Joe Rogan let loose on Brian Stelter in an expletive-laden segment of his popular podcast on Thursday, noting that the CNN media analyst’s show continues to nosedive in ratings.
In a segment with left-of-center commentator Kyle Kulinski, Rogan cited a panel discussion on Stelter’s “Reliable Sources” program in January, during which one of the guests noted that some personalities on YouTube have more viewers than CNN, “as if it was some horrible thing.”
“They didn’t even understand the way they were describing it,” said Rogan. “They were describing it as if they’re entitled to viewers.
“They were saying, ‘There are people on YouTube right now that get more views than this show.’ This is because the market has spoken and your show’s f**kin’ terrible. Well, Brian Stelter’s show keeps slipping and slipping and slipping in the ratings.”
“He’s the worst,” Kulinski added in agreement.
“So is Don Lemon’s. It’s the same thing. Everyone knows they’re not real. They’re not real humans,” Rogan continued.
Warning: Strong language
Kulinski responded by noting that it seems like Stelter is “outright calling for censorship” by pretending he is concerned about the “spread of conspiracy theories,” claiming that the CNN host and others “use that for f**king everything.”
Rogan then hit Stelter for an adoring interview he had with White House press secretary Jen Psaki, when he asked her what the American press “gets wrong” when it comes to covering her boss’s administration.
“How about Brian Stelter talking to the press secretary saying, ‘What are we doing wrong? What are we doing wrong?’ Like, hey motherf**ker, you’re supposed to be a journalist,” Rogan said of the exchange.
Kulinski responded with, “And they wonder why they get no views.”
“But it’s not even that,” Rogan answered. “They’re obviously being told a certain amount of what to do.
“And maybe he’d be an interesting guy if he had his own f**kin’ podcast that you can rely on his own personality and be himself. I don’t know. I can’t imagine doing that gig,” he added. “Any of those guys. That gig is a strange gig.”
Rogan’s observations regarding Stelter’s ratings are accurate.
In May, his show hit a new ratings floor after shedding viewers steadily since the beginning of the year.
His May 2 show captured just 810,000 viewers, which included an anemic 163,000 in the coveted 25-54 adult demographic — the worst showing of the year at that point after failing to reach one million viewers for five straight weeks in both categories.
Interestingly, Stelter’s show edged higher the previous week when John Avlon guest-hosted for a vacationing Stelter, drawing in about 907,000 viewers.
Other CNN programs are also faring poorly in a post-Donald Trump presidency. That includes the network’s morning show, “New Day,” which relaunched earlier this year with network host Brianna Keilar seated next to Alisyn Camerota instead of John Berman.
The network has also consistently lagged behind cable powerhouse Fox News Channel. In May, CNN was the sixth-most-watched cable news offering, according to TV Newser, averaging 913,000 total viewers / 218,000 in 25-54, for its Monday-Sunday primetime line-up, and 610,000 total viewers / 147,000 in 25-54 in daytime averages.
CNN was ahead of uber-liberal MSNBC in all of those categories, however.
“CNN has now topped MSNBC for 18 straight months in the total day demo,” TV Newser reported.
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