CNN Gets Defensive After Trump Taunts Network over Embarrassing Ratings Drop
Trump took aim at the network in a statement
Left-leaning establishment network CNN was rattled after Donald Trump mocked them over their abysmal ratings.
Trump took aim at the network in a statement and singled out CNN anchor Jake Tapper, highlighting the ratings "are down 70%," calling it a "wonderful thing to see!"
Jake Tapper gave a knee jerk reaction to Trump's remarks:
"If I had incited and inspired a deadly insurrection and attempt to undo American democracy, I might not be out there bragging about how many viewers it had. On any channel. But maybe that’s just me, I’m a different breed of cat," Tapper wrote.
If I had incited and inspired a deadly insurrection and attempt to undo American democracy I might not be out there bragging about how many viewers it had. On any channel.— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) June 29, 2021
But maybe that’s just me, I’m a different breed of cat. https://t.co/6tE6pC3B74
CNN's head of strategic communications Matt Dornic also had his cage rattled and appeared to celebrate Joe Biden's administration.
"Imagine that. People are vaccinated, no longer terrified, and out enjoying their lives," Dornic tweeted.
"If the trade-off is that every news net’s ratings are down, I’ll take it."
CNN anchor Don Lemon also expressed a similar opinion when asked if he was "worried about the viewership fizzle."
"No. I’m not worried about it," Lemon responded
"The reason I’m not worried about it is because it beats the alternative.
"The alternative of him being in there and us having to figure out how we deal with lies, and bigotry, and hate, and the toxicity that was the Trump administration."
"Which has nothing for me to do with my ideology or politics because people have accused me of being conservative.
"It has nothing to do with politics."
"Trump was a horrible person," Lemon continued.
"And he was terrible for the country.
"And it is better for all — for the world that he is no longer the President of the United States.
"So if that means that cable news ratings go down? Aww.
"So I’m not really that concerned about it.
"I would prefer that my ratings go down and Trump not be in office than my ratings be sky-high and him be there.
"That’s the honest truth."
Imagine that. People are vaccinated, no longer terrified, and out enjoying their lives. If the trade-off is that every news net’s ratings are down, I’ll take it.— Matt Dornic (@mdornic) June 29, 2021
CNN's senior media reporter Oliver Darcy said:
"The point is when you see Trump, Fox, and others mocking other networks for ratings declines, it is not happening in a vacuum.
"Context is key here. The news has slowed, prompting declines across the entire landscape.
"Fox is not immune," Darcy wrote.
CNN's leftwing media guru Brian Stelter shared Darcy's thread, calling it "TV ratings reality."
thread about TV ratings reality >> https://t.co/AwXwSIBbLQ— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) June 29, 2021
Ratings from Neilsen Media Research reported that during primetime hours of 8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. (EST), CNN lost 65% of its total viewers since the beginning of the year.
But in the 25-54 age demographic, the most important age group for ad networks, CNN saw 71% of its viewers for both the day and primetime disappear.
Though all major cable news shows have experienced a drop, CNN's is far more pronounced.