Friday, July 29, 2016

Democratic Convention Trounces Republican Convention In TV Ratings By 8 Million Viewers


Folks were looking today to see if Hillary Clinton would win or lose to Donald Trump in the TV ratings race - something we know is near and dear to the Donald's heart.

So here's how the numbers break down:

The closing night of the 2016 Democratic National Convention drew numbers which closely tracked the final night of the Republican National Convention.

According to Variety, the Democrats scored 31.72 million viewers vs. the Repubs with 31.95 million viewers - a difference of about 230,000. This accounts for tracking across 6 networks - ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, Fox News and MSNBC.

From Variety:

Even if you add in ratings from PBS to both the final nights of the DNC and RNC, the DNC still comes up slightly short (31.72 million vs. 31.95 million). The big difference-maker is, unsurprisingly, the audience for Fox News. For the Trump anointing, 9.35 million people tuned in. Less than a third of that number turned on Fox News for Clinton’s crowning.

CNN once again won the DNC coverage ratings race, with 7.5 million total viewers and 2.81 million in the cable-news-coveted 25-54 demographic. MSNBC weighed in with 5.72 million total and 1.53 million in the demo. Fox News had 3.03 million total and 785,000 in the demo.

As Variety notes, the bulk of the differential comes from the drop in viewership at Fox News last night, from 9 million the week before to last night's 3 million.

Comparing the four nights of convention coverage, the Democrats came out the clear winner with 106.19 million total viewers over their full convention compared to the Republicans 98.12 million total viewers - a difference of 8.07 million more in the Democrats column.  

All data from Variety via multiple posts:
24.7 + 24.03 + 25.74 + 31.74 = 106.19 million for Democrats
19.75 + 23.40 + 23.02 + 31.95 = 98.12 million for Republicans

However, I think to get to a clearer picture of which convention attracted a larger audience, you need to look at some additional metrics.

Neither C-SPAN nor Spanish language network Univision are factored into these numbers. As political junkies know, Hillary has held a huge lead over Trump when it comes to Hispanic voters. So, with a difference of only 230K, it's easy to imagine that difference being overcome by even just one or two million Latino viewers.

Plus, Nielsen doesn't track any online content where we know the younger voters are. When Variety looked at streaming content, the numbers lean decidedly the Dems way.

For the Democratic confab, ABC News notched more than 16.6 million video views across 44 Facebook Live streams, while for the Republican National Convention it tallied more than 11.6 million views for 52 individual Facebook Live streams.

YouTube, which was the official live-streaming partner for the RNC and DNC, said the conventions were viewed live on on the platform about 9.1 million times, with viewers tuning in for 25 minutes on average. The peak concurrent live audience across both conventions was 250,000 viewers during Hillary Clinton’s speech Thursday evening, followed by Donald Trump’s July 21 speech at the RNC with 217,000.

Finally, you'll recall that Donald Trump had sent out a request to his supporters to boycott the last night of the Democratic Convention so that his numbers might be higher than Hillary's.

That doesn't represent hard numbers, but it does explain some shift in audience to a small degree.

But don't tell The Donald. He's a little thin-skinned about these things, you know.

Video: Hillary Clinton's Full Acceptance Speech

2016 Democratic ticket - Tim Kaine & Hillary Clinton

In case you missed it, I would be remiss if I didn't post Hillary Clinton's history-making acceptance speech from the final night of the 2016 Democratic Convention.

One of the best passages:
For decades, people have said this issue was too hard to solve and the politics were too hot to touch. But I ask you: how can we just stand by and do nothing? You heard, you saw, family members of people killed by gun violence. You heard, you saw, family members of police officers killed in the line of duty because they were outgunned by criminals. I refuse to believe we can't find common ground here.

We have to heal the divides in our country. Not just on guns. But on race. Immigration. And more. That starts with listening to each other. Hearing each other. Trying, as best we can, to walk in each other's shoes.

So let's put ourselves in the shoes of young black and Latino men and women who face the effects of systemic racism, and are made to feel like their lives are disposable.

Let's put ourselves in the shoes of police officers, kissing their kids and spouses goodbye every day and heading off to do a dangerous and necessary job. We will reform our criminal justice system from end-to-end, and rebuild trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve.

