Posts tagged #CNN

Democrats Are Starting To Realize They Need To Appear On Fox News Instead Of CNN If They Want To Reach Voters. The Bernie Sanders Town Hall On Fox Is The Most Viewed Of Year

We already knew Fox News was the king of cable news. The channel’s ratings and success prove it. Now, we have indisputable proof thanks to, of all people, Bernie Sanders.

Monday night the Senator and current Democrat frontrunner for president appeared on Fox for an hour that was the most watched town hall of the year with 2.6 million viewers. So far, the average viewership for CNN’s town halls is 903,000. Rivals Fox News and MSNBC’s regular programming airing during the CNN town halls each easily beat the network with Fox receiving an average of 2.2 million viewers and MSNBC 1.1 million.

I give Sanders credit for being willing to appear on Fox because not all Democrats would’ve done that.

The Vermont senator was wise to go on Fox because he knew if he wanted to reach a mass audience with his message, Fox was the place to go. No one outside of his base would’ve ever seen him on MSNBC, and if you look at the ratings for CNN, not many that “Burn for Bernie” or any other candidate’s supporters for that matter would’ve seen them on CNN.

Fox is in talks about hosting a town hall with Pete Buttigieg next. If he’s smart, he’ll accept the invitation so he can actually reach voters.

Even Democrats are starting to learn that if you want to reach an audience, you gotta go on Fox. Otherwise, you’ll just be talking to people that are walking through an airport glancing at CNN on a TV screen.

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Dr. Chad Whittle holds a doctoral degree in mass communication and is the host of “A Whittle Bit of Commentary.” Subscribe today to his podcast on Apple Podcasts, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, and Google Play. Read his daily column at ChadWhittle.com and follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

 

 

The Mainstream Media Should Be Beacons Of Truth In The Age Of Fake News, But New Poll Shows Many Americans Know They're Not.

According to a new poll of 2,200 Americans conducted by The Hollywood Reporter and Morning Consult, many Americans know what we all know to be true about the mainstream media: the majority of it is liberal.

The study reports 46 percent believe CNN leans liberal and 43 percent believe MSNBC is as well.

Just 12 percent believe CNN is neutral which is still too high of a number.

Broadcast TV networks are believed to have a liberal bias as well with 36 percent believing NBC is liberal, 35 percent for CBS, and 34 percent believe ABC’s coverage is slanted left.

Of the sample, 51 percent believe Fox News is conservative.

The poll also found that 40 percent of Americans believe there should be less coverage of politics with another 40 percent believing TV news should cover world events more. It’s hard to disagree with them on this point.

I’m glad to see there are so many others that are figuring out the agenda of the mainstream media. The more Americans figure out the news coverage they are receiving from mainstream traditional news sources is slanted, the better informed they’ll become because they will seek out more accurate, alternative sources.

In the age of the fake news and misrepresentation spreading all across social media, traditional journalism institutions should be beacons of truth and accuracy. A place Americans can turn to find the truth and not a biased agenda. Sadly, this isn’t the case and probably never will be. They’ll continue to go left, and because of this, their ratings will continue to go south.

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Dr. Chad Whittle holds a doctoral degree in mass communication and is the host of “A Whittle Bit of Commentary.” Subscribe today to his podcast on Apple Podcasts, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, and Google Play. Read his weekly column at ChadWhittle.com and follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

UK Government Establishing Regulator To Oversee Social Media And The Spread Of "Fake News" And "Disinformation." Will This Lead To Censorship?

The UK government has established the world’s first independent regulator to try and help social media giants like Facebook in check according to CNET.

Companies could face fines for not following the new requirements that will be implemented.

The goal of the new internet regulator is to make the web a safer place.

The regulator will ensure social media networks tackle problems including:

-Incitement of violence and the spread of violent (including terrorist) content

-Encouragement of self-harm or suicide

-The spread of disinformation and fake news

-Cyberbullying

-Children's access to inappropriate material

-Child exploitation and abuse content

The new requirements will apply to Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and other social media networks and other websites.

I believe everyone can agree that we don’t want children to have access to pornographic content or that violent inciting content should be widely available online to be viewed. However, what does concern me is who gets to decide what “disinformation” and “fake news” is?

We’ve already seen social sites deactivate and delete the accounts of Alex Jones and other political figures for their posts. While I don’t agree with Jones and others, they should be able to speak freely online unless they are encouraging violence or harm toward others.

While the new UK regulator has no jurisdiction over the U.S. and our access to social media content, this new governmental figure could push the social giants toward blocking certain websites in the UK because they feel it’s “disinformation” or “fake news.”

