The fireworks began when anchor Alisyn Camerota, turned the interview to all things Russia. Camerota asked Gorka about Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with a Russian lawyer during the presidential campaign. Gorka replied by asking why CNN has yet to cover the Democratic National Committee’s meet-up with operatives at the Ukrainian Embassy with the same breathless zeal they’ve covered the nine-month witch-hunt into alleged Russia/Trump collusion.
Here is some of the exchange:
Gorka*: Was it a good idea for the DNC to send its operatives to the Ukrainian Embassy? The amount of time you spend in desperation on a topic that has plummeted you to 13th place in viewership ranking across America, more people watch Nick at Nite cartoons than CNN today.*
Camerota: “Our ratings are doing just fine. If you want to go there, our ratings are doing just fine.”
Gorka: Nick at Nite is [in 11th place]. More people are interested in cartoons! . . . CNN no longer puts out journalism, but, rather, ‘fake news.’ What about individuals who got half a million dollars to give speeches when their wife was running for president?
Camerota: Is it possible that your team is obsessed with the Clintons?
Gorka: No. We’d like you to actually do your job. You aren’t in the news business anymore. You used to be. You are in the attacking President Trump business. And it’s sad. It’s really sad.
Camerota: Look, I know you have to go, and I didn’t even want to go down this rabbit hole with you. When you take shots at us and at journalism, at CNN . . .
Gorka interrupting: Not journalism, CNN.
CNN is currently ranked 13th out of all the cable networks, behind Nick at Nite, which ranks 11th.
In addition to its plummeting ratings, CNN has other serious problems. CNN has been caught publishing fake news, some of it so bad that three reporters were forced to resign. It’s been busted by James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas, which infiltrated CNN and obtained video of a CNN producer admitting that the network’s Russia fixation is “mostly bullsh**t right now,” but they do it because it brings in the money. And to add insult to injury CNN had to give Veritas a retraction.
CNN is desperate to improve its image after weeks of bad and worse news.