We will defend all our rights – civil rights, human rights and voting rights… women's rights and workers' rights… LGBT rights and the rights of people with disabilities!

[snip]

Yes, the world is watching what we do. Yes, America's destiny is ours to choose. So let's be stronger together, my fellow Americans. Let’s look to the future with courage and confidence. Let’s build a better tomorrow for our beloved children and our beloved country. And when we do, America will be greater than ever.

It was a thrilling moment in U.S. history to finally see that "hightest and hardest ceiling" shattered and to see Hillary standing on that stage as the first woman candidate of a major political party.

You can also find the full text of the speech here.


Radio Show: "The Left Of Str8 Show"


As we come to the end of two intense weeks of political wrangling, I thought I'd switch up the tone for a second on The Randy Report and share this radio interview I did with Scott Fullerton on The Left of Str8 Show.

I've listened to Scott's show for several months, and he's always got great guests week in, week out (and no, I'm not referring to me).

I love that there's always a mix of LGBT musicians, authors, activists and more. Definitely my kind of show.

I was uber-impressed with the amount of research Scott did in preparation for my interview. I thought we were going to chat on the current political news cycle and instead I found myself recounting some of my infamous adventures from Broadway. If you hit play below, you'll hear about my journey as an actor from Texas to the Great White Way

My segment starts at the 10 minute mark. But I encourage you to check out his other episodes archived on BlogTalkRadio. You can also subscribe to his show via podcast on iTunes here.

Political Cartoon Of The Day


From the brilliant Joe Heller.

For Hillary's view, read from the bottom line up.

Click the pic to enlarge.

Poll: Hillary Clinton Acceptance Speech Scores Higher Than Trump's


So, now that both presidential candidates have accepted their nominations and addressed the country, whose message scored better with voters?

Well, according to polls by CNN immediately after each speech, it looks like the reaction to Democrat Hillary Clinton got a more positive reaction.

A CNN/ORC poll last night showed 71% of those who watched Clinton's speech felt "very positive" about her address.

CNN's poll after Republican Donald Trump's speech last week was 14 points lower - 57% "very positive."

On the other end of the spectrum, the negatives showed further downside for Trump. While only 12% viewed Clinton's speech in a "negative" light, Trump's negative score was double that - 24%.

Additionally, Clinton scored higher than Trump - 82% over 73% - when it came to which candidate's policies would move the country in the right direction.


Father Of Fallen Muslim-American Soldier To Trump: "You Have Sacrificed Nothing. And No One"


Easily one of the most impactful moments of the fourth and final night of the Democratic National Convention occurred when Khizr Khan, father of fallen U.S. Army Captain Humayun Khan, took to the stage to admonish Donald Trump for his anti-Muslim views.

Captain Khan was killed in 2004 in the Iraq war when he stepped in front of a car rigged with explosives, saving the men under his command. Khan was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart for his bravery.

From Variety:

The story reverberated with emotion because Humayun was a devout Muslim, who volunteered to fight in the Middle East because he wanted to defend American democracy. Khizr Khan waved a pocket copy of the Constitution of the United States from the podium, asking if GOP nominee Donald Trump had even read America’s seminal political document. The elder Khan told the crowd that, if Trump had been able to follow through on his proposal to ban Muslims from entering the country, people like his son would never have been able to serve America.

The grieving father’s summation was searing: “Mr. Trump, you have sacrificed nothing. And no one.”

As we all know, Donald Trump has called for a complete stop to allowing Muslim immigrants to enter the United States. His policy would have kept this American hero from ever becoming a soldier the Army is so very proud of.

Interestingly, Fox News chose to cut away from convention coverage at the exact moment Khan was making his speech. CNN and MSNBC carried the full address.

Khizr Khan's full speech below:


New Music: Martin Garrix & Bebe Rexha "In The Name Of Love"


Add this to your weekend party mix.

Electronic dance music’s youngest and fastest rising dj/musician/songwriter/producer Martin Garrix releases a brand new single “In The Name of Love” featuring singer/songwriter Bebe Rexha.

The 20 year old switches thing up combining piano, bass, and guitar strums in place of drums for much of the track to provide percussion, but don't worry - when that massive drop kicks in, Garrix delivers that EDM euphoria.

This new single comes on the heels of Garrix’s announcement earlier this week that he has signed with RCA in the US and Sony Music international worldwide.


