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2013-04-20 12:15:30 AM  
This is some brand new definition of the word "exceptional" that I was unaware of.

Thanks, Jeff Zucker!
 
2013-04-20 12:20:40 AM  
"Exceptional" can have a number of connotations

/much like "interesting"
 
2013-04-20 01:14:12 AM  
All I know is that I am completely done with CNN after this week

Sorry CNN but you have lost it completely. You used to be awesome. Remember the Gulf War? It was your golden age.

I have no idea when you started to stumble, but you have fallen right on your ass.
 
2013-04-20 01:21:59 AM  

cman: All I know is that I am completely done with CNN after this week

Sorry CNN but you have lost it completely. You used to be awesome. Remember the Gulf War? It was your golden age.

I have no idea when you started to stumble, but you have fallen right on your ass.


I've basically given up on cable news as a whole as a news source. If it's not opinion and propaganda disguised as "straight news", it's a bunch of "BREAKING NEWS" alerts featuring reporters standing around saying "We're just waiting for something to happen." or "Here's the same thing we've been reporting on for the past six hours, only with a different person saying them."

Now I watch network news at 6:30 and biatch at the screen like any good red-blooded American.
 
2013-04-20 03:57:32 AM  
"Norwegian Air Force bombers just attacked 10 Downing Street, and Winston Churchill is dead."

This is Edward R Murrow reporting live from London for CNN.
 
2013-04-20 05:31:38 AM  
Baghdad Bob is now running CNN.
 
2013-04-20 07:39:10 AM  

cman: All I know is that I am completely done with CNN after this week

Sorry CNN but you have lost it completely. You used to be awesome. Remember the Gulf War? It was your golden age.

I have no idea when you started to stumble, but you have fallen right on your ass.


Funny thing is that last night I was flipping between CNN and CBC Newsworld for the last 2 hours of the ordeal.  CBC scooped CNN on EVERYTHING.  The boat, the arrest, you name it, CBC scooped it.

It's almost like CNN was a little gun-shy after farking things up so badly the last few days.  I also noticed that CBC used multiple network sources as well as taking its' lead from the Boston Globe's excelllent reporting.

So for example they would report, "CBS, the Boston Globe and NBC are now reporting that the suspect is in a boat in the backyard of a house, here is the picture of the boat.  It is believed he is hiding inside, possibly unconscious."

The CBC had only ONE talking head, a former FBI agent/ hostage negotiatior who seemed really good.  Measured in his responses, having intelligent answers to intelligent questions, and never jumping headlong into hyperbole.

Meanwhile CNN had a clusterfark.  Four newscasters on scene (the odious Wolf Blitzer, that annoying Erin Burnett, and two other idiots) just standing around on the street, full of wild conjecture ("Well we know Chechnya is a haven for terrorists, so...").

So CNN, with all its' resources and cash got destroyed by what is essentially Canadian PUBLIC TELEVISION.

I'm not saying the CBC are superheroes, but I am saying CNN is a complete farce.
 
2013-04-20 07:50:38 AM  
Plus CBC would habitually say, "Okay nothing happening right now, so we're going to update you on the West, Texas tragedy and the earthquake in China" and then break to (gasp) other news before picking up the Boston story again when there was a verifiable update.

One anchor, the excellent Ian Hanomansingh, for the entire thing.
 
2013-04-20 07:57:26 AM  

clintster: cman: All I know is that I am completely done with CNN after this week

Sorry CNN but you have lost it completely. You used to be awesome. Remember the Gulf War? It was your golden age.

I have no idea when you started to stumble, but you have fallen right on your ass.

I've basically given up on cable news as a whole as a news source. If it's not opinion and propaganda disguised as "straight news", it's a bunch of "BREAKING NEWS" alerts featuring reporters standing around saying "We're just waiting for something to happen." or "Here's the same thing we've been reporting on for the past six hours, only with a different person saying them."

Now I watch network news at 6:30 and biatch at the screen like any good red-blooded American.


Check out Al-Jazeera english. In depth reporting covers a variety of issues around the world and not as sensationalistic as the big three.
 
2013-04-20 08:16:00 AM  
He's been on a downward slide since "Top Secret!".
 
