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Any Bets on How Long it Will Take CNN to Delete This Tweet?

Truth does tend to seep out, eventually, in baby steps, albeit slowly.

CNN is actually showing Israelis cheering while rockets rain down on Gaza? Isn’t that forbidden?  I mean, Israelis are kind, peaceful people who are only trying to defend themselves, right?

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(Via CNN on Twitter at 7:24 p.m. ET.)

July 17, 2014 at 6:52 PM Leave a comment

CNN Digs In as a Propaganda Organization

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I will never again see CNN as even a marginal “journalistic” outfit:  CNN Airing Doc on First President Bush Funded by His Presidential Library.

Any bets on whether it’ll air a disclaimer chyron at the bottom of the screen the whole time?



June 2, 2014 at 10:07 AM Leave a comment

South Korean Ferry Sinks — CNN Carries it “LIVE” 18+ Hours Later

Roughly 18 hours ago, the AP reported that a ferry sank off the coast of South Korea.  Hundreds are still missing.

Here’s a photo of the hull disappearing into the water:

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This is a screenshot taken during Anderson Cooper’s show tonight at 8:54 p.m. ET.  The video is supposedly “LIVE,” and it showed people being pulled off the ship that ahem, sank almost 20 hours ago:


So, CNN shows “LIVE” video of people being rescued from a ship that sank 20 hours ago.  Okaaaaay.

CNN doesn’t care about being factual anymore.  Nor does Anderson Cooper.  If he did, he wouldn’t stand for this kind of thing happen on a show with his name on it.

April 16, 2014 at 8:46 PM Leave a comment

Ever Heard of a “CNN Drop?”

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This morning I listened to KGNU, my local community radio station’s “Morning Magazine.”  In one segment, host Bente Birkeland interviewed two newspaper reporters about a new report recommending that Colorado buy its own aerial firefighting fleet.  At one point, one of the reporters used the term, “CNN drop.”

I wondered what the heck a CNN drop is (he didn’t explain), but I could tell by the way he said it it wasn’t a flattering term.  And I was right:

Fire commanders say they are often pressured to order planes and helicopters into action on major fires even when the aircraft won’t do any good. Such pressure has resulted in needless and costly air operations, experienced fire managers said in interviews.

The reason for the interference, they say, is that aerial drops of water and retardant make good television. They’re a highly visible way for political leaders to show they’re doing everything possible to quell a wildfire, even if it entails overriding the judgment of incident commanders on the ground.

Firefighters have developed their own vernacular for such spectacles. They call them “CNN drops.”

“A lot of people do a lot of things for publicity and for politics that don’t need to be done,” said Jim Ziobro, fire aviation chief for the Oregon Department of Forestry.


Ah hah.  Aptly named.  And CNN bites every time.

March 31, 2014 at 11:15 AM Leave a comment

The State of the Media

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Here’s an interesting report from Pew Research’s Journalism Project: Key Indicators in Media & News.

It’s full of all kinds of tidbits about local television, newspapers, cable and broadcast networks but the first sentence, about cable, is what jumped out at me:

In 2013, the cable news audience, by nearly all measures, declined. The combined median prime-time viewership of the three major news channels—CNN, Fox News and MSNBC—dropped 11% to about 3 million, the smallest it has been since 2007.

The “combined median prime-time viewership” of the three major cable news channels was “about 3 million?”  Wow.  Given all the yelling and screaming by and about the various cable news “journalists” — Hannity, O’Reilly, Matthews, Morgan, et al — you’d think they were bringing in audience numbers akin to that of the network news shows at 22.6 million.

They — the cable “news” screamers — get way, way too much of our society’s attention.


