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Your ABC – shocking inefficiency created by demotivated staff

While it might seem like another beat up on the ABC, we need to take a long hard look at how it operates. How is it TVNZ can operate as a self funded government entity which collects a currency adjusted 1/4 the ABC’s revenue on 1/8th staff? How many people actually understand their ABC?

Salary increases and budget increases have a 90.34% R-squared correlation meaning that budget increases tend to lead to paying higher salaries.

While some may talk about “good” content, sadly ABC’s ratings have slid considerably for over a decade in regional and metro areas. TVNZ’s have risen. So hard core left has the ABC shifted that it has created a narrower audience. The MD openly stated that if Australians wanted to protect the ABC they shouldn’t vote LNP. So much for respecting its charter which bans political bias.

TVNZ must cater to the free market for advertising dollars therefore content must meet the audience needs. It’s simple. ABC should follow suit.

Throwing more money at the ABC has not solved ratings problems. One guesses that diverting more tax dollars at kids programs that disparage white privilege, comedy shows that openly call conservative politicians “c*nts” during by-elections and producers that allows indigenous comedians to defecate on a white woman probably has a very narrow audience. Content IS the problem.

Look at The Guardian as case in point of journalism that fails to address market needs. It is free and in recent years gone cap in hand for donations because its user base aren’t prepared to stump up cash to support it. Do we need a public broadcaster to subsidize views of the left? The Guardian is simply competing in the “same” area as the ABC. ABC starves The Guardian of oxygen because we as taxpayers fully fund it. The ABC crowds out left leaning media.

Look no further than CNN. It has doubled, even trebled down on its unhinged bias. The ratings have plummeted. Fox on the other hand has risen. Whether one likes the content of Fox is irrelevant. Advertisers go there because the reach is self evident.

Moan all you want about Murdoch. His users pay and the ratings are up. Don’t shoot him if his product sells. Try self reflection. The Sydney Morning Herald tried to tell users its product was worth subscribing to. Unfortunately it ignored slumping readership and ended up being acquired by Nine Network. If you don’t cater to your audience, they won’t support you.

Staff levels at the ABC have never been higher. Ratings never been lower. Lifting the budget hasn’t caused any change. Cutting dollars will cause much needed restructuring. It is like feeding a dying patient with more morphine hoping to numb the pain. Unfortunately the body grows resistance to that. ABC staff feel this.

In the 2018 annual report, the ABC staff survey revealed engagement is at 46%, 6% below the previous survey. This puts in the bottom quartile of all ANZ businesses. #Reform desperately needed.

ABC staff complained that management doesn’t do enough to get rid of under-performers. Another clear signal that state-sponsored mediocrity is tolerated.

The culture of the organization won’t be turned around by management unless it is given a reality check of being rapidly withdrawn from the taxpayer teat. That way the c.70% of staff dedicated to content can finally listen to what the broader public want to consume rather than the echo chamber they live in. By the way, those who love the ABC needn’t worry. The limited number of good programs will stay if the audiences demand them. The unhinged radical left programming can be cut with little loss to anyone with a modicum of intelligence.

CNN ranks 15th last week

According to the latest Nielsen ratings, Fox News grabbed #1 slot for viewers, followed by MSNBC, HGTV, USA Network & TBS. CNN scored 15th spot, behind networks like The Discovery Channel, Food Network, TLC, and A&E.

From April 8-12, CNN only averaged 690,000 people and 180,000 in the key 25-54 age demographic.

This is what happens when people “tune out”. Perhaps the reality is that too many CNN viewers think everything is a rerun because even new news can be mistaken for being old news played on a loop on CNN. Did you know they can’t stand President Trump?

Staring at the dictator – redux

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In Feb 2017, CM wrote a piece titled ‘Staring at the Dictator’ which highlighted that winning hearts and minds comes from sensible and reasonable dialogue. Not from widespread activism where the sole purpose is to shut down debate. Hasn’t the left learnt that physically and verbally bullying people senseless and mocking them for their supposed ignorance doesn’t work? Yet they still keep screaming the same hypo-ventilated bile, as Robert Reich has below. Nothing would make CM happier if democracy does its job in any country. If we believe he speaks for the majority, he has absolutely nothing to fear. No need for protests of any kind. Yet he shouldn’t blame the constituents for overthrowing bad governments who believe in divine incumbency. Blame bad policy.

