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Media/Journalism Cringe Megathread - Hot off the Presses

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I saw a link to Last Week Tonight on a streaming service and wondered how they were doing. I dropped it around the time Trump got elected, because they got pretty repetitive and boring.


The first graph linked shows that over 9 seasons the average rating trends down from 8.2 to 7.7 out of 10. This is a bit misleading as last year only six episodes were above the trend line and this year only five are. Additionally, in the early seasons all the outliers were way above the trend line (9.5 points, 9.3) whereas now they are all below the trend line (6.5 points, 7.0). With the exception of last year, which had an abysmal mid-season, every season has either had an internal trend that was flat or declining as well.

The second graph is quite interesting as well. It shows the trend of viewer submitted rating votes over time. So while the first was showing the average rating, this is showing how many people actually bothered to tune in. Two different metrics of popularity. Again the trend is consistently declining with season 1 having an average voter base of 352.7 per episode, and season 9 having 183.8, in order words it has declined to 52% of it's original viewership.

Rotten Tomatoes tells a similar story. The seasons total audience score drops from: 94% audience score in season 1 to 68% in season 9. The total voters is a similar story, with season 1 having 148 voters, and season 9 having 21.

Had to do the bulk of the work for IMDB myself, but the trend there is very similar.

To be perfectly fair, their official reported viewership is 500k per day. And even with the drops shown over time they are hardly unsuccessful as a show, but it does demonstrate a trend of general failure that is hard to ignore.
 

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I'm guessing it was a botched attempt by Nancy Pelosi to have her husband killed.
I am leaning towards a hoax, myself. Either one of those situations where some helpless (and mentally ill) fellow is set up as a stooge so a narrative can be pushed. That or DePape is essentially those Nigerian guys to the Pelosis' Smollet.
 

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I am leaning towards a hoax, myself. Either one of those situations where some helpless (and mentally ill) fellow is set up as a stooge so a narrative can be pushed. That or DePape is essentially those Nigerian guys to the Pelosis' Smollet.
This is what I think is the most likely explanation at this point.
 

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Other than murder, violent crime is not up. Did you know that? Violent crime is a key midterm voting issue, but what does the data say?

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Thats like saying "you're upset that drug use is up, but really only fentanyl is up"

Or "people are upset about illegal immigration but only the amount of Mexicans crossing the border is up"
 

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Thats like saying "you're upset that drug use is up, but really only fentanyl is up"

Or "people are upset about illegal immigration but only the amount of Mexicans crossing the border is up"
The even funnier part is that her data figures are based on the fact that many DA's have quit pressing charges on a lot of crimes, like SF's "No response if it's under a thousand dollars" shoplifting issue. The crime's still there, it's just that convictions are down.
 

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The even funnier part is that her data figures are based on the fact that many DA's have quit pressing charges on a lot of crimes, like SF's "No response if it's under a thousand dollars" shoplifting issue. The crime's still there, it's just that convictions are down.
Or Ryan Mears saying that Marion County Prosecuters will no longer prosecute minor marijuana posession offenses back in 2019:


It's basically him telling the IMPD and Marion County Sheriffs that they have more important things to keep an eye out for and deal with than J. Random You smoking a joint while otherwise minding their own business and not being a problem for anyone but the bored neighbourhood gossips with 911 on speed dial and too much time on their hands.
 

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Other than murder, violent crime is not up. Did you know that? Violent crime is a key midterm voting issue, but what does the data say?
IS this the same study that forgot to include data from New York and San Francisco in its numbers?
 

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Greg Gutfelds basic cable Fox News show has officially beaten Stephen Colberts Late Show on CBS despite the latter being on Network Television.

One year on and Gutfeld's show is somehow still winning late night... only winning morerererer...


Oof... the Daily Show with Trevor Noah is so bad it's almost comparable in ratings to CNN!
 
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