2013-04-20 08:20:24 AM  
I'm still trying to decide who came out of this week looking worst: CNN, the NY Post, or the Reddiots and their self-anointed crowd-sleuthing. I'm leaning towards CNN if only because it likes to think of itself as a news channel.
 
2013-04-20 08:20:39 AM  
Think they feel dumb for doing away with their investigative reporting department yet?
 
2013-04-20 08:40:50 AM  
It's like when a CEO runs the company into the ground and gets their multi-million dollar bonus they earned.
 
2013-04-20 08:41:33 AM  

czetie: I'm still trying to decide who came out of this week looking worst: CNN, the NY Post, or the Reddiots and their self-anointed crowd-sleuthing. I'm leaning towards CNN if only because it likes to think of itself as a news channel.


Was it the Redditors who were trying to point out that some guy on the roof might have been responsible for the Marathon Bombings?
 
2013-04-20 08:51:04 AM  
In fairness, at least CNN didn't sic the vigilantes on totally innocent people like Reddit or the NY Post.
 
2013-04-20 08:51:55 AM  
i272.photobucket.com
 
2013-04-20 08:52:25 AM  

Carth: clintster: cman: All I know is that I am completely done with CNN after this week

Sorry CNN but you have lost it completely. You used to be awesome. Remember the Gulf War? It was your golden age.

I have no idea when you started to stumble, but you have fallen right on your ass.

I've basically given up on cable news as a whole as a news source. If it's not opinion and propaganda disguised as "straight news", it's a bunch of "BREAKING NEWS" alerts featuring reporters standing around saying "We're just waiting for something to happen." or "Here's the same thing we've been reporting on for the past six hours, only with a different person saying them."

Now I watch network news at 6:30 and biatch at the screen like any good red-blooded American.

Check out Al-Jazeera english. In depth reporting covers a variety of issues around the world and not as sensationalistic as the big three.


I was rather impressed with Al-Jazeera's broadcast. My go to is usually BBC, but for some reason I couldn't get their video feed to work right on my phone while I was at work. Who would have thought that there were other things going on in the world and that it wasn't disrespectful to actually talk about them?
 
2013-04-20 09:02:17 AM  
...I haven't intentionally watched CNN since they admitted they downplayed Saddam Hussein's atrocities so they could keep access to him.  That was bad enough, but last Monday during the Boston bombing, they kept cutting back to the Jodi Arias trial, which was clearly more important.

/I've never seen a media outlet go so full out to convict someone as CNN has on this broad, and I'm old enough to remember the Sam Sheppard trial.
 
2013-04-20 09:36:46 AM  

skinink: czetie: I'm still trying to decide who came out of this week looking worst: CNN, the NY Post, or the Reddiots and their self-anointed crowd-sleuthing. I'm leaning towards CNN if only because it likes to think of itself as a news channel.

Was it the Redditors who were trying to point out that some guy on the roof might have been responsible for the Marathon Bombings?


Among other laughably bad calls, yes.

I suspect that Reddit this week has been a case study in how crowdsourcing can go badly wrong. Crowdsourcing works best when it aggregates lots of independent viewpoint. It works worst when herding or crowd mentality sets in, and I suspect that's what happened here. If one person's supposed lead looks hot, everybody flocks to it so that they can congratulate themselves for being in on it.

At least they have the excuse that they're not supposed to be a news outlet, though.
 
2013-04-20 09:51:28 AM  

clintster: This is some brand new definition of the word "exceptional" that I was unaware of.

Thanks, Jeff Zucker!


Defining it as "gross error" is common in IT.
 
2013-04-20 09:57:06 AM  

jakomo002: Plus CBC would habitually say, "Okay nothing happening right now, so we're going to update you on the West, Texas tragedy and the earthquake in China" and then break to (gasp) other news before picking up the Boston story again when there was a verifiable update.


Nice!

I found BreakingNews.com (run by NBC) to be nice. They had live streaming video of anything that was newsworthy. They'd switch between Boston and West when reasonable to do so, and then just go silent with some animated background image when nothing newsworthy was happening. I didn't have to listen to non-stop chatter. The only time they "stretched" things a bit was during the day before when there appeared to be some noteworthy so they went open-mic with one of their reporters on the scene. They kept things going for a few minutes after it was clear that nothing was going to happen before going silent again, but that's not unreasonable. Compared to cable news, which has to be saying something all the time, it was nice.

