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realFedUp Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 10:53 AM
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Barnum & Bailey & CNN

amen.

Barnum & Bailey & CNN
Tim Rutten, LA Times columnist
November 17, 2008

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/la-et-rutten17nov1...

If you're one of those dutiful souls who felt that the responsible exercise of citizenship required you to watch Thursday's debate among the Democratic candidates on CNN, you probably came away feeling as if you'd spent a couple of hours locked in the embrace of a time share salesman.

We're not talking about the candidates here, but about the shamelessly high-pressure pitch machine that has replaced the Cable News Network's once smart and reliable campaign coverage. Was there ever a better backdrop than Las Vegas for the traveling wreck of a journalistic carnival that CNN's political journalism has become? And can there now be any doubt that, in his last life, Wolf Blitzer had a booth on the midway, barking for the bearded lady and the dog-faced boy?

It all would be darkly comedic if CNN's descent into hyperbole and histrionics simply represented a miscalculation in reportorial style, but it signals something else -- the network's attempt to position itself ideologically, the way Fox and MSNBC already have done. In fact, we now have a situation in which the three all-news cable networks each have aligned themselves with a point on the political compass: Fox went first and consciously became the Republican network; MSNBC, which would have sold its soul to the devil for six ratings points, instead found a less-demanding buyer in the Democrats. Now, CNN has decided to reinvent itself as the independent, populist network cursing both sides of the conventional political aisle -- along with immigrants and free trade, of course.

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monmouth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 10:58 AM
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1. Beautifully stated, and boy do I miss Ted Turner....sigh....
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Mnemosyne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 11:47 AM
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2. CNN AND PSYOPS
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realFedUp Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 11:51 AM
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3. I miss the League of Women Voters moderating debates
how old fashioned a thought but they certainly asked substantive and
non-gotcha questions, unlike the 3 ring circus that passes for debates
these days.

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