This is a real doozy. Talk about backfiring in one’s face. The powers that be at CNN had a brainstorm and felt that it was worthwhile to go out on the ice and give Donald Trump a “chance” — which meant, in essence, hoping that somehow, some remnant of the lightning in a bottle ratings of 2016 would occur, as if by magic.
So they set the stage. They got a town hall format put together, filled the room with 400 MAGAs, told everybody that they could clap, but whatever you do, don’t boo. Kaitlin Collins was carefully chosen, as opposed to somebody that Trump had clashed with in the past, such as Jim Acosta. No effort was spared.
And the result? Burnt toast pretty much captures the flavor of the night.
I’m guessing they think all of this attention is ultimately good for them.
— Jo🌻 (@JoJoFromJerz) May 12, 2023
— murphyb849 🌊🌊🌊 (@murphyb849) May 12, 2023
This is one of those situations which have taken on a life of its own. The idea was shoddy to begin with and now things are going downhill and rapidly.
FOX, Newsmax, OAN and the like step aside. There’s a new game in town with former CNN, now TNN. They might even be able to steal Tucker away from Twitter, though I wonder if Tucker still detests him or might be having a love fest again.
— Stephen Bourdeau (@BourdeauStephen) May 12, 2023
The problem here is very simple: CNN looks desperate. The idea was a desperate and ill conceived one. Calmer, more introspective heads should have prevailed, but they did not. Consequently, CNN is much worse off this week than it was last week or than it has been for years. This was really a bad move on their parts.
And it’s not going to get any better. The likes of Stephen Miller and Marjorie Taylor Greene are all over this.
Now the Prince of Darkness wants to take on the King. pic.twitter.com/h6j3Qp2zcv
— Ron Filipkowski (@RonFilipkowski) May 12, 2023
It’s difficult to express exactly what a bad idea this was. Disasters of equal magnitude have happened, the Titanic and Hindenburg come to mind. The difference is that nobody came up with the idea ahead of time, “Say, what if we sink the Titanic on her maiden voyage?” but in CNN’s case, that is precisely what happened.
CNN’s been rebranded. This is going to be something to watch.
And don’t forget: Truth Social is going away, probably by the end of summer. This could get very weird.