CNN Doesn’t Care About Its Audience, Fox Does


RUSH: You know, at CNN they’re obsessed with Fox News. Throughout the Drive-By Media they are obsessed with Fox News. They just don’t understand it. They don’t understand how come Fox is running rings around them ratings-wise. They don’t understand, Well, actually they do. That’s what this next sound bite is about. They’re just frustrated. They’re frustrated as hell that Fox News makes so much more money than they do.

They violate rule number one in competitive circumstances. That is, you never mention the competitor. I know those days are out the window, but it’s an age-old philosophy. You never mention the competitor, even if you’re losing to them, you never mention them. If you’re winning, you never mention them. You never punch down. But they can’t help it. And so they are obsessed with how Fox News happened.

On New York 1 there’s a program called Inside City Hall. Its host is Errol Louis. And he had Little Brian Stelter, who is the media bigwig at CNN, hosts the program called Reliable Sources. So this is Friday night’s version of Inside City Hall. Errol Louis has got Brian Stelter on. Errol Louis said, “Let’s not let the audience off the hook. Fox is a money machine. They want to stay in the good graces of not just the president, but their vast audience.” In other words, Fox News is being ripped for knowing who its audience is. Fox News is being criticized for actually respecting its audience. Here’s what Brian Stelter said.

STELTER: Trump and Fox are benefiting from, from a foundation that was built decades ago, Rush Limbaugh, attacking the media 30 years ago.

LOUIS: Rush Limbaugh has made a ton of money doing this, and he has a big vast audience, but the things that he says are just ridiculous. He’s got a great baritone voice, he’s very entertaining, he’s a great broadcaster…

STELTER: Right, right. Yeah.

LOUIS: …but he says a lot of stuff that’s just, I mean, it’s just junk. It’s nonsense.

RUSH: Right. So the thing is, these guys are right. These guys are absolutely right about the genesis of Fox News. Fox News, in many ways, is talk radio on television. And then there is also a news division where Fox does actual hard news, and that’s most of the busy broadcast day with the prime show being Special Report with Bret Baier. But there is no question that they are right about this. And notice how they acknowledge me as a prodigious and premier broadcaster. Great broadcaster, very entertaining, great, great baritone voice. The stuff he says is just junk, though.

Except it isn’t junk. It is the truth. And whereas the Fox News Channel respects and knows and understands its audience, so do I. CNN doesn’t care. CNN’s audience is not even its viewers. CNN’s audience is other media people. I just wanted to share this with you, though, because they do understand the origins and they do get why, and it frustrates them to no end.

Low-Cost Things to Help You Relax

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Try Your Hand at Massage

A quick self-massage can take your stress down a notch or two. (It may also give your immune system a boost.) Stand against a wall and place a tennis ball between your shoulder blades. Gently bend your knees to give yourself a back rub. For a neck massage, clasp your hands behind your head and make small, deep circles with your thumbs. To release tension in your face, try rubbing your forehead and jaw with your fingers.

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Go for Flower Power

Fresh-cut blooms, whether from the store or your yard, can instantly put you at ease.  This may be because of their beauty or because flowers often share a strong link with happy events. Choose flowers that are a color and scent you enjoy, and place them somewhere in your home where you’ll see them often.

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Get Your Hands Dirty

If you feel tense, it might be time to invest in a houseplant. When you plant and take care of one, you’ll probably feel more relaxed than if you spent the same time on your computer or phone. Houseplants offer a calming connection that even has the power to soothe your nervous system and help lower your blood pressure.

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Take a Tech Time-Out

It’s great to connect to others, but smartphones, tablets, and laptops make it hard to ever get a break. If you find yourself online a lot, you may start to feel stressed and like you don’t have enough time. To relax and recharge, unplug, even for a short while. Put all screens away, even for an hour. Use that time to be present IRL instead.

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Tap Into Tea

Sip a cup of black or green tea to relax. It sounds too simple to be true, but studies show that doing so can help reduce tension and improve your outlook. Exactly why isn’t clear, although tea’s smell, taste, warmth, and active ingredients seem to play a part. Some herb teas, like chamomile, can also help reduce your anxiety.

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Dip Into a Warm Bath

The warmth of the water gently widens your blood vessels and improves blood flow throughout your body, which helps you relax. One study found that people who bathe on a regular basis feel less stressed and tired and even smile more. Tip: Bathe right before bed and the rise and fall of your body temperature can also help you fall asleep. Moisturize when you get out of the tub.

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Focus on What Matters Most

Sometimes, you don’t need to do more to relax; you need to do less. If you feel pushed and pulled many different ways, make a list of the things you care about the most. Then, simply say “No, thanks” to events and activities you don’t have time or interest in. If you’re not used to turning down requests, this may feel hard at first. But you’ll likely find that you can unwind in the extra time and mental space it gives you.

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Get Outside

It’s one of the fastest ways to start to unwind. As little as 20 minutes in nature (even your yard or a city park) can help distract you from negative thoughts. The calming sounds you hear may also lower your blood pressure. You don’t need to climb a mountain to feel more relaxed. Sit or stroll in any outdoor setting you enjoy. If that can’t happen right now, look at nature photos you love.

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De-Stress With Music

Relaxing music has a direct effect on your nervous system. It slows your heart rate and breathing, lowers your blood pressure, and signals your muscles to soften. When you need to mentally let go, your best bet is to choose music you love. Can’t decide? Opt for classical, folk, or jazz songs. They have a rhythm between 60 to 80 beats per minute that helps your body calm down.

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Soothe Yourself With Scent

Lavender, vanilla, and jasmine are a few options to send a smell-based “Chill out” message to your body’s nervous system. Put a few drops of a scented oil into a diffuser or a spray bottle filled with water. (If you have pets, check with your vet first, since some oils are toxic to animals.) You can also look for lotions and candles made with a scent you like.

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Connect With Your People

A support system of friends and family is proven to help you better handle stress and lift your mood. Make time to call, text, or email someone who makes you feel good. You can fill them in on how you’re doing and also get out of your head by listening to what’s going on in their life.

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Indulge in a Nap

A short midday snooze can help lower tension and boost your mood. If you often sleep less than 7 hours at night or your energy lags right after lunch, a good nap may be just what you need. Find a quiet, dark place to close your eyes for 20 minutes and you’ll wake refreshed and more alert. (Nap longer than that and you may wake up groggy.)