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2012-08-13 06:51:59 PM
How about doing unbiased in-depth real world issues-based investigative news. Nobody else is.
 
2012-08-13 06:56:00 PM

Gosling: uber humper: That's not my point. I'm saying that the brand Nat Geo has been cheapened by low-class filler -- ie. American Gipsy.

Oh, I'm not disagreeing.

Here's the thing. TV has reached a point where comparing network to network isn't really always the best way to go. Neither is journalism; you can't go organization to organization as a whole. TV and journalism are both at a place where rooting for laundry is going to get you nowhere. Look for the individual performers; the proverbial names on the back of the jersey, not the name on the front. CNN might suck, but Anderson Cooper is good. MSNBC might suck, but Rachel Maddow is good. National Geographic might suck, but Mariana van Zeller is good. OWN might suck, but Lisa Ling is good.

We're in a DVR and hyperlink era. You can go straight to the good parts of any network and any news organization and leave the bad parts to suck in silence. Find the good journalists, then just follow them wherever they happen to migrate.


You're right. The same goes for pretty much any product. People are no longer loyal to brands. Even as a kid, I always though it was funny when someone said I am a Ford man or to see someone only wearing clothes of one (or very few) brands.

Now, when people stop treating political parities as brands, this will be a better place.
 
2012-08-13 06:56:07 PM
4.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-08-13 06:57:48 PM

Gyrfalcon: I know that. I can dream can't I? The more news outlets become media-driven ratings generators, the less news we get, is all. Which is sad, because I used to love CNN for being nothing but a news channel.


Quality journalism tends to be- it's not entirely, but it tends to be a younger person's game. The younger someone is, I've noticed, the more idealistic they are in how journalism's supposed to be done. They don't have big-media resources to do their job, though, so they tend to scrap it out in smaller channels and smaller websites, booking plane tickets to absolutely insane locations like Somalia and North Korea and Yemen and DR Congo. The better ones turn in absolute goddamned masterpieces, and rack up awards and accolades like Michael Phelps on turbo. The big places find them rather quickly after that.

So now they have big credentials and big resources behind you, but they also have big institutional pressures on them from the moment they walk in the door. If they're lucky or principled enough, they can either maintain their own standards in the face of pressure to maintain 'access' and please the sponsors they now have to deal with, or at least bounce around until they find a place where they can. If they're not, they get institutionalized, and they end up an increasingly lesser form of their former self, eventually doing little more than sitting behind an anchor desk reading news gathered by people doing what they used to do, and giving pulled-punch interviews to people for fear of losing 'access', people who would have been smacked upside the head by their former self.
 
2012-08-13 07:01:33 PM
Pffft, this is nothing, Fox News has been doing this for years....minus the reality part.
 
2012-08-13 07:15:12 PM

Gosling: Gyrfalcon: I know that. I can dream can't I? The more news outlets become media-driven ratings generators, the less news we get, is all. Which is sad, because I used to love CNN for being nothing but a news channel.

Quality journalism tends to be- it's not entirely, but it tends to be a younger person's game. The younger someone is, I've noticed, the more idealistic they are in how journalism's supposed to be done. They don't have big-media resources to do their job, though, so they tend to scrap it out in smaller channels and smaller websites, booking plane tickets to absolutely insane locations like Somalia and North Korea and Yemen and DR Congo. The better ones turn in absolute goddamned masterpieces, and rack up awards and accolades like Michael Phelps on turbo. The big places find them rather quickly after that.

So now they have big credentials and big resources behind you, but they also have big institutional pressures on them from the moment they walk in the door. If they're lucky or principled enough, they can either maintain their own standards in the face of pressure to maintain 'access' and please the sponsors they now have to deal with, or at least bounce around until they find a place where they can. If they're not, they get institutionalized, and they end up an increasingly lesser form of their former self, eventually doing little more than sitting behind an anchor desk reading news gathered by people doing what they used to do, and giving pulled-punch interviews to people for fear of losing 'access', people who would have been smacked upside the head by their former self.


True that. The only mean, hard-hitting older journalist was Mike Wallace, that I can recall offhand.
 
2012-08-13 07:20:14 PM

LessO2: At the risk of sounding like a curmudgeon, the heart of CNN went away when people like Bernard Shaw and Judy Woodruff left.

And Wolf Blitzer has the worst diction in the world.

Fareed Zakaria was the best thing on CNN, but now his cred is in doubt.


