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(History Channel)   On this day in history, in 1980, CNN was launched as Ted Turner excavated Wolf Blitzer from the glacier he'd been frozen in since Neolithic times   (history.com) divider line
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2020-06-01 11:41:11 AM  
And it's all been downhill since then. Thanks, guys! 🖕🖕🖕🖕🖕
 
2020-06-01 11:44:36 AM  
Let's just get this out of the way.

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2020-06-01 12:09:41 PM  
Journalistic integrity died that day.
 
2020-06-01 12:38:07 PM  
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2020-06-01 12:38:56 PM  
Turner Doomsday Video
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2020-06-01 12:39:25 PM  
Wasn't he once on ABC?
 
2020-06-01 12:40:42 PM  

I'm an Egyptian!: And it's all been downhill since then. Thanks, guys! 🖕🖕🖕🖕🖕


Headline News was actually pretty good for the first decade or so.

OJ killed it by making them ratings whores
 
2020-06-01 12:42:00 PM  

Random Anonymous Blackmail: Journalistic integrity died that day.


Making Fox News the zombie re-animation?
 
2020-06-01 12:45:50 PM  
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2020-06-01 12:50:52 PM  
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2020-06-01 12:51:19 PM  
He still weazes the juice though.
 
2020-06-01 12:57:11 PM  
I hope he's a good journalist, I just can't listen to that voice. Maybe he should write newspaper articles instead.
 
2020-06-01 12:59:08 PM  
Reminds me of Ted Turner and his bison, when Stephen Fry was on a visit. "Do they stampede?" "They do."
 
2020-06-01 1:01:03 PM  

GRCooper: I'm an Egyptian!: And it's all been downhill since then. Thanks, guys! 🖕🖕🖕🖕🖕

Headline News was actually pretty good for the first decade or so.

OJ killed it by making them ratings whores


Before OJ, that 24/7 approach was brilliant. A lot of us never had normal hours so to catch the news on one of the big three networks was hard. And HNN really let you catch up in a hurry. Likewise, the Weather Channel was pretty nice as well. Great for travel planning.

Immediate access was such a luxury then. Now it's the bare minimum standard.
 
2020-06-01 1:05:54 PM  

Cache: Random Anonymous Blackmail: Journalistic integrity died that day.

Making Fox News the zombie re-animation?


I am not sure the heads of Fox can spell integrity.
 
2020-06-01 1:17:26 PM  
Cosmos - EP14 - Ted Turner Interviews Dr. Sagan
Youtube O0EF7L8eNf8


Turner was often outrageous and a bit kooky but he wasn't stupid.
 
2020-06-01 1:18:58 PM  

edmo: GRCooper: I'm an Egyptian!: And it's all been downhill since then. Thanks, guys! 🖕🖕🖕🖕🖕

Headline News was actually pretty good for the first decade or so.

OJ killed it by making them ratings whores

Before OJ, that 24/7 approach was brilliant. A lot of us never had normal hours so to catch the news on one of the big three networks was hard.


Exactly. I could drop into the tv room at college and catch up in half an hour. Just news - who, what, where, when, how - no opinion or "editorializing".  Didn't matter when you started, the news would start to loop after 30 minutes unless something new started
 
2020-06-01 1:19:04 PM  

GRCooper: I'm an Egyptian!: And it's all been downhill since then. Thanks, guys! 🖕🖕🖕🖕🖕

Headline News was actually pretty good for the first decade or so.

OJ killed it by making them ratings whores


I was in an Air Force unit that provided radar data for incident investigations, we were authorized a cable tv connection in our office to monitor Headline News.  This was in the late 80's when they actually had news on Headline news.
 
2020-06-01 1:22:51 PM  

edmo: GRCooper: I'm an Egyptian!: And it's all been downhill since then. Thanks, guys! 🖕🖕🖕🖕🖕

Headline News was actually pretty good for the first decade or so.

OJ killed it by making them ratings whores

Before OJ, that 24/7 approach was brilliant. A lot of us never had normal hours so to catch the news on one of the big three networks was hard. And HNN really let you catch up in a hurry. Likewise, the Weather Channel was pretty nice as well. Great for travel planning.

Immediate access was such a luxury then. Now it's the bare minimum standard.


