purchase and pay for, and ultimately subsidize, dozens of channels they never watch.  If you want Turner Classic Movies and Fox News, chances are you are forced to purchase a cable package that might include MSNBC or CNN or MTV.  Not only is that [stuff] pumped into your home, you are subsidizing it. [...] Young people, thankfully, are the biggest threat to this racket.  Thanks to Obama's terrible economy, which is hitting millenials hardest, young people just can't afford to pay $90 a month for TV.  They can, though, afford $8 a month for Netflix.

Analyst: End of Bundled Cable Will Kill Over 80 Channels.  Bundled cable is, in my opinion, one of the greatest hustles ever perpetuated against the American people.  The worst part is how it works as a kind of affirmative-action program for left-wing programming that likely wouldn't survive in a world where we weren't forced to pay for channels we never watch.  Chief among them, CNN, and MSNBC.

Bundled Cable Deathwatch: Ratings Plunge, Darwin Looms.  You don't just cut your cable or satellite television cord all at once.  There's a process involved where your viewing habits slowly migrate away from cable and towards alternative outlets like Netflix and Amazon Streaming.  Then "it" happens.  You realize you're paying $100 a month for a service you hardly watch (cable) and $10 a month for one you watch all the time (streaming).

Smart TVs keep dumbing down our living rooms.  The living room's been something like a holy grail for electronics manufacturers for decades.  It's the place where we spend hours every day sitting in front of our TVs, passively flipping channels and watching ads.  Even as our smartphones and tablets vie for our attention, TV dominates:  Americans still spend an average of 4 hours, 38 minutes a day watching the boob tube.

Women Serving in Combat Positions Is a Batty Idea.  First off, if you truly want to eviscerate the enemy — namely Muslims — then I propose sending the most nerve grating and foul women Hollywood has to offer straight into hot zones as our forward armies.  I'm a thinkin' starting off with Roseanne Barr, Joy Behar and Lisa Lampanelli as our first offensive.  Talk about shock and awe! [...] Just send this unholy trinity in with matching Frederick's of Hollywood teddies juiced up on a pot of espresso and then have them confront hajji with their spurious insights, high-pitched, nasally voices and their unfunny comedic screeds, and our foes will shoot themselves in the face.

Is America an Idiocracy?  In 1951, Ray Bradbury published Fahrenheit 451, a futuristic novel in which books are burned, and the citizenry occupies itself by watching hours of TV on wall-to-wall sets.  Contrary to popular belief, Bradbury says Fahrenheit 451 wasn't about censorship or McCarthyism.  It was about how TV undermines interest in reading and learning.

Gallup Poll Finds All-Time Low in Public Confidence in TV News.  [Bob] Schieffer and his colleagues will probably ignore the latest finding from Gallup's Confidence in Institutions Survey:  television news has fallen to a 21 percent approval rating, a record low and just eight points higher than Congress.

How Many Negative Images of Men Do You See on TV in 10 Minutes?  I was watching the show House Hunters last night on HGTV and noticed that, even with such a neutral show, in the space of ten minutes I saw two commercials that were abusive to men.  In one commercial, a woman was angry at a man at work and dumped a cup of coffee on him. ... I wish I could just peacefully watch a show without the constant message that says men are wimps, perverts, idiots, or must live in constant fear of women and the simultaneous message that women are powerful.

Media's moral morass.  The unabated moral confusion flowing through the media is stunning.  It's so bad, you can't look away.  But we should try.  With a few exceptions, the major TV networks are a torrential sewer of left-wing propaganda and smutty sitcoms.

Dish plans closure of 300 more Blockbuster stores.  Dish Network Corp., which owns the Blockbuster chain of video rental stores, plans to close an additional 300 locations over the next few weeks on top of hundreds closed previously, according to news reports Monday [1/21/2013].

9 Things to Say Goodbye To:  [#7] Television.  Revenues to the networks are down dramatically.  Not just because of the economy.  People are watching TV and movies streamed from their computers.  And they're playing games and doing lots of other things that take up the time that used to be spent watching TV.  Prime time shows have degenerated down to lower than the lowest common denominator.

When English is the official language of this country, lots of writers and reporters will be out of a job.
Nation wondering: what happening to language?  Something funny going on across the country.  Verbs disappearing.  Other speech parts, too.  Meanwhile:  sentence fragments, participial phrases running amok — starting in New York and Los Angeles, then blanketing the entire nation.  Law enforcement puzzled.  FBI, no leads yet.  Investigations ongoing.  And now a theory:  Nightly news to blame.

Television News: Are We Amusing Ourselves to Death?  Anyone who relies exclusively on television/cable news hosts and political commentators for actual knowledge of the world today is making a serious mistake.  Unfortunately, as Americans have devolved into non-readers with woefully short attention spans, newspapers providing even semi-analytical content have found themselves struggling to stay afloat while television, which delivers little more than news sound bites sandwiched between superficial chitchat and entertainment buzz, has become the prime source of so-called "news."

Tocqueville and the Tube.  Television makes us fat, lazy, inattentive, unsociable, mistrustful, materialistic — and unhappy about all of that.  It cheapens political discourse, weakens family ties, prevents face-to-face socializing, and exposes kids to sex and inures them to violence.  Yet Americans can't get enough.  In 1950, just 9 percent of U.S. households owned a television; by 1960 it was 90 percent, and by the year 2000 TVs were just about everywhere.  Now the average U.S. household has more TVs than people.

Silence that idiot box!  For turning brains into mush, you can't do better than television.  The "vast wasteland" Newton Minow deplored in 1961 is infinitely vaster now — a largely unrelieved wilderness of mindless, stupefying entertainment, where dysfunction vies for predominance with vulgarity, and where the insatiable hunger for ratings eventually overpowers every consideration of taste, morality, and intellect.

Smart Televisions are highly susceptible to hacking by radio transmission.  Researchers discover a massive security flaw in smart TV's that allow hackers to intercept data broadcasts, insert malicious code, and transform the TV into an antenna that infects all other Internet-connected devices in the household.  Once the television is infected, it seeks out all other devices connected to the router.  The attacks are untraceable as no source IP address or DNS server is ever presented, instead, hackers perform a classic man-in-the-middle attack using radio transmissions.

Publicly Funded Leftism on Community Television.  Community television began, like many bad ideas, in the 1960s, when self-styled "media activist" George Stoney and others began lobbying the FCC to mandate "public access" broadcasting.  Stoney is described as "an early advocate of video as a tool for social change," who makes films "focusing on issues of social justice."  In short, he's a leftist. ... Media activists demanded that this revenue be earmarked to support local public, educational and government television, known as PEG channels.  FCC rulings in 1972 and 1974 led to the mandate that every community with 3,500 or more cable subscribers be offered four public access channels funded by access fees.  The Supreme Court ruled in 1979 that the FCC had overstepped its authority, but by then it was too late...

How TV Killed the Republican Party's Family Values:  Republicans are searching for an explanation as to why voters rejected their vision of America.  The answer may be on their television screens, where an ever-expanding, bluer definition of family values makes their nostalgic idea of family values feel like a foreign world.

TV's 'air' pollution.  From "Glee" to "Girls" to "Two and a Half Men," television has devolved into a vacuous wasteland where ordinary notions of morality, fidelity and decency are not just censored.  They're a joke.  TV shows present teenage virginity as a curse, human intelligence as a disease, and promiscuous sex as the norm, while average human attention spans are as alien as the Martian landscape.

"I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes."
Psalm 101:3                                                                                  

Major Corporations Employ DEI Agency to Feature 'Underrepresented' Communities in Commercials.  Some of the world's largest companies are hiring a nonprofit agency to make their commercials appear diverse.  It's called Free the Work, and it matches companies with minorities to star in their photo shoots and advertisements.  Free the Work partners with Amazon, Google, Snapchat, Meta, Uber, Haagen-Dazs, Verizon, Target, and others to ensure diversity, equity, and inclusion in media campaigns.  The nonprofit brought in more than $2.5 million in 2022, according to its 990 report, a financial statement filed by tax-exempt organizations.  Free the Work has made two commercials for abortion giant Planned Parenthood.  One called "We Asked.  We Listened.  We See You," released in January, features a black woman showing off her mastectomy scars, two girls holding hands, and a girl hugging another girl while holding a pack of Morning After emergency-contraception pills.

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[#1] Nearly everything on TV is propaganda.  If you watch television at every opportunity, you probably know less than you did a month ago.  [#2] Practically every commercial on TV features happy young black females with flawless teeth and immaculately clean houses.  The ones that don't have all that feature mixed couples, homosexuals, and freaks.  The only time you'll see a white man in a TV commercial is when he's playing the role of a criminal or a witless buffoon.  Roam through your favorite grocery store and you'll see that every product with a person depicted on the packaging has a non-white person prominently (or exclusively) featured.  The TV commercials are the same, and yet there is a push to make them more "diverse," which means non-white.  [#3] Nobody wants to see your surgery scars.  Nobody wants to see you celebrate your chemically-induced abortion or your flaming homosexuality.  Nobody buys products because they were recommended by freaks and weirdos.

Even as leftists relentlessly push 'trans,' hard evidence shows how suicidally dangerous it is.  America's cultural controllers, the ones in political circles, the news media, entertainment, and Hollywood, are relentless in their insistence that so-called "transgenderism" is real and that the way to improve so-called "transgender" people's lives is to give them hormones that are opposed to their biological sex and to engage in mutilating slice-and-dice surgery.  However, as more data arrive, it's clear that the whole "transgender" push is a Big Lie — and the problem with a Big Lie is that, eventually, usually long after lots of damage is already done, the truth starts to leak out.  Disney, of course, is one of the leaders in the LGBTQ+ grooming vanguard, but it's not just Disney.  NBC is now promoting a nature show that is also an exercise in LGBTQ+ grooming. [...] The new NBC show is another brick in the transgender wall that the Democrats are building around American society.  The primary brick, though, is the Big Lie that, once you've brainwashed children into rejecting their biological reality, you can take those now-miserable lumps of humanity and make them happy by turning their bodies into a weird simulacrum of the opposite sex.

Maybe We're Closer to "You'll Own Nothing" Than We Realize.  The World Economic Forum's catchphrase you'll own nothing and be happy was widely mocked as an eyebrow-raising vision of a "sharing economy" future without the implicit agency granted by full ownership.  Renting stuff that one needed only for one-time use has long been a market, and car-sharing makes sense for urban dwellers who only need a vehicle on occasion. [...] Given our dependence on software / digital rights and the phantom wealth of credit-asset bubbles,"how much do we actually own?" is a fair question.  Consider the recent New York Times article [excerpt below] Why Tech Companies Are Not Your Friends:  Lessons From Roku, which was reprinted in other publications with the more accurate title Our Gadgets Are Not Ours.  The gist of the article is that since we don't own control of the software, our "ownership" of the device is illusory.

Why Tech Companies Are Not Your Friends.  More than a decade ago, when we bought a TV it was just that -- a big screen that let you plug into it whatever you wanted.  Nowadays, the vast majority of TVs connect to the internet and run the manufacturer's operating system and apps.  Even though you bought the TV, the software component, a major part of what makes the product work, remains controlled by the company.  Changes to the product's software interface and data collection practices can happen at any moment.  In extreme examples, a device can stop working.

Is It Just Me Or Do Ads These Days All Seem To Have An Agenda.  Do you see it too?  Are all ad agencies run by the World Economic Forum and Open Society?  [Video clip]

BBC weather map row heats up over confusing colours.  The BBC has been criticised for the colour scale it uses to represent temperatures, with lows of 11C shown as yellow while 41C is depicted as dark red.  The broadcaster has triggered confusion among some viewers with its temperature contour map, which switches to orange when temperatures hit 13C.  The colour scheme was introduced in 2017, with the BBC at the time saying it was intended to help those with colour blindness.  Toby Young, the founder of website The Daily Sceptic, suggested that the BBC was "going a bit far".  "How is it going to represent temperatures above 20C?  Fireballs?" he said.  A weather forecast on Tuesday night showed most of the country yellow and orange for Wednesday when temperatures were predicted to hit as high as 20C.  One viewer wrote on social media that the system was "utterly farcical".  "I'm not a massive conspiracy theorist but I have to agree with those who castigate the utterly ludicrous use of bright yellow and orange/red on the weather maps to indicate temperatures of 18/19 degrees!" the viewer wrote.

The Editor says...
When television was received on black-and-white receivers, 50 years ago, no consideration was given to "color blind" viewers.  We were all color blind.  At the same time, much less emphasis was placed on sensational (and highly speculative) forecasting beyond the next 24 hours, hardly any TV stations had their own weather radar, nobody had any delusions about the government being able to alter the weather, and absolutely nobody considered carbon dioxide to be a threat.

Villainy: The Only Role Left for White Men.  The campaign to airbrush white males from society (customarily euphemised as 'diversity'), is almost complete.  White men are now the most hated group in their own land.  Their very existence traumatises ethnic colleagues, and worst of all they're too obtuse to understand that 'not being racist isn't enough'.  As the last bastion of institutions succumbs to the allure of the DEI inspectorate, the 'patriarchy' is now routinely being excluded from educational opportunities, employment offers, and even historic depiction — thereby rendering him persona non grata in Britain's past, present and future.  While clearly desirable, extinction isn't yet on the cards — given that whites are so 'useless', even the armed forces refuse to facilitate their suicide.  One avenue remains open however:  the poster boy for villainy.  White men appear to be the visual of choice when it comes to media depictions of criminal activity — one might even go so far as to say he has a monopoly.  White (and preferably working-class) males are the go-to-guy when Sadiq Khan wants to pontificate on 'misogyny'.  They're TFL's choice when it comes to tackling unwanted sexual behaviour on public transport.  Unbelievably, they're even South Yorkshire Police's pinup for 'child exploitation' — how many focus groups did that take?

The Editor says...
Mrs. Editor and I were enjoying a quick meal at a "surprisingly affordable" fast food joint yesterday, and I was a little distracted by the TV on the back wall, which seems to be a requirement in restaurants these days.  The TV was tuned to some feminist cable channel that shows man-bashing movies and shows all the time (I surmise), so naturally all the men are depicted as villains or fools.  Moreover, in the commercial breaks, the majority of the ads are pushing some prescription drug that nobody really needs (or has ever heard of), and the ads are like drug-induced (excessively colorful, slow-motion) dreams, in which the person taking the medicine is surrounded by friends and family and well-trained pets, and life is wonderful, primarily because there's not a white person in sight.  Next commercial:  There is one white guy, but he's an obese buffoon who's being lectured by a black guy because the white guy didn't have sense enough to have already purchased whatever product is featured in the ad.  Next commercial:  Another prescription drug, another glimpse of utopia, in which everybody is "richly ethnic."  It's no wonder that when politicians say they want to assemble a committee or some other group that "looks like America," the group ultimately excludes white men, because the politicians watch too much television.

Popular Nullification of the State's Propaganda.  Over the last century, television and radio have operated as gatekeeper technologies that effectively controlled who was permitted to construct false realities on a mass scale.  In any country — from despotically communist to relatively free — the public is constantly bombarded with messages that reinforce certain narratives.  Whether that narrative is that eating marshmallow cereal will make you happy or that "fossil fuels" are killing the planet, there is always an economic or political motive behind what you hear and see.  In every nation, people with political and economic power have monopolized mass media so that they may monopolize the narrative influences that warp human minds.  You will not find much on television that encourages you to think critically or question authorities.  Television and radio are most effective when people question little and think even less.

Israel [intends] to block Al Jazeera:  Netanyahu says 'terror channel' will no longer be broadcast.  Israel is set to block Al Jazeera after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu branded it a "terror channel" that spreads false information.  The Israeli government has now passed a new law that would allow the closure of the Qatar-owned news broadcaster.  It is thought Netanyahu's decision to block the channel could affect relations with Qatar, which is playing a crucial role in trying to stop the war in Gaza.  The broadcaster responded strongly to Netanyahu's claims, calling them a "dangerous, ludicrous lie", and saying he would be held accountable for the safety of its staff and offices.

Maintain Your Brain.  Generations ago it wasn't uncommon for educated people to memorize chunks of The Iliad, building up their minds by forcing them to do all the rewarding work associated with real reading: assembling images, keeping track of plot and character structure, juggling themes and challenging ideas even as you carried the story along.  Then came mass media.  Newspapers shortened attention span, movies arrived and did visual assembly for you, TV mastered mental junk food, MTV replaced story with montages of interesting nonsensical images, then finally the Internet came and made it possible to endlessly follow your own random impulses instead of anyone else's schedule or plot. [...] Inventions like TikTok, which I'm on record saying shouldn't be banned, are designed to create mentally helpless users, like H addicts.  If you stand there scrolling and thinking Next! enough, your head will sooner or later be fully hollowed out.  You'll lose the ability to remember, focus, and decide for yourself.  There's a political benefit in this for leaders, but more importantly there's a huge commercial boon.  The mental jellyfish is more susceptible to advertising [...]

It's up to us.  Some years ago, Ann Coulter commented about the TV series Law and Order:  Special Victims Unit:  "The scripts involve the sort of real-life crimes that are a lot more common since our country has become 'diverse,' such as child rape and incest.  But the child-rapists are never diverse, as they are in real life.  No, the perps are always blond, blue-eyed American men.  In fact, the modern American white male is the least rapey, most gentle, protective, chivalrous creature God has ever created."  This has been obvious to anyone interested in the truth for, oh, six decades or thereabouts.  People who can think follow facts to logical, reasonable conclusions.  They don't force-fit reality to a template based on doubtful assumptions that produce silly rules and policy, such as the presumption of police racism that led to the prohibition on profiling.

Common sense thought control.  Growing up in a household of teenaged girls in the late 1950s and early 1960s, I have an encyclopedic knowledge of the early days of rock and roll. [...] Connie Stevens and Edd Byrnes had a hit record, Kookie, Kookie (Lend Me Your Comb).  Connie played Cricket on Hawaiian Eye, another of the period's four Warner Brothers detective shows that weren't government propaganda unlike NCIS, Hawaii 5-0, and the various FBI sagas where the cops are always right.  I prefer Perry Mason reruns because the prosecutor is always wrong.

How Watching Television Became a Chore.  [Scroll down]  All green lights turn red, eventually.  The breathless optimism which led the entertainment business to pay any price for talent, spend vast sums building streaming services, and produce series costing hundreds of millions of dollars began to ebb in 2022, when Netflix announced its first decline in subscriptions — not a slowing, but a decline.  What followed was a seven-month labor work stoppage, a chillier reception on Wall Street, and the general sense that there was a limit to how many services the audience would pay for, and that show business, as usual, had gone way past it.  There have been massive layoffs at Disney and Warner Bros.  Discovery, production cutbacks at every major studio, and merger and selloff rumors everywhere.  Of the 10 or so streaming services that now confuse the viewer, maybe 4 or 5 will be around in a year.  Amazon and Netflix have even introduced ad-supported tiers to their subscription offerings, and every major streamer is expected to do the same, which means Hollywood is returning to its old business model.  The nightly street fights for ratings are back.

The Editor says...
The article above is a review of a new book about how tough the millennials' lives are because they can't keep track of what they "have to watch" on TV, or what they've already seen, or how much it costs to pay for streaming services with a credit card.  The Chinese could invade and overtake this country tomorrow, and these shallow simpletons wouldn't care, as long as the movies on TV were uninterrupted.  That's the rotten fruit of the public schools.

Disney+ Loses 1.3 Million Subscribers After Hiking Prices More Than 25 Percent.  Disney fans battered by inflation are hitting the "Cancel" button in droves.  The Disney+ streaming service lost 1.3 million subscribers worldwide during the last three months of 2023 as a steep price hike took a toll on fans' wallets.  In the U.S. and Canada alone, the streamer bid goodbye to 400,000 customers — Disney+'s largest-ever reported domestic decline.  The drop represents a major hit for Disney, which has been pouring billions of dollars into its streaming services without yet reaching profitability.  Domestic Disney+ subscriptions have stagnated at around 46 million for the past year, an ominous sign for a streaming service that is only four years old.

The news ad spending from pharma is a public relations lobbying tactic.  Suspicions confirmed.  Former Pharma insider tells Tucker Carlson that the true goal of pharma ads on TV is not to sell drugs but to BUY OFF the news media.  This is described as an "open secret" within the pharmaceutical industry.  [Video clip]

Majority of 'Most Inclusive TV Shows' [are] Already Canceled.  The USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative's latest list of television's most inclusive shows reveals that a majority of those shows are no longer on the air or have not been renewed. [...] "The list compiles data regarding on-screen and behind-the-camera personnel to rank the 100 most inclusive broadcast and cable series from the 2021-22 broadcast season and streaming series from 2021 to 2023," reports the Messenger. "The list also includes the top 20 producers of the most inclusive shows on TV." [...] Of the top ten inclusive cable and broadcast shows, five are no longer on the air.  Of the top ten streaming shows, six have been canceled, while two were limited series not expected to return.

How Bad Has Broadcast TV Become?  Stats Show Nobody Is Watching Anything Besides the NFL.  The plight of broadcast TV prospects has been woeful for years already.  Cord-cutting, while acknowledged and battled for some time, has actually accelerated in the past couple of years.  The carriage dispute between Disney and Spectrum in the fall of 2023 reflected this, as the cable provider was not attempting to strongarm the entertainment giant; it simply could not afford any higher fees due to customer flight.  With more people jumping to streaming, the four major networks have experienced a severe erosion, with the annual top series — outside of sports programming — not able to average more than 10 million viewers per episode.  Things were made worse with the Hollywood strike, diminishing new content, but over the past years football has ruled, and in 2023, that turned into sheer domination.  Look at this ratings statistic:  Of the top 100-rated broadcasts in 2023, according to Nielsen, 93 of those were NFL games!

Why modern TV ads are so bad.  As a happy new year present, Amazon Prime subscribers received an e-mail on January 3 warning them that "Starting February 5, Prime Video movies and TV shows will include limited advertisements.  No action is required from you, and there is no change to the current price of your Prime membership.  We will also offer a new ad-free option for an additional £2.99 per month."  At least it was a fairly neutral read.  Back in November Disney+ sent out an unnecessarily enthusiastic equivalent to the media: "Disney+ in the UK introduces its highly anticipated ad-supported subscription plan."  Highly anticipated is one way of putting it.  Grudgingly accepting the inevitable might be another.  The idea that a service you already pay for should now insist on showing you adverts outraged even those in the ad business. [...] The problem is, streaming's original business model hit the buffers.  It was fine for Netflix to borrow heavily to fund programmes based on its subscription revenue when it was the only player.  But then came Amazon and Apple and Disney+ and Peacock and Max and YouTube and Paramount Plus as well as the remaining cable platforms and, in the UK, ITVX, Sky, Britbox and BT.

Separating fact from fiction on 'climate change'.  Here are some legitimate scientific facts:  I was in Denver on December 23rd, 2023, and the national weather report was talking about how warm the country was; the temperature was 55°F, which was 12° above normal.  Then, the meteorologists showed that the record high in Denver for that date was 74° in 1901.  Then on December 24th and 25th, the high was around 30°, which was 13° below normal.  Here are the only truthful statements that can come from those facts.  Temperatures fluctuate, and Denver's temperature has been colder "than normal" on December 23rd for the last 122 straight years.

The Corruption of Everything.  Sexuality has been corrupted.  Men claim to be women and vice versa.  Drag queens set the kiddie agenda in schools, and transsexuality has become epidemic, although de-transitioners are becoming more noticeable these days.  Meanwhile, young lives have been ruined because of this fad.  In addition, no TV or streaming drama is complete without the obligatory sex scene.  This has made family watching almost impossible and even non-prudes like me squeamish.  Sex scenes are not even necessary to enhance the storylines.  It's just another way the left can degrade something beautiful and sacred.

What's Left Of Cable TV Is Slowly Going Downhill.  We just got done noting how 2023 was finally the year that streaming fully surpassed traditional TV in terms of overall paying subscribers.  A very obvious "cord cutting" trend that executives spent years claiming was fake or a fad is now the majority norm.  But what's left of traditional cable TV isn't doing so well.  Broadcast TV viewing accounted for just 20.8% of total TV watching in 2023.  And as companies increasingly funnel their resources and attention toward their own streaming services, traditional television channels are starting to look downright ugly.  Take, for example, USA Network.  Riding a high thanks to the success of great shows like Mr. Robot just a few years ago, the channel is now just a hollow shell of itself, mindlessly airing repeats.

Hollywood Trembles as Dish Network Loses Another 64K Subscribers.  The Dish Network lost 64,000 subscribers in the third quarter after losing 294,000 in the second quarter. [...] Overall, Dish lost 181,000 satellite subscribers, but it picked up 117,000 Sling TV subscribers.  Sling TV is basically Dish in a streaming form. [...] The reason this matters is because this sort of Pay TV, where suckers like you pay a ton of money for a ton of channels you never watch (whether it's cable TV, satellite TV, or streaming cable such as Sling or DirecTV+), has served as a lucrative affirmative action program for left-wing Hollywood for decades.

Disney's ABC to Air Additional 10 'Monday Night Football' Games as Writers-Actors Strikes Saps Content.  ABC will be airing more "Monday Night Football" games than originally planned.  An additional 10 games originally set to appear only on ESPN will be simulcast on ABC.  The additional games will be on network television because of the ongoing strikes by the Writers Guild of America and the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists against the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, which represents Disney, Netflix, Amazon and others.  The strikes, which have been going on for months, have delayed most of the upcoming fall television season.

The Editor says...
Nobody will force you to watch football just because no other programming is available.  You have the opportunity to turn off your TV, for once in your life, and go for a walk or read a book.  If a football game is played, and Team X defeats Team Y, how does that affect you anyway?  It doesn't.

Abortion Is Just A Symptom.  [Scroll down]  Who out of those four groups listed above do you think are the people most likely to consume pop culture? [...] It's single people.  And for a number of reasons we don't need to bore ourselves with, pretty clearly pop culture is aimed at women more than men.  Just consider the differential in consumer marketing between the sexes and it becomes obvious.  Even the NFL, when it markets merchandise during games, is trying to sell to women as often as men, and it's no longer a surprise to see things like tampon commercials running during college basketball games.  And all the action movies have women beating men to a pulp now.  They're not trying to attract male audiences with that kind of programming.  So women, and single women in particular, are the target audience for most of what corporate media — which is dominated by the Left; most of those media conglomerates who control pop culture are as woke or nearly so as Disney is — and what messaging is fed to them?  Certainly not that today's single women should aspire to be wives and mothers, that's for sure.  And yet who are the most unhappy people in America?  Single women.  Unhappy people are the Left's stock in trade.

Why Diversity?  Demographically, America is still mostly White with Blacks a 13% minority and Hispanics now the largest minority at 18%. Considering these statistics, it should be quite remarkable that nearly every television and film now features Black actors in various roles.  Commercials and magazine ads also invariably showcase persons of color.  In spite of this proof of success, we are being labeled by the Left as a racist nation.

Massive emergency alert test will sound alarms on US cellphones, TVs and radios in October.  On Wednesday, October 4 at 2:20 p.m. ET, every TV, radio and cellphone in the United States should blare out the distinctive, jarring electronic warning tone of an emergency alert, accompanied by a notice along these lines:  "This is a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System, issued by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, covering the United States from 14:20 to 14:50 hours ET.  This is only a test.  No action is required by the public."

Nit-picking fact check:  The alert is all electronic.  It does not have mass.
Massive Emergency Alert Test to Sound Alarms on all U.S. Cellphones, TVs, Radios.  A massive emergency alert test will reportedly sound alarms on all U.S. cellphones, television sets, and radios in October, in the wake of the deadly wildfires on the Hawaiian island of Maui.  On October 4, every cellphone, TV, and radio in the United States will blast a warning tone of an emergency alert, in order to ensure that the nation's Emergency Alert system is working correctly in the event of a national disaster or attack, according to a report by USA Today.

The Editor says...
The Emergency Alert System needs to be updated (again) to make participation entirely optional.  TV receivers, which are now all digital, pick up a lot of information that the viewer can ignore if he likes:  Things like program descriptions, the upcoming schedule, and station identification.  The EAS should be sent in the PSIP tables, so you can opt out if you're not interested.  Annoying monthly tests would then be eliminated, at least on television.

Cable [TV] Viewership [has] Hit [a] Record Low.  For the first time in history, overall viewership of cable TV dropped below 30 percent in July.  This is terrible news for a left-wing Hollywood that has utilized the affirmative action of cable TV to prop up its divisive, terrible, and hyper-political programming for decades.

Meet the Company Trying to Control Your Mind.  There's a group of people who control what you are allowed to see — the news you read, the videos you watch, the posts you engage with.  You haven't heard of them.  You don't know their names, but they determine, through methods both direct and indirect, whether you are allowed to be exposed to particular messages.  Their decisions can bankrupt companies, silence voices and fundamentally shift cultural norms.  Who are these people and how do they do this?  Well, at the top level you have a network of global elites who have created a universal framework full of guidelines and ratings designed to enforce "approved" narratives and punish disapproved ones.  It sounds like a conspiracy theory, except it isn't a secret and we're not guessing.  First, you have the World Economic Forum, the WEF, and their platform for shaping the future of media, entertainment and culture.  Second, you have the World Federation of Advertisers, the WFA, who represent mega-corporations that control 90% of global advertising dollars.

So, how are you all surviving the Hollywood strike?  The strike in Hollywood has been grinding on for several months now.  And while it gets plenty of media coverage, we're not hearing much about productive discussions or progress toward a resolution. [...] Assuming that you're not one of the striking members of the guilds involved or directly involved in the movie business, have you really noticed much of a change in your day-to-day life?  Because I really haven't.  I haven't been out to the movies in years, but I see there are still films playing at our local theaters.  And my normal television programming seems to be showing up as usual.

Nobody wants to pay for woke propaganda.  Get a clue.
Paramount Loses $424 Million on Streaming as TV Ad Revenue Sinks 10 Percent.  Paramount Global — the parent company of CBS, Paramount Studios, PlutoTV, and the Jason Aldean-canceling CMT — continued to see red ink flow from its streaming entertainment services, which collectively lost $424 million for the most recent quarter.  The loss marked a slight improvement from the same period last year, alleviating some investor concerns and sending shares of the media giant up in after-hours trading.  But Paramount is still on track to lose a whopping $2 billion this year on streaming as, like other legacy Hollywood studios, it continues to pour money onto the digital bonfire.

Late Night Network TV Shows Are Dead, They Just Don't Know It.  [Scroll down]  CNN Business recognizes that the days of Late-Night dominance on network TV are over.  People have multiple choices, and most people don't want to be fire-hosed with unfunny monologues and political lectures or dancers in needle costumes close to bedtime. [...] Michael Jordan said, "Republicans buy sneakers too."  What Jordan meant was:  If you intentionally alienate at least half the population, you're going to lose at least half your audience.  Bud Light learned that lesson the hard way.  Late Night TV thinks it is on a short break, and it will be business as usual.  But it won't be.

Embattled, Left-Wing CNN Surrenders and Will Stream on Max.  CNN, a far-left propaganda outlet that spreads conspiracy theories and political violence, will soon be available on the streaming service HBOMax.  This is a huge, huge deal that tells you just how much trouble CNNLOL and Warner Bros.  Discovery (WBD) are in.  See if you can locate the fantasy part... "Warner Bros.  Discovery Inc. is planning to add live programming from CNN to the Max streaming service later this year," reports Bloomberg.  This is, "according to people familiar with the matter, betting that news can help attract subscribers."

The looming existential crisis for cable news.  As recently as 2016, when Trump was narrowly elected president, just over 70 percent of all households with a TV had cable or satellite TV subscriptions.  Today the figure is just under 40 percent, according to S&P Global Market Intelligence, a research firm.  And it's dropping fast.  During the first quarter of 2023, another 2.3 million customers (or 7 percent of the total) cut the cord to traditional cable — the fastest cancel-my-subscription pace ever recorded, according to MoffettNathanson, another research firm.  The company estimates the number of homes receiving TV via cable is now about the same as it was in 1992, when the industry was still on the rise.  "Cable news is dying," wrote Alan Wolk, a veteran advertising executive and media consultant, in a recent newsletter about the TV industry.  "Not because it's become irrelevant, but because the medium it lives on, cable TV, is dying."  He predicts that cable could, "for all intents and purposes, disappear" within a decade.

Disney+ Subscriptions Plummet by 4 Million as Studio Keeps Pushing Transgender, Drag Queen Content.  Disney+ subscriptions experienced a steep drop off during the first three months of 2023, with the woke streaming service losing a whopping 4 million customers globally.  Overall, Disney's streaming business continues to bleed money with no sign of profitability in sight.  While most of the Disney+ losses resulted from the end of the Hotstar deal in India, the streamer posted an unexpected loss of 300,000 subscribers in the U.S. and Canada as more consumers wake up to Disney's relentless push of transgender and drag queen content in its entertainment for children.

Ex-FCC chief, public TV advocate Newton Minow dead at 97.  Newton N. Minow, who as Federal Communications Commission chief in the early 1960s famously proclaimed that network television was a "vast wasteland," died Saturday.  He was 97.  Minow, who received a Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2016, died Saturday at home, surrounded by loved ones, said his daughter, Nell Minow.  "He wanted to be at home," she told The Associated Press.  "He had a good life."

Why Tucker Carlson was Doomed.  Tucker Carlson's program had been on life support since December 18, 2018.  That is when "progressive" Democrats cancelled most of its sponsors.  On December 13, 2018, Tucker Carlson did a segment on the effects of massive, uncontrolled, and often illegal immigration from poor countries.  Tucker showed videos of caravans of illegal immigrants coming to our borders, and of the piles of garbage they left behind.  Tucker explained how this was hurting America in many ways.  He criticized political leaders of both parties and business elites for ignoring the problem. [...] Everything Tucker Carlson said was true, undisputed, and reasonable.  It had all been said many times by many political leaders and economic experts.  In 2016, candidate Donald Trump won widespread, mainstream support by promising to fix these problems.  Trump promised a border wall and strict enforcement of immigration laws.  Tucker Carlson was correct to remind his viewers of how the leaders of both parties were ignoring this critical issue.  However, the Left used Tucker's December 13, 2018 program to begin an orchestrated campaign to eliminate Tucker Carlson's program, and possibly the entire Fox News network, from cable television.

If you're looking for accurate history, read a book.
Egypt says Netflix's portrayal of Cleopatra as a Black woman is a 'blatant historical fallacy'.  Egypt has accused Netflix of misrepresenting history by casting a Black woman to play Cleopatra, its most famous historical figure, in a new series.  "Queen Cleopatra," which [will be] released May 10, features Adele James in the lead role, a casting decision that the streaming giant says is "a nod to the centuries-long conversation about the ruler's race" but which officials in Cairo have dismissed as "blatant historical fallacy."

Netflix's Black Cleopatra Exposed.  First, this business has been going on for a quite long time.  One of my very first college research papers (still in my possession, from 1993) was dedicated to debunking this widespread and entrenched claim that ancient Egyptians were Black — as in sub-Saharan African Black.  On the one hand, one can sympathize with the motive behind this claim: to give sub-Saharan Africans a source of pride, to present them as one of the first great civilizations.  On the other hand, you cannot warp the truth — that is, foist a lie — without negative consequences.  Those who claim ancient Egypt was Black commit precisely that one sin they supposedly most abhor: cultural appropriation.  Ancient Egypt was Egyptian; to claim otherwise, to attribute its achievements to another race or people, is not just an unconscious but very conscious form of cultural appropriation.  Little wonder not a few Egyptians are vexed.  One prominent lawyer is even suing Netflix for "blackwashing history."

Why is Netflix pretending that Cleopatra was black?  Although the name of Cleopatra's mother is unknown, there are good grounds for insisting that she was not of Egyptian descent.  The most one can claim is that some of the blood of the dynasty of Mithridates, king of Pontus (Anatolia and the Black Sea region) ran in Cleopatra's veins.  Mithridates made political use of his Persian heritage, just as Cleopatra made use of her Egyptian heritage, with one difference: Cleopatra's Egyptian ancestry was actually non-existent.  Nonetheless she appeared on carvings as an Egyptian Pharaoh making oblations to the ancient Egyptian gods, though conveniently there was also an invented god in Ptolemaic Egypt called Serapis who was a fusion of a Greek and Egyptian deity.  Cleopatra's Greekness was expressed in her daily speech — she probably talked with her Roman lovers Julius Caesar and Mark Antony in Greek, not Latin.

Canadian State TV Grooms Young Children Into Accepting Drag Queens As Normal.  Canadian State TV has taken the baton from their [weak] fascist PM and forced little kids into a room with drag queens and awkwardly groomed them into thinking it's normal for boys to wear makeup and stripper clothes.  One must ask, why not just bring in strippers?  This is sexism against real women who pole dance and grind on a stage?  Watch as the kids have trouble making eye contact and look uncomfortable in front of giant, creepy men in Kiss makeup.  [Video clip]

Netflix Quickly And Quietly Cancels A Cartoon Aimed At Very Young Children Featuring A Non-Binary Cow.  Netflix has 'quietly canceled' a woke animated kids' show which features a bison who comes out as non-binary to its grandmother.  Ridley Jones released its fifth and final season last week, which was not given any promotion, the show's creator Chris Nee claimed in a tweet.  The two-time Kidscreen Award winner and Emmy nominee series received harsh criticism online following the release of Episode 8 of Season 5, 'Herd Day' which centers around a bison called Fred, who comes out as non-binary to their grandmother, who is voiced by Cyndi Lauper.  Some viewers blasted the show on Twitter claiming Fred's non-binary identity was slipped into the show's narrative.  [Video clip]

Vacationers Are Falling Out of Love With Woke Disney Parks.  Last year it was leaked that Latoya Raveneau, an executive producer at Disney, had bragged that her team had implemented a "not-at-all-secret gay agenda" and was regularly "adding queerness" to children's programming. [...] Unfortunately, Disney has ignored these concerns and insists on producing woke content to groom children — despite a slew of movies with dismal box office numbers and streaming series that fans aren't watching.  For example, this week it was announced that Willow, the highly anticipated sequel series to the 1988 film of the same name, has been canceled after just one season.  The show featured a same-sex romance, a man portraying a female character, and the blatant juxtaposition of brave and strong female characters with dumb, cowardly, and weak male characters.

Media distortions: What's really going on in [the] effort to silence Fox News.  Reading the breathless — and increasingly unhinged — reports in the left-wing media, you might think that Fox News is staggering against the ropes and about to crumple to the canvas for the final, bloody count-out after 25 years on the air.  "Fox News is in serious hot water," squealed CNN last month, reporting on a "smoking gun" that had supposedly just been unearthed in a billion-dollar lawsuit that "represents a serious threat to the channel."  As has become the rule, the truth is dramatically different from the dishonest stories these people are telling you.  In fact, the truth is pretty much the exact opposite.  Fox News today is thriving like never before.  Week in and week out, Fox News beats its cable news "competitors" CNN and MSNBC, by massive margins.  In the rankings, Fox News programs routinely monopolize the top 15 or so slots for the most watched cable news shows.  Last Friday, for instance, MSNBC's top-rated show came in 15th place — meaning 14 Fox News programs beat MSNBC's highest-rated show.  Over at CNN, life is even more humiliating.  They are lucky if, on any given day, they have a single program break into the top 25 cable news shows.

People can be smart, talented, and complete dunces at the same time.  America is filled with overeducated twits.  We have spent trillions of dollars creating them, with the excuse that higher education has an enormous economic value for the individuals who get it and for the society in which they live.  This is true when relatively few people get specialized knowledge or training, but emphatically not true when higher ed becomes a norm. [...] Watching cable news gives you a front-row seat where you can watch this reality play out before your eyes.  Ostensibly smart people — and I am certain that most would score above average on an IQ test — routinely spout the stupidest ideas and receive plaudits for doing so.  TV shows and movies featuring good-looking and talented mimics churn out agitprop by the boatload for your entertainment on other channels.  The writers are usually idiot-savant intellectuals, and the actors tend just to be idiots who prove that when they open their mouths.

While you are watching your TV, your TV is watching you.  In February 2018, an analysis by the reputed magazine Consumer Reports announced that their testing revealed that the increasingly ubiquitous "smart TV" was capable of "watching" the viewer and keeping a detailed record of the viewer's TV watching patterns and related behaviour.  As more of smart devices find a place in the average home, there are other gadgets that can work in tandem with smart TVs to perform the task of "watching."  Consider, for instance, the Alexa device that responds to voice commands to perform simple tasks, including connecting with a smart TV to control the smart TV.  All such devices and functions rely on the fact that these devices always "surveil" their environment — watching with built-in cameras, listening with built-in microphones, and capturing data with built-in sensors.  Real people occupy the space that is under the surveillance of these devices.

Disney Gets Desperate, Punishes People for Talking Negatively About Its Live-Action 'Peter Pan' Monstrosity.  Disney is guilty of many things, but chief among them is its inability to learn from its mistakes.  In fact, it seems more adamant about buckling down on them.  Among these mistakes are its inability to make a movie without having it check certain social justice boxes.  Race swaps, feminist messaging, and woke overtones are a plague within every modern Disney movie and television show.  These political inclusions drag down box office numbers and viewership levels by leaps and bounds, and yet the House of Mouse can't stop mainlining radical leftist politics into its system.  The other thing it can't stop doing is attacking its would-be customers and blaming people's dislike of its latest releases on some sort of moral failings like sexism, racism, or homophobia.

CNN on pace to have smallest monthly audience since Obama administration among advertiser-coveted demo.  March can't come soon enough for ratings-challenged CNN.  The long-struggling network is on pace to finish February with its smallest monthly audience among the advertiser-coveted demographic of adults age 25-54 since June 2014.  "Anderson Cooper 360," "The Lead with Jake Tapper" and Wolf Blitzer's "Situation Room" are on pace to their smallest audiences since that same month among the critical demo, while "Inside Politics" is on pace for its least-viewed month among the category since August 2005.

The Editor says...
Back when CNN was shown in all the busiest airports, did the airline passengers count as viewers?

Disney Fully Caves to China for Upcoming Ant-Man Movie with Pro-Socialism Message.  Disney seems to have learned a lesson about going woke and going broke, albeit it seems to have discovered the wrong one.  They seem to have concluded that "if American audiences don't applaud radical leftist ideas, then perhaps China will."  Disney/Marvel's upcoming superhero flick "Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania" seems to do just that.  While China doesn't tolerate LGBT messaging, what it does like to hear is that political systems that lead to communism are a good thing.  This is exactly what Disney/Marvel decided to get across in the movie with a line from a character.  According to YouTube Valliant Renegade who got an early viewing of the flick, one character delivers a very serious line in the film.  "Unpopular take, but hear me out: Socialism is a good thing," says the character.  [Tweet]

No, Slaves Didn't Build This Country.  Not long ago, Disney ripped off any pretense of being a family company and dove head-first into the social justice muck with an episode of "The Proud Family" that featured a slam poetry segment that echoed the fringe critical race theory claim that "slaves built this country."  As RedState reported, it soon surfaced that the writer of the show is a very loud and proud social justice radical named Latoya Raveneau, who has a "not-at-all-secret gay agenda" and wants to introduce "queerness" to the shows your kids watch whenever she gets the chance.  She also bragged that no one at Disney is trying to stop her.  [Tweet]

How Disney Fuels Racism.  Disney, the once-great corporation universally admired in the 1950s and 1960s, is today deliberately working to help fuel racism amongst our most innocent citizens, young children.  A recent production of Disney's The Proud Family put forth yet another false narrative about our nation's history — that Black slaves "built this nation" and that Blacks today deserve reparations "for every moment we spend submerged in this systemic prejudice, racism, and white supremacy that America was founded with and still has not atoned for."  To illustrate this last point, the cartoon showcases a picture of a young Black man with his palms turned up and the words "Hands Up, Don't Shoot" written on them.  The film features predominately Black girls angrily denouncing the Founding Fathers and at one point shows the presidential images on Mount Rushmore being replaced with the likes of Harriett Tubman, Nat Turner, and Frederick Douglass — the "real" champions of freedom.  Lincoln is deliberately snubbed as the girls proclaim "we can only free ourselves... emancipation was not freedom."  No context, of course, is supplied for these outlandish charges, thus exposing the cartoon for the racist propaganda that it is.

Disney Actually Just Laid Off 2.4 Million People — Including Me.  Disney shares are up Thursday on news that the company is cutting costs and letting go of 7,000 employees.  But the real news is that the formerly family-friend studio lost 2.4 million streaming subscribers — and has no plan to end the woke programming that drove them away. [...] Do you know who isn't getting the boot?  Disney+ producer Latoya Raveneau, who admits to pushing a "gay agenda" by "adding queerness" to children's programming wherever she can.  Or Jim Morris, who heads up Disney's Pixar division.  Pixar has been slowly losing steam since Disney purchased the computer animation studio from Steve Jobs in 2006, and its last three films — Luca, Turning Red, and Lightyear — have all been massive flops.  Lightyear might have been the worst of the lot.

Two different ways to counter the left's ugly racial obsessions.  Since 1828, Democrats have seen race as their path to power and wealth.  They started with slavery and then went to Jim Crow, the spoils from the Civil Rights Movement, and the political cudgel of Critical Race Theory.  Democrats never see a whole human being; they just see color.  Most recently, Disney's execrable The Proud Family introduced children to reparations, "systemic" racism, White supremacy, and White privilege. [...] It's all there: America was built on slavery (it wasn't), Lincoln didn't free the slaves, Blacks are owed reparations, White supremacy controls America, race hatred, race hatred, and race hatred.  In another segment, we also get White privilege and police hatred (along with a dollop of gay rights because the Black man is speaking to his White partner):  [Video clip]  Children are malleable and impressionable.  If a hip Disney cartoon says this, it must be true.

Hunter Biden, victim.  Conservatives wonder why Hollywood no longer makes original, family-friendly TV shows and movies.  The reason is the writing talent today is so thin that the movie and TV studios are reduced to playing to the LGBT crowd or taking old movies and slapping POC faces on the characters.  Sometimes both.  Audiences are bored by it.  They want to be entertained, not indoctrinated.

Disney+ cartoon features 'Slaves Built This Country' song.  Disney's "Proud Family" cartoon series featured kids singing a song about reparations that America "owes" to Black Americans and how slaves "built" the U.S.  The "Proud Family" is an American cartoon series that originally ran from September 2001 to August 2005. Since then, the show was revived and is now titled "The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder", which was released in 2022.  In the show's recent episode, "Juneteenth", which aired on Feb. 1, 2023, kids discover that their town's founder was a slave owner.  The song in the episode opens with the line, "This country was built on slavery which means slaves built this country."  This line was repeated continuously throughout the show.

More Chickens Come Home to Roost for Chris Wallace and His CNN Show.  Chris Wallace fled Fox to go to CNN last year, right as the shake-up at CNN began. [...] Fox viewers didn't exactly miss him when he was gone.  Indeed, they enjoyed when — after leaving Fox — Wallace seemed to get his just deserts when the reason he went — a promise from Jeff Zucker to do a weekday interview program on CNN+ — imploded.  Zucker got booted and CNN+ predictably tanked, which left Wallace at sea and caused him to have meltdowns. [...] So how has his show done since?  Has it recovered?  No, it just had its worst ratings yet.

