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DTEJD1997

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What happened to CNN?
« on: January 03, 2019, 08:01:57 AM »
Hey all:

I don't have a TV.

I don't typically watch TV.

HOWEVER, last night (Weds 1/2/19) I  was in an environment where there was a TV tuned to CNN News in the USA.

I was there for approximately 4 hours.

Almost 100% of the coverage/programming was dedicated to Donald Trump OR stories in which he figured prominently (i.e. government shutdown).

I've never seen anything like it.  When I say close to 100% of their coverage, I am not exaggerating.

NO news or mention of anything going on in Britain/Canada/Europe...nothing to speak of in Africa/Asia.  Nothing of science/technology...nothing of business and the economy (except how it worked out with Trumpian politics).

CNN should change their name to something like TNN (Trump News Network).

Of the coverage they had of President Trump, I never saw anything positive, and very little "neutral" pieces.

Put aside whether you like/dislike President Trump, why would your network be devoted to him 100% of the time?

Should Trump be in the news?  Of course!  He should should probably even be prominently featured, but not 100%  Not even 50%.

I watch the news to see what is going on in the country and the world...not to be obsessed with Trump.

I think CNN is going to damage their brand in the long term.


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Re: What happened to CNN?
« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2019, 08:09:21 AM »
Hey all:

I don't have a TV.

I don't typically watch TV.

HOWEVER, last night (Weds 1/2/19) I  was in an environment where there was a TV tuned to CNN News in the USA.

I was there for approximately 4 hours.

Almost 100% of the coverage/programming was dedicated to Donald Trump OR stories in which he figured prominently (i.e. government shutdown).

I've never seen anything like it.  When I say close to 100% of their coverage, I am not exaggerating.

NO news or mention of anything going on in Britain/Canada/Europe...nothing to speak of in Africa/Asia.  Nothing of science/technology...nothing of business and the economy (except how it worked out with Trumpian politics).

CNN should change their name to something like TNN (Trump News Network).

Of the coverage they had of President Trump, I never saw anything positive, and very little "neutral" pieces.

Put aside whether you like/dislike President Trump, why would your network be devoted to him 100% of the time?

Should Trump be in the news?  Of course!  He should should probably even be prominently featured, but not 100%  Not even 50%.

I watch the news to see what is going on in the country and the world...not to be obsessed with Trump.

I think CNN is going to damage their brand in the long term.

CNN only cares about eyeballs. The media loves Trump, and gives him a lot of free publicity. So everyone talks about him, which leads to more publicity, including pieces on the news where they agonize over whether they are giving Trump too much free publicity. Trump gets eyeballs.

And that is the name of the game in "news" is selling eyeballs. CNN knows that if they can get people (of all political stripes) all riled up by the TV, they can make a lot of money.

This reminds me of Howard Stern's movie "Private Parts." There is a line that illustrates how this works. The station manager is reading the latest A.C. Nielsen ratings and says:

"50% of listeners LOVE Howard Stern and listen for an average of 1.5 hours. Reason given? They want to hear what he'll say next!"

"50% of listeners HATE Howard Stern and listen for an average of 2.5 hours. Reason given? They want to hear what he'll say next!"

The point is, it doesn't matter whether you hate Trump or you love Trump, they know you will watch or click on articles that talk about him.

I dont understand why people watch TV. It's all garbage.
« Last Edit: January 03, 2019, 08:15:52 AM by 50centdollars »
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Re: What happened to CNN?
« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2019, 09:47:33 AM »
Everyday, Fox News has multiple articles on AOC and 'socialist Dems'. It's the same concept. It was reversed during Obama. Nothing happened to CNN or Fox News. People are angry and refuse to consider what they can do instead of blaming anyone else first. News stations make a killing off this attitude.

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Re: What happened to CNN?
« Reply #3 on: January 03, 2019, 10:00:24 AM »
I stopped watching CNN and my life is better.

The news networks have successfully brought "Jerry Springer" into mundane news. Kudos to them.

