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CNN: FoxNews.com claim to have most page views is 'bananas'

CNN: FoxNews.com claim to have most page views is 'bananas'
© Greg Nash

CNN.com topped "all competitors in multi-platform visitors, mobile visitors, video starts, and social" in January, the news organization claimed Friday.

CNN also jabbed Fox News for their previous claim that FoxNews.com had more page views than other competitors, including CNN. 

"CNN also beat Fox News in page views. Reports to the contrary are bananas," CNN said in a release.

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Fox News had cited comScore traffic numbers that showed FoxNews.com had more page views in January than CNN.com.

CNN argued that the numbers were based on a "subset" of CNN's traffic, rather than taking into account the full spectrum of CNN's online brand.  

"For Internet nostalgia enthusiasts, CNN also beat Fox News in page views," CNN noted in their contrasting release on Friday, which also cited comScore. 

CNN's comScore numbers were "based on CNN Brand entity compared to a custom list of single brand competitors in the news/information category," the network release states.

"For January 2018, CNN Digital continued its winning streak, registering more multiplatform visitors, mobile visitors, video starts and a greater social reach than any other news outlet for the month," the statement said.

Overall, according to the numbers CNN released, the network led the way in multiplatform visitors with 122 million last month, its twentieth straight month at the top. Yahoo News was second at 98 million unique visitors and The New York Times brand got third, with 92 million, according to comScore.

In video starts, CNN captured the category for the 32nd consecutive month with 335 million viewers at least starting a video. FoxNews.com placed second with 128 million starts followed by MSN News with 115 million.

On the political news front, CNN was also the leader with 39 million unique visitors. TheHill.com took second in this area with 28 million and Politico.com with 26 million.

In terms of social media numbers, CNN was the top news brand with 46.6 million followers on Facebook and 93.2 million followers on Twitter, across CNN's main accounts.

The network is also promoting its #FactsFirst campaign, which charges that "some people" call an apple a banana while CNN reports the facts.

Fox News disputed CNN's numbers later on Friday.

"Just as we overtook CNN 16 years ago to become the leader in cable news, FOX News has once again surged ahead on digital after an extensive upgrade and expansion that began less than a year ago. Clearly, suffering yet another loss to FOX News has driven CNN bananas," Jay Wallace, president of news, said in a statement to The Hill.

-Updated 5:33 p.m.