New leaks reveal that the National Rifle Association has been going on a spending binge.
Several documents, posted anonymously on the Internet, revealed an extravagant spending bill that National Rifle Association Chief Executive Wayne LaPierre sent to Ackerman McQueen Inc.
The Wall Street Journal reports that “National Rifle Association Chief Executive Wayne LaPierre billed the group’s ad agency $39,000 for one day of shopping at a Beverly Hills clothing boutique, $18,300 for a car and driver in Europe and had the agency cover $13,800 in rent for a summer intern.”
The anonymous document pointed to clothing, travel, and other miscellaneous expenses rounding out to more than $542,000, of which LaPierre billed to Ackerman McQueen Inc.
BLP reported a few weeks ago on the increased scrutiny the NRA has faced during the past few months over its non-profit status.
Since then, the New York State Attorney General has been looking to crack down on the NRA and strip it of its non-profit status.
Indeed, the NRA has left a lot to be desired in many gun circles. Despite being an active force in the gun lobbying community, it has done very little to reverse federal gun control schemes that have turned the Second Amendment into a de facto privilege.
This is likely a sneak preview of how the political establishment will persecute more hardline, no compromise gun lobbies in the future. Campaign finance laws that target specific donors and organizational expenditures will be one of the many tactics gun controllers will use to undermine Second Amendment advocacy.
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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