Singer, musician, and political activist Moby has used his public platform to call out President Donald Trump for reportedly lying about the ratings for his State of the Union (SOTU) address. On Tuesday, February 2, 2018, Moby responded to a CNN political report that stated the President lied about the ratings for his Tuesday, January 30, 2018, address delivered to Congress and the nation.
The CNN analysis piece by Chris Cillizzia was in response to one of the President’s Thursday morning tweets. President Trump tweeted that the SOTU had been watched by 45.6 million people.
He added that it was the most watched State of the Union address in U.S. history. The president also gave special notice to CNN’s rival Fox News by saying they brought in a whopping 11.7 million viewers who tuned in after the address.
Democrats like Moby aren’t buying it.
For Chris Cillizzia’s piece, he shared a link to the Nielsen ratings which stated that President Trump’s SOTU address did bring in 45.6 million viewers, but it was not the most watched SOTU address in history. It was actually the sixth most watched State of the Union address and several of the addresses that beat his were held by President Obama.
— moby XⓋX (@thelittleidiot) February 2, 2018
The piece explored several theories as to why President Trump would blatantly lie about the ratings of the address by calling it the most watched State of the Union in U.S. history. The question also sparked conversations on Moby’s tweet.
Some theorized that President Trump was given fake news about the report and assumed it actually was the most watched SOTU address in history, when in fact it wasn’t.
Others felt it was a bit more sinister than fake news and accused President Trump of blatantly lying about the facts in his tweet.
What’s interesting to note is that according to the Nielsen statistics, not only was President Trump’s SOTU address not the most watched in history, but it drew fewer views than his address the year prior.
Did you watch the President’s SOTU? What do you think about CNN’s report and Neilsen’s ratings? Are you also asking why there is a discrepancy between the numbers and President Trump’s tweet?
Do you agree with Moby and CNN and think he is lying?