Hosts 'Growing Frustrated' As CNN Sees Worst Ratings Week in Nine Years.  It's not news, necessarily, that CNN is not keeping up with the post-Trump administration times we live in — despite a change in course directed by new boss Chris Licht following a merger between CNN's parent company and Discovery.  But when tanking ratings continue to sink to levels not seen in nearly a decade, there's bound to be some talk of whether the network is salvageable at all.

'News management' is a fact of media life.  [Scroll down] Sponsors pulling their ads in the wake of some disaster is not new.  Back in the day, I was instructed to skip all airline commercials if a plane crash was in the news.  Today, it's the news that's skipped in deference to the sponsor.  For years, the news reported most mass murderers were on some form of behavior-altering psychotropic drugs.  But the drugs were never named despite the fact so many of the killers were taking the same drugs.  "Why not" should be clear now.  "Managing the news" to remove stories embarrassing to sponsors, politicians and other 'celebrities' was denied by broadcast and print media outlets for decades.  Recent events involving the President and Hunter Biden, the Paul Pelosi incident, and now, the Pfizer Drugs executive 'admission' offer proof news management is a fact of media life.  The danger to individual freedom and welfare comes when facts that present a danger to health and possibly national security 'manage' to find a way out of the headlines and into the ignorance of those who need to know.

We Live In An 'Idiocracy' In Which Violence Of Epic Proportions Has Become The Norm.  If you put garbage in, you are going to get garbage out.  So we should not be surprised that a culture which glorifies violence ends up being saturated with it.  For instance, have you heard of the Power Slap League?  Apparently the goal is for "competitors" to slap one another as hard as they possibly can, and the damage that they have been doing to one another is absolutely horrifying.  [Video clip] [...] You would have to be a complete idiot to compete in such a competition.  But you would have to be an even bigger idiot to be entertained by it.  Unfortunately, millions of Americans are greatly entertained by this sort of a thing, and that is because we truly do live in an "idiocracy".

Virtue-signaling tennis networks erase players' flags.  As I relaxed on my sofa to watch the opening round of the Australian Tennis Open on ESPN+, I noticed that during some of the matches, the score box at the lower left-side of the screen had some blank white boxes that normally displayed the flag of the player's country.  The blank white boxes were next to players from Russia and Belarus.  Then I went on the NBC Sports website to check on scores, and after each name on the brackets the player's country was abbreviated in parentheses — except for players from Russia and Belarus.  I then checked the official Australian Open results page, and all of the players except the Russians and Belarusians had their country's flags displayed next to their names.  And now, Tennis Australia has banned Russian and Belarusian flags at the open.  The Russians and Belarusians at the Melbourne tennis center are apparently players without a country.

The Editor says...
How's that gonna work on the TV coverage of the Olympics?

70% of drugs advertised on TV are of "low therapeutic value," study finds.  Some new drugs sell themselves with impressive safety and efficacy data.  For others, well, there are television commercials.  According to a new study, a little over 70 percent of prescription drugs advertised on television were rated as having "low therapeutic value," meaning they offer little benefit compared with drugs already on the market.  The study, appearing in JAMA Open Network, aligns with longstanding skepticism that heavily promoted drugs have high therapeutic value.  "One explanation might be that drugs with substantial therapeutic value are likely to be recognized and prescribed without advertising, so manufacturers have greater incentive to promote drugs of lesser value," said the authors, which include researchers at Harvard, Yale, and Dartmouth.

What is the real reason for the overrepresentation of black people in TV advertising?  There was so many complaints about under representation of minorities that they are now weighted in the opposite direction.  However, they have made a fatal error:  They are still under the illusion that an advert can cover all eventualities if they stick in ... Black person, Asian person, LGBT, disability etc etc etc.  But apparently there are no white families in UK these days.  Come to think of it there are no Black families either.  Hang on, there are no Asian families.  There are no gay families just gay couples.  There are no heterosexual couples just families.  There are just a lot of mixed couples with mixed children who all seem to have a disability or two.

Why is it only black people in commercial any more?  Advertisers have been pummeled by activists about show blacks and showing them in the best light possible.  So the black guy is the boss, the black family is happy in a nice house.  A young whole woman will be shown with a black male or more rarely with a black female.  A white guy is the butt of the joke as people will be outraged of it were a black guy, a woman or anyone else but a white man.  Young white guys don't watch TV anymore.  Like ever.  They are on the internet.  Blacks watch a lot of TV.  But advertisers are in a rut and show 13% of the population as if they are 50% of the population.

Why does every commercial have black people?  There aren't THAT many black people in America but every commercial on TV features a black person.  My theory is every commercial independently doesn't want to offend black people so they all put a black person in it but when you see them back to back it looks like all commercials are about black people.

Let's talk about diversity in TV commercials.  If you only watched TV, you might think that white people (including fumbling, bumbling white males) are a minority in the United States.  Depending on the commercial break, you might even guess that the population is nearly 70 percent black and 30 percent "other." [...] If I didn't know better, I'd say it almost feels like many of these commercials were written with white people in mind, and then black actors were hired for the sake of "diversity."  We see it all the time:  the upper-middle-class family wearing upper-middle-class clothes, living in an upper-middle-class home and doing upper-middle-class things, like attending piano recitals, or gaming with pals on razor-thin laptops, or having a backyard birthday party complete with pink princess decorations and a tent and giant bounce-house. [...] While we're on the subject of equity in advertising, why is it that TV commercials portray white men as feminized, stupid, stay-at-home dopes who can't make it through the day without the help of women, children, and people of color?  This is, of course, assuming that advertisers bother to portray white men at all.

The Editor says...
It's not just television.  Every pop-up ad on the internet features a happy black person with bright eyes and perfect teeth.  Every helpful brochure from your doctor's office, every magazine ad, every billboard on the highway — if they show anyone's face at all, it's almost always a black person, living a wonderful life with perfectly white teeth and living in an immaculately clean house.  And when two or more people are shown, they're never the same race.

'The View' is the biggest source of misinformation in America.  Barbara Walters died last week at 93, but the legendary journalist's legacy lives on:  "The View," the daytime-TV talker she created in 1997, is the most-watched — and most-talked-about — show in its genre.  Some legacy, though: What Walters envisioned as "women of different generations, backgrounds and views" discussing "the topics of the day, mixing humor with intelligent debate," devolved after she departed as co-host in 2014 into a four-against-one daily catfight with few laughs and even fewer smarts.  The New York Times calls it "the most important political TV show in America."  If so, America is in trouble — because "The View" is the biggest source of misinformation in the country.  More than 2.4 million people watch "The View" every day — and are less informed for it every day.  The show's moderator is one of its worst offenders.

Here's a better idea:  cancel the whole show.
Calls Grow For ABC To Fire Whoopi Goldberg — Replace Her With Rosie O'Donnell On 'The View'.  Earlier this week, we reported that Whoopi Goldberg was being slammed for making more "offensive" comments about the Holocaust and once again suggesting that it was not originally about race.  While she has since apologized, the backlash against her has continued, and calls are growing for ABC to fire her from "The View" and replace her with Rosie O'Donnell.

The Ads Tell the Story.  To take only one such instance of social manipulation, consider the ads that punctuate every TV program from game shows, sitcoms, crime series, dramas, documentaries, and sports events.  What we are observing is another form of Vance Packard's "hidden persuaders," promos not only selling a product by attaching it to associated images of glamor or accomplishment or by flashing subliminal messages, as Packard documented, but by introducing new social norms associated with the dogmas of "social justice," identity politics, racial preferences, and gender equity.  Thus, many of these ads while touting a product will feature gay and lesbian couples, sometimes even with kids.  They will show gracile women working heavy machinery and driving macho trucks or instructing clueless young men how to grow their incomes.  Moreover, a plurality of ads having to do with kitchen appliances, investment strategies, leisure holidays, and the purchase of vehicles involve an almost exclusive proportion of mixed marriages.  If we are to judge by frequency and repetition, we would have to conclude that such marriages outnumber by orders of magnitude any other nuptial arrangement.

TV Abortion Plotlines Skyrocket as Hollywood Doubles Down on Roe v.  Wade Outrage.  Hollywood put more abortion plotlines in its TV shows in 2022 than in any of the past five years, as the studios and networks ratcheted up the outrage machine following the Supreme Court's reversal of Roe v. Wade.  There were at least 60 abortion plotlines or mentions of abortion in 52 distinct TV shows from January to December 2022 — more than any other year since 2016, according to the annual "Abortion Onscreen" report from the pro-abortion organization Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health.  That outnumbers the 47 abortion plotlines in 42 shows in 2021, the report said.A third of abortion plotlines on TV portrayed barriers to access, compared to only two in 2021.

Disney still all-in on "queering" their content.  No surprise here.  Disney may be making noises about returning to mainstream entertainment, but noises are noises and action is action.  And Disney's actions are still 100% queer ideology.  There may have been a changing of the guards at the top of the company, but Disney simply replaced the guy who inherited an ideological mess with the one who created it in the first place.  Ed wrote about the leadership shift and why it didn't mean what many on the right thought it did about a return to family-friendly content.  Evidence that Disney is going full speed ahead in their quest to "queer" their content is on display with the release of their new young adult fantasy series "Willow," a streaming series remake of an 80's era YA movie.  [Tweet]  In an interview with Polygon, an online magazine, producer Jonathan Kasdan explains how pleased he is to take the next step of bringing queer content to Disney's predominantly young audience.

Get rid of your TV.  In my younger years, I had a dog named Kiki.  She was my best friend. [...] Sometime after she passed on, hopefully going to big dog heaven, where the squirrels are slightly slower, I gave away my television and never replaced it.  It has been a bit over thirty years since I've owned one.  This has been a great joy.  These days, we worry a lot about misinformation and disinformation as well as the selective withholding of information that does not support a certain narrative.  The commiecrats worry that conservatives may occasionally communicate an idea to somebody, and worse, that that person might consider the idea, looking for truth and value.  Conservatives, for their part, subject themselves to the cancel culture by simply offering their opinions in public.  I suspect that the ardent television-watcher is subjected to a storm of propaganda from the left.  The lying, cheating commiecrats have control of almost all the media air time.  This control extends to radio and print, but the most damaging of these platforms is likely the television set.

U.S Cable TV Companies Quietly Bled Another 785,000 Paying Customers Last Quarter.  The "cord cutting" phenomenon the cable and broadcast sector long denied or downplayed simply shows no sign of slowing down.  According to the latest data by Leichtman Research, the top U.S. pay TV companies lost another 785,000 subscribers last quarter as younger Americans continue to shift to streaming video, over the air antennas, or free services like TikTok and YouTube.  While alternative pay TV services (streaming on demand and live streaming) services saw a 701,000 subscriber jump during the third quarter, traditional cable companies lost an estimated 981,674 subscribers depart for greener pastures.  Phone companies (AT&T, Verizon) and traditional satellite TV companies (DirecTV, Dish) lost 701,000 paying subscribers during the quarter.  Leichtman's analysis never really answers why consumers continue to flee traditional cable (high prices, bloated channel bundles, [senseless] fees, comically terrible customer service), instead only focusing on the fact that this was the third best quarter for streaming services in history.

Audiences simply aren't buying attempts to force them to watch LGBT characters in popular media.  A year ago, I wrote a short column on DC Comics' decision to create a new series making America's iconic Man of Steel ... a bisexual.  CNN published a glowing report on how the new Superman was a more open-minded hero who had moved on from Lois Lane and now also crushed on male reporters. [...] People, as it turns out, didn't much care for the idea, and DC Comics is cancelling the series after only 18 issues due to poor sales. [...] Superman's bisexual successor is not the only sign that audiences are getting fatigued with the relentless Pride Parade of LGBTetc characters in familiar franchises and new films, which we are told we must enjoy lest we evidence our homophobia.  Another example is the alleged "romantic comedy" Bros, in which men flirt and couple with one another and the realities of gay subcultures are, for the most part, safely avoided.

MSNBC depicts CDC director Rochelle Walensky as black, using bizarre skin color alteration on live TV.  The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Rochelle Walensky is back in the news, this time as a "black" woman.  Walensky appeared on MSNBC this week in blackface (and black chest) to push Americans to drag their children in for the all-new two-in-one "vaccine" for the Fauci Flu (covid) and seasonal influenza.  "There's no way to know how bad a flu season is going to be, um, but we are, um, hearing potential for it to be a severe season," a really dark Walensky stated to the host.  "And we would encourage vaccines."  The Rachel Dolezal wannabe went on to urge people over the age of 65 to get the "high-dose" vaccine.  She then urged parents to vaccinate children as young as six.  "You can get your flu vaccine and, uh, your covid vaccine at the same time," she added.

The Editor says...
I'm a little surprised that such a thing hasn't been tried before.  Here's how it works, or at least how it could be done:  You're probably familiar with the idea of a green screen chroma-key.  This technique has been used (and over-used) since about 1970, most commonly to make a TV weather man appear to be standing in front of a giant map.  Earliest use of the chroma-key in local TV stations featured a large blue wall.  About 1980, everybody switched to bright green, because back then, the green channel in a color TV camera had the best signal-to-noise ratio.  Sometime around 2010, the manufacturers of high-end TV studio cameras began to include a skin detail feature which is essentially a skin-tone chroma-key:  Wherever the camera sees flesh, especially in the middle of the raster, it turns the "detail" sharpness way down, to make everyone's skin look flawlessly smooth.  (Without this feature, High-Definition cameras are brutally honest about skin texture.)  Anyway, the detail-killer could be used to lower the black level, i.e., to make all skin darker.  I've never heard of that being done before, but the technology exists.  When MSNBC is called out on the incident described in the article above, they'll probably blame it on a technical malfunction — unless they brag about it.  As developers say, it's either a bug or a new feature.

Democrats Really Do Ruin Everything.  [Scroll down] Jeffrey Dahmer was a murderous cannibal.  He was also gay.  His victims were gay men.  He lured them into his apartment with promises of sex.  A new Netflix series accurately portrays those facts.  The LGBTQ Crew is not happy about that and demanded Netflix remove the LGBTQ tag from it.  Netflix, naturally, complied.

Disney Hires a Drag Queen for Its New Superhero Show.  At least one future Disney "princess" may actually be a man.  Disney has hired drag queen Shea Coulee to play an unspecified role in its new Marvel superhero TV show, Ironheart.  The show will also include Zoe Terakes, a "non-binary" actress.  Ironheart tells the story of an Iron Man-like superhero.  It will likely debut next year.  The show isn't the only Disney series promoting new gender identities.  In another Disney show, Baymax, an animated transgender character appears.  On previous occasions, Disney executives have announced a "not-so-secret gay agenda" and efforts to add "queerness" to children's programming.  Disney has a company pledge to make 50 percent of its onscreen characters sexual and racial minorities.

The Reason Social Justice-Infected Shows Fail Isn't Racism, It's Actually Much Simpler.  The age of woke entertainment built its castle on the sand and with every new attempt to build on it, the castle becomes more and more unstable.  Studios reach for excuses as to why, and it typically involves blaming fans and viewers.  The list of social justice-infected movies and shows is a long one.  Ghostbusters 2016, Netflix's live-action Cowboy Beebop, Netflix's live-action Resident Evil show, She-Hulk, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and now Amazon's bastardization of Tolkien's Lord of the Rings with its "Rings of Power" show.  Each of these shows abused the source material, insulted the fans with awful accusations of bad character, and then wondered why audiences didn't show up to support it.

It's not especially brave to boycott an already dying TV channel.
Liberals Turn Against CNN, Launch Viral '#BoycottCNN' Twitter Campaign.  On Monday evening, the hashtag "#BoycottCNN" made Twitter's coveted trending list, which means a lot of people are seeing it.  I nearly brushed it off thinking it was probably just a typical conservative-led boycott of the network.  I was wrong.  It was way better than that.  The backlash from the apparent shift to a moderate editorial direction under new CNN chairman and CEO Chris Licht has clearly struck a nerve with its diehard, shrinking progressive audience.  They're absolutely steaming mad.

Surprising No One, Netflix Cancels Show About Woke Team Of Gay Secret Agents.  Netflix has decided to cancel the cartoon "Q-Force" after just one season, surprising literally no one other than most of us who'd never heard of it.  The premise of the adult cartoon was pretty bizarre from the start.  The story follows Steve Maryweather, portrayed by Sean Hayes, a previously "well-loved" employee at the American Intelligence Agency (AIA), who is reassigned to a West Hollywood department after coming out as gay, according to Collider.  Steve decides to build out the WeHo department of the AIA with members of LGBTQ+ community.  AIA refuses to give Steve's team any missions, which is in keeping with WeHo's decision to defund the police so one can assume that extends to fictional agencies too?  Most crimes don't get prosecuted in California anyway thanks to their predominantly Soros-funded district attorneys, so why would this fictional intelligence agency waste their finances?  Regardless of the premise, "Q-Force" earned a 78% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes.  However, just over 200 people even bothered to rate the show.

The Left Keeps Injecting Politics Into Movies and TV. This Is Entertainment?  [Scroll down]  This is garbage, pure and simple.  But it's a frustratingly familiar type of garbage.  Like a swarm of perpetually outraged locusts, the left devours cultural properties, including "Star Wars" and "The Lord of the Rings."  The end result is always desiccated husk, devoid of any of the charm that attracted people to the show or movie in the first place.  Dogma replaces fun, and each piece of media regurgitates the same tired talking points.  And when fans of the original property are rightfully angry that their shows are being hijacked to disseminate propaganda, they're accused of gatekeeping or bigotry.  But it's not gatekeeping or bigoted to expect your show based on "The Lord of the Rings" to, you know, resemble "The Lord of the Rings."  On that point specifically, the "Rings of Power" team has blatantly demonstrated it couldn't care less about Tolkien's story and is only interested in wearing the property like a skin suit.

The Fall of CNN: A Cautionary Tale.  If you want to see what a company committing suicide looks like, look no further than CNN.  Its profits have slipped below $1B for the first time in years and its viewership has fallen below 640K — about a quarter of the 2.4 million nightly viewers of Big Bang Theory reruns.  CNN+ was supposed to be the company's path to future riches.  It was cancelled only one month after its launch — much to the delight of Chris Wallace critics. [...] CNN should have learned that around the clock anti-Trump coverage is not a sustainable programing strategy for a company that claims to be a news network.  CNN's viewers are leaving, and its revenue is following them out the door.  Apparently, it was beyond Jeff Zucker's understanding of the industry that you can't sell time on a network that nobody watches.  It turns out advertisers are a bunch of greedy capitalists that don't understand the social importance of the work being done by the Commie News Network.

Nobody wants to pay for a subscription to a propaganda channel.
Entertainment Companies Start Dumping Woke Content As Viewership Tumbles.  They'll never admit to it openly, but getting woke makes companies broke.  Hollywood has been overtly progressive for decades, but this is nothing compared to the social justice invasion since 2016.  After around five years of an unprecedented leftist onslaught on the entertainment industry we are finally starting to see the rampage lose oxygen.  There's a weakness within woke productions that the alternative media has been pointing out for a long time — They don't make a profit because they are designed to appease a minority of leftist zennials that don't have any money.  This is the wrong crowd to rely on for cash flow.

MSNBC flops in May:  Network had smallest monthly audience since 1999 among viewers coveted by advertisers.  MSNBC finished May with its smallest monthly audience among the advertiser-coveted demographic of adults age 25-54 since November 1999, and its lowest-rated month among the demo in primetime since May 2004, as Rachel Maddow's reduced schedule continues to harm the network.  "Record-low ratings going back to 1999 is almost always a bad sign seeing as how they were then a fledgling network and far less ubiquitous in our bodypolitic," NewsBusters managing editor Curtis Houck told Fox News Digital about MSNBC, which launched in 1996.  Houck believes that nowadays, liberals have a multiple options when looking to "be spoon-fed their talking points" but MSNBC honchos "need to figure something out unless NBCUniversal is content with perpetually rearranging deck chairs on their version of The Titanic."

Fox News Dominates Cable News Ratings In May — Despite Banning Any Mention of "2000 Mules".  The American people are turning away from the hard left left networks.  Fox News dominated the ratings again in May — drawing 2.27 million viewers in primetime.  This was despite the network banning any mention of "2000 Mules" on its airwaves.  MSNBC averaged 1.02 million — CNN averaged only 660,000.

ESPN Loses 10% of Subscribers, Down 8 Million Since 2020.  ESPN continues to lose subscribers at an advanced rate, losing another ten percent in fiscal 2021 which amounts to a loss of eight million subscribers since 2020.  Disney notes in its annual report that Nielsen numbers show the network counted well over 100 million subscribers ten years ago.  But with its latest report, ESPN finds the network only counts 76 million today, according to DEADLINE.  Further, ESPN counted 84 million subscribers at the end of fiscal 2020.  But in its latest report, the cable network only counts 76 million now.

Netflix Cancels Some of Its Woke Shows, Signaling Its Backpedal From Leftism Is Well Underway.  Netflix is doing something other companies are proving to have difficulty doing:  learning.  If you get woke, there's a 99 percent chance you're going to go broke and Netflix saw the signs.  Not that they were hard to read.  The public overwhelmingly didn't approve of "Cuties," the movie that featured underage girls dancing in provocative ways.  They were also forced to cancel the live-action adaptation of "Cowboy Bebop" after three weeks.  Most importantly, they saw how the left attempted to launch a full-scale war against Dave Chappelle after he had dared make fun of the holiest of the leftist holies, and the public overwhelmingly sided with the comedian while the leftist's pet cause only got tepid support.  It made it very clear which side the company needed to be on when it came to creativity.

Netflix cancels Ibram X. Kendi's animated movie 'Antiracist Baby'.  Netflix is canceling several animated projects, including Ibram X. Kendi's film "Antiracist Baby," as the streaming service has been forced to cut costs and lay off workers due to dwindling subscriber numbers.  Ava DuVernay's animated project "Wings of Fire" has also been given the ax, according to Variety, which cited sources as saying that the decision was creative rather than financial.  Netflix recently announced that it was laying off 150 workers, or some 2% of its workforce, after reporting weak earnings in the first quarter of this year.

The Editor says...
I wonder if anyone in the upper management of Netflix has yet drawn a connection between their perverse anti-American propaganda and "dwindling subscriber numbers."  Probably not.

Netflix Sees a Sharp Rise in Long-Term Customers Cancelling Their Subscriptions.  Netflix is seeing a sharp rise in the number of long-term customers cancelling their subscriptions, signaling a new threat to the left-wing streamer's financial stability, according to a new study.  Consumers who had been Netflix subscribers for more than three years accounted for just 5 percent of total cancelations at the start of 2022, but that figure jumped to 13 percent in the first quarter of 2022. Also in the first quarter, total cancellations spiked to 3.6 million people, compared with around 2.5 million in the previous five quarters.

Netflix announces it is cutting 150 jobs amid a slowdown in revenue and loss of 200,000 subscribers.  Netflix is cutting about 150 jobs after announcing that it's lost 200,000 subscribers since the end of last year.  Most of the employees being laid off are based in the US and work in creative positions across film and TV.  The California-based streaming service is even eliminating some executive positions in its original content departments, sources told Deadline.  A few director-level executives may also be on their way out.

Netflix Goes Scorched Earth on Woke Employees.  When you go woke, you run the risk of going broke, and apparently, Netflix is pulling the ripcord before the streaming giant good and fully faceplants.  Following a financial report that saw its stock price plummet 37 percent in late April, Netflix is now moving to adjust its culture and reengage its frustrated audience.  A new "culture memo" dealing with "artistic expression" has been sent out, and it's clearly a shot at the woke staffers who have been sandbagging the company.

MSNBC Removes Host Chuck Todd's 'Meet The Press Daily' From Cable Lineup.  MSNBC and NBC are moving Chuck Todd's "Meet the Press Daily" to a streaming-only option for viewers and changing the name to "Meet the Press Now."  "Meet the Press," hosted by Chuck Todd, is moving from the 1 p.m. EST cable slot to 4 p.m. slot on the streaming service, according to The Hollywood Reporter.  MSNBC is reportedly rebranding the 1 p.m. hour to "MSNBC Reports" and correspondent and anchor Chris Jansing will lead the new show, the outlet continued.

Netflix Hit with Shareholder Lawsuit Alleging Executives Misled Investors Amid Subscriber Exodus.  As its stock tanks and its subscribers continue to flee, Netflix is now facing a shareholder lawsuit accusing the left-wing streamer of misleading investors about the difficulties the company was experiencing in retaining customers.  The lawsuit, which was filed Tuesday [5/3/2022] in a northern California federal court, covers Netflix shareholders who bought the stock between October 19, 2021 and April 19, 2022 — a period during which the value of the stock plummeted a stunning 67 percent.

Breaking the bank to sign the King and Queen of Woke — Harry and Meghan — is the biggest mistake in Netflix history.  What's that I hear?  I think it's the howls of rage and fury emanating from a Montecito mansion in the hours after Meghan Markle had the crushing realisation that pretending to be a Hollywood 'Duchess' means nothing in the cutthroat world of American TV.  Netflix, which just 14 months ago at the height of the pandemic subscriber boom, employed the Sussexes in an unprecedented exclusive telly deal worth tens of millions, has had a crushing realisation of its own:  Viewers of the once-great streaming platform aren't going to keep paying to be force fed a succession of painfully PC dramas about pregnant men, series campaigning for us to stop eating meat and fish, and documentaries telling white people how we're racist.

Report: Netflix Axes Series from Meghan Markle and Prince Harry as Subscribers Flee.  As subscribers continue to flee in droves, the left-wing Netflix is taking an axe to its original programming development in an effort to rein in spending.  The newest casualty:  Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, whose planned animated series has reportedly been cancelled.  Netflix has dropped Pearl, the working title of the animated series that was created by Meghan Markle through Archewell Productions, the company the Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry set up at Netflix last year, according to a report from Deadline.

This chart might explain why CNN Plus shut down early.  Now that CNN has made the decision to shut down its new streaming baby CNN Plus less than a month after it went live, you might be wondering what went wrong.  A report from Axios has a chart that shows the streaming service was far from reaching its projected year-end viewership goal, and would have burned through $400 million in 2022 alone to try to get there. [...] Streaming isn't for everyone, but CNN was setting itself up to make a lot of money.  CNN Plus was supposed to make a profit of $800 million per year by 2030, an even bigger cash cow than its cable network is today (which makes about $500 million in annual profit, Axios estimates).

Whites trashed.  Alright, let's talk about Racism.  Microaggressions, too.  I say a study is needed to determine why movie-villains have almost always been portrayed as white people.  Whether it be The Joker, The Penguin, The Riddler, Poison Ivy, Egghead from the Batman series, Max Zorin (Arayan superman), Dr. No, Auric Goldfinger, Alec Trevelyan, or Francisco Scaramanga in the James Bond flicks, it's always the same:  the bad dude — or dudette in the case of Poison Ivy — is white.  What's up with that?  The Master, Rassilon, and other unsavory characters in Britain's Dr. Who series are also Caucasian. [...] As for television... well, almost every evil character is a white man, often a businessman.  And pretty much all the dumb ones, too.  Even on television commercials men are continually made to look like incompetent, bumbling, ignorant fools, people who couldn't possibly figure out how to properly scrub a toilet even if they could be made to do so.

CNN Thought It Had 29 Million 'Superfans' Who'd Pay for CNN+.  In the days since the unceremonious demise of CNN+ after a short-lived existence, more information has emerged about what CNN's executives hoped to do with its streaming platform... and it's incredibly on-brand for the cable news outlet that claims to be the "most trusted."  According to presentations obtained and reported by Axios, CNN+ was expected to become more profitable than CNN's cable channel that typically makes around $500 million profit per year.  As has become clear since last week's announcement that CNN+ would be shut down, its new parent company Warner Bros.  Discovery was not enthused by the entry into premium streaming content.  "The service also did not fit in with Discovery's broader plans to create one giant, general entertainment streaming service," Axios noted.

The Editor says...
The person who over-estimated the audience by 100-to-1 (or perhaps a thousand to one) is obviously someone fairly high in the organization, and that person should have been fired on the same day CNN+ was discontinued.

Woke Chickens Come Home to Roost at Disney, Netflix Twitter, CNN.  For more than a decade, I've been telling you CNN's power is a mirage.  CNN is not popular.  In fact, CNN is a punchline out here in the real world.  Mention CNN in a waiting room, and people start to laugh.  What artificially props CNN up is a left-wing affirmative action program called "cable TV," where suckers like you continue to pay a fortune every month to cable channels that hate you.  That's how CNN stays in business.  It has nothing to do with merit.  I also told you that if CNN was ever forced to survive in a real market economy, it could not survive.  Well, CNN+ was forced to survive in the real market economy and lasted only three weeks.

The Reason CNN Plus Failed Isn't What You Think.  Strange as it sounds, CNN+ could have succeeded.  The streamer's rapid failure is a reminder that CNN fundamentally misunderstands its own brand.  The network can't be neutral because its definition of neutrality is out of step with the public's — and it can't be ideological for the exact same reason.  This left CNN+ with nowhere to go.

CNN+ shutdown leaves axed staffers 'aghast and furious'.  The shocking announcement that CNN+ would be shutting down operations less than a month after it launched has left out-of-work staffers "aghast and furious" over the company's handling of what sources inside the network call "an absolute debacle." [...] CNN+ — which one insider estimated the network spent $300 million launching and between $100 million and $200 million advertising — will cease streaming for good at the end of the month.

CNN+ to Shut Down Just One Month after Launch.  Warner Bros.  Discovery is shutting down the CNN+ streaming service on April 30, just a month after it first launched, according to multiple reports.  CNN's incoming CEO Chris Licht informed Executive Vice President Andrew Morse, who oversees CNN+, of his decision to terminate the service, sources told Variety, which first reported the impending closure.  The closure was subsequently announced in a CNN article.  Morse will leave CNN following a transition period, while other staffers were notified of the closure at a Thursday meeting.

Warner Bros.  Discovery Expected To Shut Down CNN+.  Warner Bros.  Discovery is shutting down CNN+ as of April 30, marking one of the company's first significant maneuvers since completing the merger of WarnerMedia and Discovery less than two weeks ago.  The decision puts an abrupt end to an ambitious and aggressive venture that people familiar with the matter say rankled David Zaslav, the new CEO of Warner Bros.  Discovery, from the start.  Zaslav was annoyed by the decision of Jason Kilar, the former CEO of WarnerMedia when it was owned by AT&T, to launch CNN+ just weeks before Discovery was set to take over operations.  But he was unable to communicate with WarnerMedia management, owing to legal boundaries surrounding the merger process.

CNN Subscriber Platform Will Shut Down April 30th.  [A] more assertive, deliberate, strategic and determined MAGA movement is being noticed everywhere.  There are new combat rules in response to the leftist onslaught toward our children.  Cold anger has turned hot.  Some have called this 'Dark MAGA'!  Meanwhile, Leftist favorite Netflix, is hemorrhaging users and just lost 30% of its value.  Spotify just refused to renew the leftist idols, the Obamas.  The ultra-leftist Disney Corp just lost their special district status in Orlando, and leftist Twitter is on the verge of a hostile 'free speech' takeover by Elon Musk.  The political culture wars are raging, Biden's support amid the American people is collapsing even more, and Dark MAGA is not relenting.  Now this:  CNN spent $300 million to launch a subscriber-based platform that didn't even survive a month.

Netflix stock plunges 37% on shocking subscriber loss.  Shares of Netflix plunged 37% Wednesday [4/20/2022] after the streamer reported earnings Tuesday evening that showed it lost subscribers for the first time in more than 10 years.  The results and weak outlook led to a wave of downgrades from Wall Street on fears over the company's long-term growth potential.  Netflix said several headwinds are affecting growth, including increasing competition and the lifting of pandemic restrictions.  The video streamer's business benefited from coronavirus stay-at-home orders, with more people seeking out digital entertainment.  But in recent months people have been spending less time on digital platforms as vaccines rolled out and mandates eased.

Netflix shares crater 23% after company reports it lost subscribers for the first time in more than 10 years.  Netflix on Tuesday reported a loss of 200,000 subscribers during the first quarter — its first decline in paid users in more than a decade — and warned of deepening trouble ahead.  The company's shares cratered more than 25% in extended hours after the report on nearly a full day's worth of trading volume.  Fellow streaming stocks Roku, Spotify and Disney also tumbled in the after-hours market after Netflix's brutal update.  Netflix is forecasting a global paid subscriber loss of 2 million for the second quarter.  The last time Netflix lost subscribers was October 2011 when it shed 800,000 paid users.

The Editor says...
Use your browser's search (or find) feature and look for "Netflix" on this page, and you'll see several reasons for the company's decline.

Report: Chris Wallace 'Having Daily Breakdowns' over CNN+ Failure.  Former Fox News anchor Chris Wallace has reportedly been breaking down in front of his crew over the "miserable failure" of the new streaming platform CNN+.  The launch of CNN+ has been anything but stellar, according to the latest statistics, with the platform drawing in close to 10,000 daily viewers and even fewer subscribers. [...] Wallace announced his decision to leave Fox News for CNN+ this past December, saying he looked forward to the "new freedom."  "I am thrilled to join CNN+.  After decades in broadcast and cable news, I am excited to explore the world of streaming," he said.

The Editor says...
CNN has greatly over-estimated its popularity by introducing another parallel channel for which there was obviously no demand.  Chris Wallace has also badly over-estimated his value, appeal, and popularity as a program host.

"They Thought People Would Pay For CNN": CNN+ Is A Hilarious Failure.  It's not a shock to you or me that CNN+ is crashing and burning.  We could have told the CNN bosses this idea wouldn't work, and we could have told Chris Wallace that his move to CNN+ would be an epic disaster.  The writing was on the wall.  But the left lives in a clueless, out-of-touch bubble, especially the beltway liberals.  They are on a whole 'nother astral plane of cluelessness.  And now, as we suspected, the bottom is already falling out, and it was just rolled out.  Here come the job cuts.  Axios is reporting that investment and projections for CNN+ are expected to be cut dramatically in response to a low adoption rate, two sources tell Axios.

DirecTV Will No Longer Carry OAN Beginning Tuesday.  DirecTV will drop far-right cable news outlet One America News Network on Tuesday, April 4, according to Bloomberg's Gerry Smith.  The satellite TV cable behemoth said earlier this year that it planned to no longer carry OAN, which was criticized for spreading false information about the Covid-19 pandemic, the 2020 presidential election, and its general spread of conspiracy theories, once its contract expires.  OAN began airing on DirecTV in April 2017.

The Editor says...
It doesn't matter to me, because I don't own a TV, and even if I did, I certainly wouldn't pay extra for satellite TV.  But OAN was "criticized for spreading false information about the Covid-19 pandemic."  Please tell me what OAN said that has turned out to be false.

Paying For Our Own Destruction.  You turn on a TV for about 20 minutes and you'll likely see a commercial with a gay or lesbian couple ordering food or buying something.  What they're buying is irrelevant, they're there for a virtue signal and nothing more.  How can I say that?  How dare I say that?  Because why else would so many companies trip all over themselves to pander to a tiny fraction of the population?  Everyone on the left, or living in fear of it, is now experiencing the tyranny of the minority — the absolute coddling being demanded by a rounding error of an already small percentage of the population.

CNN+ looks like it's imploding.  Like an Iranian mullah rocket launch, CNN+, the cable network's new $100 million streaming service launched Tuesday, is nosediving back to earth with a fizzle. [...] One hundred million dollars.  Several hundred new employees.  Bigfoot news hire-aways such as the now-unhappy Chris Wallace.  And now, two days in, layoffs and talk of merging in with incoming owner Discovery, Inc.'s existing streaming outfit, as a sort of consolation prize.  That's wretched stuff — and a close look at the matter suggests it's all their own fault.

Report: One day after launch, CNN+ already preparing for layoffs?  I'm torn between skepticism and credulity.  On the one hand, this comes from Charles Gasparino, a correspondent for Fox Business.  CNN has done so much unflattering coverage of Fox over the past five years that I imagine it'd be irresistible to a Fox reporter to amplify an unflattering rumor about their new streaming project.  Even if there's no hard evidence to support it.  On the other hand, a concept like CNN+ seems doomed to fail quickly, no?  Which demographic out there is willing to pay money for more content from a cable network that's chronically in third place in the ratings?  Fox and MSNBC at least can leverage hardcore partisan bases.  Put it this way.  If Gasparino's wrong and they're not already preparing for layoffs, they probably should be.  [Tweet]

Black News Channel Files for Bankruptcy With Up to $50 Million in Debt.  Black News Channel — which shut down operations on Friday, just two years after making a splashy debut — has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in Florida.  In its Monday [3/28/2022] filing, the Tallahassee-based network listed $10 million-$50 million in liabilities, and estimated between 200 and 999 creditors are owed money.  "They filed for bankruptcy faster than they paid their employees the money they're owed," one former employee told TheWrap on Tuesday.  "I received a partial payment this morning for two weeks of work.  They still owe me for another week."  That former staffer was one of roughly 230 who were let go last Friday when the channel ceased operations; the network plans to air repeats for the rest of this month.

Black News Channel Shuts Down After Failing to Pay Their Employees.  The Black News Channel shut down on Friday after its lead investor bailed and they failed to pay their employees.  Princell Hair, the company's president and CEO, let the employees of the failed venture know on Friday that they were canceling live production and going into bankruptcy.  The chief investor, Shahid Khan, bailed when nobody wanted to watch the network's awful, leftist content.

Star Trek Jumps The Shark As They Cameo Low IQ Stacy Abrams As President Of The World.  Stacy Abrams, the Georgia politician who's running for governor of the state this year, had a surprise cameo in the latest episode of Star Trek:  Discovery, appearing as the president of United Earth.  A scene at the end of the season four finale, "Coming Home," introduces the United Earth president, and Abrams gets several lines, announcing that "United Earth is ready right now to rejoin the Federation, and nothing could make me happier than to say those words."  She also has a discussion with Discovery's main character, Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green), about Earth rejoining the Federation, and this scene closes the episode.  [Video clip]

DirecTV's Attempt To Cancel Right-Leaning News Network OAN Provokes Lawsuit.  DirecTV announced in January the digital satellite service would no longer carry One America News Network (OAN), owned by Herring Networks.  The decision prompted a lawsuit by OAN in response Tuesday, arguing that DirecTV's refusal to carry OAN could shut it down entirely.  "We informed Herring Networks that, following a routine internal review, we do not plan to enter into a new contract when our current agreement expires," the company told USA Today two months ago, without expanding on its definition of an "internal review."  The decision to drop the channel by OAN's largest distributor is expected to take OAN off DirecTV airwaves by the end of April and threatens the outlet's ability to operate in a crowded media environment.  It's essentially canceling the network from cable.  Six Republican attorneys general last week issued a letter asking DirecTV to reverse its decision to cancel OAN.

White Picket Fence.  [Scroll down]  Driven though we were to be cool, au courant, and sexually irresistible, we still perhaps asked for particulars on the gas mileage of the Studebaker and the possibility of getting one without all the pricey options.  But we did not ask these questions of the actual programs, for we didn't realize they were selling anything.  Nor did the producers.  But they were.  We were being sold something called "American Life."  We viewers of our favorite program didn't realize that the program itself was an ad, and the producers didn't intend to produce it as such, but the result was an actual instance of subliminal advertising.  The White Picket Fence, Andy Hardy, and Father Knows Best portrayed an American existence as fictional as that of Superman's Smallville.  We television children looked around, at the Vietnam War and segregation, inter alia, compared it to the White Picket Fence, and found America not wanting but despicable.  The Vietnam War is 50 years gone, segregation and racism have died.  But the continued existence of American malevolence is insisted upon by various political movements.  If we look away from the screen, however, we do not find it.  The screens today are selling us a vision of America as false as the White Picket Fence.  But they are now flogging its opposite:  America as an Evil Land.

Dish Lost 273K Subscribers in 4th Quarter.  Satellite and streaming TV service Dish Network reported losing 273,000 subscribers during the fourth quarter, proving that cord cutting continues among TV customers.  The loss is more than double the 133,000 lost subscribers over the fourth quarter in 2021, the Hollywood Reporter said.  The drop is startling, compared to the loss of only 13,000 subscribers in the third quarter of this year.

NBC's Beijing Olympic Ratings Called A 'Disaster' For Network.  A sobbing Russian figure skater berated by one of her coaches for a poor routine.  Grim-looking cooling towers in the background of acrobatic snowboard jumps.  Diplomatic boycotts.  Half-empty stands.  Announcers covering the games from Connecticut.  It all played out in a host country engaged in human rights atrocities that was also the origin site of a global pandemic.  For NBC, it wasn't exactly Olympic glory in China.  The media adjectives pouring in to describe the legacy of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics aren't pretty:  "Disaster."  "Joyless."  And NBC's $7.75 billion investment in 2014 that gave it exclusive American media rights to the Olympic Games through 2032 is under question after a second consecutive ratings dud.

Everywhere We Look, The Democrats' Wheels Are Falling Off.  If the ads on the Superbowl each year are like a Rorschach test for the nation's mental condition, then this year's ad-roll was a cavalcade of frantic hallucinations suggesting a near-complete detachment from reality for an audience of ADD-disabled cell phone slaves locked into a Big Tech induced consensus trance.  You could barely tell what these advertisers were trying to sell in their commercials, the psychotic dazzle of half-second jump-cuts was so ferocious.  One interesting note, though:  people of non-color (PONCs) seem to have been magically sucked out of the universe.  There, that fixed things for everybody else.

Record Low Ratings for NBC's Opening Coverage of Genocide Games.  "Thursday's primetime coverage of the Beijing Winter Olympics averaged 7.25 million viewers on NBC, marking the smallest primetime Olympic audience ever on the network," reports Sports Media Watch.  "The previous low was 8.5 million for the final night of competition at last year's Tokyo Summer Olympics."  That's a 55 percent drop from four years ago when 16 million tuned into the opening night coverage of the 2018 Winter Games in South Korea.  That's also down a whopping 64 percent from the 2014 Summer Games.

Netflix loses nearly $45 billion in market cap.  Netflix dashed hopes for a quick rebound after forecasting weak first-quarter subscriber growth on Thursday, sending shares sinking nearly 20 percent and wiping away most of its remaining pandemic-fueled gains from 2020, just a week after raising prices by up to $2 a month.  The streaming platform projected it would add 2.5 million customers for the first quarter of 2022 — January through March — less than half of the 5.9 million analysts had initially forecast.

Union Pacific train derails near site of recent cargo thefts in Lincoln Heights; 17 cars off track.  Seventeen cars of a Union Pacific train derailed Saturday afternoon in Lincoln Heights, the same area which has recently seen rail car thefts.  Drone video showed the scene of the derailment near San Pablo Street and Valley Boulevard, which is expected to be blocked for some time.

The Editor says...
[#1] I'm not a detective, but if the railroad pirates have discovered a gold mine of flat-screen TV's and other merchandise that can be looted and re-sold, they have a tremendous incentive to figure out how to derail a freight train at exactly the place they want it to stop.  A derailment leaves the train stopped for a long time, which makes it much easier to board and hastily ransack it.  [#2]  Democrats don't spend any time wondering, Where is this going to lead?  But allow me to make this prediction:  Before long, television sets will be sold as brain-dead devices that can only be activated after you enter a code that the retailer will supply to you when you legitimately purchase the TV.  That way, a stolen TV set will be useful only as a doorstop or boat anchor.  This would be especially effective if the TV has a connection to the internet.  Under this registration system, one could easily invent a system to remotely disable TV sets that were stolen after they were purchased and initially registered, but for now I won't elaborate on the technical details.

DirecTV announces it's dropping Conservative OANN from lineup, boycott begins.  One America News Network will no longer be available as part of the DirecTV lineup once its current contract expires.  The digital satellite service announced that conservative network OAN will not have its current contract renewed, which will likely happen in April, according to Bloomberg.  "DirecTV, one of the largest U.S. pay-TV providers, plans to drop One America News Network, dealing a major blow to the conservative channel that's been criticized for spreading misinformation and had a loyal fan in former President Donald Trump," wrote the outlet's Gerry Smith.  "The satellite-TV provider has notified OAN's owner, Herring Networks Inc., that it plans to stop carrying the company's two channels when their contract expires.  Herring Networks also owns AWE, a lifestyle channel that stands for 'A Wealth of Entertainment,'" he added.

The Great Corporate Media Unplug.  Two recent articles from Axios and the Associated Press finally quantified just how much the American public has turned off corporate media in 2021.  In 2021, CNN's weekday prime-time viewership dropped 38%.  Fox News Channel was down 34%.  MSNBC dropped 25%.  This no doubt helps to explain why unpopular hosts like Chris Wallace at Fox News and Joy Reid at MSNBC are being removed from their slots. [...] The obvious question:  where did all those viewers go?  It looks like the American public is switching over to independent media.  There's plenty of evidence for this hypothesis.  Joe Rogan's podcast now has an audience that's almost 4 times the size of the highest rated cable news shows.

Why are Caucasians Vanisihing in TV Commercials?  Commercials take up 27% of commercial television screen time and are the main source of income for TV and radio stations.  In most cases, advertisements on all channels appear simultaneously, so don't try to change the channel, there will be commercials elsewhere, too. [...] In the United States today, the White population (not including Hispanics) is 57.8%.  In real life Caucasians are still in the majority, but now on TV and the Internet they are swept under the rug like trash.  Blacks compose 14% of the U.S. population but appear in 50% of commercials.  White actors now appear for promotion of health insurance, gold, loans and some medicines.  Moreover, if a White person appears in a commercial, he/she is usually old, sick, a freak, or at the very least, an appendage to a Black partner.  If there's a doctor on the screen, he's usually Black, while the patient is usually White.  Caucasian young men appear in only 4% of the commercials!

A Brief Guide to Leftist Destruction.  Americans who remember the titans of late-night comedy — Johnny Carson and Jay Leno — remember how their sole aim was to bring some smiles and laughter to Americans before they went to sleep.  Few people had any inkling of the political views of either host.  That is now history.  The Left has destroyed late night comedy.  It now consists of little more than angry rants against conservatives.

Social Engineering in TV Commercials.  Imposed ideological conformity, drag queen kids, anti-white racism.  It all makes sense when you realize the product is you.  [Video clip]

Perception is Not Reality.  Television ratings for sports, cable news, entertainment and children's programming are all nose-diving in direct proportion to the amount of agenda-driven ideology being pumped into the content.  No amount of denial, self-deception or spin among the left can change the fact that the public wholly rejects their nightmarish fever-visions for humanity.  What was once a subtle and nuanced bias in the media has become a sledgehammer of over-the-top propaganda, and the viewers are voting with their wallets and TV remotes to reject such indoctrination tactics.

College Football and the NFL: Two Different Americas.  Football is back — and so are the fans.  America no longer sees empty stadiums on TV, as people return to watching the games in person.  But Americans will notice sharp differences between college and professional football, and it's not just the skill of their players.  The pros seem to embrace Biden's New America, while college ball still evokes the old America.  The pros embrace social justice messages, while college ball steers clear.  Unlike other pro leagues, the NFL decided to carry on wokeness for the 2021 season.  The NBA famously painted Black Lives Matter on its courts and encouraged players to turn their jerseys into social justice billboards.  The basketball league suffered a ratings decline and consequently decided it would be unwise to continue this practice.  The NFL also saw its ratings drop, but league officials wouldn't let that get in the way of their BLM advocacy.

