It seems that CNN’s televised town halls with Democrat candidates for the 2020 nomination aren’t exactly ringing the ratings bell, as reported by the Daily Caller:
Every CNN Presidential Town Hall Finished Behind MSNBC And Fox News In Ratings https://t.co/muDZgLT4u7
— The Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) April 12, 2019
The story was retweeted by President Trump:
Perhaps it was the Trump retweet that did the trick, but CNN’s PR shop was called into action to respond. Here’s the spin:
CNN does not host presidential town halls for ratings. We host them because substantive conversations with presidential candidates inform and empower voters to make the best possible choices for their families and communities. And it’s the right thing to do. #factsfirst🍎
— CNN Communications (@CNNPR) April 12, 2019
Well that’s one way to approach it when trying to dismiss a Trump retweet. However, just occasionally, it does sound like CNN keeps an eye on ratings for their town halls:
— Peter J. Hasson (@peterjhasson) April 12, 2019
— Sandy (@RightGlockMom) April 12, 2019
Yeah, it’s a little funny.
Substantive conversations like Cory Booker answering what it's like to be a vegan?
— Amber Athey (@amber_athey) April 12, 2019
CNN is taking this dunk personally, of course, but the low ratings are less reflection on the network than on candidates like Gilibrand, Jay Inslee, and others that nobody cares about. https://t.co/XlPIPFGPBg
— Chuck Ross (@ChuckRossDC) April 12, 2019
And there’s that too.
Tears of desperation and pathetic spin are especially delicious. https://t.co/CDjiNoTRKw
— Greg Kotseos (@GregKotseos) April 12, 2019
Fair. Nothing on #cnn is done for the ratings.
— Bob Treemore (@BobTreemore) April 12, 2019
Beyond cringe and embarrassing
The fact remains, your ratings suck https://t.co/5iwHL6GGsm
— Mujahed Kobbe (@MujahedKobbe) April 12, 2019
Not that they care. *Eye roll*