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Friendly Advice to CNN -- Change Everything
Cenk Uygur - HuffPo
Posted: 05/ 2/2012 11:17 am

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CNN just had their lowest ratings in a decade. They are in disastrous shape. When I was on MSNBC, we would beat them with a stick. Even after "pro-CNN" stories like revolutions in Egypt and Libya, Japanese nuclear meltdowns and the killing of Osama bin Laden (CNN does much better when major news or international stories break out), we still beat them. Now they're doing so poorly I might even catch them on Current.

We started at almost nothing on Current, but we have been steadily improving our numbers. Why are we getting traction? Because people want an alternative -- the real news. So, I should just stay quiet and let CNN drive off that cliff. By the way, when I catch Erin Burnett -- which is not that far off because I'm beginning to see her in the distance in the demos -- everyone will know it. Who knows, that might be the event that precipitates CNN re-thinking their entire model. Imagine if a network that started at nearly nothing catches CNN within a year.

But I am not going to wait until then to give them some friendly advice. I know they won't perceive it that way, but I am actually trying to help them. So here it is -- for the love of God, stop doing "he said, she said" crap that doesn't actually deliver the news to anyone. Democrats said this and Republicans said that -- who cares? What is the reality?! Your job is supposed to be to bring us facts, not what official spokespeople told you in their press releases and talking points.

The problem is that CNN doesn't have the courage to do this. They're afraid it might offend some folks if you tell the American people reality. I want to be clear; I'm not saying they should give us opinion. There's plenty of that in other parts of cable, including my show. They're never going to out-opinion me. But if Mitt Romney says his proposal balances the budget, well, why don't you crunch the numbers and tell us whether that's true or not? Of course the reality is that it creates trillions of dollars in deficits just so that the rich can have more tax cuts. But CNN would consider reporting those facts as being biased.

If the Giants play the Cowboys and beat them silly, it is not biased to report that they won. You don't have a pro-Giants bias if you report the score. I'm a progressive but I have no interest in CNN skewing issues in favor of Democrats. By all means, call them out just as aggressively. The Democratic Party takes huge amounts of cash from corporations and unions to vote a certain way. My God, CNN doesn't even cover the role of money in politics. They take politicians at their word. Are you kidding? It seems like the people who work at CNN are the last people in the country who actually trust our politicians. Congressional approval ratings were recently at 11 percent. How well do you think you're going to do on television if you're sucking up to those guys?


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More: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/cenk-uygur/cnn-ratings_b_1470680.html?ref=media




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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Thu May 3, 2012, 10:12 PM

1. Back in the days when you were knee-high to a grasshopper, Cenk

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News stations actually employed people do things like editing and fact checking and researching. But nowadays, corporations and advertisers are the real editors-in-chief!


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Response to rocktivity (Reply #1)

Fri May 4, 2012, 12:59 AM

7. And that's the way it is ... in the news for profit business

Your post is spot on.

And...

Kudos to Cenk for that excellent rant!

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Thu May 3, 2012, 10:12 PM

2. Bing, bing, bing! Gotta love Cenk! Call them out.

I'll also give this thread a

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Thu May 3, 2012, 10:16 PM

3. According to Anderson Cooper, the "Republican war on women" is nothing more than a myth,

as discussed on his "Keeping them honest" segment on tonight's show!

K&R.

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Response to bullwinkle428 (Reply #3)

Fri May 4, 2012, 11:25 AM

10. Anyone have a link to that video of Cooper? n/t

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Thu May 3, 2012, 10:21 PM

4. That would be something if a news channel actually did some journalism and research into the news.

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Response to jp11 (Reply #4)

Sun May 6, 2012, 06:41 PM

14. +1

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Thu May 3, 2012, 11:20 PM

5. You realize, of course...

...they will take this as a challenge from the Librul Meeedia and hire James O'Keefe as a crack undercover reporter, right?

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Response to MedfordTim (Reply #5)

Fri May 4, 2012, 01:53 PM

11. Shocking that Fox hasn't already hired him. n/t

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Thu May 3, 2012, 11:59 PM

6. I used to watch CNN several years ago,

but eventually I got sick of how they don't call the RW out on more of the messed up things they do. All of their shows are also boring as hell, and they seem to try creating false equivalencies between the left and the right.
Now I get my nat'l news from MSNBC, Current, Stewart, and Colbert.

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Response to Jamaal510 (Reply #6)

Fri May 4, 2012, 05:54 PM

12. Did you see Wolf Blitzer scolding Hilary Rosen?

That was pathetic.

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Response to ihavenobias (Reply #12)

Fri May 4, 2012, 07:06 PM

13. She was forced to apologize for telling the truth.

Ann really does live on easy street, compared to the majority of the women in this country. Hilary could've worded it a bit differently, but her premise was 100% accurate.

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Fri May 4, 2012, 01:52 AM

8. Cenk nails it again.

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Fri May 4, 2012, 06:08 AM

9. Thats because there trying there darnest to get that FIXED NEWS crowd

And I'm guessing a lot of there lost is from Progressives.

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