CNN, MSNBC hit hard in ratings freefall

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CNN and MSNBC reportedly experienced another nosedive in ratings last week, with both networks having hemorrhaged nearly a third of their respective prime time audiences and a quarter of their respective day-long audiences.

Fox News reportedly also experienced a reduction in ratings, albeit a much smaller one.

“When compared with the same week in 2018, Fox News was -5% in total prime time viewers, MSNBC was -31%, CNN was -26%,” Adweek reported Tuesday, citing the latest Nielsen data. “In total day, Fox was -8%, MSNBC was -27% CNN was -19%.”

The official results for last week may be seen below:


CNN managed somehow to eke out a victory against MSNBC in both prime time viewers and total day viewers, despite its ongoing obsession with President Donald Trump’s response to Hurricane Dorian.

MSNBC’s atrocious performance may stem from its continued dissemination of bizarre conspiracy theories and hyperbolic rhetoric concerning everything from the president to U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

Just this week alone, the far-left network has predicted that Boris may be arrested and drawn a non-existent link between the way Trump criticizes the media and the way authorities in China and Russia literally jail and sometimes even kill journalists.

And last week the network’s various hosts and contributors repeatedly suggested that the president may face jail time for lying about the weather … despite the fact that he never lied.

“There’s also U.S. statute on false weather reports. Is that worth noting, given the fact that I think the President might have given out a false weather report, right? So apparently it’s against the law,” host Mika Brzezinski said.

Host Lawrence O’Donnell went so far as to read criminal code 18 U.S. Code section 2074, which covers the “altering [of] official government weather forecasts.”


Source: NewsBusters

Their conspiracy theorizing concerned a tweet the president had posted in early September warning that Hurricane Dorian may strike Alabama, among a series of other states.

Following the tweet’s publication, MSNBC, CNN and a whole host of other left-wing news outlets began falsely accusing the president of spreading disinformation. Yet despite eventually being vindicated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Coast Guard and the Alabama National Guard, these networks — particularly CNN — continue to obsess over the issue.

In fact, the first two sections of the latest edition of CNN chief media correspondent Brian Stelter’s daily newsletter is wholly dedicated to this matter.

“Almost everyone has moved on from President Trump’s false statements about the path of Hurricane Dorian,” the Wednesday edition of the newsletter reads. “Even I have mostly moved on, and I’m a big weather geek. But the full truth is still being uncovered by diligent reporters. And this mess is now the subject of multiple investigations.”

The CNN media correspondent went on to cite claims from anonymous sources to make the case that the president had forced the NOAA to back his factually accurate claim about Alabama.

This edition of the newsletter was published Wednesday evening, only two days after the left-wing network ran a patently false report accusing the president of having jeopardized the position of a CIA spy in Russia with his big mouth.

The CIA refuted the false claim late Monday evening.

“The Central Intelligence Agency on Monday evening slammed what it called CNN’s ‘misguided’ and ‘simply false’ reporting, after the cable channel’s chief national security correspondent authored a hole-filled piece claiming that the CIA had pulled a high-level spy out of Russia because President Trump had ‘repeatedly mishandled classified intelligence and could contribute to exposing the covert source as a spy,'” Fox News reported at the time.

“The extraordinary CIA rebuke came as The New York Times published a bombshell piece late in the evening, which largely contradicted CNN’s reporting. According to the Times, CIA officials ‘made the arduous decision in late 2016 to offer to extract the source from Russia’ — weeks before Trump even took office.”

It was further learned that one of the parties actually responsible for the spy’s premature extraction was the media.

“As American officials began to realize that Russia was trying to sabotage the 2016 presidential election, the informant became one of the C.I.A.’s most important — and highly protected — assets,” the Times confirmed. “But when intelligence officials revealed the severity of Russia’s election interference with unusual detail later that year, the news media picked up on details about the C.I.A.’s Kremlin sources.”

The Times added that, according to current intelligence officials, “media scrutiny of the agency’s sources alone was the impetus for the extraction.”

The fact that CNN blamed Trump for something it and its peers ultimately caused seems to provide a clear-cut example — one of many — why so many Americans appear to be tuning out the network.

Another cause may be the public’s growing distrust of the “left-wing” media. A recently published study conducted by the PR firm Bospar found that a 53 percent majority of Americans are concerned about “fake news” reports,” while another large 34 percent are worried about “left-wing agendas.”

The study also found that a smaller 32 percent are worried about “right-wing agendas.”


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