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CNN Perplexed by Calm U.S. Public
FreeMarketProject.org ^ | March 20, 2006 | Ken Shepherd

Posted on 03/20/2006 12:02:47 PM PST by freemarket_kenshepherd

“We’ve fanned the flames of fear about this stuff,” said CNN’s Jack Cafferty on March 18. He was talking about bird flu, and his admission just confirmed the Free Market Project’s ongoing analysis of media coverage.

The “In the Money” co-host’s comments came as the show’s panel looked at “Stock of the Week” Tyson Foods (NYSE: TSN), which has seen a 20-percent loss in value recently from overseas bird flu scares. Co-host Jennifer Westhoven marveled at the American public’s apparent nonchalance about the H5N1 avian flu virus.

“I’m amazed that Americans at this point are really fairly unconcerned” about bird flu and mad cow disease, the Bryn Mawr alumna confessed, noting that a drop in foreign sales of Tyson chicken has depressed company stock.

While the National Chicken Council stresses that American poultry is safe to eat, the CNN anchors failed to remind viewers of that fact. Guest panelist Allen Wastler urged investors to wait until Tyson stock “pounds down a little bit more” before snatching up cheaper shares, “because people always eat meat.”

(Excerpt) Read more at freemarketproject.org ...


TOPICS: Health/Medicine
KEYWORDS: birdflu; chicken; hype; media; poultry; stocks
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1 posted on 03/20/2006 12:02:50 PM PST by freemarket_kenshepherd
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To: freemarket_kenshepherd

Could it be that no one watches CNN anymore?


2 posted on 03/20/2006 12:05:01 PM PST by austinaero
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To: freemarket_kenshepherd

Live right, eat healthy, exercise, don't smoke, don't drink, die anyway. Something has to kill you. Who cares.


3 posted on 03/20/2006 12:05:06 PM PST by TXBSAFH (Proud Dad of Twins, What Does Not Kill You Makes You Stronger!!!!!!)
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To: freemarket_kenshepherd

Is the C-word network still on the air???


4 posted on 03/20/2006 12:05:49 PM PST by Andy from Beaverton (I only vote Republican to stop the Democrats)
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To: freemarket_kenshepherd

First of all CNN is full of guano.

Second, every year we are inundated with doom-and-gloom predictions about the next 'killer' epidemic which never happens.

Third, if this IS a killer pandemic, what good will worrying do?


5 posted on 03/20/2006 12:06:36 PM PST by Spruce (Keep your mitts off my wallet)
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To: austinaero

Spot on.

I watch CNN for analysis reference what the anti-American left is plotting next.

Otherwise, it has zero value as a news agency.


6 posted on 03/20/2006 12:06:49 PM PST by Emmet Fitzhume ("Never do what your enemy expects you to do.")
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To: Andy from Beaverton

Maybe no one is panicking because all networks like the Communist News Network do is FEAR MONGER.


7 posted on 03/20/2006 12:06:59 PM PST by gun_supporter
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To: austinaero

Nobody believes a drunken has-been like Jack Cafferty--that's why.


8 posted on 03/20/2006 12:07:55 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (BTUs are my Beat.)
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To: freemarket_kenshepherd

Gee, no matter how hard we try to panic the people, they just won't go for it. Typical CNN>


9 posted on 03/20/2006 12:08:10 PM PST by jazusamo (:Gregory was riled while Hume smiled:)
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To: freemarket_kenshepherd

Whatcha gonna do about it, eh?


10 posted on 03/20/2006 12:08:50 PM PST by Uncle Miltie (The Prophet Muhammed, Piss Be Upon Him)
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To: austinaero
Only two real explanations:

1) Nobody is panicked because no one watches CNN, or;

2) CNN and the MSM have a long and storied history of trying to whip up fear in the public and tell them that only the government will save them - preferably under a Democrat - and the public just ain't buyin' what the MSM is selling anymore.

You decide.
11 posted on 03/20/2006 12:09:29 PM PST by Obadiah
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To: freemarket_kenshepherd

Don't you just hate it when the lamestream media propaganda machine throws a rod????


