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Sat Feb 16, 2013, 05:52 PM

Former CNN Producer: Network's Obsession With Fox Hurting Environmental Coverage

With former NBC chief Jeff Zucker now in charge at CNN, the network reportedly has big changes planned.

The overhaul presents an opportunity for CNN to reverse a decline in environmental coverage that one former top environmental producer at the network blames on an obsession with beating Fox News.

Peter Dykstra, who oversaw the CNN environmental beat from 1995 to 2008, recalled top CNN executives describing environmental stories as "elite issues or liberal issues" that would not draw a Fox News crowd.

"For the last 10 years, CNN has been battered by competition, primarily by Fox. They have incurred huge losses in ratings to Fox and like just about anyone in cable television, they have altered their programming far more in the direction of entertainment and amusement as opposed to information with redeeming value. That of course does not bode well for covering science," Dykstra said in a recent interview. "CNN has looked obsessively at how many viewers they've lost to Fox."

full: http://mediamatters.org/blog/2013/02/15/former-cnn-producer-networks-obsession-with-fox/192687

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Reply Former CNN Producer: Network's Obsession With Fox Hurting Environmental Coverage (Original post)
alp227 Feb 2013 OP
Laurian Feb 2013 #1
Mona Feb 2013 #3
underpants Feb 2013 #7
Andy823 Feb 2013 #2
goclark Feb 2013 #8
greymattermom Feb 2013 #4
cbrer Feb 2013 #5
davidpdx Feb 2013 #6

Response to alp227 (Original post)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 06:01 PM

1. CNN's pursuit of Fox viewers has been apparent

for some time. This has effected their coverage in general, not just the coverage of environmental issues. Strange that they choose to appeal to the least intellectually curious viewers.

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Response to Laurian (Reply #1)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 06:54 PM

3. I agree and

...and it was very clear when it first started to happen. I haven't watched much CNN since.

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Response to Laurian (Reply #1)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 08:46 PM

7. Fox News makes the most money - everyone follows them

WMD
Schiavo
Lynch
Tillman
ACORN
New Black Panther party


Noticing a trend? Anything Fox News creates becomes the news of the day.

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 06:09 PM

2. As some of the comments pointed out

It's pretty bad when CNN has to "dumb" down in order to try and steal the people who watch fox news! You would think a "real" news channel would want more that a bunch of radical over the edge crazies as their viewers. If fox news is the standard CNN wants to follow, then they have some serious problems with the "real reality".

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Response to Andy823 (Reply #2)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 05:07 PM

8. ditto ...watch msnbc

for most of my political news.

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 05:52 AM

4. what are the demographics?

I'll bet the age/income data from Fox vs. MSNBC are interesting. CNN must be looking at that. They're in Fulton County, after all.

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 10:53 AM

5. Has anyone bothered to compare news styles

 

With CNN World? The CNN I get overseas is miles better than the entertainment grade stuff they shovel out in the US. BBC World, Al Jazeerha, all give better news coverage than most US stations. There's got to be some useful relevance in there somewhere...

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Response to cbrer (Reply #5)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 06:50 PM

6. I have CNN International

Aside from the programs we get from the US, the international coverage is much better. We still have to put up with that asshats Wolf Blitzer, and the Erin what's her name. AC360 is on, but generally we don't get the 2nd hour. They show way too much sports coverage that I could care less about.

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