Donald Trump releases a statement reveling in the fact that media ratings across the board have plummeted since he left the spotlight.
Today, President Donald Trump responded to the Big Media ratings free fall.
“CNN ratings are down 70%,” said Trump. “MSDNC is also way down. Actually, they are ALL way down. They say the news is ‘boring’ since I left D.C. Morning Joe, Joy Reid (whoever that is?), Nicole Wallace, Jake Tapper, and even Chris Wallace, at Fox, in free fall. A wonderful thing to see!”
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An Axios report from earlier today corroborates President Trump’s remarks, citing the negative changes in monthly traffic in the months before and after Trump left office:
In the months since former President Donald Trump left office, media companies’ readership numbers are plunging — and publishers that rely on partisan, ideological warfare have taken an especially big hit.
Why it matters: Outlets most dependent on controversy to stir up resentments have struggled to find a foothold in the Biden era, according to an Axios analysis of publishers’ readership and engagement trends.
By the numbers: Web traffic, social media engagement and app user sessions suggest that while the entire news industry is experiencing a slump, right-wing outlets are seeing some of the biggest plunges.
A group of far-right outlets, including Newsmax and The Federalist, saw aggregate traffic drop 44% from February through May compared to the previous six months, according to Comscore data.
Lefty outlets including Mother Jones and Raw Story saw a 27% drop.
Mainstream publishers including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today and Reuters dropped 18%.
But Axios also predicts conservative websites will see a “rise” in traffic come 2022:
What to watch: “I anticipate traffic levels to conservative websites will start to rise in the first half of 2022 starting in about February,” Polskin said.
“The midterm elections will begin heating up and audiences will be seeking news and insights about the various races,” he said. “That will help drive audience growth. However, I would be surprised if we hit the traffic numbers we saw in 2020.”
Jon Fleetwood is Managing Editor for American Faith.