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March 23, 2013
I covered the Clinton administration for seven years. I don’t remember ever seen details of how much it costs to spend a night or two in Paris or London or any other place for that matter.
CNN anchor Wolf Blizter • Discussing his surprise at a recent report detailing the costs of Vice President Joe Biden’s recent trip to Europe. The price tag was hefty — in Paris, for example, he spent nearly $500,000 on a single-night hotel stay. According to the State Department, the costs are actually normal, largely because, for security reasons, the administration often has to book out full hotels for the vice president to stay in. While the costs struck Bush Administration officials as high, they said they understood why they might fly so sky-high. source
22:32 // 1 year ago
March 18, 2013

Study: Cable news heavily opinionated, but not the way you’d think

  • 55% of Fox News’ programming relies on opinion-based broadcasts, as opposed to factual reporting, according to the latest Pew Research State of the Media report.
  • 85% of MSNBC programming is opinionated, leaving CNN as the least-opinionated name in news with only 45%, according to the research and polling organization. source
14:23 // 1 year ago
January 29, 2013
James Carville and Mary Matalin are leaving CNN. (So is Erick Erickson, who is likely moving to Fox News.) Here’s a photo of the ideologically-opposed couple in an era where a “Mad About You”-style NBC sitcom was probably an option for them.

James Carville and Mary Matalin are leaving CNN(So is Erick Erickson, who is likely moving to Fox News.) Here’s a photo of the ideologically-opposed couple in an era where a “Mad About You”-style NBC sitcom was probably an option for them.

11:49 // 1 year ago
January 18, 2013

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The Daily Show investigates investigative reporters

Holy shit. This is the most biting and scathing thing I’ve seen in some time. Wow. Everyone in a journalism school needs to see this. The news industry is awful. This is depressing. Watch this.

Spot-on satire. Too spot-on, unfortunately.

19:36 // 1 year ago
January 8, 2013

Looks like Piers Morgan found found a voice louder than his: Morgan had Alex Jones on his show because Jones was one of the loonies behind that petition to get Piers deported for using his First Amendment rights to criticize the Second Amendment. (The White House responded last night, by the way.) Say what you will about Alex Jones, but I would watch this every single night, CNN, just because it’s so craaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaazy. How crazy? Well, at the airport, he wouldn’t take his shoes off.

9:06 // 1 year ago
December 20, 2012
Congratulations are in order for one Mr. Jake Tapper, former senior White House Correspondent for ABC News, who was just hired as the newest anchor and Chief Washington Correspondent for CNN. There’s no mention of the show that Tapper will presumably helm, but CNN did say the network “[looks] forward to developing a program that takes advantage of all of his strengths, his passion and his knowledge of national issues and events.” (Photo via ABC News) source

Congratulations are in order for one Mr. Jake Tapper, former senior White House Correspondent for ABC News, who was just hired as the newest anchor and Chief Washington Correspondent for CNN. There’s no mention of the show that Tapper will presumably helm, but CNN did say the network “[looks] forward to developing a program that takes advantage of all of his strengths, his passion and his knowledge of national issues and events.” (Photo via ABC News) source

17:06 // 1 year ago
November 29, 2012
CNN is proud of being nonpartisan, and makes a point that it doesn’t take sides like Fox or MSNBC. Problem is, you can’t define a strong network just by what it isn’t. And too often that’s been CNN’s approach: it still has great reach and strong reporting when it matters. But day to day it seems too driven by being the network that doesn’t bother anyone. There’s too much smileyness in its daytime programming, too much reflexive blandness on shows like Wolf Blitzer’s The Situation Room. CNN’s nonverbal message, too often, is “please don’t get mad at us.”
CNN Picks a New Boss: Will It Be Saved, or Has it Been Zuckered? | TIME.com (via markcoatney)

CNN spent seemingly hours focusing on the fact that Romney and Obama had lunch together today. Meanwhile, who cares. I can go to lunch with anyone any day of the week, but I don’t expect the a 24-hour hard news network to report on it like it’s worth spending any of my time on. That’s CNN’s problem in a nutshell. 

Here’s Jeff Zucker’s problem in a nutshell: His biggest success as a network exec is running a show which was obsessed with topics like this one. Basically, a network obsessed with fluff just hired a human being obsessed with fluff and expects things to change. With Jeff Zucker at the helm, CNN is now like eating a stale marshmallow burrito with a tortilla shell made of hardened, worn, week-old marshmallows. Nobody wants that.

(via markcoatney)

15:01 // 1 year ago
November 27, 2012
19:59 // 1 year ago
November 19, 2012

Here’s Wolf Blitzer and his camera crew running for their lives after an air raid siren went off in the Israeli city of Ashkelon — which has been a target of rocket fire — earlier today. “The sirens went off minutes after we arrived. The camera was hanging around my neck,” wrote CNN staffer Linda Roth, who says that a more professional version of this clip will air on “The Situation Room” later today. Anderson Cooper had a similar situation over the weekend. (ht HyperVocal)

13:57 // 1 year ago
October 24, 2012

Well, duh: CNN decides story about women’s hormones affecting voting was a bad idea

  • cause CNN had a story online discussing how women’s hormones affected the way they voted. The lede was a total, uh, winner. "While the campaigns eagerly pursue female voters, there’s something that may raise the chances for both presidential candidates that’s totally out of their control: women’s ovulation cycles." Ouch.
  • retraction Hours after the story provoked controversy, CNN took it down, replacing it with this statement: "A post previously published in this space regarding a study about how hormones may influence voting choices has been removed. After further review it was determined that some elements of the story did not meet the editorial standards of CNN. We thank you for your comments and feedback." The original story is still online other places.
21:16 // 1 year ago