A Slow and Painful Suicide

2021 December 23
by bc3b

Why doesn’t CNN do everyone a favor and put a gun (heaven forbid) to its head and immediately end its misery?

At a time when its ratings are at an all-time low (they even dropped further after Fredo was fired), CNN is about to introduce CNN+, a pay subscription streaming channel for which $6 a month will be charged,

Like ESPN and Fox News Channel, CNN gains most of its revenue through cable user fees. CNN receives $6.99 monthly for each cable household (regardless of whether you view a minute of CNN or not). With 90-million cable homes, that works out to a cool $7.5-billion in cable user fees (in addition to advertising revenue).

CNN’s prime-time viewership is >500,000. More people view the weekly Tommy’s Garage TV Show (and you should too) weekly streaming than watch CNN prime time.

CNN plans CNN+ for hard-core (corpse if you’re lurking Barack) fans and plans to charge $6.00 a month to view it. If 20% of its prime-time viewers subscribe (probably a stretch), that’s a paltry $600,000 in monthly subscription fees. CNN+ will be the home of Chris Wallace and you can bet he will be making at least $100,000 a month. Why did Wallace join CNN+? He is 72 years old and likely has a guaranteed contract so when CNN+ sinks, he will get big bucks for doing nothing.

CNN is far behind FOX News and MSNBC in the ratings. It averages around half a million viewers in prime time and it recently hit a 7-year low in the demo.

So it was the perfect time for Chris Wallace to leave FOX News for CNN+.

Some might have thought that Wallace was leaving to fill Chris Cuomo’s slot at CNN. No such luck, though without Cuomo the failing news network’s ratings have crashed to new lows.

But crashing to new lows is the default story at CNN.

CNN Airport, its captive audience operation, shut down earlier this year. And CNN isn’t far behind. CNN+ is the network’s bet that enough people will pay 6 bucks a month to watch it.

CNN’s effort to launch CNN+, a paid streaming service, at a time when its core ratings are crashing is confusing observers who wonder why the news network thinks people will pay for CNN when they won’t even watch it for free.

CNN President Jeff Zucker billed CNN+ as being for “CNN superfans, news junkies and fans of quality non-fiction programming.”

The existence of CNN superfans is as improbable as Bigfoot and UFOs. No one has ever spotted a CNN superfan in the wild and not even the most exotic zoos have them in stock.

News junkies certainly exist, but they don’t bother with CNN which doesn’t offer news.

All that’s left is the “quality non-fiction programming” which is a euphemism for infotainment, cooking shows, travel shows, and whatever else you can find on PBS, Discovery, and a host of similar cable channels that, unlike CNN, people will actually watch on their own time.

Read more:

In recent years, Brian Stelter has become the face of CNN. Is this the face of?

  • A. Disaster
  • B. The Missing Link
  • C. Propaganda
  • D. Total Stupidity
  • E. Dishonesty
  • F. All of the above

Hat tip: FrontPageMag.com


48 Responses leave one →
  1. 2021 December 23 8:46 am
    bc3b permalink

    If cable menu viewing ever becomes a reality, CNN will be out of business within 90 days.

    If you’re really far left, why would you pay $6 a month when you can watch Joy Reid and scores of other black racists discuss racism and rant about white people every day for free?

    This is like Ford announcing it plans to reintroduce the Edsel.

  2. 2021 December 23 8:47 am
    bc3b permalink

    CNN could increase its revenue by posting ads on Brian Stelter’s forehead.

  3. 2021 December 23 9:57 am
    drdog09 permalink

    “CNN superfans, news junkies and fans of quality non-fiction programming.”

    Riiiiight. I’ll believe it when I see it. Which is probably never as why would I PAY for their trash?

  4. 2021 December 23 10:12 am
    gnqanq permalink

    Remember “Pandemic 201” ?


    IMF, World Bank & 10 Countries Held Alarming “Simulation” Of Global Financial System Collapse

    Nothing to see Citizen!!! Move along.

  5. 2021 December 23 10:36 am
    JimNorCal permalink

  6. 2021 December 23 1:04 pm
    drdog09 permalink

  7. 2021 December 23 1:34 pm
    PresidentRonaldPaul permalink

    Donald Trump is correct on this issue. In my area over 99% of hospitalizations have been the unvaccinated. Likely could round up on decimal to 100%.


