August 16th, 2017
09:27 AM ET


Hosted by Bill Weir

One-hour special airs Friday, August 18th at 9PM/ET

In 140 characters—multiplied across thousands of tweets—President Donald Trump has revolutionized the flow of communication from the nation’s highest office.  As a reality TV star, he experienced firsthand the reach and marketing potential of social media and then leveraged it in running a successful and unprecedented presidential campaign. Today, his Twitter use is also at the center of constant controversy.
In a one-hour special report “Twitter & Trump,” host Bill Weir explores the evolution of President Trump’s Twitter use from its very beginnings to becoming a political weapon in the insult filled primaries to his use of the medium as President, where it has generated very different reactions from his opponents and supporters.


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Topics: CNN
August 1st, 2017
01:38 PM ET


Beats MSNBC for 37th Straight Month

2017 Pacing to be CNN’s Highest on Record in Total Day and Second Highest since 2008 in Primetime

CNN was the #2 cable news network in Total Day in July, beating MSNBC for the 37th consecutive month in the demo adults 25-54. That is CNN’s longest winning streak over MSNBC in more than seven years (dating back to January 2010).

CNN also beat MSNBC in daytime, with a 22% advantage. That is the 41st consecutive month that CNN has beaten MSNBC in daytime among adults 25-54.

In addition, CNN was the #1 network in cable news in weekend prime time (8-11 pm) among adults 25-54, largely on the strength of its CNN Original Series (The Nineties, The History of Comedy and Declassified).

Fox News in July posted its lowest monthly share of the Total Day cable news audience among total viewers in six years.

Year to date, 2017 is pacing to be CNN’s highest on record in Total Day among total viewers and highest among 25-54 since 2003.  2017 is also pacing to be CNN’s second largest audience since 2008 in primetime among 25-54 and total viewers.


Topics: CNN Press Releases • Ratings
Natasha Chen and Omar Jimenez Join CNN Newsource
July 27th, 2017
11:26 AM ET

Natasha Chen and Omar Jimenez Join CNN Newsource

Natasha Chen and Omar Jimenez join CNN Newsource as national correspondents based in Washington, D.C., it was announced today.

Chen joins CNN Newsource from KIRO 7 News in Seattle, where she was a general assignment reporter. She previously reported for WREG-TV in Memphis and KXXV-TV in Killeen, Texas. In addition to breaking news assignments, Chen excelled at covering education, politics, and local government policy and income inequality. She speaks fluent Mandarin, and she served as a board member of Seattle’s Asian American Journalists Association chapter. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University, and received her M.A. in broadcast journalism from the University of Southern California.

Jimenez joins CNN Newsource from WBAL-TV 11 in Baltimore, where he was a general assignment reporter. He previously reported for WGEM-TV in Quincy, Illinois. He has covered a range of news stories, including breaking news, politics, and natural disasters. He has also worked with the Chicago Innocence Project, where he investigated potential wrongful convictions alongside other journalism and law students from across Chicago. He is a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and he is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

Topics: CNN
‘WHY TRUMP WON’ – Fareed Zakaria on the Reshaping of American Politics
July 27th, 2017
10:52 AM ET

‘WHY TRUMP WON’ – Fareed Zakaria on the Reshaping of American Politics

New CNN Special Report Premieres Monday, August 7 at 9:00pm Eastern on CNN/U.S. and CNN International

Donald Trump’s victory on Nov. 8, 2016, shocked the American political establishment.  WHY TRUMP WON, tells the story of the signals many missed, but were there all along.  Fareed Zakaria points to himself – “I got it wrong,” he says – as he explores the cultural forces that propelled Trump towards his historic presidential win in a new CNN Special Report, WHY TRUMP WON, that will premiere Monday, Aug. 7 at 9:00pm Eastern on CNN/U.S. and CNN International.

WHY TRUMP WON shows how Trump has worked towards closing the ultimate deal – winning the White House – for decades.  Trump attended his first Republican National convention in 1988 and competed for the Reform Party nomination in 1999.  And, through print ads, television interviews, and social media, Trump has carefully tailored his political messages over the years and ultimately persuaded millions to join his powerful political army.

In WHY TRUMP WON, Zakaria reports on families falling apart: depression, drugs, desperation, and finally resentment taking root in some American communities, supplanting what had been flourishing middle class optimism.  Under a veneer of rosy 2016 stock market and jobs statistics, was a decades-long crumbling of middle class culture and a long-simmering loss of faith in institutions.

David Betras, chairman of Ohio’s Mahoning County Democratic Party, is frustrated that “a man who [uses] gold-plated toilets” became the political bannerman for middle America, but Betras feels Hillary Clinton and the Democrats lost as definitively as Donald Trump won in 2016.  Betras says working class people in Mahoning felt Democrats, the “party of the people,” had left them.  And, they channeled their frustrations into electoral victories last year for Donald Trump that were decisive in what some described as an earthquake of an election. FULL POST

CNN Digital #1 in June with 105M Unique Multiplatform Visitors
July 26th, 2017
09:32 AM ET

CNN Digital #1 in June with 105M Unique Multiplatform Visitors


CNN Digital ranked as the number one online news and information outlet for the 13th month running in June 2017 with more multiplatform unique visitors, mobile visitors, millennial visitors, multiplatform video starts and a greater social reach than any other news outlet.  Additionally, CNN Politics ranked as the nation’s #1 source for political news and information for the 28th month in a row.


105 million unique multiplatform visitors turned to CNN Digital in June, marking the 13th month in a row that CNN reached more people across platforms than any other news source. CNN beat its closest competitor by nearly 20 million more unique visitors.

