CNN is collapsing. After a bit of a resurgence under chief Jeff Zucker, the left-wing cable news network’s ratings are falling back to earth. After a year of trumpeting ratings wins over third-place MSNBC (while still getting beat like a drum by Fox News), there are fewer and fewer of those wins, and not because MSNBC is doing all that much better. Somehow, during a rather extraordinary presidential race, the ratings are going backwards, and just 90 seconds of CNN’s coverage of last night’s terror attacks can help to explain why.
My guess is that millions upon millions of Americans who, like me, once counted on CNN to cover breaking news events have, in one form or another, experienced what I did last night; not as an employee of Breitbart News, whose job it is to monitor such things, but as an everyday American concerned with the world and looking for information when it explodes.
For a few hours last night, I unplugged. It had been a long week. After the news cycle slowed down my brain needed a vacation and my arm needed to wrap itself around my pretty wife. So I turned off the computer, put away the phone, took my puppies out for some serious ball-throwing, picked up some unhealthy take-out food, popped in Michael Mann’s “Collateral,” and blissed out. And it was bliss, until I checked back in to the world around 7 p.m. Eastern.
There is no need for me to describe to you what I saw.
Desperate for information, I started flipping through the various news channels and made the mistake of landing on CNN.
For more than a year this despicable news network has become a 24/7 Social Justice Warrior (SJW) network: attacking cops, mocking traditional Christians, fomenting riots in black neighborhoods, lionizing hate groups like Black Lives Matter, marginalizing political conservatives and their ideas; and not even for five minutes last night, not even during the worst violence in Paris since World War II, could CNN give it a rest.
I don’t know who it was, probably just another idiotic CNN talking head in that vast ocean of idiotic CNN talking heads; maybe it was more than one. When I’m that angry all I see is black, so it is hard for me to tell. And everything went black the moment the idiotic CNN talking head used the Paris bloodbath to push for American gun control, and then hand-wring over fears of a unicorn known as the “anti-Muslim backlash.”
Oh, the CNN Talking Head was subtle. That’s what made it even more infuriating — the cunning sneakiness. Twice in the space of just a few minutes he lamented how easy to would be for terrorists to get guns in America. Then, with hundreds of people dead and wounded throughout a half-dozen “safe spaces” in Paris, in so many words, he said that Europe needed to be on the lookout for the inevitable anti-Muslim backlash.
Naturally, the CNN anchor (I think it was Erin Burnett) did not push back or even challenge or condemn the indecency of this SJW propagandizing. And naturally, there was no other talking head to offer a factual counterpoint — to point out that Paris is a gun-controlled city, and that maybe the death toll would have been smaller had its citizens not been disarmed by the State — especially as the terrorists reportedly stopped more than once to reload between mass-executions.
Yes, I should have grabbed the video, or documented the names, but I was too enraged to think straight. I was caught off guard, not in Breitbart-Gear, but in Dear-God-What’s-Happening-Gear.
So I just did what millions upon millions have been doing to CNN over the years: In utter disgust, I turned the channel.
Unfortunately for the left-wing Social Justice Warriors at CNN, I am now in Breitbart-Gear and sharing my story with millions of our readers, and urging them to share it with others on their social media networks.
If CNN is on your bundled cable package, whether or not you watch, they are getting a piece of your cable bill. You are funding CNN. Not watching CNN is not enough to kill CNN. The bundled cable racket is what keeps the 24/7 SJW alive.
You have to cut the cord to kill CNN.
For the sake of all that is decent, please cut the cord.
And the money you save on your bloated cable bill? Use it to buy firearms and any instruction you might need to learn how to safely use them.
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