    “BREAKING REPORT: Ex-president DONALD TRUMP says most Americans dying or hospitalized because of COVID are unvaccinated, ENCOURAGES EVERYONE to get the shot and brands it ‘one of the greatest achievements of mankind’…”

  8. 2021 December 23 1:35 pm
    PresidentRonaldPaul permalink

    Trump pushes back against Candace Owens: ‘People aren’t dying when they take the vaccine’


  9. 2021 December 23 1:38 pm
    PresidentRonaldPaul permalink

    Musk hates Joe Biden https://youtube.com/shorts/xbW1fYUWglE?feature=share

    Elon Musk said he’s not perverted enough to go on with the CNN producers (who recently not nabbed for trying to have sex with 9 year olds) https://twitter.com/lynxlaughing/status/1473687031029059590?s=20

    Musk says wokism is one of biggest threats to modern civilization

  10. 2021 December 23 2:06 pm
    drdog09 permalink


    Watch the babylon bee interview — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jvGnw1sHh9M

    And you probably won’t appreciate this video — https://brandnewtube.com/embed/DwAkP9S6wcSZ21L

  11. 2021 December 23 5:13 pm
    JimNorCal permalink

    Just scroll …
    The simplest way to understand the insanity of boosting for Omicron
    Vaccinated English adults under 60 are dying at twice the rate of unvaccinated people the same age
    A frightening new potential explanation for vaccine-driven myocarditis and other problems
    Covid vaccines will keep you from acquiring full immunity EVEN IF YOU ARE INFECTED AND RECOVER

  12. 2021 December 23 6:23 pm
    bc3b permalink

    JimNorCal #6 –

    Grandparents? Hell, I walked to school uphill both ways in the snow … barefooted.

  13. 2021 December 23 6:59 pm

    1. So too would fnc, I would not pay a dime for either if I could choose not too. Yes CNN+ seems like a joke as does foxnation.

    4..jesus h..

    DJT is wrong, and regurgitating bs, and has increasing lost touch with the base (and reality) on this issue and it’s one that isn’t going away. He’s doing it cause WarpSpeed was his still-born baby and he refuses to admit it, and he thinks he can’t politically. Seems to think he’s immune from vax criticism, quite the opposite, the boos at his own events toward him on this topic should have told him otherwise early on, but he just keeps digging deeper not to mention refusing to admit areas where he fucked up royally. I wonder if he’ll even be of any fundraising use post 2022. As many said they only one that can take out DJT base wise is… DJT, and seems he’s doing a good job of it of late. -2cents

  14. 2021 December 23 9:29 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    FOIA discloses miscarriages, and still births — https://www.lifesitenews.com/blogs/horrifying-hidden-pfizer-data-show-unborn-babies-newborns-dying/ — The unvaxxinated are not the only people dying PRP.

  15. 2021 December 24 5:01 am
    drdog09 permalink

  16. 2021 December 24 6:57 am
    justrand permalink

    Yea, Public Schools are CHILD ABUSE. So the Marxist quoted is correct, we want them GONE.


  17. 2021 December 24 7:03 am
    justrand permalink

    So utterly cogent and needed it will, of course, NEVER happen. Still, it is indeed what is needed.


  18. 2021 December 24 7:09 am
    bc3b permalink

    JR #11 –

    No one has done more to discredit publik skuuls than Randi Weingarten.

    Teachers unions aren’t about improving education, supporting students or even teachers. They are about political power for union leaders, like Weingarten, and indoctrination.

    “The real agenda of the right, as Betsy DeVos, Christopher Rufo and others make clear, is the demise of public schools and the fracturing of our neighborhoods,” Weingarten said in the email.

    The keft is the one that wants to fracture our neighborhoods by constructing large public housing projects in tranquil neighborhoods. In the days when far more Catholic students attended Catholic schools, these schools were local for the children of that parish.

  19. 2021 December 24 7:56 am
    bc3b permalink

    Top 14 states with greatest population growth are red states. Almost all states with population losses are blue states:


  20. 2021 December 24 8:47 am
    drdog09 permalink

    A crazy theory of mine. Is CNN’s desire to go behind a paywall more to do with hiding pedophiles than making money? — https://thepostmillennial.com/breaking-police-seize-devices-from-jake-tapper-producer-amid-cnn-pedophilia-scandal-source

  21. 2021 December 24 8:52 am
    drdog09 permalink

    Well PRP might be right after all — https://www.zerohedge.com/covid-19/70-londons-covid-hospitalisations-diagnosed-after-being-admitted-other-ailments — Right for the wrong reason. Go in for one thing and get some version of CoVid for free. What a deal —

    “Astonishing fact. 70% of London’s so-called ‘COVID hospitalizations’ are diagnosed several days after admission for other ailments,” she tweeted. “They are NOT COVID patients.

    A positive test 8 days after admission means the hospital basically gave the patient COVID.”

    — Probably happening in medical facilities in US too.

  22. 2021 December 24 9:58 am
    mpt permalink

    In my area over 99% of hospitalizations have been the unvaccinated.