It also provided twitter-style news updates (with links to full stories, whether at NBC or elsewhere) was nice for getting a "I have 10 seconds, show me what I need to know" update on the situation and other news stories.

/really should watch the CBC more
 
2013-04-20 10:27:58 AM  

clintster: This is some brand new definition of the word "exceptional" that I was unaware of.


Meh, "exceptional" as in "special", as in "short bus". I think it makes sense now.
 
2013-04-20 10:40:41 AM  

heypete: jakomo002: Plus CBC would habitually say, "Okay nothing happening right now, so we're going to update you on the West, Texas tragedy and the earthquake in China" and then break to (gasp) other news before picking up the Boston story again when there was a verifiable update.

Nice!

I found BreakingNews.com (run by NBC) to be nice. They had live streaming video of anything that was newsworthy. They'd switch between Boston and West when reasonable to do so, and then just go silent with some animated background image when nothing newsworthy was happening. I didn't have to listen to non-stop chatter. The only time they "stretched" things a bit was during the day before when there appeared to be some noteworthy so they went open-mic with one of their reporters on the scene. They kept things going for a few minutes after it was clear that nothing was going to happen before going silent again, but that's not unreasonable. Compared to cable news, which has to be saying something all the time, it was nice.

It also provided twitter-style news updates (with links to full stories, whether at NBC or elsewhere) was nice for getting a "I have 10 seconds, show me what I need to know" update on the situation and other news stories.

/really should watch the CBC more


Nice.  Thanks for the tips.  I now have a few more sources of non-CNN news now.
 
2013-04-20 10:43:33 AM  
I found myself disgruntled but apathetic towards cable news for years, and then Aaron Sorkin drove me into outright disgust.


If only we had some semblance of this type of news in this country.  And BBC World Service can only take you so far when they have to focus on the entire world.
 
2013-04-20 11:01:25 AM  
fark Jeff Zucker.
 
2013-04-20 11:28:45 AM  
Not to worry CNN fans we'll have :
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2013-04-20 11:50:36 AM  
Perhaps he meant "excretional".

/Zucker was saying Boo-urns
 
2013-04-20 12:30:07 PM  
Of course he'll say it was exceptional. He was brought in to "turn the network around." If he sais it was awful, that's a pretty bad reflection on the job he's done.

Of course, it's true, but he ain't gonna say it.
 
2013-04-20 12:32:47 PM  

czetie: skinink: czetie: I'm still trying to decide who came out of this week looking worst: CNN, the NY Post, or the Reddiots and their self-anointed crowd-sleuthing. I'm leaning towards CNN if only because it likes to think of itself as a news channel.

Was it the Redditors who were trying to point out that some guy on the roof might have been responsible for the Marathon Bombings?

Among other laughably bad calls, yes.

I suspect that Reddit this week has been a case study in how crowdsourcing can go badly wrong. Crowdsourcing works best when it aggregates lots of independent viewpoint. It works worst when herding or crowd mentality sets in, and I suspect that's what happened here. If one person's supposed lead looks hot, everybody flocks to it so that they can congratulate themselves for being in on it.

At least they have the excuse that they're not supposed to be a news outlet, though.


I tried to get into Reddit but the demographic seems to be mostly entitled/selfish young men (this is just my opinion, mind you). While that can be amusing at times, the sheer volume of it and the stupid shiat that comes out of them just made me feel skeezy, so I retreated to Fark. It's interesting that we seem to be a pretty diverse bunch. Apparently that helped us take a step back and I really didn't see a whole ton of wild speculating going on in the threads I made it into...
 
2013-04-20 12:45:52 PM  
CNN's work this week has actually been fine, and greatly improved from their typical daily BS. Why anyone expects any news organization to act 100% perfect during a week like this is beyond me.
 
2013-04-20 01:18:21 PM  

skinink: czetie: I'm still trying to decide who came out of this week looking worst: CNN, the NY Post, or the Reddiots and their self-anointed crowd-sleuthing. I'm leaning towards CNN if only because it likes to think of itself as a news channel.

