Deadline reports that CEO Les Moonves announced to investors Wednesday the “strong possibility” that both Showtime and CBS will soon be available to consumers through Internet streaming and outside of a bundled cable package. Moonves’ trial balloon comes just days after HBO floated one of its own.
Like HBO, Moonves is probably talking about an online-only option for the tens of millions of Millennials who watch television on their portable devices and refuse to purchase bundled cable. The tech-savvy will have no problem, though, directing this “online only” signal to their 55-inch high-def plasma televisions.
Should HBO, Showtime, and CBS go this route, the vicious circle will be vicious. The more good stuff available outside of bundled cable, the more people will cancel bundled cable, the more individual networks will feel pressured to go online, the more people will cancel bundled cable…
The result is that The Market will rule again. All these lousy, low-rated networks bundled cable forces you into paying for (CNN, MTV, MSNBC, etc.) will have to survive on viewership alone.
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Do you get how serious this is?
Being tied to cable prevents a lot of channels from offering their programming via the internet. That also gives the cable industry a tremendous amount of power. If streaming can prove to be a more lucrative outlet than cable, then those chains can be severed, and each outlet would then have even more freedom. It removes the artificial leverage of bundling that’s kept so many Liberal networks afloat with extremely low ratings. It puts television back in the free market.
Neil Tyson, a prominent popularizer of “Science™”* (he even has his own television show) was recently found to have repeatedly fabricated multiple quotes over several years. The fabrications were not a one-off thing. They were deliberate and calculated, crafted with one goal in mind: to elevate Tyson, and by extension his audience, at the expense of know-nothing, knuckle-dragging nutjobs who hate “Science™”. Tyson targeted journalists, members of Congress, even former President George W. Bush. And what was their crime? They were guilty of rejecting “Science™”, according to Tyson.
There’s only one problem. None of the straw man quotes that Tyson uses to tear them down are real. The quote about the numerically illiterate newspaper headline? Fabricated. The quote about a member of Congress who said he had changed his views 360 degrees? It doesn’t exist. That time a U.S. president said “Our God is the God who named the stars” as a way of dividing Judeo-Christian beliefs from Islamic beliefs? It never happened.
Which brings us to Wikipedia. Oh, Wikipedia. After The Federalist co-founder Sean Davis published his piece about Neil Tyson’s fabrication of the George W. Bush quote, several users edited Neil Tyson’s wiki page to include details of the quote fabrication controversy. The fact-loving, evidence-weighing, ever-objective editors of the online encyclopedia did not appreciate the inclusion of the evidence of Tyson’s fabrication. Not at all.
According to a review of the edit history of Tyson’s page, one long-time Wikipedia editor deleted an entire pending section summarizing the issue of Tyson’s fabricated quotes. Another editor attempted to insert a brief mention of Tyson’s fabrication of the George W. Bush quote. That mention was also deleted. When it was reinserted, it was deleted yet again by an editor who describes himself as a childless progressive and an apostle of Daily Kos (h/t @kerpen).
Fabrication isn’t science. Ignoring inconvenient evidence isn’t science. And faithfully nodding your head whenever somebody says something you go agree with doesn’t make you a scientist. It makes you a parrot, and a religiously zealous one at that.
Read the full article at The Federalist.
*We’ve altered the spelling of science to “Science™” where appropriate to reflect that in that instance it isn’t referring to real science, but the religious ramblings of zealots of the Religion of Evolution.
Tim Graham, NewsBusters – The Washington Post demonstrated a sudden interest in the political bias of local TV news on Wednesday. WJLA-TV, the ABC station in D.C., was purchased by Sinclair Broadcasting, which is now airing its conservative commentator Mark Hyman in Washington. They warned in a headline, “Under new owner, WJLA airs more conservative content.”
Media reporter Paul Farhi organized a parade of horrified liberals – except he didn’t identify any of them as liberals. In large type on the front page of the Style section was Charles Lewis of the leftist Center for Public Integrity: “They are stuck with an idiosyncratic owner with its own political views and agenda. It’s a nightmarish scenario for journalists.”
It’s “nightmarish” if you’re a dyed-in-the-wool liberal. But this critique is bizarre. The Center for Public Integrity has left-wing sugar daddies like George Soros and Pierre Omidyar with their own political agendas.
The most ridiculous part is the Post making a list of offenses that Sinclair has a notable history of political bias in the weeks before an election – yeah, the Post has never been known to do that. The network news operations love “October surprises” to ruin Republican candidates, or “September surprises” like the Dan Rather fake-memo disaster.
Read the full story at News Busters.
A prominent public policy professor said massive increases in guest-worker visas for some of the most prominent high-tech companies will only pull the ladder out from under Americans trying to move into the middle class.
On The Laura Ingraham Show Monday, Ron Hira, Howard University’s public policy professor, blasted high-tech companies and lobbies for claiming that there is a shortage of American workers, while companies like Microsoft are laying off 18,000 American workers.
“This is really important because the STEM degrees, information technology and engineering in particular, have been real pathways to the middle class,” he said. “It’s been a traditional path for working class kids to study. It’s a very meritocratic set of occupations, unlike some other areas. By cutting this off, we are cutting off that upward mobility to the middle class for so many of the working class kids.”
Ingraham has previously mentioned that illegal immigrants are taking construction work that used to be good-paying jobs for college kids and Americans trying to get into the middle class. In the white-collar world, massive increases in guest-worker visas are taking jobs away from Americans trying to move up the economic ladder.
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