The signs pointed to the fact that CNN+, the paid streaming service was going to fail months before its official launch in March. After all, the ratings for CNN itself were in a freefall – still are, in fact, with no end in sight. They could not have anticipated that they would be able to convince consumers to pay monthly for a more premium version.
The answer was they couldn’t have realistically expected it, which may be why they were practically giving away subscriptions at launchtime. It is possible that the top-ranking executives of the network and the parent company shared the jokes when they came up with the idea. I dunno. We don’t know.
With this news came some understandable dunking on some of CNN+’s hosts like media hall monitor Brian Stelter, who from what I could see was providing the exact same type of stale “Fox News sucks” “Ron DeSantis is the enemy” blather on CNN+ that one regularly gets from him and his colleagues on the free side.
There were also a lot of swipes taken at Chris Wallace, who was considered the “big star” of CNN+, and who The Usual Suspects at CNN were gloating over when it was revealed that he had left his longtime perch at Fox News to work for what amounted to Fox News viewers as “The Enemy.”
Wallace also hinted that he knew there was trouble ahead, but he kept going, perhaps believing that only he could save the service from its perilous struggles to gain momentum.
In the end, he couldn’t, and in the epic trolls of epic trolls, his former employer made sure to get their own digs in on Wallace and some of Fox News’ more prominent haters at the purported “news” network with the story they filed on the fall of CNN+:
The Fox News app has no equal pic.twitter.com/k88BrN5K6m
— Abigail Marone 🇺🇸 (@abigailmarone) April 21, 2022
Greg Gutfeld, a Fox News star and comedian also had some fun.
— johnny dollar (@johnnydollar01) April 21, 2022
It is certain that Tucker Carlson will provide more insight from the side of opinion tonight.
Some speculate that something more was at work behind CNN+’s shutdown than their inability to draw large viewers. It should be very familiar.
— Leeeeeroy Jennnnnkins!!!! (@jer2911tx) April 21, 2022
Considering CNN was long dubbed the “Clinton News Network” by media critics due to their loyal devotion to Bill and Hillary back in the day, that would be something else if true, wouldn’t it? We’ll keep you posted if we can get independent confirmation. 😉
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