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CNN’s ratings plummet to lowest primetime viewership in almost three years

From Fox News: CNN’s 24/7 Trump-bashing strategy doesn’t seem to be working.

The beleaguered network’s primetime hosts Anderson Cooper, Chris Cuomo and Don Lemon celebrated Thanksgiving with the network’s lowest-rated week in primetime viewership in nearly three years.

Fox News averaged 2.2 million viewers during the primetime hours of 9-11 p.m. ET from Nov. 25 through Dec. 1, while MSNBC averaged 1.3 million viewers during the same time period and CNN managed only 643,000 average viewers. It was CNN’s worst performance in nearly three years and the liberal network’s worst turnout among the key demographic of adults age 25-54 in over five years.

Thanksgiving didn’t make for a slow news week, as CNN’s hapless totals came amid ongoing news regarding impeachment hearings of President Trump, the controversy surrounding the handling of Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher, Mike Bloomberg launching a 2020 presidential bid, Trump’s surprise trip to Afghanistan and significant weather-related stories.

CNN averaged only 138,000 primetime demo viewers — less than half of Fox News’ average of 303,000 during the week.

Fox News was the most-watched cable network among total day viewers for the 47th straight week, averaging 1.3 million. Hallmark Channel, ESPN, MSNBC and Nickelodeon joined FNC among the top five.

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MSNBC’s Hunter Biden baby/DNA test confirmation headline is the BEST

How is it possible that this is from MSNBC?

Biden denies he is the father of this woman’s baby. Apparently he’s going to challenge the DNA test results.

Read the whole MSNBC story here.

While his father is running for president, Hunter could have resolved this privately. Instead he’s now forcing this new mother to go through the stress, expense and humiliation of paternity litigation in court to get child support.

Aren’t we to #BelieveAllWomen?

Typical hypocritical demorat who actively engages in a #WaronWomen.

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Eric “Nuke ’em” Swalwell farts on Chris Matthews’ Hardball…

Swalwell is denying that he farted on live TV. Hardball backed him up, claiming it was “the #hardball mug scraping across the desk.”

Yeah, riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight.

Just own it, man. It would have made him appear more humanlike rather than the demorat he is…

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It pays to be a race hustler: Al Sharpton received $1M in pay from his own charity

He needs that big salary as he still owes $698,470.99 in back federal taxes for three of his companies.

From Fox News: He’s the million-dollar minister. The Rev. Al Sharpton raked in $1,046,948 from his own charity last year, according to National Action Network’s latest tax filings obtained by The Post.

Sharpton got a $324,000 salary — 32% higher than his 2017 pay in addition to a $159,596 bonus and $563,352 in “other compensation.”

The Harlem-based nonprofit — which Sharpton controls as president and CEO — said the extra cash was to make up for the years from 2004 to 2017 when he didn’t get his full pay. NAN said it hired an executive compensation firm that determined the good reverend was owed $1.252 million — but he was generously willing to take $500,000 less.

Sharpton and the nonprofit’s board also agreed “he has now been fully compensated for all the years he was underpaid and received no bonus,” the NAN statement said.

The sharp-dressing, silver-tongued preacher defended the windfall before taking the stage for his weekly rally at NAN’s House of Justice in Harlem, an event where attendees throw cash in the collection bucket at the reverend’s behest.

“Fifteen years, you are talking about since 2004 when I came back after running for president,” he said. “For anybody else it would be laughable.”

He said he also deserved the 2018 raise. “It’s a six-day-a-week job and several hours a day and when [the compensation firm] compared it to other companies, other nonprofits, that’s the salary that they would get,” he said.

The firebrand activist and MSNBC host was not exactly earning minimum wage in recent years. The last year he went without a salary was 2008, and he has made well into the six figures every year since, tax documents show.

He certainly wasn’t coveting his neighbor’s paycheck in 2017, when his NAN salary came to $244,661, or the year before, when he was paid $250,000 plus a $437,555 bonus. NAN justified the bonus at the time saying it was designed to make up for a lack of full compensation, including no retirement or benefits packages over the years.

The nonprofit also noted in 2016 that Sharpton’s average yearly pay of $283,543 from 2007 through 2016 fell within the competitive range of those who held similar positions.