If Democrats hadn’t treated the last election as a coronation then perhaps Hillary Clinton may have got her wish. Things had obviously become so bad at the grass roots level that the establishment was rejected. Even after all of the p*ssy grabbing allegations had been brought to light, Trump still won. His vulgarity was on the ballot. His “no one respects women more than I do” lie after this revelation in the 2nd debate was broadcast to 100s of millions. It was also on the ticket. Despite his supposed racist demagoguery, he got a higher proportion of black and Hispanic voters than either McCain or Romney. Don’t hate the player, hate the game. These are facts, as much as we may not like what they portend.

The #whitelash arguments don’t rub either because the same people voted a black man in twice. Clinton didn’t lose because she was a woman. She lost in part because she ran on the basis she was a woman. Surveys may show that Republican voters don’t want a female president however should Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley run in 2024 she would win their support on the basis of her strength, not her gender or her Native American/Sikh heritage. Ability should be all that matters. Clinton’s constant griping 18 months after her loss shows just how poor a president she would have made. It is so bad even Rasmussen reports that a majority of Democrats don’t think she would have been any better than Trump. Take that!

If Trump loses legitimately (assuming he runs) in 2020 then so be it. In the last 1.5 years in office, American citizens have had plenty of time to weigh him in their own minds, regardless of the media’s relentless onslaught of over-the-top sensationalist click-baiting. If citizens feel he has delivered in areas that affected them on a personal level, they’re probably on balance willing to vote for the same again unless the alternative offers something better. At the same time they have had plenty of time to weigh the Democrats. They’ve seen first hand the bitterness at the State of the Union plastered on the faces of Pelosi et al. They’ve heard Maxine Waters call to her supporters to gang up on the staff in the current administration. They’ve seen countless Hollywood celebrities chant vile hate from celebrating the decapitation of the President, calling Ivanka a “feckless c*nt” to hoping 12yo Barron is ripped from Melania’s arms and caged with pedophiles. Democrat supporters have gone so far as to shoot GOP politicians. CM is quite sure that however horrid the President may be, these are hardly the types of antics that will sway opinion of the swing voters to join the self-appointed ‘righteous’ like Reich. And no, not all Democrats think like this much like many Republicans don’t endorse stupidity from their own. It lets down both sides.

Republicans or swing voters do not respond well to being called intolerant, cruel, racist, misogynist, xenophobic or climate sceptics without fact or basis. Since when does one consciously vote for others over their own needs? It isn’t selfish. If one is buried under onerous tax legislation, red tape or financial destitution do they vote to put the interests of others above their own? No. As a long term Liberal Party (aka conservatives) voter in Australia, the current party has ‘left’ me. I didn’t leave them. They did not win my vote last election. It must be earned. They don’t represent my values. It didn’t take tribal beltings to force me to a conclusion. Nor negative media to discover it. Yet somehow the activists believe that constant bleating will cause me to change my mind.

What would be nice is to see properly supported factual (not subjective rhetorical) evidence that 63mn Trump supporters are as one when it comes to all the claims they make. I would love to see the arguments in all their gore should they exist. Not a one off event. Happy to see where my own arguments hold deep flaws.  Many Trump voters detest him on a moralistic level yet are happy to champion his achievements if they feel they get a direct benefit from them. So often claims are made to undermine his followers. Every time (and often) these assertions prove to be baseless, the journey to sway the other side to see reason gets thwarted even further. Time magazine issuing a confession over the photo-shopped cover of last week ended up at the bottom of a long article. It just shows just how unapologetic they are. Kathy Griffin was sorry until she wasn’t again. Talk about self serving.

To the comments made by Robert Reich today:

“My friends, this is a dark hour. Intolerance, cruelty, racism, misogyny, xenophobia, and environmental destruction have been let loose across the land.

Trump controls the Republican Party, the Republican Party controls the House and Senate, and the Senate and Trump will soon control the Supreme Court.

Republicans also control both chambers in 32 states (33 if you count Nebraska) and 33 governorships. And in many of these states they are entrenching their power by gerrymandering and arranging to suppress votes.

