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Trump 'saddened' about Emmys' lackluster ratings

Fox News (Politics) - 0 sec ago
President Trump late Tuesday tweeted that he was “saddened” to learn that the Emmy Awards ratings were the lowest rated ceremony in telecast history.

Trump's Phoenix rally to cost taxpayers $450G

Fox News (Politics) - 2 hours 4 min ago
President Donald Trump's rally in Phoenix in August drew a lot of national media attention to the Arizona capital. It also cost the city more than $450,000 in employee overtime.

Clinton slams Trump, Putin during interview with Stephen Colbert

Fox News (Politics) - Wed, 09/20/2017 - 00:25
Hillary Clinton said Vladimir Putin interfered in the election in part because she is a woman and slammed President Donald Trump’s United Nations speech as “very dark, dangerous” during an interview with “The Late Show” host Stephen Colbert.

Show biz meltdown: Bombs away!

Michelle Malkin - Wed, 09/20/2017 - 00:18

Show biz meltdown: Bombs away!
by Michelle Malkin
Creators Syndicate
Copyright 2017

The numbers don’t lie. Across the entertainment industry, viewers and fans are tuning out. It’s no coincidence ratings are cratering as unhinged celebrities crank up their anti-Trump and anti-American antics.

Pro tip, Tinseltownies: Swapping your jazz hands for middle fingers and waving resistance fists at your customer base is bad for business. Let us count the waning ways.

Emmy emetics. Who wanted to see smirking Stephen Colbert lead a cast of Botoxed starlets and men in hot pants, handing out TV industry awards to diamond-draped elites hoisting up their gilt statues as emblems of victory on behalf of the hegemonically oppressed? Not as many as the boob-tube titans had hoped! The show’s overall viewership of 11.4 million tied an all-time low; the key ratings demographic of 18-49 adults sunk 10 percent lower than last year’s historic low. Most of America had better things to do than watch a privileged cabal of left-wing, coastal one-percenters preening indulgently about their progressivism. Conservative actor James Wood had the response of the night to the Emmy ego-thon, noting that “the stunning lack of political diversity in Hollywood is interesting, when you consider their consumer base is so evenly divided.”

Oscars’ abyss. Earlier this year, the Academy Awards show earned the second-lowest viewership ratings in its history. Program host Jimmy Kimmel and other celebs turned their stage and red carpet into Trump-bashing soapboxes for anti-cop rants, open borders pleas and Quran promotion.

Box office beatdown. Hollywood’s summer movie season launched more duds than North Korea’s Rocket Man. By Labor Day weekend, revenue plunged “nearly 16 percent over last year, the steepest decline in modern times,” according to the Hollywood Reporter, adding that “(a)ttendance also plummeted, and is almost assured of hitting a 25-year low in terms of the number of tickets sold, according to Box Office Mojo.” Variety dubbed it “the worst the movie industry has seen in more than a decade.”

I don’t want my MTV. The network that used to broadcast music videos now has a hard time attracting eyeballs to its marquee Video Music Awards. Go figure. Its 10th annual awards show was “the least-watched one in its history,” marking the “fourth year in a row that the network has seen a decline in the crown jewel of its annual calendar,” according to the Associated Press.

Al Gore’s man-made disaster. Among the summer’s hottest messes? Environmental scare-monger Al Gore’s climate change sequel to “An Inconvenient Truth.” The original green Chicken Little flick raked in nearly $50 million in 2006. The follow-up this summer, in release for a measly six weeks, scraped up less than $3.5 million in domestic receipts. Paramount tried to prop up the film with trailer endorsements from Bono, Randy Jackson, Pharrell Williams, Adam Levine and Shailene Woodley. But their Hollywood helium couldn’t lift Gore’s cinematic lead balloon.

Rolling Stone’s tombstone. The iconic pop culture and music magazine rolled itself into oblivion after publishing its infamous “Rape on Campus” hoax article in 2014. Legal costs are approaching $5 million; this week, a third defamation suit by University of Virginia fraternity members moved forward. Over the weekend, owner Jann Wenner announced that his majority stake in the rag is now for sale. Maybe magazine cover boys and lefty multimillionaires Justin Trudeau, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama can pitch in?

NFL = No fans left. The football field is now a minefield of social justice causes, where National Football League officials countenance Black Power salutes, but ban pro-police decals on helmets after cop ambushes. A recent J.D. Power survey found that national anthem protests by players were the top reason fans stopped watching games. Viewership at the start of the 2017 regular season was down 13 percent for the NFL and NBC from last year’s opener. Gridiron fans are switching the channel and they’re staying out of the stadiums, too. The Rams and Chargers barely filled half their stadiums. The USC-Texas game boasted higher attendance numbers than those two teams’ games combined.

