Each week we take a look at the best and the worst of what the media world had to offer.
This week saw the continued infighting between the New York Times and the Huffington Post as well as the a fall-off of Fox News ratings and an uptick of CNN’s and MSNBC’s.
It also saw the triumph of Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner, and, of course, the Bronx Zoo Cobra.
After a two full weeks of spouting ridiculous things regarding Barack Obama's citizenship -- a number of which pissed off Whoopi Goldberg -- revealing that he screwed Muammar Qaddafi out of millions of dollars, and generally embarrassing the Republican party, Donald Trump has proven that not only is he this week's starting loser, he might also be crazy.
According to Nielsen ratings for the first quarter of 2011, Fox lost 21% of its audience this year. They are still far and away in first place, but they are also the only network to lose viewers in primetime.
After calling Sarah Palin the c-word and then steadfastly refusing to apologise for it, Bill Maher proved himself to be a loser this week. No matter how humorous Maher's comment might have been to some, it stinks of an actual double standard that persists: misogyny that even Mama Grizzly doesn't deserve.
After continuing a battle of words with Arianna Huffington -- and running a rather acidic interview of the HuffPo editor-in-chief in this weekend's magazine -- the Times came off as whiny and childish, and not on top of its game. When you're supposedly the best newspaper in the world, such a position makes you this week's loser.
Schooling the New York Times left and right for their childish antics, Arianna Huffington's interview in the New York Times magazine this weekend shows her as confident and self-assured. She returned Andrew Goldman's fairly smug questions with equal parts humour and watertight responses. For this interview alone, Huffington is a winner this week.
After approving air strikes on Libya while on a trip to South America, and without Congressional approval (by not calling it a war, he is not required to obtain approval) Obama finally addressed the nation 10 days later. The remarks, scheduled at 7:30 so as not to interfere with Dancing With the Stars, did not address our endgame in the Middle East but, as Rachel Maddow pointed out, did adhere to exactly what Nobel Prize winner Obama said he would do and resulted in far less criticism than one might have anticipated (not including Jon Stewart).
CNN's weekday prime-time audience is up 28% this year compared to the last three months of 2010, with MSNBC up 5%, and Fox down 8% in the same period. They've also covered much of this year's intense breaking news. With American again turning their eyes to CNN for news coverage, the network is definitely a winner.
After a sweat-inducing few days of negotiations between Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner, Lionsgate and AM, the opposing sides came to an agreement. Weiner will hold creative control of the show for the rest of its run -- two to three seasons, depending on whom you ask. Lean back, have a cocktail and a cigarette Mr. Weiner, because you're a winner this week.
Hands down, the Bronx Zoo Cobra wins everything this week. Not only did stories of her escape flood the national news for days, the hilarious Twitter account set up for the snake was this week's best reading. She was finally captured, having never left the Zoo's reptile house, but ended the week with the best April Fool's prank one could for: the Cobra's Twitter account hijacked Ryan Seacrest's. The entertainer's webpage was then replaced with slew of hysterical snake-related content. What more could you ask for? This venom-filled, skin-shedding reptile is nothing but a winner.
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