I always thought the Gulf War was the big thing that gave CNN competition (and thus begat the race to the bottom).  It certainly catapulted CNN into "the way you get the latest news on the War", and thus became a major news source in the US.  OJ was well after the Eternal September and AOL could get you onto the web (assuming you could find news before Google).
 
2020-06-01 1:29:02 PM  
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Wayne: Okay, Worst Name. CNN Pentagon Correspondent, Wolf Blitzer? Shyeah, right!
Garth: It's so obvious the guy made it up for the war!
Wayne: Yeah! I know, it's like, "Hi, we now take you to our War Correspondent, Howitzer Explosion Guy."
 
2020-06-01 1:31:29 PM  

yet_another_wumpus: I always thought the Gulf War was the big thing that gave CNN competition (and thus begat the race to the bottom).  It certainly catapulted CNN into "the way you get the latest news on the War", and thus became a major news source in the US.


CNN was predominant even before that.  During incidents in the late 1980's, CNN was the go-to channel for news because unlike pretty much every other channel, that's all they did.
 
2020-06-01 1:37:02 PM  
thanks brolff.

also, ted turner colorized him too. he used to just be in black and white.....
 
2020-06-01 1:37:30 PM  

yet_another_wumpus: edmo: GRCooper: I'm an Egyptian!: And it's all been downhill since then. Thanks, guys! 🖕🖕🖕🖕🖕

Headline News was actually pretty good for the first decade or so.

OJ killed it by making them ratings whores

Before OJ, that 24/7 approach was brilliant. A lot of us never had normal hours so to catch the news on one of the big three networks was hard. And HNN really let you catch up in a hurry. Likewise, the Weather Channel was pretty nice as well. Great for travel planning.

Immediate access was such a luxury then. Now it's the bare minimum standard.

I always thought the Gulf War was the big thing that gave CNN competition (and thus begat the race to the bottom).  It certainly catapulted CNN into "the way you get the latest news on the War", and thus became a major news source in the US.  OJ was well after the Eternal September and AOL could get you onto the web (assuming you could find news before Google).


CNN was the go-to for gulf war 1, but the main channel, not HLN. If I recall correctly, it was OJ in the white bronco that had HLN covering it live as well as CNN.  Half a decade later it had devolved from the 30 minute cycle and added Glen Beck and Nancy Grace type broadcasting.

News has been shiat since (BBCA is still good).
 
2020-06-01 1:38:10 PM  
Imagine Wolf Blitzer reporting on the protests going on today. Would he call the crowds "So poor, and so black"?

So poor, so black - Wolf Blitzer
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2020-06-01 1:49:43 PM  
Never thought I'd see AIPAC referred to as freezing and Neolithic but there you have it in 2020.
 
2020-06-01 1:57:02 PM  

dittybopper: yet_another_wumpus: I always thought the Gulf War was the big thing that gave CNN competition (and thus begat the race to the bottom).  It certainly catapulted CNN into "the way you get the latest news on the War", and thus became a major news source in the US.

CNN was predominant even before that.  During incidents in the late 1980's, CNN was the go-to channel for news because unlike pretty much every other channel, that's all they did.


"Almost all they did".  Wiki says Crossfire was on CNN 1982-2005.  I'd be fairly surprised if that was their only show, but in general you could get your news anytime on CNN.

I'd have to doubt "predominant", but my memory of the time is pretty hazy.  And of course if you really wanted plenty of news there were still newspapers.  But some people (I'm looking at my parents) need to have the news read to them.
 
2020-06-01 1:58:59 PM  
I still love the 30 or 60 minute hard news broadcasts. Hate the talking head opinion shows. Give me the dry, bland facts on a low-rated news program anyday, you can have the high-rated idiots yelling at each other. Which begs the question, when is Shep Smith coming back somewhere? He interjected just a bit of opinion on his show, but it was pretty much solid news in the middle of the afternoon. He didn't suffer fools gladly. And it was the only time I watched Fox News.
 
2020-06-01 2:22:57 PM  

yet_another_wumpus: dittybopper: yet_another_wumpus: I always thought the Gulf War was the big thing that gave CNN competition (and thus begat the race to the bottom).  It certainly catapulted CNN into "the way you get the latest news on the War", and thus became a major news source in the US.