NFL brass blame hurricanes. But from the boob tube to the big screen to the glossies to the Big Leagues, the fault lies not with Mother Nature or the entertainment industry’s consumers — but with the fatally self-absorbed, politically toxified stars themselves.

Virginia gubernatorial debate touches taxes, Trump, Confederate statues

Fox News (Politics) - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 21:30
The two major party candidates in Virginia's closely watched race for governor argued in mostly cordial tones Tuesday over taxes, President Donald Trump and what Virginia should do with its numerous monuments to the Confederacy.

Tillerson says Iran nuclear deal 'really has to be revisited'

Fox News (Politics) - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 19:15
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told "Special Report with Bret Baier" Tuesday night that that the 2015 nuclear deal between the U.S., five other world powers and Iran "really has to be revisited."

Hillary's Insane Charge of the Media as Pro-Trump

TownHall Latest columns - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 19:01
Of all the ridiculous excuses Hillary Clinton could possibly make on her book tour to explain why she couldn't win the 2016 presidential election, the most ridiculous has to be that the national media favored Donald Trump.

The Welfare State's Legacy

TownHall Latest columns - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 19:01
The No. 1 problem among blacks is the effects stemming from a very weak family structure.

Unleashing the Power of Mockery on Annoying Social Justice Warriors

TownHall Latest columns - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 19:01
In a culture where humorless leftists scolds seek to impose their rule upon us normals by sucking every drop of joy out of life, it is the conservative smartass who is the true subversive.

“Just Stop It Now!”

TownHall Latest columns - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 19:01
When the Democratic minority leaders of the Senate and House emerged from the White House last week, Chuck and Nancy claimed that President Trump had agreed to a deal that would protect so-called Dreamers from deportation.

Show Biz Meltdown: Bombs Away!

TownHall Latest columns - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 19:01
The numbers don't lie. Across the entertainment industry, viewers and fans are tuning out. It's no coincidence ratings are cratering as unhinged celebrities crank up their anti-Trump and anti-American antics.

Russia's War in Ukraine and War Games in Belarus

TownHall Latest columns - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 19:01
Russian President Vladimir Putin's personally expressed dismay at the collapse of the Soviet Union connects directly to two current events: Russia's war of conquest in Ukraine and the Russian Army's large-scale war games in western Russia and Belarus.

Sanders Bill Makes Health Insurance Illegal

TownHall Latest columns - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 19:01
Bernie Sanders' Medicare for All Act, introduced last week, outlaws private health insurance.

Plan to Sell Any Gold Coins? It’s Best to Wait Until Spring

TownHall Latest columns - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 19:01
Traditionally, the final four months of any calendar year is not the time to sell your rare coins or bullion coins . For gold and silver bullion, September through February is the strongest time of year for the precious metals, historically, due in part to the string of international holiday seasons we have identified in the past: Diwali (the Feast of Lights) in India, followed by their wedding season, then Christmas in the West, the Chinese New Year and Valentines Day.

Congress Does Not Want Its War Power

TownHall Latest columns - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 19:01
As far as 61 senators are concerned, there is nothing to debate here

The End of the First Amendment

TownHall Latest columns - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 19:01
Last week, I visited the University of California, Berkeley.

Senate panel calls Michael Cohen to open hearing after Trump lawyer shares statement with press

Fox News (Politics) - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 18:30
President Trump’s personal attorney, Michael Cohen, agreed Tuesday to testify in an open Senate Intelligence Committee hearing next month -- after the panel abruptly canceled a transcribed interview that had been scheduled.

Fox News Poll: Virginia governor's race close with two months to go

Fox News (Politics) - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 17:00
Virginia voters give Democrat Ralph Northam the edge over Republican Ed Gillespie by 42-38 percent in the race for governor, according to a new Fox News Poll.

Senate panel suspends Michael Cohen interview, after Trump lawyer shares statement with press

Fox News (Politics) - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 16:30
The Senate Intelligence Committee invited President Trump’s personal attorney, Michael Cohen, to testify in an open hearing next month after Cohen’s team shared a statement with the press against committee wishes.

Sessions blasts California lawmakers for passing sanctuary state bill, says lives at stake

Fox News (Politics) - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 16:10
Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday called it “unconscionable” that California lawmakers passed a sanctuary state bill that stops local police from cooperating with federal authorities to deport illegal immigrants.

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