On Wednesday, President Donald Trump suggested CNN cut Chris Cuomo’s pay check due to CNN’s low ratings. (Despite the fact CNN just celebrated its highest ratings in 40 years, and Cuomo Prime Time is currently CNN’s number one-rated news program).
Thursday evening, however, the president has another idea for Cuomo: send him back to New Day. “Give him another shot in the morning – He would easily beat Morning Joe’s poorly rated show,” the president suggested.
“CNN should move Fredo back to the morning slot. He was rewarded for bad ratings with a much better time slot – and again got really bad ratings. Getting totally trounced by Fox News,” Trump analyzed.
CNN’s chief comms man, Matt Dornic, swooped in with a dunk, saying, “CNN is not seeking a new head of programming. But there is a job opening up at the White House.”
Although, if CNN president Jeff Zucker runs for mayor in 2021, CNN may be needing a new programming chief . . .
Despite the conspiracy circulating on right-wing Twitter, and featured prominently on Fox News and boosted by President Trump’s son, Trump Jr., CNN did not spike the video of former host Larry King apparently talking to Tara Reade’s mother, who would later accuse Joe Biden on sexual assault.
“Yes, hello. I’m wondering what a staffer would do besides go to the press in Washington?” Reade’s mother asked. “My daughter has just left there after working for a prominent senator, and could not get through with her problems at all, and the only thing she could have done was go to the press, and she chose not to do it out of respect for him.”
King followed up: “In other words, she had a story to tell but out of respect for the person she worked for, she didn’t tell it?”
And then the tweet circulated. “CNN removed the August 11, 1993 Larry King Episode from Google Play, the episode featuring a call from Tara Reade’s mother. CNN is actively colluding with the Biden campaign to cover up evidence of Biden’s sexual assault.”
Of course, CNN has no control, and indeed, no licensing relationship, with Google Play at all, and the video and story was still accessible on CNN.com.
One of CNN’s top spokesmen, Matt Dornic, threw ice-cold water on that theory pretty quickly. Responding on Twitter, he said, “This is B.S. CNN didn’t remove anything. We do not have a [distribution] deal for LKL w/ Google Play. Listings on the site are not sourced thru CNN. Click any episode, it will say ‘not available to watch.'”
Following the news that FoxNews.com is the “leader online,” CNN has asked for a correction to be issued by Pew Research Center.
Web traffic data taken from a sample month, January 2015, shows FoxNews.com leading the other two major cable news brands, according to data from the analytics firm comScore, with a total of about 55 million unique visitors. In the same month, CNN.com drew around 50 million unique visitors. MSNBC.com drew far fewer visitors (about 7 million) than the other two.
Matt Dornic, spokesman for CNN Worldwide, told Erik Wemple of the Washington Post, “The data significantly misrepresents CNN’s digital audience.”
According to Wemple, the spokesman argues that Pew drew those conclusions from one month in a report that was an annual report, and that the report:
Uses a custom entity, [E] Foxnews.com, for Fox News against raw site-level property metrics, [S] for CNN.com. This is not an apples-to-apples comparison since a custom entity may contain a collection of other URLs that remain hidden. As it turns out, we learned from our inquiry to comScore that Fox News’ custom entity is also comprised of a variety off-site traffic assignment letters (TALs) and, as such, is not truly the audience of foxnews.com but instead is assigned traffic from other sites that is reallocated back to Fox News even though the visitor did not consume said content on foxnews.com.
(H/t Johnny Dollar)