Evidently, I was seriously misinformed about what the initials “CNN” stood for.
I had been under the impression that it stood for “Cable News Network” my entire life. The network’s website, which claims to be the “most honored brand in cable news, reaching more individuals on television and online than any other cable news organization in the United States.” doesn’t exactly dispel this idea.
The Cable News Network, however, decided on Tuesday that the story that was happening wasn’t the news it intended to cover when the big domestic news concerned former President Donald Trump is the first announced candidate in the GOP presidential primary contest for 2024.
At his Mar-a-Lago Club residence in Palm Beach, Florida, Trump declared his intention to run for president for the first time in more than a century and was just the second man to do so in history.
A relatively similar choice was made by Fox News Channel, however, they chose to air 40 minutes of Trump’s speech. The speech was timed by an insider at 67 minutes.
“On cable, Fox News Channel aired most of the speech live while CNN carried the first 25 minutes before switching back to a panel discussion after Trump formally announced his 2024 candidacy,” according to The Washington Post.
The network didn’t even try to preempt “Alex Wagner Tonight,” the network’s yawn-inducing alternative for Rachel Maddow on the majority of the weekdays, on MSNBC.
Forget about broadcast networks as well.
The Post stated that “ABC, NBC and CBS all decided to stick with previously scheduled entertainment programming — reality show ‘Bachelor in Paradise’ on ABC, science fiction drama ‘La Brea’ on NBC and a fictionalized show about the FBI on CBS.”
As you may anticipate, there were a ton of covert reasons why news networks chose not to report the news.
“During the 2016 presidential race, CNN was frequently criticized for giving ample airtime to Trump’s speeches. The network’s new chief, Chris Licht, told employees on Tuesday that coverage decisions about Trump as a candidate would be made on a case-by-case basis,” according to the Post.
You could assume that his declaration of his candidacy would be a situation that would support continuing through the entire speech, but there you are.
More on this story via The Western Journal:
“Two other properties in Rupert Murdoch’s media empire, the New York Post and The Wall Street Journal, also signaled last week a preference for DeSantis, with the Post declaring him ‘DeFUTURE’ on the tabloid’s cover and the Journal’s editorial board declaring that ‘Trump Is the Republican Party’s Biggest Loser.’”
Furthermore, News Corp head Rupert Murdoch, whose empire spans Fox News, the New York Post and The Wall Street Journal, has reportedly told Trump that he wouldn’t back another bid for the White House.
“We have been clear with Donald,” a News Corp source said, according to the U.K. Guardian. “There have been conversations between them during which Rupert made it clear to Donald that we cannot back another run for the White House.” CONTINUE READING…