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2012-08-13 03:01:54 PM  
While I'm sure CNN will fark this up, I really wish people wouldn't blanket statement the term "reality show".

What Anthony Bourdain does is different than Jersey Shore or Bad Girls Club.
 
2012-08-13 03:10:20 PM  
How about they go back to covering news instead of reading from Twitter?
 
2012-08-13 03:16:41 PM  

rynthetyn: How about they go back to covering news instead of reading from Twitter?


They only have to hang on through November. Then it's either bailout ("too big to fail") or bankruptcy ("Damn! We guessed wrong about presenting editorials as news")
 
vpb [TotalFark]
2012-08-13 03:31:17 PM  
The funny thing is that the article is on the NY Post.
 
2012-08-13 03:50:05 PM  

vpb: The funny thing is that the article is on the NY Post.


Well, they are the "not news" experts.
 
2012-08-13 03:58:08 PM  
Here's an idea, CNN. Instead of holographic news reporters have some GOOD news reporters. Reporting actual news. As exciting as 12 hours of Wolf Blitzer is, it's hardly news. I'm not talking about the news that a dog in Topeka can operate a microwave, more along the lines of what the rebels are doing in that there latest of African countries with political strife. Take us back to a time that included Bernard Shaw said things like " "it's a dichotomy!, it's a dichotomy!", and others uttered the phrase "clearly I've never been there, but I feel like we're at the center of hell".

You used to do news, CNN, but now, now...what the hell is it that you do?
 
2012-08-13 03:59:41 PM  

I_Am_Weasel: You used to do news, CNN, but now, now...what the hell is it that you do?


You didn't RTFA, did you?
 
2012-08-13 04:01:48 PM  
Especially if you have the CNN news app.... bad enough I was getting way more Olympics "breaking news" reports than needed, but the topper was an "alert" that the "Olympics have been officially marked completed by whomever the head guy is". REALLY? I need an alert that the Olympics ended?
 
2012-08-13 04:07:54 PM  

dletter: Especially if you have the CNN news app.... bad enough I was getting way more Olympics "breaking news" reports than needed, but the topper was an "alert" that the "Olympics have been officially marked completed by whomever the head guy is". REALLY? I need an alert that the Olympics ended?


I got that same alert from the AP app.
 
2012-08-13 04:26:49 PM  

I_Am_Weasel: Here's an idea, CNN. Instead of holographic news reporters have some GOOD news reporters. Reporting actual news. As exciting as 12 hours of Wolf Blitzer is, it's hardly news. I'm not talking about the news that a dog in Topeka can operate a microwave, more along the lines of what the rebels are doing in that there latest of African countries with political strife. Take us back to a time that included Bernard Shaw said things like " "it's a dichotomy!, it's a dichotomy!", and others uttered the phrase "clearly I've never been there, but I feel like we're at the center of hell".

You used to do news, CNN, but now, now...what the hell is it that you do?


that sounds sooooo booooooring
 
2012-08-13 04:31:31 PM  
There are a lot of websites and TV shows that commonly state they aren't news, and they provide more news than CNN.
 
2012-08-13 04:56:14 PM  

MacEnvy: Well, they are the "not news" experts.


Drew would like a word with you.
 
2012-08-13 05:04:45 PM  

Friskya: MacEnvy: Well, they are the "not news" experts.

Drew would like a word with you.


NY Post has seniority, at least.
 
2012-08-13 05:09:23 PM  
I wouldn't expect anything better from the Clinton News Network.
 
2012-08-13 05:09:35 PM  
I wonder if this headline will be on the Daily Show tonight, or tomorrow?
 
2012-08-13 05:09:40 PM  

I_Am_Weasel: Here's an idea, CNN. Instead of holographic news reporters have some GOOD news reporters. Reporting actual news. As exciting as 12 hours of Wolf Blitzer is, it's hardly news. I'm not talking about the news that a dog in Topeka can operate a microwave, more along the lines of what the rebels are doing in that there latest of African countries with political strife. Take us back to a time that included Bernard Shaw said things like " "it's a dichotomy!, it's a dichotomy!", and others uttered the phrase "clearly I've never been there, but I feel like we're at the center of hell".