I did a 10 day vipasanna meditation without access to news, internet, cell phone, TV etc and no talking to others. I found that life is much more peaceful and just moves on.

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Re: What happened to CNN?
« Reply #4 on: January 03, 2019, 12:49:40 PM »
Hey all:

I don't have a TV.

I don't typically watch TV.

HOWEVER, last night (Weds 1/2/19) I  was in an environment where there was a TV tuned to CNN News in the USA.

I was there for approximately 4 hours.

Almost 100% of the coverage/programming was dedicated to Donald Trump OR stories in which he figured prominently (i.e. government shutdown).

I've never seen anything like it.  When I say close to 100% of their coverage, I am not exaggerating.

NO news or mention of anything going on in Britain/Canada/Europe...nothing to speak of in Africa/Asia.  Nothing of science/technology...nothing of business and the economy (except how it worked out with Trumpian politics).

CNN should change their name to something like TNN (Trump News Network).

Of the coverage they had of President Trump, I never saw anything positive, and very little "neutral" pieces.

Put aside whether you like/dislike President Trump, why would your network be devoted to him 100% of the time?

Should Trump be in the news?  Of course!  He should should probably even be prominently featured, but not 100%  Not even 50%.

I watch the news to see what is going on in the country and the world...not to be obsessed with Trump.

I think CNN is going to damage their brand in the long term.

All the news stations and media outlets are doing the same thing...whether they support right wing or left wing ideologies...balanced reporting doesn't exist anymore.  The media is as divisive as the population!  Cheers!
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Re: What happened to CNN?
« Reply #5 on: January 03, 2019, 01:37:15 PM »
Hey all:

I don't have a TV.

I don't typically watch TV.

HOWEVER, last night (Weds 1/2/19) I  was in an environment where there was a TV tuned to CNN News in the USA.

I was there for approximately 4 hours.

Almost 100% of the coverage/programming was dedicated to Donald Trump OR stories in which he figured prominently (i.e. government shutdown).

I've never seen anything like it.  When I say close to 100% of their coverage, I am not exaggerating.

NO news or mention of anything going on in Britain/Canada/Europe...nothing to speak of in Africa/Asia.  Nothing of science/technology...nothing of business and the economy (except how it worked out with Trumpian politics).

CNN should change their name to something like TNN (Trump News Network).

Of the coverage they had of President Trump, I never saw anything positive, and very little "neutral" pieces.

Put aside whether you like/dislike President Trump, why would your network be devoted to him 100% of the time?

Should Trump be in the news?  Of course!  He should should probably even be prominently featured, but not 100%  Not even 50%.

I watch the news to see what is going on in the country and the world...not to be obsessed with Trump.

I think CNN is going to damage their brand in the long term.

All the news stations and media outlets are doing the same thing...whether they support right wing or left wing ideologies...balanced reporting doesn't exist anymore.  The media is as divisive as the population!  Cheers!

Balanced reporting never really existed, because it isn't possible.  What has changed is that they are more blatant about it.  Back in the 50s-80s they at least tried to pretend to be balanced. Sure you'd get a smirk here and an obviously biased way of explaining something there, and of course most of the bias came from what they chose not to say at all, but they at least made an effort to not be too ridiculous.   Now that is all out the window.  CNN/MSNBC/NBC/CBS/ABC/etc are all just blatant shills for the Democrats and Foxnews are exactly the same for the Republicans.  And they all focus on politics way too much.   The only thing that will get them to momentarily talk about something other than politics is a natural disaster or a mass murder.


EDIT: BTW I'm not sure which way is better.  Back in the day watching the news drove conservatives and libertarians absolutely crazy seeing all of the bias, where non-political people and liberals couldn't see it at all and denied that it existed.  Now it is out there for all to see.
« Last Edit: January 03, 2019, 01:46:34 PM by rkbabang »

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Re: What happened to CNN?
« Reply #6 on: January 03, 2019, 02:00:32 PM »
Hey all:

I don't have a TV.

I don't typically watch TV.

HOWEVER, last night (Weds 1/2/19) I  was in an environment where there was a TV tuned to CNN News in the USA.

