In the past few months, it would seem that CNN has begun digging their own grave so to speak. From having their ratings bottom out in December, and now having to retract yet a second statement it appears that they may be losing all credibility.
Just this past Wednesday, CNN’s New Day aired a segments in which a former ex-Deputy Director of the CIA, Phil Mudd referred to WikiLeaks founder as a pedophile. Soon after, Assange went up against the network by threatening to sue them if they didn’t correct the unsubstantiated lie. WikiLeaks jumped on the ball quickly, and within hours posted a Tweet saying, “We have issued instructions to sue CNN for defamation…..Unless within 48 hours they air a one-hour expose of the plot.”
Of course, it didn’t take long for CNN to correct the statement in the form of a retraction. In the form of a Tweet, CNN issued a statement which read, “An analyst on our air earlier today asserted that Julian Assange was a pedophile, and regrets saying it.” continuing, the post says, “In fact, CNN has no evidence to support that assertion.”
However, despite their first statement, the network continued Tweeting, and in their next statement talked about the Swedish government’s plans to extradite Assange. “Assange is currently wanted for extradition to Sweden to face sexual assault allegations there, and no evidence suggests that the women involved were minors.” Moving to the conclusion, it ended with, “We regret the error.”
Then, in a swift movement towards karmic resolution, also on Wednesday, a poll stated that many people no longer find the network credible. The poll, which was published by Rasmussen Report, provided information from 1,000 voters that were asked to describe their media viewing habits. Seventy-five reported that they watch at least some form of cable news during the week, with forty-two percent saying they most frequently watch Fox News. Thirty-five percent went with CNN, and nineteen percent favored MSNBC.
When asked “Do you trust the political news you are getting?” 50 percent of Fox News Watchers said yes. Conversely, 43 percent of MSNBC viewers stated yes, and a mere 33 percent of those who watched CNN stated that they trusted their news.
With so many issues currently surrounding the network’s credibility in the past year, could it be that they are finally beginning to pay for their “fake news?” While they have shifted so much blame to the alternative media, and Russia, it appears that they missed the obvious. Hopefully, this trend of growing awareness from their viewers in their understanding of the propaganda being pushed toward them will grow. If so, could this be the end of CNN’s status as a reliable source of media?