Dr. Steve Turley does a pretty good job of laying out why CNN is tanking. He lists something like 7 major reasons. IMHO it basically comes down to CNN is doing Partisan Click Bait Tabloid junk and NOT anything remotely like “Professional Journalism”.
What’s more, thanks to the Project Veritas videos ( I linked to one in an earlier article but there are several, so look them up…) we know that the Journalists at CNN are NOT running the show. It is the non-Journalist Party Activist Manager at the top of the company that is directly calling the editorial shots. That’s not journalism. That’s party activism.
Tim Pool had a video on this too, and it is worth a look. He stresses the “click bait” benefit more (ad revenue is based on eyeballs and click bait to get folks excited recruits more eyeballs… for a little while…)
I also found it amusing when Turley points out that CNN only got half the rating of the prior “Democratic Debate”. Well, when you KNOW that party shills hand the debate questions to their preferred candidate and you KNOW the whole thing is rigged to keep the only real threat out of the “debates” and you KNOW it’s all going to be “How much do YOU hate Orange Man, and why?” and who can spout the most identity politics tripe in a minute: Just what reason is there to watch?
So it seems there was a “debate” and nobody watched. A total of 8 million viewers. Yeah, 8. So that’s about 1/40 of the population and about 1/10 of the Democrats… (The Wiki on party strength has a lot of different guesses but puts Democrats at about 1/3 the registered population, then you get to adjust for things like kids not being voters… so it’s a bit of a guess).
Yeah, CNN and the “debates” can’t even get over 10% of their own party to watch…
RSBN had over 34,000 LIVE viewers for ONE Trump Rally. A complete unknown internet journalist site. With the rally spread over a half dozen other major outlets in competition. Lord only knows what total viewership was.
Now Serioso has repeatedly promoted the “professional journalists” as the best way to get to the truth; and here we see why CNN is not that. I’d wager pretty heavy that the same pattern will hold true for the NYT, MSNBC, PBS, etc. etc. It isn’t being run by “Professional Journalists” to report the news, fairly and accurately. It is being run by Party Activists with an Agenda. The People figured that out and left in droves for alternative sources and now there’s massive layoffs over the whole field. That’s what happens when you blow your credibility.
The fix is easy, but those folks will not do it. Just have a politically neutral editorial policy and put a real Professional Journalist in charge of the editorial staff. CLEARLY label your Opinion Pieces as Opinion and your News Reports as NEWS and keep the news UN-biased. You know, like it is supposed to be.
1. Project Veritas showed Zucker dictating content for political effect.
2. Democratic Debate (infomercial for Dims) has nobody watching.
3. “Fredo” incident where Quomo has a melt down and CNN supports the tantrum.
4. Muller Fiasco. 2 years 24 x 7 lies. Lost 1/3 of audience on that.
5. Stormy Daniels and her “creepy porn lawyer” being featured for months.
6. CNN Tabloid based offerings. Malaysian lost jet into a black hole?
7. Losing their Airport Monopoly as Clear Channel launches a competitor service.
I’d say it in a shorter list: Being lied to for political effect in a Jerry Springer ambiance is not news.
Turley also points out “we curate our own news” as we choose the when, what, and how. We’re not doing “appointment TV” much anymore.
Now under 1 Million viewers even in their best prime time slots. Headed for obscurity. There are podcasts with bigger audience share. Heck, Bongino has about 1/3 of a million subscribers and that doesn’t include all the folks like me, who will never subscribe to anyone as you must have a “track me” account to subscribe. Nor does that include his podcast followers of his videos (he simulcasts the show to TV and pods…)
So that’s why I don’t depend on “Professional Journalists” at places like CNN. Simply because they are not allowed to do their job and are being directed to be political shills and spin click bait lie stories by upper “management” who are willing to drive their company into a ditch in exchange for Kissing The Party Ring (or backside…). Instead I look to independent Journalists and non-USA sources who will “talk dirt” about any party in America, not just one party, or only run one Orange Man Bad Story line.
UPDATE: Huff’nPuff Piece put on chopping block:
From Tim Pool, the Huffington Post is up for sale amid layoffs across Left Media Landscape: