CNN will do anything for ratings. And I do mean anything.
I wrote of “Fredo” Cuomo going into quarantine:
Without airport travel, CNN might as well broadcast on YouTube. They needed ratings, so they staged a publicity stunt.
In a memo to employees, CNN announced one of its anchors Chris “Fredo” Cuomo has been diagnosed with the Chinese Wuhan Virus. I watched “Fredo” interview his older brother, Governor Andrew Cuomo. He didn’t look any worse for wear.
If you’re going to announce that one of your team has the dreaded virus, then show him writhing in agony, not dishing out softball questions to his big bro.
— Christopher C. Cuomo (@ChrisCuomo) March 31, 2020
But what’s worse, Fredo filmed his “official emergence”.
He actually got his daughter to film his official emergence.
He conveniently forgot to mention that he had been out multiple times before his 14-day respite. On one occasion he managed to get into a shouting battle with somebody who likely wondered why Cuomo was out spreading the virus.
What’s more incredible about the fake news “emergence” is that CNN actually made it a production. But look at the number of “retweets”. Around 24,000 at the time of this article. Trump me; it won’t grow much.
But Cuomo’s ratings don’t just suck on Twitter.
It’s difficult to find recent ratings on CNN, but here’s what I scrounged from Fox News:
CNN’s 24/7 Trump-bashing strategy doesn’t seem to be working.
Fox News averaged 2.2 million viewers during the primetime hours of 9-11 p.m. ET from Nov. 25 through Dec. 1, while MSNBC averaged 1.3 million viewers during the same time period and CNN managed only 643,000 average viewers. It was CNN’s worst performance in nearly three years and the liberal network’s worst turnout among the key demographic of adults age 25-54 in over five years.
It’s not even news any more that CNN sucks. Don Lemon’s ratings are lower than Cuomo’s. And Anderson Cooper can’t bring people in.
No wonder all the anchors are trying their hands at raising the ratings beyond that of a middle school YouTube show.
Anchor Brian Stelter tried his hand at it. He took to Twitter on recently to explain that he didn’t send out his nightly newsletter. Instead he “crawled in bed and cried for our pre-pandemic lives”.
“Last night, I hit a wall. Gutted by the death toll. Disturbed by the govt’s shortcomings. Dismayed by political rhetoric that bears no resemblance to reality. Worried about friends who are losing jobs; kids who are missing school; and senior citizens who are living in fear”
“I crawled in bed and cried for our pre-pandemic lives. Tears that had been waiting a month to escape. I wanted to share because it feels freeing to do so. Now is not a time for faux-invincibility. Journos are living this, hating this, like everyone else”
Last night, I hit a wall. Gutted by the death toll. Disturbed by the govt's shortcomings. Dismayed by political rhetoric that bears no resemblance to reality. Worried about friends who are losing jobs; kids who are missing school; and senior citizens who are living in fear.
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) April 18, 2020
I crawled in bed and cried for our pre-pandemic lives. Tears that had been waiting a month to escape.
I wanted to share because it feels freeing to do so. Now is not a time for faux-invincibility. Journos are living this, hating this, like everyone else. https://t.co/dIDujZZvQZ
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) April 18, 2020
And if Stelter hadn’t embarrassed himself enough, he went on his weekly Sunday show to declare, “It’s okay to not be okay.”
“All of us are grieving, whether we sense it or not. All of us have lost something in the past few weeks, some have suffered the ultimate loss of a father, or mother or spouse or relative. Others have lost livelihoods, they lost access to family and friends,” he continued. “I tried to bottle it all up; I guess I was trying to be stoic for my wife and kids, it wasn’t until this Friday night that I hit a wall.”
The fake news media is responsible for more deaths during the Chinese Wuhan Virus “pandemic”, than the actual virus itself. And I’m including the padded numbers authorized by the CDC.
Stelter went on to offer more fodder for ridicule. He explained that he could not finish his Friday newsletter because he was ‘gutted’ and ‘angry’ over the pandemic.
“That’s when the tears came,” Stelter said. “Almost everyone is experiencing isolation or stress or anxiety or other emotions, as a result of this crisis. “
“It’s okay to not be okay right now.”
— Reliable Sources (@ReliableSources) April 19, 2020
Desperation much, CNN?
As I said not long ago, we no longer have to use quotations when discussing the “fake news”. We know them now to be simply fake news.