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Via Ace: “Newsmax Plans a “Kinder, Gentler”Right-Leaning Television Alternative to Fox”

2014/03/07

Yeah, sure. The last moron who served-up “kinder, gentler” conservatism was, IOHO, not ‘zackly the brightest. Then his spawn offered up “compassionate” conservatism. The former bequeathed us “B.J.” Clinton, the latter, “Oh” Bummer.

Our analysis:
Ruddy is misreading the market. Fox, constituted as it is, fills the “center” void rather brilliantly, and caters to libertarians and conservatives rather weakly. Moving a “conservative” format to the left of Fox may grab some of CBSABCMSNBCRT’s small market. We have our doubts if it will take a significant portion of Fox’ share.

Look to the Blaze to take some of Fox’ share, however. The libertarian and constitutional conservative Right is yet poorly served.

Our prediction:
Newsquish NewsMax will flop, The Blaze will shine bright.

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28 Comments leave one →
  1. 2014/03/08 00:59

    Kinder and gentler and compassionate conservatism. All horseshit. What’s next, rugged liberalism?

  2. ccoffer permalink
    2014/03/09 17:40

    You’re missing the forest for the tree. It says a lot about the country that they see alternative to little ole Fox news. The opportunities in non-democrat media are huge. The one upside o leftist dominance in modern media is that they’ve totally fucked it out. Even left leaning people are sick of it.

  3. ccoffer permalink
    2014/03/10 00:19

    Pavlovian gibberish does not an argument make. Exhale the bong smoke and look around for just a minute or two. The right is moving right. The left is moving left.

    Intelligence isn’t a virtue. Neither is ambivalence parading as wisdom.

    • 2014/03/10 01:18

      Fox news is the tree, Chuck. What Ruddy $ee$ is Fox’ audience, and he wants a piece of that action. But he has a problem.

      If I may re-frame your observation to explain what the post is about… Ruddy wants to offer an alternative to the left of Fox, while conservatism is moving in the other direction, to the libertarian right of Fox.

      The way I see it, Fox is doing a Playboy – slowly becoming a victim of it’s own success. People will be looking for real alternatives; I see the libertarian Right being dominated by The Blaze, a slice for squishies and corporatists with Fox, and a neglected pack of Left-overs for septuagenarian hippies.

      Ruddy’s move to he left of Fox? Dunno. Perhaps he sees an underserved demo there.

    • 2014/03/10 02:11

      Pavlovian Gibberish? Read your own writing. What you two are missing is that MSM is slowly becoming irrelevant. In some ways so is fox. Ran calls it as a victim of it’s own success, I see it as a natural progression, so I guess we’re both right. The demo that is being missed is the middle of the road that want straight up just the facts ma’am journalism. In the end, results matter. Left/Right works for getting people in the stands, but it hasn’t done so well in changing the overall direction of the country. What it does serve is to keep a political class employed. I had hopes for Tea, I hope they are a force in 2016, but I won’t hold my breath.

      • 2014/03/10 02:32

        Heh. The Tea revolution was dead (“dead, I tell you!“) right up until the pols closed in 2010.

        BTW, I happen to believe the MSM are the true spent force, and they have been increasingly so since the internet surged into laptops over a decade ago. Even the way cable and live air viewership is counted is slanted in their favor, and those numbers are pathetic. They’re in the hysteresis loop, like ticks on a dying cow – and haven’t realized the main event is finished.

        Perhaps Ruddy’s RINOmax will succeed, at least from the point of profitability. I really should graciously wish them best of luck and much success.

      • 2014/03/10 03:00

        The Tea Party can’t slow down or dilute it’s message at this point if it wants to be a force in the next election. Did you read the Huffpost’s commentary on the GOP’s Obamacare light? The other thing that will restore some home and momentum is getting rid of Boehner as speaker. He’s the wrong guy for the job.

      • 2014/03/10 12:48

        Amen! Sorry, didn’t catch Huffpo. Thanks!