In 2014, Sharpton got much more than the average pay — $348,244 plus a $64,400 bonus, tax filings show.

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CNN’s 7-hour Climate Town Hall extravaganza cheered by activists

HARD PASS for me and this “extravaganza.”

From MSN: Organizations that advocate for the health of the climate and the urgency of global warming are praising CNN after the network announced that its climate-focused town halls next week will run for seven hours.

On Sept. 4, the network will broadcast 10 back-to-back town halls with Democratic presidential candidates focused on climate change, running from 5 p.m. ET to midnight. Network anchors and hosts Wolf Blitzer, Anderson Cooper, Don Lemon, Chris Cuomo, Erin Burnett will do the questioning.

“Tackling the climate crisis is one of the top polling issues among voters this election, which is why it is important that CNN is doing the right thing and devoting so much time to a conversation that the public wants to hear,” said Adam Beitman, a spokesman for the Sierra Club. “The network deserves kudos. We’re hopeful that this is just the start of CNN and other TV news outlets devoting much more airtime to the climate crisis, which threatens the health and safety of communities across the country.”

“We’re glad that CNN is devoting this town hall to the climate crisis,” said Denis Dison, a spokesman for the Natural Resources Defense Council Action Fund. “After four years of climate denial from the White House, the next U.S. president will have to take bold action to put America at the forefront of a clean energy economy, so the least we can expect is for the political media to press the candidates for realistic plans about how they intend to do that.”

“Devoting hours of air time to the climate crisis is a good step that we hope spurs other networks, news outlets and organizations to follow suit,” said Laura Daniel Davis of the National Wildlife Federation.

Many climate advocacy organizations are displeased, however, that the Democratic National Committee has not agreed to host a climate-focused candidate debate. “CNN has stepped up where [chairman] Tom Perez and the DNC deliberately dropped the ball,” said CREDO Action campaign manager Jelani Drew-Davi. “Seven hours of content focused on the climate crisis is huge for over half a million grassroots activists who pushed the DNC for an official climate debate.”

But, added Drew-Davi, “town halls and summits simply don’t get the same viewership that an official DNC debate does.”

A spokesman for Greenpeace USA also framed the town halls in the context of a potential climate debate. “The format of CNN’s town hall shows exactly why a DNC-sanctioned climate debate would have been ideal: to have the candidates all on stage at the same time discussing how they would combat the climate crisis,” said Ryan Schleeter. “The seven-hour format makes it incredibly difficult for viewers to compare the candidates’ policies and make an informed choice as to who is best positioned to act in the interest of people and the planet.”

CNN, which did not respond to a request for an interview about the town halls, is not the only game in town, however. The network’s left-leaning competitor, MSNBC, is partnering on a two-day climate change forum at Georgetown University on Sept. 18-19. MSNBC hosts Chris Hayes and Ali Velshi will moderate the forum and interview 2020 candidates about how they would address the crisis.

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“Conservative” Jennifer Rubin says the Republican Party should be burned down

Remember folks, #LoveTrumpsHate!

In this clip from MSNBC, Jennifer Rubin of the Washington Post says that the Republican Party should be “burned down” so that there are no “survivors” and that Trump’s enablers should be punished.

Also note the chryron: “Life after Donald Trump.”

These people are so full of hate. Hate and contempt for nearly 63 million people in this country. Keep that in mind come 2020 elections.

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Man wrongly outed as President Trump supporter, forced to go over “situational awareness” with his family

Joaquin Castro: He didn’t mean no harm to Trump supporters…

Expect things to get much, much worse as we head into 2020.

And, no matter who you are, “situational awareness” is ALWAYS a good thing. I suggest MAGA supporters practice this daily.

From Fox News: A San Antonio man was wrongly outed on Twitter as a donor to President Trump by Democratic Rep. Joaquin Castro and said Friday the incident forced him to review emergency plans with his wife and three children.

Harper Huddleston said on “Fox & Friends” that his name appeared on Castro’s list instead of the name of his retired father, who contributed to the Trump campaign. He said the mix-up was because they share the same first name, but have different middle names, though his father does not go by the name Harper.

