The once vaulted CNN has entered a death spiral that has experts speculating whether the organization will clean house or close its doors.
Having become synonymous with the term “fake news,” the extreme liberal media outlet has been on a rabid, Trump-hating streak since predicting Hillary Clinton could not lose the 2016 presidential election and lost, big league. So taken aback by the stinging defeat Republicans handed the left that CNN stooped to such lows as tweeting out misleading photos of the inauguration attendance, professing with near certainty the president would be impeached due to the Russia probe and continued grandstanding in televised press briefing. Ratings declined.
After an early May barrage of porn star Stormy Daniels’ lawyer being on air a whopping 57 times in 30 days in an effort to embarrass the president, viewers handed the network a 20-point shortfall. The lawyer’s firm recently filed for bankruptcy.
With the final May ratings coming in June 1 — CNN’s 38-year anniversary — not a single show was listed in the top 25. Apparently, America has spoken. CNN equals fake news.
How Other Networks Compare
Before engaging in a comparative analysis between CNN and other networks, the Turner Broadcasting System product may want to check its powder against its own rating.
From May 2017 to May 2018, the network suffered a head-spinning 29-point drop. Given that 2017 was a dip from 2016, this ship can only take on so much water before it sinks. Some of the more edgy websites are running headlines that include: “Is CNN Permanently Closing Their Doors After a Ratings Plunge of 30 Percent?” Probably not.
But consider that this once-revered news outlet enjoyed slogans such as “The Most Trusted Name in News,” “The World Leader in News,” and “Facts First.” These are some true cable news facts CNN may find uncomfortable:
CNN ranked last among cable news networks with a total daily viewership of only 654,000.
In terms of consistency, Fox News has been the most-watched daytime and primetime cable news network for 197 consecutive months. When considering every cable TV station, only TNT outpaced Fox News in May, due to NBA playoff ratings that far exceeded expectations.
Fox & Friends has enjoyed the No. 1 spot in its time slot for 199 consecutive months. Even though MSNBC held its own in May, Fox News outpaced all others with a primetime viewership that averaged 2.381 million. MSNBC came in at 1.384 million and CNN a distant 835,000.
CNN Suffers A “Zucker” Problem
Since the Pres. George W. Bush-era, CNN has been steadily leaning left — and its attention to fact-based reporting has been in decline. Putting some of the angriest far-left zealots on the front lines of its reporting corps has effectively unmasked its inherent bias.
But the trend from news reporting to left-wing propaganda took a hard turn under the leadership of Jeff Zucker in 2013. Coming over from NBC Universal, Zucker was apparently given a long leash at CNN. This idea ran contrary to even liberal insiders such as communist Maureen Dowd at the New York Times.
“How does Jeff Zucker keep rising and rising while the fortunes of NBC keep falling and falling? …many in the Hollywood community have always regarded him as …a network Napoleon who never bothered to learn about developing shows and managing talent,” Dowd reportedly said.
Dowd goes on to say that a “honcho at another network” explains that “Zucker is a case study in the most destructive media executive ever to exist… You’d have to tell me who else has taken a once-great network and literally destroyed it.”
As case studies go, Zucker has thrown all semblance of journalistic integrity to the wind. Under his so-called “leadership,” host Don Lemon held up a Confederate Flag on-air with the N-word painted across it in 2015. He’s still with CNN. Also in 2015, CNN host Fredricka Whitfield called the gunman who killed Dallas police officers “courageous and brave” on the air. She still works for CNN.
These days, the few viewers CNN has remaining are subject to White House correspondent Jim Acosta’s temper tantrums and political analyst April Ryan talking about street fights with the White House press secretary. It’s a side show. But who would really know, viewers have abandoned ship.
~ Conservative Zone