April 12, 2022

JIM TREACHER: Disinformation Is Bad Unless You’re a Democrat.

Last week, The Atlantic held a conference on “Disinformation and the Erosion of Democracy.” That’s not the funny part. The funny part is that they claimed to be against it!

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But here’s the best part: The guest of honor at the disinformation festival was… Barack Obama! That’s right, Captain IYLYDYCKYD (If You Like Your Doctor, You Can Keep Your Doctor) is very concerned about disinformation being spread by people other than himself.

Read the whole thing.

Of course, there are limits to how much disinformation viewers are willing to voluntarily pay for: Here we go: CNN+ already set for “big cuts” after few consumers subscribe following launch.

Now, help me with the math. CNN, a network whose most popular show pulls in around one million viewers a night, was going to convince two million people to pay for supplemental programming — and 15 million people to do so within four years?

To put that in perspective, per Charles Cooke, NFL Sunday Ticket has two million subscribers. Granted, Sunday Ticket costs much, much more than a CNN+ subscription does, but the NFL fan base is much, much, much larger and more enthusiastic than CNN’s. And still: “Only” two million subscribe. So where did CNN get its target numbers from?

Care to guess how many viewers per day CNN+ is actually averaging lately? According to sources who spoke to CNBC, it’s … just 10,000.

Flashback: The Chickens Come Home to Roost for Chris Wallace. “My thought bubble on this is: What the hell did Wallace expect? Even absent the Cuomo/Zucker scandals, it wasn’t exactly a big secret how bad things were at CNN, not just from a ratings perspective but a coverage perspective. Between Brian Stelter, Jake Tapper, Don Lemon and others, they’ve been an embarrassment for years, so much so that even reliably left-wing news outlets like the New York Times and the Washington Post have taken to criticizing some of the decision-making and reporting styles there.”

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