March 26, 2014 at 3:36 PM Leave a comment

CNN’s Jeff Zucker Shooting for Zero Ratings

Jeff Zucker left NBC Universal last year to head CNN without, apparently, any idea of how he was going to resuscitate it:

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Despite the mishmash of shows and documentaries that will air in the 10 p.m. hour for the time being, [CNN's president Jeff] Zucker told TV Newser that CNN is committed to news:

The fact is CNN is actually offering more hours of live news programming today than we have at any point in the last five years. So the two [live news and documentaries] are not incompatible. We are always there when news happens. We’re in Ukraine this week, and Crimea, in tremendous numbers, offering round-the-clock coverage, far more than anyone else.

That may be true when it comes to breaking news, but it does seem to conflict with what Zucker said in December when he told Capital New York that “we need more shows and less newscasts.”

Sounds like he doesn’t know what CNN needs.


What CNN needs is bold, decisive action. But instead, Zucker has taken a more haphazard approach that will only ensure that they will remain in the cable-news ratings cellar for some time to come.


Sheesh.  I’ve never heard a corporate honcho sound so lost.

March 8, 2014 at 10:28 AM Leave a comment

What Fox Doesn’t Cover is as Telling as What it Does

Chris Christie is a Republican.

Tweet of the Day 1-9-14



January 9, 2014 at 12:34 PM Leave a comment


A small jet crashed at the Pitkin County airport just outside Aspen, Colorado this afternoon.  CNN covered the news not by having a reporter on the scene but by reporting on tweets sent by celebrities who saw it.

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“And this breaking story coming out of Aspen, Colorado.  Ah, reports of a plane crashing at Aspen’s Pitkin County airport.  You’re looking at some of the images right new people have tweeted.  Actor and comedian Kevin Nealon actually tweeted this, ‘Horrible plane crash here at Aspen airport.  Exploded into flames as it was landing.  I think it was a private jet, end quote.’  Of course we don’t know ah, whose jet this might be.

Singer LeAnn Rimes also in the area, tweeting this:  ‘So sad.  Horrible plane crash we just saw happen at the Aspen airport.’

Of course as we get any more information about this plane crash, the circumstances taking place there at Aspen, a very popular resort community for skiing and ah, a second residence for many people, many of the rich and famous, right there in Aspen, Colorado, of course if we get any more information, we’ll bring that to you.

Cheap.  Fast.  The name of the “news” game these days.

See the video here.



January 5, 2014 at 5:13 PM Leave a comment

CNN’s Dana Bash Calls New York City’s New Mayor’s Acceptance Speech “Pretty Boastful”

Ah yes, the corporate media looking down on We the Little People:

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Earlier today I watched Bill Clinton swear in Bill de Blasio, New York City’s new, progressive mayor.  What a breath of fresh air after having that city run by billionaire 1%er Mike Bloomberg for three terms.

After Clinton swore de Blasio in, de Blasio, of course, gave an acceptance speech in which he talked about tackling the income unfairness in the city — some making zillions and some making pennies; raising the minimum wage and creating after school programs so kids belonging to the working poor have a place to go and something to do after school, among other things.

After de Blasio finished his speech and CNN stayed on the cheering crowd for a minute, they returned to Dana Bash in the studio, who said what de Blasio said was “pretty boastful.”

We know the media’s ragingly liberal (not) when a newly elected conservative who sets out his agenda is talking about his “vision for the future” but what a liberal sets out his “vision for the future” it’s referred to as “pretty boastful.”

Get ready for the corporate media to hate on Bill de Blasio for the next four years because he says he wants to do something for the 99% which, you know, we just can’t have. Before long they’ll be comparing him to Fidel Castro and Stalin.

If I can get a clip I’ll put it up.

January 1, 2014 at 3:04 PM Leave a comment

Cable “News” Climate Change Coverage April 1 – August 14, 2013

Here’s a graph showing the number of minutes the cable “news” outlets devoted to climate change between April 1 and August 13 this year.  Note the stars on O’Reilly’s and Hannity’s shows. Those stars mean the coverage was dismissive of climate change (natch -  hey, we’re talkin’ Fox).

Oh, and CNN is supposedly a flaming liberal channel, right?  It looks like Erin Burnett’s show, OutFront, devoted about four minutes to the issue while Anderson Cooper didn’t touch it. Liberal?  What a joke that is.

