Thursday, September 6, 2012

NBC's football game dampens Day Two DNC ratings, but 'God' vote will be seen again and again

    Shown above are the Democratic National Convention ratings for Day Two in the 10-11 p.m. timeslot when the convention was covered by both broadcast and cable networks.
    Viewership is virtually tied with the GOP second night despite a prime-time speech by former president Bill Clinton. The Republicans can thank the Giants-Coybows game on NBC which drew 20 million viewers, or about as many as watched the Democratic convention.
    I took a pass on most of the night's festivities. Clinton's speech was said to be outstanding. Yet the fact that I'm tuning out says that both conventions are preaching to the choir. I pointed this out in my previous post, by noting that Republicans are getting their cable convention coverage from Fox News while Democrats are clearly turning to MSNBC or CNN. The ratings shift suggests that despite its usually dismal ratings there may yet be market traction in MSNBC's strategy of serving as the news outlet of the extreme left.
    For those who missed night two, I suspect you will get to see a portion of it again, and again, and again. Democratic platform writers decided to remove the word "God" from their platform as well as a provision that Jerusalem be an open, International city and the capitol of Israel. Both provisions have been in Democratic platforms for many election cycles. Realizing they had made a mistake they decided to put it back in by voice vote. DNC convention chairman Antonio Villaraigosa took three votes and after each call for a vote the delegates furiously bellowed, "NO!" Finally he declared the motion passed by a two-thirds majority although many observers believe it failed to even carry a simple majority. No matter how high-sounding the various Democratic speeches may be, the enduring images of these delegates screaming out their hatred for the word "God" will be the one that sticks with the public.
    Is the word "God" THAT awful? Here's the first ad, from Florida Congressman Allen West. It will be the first of many.

Oh, and by the way, if you think Allen West has engaged in selective editing, here's a Los Angeles Times story that includes a longer video. If anything it's more damning.

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