You used to do news, CNN, but now, now...what the hell is it that you do?


Try and emulate Fox News.
 
2012-08-13 05:11:25 PM  
Pretty much going to drop the same comment in here that I just left in TFA but hey:

Well, TLC no longer stands for The Learning Channel, A&E used to give us Arts & Entertainment and the History Channel at least would give us old reels of WWII to watch. Now its about Cake Bosses, prostitots, Ice Road Truckers, and human clown cars. So why WOULDN'T Cable News Network abandon the news?
 
2012-08-13 05:14:08 PM  
I hope they put on Ow, My Balls!
 
2012-08-13 05:16:06 PM  
This is why I removed CNN from my rss feed. I got tired of all the useless celebrity video links clogging it up.
 
2012-08-13 05:16:12 PM  
Don't forget HLN, which I've given up on entirely, and the Weather Channel, which I still have some hope for. At least they are willing to preempt their reality shows at the first sign of real severe weather.
 
2012-08-13 05:16:21 PM  
And with their "premier" newsperson, Fahreed Zacarias now in deep shiat, their credibility will be tarnished, making it that much harder for them be relevant...

downstairs: While I'm sure CNN will fark this up, I really wish people wouldn't blanket statement the term "reality show".

What Anthony Bourdain does is different than Jersey Shore or Bad Girls Club.


yeah....the Jersey Shore and Bad Girls Club cast aren't nearly as self-important or pretentious as that douchnozzle Bourdain...
 
2012-08-13 05:17:05 PM  

I_Am_Weasel: Here's an idea, CNN. Instead of holographic news reporters have some GOOD news reporters. Reporting actual news. As exciting as 12 hours of Wolf Blitzer is, it's hardly news. I'm not talking about the news that a dog in Topeka can operate a microwave, more along the lines of what the rebels are doing in that there latest of African countries with political strife. Take us back to a time that included Bernard Shaw said things like " "it's a dichotomy!, it's a dichotomy!", and others uttered the phrase "clearly I've never been there, but I feel like we're at the center of hell".

You used to do news, CNN, but now, now...what the hell is it that you do?


See, this is like the old "MTV should play music videos again" argument. No, they shouldn't, because no one cares about getting their news from TV any longer. Those people that do still watch TV for their news don't really want news, they just want Fox News to tell them that everything they believe is right, and all their problems are someone else's fault.
 
2012-08-13 05:17:08 PM  
CNN International does quite a bit of this already. Let's see, off the top of my head...

CNN Business Traveler (starring cartoon butler Richard Quest)
Living Golf
Mainsail (about sailing)
Open Court (about tennis)
CNNGo (travel show they already have; think The Layover, but worse)

Any one of which, when aired, gets the same sized timeslot as Christiane Amanpour interviewing, say, Hamid Karzai, or Aung Sun Suu Kyi.
 
2012-08-13 05:17:29 PM  
Convinced that its current programming badly needs updating

Isn't this bad English? Shouldn't it be "needs to be updated"? Sounds so freaking yokel the way they have it. It's the way my in-laws from Missouri talk
 
2012-08-13 05:18:21 PM  
They're looking for celebrities willing to talk politics for a late-night talk show?

How will they ever find a liberal celebrity willing to talk politics?
 
2012-08-13 05:19:21 PM  

I_Am_Weasel: Here's an idea, CNN. Instead of holographic news reporters have some GOOD news reporters. Reporting actual news. As exciting as 12 hours of Wolf Blitzer is, it's hardly news. I'm not talking about the news that a dog in Topeka can operate a microwave, more along the lines of what the rebels are doing in that there latest of African countries with political strife. Take us back to a time that included Bernard Shaw said things like " "it's a dichotomy!, it's a dichotomy!", and others uttered the phrase "clearly I've never been there, but I feel like we're at the center of hell".