12 posted on 03/20/2006 12:09:40 PM PST by stm (You can fix a lot of thing s, but you can't fix stupid)
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To: austinaero

My family is bigger than CNN's audience.


13 posted on 03/20/2006 12:09:41 PM PST by RexBeach ("There is no substitute for victory." -Douglas MacArthur)
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To: gun_supporter
Maybe no one is panicking because all networks like the Communist News Network do is FEAR MONGER.

And we "get" it.

Katrina was the tipping point, IMO. Now, nobody would believe them if they told us missles had been launched from offshore headed right for our houses.

14 posted on 03/20/2006 12:10:37 PM PST by Howlin ("It doesn't have a policy. It doesn't need to have a policy. What's the point of a Democratic policy)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

LOL! Wasn't he fired from one of the NYC Local news stations? I think I remember him being shipped off to rehab though. Haven't watched local evening news in seven years.


15 posted on 03/20/2006 12:11:00 PM PST by alice_in_bubbaland (New Jersey gets the corrupt government it deserves!)
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To: freemarket_kenshepherd
Hey, CNN: Propaganda is boring!!! Anybody who's still watching you is asleep.
16 posted on 03/20/2006 12:13:03 PM PST by Savage Beast (The Democrat Party: The Party of S & M (Sociopaths and Morons)!)
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To: freemarket_kenshepherd
CNN Perplexed by Calm U.S. Public

Read: Mad Cow Disease

17 posted on 03/20/2006 12:13:16 PM PST by RightResponse (What if the Left, just got up and .....)
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To: freemarket_kenshepherd

So a Lion, an Elephant, and a Chicken are sitting in a bar having a drink.

The Lion boasts, "When I roar, the animals of the jungle tremble"

The Elephants boasts, "When I Trumpet and Stomp, not only do the animals tremble, the ground actually trembles beneath me"

The Chicken Laughs and says, "Thats nothing, all I have to do is sneeze, and the entire world sh!ts it's self."


18 posted on 03/20/2006 12:13:48 PM PST by LesbianThespianGymnasticMidget (God punishes Conservatives by making them argue with fools.)
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To: freemarket_kenshepherd

I'm just waiting for steak to be marked down!


19 posted on 03/20/2006 12:16:14 PM PST by mlc9852
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To: freemarket_kenshepherd

Dear CNN,
More and more people are learning not to listen to you. It's your own fault. Turn out the lights, the party's over.

CNN = Constant Nincompoop News


20 posted on 03/20/2006 12:18:17 PM PST by Unkosified (Patiently waiting for Ted Kennedy's manslaughter trial for 36 years now.)
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To: freemarket_kenshepherd

Dear CNN,
More and more people are learning not to listen to you. It's your own fault. Turn out the lights, the party's over.

CNN = Constant Nincompoop News


21 posted on 03/20/2006 12:18:21 PM PST by Unkosified (Patiently waiting for Ted Kennedy's manslaughter trial for 36 years now.)
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To: Spruce
Second, every year we are inundated with doom-and-gloom predictions about the next 'killer' epidemic which never happens.

Yep. Remember Swine Flu?

22 posted on 03/20/2006 12:19:16 PM PST by cardinal4 (David Gregory-the John Kerry of the Media Elite)
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To: freemarket_kenshepherd

23 posted on 03/20/2006 12:25:58 PM PST by SkyPilot
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To: Obadiah

Considering that I am already supposed to be dead from SARS 4 years ago, I think I'll go with number 2.


24 posted on 03/20/2006 12:26:35 PM PST by MNlurker
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To: freemarket_kenshepherd

Perhaps we're just waiting until we hear the news from a reliable source.


25 posted on 03/20/2006 12:27:06 PM PST by HEY4QDEMS (No animals were harmed during the creation of this post.)
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To: freemarket_kenshepherd

Not one danged thing I can do about it so am not going to waste my time worrying.

BTW
You know you have bird flu when you get headaches, sniffles and:
Get a sudden uncontrollable urge to go out and poop on someone's windshield.


