CNN is continuing its downward spiral, as it took another blow about a week ago when it descended to No. 10 in primetime cable ratings, with more Americans tuning in to the History Channel, ESPN, HGTV and decades-old reruns on Nick At Nite than to the far-Left-leaning news network.
“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,” The Federalist reported. “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.”
Primetime programs on other networks handily outperformed CNN, including those shown on the USA and TBS networks and the History and Discovery channels.
Losing the war with Trump?
In what many are calling the side effects of CNN’s ongoing assault on President Donald Trump that began nearly two years ago at the onset of his presidential campaign, the channel’s fall accelerated around the time the commander-in-chief took the offensive several days ago by retweeting a video of portraying himself body slamming CNN personified as a wrestler.
“CNN’s ratings nosedive corresponds with the network’s ongoing feud with President Donald Trump,” The Federalist pointed out. “Last week, Trump tweeted out a GIF of himself appearing to pummel a wrestler with CNN’s logo superimposed over the latter’s face.”
Now crying foul and not being able to take what it has dished out against the president, CNN has taken a brief timeout from its character assassination of Trump and is now testing out a new game plan by playing the victim.
“The network has covered the tweet nearly nonstop ever since,” the conservative media group noted. “It also went after the Redditor who made the GIF and threatened to dox him unless he apologized and promised to never say anything CNN dislikes again – a move that drew much criticism and may have been illegal.”
While still trying to recover from Trump dubbing it as a “fake news” source and being the subject of an ominous forecast by Rush Limbaugh – who predicted the end of CNN – the liberal network shot itself in the foot a couple more times last week.
“On July 4, CNN published a fake quote from Abraham Lincoln,” the report continued. “On Thursday morning, the network falsely claimed German Prime Minister Angela Merkel had chosen the location of the G20 summit to sabotage Trump.”
Look who’s ‘scared’ now …
After its extensive coverage making light of Public Theater’s Julius Caesar play in New York’s Central Park portraying a Trump-like actor being assassinated by senators on stage, the liberal media is now claiming that “calm” CNN staff members are in danger at the hands of “accusatory” and “complaining” conservative reporters.
One Leftist news outlet – The Daily Beast – recently reported how Rebel TV’s Laura Loomer – who was part of James O’Keefe’s sting group Project Veritas over the GIF flap – asked CNN’s New Day Anchor Chris Cuomo if he thought memes are free speech. She posted on Twitter that Cuomo’s only response was slamming the door of his “fancy black service car” on her when he left CNN’s headquarters at Manhattan’s Time Warner Center.
However, when another Leftist paper asked Cuomo about the backlash CNN has received of late, he did not indicate that he felt his life was in any kind of danger.
“I’m comfortable going to work in Thunderdome every day,” Cuomo told The New York Times Wednesday.
The Daily Beast stressed how Loomer was one of the protesters that disrupted the anti-Trump assassination play in New York City and labeled her questioning of Cuomo as harassment instead of investigative reporting. It claims that – contrary to Cuomo’s statement – CNN employees are afraid to go to work.
“CNN staff fear for their safety as President Trump's supporters threaten them and their families,” The Daily Beast’s Lloyd Grove insisted. “Maybe the pugnacious Cuomo is comfortable, but others at the cable network are increasingly apprehensive about death threats and other harassing messages targeting on-air anchors and top executives being sent on social media and harassing phone calls. The parents and wife of Andrew Kaczynski, author of the GIF story and leader of CNN’s investigative K-File team, had received around 50 harassing phone calls each by Wednesday while other K-File team members had ugly messages – apparently from Trump supporters – left at their homes.”
Grove then provided a quote from a person he described as a “CNN insider.”
“The only thing I worry about is somebody getting hurt,” the anonymous person reportedly told the Beast. “These far-Right trolls are really threatening people and coming after people. Somebody’s gonna do something stupid at some point. People really, really worry about the safety of all the prominent people who represent us on the air, and the people who are breaking news they don’t like, or people in senior management … I fear for all of them.”
CNN World President Jeff Zucker – who has been under attack as more and more accusations of CNN being a hub of fake news continue to be confirmed – also attempted to claim victim status as his news crew continues to be under heightened scrutiny.
“[The physical safety of CNN staffers] is an incredibly serious issue,” Zucker insisted at a breakfast for media reporters last month, according to the Beast. “The rhetoric and threats that our folks are subjected to on a daily basis is much more serious than I think anybody would realize and I and we are incredibly concerned. [There has been] a tremendous rise [in such incidents in recent months].”
He then complained that the media scrutiny is unwarranted before trying to shame the president.
“This is what happens when you try to delegitimize an institution that is doing its job,” Zucker continued. “And I think it is shameful on the part of the administration and other politicians to cause a frenzy against something that is guaranteed in the Constitution of the United States. It does a disservice to this country and its position in the world … It’s unconscionable and dangerous – and they should know better.”
The beleaguered head of CNN more recently indicated that the president is a bully, insisting that all of his networks’ so-called attacks are Trump-inspired.
“My job is to remind everyone that they need to stay focused doing their job,” Zucker expressed to the New York Times on Thursday. “He’s trying to bully us, and we’re not going to let him intimidate us. You can’t lose your confidence and let that change the way you conduct yourselves.”