When Donald Trump Went On Saturday Night Live, Something BIG Happened To NBC

If Saturday Night Live is a window into the soul of the American voter, Donald Trump has just proven himself far more popular than Hillary Clinton.

In analyzing SNL‘s ratings for Saturday night’s show hosted by the Republican presidential candidate, Entertainment Weekly contrasted Trump’s numbers with those of the season’s opening show, hosted by Miley Cyrus with a guest appearance by Clinton, the Democratic presidential front-runner.

“According to NBC, SNL had a whopping 6.6 household rating on Saturday night, easily beating the season’s previous high…In fact, Trump’s overnight rating was 47 percent higher than the Miley/Hillary episode,” Entertainment Weekly wrote.

“For point of comparison, the season premiere delivered 6.3 million viewers, so Trump’s episode could be close to 10 million,” it added.

Saturday’s episode with Trump gave SNL its highest ratings since January 2012, according to the Associated Press.

Trump himself said the episode was “very well received and probably got very good ratings, who knows.”

Donald Trump won,” wrote James Poniewozik in the New York Times.

“Whatever one can say about Donald Trump, he’s shrewd about the TV business. He knows what pressures producers work under, he knows what he can deliver in ratings and he knows the leverage that gives him,” Poniewozik wrote.

“He’s used all that to his advantage in the campaign. He’s not only availed himself of free media, he’s often set the terms — for instance, phoning into to news shows that usually prefer candidates to sit in person for questioning. He’s even used television savvy as a political point,” he wrote.

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“Trump probably left SNL with another such victory. The episode is not likely to hurt him among any voting group. He can take credit for the high ratings — adding that he delivered for a network that recently had cut ties with him over his comments about Mexican immigrants — and lay any criticism on the writing staff,” Poniewozik wrote.

h/t: Breitbart

NBC And A Culture Of Corruption

The CNBC television network set a new mark for non-professionalism covering the October 28 Republican debate. The moderators – Carl Quintanilla, Becky Quick and John Harwood – asked such inane questions as, “Are you running a comic book campaign?” and, “Are you planning to insult two candidates?” They frequently interrupted and argued with the candidates. They were nastier than Candy Crowley, the infamous 2012 CNN moderator who lectured Mitt Romney on addressing a president and corrected his “wrong” statements that Iran and Russia were threats to the US. But the larger issue is not corrupt journalists. It is a culture of corruption in media. That culture peaks in the NBC family that includes CNBC and MSNBC.

Former Nightly News Anchor Brian Williams lied about being shot down, seeing a dead body in New Orleans, and coming under fire from Hezbollah. He never flew into Baghdad with Seal Team 6, which does not embed reporters. He was even busted for claiming to be at the Brandenburg Gate the night the Berlin Wall came down.

NBC admitted recutting the 911 call from George Zimmerman the night Trayvon Martin died to make him sound racist. They hired Chelsea Clinton – with zero credentials – for $600,000.00 just to gain access, and gave Al Sharpton his own program on MSNBC. Sharpton, let’s recall, made his name by abetting the Tawana Brawley rape fraud. He presided over the “What do we want?  Dead cops” campaign and lied repeatedly on the air about being an FBI informant on his mobster friends.

This culture is not limited to NBC. Dan Rather blew his CBS career when he lied about George Bush’s military service. When John Kerry was outed for fraudulent claims about his own military service in 2004, all the networks covered for him, even inventing the term “swift boating” to disparage and discourage political whistle-blowers. More recently, Hilary Clinton admitted to Congress she lied about an anti-Mohammad video causing the Benghazi massacre – later retracting her confession – and is hailed as heroic by media. I did not like Walter Cronkite’s politics, but I sure miss his integrity; he reported the news without manufacturing it.

