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CNN’s Brian Stelter hilariously mocked after declaring ‘it’s too early to know’ if doomed CNN+ ‘was a success or a failure’

Brian Stelter, CNN’s chief media correspondent, said Friday “it’s too early to know” if CNN+ “was a success or a failure” as the cable network’s highly touted streaming service is
set to shut down after only one month in existence after attracting a dismal number of subscribers.

What are the details?

Stelter was interviewing journalist Matthew Belloni on CNN+ when the subject turned to the doomed channel itself. For his part, Stelter was unconvinced that CNN+ was a mistake.

“We probably have more viewers now than ever before because there’s so much curiosity,” he declared before adding a theory: “It’s too early to know if this product or this service was a success or a failure. You’ve got all the haters today saying this thing was a failure. I don’t know if we can even ever assess that because it just simply didn’t have enough time because of the management’s change in direction. And at the end of the day, if you buy … a giant media company, you get to do whatever you want with it. But it does mean there’s a lot of suffering for employees — and frankly, disappointment among subscribers as a result.”

You can watch him say so in the first clip in the below tweet. In the second clip Stelter went “rogue” and called CNN+ a “worthy venture” and an “outstanding experiment.”

“Going rogue,” Stelter insists CNN+ “is a worthy venture.”nAnd he praises the subscribers they don’t have.pic.twitter.com/W1TSqYJx6W

— Nicholas Fondacaro (@Nicholas Fondacaro)
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How are folks reacting?

As you might guess, more than a few commenters mocked Stelter’s theory that it’s too early to deem CNN+ a success or failure:

“This is hilarious!” one commenter
said. “Talking about the 10 disappointed subscribers. The suffering of the fools, liars, and haters that were on board that sinking ship makes me smile. Karma is a bitch!”

“It’s not too early. The verdict is in. It was a huge, giant, clusterf***. A failure. A failure you earned. A failure you deserved. A failure you could see if you ever get your head out of your ass,” another user
stated.

“That is the most moronic statement I’ve heard today,” another commenter
offered.

“When something goes away in a month, it’s a failure,” another user
observed. “Take the L.”

A few other commenters posted some nifty visual aids to drive home the point, such as:

Image source: Twitter

Image source: Twitter

And…

Image source: Twitter

(H/T:
Twitchy)