Fake news CNN drops to 13th place in wake of retractions, scandals and blunders

It hasn’t been a very good month for the Trump-hating CNN.  After multiple blunders, scandals and missteps, the network’s ratings plummeted, according to rankings posted Thursday by TV Newser, which showed CNN dropped to 13th place while Fox News reigned at number one followed in second place by MSNBC.

BizPac Review noted:

The network pulled in only 711,000 viewers on an average day during the period, compared to 1.82 million for Fox News and MSNBC’s 1.34 million. According to analysis by The Daily Caller, CNN has been declining from the sixth to the thirteenth position over the past month, while Fox News has held its number one spot for past five TV Newser rankings. MSNBC has moved between the second and third positions for the same time period.

The Daily Caller further said:

While it is impossible to determine from the rankings what caused CNN’s relative decline, last week was a tough one for the network. Early in the week, the network forced three of its reporters to resign over the retracted article, which alleged that Trump associate Anthony Scaramucci was under investigation by the Senate Intelligence Committee for Russian business ties.

CNN was also hit last week with the release of several undercover videos published by conservative muckraker James O’Keefe. The video series showed a CNN health unit producer dismissing the network’s coverage of the investigation into President Trump’s possible ties to Russia as “bullshit.”

O’Keefe also released a video last week showing CNN contributor Van Jones calling the Russia story a “nothingburger.”

The report said the latest numbers do not reflect the most recent #CNNBlackmail scandal, where the network threatened to dox a Reddit user who reportedly created the now-viral meme tweeted by President Trump.

Chuck Ross noted:

Trump tweeted the video on Friday. By Tuesday, the network had tracked down the maker of the video for an interview. In an article about the man, CNN stated that it was not publicly identifying the man behind the video but that the network reserved the right to do so at a later date. Many observers took CNN to task for what appeared to be a threat against the man.

Trump, his son Donald Trump Jr., numerous White House officials and supporters of the Republican have hammered CNN over the series of errors.

CNN, meanwhile, doesn’t appear to have learned any lessons, and continues its anti-Trump propaganda while one network talking head said people who post things she doesn’t like has no right to anonymity.

“People do not have a ‘right’ to stay anonymous so they can spew their racist, misogynist, homophobic garbage,” said CNN analyst Kirsten Powers.


The Daily Caller reported:

Powers was responding to the uproar surrounding CNN’s report on the Reddit user believed to be responsible for the famous WWE meme of President Trump body-slamming the network’s logo. The CNN article included a line that many took as a threat to reveal the meme maker’s name if he doesn’t comply with the outlet’s demands.

The CNN commentator took issue with the people from all sides of the political aisle taking the side of the Reddit user, who goes by the pseudonym “HanAssholeSolo,” and argued he didn’t deserve any sympathy due to his past “anti-semitic racist, and anti-gay” posts. She also said that big news outlets revealing the names of anonymous internet users would not “destroy” the doxxed.

It’s no wonder CNN is now viewed by many as the least-trusted name in network news.


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Joe Newby

A 10-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Joe ran for a city council position in Riverside, Calif., in 1991 and managed successful campaigns for the Idaho state legislature. Co-author of "Banned: How Facebook enables militant Islamic jihad," Joe wrote for Examiner.com from 2010 until it closed in 2016 and his work has been published at Newsbusters, Spokane Faith and Values and other sites. He now runs the Conservative Firing Line.

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