The Editor says...
If you watch a football game on TV, and the game is about to start, and some BLM ceremony breaks out, the so-called Black National Anthem is played, or some other repugnant insult is hurled your way, don't just turn the sound off.  Switch to another TV channel for a few minutes.  If your "smart" TV is connected to the internet, and it probably is, this will send a clear message to the Nielsen ratings people (and thus to the networks) that you won't put up with that stuff.

CNN Achieves Embarrassing Viewership Milestone.  Things haven't been going well for the network, particularly without Donald Trump in the White House, and it has now gone an entire week without reaching 1 million viewers. [...] CNN's viewership has declined a staggering 73 percent since January.  Without constantly dumping on Trump, CNN just doesn't have a purpose that inspires ratings.  Instead, they've been trying to compensate for Trump not being in office by endlessly covering the partisan House select committee hearing on the Capitol riot, without much success.

The Lost Boys of Television.  [Scroll down]  However, judging by the current network primetime schedule, those days are not only long gone, but seem to be from an alternate universe.  On Sunday night, ABC offers the wrong kind of '60s flashback with game shows like Celebrity Family Feud and To Tell the Truth.  CBS insults the '80s through its beyond parodic reboot of The Equalizer starring Queen Latifah.  And the CW provides feminist fantasy via Batwoman and Charmed.  Monday night, men at gunpoint can choose between ABC's Bachelor in Paradise, CBS' hour-long reboot of the old Norman Lear screed-fest, One Day at a Time, or whatever The Republic of Sarah might be on the CW.  Tuesday brings yet more woke DC comic book junk like Superman and Lois, and I'm a fan of classic Superman and Lois Lane.  The rest of the week is also no country for young men.

'The Muppets' Spin-Off Teaches Toddlers the Beauty of Transgenderism.  Disney continues to corrupt everything it touches.  Since it now owns the rights to Jim Henson's The Muppets that means The Muppets gets ruined, and by extension our children's opportunity for quality entertainment.  Recently the Disney Muppets spin off TV show, Muppet Babies made beloved character Gonzo into a trans woman, because anyone can be any gender these days.  Pop culture outlet Vulture reported on Gonzo's new transgender iteration recently, praising the fact that the show for "3 to 8" year-olds is making such a pro-LGBTQ statement.  Though this is disturbing propaganda that insists that parents trying to raise boys and girls normally aren't doing it right.

Olympics ads portray blacks as America's good and dominant race.  My TV has been broken for over a year (OK, maybe I don't know how to work the remote) but I watched a little of the Olympics at a friend's house this week.  I learned something from the advertisements.  I learned that most people in this country are black, and all of the good ones are.  Blacks, who comprise about 13% of the U.S. population, comprise most of the actors in the advertisements.  Aliens in faraway worlds receiving television signals from earth are apt to conclude that the most powerful culture on Earth is run by good black people.

'It's a Total Fiasco:' NBC's Long-Running 'Today' Morning Show Hits Ratings Rock Bottom.  NBC's long-running "Today" morning show experienced a collapse in viewership last week with its smallest audience in 30 years.  The show failed to pass the 3 million viewer threshold during the week of July 12-16 and averaged 2.9 million viewers, Fox News reported.  Viewership dropped 8 percent from the week before and 23 percent from the same week in 2020, according to TVNewser.  The show used to surpass 6 million viewers on a regular basis during its prime.

The Editor says...
Consider also that more people are staying home these days, possibly working from home.  With that in mind, 2.9 million viewers is not "rock bottom."  Give it another couple of years.  Two questions now arise:  How low can the ratings go before the show is discontinued, and what will replace it?

MLB All-Star Game Limps to Second Lowest Ratings in History.  Any Guesses Why?  Go woke, go broke.  Major League Baseball is learning the hard way that catering to the far left isn't remotely helping their desperate attempts to resurrect what once was America's proud pastime.  MLB's All-Star Game, played Tuesday night [7/13/2021], predictably tanked in the Nielsen ratings, delivering the second-lowest official total in the sport's history.  According to The Hollywood Reporter, the game narrowly avoided "a third straight all-time audience low" with 8.24 million viewers, "about 100,000 more than the 2019 game's 8.14 million."  Except, it's quite possible that this could indeed be the game's lowest ever viewership.  Why?  According to THP, "It's also worth noting that the Nielsen figures for Tuesday include out of home viewing and 2019's do not."  Ouch!

The Week In Review.  A video of ESPN personality Rachel Nichols was leaked on Monday in which the reporter can be heard on a hot mic criticizing the network's employment of black reporter Maria Taylor due to ESPN's "crappy longtime record on diversity."  Nichols' comment was clearly implying that the reason Taylor is working at ESPN is because Taylor is black.  Nichols immediately tried to walk back her comments issuing an apology and essentially begging for mercy, but it was too late.  On Tuesday, ESPN announced that Nichols was being replaced as sideline reporter for the NBA finals.  It's hard to feel sorry for Nichols or anyone at ESPN.  They're working for one of the most woke networks in the country, sports-related or otherwise.  They're helping to promote the cancer that is wokeness.  If you're playing along with ESPN's anti-American, discrimination-embracing shenanigans by throwing sacrifices to the alligators hoping to be eaten last, you reap what you sow.  I barely watch ESPN nowadays.  They're not very good anymore, and as I mentioned they're just too far to the left.

After a Year When Activism Killed Sports, ESPN Takes Virtue-Signaling Even Further.  Despite the evidence of fans being repelled, Sports Leader ESPN decided to forego sports this week.  This week, a Minnesota court decided on the sentencing of Minneapolis police officer Derrick Chauvin, the culmination of a murder case and a year of social upheaval over the death of George Floyd.  Far from being the end of the story, or the energy it kicked off, it does signify a mile marker at least in the activist movement.  But, as we learned later in the day, it is not the end of sports activism.  As the sentence was being announced, the event was covered by ESPN — extensively.  Not serving as simply a segment on SportsCenter, or a topic kicked around on one of the numerous pundit programs, the verdict was covered live, pre-empting standard programming and remaining the topic for a duration.  The network stayed with the coverage, running it continuously from 5 p.m., all the way up to 7:30 p.m., when it was contractually obligated to run the Major League Baseball game live.

Left Foot In, Children's TV Is Doing the Wokey Pokey.  When a PBS station featured "Lil Miss Hot Mess" reading from the performer's new book "The Hips on the Drag Queen Go Swish, Swish, Swish" last month, on a program aimed at children ages 3 to 8, the backlash was immediate, with a video of the reading going viral on conservative social media.  "If American tax dollars can be used to pay for 3-8 year olds to watch this PBS Drag Queen Story hour, then I demand equal tax dollars go to also read them Bible stories," tweeted Tricia Flanagan, an unsuccessful 2020 Republican U.S. Senate hopeful from New Jersey.  Such pushback from the right is becoming more common lately as today's kid-friendly shows routinely address sex, gender fluidity, race and other complex issues that some parents think their youngsters aren't ready to absorb.  They are part of a broader cultural shift, often called the Great Awokening, that includes the advancement of social justice themes in many television shows and other media aimed at older teens and adults.

Nickelodeon's ratings have CRASHED since they started pushing every woke idea on the planet.  That's right.  The children's TV network — as in, a company that exists to provide entertainment to little kids — has been pushing hard to incorporate every type of woke ideology one can imagine. [...] While cable news is on the way out as things switch to streaming, Nickelodeon's parent company ViacomCBS is stocking their new streaming service, Paramount+, with hundreds of hours of woke Nickelodeon programming.

Nickelodeon is paying a price for its LGBT proselytizing.  Nickelodeon always had edgy cartoons for the older set (see, e.g., Ren and Stimpy), but there was a time when you could rely on it for sweet, simple programming aimed at pacifying the three- to five-year-olds while Mom tried to get dinner ready.  Of late, though, Nickelodeon has been bringing that edginess to the preschool set, culminating, this year, in the station's going all out to ensure that the pre-kindergarten crowd learned about pansexuals and the magical LGBT rainbow.  It must have come as a surprise to the woke college graduates staffing Nickelodeon that parents dislike the new pedophile-esque edge to the programming, because the cable channel, a Viacom flagship, has seen a 70% drop in its audience in just four years.

Networks Program Children With LGBT Agenda During Pride Month.  Lots of parents today wouldn't think twice about sitting their kids down in front of the Disney Channel or Cartoon Network.  And that, conservatives warn, is exactly the problem.  Like so many other moms and dads, they're expecting the same kind of harmless storylines they watched in the '70s and '80s.  What their children are seeing is anything but.  Say goodbye to the regular plot lines of "Blue's Clues" and "Scooby-Doo" — and say hello to a 21st-century lesson in transgenderism, sex, homosexuality, nonbinaries, and drag queens.  That's the new reality of radical programming on some of America's favorite shows — especially, parents are discovering, during June, which is Pride Month.  Loveable animals like Arthur and My Little Pony have been commandeered by the far left for lessons that would make most adults' jaws drop.

Do You Know What Your Children Are Watching On Supposedly 'Child Friendly' Networks?  Gay Mafia refers to a group of powerful homosexuals who exercise extraordinary influence in the entertainment industry.  Their influence can be seen in the number of LGBT related characters in an overabundance of television shows and movies, in far greater percentages than the national average of gays in the United States.  ["]In a recent survey [2021] conducted among Americans, 6.4 percent of females and 4.9 percent of males identified themselves as part of the LGBT community.["]  The entertainment industry is not the only industry pushing alternative lifestyles on children as we have noted often in the past the growing number of schools in liberal states that are attempting to teach children that there are more than two genders, despite the fact that biology itself determines the sex of a child.  They are teaching children about "gay history," transgender curriculum, and sexual practices, in school, including masturbation, anal intercourse, and a number of other sexual acts that should be left to parents to decide if and when their children learn about these issues.  Schools and the school indoctrination of children aside, we see that multiple "children friendly" networks are not bringing that same type of indoctrination to children via the entertainment industry, and unlike what has been previously reported about a show here and there, it is becoming more the rule than the exception to shove homosexuality downs the throats of our nation's children.

The TV Ratings For The PGA Championship Crush The NBA.  The TV ratings for the PGA Championship this past Sunday [5/23/2021] destroyed the NBA.  The popular golf event happened on the same day as multiple NBA playoff games, and the numbers weren't close at all.  According to John Ourand, the final round of the event averaged about 6.6 million viewers on CBS and peaked with 13 million as Phil Mickelson closed in on his win. [...] How did the NBA do with the league's four Sunday games?  The most-watched game was the Suns beating LeBron James and the Lakers, which averaged 4.4 million viewers on ABC.  That means the NBA's best game had its ratings beat by 50%.

MSNBC's ratings are tanking as viewers switch off corporate media.  The latest Nielsen ratings for the troubled MSNBC network show a further slide down the scale, as viewers go elsewhere in droves to get their news.  MSNBC, according to the latest data, still maintains the number-two spot as far as networks go, but it's losing its grip on viewers.  Meanwhile, top-ranked Fox News has been steadily creeping up.  Behind Fox and MSNBC are followed by HGTV, a network that specializes mainly in home-improvement and real estate-based shows.  After them, CNN, who a long time ago were way in the lead, comes in fourth.  According to the Daily Wire, cable TV itself is down significantly in viewership, since Donald Trump left the office of president, hitting MSNBC and CNN particularly hard.

1 in 3 Americans Ready to Drop Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime over Lame Shows.  A new study found that while Americans are streaming television now more than ever, one in three of them say they are ready to drop Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime because they find their original programs to be subpar.  A survey of 2,000 Americans, conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Tubi, found that 70 percent of Americans say they're watching more TV now than at the start of the Chinese coronavirus pandemic, according to a report by Study Finds.  The report added that one in three Americans, however, admitted to watching whatever was trending — not because the content was good, but because there was nothing else to do.

NBA Ratings Prove The League is in an Undeniable Decline.  The NBA ratings are worse than we thought last month when we found out they were worse than we thought.  Headed into the final week of the 2020-21 season, the NBA has averaged 1.4 million viewers across ESPN, ABC, and TNT, down 13% from last year's disastrous COVID-interrupted, bubble season.  NBA defenders — at ESPN, Bleacher Report, USA Today and every other sports media outlet — are running out of excuses.  "It's the bubble," they yelled last year when the ratings tanked.  Make no mistake, the NBA's declines have undoubtedly reached headquarters.  Coming into the 2020-21 season, NBA games on ABC — the league's most prominent broadcast partner — were down 45% since 2011-12.  Yes, 45%.  Within that same time frame, NBA broadcasts on TNT were down 40%, and ESPN was down 20%.  Come next week, this story will, somehow, read worse.

Today's blacklisted American:  A movie about the dark side of Planned Parenthood.  Blacklists are back and Hollywood's got 'em:  When long time Hollywood filmmakers Cary Solomon and Chuck Konzelman decided to make the film Unplanned, telling the story of a woman who went from being Planned Parenthood clinic director supporting abortion to an avid advocate for the unborn, they did so under assumed names, and discovered themselves fighting an aggressive effort both in Hollywood and in social media to suppress the film once released.  Multiple cable networks, such as Lifetime, Hallmark Channel, HGTV, USA Network, Food Network, The Travel Channel, refused to carry commercials promoting the film.  Multiple theater owners received death threats and harassment prior to screenings, with a few cancelling the screenings out of fear for themselves and their families.  And then there was the usual Twitter censorship.

A House Divided.  As I've been known to point out, the "equity" that the all-conquering Diversity-Inclusion-Equity (DIE) crusade truly wants is your equity in your home.  Current developments in Evanston, Ill., and Manhattan Beach, Calif., are starting to give us a sense of how today's increasingly antiquarian white guilt will be leveraged into sizable handouts over supposed injustices in the distant past.  We live in an era bizarrely obsessed with real estate transactions of increasingly remote generations.  For example, Amazon's new TV series Them is about the horrors at the hands of whiteness faced by blacks moving to Compton, Calif., in 1953.  For example, the first episode "Covenant" is about the supernaturally sinister power of restrictive covenants, which were abolished in 1948, but their bad juju powers live on, or something.  In reality, of course, blacks turned Compton, which had been a nice enough suburb of Los Angeles that in 1949 it was home to two future presidents of the United States, into the crack murder capital of the world in the NWA era.

Major Hollywood Studio Apparently Done Making Films for 'White Christian Trash'.  With all this push for Hollywood "diversity" one often wonders if Hollywood has a vendetta against traditional standards of movie making.  According to one insider, that's exactly the case for at least one major studio.  Sci-fi author Nick Cole, co-author of the Galaxy's Edge series, claimed that during a pitch meeting, a major Hollywood studio passed on a recent project he had been working on, citing the fact that they're done producing content for "White, Christian, Trash." [...] Perhaps this is the sentiment underlying Hollywood's spate of inclusivity-over-everything pledges they've made in the past few years.  In fact Cole said as much, revealing his insider knowledge in response to a report on a recent Hollywood film studio panel, during which Walt Disney Television Chairman of Entertainment Dana Walden talked about TV projects it had passed on for not being "inclusive" enough.

The Editor says...
Please note that "inclusive" means exclusive of whites, males, Christians, and European-Americans.  The way the left-wing socialists use it, the word is an antonym of itself.

Disney chief says ABC passed on 'incredibly well-written scripts' that lacked diversity.  One of Disney's top bosses has spoken candidly about pilots the company passed on due to a lack of diversity in their scripts.  "I will tell you for the first time we received some incredibly well-written scripts that did not satisfy our standards in terms of inclusion, and we passed on them," Dana Walden, Walt Disney Television's Chairman of Entertainment, said during a panel discussion last week, according to The Hollywood Reporter.  As an example, Walden cited a script that told the story of a White family and whose diversity of characters would have likely come from neighbors.  "Pass," Walden said.  "That's not going to get on the air anymore because that's not what our audience wants.  That's not a reflection of our audience, and I feel good about the direction we're moving."

BBC diversity chief says Idris Elba's TV detective Luther 'isn't black enough to be real'.  The BBC's diversity chief has claimed Idris Elba's TV detective Luther 'isn't black enough to be real' because 'he doesn't have any black friends and doesn't eat any Caribbean food'.  Miranda Wayland said the hit crime drama, which won plaudits for having a strong, black lead character, was only superficially diverse and that corporation bosses are now looking to portray minority groups in a more convincing and rounded way.  Elba, who first made his name across the Atlantic starring as Stringer Bell in The Wire, cemented his status as a worldwide star by picking up a Golden Globe, among other gongs, for his depiction of the obsessive John Luther between 2010 and 2019.

CNN loses One Million viewers a night on average since Trump left office and is down nearly 50% in 24-54 age group.  CNN is losing around a million viewers on average each night since President Donald Trump left office — and is down nearly 50% in the key 24-54 age group, a report said on Thursday [3/18/2021].  The cable news channel had averaged 2.5 million prime-time viewers each night from November 4 through Inauguration Day on January 20, according to a Fox News analysis of Nielsen data.  But data shows the network averaged only 1.6 million total prime-time viewers from January 21, the day after the inauguration of President Joe Biden, through March 15, according to the report.

Ads Push Interracial Couples.  No, it isn't your imagination.  Commercials engage in social engineering not only by vastly overrepresenting blacks, but by pushing miscegenation (to use a word that will soon disappear from the dictionary). [...] But in advertising, the leftist agenda comes before selling products.  Anything that results in fewer white people advances social justice.

TCM Puts Classic Films 'Breakfast At Tiffany's', 'Tarzan', 'Psycho', 'GWTW' And More Under Microscope For Offensive Content.  In a sweeping wave of reassessing cultural images we have grown up with in our American life, a new and more sensitive spotlight is being presented on the way we view the past through the prism of a more politically correct 2021.  In that regard, Turner Classic Movies (TCM), the WarnerMedia-owned cable channel dedicated to the loving presentation of Hollywood's cinematic heritage right from the beginning of the medium to now, has also jumped into the fray, announcing it will be dedicating primetime programming every Thursday for the month of March beginning tonight with a new series called "Reframed:  Classic Films In The Rearview Mirror."  The network puts it this way:  "All of the films in this series are legendary classics, but when we watch them today, we're seeing them in a different cultural context.  We often see problems now that we might not have seen when they were made, whether it's about race, gender or LGBT issues.  TCM's five hosts will take turns doing roundtable introductions of each of the films where they will discuss these 20th century films with a 21st century perspective.  The goal is never to censor, but simply provide rich historical context to each classic."

The Editor says...
The liberal nannies at TCM apparently think you're too stupid to figure out for yourself that the old movies were produced in an early 20th-century context.  Or perhaps they feel the need to tell you how awful you are if you enjoy the films just as much as audiences have for the last 75 years.  They're only trying to help.  Are you paying extra charges every month to see TCM?  How many movies do you watch in a month?  Perhaps you should reconsider.

Update: More Than 31 Million Viewers Watched President Trump's CPAC Speech — Trump Just Crushed the Golden Globes.  On Monday [3/1/2021] we reported on President Trump's amazing audience numbers for his first speech since leaving office.  It was an amazing event!  We haven't seen these audience numbers since President Trump left office.  It was a rough night for the leftists in Hollywood.  The Golden Globes dropped 60% in viewership over the previous year.  Only 5.4 million from one report tuned in to the leftist fest.  [Video clip]

Hollywood Liberals Really Hate Everything.  I just put myself through something I don't recommend to anyone:  I watched the Golden Globes. [...] Right from the start it was clear this was going to be awful.  Tina Fey and Amy Poehler hosted together, because neither seems capable of doing anything on their own.  You'd think having two hosts, both of whom are billed as the funniest women in the business, would make for some comedy.  If you thought that, you would be wrong.  They aren't good, either as hosts or performers.  As performers, they make the cast of the Twilight movies seem like they have range (seriously, watch anything they've done and they both play the same characters every single time). As hosts, they simply aren't funny.  The entertainment press insists they are, and they sometimes were on Saturday Night Live, but they've gone their whole careers milking that time and their genders.  If they weren't outspoken liberals and women, they'd be holding reunions with Melanie Hutsell, Victoria Jackson, and all the other forgettable people who stunk up that show over the years.  But the hosts, while awful, weren't the worst part of the ceremony.

Americans tune out the Golden Globe Awards.  The television audience for Hollywood's virtual Golden Globes ceremony on Sunday [2/28/2021] fell sharply from last year's event, with preliminary estimates on Monday indicating that about 60 per cent fewer viewers tuned in to the widely panned award show.  Ratings data reported on Monday by The Hollywood Reporter and Deadline showed that only about 5.4 million Americans watched the three-hour telecast on the NBC network.  The preliminary figures do not reflect viewing on the American West Coast, but they nevertheless reflect a drop of nearly two-thirds from early audience estimates for the 2020 show.

Disney+ gives 'The Muppet Show' an 'offensive content' disclaimer before select episodes.  Before playing the music and lighting the lights, fans who choose to binge "The Muppet Show" on Disney+ will be shown an "offensive content" warning ahead of select episodes.  The classic series, which first aired in 1976, was released on the streaming service on Friday [2/19/2021].  "This program includes negative depictions and/or mistreatment of people or cultures.  These stereotypes were wrong then and are wrong now.  Rather than remove this content, we want to acknowledge its harmful impact, learn from it and spark conversation to create a more inclusive future together," the disclaimer states.

Nielsen now tracking gender, race, ethnicity and sexual orientation in TV programming.  Nielsen Media Research has added a new dimension to its systems of tracking TV programming and the viewers who are tuning in.  The organization has launched Gracenote Inclusion Analytics, a new division set to deliver "unprecedented visibility into the gender, race, ethnicity and sexual orientation of talent appearing in TV programming and the audiences watching it," the company said in a statement released Thursday [2/18/2021].  "The new solution empowers content creators, owners, distributors and advertisers with much-needed data around on-screen diversity and representation to enable more inclusive content," Nielsen said.

The Editor says...
What about the commercials?  TV commercials are part of the programming.  Will the Nielsen people keep track of the race and gender and apparent orientation of the actors in TV commercials?  If they do, they'll find very few white males, except the actors playing the roles of villains in advertisements for burglar alarm companies.  TV commercials almost always depict white men as old, fat, and bald — if they appear at all — while the heroic central figure (whose life is just wonderful) is almost always black, and lives is a huge and immaculately clean house.

White Supremacy and the Dearth of Ideas.  My wife was watching a TV program that caught my attention as I was walking through the room.  It was an episode of Madame Secretary in which one of the protagonists is embedded in a White Supremacist organization to disrupt a pending attack.  I commented that the series was winding down and would likely be canceled soon.  She asked me what I meant by that and I explained my theory of Hollywood and White Supremacy; namely, that when the writers ran out of all possible woke storylines, they resort to a White Supremacy thread to stave off cancellation.  Admittedly, I do not have statistics to support this, but consider in your own entertainment choices the number of times you have seen homophobia, islamophobia, transphobia, or any other contemporary cardinal sin woven into the storylines of your programming choices.  Now, consider how many times the storyline involves good, decent people who are religiously observant.  Then think back and consider how many times the story wends its way to a conflict with White Nationalists or Christian Fundamentalists.

A Blackout In Which We Cancel The Culture.  The average American spends more than half his waking hours looking at a screen, a computer, television, tablet, or the ubiquitous smartphone.  A certain percentage of this is productive, work-related usage such as spreadsheets, word programs, and the like, but an enormous block of time is consumed by our need to be stimulated and entertained.  What is often overlooked is that the stimulation and entertainment we consume changes us, and it changes the way we experience our lives. [...] To truly change the culture and, subsequently, the political environment, we must become aware, and awareness does not reside on cable news channels, Facebook posts, Twitter feeds, or the latest Hollywood blockbuster.  Awareness is not virtual, it's transcendent.  Imagine how the culture would change if Hollywood spent hundreds of millions on a superhero or Star Wars movie and could not sell any tickets, if Facebook and Twitter usage dropped by 15-20% if a large portion of cable programming and streaming diminished by half.  The changes would be tremendous.

Disney+ blocks under-sevens from watching 'racist' Peter Pan, Dumbo and The Aristocats for breaching 'content advisories'.  Generations of children have been charmed by the magical tale of the boy who never grew up, but Peter Pan is now on a list of banned movies.  Bosses at Disney have blocked anyone under the age of seven from watching the 1953 animated classic on its streaming service over concerns that it portrays racial stereotypes, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.  Three other long-standing family favourites — The Aristocats, Swiss Family Robinson and Dumbo — have also been removed from children's accounts for breaching 'content advisories' that were recently put in place.

The Editor says...
[#1] Children under seven shouldn't watch television more than an hour or two per week, and never without supervision.  [#2] Nobody should watch Disney's TV channels.  [#3] The movies that were produced under the supervision of Walt Disney himself are worth watching, but almost everything the Disney company has produced since Walt Disney died is far below his standards.  These days, it's Hardly Walt's Disney.  [#4] Adults don't need "content advisories" to tell them what to watch.

CNN Demands Cable Companies Blacklist OAN and Newsmax TV.  After spending five years attempting to claim President Trump stole the 2016 election, after five years of pushing the Russia Collusion Hoax, after five years of promoting and encouraging violence against Trump and his supporters, the far-left CNN is now demanding that its competition at OAN and Newsmax TV be blacklisted.  CNNLOL isn't bothering to hide its McCarthysim anymore.  CNNLOL is straight-up calling for the big cable TV companies to rip OAN and Newsmax TV off of their bundles, to no longer make either network available to their customers.  And after the cable companies agree to do this (and they will), CNNLOL will go after every streaming outlet that carries OAN and Newsmax, and on and on and on.

The Disney company adds to the list of reasons for boycotting it.  [Scroll down]  But while nobody was looking, Disney became increasingly politically correct.  It's massive hit, Frozen, was a feminist tract.  Frozen II was a Gaia-worshipping, reparations supporting, feminist tract.  Moana, which is lovely, is also an earth-worship movie.  On Disney+, you can find preachy fare about climate change, coming out as gay, racial issues, and all sorts of other woke material.  I can't count the number of people complaining about the boring political-correctness of the Star Wars and Marvel franchises.  And of course, Disney fired Roseanne for daring to offend the Obama clan.  When I really started turning on Disney, though, was about a decade ago, when I saw what my kids wanted to watch on Disney's TV channel.  The stuff for teens wasn't just mindless.  It was also pushing an agenda.  It had frantic tweens and teens running around in a world with useless, foolish adults, and meaningless little "be yourself" or "believe in yourself" platitudes.  The girls wore clothes that made them look a little bit cheap and the boys were immature and ineffectual.

CNN Cancels Its Airport Network, Travelers Can [Soon] Fly Without Liberal Media Bias.  While the first 12 days of 2021 have served as a continuation of 2020's misery, Tuesday [1/12/2021] provided us with some extremely welcomed media news as CNN's airport TV monopoly would come to an end on March 31, thus ending CNN's years of cruel and unusual punishment against air travelers nationwide.  In an email to CNN employees, CNN head, "Dwarf King," and puppetmaster Jeff Zucker announced the decision, citing a "steep decline in airport traffic because of COVID-19, coupled with all the new ways that people are consuming content on their personal devices."  Therefore, Zucker added, there's less of a "need for the CNN Airport Network."  As an aside, there's a question that has to be asked:  Was it ever necessary to begin with?

CNN Grounds Its Long-Running Airport Network.  CNN Airport, a long-running out-of-home media operation that became an integral part of the traveling experience for people flying through Chicago's O'Hare, Dallas' Love Field or even Fresno-Yosemite International Airport, is shutting down, the victim of shifts in consumer behavior that are moving more quickly than a Boeing 737.  CNN said the operation, which aired a mix of news from CNN and snippets from other WarnerMedia networks in 58 different airports in the U.S., would close as of March 31.

CNN Announces It Is Yanking Its Network From Airports; Twitter Has Thoughts.  Finally, from CNN's Grand Potentate himself — Jeff Zucker — those words that conservative travelers the world over have been waiting to hear for years:  "Today, we are announcing that CNN Airport Network will end operations as of March 31."  Zucker blamed COVID-19 and reduced airport traffic and stuff:  "The steep decline in airport traffic because of COVID-19, coupled with all the new ways people are consuming content on their personal devices, has lessened the need for the CNN Airport Network."  Wait — the "need" for only CNN to be shoved in our faces, on every TV in every major airport in America?  And multiple airports around the world?  Yeah, no "need," there, Jeff — but thanks.  As is the case with "Love means never having to say you're sorry," Zucker said wistfully [sarc] that "saying goodbye to such a beloved brand is not easy."  Yeah, pretty sure we'll get over it posthaste, Jeff.

Cartoons Are the Left's New Weapon to Target Your Kids.  It's an open secret that the left dominates the media landscape.  It's impossible to go a day without some actor in the Hollywood Hills tweeting how conservatives are ruining the country, or a journalist penning a story on why all we need is more government.  In the past, these attacks were mostly relegated to adults.  The shows kids consumed were politically agnostic, more aimed at entertaining than moralizing.  However, the days of fun, imaginative children's TV are over.  Now shows must be sufficiently woke, and must condition children with the leftist philosophy du jour.  Take the once entertaining Cartoon Network. [...]

Cartoon Network Schools Kids on Pronouns:  They Define You and Make You Feel Safe.  On Monday [12/14/2020], Cartoon Network took to Twitter to school youngsters on identity and respect: [...] Of course, the culture's initial pronoun promotion came via some who believe they're the opposite of their sex.  But it seems to me we're well beyond that:  Our language is now taking cues from social media and online gaming — youngsters are being told to pick their enunciated emojis.  Putting any notion of sex/gender identity aside, if I may say so, your pronouns aren't "who you are."  In fact, no verbal affirmation from another human being is who you are. [...] Pronouns were invented to reference sex in language.  It might have been that language never developed them.  So if you're thinking you're defined by pronouns — or by anyone's words at all — you're looking to the wrong signifiers in life.

Only Then.  There is a lot to be said for court cases and Constitutional law.  It's an interesting show, since television has been largely irrelevant for years, many of us refusing to watch it.  I don't know how one can.  What little I have seen of television lately, it's not so much the shows themselves, but the commercials that I can't tolerate for their promotion of BLM, a Marxist organization.  A few rounds of such commercials and whatever I had been watching just isn't worth the tradeoff.

Take a Wild Guess Why Cuomo Is Receiving an Emmy Award.  Cuomo is beyond hypocritical.  He has a book out about being a leader during COVID... while the pandemic is still going on.  Cuomo is receiving an award for his leadership... while the pandemic is still taking place.  Oh, and he's being recognized for his leadership decisions when he irresponsibly forced nursing homes to take in COVID-positive patients.  Aren't awards supposed to applaud people for good things?

Everything on television is political.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo will receive Emmy for COVID-19 TV briefings.  Gov. Andrew Cuomo — who's been blamed for letting the deadly coronavirus run rampant in New York's nursing homes — is set to receive an International Emmy award for his daily TV briefings about the disease.  But it won't be for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Real-Life Drama.  Instead, Cuomo will be recognized for his "effective use of television during the pandemic," the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced Friday [11/20/2020].

This used to be called a minority hiring quota.
CBS pledges Survivor, Big Brother casts will now be 50 percent people of color.  CBS announced a new diversity pledge Monday that will have a visible impact on its staple of reality shows:  All future casts will contain at least 50 percent Black, indigenous and people of color.  That means hits like Survivor, Big Brother, and Love Island will be far more diverse starting with the 2021-2022 season.  "The reality TV genre is an area that's especially underrepresented, and needs to be more inclusive across development, casting, production and all phases of storytelling," said George Cheeks, president and chief executive officer for the CBS Entertainment Group.  "As we strive to improve all of these creative aspects, the commitments announced today are important first steps in sourcing new voices to create content and further expanding the diversity in our unscripted programming, as well as on our network."

The Editor says...
What a relief!  Until now, there haven't been any minorities on television, except on every "entertainment" program, every newscast, every movie, and in every commercial break.

Fox News pays the price for betraying its viewership.  Under Roger Ailes, Fox News was reliably conservative.  When he left, and when Rupert Murdoch handed the reins over to his sons James and Lachlan, things started getting shaky.  James, the fiery leftist, only left Fox this July.  Now Lachlan, who is married to a fiery leftist, is at the helm, helped by Paul Ryan, the RINO rodent, among others on the Board.  With this leadership, while voters have rightly suspected creeping NeverTrumperism in the newsroom for some time now, it all came to a head with this election.  Things went pretty sour for viewers when Chris Wallace turned the first presidential debate into a three-way affair, with Wallace siding with Biden.  Nevertheless, viewers were willing to give Fox another chance on election night.  Fox failed that test.  The kill switch for many viewers was that Fox News hired a hard leftist to run its election desk on Election Night.  Predictably, Arnon Mishkin called the race in ways only a leftist could love.  With hundreds of thousands of votes outstanding, he called Arizona for Biden.  Meanwhile, he refused to call obviously pro-Trump states such as Texas and Alaska.  Things have gotten worse since then.

The 'Black Problem' in Television.  Log onto any Hulu account and a unique feed called Black Stories will populate one of the scrolls.  A similar feature appears in Amazon's Prime Video feed, with a scroll for Black Voices presenting a bevy of black-produced, black-directed, and black-acted shows and films.  Netflix also cut right to the chase; they had an entire genre created for Black Lives Matter.  If black voices are absent or underrepresented in the media, it is hard to tell by looking at every major media presence.

WGN newsroom / studio WGN America to launch 'News Nation' on Tuesday, aiming to transform the house that Bozo built into the next CNN.  WGN America, the erstwhile home to Bozo and Andy Griffith, is set to reinvent itself as a cable news network with the Tuesday [9/1/2020] launch of "News Nation," a prime-time newscast that pledges to deliver unbiased reporting.  The mission is to take a bite out of CNN, MSNBC and Fox News.  Delayed but not derailed by the pandemic, WGN America has assembled a 150-person newsroom and has been making dry runs for several weeks of its nightly three-hour newscasts from extensively remodeled Chicago studios.

The Editor says...
That's a nice looking newsroom, but it is a mistake to put the primary news studio in one end of a TV newsroom.  In a newsroom, especially when unexpected (bad) things are happening somewhere nearby, conversations tend to get clamorous, police scanners are chattering, and everybody's phone is ringing.  The Happy Team doesn't like off-camera distractions.  A television studio is supposed to be totally silent except for the voices of the on-air talent.  Moreover, the modern TV studio has robotic cameras, and robotic cameras don't watch where they're going.  The robot will stop if it runs over your foot, but by then, it has run over your foot.

There's a reason that Netflix is sexualizing young girls.  Thursday [8/20/2020] was a bad day for Netflix, one of the largest video content providers in the world, as well as being a left-leaning organization that partners with the Obamas and other well-known Democrats.  Thursday was the day when thousands of people got upset that Netflix was screening and promoting a new French film about tweens twerking as a form of liberation.  The obvious problem, of course, is that what Netflix did is catnip for pedophiles.  It also degrades our culture and encourages young children to sexualize themselves.  Beyond the obvious, Netflix's terrible decision points to a more serious problem in Western culture, which is that sexualizing children is a precursor of state control over the individual.

Hallmark Channel Proudly Presents New Film Featuring Lesbian Wedding.  The Hallmark Channel is fulfilling its promise to include projects that feature LGBTQ storylines and characters.  On August 15, the network will premiere the film "Wedding Every Weekend," which features a same-sex couple tying the knot.  Two friends, who have four weddings to attend over the course of four weeks, decide to go to each one together.  One of those weddings is for a lesbian couple.

ESPN Subscriber Losses Accelerate as Network Returns to Woke Programming.  The subscriptions and revenues for ESPN are plummeting at an increasingly fast rate, as the network has replaced its sports coverage with leftist propaganda.  Analyst Rich Greenfield recently looked at Disney and ESPN's reports and found very troubling numbers for the sport network and its parent company.

Ratings Crash for NBA, MLB After Protest-Filled Debuts.  As the NBA and MLB return from their coronavirus-imposed hiatus, it appears TV viewers are not interested in what the increasingly woke leagues have to offer.  With both baseball and basketball draped in all sorts of Black Lives Matter and social justice symbolism for their opening games, a substantially smaller number of fans tuned-in to the rest of the week's games.

A&E Went Woke and Now They're Going Broke.  Being 'woke' is not good for business — and A&E found that out the hard way.  The network has come a long way from its days of dry programming.  Shipping Wars, Storage Wars, Longmire, Dog the Bounty Hunter, and other series have boosted ratings for the network.  Live PD, created by Dan Abrams, was a better version of COPS that began airing in 2016. It had dozens of crews following police officers from all over the country, [...] After the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, another wave of political correctness, mob antics, and anti-police fervor took to the streets.  Black Lives Matter was back on the scene and the Live PD offered something that could not be allowed to survive because it showed a) that cops are decent human beings; b) at times offered how hard this job can be in certain situations.  Remember, there can be no nuance with the far left.  The show ran against the narrative that cops were all quasi-Nazis, so the network axed it.  As a result, A&E lost nearly half its viewers.

A&E Has Lost Half Its Viewers Since Dropping 'Live PD'.  Ratings for A&E Network have plummeted since it canceled the hit police reality show "Live PD" on June 10, a sign of how much the network relies on law-enforcement programming.  Average prime-time viewership for A&E between June 11 and July 19 was 498,000 people, down 49% from the same period last year, according to data from Nielsen.

Nearly 1 in 3 U.S. Households Have Cut the Cord, And Sports Won't Save It.  We'll look back at the coronavirus pandemic as the era of great transition when traditional linear media entertainment platforms finally conceded defeat to the growing power of direct-to-consumer business.  Roku, Inc. today announced findings from its annual cord cutting study, including new insights shared by U.S. consumers about how the COVID-19 pandemic is influencing the shift to streaming.  Ironically, Roku has not yet signed streaming agreements with major new entrants such as WarnerMedia's HBO Max and NBCUniversal's Peacock, and yet its findings suggest an acceleration in the mass exodus of linear customers.  The study found that approximately 32% of U.S. TV households do not have a traditional pay TV subscription (cable, satellite, telco), while another 25% of households, identified as "cord shavers," cut back their service.  When asked about intent to cut the cord fully in the next six months, 45% of cord shaver households said they were likely to do so.

The Editor says...
After you cut off the cable or satellite box, you should complete the process by removing the power cord, too.  After your TV is dead, you'll be surprised to discover that nobody is sick, masks are unnecessary, and Big Brother is not your friend.

BIPOC sounds redundant to me.  And it sounds like institutional racism.
CBS Commits 25 Percent of Development Budget to 'Black, Indigenous, and People of Color'.  CBS has now committed to using 25 percent of its production budget to produce TV projects dedicated to "BIPOC" topics — an acronym for "Black, Indigenous, and People of Color" — and will increase the number of minorities in creative roles.  The network has promised to flood its production companies with new minority hires, to produce minority shows, and movies, according to The Wrap.  And not only will CBS dedicate 25 percent of its script-writing budget to what some assume will be woke programming, the media giant said 40 percent of its writers' rooms on all programs will be populated by non-white writers.  The network further promised that half the writing staff of every show would be required to be minorities by 2023.

The Editor says...
Why wait until 2023?  Throw away your television now!

Cartoon Network Teaches Kids About "Intersex, Non-Binary" Gender Identities.  A Cartoon Network show is teaching kids about "intersex, non-binary" gender identities.  A clip from the Steven Universe show made in partnership with the Dove Self-Esteem Project was uploaded to Twitter in which one of the characters says, "Let's talk about social media, this is my page."  The profile page belonging to the character reads "Intersex, non-binary, they-them."

When TV and Film Still Had Heart.  There is a real darkness in our country and, no, it isn't the president's fault.  He has simply amplified a hidden sentiment that has been masked for a long time.  This goes for all forms of media, but specifically, it applies to movies, television, and obviously the news.  I'd include music, but I have zero idea what the kids are listening to nowadays. [...] And what is the goal today?  It's like there is a competition to see who can create more darkness.  We get it.  Ryan Murphy, you are the cream of the crop — I'm just not drinking it.  Honestly, I'm not sure how many truly are, since a TV "hit" today is 5 million viewers.  Shows used to get canceled if they had only 15 million viewers.  These days the message counts more than the numbers.

Black mobs terrorizing whites nationwide.  The media is constantly pounding the not so subliminal message that whites are evil and stupid.  Politicians are doing the same.  Actually, politicians are worse.  Obama laughingly agreed with Lula, the former Brazillian president (and prior to that former Brazilian communist agitator) when the latter said that the global financial crisis was caused by "blond hair blue eyed devils".  It doesn't stop there.  "Educators" are also stuffing the brains of students with the notions that whites are evil and thieves and stupid and helpless.  Madison Avenue also pushes the agenda that whites are either evil or stupid or both.  In one Pepsi commercial, a black couple happily throw a can of Pepsi at the head of a white woman with a velocity that would indicate a fatal blow to the woman's temple.  That perhaps is the most obvious of the anti-white commercials.  However, it is by no means the only one.  Just turn on your TV and I challenge you to find a single commercial or TV show where whites are not portrayed as evil or crooks or stupid or inept.

CNN's Ratings CRASH During Coronavirus Pandemic.  There was a time when the nation turned to CNN in times of great crisis, tumult, or chaos, but it looks like those days are long in the past.

The Editor says...
CNN is seen mostly at airports and restaurants.  This week, there's nobody in the airports or the restaurants.  Hence the ratings crash.  Nobody voluntarily watches CNN.

Kiddy Cable Network Nickelodeon Celebrating Transgender 'Truth' Day.  Do you let your kids watch the Nickelodeon cable network?  If so they are being inundated with the normalization of Transgenderism.

Nickelodeon 'celebrating transgender people around the world' and 'their truth'.  Nickelodeon told its millions of followers Tuesday that it was all-in for "Trans Day of Visibility."  The home of "SpongeBob SquarePants," "TMNT" and a host of other children's shows posted a baby-blue, pink, and white flag on its Twitter account while touting support for transgender persons around the world.  "Today is International #TransDayOfVisibility," the account tweeted for 3.8 million followers.  "We're celebrating transgender people around the world and the courage it takes to live their truth [...]."

The Editor says...
Transvestites may have their own beliefs, but they don't have their own truth.  A man who wears women's clothing is still a man.

Over 1,300 FCC Complaints Over Super Bowl Halftime Show.  The Super Bowl halftime show earlier this year, featuring Jennifer Lopez and Shakira, saw the Federal Communications Commission receive approximately 1,312 complaints from viewers who felt the show was inappropriate, as CNN reports.  During the controversial performance, the singers, wearing revealing outfits, pole-danced and made numerous sexually suggestive gestures.  Many viewers, who were watching with their children, subsequently made complaints to the FCC that there was not adequate warning beforehand about what the show would entail.

The FCC got an EARFUL about the NFL Super Bowl halftime show and it wasn't good.  If you saw the Super Bowl this year then there's a good chance you were dismayed by what you saw from both Shakira and J.Lo during the halftime show.  I remember thinking it was incredibly inappropriate, full of obscene gestures by both singers as they danced around the stage wearing close to nothing.  How horrified some parents must have been at what their kids were seeing.  In a new report by CNN, they explain that the FCC received over 1300 complaints about the halftime show.

Hollywood is using victimhood to sell us bad entertainment.  The 24 million people who watched this year's Academy Awards got to see what Hollywood has become: an industry that cares less about producing quality entertainment, and more about reinforcing a culture that puts a premium on grievance, oppression and victimhood.  No one is more committed to fortifying the standing of victims and their unearned privileges than liberal celebrities.  What are each of the nationally televised awards ceremonies if not tributes to social justice, celebrations of "diversity" and recognitions of various forms of hardship that women, ethnic minorities and non-heterosexuals are assumed to endure?

Ocasio-Cortez Guests on RuPaul Show: 'I Pledge Allegiance to the Drag'.  Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) will serve as a guest judge on the reality TV show RuPaul's Drag Race, according to a trailer published Thursday [2/13/2020].  The drag queen contest series, which comes back to VH1 this month, carries a semi-political theme this year and features several political puns.  Ru Paul will preside over the "Ru-nited States of America," the video ad says.  In the video, RuPaul also announces that "the time has come for the first drag queen president."

AOC to guest-judge on 'RuPaul's Drag Race'.  Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has a queen new deal.  The 30-year-old freshman congresswoman from The Bronx has signed on as a guest judge for Season 12 of "RuPaul's Drag Race," which will have a two-part premiere on Feb. 28 and March 6 on VH1.  The series, which pits 13 cross-dressing contestants against each other in the search of "America's Next Drag Superstar," has already taken on a red, white and blue political hue for the new season, which coincides with the 2020 presidential election.

Don't Pretend The Shakira And J. Lo Super Bowl Sexcapade Was Surprising.  [Scroll down]  The only interruption from the bedazzled cleavage, stripper-pole suspension and booty-shaking extravaganza was the introduction of a child dance troupe, including Jennifer Lopez's 11-year-old daughter, continuing the ongoing trend of subjecting minors to unfettered promiscuity and sexualization.  If anyone should be shielded from the pseudo-empowerment of self-objectification, it should be 11-year-old girls, yet here we are, thrusting them into the center of it.  While some lauded the show as fierce and full of "feminine energy," others pushed back.  One USA Today opinion article probed whether the Super Bowl ought to come with a parental warning, and National Review disputed J. Lo's characterization of the display as "empowering."

Franklin Graham: 'Pepsi Showing Young Girls that Sexual Exploitation of Women Is Okay'.  Christian evangelist Rev. Franklin Graham expressed disappointment with the lack of "moral decency" displayed at the Super Bowl LIV halftime show and the message it purportedly sent to children, writing Pepsi showed "young girls that sexual exploitation of women is okay" and urging society to raise its standards.  The Super Bowl LIV entertainment featured pop megastars Jennifer Lopez and Shakira, both of whom busted out in a series of crotch-grabbing, hip-thrusting moves throughout the performance.

J. Lo's Stripper Routine Was Not 'Empowering'.  Given the character of Miami, where the game was played, it makes sense for Latinas to perform in the Super Bowl halftime show, but let's not mistake Lopez and Shakira's double-booty shake as a feminist breakthrough.  Lopez and Shakira wore Vegas showgirl costumes and Lopez cavorted around a stripper pole.  I would not expect either of them to come out on stage in a tweed jacket and recite Shakespeare's sonnets, and I'm sure each of them cashed a large paycheck for their gyrations, but let's at least be honest about the meretricious nature of what the show was.  It was pure self-objectification, flaunting feminine sexual appeal for the purpose of titillation.  Everybody's got to make a living, but some careers are more worthy of respect than others.

Making the Children Leave the Room.  I think Kyle was exactly right in his post this morning criticizing last night's Super Bowl halftime show, put on by Shakira and Jennifer Lopez.  "It was pure self-objectification, flaunting feminine sexual appeal for the purpose of titillation," as he put it.  I had the same thought; we talk a lot about women's empowerment these days, and about how men shouldn't treat women as sexual objects.  That's all well and good, of course, but must we fix that problem that by glorifying women who present themselves as sexual objects?  That's really not much more empowering than when men do the same thing to us.

Hallmark Channel boss stepping down after lesbian ad debacle.  The chief of the Hallmark Channel's parent company is stepping down following a furor over the network's airing of ads depicting a lesbian wedding.  Hallmark Cards announced the departure of Bill Abbott as president and CEO of Crown Media Family Networks, which operates Hallmark's three family-friendly cable channels, after 11 years in the role.

