CNN is quickly becoming the biggest punching bag for their endless trip ups regarding their coverage of the Trump White House and politics in general. James O’Keefe posted videos from his investigation into the network, showing CNN producers calling Trump a “f**king crazy” clown and acknowledging that the Russian collusion story is “mostly bulls**t.” Why keep reporting on it? It’s because the story is great for ratings. CNN commentator Van Jones also called the whole Russia story a “big nothing burger.” Compounding the issue was the forced resignations of three reporters, who were part of a team that published a shoddy Russia-Trump story that CNN was forced to retract. Rumors are that staffers are furious over the fallout since they lost the “moral high ground.”
Then, they issued what appears to be a veiled threat against a Reddit user for creating a video showing President Trump beating up WWE’s Vince McMahon, who had the CNN logo superimposed over his face. The media went nuts. CNN tracked down the user, who issued an apology for his posts, which he admitted were racist and anti-Semitic. The network did not publish his identity “because he is a private citizen who has issued an extensive statement of apology,” but added “CNN reserves the right to publish his identity should any of that change.” Even Vox was unnerved by this course of action taken by CNN. The network mentioned Russia almost 16,000 times in their reporting since the inauguration. They’re gung-ho about the Russia collusion angle, but can’t find any evidence (maybe because there is none) to support that claim, but are able to find a Reddit user who hurt their feelings.
Over at The Federalist, Sean Davis noted how CNN’s ratings might not be as solid in prime time, as they’re in a titanic duel…with Nick-at-Nite.
Last week, more Americans tuned in to watch re-runs of “Yogi Bear,” “Full House,” and “Friends” on Nick At Nite than to watch Anderson Cooper and Don Lemon’s shows on CNN.
According to cable ratings from the week of June 26-July 2, CNN’s viewership of its primetime shows was ranked significantly lower than its competitors like Fox News and MSNBC, which place first and second respectively. Clocking in at No. 10 on the list, CNN fell behind HGTV, Nick At Nite, History Channel, and ESPN — the sports network that’s been hemorrhaging viewers for months.