Will he or will he not? That's the question almost everyone in America asks themselves when President Trump runs for office again in three years' time.
When Trump came to Fox News host Greg Gutfeld to ponder the question, he identified a potential downside to running for the White House again in 2024 – CNN ratings would rise again.
Trump's remarks were broadcast on a video segment of an interview with Gutfeld.
The couple began discussing the anti-Trump network, with Gutfeld complaining that CNN only reports stories that support a defunding of the police narrative.
"You have denied the increase in crime that is taking place because of the defusion of police ideology and the demoralization of the police," he charged. "None of the networks cover it except Fox."
Gutfeld later quipped, “One problem with your re-running for president is that you will save CNN. You are aware of that. "
"That's a problem," Trump replied without missing a blow. “I am very proud of what I did for you. They are down by 81%. "
"That's a problem": Trump says the downside to running in 2024 is that it would save CNN https://t.co/Qy3hMMWqI7
– Daily caller (@DailyCaller) September 10, 2021
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Trump 2024 could be CNN's only hope
Nielsen data has shown that CNN's audience ratings fell during troubled times in the post-Trump era, failing to hit 1 million viewers during daytime programming more than 50% of the time in the past three months.
In prime time, they only exceeded the 1 million viewer mark on 12 of the last 92 days.
Her top-rated prime time show starring host Chris Cuomo saw a drop in ratings following the resignation of his brother Governor Andrew Cuomo and a report from the New York Attorney General showing that he helped advance a defense against the multiple allegations of the big brother for sexual harassment.
The ratings confirm it: CNN's weekend show has been bleeding viewers since Jim @Acosta took over the moderation. https://t.co/4uyxrEz9Kt
– MediaResearchCenter (@theMRC) September 9, 2021
Fox News analyst Joe Concha believes the only thing CNN can throw a lifeline would be a Trump 2024 campaign.
"If you lose your primary focus of the last five years and cheerleading just doesn't result in compelling television for Joe Biden, the only hope is that Trump will return to the big stage," Concha said.
And while Trump, Gutfeld, and Concha's analysis of CNN ratings has a touch of humor, the latter adds a sobering point that will be to the detriment of American viewers.
"Anyway, most of the media will focus Trump in the most negative and hostile way anyway," he explains.
"Ratings – yes, they will likely rise again as the integrity and credibility of a once proud media industry will somehow plummet to new lows."
My latest mini-monologue for https://t.co/8hRruHuAiR –https: //t.co/zRdH9BZF3u
– Joe Concha (@JoeConchaTV) September 9, 2021
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CNN's tough times
CNN reporter Jim Acosta admitted just three short months into President Biden's tenure that journalists had suffered from "post-Trump stress disorder" since Trump left the White House.
However, he remained optimistic about the future.
"We covered the news before Donald Trump showed up, and we did pretty well, and there will be a lot of things on the news that Donald Trump doesn't need to have in the headlines for us to continue to exist." suggested.
Jim @Acosta laments: "We are all dealing with a 'post-Trump stress disorder'" pic.twitter.com/m6FaV9jZTw
– Brent Baker (@BrentHBaker) April 4, 2021
Others have also noticed CNN's flaws.
Popular podcast host Joe Rogan delivered an epic smackdown when he mocked CNN for their ratings during the pre-Trump 2024 era, calling Brian Stelter's show in particular "bloody awful".
He went on to beat up Stelter for making fun of White House press secretary Jan Psaki during a particularly embarrassing interview.
“How about if Brian Stelter spoke to the press officer: 'What are we doing wrong? What are we doing wrong? ’" Rogan teased. "Hey motherf *** er, you're supposed to be a journalist."
Joe Rogan destroys CNN's Brian Stelter: "You're supposed to be a journalist!" https://t.co/a4cdnDYDwc pic.twitter.com/mRGm55AGyw
– Not the bee (@Not_the_Bee) June 18, 2021
"Hey motherf *** er, you're supposed to be a journalist" is pretty much an evergreen answer after watching any segment on CNN.
Speaking of stelter …
Brian Stelter turned 36 today.
Yes, 36. pic.twitter.com/b0rjz5BJNa
– (Email protected) 🇺🇸 (@EricSpracklen) September 4, 2021
… he was poked by Michael Wolff, the author of several anti-Trump books, and accused him of being the "downside of Donald Trump".
Wolff pounded on Stelter in an interview with CNN anchor last July, saying he was "one of the reasons" why "people can't stand the media."
Writer Michael Wolff humiliates CNN's Brian Stelter … on his own show!
WORTH SEEING! pic.twitter.com/y2KfmVFQPM
– Sebastian Gorka DrG (@SebGorka) July 18, 2021
And of course, legendary journalist Ted Koppel predicted the current situation of CNN in 2018 by telling Stelter and his network that their "ratings would be in the bathroom without Donald Trump".
Video: To the dismay of @BrianStelter, Ted Koppel claimed during the 10/1 Kalb Report @PressClubDC: “Without @realDonaldTrump you would be lost. CNN ratings would be in the bathroom without Trump. ”Stelter:“ Ted, you know that's not true. You play for laughing. “#NPCLive pic.twitter.com/XGZl9yNzqh
– Brent Baker (@BrentHBaker) October 3, 2018
He was right.
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