'Party of Five' Reboot Is Pure Illegal Immigrant Propaganda.  [Scroll down]  The point is, the '90s "Party of Five" was a generational star-maker built on a very compelling premise.  The show really didn't need rebooting.  It ran for six seasons (1994-2000) and told its story.  The kids grew up.  But Freeform has decided to reboot it anyway, only without the compelling tragic storyline and with lots and lots of wokeness.  Check out the trailer.  It's a 30-second lecture on "All That's Bad With America Under Trump."  Instead of the kids being orphaned by a law breaker who drives drunk, they're orphaned by a different kind of lawbreaker.  Their parents are illegal aliens and deported by the "terror" group ICE.

Hey, AT&T, Flagrant Racism and Sexism Are 'Not OK'.  In a new series of AT&T commercials, the format changes a little, but the racism endures.  In the first of these ads, the viewer sees an elevator stuck between floors.  In the car are ten people, three black males, four women of various ethnicities, two men either white or Hispanic, and a tall, goofy, very white guy in the center of car.  Yes, you guessed it.  It is the goofy white guy who says inappropriate things until the elevator starts moving again.

CNN Pays 58 Airports $100,000 Each to Play Channel at Gates.  Tucker Carlson Tonight reported CNN is spending millions of dollars to have their channel played at fifty-eight airports across the United States.  As Carlson explained, CNN is paying the airports approximately $100,000 each to "pump propaganda into America's airports, holding its hapless travelers hostage."  He commented:  "It's not something [the airports] would do willingly.  Who would?  Nobody watches [CNN] — it's garbage."

CNN Pays Airports $100,000 Each to Play Fake News At Gates.  An investigation by Tucker Carlson Tonight has revealed that CNN is paying off more than fifty major airports throughout the United States to play their broadcasting to unsuspecting travelers at airline gates.  The network pays airlines around an average of $100,000 each to play the fake news, adding up to more than $6 million dollars in bribery.  Such a use of network resources could be easily used to fund legitimate and newsworthy journalistic endeavors, but the network, under the leadership of Jeff Zucker, instead adopts an approach of merely paying to have its propaganda broadcast to non-consenting viewers.

The Strange Alliance:  Secular Humanism and Neo-Paganism.  The latest homosexual propaganda that has recently appeared on TV is an ad entitled "Beyond I do".  It presents two totally silent lesbians holding several small children and looking very content.  The message is clear:  Gay marriage is not the end of the homosexual rights campaign but its new beginning.

Under pressure, Hallmark pulls gay-themed wedding ads.  Under pressure from a conservative advocacy group, The Hallmark Channel has pulled ads for a wedding-planning website that featured two brides kissing at the altar.  The family-friendly network, which is in the midst of its heavily watched holiday programming, removed the ads because the controversy was a distraction, a spokesperson said in an interview Saturday [12/14/2019].

Hallmark Channel Pulls Ads Featuring Lesbian Kiss After Backlash.  In early-December, the Hallmark Channel, known for its cheesy Christmas romance movies, began airing commercials for Zola, a wedding planning and registry website.  The commercials feature several different couples talking about the benefits of using Zola while standing at the wedding alter in front of friends and family.  Two of the three couples in the series are heterosexual, while the third couple is lesbian.  Some of the spots are shorter, focusing on only one couple, while others involve a cutting together of all three.  At the end of the commercial, the couples kiss.

The next day...
Hallmark Channel reverses decision to ban ads featuring same-sex couples.  The Hallmark Channel is reversing its decision to pull advertisements featuring same-sex couples and apologizing for removing them in the first place, a network spokeswoman told CNN Business.  The decision comes after Hallmark parent company Crown Media Family Networks faced calls for viewers and advertisers to boycott its television channel.  The ads, from online wedding planning company Zola, showed same-sex couples celebrating marriages.

Hallmark Channel Reinstates Same-Sex Wedding Commercials It Initially Pulled.  The Hallmark Channel, after initially removing a commercial depicting a lesbian wedding, has said it will restore the commercial to its airwaves, according to Fox News.  The commercial for the wedding planning site Zola was taken down by Hallmark after widespread complaints, which the network said "was creating a distraction." Zola subsequently pulled all of its other ads from Hallmark, including the ones featuring normal couples, following the decision.

All impeachment all the time.  Where does that get you?
Bottom Falls Out as CNN Ratings Hit 3-Year Low.  Far-left CNN, an anti-Trump, pro-violence, racist, fake news outlet that traffics in conspiracy theories, collapsed to a three-year low in the ratings during the week of November 25.

Your Smart TV could be spying on you, FBI warns.  Consumers need to think seriously about the security of their Internet-connect Smart TVs, according to the FBI.  "A number of the newer TV's also have built-in cameras," the FBI's Portland field office said, in a statement.  "In some cases, the cameras are used for facial recognition so the TV knows who is watching and can suggest programming appropriately.  There are also devices coming to market that allow you to video chat with grandma in 42' [sic] glory."  "Beyond the risk that your TV manufacturer and app developers may be listening and watching you, that television can also be a gateway for hackers to come into your home," the FBI added.

Why I Enjoy the White Nationalist Christmas Network Known as The Hallmark Channel.  [Scroll down]  Can you guess which states register the highest when it comes to this network?  Yes, states that Trump won in 2016 is where Hallmark does the best with viewers.  The piece then goes on some weird tangent about how all the male characters have white-nationalist haircuts.  So, there you have it.  Hallmark is really a covert network for white nationalism.  It just shows you how sick the Left has become since Trump's upset 2016 win.

Hallmark Channel Under Assault by Race Hustlers and LGBTQ Cult, 'Too White'.  Every Christmas season, it appears we have to endure listening to the race hustlers and the gay patrol complain about the one channel left in America that does not partake in envelope-pushing.  The Hallmark channel really is the last known entertainment that does not engage in the culture wars by pushing "diversity" for the sake of pleasing the agitators and instead focuses on its demographics; white moms and grandmas.  But these days, being white and enjoying things white people like is a cause for concern and mockery.  I'm white, and a mom, and Hallmark doesn't particularly appeal to me except in the sense that I know I can turn it on and not be concerned that my children will be exposed to clown world morality that is on every other channel.

Woketards Drive 'American Music Awards' Ratings to Another Record Low.  The American Music Awards (AMAs) hit an all-time low in the all-important 18-49 age demo Sunday [11/24/2019], and pretty much tied its record-low total viewership.  It was just last year when the American Music Awards hit its previous record low, with a 1.8 rating in the 18-49 advertiser-coveted age demo.  This year that number dropped to 1.7.  Good heavens, the AMAs can't even attract young people.  And this year's performances saw one woke showcase after another.

Report: Hollywood Adds More LGBT Characters to TV, Cable, Streaming — Now 488 Total.  GLAAD, an organization that seeks to accelerate "acceptance of the LGBT community" in American culture, released its 2019 report, Where We Are on TV, and applauded the TV and cable entertainment industries for adding more LGBT characters to their programs.  "Of the 879 regular characters scheduled to appear on broadcast scripted primetime television this season, 90 (10.2 percent) are LGBTQ," states the report.  There are also some 30 recurring LGBTQ characters, making a total of 120.  That's up from last year's 113 regular and recurring LGBTQ roles.

The Editor says...
If you haven't done so already, you should take all of the television sets out of your house and leave them at the curb for the next garbage truck.  When I got rid of my last TV in 1980, it was the programming was boring, shallow, insipid, and a waste of time.  Now, almost 40 years later, the programming is offensive, demeaning, pernicious, blasphemous, and destructive.  The commercials are nearly as bad, and the so-called "local news" is nothing but an infomercial for big government.

GLAAD: We Want '20% Of Series Regular Characters' To Be 'LGBTQ By 2025'.  On Thursday [11/7/2019], GLAAD published its annual "Where We Are on TV" report, which examines the number of LGBTQ characters on television.  In the opening paragraphs of the report, GLAAD President Sarah Kate Ellis states that television plays a crucial role in our culture when it comes to "changing hearts and minds."  She adds that according to a study, "less than one-quarter of Americans have a close friend or family member who is transgender," which means many Americans "learn about trans people from what they see in television, movies, and news."

Young Adults Fed Up with SJW and LGBTQ Tyranny.  The new "Batwoman" TV series featuring an openly lesbian Batwoman is failing big-time.  I was pleasantly surprised to learn that young adults are turned off by the show's extreme woke and SJW (social justice warrior) politically correct messaging.  "Woke" means you are aware of social and racial injustice.  "Woke" also means straight white men are the source of all evil and must be punished.  Women and minorities are perfect in every way.  Woke culture says anyone who dares criticize a woman or a minority hates women and minorities.  Batman fans are outraged over the "Batwoman" TV series trashing Batman and its in-your-face trashing of men.

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In other words, it's a "made for TV" movie.  Just about every Saturday afternoon filler movie on TV is a man-bashing chick flick, peppered with man-bashing commercials.

Nine Democrat Presidential Candidates Taking Part in LGBT Town Hall Marathon.  CNN and the gay rights advocacy group Human Rights Campaign (HRC) are hosting a marathon town hall with nine Democrat presidential candidates on Thursday in Los Angeles from 7:30 p.m. until midnight.  "The town hall, which will take place on the eve of National Coming Out Day, will mark the first time in history that a major cable news network will air a presidential event devoted to LGBTQ issues," the HRC website states of the event.

Crash: Emmy Ratings Plunge To Worst In History.  The TV people put on a TV show to praise TV, but TV viewers tuned out in droves.  The 71st Primetime Emmy Awards on the Fox network hit a record low with a dismal 5.8 household Nielsen rating — a 22% drop from last year, Deadline reported.  Last year, the show pulled a 7.4 rating (10.2 million viewers).  The latest show got crushed by NBC's "Sunday Night Football," even though it featured the undefeated Los Angeles Rams versus the lowly Cleveland Browns.

Smart TVs Caught Sending Sensitive User Data To Facebook And Netflix.  A study by researchers from Northeastern University and Imperial College London found that many popular smart TV models, including models by Samsung and LG, as well as streaming dongles Roku and Amazon FireTV, are leaking sensitive user data to advertisers.  The models listed above would share data like location and IP address with Netflix, Facebook and third-party advertisers, according to the FT.

Where have all the heroes gone?  [Scroll down]  Into this alarming environment comes TV fare showcasing the idea that women aren't as good as men, but better.  Computer hackers, car-jackers, detectives, doctors, lawyers, spaceship commanders — all better than their male counterparts.  And they can fight!  Little bitty women with toothpick arms beat up whole gangs of muscular male brutes with square jaws and hairy bellies.  In the next scene, these gals turn on the charm in scanty evening gowns as the guys line up panting.  I don't watch the comic book flicks where the female hero with exaggerated curves, dressed to bring these assets into unmissable relief, beats up the worst villains in the universe, but it's hard to escape the ads.  Gotta be quick on the remote.  The point, among others, is that the male hero has all but disappeared from the cultural scene.

Two Americas, tuning each other out.  Americans used to have only a few TV options, leading to moments of mass culture like The Beatles' appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show" or the "M*A*S*H" finale.  But just as the spread of social media jumpstarted political tribalization, the rise of cable and streaming services has necessitated a need for a wealth of content — increasingly targeted and niche — that has hastened a cultural splintering.

New HBO Series 'Righteous Gemstones' Hits Rock Bottom with Mockery of Christians.  HBO's latest fiasco in entertainment, The Righteous Gemstones, premiered on Sunday night [8/18/2019].  Nudity?  Check.  Unnecessary profanity?  Check.  Extremely mind-numbing content?  Check.  So what sets this show apart from the rest of the junk HBO puts out?  Not much.  The storyline, which is centered around a rich celebrity pastor, Eli Gemstone (John Goodman), and his family — a greedy and very corrupt bunch of people — comes across as a mockery of Christians, despite the showrunner's attempts to claim it's not.  The Gemstone Family is not only extremely insincere as they parade around in their private jets, going on mission trips that seem more like photo ops than evangelical outreach, but they are also extremely hypocritical.  The family is constantly seen fighting and using foul language.  In fact, the f-word is used 41 times and the Lord's name is taken in vein [sic] 28 times in the show's first hour.

What TV Binge-Watching Does to Your Brain.  Binge-watching episodes of your favorite shows does no favors for your brain, an expert warns.  "It's important to recognize that the brain is not an isolated organ — it responds to its environment," said Dr. Randall Wright, a neurologist at Houston Methodist in Texas.  "When we binge-watch, we create an unhealthy environment for the brain because we're sitting for long periods of time, isolating ourselves from social activities and eating large amounts of unhealthy food."

Protest Demonstrations in Recent TV and Film.  Two recent productions — a TV miniseries and a movie — point to issues in the depiction of social protest and civil disobedience in the entertainment media.

The Editor says...
The article immediately above is a review of two recent TV productions, both of which (judging by the review) portray a complete inversion of real life, just as most TV programs and commercials do.  Television programs are written to depict life as the writers wish it was, which is far different from the day-to-day life you can see for yourself.

Comcast Launches Eye Control For The TV, An Aid For Physically Disabled Viewers.  Comcast has launched a feature enabling viewers with physical disabilities like spinal cord injuries or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) the ability to navigate their television using only their eyes.  Xfinity X1 eye control is a web-based remote for tablets and computers that pairs with an existing eye gaze system and allows viewers with a single glance to change the channel, access the DVR or search for programs.

The Editor says...
This could be a kindly and benevolent gesture to benefit the one TV viewer in a million who can only move his eyes.  Or it could be a way to see if you pay any attention to pop-up advertisements.  The latter is far more likely.  Technical innovations on television are driven by advertising.  (Technical innovations on the internet are driven by pornography, identity theft, data mining, and e-commerce.  And advertising.)

Lesbian ponies coming to Discovery Family kids show.  The children's show 'My Little Pony:  Friendship Is Magic' on Discovery Family Channel will be introducing a new lesbian couple .. of ponies.. in an episode airing the week of June 16, one of the show's writers announced.  The episode "The Last Crusade" will feature ponies Aunt Holiday and Auntie Loft, and writer Michael Vogel tweeted about the TV premier of the two characters, relating the moment to Pride Month.

HBO series about teens grossly inappropriate for them, says PTC.  The new HBO series called "Euphoria" is a high school-centered show, according to PTC's Melissa Henson, following in the footsteps of series like MTV's "Skins" and "13 Reasons Why" on Netflix ... except that "Euphoria" is pushing the envelope even further by using extremely graphic adult content — sex, violence, profanity, and drug use — to target youngsters.  "It's almost like this race to the bottom to see who can get out there with the edgiest, the most risqué content, [to see] who can put these kids in the most dangerous situations," she laments.

Kids Cartoon Show Introduces Lesbian Pony Couple.  The hit kids cartoon show "My Little Pony:  Friendship Is Magic" will introduce a lesbian pony couple in the upcoming episode for its final season on Saturday [6/15/2019].  The character Scootaloo will appear alongside the show's two new characters, "Aunt Holiday" and "Aunt Lofty."  The episode is set to air during the height of gay pride month as millions across the country participate in rallies to celebrate LGBT Pride.

The Growing Popularity of Foot Shooting.  The purpose of a comedian is to make people laugh.  That ceases when humor becomes politicized.  Politicized comedians have not only shot themselves in the foot, they have lost track of their reason for being comedians.  Politics kills humor and there's nothing funny about hate.  Johnny Carson, Jonathan Winters, Sid Caesar knew that instinctively.  Actors and comedians need to make a decision — do they want to entertain people or proselytize?  For them, it is essentially impossible to serve two masters.  One of the masters is incompatible with the other.

Rachel Maddow's ratings plummet.  Rachel Maddow's ratings for the month of May were the lowest in the key 25-54 demographic since President Trump took office in 2017.  MSNBC's "The Rachel Maddow Show" averaged 410,000 viewers in the demo this month.  The ratings were the lowest in that demographic since January 2017 when the show averaged 412,000 demo viewers.

MTV Reveals First Sexually Fluid Reality Dating Show.  MTV on Thursday [5/30/2019] announced the first sexually fluid cast for the upcoming eighth season of their hit reality series, Are You The One?, hosted by Terrence J. Following Are You The One?'s signature format, 16 singles will travel to Hawaii in hopes of finding their "perfect match" and splitting the $1 million cash prize.  But, for the first time ever on a dating competition show in the U.S., there will be no gender limitations as each cast member identifies as sexually fluid.

Ohio weatherman lambasts viewers complaining his live tornado bulletin was interrupting The Bachelorette.  An Ohio weatherman lost it on live TV after viewers complained his severe weather warning was interrupting the reality show The Bachelorette late on Monday [5/27/2019].  Jamie Simpson was giving updates on the tornadoes, which would go on to ravage the Dayton area later in the night, when he saw complaints pour in on social media.  'We have viewers complaining already, "just go back to the show."  No, we're not going back to the show, folks.  This is a dangerous situation,' the Fox 45 meteorologist said.

The Editor says...
Weather warnings, Amber Alerts, presidential messages, and all other EAS interruptions should be maskable.  TV sets are smart.  The consumer should be able to dig into the setup menu and opt out of a dozen different categories of messages.  If you'd rather watch a circus than a tornado warning, that should be your business.  But the TV stations that produce "local news" shows tend to interrupt normal programming to produce weather warnings.  This is the same programming model they used in 1985.  There's no way to opt out of a weather bulletin when the TV station switches away from your favorite show, except to change the channel or hit the OFF button.  It's entirely up to the TV station management to decide in advance if the interruption of prime-time programming is a good idea.  The government is pressuring them to keep the populace alarmed by menacing it with an endless series of weather bulletins,* but the advertisers (to say nothing of the viewers) want the prime time shows to be watchable.

Late Night Right:  Where Are The Republicans On Evening TV?  Late night comedians pounced on the Mueller report with predictable results.  They either shredded Attorney General Bill Barr or claimed President Donald Trump was still guilty of something.  No one cracked wise about the Democrats who screamed "collusion," without evidence, for the past two years.  Late night TV is awash in liberal voices, and has been this way for some time now.  Is there room for at least one right-leaning show?

Atlantic: Late-night comedy isn't funny anymore (it doesn't even try.  Today the Atlantic's Andrew Ferguson has a piece about the death of comedy on late-night television.  His observations are prompted by the recent arguments over the White House Correspondent's Dinner which hit an iceberg last year in the form of Michelle Wolf's mean and not funny routine.  This year, President Trump has said he won't attend and has ordered members in his administration to do likewise.  That was seen as a terrible thing by some in the media but I'm with Ed on this one:  So what.

National Reckoning, My Eye.  The media has managed to impose a kind of groupthink that tells us that America is rife with racism and bigotry, but looking around and watching television, the only racism I seem to notice nowadays is the one against whites who go to church and raise law-abiding families.  Watch any Netflix or Amazon series and you'll see what I mean.  (Better not watch it, actually.)  The priest is always a pervert, the religious families are selling drugs on the sly, and all cops and soldiers are rapists, racists, and bigots.  All criminals are white, blond, and sporting Nazi tattoos.  Well, you know the rest.  Political correctness and diversity training have now become standard, and lockstep conformity is the order of the day.

Charles Van Doren, Inspiration for 'Quiz Show' Movie, Dies at 93.  Charles Van Doren, the inspiration for the 1994 film Quiz Show, died on Tuesday [4/9/2019].  He was 93.  Van Doren confessed to Congress in 1959 that his 14-week winning streak on the popular NBC quiz show Twenty-One was a hoax.  During his eloquent testimony, the Columbia University English instructor confessed to having been given the questions and answers in advance, as well as being told to act dramatically while deliberating over the inexplicably correct answers.

How is it that Charles Van Doren never was in jeopardy?  [Scroll down]  The corruption by commercialism, by which the sponsors corrupted the producers who corrupted the contestants, who, jointly, corrupted the viewers, disgusted many.  For mere money, producers and contestants traded away something more valuable and not easily regained.  Audiences mistook trivia for true knowledge and recast the American Dream as a get-rich-quick scheme.  It seemingly said something foul about postwar America, which also struggled with investigations into disc-jockey payola, fight fixing, and even the claims of Twenty-One sponsor Geritol around the same time.

Poll: TV Viewers Are Tired of Saturday Night Live's Political Obsession.  As the weekly target of Saturday Night Live's "humor," President Trump's disgruntlement with the show is understandable.  According to a new poll conducted by The Hollywood Reporter and Morning Consult, however, it isn't just him who has grown weary of SNL's shtick.  The poll found that 39 percent of the respondents feel that SNL is now "too political."  Almost half of the sample feel that the show in its present incarnation is "more liberal," while five percent of those polled live in some Bizarro world where they feel it's "more conservative."  The relentless focus on politics in late-night comedy is certainly tedious.

Many Americans Say 'Saturday Night Live' Is Now "Too Political," Poll Finds.  [Scroll down]  About 32 percent of Americans said they think the show is "more entertaining" with a political guest host, while 37 percent think otherwise.  In a similar vein, Americans are split on whether individual sketches should be based on relevant headlines about the White House or Congress.  Some 37 percent of respondents said that the show "is more entertaining when politics is incorporated into sketches," while 35 [percent] disagree that the series is better when it focuses on political news.

This Is The Reason Smart TVs Are So Cheap.  A significant reason why a smart TV, or perhaps a new 65-inch 4K smart TV with HDR capability, can be purchased for about $500, is because some manufacturers are harvesting data from users. [...] Vizio TVs, have the ability, with user opt-in, track anything that is on the TV, what the company calls "automatic content recognition."  That data used to be sold off to third-party data aggregators, but after the Federal Trade Commission and New Jersey slapped the company with a multi-million dollar fine in 2017.  Legal documents from the case reportedly show that Vizio installed software on 11 million smart TVs to track viewing habits without consumers' knowledge.  Now, Vizio keeps the data but sells targeted advertising in a platform model like Google and Facebook.

Survey: Americans Spend Nearly Half Their Waking Hours Looking At Screens.  More specifically, the survey found that 42% of the time Americans are awake, their eyes are fixated on a television, smartphone, computer, tablet, or other device.  Supposing the average American slept eight hours a night (not even close to the case for most adults), the researchers calculated that people spend about six hours and 43 minutes a day staring at a screen.

A complete inversion of reality:
'Murphy Brown' features reporter beaten by 'sea' of MAGA-hat wearing thugs at 'Trump' rally.  CBS' "Murphy Brown" took its jabs at the Trump administration to a new level this week with a story in which character Frank Fontana is beaten by a mob of MAGA-hat wearing thugs.  Rumors swirled this week that Candice Bergen's show would not be renewed after its initial batch of 13 episodes aired, but the creators' liberal stance was further solidified on Thursday with a story called "Beat the Press."

The Editor says...
Tea Party people and right-wingers wearing MAGA hats are usually the victims of political violence in this country, not the instigators and perpetrators of it.  No one other than a poorly-educated left-wing activist at CBS would believe otherwise.  News reporters are only rarely the targets of physical violence, and in all the cases that I can recall offhand, when reporters have been exposed to criminal violence, it has been connected to theft, domestic violence, or the random acts of homeless people who should have been locked up.

Report: Anti-Trump 'Murphy Brown' Reboot Cancelled After One Season.  CBS is cutting bait with its re-booted, President Trump-bashing sitcom, Murphy Brown, announcing it will not renew the show after its first 13 episodes, according to reports.  The Candice Bergan-fronted comedy came back with much fanfare as a full-throated attack on President Donald Trump, but lackluster ratings dogged the show from its very first episode.

Are You Ready to Stop Watching the Never-Ending Commercial?  On television, the real commercial is found in the programs more than the nominal commercial breaks.  Network programs plug socialized medicine, either with some fawning reference to the Canadian system or complaints about prescription drug prices and "big pharma."  For nearly two decades, virtually every prime-time show has featured gay characters politicizing their orientation.  Police and legal shows advocate increased immigration while claiming that unlimited immigration is somehow the law.  Popular sitcoms feature promiscuity while ridiculing those who fail to be promiscuous.  The point is not simply that television features bad things.  We already knew that.  The point is that television programs are little more than commercials for promiscuity, unfettered immigration, socialized medicine, gay rights, and the rest of the Democrat agenda.  Movies are not at all different.  Every movie (with a few marginalized exceptions) revises history in some way and serves as a Democrat campaign commercial.  The Academy Awards are today's equivalent of Orwell's "two minutes hate" against Republican politicians.

Worst Quarter Ever For Cable/Satellite TV Providers.  Contrary to suggestions of a slow-down, the number of Americans severing their ties to cable and satellite TV soared to the largest number ever during the third quarter this year.  For the first time satellite and cable TV providers lost more than a million subscribers from July through September this year.  To be exact, they lost 1.1 million customers.  Which is a lot of of monthly fees gone poof!

Why liberals laughed at a wounded veteran.  Conservatives rightly are getting on the case of Peter Michael Davidson of the SNL political hour for mocking a Navy SEAL's war wound.  The target was Texas congressional candidate Dan Crenshaw whose only crime is being a Republican.  Davidson is now as repulsive as Samantha Bee, who called the First Daughter the C-word, and Stephen Colbert, who called the president a homophobic slur.  No one lost their job.  They said this in scripted, taped remarks.  That means they spoke for their network and its corporate owner.

GLAAD: the number of LGBTQ series regulars on TV is at an all-time high.  For the past several years, the entertainment industry has been the subject of many a conversation about representation and inclusion of women, people of color, and LGBTQ+ individuals onscreen. [...] It's a growth that comes in concurrence with a 4 percent increase over last year in series regular characters on broadcast television who are people of color and, within that statistic, an overall increase in racial diversity as characters of all ethnicities have become more visible in mainstream media.

American Music Awards ratings plunge 29 percent with politically charged show.  The politically charged 2018 American Music Awards produced dismal viewership, setting an all-time low rating for the annual special.  According to Variety, Tuesday night's "American Music Awards" on ABC earned a disappointing 1.8 rating among the key demo of adults age 18-49 with 6.5 million total viewers, according to the Hollywood trade publication.  The total was down 25 percent compared to its 2.4 demo rating in 2017.

Emmy Awards drop 11 percent from last year with a record low of 10.2 million viewers.  The 70th Primetime Emmy Awards on Monday night produced the show's smallest audience in its history.  The final numbers from Nielsen were revealed on Tuesday afternoon and show the annual awards ceremony saw a sharp decline in viewers and a dip in its targeted demographic.  A little over 10 million people tuned in to the three-hour Monday night [9/17/2018] show, an 11 percent drop from last year's 11.8 million viewers.

The Emmys Telecast Was a Cringe-Worthy, Tone-Deaf Embarrassment.  "Let's give ourselves a hand!"  He really said that!  It made me laugh.  He wanted accolades for this disaster.  It made me laugh — and wonder just how tone-deaf this award show could possibly be.  The answer presented itself, repeatedly, and with much unearned self-congratulation:  very tone-deaf.  He is chairman of the Television Academy Hayma Washington, who came on stage right before the last act of a miserable Emmy Awards telecast, and repeated the night's running theme:  This, the 70th Emmy Awards, features the most diverse and inclusive group of nominees ever.  Yet the tepid response he received — he had to literally cajole the crowd to applaud itself, a rarity for this industry — underscored everything woefully misguided about this Colin Jost and Michael Che-hosted outing, perhaps the worst-produced award show since James Franco and Anne Hathaway co-hosted the Oscars.

The Top 50 Liberal Media Bias Examples.  [#46] TV's anti-conservative attacks:  Episodic television is no different than Hollywood in its attacks on the right.  For a few examples:  NCIS featured a story about terrorists not long ago.  Of course, the terrorists were white people mad at US government failures, not Muslims.  The series Medium created a character evoking comparisons to the law-and-order Sheriff Joe Arpiao in Arizona.  Only the TV show's version was a child rapist and murderer — naturally.  This is not to mention the bias belched out by the chicks on The View on a daily basis.

How Smart TVs in Millions of U.S. Homes Track More Than What's On Tonight.  The growing concern over online data and user privacy has been focused on tech giants like Facebook and devices like smartphones.  But people's data is also increasingly being vacuumed right out of their living rooms via their televisions, sometimes without their knowledge.  In recent years, data companies have harnessed new technology to immediately identify what people are watching on internet-connected TVs, then using that information to send targeted advertisements to other devices in their homes.  Marketers, forever hungry to get their products in front of the people most likely to buy them, have eagerly embraced such practices.  But the companies watching what people watch have also faced scrutiny from regulators and privacy advocates over how transparent they are being with users.

Michael Che's Lambaste Of Substituting Politics For Comedy Is Spot-On.  The hottest trend in stand-up comedy is to fill as much time as possible on a political soapbox, and perform no actual comedy.  The new rock-star comedians praised by progressive millennials do not make uniquely funny observations about life, but reveal deeply personal tragedies to their audience, usually with a strong call to social action.  They seem to have one, strong characteristic in common:  They are not funny. [...] Late-night comedy shows have elected themselves the educators of the masses.

CW's 'Supergirl' Casts Transgender Rights Activist as First Trans TV Superhero.  The CW network's Supergirl has announced the casting of transgender rights activist Nicole Maines to play a super-powered hero in the series upcoming fourth season.  Reports of the search for an actor to portray a transgender character broke in May, but now word has emerged that Maines has been cast as Nia Nal, a hero named "The Dreamer."  Nal will have the power to sense the future, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Trump-Bashing Rants By Late-Night 'Comics' Now Get Treated As Real News.  If you rely on the nation's top news sites to determine what was really important about the Trump-Putin Helsinki summit, the answer would be:  How did Trump-hating late-night talk-show hosts react?  We are not kidding.  This is how low the mainstream press has sunk.

Will Upcoming Emmy Awards Double as Resistance TV?  Awards shows have always had an emotional element to the winners and losers.  The best movie, TV show, song, or production should snare the highest awards, but other factors can't help but creep in.  When an actor is in his or her golden years, for example, they have a sentimental edge over the competition.  Or, as in the case of this year's Best Actor Oscar winner Gary Oldman, a legacy of rock solid performances prior to becoming Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour.  Today, there's another factor threatening to overwhelm the usual standards for the best of the best.  How does the nominee factor into The Resistance?

Americans are losing confidence in many things, but not these three.  Americans, it seems, are growing increasingly dubious, skeptical, even cynical about many of their once-hallowed institutions.  These include especially Congress.  But any such disapproval list also contains TV news, newspapers, unions, public schools and even the criminal justice system.  Only two institutions — the military and small business — hold an overwhelming net positive opinion in the minds of Americans.  The volunteer military has by far the most public confidence — 94 percent with a great deal or some confidence in it.

When you finish this editorial, pick up a book.  Pleasure reading is at an all-time low, a new study shows, and the culprit is television.  More TV and less reading leaves people less imaginative, less informed, and less fully alive.  The trend needs to reverse.

Keep the Kids Away from 'Drag Tots' — This Cartoon Is Coming Soon.  A new show proves the need for parents to monitor carefully what programs their little ones are watching:  On June 28, a cartoon called "Drag Tots" is premiering on World of Wonder network, and it is exactly what the title conveys — a cartoon about baby drag queens.  Not only that, but these are baby drag queens with a message:  The president is bad.  "In the show's first trailer ... a voiceover warns that the world is 'on the brink of chaos' because of President Donald Trump and his controversial administration," notes The Hollywood Reporter.  "After a clip is shown of Trump touting his plan to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico, the voiceover suggests a quick fix to all of today's political unrest:  'baby drag queens.'"

Broadcasters Hope To Counter Ad Skipping By Replacing Ads With Short 'Inspirational Videos'.  The cable & broadcast industry has gone to some pretty absurd lengths to avoid having to adapt to the cord cutting era.  As ad-skipping DVRs started to become popular, the industry's response wasn't to embrace natural evolution, it was to file a bunch of lawsuits and creatively harass companies that were trying to give consumers what they wanted.  Similarly, as cord cutting has grown thanks to sky-high prices and ad break fatigue, the industry's overall response was to first raise prices like it was going out of fashion, then try to speed up or edit down programs in the hopes of shoving more ads into each viewing hour.

A New Low for Dr. Oz.  It was Cicero who wondered how one fortuneteller could pass another in the street and keep a straight face.  But that's Dr. Oz's main qualification — he keeps a straight face no matter what he's holding up to the camera.  What's next?  I can just see this credentialed hack earnestly pointing at maps of the soles of the feet to enlighten the masses about reflexology, or extolling the diagnostic benefits of the bumps on the skull.  What am I saying — he's probably done those already, and if he hasn't, it's not for lack of shame.

Netflix Approval Plummets Among Republicans Amid Obama Production Deal, Susan Rice Board Appointment.  Republican's approval of the internet streaming giant Netflix has dropped amid the company's recent embrace of Susan Rice and Barack Obama, according to polling data obtained by Variety.  A survey by the research firm YouGov found that Netflix's positive impression rating with Republicans fell by 16 percent since the beginning of 2018.  Meanwhile, the company's positive impression rating with Democrats has risen by 15 percent in the same period.

The Astonishing Silliness of CNN.  [Scroll down]  Over the course of two airports, CNN was everywhere.  Before departure, CNN was rolling in our lunch restaurant.  Next door, CNN was burbling in a convenience store.  In the second airport, in the waiting area at the gate, CNN was not only surrounding me on several screens, but the sound was also piped in. [...] Join with me, America, and demand the channel be changed.  Or even better, to turn the TVs completely off, with the exception of major sporting events and occasional soothing nature specials.

Fox Moves to Revive Tim Allen Comedy Series 'Last Man Standing'.  The Tim Allen-fronted blue-collar comedy Last Man Standing may make Fox Broadcasting Co. its new network home after ABC abruptly canceled the successful series last year.

NBC took a $69M chance on Megyn Kelly and it looks like a failure.  NBC poured millions of dollars into "Megyn Kelly Today" and, in return, they've been rewarded with a massive drop in viewership.  The Peacock network poached Kelly from Fox last year, enticing her from the conservative flagship network with a three-year, $69 million contract, according to the Wall Street Journal.  But Kelly's introduction to NBC, premiering at the 9 a.m. hour in September, was met with almost immediate controversy — a feud with Jane Fonda that the morning show host dragged out for months — and she never drew the viewership that the network was looking for.  Her Sunday night newsmagazine show was an even bigger disappointment and was quickly shrunk to sporadic primetime specials.

House of Canards:  Netflix Drama Gets it Wrong on Gun Laws, NRA.  March 4 saw the premiere of the fourth season of Netflix's hit political drama House of Cards.  The show follows the machinations of House Majority Whip Frank Underwood as he ascends to the presidency and subsequently runs to stay in office.  While the real-life Washington elite certainly have an unsettling fondness for the Machiavellian drama, its depiction of life inside the Beltway is highly stylized.  This season this fact is made abundantly clear with the show's portrayal of federal gun laws and NRA.

The Glades, "Iron Pipeline": it's always the awkward ones.  Guns are bad and only police personnel should own them; that is what the episode teaches.

Easy as ABC.  The American Broadcasting Company has just discovered what George Orwell proclaimed seven decades ago:  "To see what is in front of one's nose needs a constant struggle."  What ABC finally realized was that about 50 percent of the country voted for Donald Trump.  No network can afford to lose half its audience.  That way lies self-parody and selfdestruction.  Consider ESPN, with its 24/7 politicizing of sport and, as a result, a catastrophic loss of subscribers — down 8 percent last year and falling.  ABC News is still in attack mode when it comes to the Trump presidency, but its programming department is too canny to go down that increasingly crowded highway.

Why Megyn Kelly's NBC show is a flop.  After making a name for herself at Fox News, in large part thanks to her headline-making feud with Donald Trump, Megyn Kelly was courted by NBC and offered a reported $23 million per year to bring her star power to the Peacock Network.  This made her the highest-paid anchor at NBC following Matt Lauer's departure, but unfortunately, courting Kelly may not have been a smart investment.  Her first attempt at success, a Sunday night news magazine dubbed Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly, debuted in June 2017 and soon proved to be a flop.  Come September, the network moved her to a daily talk show-style gig during the 9 a.m. slot of Today.  That series, Megyn Kelly Today, once again failed to bring in viewers and ratings plummeted at lightning speed, fueled by countless controversies.

Hollywood stars, athletes driving away viewers with political activism, poll finds.  Actors and athletes increasingly using their forums for political activism are turning off viewers, according to a newly released poll.  A McLaughlin & Associates/Media Research Center survey released Wednesday [3/21/2018] found that 44 percent were less likely to watch sports and entertainment shows "because they have become too political."  In addition, 75 percent said they watch sports and entertainment to escape from politics, and "do not want to be bombarded with partisan political messages."  The poll of 1,000 likely voters comes with television ratings plummeting in the last year for high-profile sports and entertainment events.

Here's What Your Children Are Learning Today.  Why on earth should kindergarten curricula include lessons on gender reassignments or anything to do with sex education?  Have you watched what children are watching on television today?  I remember when Saturday mornings would show cartoons on the local networks but cartoons are only available now on cable stations and are more inclined to represent liberal humor and social engineering rather than what appeals to children.  The very young child watching the series "Back at the Barnyard" will assume male bulls have udders like cows.  Although the character Lincoln on Nickelodeon's Loud family has ten sisters to watch over, his best friend also has two fathers. [...] Dora the Explorer is a big moneymaker for its creators but I've always thought that what we needed was Hispanic children learning English rather than the other way around plus is it really wise to encourage children that it's okay to befriend wild animals in the jungles?

We Don't Need No Stinking Ratings!  I find it curious that a business that reportedly wants to sell a product, such as movies and television shows, will insult its customers as much as it can.  The American public does not have a good opinion of the entrainment industry in general, but it does have a high regard for law enforcement officers (as well as EMT, firefighters, and other first responders).  Seeing that the traditional networks are bleeding viewers to alternative sources of entertainment (e.g., Amazon Prime, Netflix, Hulu), they may want to be more concerned with providing a saleable product than with patting themselves on the back for evicting the sexual predators they coddled for generations.

At the Box Office and Voting Booth, Leftist Fantasies Bomb.  [Scroll down]  And then, there's CNN.  The cable news outlet has spent the last fourteen months and more giving 24/7 coverage to a Russia-Trump conspiracy for which there is zero evidence, an epidemic of gun violence that does not exist, and what Brian Stelter, in a panic attack reminiscent of the little girl in Frobenius's anecdote, recently called "a rolling, ongoing, crisis" at the White House.  The result?  Like the Oscars, CNN's ratings have tanked.

Hollywood's Oscars Night Tanks as NRA Membership Skyrockets.  Hollywood's biggest night of the year turned into one of the smallest as viewers refused to watch a conga line of virtue-signaling celebrities preen about politics. [...] So, we have people flocking to gun rights organizations and running from Hollywood.  Why do you think that is?  Hollywood doesn't want to face the reality that it's because people are fed up with condescension from celebrities who don't value Americans' civil rights.

Boycott the Oscars?  Why Not Boycott Hollywood?  It is very disconcerting to me, a former film buff to read past favorites indulge in hateful, spiteful and idiotic language that reveals the depth of their ignorance on politics.  The biggest clue to their ignorance is that they actually supported Hillary Clinton, the worst candidate in ages, who had so much baggage she needed Pullman porters for security.  The Oscars telecast will be next week, on March 4th, and will be hosted by nighttime host Jimmy Kimmel.  He has demonstrated for the past few months that he can be extremely tearful about issues he hasn't bothered to research.  He has been urged by the producers to tone down the politics but the star studded audience is filled with like-minded liberals, so it may be hard for him to avoid playing to them instead of the waning viewers.  I remember when the Oscars were something to look forward to.

Sinking Ship:  CNN Falls Below The Hallmark Channel In Prime Time Viewership.  Cable news viewers are abandoning CNN in droves.  Their 24/7 anti-Trump programming policy isn't working out so well, it seems.  Even the Hallmark Channel is beating them in some areas.  How embarrassing for them.

CNN Is Bleeding Primetime Audience Members At A Really Alarming Rate.  The numbers that show the ratings for cable news networks are in, and while Fox News remains at the top of the food chain, CNN is currently limping along as it bleeds primetime viewers at such speeds, it's amazing it's not dead already.  According to AdWeek, CNN managed to beat its closest competitor, MSNBC, in viewers during the day overall.  But when people come home after work to watch the news, CNN suddenly found itself behind MSNBC in the ratings, never mind how miles ahead Fox News is.

Report: CNN to Lay Off up to 50 Employees After Missing Revenue Targets.  Joe Pompeo writes at Vanity Fair that CNN, led by its president Jeff Zucker, will soon lay off dozens of employees — mostly from "several high-profile digital initiatives" — after the left-wing news network failed to reach revenue targets.

'Law & Order:  SVU' Depicts Brutal Rape of Female Conservative Commentator.  NBC's Law and Order: SVU has always been a reliable series to find liberal bias, whether it includes painting Christians as rape apologists or gender fluidity as "cool."  But I think we were overdue for an episode that gives us a real, honest glimpse of what the show thinks of the right.  Look no further than this week's episode title "Info Wars."

Two Basic Cable Networks OK Use Of 'F' Word In TV Shows.  After President Trump allegedly used [a nasty] word to describe Haiti and some African nations in a private meeting (he denies it), the mainstream media went nuts.  Quasi-news outlet CNN reveled in the toilet, saying the word nearly 200 times times in one day.

Life Time Fitness Pulls the Plug on Its In-Club News Channels.  It was 4:00 PM at the Life Time gym in Chanhassen, Minnesota, and the 55-inch flat screen in the corner, right above the Smith Machine and adjacent to the Pilates studio, should have been tuned to CNN.  The Situation Room With Wolf Blitzer would be coming on as soon as the commercial break was over, but today was different.  Over the holidays, Life Time executives determined that CNN and a host of other cable news channels are not consistent with its "overall healthy way of life philosophy and commitment to provide family-oriented environments."  So instead of Wolf, gym-goers are now fed positive, healthy content programming, such as A&E, which was now airing on the TV set normally reserved for CNN.  On that particular day, the show airing in lieu of The Situation Room was an episode of Intervention in which a "mother of three resorts to prostitution to feed her crack addiction."  Healthy programming indeed.

That Game on Your Phone May Be Tracking What You're Watching on TV.  At first glance, the gaming apps — with names like "Pool 3D," "Beer Pong: Trickshot" and "Real Bowling Strike 10 Pin" — seem innocuous.  One called "Honey Quest" features Jumbo, an animated bear.  Yet these apps, once downloaded onto a smartphone, have the ability to keep tabs on the viewing habits of their users — some of whom may be children — even when the games aren't being played.  It is yet another example of how companies, using devices that many people feel they can't do without, are documenting how audiences in a rapidly changing entertainment landscape are viewing television and commercials.

How Trump's election killed comedy.  "Comedy is dead, except for calling Donald Trump a Nazi," said Rodney Lee Conover, a right-leaning comedian who got his start writing jokes for Rush Limbaugh.  The tectonic shift left is not just in comedy clubs' brick walls but in our living rooms.  Johnny Carson's middle-of-the-road political comedy has been replaced with Stephen Colbert (host of CBS' "The Late Show"), John Oliver (host of HBO's "Last Week Tonight"), Trevor Noah (host of Comedy Central's "The Daily Show") and others bashing all things conservative on a nightly basis.  Jimmy Kimmel has turned his late-night program on ABC into a seminar on health care.  Although his rants have been judged as inaccurate and misleading, it doesn't stop them from being shared across social media, where they become gospel for many Americans.  Mr. Kimmel revealed that some of his pro-Obamacare monologues were based on talking points provided by Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat.

ESPN to lay off 150 people, latest round of cuts at sports broadcasting network.  ESPN President John Skipper announced Wednesday morning [11/29/2017] the network will be terminating approximately 150 employees, bringing the total number of employees the network has let go in 2017 to about 250.  Of the latest round of layoffs, Skipper stated, "We appreciate their contributions, and will assist them as much as possible in this difficult moment with severance, a 2017 bonus, the continuation of health benefits and outplacement services."  The employees that were let go worked in "studio production, digital content, and technology."

ESPN Subscribers Drop to 14-Year Low, Putting Pressure on Disney.  ESPN lost 2 million subscribers last fiscal year, underscoring the challenge owner Walt Disney Co. faces attracting young people who don't pay for cable.  The network, one of the most watched on the cable dial, had 88 million U.S. subscribers at the end of September, including people paying for online versions, Disney said in its annual report Wednesday.  That's down from a peak of 100 million in 2010 and marks the lowest total since 2003.  To ensure the long-term future of one of its most profitable businesses, Disney Chief Executive Officer Bob Iger is negotiating to include ESPN in new digital forms of pay TV, such as Sling TV and DirecTV Now.

ESPN Loses $1 Billion, More Layoffs Coming.  It's going to be a very unhappy holiday season for employees at ESPN as reports indicate more layoffs are coming between now and Christmas after massive losses to the anti-Trump sports network.  Somewhere between 60 and 100 employees are slated for the chopping block through the end of the year which represents $80 million in salaries ESPN is trying to salvage to offset an almost $1 billion budget shortfall.

LGBT characters on U.S. TV at record highs.  The number of lesbian, gay and transgender characters on U.S. television shows have reached record highs, and campaign group GLAAD said on Thursday [11/9/2017] that their stories were more important than ever given moves in the United States to roll back LGBT acceptance.

CNN to Sell Web Subscriptions in Quest for $1 Billion in Sales.  CNN is getting into the digital subscription business, part of an ambitious plan by the cable news channel to generate $1 billion a year in online revenue in the next five years.  The cable news network plans to charge for access to exclusive content and live events with some of its biggest stars, like Fareed Zakaria, said Matt Dornic, a CNN spokesman.  The material would be in addition to what CNN already offers for free online.  Online publishers are focusing increasingly on getting their readers to pay for journalism as it becomes more difficult to survive on digital advertising — a market dominated by two tech giants:  Google and Facebook Inc.

A million people cut the cord in the last 3 months, and cable companies are worried.  Cord-cutting, or at least the speed at which people are ditching pay TV, is on track to be the biggest upset of the year.  There's finally a collection of cheap-ish streaming services widely available, and as you'd imagine, people are jumping ship from cable as fast as humanly possible.  The latest bad data points come from the Q3 earnings of all the big cable companies, which are mostly now public.  DSLReports added up the damage, and it makes for bad reading if you're a cable company exec.

Remember When Television Was Entertaining?  There is no question that the [ABC] network and partner ESPN have been suffering horribly from cord-cutting and streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu.  However, alienating viewers with leftist political pandering won't address the problem. [...] There's something disturbing about a major corporation like Disney allowing its operations to use their scripted shows to spew out unrelenting liberal propaganda. [...] People just want to be entertained after work and yet, after a massive sex scandal surrounding a powerful megaproducer, television producers such as ABC continue to force-feed their progressive worldview on unsuspecting viewers.  In the process, they lose sight of Walt Disney's original vision of clean, family-friendly television.

NFL or Gilligan's Island, the Choice Is Easy.  It's not a tough decision at all, for me the choice is obvious.  This year I'll be watching reruns of Gilligan's Island before I'll watch a single down of the National Football League.  I just don't have the interest level that I once had in watching professional football, it simply doesn't appeal to me anymore.  And it won't appeal to me until the NFL decides to stand up to the thugs and prima donnas on its payroll who want to protest against the very country that has enriched them far beyond that of most Americans.

The Editor says...
Why not just turn the television OFF and read a book, or walk around the block, or something?  Must you be entertained constantly?