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What a sorry state of affairs.

November 21, 2013 at 2:40 PM Leave a comment

Maybe Dumbing Down CNN Wasn’t Such a Good Idea After All


I’m so old I remember when CNN was the place to go for news.

Not anymore.


CNN’s bad night ended up being part of a very bad week.

The cable news network suffered its lowest Monday-Friday primetime average in over a year for the week of Oct. 28 to Nov. 1. Averaging just 385,000 viewers and 95,000 adults 25-54, both key measurements marked CNN’s worst showings since the 20-year record lows last August when the network suffered particularly against coverage of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

Also the lowest-rated week since Jeff Zucker took the reins at the beginning of the year, it happened to coincide with a surplus of breaking news. In addition to ongoing coverage of the Affordable Care Act hearings, Friday’s shooting at the Los Angeles International Airport drove viewers to competitors Fox News Channel and MSNBC.


In other words, Jeff Zucker’s mission to transform CNN from an actual news organization into a 24-hour entertainment outlet akin to his old haunt at The Today Show has been a disaster.  The guy didn’t respect the audience; he gave them something they can get on untold other channels.  CNN-watchers are news junkies.  They want news, not giggly anchors and fluff stories.

For example, the lead story — the lead story — yesterday (Monday, November 4) at 8:00 a.m. EDT was a two-part segment on Houston football coach Gary Kubiak collapsing on the field during Sunday’s game.  I can see covering that but having it lead?  Really?

That’s Jeff Zucker for you.

November 5, 2013 at 12:29 PM 3 comments

CNN’s Chris Cuomo: “Everyone” is “Debating” Who’s Responsible for Potential Shut Down

Republicans tried to stop passage of Obamacare while it was making its way through the House and Senate.  But they didn’t.  They appealed it to the Supreme Court, but they lost.  They ran Mitt Romney — whose campaign was largely based on repealing it — but they lost that too.  Now they want Democrats to concede to these demands or they’ll shut the government down because, well, because they can’t figure out any other way to keep Obamacare from going into effect:

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Now, “everyone,” according to Chris Cuomo on CNN this morning, is “debating” who’s responsible for this mess.

There could be no more perfect example of a so-called journalist reporting in the fact-free, “neutral,” “he said, she said” way that has become so pervasive in today’s so-called news business.



September 30, 2013 at 10:33 AM Leave a comment

CNN to Push Bombing Syria Tonight

Bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb Iran Syria:

McCain on CNN 8-29-13

August 29, 2013 at 6:13 PM Leave a comment

CNN’s Slow Suicide Continues

Have you ever watched CNN’s new morning show, “New Day?”  It.  Is.  Horrible.  The target audience is apparently 8- and 9-year-olds.


CNN’s “New Day,” the high-profile new morning show in the Jeff Zucker era, hit an all-time ratings low on Monday morning. That news was an extra punch in the gut when combined with the fact that it was the same day it aired an exclusive interview with Prince William, the first since the birth of his son, George, last month.

“New Day” garnered the lowest total viewership since it began airing on June 17, according to Nielsen Media Research. It also hit a new low in the key 25-54 age demographic. In the 6-9 a.m. time slot, the show averaged 60,000 viewers in the key 25-54 demo and 216,000 in total viewers.

Those numbers put the show — which is hosted by Chris Cuomo, Kate Bolduan and Michaela Pereira — well behind competitors “Fox & Friends,” which garnered 1.02 million viewers and 220,000 in the 25-54 demo, and “Morning Joe,” which grabbed an average of 324,000 total viewers and 101,000 in the key demo.


I actually see this as good news.  It’s good to know people aren’t tuning into that pablum.



August 21, 2013 at 8:38 AM Leave a comment

Get Ready For Two Years of Trump-Might-Run Coverage Even Though Everyone Knows He Won’t

It would be one thing if “E! News” did this but when the supposed “real” news outlets do it it’s pretty disgusting.  In short, get ready to get played:

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Here we go again.