I was there for approximately 4 hours.

Almost 100% of the coverage/programming was dedicated to Donald Trump OR stories in which he figured prominently (i.e. government shutdown).

I've never seen anything like it.  When I say close to 100% of their coverage, I am not exaggerating.

NO news or mention of anything going on in Britain/Canada/Europe...nothing to speak of in Africa/Asia.  Nothing of science/technology...nothing of business and the economy (except how it worked out with Trumpian politics).

I watch the news to see what is going on in the country and the world...not to be obsessed with Trump.

I think CNN is going to damage their brand in the long term.

All the news stations and media outlets are doing the same thing...whether they support right wing or left wing ideologies...balanced reporting doesn't exist anymore.  The media is as divisive as the population!  Cheers!

I get it that various news outlets are tilted towards right or left...That has been the case for a LONG time now, I get it.

What I don't get, and the point I was trying to make...was that on CNN President Trump (and things very closely associated with him) were drowning out EVERYTHING ELSE.  No news EXCEPT Trump.  No news on economy, various business interests, human interest stories (immigrant caravans & how bad TRUMP is for them).  No science, no health stuff, no news from outside of USA.

Even if I hated Trump, I probably would still want to see what is going on elsewhere.

No news OTHER than Trump related news on CNN!

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Re: What happened to CNN?
« Reply #7 on: January 03, 2019, 03:10:20 PM »
News in the US always has been very US centric and itís now worse than ever. itís almost as if the rest of the world doesnít exist. Thatís why I like to go to Spiegel.de or BBC.COM to Lear what is going on elsewhere. It pains to say it, but Al Jazeera beats most US news sources nowadays for foreign news and is probably less biased.

Trump is everywhere on TV, because he produces news and entertainment every day, reliable like clockwork. It does not matter if you like or hate him, people want to know what he is up to.
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Re: What happened to CNN?
« Reply #8 on: January 03, 2019, 03:15:20 PM »
Hey all:

I don't have a TV.

I don't typically watch TV.

HOWEVER, last night (Weds 1/2/19) I  was in an environment where there was a TV tuned to CNN News in the USA.

I was there for approximately 4 hours.

Almost 100% of the coverage/programming was dedicated to Donald Trump OR stories in which he figured prominently (i.e. government shutdown).

I've never seen anything like it.  When I say close to 100% of their coverage, I am not exaggerating.

NO news or mention of anything going on in Britain/Canada/Europe...nothing to speak of in Africa/Asia.  Nothing of science/technology...nothing of business and the economy (except how it worked out with Trumpian politics).

I watch the news to see what is going on in the country and the world...not to be obsessed with Trump.

I think CNN is going to damage their brand in the long term.

All the news stations and media outlets are doing the same thing...whether they support right wing or left wing ideologies...balanced reporting doesn't exist anymore.  The media is as divisive as the population!  Cheers!

I get it that various news outlets are tilted towards right or left...That has been the case for a LONG time now, I get it.

What I don't get, and the point I was trying to make...was that on CNN President Trump (and things very closely associated with him) were drowning out EVERYTHING ELSE.  No news EXCEPT Trump.  No news on economy, various business interests, human interest stories (immigrant caravans & how bad TRUMP is for them).  No science, no health stuff, no news from outside of USA.

Even if I hated Trump, I probably would still want to see what is going on elsewhere.

No news OTHER than Trump related news on CNN!

It's to get viewership up.  Look at SNL, Colbert, etc...nothing but Trump this, Trump that!  CNN is the same.  Fox does it for the same reason...to get Trump supporters viewing...everything is Trump!  And for Trump good press, bad press...it's all good!  Cheers!
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Re: What happened to CNN?
« Reply #9 on: January 03, 2019, 03:19:44 PM »
This is not that complicated. Jeff Zucker happened to CNN. You take an entertainment guy and put him in charge of a news network and poof! This is what you get.

It's interesting to note as well that it was Jeff Zucker who signed The Apprentice over at NBC. So I'd say that they may feel that they have experience creating Trump based entertainment.