I was just talking about Bernard Shaw in another thread, recently. THat was a dude who just looked you in the face and gave you some sober, dispassionate facts. You know, news.

Every so often I'll tune in to CNN. Jesus, it's just awful. Not as evil and abrasive as Fox, but equally worthless.
I grew up with CNN and miss it terribly. Of course, as others have pointed out, I used to love the History Channel, Discovery, TLC, et al. Look, we're getting the entertainment we deserve. These execs know that a return to straight news would result in even worse ratings than they currently have. That's on us.

tevis.net

"Everyone ready? 'Cos it's about to rain cold hard facts up in here."
 
2012-08-13 07:21:30 PM
Not at all surprised. They pay their execs so much money that the station is failing. They don't actually give us any useful news. What makes them think they will keep any viewers when they run reality shows that everyone else has already for 20 years?

Reality TV CNN? Do they not do that already?

FAIL.
 
2012-08-13 07:27:00 PM

Pharmdawg: They also have science on SyFy and scifi on the science channel


Citation needed.
 
2012-08-13 07:34:28 PM

jayhawk88: 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.


Actually, if CNN had just been a news site, they'd be okay. BBC is a worldwide thing because they do news, news, and news--it's like reading a newspaper on your radio.

Of course, when BBC went to TV, they threw in most British TV because they also realized news is not a twenty-four-seven thing...
 
2012-08-13 07:35:12 PM
CNN
the only news cast that makes you think of semen while you watch

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2012-08-13 07:35:49 PM
Listen, lad. I built this network up from nothing. When I started , all there was was ABC, CBS and NBC. Others said I was daft to build an all news network on cable, but I built CNN all the same, just to show 'em. It was great. But I needed more. So, I built the CNN Checkout Channel especially for grocery stores. That died in 1993. So, I built a third one, CNNSI. That one died in 2002. But the fourth one, Headline News stayed up! And that's what you're gonna get, lad: a former great idea that today struggles with delusions of relevance..

I want my MTV back.
 
2012-08-13 07:42:25 PM

hammettman: coco ebert: I wish they'd take a page from Al-Jazeera International.

Yes, Al-Jazeera does embody the essence of unvarnished, unbiased journalism. They have picked up the torch, dropped by the major broadcast networks in the 80's, carried on by CNN during the Turner reign in the 90's, kept alight by the beeb and PBS during the early naughts... Unfortunately, the BBC and PBS don't offer full time coverage, but, I'm actually sensing, in a tilting at windmills kind of way, a rebirth of actual news outlets. Network news, with its pablum, is being savaged by small outlets and even parody -- TDS and Colbert. I have a feeling that real news will at some point make a comeback. Film at 11...


PBS and the BBC are both publicly funded and have the luxury of reporting hard news at length without obsessing over ratings. Al Jazeera, funded by the state of Qatar, has yet to turn a profit. If there was market demand for a 24x7 hard news channel we'd have one.
 
2012-08-13 07:44:58 PM
I make my living off the Evening News
Just give me something-something I can use
People love it when you lose,
They love dirty laundry

Well, I coulda been an actor, but I wound up here
I just have to look good, I don't have to be clear
Come and whisper in my ear
Give us dirty laundry


-Don Henley
 
2012-08-13 08:07:20 PM
I thought the news was reality. Silly me.
 
2012-08-13 08:16:26 PM

fozziewazzi: hammettman: coco ebert: I wish they'd take a page from Al-Jazeera International.

Yes, Al-Jazeera does embody the essence of unvarnished, unbiased journalism. They have picked up the torch, dropped by the major broadcast networks in the 80's, carried on by CNN during the Turner reign in the 90's, kept alight by the beeb and PBS during the early naughts... Unfortunately, the BBC and PBS don't offer full time coverage, but, I'm actually sensing, in a tilting at windmills kind of way, a rebirth of actual news outlets. Network news, with its pablum, is being savaged by small outlets and even parody -- TDS and Colbert. I have a feeling that real news will at some point make a comeback. Film at 11...

PBS and the BBC are both publicly funded and have the luxury of reporting hard news at length without obsessing over ratings. Al Jazeera, funded by the state of Qatar, has yet to turn a profit. If there was market demand for a 24x7 hard news channel we'd have one.


Therein lies the rub. News divisions of old were never intended, nor needed to "turn a profit" but were part of networks as a whole, which used to operate in the public interest. Having news divisions which reported factually was part of that contract.
 
2012-08-13 08:43:34 PM
"No-uh?"
 