Video: "Bullies"



From Slate:

The DNC knocked it out of the park with this montage video comparing Donald Trump with some of cinema’s all-time most awful bullies.

From Biff Tannen, to Buzz McCallister, to Nurse Ratched, to the end where Clinton addresses a young girl’s question about bullies, the whole thing is just killer stuff (Biff’s character in Back to the Future Part II was actually based on Trump).

Donald Trump: "I Wanted To Hit A Couple Of Those Speakers So Hard"


Playing the victim card this morning, GOP presidential contender Donald Trump told supporters he "wanted to hit a couple of those speakers so hard their heads would spin."

The Donald went on to whine several times that "they were saying such terrible things about me."

Mind you, this is the man who calls Hillary Clinton "Crooked Hillary" and has made up demeaning nicknames for all his opponents.

I think Hillary Clinton was right last night when she said, "Donald Trump can't even handle the rough-and-tumble of a presidential campaign. He loses his cool at the slightest provocation... Imagine him in the Oval Office facing a real crisis. A man you can bait with a tweet is not a man we can trust with nuclear weapons."

Thursday, July 28, 2016

HRC President Chad Griffin Addresses DNC 2016

Chad Griffin of the Human Rights Campaign

Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign, addressed the 2016 Democratic National Convention today.

I love that Chad notes how difficult it was for Donald "Ask The Gays" Trump to even say LGBTQ, when Hillary has been telling the world for years that "gay rights are human rights and human rights are gay rights."

Chad also notes the vast diversity of our community - as diverse as all America.

Here's the full text of his remarks:

Last month, our nation was rocked to its core by a senseless and hateful attack that claimed the lives of 49 LGBTQ people and allies at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando. They were brothers and sisters, they were sons and daughters. Above all, they were human beings.

Yet while the nation mourned, Donald Trump strutted before the cameras, and exploited our national tragedy. He had the audacity to tell the American public that he was the true champion for LGBTQ people in this race, and that our community would be better off with him in the White House. He even challenged his skeptics to, and I quote – “ask the gays.”

Well, since he asked…Here goes:

While Donald Trump has threatened to strip away our rights, the Hillary Clinton I first got to know as a closeted kid growing up in Arkansas has always been willing to stand up for the voiceless, and she’s made fighting for equality a cornerstone of her campaign.

While Donald Trump has promised to legalize Kim Davis-style discrimination in all 50 states… Hillary Clinton has promised to sign the Equality Act into law.

While Donald Trump chose as his running mate a governor who tried to divert HIV funding in order to finance the abusive practice of so-called “conversion therapy”… Hillary Clinton, on the other hand, is committed to stopping the spread of HIV, banning conversion therapy for minors, and ending the hate and violence our community still faces.

And long before Donald Trump struggled to read "LGBTQ" off a teleprompter last week, Hillary Clinton stood before the United Nations and boldly declared that gay rights are human rights and human rights are gay rights.

I want to remind Donald Trump of one more thing. The LGBTQ community is as diverse as the fabric of our nation. We are Muslim. We are Jewish. We are women. We are black, white and Latino. We are immigrants and we are people with disabilities. And when you attack one of us, you are attacking all of us.

And that, my friends, is why together we are all with her.

Sarah McBride Becomes 1st Trans Person To Address A Major Political Convention


Sarah McBride, currently the Human Rights Campaign's National Press Secretary, became the first transgender woman to address a major political convention today.

Here's the full text of McBride’s speech via the HRC:

My name is Sarah McBride, and I am a proud transgender American. Four years ago, I came out as transgender while serving as student body president in college. At the time, I was scared. I worried that my dreams and my identity were mutually exclusive.

Since then though, I have seen that change is possible. I witnessed history while interning in the White House and helping my home state of Delaware pass protections for transgender people. Today, I see this change in the work of the LGBT Caucus and in my own job at the Human Rights Campaign.

But despite our progress, so much work remains. Will we be a nation where there’s only one way to love, one way to look, one way to live? Or will we be a nation where everyone has the freedom to live openly and equally? A nation that’s stronger together? That is the question in this election.

For me, this struggle for equality became all the more urgent when I learned that my future husband, Andrew, was battling cancer. I met Andy, who was a transgender man, fighting for equality and we fell in love. And yet even in the face of his terminal illness … this 28 year old … he never wavered in his commitment to our cause and his belief that this country can change. We married in 2014 and just four days after our wedding, he passed away.