TV Execs Scramble to Stop Plummeting NFL Ratings, Suggest Canceling Ten 'Thursday Night Football' Games.  Network executives are scrambling to solve the growing problem of crashing ratings for the National Football League, by cutting games to end the perceived "over-saturation" of football on TV.  To put an end to the sliding ratings, the executives are proposing that fewer games may be the ticket to stop that "over-saturation," with one idea being to cut Thursday Night Football by a whopping ten games.

America Fights Back:  Record Number of Patriotic Cord-Cutters Tumble TV Stocks.  There is only one way — one! — to finally and forever destroy Hollywood and much of the mainstream media.  You have to cut your cable or satellite cord.  You have to cancel your pay TV package.  The one-legged stool propping up ESPN, CNN, MSNBC, Disney, MTV, and the entire Tinseltown crime syndicate is you paying for cable TV. [...] Not to put too fine a point on it, but there is no single act any American can perform that will do more damage to the institutional left than to cut your cable/satellite cord.  So please do so today.

Nolte: Want to Destroy ESPN and CNN Forever?  Cut the Cord, Dummy.  Almost all of the cultural and political power possessed by Hollywood and the mainstream media is held up by a one-legged stool, a single leg that gets shakier by the month — this increasingly fragile appendage we call the Pay TV Package.  Going forward, for reference purposes, the Pay TV Package is your cable or satellite bundle, which brings with it hundreds of channels and a monthly bill that dings you for $1000 to $1500 a year.  Without this bundle, almost every institution determined to destroy everything you hold dear — faith, family, country, individual liberty, self-reliance, prosperity, racial harmony, and moral decency — would disappear entirely or at least be much weaker than it currently is.  Of course, I am talking about CNN, ESPN, Comedy Central, Disney, MTV, MSNBC, and the like — institutions you — yes YOU — are subsidizing against your will.

How To Destroy CNN, Survive Without Cable TV, And Save Lots of $$$.  Did you know that, on average, CNN is not only in last place behind MSNBC, but that the left-wing outlet's average viewers are below 1 million?  With such poor ratings, there is no way CNN could survive on advertising revenue alone.  So how does CNN stay afloat?  By picking YOUR pocket.  Yes, Genius, YOU are subsidizing a Fake News outlet that is actively trying to destroy you and everything you stand for.  How?  Whether or not you watch CNN (and no one really does), if it is part of your cable package, you are putting money directly into CNN's pocket with what is called a subscription fee.

Bring on transgender nudity and demonize the military?  The fall premieres have begun on prime-time TV, and just when you thought we couldn't sink lower into the cesspool, there are new "milestones" for the liberal cultural commissars to honor.  The Daily Beast reported with great pride that the Amazon show "Transparent" will have TV's first transgender full-frontal nude shot, during a massage scene: [...]

To see your gestures, the TV will have to watch you continuously.  Do you really want that?
End of the TV remote could be nigh as scientists invent technology to change channel using gestures.  The television remote could become a thing of the past according to scientists who have developed a new technology that allows the device to be controlled through gestures instead.  Computer scientists at Lancaster University have come up with a system that makes it possible interact with screens simply by using body movements, or waving objects.  Requiring only a simple webcam, the "Matchpoint" works by displaying moving targets that orbit a small circular "widget" in the corner of the screen.

TV And The Cloud People.  The people who have long careers in television, making hit shows, all have something in common.  They make it their first priority to give the public what they want.  Whatever political or personal agendas they have are secondary to putting on a good show.  Unlike a pollster or political operator, the guy pitching TV shows has skin in the game.  He has to be good at gauging public attitudes or else the show flops.  The pollsters never suffer for being wrong.  The thing is though, the TV shows also tell us, the Dirt People, something about the people who rule over us.  Hollywood is, after all, the class of people in American, whose duty it is to sing the praises of our rulers.  It's also their job to sell the public on the official cultural agenda.  Whatever fads or social issues are being pushed by our ruling class, will be praised in our TV shows and movies.  It's why all of our action heroes are barren cat ladies now.  It's why commercials are now full of race mixing.

Remember When Late Night Talk Shows Were Entertaining?  Regardless of your position on Obamacare or on the 2016 election, the bigger picture here is how ponderous and self-reverential and sanctimonious our late night shows (and their hosts) have become.  Can we get back to entertainment please?  If I want political debates on candidates and issues, I've got plenty of cable channels to choose from.  Last I checked, the network late night talk shows were supposed to serve a different purpose.  I want a humorous and entertaining talk show at the end of my busy and complicated day[,] and I doubt I'm alone.

The Emmys Celebrate a Dying Industry.  [Scroll down]  In fact, general TV audience has declined steadily among all ages below 65-year-olds in the past six years.  In the first quarter of 2011, Americans spent an average of 42 hours watching TV per week, according to Nielsen data.  By the first quarter of 2017, that number had dropped to 34.  The viewership of those aged between 12 and 24 years old has changed by the highest percentage since 2011, a 41 percent decline.

Emmys Go Political in the First Minute.  The 2017 Emmys Awards ceremony wasted no time getting political during Sunday's opening segment, as host Stephen Colbert and friends made political jokes within the very first minute — and Colbert quickly accused President Trump of treason.

Hurricane Irma And How The Left Has Politicized Even The Weather.  A number of years ago, I sat down with the general manager of a major television news station.  He told me that in their own survey, viewers tuned in for "weather first, sports second, and news last."  Therefore he stressed, weather forecasters were the "cash cow" of the station.  He further explained that much of television weather forecasting was a "sham."  He said that decades ago, they would give a "one-day" forecast.  But then Station B across town went to a "two-day" forecast.  So then they countered with a "three-day" forecast," until everyone went to the "useless seven-day" forecasts.  He emphasized that it was all done for reasons of competition and ratings and that with a "seven-day" forecast, the station and the networks were playing viewers for "fools," because they normally "couldn't even get the forecast for tomorrow correct."

Fox Sports to cut commercials to just six seconds during NFL games to try and hold viewers attention.  NFL ratings dropped in 2016, and in an attempt to fix the problem, Fox Sports will reportedly experiment with six-second advertisements alongside their traditional 15- and 30-second spots.  According to a report by The New York Times, Fox Sports is attempting to make the six-second advertisement an 'industry standard'.

Here's why ESPN is imploding.  ESPN's first problem has been the move of TV viewers to cheaper online viewing platforms.  With younger viewers increasingly choosing to forgo expensive cable packages in favor of selective products like Netflix, ESPN has been left with big bills and not enough subscribers.  Making matters worse, ESPN continues to charge existing subscribers an excessive premium for its product.  Why does it do so?  In part, because it must.  After all, ESPN has spent the last few years spending billions of dollars on broadcasting rights for a wide array of tournaments.  Had they negotiated more effectively — perhaps sacrificing one sport to disabuse other sports of their confidence in demanding astronomic broadcast fee payments — ESPN could have reduced their front-end costs and offered lower subscriber rates.

Is ESPN Unraveling?  I don't know, but it's certainly hurting. [...] But don't worry.  You'll be seeing more women in front of the camera.  John Skipper, the left-winger who runs ESPN, has directed that more women appear in "front-facing positions" during NFL coverage.  If he doesn't pay them what the departing males earned, there may be a pay discrimination suit in ESPN's future.  Why is ESPN in so much trouble?  Mainly because people are "cutting the cable."

Poll Shows CNN Brand Plummeting.  [Scroll down]  "CNN's negative acceleration point happened in mid-October 2016, around the time Anderson Cooper interviewed Melania Trump, notably discussing her husband's famous 'Access Hollywood' tape," YouGov's Ted Marzilli notes.  "Also at that time, a local North Carolina Republican office was firebombed, causing conservative-leaning media to pounce on CNN for suggesting Trump's rhetoric spurred the incident."

ESPN hemorrhaging viewers?  ESPN reportedly lost 555,000 subscribers this month, according to sports writer Clay Travis.  The drop in November for the sports media company comes right after its worst-ever month, when it lost an estimated 621,000 subscribers in October.

Is 'The View' the Dumbest Show on TV?  This week, "The View" discussed the death of Fidel Castro.  You can practically predict where this is going without watching a single frame:
  •   Unabashed Obama defense
  •   A clear lack of knowledge on the subject
  •   Turning the death of a dictator into a Trump-bashing session.
If you guessed all three ... congratulations!  The show's hosts mostly defended President Obama's toothless statement concerning Castro's death, one that didn't dare mention any of the vile truths of his reign.

"The View" is About to Get Cancelled, Audience is Tired of Arguments Mocking Jesus and the Bible.  Rosie and Whoopi may be abandoned soon as "The View" receives poor ratings.  Countrywide, viewers are tired of the yelling matches, and arguments that mock Jesus and the Bible.  Reports show ratings have plunged due to Rosie and Whoopi's continuous bickering back and forth, and the audience is complaining that the two constantly interrupt interviewers as well.  This long-running show may be in their final season.  Not only is there a bad vibe on set, but producers are fed up working around them.

Drown Out the Lying MSM.  Do you enjoy being lied to?  Or do you have to watch sports so badly that you're willing to fork over $150 per month for a cable or dish subscription that directly funds people who hate you and everything you believe in and want to mislead you, all while insulting you to your face?  In a budget-conscious move three years ago, I decided to terminate our television package.  Not only did I drown out the weasels on my screen, I increased the amount of quality time spent with my family and saved a lot of money.

BBC targets children to promote the transgender propaganda.  The BBC has been accused of acting recklessly after targeting children as young as six with a programme about a schoolboy who takes sex-change drugs.

Outrage As BBC Promotes Transgender 'Sex Change' Show To Children As Young As Six.  A BBC Television program directed at young children came under fire concerning a story-line about an 11-year old transgender character taking hormone blockers.  British parents and political leaders are outraged over the transgender story-line in "Just A Girl," a show aimed at children as young as six, reports the Mirror.  Peter Bone, a Tory Member of Parliament, called the show "inappropriate" and said he would demand the show be removed.

The Media Must Be Dismantled In Order For Freedom To Survive.  News has always been biased, but the American media exists for one reason and one reason only in 2016 — to further the agenda of the corporate-government complex a.k.a. the globalists. [...] You will never get any truth from the media when it comes to politics and many other issues. [...] I have personally not watched television in over a year since leaving the news industry, and my mind is more focused than it has ever been in my life.  I will likely never own another television in my life.

NFL ratings plunge could spell doom for traditional TV.  Football, America's biggest prime-time powerhouse, has been thrust into a crisis this fall, with dwindling ratings sparking questions over whether it can remain a gold mine for television in an age when more Americans are abandoning traditional TV.  Network executives have long used the National Football League's live games as a last line of defense against the rapid growth of "cord-cutting" and on-demand viewing upending the industry.  But now, the NFL is seeing its ratings tumble in the same way that the Olympics, awards shows and other live events have, falling more than 10 percent for the first five weeks of the season compared with the first five weeks of last season.  A continued slide, executives say, could pose an even bigger danger:  If football can't survive the new age of TV, what can?

The Editor says...
Football can survive and thrive again, if the players will keep their left-wing America-hating political opinions to themselves.  Especially if the well-compensated football players complain about how tough their lives are.  On the other hand, maybe it's better in the long run if the popularity of football diminishes greatly.  Football is a mixture of idolatry and vanity.  Football players are not heroes.  They are mercenary gladiators.  The game of football leaves many young players paralyzed every year, and many older players with lifetimes of irreversible brain damage.  If television falls out of favor with the viewing public, that could only be a good thing, unless you work at a television station.  Most over-the-air television these days is a mixture of infomercials, intellectually vacant talk shows, and local "news" programs that largely consist of re-phrased press releases from large corporations and promotional announcements for big government.  I should write a book.

Bad things happen when simpletons watch too much television.
Man Accused of Murdering 90-Year-Old Woman Blames 'The Walking Dead'.  Prosecutors allege that Richard Jordan Tarver, 31, kidnapped a 90-year-old woman from her home in July 2015 and forced her into the trunk of her car.  When they got to a nearby cornfield, he allegedly pointed a .38-caliber handgun at the back of her head and fired, killing the elderly woman.  Lavinda Counce wasn't found for ten days.  Prosecutor Grant DeProw told jurors that Tarver binged on zombie television shows and decided to see how he'd fare in the event that truth mirrored fiction.  "He wanted to feel what it felt like to kill someone," DeProw said.

TV alcohol ad exposure linked to greater chance of underage drinking.  Exposure to TV alcohol ads can encourage teenagers to pick up their first drink and engage in hazardous drinking behavior, reveals a study published Monday [1/20/2015] in the journal JAMA Pediatrics.  The survey, which included over 1,500 adolescents and young adults, suggests a direct link between receptiveness to these ads and teens' likelihood to binge drink.  "The alcohol industry claims that their advertising self-regulation program protects underage youths from seeing their ads.  Our study indicates that it does not," lead study author Susanne E. Tanski, pediatrician at the Chilldren's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock and associate professor of pediatrics at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth University, said in a news release.

Read more, watch ESPN less.  In a commencement address at the University of Central Florida, [ESPN President John] Skipper bemoaned the fact that, according to a recent survey, the average American spends three hours a day in front of a television and just 19 minutes reading.  "Please watch a little less television," the TV executive implored.  I would modify his plea slightly.  Please watch less ESPN.  Why?  Because [...] ESPN has taken the side of the political left.

The Misinformation Age.  Young people are floating in a sea of mass media and they have never known any other way.  It's perhaps why millennials are so demanding and entitled.  Watching TV is a passive exercise.  It is up to the show or movie to entertain you, the viewer.  There's no reward for loyalty to a channel, a show or a personality, so there is no loyalty.  Consuming mass media is a purely transactional exercise.  With so many channels competing for your attention, you have every right to be demanding.  Kids raised on TV are certain to be transactional in their daily human relations.  The thing is, our mass media culture is mostly fabricated nonsense.  Most of what the news people "report" is made up.  As soon as you see the word "sources" you know what follows is invented.  Even when someone is named as a source, nine times out of ten we learn that the named source did not actually say what he was claimed to have said.

Nothing But Commercials:  Furious viewers hit out at NBC for delaying Rio broadcast by an hour before filling opening ceremony with ad breaks.  Furious sport fans have blasted NBC executives over social media for their decision to delay broadcasting the Rio Olympics opening ceremony.  Viewers also lambasted network bosses for peppering the ceremony with advertising breaks, with the first coming barely five minutes into the event.  NBC executives refused to show the ceremony live, either on television or streaming online, in order to knock it back to the 8pm prime time slot.

The Death of the VCR Is a Time To Reflect on Disruptive Technologies That Pols Hate.  Technology ultimately liberates the masses more than it allows overlords to direct and control our lives.  The audience, presumed to be dumb receivers of whatever messages were beamed into or onto them by leaders, corporations, and others, has more power over media than ever before.

ESPN Wastes No Time Going Political at ESPYs.  You planned to have a smoke, maybe walk the dog before the ESPYs got in full swing.  Figuring that ESPN would at least recap some of the year in sports before putting on display their craven and gratuitous sellout to radical, racial activism.  Well, you guessed wrong.  NBA stars Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Dwayne Wade, and LeBron James derailed the evening of expected jockular festivities, instead redirecting the crazy train that ESPN has become down the tracks of athlete activism.

ESPN Turns ESPY Awards Into Black Lives Matter Rally.  ESPN is a girlish, gay chat channel like Bravo that features slightly less house-flipping and slightly more homoerotic tributes to the physical male ideal.  It's evil, it's stupid, it's a waste of your time, and it's time to block the channel so that you're never tempted to give them your money ever again.

Why I Blame TV for Trump.  I really would like to blame Trump.  But everything he is doing is with TV news' full acquiescence.  Trump doesn't force the networks to show his rallies live rather than do real reporting.  Nor does he force anyone to accept his phone calls rather than demand that he do a face-to-face interview that would be a greater risk for him.  TV news has largely given Trump editorial control.  It is driven by a hunger for ratings — and the people who run the networks and the news channels are only too happy to make that Faustian bargain.

ESPN Has Lost 7 Million Subscribers The Past Two Years.  According to a 10K filing from Disney today, which you can read here, ESPN now has 92 million subscribers.  That's a troubling number because just two years ago ESPN reported it had 99 million subscribers in the same 10k filing.  The last time ESPN had 92 million subscribers was 2006, so the past two years have erased the previous seven years of subscriber growth.  These filings are important because it's the first public acknowledgement of ESPN's massive subscriber losses.  Given that the average ESPN subscriber pays $6.61 a channel per month, this means that ESPN has lost somewhere in the neighborhood of $550 million in subscriber revenue per year since 2013.

Your Phone Is Listening — Literally Listening — to Your TV.  The TV is on in the background, and you're replying to a quick email on your phone nearby.  You don't know it, but the devices are communicating.  During a commercial, the TV emits an inaudible tone and your phone, which was listening for it, picks it up.  Somewhere far away, a server makes a note:  Both devices probably belong to you.  This information about which devices belong to whom is immensely valuable to advertisers hoping to target ads specifically to you.

Is the FCC ready to think outside the set-top box?  About 99% of the nation's 100 million pay TV subscribers lease a set-top box, with the average household paying $231 a year in rental fees, according to a survey by Sens. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.).  Those costs are one reason a growing number of so-called cord cutters are dropping their conventional pay TV service and now are streaming programming over the Internet directly through smart TVs or via much smaller devices, such as Roku, Chromecast and Apple TV, that they can purchase instead of rent.

Report: ESPN plans to cut 350 jobs.  The reduction of about 4.3% of its workforce could be announced early Wednesday [10/21/2015], the report said, citing unnamed sources.  ESPN declined to comment on the report.  The network has been battling rising programming costs and sluggish advertising sales as viewers increasingly ditch cable for streaming options.

Thursday Night Football is a menace to American families.  My husband's dish list keeps me busy while he lounges on our couch watching the games.  Some years, I don't get to all of them, and they roll over to the following year.  Some dishes become beloved and therefore frequently repeated.  On Sundays during the football season, my husband doesn't accompany me to the many children's birthday parties that our kids get invited to.  We don't make plans to go out.  My husband isn't responsible for errands.  We don't do any shopping.  I don't engage him in conversation about anything more complicated than "What's the score?" and "So you want more of that?"

The Editor says...
Well, lady, it is obvious that the television has a higher priority than you do.  Perhaps you ignored the warning signs before you married this guy, but now you're stuck with him.  You could convert to his religion (football, that is), or, you could treat his affection for the TV as an addiction, which it is.  If you ask him rational questions to point out the fruitless futility of his hobby, it will only make him angry.  For example, if you ask him how his life is any better or worse on Monday morning because his favorite football team won or lost, he won't have an answer other than "shut up."

Mexico hands out free TVs to the poor in massive giveaway.  Cradling a flat-screen television set in her arms, Tomasa Lopez beamed at her good fortune:  She'd just taken part in the world's biggest distribution of free digital televisions.  Lopez, a domestic servant, was among thousands of people who've thronged a cavernous tent in the populous working-class Iztapalapa district, one of hundreds of venues across Mexico where the poor are receiving some of the 10 million digital television sets the government is giving away at no charge.

The Editor says...
Just what they need.  The government keeps the teeming masses docile by providing bread and circuses.  These days the circus is televised.  And here's the best part of the whole deal:  The government bought all the TVs, so it doesn't cost anybody anything!

10 Most Politically Incorrect Moments this TV Season — Part One.  Hollywood has a narrative, and usually it isn't too subtle.  Religious people are perverts (and not just the priests), Republicans are oppressive, civil rights crusaders are saints, every variety of sexuality that doesn't start with the prefix hetero needs protection from an ignorant world, etc.  If a white businessman shows up on Law and Order, stop wondering who the bad guy is.

The Pixelated Moron-Maker.  The technology's pioneers exuded higher hopes.  Inventor Lee de Forest exclaimed, "What thrilling lectures on solar physics will such pictures permit!"  RCA honcho David Sarnoff predicted "a new horizon, a new philosophy, a new sense of freedom, and greatest of all, perhaps, a finer and broader understanding between all peoples of the world."  My studies have yet to reveal a prophecy of television creating a new race of quarter-ton amoeba-people or transmitting mental retardation to its most faithful viewers.

TV Watchdog: 91% of Sexually Violent 'Jokes' on Family Guy Involved Children.  Ninety-one percent of the sexually violent "jokes" during the 2014-2015 season of Fox Broadcast Network's animated Family Guy were about abusing children, up from 75 percent in 2012-2013, according to a research study by the Parents Television Council (PTC), a TV watchdog group.  Comedic references to child sex abuse on the show have increased 16 percent since 2012, researchers found.  The study identified 58 scenes over the past three years in which there was a humorous treatment of rape, statutory rape, molestation, or pedophilia.  In 79 percent of these scenes, children are the victim.

Today in TV History: The Culmination of 'Murphy Brown' vs. Dan Quayle.  Seldom have the spheres of politics and narrative television become more intertwined than in the lead-up to Murphy Brown's fourth season finale.  And in the annals of history, the battle between fictional character Murphy Brown and sitting Vice President Dan Quayle was decidedly definitively for the former.

Ad nauseam: Why have commercials gotten so crude?  Judging by a spate of new advertisements, what goes on in the bathroom is everyone's business. [...] These are not subtle euphemisms.  And some people like to eat while watching television.  Commercials are getting cruder and cruder, but unlike television shows, they are harder to avoid.  Particularly during sporting events, where you'd rather not use the DVR.  You can be taking in a perfectly nice baseball game, but it will be interrupted constantly by ads for Cialis or wet wipes.

From Edward Murrow to Diane Sawyer, the deterioration of TV news.  Somewhere, Edward R. Murrow is saying, "I warned you this would happen."  This month (April 27) marks 50 years since the godfather of broadcast news died. [...] Murrow's visionary speech in 1958 to the Radio Television News Directors Association warned of the growing influence of corporate power in news reporting.  He said the public interest could not be served when news was only "a commodity" to be sold for advertisers.  He said electronic news was "an incompatible combination of show business, advertising and news."  Journalism has been the loser in this combination ever since.

Mr. Noah and the Flood.  Comedy Central knows that Jon Stewart's viewers are cheap dates.  They are not very bright, and they are not very interested in the world around them.  The function of The Daily Show is to flatter the prejudices of a certain segment of largely white and middle-aged metropolitan liberals.  Daily Show viewers are not interested in original insight — indeed, the utterance of an original thought or the indulgence of an unpredictable angle of analysis would undermine the entire structure of the program.  Daily Show viewers tune in so that they can be made to feel clever for continuing to believe the things they already believe.  There is no reason to believe that [Trevor] Noah is going to fail to deliver those exceedingly modest goods.

Fast forward: Networks speed up TV shows to play more ads.  It's said that time speeds up as we get older.  The same is now apparently true for old TV shows.  Actress Courtney Cox, who starred in the series "Friends," noticed it while watching a rerun of one her old shows.  "My voice sounds so different because I think they speed it up a little bit, they speed it up a few frames to get another commercial in there," Cox told Conan O'Brien.  She's right.  With ad growth slowing and ratings slipping at some cable channels, some broadcasters are shortening their shows to have room for more ads.

The Editor says...
This has been going on for at least 25 years.  When syndicated shows were played on one-inch videotape machines with dynamic tracking, it was quickly discovered that the shows could be played at 105 percent of normal speed and hardly anyone would notice.  These days the shows are played on video servers, and no doubt there are servers that can play back a show a little faster than normal.  This practice came to a halt (20 years ago) when the sponsors discovered they were only getting 29 seconds of air time while paying for 30.

Your Samsung TV Is Snooping on You.  Your Samsung smart TV is capturing your conversations.  Samsung's privacy policy for an internet-connected smart tv with voice commands reads, "Please be aware that if your spoken words include personal or other sensitive information, that information will be among the data captured and transmitted to a third party."

Samsung's Smart TVs Are Collecting And Storing Your Private Conversations.  Compare Samsung's wording...  ["]Please be aware that if your spoken words include personal or other sensitive information, that information will be among the data captured and transmitted to a third party through your use of Voice Recognition.["] with Orwell's:  ["]The telescreen received and transmitted simultaneously.  Any sound that Winston made, above the level of a very low whisper, would be picked up by it, moreover, so long as he remained within the field of vision which the metal plaque commanded, he could be seen as well as heard.  There was of course no way of knowing whether you were being watched at any given moment...["]
[Emphasis in original.]

Not in front of the telly: Warning over 'listening' TV.  Samsung is warning customers about discussing personal information in front of their smart television set.  The warning applies to TV viewers who control their Samsung Smart TV using its voice activation feature.  Such TV sets "listen" to some of what is said in front of them and may share details they hear with Samsung or third parties, it said.  Privacy campaigners said the technology smacked of the telescreens, in George Orwell's 1984, which spied on citizens.

Is your TV eavesdropping on private conversations? Samsung reveals its smart sets can capture every word.  Smart TVs and high-end games consoles that 'listen' to voice commands are becoming increasingly popular.  But Samsung is today under fire for what it does with this audio information after it is collected.  In its privacy policy, the South Korean firm has revealed that if their conversations contain 'personal or other sensitive information', this will be captured and transmitted to an unidentified third party.

Fear and Loathing at the Nanny Bowl.  [Fortunately] the on-field action was so compelling, because the ads were so unpalatable.  By my rough count, there were at least two ads featuring people with no legs, one with a missing father, one with misogynistic anti-male crack from comedienne Sarah Silverman, and one ad bullying a ten year old boy because he said someone "plays like a girl."  (The horror.)  And perhaps most infamously based on comments on Twitter and even the London Daily Mail, one dead ten year old boy, thanks to Nationwide.

Beware Of The Pop-Culturized History Channel!  As Americans, history is far too valuable to let accuracy be re-written by Hollywood and revised by media as a form of "entertainment."

How Bureaucrats Tried and Failed to Make TV [Worse].  Television permeates our culture and enters our homes and lives in a way that would certainly horrify the early self-appointed gatekeepers between electronic media and the American public.  That's a good thing, because the broad realm of video entertainment that we now call "television" would be [much] less interesting if innovators hadn't put much of the medium beyond the gatekeepers' grasp.  Relying on early rulings issued by courts baffled by new forms of communication, those gatekeepers insisted that free speech protections didn't apply to moving images and broadcast radio waves.  That made it open season for control freak regulators — and all those who inevitably crawl out from under their rocks to manipulate the power of regulation to achieve their own ends.

Viewers turned off by Hollywood writers' strike 'may never switch TV on again'.  American TV networks have lost almost a quarter of their audiences because of the Hollywood writers' strike, according to new figures, and executives fear that "orphaned" viewers may never return.

Writers vote to end strike that crippled Hollywood.  Striking Hollywood writers are going back to work.  The Writers Guild of America said its members voted Tuesday [2/12/2008] to end their devastating, three-month strike that brought the entertainment industry to a standstill.

The Editor says...
It is very difficult to feel sorry for the unionized writers.  These are the people who develop such great products as the TV series based on the Geico cavemen, and a great number of other shows whose "pilot" episodes weren't good enough to put on the air even once.  When you look at the worthless pap on prime-time television, you have to wonder if that's the best they can do.  If it is, our country would be better off if the writers stayed out on strike forever!

Think about it.  How many movies and TV shows about time travel, space wars, talking animals, talking babies, pirates, foul-mouthed cartoon characters, dysfunctional families and children-as-super-heroes can you stand?  Not to mention the sappy, predictable romantic films ("chick flicks"), or the unreal reality shows, or the cheap and insipid programs stitched together from other people's video clips, like America's Wackiest Dash-cam Videos?  Being a Hollywood writer requires less talent than the writers would have you believe.  It is only natural that they band together in unions, and even then, the writers' union would be worthless without the support of the other labor unions and the on-camera talent.

Violence on Television: Women's lives matter except in primetime.  In just one week of prime time television, female characters were violently assaulted 129 times.  They were punched, thrown down stairs, run over by cars, stabbed and tortured.  Women were hung to death, strapped to tables and used as medical experiments, even graphically tortured through witchcraft where characters' eyes bled.  When all the violence was finished, 10 women lay dead.  But it's OK.  It's all in the name of "entertainment."

The Editor says...
There is one sure way to keep that garbage out of your house:  Dispose of your television(s).  Push it (or them) out to the curb on Recycle Day, and find something else to do.  I did it several years ago.  There will always be lower-class losers who bathe in "entertainment," but you don't have to be one of them.

The Toy Department.  Watching a day of NFL football on TV this past Sunday, I saw more ads featuring casual sex and explicit violence than in my first 30 years of sports viewing combined.  And yet we constantly hear from network broadcasters that sports are, after all, for the children.

TV Be Gone.  I can understand that a sports bar or pub would have a TV for sports or something (though with the PC stuff some of the sportscasters spout on ESPN etc., I sometimes think I am watching the news), but why at every regular restaurant or even just in a store or doctor's office do I continually have to watch the mayhem and anxiety-producing news that I am going out to escape?  Apparently I'm not alone, as others around the web have noticed the trend in recent years.

Unwanted televisions in restaurants too often cause conversation to tune out.  Isn't it enough that we have cell phones to lure us away from a real, live conversation with our dinner partner?  Now the squawk of a TV, too?  I feel sorry for the chef.  No one's paying attention to his creations.  We're wolfing down the food, forks frozen in midair as we contemplate an episode of "CSI" or read the CNN crawler across the bottom of the screen.

Are There Too Many Televisions in Restaurants?  Unless you're purposefully going to a restaurant to watch something — and again, sports bars seem to be an exception here — a TV can be noisy and intrusive.  Thus, a TV in a bar area where patrons are waiting for a table might be different than a TV in the dining room where it would distract customers from their meals and their company.

Survey: People Are Watching Less TV Drifting to Other Devices.  According to an article on Fox News, a survey by Accenture showed that the percentage of adults who watched TV fell by 23 percent from 2009 to 2011.  The survey consisted of 10,000 participants from 10 countries, 1,000 of which were Americans.  In 2009, 71% of the people questioned said they watched broadcast and cable TV.

Big Brother alert: Cameras in the cable box to monitor TV viewers.  New technology would allow cable companies to peer directly into television watchers' homes and monitor viewing habits and reactions to product advertisements.  The technology would come via the cable box, and at least one lawmaker on Capitol Hill is standing in opposition.  Massachusetts Democratic Rep. Michael Capuano has introduced a bill, the We Are Watching You Act, to prohibit the technology on boxes and collection of information absent consumer permission.

The Tyrant in Your Television.  When conservatives point to the obvious contradiction between Barack Obama's words and actions on spending, taxes, healthcare, the free market, Benghazi, and almost everything else, they merely reveal their naïvité.  Obama, like [Bill] Clinton, is not a president, or even a human, in the old sense of those terms.  He is a TV-president and a TV-human; his words need not match any reality beyond the media apparatus in which he "exists."  He is to be judged according to whether his TV-presidency is interesting and entertaining.  When the greater public gets bored of the show, they will switch channels and watch a different show.

The Media Threat to Democracy.  People emulate what they see on television.  Copycat killings are a good example.  I believe the television media is responsible for more children being killed in schools than any other single factor.  The widespread sexual deviancy in our society is another example of media influence.  Once people see what is possible on television they believe it is possible, even acceptable, for them to do.  When television began to show males wearing earrings and bandanas on their heads, and females sporting tattoos, we saw an immediate flood across the nation of males wearing earrings and bandannas and females getting inked.  Monkey see, monkey do.  Look around.  Television tells society what is cool and acceptable.  People emulate what they see on TV.

"The programming may be at its most primitive.  But the technology has never been so advanced."
Shoot on Sight.  The looped boredom might work as fare played on a re-education camp's closed-circuit screens.  But educational television?  A Learning Channel?  Orwell laughs.  If only it required barbed wires and guard towers to force people to tune in to Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, my faith in my fellow man might be reinvigorated.  Alas, millions view willingly.

Top Television Shows Today Full of Garbage.  A few years ago, network television became dominated by cheaply made reality TV shows and talent contests, sitcoms with hyperactive manic characters, and socially liberal themes.  Television has always pushed the edge when it comes to socially progressive themes. [...] Now, with the exception of sports shows, it is impossible to sit down with children and watch one of the top ten television shows on network TV without exposing them to sex and profanity.

FCC mulls relaxing policy for TV indecency.  The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is considering making changes to its rules that bar TV and radio stations from airing indecent material.  The commission on Monday issued a request for public comment on a proposal that would focus on penalizing only "egregious" cases.  The proposal would be a shift away from the agency's past policy, adopted during the Bush administration, of penalizing even "fleeting expletives."

At the same time ...
Gov't Spends $2.4 Million to 'Improve the TV Diet of Preschool Children'.  The federal government has spent $2.4 million to "improve the TV diet of preschool children," in grants administered through the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  Seattle Children's Hospital has received $2,415,519 since 2008 for a study, entitled, "Media Impact on Preschool Behavior," which aims to steer children away from violent programming.

The Editor says...
Violence is bad, they say, but "fleeting expletives" are okay.

FCC chief sets new standard for passing the buck on indecency.  Washington bureaucrats have long been known for buck passing, but [Julius] Genachowski has set a standard few D.C. paper-pushers could match.  Genachowski has been FCC chief for four years, but he has failed during that time to assess even one penalty against the broadcast industry for indecent content.

Report: Broadcasters fail to disclose fundraising data.  Two top campaign finance watchdogs filed complaints on Thursday with the Federal Communications Commission against 11 broadcast news stations claiming that they failed to disclose sponsor information for political advertisements. [...] After reviewing the stations' political files, the campaign transparency advocates found that the stations had not been following legally required disclosure rules and had failed to publicly list the candidate to which the ad refers, the issue, and the CEO or board of directors of the sponsor.

Relativism: America's new 'religion'.  It is unlikely that many Americans would consciously choose a culture of coarseness, so why is American culture — TV, radio, films, books and advertising — so immersed in violence, indiscriminate sex, superficiality, pornography and ugliness?  There is much talk about our freedom to choose, but we rarely hear that we can't choose the consequences of our choices.  When relativism is adopted by a society, it does not produce beauty, but coarseness, if not as the desired outcome, then as an unintended consequence.  One can see this occurring in America, in a descent to the lowest common denominator when it comes to art, music, literature, public discourse and entertainment.

The lucrative secret behind infomercials.  Nothing good is on TV between 1 a.m. and 6 a.m., and for good reason.  Nobody's trying.  It's the time period known euphemistically in the media business as the "Post Late Fringe," and less euphemistically as the "Graveyard Slot."  It's when networks and local TV affiliates sign off.  They give up.  They stop pretending that anyone important is watching and sell off their airtime — not just 30-second commercial spots, but entire 30-minute programming blocks — to sponsors.  Those sponsors fill the left-for-dead airwaves with direct-response television (DRTV), better known as infomercials.

Feeding America: 'Public service' lies.  "People say I'm a pretty good kid.  Why, in a country as rich as America, should I have to go to bed hungry?"  So goes the Feeding America campaign of "public-service announcements," which since 2008 have proven more popular than all the other Ad Council "Don't" campaigns (Don't start forest fires, Don't bully, Don't eat paint...) combined.  Media programmers, especially at ad-poor online streaming outlets, run the spots continuously.

Hollyork Nation:  Denunciations of television have become as routine as breathing:  the programming is crass, stupid, propagandistic, so bad that only an idiot would watch it yet everybody does.  Actually things are worse.  They are much worse.  To see what is happening, start with what may be the crucial truth of our times:  People will watch a screen.  They will watch anything in preference to nothing, watch programs they don't really like, comedies so unfunny that only the laugh track tells them when to respond.  The bright know that the fare is witless, that it is directed at fools.  The ads irritate them.  Yet they too watch.  People cannot not watch television.

Which Network Will Win the Battle for Sharyl Attkisson?  Media and particularly cable news has never been as polarized as it is today.  It's also never been tilted more towards opinion and less toward objective reporting of hard news.  As a result, trust in media has fallen to an all-time low.  Reporters in particular are looked upon as dishonest brokers in the business, with Gallup showing only 20 percent of those polled finding journalists honest and ethical (that's 65 percent lower than nurses, 50 percent lower than doctors and engineers).

CBS, Colbert and Contempt for America.  The number of people who watch a TV show stopped mattering years ago.  If it did, Murder She Wrote, a show that had an older audience and high ratings, wouldn't have been canceled.  Instead there's talk of rebooting it with younger multicultural leads in a different setting.  Network television doesn't just fail to count older viewers; it tries to drive them away.  A show with an older viewership is dead air.  Advertisers have been pushed by ad agencies into an obsession with associating their product with a youthful brand.  The demo rating, 18-49, is the only rating that matters.  Viewers younger than that can still pay off.  Just ask the CW.  Older viewers however are unwanted.

Reality of Austerity TV.  [Scroll down]  Since the inception of commercial television in the 1950s, TV executives have always known the taste of the American public has dictated the programming schedule. ... Satisfaction without limitation is always the driving force.  Barnum understood that concept; Hitler recognized it, and every TV executive knows it as well.

The Editor says...
That is utter nonsense.  The American public, by and large, will sit and watch whatever the television delivers, if it is slightly less offensive or slightly more entertaining than the next channel up or down.  The American public has no input on program planning or approval of the next season's shows.  The public's only leverage is through the viewership ratings.

The "TV Gap" Cripples Minority Kids.  A powerfully disturbing new report by the Kaiser Family Foundation shows that black and Hispanic kids consume 4½ more hours of media every day than their white counterparts — investing a startling total of more than 90 hours a week on television, video games, social networking and other distractions.  "It's clear that, overall, American youth spend an enormous amount of time with media, but minorities spend most of their waking hours with media," says study director Ellen Wartella, head of the Center on Media and Human Development at Northwestern University.  The chief culprit is television, of course:  black youngsters spend more than 41 hours a week watching the tube, while white kids devote less than 25 hours per week.

Millions of children spend 32 hours a week in front of a screen.  Millions of youngsters are missing out on traditional family lifestyles because they spend 32 hours every week using technology, it has been revealed.  Children have their eyes glued to screens for more than four hours on a school day and six hours at the weekend.  The staggering figures emerged after a study was carried out using thousands of UK parents.

Television Addiction Is No Mere Metaphor.  Perhaps the most ironic aspect of the struggle for survival is how easily organisms can be harmed by that which they desire.  The trout is caught by the fisherman's lure, the mouse by cheese.  But at least those creatures have the excuse that bait and cheese look like sustenance.  Humans seldom have that consolation.  The temptations that can disrupt their lives are often pure indulgences.

Pope Francis: Turn Off the TV During Dinner.  Pope Francis has come up with 10 tips for a happier life, and one of them is to turn off the TV during dinner.  In the interview with Argentine weekly Viva, the pontiff says staying plugged-in during meals stops families from communicating with each other.  The pope also says that parents have to make time to play with their children and enjoy art and culture, according to a Catholic News Service translation of the interview.

Two year-old abandoned in favor of a widescreen TV.  A two-year-old boy was rescued from a Kmart parking lot after he was abandoned by a shopper who left with a wide-screen TV — just one of the shocking incidents on a day of chaos on Black Friday yesterday.

The side effects of binge television.  A good television show writer understands that Oscar Wilde wasn't kidding when he said, "I can resist anything but temptation."  Drama holds its audience in a perpetual state of anticipation, joyful in the knowledge that answers will be doled out only sparingly, that no resolution will ever be as powerful as the growing desire for it.  Theater and film do this for a few hours; television can do it for years.

TV shortens life by 22 minutes per viewing hour, says study.  A new study suggests that mom's warning might not go far enough.  It showed that too much television could make a person die sooner.  Researchers from the University of Queensland, Australia say every hour of TV watching after age 25 cuts almost 22 minutes off the viewer's lifespan.

Why TV Addiction Links to Liberalism:  An important new study from the Culture and Media Institute shows that those who describe themselves as "heavy" TV viewers embrace distinctly liberal attitudes on a range of crucial issues, placing them well to the left of those who report "light" TV viewing.

We're Struck Dumb.  The award show is cotton candy television at its most vacuous.  There's no story line to follow.  It's just a parade of famous people there for our viewing pleasure.

What Television Teaches Children:  All the way through college years, and beyond, young people too often learn little of the attitudes necessary to function as an adult. ... Television, I fear, teaches children from an early age that all parents are essentially fools, no more to be respected than one's peers.

Monkeys like watching television.  Monkeys like watching television, Japanese scientists have revealed in a new study.  A three-year-old male rhesus macaque thoroughly enjoyed a video of a circus elephant, giraffe and tiger performing, according to scientists from 1 University's Primate Research Institute, who monitored the monkey's brain during the experiment.

How to Lower Your IQ: Watch the History Channel.  As you have probably deduced by now, I am very unhappy with the pabulum and low-brow offering of programs aired on the History Channel.  I am most irked by shows that have absolutely nothing to do with history.  To wit, "Ice Road Truckers", "Pawn Stars", "Swamp People", "Stan Lee's Superhumans", "American Pickers", along with "Sharp Shooters" and "UFO Hunters."  These programs are utterly devoid of anything a moderately educated person would deem to be of any historical value.

Horsehide Hangover.  I have given up wondering when sports — which used to be a way to encourage young men away from more dissolute pursuits — has now embraced all that is debased in our modern culture; the objectification of women as sex toys, vulgar language, egotism, and violence.  All of this was on display during "The Hangover" promo and another one for a flick aptly titled, "Drag Me to Hell;" both of which would have never appeared in prime time a few short years ago, but now invade our homes on a Saturday afternoon.  Sadly, the trash emitted from Hollywood has now found its way onto the playing field; so much so that I sometimes feel that baseball itself has become some kind of perverted cross-promotion.

HDTV's turning Americans into couch potatoes.  The numbers are in, and it appears that high-definition television is getting Americans to spend more time glued to their TV than ever before. … At a minimum, consumers seem to find high-definition TV a more compelling experience.  In a survey conducted on behalf of ESPN, 22 percent of sports fans said they watched sporting events they would not have watched because they now have HDTV.

Too much TV leads to an early grave.  Couch potatoes sit up and take notice.  Every hour spent veging in front of the television increases the risk of early death. ... Even fit TV fans increase their risk of premature death from heart disease by 18 percent for each hour spent in front of the box.  They also have a 9 percent increased risk of endometrial and colorectal cancer and, similarly, an 11 percent increased risk of death from all causes.

How to extend your lifespan by 3½ years: watch less TV.  Watching television for less than three hours a day increases your life by two years, experts say.  Reducing it by another hour — to less than two hours daily — extends lifespan by almost 1.4 years extra, they believe.

Watching television 'damages the heart'.  The risk of heart disease and premature death from any cause doubled for those spending more than fours hours a day glued to a screen, it was claimed.  Metabolic factors and inflammation may be partly to blame, the report said.  Research revealed those who devote more than four hours watching television, surfing the web, or playing compuer games are more than twice as likely to have major cardiac problems.

Soap Operas Blamed For Lack Of Babies.  Researchers trying to discover why Brazil's fertility rate has plummeted in recent decades think they have found the problem:  Brazilians watch too many soap operas.  The London-based Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) says that unrealistically small families portrayed in the hugely popular programmes influence the number of children women want.

Nielsen Study: African Americans Watch More Television Than Any Other Group.  There's a reason they call television the "idiot box."  Some believe that if you spend too much time watching television, it will negatively affect your ability to think.  Let's hope this isn't true, since a recent study from Nielsen is showing that African Americans watch television more than any other group in the country.

America Is Gone.  There is no better index for America's moral degradation than television programming.  Compare today's shows with those of a generation ago.  Every episode of "The Andy Griffith Show" contained a short moral lesson, and "The Twilight Zone" challenged our intellects and stretched our imaginations.  But entertainment and instruction have devolved into shock and novelty.  The networks are locked in a downward spiral to see who can provide the most outrageous and offensive programming.

The Editor says...
The television producers in New York and Los Angeles are pushing our society into the gutter.  They are not being dragged into the gutter by Americans clamoring for more and more salacious programming on TV.  Nobody writes to the networks demanding to see raunchier programs next season.  And another thing:  Notice that when TV shows "push the envelope" with something more violent, blasphemous or risqué than ever, the promos always end with "Viewer discretion advised."  Why don't the networks show some discretion?

Cable Company Bills Tornado Victim $2,000 for Damaged Equipment.  Time Warner Cable billed a number of Wheatland [Wisconsin] residents for equipment destroyed in the Jan. 7 twister that struck the southeast corner of the state.  [Ann] Beam's bill covered five cable boxes and five remote controls.  She immediately called the cable company, but a man who identified himself as a manager said there was nothing the company could do. … [But then, after the news media picked up the story,] Time Warner Cable spokeswoman Celeste Flynn said Beam's case was simply a misunderstanding.

Pay TV costing a pretty penny, and rising.  The monthly rate for pay TV has been rising at an average of 6 percent annually and hit $86 a month last year for basic pay and premium-channel TV, according to a reported released Tuesday [4/10/2012] by market research firm The NPD Group.

Economic bummer: 6.9 million homes ditch cable TV.  It started with homes, then cars, and now penny-pinching Americans, especially minorities, are giving up cable TV because they just can't afford it in the lingering recession.  Instead, they are switching back to free TV, improved with the recent switch to digital broadcast which requires a special antenna but eliminates the $70-$100 monthly cable, satellite or broadband service fee.

Shocker: Cable TV prices went up four times the rate of inflation.  The Federal Communications Commission today issued a report on average cable TV prices in the US, and to the surprise of no one, it turns out they went up a lot.  "Basic cable service prices increased by 6.5 percent [to $22.63] for the 12 months ending January 1, 2013.  Expanded basic cable prices increased by 5.1 percent [to $64.41] for those 12 months, and at a compound average annual rate of 6.1 percent over the 18-year period from 1995-2013," the FCC said.  The basic cable increase was four times the rate of inflation as measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for the 12-month period, and substantially above inflation for the 1995-2013 measurement.

Most people say they'd abandon their cable company, if only they could.  A survey of subscribers on the nation's biggest cable providers has found that more than half of Americans would abandon their cable provider if they felt they could.  Cable rage is real, and here's the data to prove it.

Cable Subscriptions Plummet: Is This Cord-Cutting Critical Mass?  Cable TV may still have tens of millions of subscribers in the U.S., but the writing is on the wall:  Internet-based media is the future.  Thanks to new streaming services from the likes of HBO, Amazon, Dish, and even some sports networks, consumers are abandoning their traditional pay TV packages.  Even the word "cable" has taken on a negative connotation, conjuring up nests of coaxial wires and ethernet cords.  Streaming services and set-top boxes feel refreshingly modern and wireless in comparison.

Aereo is shaking TV networks — all the way to the Supreme Court.  In its three-year lifespan, Aereo has angered all the major TV networks, major-league sports, and the government.  Here's a portrait of the scrappy company — and its audacious CEO — that could change American television as we know it.

Aereo Internet service vs. TV broadcasters: US Supreme Court to decide.  The case involves a New York-based company that charges $8 a month to allow subscribers to watch broadcast television programs on their computer, tablet, or smart phone via the Internet.  The company, Aereo, Inc., can keep its subscription price low in part because it pays nothing — zero — to the major broadcast companies for access to their programming.  The broadcast companies aren't happy about it.  They sued Aereo, claiming the little firm is stealing their copyright-protected programming and re-transmitting it to Aereo subscribers.

The Editor says...
Stealing?  Broadcast stations spray their signals far and wide, hoping to reach as many viewers as possible.  The broadcast stations should be delighted when their programs reach additional viewers.