You used to do news, CNN, but now, now...what the hell is it that you do?


And they need to stop it with the lame weekend specials like Black in America or their Heroes series. How about actual investigative news like what 60 Minutes does.
 
2012-08-13 05:20:11 PM  

bhcompy: Convinced that its current programming badly needs updating

Isn't this bad English? Shouldn't it be "needs to be updated"? Sounds so freaking yokel the way they have it. It's the way my in-laws from Missouri talk


Or even worse, "needs updated"
 
2012-08-13 05:20:16 PM  

dletter: but the topper was an "alert" that the "Olympics have been officially marked completed by whomever the head guy is". REALLY? I need an alert that the Olympics ended?


I get text alerts from them, and yeah... that was great. A scheduled event is not breaking news!
 
2012-08-13 05:20:20 PM  
News is like art.
It's up to the individual to decide if it's worthy of the lofty title.

Like my oil painting of a nude Edward R. Murrow chest-bumping Chewbacca.
 
2012-08-13 05:21:04 PM  

KatjaMouse: Pretty much going to drop the same comment in here that I just left in TFA but hey:

Well, TLC no longer stands for The Learning Channel, A&E used to give us Arts & Entertainment and the History Channel at least would give us old reels of WWII to watch. Now its about Cake Bosses, prostitots, Ice Road Truckers, and human clown cars. So why WOULDN'T Cable News Network abandon the news?


it's so sad, isn't it? as more people got more channels those channels became not worth watching. CNN is just another fine example of well paid professionals driving a car right off a cliff. it makes one wonder if there is some bizarre conspiracy to make certain anyone with a triple digit IQ will stop buying televisions.
 
2012-08-13 05:21:51 PM  
TV is dying, try not to pay too much attention to the corpse that's still twitching.
 
2012-08-13 05:22:02 PM  
The whole idea of 24 hour news channels is terrible. Right and Left leaning "news" channels are responsible for much of the mental illness in this country.

The sensationalism seems to have effected people in a way that they can no longer tell what is important from what is not. People now watch news for an endorphin rush.
 
2012-08-13 05:22:42 PM  
Well, it's working for FOX.
 
2012-08-13 05:23:01 PM  

moralpanic: And they need to stop it with the lame weekend specials like Black in America or their Heroes series. How about actual investigative news like what 60 Minutes does.


But no one would watch.

Oh, wait... 60 minutes still does very well.
 
2012-08-13 05:23:02 PM  

MorePeasPlease:

Like my oil painting of a nude Edward R. Murrow chest-bumping Chewbacca.


cdn.styleforum.net
 
2012-08-13 05:23:08 PM  
Can they at least hire some hot news readers so I have something to fap to?
 
2012-08-13 05:25:49 PM  
As a casual observer who didn't bother looking for spoilers my issue wasn't the tape delay. Mine was if you watch NBC you would think the Olympics consisted of only swimming and gymnastics and beach volleyball. I'd of liked to see a wider variety of sports being shown.
 
2012-08-13 05:25:59 PM  
What's hilarious is that after the AOL/Time Warner thing happened and then unwound, you can tell which group took on the AOL people... CNN.

The same garbage those AOL clowns did at AOL, they thought would be good ideas at CNN. Basically, CNN has become the news equivalent of the AOL homepage.
 
2012-08-13 05:26:45 PM  
What is with the idiot in the comments who keeps referring to the owner, Ted Turner? He hasn't owned CNN in well over a decade.
 
2012-08-13 05:26:45 PM  
"And now here's Honey Boo Boo, our Pakistan correspondent..."
 
2012-08-13 05:26:51 PM  
uh, wrong thread.. picture I said that in the Olympics thread...
 
2012-08-13 05:27:06 PM  

jayhawk88: See, this is like the old "MTV should play music videos again" argument. No, they shouldn't, because no one cares about getting their news from TV any longer. Those people that do still watch TV for their news don't really want news, they just want Fox News to tell them that everything they believe is right, and all their problems are someone else's fault.