Yet only 27 percent of Americans are Republican, and the vast majority of Americans disapprove of Trump. The GOP itself is now little more than Trump, Fox News, a handful of billionaire funders, and evangelicals who oppose a woman’s right to choose, gay marriage, and the Constitution’s separation of church and state.

So what are we – the majority — to do?

First and most importantly, do not give up. That’s what they want us to do. Then they’d have no opposition at all.

Second, in the short term, if you are represented by a Republican senator, do whatever you can to get him or her to reject Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, or, at the least, postpone consideration until after the midterm elections. Urge others to join with you. 202-224-3121

Third, make a ruckus. Demonstrate. Engage in non-violent civil disobedience. Fight lies with truth. Join the resistance. Participate in http://www.indivisible.org and https://swingleft.org.

Fourth, vote this November 6 for people who will stand up to all this outrage. Mobilize and organize others to do so. Contact friends and relations in “red” states, and urge them to do the same.

Fifth, help lay the groundwork for the 2020 presidential election, so that even if Trump survives Mueller and impeachment he will not be reelected.

Finally, know that this fight will be long and hard. It will require our patience, our courage, and our resolve. The stakes could not be higher.”

Perhaps what Reich fails to get is that he is almost backhanding his own supporters in his rant. It is more than likely that a majority of Republican (and no doubt many centrist Democrat) voters want the liberal left to give up because it has become nothing but white noise. The more they protest the more tuned out they become. Control of the Supreme Court? I encourage you to read the cake shop transcript where Associate Justice Sotomayor shows without a doubt she is a political activist, not a judge. It is embarrassingly obvious. The Supreme Court is only supposed to apply impartiality around current laws (or those at the time of the legal action), not make a song and dance about wish lists and try to piece a verdict around how nice it would be if things were different. She was trying to argue 2018 laws around a 2012 issue. One doesn’t have to be a lawyer to work that one out.

To the assertion that a handful of billionaire funders lean the GOPs way, he should reflect that most of the billionaires in America reside in blue states. In today’s world, the big corporations win more by backing Democrats because more onerous regulation benefits their ability to squeeze out the smaller competition thanks to red tape. Laissez faire? You’ve got to be kidding.

Perhaps in closing, the most compelling argument Reich makes is the one which stands out above all others – “we, the majority.” If he wants to stop Trump, he just needs the majority to vote on the shared basis of his beliefs – case closed. No need for protests. After all he says that Trump’s base is so small. If almost 3 years of negative spin on the sitting POTUS has failed to convince the majority, nothing will. Screaming in public may seem therapeutic to the masses but should the GOP win the mid-terms then Reich will prove just as out of touch as he was prior to the election.

Silence is golden. Let democracy take its course. Let us see whether the Russians consolidate their pick in the mid-terms…Putin has even more reason to ensure America sees more “red.”

Turning the weapon of free speech on themselves (again)

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Activism clearly annoys Americans. David Hogg, of Parkland, Florida fame proved for a second time that Americans are sick and tired of being lectured to. What we can deduce is that many citizens with a pulse are revulsed by senseless crime but do not take nicely to being berated over expressing individual consumption choices based on the subjective views of others much less roll over and cede constitutional rights .

First, labeling innocent, law abiding  NRA members as “hav[ing] blood from children splattered all over their face”  led to a huge surge in memberships for the group since Hogg’s remarks.

Second, Fox host Laura Ingraham lost nearly 30 advertisers since Hogg’s boycott against her show launched on March 29, after her unnecessary remarks pointed at him for failing to get into several colleges. It turns out that data compiled by a media watchdog shows a jump from 2.23 million viewers prior to Mr. Hogg’s campaign to 2.7 million since her return from a vacation. Even liberal host Bill Maher defended Ingraham while censuring Hogg for dishing it but not taking it.

If Americans believe in their deep conscience that guns have no place in their society or Laura Ingraham is an insensitive brute, NRA membership and Fox viewership during her time slot would drift of their own accord and corporations could make business decisions ruled by fact rather than inaccurate I’ll-informed guesstimates of kneejerk reaction.