U.S. Supreme Court Pulls the Plug on Aereo's Streaming TV Service.  The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday dealt a potentially fatal blow to Aereo, an Internet service that allows customers to watch broadcast TV programs on mobile devices.  Launched a year ago in New York and then extended to 10 other U.S. cities, it allows customers to watch over-the-air TV programs on a smartphone, tablet, or computer for as little as $8 a month.  Selections can be viewed live or recorded for later viewing.  The court found that Aereo violates federal copyright law by retransmitting copyrighted programs without paying a copyright fee.

Grand Rapids TV Viewers May Experience Blackouts.  Retransmission disagreements have resulted in 84 television blackouts in the United States thus far this year, according to the American Television Alliance, an advocacy organization consisting of consumer groups, independent programmers and satellite and cable companies, that aims to ensure negotiations between broadcasters and local cable carriers don't result in blackouts.

LCD TV shipments decline for first time ever.  Got an LCD TV?  Apparently, so does the rest of the world.  The LCD flavor of flat-screen TVs are by far the most popular, making up 84% of the market, yet demand for them is waning.

Cable Copycats.  A survey conducted by the marketing-research giant GfK reports that 6.9 million American homes dropped cable and satellite television last year.  Nearly 20 percent of U.S. homes report watching free television to the exclusion of pay television.  Most of the people who no longer pay for pay TV cite the price they had to pay for TV as the determining factor.

The Al Jazeera Deal: How Al Gore Race-Baited His Way to a $100M Pay Day.  One of America's great legal rackets is cable/satellite television, where somewhere around 100 million Americans pay for literally dozens of channels they never watch.  As you well know, to do business with any cable/satellite provider means being forced into expensive tiers and/or packages that include channels we wouldn't watch for free.  Because of this, we're not only forced into subsidizing junk; we're also subsidizing programming that works against our own political and cultural beliefs, like MSNBC, CNN, OWN, MTV, etc.

Americans Being Forced to Pay for Al Jazeera.  Two weeks ago, Al Jazeera America launched, beaming into 48 million homes across the country.  The media company that allowed Osama bin Laden to use it as a vehicle to communicate with jihadists around the world is now on your TV screen and you are paying for it.  The network pushed its way onto basic cable packages with several providers.  If you subscribe to Verizon, Comcast, Dish Network or DirecTV, you are forced to subsidize Al Jazeera's propaganda as part of your cable bill whether you like it or not.

CNET Reporter Resigns Over CBS' Censorship.  One of the existential threats to broadcast and cable television is anything involving Internet streaming.  We the People are slowly but surely getting used to the idea of watching what we want, when we want.  And as people get used to this technology, the idea of flipping endlessly through expensive nothing-to-watch cable packages feels more outdated by the day.

The Golden Globes of Propaganda.  When the Golden Globe awards telecast was over, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation proclaimed, "It was a great night for LGBT-inclusive television."  They could have added:  "We run the joint."  Gay actor Matt Bomer thanked his "husband" and his surrogate sons when he won an award for HBO's Reagan-bashing AIDS drama "The Normal Heart."  But the bigger celebration came with a best actor award to Jeffrey Tambor, who plays Mort, a 70-year-old father of three who decides he's a woman named Maura in a show called "Transparent," or literally, "Trans Parent," since his three adult children have to figure this whole scene out.  The show "airs" on

Being black or female or talented or intelligent isn't enough.
One in six BBC stars 'must be gay or lesbian or disabled' by 2020 says new staff-hiring guidelines at the corporation.  One in six of all on-screen BBC roles must go to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender or disabled people by 2020, the corporation's new diversity targets state.  In a bid to deter criticism that it has been failing to reflect its audience, the BBC has pledged that LGBT and disabled people will each make up eight percent of all on-air and on-screen roles.

Why Hollywood is dying.  Creativity is a rare commodity in the studios today and one has to wonder if the alleged heavy use of drugs in LaLa land is behind this drought of originality.  Everything coming out now is a remake of a former blockbuster only the characters' ethnicity or gender is changed to promote diversity.  What this really connotes is that the studios believe that persons of color have nothing of interest so let's just stick their faces on something that worked before. [...] So the Ghostbusters are now all women.  Whoopedoo — and having one of them be the stereotypical angry black woman is the typical mindset of the closeted racist misogyny of major studios.  I'm not planning on seeing that movie so that I don't know if they will inject the ubiquitous gay character to promote its LGBT agenda as has been its wont for the past decade.  That agenda has reached the level of hilarity for many as any person who's watched the TV program "Wayward Pines" knows.  Introducing a gay character in a futuristic series that's about repopulating the human race makes absolutely no sense except for pure tokenism.  There is nothing coming out in the films for senior citizens.  The products are geared for either children; sophomoric young adults; or those with no taste at all.

Good News From TV Land.  Shows like All In The Family, The Jeffersons and Good Times are on the drawing board for new versions. [...] It's not hard to imagine how this will go.  All In The Family will feature a mixed race family, where the patriarch is a transgender white man.  Gloria will be a gay male and Meathead will be a gender fluid lesbian, who enjoys lifting weights.  The Jeffersons will be the same show, but not funny, because nothing has changed for black people since the '70's and that's not funny.  Good Times will have Amy Schumer and Seth Rogan forced to live in a tenement owned by Donald Trump and managed by Richard Spencer.

Fake News and Fake Intelligence.  Nielsen Holdings PLC is a global data mining corporation that has been in business since 1923.  Its signature survey is in-home monitoring of television viewing habits.  TV content, programming, and advertising dollars are a of function of Nielsen ratings and statistics.  Well north of eighty percent all of domestic purchasing decisions are made by American women who watch television or use TV as a surrogate for child care.  Nielsen is in the business of both monitoring and creating truth in the American marketplace.  All so-called "Nielsen families" are aggressively recruited "volunteers," a demographic that has been led to believe that their household habits and tastes might be typical — or trend-setters.  The Nielsen monitoring pitch appeals to a passive, vain feminine demographic, all of whom volunteer, with incentives, to provide Luxemburg corporate snoops with a veritable gold mine of personal and family behavioral data.  Nielsen data is ubiquitous in entertainment, politics, marketing, advertising, retail, and manufacturing.  How volunteer victims, monitored electronically, became a "typical" demographic is a question seldom asked or answered by statisticians.

2016 Was Bad Year for Prime-Time Network TV.  [P]rime-time network television has sunk into irrelevance as viewers shun programming that fails to reflect any sense of Americana.  The big four networks' ratings are all down double-digit percentages for the fall season.  Premiere week for new shows in September was down 12 percent compared to last year, and nothing has happened since to reverse the decline.  The top-rated prime-time show in November was CBS' "Big Bang Theory."  The audience size would have made that program the 79th-ranked show 40 years ago, trailing such losers as "Mr. Belvedere."

Vizio Caught Spying on Customers Through Their TVs.  We've been warned about bringing devices into our home that have cameras, microphones or WiFi that are connected to the outside world.  Why?  Because any one of the devices has the capability to collect data about us.  And with advertisers and other organizations willing to pay for personal information, it's tempting for device makers to try to earn extra profits.  The consumer electronics hardware business has become highly competitive with so many similar products that do much the same, so the manufacturers are trying to find ways to increase their revenue through software subscriptions or by collecting data that they can sell to others.

Google's Home TV ad makes Google Home systems go crazy.  Google Home is the search engine's answer to Amazon's Echo system, in which users get it to respond by asking questions or giving orders starting with the name "Alexa."  Both are home systems that are dormant until a user calls out their name.  Then they perform any number of functions — from playing a musical selection to turning on or off the lights.

Death spiral TV news lies to fool advertisers.  The Wall Street Journal just accused major television networks of using deception to goose ratings that include deliberately misspelling the names of the news shows.  Sounds like fraud to me.  Unlike their cable brethren, the broadcast newsers seem to be losing customers.  I say seem because we have no way of telling as they have so gamed the ratings system that no honest person can say how many people watch them.

In TV Ratings Game, Networks Try to Dissguys Bad Newz from Nielsen.  Boosting TV ratings is easy for networks that don't mind playing dumb.  In a game largely sanctioned by TV-ratings firm Nielsen, television networks try to hide their shows' poor performances on any given night by forgetting how to spell.  That explains the appearance of "NBC Nitely News," [...]

CBS rejects pro-flag, anti-Kaepernick 'Just Stand' Super Bowl ad.  A veteran-owned apparel company's pro-flag Super Bowl TV ad that punches back at Nike's promotion of Colin Kaepernick and his national anthem protests has been rejected by CBS.  According to the firm, Nine Line Apparel, CBS was apparently not satisfied the firm could pay for the 45-second ad, despite having annual revenues of$25 million.  A spokesman for Nine Line charged that CBS didn't like the ad's content.

WaPo Super Bowl ad demonstrates exactly what's wrong with the media.  The Washington Post sponsored an ad during the Super Bowl that may have been the most pretentious, the most exaggerated paean to the religion of journalism ever created.  They call it "Democracy dies in darkness," and it features a grand, sweeping musical score and actor Tom Hanks seriously intoning the importance, the necessity, and the need to worship journalism. [...] The Washington Post spent millions on this ad, and the reviews were decidedly mixed.

Cutting the cord:  A guide to watching your TV shows without cable.  Had it with the rising costs, hidden fees, contracts, customer service issues, and the nickel and dime-ing of cable TV? You're not alone.  According to a report in Variety, more than 33 million people have cut the cord on traditional pay TV.  This year, that number is expected to grow to more than 39 million.

The Dream that We Are All the Same.  Even in elementary school, it wasn't hard to tell who lived in the ghetto and who lived in the adjoining two streets — just as it was obvious which people were civilized among the white population and which were not.  On television, even then, the story was completely different.  The TV said everybody is born equal and is basically good and that the idea that someone might not be equal and good is a sign of backward thinking.

Potential Excessive Testing at Scale.  A culture of advocacy and promotion for aggressive testing may arise when a biomarker or its sequelae yield financial benefit to drug and device manufacturers, procedure-based specialties, hospitals, or laboratory testing services or is increasingly requested by patients.  Excessive testing can also lead to costly and harmful care, including false-positive results, overdiagnoses, and unnecessary treatments.

The Editor says...
In my opinion, this excess demand for medical testing is a form of low-level hypochondria brought about by continual television ads for medicines that address problems that almost nobody really has.

The 10 Worst TV Shows for Christians.  The holiest time of the year doesn't provide a break for Christians from Hollywood's anti-religious bias on TV.  If anything, it makes it worse.  One way they like to tweak conservative Christians is with the LGBT agenda. [...] They also love to insult and twist scripture.

The Editor says...
Please note that the article immediately above is not "family-friendly,' insofar as it is replete with distasteful descriptions of vile, repugnant, and reprehensible television shows, all of which are unsuitable for broadcast.

Pols blast 'The Simpsons' over scathing upstate New York dis.  Gov. Andrew Cuomo and other pols swung back hard Monday after an episode of "The Simpsons" Sunday skewered upstate New York as a region littered with ghost towns and crumbling infrastructure.  "We're headed to the one place that can never decline because it was never that great:  upstate New York," Homer says as the Simpson family heads to Niagara Falls.  During the trip, a tractor-trailer is seen swallowed by a pothole.  They pass a shut-down Kodak plant in Rochester as people snap selfies.  They also whiz by a leaking water tower in Niskayuna, near Albany.

The Editor says...
The Simpsons is one of the most political shows on television.  As I have said before, TV producers appear to believe they can depict any behavior and promote any viewpoint in a fictional program as long as it is in the form of a cartoon.  If someone is rightly offended, the show's producers can resort to "Can't you take a joke?"  Feminists seem to think Lisa Simpson is a wonderful role model for little girls, but everything Lisa Simpson says was written by a committee weeks in advance.  Anyone with that advantage is sure to sound like a genius.  In this case, the denigration of "never that great" upstate New York can easily be taken as a cheap shot at America as a whole.  Sunday night cartoons are political opinion shows, and they are even more effective than Face the Nation, because they are entertaining.

Teen Suicides Spike More Than 28 Percent a Month After Netflix's '13 Reasons Why' was Released, Study Shows.  A study released Monday [4/29/2019] shows teen suicides increased by 28.9 percent the month following the release of the Netflix original series "13 Reasons Why."  A study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry reveals that "13 Reasons Why" has done much more harm than good, revealing that the number of deaths occurring in the month following the show's release dramatically increased for young people aged 10 to 17.

The Doorbell Company That's Selling Fear.  When news organizations think about competition from tech companies, it's usually in terms of the audience's attention and advertisers' dollars.  But if Amazon has its way, a new sort of competition may be coming from a mixture of surveillance, fear, and doorbells.  Amazon is currently looking to hire someone with the title "Managing Editor, News."  But it's not for the entire Amazon empire — it's for the small slice of it that makes security-focused doorbells, Ring.  (Amazon bought Ring last year for more than $1 billion.)

The Editor says...
A great many products are advertised on television by using fear as a motivation to buy those products.  How many times have you seen advertisements for a really bright flashlight that's especially useful for scaring off white criminals?  How about the lawyers who make you worry that the "greedy insurance companies" are going to cheat you if you don't sue somebody?  Almost all political advertising is designed to make you afraid to vote for the wrong candidate.  The local TV weatherman always has some impending doom in the 15-day forecast, of which 12½ days are highly speculative.  The fear of next week's Storm of the Century is what compels you to tune in again tomorrow — same time, same station.

Trump admin announces groundbreaking policy requiring drug companies to disclose prices in TV ads.  President Trump is taking aim at drug companies in an effort to lower prices for Americans.  The Trump administration announced a new policy Wednesday [5/8/2019] that will require that the cost of medications be disclosed in television advertising by drug manufacturers.

The Editor says...
It would be far better to ban the advertising of prescription drugs altogether; in other words, reinstating the ban that existed until the 1980s.  The United States is one of only two countries in the world to allow these ads.  In my opinion, advertising prescription drugs on television has led to a wave of low-level hypochondria.  The ads are good for television stations but harmful to everyone else.

Life if the Democrats take control.  Democrats back in power would continue to appoint Leftist Judges who would continue to limit Conservative speech in the open forum or on public media such as the Radio.  These same judges would continue to tear away our basic foundations where they find Religion an enemy of their goals.  Consider what life would be like if the face book options for gender become law.  Facebook gives its members the choice of 58 types of gender identification.  Are you ready to deal with that if the Democrats continue to push such that concept.  Marriage continues to be under assault.  TV shows are now glorifying the 3 person marriage.  Do not believe me?  Watch SWAT on CBS.

HDTV is a threat to Canadian culture, critics warn.  Bart Beaty and Rebecca Sullivan argue that while HDTV is offered as part of an expanded choice for consumers, the selection of programming using digital over analog technologies is almost exclusively American.  "If you were to ask most Canadians what's wrong with Canadian TV, they wouldn't say 'image quality,'" said Beaty, co-author with Sullivan of the newly published book Canadian Television Today, in a statement Thursday [11/23/2006].

Americans see media aiding moral decline.  Most Americans think culture is becoming more immoral, and they view the media — both entertainment and news — as prime culprits, according to a new survey.

American Pop Culture:  Degeneracy On Parade.  With television, movies, the Internet and even local stores and markets acting as conveyers of debauchery, it seems there is no escape.  Once confined to the margins of society, depravity has now become mainstream.  Those who mistakenly thought television shows geared toward families, such as "American Idol" and its dance version "So You Think You Can Dance," were a safe bet, might want to think again.

Turn the channel?  Are you kidding?  All information is not equal.  You would think we would know that by now, but all education is not equal either.  In fact, it seems like our modern education prepares us more to be consumers than connoisseurs of information.  A connoisseur of wine can tell the difference between an exquisite wine and a merely good one.

The Gratingest Generation.  Does it ever occur to media chatterboxes that people watch tennis because they want to see tennis, not hear about some celebrity's latest movie or TV series?  If those who lived during World War II were "the greatest generation," this must be the gratingest generation.  It's not just the constant meaningless chatter that grates.  There is the incessant self-dramatization.

Media easily influenced.  In between wars and terrorist attacks and election nights, reporters have very little to actually report. … Seasoned reporters make a good living sitting back and waiting to be pitched on the day's possible stories, and they grow accustomed to the spoon-feeding.  Add to this natural human inclination toward laziness most political reporters' left-leaning political ideas, and you get the current state of political journalism.

Inventor of TV Remote Control Dies at Age 93.  Robert Adler, who won an Emmy Award along with fellow engineer Eugene Polley for the device that made couch potatoship possible, died Thursday [2/15/2007] of heart failure at a Boise nursing home at 93, Zenith Electronics Corp. said Friday.  In his six-decade career with Zenith, Adler was a prolific inventor, earning more than 180 U.S. patents.  He was best known for his 1956 Zenith Space Command remote control, which helped make TV a truly sedentary pastime.

What are you laughing at?  In 1953, Charles Douglass invented a machine called the "laff box," which we commonly refer to today as the "laugh track," ushering in a new era of comedy on television.  Counterculturalist Paul Krassner once called the laugh track "the epitome of televised hypnotic suggestion."

More TVs Than People in Average Home.  The average American home now has more television sets than people.  That threshold was crossed within the past two years, according to Nielsen Media Research.  There are 2.73 TV sets in the typical home and 2.55 people, the researchers said.  With televisions now on buses, elevators and in airport lobbies, that development may have as much to do with TV's ubiquity as an appliance as it does conspicuous consumption.  The popularity of flat-screen TVs now make it easy to put sets where they haven't been before.

Beating back the TV takeover:  The typical household accommodates only 2.55 people, but 2.73 televisions.  An astonishing 50% of all homes boast three or more TV's, and only 19% contain just one.  In 1975, by contrast 57% of households owned only one television, and only 11% contained three or more.

Just Say "Off".  I was trained at a young age to worship television.  It was the center of our home, akin to a shrine.  From within the wooden box, a powerful force seemed to pull our small family of three toward it.  Our day didn't begin before the set was turned on, and no one went to bed until it was turned off.  The compelling need to constantly watch left me laying on the floor for hours, leaning first on one arm, then the other, until my elbows formed nearly permanent impressions of broadloom fibers.  Rather than be interrupted by meals, we simply adapted by eating on wobbly trays.

TV Addiction Quiz:  Do you eat dinner while watching TV?  Can you turn off the TV now, right now, and leave it off for three days?  Do you flip mindlessly through the channels to find something good?  Do you need TV to unwind or fall asleep after a hard day?  Do you need TV to wake you up in the morning?  Do you watch TV more than you talk to your family?

Doctors treat Thomas The Tank-obsessed boy.  A child obsessed with watching Thomas The Tank Engine has alarmed doctors after failing to make friends at school, instead wandering around in a daze mumbling lines from the show.  Specialists are so concerned about the three-year-old American, known only as 'Max', that a report has been published in the Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics.

Television:  opiate of the masses.  The signs of addiction are all around us.  The average American watches over four hours of television every day, and 49% of those continue to watch despite admitting to doing it excessively.  These are the classic indicators of an addict in denial:  addicts know they're doing harm to themselves, but continue to use the drug regardless.

The Failure of Technology:  When Jerry Mander suggested in his book Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television, published in 1978, that television was not reformable no matter who controlled the medium, it represented the first time anyone had dared suggest that we do away with television altogether.  Mander argued that television is visual intoxicant that entrances the viewer into a hypnotic state and thereby replaces other forms of knowledge with the imagery of its programmers.  It infuses young children with high-tech, high-speed expectations of life, so that a walk in nature would likely seem interminably boring.

The Editor says...
Yes, he's right so far, but as the interview goes on, you'll find that Mander is opposed to all forms of "high tech", just like the Unabomber.  And if you look around the web site where this article appears, you'll see that it's strictly for left-wing "activists" and anti-capitalist troublemakers.

TV or Not TV?  Not!  Television emerged as a mass medium in the 1950s and quickly came to occupy a key role in an orchestrated campaign to eradicate conventional middle-class morals and culture.

Turn Them Off — Turn Them All Off.  Mitch Altman's invention is called TV–B–Gone.  It fits snugly in the palm, a near-weightless lump of black plastic.  Its shape vaguely suggests the Batman logo.  A tiny diode rests on the very tip of Batman's head, between his pointy bat ears.  Press a button and from this diode a beam of invisible light escapes that can turn off any television — any television — within a radius of 45 feet.

Switch off TV and switch on your memory.  Turning off the television, picking up a crossword and eating more fish could be the key to a better memory, an Australian survey has found.  Those who took part in the test were asked to fill in a survey on a range of habits, such as alcohol consumption, television viewing and reading habits.  The results found no differences between men and women, with the same scores for both groups on all the tasks.  But it found television viewing had the main impact on results.

Watching action movies could make you overeat, study says.  It is no secret that TV viewing encourages mindless snacking, but it turns out that this effect may be particularly pronounced when it comes to watching certain types of shows.  A new study has found that people watching a Hollywood action movie ate twice the amount of snacks as those watching an interview program.

Too much TV for tots.  Many parents have created homes where the TV is a nearly constant presence, all around the house.  Almost half the children (43 percent) aged 4 to 6 have a TV in their bedroom.  Even more shocking, there's an idiot box in 19 percent of the rooms with babies one year or younger.

Preschoolers pacified with TV programming.  What do American kids ages 2 to 5 do an average of 32 hours a week?  It's not napping, playing outside or building spaceships out of Legos.  It's watching TV, according to a new report released by Nielsen, the ratings company.  According to the report, television-watching is at an eight-year high with children ages 2 to 5 leading the way, closely followed by children ages 6 to 11, who watch an average of 28 hours a week.

Fighting childhood obesity the family way.  At the root of childhood obesity are two connected problems:  At the same time that children are consuming more "empty" calories, they also are getting less exercise.  Many factors have combined to foster a more sedentary lifestyle, even for children.  In many communities, children are not allowed to walk or ride bicycles to school.  Many schools have eliminated recess and physical education from the school day.  At home, the children are watching more television and playing video games for longer and longer amounts of time during the day.

Watching SpongeBob Can Lead to Learning Problems?  The cartoon character SpongeBob SquarePants is in hot water from a study suggesting that watching just nine minutes of that program can cause short-term attention and learning problems in 4-year-olds.  The problems were seen in a study of 60 children randomly assigned to either watch "SpongeBob," or the slower-paced PBS cartoon "Caillou" or assigned to draw pictures.

It's Official: To Protect Baby's Brain, Turn Off TV.  A decade ago, the American Academy of Pediatrics suggested that parents limit TV consumption by children under two years of age.  The recommendations were based as much on common sense as science, because studies of media consumption and infant development were themselves in their infancy.  The research has finally grown up.  And though it's still ongoing, it's mature enough for the AAP to release a new, science-heavy policy statement on babies watching television, videos or any other passive media form.  Their verdict:  It's not good, and probably bad.

Kofi Annan offers his #1 tip to prevent bad weather: "watch less TV".  ["]You may not like some of the suggestions I'm going to give.  First is to watch less TV.  Turn off lights when leaving the room.  Of course rationalize [sic] the use of appliances, for example expect that the washer is full before turning it on.["]

The Girl in the Plastic Bubble.  Everyone in America is exposed to the opinions of the left.  The journey of new Americans into the weird world of leftism takes root in children's television, which is filled with politically correct drivel, and progresses via films for younger audiences, which are lightly painted propaganda.  Public schools follow the same track.  Academia, almost invariably, is far to the left of the rest of America.  Television programming, documentaries, news networks — everything, really, is little more than a tool for reinforcing leftism in our lives.

A new study reveals the obvious:
TV Linked to Kids' Short Attention Spans.  Because the brain of a newborn develops rapidly throughout its first several years of life, researchers from the University of Washington and Seattle-area mental health professionals theorized that early exposure to TV might affect brain development.

Sometimes the danger to children is more immediate and more deadly:
Falling TV kills Pasadena baby.  A 9-month-old Pasadena baby died last week after a television weighing more than 60 pounds fell on him, police said. [...] In a September 2011 report, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said 169 children age 8 or younger were killed by falling TVs between 2000 and 2010.

Florida boy, 8, crushed to death by large TV in freak accident.  Authorities say an 8-year-old Jacksonville boy has died after being crushed by a large television.

TV and Furniture as dangerous as Guns to Children under 10.  As many children under ten die from accidental falling TVs and Furniture as from guns.

How Government Regulations Created the Time Warner-CBS Blackout.  When Congress and the FCC came up with the "must-carry" and "retrans consent" rules, they were afraid that local TV stations would be at the mercy of monopoly cable systems.  That didn't make much sense then, but today with cable facing competition from two national satellite TV providers, video service from traditional phone companies like Verizon and AT&T, as well as Internet video, it definitely doesn't make any sense now.  Congress should completely deregulate the video distribution marketplace by repealing broadcaster's special rights.

The Media is the Politics.  In a random telephone survey of 1,000 parents of children ages two months to 2 years in Washington state and Minnesota, parents said they let their babies watch television for "fun and education."  Few of them admit they use the tube as an electronic babysitter.  In other studies, doctors suggest that babies who watch television experience changes in their brain development at a time when they should be learning to talk through association with the larger of their species.

The Role of Television in Social Engineering, Predictive Programming, Culture Creation and Destruction of Children and Society.  This website is on the subject of "dajjaals" (great liars), and Satan and the Jinn, and what is connected to this of magic and the occult, and there are related issues that branch off from these subjects that are worthy of being covered.  From them is the television, which is simply an effective brainwashing and social engineering tool.  One of the clearest and most blatant aims of what is delivered through television is the "abolition of the family" (by tearing away and destroying all its bonds).  You just need to go and read up on eugenecist, self-righteous elitist socialist, collectivist, bigots like Aldous Huxley, Julian Huxley, George Bernard Shaw, Bertrand Russell, Charles Darwin, H.G. Wells and others to understand the war on "the family unit".  Television is the most-effective means of delivery for that envisaged social engineering.

Television: A Weapon of Mind Destruction?  Although little is known about changes that occur in the brain when children watch TV, much has been written in print and on the web about the negative cognitive and behavioral outcomes associated with TV viewing.  The claim that watching TV adversely impacts children's imagination is of special interest in this paper. [...] How may TV viewing affect children's imagination?  Are children who watch more TV less imaginative than those who watch little or no TV?  How has imagination been defined and studied?  This paper examines the relationship between TV viewing and children's imagination to evaluate whether watching TV undermines children's capacity to think imaginatively and creatively.

Findings: Parents Not Protecting Children from Destructive Media.  Christian parents are not protecting their children from destructive media according to recent findings by America's Research Group (ARG) sponsored by Mastermedia International.  Only 22% say that their Christian faith "very much" affects the movies or television programs they see or let their children view.  Only three in ten parents are even in the room when their kids watch TV.  "This is alarming," says Dr. Larry Poland, Chairman of Mastermedia International, the consulting organization which sponsored the research.  "Considering the violent, sexually explicit, and profane content of much of film, television, and internet content, this is parental negligence of the first order."

TV and Tykes Don't Mix.  Kids aren't just gravitating to the tube; the one-eyed monster is being used as a babysitter by parents who think they're too busy for them and by folks who see giving a child his own tube as a way of allowing parents to gorge on TV themselves. … This is so sad, because TV makes kids fatter and dumber.

Babies and TV Screens Don't Mix.  By the time children are two years old, 90 percent are spending two or three hours a day in front of a screen.  According to the article in TIME, "…the research team found that with every hour per day spent watching baby DVDs and videos, infants learned six to eight fewer new vocabulary words than babies who never watched the videos.

TV Really Might Cause Autism.  Today, Cornell University researchers are reporting what appears to be a statistically significant relationship between autism rates and television watching by children under the age of 3.  The researchers studied autism incidence in California, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Washington state.  They found that as cable television became common in California and Pennsylvania beginning around 1980, childhood autism rose more in the counties that had cable than in the counties that did not.

Is 3D TV hazardous to your health?  If conventional wisdom says that watching TV is bad for your eyes, watching 3D TV may be three times worse, we're beginning to discover.  Doctors and researchers are starting to warn viewers about the potential dangers of spending too much time in front of a 3D boob tube.

Warning — 3D TV may be bad for your health.  Less than a month following the roll out of its 3D TV, Samsung Electronics in Australia states on its Web site that some viewers may experience more than just awesome visual effects.  It cautions users to "immediately stop watching 3D pictures" and consult a doctor if they experience altered vision, lightheadedness, dizziness, involuntary movements such as eye twitching, confusion, nausea, loss of awareness, convulsion, cramps or disorientation.

Are 3D TVs Dangerous?  There are a total of 10 depth perception "cues", and stereopsis (the cue that relies on parallax) is only one.  And when you see a 3D movie, the other cues that don't match up are fighting with your brain, which is why people often feel a little disoriented when the movie ends and they take the glasses off.

The New Media Elites:  It has become a staple of Sunday newspapers, television talk shows, and late-night news programs:  the cautionary tale about the Internet turning America's youth into a generation of socially inept zombies, plugged in but tuned out, incapable of any conversation longer than an instant message, and headed for a sedentary life of weight gain, eye strain, and information overload.  But if anyone is in danger from the growing power of the Internet … it is not America's youth but the old media themselves.

Do not adjust your set:  TV is about to blow apart.  The internet, in the television industry as in many others, is both the infection and the cure.  It will do to television what it has done to journalism:  make everyone a producer and everyone a potential star. … I don't know about you, but I rarely leave my evening viewing to chance or to programmers any more.  It's planned and recorded in advance.  And even if I watch live I delay starting for 10 minutes so I can zip past the advertisements.

Turn that confounded thing off.  I have read the bumper stickers saying "Kill Your TV" and know the reasons why you should.  I realized that TV was creeping into my psyche:  the violent and overtly sexual shows, penetrating ads, the put-down humour, the time-draining, mind-numbing influence.  Most of all, it was hurting my relationship with my husband, my best friend.

Don't Expect Hollywood to Learn from Academy Awards Broadcast Bomb.  So Sunday's Oscar™ broadcast was, underwhelmingly, a television ratings bomb.  Not even the allure of Tinseltown's beautiful people walking down the red carpet in free gowns and borrowed jewels could tempt Americans to tune into what's known as the biggest self-congratulatory backslapping event in the history of mankind.

The CEO of silliness.  The late Steve Allen used cite a delicious analogy to describe why the public airwaves should be kept free from offensive content.  If a stranger walked into your house, stood before your children in the living room, and started stripping and cursing, would you feel their innocence had been violated?  Why then, he'd ask, should TV networks be allowed to do the same, using the airwaves owned by those very parents?

What The Most Watched TV Shows Say About America:  Fox News crushes CNN and MSNBC.  We've heard that so many times that it has become a meme.  But guess what?  Every one of the top 10 shows on the Hispanic network, Univision, beat Fox's top program (The O'Reilly Factor — 3.5 million viewers), as did WWE Raw's fake wrestling (4.9 million).  Proof that shows making the most noise aren't necessarily what people are paying attention to.

Americans will devote half their lives to forms of media next year.  In 2000, Americans each spent an average of 3,333 hours consuming media — and most of that time (1,467 hours) was spent in front of the TV, according to Veronis Suhler Stevenson, a media-oriented money management company that supplied much of the media data used in the report. Next year, Americans will spend 3,518 hours with their beloved media, including 1,555 in front of the TV, says Veronis Suhler Stevenson.  That means the average American will spend roughly 146 days, or five months, consuming media.

In every corner, a television set.  Television ownership used to be an accepted indicator of wealth and social class:  the higher the number of sets in a neighbourhood, the better off the residents.  No longer.  Indeed, some of the poorest corners of Britain now have the highest ownership rates. … Find a household with no television and it is likely to be a sign less of poverty than of middle-class sensibilities.

Medic, Marcus Welby, Dr. Kildare, Medical Center, Ben Casey, The Doctors, General Hospital, St. Elsewhere,
M*A*S*H, AfterMASH, Emergency, The Nurses, ER, Chicago Hope, House, Grey's Anatomy ...
TV, heal thyself.  What is it with you people and medical shows?  How is it that I and every other normal human being hates going to the hospital even if it's just to bring candy and flowers to someone who has to be there, but when it comes to TV, you can't seem to get your fill of smocks and surgical masks?

Unanswered TV questions.  Sure, I watch TV for entertainment, but sometimes it's all I can do not to put a foot through the screen in frustration.  Many reasons for that (the general quality of shows these days, Hollywood's obsession with wealth), but the shows also invite weird plot-related irritation with their UQs — Unanswered Questions.  Every show has one or more, questions that normal people would ask, but that would ruin the entire plot of a show if they were actually voiced.

Rumors of Broadcast TV's Death Are Premature.  Financial analyst Steve Kamman has said that, with the advent of digital video recorders and video-on-demand, there will no longer be any demand for broadcast television. … [However] Watching television is a passive activity.  To be entertained, you don't have to do much more than turn on the TV and surf until something good comes up.  If there were no channels to surf, only thousands of programs you could call up on demand, how would you know what to watch?

[What an odd question.  If there were no TV stations, how (and why) would you stay in the habit of watching TV?]

Cable choice now.  Increasing numbers of public policy organizations, political leaders, and even telecommunications companies are endorsing the very simple concept that consumers should take and pay for only that which they want on cable television, rather than having to continue subsidizing programming they find offensive or just plain lousy.

Many pay TV customers are tuning out.  The weak economy is hitting Americans where they spend a lot of their free time:  at the TV set.

Cable Loses Nearly Three Million Subscribers to Streaming.  The rise of streaming television is something I've been covering rather obsessively on my Daily Call Sheet for going on a year now.  Not because I have any kind of inside information or data, but because if you connect the dots of the hundreds of various news stories that have been written about the phenomenon, you can see that something seismic is happening.

Man admits killing the cable guy.  A Gary [Indiana] man became so enraged when he learned his TV wouldn't readily accept his newly installed cable, he shot and killed the cable guy.  Fransuah Mathews admitted Thursday he fatally shot a man installing cable for him to repay a debt when Mathews realized his TV was not cable ready.

Americans are Eager to Know about Economics, Study Says.  Television, by far the most popular conduit for those seeking economic knowledge, leaves its viewers with below-average knowledge.  But television viewers outperform those who turn to political leaders, friends, relatives, or civic or religious leaders as their primary source of information, according to Blinder and Krueger.

TV Profanity Will Go Before Appeals Judges.  Fox and CBS's First Amendment challenge to regulations against on-air profanity could either open the way to more cursing on network television or encourage broadcasters to play it safer with tamer programming.

Note:  This article is replete with profanity.
The words you can never say on TV, except when you can:  It's obvious by now that the FCC makes up the rules for acceptable speech as it goes along.  In the paradigmatic example of broadcast indecency, Carlin's monologue about "the words you couldn't say on the public airwaves," there's no question that the expletives were "integral" to the routine, which was partly about the very censorship to which it became subject.

Does Profanity Reign Supreme?  The Supreme Court has taken up the case of FCC vs. Fox Television Stations, the bizarre case in which Fox and other broadcast TV networks have argued that "fleeting" profanities are mere accidents that should not be punished with fines.  While it's laudable that the nation's top court would take up the matter, it's beyond outrageous that what Hollywood really wants — and, in a cowardly way, is refusing to declare publicly — is the "right" to bombard your living room, and your children, with obscenities.

The Editor says...
It is fairly easy for a TV network to include a ten-second delay into any "live" program, in order to catch and filter out profanity before it gets on the air.  With that technology available (and indeed, already installed), nothing gets on the air accidentally.  At least not at the network level.  So-called "fleeting" profanity is being justified and defended for one reason:  to open the door for more frequent, intentional and offensive outbursts, and eventually normalize every imaginable sort of corrupt communication.  Once again I remind you, this kind of incrementalism only goes in one direction.

Supreme Court Hears Arguments in FCC Obscenity Case.  In 2002 and 2003, celebrities uttered obscenities during live television broadcasts.  The offensive words led to a battle over the Federal Communication Commission's indecency standards, ultimately argued Jan. 10 in front of the U.S. Supreme Court.  In the nearly 10 years it took for the case to reach the highest court, free-speech advocates question whether government censorship is still relevant as American viewing habits change with the growth of the Internet, and whether the FCC's enforcement of its indecency standards violates the First or Fifth Amendment, which cover free speech and protection from government abuse in legal proceedings.

Stop Taxpayer Subsidies for all Broadcasters!  As another conservative journalist is exposed on the payroll of the Bush Administration, the nation's leading media watchdog, Accuracy in Media (AIM), called on public television and radio to give up their $400 million in taxpayer subsidies.  AIM Editor Cliff Kincaid says that it is obvious that the liberal media are only against taxpayer subsidies for journalists when they are conservative.

The Disappearing Anchor 'Man'.  Turn on your TV for the nightly newscast and you're now more than likely to see a woman on the screen — whether it's Katie Couric, Elizabeth Vargas or the woman delivering your local news.

[Why do you suppose that is?  It is partly because TV stations are under pressure to hire women and minorities, but it is also because people have become accustomed to women as figures of authority, thus credible bearers of serious news.  Forty years ago it wasn't that way.]

The Struggle for Control of the Media:  One of the key, though underestimated, ways in which America differs from other Western democracies is that it lacks a partisan media system.  By this, I mean a complete panoply of openly partisan outlets in every form of media.  It has this today only on the Internet, and is acquiring it on television.

Network TV Lacks Diversity, NAACP Says.  Nearly a decade after the NAACP condemned a "virtual whiteout" in broadcast TV, the civil rights group said major networks have stalled in their efforts to further ethnic diversity on-screen and off.  Television shows of the future could be even less inclusive because of a failure to cultivate young minority stars and to bring minorities into decision-making positions, NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous said.

Television Statistics:  According to the A.C. Nielsen Co., the average American watches more than four hours of TV each day (or 28 hours/week, or 2 months of nonstop TV-watching per year).  In a 65-year life, that person will have spent nine years glued to the tube.

It's about time to clean up our act.  [The FCC] recently released a report that said Congress has the authority to keep programs with violent content from being shown during hours when children could view them.  Ha.  That is laughable.  Imagine Congress or any other lawmaking body in this country actually trying to regulate social behavior in an effort to give us a healthier climate to live in!  No, it won't happen because the self-centered majority won't let it happen.

Toned-down awards shows:  The "wardrobe malfunction" that launched a national outpouring of rage against televised soft-porn slime continues to reap great benefits for the forces of reason, reticence and decency on television.

Judges vs. the FCC:  The federal judges who ruled against the FCC suggested the agency's rulings were "arbitrary and capricious."  But is there anything more arbitrary and capricious than an egotistical celebrity dropping the F-bomb on national TV?  Or the network refusing to administer a tiny delay?  Pardon me if I can't imagine Thomas Jefferson and Co. pledging their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor for the valiant cause of transmitting the potty mouths of washed-up pop singers and spoiled-rotten mall princesses into millions of American households.

The Editor says...
When you turn on a television, you know exactly what you're getting into.  When someone curses on television, or exposes herself (or himself), or sets a bad example for your kids, it gets into your home only because you didn't turn off the television. If it happens more than once, it is only because you didn't get rid of your television.

Reed Irvine, R.I.P..  In its infancy, network television news was a rip-and-read enterprise, 15 quick minutes of wire service copy.  But as TV news divisions recognized their own political power, they began actively to steer a national audience toward a political worldview of their liking.  Sometimes it was as simple as covering something, or refusing to cover something.

Dishonor Awards:  The Most Outrageously Biased Liberal Reporters.

Even as Viewers Tune Out, BBC Bosses Get £3.7 Million.  The BBC paid its top managers £3.7 million in salary and bonuses last year despite losing more than half a million television viewers to rival digital channels and the internet, according to the corporation's annual report.

Media bias regarding gun control:  Today, the right to own a gun is under assault like never before.  Every time a firearm is used in a high-profile crime, calls for stricter gun regulation — even outright prohibition — are pounded into us by a press that has taken sides.  In fact, when it comes to guns, journalists have clearly made up their minds.  According to a recent study, television news stories calling for stricter gun laws outnumbered newscasts opposing such laws by a ratio of ten to one.  In other words, we are hearing only one side of the story.

The Sad Decline of Saturday Night Live.  It has had its hilarious streaks and its vacuous doldrums, but Saturday Night Live is an American institution.  While it has leaned left in its comedy for most or perhaps all of its 37 years on NBC, SNL never gave you the sense that it had tipped so far over as to lose all sense of perspective.  For many of us that may have changed with the revelation that an opening sketch for last Saturday's SNL was scrapped, apparently because it dug a little too deep at President Obama.  If that's true it shows just how far American comedy has become enervated by having an African-American liberal hero in the White House.

Violence and Promiscuity Set the Stage for Television's Moral Collapse.  Long hailed as the cheapest form of family entertainment, television has cost us our imagination, our conversation, and our children's innocence.  As Dr. George Gerbner puts it, "The roles [young people] grow into are no longer home-made, hand-crafted, and community inspired."  Instead, they are developing a worldview based on television and not their own experience.

The Dumbing Down Of Politics:  [Scroll down] The [LA] Times noted that Barack Obama, during a tight schedule that had him shuttling between New York and Washington last Thursday, "managed to squeeze in time to visit an influential national television program:  'The Tyra Banks Show.'"  "During the hourlong show," the Times said, "the supermodel turned TV personality challenged her guest to a game of pickup basketball and had him look in a crystal ball to divine his future."

The Editor says...
To describe the Tyra Banks show as "an influential national television program" is either a gross distortion or a sad commentary on the number of malleable dupes who watch it.  Tyra seems to have forgotten that she got where she is based entirely on her gender and her race, even as she preaches that all women and blacks are victims of discrimination.  The show is an hour of meaningless pap that exists only to fill the gaps between commercial breaks.

Flick Off Obama.  The omnipresence of Barack Hussein Obama is guaranteed by the television, more aptly identified by the little people as, "the boob tube".  Obama's speech to Congress last night was forced upon the unwashed masses.  Or was it? ... The television networks and lying politicians do not deserve your patronage.

Local TV Stations Face a Fuzzy Future.  Lisa Howfield, general manager of KVBC, the NBC affiliate here, watched last year as the broadcast-television business began to shrink.  She started cutting.  She combined departments.  She made do with old equipment, and did away with luxuries like yearly sales getaways.  In December and January, she laid off 15 employees, or 6% of her staff.  After the weatherman left last month, one of the morning news anchors took on both jobs.  "It's like a bad roller-coaster ride," says Ms. Howfield.  Her station's full-day viewership is down 7.7% this TV season from the same period last year, according to Nielsen Co., and Ms. Howfield expects her ad revenue in 2009 will be down 30% from 2008.

The Editor says...
Hey Lisa!  The advertising revenue is down because people don't like the meaningless drivel that you present in prime time.  Nor do they enjoy sitting through a three-minute commercial break that is packed with insipid spots and self-aggrandizing promotional ads for shows they aren't interested in watching.  Your "news anchors" are essentially reading the morning newspaper in front of a camera.  (In radio, "rip and read" has been a minimum wage job for 40 years.)  How much of your local news coverage is anything more than filler between the commercials?  Who cares if there was a car wreck on the other side of town last night, or if an airplane landed with one wheel up, or if a five-year-old kid in Wisconsin saved his grandma by calling 9-1-1?  Put something worthwhile on the air, and you won't have any difficulty attracting viewers and advertisers.  If you really want to perform a public service, sign the station off, surrender the license, and board it up.

Broadcast TV Faces Struggle to Stay Viable.  CBS ... is having a better year in prime time than any other network.  And yet, as at the other networks, profits have declined sharply at CBS.  For decades, the big three, now big four, networks all had the same game plan:  spend many millions to develop and produce scripted shows aimed at a mass audience and national advertisers, with a shelf life of years or decades as reruns in syndication.  But that model ... no longer appears viable.

WTVH Ends News Operation.  WTVH-TV (Channel 5), the first television station in Syracuse, lost its independent newsroom Monday after 60 years.  The station brought news legend Ron Curtis to living rooms for four decades, but has suffered since then in the race for viewers and advertising dollars.  About 40 Channel 5 employees were fired on the spot.

CNN Fails to Stop Fall in Ratings.  The trend in news ratings for the first three months of this year is all up for one network, the Fox News Channel, which enjoyed its best quarter ever in ratings, and down for both MSNBC and CNN.

In Ads, 1 Out of 5 Stats Is Bogus*  A downward-spiraling economy means less spending money, so food makers increasingly are running ads aimed at grabbing the other guy's share of the (pizza) pie — or burger, or soup can.  And their advertising arsenal includes numbers — based on their market research, often controversial and sometimes top-secret.

High-wrinkle TV.  They mandated the nation to transition to digital television, yet some members of Congress may be having trouble making the change themselves.  Makeup artists who worked both the National Republican and Democratic conventions, the presidential debates and in the U.S. Capitol say most lawmakers are unprepared for the toll that high-definition television is taking on their appearances — and that that could translate into lost voters in the 2010 elections.

California To Ban TV:  But Not For a Good Reason.  Why is the California Energy Commission (CEC), a Gov. Jerry Brown creation, wanting to ban television sets?  Well, it seems that a honking 48-inch plasma screen, that bright symbol of the bygone days of conspicuous consumption and purveyor of drooling vacuity, uses too much electricity, and electricity production makes too much greenhouse gas emissions (at least in America, where half of our electricity comes from coal — in France, a plasma screen would emit nary a CO2 molecule as the TVs there are nuclear powered).

California Proposes Ban on Energy-Hogging HDTVs Starting in 2011.  The California Energy Commission is proceeding with a proposal this summer to ban the sale of TV sets that did not meet new efficiency standards when they are turned on and displaying a picture — a measure of power consumption that is not currently regulated at all.

Is your TV watching you? Latest models raise concerns.  Samsung's 2012 top-of-the-line plasmas and LED HDTVs offer new features never before available within a television including a built-in, internally wired HD camera, twin microphones, face tracking and speech recognition.  While these features give you unprecedented control over an HDTV, the devices themselves, more similar than ever to a personal computer, may allow hackers or even Samsung to see and hear you and your family, and collect extremely personal data.

Broadcasters sue Dish over ad-skipping DVR service.  Dish, the nation's second-largest satellite TV provider, filed a suit of its own seeking a judicial all-clear for its "AutoHop" ad-skipping technology.

Supreme Court rules against FCC profanity, nudity policy.  In an 8-0 decision, the high court threw out fines and sanctions imposed by the Federal Communications Commission.  The case involved some uncensored curse words and brief nudity on various networks, including Fox.

High court rules for broadcasters on TV 'indecency'.  In an 8-0 vote, justices concluded the Federal Communications Commission cannot enforce its current policies against "fleeting" expletives and nudity on over-the-air programs, both live and scripted.  The agency had levied hefty fines on all four major broadcasters beginning nearly a decade ago.

Court ruling clears FCC to revisit old indecency complaints.  As a result of the Supreme Court's decision to keep the Federal Communications Commission's indecency rules in place, more than 1.4 million complaints that have been sitting in limbo at the regulatory agency will now have to be reviewed for potential violations and fines.  In a statement Thursday [6/21/2012], FCC Commissioner Robert Robert M. McDowell said, "It is now time for the FCC to get back to work so that we can process the backlog of pending indecency complaints — which currently stands at just under 1.5 million involving about 9,700 TV broadcasts."

The British method:

Television in England is apparently non-commercial, at least on some channels, but an annual license is required for a TV receiver.  This system makes very little sense:  Broadcasting is a service that is supposed to reach the maximum number of receivers.  Punishing people for receiving broadcast signals is insane.  Detecting unlicensed receivers is a form of domestic surveillance.