26 posted on 03/20/2006 12:29:31 PM PST by 76834 (There's nothing wrong with sobriety in moderation.)
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To: freemarket_kenshepherd
Dear CNN,

There's a fable named "The Boy Who Cried Wolf". Find it. Read it. Try to comprehend it.

Sincerely,
Most Americans

27 posted on 03/20/2006 12:30:11 PM PST by TChris ("Wake up, America. This is serious." - Ben Stein)
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To: freemarket_kenshepherd

“We’ve fanned the flames of fear about this stuff,” said CNN’s Jack Cafferty on March 18. He was talking about bird flu, and his admission just confirmed the Free Market Project’s ongoing analysis of media coverage.


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Someone tell these genius types at MSM that they have lied so long no one will listen to their opinion.


28 posted on 03/20/2006 12:31:05 PM PST by CHICAGOFARMER (12 TH GENERATION PATROIT.)
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To: Howlin

"Katrina was the tipping point, IMO. Now, nobody would believe them if they told us missles had been launched from offshore headed right for our houses."

My stomach hurts from laughing at your comment! I am picturing Little Lord Anderson making a mess in his pantaloons!


29 posted on 03/20/2006 12:32:48 PM PST by bonfire
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To: freemarket_kenshepherd
“We’ve fanned the flames of fear about this stuff,” said CNN’s Jack Cafferty on March 18.

Jack Cafferty's biggest worry has always been "the 86-proof flu". Who would listen to this old sot...especially on the day after St. Patrick's Day?!

30 posted on 03/20/2006 12:34:22 PM PST by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: freemarket_kenshepherd

"“We’ve fanned the flames of fear about this stuff,”

What admission! He'll regret making this statement.


31 posted on 03/20/2006 12:41:20 PM PST by peacebaby ("What! Me worry?" Alfred E. Newman)
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To: TXBSAFH
"Something has to kill you."

"We're probably all going to die of something." - Jocelyn Elders

32 posted on 03/20/2006 12:50:28 PM PST by Designer (Just a nit-pick'n and chagrin'n)
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To: freemarket_kenshepherd
“We’ve fanned the flames of fear about this stuff,” said CNN’s Jack Cafferty

"Now it seems we aren't even good at doing that."

Time to go buy that chicken farm, Jack.

33 posted on 03/20/2006 12:54:36 PM PST by Designer (Just a nit-pick'n and chagrin'n)
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To: freemarket_kenshepherd
“I’m amazed that Americans at this point are really fairly unconcerned” about bird flu and mad cow disease, the Bryn Mawr alumna confessed,


34 posted on 03/20/2006 1:01:28 PM PST by Donald Rumsfeld Fan ("fake but accurate": NY Times)
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To: Obadiah

Unfortunately, CNN is still the most watched network.

Here's February's total audience numbers:

CNN: 58,063,000
FNC: 51,755,000
MSNBC: 51,557,000

Source - http://insidecable.blogsome.com/2006/02/28/cnn-touts-february-ratings-successes/#more-1790

Fox records higher hourly ratings because the average Fox viewer watches 4 times as long as the average CNN viewer, but CNN still beats Fox in total number of Americans tuning in over the course of the day.


35 posted on 03/20/2006 1:14:40 PM PST by jcs2
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To: freemarket_kenshepherd

CNN would rather report mass hysteria than calm, orderly preparation for a threat that may never amount to anything.
Except the expenditure of billions of dollars that could be better used elsewhere.

Of course, part of the calmness of the population could be because Americans once again have signed off on the government protection racket, forgetting Katrina and other government promises that cannot materialize.


36 posted on 03/20/2006 1:16:40 PM PST by o_zarkman44 (ELECT SOME WORKERS AND REMOVE THE JERKERS!!)
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To: freemarket_kenshepherd
“We’ve fanned the flames of fear about this stuff,” said CNN’s Jack Cafferty on March 18."

