President Trump got under CNN’s skin on Tuesday, during his presidential campaign rally in Orlando, forcing them to cut away from airing his speech entirely.
The network lasted mere minutes before cutting away to its routine programming after the audience erupted into a robust “CNN sucks” chant.
Here’s how the situation unfolded via BizPac Review…
The president took to the stage and described how his election was “a defining moment in American history,” a turning away from the Democratic policies of former President Obama (of Obamacare, the Iran Deal, the Paris Climate Accords, NAFTA) and towards a better America (historic unemployment lows, wage growth, more jobs, the return of American companies, better trade deals, a booming stock market).
“The fact is the American Dream is back. It’s bigger and better, and stronger than ever, before. 2016 was not merely another four-year election. This was a defining moment in American history. Ask them right there,” Trump said per the report, addressing the reporters in the back of the room.
The crowd then stirred up the chant against CNN.
“By the way, that is a lot of fake news back there,” Trump added. “That’s a lot. You know what I say, the amount of press we have tonight reminds me of the Academy Awards before it went political and their ratings went down the tubes.”
“And that’s when CNN cut away from the rally,” BizPac Review reports.
Here’s more, from the report:
While the president didn’t mention CNN by name, the network is among those that have suffered the most drastic drop in their ratings during the past two to three years.
According to the latest Nielsen Media Research data, last week the network fell to ninth place in total day ratings and 14th place in prime time ratings.
“CNN averaged 519,000 in total day viewership, including just 173,000 in the ages 25-54 demographic, its lowest of the year,” The Daily Caller reported Tuesday. “The network averaged 744,000 in prime time viewers.”
“CNN’s ratings continue the network’s recent nose dive. Last week, the Home and Garden TV channel nearly doubled the 24 hour cable news network in prime time ratings, averaging 1,289,000 viewers compared to 762,000 viewers for CNN.”