You DO need a TV licence to watch live shows on Netflix, BBC says.  Watching Netflix without a TV licence could trigger fines of up to £1,000.  Under UK law, every household is required to have a valid TV licence to watch or record live television.  This £169.50 fee doesn't just cover programmes on the BBC but applies to live broadcasts on ITV, Channel 4, Sky TV, Virgin Media, and all other channels in the TV Guide.  You've always needed to be covered by a TV licence to catch up on previously aired shows and films on BBC iPlayer.  However, watching on-demand content from streaming services like Netflix, Disney+, Apple TV+, and Prime Video was exempt.  But that's all about to change.

The Editor says...
In other words, your TV license is also an internet license now.  The BBC will tax you for watching recorded video over the internet.  That's how I see it.  I'm certainly glad I don't live in England, or watch television.

Do you need a TV licence to watch Netflix?  BBC sends mixed signals as streamer launches live shows.  Netflix's big push into live television could result in massive fines of up to £1,000 for Brits caught off-guard without a TV licence.  The streaming service is poised to ring the bell on its splashiest live event to date:  a high-profile boxing match between Youtuber Jake Paul and former world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson, and customers will surely need a TV licence to tune in to the bout.  Well, it is not that clear cut, as the Standard recently found out.  While the BBC told us (and Cord Busters) that a TV licence is indeed required to watch live content on Netflix, that doesn't match its messaging to customers.

The Editor says...
[#1 Here's the easiest solution to this problem:  Do away with TV receiver licensing and get with the 21st century.  [#2] Here's the second-easiest solution:  delay the "live" show by two or three minutes in a video server, so it's no longer "live."  [#3] Does it make any difference if a show is live or recorded?  Do you still need a TV license to watch old films on BBC?  Is there a First Class TV license that allows you to watch live shows?

BBC bombards households with TV licence enforcement letters.  The BBC bombarded Britons with TV licencing letters as revenues from the controversial fee fell, new figures have shown.  Over 36 million licence enforcement letters were sent to households across the UK in the last financial year, data obtained by The Telegraph has found.  Numbers of people dodging the £159 annual payment are on the rise and the corporation is battling to compete with new media in the form of podcasts and online streaming services.  Enforcement letters warn residents that if they do not pay the fee, they are breaking the law by watching TV or using BBC iPlayer and that they may be visited by an enforcement officer.

BBC faces mass revolt from television viewers with 2.8 million claiming they no longer need to pay TV licence fee.  The BBC is facing a revolt from millions of television viewers who are no longer willing to pay the television licence fee.  A record 2.84 million people now insist they are no longer obliged to fork out £159 for the annual charge because they don't watch BBC channels or any kind of live TV.  This figure is an increase of more than 360,000 on the previous twelve months.

TV licence fee torn apart by readers demanding removal of 'archaic tax'.  As the BBC celebrates its century, Britons have called for the TV licence fee to be scrapped.  A new poll of readers found pensioners should not be made to pay the annual £159, with many arguing it should be scrapped altogether.  All UK households who watch or stream live broadcasts are subject to the annual fee which covers all devices owned by residents.  Only households with members who are aged over 75 years old on Pension Credit are exempt from the fee.  This means an estimated 3.7 million over 75s have to pay.  In addition, over 75s who live in qualifying care homes or sheltered accommodations do not have to pay while those who are registered blind are entitled to a discount.

Time to kill the TV licence.  The television license is not the 'least worst' method of financing public broadcasting in Britain — it is the worst possible method.  It's not just the expense.  The licence fee guarantees that we have a state broadcaster, not a public broadcaster.  The only meaningful economic signals the BBC receives come from the government, which controls its budget and appoints its governors.  The BBC is incapable of fostering a meaningful relationship with the public — we must pay for it, whether we like it or not.  This toxic relationship is founded on the use of criminal sanctions to enforce payment for BBC services.  This is a method not available to providers of other arguably more essential services, such as water and electricity.  The BBC pays outsourcing firm Capita roughly £60&Nbsp;million a year to collect the license fee and to chase those who fail to pay.  Nearly 200,000 people are prosecuted for non-payment every year.  Women are the prime victims — they make up nearly three-quarters of those prosecuted.

Calls for Licence Fee to Be Scrapped Follow over-75s Exemption Row.  Calls have been made for the BBC to scrap the licence fee and move to a subscription model in light of the new rules which say that pensioners will no longer get their tv licence for free.  At present, over-75s are entitled to free television licences but this is being withdrawn by the BBC.

Thousands still watch TV in black and white.  More than 7,000 people [in England] still watch TV in black and white more than half a century after colour broadcasts began.  London has the most TV licences for black and white sets at 1,768, followed by 431 in the West Midlands and 390 in Greater Manchester. [...] The figures were released by TV Licensing in what appears to be a reminder that anyone watching television must by law have a TV licence.

BBC [is] a total waste of money: more evidence.  Is anyone remotely surprised by this? This is what happens when you get an institution featherbedded with free money (confiscated from the taxpayer or licence-fee payer) and utterly unaccountable to its customers.  Over the years this has led to the creation of a top-heavy management culture imperiously aloof to the point of contempt over what its audience wants, likes or needs, and splendidly indifferent to the kind of efficiencies it would certainly need to adopt were it subject to the disciplines of the private sector.

BBC shuns video servers and clings to videotape:
BBC suspends technology boss over 'wasted' £100m.  Lord Hall said the Digital Media Initiative, an effort to develop desktop computer software to make the programme making process faster and more efficient, would be shut down immediately.  It was meant to link up the way BBC staff create, share, manage and archive digital footage, and do away with video tape.

BBC loses £100 million on useless technology.  What I find most extraordinary about this story is that it's one of those things that could only possibly happen in the fantastical parallel universe inhabited by public-sector institutions.  The basic rules of business do not apply to the BBC bubble.  That is the reason the licence fee should be scrapped — not because the Beeb doesn't produce some amazing programmes, which it does, but because it pays for this sort of catastrophe.

Colour TV licence goes up to £142.50.  Black-and-white only licences will go up by £1 from £47 to £48, it was confirmed today.  The current cost of a basic colour TV licence is £139.50.

License fee police may target you for watching TV on Net.  Viewers who watch television only through their computers could be forced to pay the licence fee, it has been revealed.  Currently, those who solely use catch-up services, such as the BBC's iPlayer, do not need to pay the annual £139.50 charge.  But a law could be introduced to change this, amid growing evidence that more television viewers are migrating online.

Blow for TV licence dodgers as detector vans go undercover.  TV detector vans have gone undercover in a controversial move to catch those watching without a licence.  The latest vehicles are unmarked to make them indistinguishable from those driven by 'white van man' as they cruise the streets — although they will probably be going a little slower.

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I don't get it.  If the British government is so concerned about people watching television without paying for such a great privilege, why aren't the TV signals encrypted?  Wouldn't that be easier than having someone drive all over the country looking for unauthorized receivers?

The British TV receiver tax could be easily implemented in the U.S.  Here's how:  Once the television stations in the United States have been converted over to digital transmitters, it would be a relatively simple matter for the FCC to order all of them encrypted and then charge the viewers for the keys to unlock the once-free signals.  The mechanism for subscription TV is already a part of the digital transmission protocol:  It's called "conditional access."  Look it up.

TV licence rebel seeks trial by jury.  A retired engineer who is being taken to court by the BBC for refusing to pay for a television licence over its 'biased reporting' is hoping to persuade a jury that the corporation is acting illegally.  John Kelly has refused to pay the fee since 2002, arguing he does not have to as the BBC has breached its requirement for political balance when covering issues such as the European Union.

In Sweden:
Outrage over licence fee demand for CCTV.  Swedish business owners are up in arms over a recent push by the country's television licencing bureau to collect fees from companies using surveillance cameras.  "It's crazy, the screens aren't used for watching TV," said Dick Malmlund, head of security for the Swedish Trade Federation (Svensk Handel), to the Dagens Nyheter (DN) newspaper.

Cell phone owners could face TV licence fees.  Swedish TV licensing body Radiotjänst has indicated that cell phone users may soon face licence fees as technological advances bring television to the mobile.

Computers owners to face TV licence fees.  Sweden's television licensing agency Radiotjänst is preparing to push through measures requiring computer owners to pay the annual television license fee of around 2,000 kronor ($327).

Outrage over licence fee demand for CCTV.  Swedish business owners are up in arms over a recent push by the country's television licencing bureau to collect fees from companies using surveillance cameras.

Somewhat related...
Five of the Royal Family demoted as BBC changes its protocol on broadcast death list.  The BBC has downgraded five senior members of the Royal Family by ordering that their deaths should no longer trigger an automatic interruption of normal broadcasts.  [They] had formerly belonged to a special BBC list known as Category 2, which has now been abolished.

Scrap TV licence fee and make BBC subscription-based says think-tank.  The BBC should wind up its licence fee and become a voluntary subscription-based service, a report from think-tank the Adam Smith Institute said today.  The report ... acknowledged the importance of the corporation as "the UK's strongest media asset".  But it said that scrapping the fee would better equip the BBC to operate as a major business on the world stage.

France may extend TV licence fee to computer screens.  The French government is considering extending the television licence fee to include computer screen owners to boost revenues for public-sector broadcasting operations, the culture minister said on Saturday.  President François Hollande's Socialist government aims to raise an extra €7.5bn (£6bn) this year through tax rises included in an amended budget bill to be unveiled next week.

More and more Germans boycotting state media fees.  Beatrix von Storch, deputy leader of the AfD, has claimed that her account has been suspended for not paying her mandatory fees for Germany's state media.  A woman was also jailed for two months for non-payment.

Are commercial breaks louder than TV programs?

Yes and no.  The peak audio level is the same, but the average level is usually higher, simply because most advertisers have only 30 seconds to make their point and pitch their product.  Most movies, soap operas, and dramatic productions have long quiet scenes — especially in the last few seconds before a commercial break.  Comedy shows are usually augmented with canned laughter and applause, so the viewers don't notice much contrast in loudness when the commercial break begins.

Congress considers shushing loud TV ads.  The Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation Act, or CALM Act, would require TV stations and cable channels to turn down the volume on those decibel-heavy ads that blast from the box during breaks.

Bill seeks to turn down sound on TV ads.  Fed up with TV ads so loud that they send viewers scrambling to hit mute on their remotes, a Bay Area lawmaker is pushing a new bill that would force federal regulators to ratchet down the volume of commercials.  The proposal was introduced this week by Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto, and it isn't winning her any friends in the broadcasting or advertising industries.  But Eshoo's House colleagues are warming to the idea, which could address a daily annoyance for millions of TV viewers.

In the analog TV world, over-the-air TV stations used equipment that regulated the peak audio level of everything that went into their transmitters.  Soap operas, commercials, and local news programs were all treated the same way, and variations in audio levels (from one second to the next) were surprisingly small.

In the digital TV age, this problem is far more difficult to address than anyone in Congress likely realizes.

To impose new regulations on the subjective loudness of commercials, and keep those audio levels lower than the surrounding program material, the broadcasters would have to artificially boost the volume on program segments that are not necessarily intended to be loud, and actively suppress the effectiveness of commercials.  It is the commercials, after all, that pay the bills at a TV station, and I'd hate to be a TV advertising salesperson having to explain to a client that his spots will be intentionally half-muted.

In fact, many commercials are delivered to the TV stations through satellite/fiber distribution services that are contractually forbidden to alter the audio or video levels.  At the TV station, the commercials go from the "delivery truck" server to the main playback server without being tweaked by the engineers (if any), and as a result, the commercials are as loud as the production house wants them to be.  Strict adherence to a standard maximum level is voluntary, at this point.  But there are now devices being marketed to the stations which can measure the program audio loudness and make the commercial breaks match the shows.

Twenty years ago I noticed that the video levels are just as different as the audio levels.  Soap operas (a/k/a daytime dramas) are usually very dark, while the interspersed soap commercials are bright.  This is still true today.  Since many soap operas are produced by Proctor and Gamble, this should come as no surprise, and for the same reason, this trend will continue indefinitely.

Rep. Anna Eshoo may or may not have a good idea, but its implementation would require a new set of unambiguous standards for the measurement of average loudness, and a long discussion about how much reduction is enough, and whether it would be just as annoying and tiresome for a movie to have a constantly loud sound track.

I think we should leave things the way they are, and "let the market decide" if it's really that big a problem.  The viewers have plenty of options available, including the POWER OFF button.

House votes to turn down volume of noisy TV ads.  The House on Tuesday [12/15/2009] voted to level off the abrupt spikes in volume felt by television viewers during commercial breaks.  The bill — approved by a voice vote — is aimed at stopping TV ads from playing noticeably louder than programs.

Here's some good news: Loud TV ads may be near an end.  Under a proposal to be taken up Thursday [6/10/2009], the Federal Communications Commission would squelch ad volumes to the average decibels of the TV show during which they appear.  Currently, TV ads can't be louder than the loudest peak in a show, said David Perry, the chairman of the broadcast production committee of the American Association of Advertising Agencies in New York.  Ads often seem louder to viewers, he added, because a program's volume peak rarely comes just before an ad.

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If this becomes law, TV stations will have the incentive to compress audio levels on all programs, so TV stations will sound like AM radio stations.  In other words, the audio in every program will be homogenized, and the infomercials will all be consistently loud.

Congress acts to shush loud TV ads.  The days of getting blasted out of the easy chair by blaring TV commercials may soon be over.

House passes bill to reduce volume of TV commercials.  The House by voice vote Thursday [12/2/2010] passed a bill sponsored by Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) that would lower the volume of television commercials, sending it to President Obama's desk for his signature.  The Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation Act would authorize the Federal Communications Commission to regulate the volume of advertisements to ensure they aren't noticeably louder than the programs they interrupt, a problem that has annoyed consumers for decades.

Obama signs law to limit volume of TV commercials.  President Obama on Wednesday [12/15/2010] signed into law a bill that will regulate the volume of television commercials.  According to the White House, the "Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation" or "CALM" Act "requires the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to prescribe a regulation limiting the volume of audio on commercials."  The regulation applies to "television broadcast stations, cable operators, and other multichannel video programming distributors."

Blaring Commercials No More: FCC Passes Rules to End Loud Commercials.  Today [12/13/2011] the Federal Communications Commission unanimously approved new rules that require cable and broadcast stations to play commercials at the same volume as the TV shows they break into.  The new FCC order is a step in carrying out the Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation, or CALM Act, which President Obama signed in 2010.

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Commercials don't "break into" programs.  In some cases, the commercials are scheduled almost as far in advance as the programs.

The United States of Advertising.  America is, I think, the only country in the world which permits advertising of drugs which are available only through your doctor.  The insidious message is simple; if your doctor is not offering you this drug, maybe you should be asking for it.  …The whole point of [prescription drugs] is that it is not considered safe to let us simply buy them over the counter.  They are so strong or so habit forming that it is up to the doctor to decide that we really need them.  Advertising subtly changes that relationship….

Why TV Ads Are a Waste of Money:  To the extent that TV ads have ever had an impact in a general election, that influence has been sharply diminished by the Internet and TiVo Ages.  Viewers now receive their information in ways that minimize their contact with commercials.  Sure, advertisers still flock to television.  But effective product commercials these days run far more often and strategically than do political ads, and production-value-wise, they are light years ahead of anything the candidates ever put out.

Warning:  Products Ahead.  Hide the children:  Commercial products are visible on network television.  That's the urgent message from a clatch of public interest groups who wrote to the Federal Communications Commission last week demanding an end to "advertainment." … This conspiratorial view of advertising goes back to Vance Packard and the "Hidden Persuaders," the book unmasking the supposed media manipulation of the 1950s.

TV and Test Scores Don't Mix.  A new study finds that children who have TV sets in their bedrooms score lower on school tests than those who don't, according to the New York Times. … The issue may have more to do with parental control.  Parents may not be aware if their children are up all night watching television, or if they are watching inappropriate programming.

Networks Plan on Blaspheming God — Most Shocking TV Season Ever:  ABC, CBS and NBC are considering dropping many of the few remaining standards on network prime-time TV programs — and will likely allow expletives and four-letter words never spoken before on broadcast TV.

Violence on Prime Time Broadcast TV.  Concerns about the impact of television violence on society are almost as old as the medium itself.  As early as 1952, the United States House of Representatives was holding hearings to explore the impact of television violence and concluded that the "television broadcast industry was a perpetrator and a deliverer of violence."

Foul Language on Prime Time Network TV.  The connection between media violence and real life violence has been well documented.  The consensus of the scientific and mental health communities is that children are profoundly influenced by the violent images they see on television and in films.  Constant exposure to media violence can result in aggressive, anti-social behavior, and even violent outbursts.

Sex Loses its Appeal.  For years conventional wisdom in Hollywood has been that "sex sells," and the more, the better.  That mantra has been reflected in increasingly frequent and increasingly graphic depictions of sex on television.  But does sex really attract more viewers?  In recent years, countless surveys have shown that not only are parents increasingly concerned about how exposure to sexual content is affecting their children, but even adults are turned-off by the rampant sex on TV.

This might be a case of over-analysis...
The Use of Offensive Language by Men and Women in Prime Time Television Entertainment.  A content analysis examined prime-time television entertainment programs aired on 7 broadcast networks during the 2001 season.  Profanity use within inter-sex and intra-sex interactions was explored.  Swearing occurred most often in man-to-man interactions, followed by women-to-men.  Men and women tended to use mild curse words more when talking to the opposite sex.  Unmarried women more often directed expletives at both men and women; unmarried men cursed more at other men.  Offensive language was most often met by a neutral response; men and women were equally likely to respond positively and negatively to cursing.  Men in feature roles, as compared to minor roles, used more profanity when speaking to men and women.

The Disappearing Family Hour

Disney Plus breaks promise to stay 'family friendly,' adds R-rated movies.  On Friday [7/22/2022], Parents Television and Media Council announced that Disney Plus "made R-rated Deadpool, Deadpool 2, and Logan available to subscribers today."  In 2019, the blog "What's On Disney Plus" reported that Disney Plus would only include content with ratings of "PG-13 or softer" and that more adult-oriented content the Walt Disney Company acquired from its purchase of 20th Century Fox would be distributed on its other streaming platform, Hulu.  "Three years ago, the Walt Disney Company made a promise to families," PTC President Tim Winter recalled.  "No R-rated movies on Disney+, they said.  It's a family focused platform, they said.  We have Hulu for our edgier adult fare, they said.  It turns out they were lying to us.  After decades of corporate brilliance establishing itself as the world's most trusted brand for families, today's C-level suite at Disney has decided to flush it all down the toilet."

'Transparent' Shows TV's First Transgender Full-Frontal Nude Scene.  Before Season 4 of Transparent started production, transgender actress Alexandra Billings, who plays Maura's friend and mentor Davina on the series, walked into the writer's room to pitch.  She said she wanted to be naked.  That, of course, is a crude simplification of the process.  Billings' friend and Transparent co-star Trace Lysette suggested that the two of them talk to the show's writers about their lives and experiences as transgender women, with the hope that they might incorporate them, and therefore a broader reflection of the varied transgender experience, into the show's storylines.

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AMC's 'Preacher' Opens With Graphic Jesus Sex Scene, Closes With Inbred Messiah.  Let's offer some congratulations to AMC's Preacher for giving me the fastest, most efficient subject for an article yet.  The latest episode featured a subject so embarrassingly crass that I'm shocked I got through the entire episode without slamming my head against a wall.  It only takes three simple words:  Jesus having sex.

Trump's revenge and how Woodward/Bernstein ruined journalism.  Trump's self-made video parody that shows him wrestling down CNN has all the self-righteous pundits in an uproar, but it puts the heat where it belongs... on CNN and the rest of them that round-the-clock give him no peace, no mercy, no fairness, no slack. [...] On top of that the obscenities coming from our TV news and talk shows are so violent that there is no choice but to say that we are past media bias and deep into media depravity.

'Family Feud' not so family-friendly anymore?  [Scroll down]  Dan Gainor, VP of Business and Culture at the Media Research Center, told FOX411 game shows have always pushed the limit, and the recent episodes of "Family Feud" are simply the result sexual content becoming more commonplace on TV.  "I think what has changed is that Hollywood has so undermined and coarsened our culture, that these answers have become the norm...  Sex acts many Americans had never even heard of are now typical dialogue," Gainor said in an email.  "Shows like 'Scream Queens' and 'Scandal' are trying to see how far they can go.  And TV is always trying to go further."

Guess which ABC show will feature full frontal nudity?  I suspect it's going to shock a lot of moms and dads when they discover that the family-friendly Muppets of the 1970s are no more.  Guess which ABC show will feature full frontal nudity?  "It's sort of an adult Muppet show," Kermit the Frog said during a promotional video for the show.  The mature version of "The Muppets" will cover a range of 'topics from sex and drugs to interspecies relationships, The Daily Mail reports.  "No subject is off limits," one show source told the newspaper.

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Here is yet another example of the poisonous effects of liberalism:  Fifty years ago, every TV show was appropriate for children and adults alike; but now even the children's programming has escaped the limits of propriety and decorum.

Parents' Watchdog Group: Virtually No Family-Friendly Shows Left on TV.  "There's very little family programming left" on television, lamented Melissa Henson, director of grassroots and public education at the Parents Television Council (PTC).  The non-partisan group, whose mission is to protect children from graphic sex, violence and profanity on TV, is urging consumers to "let your values be your guide" while shopping for the holidays.  To help them, Henson recently compiled PTC's annual list of "2014 Best and Worst Advertisers" in eight categories:  fast food, beverages, clothing, general retail, personal items, groceries, computers and financial services.

New NBC Show Claims Gay Parents Are 'The New Normal'.  From the twisted imagination that spawned the pro-gay high school show "Glee" comes another new sitcom that is poised to take the gay agenda even further.  Aptly-named "The New Normal," the show depicts a gay couple's quest to have a child via a surrogate mother and the awful conservative grandmother who dares oppose them.

Reality Bites Gays.  Image control has been crucial to gay activists.  In 1980 Hollywood produced, Cruising, a big budget film that showed the seamier side of gay life. [...] Since then, any filmmaker who does not conform his gay characters to a positive and largely asexual template is likely to be criticized.  The arrival of the AIDS pandemic helped reinforce this pressure by offering up a new version of a time honored movie stereotype — the terminally ill secular saint.  Today it is allowable to use a gay drama queen as a comedic foil, but only if he is also shown to have a heart of gold.  Otherwise gay characters have to be positive.  In recent years such gay characters have been everywhere on TV and in movies.

Former 'Saturday Night Live' star Victoria Jackson blasts 'Glee'.  Comedian Victoria Jackson, who attended this year's Conservative Political Action Conference, made headlines over the weekend for her Friday column, "The Muslims Next Door," in which she criticized the television program "Glee" for continuously promoting a socially liberal lifestyle. ... "Did you see 'Glee' this week?  Sickening!" Jackson, a former "Saturday Night Live" star, wrote.

The Toxic Tube Made Them Do It.  A recent study published in Pediatrics, the journal of the American Pediatric Association, points to a strong link between [teen-targeted television] and teen pregnancy. ... Dr. Nancy Snyderman noted on NBC's Today that 80 percent of entertainment programs targeting teens contain sexual themes.

Turn off, tune out, cancel the cable.  There's a brand-new poll out called "American Attitudes on Religion, Moral Values and Hollywood."  Its main findings, according to a press release, are that a majority of Americans (61 percent) believes that their religious values are "under attack."  A similar majority (59 percent) believes the people who run TV and the movies "do not share the religious and moral values of most Americans."  If that's all I told you about the poll, you might have assumed it was commissioned by Focus on the Family or a similar Christian "family values" group and that its leadership was feeling validated by the findings.  In fact, its sponsor is the Anti-Defamation League.  And as a Jewish defense organization, the ADL is worried.

Americans feel religious values attacked.  A majority of the American people believes that religious values are "under attack," and that Hollywood does not share the religious and moral values of most Americans, according to a survey issued Sunday by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). ... The poll also found that 59% of Americans agree that "the people who run the TV networks and the major movie studios do not share the religious and moral values of most Americans."

No cussin' allowed.  The federal law known as the indecency ban proscribes the utterance of "any obscene, indecent or profane language" over the airwaves.  Congress has set the enforcement times between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m., and authorized fines, license revocations and denials of license renewals as possible punishments for infractions.

Hollywood's Ridiculous Lawyers.  When Justice Stevens asked if there were changes in community standards over the last 30 years, if society had grown more tolerant of curse words, Carter Phillips, the profanity-favoring attorney for Fox, proclaimed:  "I believe that society is significantly more tolerant of these words today than it was 30 years ago."  Justice Scalia replied:  "Do you think your clients have had anything to do with that?"  The answer is, of course, self-evident.  There is no greater cultural influence on impressionable youth than the entertainment industry.

Racy TV shows linked to higher teenage pregnancy rates.  Groundbreaking research suggests that pregnancy rates are much higher among teens who watch a lot of TV with sexual dialogue and behavior than among those who have tamer viewing tastes.  "Sex and the City" ... was one of the shows used in the research.

BBC bows to viewers and curbs swearing after 9 pm watershed.  The BBC is to tone down the amount of sex and swearing screened following the 9 pm watershed, because viewers were dismayed by the moral decline in programme standards.

The Frustrated Family Hour.  Since 2000-2001, violent content during the family hour has increased 52 percent.  Sexual content is up 22 percent.  Foul language is down 25 percent since 2000-2001.  But wait.  The decrease is almost entirely due to the drop in less objectionable words….  The major curse words have hardly declined at all, just 3 percent.

The Editor says...
Television (and radio, for that matter) can only provide inexpensive family entertainment in a country where either (a) the producers of broadcast programs have the self-control and common decency to present only G-rated shows and (b) the viewing public tolerates only the most benign material.  These conditions have not been met in the U.S. since the 1960's.  There is no "Family Hour."  Prime-time television, with rare exceptions, is a cesspool of tawdry and salacious pap that would have been considered "unfit for broadcast" as recently as the 1970s.

As you might expect, there is offensive language throughout this article.
More Than Ever, You Can Say That on Television.  Ever since George Carlin laid out the "Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television" in 1972, television writers and broadcasters have been digging more deeply into the thesaurus, seizing on new ways to titillate, if not offend.

Parents group criticizes heavy sexual content on TV.  On a recent episode of the CBS comedy "Two and a Half Men," it is implied that Jake, the teenage son of Alan's character, is having threesomes with some of his female classmates.  Like everything else in the raunchy sitcom, it is played for laughs and no actual sexual acts are depicted.  Not laughing, though, is the Parents Television Council.

The Coax Straightjacket:  Stopping Cable Copy-Protection Abuse.  The Supreme Court "Betamax" decision decades ago established the fair use rights of consumers to make copies of television programs, and save them on videocassettes.  But with the demise of VHS, the newly ascendant technology is Digital Video Recorders (DVRs), such as the TiVo and its various cruder generic cousins (the latter typically cable company supplied).

On the other hand...
DVR is TV's New BFF.  Digital Video Recorders, once considered a mortal threat by the entertainment industry, have now become its new best friend.  It's just the latest example of how the industry's constant warnings of the dangers of "piracy" frequently turn out to be baseless hysteria.

TV commercials can literally be a pain, German experts say.  If you have mysterious back pains which your doctor cannot explain, the cause may be partly due to watching TV commercials about pain-relief medication, according to findings of a revolutionary new study in Germany.  The German researchers said incidence of back pain among people living behind the Berlin Wall increased dramatically after German unification as East Germans became inundated by West German commercial television networks.

Wake-up call to a.m. news:  moms tuning out.  Several years ago, the 34-year-old mother of three stopped watching the morning shows.  After getting TiVo, she had no patience to sit through multiple commercial breaks during a live newscast.  On top of that, the segments began to seem more and more frivolous.  "Watching morning television for me is the equivalent of reading People magazine in the dentist's office," said Lauck, who writes for websites from her home in Santa Rosa, Calif.  "They don't have anything new or particularly relevant to my life.  It seems like a lot of fluff.  I feel like I can get information faster and cleaner on the Internet."

Reporting from inside the media vacuum.  With industry-wide belt-tightening, news organizations are dispatching fewer reporters to the trail, and [Mark] Halperin added that "some major candidates, some for whole days, don't have reporters from major news organizations with them."  Predictably, lower-tier candidates have only a handful of reporters with them at this point.

US news chiefs warn of evening TV news demise.  Paul Slavin, senior vice president of ABC News Gathering told a House of Lords Select Committee on Communications that while the network's evening news audience is growing, its audience in the 25-54 demographic is declining.  He stated that if this group continues to turn away from the evening news, then it is not inconceivable that evening news will disappear across the networks.

Anchor Away:  Katie Couric's ill-fated voyage with CBS.  The viewership of nightly national news began to decline more than two decades ago, before the Internet and before cable news became a big deal.  The erosion that has occurred on all fronts of all the news divisions, beginning in the mid-eighties, when Capital Cities bought ABC and G.E. bought NBC, is well documented, all the more fastidiously because it not only combines business and human interest but also involves media people's favorite subject:  media people.

Viewcrime:  TV dealers [in Great Britain] are required by law to collect the names and addresses of people who buy televisions.  This info then goes into a giant database.  Let me be perfectly clear.  This is mandatory.  This is about watching television.

Global Taxes and Global TV Now on the Agenda.  [Scroll down slowly]  In addition to global taxes, "The Global Agenda 2009" report urges creation of a global television channel. ... The report doesn't explain how this new global TV channel will be financed.  But global taxes cannot be ruled out.  Perhaps this new era of transparency and disclosure can start with disclosing details about media sponsorship and backing of the World Economic Forum and its plans for "global governance."

Interesting new invention:  The advert enforcer.  If a new idea from Philips catches on, the company may not be very popular with TV viewers.  The company's labs in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, has been cooking up a way to stop people changing channels to avoid adverts or fast forwarding through ads they have recorded along with their target programme.

The Editor says..
My recommendation is to abandon television altogether.  It has been rendered obsolete by the internet (for news) and DVD's (for entertainment).  It takes a lot of effort and imagination to raise children without television.  Fortunately, many books have been written, such as the following:

Alternatives To TV Handbook:  A sweet and practical guide to raising children with little to no TV, with very workable solutions for children of all ages.  Marie McClendon has an MA in Early Childhood Education, and is a mother of four resourceful children, raised with the methods outlined in this book.  61 pages.

Proper etiquette for televisions in public places.  I was in a waiting room this morning with at least thirty people.  Twenty-eight of those people were trying to read, or attempting conversations, or staring out the window.  Two of them were watching the enormous television, which was blaring some obnoxious program about the pressing problem of teenage girls who run drugs for their abusive first cousins or some such nonsense.  Now, it was clear that twenty-eight out of thirty people would rather have had the television off.  But no one dared to touch it.

TV-B-Gone:  A small universal remote control for all makes of television sets, with only one button:  POWER OFF.  This comes in handy in waiting rooms and other places where the TV is left on continuously even though nobody is watching it.

Interesting web site:
The Television Project:  We help parents understand how television affects their families and community, and propose alternatives that foster positive emotional, cognitive, and spiritual development within families and communities.

Broadcasters worry about 'Zero TV' homes.  There are 5 million of these residences in the U.S., up from 2 million in 2007.

The Fairness Doctrine

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Cultural and political bias on television

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16 Reasons Why the United States is Going to Hell in a Handbasket.  [#3]  Everywhere we turn today we (and our children) are bombarded with images of sex and obscenity in books, magazines, motion pictures, music, and TV.  This constant bombardment has promoted promiscuity, and corrupted the minds of the American people and made us into a nation a degenerates and perverts.

Obama and Showtime Admit to Exploiting Extreme Weather Events to 'Shift' Public Opinion.  The finale of Showtime's "Years of Living Dangerously" wrapped up a long effort to push climate alarmism with an interview between New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman and President Barack Obama.  Friedman and Obama agreed on the need to connect extreme weather events to climate change in order to sway public opinion, showcasing the partisan political goal of the Showtime series.

CBS' 'The Mentalist Depicts [a] Murderer of Women as [a] Friend of George W. Bush.  [Suppose] you are a TV series writer or producer and you want your audience to know in one quick scene that your character is the big, evil, bad guy.  How do you achieve this goal?  Well, Hollywood has found the perfect way to do that.  This somewhat new trick is to introduce the bad guy by showing him or her standing in a photo with some high-ranking Republican, often George W. Bush.  After the audience sees the bad guy in a photo with a Republican, why, it is obvious that he is evil, right?

Openly Partisan Stephen Colbert Chosen to Boost the Left, not CBS Ratings.  Stephen Colbert will soon be the first openly partisan comic with a late night show on network television.  It's just one reason why today's news that the liberal host of The Colbert Report will take over for David Letterman on The Late Show smacks of culture, not show business pragmatism.  Late night hosts must appeal to a wide audience. So poaching a comedian from the niche-friendly world of cable television makes little sense, particularly a figure with a hard-partisan persona.  Yes, Colbert plays a "conservative" on his Comedy Central program, but it's just a pose to mock the right and defend the left.

Obamacare Propaganda in TV Scripts?  Top Obama aide Valerie Jarrett recently granted an interview to a celebrity-gossip website called Popsugar and revealed why she had come to Hollywood.  "I'm meeting with writers of various TV shows and movies to try to get it into the scripts."  The "it" is Obamacare.  Conservatives are no match for liberals in this arena.  The White House people know the immense cultural power the Left has in the popular culture.  Liberals rightly credit TV and movies and pop songs for America's growing support for gay "marriage."  So why not use that power for Obamacare?

Obama talks climate change in Showtime documentary.  President Obama will discuss climate change in an upcoming Showtime documentary series produced by James Cameron.  Mashable reports the segment with Obama will offer an exclusive understanding of the president's thoughts on climate science and policy.

The Editor says...
Is it a documentary or a propaganda film?  Mr. Obama will read a teleprompter and pronounce someone else's thoughts on climate science and policy.  If you were to separate Obama from his teleprompter and ask him what carbon dioxide is or what it does, or why he thinks carbon dioxide is harmful, he probably couldn't tell you.  That's because he is poorly educated and unfit for his job.

Nabisco Ad: Homosexuality 'Wholesome'.  Nabisco added its voice to the current trend of forcing liberal social agendas by producing a commercial for their Honey Maid graham crackers and Teddy Grahams snacks showing a homosexual couple raising two children with a voiceover stating "this is wholesome."  The ad begins with a father bottle feeding his baby as another father slips in to kiss the baby's forehead.  The commercial then meanders through a montage of families:  mixed race, single dad, tattooed dad, military dad, and two dads.

'NCIS' Portrays 'Reprobate' by Showing Him with President George W. Bush.  Last week, CBS's popular law enforcement procedural show NCIS chose what is becoming an increasingly common way to establish that a character is the episode's bad guy by showing him in photos with Republicans. [...] The obvious message is that if the bad guy is in a photo with a Republican, a tea partier, or conservative, why it's a cinch he's no good.

Reality Bites Gays.  Image control has been crucial to gay activists.  In 1980 Hollywood produced, Cruising, a big budget film that showed the seamier side of gay life. [...] Since then, any filmmaker who does not conform his gay characters to a positive and largely asexual template is likely to be criticized.  The arrival of the AIDS pandemic helped reinforce this pressure by offering up a new version of a time honored movie stereotype — the terminally ill secular saint.  Today it is allowable to use a gay drama queen as a comedic foil, but only if he is also shown to have a heart of gold.  Otherwise gay characters have to be positive.  In recent years such gay characters have been everywhere on TV and in movies.

Sacrilege: Did the 'Glee' Christmas Go Too Far?  Glee's "Previously Unaired Christmas" should have stayed true to its name and remained a lost script, considering it was complete with a bisexual Santa, transgender Virgin Mary and its fair share of drunkenness.  Glee producer Ryan Murphy is used to pushing the moral boundaries on his hit musical show, but last night's episode may have gone a little too far even for his most loyal viewers — especially Christian ones.

TV Shows Will Soon Be Weaving Obamacare Into Plotlines.  Young people are key for the Affordable Care Act to work, and as a result of a half-million-dollar grant by the California Endowment, TV shows regularly consumed by these young people will soon be weaving Obamacare into plotlines in order to get more of them enrolled in the health care program.

Hollywood Receives Grant to Promote Obamacare on TV Shows.  The California Endowment, a foundation spending big bucks to promote Obamacare, has just delivered a $500,000 grant to TV writers and producers to sneak Obamacare promotions into their programs.  "The aim is to produce compelling prime-time narratives that encourage Americans to enroll, especially the young and healthy, Hispanics and other key demographic groups needed to make the overhaul a success."

'Duck Dynasty' Star: Show Adding 'Fake Bleeps' Despite No Cursing.  In an interview with Sports Spectrum TV earlier this year that's only recently gone viral, Phil Robertson admitted that fake bleeps were inserted into the show even though there was no cursing happening.  "The inserted fake bleeps ... like somebody had used profanity, but no one had used profanity," Robertson said.

VMA Performance Violated MTV's Own Broadcast, Workplace Standards.  MTV violated its own broadcast and workplace standards when it allowed pig-tailed pop singer Miley Cyrus, clad in a flesh-colored bikini, to perform simulated sex acts with Robin Thicke before a stunned crowd at the network's Video Music Awards in Brooklyn Sunday.  MTV is owned by Viacom, the world's fourth largest media conglomerate, which also owns Black Entertainment Television (BET), Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, Paramount Pictures and Spike TV.

The Editor says...
I was in the broadcast business for 48 years and often wondered why lewd behavior is permissible on one side a TV camera but not the other.

Mommy, What's Miley Cyrus Doing to That Teddy Bear?  MTV should consider changing the name of their annual music awards program from the VMAs to the STDs.  Sunday night's internationally televised broadcast set a new low for filth and debauchery even by MTV's standards.  It was a great big freak show celebrating all that is wrong with American culture and it was targeted at American school children.

HBO Newsroom Deceptively Edits Zimmerman 911 Call as Part of Plot.  In March 2012, NewsBusters reported NBC's Today show deceptively edited George Zimmerman's 911 call to make it appear he was a racist.  On Sunday, HBO actually had one of its primary characters on the series The Newsroom deceptively edit that call exactly the way NBC News did it.

The Age of Hyperbole: How Normal Weather Became 'Extreme'.  As American linguist Samuel Ichiye Hayakawa said:  "In the age of television, image becomes more important than substance."  It is effectively visual lying, dictated by Marshall McLuhan's observation:  "The medium is the message."  For example, TV news programs often illustrate air pollution with a smoke stack emitting water vapor, implying it is pollution when it is anything but.

Watchdog Group Denounces FOX Network's Decision to Air Sexually Explicit X-Rated Cartoons.  Beginning Saturday [7/27/2013], the FOX network will air a number of animated shows that contain sexually explicit and profanity-laced content never before shown on network television during its "Animation Domination High-Def" (ADHD) programming block.  The X-rated cartoons, some of which feature full frontal nudity and cartoon characters engaging in sexual activity, are modeled after Cartoon Network's "Adult Swim" and will also be available on the internet.

Sitcom Infantalization and the Death of America.  It's not difficult to peg precisely when the American sitcom moved away from following the lives of mature adults to idealizing the lives of overgrown adolescents.  But there's no question that two generations of Americans have now grown up in a world where virtually everyone worth watching on television is a twentysomething to thirtysomething without a home, a spouse, children, or even a solid job in many cases.

Gay Left Celebrates Disney Airing Same-Sex Couple on Kids' Show.  Mickey Mouse just officially added the gay agenda to his programming.  In early 2014, Disney Channel will be all set to air its first openly gay couple in its family-oriented TV show "Good Luck Charlie."  According to TV Guide, an episode of the family show will air a plot in which one of the four children has a playdate with a kid who has "two moms."

'Sesame Street' to teach kids about when Mommy goes to prison.  It's brought to you by the letter P — for prison.  PBS's "Sesame Street" is moving from ABCs and counting numbers to offering its young viewers a bigger lesson in life:  how to cope when Mommy or Daddy lands behind bars.  Called "Little Children, Big Challenges: Incarceration," the program is distributing "tool kits" to schools, community centers and even jails in 10 states — including New York — starting today to help kids ages 3 to 8, organizers said.

The Editor says...
Apparently they presume that Daddy is either a complete unknown or he's already in prison.

HGTV: Use American Flag as Table Cloth.  HGTV viewers are expressing outrage after the network suggested they use American flags as table cloths for Fourth of July celebrations.  Many viewers called it offensive, un-American and an insult to the American military.  "Using an American flag as a table cloth dishonors all Americans who love Old Glory — especially those who gave their lives defending it," one viewer wrote.  "No one dies for a table cloth."

The President Gives Hollywood a Pass on Violence.  The president's campaign against gun violence has produced a stale debate marked by lots of speeches with little achieved.  A more creative chief executive would have used this moment to widen the discussion by drawing attention to the increasingly graphic violence so pervasive in television shows, movies and videogames.  Mr. Obama is particularly well positioned to challenge Hollywood because of his special relationship with the media world's elites.

FCC mulls relaxing policy for TV indecency.  The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is considering making changes to its rules that bar TV and radio stations from airing indecent material.  The commission on Monday [4/1/2013] issued a request for public comment on a proposal that would focus on penalizing only "egregious" cases.  The proposal would be a shift away from the agency's past policy, adopted during the Bush administration, of penalizing even "fleeting expletives."

Top Television Shows Today Full of Garbage.  A few years ago, network television became dominated by cheaply made reality TV shows and talent contests, sitcoms with hyperactive manic characters, and socially liberal themes.  Television has always pushed the edge when it comes to socially progressive themes. [...] Now, with the exception of sports shows, it is impossible to sit down with children and watch one of the top ten television shows on network TV without exposing them to sex and profanity.

Relativism: America's new 'religion'.  It is unlikely that many Americans would consciously choose a culture of coarseness, so why is American culture — TV, radio, films, books and advertising — so immersed in violence, indiscriminate sex, superficiality, pornography and ugliness?  There is much talk about our freedom to choose, but we rarely hear that we can't choose the consequences of our choices.  When relativism is adopted by a society, it does not produce beauty, but coarseness, if not as the desired outcome, then as an unintended consequence.  One can see this occurring in America, in a descent to the lowest common denominator when it comes to art, music, literature, public discourse and entertainment.

Feminists: Leave My Boys Alone.  This past week an episode of Sesame Street set off a firestorm of debate over whether a boy muppet named Telly should be ashamed that his muppet friends caught him playing with dolls.  In one corner "traditionalists" who called out the episode as gender and sex confused.  In the other "modern feminists" who were offended by almost everything the traditionalists said and believe.

NBC Declares War on Christians.  Does NBC hate Christians?  That's what I was wondering over the weekend as I watched "Saturday Night Live" blaspheme Jesus Christ in a violent and bloody Quentin Tarantino parody — just three days after Ash Wednesday.

20 Reasons America Is Becoming An Increasingly Nonfunctional Society.  [#8]  Our movies, music, and TV shows are provided by people who are almost universally hostile to conservatism, Christianity, and traditional American values.

The Teenage Horror of 'Parenthood'.  The NBC series "Parenthood"' has drawn raves from TV critics this season for a storyline about a 40-something mother fighting cancer.  Then on Jan. 1, NBC asked viewers to tune in the following Tuesday for an "unforgettable" new episode.  A teenager would get an abortion at Planned Parenthood.  Such is NBC's definition of "parenthood."

Obama's Legacy on Black America.  In my hotel room, I caught an interview with First Lady Michelle Obama on Lift Every Voice, a faith-based program on BET (Black Entertainment Television).  I was amazed at how the black host and program producers portrayed Mrs. Obama and her husband as the couple they want to believe them to be — that is, strongly committed Christians.  In reality, Obama is the most anti-Christian president in U.S. history.

SyFy Loves Union Protesters, Hates Those Darn Company Owners.  One of the biggest hit series on the science fiction cable channel SyFy is "Warehouse 13," a show where federal agents traipse about the country recovering "artifacts" that have dangerous, other worldly powers.  The show's latest installment indulged a few real world, left-wing political tropes — slamming capitalism, praising unions and attacking southerners.

New York's Chait Admits Hollywood's Systematic Liberal Propagandizing.  In a shocking development, Jonathan Chait of New York magazine has finally admitted what I and other conservatives have been claiming for decades:  Hollywood is a leftist town, and they ladle their leftism into their programming.

The Vast Left-Wing Conspiracy Is on Your Screen.  You don't have to be an especially devoted consumer of film or television (I'm not) to detect a pervasive, if not total, liberalism.  Americans for Responsible Television and Christian Leaders for Responsible Television would be flipping out over the modern family in Modern Family, not to mention the girls of Girls and the gays of Glee, except that those groups went defunct long ago.

HBO's 'Newsroom' Programmed by Soros-Funded Think Progress?  Like The West Wing, The Newsroom is penned by liberal activist and TV producer Aaron Sorkin.  Who is writing it?  According to Sorkin's writing team, the George Soros-funded, extremist website Think Progress is doing the heavy lifting for team Sorkin.  The episode for Monday, July 9 was a Tea Party bashing extravaganza filled with all sorts of smears of Tea Partiers, of Rep. Michele Bachmann and all things conservative.

Obama's Historical Fiction.  The political left has a long history of using plays, movies, and TV series to push their agenda because dramatic media showcase their agenda items to good effect.  Many audience members get so wrapped up in the images, characters, and action that they don't stop to think about the huge dose of political propaganda being served on the side.

Liberal Propaganda for $300: 'Jeopardy' Sells Out to Democrats.  Does Alex Trebek owe Republicans equal time on his Jeopardy! game show?  Answer:  Yes, the show has become overrun by Democratic politicians and is only going to get even more politically imbalanced in the days to come.

Family Guy Does Entire Episode On The Tea Party, Depicts Them As Violent Fools.  All in all, it was a fairly funny (although sledgehammer broad) parody of conservative Astro Turf groups run by duplicitous billionaires.  That being said, pegging it all on the Tea Party made the whole thing seem about as current as satirizing the Whigs.

The Sad Decline of Saturday Night Live.  It has had its hilarious streaks and its vacuous doldrums, but Saturday Night Live is an American institution.  While it has leaned left in its comedy for most or perhaps all of its 37 years on NBC, SNL never gave you the sense that it had tipped so far over as to lose all sense of perspective.  For many of us that may have changed with the revelation that an opening sketch for last Saturday's SNL was scrapped, apparently because it dug a little too deep at President Obama.  If that's true it shows just how far American comedy has become enervated by having an African-American liberal hero in the White House.

Obama's Historical Fiction.  The political left has a long history of using plays, movies, and TV series to push their agenda because dramatic media showcase their agenda items to good effect.  Many audience members get so wrapped up in the images, characters, and action that they don't stop to think about the huge dose of political propaganda being served on the side.  This is one reason why the left talks so much of narratives.  The political right, on the other hand, completely dominates the emotionally cooler medium of talk radio, where words alone have to carry the message.

Obama's Hollywood Palace Guards Pour In Big Bucks.  If you're wondering why America's so-called satirists still haven't found the fact that Obama ate a dog funny...  In fact, if you're wondering why no one in Hollywood will satirize Obama in any way whatsoever, this should help to explain a lot.

