The American people, who have always been an extremely adaptable and resilient populace, are growing weary of the mainstream media in ever-growing numbers.
President Donald Trump has done something quite necessary for the American people in his often-criticized Twitter tirades: He has circumvented the dinosaurs of the mainstream media, releasing news and information directly from the President of the United States to We The People. His instantaneous ability to communicate with each and every one of us at the drop of hat is an astounding improvement on the current media culture, and mainstream networks are certainly feeling the heat.
CNN, the originators of the news-entertainment genre and the 24 hour cycle, have been lashing out in increasing ferocity in recent weeks, with one heated exchange between a reporter and the White House Press Secretary taking place mere hours ago. These antiquated, extinction-bound relics of the pre-internet age are losing market share at an alarming rate, not only due to their inability to adapt to the changing culture, but also due to their extreme underestimation of the American people.
CNN, NBC, and others all wholeheartedly believe that Americans will continue to tune in every night to watch the commercials that air between bouts of democratic drivel. After all, that’s what we’ve done for decades. Instead, the truth is that millennials and conservatives are finding a commonality in their preference for free-press media sources online, thusly driving traffic away from the sensational, tabloid-esqe nature of the mainstream.
In this, Megyn Kelly has made a grave mistake.
The former Fox News anchor recently wound up hosting her own Sunday night news program on liberally-biased NBC. Her flip from a conservatively leaning network to NBC completely eviscerated her fan base, with very, very few of these viewers following Kelly to her new station. Even a disastrous publicity stunt involving conspiracy theorist Alex Jones fell flat on its face, leaving Kelly cold and vulnerable in her new home.
Now, as ratings are showing, Megyn Kelly’s 15 minutes may be soon coming to an end.
“NBC’s Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly got walloped by a fresh episode of 60 Minutes and lost yet again to a rerun of America’s Funniest Home Videos. In fact, as Variety pointed out, Kelly’s show slipped to ‘a new low in both the key demo and total viewers.’
“Kelly’s much-hyped interview with Alex Jones that aired last week was her lowest-rated program to date until last night’s show, which ‘averaged a 0.4 rating in adults 18-49 and 3.4 million viewers, according to Nielsen data. That is down from a 0.5 and 3.6 million viewers [for] last week’s episode.’ 60 Minutes had 7.2 million viewers while the rerun of America’s Funniest Home Videos got 3.9 million.
“Kelly’s debut show, which featured an interview with Russian Vladimir Putin that was resoundingly mocked because Kelly seemed way out of her league, lost to a rerun of 60 Minutes and her second show could not beat out reruns of 60 Minutes and America’s Funniest Home Videos. Her third program, which featured the much-hyped Alex Jones interview, tanked as well, losing again to reruns of 60 Minutes and America’s Funniest Home Videos while drawing just 3.6 million viewers.
“Kelly’s terrible ratings have led to many questions about her marketability and competence.”
Of course, this is due in no small part to the reeducation of the American citizenry by the free press.
By watching Kelly eschew her fan base to simply get another job, many Americans were able to see past the bipartisan bickering that pits network against network and anchor against anchor. Megyn Kelly outed herself as simply an actress, and an attractive collection of skin and bones from which whatever words her superiors wish would be spewed. America learned that, and they turned their backs.