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Fox News Declines in Ratings: Sean Hannity Down by 50% & Bill O'Reilly Down by 26% After 2012 Election

Is the GOP propaganda machine declining in popularity as fast as Fox News? Can Republicans keep being "the stupid party," as Gov. Bobby Jindal put it, and still win elections?

Fox News is finally beginning to pay a price for its intentional misinformation, perpetual outrage, and polarizing rhetoric. Fox's ratings are down significantly, according to Reed Richardson in the 4/26/13 Nation.

Fox still has the best ratings in the cable news biz, but compare its surge to 539,000 prime-time viewers following Obama's 2009 inauguration with its drop to 267,000 average nightly viewers in January 2013. That's a 50% drop in viewers. Viewership is dropping as fast as assault weapons and ammunition are flying off the shelves in gun stores.

Did the drop have anything to do with Fox's rosy pre-election predictions of victory for the GOP? Karl Rove was clearly flabbergasted that Obama won Ohio on the night of the election.

Did Rove know something we didn't know? Was he planning to pull a switcheroo with votes in key Ohio counties? Has he done it before? I read that one of Gov. Mitt Romney's sons bought thousands of voting machines in Ohio. If Rove did intend to steal another election, I read that there are at least strong rumors that Anonymous stopped Rove's computer corrupters cold and kept the ballot count results as they were.

Speaking of Karl Rove, supposedly Karl Rove is trying to rid the Republican Party of whack-jobs like Rep. Todd Akin of Missouri, who ran against Sen. Claire McCaskill and lost. Akin's ignorant remarks about how women's reproductive systems "shut down" during and after a "legitimate rape," whatever that means, made him infamous. Women were not amused. Akin lost an election that was his to lose, given McCaskill's ethical problems, just like Mitt Romney.

Karl Rove's antipathy concerning Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King's unfortunate similarities to loser Todd Akin is supposedly motivating King to run against Iowa's 1st District Rep. Bruce Braley for retiring Sen. Tom Harkin's seat. So far, King hasn't had the money or the guts to announce that he's running, but he still could.

Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana said, "We've got to stop being the stupid party."

The GOP had no problem being the stupid party as long as Republicans voted for them. J. David Kuo, a religious fundamentalist who worked in George W. Bush's White House, quickly learned that Bush administration insiders had something less than the deepest respect for the religious right, but they didn't mind using the religious right for political gain.

Disenchanted, David Kuo, the religious fundamentalist who directed an office so close to the center of power, wrote a book about his disillusionment with how Bush/Cheney et al. really felt about folks like him. Certainly, his presence in the White House was obligatory, but insiders not only kept him at a distance but made fun of evangelicals.

I don't think Karl Rove minded the right-wing whack-jobs until they started costing the Republicans elections that were theirs to lose. Rove prefers to win, and he doesn't mind what he has to do to get there.

Can the Republicans, and by extension, Fox News, stop being the stupid party without antagonizing their base? The test case will be immigration reform. Republicans know they lost Latino voters in the last election by huge margins, so they'd like to make a gesture by taking up immigration reform.

Immigration reform is a test case. If the Republicans can't reach out to Latinos on immigration, they may not be flexible enough to attract enough voters beyond the elderly white males they already have.

And why would that be a problem? Because their elderly white male base is literally dying.

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maxine weimer May 10, 2013 at 01:49 AM
Well Jeff I never really heard it used in that context before but it makes sense. So I wonder what it means to do the type of projecting that keeps being prejected around here!
Maria Houser Conzemius May 10, 2013 at 04:13 PM
maxine, you flatter me. She's my daughter, not my sister! We have many feelings about her success and move an hour away: joy, pride, and sadness. Our little girl is growing up; she's 24 years old and has a great job in her field. She started working there even before she graduated, but just two days a week. I like Davenport more than I thought I would. Sarah lives near the East Village, and the East Village is charming. St. Ambrose University is in Davenport, too. I knew it was somewhere around there but didn't know exactly where until I saw it. I do wish, however, that St. Ambrose University and Coe College had reported their pedophile to police instead of letting him resign. I hate the way colleges and universities are more interested in protecting their reputations than protecting their students and minor children from predators. Cue Penn State and more.
maxine weimer May 10, 2013 at 05:03 PM
Oh I am sorry Maria. I have been thinking about my own sister alot lately and must have been when writing to you. Yes they do grow up fast. My olderst is 39 and my baby is 31 (and still living at home I might add). And then I have two others who are 33 and 37. Two boys and two girls. Eight grandkids who are a handfull but so enjoyable! You know it just isn't right the way they protect the schools over the students and general population from those scum bags.
Maria Houser Conzemius August 28, 2013 at 02:17 PM
maxine, I'm sorry I didn't see your comment till now. I saw the blog post under "Popular Posts" and didn't realize it was "alive," so to speak, till May. Yes, it isn't right how they protect the schools' reputations instead of protecting the students. It is fair and just that Penn State administrators are paying for doing just that with their jobs, their future careers, and with monetary damages claimed by victims settling out of court.
maxine weimer August 28, 2013 at 02:42 PM
Maria...I just re-read this blog and have to admitt that I enjoyed it more the second time around! By the way, how is your daughter doing?

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