CNN cannot let go of its obsession with Donald Trump.
The cable news channel continues to focus on him even though Joe Biden occupies the White House.
And the CNN boss made one announcement that could spell doom for the network.
CNN chairman Jeff Zucker turned the new network into the Trump Derangement Channel over the past five years.
Now Zucker has announced that he’s leaving the company at the end of the year.
There was already speculation that Zucker was on the way out after being passed up for a promotion within AT&T/Warner, but now he’s removed all doubt by confirming his departure.
The move could signal that Zucker knows the network is a sinking ship without Donald Trump as their daily punching bag.
In fact, since Joe Biden’s inauguration, CNN’s ratings are down 44%.
And this likely augurs trouble for the entire left-wing media infrastructure– since they no longer have the “Trump bump” to drive engagement and have refused to cover Democrat politicians with the same vigilance.
CNN’s embarrassing transformation into the “Orange Man Bad” network likely came after Trump undressed Zucker and other members of the media following Hillary Clinton’s presidential defeat.
From The New York Post:
“It was like a f−−−ing firing squad,” one source said of the encounter.
“Trump started with [CNN chief] Jeff Zucker and said, ‘I hate your network, everyone at CNN is a liar and you should be ashamed,’” the source said.
“Trump kept saying, ‘We’re in a room of liars, the deceitful, dishonest media who got it all wrong.’ He addressed everyone in the room, calling the media dishonest, deceitful liars. He called out Jeff Zucker by name and said everyone at CNN was a liar, and CNN was [a] network of liars,” the source said.
The truth hurts and Zucker seemed to have taken it personally.
Zucker proved Trump right by doubling down on its fake news.
Now that Trump is gone and Zucker is on the way out, CNN’s next chapter is unknown.
The network can longer build an entire media cycle around one Trump tweet because he’s been banned from social media.
The media bubble that Trump prolonged could burst now that he’s off the scene.
Perhaps Trump’s greatest gift to the country was exposing the scourge of fake news.
And that doesn’t bode well for the so-called mainstream media that is desperate to propup Biden at all costs.