CNN: 105 Million Unique Visitors

  • Yahoo News – 86 million unique visitors
  • The New York Times – 85 million unique visitors
  • – 79 million unique visitors
  • – 76 million unique visitors
  • – 75 million unique visitors

Source: comScore Multi-Platform Media Metrix, June 2017.  Based on CNN Brand entity compared to a custom list of single brand competitors in the News/Information Category.   FULL POST

CNN Earns 18 News and Documentary Emmy Award Nominations
July 25th, 2017
01:39 PM ET

CNN Earns 18 News and Documentary Emmy Award Nominations

CNN Worldwide has been nominated for 18 News and Documentary Emmy ® Awards, setting yet another network record. The network's diverse nominations reflect compelling and essential journalism across all platforms, including CNN, CNN Digital, CNN Original Series, and CNN en Español.

Outstanding Hard News Feature Story in a Newscast

28 Hours Surrounded by ISIS
Early Start with John Berman and Christine Romans

Outstanding Breaking News Coverage

Pulse Nightclub Massacre
Anderson Cooper 360

Battle for Mosul

Topics: Awards • CNN
CNN Receives First-Ever Part 107 Waiver for Closed Set Drone Operations
July 20th, 2017
02:59 PM ET

CNN Receives First-Ever Part 107 Waiver for Closed Set Drone Operations

CNN Aerial Imagery and Reporting (CNN AIR) is pleased to announce that CNN has become the first organization to be granted a Part 107 waiver by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to fly small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) over people for closed-set motion picture and television filming.  CNN previously received the first-ever waiver granted by the FAA to fly UAS over members of the public for media coverage, including newsgathering and reporting activities. 

CNN’s successful waiver application builds on its longstanding commitment to moving UAS policies forward for news organizations.  In 2015, CNN was selected by the FAA as one of the first three industry “Pathfinders” to develop safe uses of UAS in newsgathering, particularly in urban populated areas.  This approval builds on CNN's closed set filming authority previously granted under Section 333 of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012.

"We are delighted the FAA has approved CNN's application for closed set filming authority under Part 107," said Greg Agvent, Senior Director of National Newsgathering Technology and CNN AIR.  "We are grateful for the opportunity to work with the FAA to move UAS forward for newsgatherers and filmmakers, and for the commercial UAS industry at large." 

The new waiver allows CNN AIR to operate a diverse range of UAS over uncovered people who are participating in filming operations.  As part of the waiver approval process, CNN demonstrated to the FAA that its operations could be conducted safely.

Topics: CNN
July 19th, 2017
01:10 PM ET


CNN will host a one- hour global Town Hall with former Vice President and filmmaker Al Gore on Tuesday, August 1 at 9 p.m. ET, moderated by Anderson Cooper.

More than a decade after his documentary AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH was released, Al Gore will discuss his latest film – AN INCONVENIENT SEQUEL: TRUTH TO POWER, which dramatically presents Gore’s premise that we are close to a real energy revolution and his efforts to work with the current government on bringing change. Cooper and members of a live audience will discuss with Gore how efforts to solve the climate crisis in the US and around the world have been impacted by the Trump Administration's actions on climate and identify the way forward in the climate movement.

In addition to the TV airings, The Climate Crisis: A CNN Town Hall Event with Al Gore will also stream for subscribers on August 1 via CNNgo (at and via CNNgo apps for AppleTV, Roku, Amazon Fire and Samsung TV) and on the CNN mobile apps for iOS and Android.  The Climate Crisis: A CNN Town Hall Event with Al Gore also be available the day after the premiere (August 2) on demand via cable/satellite systems, CNNgo platforms and CNN mobile apps. The Town Hall will also air on CNN's SiriusXM Channel 116, and Westwood One Radio Network.

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Topics: Anderson Cooper • CNN
CNNgo Now Available on Samsung Smart TV
July 19th, 2017
12:43 PM ET

CNNgo Now Available on Samsung Smart TV

The availability of CNNgo is once again expanding with its new app for Samsung Smart TV, making live CNN content and CNN programming available to 2016 and 2017 Samsung Smart TV owners.

As part of the industry-wide TV Everywhere initiative, the CNNgo app includes the live broadcast of CNN, CNNi, HLN and curated on-demand content which can be watched by logging in with a valid Pay-TV subscription user name and password. CNNgo on Samsung Smart TV also allows for the viewing of trending news around the world by browsing the Featured Collections without having to log in.

CNNgo is a next-generation product that gives viewers unprecedented control over their TV news experience, and is also available on, CNN’s iPad app and on Apple TV, Roku, Amazon FireTV and now Samsung Smart TV.

Topics: CNN • CNN Digital • CNNgo
CNN Tech Presents Mostly Human: A conversation about Money, Power, and Sexual Harassment
July 17th, 2017
09:02 AM ET

CNN Tech Presents Mostly Human: A conversation about Money, Power, and Sexual Harassment

Six women’s stories reveal systematic sexual harassment in tech

It's a watershed moment for Silicon Valley. Stories of sexual harassment are pouring in and revealing the dark side of one of the most powerful places on earth.

From an investor who exposed himself, to being groped over work dinners, and propositioned over texts and email, six entrepreneurs share their stories of sexual assault with CNN's Laurie Segall and Sara O’Brien.

In a rare sit down interview, CNN Tech talked to six female founders about tech's systemic problems — and their hopes for the future of the industry.

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Topics: CNN • CNN Digital • CNN Tech
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