Wait, did we expect the press to give us the whole story…??
The media has their red meat and they are going to race around like a corgi with a brisket in its maw, for some time. It is to be expected; they are a visual lot and the appearance of a half-empty sports arena for a Trump rally delivers far more messaging than multiple columns and hundreds of words of fictional news can deliver. Also expected — that visual shorthand precludes the press from digging any further into the story.
While many journalists are gleefully detailing how supposedly teenagers from across the country managed to Hoover up a massive batch of tickets for Saturday’s event in Tulsa, severely impacting the attendance figures they fail to recognize that this undercuts their very narrative. If the media wants to give credit to the kids for this manipulated stunt, fine — but then it means their claims of Trump losing traction with voters and his support dwindling cannot possibly be accurate. It would be akin to the press cheering on the burning down of a Wendy’s restaurant, then saying the ensuing lack of sales proves people do not want hamburgers anymore (not to imply this actually transpired.)
There is one other detail that unravels the narrative of Trump losing his audience; the ratings blew the roof off of that underfilled arena. The viewership figures have come in from Saturday’s event and they are more than just impressive, they are something the press corps is completely unwilling to acknowledge — they were record-setting.
A whopping 7.7 million total viewers tuned into Fox News from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. EDT during Trump’s remarks, making it the most watched Saturday in the network’s history during that time period, according to early Nielsen data. Trump’s rally also gave Fox News its largest Saturday night primetime audience ever from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Where is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez raving about how the kids on Tik Tok affected the ratings?!
To go along with that impressive figure there is also the online streaming figures to factor in. Eliminating the over 2 million views on the FoxNews feed — just in case those were considered in their ratings — a cursory look over the various news network accounts on YouTube shows more widespread viewership. At least another 4 million views can be totaled there, and that is hardly a comprehensive tally.
Just to underscore the significance, Joe Biden is hardly coming close to those figures in his streaming efforts. In truth, his online viewership cannot even achieve that Tulsa rally attendance. He has abandoned his regular at-home townhall videos, due to lack of interest. And just a week ago he gave a speech at the Wisconsin Democrat Party virtual convention. Joe’s address to the party was never watched by more than 70 people or so.
This is a perspective we are not likely to see mentioned in the mainstream circles.
Author: Brad Slager