Kudos to CNN’s Anderson Cooper for keeping blabbermouth Debbie Wasserman Schultz honest. She sure looks nervous during parts of this grilling!
Again, CNN surprisingly tells it like it is. It is nice to see CNN showing at least a little bit more independence from the rest of the liberal mainstream media. I just hope that we all can agree, regardless of our politics, that dishonest attacks like this one against Romney have no place in our political discourse.
It’s nice to see the mainstream media call Obama out for the pathological liar he is.
After more than a year of declining ratings and being pummeled by its competition, CNN finally received some good news this week when the latest EMS Africa survey, which tracks viewership across seven African nations, revealed that CNN, especially CNN International, is the top news brand on the continent. And they did so by beating its English-language competitors BBC World News and Al Jazeera English by a wide margin.
The EMS Africa survey tracks viewership in South Africa, Nigeria, Morocco, Kenya, Cameroon, Ghana and Uganda, and then only the wealthiest residents, as they are the people most likely to have cable or satellite television.
Tony Maddox, Executive Vice President of CNN International, was obviously delighted at the results.
To reach almost a third of EMS respondents every day, far eclipsing all our rivals, is an achievement we’re proud of. For CNN to grow its audience in an increasingly crowded marketplace puts a tangible marker of appreciation on our journalism. The reach of our brand in Africa has never been stronger and we thank our viewers for their loyalty.
Read More at Accuracy in Media. by Don Irvine.
Once again CNN is cheerleading the fight for gay rights, this time within the Boy Scouts. An effusive Starting Point panel welcomed gay activist Zach Wahls on Wednesday and celebrated his cause of pushing the Boy Scouts towards acceptance of openly-gay scouts and leaders.
Wahls is no stranger to CNN, as back in May he was lauded as a “very powerful” activist during a soft interview. On Wednesday, the CNN panel oozed admiration for him. “I’m a big fan. I’ve followed you for a little while,” Starting Point regular Margaret Hoover told him. “You’re a wonderful spokesman for the effort for equality.”
“He’s done great work, Zach Wahls,” raved gay rights advocate and Democratic strategist Richard Socarides, who was simply announced by CNN as a writer for NewYorker.com. Anchor Soleded O’Brien agreed with him that “Yeah, he [Wahls] certainly has.”
Read More at Media Research Center. By Matt Hadro.
It’s nice to see a network such as CNN absolutely destroy Obama’s repeated claims that his administration is the “most transparent” in history. Now if only MSNBC would do something similar…
An interesting video detailing Rush’s recent explanation to his viewers on how he would improve CNN’s ratings.
Anderson Cooper totally smacks down the Executive Director of Moveon.org. It is nice to see CNN criticizing these liberal activists instead of repeating their talking points. I hope they do this more often.
CNN, which had been making some strides at unseating MSNBC as the number two cable news network, took a giant step backward in April with its lowest rated daytime ratings in the A25-54 demo in over a decade. In addition, compared to last year, the network is down 21% in total viewers and 29% in the A25-54 demo, while Fox News was up and MSNBC was down slightly in the demo.
The news was almost as bad in primetime, with CNN suffering its lowest rated month since August 2010 in total viewers and the demo. That made it CNN”s sixth worst primetime ratings ever in total viewers, as it shed 16% in that category and 22% in the A25-54 demo compared to last year. Fox News was flat in total viewers and MSNBC was down slightly, while both lost 9% in the demo, underscoring the steep decline of CNN.
On top of that, every single hour of CNN primetime was down by double digits compared to last year except for AC360 at 8 p.m., which was down “just” 8%.
CNN, which benefited in 2011 from major news events like the tsunami in Japan and the Arab Spring, has suffered from a lack of those types of events this year, but the steep drop-off can’t be explained away solely by the dearth of major news events.
Until now, CNN executive vice president Ken Jautz thought he had been making progress in reviving the network, even beating MSNBC in the ratings a couple of times. But the latest report has CNN largely back to where it was when Jautz was hired in September 2010.
Read More at Accuracy in Media. By Don Irvine.
CNN’s Wolf Blitzer once again aired Obama campaign propaganda by playing a clip of Bill Clinton praising the President, from an Obama campaign film to be released soon. Last Thursday Blitzer had aired two whole minutes of footage from the film’s trailer, and he referred back to the film on Monday afternoon’s The Situation Room.
Blitzer asked if Clinton stumping for Obama in swing states wouldn’t “dramatically” aid the President. Of course, what also wouldn’t hurt the President is the free advertising he receives by CNN airing his re-election message.
The CNN host thought that former President Clinton would pick up support from certain swing states, some of which would fall under the blue-collar category. Clinton’s net worth, global travels, and lucrative speaking engagements might challenge the assumption of many that he is very much in touch with residents of states like Ohio and Michigan.
Blitzer hailed the campaign film as “very slick” and noted the “nice clip” of Clinton praising Obama.
“I think it’s fair, David – and I think you’ll agree – that if Bill Clinton is actively out there campaigning on a day-to-day basis, or several times a week, in Ohio, in Pennsylvania, in Michigan and Florida – a lot of these battleground states – that will dramatically help the President,” Blitzer mused to faux-conservative David Frum, who agreed with him.
Read More at Media Research Center By Matt Hadro, Media Research Center