The least trusted cable news network in America, CNN of course, has been caught red-handed lying about its viewership numbers on the day President Trump was inaugurated. Trump himself baited the trap by publicly ridiculing "Fake News CNN" over its sorry viewership numbers:
Seemingly determined to prove Trump correct, CNN responded with a lie that claimed CNN tied with Fox News on Inauguration Day:
"According to Nielsen cumulative numbers, 34 million people watched CNN's inauguration day coverage on television. 34 million watched Fox News," the CNN communications account said in a tweet[.]
This is a two-part piece of Fake News from CNN.
First off, no one in the history of television has ever counted cumulative ratings. Viewership numbers are counted only on an hour-by-hour basis.
Adding up the cumulative number of viewers is anti-science.
Simply put, brand new viewers don't appear every hour. Many of those viewers are the same viewers from the previous hour.
What CNN is doing is like counting 5,000 shopping mall customers at 10 a.m., counting 6,000 at 11 a.m., and then claiming 11,000 customers visited the mall in two hours.
Some of us call that lying.
Secondly, CNN's cumulative number does not even appear to be correct. During the actual Inauguration, Fox News beat The Least Trusted Name In News by nearly four-times as many viewers:
Noon to 12:30 p.m. (oath of office and inaugural address):
CNN: 3.375 million total viewers
Fox News: 11.768 million total viewers
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
CNN: 3.047 million total viewers
Fox News: 10.483 million total viewers
1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
CNN: 2.326 million total viewers
Fox News: 7.901 million total viewers
Primetime (8 p.m. to 11 p.m.)
CNN: 4.528 million total viewers
Fox News: 6.958 million total viewers
As Business Insider reports, prior to Trump trolling CNN into adding to its growing pile of provable lies, the leftwing outlet admitted in a press release that it had come in second to Fox:
"CNN ranked a strong #2 in cable news during the Inauguration of President Donald Trump yesterday, January 20th," the release said.
If CNN, in its zeal to damage Trump, is willing to so shamelessly lie and openly contradict itself over small, meaningless things…
What more do you need to know?
And do you want to know who else lied? HITLER.
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