Huddleston said he supports Trump and has contributed in the past to the mayoral campaign of Castro’s brother, Julian, who is now running for president. He said he was glad to have received the negative attention instead of his father, but explained that he was forced to go over emergency plans with his wife and three children.

“We convened together as a family and talked about situational awareness, exit strategy, avoiding and exiting conflict, talked about staying low and close to home and just being at our very highest senses,” said Huddleston.

Castro, D-Texas, has refused calls from the Trump campaign and Republicans to delete the post, arguing the names of the donors are publicly available.

“Unless you support the white nationalism and the racism that Donald Trump is paying for and fueling, then I hope you, as a person of good conscience, will think twice about contributing to his campaign,” said Castro in an interview on MSNBC, where he was pressed by host Willie Geist about the likelihood that people will be harassed.

“I don’t want anyone on the left or the right to be a target of any crazy person or any person that means them harm at all,” he responded, claiming the names were already circulating before his account posted them.

Huddleston argued that when Castro, as a sitting congressman, tweets such a list, it reaches a “very large audience” and he attempted to connect “fine members of this community” to racism and white supremacy.

“Moms, dads, retirees and to associate these people with those types of claims is just wrong,” he said, arguing that he believes Castro’s actions will actually motivate the president’s supporters.

“All this does is galvanize the interest and reinvigorate making America great again,” said Huddleston.

On Thursday, another of the donors from the list, Mark Hanrahan blasted Castro for his “galling” decision.

“He knows exactly what he’s doing,” said Hanrahan, adding that his father fought in World War II and he refuses to be “bullied with slurs of racism.”

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CNN ratings continue to collapse

From Fox News: CNN is suffering a credibility crisis as viewership for the once-proud network continues to crater with no apparent plan in place to fix things anytime soon, according to media watchdogs and insiders.

CNN’s audience shriveled in the second quarter of 2019, averaging only 541,000 total viewers, less than half Fox News Channel’s 1.3 million average. But CNN struggled even more during the primetime hours of 8-11 p.m. ET, finishing as the fifteenth most-watched network on basic cable behind networks such as TLC, Investigation Discovery and the Hallmark Channel. CNN averaged a dismal 761,000 primetime viewers while FNC averaged 2.4 million.

The Hill media guru Joe Concha told Fox News that CNN’s freefall may not be slowing.

“The numbers warrant concern, yes. Q2 was a particularly news-rich quarter highlighted by the release of the Mueller report and all the aftermath and controversy following it, plus the launch of several high-profile Democratic candidacies including Joe Biden and Pete Buttigieg to propel 2020 coverage into high gear,” Concha said. “It may only get worse in Q3 given the numbers we’re already seeing.”

CNN did not immediately respond when asked for comment.

CNN started off the third quarter with “the network’s lowest average since 2015” when it comes to primetime viewers among the key demographic of adults age 25-54, according to TVNewser. But the network has extended various contributors through the election, indicating that its apparent anti-Trump programming strategy will remain in place for at least the duration of the president’s first term.

“You know the answer,” a longtime CNN employee said when asked if staffers are panicked about the ratings decay before declining further comment.

Another current CNN employee told Fox News that there is widespread concern about the network’s ratings problem, but high-profile hosts such as Anderson Cooper remain unfazed.

“The people that are concerned – it’s certainly not the anchors who have lucrative contracts – it’s the people among the lower levels, such as producers and show bookers,” the employee said.

A third current staffer told Fox News that CNN “is clearly doing something wrong if the ratings are like this,” before asking, “So why don’t we try something different?”

Cable news viewership has declined in general as more and more consumers cut the cord in favor of OTT streaming services, but CNN’s losses are overwhelming. The network lost 18 percent of its audience compared to the second quarter of last year. CNN also dropped a whopping 38 percent of primetime viewers among the key demo.

“Losing nearly 40 percent of an already third-place audience must be a primary topic in internal meetings, with immediate remedies not readily apparent,” Concha said.

CNN’s most popular show, “Cuomo Prime Time,” averaged only 910,000 viewers. Fourteen Fox News programs and 10 MSNBC programs attracted larger audiences. Chris Cuomo and Anderson Cooper are part of CNN’s struggling primetime lineup that lost 38% of its audience in the key demo during the second quarter of 2019.

