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Desperate CNN Loses Way With Porn Stars and Acosta

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CNN continues to come in a distant third among the three major cable news networks, even as it sought to win over viewers with a dizzying amount of coverage of President Donald Trump’s alleged relationships with porn movie star Stormy Daniels and former Playboy playmate Karen McDougal.

According to AdWeek, CNN trailed FNC badly in every prime time hour on Wednesday, in most cases by over a million viewers.

DePauw University communications professor Jeff McCall argued in a piece for The Hill that CNN has lost its way with its excessive coverage of salacious stories and with White House correspondent Jim Acosta’s constant attempts to position himself as the Trump administration’s “harshest antagonist.”

The professor noted that CNN scored a rare ratings win among the 25 to 54 demographic recently when Anderson Cooper intensely questioned McDougal about intimate details of her relationship with Trump, but this type of prurient coverage is not what will rebuild a trusted news brand.

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CNN has coupled its story about McDougal with a plethora of stories about Daniels over the last few weeks.

“There might well be journalism to be had in the sagas of McDougal and Daniels, but CNN has found little of it,” McCall wrote. “At some point, the sensational must lead to news of substance.”

Fox News host Sean Hannity — who consistently has the top-rated cable news program — found a story in just how excessive CNN’s coverage has been of Daniels and related matters, which pre-date Trump’s presidency by years.

The conservative commentator went so far as to call CNN head Jeff Zucker a “porn king” for how much his network has focused on sexual stories.

Hannity strung together a clip of snippets of recent CNN coverage on Daniels, which gives a good sense just how much the network has addressed the topic.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JGZxC-6LZDA

The Media Research Center’s NewsBusters concluded that “CNN has a porn problem.”

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“CNN took it to another level on Saturday, devoting roughly 41 minutes to (Daniels’) Friday performance at a Florida strip club” earlier this month, according to the conservative watchdog organization.

As reported by The Western Journal, CNN seemed to engage in the height of hypocrisy last week when it reportedly nixed pro-Second Amendment Parkland student Kyle Kashuv from appearing on the network after he retweeted a story about anchor Brooke Baldwin.

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The Daily Wire piece highlighted how Baldwin appeared to have no qualms about questioning Daniels in detail about her sexual experience with Trump, while only last September she kicked a sports reporter off the air for saying the word “boobs.” She tweeted, “did he actually say that on MY SHOW?! Note to men — that is never okay.”

Kashuv called into question CNN’s desire to offer balanced coverage.

Acosta has been joining right in with his network’s prolific reporting about Daniels.

The correspondent often seems bent on trying to create the sensational.

In January, Acosta strongly implied Trump was a racist to his face, questioning him in the Oval Office regarding immigration, “Just Caucasian or white countries or do you want people to come in from other parts of the world where there are people of color?”

Trump and Acosta have had several exchanges over the past year, with Trump labeling him as part of “fake news” CNN January 2017 regarding its unsubstantiated Russian dossier reporting, which the president downgraded to “very fake news” the following month.

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Randy DeSoto has written more than 1,000 articles for The Western Journal since he joined the company in 2015. He is a graduate of West Point and Regent University School of Law. He is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths" and screenwriter of the political documentary "I Want Your Money."
Randy DeSoto is the senior staff writer for The Western Journal. He wrote and was the assistant producer of the documentary film "I Want Your Money" about the perils of Big Government, comparing the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama. Randy is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths," which addresses how leaders have appealed to beliefs found in the Declaration of Independence at defining moments in our nation's history. He has been published in several political sites and newspapers.

Randy graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a BS in political science and Regent University School of Law with a juris doctorate.
Birthplace
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Nationality
American
Honors/Awards
Graduated dean's list from West Point
Education
United States Military Academy at West Point, Regent University School of Law
Books Written
We Hold These Truths
Professional Memberships
Virginia and Pennsylvania state bars
Location
Phoenix, Arizona
Languages Spoken
English
Topics of Expertise
Politics, Entertainment, Faith




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