What has been exposed is yet more of the corporate hypocrisy seen since Nov 2016.

Moves by sporting goods store Dick’s to ban AR sales and raise the age limit to 21yo looked sensible from the outside. However it had multiple massacres over decades to make that call. The current CEO has been in charge since 1984. Why the u-turn in his conscience? Indeed the company did temporarily suspend sales of ARs after Sandy Hook in 2012 but kept retailing them at the company’s Field & Stream outlets before selling them again at Dick’s. If one looks at its website one can still buy a pump-action shotgun. Not very consistent.

Surely  if Dick’s feels so strongly about gun control perhaps it should stop selling them period. 95% of firearm related murders are committed with handguns. Statistically they’d be better off banning sales of pistols.  There are 50,000 (mostly individual) gun stores in the US who will gladly sell ARs to customers. One seriously doubts that Bob’s Guns in West Virginia will cut off his nose to spite his face until the law forces him too!

According to the Crime Prevention Research Center, murders in US appear to be very concentrated: 54% of US counties (representing 11% of the population) in 2014 had zero murders, 2% of counties made up 51% of the murders, ironically in states with the strictest gun controls – Illinois, NY and California.

The lesson for activists is simple – until they begin to engage in debate using fact rather than look to boycotts to shut it down they should look forward to yet further failures in pushing their agenda. By thinking they can score a bullseye for controlling societal moods, they’re  inadvertently turned the weapon of free speech on themselves .

Fox News – you should be happy a Democrat wants to run impeachment ads on your network

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Black mark for Fox News. On Monday the network said that it would no longer air an ad calling for President Trump’s impeachment paid for by a wealthy Democrat billionaire Tom Steyer citing, “Due to the strong negative reaction to their ad by our viewers, we could not in good conscience take their money,”

This is utter nonsense. Surely a network that beats the drum of pointing out fake news should allow free speech (that Hannity, Tucker Carlson et al) to reign. Indeed if the likelihood is that most of Fox’s audience is pro-Trump shouldn’t they see it as a) farcical comedy, b) a waste of time and money and c) supporting free speech.

It is hard to believe that the ad donor is so blind to be unaware of Fox’s political views nor Newscorp’s revenue collection policies. Indeed if the donor wishes to spend money and it is contractually signed off provided the content meets all “criteria” of normal (i.e. not lewd) advertising. In fact why not get Hannity to run the tape and poke fun at it on his prime time show? That way they could keep the hordes contented that free speech is indeed beautiful and they should entertain what the other side has to say regardless of how immaterial they may view it.

CNN had the “carp” story. Fox has the “crap” excuse. Moving right along.

The Guardian “highlights” its desperation but refuses to learn what FOX already knows

IMG_0396Two weeks ago  I wrote about the desperation of The Guardian to post this statement at the bottom of all its articles. It has now started to further highlight its desperation and do the very thing that ensures it will drive itself out of business. It not only smacks of despair but the audience it appeals (often of the left) to are often those who believe in others paying. The irony of this statement is that it is missing the golden rule of good journalism. If an audience “values” the quality its articles they’ll pay up for “the value” in the content. Keeping journalism as “open as we can” but asking for people for charity to keep it “secure” shows it has the cart before the horse. If The Guardian wrote articles which drew in paying customers encouraging them to open their wallets. It is stuck in the mindset of not willing to reflect that maybe its journalism is the problem.

Exactly one year ago Fairfax, owners of the Sydney Morning Herald (gives 10 free articles a day),  cut back 100-120 journalists/other staff who suffered the same problem. They striked protesting corporate greed when it was the lack of journalistic quality that got them to a position where a company answering to shareholders had to act as a business not a charity for journalists to espouse their prejudices which were clearly having a markedly shrinking effect on readers. It seems in 2017 the SMH hasn’t learnt. On Jan 30th, its home page listed the following articles about Trump. All 20 of its main stories were about him. Not a shred of balance to be seen. Was global and national news so thin that they needed a filler?

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Look at TV ratings. Yes The Guardian and others must hate Fox News/Newscorp. They can hurl abuse about the political beliefs and views of the audience but look at the scoreboard.

