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The Pressure to Be the TV News
Leader Tarnishes a Big Brand

New York Times, by David Carr

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Posted By:earlybird, 4/22/2013 11:19:02 AM

Like a lot of Americans, when I woke up on Friday morning and found out there was a manhunt in the Boston area for the remaining suspect in Monday’s bombing at the marathon, I turned on CNN. It’s a common impulse, although less common than it used to be. The news audience has been chopped up into ideological camps, and CNN’s middle way has been clobbered in the ratings. The legacy networks’ news divisions can still flex powerful muscles on big stories, and Twitter and other real-time social media sites (Snip) But the biggest damage to CNN has been self-inflicted

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Bpl40, 4/22/2013 11:28:17 AM     (No. 9290342)

The main reason all the alphabet networks are in decline is not as the author says, the pressure to be top dog. It is a reason and a fate they will share with the writer´s own employer. The blind pursuit of a thoroughly disproven, discredited and disgraced socialist ideology that is simply out of the mainstream American world view.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: tennisbum, 4/22/2013 11:45:01 AM     (No. 9290370)

I agree with #1.

Plus the alphabets believe that since they "own" the airwaves by just their sheer numbers, they can shape the facts to fit their ideology. They are losing miserably but they still think they are winning...sounds like insanity.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Noj15, 4/22/2013 11:45:22 AM     (No. 9290371)

Fox News had made an on-the-scene confirmation of the terrorist´s arrest and was showing the police celebrating the arrest and then you switch over to CNN and Anderson Cooper was asking some idiot female reporter what was happening (he was getting the tip in his earpiece that an arrest had been made) and she told him it was dark out and she couldn´t see what was happening. Wow, great reporting CNN.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: snowoutlaw, 4/22/2013 11:47:11 AM     (No. 9290374)

A week of 24/7 breathless coverage with no new News didn´t help either. Of course the LSM never has any real News anyway.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: AZOR, 4/22/2013 11:49:06 AM     (No. 9290376)

"...CNN´s middle way...." ??? you´ve got to be kidding. CNN is anything but "middle".

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Reply 6 - Posted by: HerbVA, 4/22/2013 11:57:03 AM     (No. 9290396)

Only a NYT toe dancer would first think to turn on CNN and then describe the network as centrist.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: mc squared, 4/22/2013 12:02:52 PM     (No. 9290412)

Even Fox which I watched almost exclusively, was redundant and sometimes silly. The reporters seemed to feel a need to keep talking even when there was nothing to talk about.
There just isn´t enough news to fill 24 hours a day; even last Friday.


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Reply 8 - Posted by: jinx, 4/22/2013 12:35:59 PM     (No. 9290473)

How can you say with a straight face that CNN is middle of the road. It is as biased as ever. Get some new faces to read the news. The old ones like Wolf, etc are boring us to death. Can´t stand Erin what´s her face. Soooo, I watch FOX and read the real news on my laptop. By reading the news, I do not have to listen to the words "I think..." or hear their opinion of the news. I want the straight facts good or bad and would like to make up my own mind about the news.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: K620, 4/22/2013 12:48:54 PM     (No. 9290503)

"We" instinctively look to CNN? Speak for yourself, Mr. Carr.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: STLstudent, 4/22/2013 12:50:40 PM     (No. 9290507)

The NYT strikes again with yet another dull, mistaken analysis of contemporary events.

CNN is just trying to be too good! Their problem is that they are trying to be the best! What a bunch of nonsense. CNN is dying because it´s a mouthpiece for the Left.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: varkdriver, 4/22/2013 12:53:51 PM     (No. 9290515)

CNN´s ´middle´ way??? The only thing ´middle´ about Ted Turner´s trashheap is the finger they give to anything good about the US.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Patchy Groundfog, 4/22/2013 1:06:58 PM     (No. 9290547)

The Times advising anyone on tarnished brands is like Amelia Earhart helping out with trans-Pacific flight plans.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: jimmiet, 4/22/2013 1:55:10 PM     (No. 9290652)

I thought you had to be at the airport to watch CNN.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: usltn, 4/22/2013 4:14:59 PM     (No. 9290879)

Another nutcase heard from.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: nightvision, 4/23/2013 7:27:46 AM     (No. 9291782)

#13, LOL!


