Fake News fallout: Yogi Bear reruns rank higher than CNN prime time

40-year-old reruns beats out CNN's Anderson Cooper and Don Lemon in prime time slots. (NL)

‘Chick-fil-A’ effect has kicked in

Like a California summer wildfire, more memes are blazing across the online community

More fake news fallout for CNN as their tactic against the creator of the meme that President Donald J. Trump tweeted has backfired. Social media hashtags such as #CNNFakeNews and #CNNBlackmail have increased about as much as the news network’s ratings have fallen.

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Not since the Chick-fil-A boomerang of 2012, when more than 600,000 people committed on Facebook they would support the restaurant against a boycott against them by same-sex activists, has this occurred in this magnitude. The result was recording-breaking sales on August 1, 2012. The average Chick-fil-A restaurant increased their sales by 30 percent and enjoyed 367 more customers than their typical Wednesday.

Rasmussen Reports results showed that 61 percent of likely voters had a favorable view of the restaurant, while only 13 percent said they would participate in a boycott. Chick-fil-A’s sales jumped 12 percent, to $4.6 billion that year. Their sales trend continues to improve.

FAKE NEWS FALLOUT

Trump at Pirates game (Mike Ashmore)

STRIKE ONE: Three reporters from CNN were forced to resign after their fake news about a pre-inaugural meeting between Russia and the Trump team had to be retracted. Thomas Frank, Eric Lichtblau, and Lex Haris were identified as those who resigned after their article appeared on CNN’s website but was removed the following evening.

CNN apologized to Anthony Scaramucci, a Trump transition team member, who was falsely reported to be involved in a meeting with a Russian investment fund member.

STRIKE TWO: CNN’s fake news bias was revealed in video footage supplied by Project Veritas showing a Senior Producer admitting to their deceptive reporting. John Bonifield was caught on tape saying the CNN narrative is mostly made up about Russian collusion with the Trump administration, stating, “I haven’t seen any good enough evidence to show that the President committed a crime.”

“I think the President is probably right to say, like, look you are witch hunting me…you have no real proof.”–CNN Senior Producer 

Bonifield confirmed that CNN staff is ideologically biased against Trump, stating, “I know a lot of people don’t like him and they’d like to see him get kicked out of office…I think the President is probably right to say, like, look you are witch hunting me…you have no real proof.”

Trump thumbs up.

FOUL BALL: Legal pundits are suggesting some at CNN could be criminally charged for intimidating the creator of the meme tweeted by Trump. In exchange for apologizing CNN said they would not reveal the identity of the creator.

FOUL BALL: viewership ratings for CNN were unfavorable even before this latest fiasco. TVNewser Scoreboard for Wednesday, June 21, 2017 showed the popular 8 p.m. slot with CNN having a rating of 821,000 against Fox News at 3,298,000. MSNBC is a distant second at 1,534,000. The following week CNN dropped to 13th place in cable TV ratings. Nick-At-Nite 40-year-old reruns of Yogi Bear had more viewers than CNN’s prime-time evening shows, hosted by Anderson Cooper and Don Lemon, in the same time slots.

STRIKE THREE: The meme backfire. The anti-CNN hashtags are being used by thousands of social media. Especially damaging are promises to boycott their advertisers and tagging the sponsors with the hashtags.

YOU’RE OUT: The Chick-fil-A effect has kicked in. Like a California summer wildfire, more memes are blazing across the online community. Here are samples:

TAKE ‘EM OUT TO THE BALL GAME

 

TAGGED—YOU’RE OUT!

 

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