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In the Toilet, Too: NBC's Ratings for Larry Craig Interview
Washington Post ^ | October 18, 2007 | Lisa de Moraes

Posted on 10/18/2007 6:07:36 AM PDT by 3AngelaD

Broadcast network news division chiefs walked the corridors of their newsrooms yesterday, little flecks of foam about their mouths, muttering Macbeth's "life's but a walking shadow" gag, upon learning that Idaho Sen. Larry Craig's very first network TV interview since his June arrest for allegedly soliciting sex in an airport men's room had attracted only 5.7 million viewers to NBC's "Matt Lauer Reports" Tuesday night.

The Golden Age of Washington Political Sex Scandals Goosing Network News Numbers -- over.

Lauer had given his all for the prime-time interview about what he called "the most famous bathroom stop of the last 10 years."

He asked the tough questions: Were you aware at all, Senator, of the reputation of that specific bathroom?

Lauer begged the family-values conservative to forgive him before asking whether, while maybe not gay, the senator might be bisexual.

He demonstrated for viewers at home the fancy footwork described by the arresting police officer in that bathroom.

He spoke movingly on the "Today" show about how tough the interview had been to do.

And still, only 5.7 million viewers bothered to watch. A tragic statistic, considering NBC is averaging 6.3 million viewers in that very time slot with "Singing Bee" and "The Biggest Loser."

And a disaster, compared with the nearly 24 million who'd tuned in to watch Connie Chung interview Rep. Gary Condit about his affair with intern Chandra Levy back in '01, in the TV dog days of August, no less...

Heck, even Lauer's interview with tear-shedding, nose-wiping, gum-smacking, bosom-heaving train wreck Britney Spears managed to attract nearly 9 million viewers just about 16 months before Lauer's sit-down with Craig and his wife, Suzanne.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: craig; lameinterviewers; nbc; news; television

1 posted on 10/18/2007 6:07:45 AM PDT by 3AngelaD
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To: 3AngelaD
NYT circulation is down.
NYT stock is being sold off.
Nobody watches Katie Couric.
Nobody watches Matt Lauer.

What can be done to turn this around? I suggest the MSM redouble their efforts to push the Leftist agenda.

2 posted on 10/18/2007 6:10:38 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (The broken wall, the burning roof and tower. And Agamemnon dead.)
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To: ClearCase_guy

The MSM needs to try a wider stance and lean a little more to the right.


3 posted on 10/18/2007 6:13:44 AM PDT by Paladin2 (We don't fix the problem, we fix the blame!)
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To: 3AngelaD
Maybe if the MSM reaches down to the men's room floor, it can obtain superior and more popular paper material to include in its' editions. Hey, it's not my area of business knowledge, it's just a thought.

What's the big surprise here, imagine the audience for whatever information we haven't already heard about this sordid litle affair. Let's get back to Lindsay and Britney, you know, the stuff that really matters!

4 posted on 10/18/2007 6:26:41 AM PDT by Attention Surplus Disorder (This post sold by weight, not volume. Content may have settled during shipment.)
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To: 3AngelaD

Word on the street is that lite in the loafers Lauer has a little marriage trouble of his own. Could he be a closet stall stalker also? There’s a huge gay population here in south florida where he visits often to see his mother. There has been whispers for years.


5 posted on 10/18/2007 6:42:39 AM PDT by Ron in Acreage (Conservative 1st, republican sometime)
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To: 3AngelaD

I guess I missed the Britney bosom heaving...


6 posted on 10/18/2007 6:44:44 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Go Hawks !)
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To: 3AngelaD
I love it...Lauer asking if that toilet's reputation was know...bwahahahaha..

He should have asked Matt how he knew about bathrooms having "reputations".


7 posted on 10/18/2007 6:46:30 AM PDT by Dick Vomer (liberals suck....... but it depends on what your definition of the word "suck" is.,)
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To: ClearCase_guy

Lauer should have snorted some coke off of Craigs rear end, now that would get ratings!


8 posted on 10/18/2007 6:47:22 AM PDT by Rome2000 (Peace is not an option)
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To: 3AngelaD
In the Toilet, Too: NBC's Ratings for Larry Craig Interview

Moral of the story? Toilet journalism is not too good for ratings.

