Today Cenk takes to The Huffington Post”to tackle how Current TV and “The Young Turks” are partly responsible for CNN’s decreased ratings. Could an independent network and rebel news show be stealing CNN’s viewers?
CNN just had their lowest ratings in a decade. They are in disastrous shape. When I was on MSNBC, we would beat them with a stick. Even after “pro-CNN” stories like revolutions in Egypt and Libya, Japanese nuclear meltdowns and the killing of Osama bin Laden (CNN does much better when major news or international stories break out), we still beat them. Now they’re doing so poorly I might even catch them on Current.
We started at almost nothing on Current, but we have been steadily improving our numbers. Why are we getting traction? Because people want an alternative — the real news. So, I should just stay quiet and let CNN drive off that cliff. By the way, when I catch Erin Burnett — which is not that far off because I’m beginning to see her in the distance in the demos — everyone will know it. Who knows, that might be the event that precipitates CNN re-thinking their entire model. Imagine if a network that started at nearly nothing catches CNN within a year.
But I am not going to wait until then to give them some friendly advice. I know they won’t perceive it that way, but I am actually trying to help them. So here it is — for the love of God, stop doing “he said, she said” crap that doesn’t actually deliver the news to anyone. Democrats said this and Republicans said that — who cares? What is the reality?! Your job is supposed to be to bring us facts, not what official spokespeople told you in their press releases and talking points.
The problem is that CNN doesn’t have the courage to do this.