2012-08-13 08:44:33 PM

runwiz: I thought the news was reality. Silly me.


News is propaganda. That's why CNN is going out of business. People are tired of the usuall bulshiat propaganda. After all, you have an agenda, right? Why wouldn't the owners and editors? Problem is, their agenda's don't fall in line with the veiwers anymore. Times have changed.
 
2012-08-13 08:48:13 PM

uber humper: LaraAmber: Honestly the best news coverage in the US is still the BBC.

I presented nicely. But it's hard for me to trust a news reporting organization that is owned by a government,.


But what about a "news" organization run by the corporation that runs the government?
 
2012-08-13 08:49:05 PM
My prescription for CNN and HNN

1) Fire all of their on-air talent
2) Hire journalists
3) Drop all of the TV shows on HNN except Headline News. That was the original value proposition.
4) Embrace copy-editing and fact-checking
5) eschew any sort of bias

To sum it up, be a good news outlet.
 
2012-08-13 08:52:59 PM

Tyranicle: runwiz: I thought the news was reality. Silly me.

News is propaganda. That's why CNN is going out of business. People are tired of the usuall bulshiat propaganda. After all, you have an agenda, right? Why wouldn't the owners and editors? Problem is, their agenda's don't fall in line with the veiwers anymore. Times have changed.


"If you work in news, you might lose a few points on that license with the casual misspelling, sir. Sir, do you allow plagiarizing at your news organization, sir? Do you have any plagiarizings in the car, sir? Please step out of the car, sir. Put your hands, with your fingers laced, against the back of your head, sir, please, 'You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say'..."

;)
 
2012-08-13 09:06:00 PM
Sometimes newer isn't better.
There was a time when you could turn on Headline News or CNN and find out what was happening in the world or nation. Now you've got Anderson Pooper braying and Nancy Grace harping and shrewing and Wolf bellowing. Only good thing about Headline News any more is Robin Meade's mammaries.
 
2012-08-13 09:08:45 PM

Indubitably: Tyranicle: runwiz: I thought the news was reality. Silly me.

News is propaganda. That's why CNN is going out of business. People are tired of the usuall bulshiat propaganda. After all, you have an agenda, right? Why wouldn't the owners and editors? Problem is, their agenda's don't fall in line with the veiwers anymore. Times have changed.

"If you work in news, you might lose a few points on that license with the casual misspelling, sir. Sir, do you allow plagiarizing at your news organization, sir? Do you have any plagiarizings in the car, sir? Please step out of the car, sir. Put your hands, with your fingers laced, against the back of your head, sir, please, 'You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say'..."

;)


I'm old and typeing this on a phone. Forgive the misspellings.
 
2012-08-13 09:28:48 PM

Tyranicle: Indubitably: Tyranicle: runwiz: I thought the news was reality. Silly me.

News is propaganda. That's why CNN is going out of business. People are tired of the usuall bulshiat propaganda. After all, you have an agenda, right? Why wouldn't the owners and editors? Problem is, their agenda's don't fall in line with the veiwers anymore. Times have changed.

"If you work in news, you might lose a few points on that license with the casual misspelling, sir. Sir, do you allow plagiarizing at your news organization, sir? Do you have any plagiarizings in the car, sir? Please step out of the car, sir. Put your hands, with your fingers laced, against the back of your head, sir, please, 'You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say'..."

;)

I'm old and typeing this on a phone. Forgive the misspellings.


"No shiat, Sherlock? You just assaulted an officer of the law, mtf, so did I mention putting your hands, fingers-laced, against the back of your farking head? Do it now. 'You have the right to remain silent...'"

*smooch, hugs, and love*

"What's this? This looks like a bag of plagiarizing, man. What's this? Cash? AND, plagiar-buds? Seriously?"

"Book 'em."

;)
 
2012-08-13 09:30:42 PM

hammettman: fozziewazzi: hammettman: coco ebert: I wish they'd take a page from Al-Jazeera International.

Yes, Al-Jazeera does embody the essence of unvarnished, unbiased journalism. They have picked up the torch, dropped by the major broadcast networks in the 80's, carried on by CNN during the Turner reign in the 90's, kept alight by the beeb and PBS during the early naughts... Unfortunately, the BBC and PBS don't offer full time coverage, but, I'm actually sensing, in a tilting at windmills kind of way, a rebirth of actual news outlets. Network news, with its pablum, is being savaged by small outlets and even parody -- TDS and Colbert. I have a feeling that real news will at some point make a comeback. Film at 11...