Reporter-turned-banker Porter Bibb is surprised parent company AT&T hasn’t made any changes. “My guess is that senior management is more concerned about the launch of HBO Max than CNN, at least for the moment,” he said.

Sagging ratings weren’t the only negative headlines generated by CNN during the second quarter, as the network reduced its headcount days after publically declaring there wouldn’t be mass layoffs.

A CNN spokesperson told Fox News on May 7 that reports of looming layoffs were a “crazy rumor,” but staffers were shocked when members of the network’s Atlanta-based staff who covered health care were shown the door only two weeks later.

CNN also saw over 100 employees accept a voluntary buyout option, losing bureau chiefs and award winners in the process while the network moved into elaborate new New York City digs.

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What really happened during the demorat debate technical difficulties…

President Trump tweeted this after Wednesday’s demorat debate: “Thank you @MSNBC, real professionals! @chucktodd @maddow”

Expert-level trolling!

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Woman who claims Trump assaulted her won’t press charges because it would be “disrespectful to migrant women”

Victim E. Jean Carroll

E. Jean Carroll is a 75-year-old advice columnist who claims President Trump assaulted her in the mid-1990s.

She’s got a book coming out next month which includes her story about the assault. More details from Wikipedia:

“On June 21, 2019, Carroll wrote in a first-person essay in New York that Donald Trump sexually assaulted her in the fall of 1995 or the spring of 1996 in a Bergdorf Goodman store in New York City. BBC News described it as a rape allegation. In the essay Carroll stated, “I have never had sex with anybody again.” The essay was part of an excerpt of Carroll’s book What Do We Need Men For? A Modest Proposal, which is scheduled to be published on July 2, 2019. The White House denied the allegation.”

The advice columnist claims she won’t be pressing charges against President Trump because somehow his “assaulting” her decades ago is now “disrespectful” to migrant women. Excerpts of her story from Hollywood Reporter:

“Just hours after accusing President Donald Trump and former CBS CEO Les Moonves of sexual assault in a book excerpt published as New York Magazine’s upcoming cover story, advice columnist E. Jean Carroll spoke about her experience with Trump on MSNBC’s The Last Word With Lawrence O’Donnell.

In the lengthy sit-down, Carroll recounted her visit to Bergdorf Goodman with the then-real-estate mogul, again claiming that he sexually assaulted her in the department store dressing room. But when asked if she would pursue charges against Trump for his alleged behavior, Carroll said “No.”

“I would find it disrespectful to the women who are down on the border who are being raped around the clock down there without any protection,” Carroll said. “The women have very little protection there. It would just be disrespectful.”

The New York Times recently reported that migrant women and girls along the U.S. Mexico border are sexually assaulted in incidents that are unreported or prosecuted.

She continued, “Mine was three minutes. I’m a mature woman. I can handle it. I can keep going. You know my life has gone on. I’m a happy woman. But for the women down there and, actually, around the world, you know, in every culture this is going on no matter high in society or low in society, it just seems disrespectful that I would bring — it just doesn’t make sense to me.”

Carroll claims that she was sexually assaulted by Trump in late 1995 or early 1996 at the high-end department store across from Trump Tower in Manhattan.

“The moment the dressing-room door is closed, he lunges at me, pushes me against the wall, hitting my head quite badly, and puts his mouth against my lips. I am so shocked I shove him back and start laughing again,” Carroll writes in her upcoming book What Do We Need Men For? A Modest Proposal. “He seizes both my arms and pushes me up against the wall a second time, and, as I become aware of how large he is, he holds me against the wall with his shoulder and jams his hand under my coat dress and pulls down my tights.”

She continues, “The next moment, still wearing correct business attire, shirt, tie, suit jacket, overcoat, he opens the overcoat, unzips his pants, and, forcing his fingers around my private area, thrusts his penis halfway — or completely, I’m not certain — inside me. It turns into a colossal struggle.”

Carroll added on The Last Word, “It hurt, and it was against my will.”

Read the whole story here.

So this advice columnist was attacked by President Trump decades ago and just now, the month before she has a book to promote, is now making this claim available to the public?

Sorry, hon. Ain’t buying your story. Maybe if she had made the claim without any personal financial gain tied to her statement she might have more credibility. Maybe.

But good luck selling copies of your book!

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