I used to joke that Osama bin Laden was probably hiding out all these years at MSNBC, since nobody ever looks there for anything. The latest cable TV ratings bear this out. Fox News is killing everybody, taking the top 13 places in the ratings. Turns out that even re-runs of the O’Reilly Factor do better than MSNBC’s best show. You can look up the whole list here, but here’s the first half of the page (click to enlarge):
Two notes: Fox typically does better in election years, so look for their numbers to swell as we approach November. Along with it, listen for the wailing of the Left about how awful this is; it will probably reach North Korean dimensions. Second, Fox Business shows are at the bottom of the ratings heap. It never really has taken off as a rival to CNBC. In some cases it may be because the channel is not carried by a local cable system? I’m not sure.
Meanwhile, if you want a good yuck, check out the Thrills McMatthews Twitter feed, described as someone who “Sold my soul to the devil in past life and now forced to serve eternity as an msnbc intern.” It contains gems such as:
#MSNBC brass told me to wish the 99% a very Mao-y Christmas.
Just got a card from Andrea
@Mitchellreports wishing me a “Fair & Evenly Distributed Non-Specific Holiday”
Awkward moment in
#msnbc newsroom after @AlexWagner & @RichardWolffeDC showed up wearing the same hemp skirt.