PBS and the BBC are both publicly funded and have the luxury of reporting hard news at length without obsessing over ratings. Al Jazeera, funded by the state of Qatar, has yet to turn a profit. If there was market demand for a 24x7 hard news channel we'd have one.

Therein lies the rub. News divisions of old were never intended, nor needed to "turn a profit" but were part of networks as a whole, which used to operate in the public interest. Having news divisions which reported factually was part of that contract.


Which is why I miss the old days when news wasn't part of the ratings game.

Screw Ted Turner.
 
2012-08-13 09:35:03 PM

Indubitably: Tyranicle: Indubitably: Tyranicle: runwiz: I thought the news was reality. Silly me.

News is propaganda. That's why CNN is going out of business. People are tired of the usuall bulshiat propaganda. After all, you have an agenda, right? Why wouldn't the owners and editors? Problem is, their agenda's don't fall in line with the veiwers anymore. Times have changed.

"If you work in news, you might lose a few points on that license with the casual misspelling, sir. Sir, do you allow plagiarizing at your news organization, sir? Do you have any plagiarizings in the car, sir? Please step out of the car, sir. Put your hands, with your fingers laced, against the back of your head, sir, please, 'You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say'..."

;)

I'm old and typeing this on a phone. Forgive the misspellings.

"No shiat, Sherlock? You just assaulted an officer of the law, mtf, so did I mention putting your hands, fingers-laced, against the back of your farking head? Do it now. 'You have the right to remain silent...'"

*smooch, hugs, and love*

"What's this? This looks like a bag of plagiarizing, man. What's this? Cash? AND, plagiar-buds? Seriously?"

"Book 'em."

;)


BRING IT ON BIATCH!
 
2012-08-13 09:35:53 PM
Good Riddance!!!

CNN was the start of the politically charged (in this particular case leftist) news media, under Ted Turner and Hanoi Jane at the helm in the early 80's. Yep, I said it. If you didn't live it back then, IT WAS BLATANT! We were shocked NIGHTLY by the apparent lack of political and news neutrality, regardless of the Regan administration's troubles. News outlets were not supposed to do that, just report UNBIASED FACTS. CNN broke that mold. Ted and Jane, limousine liberals the both of them.

Before CNN, news outlets had a sense of professionalism and at least gave the facts for us all to decide upon for ourselves. See Cronkite, Rather, Brokaw, etc. Warts and all, they were at least professionals we could "somewhat"(Dan Rather included) TRUST.

CNN started the media slide into political partisanship as opposed to good journalism through the 80's and 90's. Fark them!!!! Glad they finally die. They led us into a world of Fox News, Limbaugh, MSNBC, Maddow, Beck, O'Riely, Mathews, etc instead of our nightly source of simple 5 o' clock news FACTS!!

Anything to sacrifice and gain those ratings points for a new 24 hour news cycle I guess was more important, along with their agenda. Thanks for setting the stage today, CNN.

GOT TO KEEP THEM WATCHING, SENSATIONALIZE IT, ETC, ETC!!!

Die off in what you created, CNN.
 
2012-08-13 09:38:38 PM

Gyrfalcon: hammettman: fozziewazzi: hammettman: coco ebert: I wish they'd take a page from Al-Jazeera International.

Yes, Al-Jazeera does embody the essence of unvarnished, unbiased journalism. They have picked up the torch, dropped by the major broadcast networks in the 80's, carried on by CNN during the Turner reign in the 90's, kept alight by the beeb and PBS during the early naughts... Unfortunately, the BBC and PBS don't offer full time coverage, but, I'm actually sensing, in a tilting at windmills kind of way, a rebirth of actual news outlets. Network news, with its pablum, is being savaged by small outlets and even parody -- TDS and Colbert. I have a feeling that real news will at some point make a comeback. Film at 11...

PBS and the BBC are both publicly funded and have the luxury of reporting hard news at length without obsessing over ratings. Al Jazeera, funded by the state of Qatar, has yet to turn a profit. If there was market demand for a 24x7 hard news channel we'd have one.

Therein lies the rub. News divisions of old were never intended, nor needed to "turn a profit" but were part of networks as a whole, which used to operate in the public interest. Having news divisions which reported factually was part of that contract.

Which is why I miss the old days when news wasn't part of the ratings game.

Screw Ted Turner.


I disagree.

