Will Horrendous CNN Ratings, Advertiser Boycotts, And 4Chan's Memetic War Destroy Billions In Time Warner Value?

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  • AT&T announced plans in October to purchase CNN parent company Time Warner for $85.4 billion, or $107.50 / share (currently $101.50 near 15 year highs).
  • According to Reuters, CNN is valued at roughly $10 billion - around 12% of the deal.
  • Since the deal was announced, however, CNN's brand - and therefore it's value to AT&T, has been significantly damaged.
  • In addition to recently firing three employees for publishing Fake News, ratings have been tanking, an undercover sting exposed CNN's extreme bias, and the network blackmailed a Reddit user for which they're now under intense memetic warfare.
  • Outraged citizens have begun to boycott CNN advertisers.
  • White House sources tell the Daily Caller that the AT&T / Time Warner deal, which requires White House approval, may be in jeopardy if CNN doesn't fire CEO Jeff Zucker.

CNN is in the middle of a 'Full Spectrum Dominance Attack' after three weeks of utter devastation to their brand - which has not been reflected in the share price of parent company Time Warner ($TWX). A week after firing three employees for peddling demonstrably false anti-Trump propaganda, CNN was exposed as a network of hate-filled shills in an undercover sting by James O'Keefe of Project Veritas. Then, the "Very Fake News" network went on a witch hunt to track down the identity of Reddit user 'HanAssholeSolo' who they claimed was responsible for creating a video of Trump beating up a man with a CNN logo for a head, which the President tweeted on Saturday.

The result has been the collapse of CNN's reputation while AT&T's acquisition of parent company Time Warner hangs in the balance.

Ed Dowd, Former manager of BlackRock’s $15 billion Capital Appreciation Strategies points out the dollars and sense of CNN's impact on the deal:

And after the last two weeks, it's hard to imagine that AT&T hasn't already begun to renegotiate with Time Warner - considering the fact that one of the flagship assets included in the deal is currently self-immolating.

A January Reuters article which described CNN's pivotal role in the AT&T / Time Warner deal, placing the network's value at around $10 billion - or just under 12% of the deal. This was written at a time when CNN was enjoying record ratings fresh off the election - despite Trump famously calling the network 'Fake News' the day before.

Since then, it's been all downhill for the 'Very Fake News' network while CNN's parent company, Time Warner, has risen to record highs.

TWX is clearly not reflecting the damage done to CNN - especially if the network violated the law when they threatened to reveal the identity of the Reddit user who posted the WWF Trump video.

CNN's YouTube stats are cliff diving

While CNN.com traffic appears to be steady - which can be bought - their YouTube channel has suffered a significant hit to both views and subscribers, down 15.8% and 28.9% respectively according to socialblade.com. While the network is certainly taking a financial hit from this, the real significance lies in the obvious damage to the brand. People have stopped taking CNN seriously.

Memetic Warfare

In response to CNN's threat to expose a Reddit user's identity, online researchers from 4chan who refer to themselves 'weaponized autists' have declared war on the network. In a post made on the 4th of July, an 'anon' (anonymous user) called fellow anons to arms" to create their best memes.

"Tonight, the enemy launched a surprise attack. Freedom of speech is under attack by the most powerful media outlet in the world. They're threatening to dox and thus ruin the life of (and possibly get him harmed by leftists) a completely random person, purely because of the memes he posted. Unacceptable.

The war is back on. GamerGate was the tutorial, our war against the media reignites now. Do not allow this assault on our forces - even if he cucked out and said sorry - to go without a response."

4chan is an unstoppable force, by the way 

The 'autists' at 4chan - perhaps the most formidable crowd-sourced research, entertainment, and redpill dispensary on the planet should not be underestimated, and new visitors to the site are advised not to post unless they've lurked for a significant period of time - or ever.

4chan users' Rain Man abilities to quickly connect dots, form theories, discard dead ends, and spread their findings like wildfire through social media giants Reddit, Twitter, and Facebook have led to such happenings as the time they called in an airstrike on ISIS, the 'breaking' of beta-cuck Shia LaBeouf, and even got a bunch of Justin Beiber fans to shave their heads.

Not to be forgotten - while Reddit's the_donald is the most popular pro-Trump forum in the world, 4chan was undoubtedly the dominant force doing deep digs to analyze the Wikileaked emails during the election - uncovering "Pay for Play" by Clinton Foundation donors who funded ISIS, DNC cheating against Bernie Sanders, MSM collusion, Hillary's dreams of open borders, "unaware and compliant" citizens, and other significant finds.

