Sparring between CNN and former President Donald Trump became the norm during his four years in office.
In fact, it was an off day if CNN wasn’t viciously attacking Trump and his administration.
But Donald Trump has quite possibly destroyed CNN without even trying.
In January of 2021, left-wing media outlets such as CNN and MSNBC were riding atop the ratings reports and soaking up the time in the spotlight.
Unfortunately for both networks, but especially CNN, they didn’t realize how short-lived this high would be.
Neither network seemed to understand that once their “bogeyman” Donald Trump was out of office, their ratings would crater.
Left-wing viewers no longer needed to hear the constant “Trump is a bad man” rhetoric because he was gone and Joe Biden was going to save the world.
Or so they thought.
Since Biden took office, CNN has faced an epic crash in ratings.
Fox News recently reported:
The second quarter of 2021 saw viewers ditch CNN and MSNBC in droves as experts wonder if the liberal networks can ever recover from a “serious credibility problem” they created by relying on former President Donald Trump for success while ignoring internal gaffes and scandals.
“CNN and MSNBC were one-trick ponies, and that trick was bashing Trump,” Cornell Law School professor and media critic William A. Jacobson told Fox News.
“Now that Trump no longer is president, they have tried to keep up the mania, but it’s hard. The audience has disappeared because it never was loyal to CNN and MSNBC hosts, it was loyal to Trump hatred,” Jacobson added. “It’s not hard to imagine executives at CNN and MSNBC saying nightly prayers that Trump runs for president in 2024.”
CNN hosts like Don Lemon and Brian Stelter are attempting to continue the fearmongering in hopes of drawing viewers back, but it doesn’t appear to be working.
They’ve even gone as far as to name new “bogeymen” like Tucker Carlson, but that’s not working either.
For the last 4-plus years, the Left despised Trump, and that is all they cared about, so trying to replace him with someone like Carlson just doesn’t cut it.
It’s unlikely CNN will ever have the success they had during the Trump years unless he runs again in 2024.
Maybe if they considered reporting actual news, they’d see a ratings increase.
Political Animal News will keep you up-to-date with this ongoing story.