Ted Turner is holding one of the largest herds of bison, land, and watersheds/acquifers of any mogel, next to Mr. Buffet.

Mr. Turner/Buffet, I want to eat bison everyday, and so doesn't-know-yet America...

*bow*

;)
 
2012-08-13 09:39:50 PM

Tyranicle: Indubitably: Tyranicle: Indubitably: Tyranicle: runwiz: I thought the news was reality. Silly me.

News is propaganda. That's why CNN is going out of business. People are tired of the usuall bulshiat propaganda. After all, you have an agenda, right? Why wouldn't the owners and editors? Problem is, their agenda's don't fall in line with the veiwers anymore. Times have changed.

"If you work in news, you might lose a few points on that license with the casual misspelling, sir. Sir, do you allow plagiarizing at your news organization, sir? Do you have any plagiarizings in the car, sir? Please step out of the car, sir. Put your hands, with your fingers laced, against the back of your head, sir, please, 'You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say'..."

;)

I'm old and typeing this on a phone. Forgive the misspellings.

"No shiat, Sherlock? You just assaulted an officer of the law, mtf, so did I mention putting your hands, fingers-laced, against the back of your farking head? Do it now. 'You have the right to remain silent...'"

*smooch, hugs, and love*

"What's this? This looks like a bag of plagiarizing, man. What's this? Cash? AND, plagiar-buds? Seriously?"

"Book 'em."

;)

BRING IT ON BIATCH!


Relax, Tex.

I write.

You react.
 
2012-08-13 09:47:31 PM

Office Ninja: Die off in what you created, CNN.


CNN didn't create it. Don Hewitt created it.
 
2012-08-13 10:02:38 PM

Indubitably: Tyranicle: Indubitably: Tyranicle: Indubitably: Tyranicle: runwiz: I thought the news was reality. Silly me.

News is propaganda. That's why CNN is going out of business. People are tired of the usuall bulshiat propaganda. After all, you have an agenda, right? Why wouldn't the owners and editors? Problem is, their agenda's don't fall in line with the veiwers anymore. Times have changed.

"If you work in news, you might lose a few points on that license with the casual misspelling, sir. Sir, do you allow plagiarizing at your news organization, sir? Do you have any plagiarizings in the car, sir? Please step out of the car, sir. Put your hands, with your fingers laced, against the back of your head, sir, please, 'You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say'..."

;)

I'm old and typeing this on a phone. Forgive the misspellings.

"No shiat, Sherlock? You just assaulted an officer of the law, mtf, so did I mention putting your hands, fingers-laced, against the back of your farking head? Do it now. 'You have the right to remain silent...'"

*smooch, hugs, and love*

"What's this? This looks like a bag of plagiarizing, man. What's this? Cash? AND, plagiar-buds? Seriously?"

"Book 'em."

;)

BRING IT ON BIATCH!

Relax, Tex.

I write.

You react.

Indubitably: Tyranicle: Indubitably: Tyranicle: Indubitably: Tyranicle: runwiz: I thought the news was reality. Silly me.

News is propaganda. That's why CNN is going out of business. People are tired of the usuall bulshiat propaganda. After all, you have an agenda, right? Why wouldn't the owners and editors? Problem is, their agenda's don't fall in line with the veiwers anymore. Times have changed.

"If you work in news, you might lose a few points on that license with the casual misspelling, sir. Sir, do you allow plagiarizing at your news organization, sir? Do you have any plagiarizings in the car, sir? Please step out of the car, sir. Put your hands, with your fingers laced, against the back of your head, sir, please, 'You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say'..."

;)

I'm old and typeing this on a phone. Forgive the misspellings.

"No shiat, Sherlock? You just assaulted an officer of the law, mtf, so did I mention putting your hands, fingers-laced, against the back of your farking head? Do it now. 'You have the right to remain silent...'"

*smooch, hugs, and love*

"What's this? This looks like a bag of plagiarizing, man. What's this? Cash? AND, plagiar-buds? Seriously?"

"Book 'em."

;)

BRING IT ON BIATCH!

Relax, Tex.

I write.

You react.


Plagiarizing? Wtf?
 
2012-08-13 10:44:16 PM
The thing is, CNN and ALL the 24-hour news nets, fell into a pattern of doing their job the cheapest, easiest way, and that's not the way that does the best job. Do a crappy job, you lose viewers. Lose viewers, you lose advertisers.

