• Red Sites Ebbed As Blue Wave Flowed: Major Right-Wing Visitors Plunged
    The midterms may have resulted in a blue wave, but the run-up in October showed some ebb and flow among the most prominent "red" news sites, according to an exclusive analysis by political spectrum news site tracker TheRighting. "Several prominent conservative websites posted steep double-digit drops in unique visitors in October 2018 compared to October 2017," TheRighting President Howard Polskin notes, citing the following examples: Infowars (-66%), Hannity.com (-49%), Breitbart (-42%) and Newsmax (-28%).
  • America Has A Bad Case Of Potus Mouth
    What's that you say, "No Schitt?" Yes, I know I'm stating the obvious here, but I'd still like to make the case why one of the most destructive forces of this presidency is not its stated goal: "the deconstruction of the administrative state." It is the deconstruction of our social fabric.
  • Suppose They Gave A Press Briefing And Nobody Came?
    Lawsuits aside, there may be a better way for the press corps to reassert its First Amendment right to cover this White House. They could simply stop covering its press briefings altogether.
  • The Feint And Parry Of A White House Press Briefing
    If the White House wanted to create a massive distraction to draw media attention away from the outcome of the midterm elections, it couldn't have planned a better one than to hold a press briefing discussing the outcome of the midterm elections.
  • By The Way, That Guy On Stage Is State News
    The midterms are over, but the biggest loser wasn't a candidate for office. It was the credibility of a national "news" network.
  • What's Really On The Ballot Today?
    "The character of the country is on the ballot," President Barack Obama said in his final 2018 campaign speech Monday in Fairfax, VA. "Make no mistake: I am on the ballot today," the current POTUS wrote in an email I received in my inbox this morning.
  • Vote For A Referendum You Won't See On The Ballot Next Week
    Let me use the last official weekly "Red, White & Blog" before Election Day to make an appeal for everyone to vote -- and to use it as a referendum of which kind of America you want to live in. If you like the one we are becoming, vote for the status quo. If you oppose it, vote for change.
  • Midterms, A Tale Of Two Media Narratives: Healthcare Vs. 'Caravan'
    Less than two weeks before the midterm elections, Republicans have dramatically changed their messaging from a manufactured immigration crisis to one that recent polling indicates resonates most with voters of all party affiliations: healthcare. The turnabout may be pragmatic, but may backfire from voters who see it as hypocritical, given that the first significant legislative agenda of the current administration was a failed attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act, including its protection of pre-existing medical conditions. That didn't stop the President from tweeting today that, "Republicans will totally protect people with Pre-Existing Conditions. Democrats will not! Vote Republican."
  • Just Do It, Or Not Do It: That Is The Question This Decision Tree Answers
    I've covered political media and marketing for nearly 40 years, but I feel like I've written more about the consequences for brands in the past year-and-a-half than I have during the preceding decades. In the current politically-charged culture, there is more risk-and-reward for brands than ever before, and nothing underscores it better than the recent pro/con debate surrounding Nike's Colin Kaepernick-inspired "Just Do It" campaign. While it worked for Nike, what's the guidepost for other consumer brands? Now, thanks to 4C Insights, there's a simple decision tree.
  • Beltway & Vine: Voters Split On Role Of Celebrity Endorsements In Politics
    On the heels of Taylor Swift coming out in favor of Democratic candidates -- and boosting voter registration among her fans -- a new survey found a marked disparity along party lines. Democratic voters deem celebrity endorsement effective in this year's midterms at about twice the rate of Republican voters.
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