However, if the interview had been conducted in the same restroom with Lauer and Larry Craig occupying adjoining stalls (for demonstrative purposes, mind you), then the ratings might have been higher.
9 posted on 10/18/2007 6:47:37 AM PDT by adorno
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To: ClearCase_guy

“What can be done to turn this around?”

All I can imagine is that scene from “A Clockwork Orange” where Malcolm McDowell is strapped into a chair and his eyes are pried open so he has to watch the image on the screen.


10 posted on 10/18/2007 6:47:42 AM PDT by Polyxene (For where God built a church, there the Devil would also build a chapel - Martin Luther)
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To: Rome2000
Lauer should have snorted some coke off of Craigs rear end, now that would get ratings!

LOL... Matthews would have his wife do it if it increased his ratings.

11 posted on 10/18/2007 6:52:02 AM PDT by johnny7 ("But that one on the far left... he had crazy eyes")
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To: adorno
Moral of the story? Toilet journalism is not too good for ratings.

Yes. There's a serious "ick" factor here. I just want this sad, sick little man to go away.

-ccm

12 posted on 10/18/2007 7:13:12 AM PDT by ccmay (Too much Law; not enough Order.)
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To: 3AngelaD

I watched this interview by Lauer of Larry Craig.

You know, maybe it’s just me. But I could never sit and lie like the two rugs Craig and his bogus wife were.

They lied over and over and frankly I thought Lauer did a good job.

I don’t know how that Mrs. Craig can live with herself, lying to the public and surely her children know she’s a blithering liar. Not to mention Craig himself who was so obviously a homosexual that this heterosexual lady picked it up right away.

Evidently Craig has decided the best thing to do is lie and lie and keep right on lying. So hey, the Clintons do this all the time and it works for them.

I don’t for a minute any one with two working brain cells believed for one minute that so many coincidences would befall one perfectly normal heterosexual man. That interview was almost painful in its bathroom detail.

First he coincidentally chooses a bathroom that has a notorious reputation as a homosexual rendezvous. Second he gets a piece of toilet paper stuck on his shoe, poor Craig this man so besot with all these bad coincidences in one godawful day. Of course he had to remove the toilet paper from his shoe....we all understand that, don’t we?

Third his foot accidentally went over to the other guys stall and while I’ve never been in a men’s room, I’ve sat on plenty of toilets in plenty of stalls and damn if my foot ever got CLOSE to going over to the other guy’s (girl’s) stall.

Fourth, he just happened to be standing in front of the stall with the undercover cop and looking through the slit, just to check if someone’s in there. I usually look under for feet but hey, the fine senator was busy and in a hurry.

On and on and on. When the cop passed him a note telling him to come out, that he was under arrest, Craig said NO. Well an innocent fellow would likely have come on out and expressed his outrage all over the place that a man can’t take a crap without being arrested, go on.

And all those other rumors about Craig...well just coincidences. Craig lied and said he is neither a homosexual or a bisexual.

Sheesh. Lookit, if the guy would just openly and candidly admit his homosexuality and let the voters decide his fate, I’d certainly be open to such an event.

But to lie like a piker whilst peeing upon our feet with his wide stance and telling us it’s raining....frankly I am insulted.

But maybe it’s just me.

Rant over on this creepo.


13 posted on 10/18/2007 7:58:44 AM PDT by Fishtalk (http://patfish.blogspot.com)
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To: ClearCase_guy

Nobody believes them any more...Not even the foaming at the mouth LeftiPervs who use the MSNBC propaganda arm freak shows to push their Death Cult agenda.


14 posted on 10/18/2007 9:48:00 AM PDT by DGHoodini
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To: 3AngelaD

ROTFLMAO!

Bet that drove Lauer back to his coke dealer.


15 posted on 10/18/2007 9:52:41 AM PDT by Badeye ('Ron Paul joined 88 Democrats.....")
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To: 3AngelaD

I did not see it but I read a post of somebody who said Craig’s wife was giggling away as if she were at a party.


