U.S.—After President Trump signed an executive order ending the separation of illegal immigrant children from their parents, several news networks slammed the president for prematurely ending the news story they were endlessly milking for ratings.
Right after Trump ordered the end of the family separation policy, MSNBC, CNN, and dozens of other news outlets raked the president over the coals for taking away their 24/7 topic of discussion. Representatives for multiple stations confirmed that they were “really counting on” the immigration crisis to go on for another month or two in order to keep their ratings high.
“We had hundreds of pieces lined up to really milk this thing, and then the president just has to go and do the right thing and end it, totally out of the blue. Ugh,” CNN’s Brian Stelter posted on his Twitter account. “We’re gonna have to find something else to criticize about him if we’re gonna maintain our manufactured, selective outrage for a full 24-hour news cycle each and every day here.” Stetler went on to suggest that the network may criticize the font in which the executive order was typed, the president’s penmanship while signing the executive order, or the type of paper on which it was printed, depending on how he’s feeling tomorrow.
“We’ll think of something to criticize, believe you me,” he added.