If you're old enough, then you know what the phrase "jump the shark" means. If you're not old enough, then let me explain what it means.
The phrase came from an episode of the show Happy Days in which Arthur Fonzarelli aka The Fonz or Fonzie, did a water ski stunt in which he jumped over a live shark.
The stunt was really gimmicky and only served to highlight how far the show had fallen from its popularity.
So the term is an idiom used to describe a moment when something that was once widely popular, but has since grown less popular, makes a misguided attempt at generating publicity that instead only serves to highlight its irrelevance.
That's what CNN did and boy did they really outdo themselves this time.
In an interview with a panel of shut-in guests, CNN's Brian Stelter claimed that right-wing media exists to 'tear down Joe Biden' and that Trump doesn't face the same level of criticism from the left.
I'm not even joking.
Stelter said, "Let's go on a trip together to a totally alternative universe. You never hear what's happening there unless you tune into rightwing talk radio. But you need to know what they are saying because they're the most popular, the most powerful talkers in the whole country."
Pointing to a clip of Biden riding a bicycle as proof of his fitness to be president, Stelter said, "I'm not here to say he's perfect. He screwed up a couple of times in an interview with minority journalists . . ., but I am here to say, Joe Biden is not an invalid."
Stelter told his panel of guests that conservative media's attacks on Democrats are getting more severe and asked, "When you see entire media companies essentially exist to tear down Joe Biden, is there an equivalent to that on the left tearing down Trump?"
Apparently ignoring the mainstream media's relentless attacks on Trump, panelist Errin Haines said, "There really isn't. It's really a diet of this type of information that a lot of these voters are getting." She said many Americans are hearing only rightwing media and the Trump campaign's social media programming.
"There really isn't"? You've got to be kidding me. Even people who worked at CNN left and admitted they left because of how bad it's gotten when it comes to attacking President Trump. I challenge anyone to find one positive story about President Trump on CNN.
Let’s see: CNN, MSNBC, NBC, CBS, ABC...are we done yet??
— Mike Datlof (@mike_datlof) August 9, 2020
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