On Thursday evening, Fox News personality Tucker Carlson handed CNN host Brian Stelter some free career advice, ordering him to “get out of media, now.”
Carlson began, “What if your TV show was tanking and you’d lost more than half your viewers since January? Do you think that would be exactly the moment to rerelease your book on the basis of evidence that people love you so much they’re going to buy it? Probably not. But if you work at CNN, if you’re a squeaky little guy who hosts a media show and CNN, you might just try it.”
Carlson continued, “And if you did, what would happen? Well, you might sell just 2,000 copies in the entire first week. That book currently ranks #4,007 on the bestseller list. There are many how-to-manuals having to do with HVAC or hanging drywall or insulation that are outselling that book.”
“By the way, we don’t mean to be mean or anything,It’s just if all signs point to one conclusion, get out of media, immediately. Get out of media. Maybe it’s time to get out of media.” Carlson concluded.
The most recent episode of Stelter’s “Reliable Sources” averaged “just 656,000 viewers for its smallest audience of the year,” according to Fox News.
Fox News reported that “The dismal turnout marked the first time in 2021 that ‘Reliable Sources’ failed to attract 700,000 viewers and Stelter’s left-wing media program has now fallen short of the one-million viewer benchmark for 12 straight weeks,The 35-year-old Stelter’s program managed to lose 13 percent of viewers from its June 13 episode which had previously been the show’s smallest audience of the year.”
Popular podcast host Joe Rogan criticized Stelter last week for the quality of his show and what his job is meant to be. Rogan’s remark came in reaction to Stelter’s concern that more people are watching shows on YouTube than on cable news, where CNN is broadcast.
Rogan stated, “They didn’t even understand the way they were describing it, 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***in’ terrible. Well, Brian Stelter’s show keeps slipping and slipping and slipping in the ratings.”
Stelter was also chastised by Rogan for a recent CNN remark in which he asked White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki what the media was doing wrong.
“How about Brian Stelter talking to the press secretary, ‘What are we doing wrong? What are we doing wrong?’ Like, hey motherf***er, you’re supposed to be a journalist,” Rogan said. “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***in podcast that you can rely on his own personality and be himself. I don’t know. I can’t imagine doing that gig.”