InfoWars is holding a $20,000 contest for the best CNN Meme...


Adding to Time Warner's woes is a 'grassroots' boycott of CNN's sponsors following the network's threat to dox an individual. Lists of sponsors are now flooding both Reddit and 4chan - such as this one posted by Reddit user 'jammich.'

Let's let CNN's advertisers know how we feel. I've found a list of their advertisers and updated it to include links to contact them. I've done my best to find as direct a link as possible to save you from rooting around their site. -jammich

(list below)


In a nutshell: There's no way CNN's recent unlubricated buggering hasn't negatively impacted parent company Time Warner's valuation. Ownership of Time Warner stock is 80.99% institutional - meaning it's largely held in mutual funds, pensions and 401(k) plans, with Vanguard and Blackrock being the top two holders of $TWX.

If I were AT&T, the only thing on my mind would be a renegotiation for Time Warner without CNN - or at minimum a battle plan to completely gut the Very Fake News network - from Jeff Zucker to Wolf Blitzer to Anderson Cooper. Don Lemon can stick around for comic relief.

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globalintelhub's picture

Trump called it, but we've been at war with C.ertainly N.eedless N.ews for 20 years.  www.splittingpennies.com

honest injun's picture

I might boycott the advertisers of CNN but I would have to watch CNN to come up with a list of companies to avoid.  Does anyone have such a list so that I wouldn't have to watch that garbage for even one minute?


Wait, The article had the list.  never mind.

RightLineBacker's picture

RE: Headline question.

Answer: One can only hope it crashes hard. It would be good for the future of the USA.

RichardENixon's picture

I've been getting a big bowl of popcorn and tuning in to CNN every night lately.  Last night they were doubling down on the Trump/Russia bs with some story about how Russian spying has increased dramatically since the election.  It's like passing a bloody wreck on the freeway.  You don't want to look, but somehow you just can't help yourself.

PleasedToMeatYou's picture

"Will Horrendous CNN Ratings, Advertiser Boycotts, And 4Chan's Memetic War Destroy Billions In Time Warner Value?"

Nope, these things are only revealing the low/negative value that has been there all along. 

tedstr's picture

I shorted 100 shares of TWX yesterday just for shits and giggles.  Coupld be fun


DirtySanchez's picture

I called my cable/internet provider and asked the guy to get cnn and espn off of my subscription.

The system is rigged.

You basically have to go without cable tv, or forced to pay for this crap.

I very well may just pull the plug and put all this garbage out on the curb.

Cynicles II's picture

Network TV is for fools. TV in general is for fools & suckers.

DjangoCat's picture

That cable plan is for the birds.  IN CA we get 500 channels, 4 choices and 125 repeats of each.

DEMIZEN's picture

ted turner must be LOL.

Mike Masr's picture


Fuck Fox News - More fake news!!!

I watch Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson the only real journalists on FOX News.

I have Fox News on now at the office for G20 Trump-Putin Coverage and I can't even believe the narrative. 

These useless maggots are clones of Anderson Cooper and that fake news Fareed and are just as useless as CNN.

redmudhooch's picture

We can win this war, everyone has to do their part, help spread the truth, go trolling on msm, liberal, and even conservative sites, it does work. Try not to offend people, just inform them. The truth is mightier than the sword.

I live way out in the country, in bible country, but even these folks are starting to open their eyes. Its obvious who is in control of this country now (BANKSTERS) and it pisses people off. People are ready for revolution.

This will probably be our only chance, they will not let this happen again. They are nervous as hell, they know we're on to somthing, thats why they're trying so hard to divide the country with crap like BLM. But we have to get everyone on board.

Theres lots of very smart people here on ZH, we all have to chip in no matter how small. We can drive them out.

DjangoCat's picture

I have commented on several sites.  CBC ran a story some time ago saying there had never ever been any rigging in US elections.  I commented and pointed to electionjusticeUSA.  The comment was censored.  They even tell you it has been censored!

I commented on a Marketwatch story about Russian meddling in the US election.  Next thing you know, I am blocked from the Marketwatch site.  All I got was a login screen loop.  Clearing my cookies fixed that.

Many sites no longer permit comments.

They do not want to know and they do not want their readers to know.

weburke's picture

att is owned by the same bad families, they can take pension money and - invest- it into any bad deal to support other thing they want. People who give money for -others- to invest, especially 401 k and pensions, are just sheep.

