Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: What! You too? I thought I was the only one.

-C.S. Lewis

Friday, January 12, 2007

CNN isn't news

I realize that Atrios and others often become frustrated that the people on the TEE-VEE don't know what they're talking about. And I further realize why Atrios would say something like this about CNN's employment policies:

Please hire people who know that people from Puerto Rico are citizens of the United States of America if you wish to be an actual news show instead of a hideous joke.
You figure there's a lot of people out there who have half a brain and aren't ignorant bigoted assholes like Glenn Beck, why not give one of those people a job and have a intelligent discussion for once? There's a problem here, though. This sentiment only makes sense if you assume that, its own name notwithstanding, CNN actually wishes to be an actual news network. The thing is, they don't. And what's more, they never will. They are entertainment network and nothing more. They exist to sell broadcast time to advertisers. As a publicly held corporation, they have no social responsibility save generating returns to their investors. The idea that a CNN program director would be disappointed with the paltry amount of news content in a talking head show is, frankly, laughable.

The answer, of course, is to never again watch CNN or Fox or MSNBC or any other TEE-VEE news show for the rest of your life.

Anonymous said...

I dont even get news from the tv (after aaron brown) unless you consider daily show and colbert as real news. is a complete joke aswell. I have seen reporters editorialize, one time in an article a fellow cnn employee was asked for their opinion on the issue. like their opinion is relevant! like cnn is relevant! is good for novelty news. things like "polar bear eats bin of klondike bars" or " 7 year-old expelled from school for disturbing devil worship". Headlines you might otherwise expect at The Onion.
Recently they put out a poll probing america's racist feelings and such. Then they carried it "front page" for a day or two that america was still a bad place for minorities! what a shock!

Have they always been this bad? Weren't they THE NEWS at one point? I think fox news shook them up a lot and then cnn didn't know what news was anymore.

Ronda said...

You write very well.

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