CNN—the Comintern News Network?—is the gift that keeps on giving. In addition to Scott’s discussions below of CNN’s thuggery, there is a poll out right now that is being touted as showing CNN is “more trusted” than Trump, so there.
President Trump has amped up his battle with CNN, but it appears the news network is holding its own.
A recent poll conducted by SurveyMonkey shows that more Americans place their trust in CNN than they do in Trump, reports Axios.
Whoa, then: Trump is clearly losing his battle with CNN! What a fool!
But then let the next sentence, where the actual poll numbers are reported, sink in for a while:
The media outlet was deemed the more trustworthy of the two by 50 percent of respondents, while 43 percent answered in president’s favor.
In other words, Trump’s “trusted” number more or less matches up with his general approval rating, which is partly a function of basic partisan division in the country, while CNN—a permanent institution supposedly committed to impartial objectivity—only gets a 50 percent trust rating.
This is a dismal number for a major news organization, yet it is reported as the opposite naturally. This is not “holding its own.” It is losing, big time. Can you imagine if a survey showed that only 50 percent of Americans trusted their doctors, school teachers, accountants? Such a finding would not be reported as “holding its own.” If CNN keep this up, used car dealers will start looking down on them with pity.
It is not necessary to buy into the myth/legend of Walter Cronkite as “the most trusted man in America” to understand that CNN’s brand is in the tank. But it helps.