Judy Woodruff

Judy+Woodruff+2011+Winter+TCA+Tour+Day+5+dtRss3Tk5vdl What a personage. TCT happened to see her show tonight during her usual phony “concerned” bipartisan posing. While asking some goon about the continuing death of journalism, she asked “How will this affect consumers of news?”

Consumers of news.” Nuff (or Ruff) said. Stay tuned for Antiques Road Show, voiceover provided by “intellectual” actor Paul Giamatti.

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John Oliver on Native Advertising

This isn’t perfect, but it’s well worth a watch:

Oliver is perhaps the only MSM commentator who reports actual analyses of corporate marketing practices.

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More Good Marketing News

tv-piranha-image Per Ad Age:

Some in the media business worried that the troubles at Nickelodeon were a warning sign that today’s digitally wired children would never grow into traditional television watchers.

“There were a lot of people who legitimately believed that it was over for kids’ television — Nick in particular and TV more broadly,” said Brian Wieser, a media analyst with Pivotal Research. “But no good evidence suggests that there was a meaningful decline in total kids’ consumption of television.”

Despite the concerns, children today are watching more television on a traditional television set than they did five years ago. Children ages 2 to 11 now spend an average of 111 hours, 47 minutes a month watching traditional television, according to Nielsen’s Cross-Platform Report for the first quarter of 2014.

That is up from the average of 108 hours, 45 minutes a month children in that age group spent watching traditional television in 2009.

This advance, of course, comes on top of the even faster rise of tablets, etc.

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Nadir Week?

Never say nadir, or, that is, never underestimate the power of the overclass.

In any event, as Killary Klinton trundles on, promising to deliver even more rightist fantasy outcomes for her constituent dupes, Russia is 100% responsible for the war crimes committed by those it clearly trained, armed, funded, and more-or-less controls. Meanwhile, Israel is defending itself against senseless external terrorism. USA? Not involved. Go back to watching your “American Idol” episodes and thinking about how free and peaceful you/we are. There’s troubles, but it’s all Russkies and Arabs. Nothing to lift a finger about.

All the while, where is good old self-righteous, super-radical Occupy? Oh, right, they have become wiser and are now helping people in Brooklyn grow sunflowers.

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Theses on Occupy

Had two interactions today that put me on this topic. So:

1. Kalle Lasn = Bill McKibben = Booker T. Washington. Just watch, if we survive.

2. Kudos to “Occupy” for sticking a left moment into the news cycle. Manhattan is perfect for that.

3. Manhattan is the worst, stupidest possible place to try to start a left movement.

4. Detroit is the proper place, and it should be a shadow state, headquartered in the Black House.

5. The Black House should make way better use of allied celebrities than “Occupy” did.

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Tom Bergeron

I happen to have finally taken Public Enemy’s advice and stayed home on this date.  In the process, I noticed that the host of the official “birthday party” is none other than the host of “America’s Funniest Home Videos.”  Personally, I don’t think it’s an accident at any level.

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