News on News

News at 11.

Tiger Beat on the Potomac (thanks Charlie!) morning email thingie takes a different route this morning and instead of making predictions, the founder John Harris asks questions of 2021. Most of the questions are banal, gossipy, Can X Do Y?! sort of noise and my immediate thought was of Betteridge’s law of headlines –

Betteridge’s law of headlines is an adage that states: “Any headline that ends in a question mark can be answered by the word no.” 

However, this one caught my eye (emphasis theirs):

What happens to the right’s Noise Machine? Radio host Rush Limbaugh,a dominant conservative voice for 30 years, told listeners in October that he never expected to still be alive by then, but that his stage 4 lung cancer is headed in “the wrong direction.” Meanwhile, Trump is repaying Fox News for its ever-so-faint deviations from absolute devotion to him by denouncing the network, leading Newsmax to see an opportunity. Cumulatively, the year could bring the biggest shake-up in a generation in the rightwing media landscape.

Bet it made your ears prick up, too.

There is no doubt that the Right Wing Noise Machine is splitting the audience. Fox News is shedding viewers to Newsmax and the Oanists (see what I did there); their demo is also dying off of old age and the Trump-Virus thanks to Lord Damp Nut’s politicizing of science and healthcare.

It’s a good question for Politico to ask, but let’s rephrase it: will the decline of the long-standing, dominate voices in the Wingnut-o-Sphere, and the dilution of Fox’s role as propagandist distribution mean that the there’s a chance for a rebalancing of the media?

Betteridge’s law says no.

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4 Responses to News on News

  1. Come now, TG, of COURSE it will “re-balance the media landscape” as LiesMax and OANNIST move off into Glenn Beckistan and Infowarsania land, the Village Terrible People wil obediently march rightward, because the Overton Window Ratchet only turns right.

    Give it a year, by then it will be conventional wisdom that there’s a “question mark hanging over the Biden Administration, as claims of fraud and chicanery persist. Where there’s smoke grenades there’s fire. Is it irresponsible to speculate? It is irresponsible not to!”

    And Newsmax and the Oanists will be hauling mightily on the handle of the ratchet to the next cog, maybe to openly blaming the Chicom Antifa Joos for everything and how Hitler had the right idea, and it is only natural that upstanding white male heterosexual (‘cept for miss Lindsey!’) Chisschuns be the natural born leaders of the mud people that they are. It’s scientifically proven!

    The “mainstream” right will be writing “More in sadness than anger” editorials in the WSJ about how this ‘Democracy” thing was ok for a couple hundred years, but it’s outlived it’s usefulness and we need the firm hand of a strong, righteous man like Tom Cottonhaid to steer this great country through the shoals of external threats, internal dissent, and treason as exmplified by the perfidious Demoncrats and their condescendingly smug elitist insistence on ‘Constitutional rights’!

    “The Constitution is not a suicide pact, and it has outlived it’s usefulness.”

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  2. StringOnAStick says:

    I’m hoping for many lawsuits from the voting machine companies against the RW media members, many very expensive lawsuits.

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  3. Bruce388 says:

    “…his stage 4 lung cancer is headed in “the wrong direction.” That’s a matter of opinion.


  4. MJG says:

    Not sure there is anyone strong (ratings) enough to fill flush’s brass microphone at this point. Looks to be much fun and games in the RW radiosphere for this year while they tear each other up for dominance.


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