  4. ccoffer permalink
    2014/03/21 02:49

    The tea party thing is overrated. I’ll leave it at that. It’s not a savior. It’s an element of something larger and nothing else. This establishment versus”whatever” bullshit serves only to elect democrats. Republican candidates don’t have the luxury of being radicals. Or even sounding like radicals. Not now, anyway. No politician or group of them is going to part the sea and usher in some sort of Nirvana. Politics has a steering wheel and an accelerator. It has no reverse.

    • 2014/03/21 03:09

      And who benefits? Both parties won’t touch the turd of fiscal responsibility. It’s a non-winner for elections, at least while there are elections. Right now we are getting by. If interest rates go up, it’ll be a problem. They still haven’t figured out how to hide 10lbs of shit in a 5lbs bag. They will either have to raise taxes accordingly or write it off. Neither are palatable. The tea party is a symptom of the last gasp of rationality left. Reverse? Progress demands forward motion. Remember that word, progress. The thing is, we can make progress down the toilet or up the mountain.

    • 2014/03/21 03:11

      The tea party thing is overrated. I’ll leave it at that. It’s not a savior. It’s an element of something larger and nothing else. Yes. And?

      This establishment versus ”whatever” bullshit serves only to elect democrats. Like Rubio? Lee? Scott. Kasich. Amash? Gohmert. Rohrabacher. Cruz – he’s a Democrud!?

      Republican candidates don’t have the luxury of being radicals. Or even sounding like radicals. Not now, anyway. That’s what Rove keeps preaching. Mind, he’s lost 97 of the last 100. Seriously – in 2012 his scorecard sat at 3%. Palin’s was something like 75%. Don’t mind me, but I do suspect Sarah knows something Karl doesn’t. You’d agree, yes?

      No politician or group of them is going to part the sea and usher in some sort of Nirvana. Politics has a steering wheel and an accelerator. It has no reverse. NOW you tell us. Shucks. Well, if I have to settle for being called a “radical” and for at least a delay in the ineluctable ascendancy of fascist totalitarianism, hey. I’ll one day face my Maker and be able to claim honestly that I gave a FUCK and TRIED.

      • 2014/03/21 03:33

        I understand your position. I don’t disagree. What boggles the mind is that Chuck accepts the status quo on one hand yet says there are such differences between the two major parties that to go with one will lead to hell and the other will lead to heaven. It’s not his fault. Many if not most americans are idiots. They are delusional enough that they believe they can spend without consequence. Then there is the rise of a fascist american democracy. It’s happening right before our eyes and to quote Chuck, there is no reverse. Ok. They what’s the answer? Someone very smart once said that it’s foolish to solve a problem with the same logic used to create it. He also said doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result is crazy. Playing the left/right paradigm and based on that wanting to be on the “winning team” is a recipe for the status quo at best, the shit hole at worst. We have a problem McFly and it isn’t going away, the way things are being done now by either party.

      • 2014/03/21 13:49

        Agreed.

        What I find disappointing is this unilateral disarmament rhetoric, that by offering a clear choice to the consumer, a true alternative direction, that that is somehow “radical” and thus undesirable and so will cause us to lose.

        Chuck hasn’t come to grips with the obvious fact that we’re being pushed over the cliff by Fabian and Bolshie radicals as it is, and that this fact is being increasingly seen as such by the American political consumer. A real market need exists and it is growing as the present options are less and less desirable.

        To your point, playing the Democrud/Repube paradigm is useless, and the left/right paradigm only marginally better. What is working is exactly what Rand Paul and Ted Cruz are doing, which is what Reagan and Thatcher did: Offer genuine policy alternatives discussed in terms of their philosophical underpinnings.

        Not everyone is stupid. The sharp, engaged political consumer will show-up and purchase the better product. More, I believe there are even more of us around today by proportion than in Ronnie’s.

        No, we won’t turn this bus around in the next cycle but I’ll be damned if I don’t try something to at least slam the brakes.