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Reply 16 - Posted by: Lawsy0, 4/23/2013 8:13:24 AM     (No. 9291874)

Good analogy; CNN sinking and towed to port. IMO, with crisis reporting, endless loops of the same stuff will cause my screen to go dark. On purpose.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: stablemoney, 4/23/2013 8:24:18 AM     (No. 9291904)

How is it possible to further tarnish the communist news network?

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Reply 18 - Posted by: dman, 4/23/2013 8:34:32 AM     (No. 9291922)

Jeff Zucker doing to CNN what he did to NBC?

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Mazeman, 4/23/2013 8:59:30 AM     (No. 9291969)

I avoid CNN like the plague. Same with the NY Times.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: dragonlearner, 4/23/2013 9:33:49 AM     (No. 9292061)

If CNN simply dropped the ideology from their coverage (which means drop kicking some of their leftist reporters), they would easily compete with Fox for the top position in 24 hour news coverage. But they won´t do that because, to them, ideology is king (no pun intended).

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Reply 21 - Posted by: OperaBuff, 4/23/2013 9:57:21 AM     (No. 9292119)

I don´t click on NYT links. Not here, not anywhere.

This article and others like it is precisely how the dying NYT keeps drawing people in, thinking they will somehow, finally, get fair news reporting from them. But, like Lucy holding the football for Charlie Brown, the reader is left flat on his back, tricked again.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 4/23/2013 10:26:35 AM     (No. 9292198)

Being subjected to CNN is the worst thing about going to the dentist.



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Reply 23 - Posted by: berlin, 4/23/2013 10:51:12 AM     (No. 9292258)

CNN was eliminated from my channel line-up on all TV’s and DVR after that lesbian female simulated kissing Cooper’s crotch on New Year’s Eve.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: capt scurvey, 4/23/2013 12:09:35 PM     (No. 9292411)

Equal parts of ideology, ego and greed...

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Reply 25 - Posted by: Philipsonh, 4/23/2013 12:35:50 PM     (No. 9292475)

I agree with one comment made here.There simply is not enough material to fill a news station 24/7, and the coverage of the Boston situation was massively repetitive. We finally turned it off because we had heard the same information so many times that we lost track of which day it was. They cannot just report news when it is news, they just keep repeating
themselves as if every single thing that happened was " late breaking " and critical.
It was not.


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Reply 26 - Posted by: janjan, 4/23/2013 12:40:51 PM     (No. 9292485)

I can´t really comment on CNN´s coverage of anything since I quit watching them when they became the Clinton News Network. I do agree with #7 that cable news in general during a ´crisis´ event gets pretty thin. First they show the video of the event - over and over and over. Then they trot out the ´experts´ and whichever politicians are hanging around begging for camera time. Then they repeat it all.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: Layne´s Soapbox, 4/23/2013 12:48:25 PM     (No. 9292506)

Wait, cnn is still in business?! /s
This is why I read the news, I can scan headlines, read what I want, and move on. I can´t believe people still watch the news.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: GreatPlains, 4/23/2013 1:04:46 PM     (No. 9292545)

It wasn´t just CNN, none of the stations covered themselves in glory.
The women were just awful-except for Catherine Herridge at FOX.
Herridge was succinct and professional
without the typical florid ,
over the top emotional descriptions so many ,
both male and female , felt the need to display.
On Friday , Mark Fuhrman calmly told Meghan Kelly
that the wanted suspect " may " have been injured
in the firefight the night before.
Kelly then shouts " So, he could be dead !! "
It went on like that , Fuhrman saying one thing and Kelly hearing something else.
He had to rein her in a few times.
Susan Candiotti told Blizter in the afternoon that " the streets were so quiet , it was like a bomb had gone off ."
She later described the boat in the backyard as being in " dry dock".
Diane Sawyer seems confused and her Happy Birthday,
Mr President style delivery is approaching parody level.
Cuomo at CNN, O´Reilly, Geraldo and Brian Williams were hysterical and gushy and over wrought.
It was all about them.
Griff, Tobin and the other men at FOX doing reporting at the scene during the chaos were excellent.
I thought Anderson Cooper was pretty decent a lot of the time.
If CNN backed away from making everything political , they might be a decent news station.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: Brittany, 4/23/2013 1:21:48 PM     (No. 9292590)

As I mentioned the other day, Mr. Carr missed the worst: Shep Smith had taken over coverage and Fox had a camera and reporter right there on Franklin St. when the action started on the last night. They were shifting from Shep-noting the police taking off from his station, split screening, and picking up the local Fox. It was exciting and informative. Meanwhile, CNN started out still at a Doctor presser and then went a journalist who loudly claime she didn´t know what was happening, they had no camera feed and I never went back.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: Illinois Resident, 4/23/2013 1:23:21 PM     (No. 9292595)

