Democrat presidential candidate Marianne Williamson said that the Left’s political battle is “black magic.”
Williamson, who reportedly serves as Oprah Winfrey’s “spiritual advisor,” made the witchcraft-themed tweet on January 31, 2017.
“Just beneath the surface, this isn’t politics it’s black magic. Entirely a psychic battle. Use your shield of Virtue and your sword of truth,” Marianne Williamson tweeted.
The terms Williamson uses are popularly connected to fictional depictions of the occult. “Shield of virtue” is a spell in the World of Warcraft universe, and also figures into the Disney movie Sleeping Beauty as a magical plot point. The Sword of Truth fantasy book series revolves around wizards and the so-called “Wizard’s Rule.”
— Marianne Williamson (@marwilliamson) January 31, 2017
Williamson, a largely unknown figure in Beltway and American politics, attracted national curiosity for her bizarre performance in the recent Democrat debate.
“I’m going to harness love for political purposes,” Williamson said, addressing President Donald Trump in the debate, saying that Trump has harnessed fear and “only love can cast that out.”
“Magic happens when you tell the universe what you want it to do for you; miracles happen when you ask how you can be of service to the universe,” Williamson wrote on Facebook in 2012.
Fox News Ratings Crater, Trailing CNN and MSNBC for First Time in 21 Years
A brutal collapse over the past two-and-a-half months.
Recent data from Nielsen shows that Fox News finished behind both CNN and MSNBC in ratings to open the month of January.
This is the first time in twenty-one years that that has happened, according to Daily Wire.
Nielsen’s ratings data shows that CNN finished number one among cable news networks with approximately 2.8 million viewers per day from January 4 through January 10, including 4.2 million in primetime.
MSNBC came in second with 2.3 million viewers per day and 3.8 million in primetime. And in third was Fox News with 1.7 million viewers per day and 3.2 million in primetime.
This is tough data for the conservative-leaning network. Over the past couple decades Fox has become accustomed to completely dominating the ratings, oftentimes receiving more viewership than CNN and MSNBC combined. Several factors contribute to the fall of Fox, including but not limited to:
- The death of Roger Ailes in 2017 and subsequent changes in network leadership
- Their disastrous Election Night coverage on November 3
- Donald Trump’s loss to Joe Biden
- An ostensible effort to distance themselves from Trump
- A real or perceived softening of their conservatism in general
- Trump’s public irritation with the network, to the point of telling people to migrate over to Newsmax and One America News Network (OANN)
Fox News has recently announced lineup changes as well. This is standard practice in the cable news industry and may not have much to do with their suffering ratings, though there’s a likely possibility that it does. Fox will be adding an hour-long opinion show in place of Martha MacCallum’s news show “The Story,” which had fallen behind both CNN and MSNBC’s 7pm timeslots after a stretch of being “comfortably ahead in ratings.” The network will also shuffle some of their daytime lineup.
As Joe Biden works through his first 100 days as president, it will be interesting to see how Fox News continues to perform, not only in comparison with CNN and MSNBC, but also with OANN and Newsmax.
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