Mike Masr's picture

Fuck CNN and all the other cable news venues spreading fake news and deep state neocon narrative (propaganda)!!!

I hope this useless POS CNN goes bankrupt!!!

VWAndy's picture

 See this is the sweet part of havin the fiat magic in ur pocket. You dont need to ever make any real proffits to make bank.

dot_bust's picture

It's not just fake news. Folks should be aware of fake job ads.

If companies weren't allowed to run fake job ads, the myth of the U.S. being at full employment would immediately implode.

Better yet, the Federal Reserve would be exposed for perpetuating that myth.

Then stocks would have to be repriced to the lower value that is their rightful place.

Lucretius's picture


Best article I've EVER seen on ZH, and I've been lurking for over 5 years!

Red pill your entire address book, just double tap your address bar, right click, copy, open your mail box, "compose a letter", right click, paste, and educate! I did, and do share frequently, the info I find here. Just be kind and offer a food and beverage warning!

Nearly pee'd myself laughing at some of those memes on PJW's site, $20 grand is not to be sneezed at, I wish I had some of Mr. Wm. Banzai's skills!

Thanks to all for the ongoing education!   ;-D)


gilhgvc's picture
Time Warner Corporate

Corporate Communications
One Time Warner Center
New York, NY 10019-8016

Keith Cocozza
Senior Vice President
Corporate Communications

iamerican4's picture

Mob front company, since the inception of each of its elements. See "Dark Victory: Ronald Reagan, MCA, and the Mob" by Moldea.

SJEqualizer's picture

god I fucking hope so

seataka's picture


Common Core fried their minds till they no longer trust themselves, to think, to reason,to contemplate why? They are conditioned to accept authority as truth.

I-Pads and Texting conditioned them to think in short phrases and simple commands, especially with emotional content.. in depth analysis of ideas is discouraged if not impossible (tl:dr)

Obama was a hypnotist... (That weird head turning in first speeches) those kids liked listening to him dribble platitudes, while the Clintons stole everything..

And now Soros pays them..for performance art, wearing plastic vaginas on their heads.

AGuy's picture

Dumb Purchase if you ask me.

1. Declining revenue. People are cutting the cord right and left and cable companies have been trying to make up the difference by raising monthly fees on their remaining customers which is only going to increase cord cutting.
2. No upside to Cable TV channels. Most of its crap that fewer and fewer people are watching. Fake reality TV is destroying interest. Even Sports viewership is declining. People are switching to NetFlix & Youtube for video entertainment.

Clowns on Acid's picture

Exceedingly dumb POTENTIAL purchase....

AT&T will use the Trump admin disapproval of the deal (which it should be based on oligopolistic control of internet and phone distribution and content....kinda like the repeal of Glass Steagal) as a reason to bak out. With interest rates rising why take on more debt now?

ATT will not buy Time Warner now...and certainly not at $110 share. ATT be interested around  $75 / share..... but again Trump admin will not give ble4ssing to the merger / purchase.

Catahoula's picture

CNN is fake news propaganda. Share it

Lord Feverstone's picture

Ah, I love the smell of 4Chan's napalming of CNN in the morning. 

Smells like victory.

Time Warner stock looks like an ending triangle to me as well. Wonder how much longer until CNN's journalists are all on the Unemployment line?

SillySalesmanQuestion's picture

It's a little early for a victory lap.

JailBanksters's picture

Ye bigger question is, what are FOX MSN going to do.

Are they going take over the covered position as the senior Zionist News Network Broadcaster.

I can't see any of them stopping, it defeats the whole purpose of buying up all the Media Outlets.

mstyle's picture

LMAO at these memes. HAHAHAHA

This is great

SMC's picture

Worth 10 Billion? ROFL! More like 10 cents.

pine_marten's picture

When Trump got in the race CNN began self destructing.  Soon the unhinged and uncontrolled dive will rip their wings off and they will be no more.

Dr_Snooz's picture

I watched CNN for about 3 days back in 2006. After 3 solid days of hearing about nothing (and I mean NOTHING) but Cheney shooting his hunting partner, I didn't need any undercover videos, memes or anything else to know that CNN was full of crap. How has it taken so long for other people to figure this out? How thick can people be?

BidnessMan's picture

+1 for "unlubricated buggering"

LotUnsold's picture

I enjoyed that too.  Now I'm waiting for a chance to use it. :)

shovelhead's picture

When you like something , don't be shy.

Express yourself!