    Serious question PRP? Do you not smell the BS in your statement above? 99% indeed. The fully vaccinated and boosted are every bit as likely to get Covid, spread Covid and now it’s starting to look like the edge they may have once had of not being hospitalized or dying of Covid is eroding as well.

    For someone who seems to be a follower of Ron Paul and Libertarian ideals, you seem to be on the authoritarian bandwagon to remove a person’s free agency with regards to the most intimate of health decisions. I took the early vaccine myself, but I can fully understand and sympathize with why a person might make the perfectly rational decision to remain unvaccinated. If you feel the same, why do you mindlessly push the obvious big pharma talking points and agenda?

  23. 2021 December 24 10:08 am
    mpt permalink

    Watch the babylon bee interview — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jvGnw1sHh9M

    That was one of the better interviews I’ve seen of Musk. He was much more relaxed as he described his passions and what drives him.

  24. 2021 December 24 10:09 am
    JimNorCal permalink

    24, I believe that where PRP lives (Idaho?) 99.5% are unvaxxed so a rate of only 99% actually reflects well on the unvaxxed!
    (OK, I made that up)
    But you’re right, someone passing himself off as Libertarian who loves BigGov and our lying Swamp is a puzzle.

  25. 2021 December 24 10:18 am
    mpt permalink

    DJT is wrong, and regurgitating bs, and has increasing lost touch with the base (and reality) on this issue and it’s one that isn’t going away. He’s doing it cause WarpSpeed was his still-born baby and he refuses to admit it, and he thinks he can’t politically.

    Just like he can’t admit he was bamboozled by many of the people he himself brought into his administration. He is indeed his own worst enemy. As the proverb in the Bible says: “Pride goeth before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.”

    I don’t see him changing course on this either.

  26. 2021 December 24 10:22 am

    We may need another horse to ride.

  27. 2021 December 24 10:33 am
    PresidentRonaldPaul permalink

    Desantis urges Floridians to get vaccinated


    “If you are vaccinated, fully vaccinated, the chances of you getting seriously ill or dying from Covid is effectively zero” Santis said

  28. 2021 December 24 10:44 am

    So de santis has drunk the kool aid as well. He and trump are stepping on their dongs.

  29. 2021 December 24 10:57 am
    mpt permalink

    PRP, that was in July when there was still hope the vaccine might actually make a difference with regards to ending the pandemic along with the absurd lockdowns and mandates. Moving forward to December, this is from DeSantis just two weeks ago.

    “In Florida, we won’t let them lock ya down, we won’t let them restrict you, we’re not gonna let them impose mandates, we’re not gonna let them close the schools,” said DeSantis following a speech at a park in Oldsmar, located just west of Tampa.

    “We are gonna protect your freedom to make your decisions,” he said, “that is absolutely their decision in a free society.”


    If you want the vaccine, take the vaccine. For most people, there may be some benefit. If you want to lock yourself in your house, do that as well. Isolation is 100% effective in stopping transmission of Covid. If it makes you feel morally superior, so be it. Just leave the rest of us the fuck alone and free to go on about with our own lives.

  30. 2021 December 24 11:13 am
    mpt permalink

    Any BJG’ers in Florida? The wife and I will be heading to Miami next week on a 10 day Caribbean cruise. Obviously, in retrospect, not the best time, but we were invited 10-months ago by old friends of ours when it seemed the hysteria over Covid would surely subside by now. It feels like we are in a race against Omicron. Oh well. We do have to pass a Covid test on Tuesday to get on the ship. My biggest worry is a false positive which would flush our plans down the drain.

    Our trip to Croatia earlier this year worked out very well so I got my finger crossed on this one, but will live with it if our plans go tits up.

  31. 2021 December 24 11:21 am
    PresidentRonaldPaul permalink

    Islands block Cruise ship from docking due to covid

    ht tps://www.huffpost.com/entry/royal-caribbean-aruba-curacao-covid-55-cases_n_61c502c9e4b0bcd219494407

  32. 2021 December 24 11:33 am
    JimNorCal permalink

    mpt, have you noticed gas prices here in Silly Valley?
    Day-um. I thought drdog was joking about the refinery fire’s effects. Wow.
    Basically up a dollar.

  33. 2021 December 24 12:30 pm
    mpt permalink

    Islands block Cruise ship from docking due to covid

    Wonderful. One of our destinations. 🙁 Oh well, at least we have the unlimited drinking pass. 🙂

  34. 2021 December 24 12:38 pm
    mpt permalink

    mpt, have you noticed gas prices here in Silly Valley?

    $5.23 a gallon for premium? That’s actually not on the high side. 🙁 And prices have been like that for several months now. California has it’s own refineries because we need “special” gasoline so the refinery fires may not be much of an impact here.

  35. 2021 December 24 1:12 pm
    mpt permalink

    DJT is wrong, and regurgitating bs, and has increasing lost touch with the base (and reality) on this issue and it’s one that isn’t going away.

