Media earnings and movie box office revenue falling
Four new big movies show 589 incidents of violence
The facades of the Hollywood and mainstream media are crumbling. The magazine and newspaper business is now a shell of its former self.
This week, Time Inc. announced they are reducing their weekly circulation by about two million copies. The liberal company has been losing revenue fast. In the second quarter of 2017, their earnings plummeted by $75 million compared to 2016. Even the owners of Rolling Stone are trying to find someone to buy them out.
Pew Research Center’s latest analysis (August 2017) reveals weekday circulation for U.S. daily newspapers – both print and digital – fell 8% in 2016. Sunday circulation also fell 8%. This is the 28th consecutive year of declining circulation overall. New York Times revenue is down 9%.
I grew into adulthood surrounded by news and media people. I loved them, but not enough to respect what some have become professionally. Today, it saddening to see how many in the media are scurrying around trying to get their narratives and stories straight over the breaking Harvey Weinstein scandal.
What is Hollywood contributing?
Last week, four of their top releases, Kingsman: Golden Circle, American Assassin, It and Mother!, presented us with 589 incidents of violence, including 212 occurrences of gun violence. The total body count of these four films was over 190, with at least 108 times, automatic weapons were used.
For at least the last year we’ve seen the tables turn over the applecart of mainstream media, progressive liberals, politically correct police, and many Hollywood celebrities. Their bubbles continue to burst over Hillary Clinton’s loss of the presidential election, that Russian ties to Trump and other liberal conspiracies have been debugged, and just about everyone in Hollywood knew about Weinstein.
As Hollywood contends with the fact that one of their most prominent moguls –and one of the left’s biggest political fundraisers–has been exposed as an alleged serial sex offender, the media are frantically trying to appear both shocked and outraged.
While they wallowed in their echo pool, much of the media seemed to have forgotten that Americans still remember 9/11, the diaper bomber, the shoe bomber, the Boston Marathon, Fort Hood, Chattanooga, San Bernardino, the Orlando nightclub, the Chelsea bombing, and mall attacks in Minnesota and Washington.
Has the falling Hollywood box office returns, the downgrade of Kathy Griffin, diminishing NFL attendance and a Las Vegas massacre shaken their narratives to the core? The spinning has gotten so out of hand that some of their own sheep are distancing themselves. Google, Facebook, and Twitter keep expanding their censorship of “disfavored messages,” but they are going to pay a price.
Not all of us are their property. Not all of us are their sheep. Not all of us are transfixed by their authority. They don’t own the news. They sold that delusion to many people, but their snobbish highbrow misconceptions are diminishing fast.
They lick each other’s wounds. But we remember these are the same people who made these proclamations:
Brian Williams: “The helicopter I was riding in got hit with an RPG.”
President Obama: “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.”
MSNBC, Lawrence O’Donnell: “President Obama is the most noble man who has ever lived in the White House.”
Lance Armstrong: “I never doped.”
CNN, Van Jones: “Listen, I’ve never seen a president of the United States willing to hurt Americans to get his way. Willing to have Americans be sick. Willing to have Americans, you know, possibly lose their lives– watch their children with conditions, because he wants to get his way.”
Madonna: “Yes, I’m angry. Yes, I’m outraged. Yes, I have thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House, but I know that this won’t change anything.”
New York Times White House Correspondent Maggie Haberman: “I think we try and play this straight down the middle.”
Robert De Niro, on President Trump: “I’d like to punch him in the face.”
CBS News, Bob Schieffer: “We don’t print them and we don’t broadcast them unless we determine it’s true.”
Johnny Depp: “When was the last time an actor assassinated a president?…It’s been a while and maybe it’s time.”
CNN, Douglas Brinkley: “The legacy of having eight scandal-free years is going to look larger and larger in history….When you rank Presidents on ethical standards, Barack Obama’s the highest. He’s up there with some of our really great American leaders.”
The Village Voice, Michael Feingold: “Republicans don’t believe in the imagination, partly because so few of them have one, but mostly because it gets in the way of their chosen work, which is to destroy the human race and the planet…Which is why I personally think they should be exterminated before they cause any more harm.”
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