CNN was predominant even before that.  During incidents in the late 1980's, CNN was the go-to channel for news because unlike pretty much every other channel, that's all they did.

"Almost all they did".  Wiki says Crossfire was on CNN 1982-2005.  I'd be fairly surprised if that was their only show, but in general you could get your news anytime on CNN.

I'd have to doubt "predominant", but my memory of the time is pretty hazy.  And of course if you really wanted plenty of news there were still newspapers.  But some people (I'm looking at my parents) need to have the news read to them.


Well, I was an adult in the last half of the 1980's, and in military intelligence, and that was our "go to" station for what was going on in the World, especially since we were on rotating shifts.  If we weren't watching something like "Danger Mouse" in the barracks, TV was likely on CNN.

Well, technically CNN Headline News, the one where it was all news, no shows like Crossfire.
 
2020-06-01 2:25:25 PM  

AAAAGGGGHHHH: Imagine Wolf Blitzer reporting on the protests going on today. Would he call the crowds "So poor, and so black"?


You know who else was so poor, and so black?

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Steve Martin, that's who.
 
2020-06-01 2:26:59 PM  
I always thought he looked like David The Gnome with a shorter beard :/
 
2020-06-01 2:30:40 PM  
During the '80's, the Cold War was getting more tense, and there was a major need for 24 hour news.  As the Eastern Bloc started to fall, the need remained, and carried through the Gulf War.  The Balkan conflict briefly gave them something to talk about, but they were stretching with that coverage.  The OJ trial was their escape, but the Bronco Chase was the birth of reality TV, and it was all downhill from there.  They allowed Faux News to become legitimized after its founding, which allowed them to fix the narrative after 9/11.  The end result is Trump.
 
2020-06-01 2:32:45 PM  

drunk_bouncnbaloruber: During the '80's, the Cold War was getting more tense, and there was a major need for 24 hour news.  As the Eastern Bloc started to fall, the need remained, and carried through the Gulf War.  The Balkan conflict briefly gave them something to talk about, but they were stretching with that coverage.  The OJ trial was their escape, but the Bronco Chase was the birth of reality TV, and it was all downhill from there.  They allowed Faux News to become legitimized after its founding, which allowed them to fix the narrative after 9/11.  The end result is Trump.


This is not a bad summary.
 
2020-06-01 2:39:18 PM  

Doctor Funkenstein: Let's just get this out of the way.

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2020-06-01 2:39:35 PM  

GRCooper: drunk_bouncnbaloruber: During the '80's, the Cold War was getting more tense, and there was a major need for 24 hour news.  As the Eastern Bloc started to fall, the need remained, and carried through the Gulf War.  The Balkan conflict briefly gave them something to talk about, but they were stretching with that coverage.  The OJ trial was their escape, but the Bronco Chase was the birth of reality TV, and it was all downhill from there.  They allowed Faux News to become legitimized after its founding, which allowed them to fix the narrative after 9/11.  The end result is Trump.

This is not a bad summary.


Yes, though I think Trump is the current situation we're in, but not the end result.
 
2020-06-01 3:11:58 PM  

ChrisDe: GRCooper: drunk_bouncnbaloruber: During the '80's, the Cold War was getting more tense, and there was a major need for 24 hour news.  As the Eastern Bloc started to fall, the need remained, and carried through the Gulf War.  The Balkan conflict briefly gave them something to talk about, but they were stretching with that coverage.  The OJ trial was their escape, but the Bronco Chase was the birth of reality TV, and it was all downhill from there.  They allowed Faux News to become legitimized after its founding, which allowed them to fix the narrative after 9/11.  The end result is Trump.

This is not a bad summary.

Yes, though I think Trump is the current situation we're in, but not the end result.


then you must be an optimist ... ;-)
 
2020-06-01 3:47:03 PM  

Doctor Funkenstein: Let's just get this out of the way.

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Well, what did you expect?  He was still adjusting.  Our ways frightened and confused him.
 
2020-06-01 5:47:50 PM  
Blitzer was a douche at one of those CNN Presidential debates IIRC
 
2020-06-01 6:56:43 PM  
The best thing about HLN:
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