Nobody ever suggested Barack Obama resign from the senate when he set a record for being absent during votes, or voting simply “Present” before and during the 2008 campaign. He was again not asked to resign when it was revealed the President skipped his national security briefings – there are a record number of events he says he hears about only on CNN. Yet Senator Marco Rubio was asked if he ought to resign over votes missed while campaigning. The senator replied that the media is the biggest SuperPAC there is. He is right.

What should a good citizen do? How about if that citizen is a Christian?

We can accept the reality that ordinary people have no access to the big media types – whether on-air or in board rooms. Likewise for the fat cat donors who really call the shots in both major political parties. But we can also recall the reality that the God-man who changed the world was born in a manger. He worked with His hands and walked from town to town. Taking His example in the present instance, we can cultivate relationships with local media types and their bosses. We can help them see they need to break the mold and hold the network big guns of the world up to the ridicule they deserve. We can ask our neighbors to think it a star in the crown of candidates ridiculed by the supposedly objective commentators – to actually vote for those despised by this shamming and shameful elite. We can reflect that Jesus – He who came, served and died so humbly – said there was abundant life in following Him, both in Person and in Style.

It seems impossible. But after some discouraged Jews came to see if Jesus was really the One (Matthew 11:2-12) – and Jesus showed them how the Kingdom was manifesting before their eyes as He worked and others worked with Him – He said the Kingdom was being taken by force and forceful men laid hold of it. What He meant was that God Himself has no defense against our simple cry of need. A weak man can successfully arm-wrestle the Father while the strong man hasn’t got a prayer – pun intended.

We can re-engage with our neighbors instead of letting the talking heads do our thinking and our talking and our acting for us. We can take back our nation by being once again our nation. And we can take back the world by becoming the Body of Christ.

The views expressed in this opinion article are solely those of their author and are not necessarily either shared or endorsed by WesternJournalism.com.

Watch: The Stunning Thing That Just Happened Could Cause ‘Terror’ For Dems- Even NBC Admits It

Kentucky voters made a resounding statement Tuesday, sending reverberations across the political establishment.

In a state where only one other Republican has served as governor over the past 40 years, Republican Matt Bevin defied the polls and defeated Democratic opponent Jack Conway 53-44 percent in the race for governor of Kentucky.

Bevin campaigned strongly against Obama administration, making his victory a possible bellwether of the national mood as America heads toward the 2016 presidential election.

“I think the terror for the Democrats is, is that a metaphor for the national election?” said NBC commentator Tom Brokaw, appearing with Rachel Maddow on MSNBC. “Because Bevin ran kind of a classic Tea Party race against the establishment down there.”

Brokaw cited political expert Charles Cook’s statement on the election.

“If it goes this way, it’s radioactive for the Democrats because it’s a rejection, again, of Obama and what the Democrats are standing for at this point,” Brokaw quoted Cook as saying.

Bevin campaigned strongly against Obamacare, saying he would shut down Kentucky’s health care exchange and reduce Medicaid. One of his campaign ads said Bevin would “protect” Kentucky from Obama’s “war on Kentucky.”

Elisabeth Pearson, executive director of the Democratic Governors Association, said the Democratic candidate “ran into the unexpected headwinds of Trump-mania, losing to an outsider candidate in the year of the outsider.”

Shortly before the election, the New York Times called Bevin “a loose cannon capable of alienating voters from both parties.”

Bevin had given his critics a succinct reply: “You watch.”

h/t: TheBlaze

Watch: Obama Launches Attack On GOP Field- Then A Fact He Wanted Quiet Came Out…

President Barack Obama had some fun at the GOP presidential field’s expense at a high-dollar fundraiser in New York City on Monday night.

Channeling his inner Bill Cosby in his delivery style, the president said, “Have you noticed that everyone of these candidates say, ‘Obama’s weak. Putin’s kicking sand in his face. When I talk to Putin, he’s going to straighten out. Just looking at him.’”

“Then it turns out they can’t handle a bunch of CNBC moderators at the debate. Let me tell you, if you can’t handle those guys, then I don’t think the Chinese and the Russians are going to be too worried about you,” Obama said.