Wonder if he or she decides that BreitBart or The Daily Caller is “fake news”?

Would you be ok with that? If you’re a liberal, then maybe you’d say yes.

However, what if the new regulator says Mother Jones, CNN, or MSNBC is spreading “disinformation”? Which actually wouldn’t be a lie, CNN spread fake news for two and half years about Trump and Russia, but regardless, I would not agree with their websites being blocked off social media.

It’s a tricky and potential dangerous slippery slope when a government grants someone the ability to fine social sites for content on their websites they deem spreading “disinformation” or “fake news.”

Will this new UK regulator make the internet a safer place or just a more censored place?

I lean towards these new policies creating more censorship than safety.

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Dr. Chad Whittle holds a doctoral degree in mass communication and is the host of “A Whittle Bit of Commentary.” Subscribe today to his podcast on Apple Podcasts, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, and Google Play. Read his weekly column at ChadWhittle.com and follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

Things Go From Bad To Worse For CNN: Tucker Carlson Beats Their ENTIRE Primetime Lineup Combined!

Things for CNN have gone from bad to worse.

First, Robert Mueller did not find collusion with Russia.

Now, as if that isn’t bad enough, Tucker Carlson at 8 p.m. on Fox News beat the ENTIRE CNN primetime lineup in the ratings!

Last week, CNN’s primetime lineup received an average of 2.4 million viewers while Carlson averaged 3.4 million viewers. According to Nielsen, Chris Cuomo received 875,000 viewers, Anderson Cooper received 810,000 viewers and Don Lemon 789,000 viewers. In total, Carlson beat all of them combined by around a million viewers.

This has to be incredibly embarrassing for CNN. However, if you look at recent ratings for CNN primetime, most of their shows are just above a million total viewers in primetime or less.

The Washington Times reported Fox News primetime ratings were up 11% in the last year while CNN fell by 11%.

CNN went all in on the Russia collusion narrative so after two-plus years of reporting that it was all but a certain, once it was proven to be false, it was easily predictable due to their reporting that they’d lose viewers.

The problem for CNN is can they replace or bring back the viewers they’ve lost?

In a world of thousands of other sources online including social media for news, the answer is no.

CNN’s dominant days are over. In fact, it really started when they replaced Larry King. That was the first of many bad programming decisions. King had millions of viewers compared to Piers Morgan.

The network could recover if they want back to news and not anti-Trump 24/7 but there is more evidence of Russia collusion than there is they’ll ever consider doing that and as you know, there was no Russian collusion.

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Dr. Chad Whittle holds a doctoral degree in mass communication and is the host of “A Whittle Bit of Commentary.” Subscribe today to his podcast on Apple Podcasts, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, and Google Play. Read his weekly column at ChadWhittle.com and follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

CNN Should Rebrand HLN (Headline News) As A Conservative Competitor To Fox News

CNN recently announced they plan to no longer produce live news programming on sister network HLN, except for Robin Meade’s morning show and a few hours after her show goes off. The rest of the day will consist of taped programming.

The reason for the change from live news to taped programming?

Trump.

The “Cable news landscape is dominated by politics,” said HLN head Ken Jautz. He further explained to his staff that due to HLN’s focus on non-political stories, the network really could not compete in this current news and political environment.

While he did not say Trump specifically, at this point, isn’t the word politics just interchangeable with Trump’s name?

CNN is missing a real business opportunity by not embracing politics on HLN, specifically conservative Republican Trump politics.

If you like Trump or vote Republican, you watch Fox News. If you hate Trump, you can watch either MSNBC or CNN and get your daily fill of anti-Trump programming. One reason Fox News dominates both Trump hating networks in the ratings is that MSNBC and CNN split the liberal viewership.

I believe CNN’s parent company Turner Broadcasting is missing a big league ratings opportunity by not providing content for the MAGA viewer.

There is no way CNN would ever hire a pro-Trump host for a primetime slot. Their viewers would revolt.

However, HLN is a separate channel, and the past few years it’s really struggled to find its own identity. CNN should rebrand it as a Fox News competitor.

If HLN became Fox News-lite with a primetime line up of respected conservative commentators and reporters, it would give Fox News competition and would peel away viewers from the nation’s leading cable news channel. However, this would not happen overnight. It would be a long-term project because it would take years to establish trust among conservative viewers, but hiring someone like Ben Shapiro, for example, would go a long way in establishing trust.

Not only would this move provide CNN with millions more in revenue, it would also open the door for more voices and would make cable news overall stronger as viewers would have more options for conservative commentary.

Competition makes everyone better, stronger and pushes them to create better products. More competition in cable news would be a good thing for the viewer at home.

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