This is a bit concerning, because if Donald Trump can’t garner attention through his usual racism, sexism, xenophobia, and dithering dipshittery, who knows what he’ll do next? At this rate, he appears to be about six months away from going on stage and beating war orphans to death with a sock full of batteries.
So apparently, the deplorables are not quite as interested in what Trump has to say these days.
President Donald Trump loves to brag about ratings, but he’s not getting them anymore.
As he’s ramped up his rally schedule ahead of the midterms, viewership numbers for the raucous prime-time events have been roughly similar to — sometimes dipping below — Fox News’ regular programming, and the network has recently stopped airing most evening events in full.
Ruh-roh. Guess there’s only so much snake oil you can sell before people realize it won’t cure your rheumatism or bring coal jobs back.
During three Trump rallies last week, Fox News showed clips and highlights from his speeches but stuck largely with its normal weekday prime-time programming. On Saturday, when “Fox Report Weekend” and “Justice with Judge Jeanine” would ordinarily air, the network showed Trump’s speech from Topeka, Kan., in full. But on Tuesday, a rally in Council Bluffs, Iowa, was particularly hard to find — it was not aired live on any major network, and even C-SPAN cut away for other news. And on Wednesday night, as Trump took the stage in Erie, Pa., at 7 p.m., Fox News stuck with its coverage of Hurricane Michael.
Is there a chance that Fox has put civic responsibility above its monomaniacal chase for ratings and revenue?
No. They just know a loser when the see one.
But don’t worry, the White House is on it. This isn’t a deadly power outage in Puerto Rico, after all. This is important.
One senior White House official was unsure why the network would decide to cut away from presidential rallies, saying officials planned “to look into that” and wouldn’t be surprised if White House communications director Bill Shine, a former Fox News executive, was in touch with former colleagues about the trend.
The loss of national coverage is equally, if not more, concerning to the candidates on whose behalf Trump is traveling the country.
Donald Trump lives on Chicken McNuggets, white male grievance, and attention. If Fox is no longer fully in his corner, what will become of him?
I have no idea, but it sure would be something to find out.
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