More than three years ahead of the 2016 election, Donald Trump is already hinting at a presidential run, and the media — though certain this time around that he can’t be serious — are covering it anyway.

Dubbed a “sideshow” by NBC’s Chuck Todd and a “serial presidential campaign explorer” by CBS News, Trump is being accused by the press of engaging in yet another publicity stunt. “Folks,” the NBC News political team flatly declared this week, “he isn’t going to run.”

But don’t for one second think that means an end to Trump coverage. And lots of it.

Even as reporters suggest that Trump should not be taken seriously, many media organizations continue to cover him as a potential legitimate candidate, as they did in 2012. The reason for that is something Trump, the executive producer and host of NBC’s “The Apprentice,” is very familiar with: ratings.

“How many times do people have to fall for this game?” asked Rick Wilson, a Republican consultant. “Everyone knows this, and no one seems to be able to resist covering the spectacle, because Donald Trump – the brand – isn’t ever forced to post up against political reality. He’s a master marketer and brand-manager, and he’s learned that the media loves the bluster and the bullshit, even with the full knowledge he’s not going to ever, ever, ever pull the trigger on the race.”

August 14, 2013 at 9:46 AM Leave a comment

Shaking my Head at Headline News’ Geography Error

Check out this HLN graphic saying that Morehead Lake, where kidnap victim Hannah Anderson was found, is in Idaho.  Oh wait, that’s Oklahoma!

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Pretty bad.



August 13, 2013 at 11:33 AM 2 comments

Head of GOP to Be on CNN Sunday to Discuss GOP’s Boycott of CNN

Yo, Reince, I can’t believe you didn’t stop typing this tweet in mid-sentence, having realized the unbelievable hypocrisy going on here.


My Tweet of the Day:

Tweet of the Day 8-9-13

After thinking about it for a minute, this is really pretty funny.  What a dunce.

August 9, 2013 at 5:38 PM 3 comments

Send in Your “iReports” So the Cables Don’t Have to Hire Real Reporters

I’ve been flipping between Faux, CNN and MSNBC for the last 45 minutes or so, watching coverage of the plane crash at the San Francisco airport.  It’s amazing how much information all three of these cable so-called-news outlets are lifting off of YouTube and Twitter (often not giving credit to the person who took the photo or wrote the tweet which I think is just about as low as a “news” outlet can go}.

Hold that thought.

Meanwhile, I came across this photo from InsideCableNews.  They titled it:  “Media Swarm SFO.”

Media Swarm FSO via Inside Cablenews on Twitter

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As you can see, that’s a pretty pitiful “swarm.”

The point is, the cables don’t need to send reporters to the site of “breaking news” anymore.  They pick photos and “facts” out of their “iReports,”  YouTubers and Twitterers who, in the end, do their work for them.  It saves them megabucks.  They use our stuff and they don’t have to hire real people to go out and get the story and the photos.

If the info they report turns out to be incorrect, meh, they can blame it on “early reports” or whatever.

Folks, think about that the next time you file an “iReport.”  The cables are feeding off of you and you don’t get a dime.

July 6, 2013 at 6:05 PM 1 comment

CNN’s Dumbing Itself Down

They don’t call it the lame stream media for nothing:


CNN has become the final US television news network to shut down its bureau in Baghdad, following the closure by Fox News of its base in the Iraqi capital earlier this year.

The move by CNN to close the bureau it first opened in 1990 comes a year and a half after President Obama withdrew the last US troops from Iraq.


Other international broadcasters, including Al Jazeera and the BBC, still retain their Baghdad offices while the US networks ABC News and NBC News now only have one producer based in the capital city.

The news comes as the United Nations reported the deaths of over 1,000 people in Iraq in May, making it the highest monthly death toll in the troubled Middle Eastern country since the wide sectarian violence of 2006-7.


