A billboard for CNN is shown Monday, Feb. 1, 2010 in New York. Time Warner, which owns CNN, says it reversed its losses in the fourth quarter, as its cable channels and movie studio boosted revenue. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

CNN’s Impressive Commitment to Dropping Bombs Down Their Own Shorts

Everyone kept telling me that sending Donald Trump to the White House was the quickest and most effective way to blow up the status quo in Washington. I’m not sure I’m convinced of that to this point. But I will have to say that he’s doing a pretty effective job at blowing up the Democrat/Media Complex.

By this point everyone knows that for the last several weeks CNN has desperately tried on repeated occasions to drop a bomb on the President, only to detonate the thing in their own pants:

  • First the network ran a bogus report that tied a Trump official with a Russian investment firm. It wasn’t true, and CNN had to fire three journalists they deemed responsible.
  • Then in the midst of breathless reporting over Russiagate, James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas released video showing CNN producers and employees laughing about how everyone knew the story was nonsense, but that it got ratings.
  • Then even when Trump gifted CNN a cupcake by tweeting a juvenile gif that was ripe for demonstrating to the country what a petty child sits in the Oval Office, CNN first pretended to play the victim. After rightly pointing out after the Scalise assassination attempt that you can’t hold political rhetoric responsible for violent attacks, CNN began crying that the silly WWE gif had the potential for leading to violence against their reporters. Then, to add just a touch more stupidity to their performance, CNN decided to go after and publicly blackmail the anonymous maker of the gif.
  • But they still weren’t done. If all that wasn’t bad enough, trying desperately to save face while the president mocked their poor ratings, CNN trotted out Brian Stelter to brag about how well they’re doing. This on virtually the same day that it became public Nick-at-Nite has more viewers than CNN.

Sometimes you just have to admit you’ve been beaten. Badly beaten. CNN’s best course of action is to abandon their ideologically-driven attacks on the President. Stop trying to be the network that brings down Trump. When you’re being beaten in the ratings by reruns of Yogi Bear, it’s not working.

Chances are no matter what you do, Trump-supporters will never take you seriously.  But with severe house cleaning of on-air personalities, newsroom directors and producers, and a new commitment to providing balanced commentary, CNN could at least start building for the future. The after-Trump era.

But remember, taking the smart approach is not the way CNN butters its bread. They prefer to shoot themselves in the face. So instead they team up with their ideological brothers at the New York Times and attempt to turn their president, Jeff Zucker into the anti-Trump hero:

“Television is his preferred medium,” Mr. Zucker said, asked why the president had zeroed in on his network. “And he knows our viewers can be swayed because they’re not watching Fox or MSNBC” — networks with an ideological bent in prime time.

Yes, you read that right. CNN is continuing the charade that they have no ideological bent and are dogged fact-finding, truth-reporting journalists. And they pick the New York Times of all places to vouch for them.

It’s a train wreck that you can’t stop watching. Well, unless Yogi Bear is on.

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