CNN claims Tuesday’s Democrat debate in Las Vegas will draw few viewers because of playoff games between the Los Angeles Dodgers, the St. Louis Cardinals and the Chicago Cubs.
However, according to Andrew Tyndall, television analyst and author of the Tyndall Report, the primary reason has more to do with the “Trump Effect” than “minor complications of the start of the fall TV season and the baseball playoffs.”
The Republican debate drew an estimated 23 million viewers and “had elements of a reality TV elimination contest,” Tyndall writes.
The Democrat debate, on the other hand, “holds little interest for reality TV viewers, since it promises little ad hominem drama and few prospects of outrageous behavior. Therefore both elements of the Trump Effect will be absent.”
In addition to showmanship, the so-called “Trump Effect” can be attributed to widespread mistrust and disapproval of establishment politics as usual.
A pair of Gallup polls released in September reveal distrust of establishment politicians and government at an all-time high. 75 percent of Americans believe corruption is “widespread throughout the government in this country.”
Moreover, according to a Gallup poll, 49 percent of Americans consider the federal government “an immediate threat to the rights and freedoms of ordinary citizens.”
“We’ve seen probably the longest extended negative attitude about the direction of the country that I can remember,” Republican pollster David Winston told NPR in August.
Many Americans are beginning to realize that no matter who is in the White House, nothing will change.
“The American people remain eager to be persuaded that a new president in the White House can solve the problems that plague us. Yet no matter who wins this next presidential election, you can rest assured that the new boss will be the same as the old boss, and we—the permanent underclass in America—will continue to be forced to march in lockstep with the police state in all matters, public and private,” writes John W. Whitehead.
Establishment presidential candidates, from Hillary Clinton to Jeb Bush and the rest of the single digiters, are show horses for “the 1%, the elite, the controllers, the masterminds, the shadow government, the police state, the surveillance state, the military industrial complex,” writes Whitehead, and “so long as you understand that no matter which party occupies the White House in 2017, the unelected bureaucracy that actually calls the shots will continue to do so.”
No wonder, then, millions of television viewers would rather watch Jake Arrieta throw a no-hitter.