The same thing could be said about people who watch MSNBC. They want to blame others for failures in life.

It's the same recipe -- just different ingredients.

But the problem with online media is that people pick and choose what they read. And they tend to read what supports their beliefs.
 
2012-08-13 05:29:18 PM  
MTV = reality programming revolving around people you'd not waste a cup of water on if they were on fire
Food Network = contests/reality programming mostly revolving around cake
History Channel = reality programming for hard working Rednecks
Sci-FI Channel aka "Syfy" = no clue anymore
Weather Channel = reality programming pretending to be human interest stories

Why would CNN be about news? Duh.
 
2012-08-13 05:30:17 PM  
Everything is right on schedule for the 2016 Presidential nomination process, for both parties, to be a Reality TV Show
 
2012-08-13 05:34:13 PM  

hdhale: MTV = reality programming revolving around people you'd not waste a cup of water on if they were on fire
Food Network = contests/reality programming mostly revolving around cake
History Channel = reality programming for hard working Rednecks
Sci-FI Channel aka "Syfy" = no clue anymore
Weather Channel = reality programming pretending to be human interest stories

Why would CNN be about news? Duh.


If CNN wiggled in a few porn reality programs, they'd be back in the black in no time.
 
2012-08-13 05:34:35 PM  
I try to watch CNN on weekends from time to time, but Fredricka Whitfield, Soledad Obrien and Don Lemon and so spectacuarly stupid and terrible anchors that it is just impossible. I don't need them to go the Fox route and bring only beauty queens, but finding competent anchors would be a start. I can't speak to the competency of their weekday anchors, but I'm assuming they're also terrible.
 
2012-08-13 05:34:36 PM  

KrispyKritter: it makes one wonder if there is some bizarre conspiracy to make certain anyone with a triple digit IQ will stop buying televisions.


Oh for Pete's sake, will people just stop with this 'the REALLY smart people don't watch television and it's going to die and all televisions in the whole world will be out on the curb any day now because of the Internet' claptrap? It's going to stay. It will. TV's a little more durable than vaudeville. There is intelligent viewing out there if you know where you're looking, and besides, even smart people want to take a load off and watch something dumb sometimes. I don't know about you, but I don't know anyone who's watching Masterpiece Theatre marathons. Or Masterpiece Theatre period. I know full well that Wipeout is silly, stupid, people-fall-down-go-boom guilty pleasure material. I watch it anyway.
 
2012-08-13 05:35:41 PM  

rynthetyn: How about they go back to covering news instead of reading from Twitter?


Just let 'em go because man, they're gone.
 
2012-08-13 05:37:20 PM  

hdhale: MTV = reality programming revolving around people you'd not waste a cup of water on if they were on fire
Food Network = contests/reality programming mostly revolving around cake
History Channel = reality programming for hard working Rednecks
Sci-FI Channel aka "Syfy" = no clue anymore
Weather Channel = reality programming pretending to be human interest stories

Why would CNN be about news? Duh.


Just how much goddamn TV do you watch?

Yeah yeah yeah, we all know you only watch BBC news and documentaries.
 
2012-08-13 05:38:10 PM  

Why Would I Read the Article: I try to watch CNN on weekends from time to time, but Fredricka Whitfield, Soledad Obrien and Don Lemon and so spectacuarly stupid and terrible anchors that it is just impossible. I don't need them to go the Fox route and bring only beauty queens, but finding competent anchors would be a start. I can't speak to the competency of their weekday anchors, but I'm assuming they're also terrible.


Anderson Cooper. Also Sanjay Gupta. And the aforementioned Christiane Amanpour. There's also Kaj Larsen, who they recently grabbed off Current in the wake of Olbermann showing up, breaking the news division all to hell and then getting himself fired, leaving a smoking shell where a halfway decent network used to be.

I disagree with you on Soledad O'Brien, but that's your call.
 
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