Last fall, NBC News and the Wall Street Journal conducted a joint poll to see where all of the presidential and vice presidential candidates ranked in terms of favorability. Perhaps to add some perspective or just for fun, the pollsters added in some other people, places, and things.
Coming out on top with the highest favorability rating was the entire nation of Canada, while Russian President Vladimir Putin was made to sleep in the basement with a whopping negative rating of 66. At least he had some company on the top bunk, with “the news media” just above him with a 59 negative rating.
That was before the election, and before “fake news” was being floated as a reason for Hillary Clinton’s loss. With Barack Obama gone and almost a full month of Trump under our belts, has the news media been able to make up some of that ground? Yes and no.
— POLITICO (@politico) February 17, 2017
CNN President Jeff Zucker said Thursday that aggressive coverage of Trump has boosted employee morale, and that Trump’s attacks are worn “as a badge of honor” at the network.
CNN Conducted Its ‘Biggest Brand Survey’ Ever to See if ‘Fake News’ Label is Sticking; It’s Not | TVNewser https://t.co/uKp6Uz9f3Z
— Don Lemon (@donlemon) February 17, 2017
Zucker also revealed the results of the network’s biggest-ever brand survey to see if the “fake news” label had managed to tarnish CNN’s reputation with viewers, and he was please to reveal that it hadn’t, with the CNN brand remaining as strong as ever.
@donlemon I guess you never asked the right people
— Corinne Smith (@SmithTsmith3) February 17, 2017
It’s possible … what do the people of Twitter have to say about CNN and the fake news label?
@donlemon Oh it's sticking
— Greg (@Greg241218661) February 17, 2017
— JD (@jwdixon321) February 17, 2017
— Hans Auf (@hansauf) February 17, 2017
— The Mind Experience (@rich752913078) February 17, 2017
@donlemon same pollsters that predicted the election?
— David (@Vandaytrader) February 17, 2017
— Media Freakout (@CapCube) February 17, 2017
@donlemon Now, THAT'S some fake news right there. How many liberals did you survey and how often did you resample?
— MammaMia! (@Dima_Tology) February 17, 2017
@donlemon If it's not fake news, it's Very Biased News! I'm not a Republican either.
— Brian Cote (@RealBrianCote) February 17, 2017
@donlemon CNN conducted a survey on itself..and we're expected to believe it wasn't handpicked for the results CNN wanted…lol
— Ex-Dem Stacy (@SRK_3131) February 17, 2017
@donlemon The level of irony in this is so fucking off the charts it's insane.
— SuzanneElizabeth (@Suz_Eliz69) February 17, 2017
@donlemon This is hilarious!! ZERO CREDIBILITY!!! NONE!! ??????????
— Terri Marsh (@TerriMarsh11) February 17, 2017
@donlemon ?? please stop digging…??
— KDG70?? (@KristinG70) February 17, 2017
— Proflake™ (@PantsFreeZone) February 17, 2017
@donlemon you are so sad. I honestly feel sorry for you now
— Rusty Winslow (@RustyWinslow) February 17, 2017
@donlemon just wondering if you were smoked out of the frame when this was conducted? How do u still have a job?
— J H Shipley (@TheDMGC) February 17, 2017
— Pat Jubbs (@pat_jubbs) February 17, 2017
@donlemon fake news maybe not… boring definitely
— James Fraser (@jimyfraser) February 17, 2017
Boring? That is CNN’s brand, and it is as strong as ever, what with straight-up hard news coverage of the president’s press conference.
— CNN (@CNN) February 17, 2017
@CNN While hilarious, this is unbecoming of a news organization. You aren't buzzfeed.
— Matt (@pntless) February 17, 2017
@CNN I actually used to watch you until 3 weeks ago I had to switch my dish network package so I can watch Fox News instead.
— John D (@jjdellaquila) February 17, 2017