We recall the last time they started: We were intrigued by Bill Carter’s report about viewership for the Zimmerman verdict.
According to Carter, more than ten million people watched the verdict on one of the cable news channels. That is a massive number for 10 o’clock Eastern on a Saturday night.
This is the way the numbers broke down:
Cable news viewers for Zimmerman verdict:You can’t necessarily learn much from a single event of this type. MSNBC’s audience is probably somewhat more likely to be out of the house on a Saturday night.
Fox News: 3.68 million
CNN: 3.4 million
HLN: 2.2 million
MSNBC: 1.3 million
That said, that’s a very poor showing for MSNBC. We were glad to see that. Here’s why:
Increasingly, it looks like the M in MSNBC is starting to stand for Maoist. As we’ve watched the channel covering the trial and the verdict, we recall the way certain elements of the liberal world created three decades of Reaganism “the last time they started.”
MSNBC’s coverage of the trial and the verdict has been just this side of full-blown nuts. The nation’s population is different than it was in the 1960s, so we’ll assume that the children are unlikely to provoke a full-scale conservative era.
In the long run, their approach may even succeed! But those numbers suggest to us that their approach to the trial hasn’t been widely selling.
How will the verdict poll? We have no idea. Surely, we’ll soon find out.
As the master prophetically wrote: Long ago, Bob Dylan foresaw the way The One True Channel was going to cover the trial:
Well, I spied me a girl and before she could leave,The last time they started, we got Ronald Reagan as a chaser to President Nixon.
I said, "Hey, let's go and play Adam and Eve."
I took her by the hand and my heart it was thumpin'
When she said, "Hey man, you crazy or sumpin'?
You see what happened last time they started."
Abbie Hoffman climbed up on that table during that trial and it was pretty much over.