Last week CNBC was widely criticized for the contentious and condescending questions the debate moderators asked. Sen. Ted Cruz perhaps best encapsulated the frustration the GOP candidates were feeling in what many called the line of the evening.

“This is not a cage match,” Cruz said and then began to go down the line of his fellow candidates on the stage recounting the questions that they had received. “Donald Trump, are you a comic book villain?…Ben Carson, can you do math?…John Kasich, would you insult two people over here?…Marco Rubio, why don’t you resign?…Jeb Bush, why have your numbers fallen?”

“How about talking about the substantive issues people care about?” Cruz asked, eliciting loud audience applause.

Reince Priebus reacted to the over-the-top moderator performance by calling off the NBC News debate scheduled for February.

CNN reports that Obama and the Democratic field had their own issues with debate moderators in 2007. “He, along with candidates Hillary Clinton and John Edwards, skipped out of a Fox News-Congressional Black Caucus co-hosted debate, spurred by pressure from the liberal Moveon.org, which claimed Fox News was biased against Democrats,” according to the news outlet. 

Fox News’ Bill Hemmer pointed out on America’s Newsroom on Tuesday morning that the Democratic field has once again refused to participate in a Fox News debate this election cycle.

Obama’s comedic turn at Monday night’s fundraiser did not stop with his observation about the CNBC debate. He said that the GOP candidates “occupy a different reality.”

“According to them everything was really good in 2008,” he said. “When we were going through the worst economic crisis in our lifetimes, unemployment and uninsured rates were up, we were hopelessly addicted to foreign oil and (Osama) bin Laden was still on the loose. This apparently was the golden age that I messed up.”

Of course, what the president fails to mention is that one reason unemployment rates are down is the nation currently has the lowest labor participation rate since the “malaise” days of the 1970s; despite assurances to the contrary, insurance rates have skyrocketed under Obamacare; America’s oil boom has been thanks to the fracking revolution on private lands; and ISIS has arisen in Iraq thanks to his precipitous withdrawal of American forces from the region.

h/t: Fox News 

Watch: Fox Just Took A Massive Debate-Related 10-Second Shot At CNBC That Has To Hurt

After what many feel was a failed, biased debate last month, Fox Business Network is poking fun at rival financial network CNBC with a commercial advertising its own chance to hold a GOP debate coming up this month.

As CNN Money notes the new Fox Business Network commercial starts out with a narrator saying, “CNBC never asked the real questions, never covered the real issues.” It continues saying, “That’s why on November 10 the real debate about our economy and our future is only on Fox Business Network.”

Fox Business barely let the dust settle over the recent October debate as the ad ribbing its rival was first aired only a day after the CNBC debate ended.

Not long after the ad aired, Fox Business star Neil Cavuto also jumped in asking his Twitter fans to re-tweet him if they think his network would do a better job with its debate coming up on November 10.

Cavuto’s refrain has been echoed by several other Fox Business hosts, too.

Even among other, generally liberal media outlets and commentators, CNBC’s debate racked up a lot criticism for moderators who continuously interrupted the candidates, for taunting them as “comic book candidates” and for throwing ageist comments at them. Several times the studio audience attending the debate even booed CNBC’s moderators.

Not all the blame goes to CNBC, though, as some said that GOP chairman Reince Priebus holds a portion of the blame for planning the event with CNBC in the first place.

In fact, in September, Priebus claimed that his debate schedule would “be good for our candidates and for voters–not a field day for the media.” Many feel Priebus was off the mark with that claim, at least as far as the CNBC debate goes.

Still, Fox Business has a lot to gain should its debate go well. CNBC is still the number one cable financial news network to Fox Business Network’s number two. A popular and successful debate could help the network grow its audience.

But even as the Fox financial channel has perennially been second to CNBC, it has gained quickly in audience since it launched 18 years after CNBC giving the older network almost two decades more to build an audience.