August 31, 2002

DONAWHO? :

'DONAHUE' DEBUT DRAWS FEW VIEWERS (DON KAPLAN, August 28, 2002, NY Post)
The ratings for TV vet Phil Donahue's new talk show are almost too low to track.

The ratings for "Donahue" scored a .1 rating last Friday - that means fewer than 136,000 viewers nationwide were tuned in during MSNBC's hour-long 8 p.m. talk show.


Never mind the specific delusion that there would be an audience for Donahue at this moment in our history, when Western Civilization is under attack. Consider the general question of whether there's really much of a market for news with an openly Leftwing slant. Ann Coulter put it well in her Booknotes appearance :
COULTER: Oh no, no one in the entertainment world is going to watch this show.

LAMB: Why not? [...]

COULTER: If they watched the show they'd all be conservatives. Did you see that NPR listeners, something like 72 percent are conservative? And you remember from your own show here when you just had open lines, it was all conservatives calling and you had to set up a liberal line. If liberals paid attention to politics, they'd all be conservatives.


For years before blogging came along, I used to send out pretty much all the same type stories that we link to now. One of the folks on the mailing list, a liberal, asked what the point was. I told him that I didn't think it was possible to be an intelligent person and actually know what's going on in the world and remain a liberal.
Posted by Orrin Judd at August 31, 2002 7:44 AM
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