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Whither CNN?

Last night, I got to see the video of Glenn Reynolds taking CNN to task to their faces, and it got me thinking.

1) CNN has refused to run the Mohammed cartoons, out of "respect" for Islamic sensitivities. This "respect" is not only depriving their viewers of the chance to exercise their own judgment on whether or not the cartoons are so patently offensive, but actually aiding and abetting the fomenters of the riots -- the most offensive of the cartoons being waved around were not only never published by the newspaper, but were most likely fabricated by the Imams who triggered the riots.

2) CNN has willingly admitted that during the 1990's, they willingly suppressed stories and information about Saddam Hussein's regime in Iraq out of fears of losing their "access." They chose to censor themselves and deprive their viewers of facts and stories for the purpose of coddling favor with a brutal, genocidal tyrant.

At what point do we decide that a media outlet like CNN, which can easily be swayed to kill stories by threats (explicit or implicit) of violent retaliation, has outlived its usefulness? At what point can it be argued that they have forfeited their First Amendment rights by failing to exercise them?

On the latter, it's easy. They never do. Rights left unexercised do not go away. CNN will, to its dying day, have those rights.

But at some point, we should look at them and decide whether or not they are a journalistic institution that deserves official recognition, official creditation, and access to events that other, braver, more honest, more worthy journalistic institutions are granted. Because it seems to me that CNN has taken the good will it may have earned in its first couple of decades and flushed it right down the crapper.

All in the name of "sensitivity" and "respect" and "access."


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The question is "Who is CNN... (Below threshold)
Rodney A Stanton:

The question is "Who is CNN respectful of and to whom are they sensative?" Jews and Christians are not going to be part of the answer.

"CNN" and "crapper" in the ... (Below threshold)
Eneils Bailey:

"CNN" and "crapper" in the same sentence really says it all. I think some viewers have decided CNN is no longer a trustworthy journalistic institution. They will always have a certain segment of staunch supporters and believers, the rest of us have voted with our remotes.

Apparently, television view... (Below threshold)

Apparently, television viewers already think CNN is outgrowing its usefulness. Its ratings have been falling through the floor.

If blogs have overtaken MSM... (Below threshold)

If blogs have overtaken MSM, why is Glenn on CNN?

Because CNN is trying to us... (Below threshold)
Bryce:

Because CNN is trying to use Glenn Reynolds to show its relevance? Note that CNN must believe him to be, at the least, a person of some expertise to have him on the show.

Frankly, I am glad Glen was... (Below threshold)
JAT:

Frankly, I am glad Glen was on CNN. What Glen said needs to be heard by the few that watch that channel. Glen echoed what I think a lot of people are saying. 1) Everyone needs to see these cartoons to make their own decision; and 2) We, as free people, can and will say, do, write or draw what we like.

I am free to choose not to be assimilated into any culture or religion that I find not to my liking. And I find Islam offensive.

We need to preserve our freedom.

For the benefit of your you... (Below threshold)
robert:

For the benefit of your younger readers, CNN was a 24-hour cable news channel that once owned the segment. While ratings may no longer be directly measurable, it is thought that CNN continues to broadcast.

As evidence, some say that CNN can sometimes be seen playing on TVs in the coffee rooms of older hotels in rundown parts of town.

For students and researchers, select CNN programs such as:

(1) The Challenger disaster, and how it was caused by Reagan.
(2) The homeless, and how they were caused by Reagan.
(3) The Great Chicago Fire, and how it was caused by Reagan.

Can be found at the Library of Congress.

Can somebody explain why it... (Below threshold)
crazy:

Can somebody explain why it's OK for the Muslim press and Islamic protestors to show these offensive images in order to inform their viewers and followers what it is they should be so upset about??

If they're really so upset about these blasphemous and graven images where did they see them and why do they keep showing them?

CNN? CNN? Who watches CNN ... (Below threshold)
jocrazy0:

CNN? CNN? Who watches CNN anymore? A pitiful shell of their former selves they have decended into that "crazy old aunt" category, embarrasingly acknowleged to exist, but ignored as irrelevant (add CBS and NBC here also). They have one use, to provide the antithesis, the bad example held up for your children's enlightenement.

I wonder is AJ network is h... (Below threshold)
epador:

I wonder is AJ network is holding back on all those offensive videos of folks burning American flags and beheading hostages in an attempt to show some respect to America?

When that happens, perhaps we should think about the cartoon madness. Until then, publish on, and continue to ignore the crappy news nulls.




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