Saturday, March 26, 2005

CNN Sucks And They Lie

Since I'm tired of this politicized, personal story (when there are real stories being ignored like this, this and this) I'm throwing up a mostly "cut-and-paste" story that touches upon it. But I haven't seen anyone else take note of the New York Post article that I quote from at the end of this post, and I didn't want it to go unnoticed.

Nicole Casta at Media Matters: "In coverage of the Terri Schiavo case, CNN host Daryn Kagan and senior analyst Jeff Greenfield made sweeping assertions about public opinion of the case that are undermined by polling data." Media Matters includes links to a CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll, a CBS News poll, and an ABC News poll which show that most Americans support the multiple court decisions (apologies to any right leaning readers who are unused to seeing the word court without being preceded by the word activist and the word media without being preceded by the word liberal, but to counter the bias I'll refrain from preceding the word Republicans with the words lying, fuckhead since, thankfully, some aren't).

Media Matters (re: a CBS News poll taken March 21-22): "Asked if Congress and the president should intervene in the Schiavo case, 82 percent said no; 13 percent said yes."

Atrios at Eschaton blogged about CNN's suckitude, too: "CNN has completely ignored the story about the "possible showdown" between local police and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement...The unwillingness of the media to confront this story, which is the logical conclusion of having Jeb Bush try to substitute his authority for that of a judge, a storyline that the media have been desperately pushing all week, is to me an unwillingness of them to confront their own role in encouraging this."

Don Kaplan wrote an article for the Fox-owned New York Post (in the "entertainment" section) entitled "Right-to-die case has it all" (interesting title considering the cover of The New York Post carried the headline "Terri's Doomed"), which included a few quotes from CNN's president - Jon Klein: "Klein says that public interest in the story took off last weekend when Congress held an emergency session to try and intervene in the case. The involvement of the Supreme Court, the president and Congress "really caught everybody's attention," he says. "It showed the extraordinary lengths that important people would go in order to wrestle with this issue," says Klein."

DC Media Girl on CNN's Jon Klein: "Over the past few months, we’ve all read an interminable number of articles which outline CNN chief Jon Klein’s grand plan for CNN. He blathers on quite a bit about "storytelling" and other such nonsense, but you and I both know that when push comes to shove, he’s really only talking about one thing: Beating Fox."

Earth to Jon Klein. It's the "extraordinary lengths that important people would go" part of the story that's probably helped bump your ratings. This kind of shit scares many of us. And you scare us, too. Why don't you spend some more time reading the polls and hearing the concern of your viewers, and less time sucking up to the lying fuckhead Republicans that have taken over our country (through tricky use of the courts in 2000) along with our media (whoops...couldn't help it).


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