The big personalities over at CNN are getting agitated after former President Trump poked fun at the liberal network’s extreme drop in ratings pointing out how the network’s ratings “are down 70%,” calling it a “wonderful thing to see!”
Host Jake Tapper, who is cited as CNN’s most professional journalist, retaliated against the former president with a snarky tweet.
“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.
But maybe that’s just me, I’m a different breed of cat. https://t.co/6tE6pC3B74
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) June 29, 2021
Matt Dornic, CNN’s head of strategic communications, took it a step further, appearing to commemorate President Biden’s administration.
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 anchor Don Lemon expressed a similar sentiment back in April when he was asked during an interview 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. 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,” Lemon continued. “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.”
CNN averaged a crippling 654,000 viewers by the second quarter compared to Fox News which averaged about 1.2 million during the same time period making them the No. 1 news network in all of basic cable. Even CNN’s most popular program, “Cuomo Prime Time,” fell behind 14 different Fox shows and seven MSNBC
CNN’s most popular program was “Cuomo Prime Time,” which finished as the No. 22 weekday show on cable news by averaging 1.2 million viewers. While the scandal-plagued Chris Cuomo had the most-watched show on CNN, it finished behind 14 different Fox News shows and seven MSNBC programs.