Is it any wonder why CNN’s ratings have tanked below those of 50s sitcom re-runs?
While covering President Trump’s visit to France, CNN anchor Poppy Harlow mistook “The Star Spangled Banner” for “La Marseillaise.”
“Let’s just listen in to the French National Anthem for just a moment,” she said, pausing her own thoughts on what issues Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron — both newly-elected, might be most closely-aligned.
It wasn’t until 14 seconds later that she corrected herself.
“The U.S. — The American national anthem, I should say. Let’s listen in.”
During the interim, viewers watched as Trump had his right hand placed over his heart and Macon stood respectfully with his hands at his side.
Harlow’s mistake is understandable — she was talking about something else at the time — but 14 seconds to recover?
People on social media showed no mercy.
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— Grace Vasquez (@itsYourGrace) July 13, 2017
@CNN hires only stupid reporters!
— Shoshanna (@Shoshanna6) July 14, 2017
And @CNN obviously is ignorant about the United States, they want us to be socialistic, dummies that they are.
— Jeree Gee Stavich (@JereeGeeStavich) July 13, 2017
— Jon W. Lenchner (@jonlen1) July 13, 2017
How is that even possible?! Do they LIVE in America??!! Holy cow what a hot mess! ?
— PrideandPrejudice (@JaneLizzyBennet) July 13, 2017
— Déplorable Espécial (@ViperNtheTemple) July 13, 2017
Not only did the timing of Harlow’s correction add to the embarrassment, but the whole mistake couldn’t have happened at a worse time for the embattled network. TV Newser reported recently that CNN’s ratings sank to 13th place to Fox News Channel’s first. The classic TV channel Nick at Night came in 11th.
HGTV, which hosts “Fixer Upper,” came in third, meaning that re-runs of Chip and Joanna Gaines came in 10 places ahead of “The most trusted name in news.”
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