During Bill Clinton’s presidency, CNN earned itself the nickname of the “Clinton News Network.” Even ahead of Hillary declaring her candidacy, it was clear for whom CNN was going to be in the tank. Chris Cuomo even admitted as much on the air back in 2014, that “We couldn’t help her any more than we have, she’s got just a free ride so far from the media, we’re the biggest ones promoting her campaign, so it had better happen.”
By the time she was presidential candidate Clinton, they’d gone into overdrive doing everything they could do to protect her candidacy. There was no shortage of guests who were “mysteriously” cut off during interviews right as they dared question Madame Secretary.
And now in the wake of Donald Trump’s victory, people are realizing they don’t want to listen to lectures from the network that was wrong about literally everything this past election on the consequences of it.
As Western Journalism reported: CNN is the least trusted cable news network, according to a new poll published Wednesday. The survey, conducted by Rasmussen Reports, found that 75 percent of likely voters watch at least some cable news each week. Of those, 42 percent watch Fox News, 35 percent CNN and 19 percent MSNBC.
Regarding political news coverage, respondents seem to view all the cable news networks with some skepticism. “Fair and balanced” Fox News scored the best with 50 percent reporting they trust the political news they are getting from the network. Meanwhile, 43 percent of MSNBC viewers said they trust the political news offered there. CNN came in last among the big three, with just 33 percent indicating they really believe “the most trusted name in news.”
In November, Fox News averaged more than twice as many viewers as CNN: 3.83 million in prime time and just shy of 2 million for its total day average.
Undoubtedly they can’t be thrilled by this new designation – but they sure worked hard to achieve it.
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]