Over 1,000 dead in a month?  The highest monthly total in seven years?  No news there I guess.

June 3, 2013 at 10:44 AM Leave a comment

Wolf Blitzer Brings Religion into Oklahoma Tornado Coverage

Un.  Believable.  Able.  So inappropriate. So unprofessional:


May 21, 2013 at 9:38 PM Leave a comment

Howard Kurtz — Not Exactly a Reliable Source

Howard Kurtz via Wikipedia

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You may have heard about the dust-up swirling around Howard Kurtz over the last few days.  Kurtz, who used to write for Newsweek and the Daily Beast, was fired from both today after he wrote an article about Jason Collins’ coming out via an article in Sports Illustrated in which he made false accusations about what Collins said.

Apparently Kurtz, who is also the host of CNN’s “Reliable Sources” is in trouble there too.  “Reliable Sources” is a show about media and media accountability and man-oh-man, Kurtz seems like the exact wrong person to host it, especially given this gobsmacking bit of info contained in this article detailing the whole situation:

The Collins mistake may have been the last straw in a series of major mistakes that, according to sources, had suggested to staffers Kurtz was wearing himself too thin with other commitments. Previously, Kurtz was forced to acknowledge that he had never spoken to Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) after publishing a purported interview with him.

So the host of CNN’s “Reliable Sources” — a show about the reliability of the media — wrote an article about an interview he did with Darrell Issa but he never actually inteviewed Issa? Excuse me.

Isn’t that enough right there to say no way Jose.  You’re gone?!

Geezus CNN.  Another knotch in the you-have-really-gone-to-hell bed post.





May 2, 2013 at 5:26 PM Leave a comment

CNN Makes Complete Ass of Itself

Suspect Arrested via CNN via david brauer on twitter

Over the course of the last hour CNN reported that a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing had been identified.  Minutes later, an arrest was “imminent.”  Minutes after that, an arrest had been made.  Minutes after that oh, wait, maybe not. Now: Confirmed.  No arrest has been made.

The race to be the first to report BREAKING NEWS is literally breaking the news.

April 17, 2013 at 1:57 PM Leave a comment

Ali Velshi Moves to Al Jazeera America

Another sign that CNN is turning into trash TV.  They’re nuts to let Ali Velshi go.

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Ali Velshi is joining Al Jazeera America to host a primetime business show, the network announced on Thursday.

This marks the first major hire for the new network, which will replace Current TV when it launches this summer. Velshi — whose last day as CNN’s chief business correspondent will be Friday — has joined Al Jazeera America to develop and host an as-yet-unnamed show.

“I’m thrilled to be joining Al Jazeera America, an organization that puts quality, fact-based journalism first,” Velshi said in a statement. “It’s a tremendous opportunity and I look forward to taking advantage of the extraordinary U.S. news-gathering capabilities the channel is building and working with such a diverse and talented group of colleagues to tell compelling stories that matter to Americans.”


April 5, 2013 at 8:24 AM Leave a comment

CNN – a Shell of Its Former Self

Remember when CNN was a news powerhouse, covering headlines from around the world?  Well, that CNN is no more.  It’s been replaced by something resembling my local so-called evening news.  Check out the “new this morning” headlines (these are the chyrons) as read by Christine Romans at 7:00 a.m. EDT today:


– One of two “missing teen hikers” found.

–  “Shark attacks 58-year-old surfer in Hawaii.”

–  “White supremacist manhunt — man sought in Colorado prison chief shooting.”

–  “Evan Ebel letter uncovered.”

–  “Civilian worker at Fort Knox killed.”

–  “Obama giving back 5% of salary.”

–  “Obama to attend Bush library dedication.”

–  “Heeeeere’s Jimmy!”

–  “Fan catches home run ball…with her head.”

Pitiful.  Maybe we should start calling it something like Contains No (Real) News.

And there’s this:

RE CNN 4-4-13The link takes you here:  It’s Official:  Jimmy Fallon to Replace Jay Leno on “The Tonight Show.”