How about you stop wheeling a story for more than 3 days, to start with. And, stop doing everything by in-studio remote sat feeds from flacks and pundits, and get back to field acquisition. You know, going out and finding stories to report on, using reporters. The gear costs can't be holding you down any more, you can feed using the internet by FTP. There are scads of young, hungry journalism students looking to do better than 302nd market local news.

Instead, you wallow in pundit spin/feedback stories about the reaction to the reaction story to an original story from 2 days ago. You don't report news anymore: you fill time with news-like noise, because that was cheaper and more efficient than doing a real job.
 
2012-08-13 10:49:02 PM

Gosling: I don't know about you, but I don't know anyone who's watching Masterpiece Theatre marathons. Or Masterpiece Theatre period.


static.bbci.co.uk
 
2012-08-13 11:17:29 PM
It's pretty sad the only American news show focused on reporting actual news does it in between comedic sketches and celebrity interviews, and it still gets called liberal, pretentious and biased by its critics. People in this country can't even handle joke news, much less real news, so it surprises me not that CNN has said "F*ck it, let's go full TLC with this b*tch."
 
2012-08-14 12:05:04 AM
Uverse dropped Fox News from its basic lineup, leaving me with only HLN, CNN, and MSNBC for news. My TV has been spending a lot more alone time with itself...
 
2012-08-14 12:12:16 AM
Certainly Not News
 
2012-08-14 12:44:42 AM
I am in the mood to learn something. Let me turn on The Learning Channel

img2.timeinc.net

Hmmm, maybe some music television...

mtv.mtvnimages.com

Maybe I can learn some history...

www.frugal-cafe.com

uhm...maybe some sports...

www.fouracepoker.com

Eeeesh, what's the weather like?

i.ytimg.com

FARK! What's news?

wonkette.com

I guess when you spend ZERO on production, whatever you make is pure profit.
 
2012-08-14 01:07:40 AM

Gosling: Office Ninja: Die off in what you created, CNN.

CNN didn't create it. Don Hewitt created it.


the Mad Magazine cartoonist?
 
2012-08-14 01:18:23 AM

Maul555: S


Cut the cord. Netflix + Hulu (+ even Amazon Prime) is way less expensive than cable anyway, and you can watch 90% of the good stuff that's out there legally.

Unless you want to watch HBO stuff, then you're screwed. *evil glare @ HBO*
 
2012-08-14 01:25:58 AM
Might as well, CNN already looks like a "reality" based TV show.
farm3.staticflickr.com
 
2012-08-14 01:34:46 AM

uber humper: 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.


Well, it wasn't a total loss. Afterall it gave us Fark!

/ fwiw
 
2012-08-14 01:41:44 AM

I Browse: I've got it...a Point/Counterpoint show with Jack Cafferty and Jeanne Moos!


"Jane, you ignorant slut."
 
2012-08-14 02:09:22 AM

Gosling: 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.


I've loved lusted her since ZDtv, cutting in on Leo and Kate (also way hawt) to do tech news or something - I never really have listened to a word she says.
 
2012-08-14 02:52:49 AM
Corporate news: "Presstitutes".
 
2012-08-14 04:21:31 AM

Sticky Hands: the Mad Magazine cartoonist?


The guy who produced 60 Minutes.
 
2012-08-14 05:16:28 AM
CNN is for homosexual people. there i said it.
 
2012-08-14 06:18:21 AM
While we're at it, clean up their sister network too, HLN....

1. Get rid of Nancy Grace.
2. Get rid of the "Issues" chick who has to remind everyone she's an alcoholic on every program.

That would be a start.
 
2012-08-14 09:02:22 AM
Sad to say, but, "news" as it is remembered before about the early 1990s is basically dead. Right now what constitutes news is either:

A) Either highly slanted coverage of "hot button" topics which is generally opinion thinly veiled as news
B) Light fluffy pop pieces about entertainment or somebody's cute dog that are there to distract you from (A)
C) Coverage of actually breaking "news" events, but, which eventually degrade into (A) rather quickly
 
2012-08-14 10:04:10 AM

Gosling: I don't know about you, but I don't know anyone who's watching Masterpiece Theatre marathons. Or Masterpiece Theatre period.


Raises hand

That, Game of Thrones, and My Little Pony. I'd hit up Gravity Falls, but I can't be assed to torrent cartoons anymore. Plus Mable is Pinkie Pie-lite anyway.
 
2012-08-14 11:27:31 AM
pmcmovieline.files.wordpress.com

Called it.
 
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