How Many Negative Images of Men Do You See on TV in 10 Minutes?  I was watching the show House Hunters last night on HGTV and noticed that, even with such a neutral show, in the space of ten minutes I saw two commercials that were abusive to men.  In one commercial, a woman was angry at a man at work and dumped a cup of coffee on him. ... I wish I could just peacefully watch a show without the constant message that says men are wimps, perverts, idiots, or must live in constant fear of women and the simultaneous message that women are powerful.

Ed Schultz and MSNBC's Sewer of Hate:  This story emerges in a little known book called The General: David Sarnoff and the Rise of the Communications Industry by Kenneth Bilby.  Mr. Bilby was a close associate of David Sarnoff's.  The ultimate Sarnoff insider who was a two decades-long member of Sarnoff's management team.  The book, a combined biography and insider's account of the legendary Sarnoff — the man who was known in his day as the creator of the modern NBC and "the father of television" (not to mention color television) — tells quite a tale.  And in reading it, one is left speechless at just how far the network's mindless obsession with all things fashionably left — otherwise known as MSNBC — has now managed to steer the entire NBC network's reputation into a veritable sewer of hatred.

'American Idol': Worship Obama, Not Jesus Christ.  Contestant Elise Testone on Fox's fading pop star showcase "American Idol" sang a duet of sorts with Obama this week as part of her cover performance of the Al Green classic "Let's Stay Together."  Just imagine anything of the sort being done with former President George W. Bush.  Impossible, we know.  But now word is out that a spiritual "Idol" wannabe has been told in no uncertain terms by the producers not to sing the praises of Jesus Christ, according to The Daily News.

'Game Change': A made-up narrative from two axe-grinders.  One thing is clear:  The Obama team is terrified of Sarah Palin.  Why else commission a movie from his buddies at HBO about a woman who's not even running for office?

American Idol Pays Tribute to... Barack Obama?  Is it possible to turn on the TV today without being told how wonderful Barack Obama is?

American Idol Producers Tell Contestant to Tone Down Christian References.  The producers of the hit show American Idol apparently told one of its top contestants to tone down his overtly Christian references if he wants to win the competition.

Billy Crystal Calls GOP Candidates 'Dark Knight, an American Psycho and a Charismatic Crack Addict'.  NewsBusters reported Friday that Oscars host Billy Crystal intended to mock GOP "idiots" during Sunday's awards presentation.  Roughly forty-five minutes in, Crystal was true to his word taking a cheap shot at the Republican presidential candidates.

America's One True Religion:  If fewer folks celebrate Mass, then they certainly celebrate themselves.  But if they don't celebrate themselves, they celebrate other mortals.  We call these other mortals "celebrities."  Indeed, America has a culture of celebrity.  Some of our celebrities are celebrated for nothing more than their celebrity; they're "famous for being famous," and they seem to have no redeeming qualities.  We're celebrating the wrong celebrities.  There've been only twelve men who have trod the Moon.  Yet we ignore them and celebrate Eminem and Snoop Dog.

The revenge of Hooterville.  Once upon a time in America, there was good wholesome television.  Lawrence Welk.  My Three Sons.  Red Skelton. ... The rural purge was bloodless but Stalinesque as Norman Lear took over the airwaves to preach liberalism to the masses.  The caricature of the white conservative as an overstuffed racist who cannot deal with change was embodied in Archie Bunker and lives on today.  If you question abortion or wonder why after 10,000 years of civilization men should marry men, you must be a racist and therefore your argument automatically is invalid.

Whoopi Goldberg: Communism Is 'a Great Concept' That 'Makes Perfect Sense' on Paper.  According to "The View's" Whoopi Goldberg, communism is a "great concept" that "makes perfect sense" on paper.  The comedienne and co-host made the rather astounding comment on Tuesday [12/20/2011] while discussing the death of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il.

Communism Is Not a Good Idea, Not Even on Paper.  When one hears someone say "communism is a great concept, a wonderful idea on paper, etc," you know right away one is dealing with a political novice.  For someone to make such a ludicrous statement in light of insurmountable evidence is either ignorant or is willing to suspend reality to entertain their own thinking, which is in essence, liberalism.

TV teaches the slut life.  From the sluts and hos of MTV's "Jersey Shore," to the trailer-trash stars of "16 and Pregnant," to the extreme girl-on-girl emotional violence committed on TLC's innocuous-sounding "The Next Great Baker" (seriously), a strange planetary shift is occurring.  You see it on ABC's "The Bachelor," where women engage in hand-to-hand combat to win the temporary affections of a random guy they've never met.  You even see it on NBC's "The Apprentice," where women get into hair-pulling fistfights in a demented quest for a crummy job.

ABC's Dance with Chaz Bono Highlights Networks LGBT Agenda.  The controversy continues over Chaz Bono's participation in ABC's upcoming season of "Dancing with the Stars."  The response to the transgender contestant's role in a once-family friendly show has left ABC with an ongoing PR problem.

Decency Groups Warn of Trashy Fall TV Line-up.  Television watchdog groups are warning that the line up of prime-time shows the major networks are set to trot out this fall are trashier than ever, with over-sexualized content the increasing norm.  Matt Philbin of the Culture and Media Institute (CMI) told CBN News:  "It's clear that Hollywood is out of ideas when it comes to sit-coms and prime-time dramas.  Everything now has to focus on sex."

Online push for Bert, Ernie to have gay wedding on 'Sesame Street'.  An online campaign to pressure the producers of "Sesame Street" into having lovable roommates Bert and Ernie get married is gathering steam.

Publicly Funded Leftism on Community Television.  Community television began, like many bad ideas, in the 1960s, when self-styled "media activist" George Stoney and others began lobbying the FCC to mandate "public access" broadcasting.  Stoney is described as "an early advocate of video as a tool for social change," who makes films "focusing on issues of social justice."  In short, he's a leftist. ... Media activists demanded that this revenue be earmarked to support local public, educational and government television, known as PEG channels.  FCC rulings in 1972 and 1974 led to the mandate that every community with 3,500 or more cable subscribers be offered four public access channels funded by access fees.  The Supreme Court ruled in 1979 that the FCC had overstepped its authority, but by then it was too late...

Good riddance, Oprah.  Oprah's only-in-America success has come at the expense of American culture.  Because she's a garden variety show-biz liberal with a giant megaphone.  And because a healthy society should eventually recognize emotional voyeurism and personal-pain pornography for what they are, and marginalize them.  It's easy to forget that in the 1980s and early 1990s Oprah was, in the words of Penn State Professor Vicki Abt, the "Queen of Trash."  With its parade of freaks, miscreants and hapless victims baited and confronting each other on-camera, "The Oprah Winfrey Show" was indistinguishable from the offerings of Geraldo, Sally Jessie Rafael or Ricki Lake.

Sesame Street and Friends 'pumping out left wing messages'.  Conservative columnist and author Ben Shapiro accused television executives and writers of pushing a liberal agenda in several high profile American television entertainment shows.  His book "Primetime Propaganda" will show how the "most powerful medium of mass communication in human history became a vehicle for spreading the radical agenda of the left side of the political spectrum," according to the publishers HarperCollins.

The (Distorted) View.  The Joy Behar-Whoopi Goldberg meltdown highlights the worst in American liberalism: attitudinal pressure masquerading as argument, a smug alienation from the surrounding culture, a fetish for euphemism, and a conceit that holds contrary positions as indecent.  Worst of all, the made-for-TV spectacle demonstrates that when reality clashes with ideology, too many liberals opt for comforting delusions over disconcerting facts.

NBC Changes Rules to Allow Same-Sex 'Today' Wedding.  After a meeting with gay and lesbian activists on Thursday, NBC's "Today" show said it is changing the rules for its annual wedding contest to allow same-sex couples to apply for a ceremony conducted on morning TV.

CNBC Anchor:  Hugo Chávez is 'Funny,' 'Charming,' 'A Seductor,' but 'Dangerous'.  What is it with Hollywood personalities going to Venezuela and being swept off their feet by the thuggish dictator Hugo Chávez.  They come back with these stories claiming he is just misconstrued by the media and that he's really a great guy.

Andrew Breitbart Nails Bill Maher: You're Not a Libertarian, You're a Socialist.  Andrew Breitbart on Friday exposed Bill Maher for not being the Libertarian he claims to be, but a socialist instead.  When push came to shove, a seemingly embarrassed Maher didn't protest.

After Lobbying for Gay Rights on MSNBC, Contessa Brewer to Speak at LGBT Event.  MSNBC's Contessa Brewer, who on Monday argued that overturning Don't Ask, Don't Tell is a "civil rights issue," will appear at a July 24 fundraiser in Kentucky to support gay rights in the state.

The "Glee" Agenda.  Bill O'Reilly recently hosted a "culture warriors" segment at Fox News where both "warriors" agreed that homosexuality is morally acceptable.  That same no-debate mentality has been a regular drumbeat on the Fox television series "Glee," a musical drama/comedy about a high school glee club in Lima, Ohio.  This show is wildly popular because of the music.  Songs performed on the show sell feverishly on iTunes within hours.  It's not a hit because it's a political or social debate forum.  But just as it dazzles viewers with musical performances, it's hammered hard against traditional values at every turn.

More abortion doctors have been murdered on 'Law & Order' than in real lifeLaw & Order promoted its storylines as "ripped from the headlines," but the show's hate-on towards social conservatives was actually sourced from liberal op-ed pages, where paranoid (and inaccurate) predictions about "Tea Party violence" and ever-looming "Christian theocracies" have enjoyed an equally long run.

Bill Maher's 'Black' President.  [Scroll down]  It is the liberal media machine which ignores intellectual blacks like Thomas Sowell or Walter Williams and elevates racial hucksters like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson to the level of "community spokesmen."  It is our leftist-dominated entertainment complex which continues to glorify black low-lifes and gang-bangers in music and on film.  It is the liberal academics who continue to insist that America is a fundamentally racist nation, and that "reparation" must be made to peole who never experienced slavery by people who never engaged in it.

Hell in the Pacific.  The war in the Pacific is worthy of increased interest as our own unique contribution to free the world of fascism.  Thus it was with great anticipation that World War II fans tuned into the ten-part HBO docudrama "The Pacific," co-produced by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks — who brought us the "Band of Brothers" series that followed soldiers in Europe after the D-Day landings.  I could stomach only five of the ten episodes.  Excellent production values aside, it fast becomes apparent that the intent is to vilify war and to ignore the justness of America's cause.

Media's Attack on Fatherhood.  Recently I saw a MasterCard commercial in which a pre-teen son arrogantly "teaches" the father environmental lessons while grocery shopping. ... Such subtle messages about the supremacy of children over their dads are now common.  Turn on the television and watch just about any channel for one evening and a particularly disgusting pattern begins to emerge:  the "dad" is often portrayed as wimpy, ignorant and doltish.  Everyone is smarter and more mature.  Nearly everyone else is also more attractive and physically fit. ... The unmistakable message behind such carefully crafted ads and images is that dads are disposable — they don't really contribute much to the family other than being the brunt of jokes.

Why Should So Many Americans Feel Threatened by Business?  [Television] has offered several decades worth full of negative stereotypes and sleazy plot twists involving businessmen.  As long ago as 1987, a controversial PBS documentary called "Hollywood's Favorite Heavy:  Businessmen on Prime Time TV" (hosted by movie legend Eli Wallach) pointed to the tendency of major networks to portray corporate executives as felonious, ruthless, blackmailing, violent, lecherous, unfaithful, greedy and, frequently, murderous.  The program cited studies at the time showing that on fictional network series (including dramas, soap operas, and even comedies), no occupational group so frequently committed major crimes so frequently as wealthy business leaders.

Obama and Miss California.  Miss USA judge and Hollywood blogger "Perez Hilton" (real name: Mario Lavandeira) forced his own political agenda onto the nationally televised Miss USA pageant when he asked Miss California if she supported gay marriage.  An out homosexual who traffics in outing closeted gays, gossiping and trashing celebrities, having Hilton as a pageant judge — hired, presumably, by NBC — was hardly an accident. ... One does not have to be a professional media critic to see through the transparent agenda of those who placed Hilton/Lavandeira on the judges' panel.

It Takes a Village of Idiots.  I have always found it odd that whenever the producers of TV, movies and records, are accused of setting a bad example for the kids, they always insist that their product is simply entertainment and that entertainment in no way influences youthful behavior.  If they really believed it, they'd have to be even stupider than they are.

Late-Night Comics Still in Thrall to Obama.  As a fan of comedy in general and satire in particular, I've always enjoyed the late night television circuit. ... One of the chief complaints I've been hearing from conservative friends over the last several years, though, is that these shows are nothing more than thinly disguised bastions of left-wing brainwashing where pseudo-intellectual elites bash the Grand Old Party and indoctrinate the nation's socialist youth against sound conservative thinking.

How 25 Years of Gay Activism in Hollywood Has Paid Off:  If you're noticing your TV screen turning pink, it's not just your imagination.  The new broadcast TV season includes 22 series featuring a total of 35 openly gay characters, according to the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD).  GLAAD, which rides herd over all Hollywood scripts dealing with homosexuality, says the number of series with homosexual characters is a record.  These series are on ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox and the CW networks.  The total figure does not include shows on cable... .

Ann Coulter Indicts 'Friends' and Liberal Press for Glamorizing Unwed Mothers.  Coulter sees Hollywood and the news media contributing to various social problems in the United States by approving — even glamorizing — single motherhood, a theme she develops in her new bestseller:  Guilty:  Liberal 'Victims and Their Assault on America.

Stan Lee 'to create world's first gay superhero'.  Stan Lee, the creator of Spider-man, is planning to unleash the world's first homosexual superhero in a new television programme.  Lee has reportedly created a character called Thom Creed, a high-school basketball player who is forced to hide his sexuality as well as his superpowers.

How 25 Years of Gay Activism in Hollywood Has Paid Off:  The new broadcast TV season includes 22 series featuring a total of 35 openly gay characters, according to the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD).  GLAAD, which rides herd over all Hollywood scripts dealing with homosexuality, says the number of series with homosexual characters is a record.  These series are on ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox and the CW networks.  The total figure does not include shows on cable, like The L Word on Showtime, or MTV's all-gay LOGO network.

Lavender Propaganda: More Prime Time TV Series Feature Gay Characters than Ever Before.  "Desensitization" is one of the principal strategies employed by homosexual activists to advance their political agenda.  The idea is to overwhelm the public with images of wholesome homosexual individuals and couples, in order to reduce people's instinctive resistance to homosexuality and overcome the public perception that homosexuality is a distasteful, abnormal lifestyle.

Late-Night Comics Skewer Republicans 7-to-1, Study Finds.  If you're a fan of Jay Leno or David Letterman, you may already know this:  You have to listen to seven Republican jokes for every one the late-night comedians tell about Democrats.

Not-so-Funny Business With Late-Night Political Humor?  A new study reveals late-night comics are not fair and balanced when it comes to the election — not really a shocker.  But the non-partisan Center for Media and Public Affairs says David Letterman and Jay Leno are skewering the Republican candidates seven times more than the Democrats.  The group says that during the five weeks after John McCain picked Sarah Palin as his running mate, Leno and Letterman picked on McCain and Palin 286 times, but told just 42 jokes about Barack Obama and Joe Biden.

Dish Network Now Has An Obama Channel.  Three readers from different parts of the country email that Channel 073-00 on the Dish Network is now labeled OBAMA.  The channel plays his two-minute ad laying out his economic plan on a loop, over and over.

Girly Men:  The Media's Attack on Masculinity.  At work they're Masters of the Universe, but in the social realm they're ineffectual schlubs.  Women can do whatever they want to them, and the men can't find a way to get control over their personal lives.  They spend much of the program discussing their feelings about the terrible things that are happening to them.  These otherwise powerful men show that no man is safe from the myriad humiliations women and life in general are apt to heap upon them.

A&E's faith problem:  My wife and I sat riveted the other night, watching Larry King Live as he showed clips from A&E's made-for-TV version of the events of September 11th on board Flight #93.  The actors on the show made a point of telling King how accurate and true to the transcripts this movie was, so I was curious to hear how they handled Beamer's last moments.  As I suspected would happen, Beamer's final prayer to his God was excised.

The Politically Correct Horror Picture Show.  Occasionally, I view the History Channel, and Sunday evening I tuned into a two-hour horror show.  Viewers were treated to frightening scenarios for three-plus disasters, some natural, some of our own making, that are bound to destroy the world and everybody in it, or something just short of that. … This is yet more evidence that those who paint the most horrific pictures of our future are determined that we get one consistent with their jaundiced view of mankind's capacity for self government.

What Does "Family Friendly" Mean?  In the world of the networks, where sleaze, sex, blood and shock are the rule, the definition of "family friendly" can easily be watered down — and has been.

Showtime Renews Lesbian SeriesThe L Word, a lesbian version of Sex and the City, has been renewed for a fifth season.  The series airs on Showtime, the pay cable network owned by CBS.

More sexed-up shows on U.S. television, report finds.  U.S. television these days is loaded with sexual content — double the number of sex scenes aired seven years ago, says a study out Wednesday [11/9/2005].  And the number of shows that include "safer sex" messages has leveled off, it said.

Fall TV Preview for Red Staters.  It can get discouraging out there for a red-blooded conservative searching for good original programming without any sermons from our betters in Blue America.  Walking into the fall line-up without a guide, you're more vulnerable than a Democratic staffer at a NASCAR race.

Warning:  She gives plenty of examples.
Vulgar USA.  A couple of weeks ago I was felled by a particularly nasty flu.  Too sick even to read, I listened to radio and watched television for long hours every day.  What I heard and saw was not conducive to recovery.  I admit to being a little "out of the loop" as I almost never watch entertainment television on the major stations.  But the level of vulgarity that now seems utterly ordinary is just unbelievable.

Oprah promotes, and Whoopi volunteers for irresponsible sex.  We all know that sales of anything — books, cars — skyrocket when a product is featured on Oprah.  What are these "endorsements" of casual sex going to reap?  And The View, in its attempt to be hip and edgy, comes across like a bunch of adolescents who don't know how to behave when company visits.

AFA Warns Sponsors to Separate from 'Desperate Housewives'.  A pro-family media watchdog group has announced it will monitor advertisers on ABC's popular program "Desperate Housewives" and plans to call for a yearlong boycott of the series' sponsors.

Al Gore, the United Nations, and the Cult of Gaia (1999):  [Scroll down]  Another key player is Ted Turner, who has turned his broadcasting empire into a virtual arm of the United Nations. A noted critic of Christianity and ambassador on behalf of the U.N. Population Fund, he promotes the concept of Gaia in his television programs, such as the "Captain Planet" cartoon show, in which characters get magic powers from an Earth spirit or goddess. … Turner claims personal credit for originating the concept of the Captain Planet and the Planeteers cartoon program, which features a character "Gaia," described as "The spirit of the planet Earth who appears to the Planeteers either in human form or as a holographic image."

The World According to the TV Critics:  What critics focus on, as an imperative, are those programs that are defined as cutting edge, the ones that break new ground — especially if they're salacious.  And when it stars a known entity, it's a lock for a review.  So it comes as no surprise that the Showtime network's new "Californication" series has everyone's attention.

Donald Rumsfeld is like Adolf Hitler?  "A little faux pas," according to comedian Joy Behar, speaking Tuesday [12/19/2006] about her stunning comparison a day earlier on ABC's gabfest, "The View."  "I don't think that Rumsfeld is an evil person, in his heart," Behar told the show's audience Tuesday, appearing to take a small step back from her controversial off-the-cuff remarks.

Caution:  This article includes graphic descriptions of the most disgusting shows on cable TV.
Castration:  The Next TV Frontier.  The temperature has cooled, the leaves are turning colors, and the new fall television season has begun.  Enter the mudslide.  The Shock and Awe manipulators have been unleashed to air evermore graphic sex and grotesque violence — and, predictably, a combination of the two.  The first "winner" in this race to the bottom was the FX cable channel, another sure bet.

Soap Opera Introducing Transgender Character.  In a story unusual even for a soap opera and believed to be a television first, ABC's "All My Children" this week will introduce a transgender character who is beginning to make the transition from a man into a woman.

The girls on The View.  These are women who pride themselves on being independent and empowered when they dress like prostitutes (look at the view of cleavage on the View!).  These are the women who watch the View.  These are the women who support Hillary Rodham Clinton.  These are the women on the show who ask Senator Clinton questions like "Do you think being a mom will help you in the White House?" as they did on December 20.

Study Shows TV Sexual Content Increasing, 'Safe-Sex' Themes Leveling Off.  Researchers at the Kaiser Family Foundation report that the amount of sexual content on television today is nearly double the amount that was on in 1998. … TV deals a lot with sex — but addresses the related risks and responsibilities far less often.

While all America switches on the TV, Hollywood turns to its basest instincts.  There is a gay son in Desperate Housewives, a gay mobster in The Sopranos and a gay theme night on American Idol (if songs by Queen count as a gay theme).  As for those other popular family-values shows, there are offerings about a corrupt, murdering cop (The Shield); a corrupt murdering President (24); a polygamist businessman and his three wives (Big Love); a misanthropic hospital doctor (House); and, of course, a prison inmate and his sex offender sidekick (Prison Break).

Kids' TV Contains 'Dark, Sinister' Violence, Pro-Family Advocate Warns.  The Parents Television Council's director of research and publications feels more adults need to pay attention to what their children are watching on TV, even during after-school and Saturday morning broadcast time supposedly dedicated to children's programming.  She says many parents may be surprised to learn that much of kids' TV is really not so much for kids anymore.

Caution:  The writer goes into graphic detail to make his point about TV indecency.
"Little House" of horrors.  Why did she do this?  Is the "wholesome" tag such a scarlet letter in today's Tinseltown that it requires this level of penance?  Perhaps there's even more to it.  Until recently, [Melissa] Gilbert was president of the Screen Actors Guild, which has fought proposals to strengthen protections against televised indecency.  Gilbert couldn't have taken a more public stand (in this case, in the prone position) than this disgusting stunt.

Too much profanity on 'American Idol'.  The new year's TV sensation is unmissably Fox's "American Idol." … Two years ago, I sat down to watch an episode, not because I wanted to (I certainly didn't), but because I felt the professional obligation.  I confess:  I was hooked.  It was dramatic, it was hilarious, it was heartwarming, it was professional — all the things that make for good television. Sadly, this year, you can add another descriptor:  It's also now raunchy.

Entertainment as indoctrination:  Entertainment is the subtlest and most effective means of ideological indoctrinating.  It creates a psychological opening through which cultural messages bypass the intellectual filters that arrest most input for critical analysis.  Because the context for these messages is "entertainment," they get a free pass into the mind's cultural framework, where they compete, at a subconscious level, with established ethical and moral standards.

Sex, culture, and the college student.  When parents think about the pitfalls of popular culture for their kids, they usually focus on their younger children, the innocent ones for whom it gets harder every day to shield from an onslaught of sexual themes in everything on television and the radio, including the commercials.  Throw in the Internet, and it's surround-sound sex.

Super Bowl:  good news and bad news.  During the Super Bowl, [advertisers pushed] hyper-violent movies.  For example, "Poseidon" featured a ship being overturned by a tidal wave, people falling to their deaths, and massive explosions.  How did they get around their own guidelines?  These movie trailers are now sometimes aired before the movie is formally rated.

Coming in 2006:  Group marriage TV?  As another year turns, we're reminded that the more things change, the more they stay the same.  As our popular culture pushes ever further into anything goes, we're reminded that anything-goes has certainly gone before. … Led by the usual hallowed envelope-pushers of pay cable, Hollywood has marched ever more passionately in this decade into chronicling and celebrating a cavalcade of alternative lifestyles.

TV's ickiest moments of 2005.  It is a rite of passage for some TV critics to take stock of the worst of the past year's television.  Entertainment Weekly Online, no nest of prudes and scolds, has compiled its own list of the "10 moments that made us squirm the most."

Warning:  The author goes into graphic descriptions of the worst stuff on television.

Poisoning children, too?  There is no market demand for this.  It is clearly out of bounds, offensive and dangerous.  It shatters the innocence of childhood deliberately.  And yet there are people out there writing these scripts. … And there are people distributing it with the goal to reach, and influence, as many millions of little boys and girls as possible.

TV's tasteless trampling of the taboo.  The Kaiser Family Foundation recently issued a new biennial study finding that the number of sexual scenes on television has nearly doubled since 1998.

E! TV is Using 'Girls Next Door' to Normalize the Porn Industry.  Entertainment Television's show Girls Next Door is just another example of Hollywood's attempt to normalize the porn industry in today's culture, claims an internationally respected expert and justice consultant on the subject.  In an exclusive interview, Dr. Judith Reisman … blasted the E! TV channel by saying, "the fact [that the network] states on its website that they are owned 49.9% by Disney says it…all."

Radio Disney:  Remove God From 'Ten Commandments' Movie Ad.  It's a movie about the Bible, but family-friendly Disney Co. is moving heaven and earth to make sure the word "God" is stricken from some advertisements promoting an upcoming animated film on Moses and the Ten Commandments.

Who defines "family" values?  The Family Friendly Programming Forum … has just announced its "Family Television Awards." … Their best drama series selection was ABC's "Lost," a gripping and popular show, but also incredibly violent. … Maybe for older teens this is acceptable.  But for grade-school children?  The Family Friendly Programming Forum says it is.

The indecency argument is over.  Every national survey shows the public is absolutely fed up with indecent, obscene, vulgar, offensive, inappropriate — you pick the word — programming flooding the airwaves, aimed at impressionable youngsters, and all because corporate behemoths could care less who they offend so long as they can make a buck.

NBC to Air Series About Dysfunctional Christian Family.  A conservative advocacy group is urging its supporters to protest an upcoming NBC television series that portrays a "completely dysfunctional family" as models of the Christian faith.

Why Liberals Hate Christians:  Liberals in America despise Christians of true faith.  They do this because in doing so their own guilt is appeased, their anger is justified, and they can finally lay blame for their own misery at someone else's feet.  Last night Alexandra Pelosi's newest documentary, "Friends of God" aired on HBO.  In that Alexandra is the daughter of the nation's first feminist, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi it was all too easy to pre-judge where Alexandra's work would land.

This is an original compilation, Copyright © 2013 by Andrew K. Dart

"The Book of Daniel" mocks Christianity.  NBC will air The Book of Daniel on Friday evenings, starting in early January.  According to published reports, the weekly show centers around an Episcopal priest named Daniel Webster who talks with a manifestation of Jesus.  In addition, the Webster family reportedly includes a 23-year-old homosexual, Republican son; a 16-year-old daughter who is a drug dealer; and an adopted son involved in an improper relationship with the bishop's daughter.

Some NBC Affiliates are Closing the Book on Daniel.  Last week NBC affiliate KSNW-TV in Wichita, Kansas, decided not to air the premiere episode of The Book of Daniel after receiving hundreds of protests.  But station management opted to air the Friday night program after getting deluged with hundreds of counter-protests.

NBC's Book of Daniel is Desperate Housewives in a Clerical Collar.  Apparently the church is the last politically correct punching bag.

NBC Could Mock More Than Episcopalians.  NBC couldn't possibly have an agenda to just mock Episcopalians.  Or Christians.  Could they?

The chickens come home to roost:
NBC pulls the plug on 'Book of Daniel'.  NBC's "The Book of Daniel" may have launched to great controversy and hoopla.  But, today, the show ended with a whimper — pulled unceremoniously from NBC's Friday night schedule, effective immediately, with no more of an announcement than an entry on an NBC blog by creator Jack Kenny.

NBC cancels "The Book of Daniel".  NBC has canceled controversial Friday night drama "The Book of Daniel" after only a few weeks on the air.  The cancellation is blamed on low ratings nationwide.

The Editor blurts out...
Some people will watch TV regardless of what is being shown.  Unfortunately for NBC, there aren't very many people with standards low enough to tolerate a program such as "The Book of Daniel".  I wonder how many NBC executives are now looking for work as a result of this miscalculation.

TV's uncontrollable urge to be gruesome:  In an article in the New York Post, lead actor Julian McMahon proclaimed of the show's sex and violence, "I'd like to be even more brutal and more weird … I feel very lucky that we've gotten away with what we have, but I'd like to go even further."  Which his industry will, at least until the next Columbine, at which point they'll all be oh, so upset again.

The Pond.  Most folks don't realize that many sitcoms are created not simply to entertain.  They are created to drive an agenda, to further a world-view, to break down "barriers".  I've written before about how MTV has made a big business out of manipulating our teens' minds for money, all the while pushing them further into the abyss of an already over-sexualized culture.  But parents of even the youngest children must understand that much of today's TV programming for their tots is designed to be the first of a gradual breaking down of sensitivities and values.

Tila Tequila, MTV's Latest Poison.  This show seemed desperately in need of a writer's strike.  Quality, however, was never necessary.  The lack thereof was — and it worked.  It scored first place on cable among MTV's desired demographic of 18- to 34-year-olds.  What Viacom also knows, and had absolutely no qualms about, is that this sex-obsessed show would also play well with junior-high and high-school kids, and grade-school children, too.

The arrested adolescent's channel.  Nothing is sacred at Comedy Central.  The cable channel has perfected the formula of mocking positively everything, to find the final frontier of offensiveness and smash it to bits. … There is a network formula here — shock equals publicity equals ratings — and Comedy Central thrives on it.

DISHing Low.  On one recent night I made a command decision regarding my TV remote:  It won't click over to G4 Tech TV if my young son is anywhere within earshot of the TV.  I made that decision after watching about 30 seconds of Xplay, ostensibly a show that reviews video games.  And the hosts do review games.  But while handing down their verdicts, they also manage to curse like sailors for no apparent reason.

TV Network for Gays, Lesbians to Debut.  Unlike other gay-oriented networks, Logo will not be pay-per-view; it will be be fed into homes via cable networks whether consumers want it or not.

TV infested by "weeds".  Showtime, the pay-cable giant owned by Viacom, must be seeking a perfect schedule of "edgy" sleaze. … Isn't it somewhat perverse that our tax dollars need to go to drug-prevention messages on television, in part to counter our drug-glamorizing TV programs?

The sleaze subsidizers:  Even though blame for increasingly offensive TV programming is properly assigned to producers, writers, networks, and even viewers, sponsors bankroll shows with graphic sexual content, foul language and violence, and therefore also share responsibility.  Without the advertising dollars, the raunch would never air.

PTC Announces Top Ten Best/Worst Advertisers.  The PTC tracked products advertised on all of primetime broadcast television and select original cable programs between January 2004 and January 2005.  Companies were ranked on the best or worst list based on how frequently their ads appeared on family-friendly programs versus programs containing high levels of sex, foul language, and violence.

FCC Accused of Discounting TV Indecency Complaints.  The federal agency charged with enforcing the nation's broadcast indecency laws now stands accused of discounting complaints from tens of thousands of citizens because those complaints were submitted with the aid and urging of advocacy groups supporting tougher enforcement.  Conflicting data regarding citizen complaints has resulted in some groups questioning the credibility of the FCC, which is responsible for enforcing broadcast decency standards.

FCC:  Wilder than the newspapers.  The FCC seems to be saying that only actual nudity or actual sexual situations on broadcast television are offensive enough to trigger remedial action.  You can talk about anything you want, and focus entire hours of TV programming on raunchy sexual subject matter, as long as you don't show actual sex.  That's a sad abandonment of the FCC's responsibility to uphold community standards.

Family Group Warns of "Deviant Homosexual Content" on New Cable Networks.  A pro-family group is warning parents about two new homosexual cable networks that will be offered by cable providers.

Mary Kay's crime pays.  Webster's Dictionary defines famous as "widely known," but also "honored for achievement," while infamous is defined as "having a reputation of the worst kind," a synonym for "disgraceful."  In the big business of celebrity journalism today, there is no discernible difference between fame and infamy.

Media Morality - Does It Even Exist?  Since the 2004 presidential election, the nation has been abuzz with the increased influence of "morality" in the voting preferences of Americans.  Eleven states voted to reject homosexual "marriage," Florida denied abortion for minors without parental notification, and gambling initiatives were repeatedly struck down.  Why is this so surprising?  Perhaps it is because, at first glance, one may not guess that we are a moral nation.  Look at the TV shows, the music, the movies that we consume for entertainment.  The recent trend in politics does not reflect the spiraling culture in which we find ourselves.

Nickelodeon Tells Kids The Battle At Alamo Was To Defend Slavery.

Televised fiction acts as a commercial for big government.
The brilliance of today's TV characters:  The most impressive and competent individuals on the small screen today, I think bar none, are those who work for the government, particularly in the intelligence and national security fields.  It seems fair to say that not everyone would regard this as a true-to-life reflection of the current situation.

Pro-Family Groups Continue Push to Rein in Media Indecency.  Pro-family and media watchdog organizations are urging President Bush to appoint a new chairman to the Federal Communications Commission who "is committed to enforcing indecency laws."  In a Jan. 31 letter to Bush, Robert Peters, president of Morality in Media, urged the selection of a new chairman who believes that "the breakdown of standards on TV and radio is a 'moral values' problem we cannot ignore."  The letter was co-signed by representatives of 53 pro-family and decency groups.

Study links teen sex to TV sexual content.  Young people who watched a lot of television with sexual content were about twice as likely to start having intercourse during the subsequent year as those with little exposure to televised sex, researchers found.  "Exposure to TV that included only talk about sex was associated with the same risks as exposure to TV that depicted sexual behavior," said Rand Corp. behavioral scientist Rebecca Collins and colleagues.

Violence and Promiscuity Set the Stage for Television's Moral Collapse.  Long hailed as the cheapest form of family entertainment, television has cost us our imagination, our conversation, and our children's innocence.  As Dr. George Gerbner puts it, "The roles [young people] grow into are no longer home-made, hand-crafted, and community inspired."  Instead, they are developing a worldview based on television and not their own experience.

Sex and the TV-watching teen:  While smoking remains legal for adults, it's off limits to children, and cigarette advertising would decidedly entice youngsters to dabble in that vice.  It's a simple, cause-and-effect argument.  In that vein, it should not be surprising that Rebecca Collins and a team of researchers at the RAND Corporation have discovered a similar pattern for prime-time television's nearly omnipresent patter about sex, sex, sex.

Is sweeps month lesbian month?  In this sweeps month of February, all the other networks are pumping up the lesbian themes for much more cynical ratings-grabbing reasons, with hormone-bursting teens as one target audience.  Sweeps month is always the time to ramp up the "edgy" factor, which is the perpetual problem.  How far will the networks have to go to locate the frontier of "edgy" for the next sweeps period?

Yearning for the middle.  The culture war is about the raunchiness that seeps into everyday life, entertainments that appeal to the lowest common denominator among us.  In defining deviancy down, in the memorable phrase of the late Daniel Patrick Moynihan, sexual explicitness, nearly always vulgar and trashy, is thrown in the faces of everyone.

CBS's other mess:  Luckily for America, the FCC didn't buy the notion that CBS had no idea it was about to stun the country from one football-crazy coast to the other.  It's easy to forget that MTV — CBS's sister corporation that produced this debacle — almost immediately boasted about the stunt on its Website.

Summer's pop music meltdown:  Want a primer on societal meltdown?  Then turn on the Top 40 pop station in any town, and sample the cultural depths to which too much of today's popular music has sunk.

Top 10 Best and Worst Network TV Shows for Family Viewing.  Each year, the Parents Television Council rates the best and the worst shows on primetime television on the seven major broadcast networks.  The PTC Best and Worst list does not examine artistic quality.  But it measures series' appropriateness for family audiences from a content perspective.

"Buffy" and "Will & Grace" cleared of indecency.  "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Will & Grace" came up clean as far as the FCC is concerned, as it rejected indecency complaints filed by two conservative-leaning interest groups against the popular syndicated TV shows.  The complaints filed by the Parent Television Council and Americans for Decency were dismissed in a 5-0 vote.

Oprah Winfrey:  Agent of Moral Insanity.  Oprah Winfrey, widely cited as one of the most influential and admired women in America, showed herself to be an agent of moral insanity when she featured a program celebrating young children who are seeking sex-change procedures and transgender identities.  In one episode of "The Oprah Winfrey Show," the true nature of our modern sexual confusion was made clear, and the broadcast should long be remembered as one of the most frightening hours in television history.

The media joins the Big Lie game.  Bush and Cheney have in fact been careful not to claim that Iraq and Al Qaeda collaborated on 9-11. Yet Democrats and many in the media claim they have.

Christian Broadcaster:  Cable and Sat Channels are Cluttered with Filth.  The head of PAX-TV is urging Congress to do more than just crack down on broadcast indecency on the public airwaves.  He wants U.S. lawmakers to go after filth on cable and satellite TV as well.

Montel Williams & Me:  You don't realize how much shows like this are choreographed until you're actually on one.  Despite the seemingly spontaneous nature of the dialog and the audience's reaction, virtually every moment of applause is cued by a member of the show's staff.

NBC Show Hides Truth About Abortion IndustryLaw and Order: Criminal Intent, NBC's popular extension of its Emmy Award-winning series Law and Order, has proven itself a purveyor of pro-abortion propaganda.  The episode titled "The Third Horseman," which aired January 6, was filled with pro-abortion rhetoric, anti-right-to-life sentiment, and distrustful attitudes toward Bible-believing Christians.

Radio's Summer smut:  [N]early every morning radio show is pushing sex, sex and more sex — and the more outrageous, the better.

How CNN Creates The News:  How many families do you know that live in a "compound"?  My dictionary defines a compound as "an enclosed area used for confining prisoners of war."  But in the liberal media handbook, "compound" means any dwelling where God and guns are present.  It's a loaded word used to conjure up images of white separatists and religious sects.

Getting "queasy" at the FCC:  [H]ow many times has the FCC fined a TV station or network for violating decency standards?  None.  Try and find one.
(Warning:  He's right, but this article contains rather extensive descriptions of broadcast filth.)

Is there a broadcast standard?  Where is our popular culture located in this age of expanded sexual consciousness, and its byproduct, shrunken periods of innocent childhood?  Does mass culture have a gatekeeper anymore?  Hollywood used to have a voluntary code of conduct for movies and TV, but those are now forgotten relics.  TV networks used to have broadcast standards and practices departments, but nobody seems to be practicing hard at upholding standards.

Real Reality:  "Reality" TV is out of control.  Cameras have faithfully recorded everything from contestants eating rats to foolish women marrying for money, and soon French TV will show live action in — you guessed it — a brothel.  I have an idea to put all those cameras to good use, in a way that will benefit the citizenry.

Harsh Reality TV:  The entertainment television business isn't just based on ratings, it's based on profits.  Some of the biggest TV hits of our time, like "Friends," see their profits diluted by star salaries commanding $1 million per major character per episode.  It helps you understand the appeal to network executives for "reality" shows, where willing human camera fodder will do the most ridiculous things for next to nothing more than the chance to be televised.  It's the latest in cheap ego massage:  I am televised, therefore I am.

New web site:  One Million Dads.  The networks and sponsors don't care what their programming is doing to our children.  The only thing they care about is making money.  Here is what Michael Eisner, CEO of Disney (which owns ABC), had to say about respecting children:  "We have no obligation to make history.  We have no obligation to make art.  We have no obligation to make a statement.  To make money is our only obligation."

(Would Walt Disney have agreed?)

Black Isn't a Personality Type:  Should producers cast "token" black characters in order to avoid the charge that their show is "all-white?"

Political Correctness Imprisons Speedy Gonzales:  From Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck, to Wile E. Coyote's Roadrunner-catching Acme ingenuity, Warner Brothers' hilarious Looney Tunes have filled generations of Americans with innocent childlike laughter.  Unfortunately, political correctness run amok is depriving future generations of one unforgettable toon.  The Cartoon Network, a subsidiary of AOL-Time Warner, has shelved all 40 six-minute Speedy Gonzales shorts.

What's a parent, anyway?  A new book called "The Other Parent:  The Inside Story of the Media's Effect on Our Children" is written by a liberal professor and features an afterword by a member of the Clinton family.  So should conservatives consider it radioactive?  At times it's wrongheaded -- even to the point of shrillness -- but it does have some superb moments.  In the final analysis, it's a provocative read.

Parents Group Identifies the "Best" and "Worst" of Network TV:  The Parents Television Council, based in Los Angeles, has just released its annual list of what it considers the ten best and ten worst programs on prime-time network television.

New Police TV Drama Masks "Pornography," Ex-Officer Charges:  A top official at a national police organization calls the controversial new FX cable network police drama, The Shield, "pornographic" and believes it does a disservice to the men and women in blue.

"West Wing" vs. Reality: Bush Dumb, Gore Bright?  President George W. Bush -- despite his post-September 11 performance -- remains dumb, says "West Wing" producer Aaron Sorkin.

Studies Show TV Affects Children:  Years of studies and worries about the effects of violent and immoral programming on children have accomplished nothing.  The entertainment media are worse than ever.  Violent and immoral behavior among teens is escalating.  New studies are increasingly able to link the programming and behavior.

Networks Plan on Blaspheming God — Most Shocking TV Season Ever:  ABC, CBS and NBC are considering dropping many of the few remaining standards on network prime-time TV programs — and will likely allow expletives and four-letter words never spoken before on broadcast TV.

Lower TV Standards Draw Mixed Response:  Reports that new television shows this fall will include more expletives, sexuality and profanities involving God's name are drawing mixed responses from conservatives and industry observers.  Some see the prime time programming as further evidence of the coarsening of American society, while others point to the 2002 network lineup as an opportunity to promote the responsibility of parents to monitor what their children watch on television.  [It is both.]

Clearing the AirWaves:  The FCC may be the official arbiter of decency for the nation's airwaves, but frankly, Homer Simpson has greater influence over what goes on the air.  It's called the Simpsons' Rule:  "If they say it on 'The Simpsons,' we can say it on the air."

Tuned In, Turned Off, and Ticked Off, Too:  The Culture and Family Institute - an affiliate of Concerned Women for America (CWA) - has released a report accusing the FCC of failing to crack down on broadcasters who allow foul language, sexual innuendo, and partial nudity to air during prime time.

Parents' Television Council Says Family Hour Has Gone From Bad to Worse:  Violence, vulgarity and profanity are more prominently displayed on television's family hour than ever before, according to the Parents' Television Council.

Triumph of the Vulgarians.  [A]s Lee Siegel wrote recently in the Wall Street Journal, vulgarity has become so common in the culture that there's nothing rebellious about it anymore.  Elvis's below-the-belt gyrations were taboo-breaking and suggestive.  Today, there's nothing suggestive about Miley Cyrus.  Nobody watching her twerk thinks, "I wonder what she's getting at?"  Indeed, if there's any larger message to her routine, it is simply to announce that the exception has now become the rule:  Vulgarity is expected, decency a surprise.

Violence on Prime Time Broadcast TV.  Concerns about the impact of television violence on society are almost as old as the medium itself.  As early as 1952, the United States House of Representatives was holding hearings to explore the impact of television violence and concluded that the "television broadcast industry was a perpetrator and a deliverer of violence."

Foul Language on Prime Time Network TV.  The connection between media violence and real life violence has been well documented.  The consensus of the scientific and mental health communities is that children are profoundly influenced by the violent images they see on television and in films.  Constant exposure to media violence can result in aggressive, anti-social behavior, and even violent outbursts.

Hollywood's Ridiculous Lawyers.  When Justice Stevens asked if there were changes in community standards over the last 30 years, if society had grown more tolerant of curse words, Carter Phillips, the profanity-favoring attorney for Fox, proclaimed:  "I believe that society is significantly more tolerant of these words today than it was 30 years ago."  Justice Scalia replied:  "Do you think your clients have had anything to do with that?"  The answer is, of course, self-evident.  There is no greater cultural influence on impressionable youth than the entertainment industry.

Racy TV shows linked to higher teenage pregnancy rates.  Groundbreaking research suggests that pregnancy rates are much higher among teens who watch a lot of TV with sexual dialogue and behavior than among those who have tamer viewing tastes.  "Sex and the City" ... was one of the shows used in the research.

BBC bows to viewers and curbs swearing after 9 pm watershed.  The BBC is to tone down the amount of sex and swearing screened following the 9 pm watershed, because viewers were dismayed by the moral decline in programme standards.

The Frustrated Family Hour.  Since 2000-2001, violent content during the family hour has increased 52 percent.  Sexual content is up 22 percent.  Foul language is down 25 percent since 2000-2001.  But wait.  The decrease is almost entirely due to the drop in less objectionable words….  The major curse words have hardly declined at all, just 3 percent.

The Editor says...
Television (and radio, for that matter) can only provide inexpensive family entertainment in a country where either (a) the producers of broadcast programs have the self-control and common decency to present only G-rated shows and (b) the viewing public tolerates only the most benign material.  These conditions have not been met in the U.S. since the 1960's.  There is no "Family Hour."  Prime-time television, with rare exceptions, is a cesspool of tawdry and salacious pap that would have been considered "unfit for broadcast" as recently as the 1970s.

As you might expect, there is offensive language throughout this article.
More Than Ever, You Can Say That on Television.  Ever since George Carlin laid out the "Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television" in 1972, television writers and broadcasters have been digging more deeply into the thesaurus, seizing on new ways to titillate, if not offend.

Networks Plan on Blaspheming God — Most Shocking TV Season Ever:  ABC, CBS and NBC are considering dropping many of the few remaining standards on network prime-time TV programs — and will likely allow expletives and four-letter words never spoken before on broadcast TV.

Violence on Prime Time Broadcast TV.  Concerns about the impact of television violence on society are almost as old as the medium itself.  As early as 1952, the United States House of Representatives was holding hearings to explore the impact of television violence and concluded that the "television broadcast industry was a perpetrator and a deliverer of violence."

Foul Language on Prime Time Network TV.  The connection between media violence and real life violence has been well documented.  The consensus of the scientific and mental health communities is that children are profoundly influenced by the violent images they see on television and in films.  Constant exposure to media violence can result in aggressive, anti-social behavior, and even violent outbursts.

Sex Loses its Appeal.  For years conventional wisdom in Hollywood has been that "sex sells," and the more, the better.  That mantra has been reflected in increasingly frequent and increasingly graphic depictions of sex on television.  But does sex really attract more viewers?  In recent years, countless surveys have shown that not only are parents increasingly concerned about how exposure to sexual content is affecting their children, but even adults are turned-off by the rampant sex on TV.

This might be a case of over-analysis...
The Use of Offensive Language by Men and Women in Prime Time Television Entertainment.  A content analysis examined prime-time television entertainment programs aired on 7 broadcast networks during the 2001 season.  Profanity use within inter-sex and intra-sex interactions was explored.  Swearing occurred most often in man-to-man interactions, followed by women-to-men.  Men and women tended to use mild curse words more when talking to the opposite sex.  Unmarried women more often directed expletives at both men and women; unmarried men cursed more at other men.  Offensive language was most often met by a neutral response; men and women were equally likely to respond positively and negatively to cursing.  Men in feature roles, as compared to minor roles, used more profanity when speaking to men and women.

Parents group criticizes heavy sexual content on TV.  On a recent episode of the CBS comedy "Two and a Half Men," it is implied that Jake, the teenage son of Alan's character, is having threesomes with some of his female classmates.  Like everything else in the raunchy sitcom, it is played for laughs and no actual sexual acts are depicted.  Not laughing, though, is the Parents Television Council.

Bad Advice:  What TV Parents Teach Their Children About Sex - A two-part series on television's portrayal of parents.  Part 1 Part 2

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