Eyeballs roll, eyeballs rule, voters…

CNBC reports that the audience for Wednesday night’s debate was 14 million.

Taegan Goddard’s “Political Wire” says that makes it the largest group ever to watch anything on CNBC.

The all-time in voter participation in a U.S. election (in number of voters, not percentage of those eligible) was the 131 million who voted in 2008. In 2012, notwithstanding the increase of eight million voters in the interim, the number voting declined to 126 million.

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Comments (5)

  1. Submitted by chuck holtman on 10/29/2015 - 06:25 pm.

    Something is wrong with me.

    I can’t think of a single possible reason why I might have wanted to tune in.

    • Submitted by Robert Owen on 10/30/2015 - 09:08 am.

      What’s the problem? I won’t watch pairs figure skating, fishing shows, cartons, or even half the channels available on cable TV. The same is true for the vast majority of movies on Netflix.

      But someone wants to see them. I don’t mind if other people have different tastes in programming.

      • Submitted by chuck holtman on 11/01/2015 - 08:27 am.

        Well, I’ll tell you the problem.

        We have a few challenges – accelerating ecological transition due to climate change, a very few folks gathering all of the marbles at the expense of the rest of humanity, massive global uprooting due to violence and ecological instability, and the foothold that nihilism establishes when much of humanity sees no opportunity for a decent life ahead (see “folks gathering all the marbles,” supra), to name a few.

        These could be addressed if we developed just a moderate capacity for self-governance. Instead we are where the folks with the marbles, and the establishment media that serves them, want us to be: ignorant, passive and entertained. Forming cogent positions relevant to selecting our leaders, and then selecting leaders who will carry them out, should be what our political process is about. Instead, it is served up to us in the same way as “pairs figure skating, fishing shows, cartoons” and reality shows where we can sit on the couch and mock the poor souls who are worse off than we are: “programming” for our entertainment.

  2. Submitted by Paul Brandon on 10/29/2015 - 07:01 pm.

    Entertainment beats information

    every time.
    So what’s nu?

  3. Submitted by Hiram Foster on 10/30/2015 - 06:13 am.


    That’s because no one has watched CNBC since 2008. I, frankly, was surprised they were still on the cable.

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