SNL’s Mueller and Trump cold open illustrates the political divide

New York (CNN Business)A version of this article first appeared in the “Reliable Sources” newsletter. You can sign up for free right here. The public will see Mueller’s report sometime in April — but Trump and his media allies have already hardened the right’s perceptions of what the report says. The no-collusion cake has been baked. “SNL” nailed this: De Niro: “I’ve included hundreds of pages of evidence.”Bryant: “Most of it provided on live television by the president himself.”Baldwin: “Russia, if you’re watching, go to bed. Daddy won.” The rhetorical power of Trump’s repetitiveness is on display right now. His message is simple, while Mueller’s report (judging by the sheer length) is more complicated. De Niro: “In conclusion, it is …

Who scored and who wasted their money on Super Bowl ads

Los Angeles (CNN Business)Crafting memorable Super Bowl advertising remains a formidable challenge, as companies try to navigate the complicated waters of celebrity endorsements, corporate branding, hot-button issues and commercials designed to pitch products. In terms of overall product groups, tech companies left a sizable impression, with T-Mobile airing a spot in each quarter, joined by Microsoft, Amazon and Google. Notably, there was also a push for TV content from streaming services via Amazon, Netflix and Hulu, and even an ad from the Washington Post. Based on first impressions of Sunday’s big game, there wasn’t a single spot we’ll be discussing years from now, a la Apple’s “1984” ad, or even Volkswagen’s Darth Vader kid of a few years ago. But …

The biggest rivalry in Atlanta on Super Bowl weekend has nothing to do with football

(CNN)Atlanta is gearing up for one of the biggest battles the dirty South has ever seen. No, not that little football game between the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams. It’s the soft drink showdown: Coke vs. Pepsi. Despite the blue wave, Coca-Cola proved it knows a thing or two about being a good Southern hostess welcoming Pepsi’s presence in Atlanta. “As Atlanta’s hometown beverage company for more than 130 years, we’re thrilled to help our city welcome everyone to town for the Big Game, including our friends from Pepsi,” Coca-Cola told CNN. The brands have a long rivalry The soft drink brands have been rivals for decades, throwing jabs at each other with videos like Pepsi’s blind …