Five people debating that?  Ridiculous.

April 4, 2013 at 8:43 AM Leave a comment

CNN Thinks of Itself as a Serious News Organization?

Glad I wasn’t watching.  I probably would have thrown something at the TV:

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March 27, 2013 at 7:50 AM 1 comment

Cable “News” Obsesses About Cuts to White House Tours, Not so Much About Cuts to the Poor

Cable “news,” especially Fox, has gone nuts covering sequester-related cuts to tours of the White House, but not so regarding cuts to assistance programs for the poor.  As a matter of fact, “liberal” CNN has been totally silent on the issue:

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As is always the case, the poor have no voice.

Go here for larger version.


March 14, 2013 at 9:57 AM Leave a comment

Can’t Trust CNN Anymore


CNN is getting so sloppy, it’s keeping the “LIVE” chyron up even when what’s being shown isn’t “LIVE.” That might seem like a minor thing but in a way it isn’t.  If the culture of the place is so lackadaisical it doesn’t demand that “LIVE” actually be “LIVE,” the whole network has lost its trustworthiness.

So long CNN.


February 28, 2013 at 7:24 AM 1 comment

Soledad O’Brien Ditching CNN



On the bright side, Soledad O’Brien can probably start sleeping in now. The Starting Point anchor is reportedly leaving the network after a deal for a primetime gig never materialized, sources told the New York Post on Wednesday. Erin Burnett will be taking over O’Brien’s slot alongside new co-anchor Chris Cuomo in part of a “flurry of announcements” at the network, sources said. “Soledad is talented at producing in-depth, serious pieces of journalism, and is a tough interview,” a source said. “That doesn’t seem to fit the direction the network is going.”


I don’t watch much CNN but I’ve always thought Soledad O’Brien was a little less airheady than most of the other anchors.

Oh, and I love, “Soledad is…a tough interview.  That doesn’t seem to fit the direction the network is going.”  Ah, yeah.  That’s been obvious for years.

February 20, 2013 at 8:50 AM 3 comments

CNN — the Tabloid News Network

Is it any wonder those of us who used to watch CNN and thought it was a pretty good news source can’t stand it anymore?  Check out the resources and importance it has assigned to the docking of that Carnival Cruise ship off the coast of Alabama via this email from a CNN spokesperson:

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The squalid, smelly, steamy cruise ship, which has been without power for days with 4,000 people aboard, is expected to finally limp into port later today. CNN’s Erin Burnett will anchor Erin Burnett OutFront from Mobile, Alabama, where the ship will dock. Sandra Endo covers the ship’s arrival by helicopter; Victor Blackwell monitors by boat; and David Mattingly and Martin Savidge report from the dock in Mobile. and the CNN apps will live stream the docking. CNN International will simulcast the arrival later tonight.


Five reporters?  A helicopter?  A boat?  And who knows how many people behind the scenes manning and “the CNN apps.”  Amazing.  That’s more than they’ve assigned to any one event as far back as I can remember.  And all for a disabled cruise ship.

Gee.  Imagine if they devoted that kind of time and attention to something that mattered, something educational/informative/revelatory?

No wonder your ratings are at a 20-year low CNN.  People who watched you for news are long gone and the folks who want tabloid-grade stuff are watching E! or hanging out over at TMZ.


February 14, 2013 at 12:11 PM Leave a comment

CNN’s Publicity Stunt: Piers Morgan v. Alex Jones

I’m ignoring the big brouhaha today about Piers Morgan’s interview last night with gun nut Alex Jones. It was a PR stunt.  But CNN is loving the fallout.  They got what they wanted:


Was it a debate? A berating? A surreal televised “stunt”? No matter what you call radio host Alex Jones’ appearance on “Piers Morgan Tonight,” one thing is certain: It’s generating a great deal of social media buzz.


I don’t think I’ve ever seen a longer article on CNN’s website.

January 8, 2013 at 7:47 PM Leave a comment

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