Tuesday's HOT MIC
It felt like a little bit of history was being made on Monday Night Football as the Tennessee Titans finally snapped their streak of 11 consecutive losses to the Indianapolis Colts. However, as social media sparked with ESPN not showing the playing of the national anthem, another type of history was also being made: Last night’s primetime broadcast of the Titans’ 36-22 victory stumbled to a season low with a 6.1 in metered market results.
In a season stained by overall ratings declines and political controversy, that NFL Week 6 rating is down 13% from the early numbers of the much tighter October 9 matchup between the Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears. That MNF season low went on to deliver a 3.7 rating among adults 18-49 and a total viewership of 10.3 million. It’s worth noting that the peek [sic] of last week’s MNF came at halftime on the Disney-owned cabler when the new Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer debuted.
Somebody should calculate the immense financial cost and hours of lost productivity America has frittered away on this useless sport over the past half-century or so. When the NFL finally disappears -- the brain injuries will finally kill it, if its absurd political stance doesn't do it first -- it will be a good day for America.
More from Fox News:
The Jacksonville Jaguars have apologized to local military leaders for demonstrating during the national anthem in London last month.
Jaguars President Mark Lamping sent a letter to the director of military affairs and veterans in Jacksonville saying the team was ”remiss in not fully comprehending the effect of the national anthem demonstration on foreign soil has had on the men and women who have or continue to serve our country.”
The letter was forwarded to Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry on Monday and available via his public email.
The question is how that many high-salaried people in positions of great authority didn't comprehend how offensive it was to do this on foreign soil. This is an easy call for for a fourth-grader. The belated, tepid remorse being exhibited by some in the NFL is obviously being induced by the continued lousy ratings news that Michael mentioned earlier. All of it is so devoid of sincerity that it makes it easy to continue to not watch football, something I never believed I would think, write, or say.
Debbie Wasserman Schultz should probably be keeping a low profile until this Awan bros thing is cleared up ...
Well, when you put it that way...
Well, there's probably one major network that isn't in the running:
The major networks are fighting over signing Ronan Farrow following his bombshell Harvey Weinsteinscoop in the New Yorker.
TV news insiders say that ABC, CNN and CBS are now aggressively pursuing Farrow. “All of the major news networks are interested in signing Ronan,” said a source. “His reporting brought down a giant and changed the worldwide conversation about sexual harassment.”
We’re told that Farrow — who’s currently freelancing for NBC — is in less of a hurry to sign up again for an exclusive deal with the Peacock Network, in part because NBC had refused to run his Weinstein scoop, even though it had commissioned him to investigate the movie mogul in the first place. And so he took it to the New Yorker.
Honestly, until his report on Weinstein I had always found Farrow's work to be painfully vapid. His MSNBC show was dull and short-lived. He's another one of the endless parade of legacy hires that happen in leftist media. That piece in The New Yorker, however, was some stone-cold real journalism, which is probably why NBC shied away from it.
Can't have anyone showing up the fluff piece "journalists" now, can we?
Meanwhile, in Hollywood sexual harassment not happening at the Weinstein Company:
Perhaps this actually will be the end of the casting couch. More likely is that they'll keep the outrage machine going for a few weeks, claim a few expendable scalps, then get back to "business" as usual.
Nazis? I hate those guys. But this guy a little less:
Neo-Nazi and National Front organiser quits movement, opens up about Jewish heritage, comes out as gay.
Man, the Nazis are letting in anyone these days.
After a lifetime of involvement with the far-right Kevin Wilshaw announces on Channel 4 News that he is leaving the movement – at the same time publicly coming out as gay.
The well known National Front organiser in the 1980s was still active in white supremacist groups earlier this year – including speaking at events.
But tonight on Channel 4 News he explains for the very first time why he is publicly disavowing the movement – sharing his secrets, explaining how he was both a Neo-Nazi and of Jewish heritage , while admitting to violent acts and what motivated his hatred.
Kevin Wilshaw also opens up about his Jewish mother.
“She was part Jewish, maiden name was Benjamin, we have Jewish blood on that side.
