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Another Sign of Decay

I’m surprised and disappointed. The L.A. Times is reporting that Nielson, the TV rating folks, claim more people watched the Tuesday night Republican debate than watched a really swell World Series game on at the same time (full disclosure — I’m pulling for the Royals). If this is correct — i.e. if Nielson’s sample is representative and its measuring technology sound (not everyone agrees they are) — then this is yet another sign of intellectual and moral decay in the land of the not-as-free-as-we-used-to-be and the home of the Atlanta Braves.

It’s an occasion of great sadness to imagine that more Americanos would rather watch a bunch of politicians fencing with and being hectored by a bunch of left-stream journalists than enjoy baseball’s fall championship showcase. This hit me with the same force as the jolt I endured on learning that sushi is available in some Major League ball parks. Enough to make a grown man weep.

Nielson reports that about 14 million Americans tuned into the CNBC food fight while a mere 13.7 million watched the Royals and Johnny Cueto take the measure of the Mets and Prince Valiant by 7-1. At least this number is just a bit more than half of the 24 million who watched the first Fox debate, and the 23 million who watched the CNN debate. (Normally you can get all the folks tuned into CNBC into my living room — throw in the kitchen and hallway and you could accommodate everyone who has even heard of CNBC.)

I know, I know, one of the folks on the CNBC stage Tuesday may well become president of the United States and what he or she does (I’m not being politically correct here — the Fiorina girl has a fastball, so who knows?) will be more important to us all than what Mike Moustakas et al. did Tuesday and will do over the next few evenings. But by any reasonable measure, what Moose and the boys do is much more entertaining and uplifting. It does more for the mind and soul than yet more rehashed political talking points, which TV viewers cannot help tripping over any hour of the day or night.

Larry Thornberry
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Larry Thornberry is a writer in Tampa.
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