Let’s say it right up front.
Ratings don’t equal credibility.
Now, with that out of the way, let’s address a story being pushed by foxnews.com, the same place that brought you the Seth Rich hoax and has yet to own up to its egregious pushing of that particular piece of fake news.
“CNN MIRED IN A CREDIBILITY CRISIS AS RATINGS CONTINUE TO COLLAPSE, EXPERTS SAY” reads the headline.
So who are these “experts?”
“The Hill’s” Joe Concha, a reliable conservative voice.
Conservative strategist Chris Barron.
And reporter-turned-banker Porter Bibb.
Now for Fox to undertake a story that takes to task the perceived bias of a competitor’s prime-time lineup truly is ak case of the pot calling the kettle black.
They are indeed causes for concern about the current state of CNN.
Starting with its front-office and the inexplicable continued employment of Jeff Zucker, moving on to its execrable handling of recent layoffs and buyout and the continued indulgence of Jim Acosta as White House correspondent long after any effectiveness he may once have had has been eradicated, CNN seems to be aimless.
Maybe CNN’s ratings are cratering in the cable news realm because in the Age of Trump, you either go all in (like Fox News prime-time) or try a forceful, thought-out opposition ( like MSNBC with Maddow and Chris Hayes).
You don’t indulge the nightly self-absorption of a Don Lemon or the recurring shoutfests between Chris Cuomo and Kellyanne Conway.
Alas, perhaps, there is no room for an evening of sober, thoughtful news coverage and analysis.
We’re living in an age in which too many people believe reality shows are actually real, the WWE is a legitimate sports competition and cable news of any stripe is actually news.
But for one of the miscreants to finger-wag at another is just….stupid