Was it the Redditors who were trying to point out that some guy on the roof might have been responsible for the Marathon Bombings?


More than several Farkers jumped on that derpwagon as well.
 
2013-04-20 01:29:57 PM  

AtlanticCoast63: ...I haven't intentionally watched CNN since they admitted they downplayed Saddam Hussein's atrocities so they could keep access to him.  That was bad enough, but last Monday during the Boston bombing, they kept cutting back to the Jodi Arias trial, which was clearly more important.

/I've never seen a media outlet go so full out to convict someone as CNN has on this broad, and I'm old enough to remember the Sam Sheppard trial.


It's almost as if the stink of Nancy Grace has permeated the entire place. A fake jury watching the testimony and then commenting on the observations as the trial goes along? WTF could possibly think that is news?
 
2013-04-20 01:44:31 PM  
I went to CNN.com, often in a day.   Not anymore.   I like my news to be accurate the first time.

Any suggestion for my new goto news link, and if you say FOX, ill have to hit a baby!
 
2013-04-20 01:54:10 PM  
24.media.tumblr.com

Roll up on CNN and smack the shiat outta Jeff Zucker!
 
2013-04-20 01:57:27 PM  

JudgeItoBox: CNN's work this week has actually been fine, and greatly improved from their typical daily BS. Why anyone expects any news organization to act 100% perfect during a week like this is beyond me.


They were definitely way late to the party the other night but I just think that's the new reality. When you have millions of constantly wired 'reporters' on message boards and twitter no news network is going to trump that for real-time updates.

THAT SAID, I find myself in the uncomfortable position of defending something I don't give two shiats about - cable/network news. When all the shiat was going down yesterday fark and reddit were hammered, couldn't keep up with the traffic and simply would not load, I believe NBC tv news first informed me they had the dude and that he was alive. It was almost an hour before I could get fark to load after that. Anyway, we have choices and multiple sources - that's a good thing. If there's ever a similar situation and I want breaking real-time updates I'll be farking my ass off of course.
 
2013-04-20 02:08:08 PM  

ladyfortuna: I tried to get into Reddit but the demographic seems to be mostly entitled/selfish young men (this is just my opinion, mind you). While that can be amusing at times, the sheer volume of it and the stupid shiat that comes out of them just made me feel skeezy, so I retreated to Fark. It's interesting that we seem to be a pretty diverse bunch. Apparently that helped us take a step back and I really didn't see a whole ton of wild speculating going on in the threads I made it into...


Heh. I had the same reaction to Reddit. At least around here the self-described ladies actually seem like ladies. On Reddit I found myself wondering "Is... anyone... here female? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? Bueller?".

JudgeItoBox: CNN's work this week has actually been fine, and greatly improved from their typical daily BS. Why anyone expects any news organization to act 100% perfect during a week like this is beyond me.


No one expects 100% accuracy from any news organization. But it's not too much to expect 75% - 80%, even in a crisis. "Windoz8bloz says "Boton Police found shotr n dmpstr - SWAT inroot #totalyreal" on Twitter, let's run with it as a BREAKING NEWS item before Fox or MSNBC can scoop us!" "Uh, boss? Look at this guys last 10 tweets. "Ur hot, meet for sx? #LindsyHot", "Right on Doocy! #N0bamastunks!"..." "We'll have Anderson Cooper apologize later if it turns out to be wrong. Even straight men think he's hot. Or is that just me?" "...we'll get right on that Breaking News report, boss."

/Well yes, Anderson Cooper is quite handsome.
 
2013-04-20 02:09:24 PM  
Holy crap.  I was watching Wolf Blitzer interview the Watertown Police Chief this morning about what happened on Thursday night.  He wasn't even paying attention, it was horrible.

Chief: "One of our men found the brothers and we told him to not engage but just follow them until he had backup.  But they stopped and started shooting at his patrol car, so he had to retreat for safety."
Wolf: "The younger brother had to retreat?"
Chief: "No, our officer had to retreat."
Wolf: "OK lets talk about the reports that they were heavily armed with grenades and more pressure cooker bombs."

I really hope that's a function of his lack of sleep and he's really not that stupid.
 
