Thats not encouraging for liberals trying to force a massive leftward shift in public opinion
By Brent Bozell
Democrats impeachment hearings and Proceedings are under way airing live all over the dial and the liberals are quite upset that America couldnt care less. NBC News spurred rage on Twitter for daring to admit online that the first two witnesses lacked the pizzazz necessary to capture public attention.
For all the desperate media advertising that these hearings are historic the first day attracted about 13.8 million viewers and the numbers began to sink on day two attracting just 12.7 million. Day two drew nearly 7 million less viewers than James Comeys 2017 testimony about his being fired from the FBI.
Other hilarious tweets railed against this reality.
One read: My heart was racing at points. I had to turn off the radio and calm down a few times.
Another: When I tried to turn them off my 15 yr. old yelled at me to turn it back on because he was listening to it.
And another: I was so moved by their patriotic factual testimony that I actually cried.
Those testimony days didnt damage Trump. Neither amounted to a historic hill of beans.
To put this in better perspective:
In June 1994 95 million people were transfixed by a low-speed police chase of O.J. Simpson in his white Ford Bronco through the streets and freeways of Los Angeles.
An estimated 150 million viewers watched Simpsons 1995 acquittal after standing trial for the murder of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman reports the Los Angeles Times.
A full 92 of Americans ignored this impeachment spectacle.
Thats not encouraging for the liberal dream of the hearings forcing a massive leftward shift in public opinion.
Live coverage also means the liberal networks are carrying the cross-examinations of these star witnesses by Rep. Jim Jordan which demonstrate the witnesses havent witnessed very much.
And when Rep. Devin Nunes uses his opening remarks to energetically denounce the press as Democrat puppets and the clip is carried unedited by ABC CBS NBC PBS CNN and MSNBC they are flummoxed.
All this left CNNs Brian Stelter sputtering that the dismal ratings are a woefully incomplete picture of the viewership. The vast majority of those who watched the impeachment hearings on television were over the age of 55. But Stelter tried to argue that younger viewers were more likely to stream it and/or soak up the info like sponges.
Or maybe the millennials were too busy playing Pokemon or texting in the middle of busy streets while motorists debated the ethics of running them over.
New York Times contributor Jennifer Weiner ranted in the paper about the unpatriotic uninterested Americans who arent riveted by the Schiff show:
We could watch the hearings through Snapchat filters think how much cuter those career diplomats would look with puppy noses! ...
We could use our imaginations: Just mentally add jazz to whoevers currently testifying. We could imagine everything sung in the style of an Ethel Merman number.
Every single time liberals are losing they insist that democracy is going bye-bye. Weiner whined if we keep insisting that impeachment has to entertain us were going to channel-surf our way right out of our democracy.
Or if the liberals were actually interested in democracy they would let the elected president finish his term and try to defeat him at the polls. Instead theyre trying to ruin him before theres any chance for reelection.
Brent Bozell is a nationally syndicated columnist whose work appears in The Wall Street Journal The Washington Post The Washington Times The New York Post The Los Angeles Times Investors Business Daily & National Review. Bozell is Founder & President of the nations largest media watchdog organization. the Media Research Center.