16 posted on 10/18/2007 9:56:50 AM PDT by Dante3
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To: Fishtalk

“Third his foot accidentally went over to the other guys stall and while I’ve never been in a men’s room, I’ve sat on plenty of toilets in plenty of stalls and damn if my foot ever got CLOSE to going over to the other guy’s (girl’s) stall.”

I’ve wondered the same thing. My whole life, I’ve never gotten close to touching someone in a dirty public restroom. You would have to deliberately stretch your foot way out. It seems like your pants would prevent your legs spreading that far anyways. It all seems so extraordinarily out of the ordinary. Plus if you acidentally rubbed your foot up against another guy while sitting on the toilet, wouldn’t you immediately apologize out of sheer embarrassment?


17 posted on 10/18/2007 11:37:01 AM PDT by RedBloodedPatriot
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To: Fishtalk
I actually saw it, too. There's been so much said about this by all kinds of people, so I figured I should at least listen to what Craig himself has to say. Given Sen. Craig's full-hour forum, several things have struck me:

My question regarding Larry Craig is: when is he going to start doing something right? Anybody with judgement that poor just shouldn't be a Congressman.
18 posted on 10/22/2007 8:29:41 AM PDT by Excuse_My_Bellicosity (Oh, the huge manatee!!!)
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity

Hey...his (and the Clintons) position is....just deny.

Deny, deny, deny and if no one can prove different, well we’ll just have to agree to disagree and move on, right?

See, it’s not a bad strategy. I’m sure that Craig knows he’s not fooling anyone. I don’t especially like Lauer but his disbelief was frequently expressed and he asked good questions.

Like I say...lie and deny and what they gonna do?

Well there’s things such as juries and often liars committed some kind of crime that got them arrested on through to trial. But this does NOT happen to the Clintons, ever save the Paula Jones case.

So far as I know there’s no law against a senator lying like a rug on national tv and in the end, it will be on his voters to decide, I suppose is the logic.

Now logic would have it, to those voters, that now not only is their congress critter a homosexual having sex with strangers in bathrooms, but now he lies to your face with such utter crap and he wants you to believe him.

Hey, some people might buy it. Some people might just say...go on, lie...let’s just live with the lie.

Time for lunch, I’m starting to get stupid.

Let’s just all agree, libs, conservatives, political elites, media elites and the middle class now carrying this country on its back whilst raising the soldiers and citizens of tomorrow...that Larry Craig and his fine wife are lying about his homosexuality.

Beyond that...who knows? But before I pull every last hair on my head out to its root, let’s just agree that the man and his wife are lying.


19 posted on 10/22/2007 9:16:36 AM PDT by Fishtalk (http://patfish.blogspot.com)
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To: RedBloodedPatriot
My whole life, I’ve never gotten close to touching someone in a dirty public restroom.

The only time I did anything close to that, was to hand under an extra roll of toilet paper to the next stall when the lady next to me said hers was empty. We did not touch hands.

Still, I'm glad I wasn't arrested.

20 posted on 10/22/2007 10:27:42 AM PDT by pray4liberty (Watch and pray.)
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To: 3AngelaD
Good reading.

http://www.visionamerica.us/site/News2?page=NewsArticle&id=8247

21 posted on 10/22/2007 10:28:09 AM PDT by pray4liberty (Watch and pray.)
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To: Fishtalk

Agreed, the tactic is to deny everything and make you infer anything he’s doing.

There was one thing I forgot to include in my bulleted list. Most guys would pay thousands of dollars in fines and lose a lot of nights and weekends doing community service before admitting to homosexual acts that they didn’t do. Craig pleaded guilty. Sure, he says that he plead guilty to pay a fine and make it all go away, and that’s plausible. 98% of the male population would walk on fire before admitting homo acts that they didn’t do.


22 posted on 10/22/2007 10:43:52 AM PDT by Excuse_My_Bellicosity (Oh, the huge manatee!!!)
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity
Actually he pleaded guilty to "disorderly conduct" which is a catch-all charge for just about anything. Disorderly conduct charges are generally not that serious as charges go.

You are right, though...nobody should plea guilty to something they didn't do.

23 posted on 10/22/2007 6:29:55 PM PDT by pray4liberty (Watch and pray.)
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