I'm half-Jewish myself, and about as gay-friendly as a guy can be without actually making out with other guys -- so I can't even imagine the knots Wilshaw must have tied himself into on his way to leading the National Front.
Good on him, even if belatedly so, for coming out and for disavowing his old national socialist buddies.
Although don't you kind of wish he'd stayed undercover just to see how many Nazis he could have outed as Jewish or gay?
An Obama-appointed judge just blocked President Trump's latest travel ban.
Hawaii argued in court documents that the updated ban is a continuation of Trump's "promise to exclude Muslims from the United States" despite the addition of two non-majority Muslim countries.
Other courts are weighing challenges to the latest travel restrictions.
In Maryland, the American Civil Liberties Union and other groups are seeking to block the visa and entry restrictions in the president's latest proclamation.
Washington state, Massachusetts, California, Oregon, New York and Maryland have challenged the policy before U.S. District Judge James Robart in Seattle, who struck down Trump's initial ban in January.
Lest you forgot, George Soros-funded group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) promised to prevent Trump from getting his agenda implemented by bogging him down with unfavorable media coverage and massive amounts of litigation.
That's what we keep seeing with the travel ban. It doesn't matter that they don't have a legal leg to stand on -- the idea is to generate negative press and gum up the works.
Media Matters founder David Brock presented a 49-page memo during a donor retreat back in January outlining how the Soros-funded groups Media Matters, American Bridge, CREW and Shareblue planned to undermine President Trump's agenda and help the Democrats win control of Congress and the White House by 2020.
The Supreme Court will hopefully overturn the judge's ruling in short order as Trump's executive order is constitutional & legal.
Two neutron stars collide and hey! We got pictures!
The eruption of light and gravitational waves (ripples in the universal fabricknown as space-time) was produced by an event known as a kilonova, or the collision and merger of two neutron stars, which are the dead cores of stars that stopped burning fuel. This is the first time scientists have directly observed a kilonova eruption, scientists said during a news conference today (Oct. 16).
Astronomers at today's news conference said that this detection of both light and gravitational waves marks the beginning of the era of multimessenger astrophysics, which means studying the cosmos with fundamentally different types of information, such as gravitational waves and light. [Gravitational Waves from Neutron Stars: The Discovery Explained]
Dozens of observatories detected the event using every wavelength of light, from radio waves to gamma-rays. The event was observed in gravitational waves by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO), which has two detectors located in the U.S., and the Virgo gravitational-wave observatory in Italy.
Gravitational waves, first detected by LIGO in 2015, are produced by the acceleration of gigantic objects in the universe (such as colliding black holes or neutron stars).
Not really much to see but the fact that we could image the event at all is astounding.
The kilonova explosion was spotted in the galaxy NGC 4993, which is shown here in an image from the Hubble Space Telescope. The kilonova is visible here to the upper left of the very bright galactic center, and appears as a golden-yellow spot. Astronomers have two names for the Aug. 17 event, depending on what type of phenomenon is referred to. GW170817 refers to the gravitational waves observed from the merger, while GRB 170817A looks at the gamma-ray burst produced by the neutron-star merger. Gamma-ray bursts are the brightest known electromagnetic events in the universe, and can be created by a few different phenomena.
"Kilonova" -- got to find a way to use that in politics. "Donald Trump's latest tweets have detonated a kilonova on the twitterverse."
Have to work on it.
The coolest thing I ever read about a neutron star was when I was a kid and read in an astronomy book that "a single teaspoon of matter from a neutron star weighs as much as Mount Everest."
Now two of them have collided and astronomers have been able to observe the phenomenon in every wavelength of light from radio waves to gamma rays and have also been able to utilize the new science of observable gravitational waves.
The Republicans may win something in Virginia after all:
The GOP has been under attack from the "Super Democrats" in Virginia in recent years, losing elections to former DNC Chairs Terry McAuliffe and Tim Kaine. It seemed as if the Republicans there were better at stepping on their own feet than getting elected. Gillespie has a little more than Ken Cuccinelli, and probably has a legitimate shot a pulling this off.