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    Trump Press Conferences a massive ratings hit

    Trump Press Conferences a massive ratings hit

    “Mr. Trump and his coronavirus updates have attracted an average audience of 8.5 million on cable news, roughly the viewership of the season finale of “The Bachelor.” And the numbers are continuing to rise….”

    The other day I noted thatRachel Maddow and others call on networks not to broadcast Trump coronavirus press conferences.

    I pointed out that the claim by Maddow and others is that Trump presents a false or misleading view of the health problem, but in fact it is Maddow and other liberal talking heads who present the misleading view of events:

    Here’s Maddow using prime time to call for the media to censor Trump:

    “I know we ought to be getting used to this kind of thing by now, but I’m not. President Trump today, again, just flat-out wrong in public about this malaria drug that has gotten stuck in his mind, quite some distance from the facts,” Maddow said on her show.

    “If the president does end up saying anything true, you can run it as tape but if he keeps lying like this every day on stuff this important, all of us should stop broadcasting it. Honestly, it’s gonna cost lives,” she added on the program….

    Notice Maddow is the one lying. The malaria drug can be used for coronavirus off-label, there is anecdotal evidence of its effectiveness, but the FDA requires more systematic testing before off-label use could become on-label use.

    Anyone watching the press conference would understand all this context. Anyone watching Rachel Maddow would not….

    I hope Trump does the briefings and takes questions 7 days a week. These are the most transparent sessions I’ve seen in any president in my lifetime.

    I noted that the pressers were must-watch TV, and that likely was contributing to Trump’s surge in the polls. That presents a problems for the media and Democrats.

    But I didn’t have any information on the ratings. Now we do, and they are a big hit.

    NY Times reports:

    Since reviving the daily White House briefing — a practice abandoned last year by an administration that bristles at outside scrutiny — Mr. Trump and his coronavirus updates have attracted an average audience of 8.5 million on cable news, roughly the viewership of the season finale of “The Bachelor.”

    And the numbers are continuing to rise, driven by intense concern about the virus and the housebound status of millions of Americans who are practicing social distancing. On Monday, nearly 12.2 million people watched Mr. Trump’s briefing on CNN, Fox News and MSNBC, according to Nielsen — “Monday Night Football” numbers.

    Millions more are watching on ABC, CBS, NBC and online streaming sites. (Because of the way Nielsen ratings are measured, reliable numbers are available only for cable news.) And the audience is expanding….

    Fox News has been a particularly popular venue for those who want to hear from the president. The network regularly accounts for roughly half the overall cable news audience for Mr. Trump’s briefings.

    On Monday, Fox News alone attracted 6.2 million viewers for the president’s briefing — an astounding number for a 6 p.m. cable broadcast, more akin to the viewership for a popular prime-time sitcom. This past weekend, Fox News recorded its highest weekend viewership since its 2003 coverage of the gulf war.

    Of course, the Times says this success is actually “a dangerous thing” because Trump “Mr. Trump has repeatedly delivered information that doctors and public health officials have called ill informed, misleading or downright wrong.”

    That’s complete BS, Trump is challenged by reporters during the press conferences, and the overall mix of information provided by health and other officials is balanced and informative. The only thing these press conference endanger is Joe Biden’s campaign, and that is the real problem.


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    Impeding Trump rallies could very well be the reason for the democrat media’s creation of the panic going on.

    AG Barr will be getting right on it.

    MsNBC talking head Chris Hayes showed us this week how to properly watch MsNBC …

    Apparently, the Governor of Nevada Sisolak signed an emergency order earlier Tuesday barring the use of anti-malaria drugs for someone who has the coronavirus. The order restricting chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine came after President Donald Trump touted the medication as a treatment and falsely stated that the Food and Drug Administration had just approved the use of chloroquine to treat patients infected with coronavirus.

    I assume the Governor watches MsNBC and/or CNN.

    I’m looking forward the tort claims of the survivors.

      Milhouse in reply to Neo. | March 25, 2020 at 11:54 pm

      Unfortunately they would have no claim. I’m astonished that governors have the power to do this, but assuming they do I can’t think of a cause of action against him. Governors don’t have a duty of care to any individual, not to harm them by the exercise of their lawful duties.

        SuddenlyHappyToBeHere in reply to Milhouse. | March 26, 2020 at 9:47 am

        I believe the NV Gov restricted to hospital settings because dome docs were getting them into their own hands for their families or to use outside the needed protocols for analysis of efficacy. That is likely a smart move even though it seems like he was acting against use of the drugs.

          Milhouse in reply to SuddenlyHappyToBeHere. | March 27, 2020 at 1:26 am

          No, it’s not a smart move. This isn’t a study, it’s doctors using their judgment to try to help their patients. Once a drug is approved by the FDA for one use, doctors are free to prescribe it for anything else they think it might be good for. They don’t need approval. I’m surprised that a governor can override that, but if they can they shouldn’t.

    Trump should agree with some of the dems and declare martial law. Then arrest pelosi, schiff and schumer and put them in solitary or solitary and the worst killer to be found in the prison.
    Once that’s out of the way, take over the communications both over the air and internet. Next would be to take most departments out of DC and put them in Guam and Alaska.

    Allears | March 25, 2020 at 11:37 pm

    The New New Left: The sky will be falling in perpetuity; life itself will be an infinite apocalypse starting next week unless we raise taxes still more and more and. . .

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