Thom Paine's picture

The Matrix

How appropriate. lol

Mr Anderson......


Boscovius's picture

CNN had become so inured to it's coveted place at the top of the "journalistic" heap, that it forgot the importance of keeping its means covert.  With a little help, (thank you Project Veritas) and sometimes completely of it's own accord, it has openly and brazenly been revealed for what it is.  A propaganda mechanism of the worst kind.  Even the children are outraged that a bastion of intellectual honesty has recused itself of principles and whores itself out.  When I was a kid, I believed my parents would lie to me if it suited their purposes, but the guy on the evening news would always give it to me straight, and let me make up my own mind.  Memetic Warfare.  LOL.  Go get em kids!

Dragon HAwk's picture

True Humor always Wins.

Incorporated by inference's picture

Anyone remember the Anarchist Cookbook from the 80s? I'm not sure how my childhood friend got a copy but we made the napalm described in the book. Threw it in the the street igniting a neighbors mailbox accidentally. Glad today's kids are more organized. The key to mischief " no one talks everybody walks. "
Play it forward.

SantaClaws's picture

There is a very interesting documentary, "American Anarchist," about William Powell, the author of the Anarchist Cookbook (1971).  https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/23/movies/american-anarchist-review.html,  http://variety.com/2016/film/reviews/american-anarchist-review-1201856953/

Powell passed away from a heart attack either during or after the shooting of the documentary.  I saw the documentary on Netflix a couple of weeks ago.  Well worth watching.  The documentary tries to blame Powell for Columbine and other later violent occurrences, and has been appropriately criticized for its heavy handed attempt to smear him.

Although the Anarchist Cookbook is to many politically incorrect today, I think it was an amazing achievement for Powell, then a 19 year old.  I don't think he really regretted writing it, except to the extent it hurt his later teaching career.  I don't think his wife understood the book at all.

Lucretius's picture

+1, I enjoy your avatar, and appreciate your comment. I read it in the early 70's. I'll look at the documentary. Thanks for the link.

Dragon HAwk's picture

Napalm, Styrofoam melted in gasoline. not very complicated.

test it in a big concrete culvert pipe, no damage, no witnesses.  educational purposes only of course.

Shift For Brains's picture

Pro tip: Styrofoam is available in huuuuuuuge quantities at recycle facilities. Depending on the facility it may have its own section of nothing but white treasure (no racism intended). Throw it in the back of your APC and you're halfway home.

Lucretius's picture

...devious, I like it!

"thin skinned" people tend to think, a lot in my case, it gives rise to careful choices.:-)

BTW, next time you're at the "recycling center/dump" inquire about the "hazardous household chemicals"...PAINT, last time I went, I came home with 23 gallons! FOR FREE. When was the last time you saw any lead paint ffs? Asstards want $25.00 a gallon for crappy assed paint. I've painted my home 3X with free paint from earth worshiping clowns. Shit, I've still got a quart of DDT!

Incorporated by inference's picture

Your method is probably more effective. I seem to remember ours was simply Vaseline/gasoline marinated in a glass jar. With a rag. It was lit and thrown breaking and streaking across the street. It burned for several min. Took place in a typical middle class neighborhood. Video games have probably saved a lot of young boys from themselves.

Boscovius's picture

Tried putting a bottle of that on the end of a model rocket engine.  Rocket Propelled Molotov Coctail.  LOL.  Good thing it didn't work.  I might have hurt myself.

El Vaquero's picture

I too had fun as a kid doing stupid shit.  Lots and lots of model rocket engines, but I never did tip one with a Molotov.  Sounds fun.  

truthalwayswinsout's picture

When you start to win in war you must double down and push even harder and throw everything you have at your targets. 

Boycotts of Warrant Buffet, total destruction of CNN, Removing Google, and Amazon from our lives along with Hollywood should all be on the table.

My dream will come true when the likes of George Clooney will make $50K per year for all of his work which is what he is worth. (By the way, I am leaving the U.S. because of Trump George just moved back because of the terror threats in London and it is not safe; but George those are your people; the Muslim Half-Breed Niggers who are your brothers; why are you abandoning them to live under the Great Satan Donald Trump?.... chicken shit loud mouth coward, he deserves shunning and scorn and does not belong in the U.S.... go back to London and live in your utopia)

Martin Luther King had a dream and my dream is for Free Speech and independence from oppressive out of control governments that want to micromanage my life while they , the politcal elite and their cronys, get rich and commit crimes from child pedophile to murder.