Donald Trump to Participate in CNN’s Town Hall: Is CNN Changing?
Former President Donald Trump will be participating in a CNN town hall in New Hampshire on Wednesday, May 10th. This will be Trump’s first CNN appearance since the 2016 presidential campaign. CNN’s upcoming town hall event will feature the former president taking questions from New Hampshire Republicans and undeclared voters who plan to vote in the 2024 GOP presidential primary.
CNN’s ‘Desperate’ Bid for Ratings?
Donald Trump posted on Truth Social that CNN made him a deal he “couldn’t refuse” and that it “Could be the beginning of a New & Vibrant CNN, with no more Fake News, or it could turn into a disaster for all, including me.” Trump wrote, “I’ll be doing CNN tomorrow night, LIVE from the Great State of New Hampshire, because they are rightfully desperate to get those fantastic (TRUMP!) ratings once again. They made me a deal I couldn’t refuse!!! Could be the beginning of a New & Vibrant CNN, with no more Fake News, or it could turn into a disaster for all, including me. Let’s see what happens? Wednesday Night at 8:00!!!”
It’s interesting that Trump is referring to CNN as desperate for ratings, and it’s also ironic because CNN was one of the highest rated cable news networks during the Trump presidency. Since Trump’s term ended, CNN has struggled to maintain its audience. As stated by Trump, who knows, tomorrow’s town hall could prove to be the beginning of a new and vibrant CNN or could turn into a disaster for all.
The Significance of Trump’s First CNN Appearance Since 2016
Trump’s appearance in a CNN town hall holds significant importance, not just for the network, but for him as well. While the former president continuously attacked CNN, calling them “fake news,” he now appears willing to give the network another shot. It will be interesting to see how Trump’s participation will influence CNN’s coverage in the future. Will they be more favorable towards him or continue to be critical of him?
It should also be noted that Trump’s first CNN appearance since 2016 comes after his constant political attacks on the network during his presidency. Trump regularly bashed CNN for its reporting, especially on issues such as the Russia investigation. During Trump’s presidency, The New York Times even reported that Trump had hinted to White House aides that he was interested in launching his own media company to take on CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC.
What Should We Expect From Tomorrow’s CNN Town Hall?
Trump, who is known for his unscripted and unpredictable way, will be taking questions from New Hampshire Republicans and undeclared voters who plan to vote in the 2024 GOP presidential primary. CNN is hoping for a high volume of viewership during Trump’s appearance and has promoted the upcoming town hall on various social media platforms. It remains to be seen what questions will be asked and how Trump will respond. Will he address the recent controversies of his own party, such as the Liz Cheney ousting, or will he focus on condemning the Biden administration?
It’s important to note that Trump is also facing legal battles, such as the investigations into the January 6th Capitol riots and the Manhattan district attorney’s investigation into his business dealings. He may face questions on these topics as well.
Could Trump’s Return to CNN Be a Sign of Changing Tides?
Trump’s participation in CNN’s town hall event comes at a time where the media landscape is rapidly changing. The growth of conservative media networks like Newsmax and One America News (OAN) has been on the rise. However, even these networks are struggling to appeal to the same level of viewership as the traditional cable news networks.
While traditional conservative news networks have been gaining popularity, CNN, and other liberal-leaning networks, have been seeing a decline in viewership, thus leading to the need to pivot their strategies to get back in the game. CNN has been making moves to do just that. Recently, CNN announced a new daily news show, anchored by Jake Tapper, that will address climate change, global politics, and world events. Even as the network pivots, however, CNN suffered a significant loss of viewership during the first quarter of 2021. CNN’s audience share has also lost 40% of its prime-time viewers and 23% of the total day viewers in comparison to Q1 2020.
Could Trump’s appearance on CNN be a sign of changing tides? The former president, known for his pop culture appeal, could be just what the network needs to boost its ratings. Trump’s participation in the upcoming town hall could be a trial of sorts for Trump and CNN, which could eventually lead to more positive collaboration between the two parties. Alternatively, if Trump uses the town hall as a platform to criticize CNN, it could be a huge setback for the network and potentially harm its ratings.
Donald Trump’s upcoming appearance in the CNN town hall event on the evening of the 10th of May is certainly one of the most highly anticipated events in the world of politics and media. It will be interesting to see what the former president has to say, how he will react to the questions asked and whether he will use this opportunity to turn over a new page and collaborate with a network he has been very critical of or if this will be another opportunity to criticize them. The event is also significant for CNN as it provides them with an opportunity to appeal to a larger audience and to regain some of that audience that has been flocking towards conservative media networks like Newsmax and OAN. The significance of Trump’s first CNN appearance since 2016 cannot be understated, and only time will tell how tomorrow’s town hall will play out.