Knowing Andy left me profoundly changed. More than anything, his passing taught me that every day matters when it comes to building a world where every person can live their life to the fullest.

Hillary Clinton understands the urgency of our fight. She will work with us to pass the Equality Act, to combat violence against transgender women of color, and to end the HIV and AIDS epidemic once and for all.

Today in America, LGBTQ people are targeted by hate that lives in both laws and hearts. Many still struggle just to get by. But I believe tomorrow can be different. Tomorrow, we can be respected and protected. Especially if Hillary Clinton is our president. And that’s why I’m proud to say that I’m with her.

President Obama Brings Down The House On Night 3 Of Democratic National Convention 2016


Enjoying extremely high approval ratings in his party, and with his national approval over 50%, President Obama made his fourth Democratic National Convention speech last night to take a bit of a victory lap for his successful 8 years in the White House and to make the case that America needs Hillary Clinton to continue the progress.

It was a speech filled with many highlights - here are just a few.

About Hillary Clinton:

• "While this nation has been tested by war, and it's been tested by recession and all manner of challenges, I stand before you again tonight after almost two terms as your president to tell you I am more optimistic about the future of America than ever before."

• "I can say with confidence there has never been a man or a woman more qualified than Hillary Clinton to serve as president of the United States of America."

• "If you're serious about our democracy, you can't afford to stay home just because she might not align with you on every issue. You've got to get in the arena with her, because democracy isn't a spectator sport. America isn't about 'yes he will.' It's about 'yes we can.'"

There wasn't a lot about Republican opponent Donald Trump, but here's a bit of Obama on the Trumpster:

• "Does anyone really believe that a guy who's spent his 70 years on this Earth showing no regard for working people is suddenly going to be your champion? Your voice? If so, you should vote for him."

• "He calls himself a business guy, which is true, but I have to say, I know plenty of businessmen and women who've achieved success without leaving a trail of lawsuits, and unpaid workers, and people feeling like they got cheated."

It was a truly great speech. Well worth the watching. Check out the full speech below.

First Look At Tyler Hoechlin As TV's Newest "Superman"


We get our first look of former Teen Wolf star Tyler Hoechlin in costume as "Superman" ahead of the his debut in Season 2 of Supergirl.

From Variety:

Hoechlin will appear as Clark Kent/Kal-El in the “Supergirl” Season 2 premiere, where the Man of Steel will visit his cousin Kara (Melissa Benoist) in National City.

This version of the iconic costume was designed by “Supergirl” costume designer Kiersten Ronning, and shares similarities with the big screen iteration of the Superman costume worn by Henry Cavill in the films “Man of Steel” and “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” once again eschewing the iconic hero’s red shorts for a more streamlined design.

Variety goes on to say that, according to producers who spoke at Comic-Con, Supergirl will be having some differences of opinion with her famous cousin. So it's not going to be all roses and reunions with Superman on the scene.

New Poll: Clinton Leads Trump In Pennsylvania By 9 Points


A new poll from Suffolk University shows Democrat Hillary Clinton leading GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump by 9 points.

From The Hill:

In a head-to-head matchup, Clinton has 50 percent support and Trump has 41 percent support among likely general-election voters in the battleground state. Another 8 percent are undecided.

In a four-way matchup, including Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson and Green Party candidate Jill Stein, Clinton still holds a 9-point lead over Trump, 46 to 37 percent. Johnson takes 5 percent and Stein takes 3 percent. Another 9 percent are undecided.

In the four-way matchup, Clinton led by 19 points among women, 50 to 31 percent, and Trump leads by 3 points among men, 44 to 41 percent.

Clinton is viewed favorably by 44 percent of respondents and unfavorably by 48 percent. Trump is viewed favorably by only 33 percent of respondents and unfavorably by 57 percent.

The Donald has continually claimed that he will win the traditionally Democratic leaning Pennsylvania. The state hasn't gone for a Republican president since 1988.

Gentlemen - Kilts Or No Kilts?



I've always thought men wearing kilts was sexy.

I completely get how comfortable and useful this would be. Although, I have to insist on the calf-high socks/boots.

And, then there's the fact the owner/designer is hot :)
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