Friday, September 05, 2008
Sen. Pres. McCain wins in the ratings.
- John McCain speech draws record TV ratings
By Jill Serjeant
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Republican presidential candidate John McCain beat Democratic rival Barack Obama in the crucial battle to attract U.S. television viewers during their race to the White House, according to figures released on Friday.
Nielsen Media Research said a record 38.9 million TV viewers watched McCain accept the Republican nomination on Thursday, slightly more than the 38.3 million people who tuned in for Obama's speech last week.
McCain's tally was believed to be the biggest commercial TV audience ever for a single night of a U.S. political convention, Nielsen said.
The Republican convention in St. Paul also attracted more average viewers overall than the Democratic Party convention in Denver last week.
en. Pres. McCain's acceptance speech reminds me of the first Pres. Bush's in 1988. In the weeks leading up to it, the media ran story after story — Demoqrat propaganda, really — cartoonishly portraying him as a weak, goofish "wimp" or detached, "silver spoon"-fed villain. Being a young "all-heart" progressive liberal and al-Gorebot(!) voter back then, I more or less lapped it up.
Then I tuned in for Pres. Bush's speech.
There was steel in his voice. His face shone with determination and conviction. Both engendered my confidence in his ability to lead our nation well.
I voted for him that November.
Perhaps that's why, given the internal backbiting and overall mean-spiritedness of the Demoqrats' 1988 national convention and their subsequent, overt nastiness before Pres. Bush's speech, U.S. News & World Report's Michael Barone writes about the parallels he's found in their latest, calling it "the edgiest Democratic National Convention since 1988."
By far, the 1988 and 2008 Republican national conventions were each more uplifting than both those Demoqrat ones combined.
Labels: agenda driven mainstream media (BIRM), Good News, Power to the people
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