It’s been one other tough week for CNN because the community out of the blue has a plethora of off-screen points along with its standard scores struggles.
“Just when one thought things couldn’t get any worse for CNN, they did,” NewsBusters managing editor Curtis Houck instructed Fox Information.
“In CNN’s current form, they’ve always had putrid ratings, disingenuous personalities and a pathetic inability to simply cover the news – instead fearmongering the small, anti-Trump audience into submission – but this past week was possibly the worst ever in totality.”
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The liberal information community began off the week making headlines for the flawed causes. “CNN Tonight” host Don Lemon was accused in a civil swimsuit of a sexually charged assault of a bartender in New York’s posh Hamptons space final 12 months. The identical night that the Lemon information broke, video circulated of CNN political analyst April Ryan trying on whereas a neighborhood information editor seemed to be violently faraway from an occasion the place she was a keynote speaker.
The Lemon and Ryan headlines got here lower than 24 hours after video of “Cuomo Prime Time” namesake Chris Cuomo threatening a person who referred to as him “Fredo” went viral, capturing the eye of President Trump within the course of.
“This was not a good week to be CNN. In addition to its abysmal ratings, three of its top news personalities are embroiled in scandal and controversy.”
“This was not a good week to be CNN. In addition to its abysmal ratings, three of its top news personalities are embroiled in scandal and controversy,” Cornell College Regulation College professor and media critic William A. Jacobson instructed Fox Information.
“In a rational world, CNN management would implement a dramatic course correction, however there isn’t any signal that rationality prevails at CNN,” he stated.
Whereas CNN defended Cuomo, the president had a distinct tackle the profanity-filled rant.
“I think what Chris Cuomo did was horrible. His language was horrible, he looked like a total out-of-control animal. He lost it,” Trump instructed reporters. “Chris Cuomo is out of control. I watched it, I thought it was terrible… you’ve never seen me do that.”
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The CNN host is the youthful brother of Andrew Cuomo, the Democratic governor of New York. However Cuomo’s outburst over being known as “Fredo,” a reference to Fredo Corleone, the weak and facile brother within the film “The Godfather,” has been labeled hypocritical as a result of a number of CNN personalities have used the precise reference to mock President Trump’s youngsters.
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CNN’s public relations group referred to as the comment “an ethnic slur” and Cuomo in contrast it to “the N-word” for Italians. However CNN and the “Cuomo Prime Time” host didn’t appear to assume the phrase was some kind of vile smear prior to now.
The New York Publish unearthed an outdated video wherein Cuomo playfully referred to himself as “Fredo” throughout a 2010 radio interview and CNN’s Ana Navarro used the moniker to belittle Donald Trump Jr. earlier this 12 months on Cuomo’s very personal present. Cuomo didn’t reprimand Navarro for utilizing the time period that he now feels is equal to “the N-word.” CNN anchor Jake Tapper has additionally used the time period, whereas CNN authorized analyst Paul Callan used it in an op-ed earlier this 12 months.
In reality, CNN pundits and company have used the time period “Fredo” a lot that the Washington Free Beacon put collectively a montage of assorted instances it was uttered on the liberal information community.
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DePauw College professor and media critic Jeffrey McCall instructed Fox Information that these newest controversies “absolutely complicate the general picture of CNN” amid a scores disaster. CNN has struggled to draw viewers through the Trump administration and not too long ago completed July because the No. 13 community on fundamental cable, averaging solely 797,000 primetime viewers and shedding 11 p.c of its viewers in comparison with July 2018.
CNN’s most-watched program throughout July was “Cuomo Prime Time,” which completed No. 24 total amongst cable information, behind 14 totally different Fox Information reveals and 9 applications on MSNBC. It stays to be seen if the detrimental press will push CNN’s viewership additional down the gutter, however McCall actually doesn’t assume it can assist.
“News organizations never want to be the subject of news and CNN has allowed itself to become just that. No news outlet is immune from occasional bad publicity in this day and age, but some of CNN’s latest difficulties were avoidable,” McCall stated. “Odds are that loyal CNN viewers will not depart because of the negative reports coming out about high profile CNN personalities, but this kind of negative publicity likely scares away less devoted viewers or potential viewers.”
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Houck added CNN’s troubled week “started with Jake Tapper allowing Beto O’Rourke to say without pushback that tens of millions who voted for Donald Trump are racist and arguably condone white supremacy” on Sunday earlier than the Cuomo, Lemon and Ryan tales unfolded.
“It was quite embarrassing,” Houck stated.
Lemon denied the allegations towards him and Cuomo said he should have been “better than the guys baiting me.”
CNN has not responded to requests for touch upon the Ryan video.
Fox Information’ Liam Quinn and Joseph A. Wulfsohn contributed to this report.