    Some more thoughts on this. What are the chances that Trump is being manipulated into being the fall guy here? Let’s say in three or four months from now “the narrative” becomes that “in light of new and mounting evidence, the vaccines were not safe and effective as everyone first believed”. Does anyone doubt the media would run 24/7 with Trump touting the safety and efficacy of the vaccines and the Biden administration blaming Trump and WarpSpeed for everything?

    I’m not predicting this will happen, but I can easily see things going this way if the tide of public opinion turns away from the Administration and big pharma.

  36. 2021 December 24 1:25 pm
    drdog09 permalink


    Jeez I hope the twit is fake. Otherwise she needs therapy.

  37. 2021 December 24 1:31 pm
    drdog09 permalink


    “I don’t see him changing course on this either.”

    You maybe right. However I think it is a mistake to approach Trump with politics. Its not his wheelhouse which was both part of his winning POTUS and some of his weakness. The man gorks business. Give the man the powerpoint deck that CoVid is going to crash the economy with a sidebar of vaxx being unsuccessful and he might flip his opinion.

  38. 2021 December 24 1:38 pm
    drdog09 permalink


    mpt might be right — https://www.energy.ca.gov/data-reports/energy-almanac/californias-petroleum-market/oil-supply-sources-california-refineries — State’s crude inputs are far different from most of the South and East coast.

  39. 2021 December 24 1:43 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    Can someone answer this? — https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/12/huge-win-court-rules-democrat-state-leaders-will-allow-inspection-fulton-county-pa-dominion-voting-machines/ — Why are not ALL voting records sans personal identification not public record, always. Like I should be able to download it straight off the ‘Net. I could then match my registration/precinct # I voted with and make sure I was personally counted.

  40. 2021 December 24 2:08 pm
    JimNorCal permalink

    What we were promised from the vaccine, about 2 min.
    Compare with reality.

    re: gas prices, yes CA has unique rules which cause our gas to cost more. However, I filled up last week at Costco for $4.19

  41. 2021 December 24 3:25 pm
    fight on permalink

    Quite possibly the greatest Lets go Brandon. This is not Babylon bee it really is it what you see.


  42. 2021 December 24 4:08 pm
    drdog09 permalink


    Symmetry is a @#$^!@#$

  43. 2021 December 24 5:44 pm
    JimNorCal permalink

    mpt, you’re right. My Costco is still selling gas at $4.14 a full dollar less than local stations …
    Why are the peasants not revolting? All the prosperous, influential ones have subsidized EVs I guess?

  44. 2021 December 24 9:17 pm

    30 – Of all the govs I think he’s actually navigated things quite well, certainly in relation to the other 49.
    34 – Weird, here in NC the local exxon station only jump 20cents after news of the fire, didn’t move up today at all either. (from 3.09 to 3.29). Funny though there was a sticker when I was getting gas right next to the total amount – it was biden with a quote “I did that!”.
    Heavy Trump area of a marginal red county overall.

    37 – Entirely possible – Should just stfu and say, hey you want to get one of the various vaxes and 1/2 dozen “boosters”, go ahead, but ‘mandates’ no matter the circumstance are unproductive.

    39 – He was given the first (vid crash econ ppt), that’s for damn sure.

    41 – No reason it couldn’t be done, in fact you can do just that in some places (NC for example as I recall…though it’s not real-real-time, but you could verify ballot accepted some days after the fact). But forget it for GA, the fraud will continue till moral improves, especially in Fulton. Now as for why can’t issue straight up receipt showing your vote…. cause it would provide proof for direct vote-purchasing – the reason we have mostly secret ballots now (wasn’t always that way).

    44 – lmao. facepalm

  45. 2021 December 24 9:37 pm

    On the AT’er article regarding FIB

    “There are only two options: rehabilitate the FBI, or eliminate it.”

    You can’t rehabilitate it, and the author (at least the former fib one) should know that. Authors go on to speak about this and that and retired members commissions yada yada yada, as if the politicizing hasn’t been going on since nearly it’s formation, sure they’ve stopped even trying to hide that fact anymore but this is nothing ‘new’. What’s new is them rubbing the publics face in it while they do it. Hard to talk about FIB and also avoid talking about the DoJ as well, who while always corrupt used to at least try and hide it, now they flaunt it.


    1.Transfer its functions to other agencies.
    2.Defund it.
    3.Shut it down.
    4.Lay everyone off. I hear Chicago and Minneapolis are looking for cops.

    I’d seriously suggest not doing 1 for 99% of their ‘functions’, all it does it move the problem, how about the fed just give up doing tasks with which they were never meant to do.

    All pie in the sky anyway, neither option will be supported by the uni’s.

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