  5. ccoffer permalink
    2014/03/21 03:48

    You’re cursing the only things you have to work with. Your Maker gave you the options you have. He didn’t give you the options that don’t exist. Magical thinking when applied to politics is a mortal sin, in my opinion.

    I’m as passionate as the next guy about this subject, but this isn’t a goddam movie. Republican and democrat candidates come up through the ranks just like they always have. Some guy who decides one day he knows what’s what doesn’t just walk into a senate seat, or even a house seat, for fucksake. If you really believe democrats and republicans are the same, you should find another hobby.

    Or as my father used to say, “How about you wish in one hand and shit in the other and see which one fills up first.”

    • 2014/03/21 13:32

      Yipes – my having sent a few bucks to Cruz’ campaign in the early days was not only “magical thinking” – it was a “mortal” sin!? (Nooooh!!) Oh, I do so wish he had won. Wait, he DID win. Mea Culpa! Praise the L-rd and Pass the Ammo!

    • 2014/03/21 13:55

      And obviously you can’t see what the lord left for you and don’t have the insight to understand the human drama beyond black and white at best. The parties have different platforms, but the net effect is continued growth of government, debt, spending and corruption. Each party tells the narrative that their constituencies like best to get elected and then go to washington to make sausage, which leads us further down the hole. Using the left/right paradigm only serves to keep them in power and going down the hole. With your choices, it’s like saying I’d rather be on the Lusitania than the Titanic when it sunk because the passengers and staff believe like I do. And this isn’t an eschatological argument, but in our reality and we have the ability to choose different. The problem lies with a co-dependent population that doesn’t want to believe what really is.

  6. ccoffer permalink
    2014/03/23 01:31

    The “net effect” of what you advocate is exponential expansion of the status quo you claim to oppose. Grow up and quit hoping for The Great Pumpkin to ride in and save you, Linus.

    No one is coming. The only sane thing to do is eliminate the worst possibilities. It’s fine to dream about the best possibilities, but that quickly runs to fantastic thinking. (like the republican party being “supplanted” and such)

    Reality won’t be wished away…or complained away.

  7. ccoffer permalink
    2014/03/23 03:07

    Nice fart.

    Reality is real. Reality doesn’t require your approval or mine. It will keep on trucking whether you’re on board or not.

    I’m right. If we were playing Dungeons and Dragons, you could say I’m wrong. Alas, This isn’t a game. I’m not wrong, Reality is on my side.

    Fantasy has the benefit of being prettier than reality. Why? Because it’s fucking fantasy. Reality adheres to reality. Fantasy adheres to make believe.

    I’ve chosen.

  8. ccoffer permalink
    2014/03/23 03:11

    Have you?

  9. ccoffer permalink
    2014/03/23 03:35

    ” What is working is exactly what Rand Paul and Ted Cruz are doing, which is what Reagan and Thatcher did: Offer genuine policy alternatives discussed in terms of their philosophical underpinnings.”

    That’s not even close to accurate. Reagan campaigned against democrats and their harebrained agenda. Thatcher did the equivalent. Neither of them opposed their own party. neither sought to see their own party undermined. They sought to improve it while defeating its opposite.

    In other words, they were grownups.

  10. ccoffer permalink
    2014/03/23 03:53

    “What boggles the mind is that Chuck accepts the status quo on one hand yet says there are such differences between the two major parties”

    Accepts the status quo? Is there another choice? What happens when you don’t “accept” it? Are you then able to fly? Time travel? Fuck imaginary supermodels until your dick falls off? What happens when you don’t accept the status quo?

    Does it go away?

    How many republicans voted for the health care debacle?

    This is an easy quiz. The answer is either NONE or ALL.

    No difference?

    Blindness parading as wisdom doesn’t earn the dignity of being either.

  11. ccoffer permalink
    2014/03/23 17:40

    “He spent his entire career making fools of men like you.”

    He made fools of his supporters? Really?

  12. ccoffer permalink
    2014/03/23 21:38

    It pains me to see brilliant people barking up the wrong tree. A little humility would remedy that, I think.

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