Eric Bolling on CNN town hall aftermath: ‘That’s what happens when you sell your media soul to the devil’

CNN’s opportunism for a ratings jump, courtesy of former President Donald Trump, may have proven itself a monkey’s paw as Newsmax host Eric Bolling assessed the aftermath of the network selling its “media soul to the devil.”

(Video: Newsmax)

Friday on his program, “The Balance,” Bolling made the case for corporate media outlets getting exactly what they deserve for continually drifting to the left. Chiefly, he addressed the backlash that CNN was experiencing on and off the air since hosting Trump for a New Hampshire town hall that hadn’t scored any blows to the presidential candidate’s favorability.

“The Trump town hall gave the network big ratings. Nielsen reports that 3.3 million people tuned in to watch Donald Trump on CNN,” the host noted in comparison to a typical night where the network was “lucky if 700,000 tune in to that hour. So CNN had five times the audience it usually has, and you would think team CNN and their supporters would be happy about that. Well, apparently not.”

“In fact, Trump’s success has created turmoil inside and outside the walls over the very left-wing news network. Their own anchors turning on their own network in public. I guess that’s what happens when you sell your media soul to the devil,” Bolling contended. “CNN wanted those ratings that come with a Trump appearance and now they’re paying the price.”

As previously reported, CNN’s Anderson Cooper had addressed backlash from viewers and said in part, “Now, many of you think CNN shouldn’t have given him any platform to speak. And I understand the anger about that — giving him the audience, the time. I get that.”

He further noted, “You have every right to be outraged and angry, never watch this network again. But do you think staying in your silo and only listening to people you agree with is going to make that person go away? If we all only listen to those we agree with, it may actually do the opposite.”

Cooper took his own backlash for adding rationale to hosting Trump while CNN CEO Chris Licht had reportedly chastised Oliver Darcy after the reporter had critiqued his own network by tweeting, “It’s hard to see how America was served by the spectacle of lies that aired on CNN Wednesday evening.”

As covered, Licht had reportedly called Darcy and his editor Jon Passantino into a meeting “with himself, CNN comms chief Kris Coratti, editorial executive vice president Virginia Moseley and senior vice president of global news Rachel Smolkin,” where he had been told his coverage was “too emotional.”

“If you ran a business and you got five times your regular audience, you’d be celebrating and figuring out how to do it again and again,” Bolling added of the varied responses from CNN personalities before he suggested, “Well, here’s a prediction: Donald Trump will never be invited back alone on CNN anytime soon, and if he does, he’ll face one of their nastiest people — I don’t know, Chris Wallace, perhaps?”

“But the woke left overpowers common sense over there,” the host said before calling Fox News to the carpet as well.

“Fox News clearly wants in,” Bolling said, referencing the early call of Arizona from election night 2020. Supporting the host’s claim was the fact that Fox News had boasted “over 40 new advertisers” for the 8 p.m. time slot after taking Tucker Carlson off the air, thus cashing in off of sanitized reporting that pleases corporate sponsors in favor of thoroughly informing the public.


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