Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Good News Regarding The News

Via the Dish:

All three cable-news networks are losing younger viewers in droves, with Fox News losing the most. The median viewer age at Fox is 68. 68!!!! 

I think cable-news networks losing the younger viewer is very positive. These viewers are increasingly reading their news on mobile devices. Where they are reading the news still matters. But the fact that fewer people are watching the news is a positive trend.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

The State of the Union

What a masterful speech by Obama. His delivery, as normal, was eloquent and well-timed, but it was the content of his speech and the enthusiasm with which he delivered his fifth SOTU address that was so positive and encouraging. 

He had a wonderful defense of the ACA, pointing out the guest who recently signed up for affordable care and then a few days later had a sharp pain, which led to a surgery that would have bankrupted this particular person the week before. He pointed out that in 2014, gender discrimination, regarding the price of health insurance will end, thanks to the ACA. In Colorado, gender discrimination is already illegal, but in Wyoming, a state near and dear to my heart, but so far behind in many ways, women pay 76 to 100% more than men for health insurance. Wyoming and Arkansas lead the way in this sorry respect and in 2014 they will no longer. 

Obama hit his opponents hard on many issues and, by doing so, everyone watching tonight's address got to see the tepid reaction on the right to: equal pay for women, raising the minimum wage, ending the war in Afghanistan, preventing American military intervention in Syria, making a deal with Iran to put an end to their nuclear ambitions, and to this gem, "America must move off a permanent war footing." Beautiful. 

It was an oddly energizing speech. One doesn't expect much from these formalities, but sometimes something promising breaks through. Tonight that happened. Obama was only confrontational because he listed his administration's successes, those his opponents spent so much time and energy resisting without providing thorough solutions themselves.

And yet, the Republican address is given by a woman whose party didn't seem very excited at all about paying females the .23 cents on the dollar they lose to their male counterparts solely because they are female. 

There is still a lot of work to do, but Obama did channel hope and promise tonight and those who stayed in their seats did not come off looking very good.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Bridgegate Editorial

I thought this was a good editorial. Bridgegate matters. As did Benghazi and the IRS. But they are not the same thing and if there were a republican in the White House right now, and if Christie were the frontrunner for the democrats, he would be under the same amount of scrutiny.