“On the Holmes Front,” with Frank Holmes
Republican candidates have finally had enough and plan to stop granting interviews to biased, liberal media outlets like CNN in the next presidential election, according to a new report.
It could finish the struggling network once and for all.
“A significant number of candidates could attempt to freeze out mainstream journalists” in the 2024 election, writes David M. Drucker in The Dispatch.
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Drucker quotes GOP insiders who say the days of conservatives granting interviews to reporters they know will lie about them is over: “‘I increasingly hear from my clients that they have no desire to speak to the New York Times, the Washington Post or CNN,’ said Brad Todd, a Republican strategist in Washington and co-author of The Great Revolt: Inside the Populist Coalition Reshaping American Politics. ‘Their argument is: Our voters don’t care what they write, so why should we care what they write?’”
If Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is the nominee, he may have already previewed his strategy to bypass the mainstream media and go directly to the people.
Politico reported that last summer, when he and Senator Marco Rubio attended a Republican event in Florida, they “limited which media could attend”—and establishment media sources were “largely replaced by the conservative social media influencers with massive followings who have recently moved to Florida and become some of DeSantis’ most vocal backers.”
The media, used to having Republicans who bow and scrape to them, went nuts…but DeSantis didn’t back down.
“It has come to my attention that some liberal media activists are mad because they aren’t allowed into #SunshineSummit this weekend,” tweeted DeSantis’ media spokeswoman Christina Pushaw.
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“My message to them is to try crying about it.”
It has come to my attention that some liberal media activists are mad because they aren't allowed into #SunshineSummit this weekend. My message to them is to try crying about it. Then go to kickboxing and have a margarita. And write the same hit piece you were gonna write anyway.
— Christina Pushaw 🐊 🇺🇸 (@ChristinaPushaw) July 22, 2022
Instead of crying, they decided to assault DeSantis even more.
MSNBC’s Joy Reid called DeSantis, a small-government conservative who won the majority of Hispanic voters in his last election, as “a curmudgeonly anti-black and anti-LGBT person” who wants “total government control.” If he gets his way, she warned, he would turn the Sunshine State into a “DeSantistan.”
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CNN couldn’t be outdone. It had PBS documentary filmmaker—and Democratic activist—Ken Burns “terrifying. It feels like a Soviet system, or the way the Nazis would build a Potemkin village.”
From claiming he's "anti-black" to comparing him to fascist dictators, the left-wing media are losing their minds over @GovRonDeSantis.
Read more of their delusional rage 👇 https://t.co/1Nu7kWvRbx pic.twitter.com/ynFOi4MPZ9
— NewsBusters (@newsbusters) March 15, 2023
Of course, DeSantis is just receiving the same treatment the media poured out on Donald Trump for five years as Republican presidential candidate, then president of the United States, and every Republican candidate before him.
Polls show the American people have caught on to the media’s left-wing bias, even though they know the media could be honest if it wanted.
Three out of four Americans say “national news organizations have the resources and opportunity to report the news accurately and fairly to the public”—but only one in three think “most national news organizations can be relied on to deliver the information they need.”
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The loss of trust is biggest among Republican voters and conservatives. Pew Research Center reported back in September 2021, “In just five years, the percentage of Republicans with at least some trust in national news organizations has been cut in half — dropping from 70% in 2016 to 35% this year.” But, then again, “78% of Democrats say they have ‘a lot’ or ‘some’ trust in the information that comes from national news organizations — 43 points higher than Republicans.”
The Gallup poll also records about one in three Republicans putting any trust in what they see on TV or hear on the radio.
Brian Stelter spent his years as CNN’s media critic complaining about the continuing Republican loss of trust in the media—and blaming his ever-shrinking audience. “The GOP’s world of media excels at talking-about-the-news, not gathering or processing the news,” Stelter wrote. “The result is a form of media illiteracy.”
It’s not complete illiteracy, but no one is reading Stelter—or watching CNN.
The media’s bias has already blown up in its face. CNN had lost 70% of its viewers between the time Donald Trump left office in January 2021 and May 2021. By January 2022, it was 89% of its viewers.
This month, CNN’s ratings collapsed to its lowest level in decades: In the week of March 6, fewer than 500,000 people tuned in—a 72% loss since last year.
“Stick a fork in CNN,” wrote John Nolte at Breitbart. “CNN is dead. Praise the heavens, CNN is dead.”
And that fall off has hit the media where it counts the most: in its wallet. CNN’s profits last year fell below $1 billion for the first time since 2016—the year Donald Trump was elected.
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Last week, CNN had 442,000 total day viewers, compared to Fox News Channel’s 1.4 million.
Why would Republican candidates want to go on a hostile network that no American watches?
From now on, it looks like Republican candidates will only speak to reporters and journalists who will give them a fair shake.
We think the perfect place for the next candidate forum—or to host the next presidential debate—is The Horn. What do you think?
Frank Holmes is a veteran journalist and an outspoken conservative that talks about the news that was in his weekly article, “On The Holmes Front.”