Written by DML
This morning we published a poll asking readers if they’d like to see the president revoke press credentials of mainstream media outlets. In response to the poll, a man posted this comment on our Facebook page:
“What if Trump is using his tweets to devalue the Brands of the MSM? What if their stock values plummeted? And then, what if he or some people favorable to his fight against the Globalists bought up the stocks or even did a hostile takeover? In short, what if the populist movement got control of the press? Maybe Trump knows what he’s doing with his tweeting. He seems to have used it masterfully so far. Remember when everyone thought the tweet was crazy that raised the possibility of recordings about Comey? Remember how he used Twitter and other strategies and tactics to win the election despite MASSIVE opposition from the MSM? Maybe he should keep tweeting and maybe we should collectively shut up about trying to tell him to stop.” — P. Dudeck
I have never met a single person who said they voted for Trump because of what they read in the WikiLeaks emails. Meaning, I never met a person who pulled their vote from Hillary and gave it to Trump. Bottom line, Russia played no role in the 2016 outcome.
Although Trump supporters would like this to be a one-way street, it would be foolish for us to head the wrong way. Therefore, it is important for me to reveal that I have never met one person who said they voted for Trump because he “tweets.” Unless I totally missed something, his strategy during the election was to convince voters he would make America great again.
Putting the debate about tweets to the side, I thought it would be a good use of time to provide Mr. Dudeck with some data that answers his question, “What if Trump is using his tweets to devalue the Brands of the MSM?”
Contrary to what the president’s claim, the MSM does not want Trump to stop tweeting. Not only do they think it hurts him in the long run, but they are making a fortune from his unconventional style of messaging. Therefore, if we take the president at his word when he says he plans to continue blasting out tweets as he does today, then buying the stocks of the MSM is a good bet because they are not being devalued whatsoever. In fact, it is just the opposite.
THE NEW YORK TIMES
The stock price for the NY Times has nearly doubled since Trump won the nomination in July 2016. This week past, the stock hit a one-year high.
Comcast owns NBC and MSNBC. Like the NYT, its stock is at a one-year high as well.
HOW ABOUT CNN?
CNN published this update last week about their TV ratings:
“CNN hit a ratings milestone this quarter, with the network posting its most-watched second quarter on record in total viewers, and its best second quarter among adults 25-54 in 14 years (since 2Q 2003) in Total Day. In prime time (M-Su and M-F), CNN averaged its highest 2Q delivery since 2003 (in both total viewers and among 25-54). During daytime (9am-4pm), CNN had its highest quarterly 25-54 delivery since 4Q 2008 and second highest total viewers level since 1Q 2003.”
CNN published this update in April about their digital rankings:
“With more multiplatform unique visitors, mobile unique visitors, video starts and millennial users than any other news outlet, CNN Digital again ranked as the nation’s #1 source for news and information in April 2017.
#1 IN MULTIPLATFORM UNIQUE VISITORS
More than 109 million unique multiplatform visitors turned to CNN Digital properties in April 2017 – an impressive increase of +17% versus the prior year and +10% versus the prior month. CNN also outperformed second place New York Times by 19 million unique visitors.”
AND THEN THERE IS THE WASHINGTON POST…
In his Facebook post, Mr Dureck suggested the following: “What if their stock values plummeted? And then, what if he or some people favorable to his fight against the Globalists bought up the stocks or even did a hostile takeover? In short, what if the populist movement got control of the press?”
The Washington Post is owned by Jeff Bezos, the CEO of Amazon. He is one of the richest people in the world. The paper isn’t going anywhere, anytime soon.
MY ANALYSIS: If the tweeting is an attempt to devalue the MSM, it’s not working in terms of dollars and cents.
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