Tied in with other major developments at the network, CNN’s coverage is already apparently shifting.
The one-time leader and sole creator of 24-hour cable news outlet, CNN has fallen in recent years — and not just on hard times. It is amazing to sit back and consider that the channel that quite literally revolutionized broadcast journalism has been reduced to less than a competitor — to a distant also-ran in the ratings. Since the channel was first rated at Hallmark Channel level ratings in 1995, it has fallen to a distant second-tier. The recent scandals have only added to the pain.
One of the ironies seen from Jeff Zucker’s outlet is the perpetual whining taking place about how Fox News is not a valid news network. There have been constant complaints regarding coverage biases and poor journalism throughout the broadcasts. This is not only due to the obsessions displayed by Brian Stelter or Oliver Darcy delivering their messages from. The Foxcave. This is ironic because CNN often ignores covering news to make it clear that Fox doesn’t cover the story properly.
There are some things that might be changing right now, although it’s not clear if they will change for the better. Some subtle changes have been made to the airwaves over recent weeks, despite massive executive change. Colby Hall is over at Mediaite A little bit of an discoveryInformation regarding CNN’s content over the past weeks.
In January, CNN mentioned “Fox” on-air an average of 100 times per week. But in the first three weeks of February, the average number of “Fox” mentions dwindled by two-thirds down to 34. Average daily Fox mentions were approximately 13 per day between Jan. 1 and Feb. 2. They have been uttered an average of five times per days since then.
The February 2 date is crucial, because that’s when Zucker announced his resignation as network president. CNN has taken a step back from its criticism of Fox News since that historic moment. This was made even more apparent by the recent focus that Fox News received regarding the handling of the Durham report. The numbers on Fox’s diminished attention would have been even more stark if there hadn’t been the increased coverage accusing the rival of reacting too quickly.
The ever-evolving Atlanta telenovela would reveal a couple facts. The first is that the stated reason for Zucker’s forced exit – his unrevealed yet widely known affair with a staffer – was the justification, but not the basis. The suspension of Chris Cuomo, followed by his firing, was preceded by my suggestion that He and Jeff Zucker might be up against itBased on Warner Media’s greater involvement in the network and the more strict and clear-cut corporate standards for WM, the decision was made. CNN has been seen as a potential problem that needs to be resolved.
This was further revealed when, weeks after Zucker’s receiving of walking papers, his paramour, Allison Gollust, was summarily dismissed with the stated reason being not her involvement with Zucker but her actions in putting Andrew Cuomo on the air and arranging favorable coverage of the governor. We can see how the Warner influence may be already felt at the network, with Zucker being expelled.
Hall draws some absurd conclusions from his media coverage. Hall suggests that Fox’s fortunes were actually helped by CNN covering the story.
What is the best way for a rival network to report on the political rhetoric of its competitor while not promoting it? If you find the absurdities and inane comments of Tucker CarlsonCNN covers these topics regularly, so eventually viewers will be able to tune into Fox News at 8.
This is not a stretch to say that CNN was helping Fox. Chris Cuomo used to be the most viewed host on the network before he quit. However, he had to increase the ratings of cable news to the top-30 to earn a spot. Hall also suggests that it was hurting CNN’s fortunes when they engaged Fox in the bitter commentary that supposedly originated with them. This is not a fault. Just look at the way the CNN hosts use Hitler/Nazi comparisons. If it’s a Fox characteristic, then CNN should be able to see a rise in their ratings.
While it has only been weeks since the seismic shift in CNN’s executive division, it appears a tidal change is also coming over the news side of things. The question is still open as to whether this will lead to an increase in the number of boats being lifted, or whether things will continue to sink, emitting a unique low-tide scent.