Stop Boosting CNN & MSNBC Ratings

Trump supporters and others who despise fake news should change the channel. Even if you are throwing things and cursing at the TV, if it is tuned to to CNN, MSNBC or any other news outlet spewing anti-Trump propaganda and you are on cable, satellite or Internet, you are boosting their ratings.

Mike Anderson has suggested that working toward getting cable and satellite TV networks to unbundle CNN, MSNBC and other channels would allow viewers to more directly vote with their dollars on what news and other content they support. Great idea.

Getting to a la carte channel selection is a tough nut to crack. The effort has been in play for at least 30 years without success.

It is not likely that the FCC has authority to mandate unbundling under current law. Congress could legislate on the matter, but there are First Amendment issues. Unbundling will only happen as a result of organized consumer demand. Dish Network is running ads now that say you can pick what you pay for, but the basic tier includes CNN. It’s all about the money. Unbundling will only happen as a result of organized consumer demand.

Everyone can lend a hand by changing the channel and writing to your cable or satellite TV provider.

Please share your thoughts and ideas. Looking for volunteers to share the lead in this unbundling initiative. Everyone can lend a hand by changing the channel and writing to your cable or satellite TV provider.

4 thoughts on “Stop Boosting CNN & MSNBC Ratings”

  1. We shouldn’t have to watch CNN at the nations airports. It is so irritating waiting to board and having now choice but to stand near a TV pre-set and locked to CNN with audio piped through the speakers. It is offensive that this law was ever passed. I’ve heard it’s a law, if I’m wrong then I apologize. But if not, then congress needs to fire the committee responsible for that one.

    1. Congress doesn’t get the blame for CNN at airports. Ted Turner, more than 21 years ago, went after the captive audiences at airports with a satellite network broadcasting special programming for air travelers. No news about air disasters, strikes by airport unions, etc. CNN installs all equipment at its expense, pays a fee to the airports, and gets about 10% of the airtime to promote itself.

      When Turner made his move for CNN, there were no other players in the game. Fifty major US airports are currently under contract. It is not a permanent arrangement. There is already potential competition from national advertisers for those screens (more than 2,400 of them).

      Many airports are under the direction of a locally elected Airport Authority. Let those elected officials hear from you.

  2. The MSM is hysterical and gossipy like old fishwives. This is a great idea. Trumpers need to get organized and become pro-active.

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