Liberal Media Not Showing Hillary The Same Love They Show Obama

MSNBC, which can always be counted on to defend Barack Obama against charges by conservatives and Republicans, isn’t treating Democratic presidential front runner Hillary Clinton with the same blind love.

In a discussion with Media Matters’ founder David Brock on Morning Joe, discussing the soon to be released book Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich, Brock said that people should look at Clinton’s actions and that she should be held to account for them.

Mika Brzezinski, who previously had expressed her disbelief regarding Clinton’s email excuse, told Brock that we can’t look at her record because she scrubbed the email server she used while she was secretary of state.

Brock responded by saying that the 55,000 pages of emails that Clinton turned over to the State Department should be enough evidence of her record, and that she followed regulations.

Brzezinski shot back, telling Brock that he didn’t need to give her a lesson on State Department regulations, and that “She scrubbed emails because she felt like it and that went against regulations.”

When the hosts and contributors on the liberal leaning MSNBC can’t defend Hillary Clinton, you know she is in real trouble.

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MSNBC Panel Calls Hillary’s Campaign Rollout Most ‘Contrived-Appearing’ Ever

Hillary Clinton wanted to learn from her mistakes in 2008 and conduct a different campaign this time around as she seeks the Democratic nomination for president. But she has stumbled in the early going and isn’t receiving the same type of love from the media that Barack Obama did in his two campaigns.

The latest evidence of this was on Sunday’s edition of Up with Steve Kornacki on the uber-liberal MSNBC where a panel panned her campaign rollout this past week, labeling it as contrived, even for a political campaign.

One of the chief critics was liberal Forbes contributor Rick Ungar, who told Kornacki that “All political campaigns are contrived. But the whole point of a good one is to contrive the campaign to not appear contrived. And I don’t think I’ve seen a more contrived-appearing campaign ever. It’s just been horrible.”

Republican strategist Mercedes Schlapp said that there have been too many distractions—from chasing the “Scobby-Doo” van to her not tipping at Chipotle—so that the issues have gotten lost, making it a disastrous first week for her.

Kornacki said he didn’t think it’s been that disastrous—but agreed that it did look contrived—though he wasn’t sure that Clinton was any worse off than a week ago.

It was both contrived and disastrous for the Democratic front-runner to have so many missteps, creating doubt in both the media and her own party as to whether or not she is capable and ready to run for the presidency.

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Washington Post Editor Admits Newspapers Won’t Last

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Washington Post executive editor Marty Baron said what many in the newspaper industry have known for years but have refused to admit publicly—newspapers will not last, no matter how hard the industry tries to save them.

Baron made his remarks while delivering the 2015 Hays Press-Enterprise lecture at the University of California, Riverside on Tuesday night. The speech was titled, “Journalism’s Big Move: What to Discard, Keep, and Acquire in Moving From Print to Web.”

In his talk, Baron said that, after a long career in journalism, he is both excited and anxious about the future of journalism. Excited, because journalism is being reimagined at this time; anxious, because the traditional economic model is disintegrating.

Baron went on to cite a raft of figures on how the rapid growth of high-speed Internet has led to the birth and phenomenal rise of social media, and helped fuel the movement toward mobile devices as a source of news. But, he added, the industry will need to abandon some long-held notions about newspapers:

We can start by discarding the lingering notion that paper will remain for long a big part of what we do. It will not. For a while, yes. But it will not last.

The newspaper remains, as of today, a predominant source of revenue for organizations like ours. But the revenue it produces is declining sharply. Advertisers are leaving. Most readers prefer to get their information from digital sources.

It’s wrong to say we’re becoming a digital society. We ALREADY ARE a digital society. And even that statement is behind the times. We’re a mobile society. Eighty percent of adults on earth are expected to have a smartphone by 2020.

Let’s also abandon the idea, still common in newsrooms, that what’s on the front page is more important, has greater value, carries greater prestige than what we disseminate on the web. It isn’t more important.

While I may disagree with many of Baron’s editorial decisions since joining the Post, in this case he is right on the money. Newspapers are dying and the industry needs to admit it. It needs to move quickly to deliver the news to a highly mobile and digital savvy audience in ways that they want to receive it, while at the same time attracting advertising dollars to pay for the technology required to do so. But that won’t be an easy task.

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Fox News Competing Against Cable Sports And Entertainment, Not CNN Or MSNBC

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Fox News president Roger Ailes told The Hollywood Reporter that Fox News has become so big, the network is really competing with cable sports and entertainment networks like TNT, USA, and ESPN, not the ratings-challenged CNN and MSNBC.

That’s because, as SNL Kagan estimates, Fox News will earn $2.18 billion in ad revenue and subscriber fees this year, which is more than what CNN ($1.16 billion) and MSNBC ($509 million) will earn combined. That figure places Fox News in the upper tier of all cable channel earnings.

That’s not to say that Ailes doesn’t keep an eye on his rivals. But as he told the Reporter:

I flip to MSNBC occasionally to make sure their blind pig didn’t find an acorn. But they never have once. I tell you who I do like at MSNBC — I like Joe and Mika. I don’t watch much CNN, they got out of the news business in primetime. But I look to see if they have a good documentary or movie. If they do, I’ll watch that.”

Ailes was interviewed by THR for its “35 Most Powerful People in New York Media 2015″ list, where he definitely belongs based on what he has accomplished at Fox.

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NBC’s Nightly News Knocked From Its Pedestal

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ABC’s World News Tonight topped NBC’s Nightly News in the latest ratings, snapping the Peacock network’s 288-week win streak as the number one evening news broadcast.

WNT won in both total viewers, with 7.997 million to Nightly News’ 7.913 million, and in the 18-49 demo, by a margin of 1.952 million to 1.791 million, making it a complete victory.

Nightly News had been able to hold on to the number one slot, thanks in part to their recent decision to rebroadcast the program in the early morning hours in select markets and add those viewers to its total numbers for ratings purposes. But that strategy unraveled after media buyers told NBC not to air their clients’ ads during the rebroadcasts. Without those national ads, Nielsen won’t measure the audience, depriving NBC of an opportunity to inflate the real numbers.

Despite NBC News’ efforts to spin the post-Brian Williams results in a positive way, the facts are that this was NBC’s lowest first quarter in the news demo since Nielsen began tracking it in 1991, and the lowest total viewers since 2013. Season to date, NBC does lead ABC by 520,000 total viewers, but is barely hanging on to the demo lead with an advantage of just 29,000 viewers per week. The momentum at this time is clearly with ABC.

The fall of NBC Nightly News from number one caps a bad three-year stretch for NBC News, which has seen both the Today show and Meet the Press lose their grip on the top slot in their respective time periods. It also poses big challenges for new NBC News chairman Andy Lack as he tries to figure out how to get the division back on track.

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