2013-04-20 02:18:48 PM  

balki1867: Holy crap.  I was watching Wolf Blitzer interview the Watertown Police Chief this morning about what happened on Thursday night.  He wasn't even paying attention, it was horrible.

Chief: "One of our men found the brothers and we told him to not engage but just follow them until he had backup.  But they stopped and started shooting at his patrol car, so he had to retreat for safety."
Wolf: "The younger brother had to retreat?"
Chief: "No, our officer had to retreat."
Wolf: "OK lets talk about the reports that they were heavily armed with grenades and more pressure cooker bombs."

I really hope that's a function of his lack of sleep and he's really not that stupid.


*insert WolfBlitzterOnJeopardy.JPG *

/Not saying it was aliens...
 
2013-04-20 03:50:27 PM  
Yes, if you strictly define exceptional as meaning "not normal", then I agree that their reporting was exceptional.

CNN: Can Not News.
 
2013-04-20 04:14:17 PM  
It would have been less embarrassing if Wolf Blitzer had collapsed his own chest and proceeded to suck himself off to climax.
 
2013-04-20 04:20:33 PM  

cameroncrazy1984: Of course he'll say it was exceptional. He was brought in to "turn the network around."


To be fair, he's clearly the best man for the job; after all, he did such a fine job of turning NBC around. I've pretty much come to the conclusion that Jeff Zucker is the Uwe Boll of TV executives, and CNN has become nothing more than an obscure tax avoidance scheme, intentionally designed to lose money.
 
2013-04-20 05:15:35 PM  

ladyfortuna: I tried to get into Reddit but the demographic seems to be mostly entitled/selfish young men (this is just my opinion, mind you). While that can be amusing at times, the sheer volume of it and the stupid shiat that comes out of them just made me feel skeezy,


I wonder if the uniformity of the demographic contributes to the conformity of the thinking?

Reddit always strikes me as the Web's second-rate Frat House.
 
2013-04-20 05:34:14 PM  
Reddit is what 4chan would be like if 4chan had karma whoring and allowed pedophiles to have their own board.
 
2013-04-20 07:07:07 PM  

potterydove: Reddit is what 4chan would be like if 4chan had karma whoring and allowed pedophiles to have their own board.


Good to see you just got your first computer. Congrats.
 
2013-04-20 09:28:07 PM  
Jeff Zucker, Zionist turncoat and propagandist.
 
2013-04-20 09:30:17 PM  

Carth: clintster: cman: All I know is that I am completely done with CNN after this week

Sorry CNN but you have lost it completely. You used to be awesome. Remember the Gulf War? It was your golden age.

I have no idea when you started to stumble, but you have fallen right on your ass.

I've basically given up on cable news as a whole as a news source. If it's not opinion and propaganda disguised as "straight news", it's a bunch of "BREAKING NEWS" alerts featuring reporters standing around saying "We're just waiting for something to happen." or "Here's the same thing we've been reporting on for the past six hours, only with a different person saying them."

Now I watch network news at 6:30 and biatch at the screen like any good red-blooded American.

Check out Al-Jazeera english. In depth reporting covers a variety of issues around the world and not as sensationalistic as the big three.


The main reason that Al Jazeera can report so well is the definite lack of Jews.
 
2013-04-20 11:28:02 PM  

cman: All I know is that I am completely done with CNN after this week

Sorry CNN but you have lost it completely. You used to be awesome. Remember the Gulf War? It was your golden age.

I have no idea when you started to stumble, but you have fallen right on your ass.


It started when they decided to try beating Fox News at its own game. And since that game involves being wrong about everything, that tells you pretty much everything you need to know.
 
2013-04-21 12:15:55 AM  
Apik0r0s:
The main reason that Al Jazeera can report so well is the definite lack of Jews.

You know how I know you
 
2013-04-21 04:15:09 AM  

Phil Moskowitz: It would have been less embarrassing if Wolf Blitzer had collapsed his own chest and proceeded to suck himself off to climax.


weknowmemes.com
 
2013-04-21 06:07:32 AM  

Apik0r0s: The main reason that Al Jazeera can report so well is the definite lack of Jews.


JEWS!
 
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