My buddy Jon Ralston, Nevada’s #2 liberal blogger with a little-watched taxpayer-subsidized TV show, um, no longer has the taxpayer-subsidized TV show.
“Jonny Boy,” as conservative Assemblywoman Michele Fiore calls him, announced on Twitter Tuesday morning…
“I’m parting ways with PBS. It’s clear that I ruffled feathers, and I understand PBS’ need to protect its donor base. I’ve had a great time doing #RalstonLive. We interviewed most of the presidential candidates, many others. I worked w/fantastic people. I’ve been working on an exciting opportunity to enhance the use of new technology in delivering news and commentary. I’ll be back.”
Allow me to translate…
“So few people watched my boring, obnoxious TV show that even PBS couldn’t justify its existence. So they canned me. But don’t worry, like herpes, I’ll be back.”
Jonny Boy also extended his “thanks to all who watched #RalstonLive…”
Indeed, I hear he called all seven of them personally!
Not that I own a crystal ball or anything, but I did predict this would happen way back on February 15, 2015 when the Boy Blunder announced joining the Sesame Street network…
“If you thought Jon’s audience was small on NBC – and judging by the ratings, it was! – you’ll be able to fit all the viewers of Ralston Jive! in the back room of a Denny’s. At this rate, his next gig will be on a YouTube channel.”
Seriously. YouTube’s probably the “new technology” he’s talking about. Although I wouldn’t rule out Etch-a-Sketch 2.0!
I also got a kick out of Jonny Boy boasting of having “interviewed most of the presidential candidates.”
The big one he never landed? The only one that really mattered: Donald Trump. Trump wouldn’t give this liberal tool the time of day no matter how hard he begged.
Another funny one: Somebody tweeted that this was a “sad day for journalism.”
Oh, puh-lease. Jon hasn’t been a journalist for years. He’s a liberal, special interest pitchman who moonlighted as Gov. Brian Sandoval’s “shadow” press secretary during last year’s legislative session that passed the largest tax hike in Nevada history.
And adding salt to the open wound: The little-watched program was replaced with “BBC World News.”
That’s right. Even British news will apparently draw a bigger audience than Ralston Jive in Las Vegas!
Fired from public television?
Karma. Pure karma for a man who never met a bridge he didn’t burn.