In Monday-Friday primetime, Fox leads the way with 3.83 million viewers, compared to CNN’s 1.83 million and MSNBC’s 1.65 million. For Total Day, Fox is on top with 1.97 million, followed by CNN’s 993,000 and MSNBC’s 736,000. Daytime viewership is also dominated by Fox as it pulled in 2.09 million. Could it be that the pay-per-view crowd, for whatever warped reason, are prepared to pay to watch Fox more than CNN or MSNBC? Could it be when those networks are so desperate for ratings that they overinflate the impact of a boring tax return as the scoop of all-time which in fact backfired in such spectacular fashion that it exposed exactly why they trail in the ratings as they do. Such is the lack of introspection of journalists like Rachel Maddow that even her fellow lefties turned on her for damaging their cause.

The formula is simple – write/produce what the audience WANTS to read/watch and they will beat a path to your door. Tell your audience that you know more than they do with regards to what they want to consume and you will beg cap in hand like you’re doing now. At least we can say The Guardian has put a price on their journalism. It is worth less than a cup of coffee a week apparently. I sincerely hope it was a Venti special Frappicino with a double shot rather than a Small size cup of coffee of the day.

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Perhaps John D. Rockefeller said it best –

“Charity is injurious unless it helps the recipient to become independent of it.”

Tweeting Trump boosts celebrity popularity by 10x. Love should Trump hate!

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We do not have to dig deep to work out the shallowness of celebrities and their desperation to stay on the A-list. The limelight is everything. As much as they bitch and moan about the new president, they are secretly intensely happy to have someone that gives instant and broad exposure to tweets. Take James Corden- of car-pool karaoke fame. He averages around 1,600 likes on Twitter per apolitical tweet, which is pretty dismal considering he has 8.9mn followers. When he mentions anything to do with President Trump or his policies (especially lately), his numbers experience more than a 10-fold jump! He should congratulate the President rather than censure him. If you go back far enough into his Twitter feed James loved the Obamas. So his anti-Trump tweets gain him much exposure for his popularity. He should be thankful. Hell who can blame him? To have almost 9mn followers to begin with.

He is not the only A-lister to rant for the anti-Trump cause. Take a look at the following chart. Ashton Kutcher has almost twice the number of followers as Corden however has less impact. Although that is in part due to his reaching out and answering individual replies to his followers. So anyone ‘liking’ a reply to a question they probably have no idea what it is in reference to shows the hollowness of social media endorsement and understanding in general.

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Mylie Ray Cyrus has almost 32mn followers. Way to go! However the sad fact is that her tweets,whether they mention Trump and his policies or not, show little impact and highlight one of two things; 1) it shows how little faith followers have in her grasp of political issues or; 2) that the average age of the majority of her fans are probably yet to hit teenage. Maybe both.

Mark Ruffalo is a furious re-tweeter and that hurts his numbers. The majority of his Twitter feed is anti-Trump so he picked up some trending tweets and re-tweeted. He has been busy.

George Takei is frankly left in his own teleporter such is his relative lack of impact with his followers. Spock might have shown sympathy. He is also a furious re-tweeter of which most is surrounding anything anti-Trump.

Celebrities know that “when you’re hot you’re hot and when you’re not you’re not!” I almost fell out of my chair the other week when I heard that celebrities wanted to strike on masse. Please if it means you won’t try to ride the wave of Trump bashing.

Of course we can speculate all we want about “bots” inflating the Twitter numbers but looking at Trump’s 21.3mn followers he gets an average 94k likes on non-policy matters and 136k on policy matters. Perhaps these celebrities could actually learn a thing or two. #MakeMyPopularityGreatAgain??

So if we look at Twitter average like impact on politics as a % of followers we get:

James Corden  – 0.19%
Ashton Kutcher – 0.07%
Mylie Cyrus – 0.08%
Mark Ruffalo – 0.25%
George Takei – 0.18% and
Donald Trump – 0.64%

So James Corden (and others), if you take a contrarian view, get President Trump on carpool karaoke and think of how your Twitter stats might explode like The Donald’s! Even though you pick up 10x the leverage by talking about Trump, he picks up 3x more leverage per tweet than you against his fanbase. I’d be checking into rehab with such a poor impact with ‘my people’.