You remember CNN. They pioneered cable news. They are now an interesting footnote in history. They have so few viewers now that you could get their average hourly viewership into the back of a Greyhound bus.
At CNN, they are getting desperate. Rush Limbaugh thinks he knows what they are going to do.
With CNN firmly entrenched in the abyss of the ratings sewer, radio host Rush Limbaugh is predicting a shift in the political viewpoint of the cable news network.
“I think I figured out what CNN’s gonna do to try to recapture their lost glory,” Limbaugh said this afternoon on his top-rated program.
“I think they’re gonna move further to the left, try to even ‘out-left’ MSNBC. That’s based on a couple of things I’ve seen. It’s too early to know for certain. Too soon to tell right now. But it looks to me like that CNN is gonna move even further left in their valiant effort to recapture the 98 percent of their audience that they’ve lost since the 1980s.”
CNN is at a 20-year low when it comes to viewership.
The drive by media is about at the same stage as the dinosaurs shortly after the meteor hit the world millions of years ago.
They are dying.
Because they put ideology above common sense.
Let’s look at the numbers. About 43% of Americans self identify as conservatives. About 30% self identify as moderates or independents and about 21% self identify as liberal. The rest either don’t idenitify or claim to be something else.
The drive by media represents only one segment of the American population and the smallest one at that. You have ABC news, CBS News, PBS, NBC and MSNBC all chasing that 21% segment of the population. Only Fox, which crushes its competition is going for the larger pond.
Fox has moderated quite a bit over the last couple of years and it is hard to call it a conservative network like it was say three years ago. But it is still reaching into that largest segement of the American population.
Meanwhile CNN fights with the other drive bys for the tiniest segment of the viewing audience.
Memo to CNN: Do you want to pull your ratings out of the toilet and compete and perhaps even Fox News?
Instead of programs like Cheerleading for Obama with Solidad O’Brien, how about conservative programs?
How about putting Tea Party people on a show? Would that do any worse than Piers Morgan’s show? Does anyone even watch that show?
How about a conservative talk show like Sean Hanity’s show? There are a lot of conservative talk hosts out there.
The possibilities are endless.
The question for CNN is, are they in this for ideology or are they in this for profit and for their shareholders?
If it is just ideology, keep going. You will soon have fewer viewers than the English language version of the Mongolian Cultural channel.
If it is about profit, then you know what you need to do.
Going to call themselves "Communist News Network" are they?
I though it was Clinton's New Network
How about CNP, Communist News Pravda?
For years the TV's at the Fitness Center have been on CNN, PMSNBC, and the Networks. They used to deny requests for Fox News. For several months now Fox News has been showing up regularly on several of the TV's.
Actually.....Pravda already has a clone.....it's called RT (Russian Today) which is carried on my channel selection in Philly. The news service is accused of "Kremlin Propaganda" and also being a conduit to the return of the Soviet Union. Their news is ultra-selective and they have an American field reporter that occasionally polls Americans in the streets, followed by her cap off assessment of "how much more DUMB can Americans be?" I suppose it is the far reaching left CNN may desire. I watch it from time to time for it's "tragic comedic" value (and the see what hard core leftists are peddling!).
@ John S Bacsenko ~ Actually, Russia Today - is very much like USA Today or Good Morning,America , BUT from the Russian / Communist point of view ( Mostly FLUFF ). PURE,UNADULTRADED PROPAGANDA , but sometime you do get a tidbit of truth. And you get to see and hear what Russia is broadcasting to Europe and the Middle East. It's actually a 'good resource' of Russian Policy.
Amen......that's why I catch the BBC news live stream from time to time as well.
Yep...it's do or die for CNN (and MSNBC) ... and I'd just as soon that silly mess expires...
Would this mean when I go to the airport, there will be some decent programs?
Max in Florida
Soledad O'Brien. a typiclal left wing megaphone. Why megaphone? It has no mind of its own. All it's good for is to hold up between the speaker and the crowd you are trying to reach so they can hear you better. Other than that it's just a hollow cone that could possibly be used as a funnel or a dunce hat.
What are the media moguls (hey Fox, are you listening) afraid of--why not a completely "conservative" network--if you don't like what/how they are reporting--change the channel--just like the folks have done with CNN.
It sometimes wonders me why Fox has shifted so far from a conservative viewpoint in the past couple of years!
Perhaps it is the "big tent" syndrome. With no competition to the right of Rachel Maddow, Fox can afford to drift quite a bit to the Left while maintaining a facade of "Fair and Balanced". The only game in town, really!
Maybe they where forced to move left.