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CNN: The Stupidity Caucus

Posted on | February 1, 2024 | Comments Off on CNN: The Stupidity Caucus

The late George Carlin used to say, you know how stupid the average guy is? Well, half the people are dumber than that. This crossed my mind because CNN — I watch CNN so you don’t have to — was hyping up this Quinnipiac University poll claiming that (a) Biden is leading Trump 50% to 44%, and (b) Nikki Haley would beat Biden, 47% to 42%.

Of course, you don’t believe that any more than I believe it and, quite frankly, I don’t think the people at CNN believe it either, but the point is that they think the CNN audience will believe it, and who can say they’re wrong? The CNN audience is composed of the kind of people who would vote to elect Fani Willis as their district attorney.

Here’s an important fact: Quinnipiac polls are garbage.

In August 2016, they had Hillary Clinton beating Trump by 10 points:

“We are starting to hear the faint rumblings of a Hillary Clinton landslide as her 10-point lead is further proof that Donald Trump is in a downward spiral as the clock ticks,” Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll, said in a statement.

LOL. If you’re the kind of person who pays attention to such things, you know Quinnipiac’s had a very bad track record in recent years, but if you’re a CNN viewer — the kind who’s dumber than the average guy — then you might actually be fooled when your news network of choice tells you that Joe Biden is beating Trump and that Nikki Haley would be a better candidate for Republicans. Here’s something else the average CNN viewer probably doesn’t realize: The Republican primary campaign is over. Trump wins, period, and there’s not much point paying attention to whatever Nikki Haley says or does between now and the moment she finally admits defeat. You know this. I know this. It’s simply a fact.

In fact, it’s been clear for months that Trump would be the Republican nominee. This is why Trump never bothered showing up for the TV debates with his putative rivals. There was never any real possibility that the various occupants of the debate stage would pose a significant threat to Trump’s solid grip on the Republican grassroots. However much you might admire Ron DeSantis, Vivek Ramaswamy, et al., they never stood a chance, and neither does Nikki Haley. She’s going to get stomped in the Nevada caucuses, then get stomped again in the South Carolina primary, and whatever happens after that is just a question of how much stomping she can endure. Because that’s what Trump will do — stomp, stomp, stomp — in every primary and caucus from here on out. New Hampshire was Haley’s best shot at actually winning a primary, and Trump beat her by double-digits there, so where can she realistically expect to stage an upset? Answer: Nowhere. Stick a fork in her, she’s done.

By pretending that Haley is still a viable candidate, CNN shows how reliant they are on the stupidity of their audience. They’re trying to monopolize the IQ-below-room-temperature viewers.

They’re getting beat by The Hallmark Channel:

Ratings-challenged CNN’s total viewership in prime time last week lagged behind the History Channel and an obscure cable network — founded by televangelists Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker — that plays Western TV shows and films, according to the latest figures released by Nielsen.
The “most trusted name in news” — which recently hired former New York Times and BBC boss Mark Thompson as its CEO — had an average of 538,000 nightly viewers in the 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. block during the seven-day period from Jan. 15 until Jan. 21, according to the most recent data compiled by Nielsen.
The weak ratings were generated despite coverage of the Iowa caucus, which saw former President Donald Trump easily rout GOP contenders in his bid to regain the White House.
CNN not only finished behind rivals Fox and MSNBC, but was the 10th most-watched channel on cable, getting beat by Hallmark, The History Channel and INSP, a South Carolina-based channel founded in the late 1970s by the Christian televangelists.



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