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‘America’s Funniest Home Videos’ Rerun Beats Out Megyn Kelly’s Interview of Alex Jones

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A Lot of Money for Not a Lot of Viewers

If at some point you were thinking all the outrage from both sides over Megyn Kelly‘s interview of Alex Jones might have been a secret stunt by NBC News’ PR team, rest assured it didn’t work.

NBC News chairman Andy Lack has for several years desperately been trying to turn MSNBC and NBC News into Fox News, by inviting a lot more Republican pundits and politicians on to MSNBC’s daytime shows, and by spending big bucks to hire Greta Van Susteren and Megyn Kelly, albeit after both left Fox News.

But Kelly’s new show, which launched three weeks ago, has been an abject failure, on many fronts.

Kelly’s show, “Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly,” airs at 7 PM EDT. Her first episode was an inane interview of Russian President Vladimir Putin. His PR team must have loved it – it was far from hard-hitting. Despite a decent attempt to promote the show, it bombed, losing in the ratings to a rerun of CBS News’ “60 Minutes.” 

Kelly’s show Sunday night featured a highly controversial interview with conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, who has said the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, in which 20 first-grade students were gunned down by a madman was faked, using actors.

It, too, bombed.

CNN reports Kelly’s show garnered just 3.5 million viewers, its lowest yet.

That’s after the Sandy Hook families threatened to sue NBC, after lots of media coverage about the show, after Jones released secretly recorded audio of his negotiations with Kelly, where she effectively suggests she wanted to normalize him in the eyes of Americans.

Often, this much controversy would help.

It didn’t.

“The show also trailed a re-run episode of CBS’ ’60 Minutes,’ which brought in 5.3 million viewers. Among 18-49-year-olds, the demographic most prized by advertisers, a repeat of ‘America’s Funniest Home Videos’ beat both Kelly and ’60 Minutes’ by about 40%,” CNN reports.

“Sunday Night” has seen a steady decline in its viewership since Kelly’s debut episode, which was set around an exclusive interview with Russian President Vladimir Putin. That episode drew an average of 6.2 million viewers.

NBC News reportedly is paying Megyn Kelly “between $15 million and $20 million” a year. 

RELATED: Calls Grow for Megyn Kelly to Interview Parents of Sandy Hook Victims Now That She’s Interviewing Alex Jones

Before Bill O’Reilly’s “exit” from Fox News, Kelly’s salary at NBC made her the 6th highest paid TV host in the nation. That’s a lot of money for not a lot of viewers.

As far as next week goes, Kelly is interviewing yet another conservative “icon,” J.D. Vance. Apparently, on “Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly,” progressives are persona non-grata.

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‘We’re in Trouble’: Steve Schmidt Issues Dire Warning About Changed GOP After January 6th Insurrection

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Appearing on MSNBC’s the 11th Hour with host Brian Williams, former GOP campaign consultant Steve Schmidt warned that Democrats need to accept that the Republican Party has changed drastically after four years of Donald Trump and the Jan 6th riot — and failure to recognize that simple fact puts the entire country at risk.

Using one of Schmidt’s tweets where he called Trump’s “truth” a “hideous deception” as a jumping-off point, the former Republican warned, “We’re in trouble.”

“Objectively, since the insurrection on Jan 6th, the Republican Party is far more radical,” Schmidt began. “Far more committed to the lie that Trump has told, fully committed to the authoritarian movement.”

“Should the events repeat themselves, the Republican Party is in a much different place than it was this past election with regard to being prepared to subvert the legal and lawful results,” he continued.

“The Democrats have done nothing since coming into office,” he added. “They have done nothing to prevent any of the abuses we have seen, done nothing to harden any of the infrastructures”

He later added, “This is a serious moment.”

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‘Something That’s Under Way’: Trump Aims to Use Russian Tactic to Be ‘Installed Without Winning’ in 2024 Says Yale Historian

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Former president Donald Trump and his GOP supporters are hoping to rely on a tactic that’s common in Russia to return him to the White House in 2024, according to one prominent expert on authoritarianism.

“As someone who follows contemporary Russia, there is a Russian phrase that comes to mind, which is the ‘administrative resource,'” author and Yale University history professor Timothy Snyder told MSNBC on Friday. “What the administrative resource means in Russian is that sure, you have an election, but the people who are running the election are going to determine how the election turns out. What the Republicans are going for is precisely that thing, the administrative resource.”

Snyder then explained how this mechanism works and how Trump and Republicans might apply it during the next election.

“Historically speaking, what we know about a ‘big lie’ is that because of its very scale, it’s not about truth or not truth; it’s about living in a kind of alternative reality,” Snyder added. “What we’re looking at is people who believe in or pretend to believe in this Big Lie, actually carrying out our elections. And the problem with this, or one of them, is that since these people have already claimed that the other side cheated, that basically legitimizes their cheating. In other words, if you talk about the Big Lie now, you’re basically promising to cheat the next time around, and that’s very concerning.”

He concluded by saying that this is a clear and present danger, not merely a theoretical one.

“The scenario for 2024 for most influential people around Donald Trump, which unfortunately means one of the political parties, is precisely to be installed without winning the election,” Snyder said. “I don’t think it’s something that could happen. I think it’s something that’s under way, and the question is, can we accept this reality in time to take the measures we need to take to prevent it?”

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RIGHT WING EXTREMISM

‘Ghoulish’ Lauren Bobert Branded a ‘Sociopath’ for Attacking Alec Baldwin: ‘Grieving Family Just Lost Their Loved One’

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U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert, the QAnon Republican lawmaker and gun rights activist who owns a bar named Shooters in Rifle, Colorado, is being criticized after posting a tweet mocking and attacking Alec Baldwin. The well-known actor who spent several years playing Donald Trump on “Saturday Night Live” shot and killed award-winning cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, apparently by accident, with a prop gun on set less than 24 hours ago.

Boebert dug up a seven-year old tweet Baldwin had sent in support of Michael Brown, the 18-year old Black man fatally shot by a Ferguson, Missouri police officer.

She then added a snide and ugly remark and posted it to Twitter, only too happy to use the pain of Hutchins’ grieving family, friends, and industry as a tool to attack Baldwin:

The outrage was palpable, even from a few on the right, like former Trump White House Director of Strategic Communications:

A Democratic U.S. Congressman weighed in:

This MSNBC correspondent made a keen observation:

And many others:

 

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