Programming note: This afternoon, Wednesday, I'll be keeping my midweek date with the great John Oakley live on Toronto's Global News Radio 640 at 5pm Eastern. Hope you'll dial us up, as the conversation always roams far and wide.
Just ahead of a couple of final items from my guest-hosting stint on "Tucker", I'd like to thank everyone who tuned in. As with Rush listeners, Tucker fans want him there 365 days a year, and guest-hosts sorely try the patience of the audience. Because of that, a Fox News primetime host takes far fewer days off than a fellow in almost any other sphere of economic activity - say, a Quebec DMV clerk or a typist in Dagenham. But the day after Thanksgiving is one of those days, quite reasonably enough, as it's supposed to be a ratings dead-zone. So, when I was asked to sit in for Tucker on Black Friday, I figured I was just taking one for the team.
Instead, we were the Number One show not only in cable news but in all cable. We had a larger audience than CNN and MSNBC combined - over twice as large as MSNBC's, and three times the size of CNN's. Indeed, one reason you know impeachment's a bust is that Adam Schiff's SCIF soap has been unable to boost the numbers of Rachel Maddow, the only MSNBC host to rival the Fox line-up and one of the network's few genuine stars. Yet on Friday Miss Maddow's ratings were a mere two-thirds of a certain dilettante Canadian showtune queen's. While I'm happy to gloat and crow as a one-night king of cable, I'm mindful that I owe it to Tucker's great team, who are the very best at what they do.
On that Black Friday show, Ned Ryun and I addressed former Democrat presidential candidate Martin O'Malley's physical altercation with Homeland Security honcho Ken Cucinelli. The keyboard warriors of the media are urging on the left's descent into thuggery:
Also on the show, Derek Maltz applauded the Trump Administration's decision to list the Mexican drug cartels as terrorist organizations:
On the final segment of the show, as we posted a couple of days ago, Dr Marc Siegel and I discussed the return of the Black Death. If you enjoy glimpses of life backstage, here's the Doc and I after a makeup touch-up from Vincenza. As I observe below, when plague breaks out, good makeup is essential:
Vincenza and Sindy have been doing my makeup and hair for many years at Fox. I have grown old in their tender care, but not as old as I would otherwise have grown.
See you on the radio with Oakley, and back on telly with Tucker tomorrow.