Anything obama says, anything AP reports, anything CBS national news (the absolute worst), and CNN reports are Noncredible. What they truly are is incredibly wrong.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: montanabound, 4/23/2013 2:04:59 PM     (No. 9292685)

During the capture, I was listening to Mark Levin, who had a producer listening to the Boston police scanner. At one point, a cop on the scanner yelled "Get those damned reporters off the roof!" I´m sure that was never reported anywhere else. Mark beat Fox by a few minutes in reporting the capture, and I got the bonus of his priceless commentary.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: polarbear2, 4/23/2013 3:15:05 PM     (No. 9292815)

Paraphrasing´ News breaks instinctively turn to CNN........ROFLMAO

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Reply 33 - Posted by: SoCalGal, 4/23/2013 5:03:25 PM     (No. 9293011)

Re #28, so you noticed too? Could not believe how over the edge Megyn Kelly was - and Mark Fuhrman´s having to keep reeling her back in, attempting to calm her. She has been very "out there" for a while now. Pregnancy? Or?

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Reply 34 - Posted by: Jubilationtcornpone, 4/23/2013 5:36:22 PM     (No. 9293058)

I watched the same thing in disbelief, #3. You would have thought CNN´s producers would have been monitoring Fox or any other news channel. A good 20 to 30 minutes went by before CNN realized the shooter had been cornered in the boat and there had been an exchange of gunfire along with the all the flash bangs going off. Anderson Cooper looked like he was reporting from the rear (no pun intended) rather than the front lines.

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Reply 35 - Posted by: Dodge Boy, 4/23/2013 7:33:30 PM     (No. 9293215)

I´m with you, #9.

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Megyn Kelly’s "Kelly File" is a great news show. She’s incisive, informed and customarily handles the toughest guest with aplomb. But her lengthy interview of Facebook C.O.O. Sheryl Sandberg about her second book in the Lean In series Lean In: For Graduates was a head shaker. Amazing that she of all people allowed Sandberg to restring the same old, same old, shamed, and shopworn feminist myths about women and girls and then jangle it in front of her viewing audience like something new out of the box. Indeed Kelly all but genuflected in front of this woman. Kept her on thru

Obama taps gay bishop to wrap Easter
Prayer Breakfast with invocation

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Washington Times, by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
Posted By: jackson- 4/15/2014 9:25:28 AM     Post Reply
When President Obama needed a preacher to fulfill the closing prayer duties at the annual White House Easter Prayer Breakfast, he turned to none other than the Episcopal Church’s first openly gay bishop — who said he was as shocked as anyone at the appointment. The Right Rev. Gene Robinson said in a tweet, accompanied by a photo of Mr. Obama behind a podium at the event: “POTUS ‘preaches’ at the Easter prayer breakfast. Then, out of the blue, asks ME to close with prayer. OMG!” Newsmax said he also emphasized that the words he chose to close the breakfast

Obama Selects First Openly Gay
Episcopal Bishop to Lead Easter Prayer

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Mediaite, by Andrew Kirell    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/14/2014 12:46:05 PM     Post Reply
President Obama pulled a surprise move Monday at the White House’s Easter Prayer Breakfast when he selected Gene Robinson to lead the closing prayer. Robinson is famously known as the first openly gay Episcopal bishop. Talking Points Memo’s Tom Kludt spotted the following tweet from Robinson, who was in attendance: (Tweet) Robinson, 66, became diocesan bishop of New Hampshire in March 2004. He retired in January 2013 and is currently a senior fellow at the progressive

Developing: Russian fighter jet buzzes
U.S. Navy destroyer in Black Sea

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Associated Press, by Lolita C. Baldor    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/14/2014 12:49:12 PM     Post Reply
A Russian fighter jet made multiple, close-range passes near an American warship in the Black Sea for more than 90 minutes Saturday amid escalating tensions in the region, a U.S. military official said Monday. In the first public account of the incident, the official said the Russian Fencer flew within 1,000 yards of the USS Donald Cook, a Navy destroyer, at about 500 feet above sea level. Ship commanders considered the actions provocative and inconsistent with international agreements, prompting the ship to issue several radio queries and warnings. The fighter appeared to be unarmed and never was in danger of


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