What, I thought it was BUSH who was using fear as an excuse to destroy our civil liberties, wage perpetual war, shred the Constitution, and turn the USA into a fundamentalist Christian theocracy? The public probably isn't real worried about the bird flu epidemic because - to my knowledge - no one in the USA has died from it yet. But in the nine-ten months since I first started hearing about this flu, 30,000 Americans have died in car accidents.
37 posted on 03/20/2006 1:28:57 PM PST by Steve_Seattle
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To: jcs2

Why are you quoting and linking to a CNN press release? I smell a troll.


38 posted on 03/20/2006 1:29:02 PM PST by jimbo123
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To: jcs2

jcs2
Since Mar 19, 2006


39 posted on 03/20/2006 1:30:12 PM PST by jimbo123
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To: austinaero
Could it be that no one watches CNN anymore?

Not if you're CNN. LOL

40 posted on 03/20/2006 1:30:29 PM PST by Fruitbat
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To: freemarket_kenshepherd

Why panic on their word? There is no preparation that can be done to prevent an outbreak since there is no known single strain that has been identified from which a vaccine can be developed.

This is the same reason why from year to year some people get flu shots and still get the flu. Viruses are mutating machines and it is impossible to characterize a specific strain until it causes an outbreak.


41 posted on 03/20/2006 1:34:01 PM PST by RJS1950 (The democrats are the "enemies foreign and domestic" cited in the federal oath)
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To: jimbo123

Its not a CNN press release, Its a cable news analysis blog run by a Republican.


42 posted on 03/20/2006 1:40:34 PM PST by jcs2
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To: jimbo123

Hmmm...possible troll.....you could be right....

ANY TROLL SNIFFERS HERE?

....jcs2
Since Mar 19, 2006.....


43 posted on 03/20/2006 1:43:45 PM PST by scottdeus12 (Liberals are like festering cysts. They must be lanced, drained, and removed.)
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To: Howlin
And it's being helped along by Oprah ..

"An Oprah Show investigation right here in America. The dirty secret nobody wants to talk about: Thirty-seven million people live this way. On location with CNN reporter Anderson Cooper, Maria Shriver and Gayle King."

"Invisible Lives Anderson Cooper, Maria Shriver and Gayle King visit families who are struggling to survive. See what it's really like to live in poverty."

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Meanwhile, I've heard that she generously offered assistance and finances to help poor women in a housing project here in Chicago, and finally stopped it because they became so greedy and into their "entitlements."

44 posted on 03/20/2006 1:51:52 PM PST by STARWISE (They (Rats) think of this WOT as Bush's war, not America's war-RichardMiniter, respected OBL author:)
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To: STARWISE

Haha. Anderson Cooper, a Vanderbilt, Maria Shriver, a Kennedy, and Gayle King, best friend of Billionare Oprah Winfrey, will show you *what its like to live in poverty*.

I just imagine the quotes.

Anderson: "And Oprah, these people cant even afford Gucci Loafers!"

Oprah: "I havent felt this bad since french racists locked me out of Hermes"


45 posted on 03/20/2006 1:54:57 PM PST by jcs2
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To: jcs2

CNN is on 24/7 is all of the airports I frequent.
That linked source seems suspicious to me and I read the comments.


46 posted on 03/20/2006 1:56:59 PM PST by onyx (IF ONLY 10% of Muslims are radical, that's still 120 MILLION who want to kill us.)
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To: freemarket_kenshepherd
“I’m amazed that Americans at this point are really fairly unconcerned” about bird flu and mad cow disease...

I remember a story about a certain Chicken Little who repeatedly ran around hollering "the sky is falling." I also remember that over and over again nothing happened. In the end everyone stopped listening to poor old Chicken Little.

47 posted on 03/20/2006 1:59:28 PM PST by delacoert (imperat animus corpori, et paretur statim: imperat animus sibi, et resistitur. -AUGUSTINI)
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To: freemarket_kenshepherd
“I’m amazed that Americans at this point are really fairly unconcerned” about bird flu and mad cow disease...

I remember a story about a certain Chicken Little who repeatedly ran around hollering "the sky is falling." I also remember that over and over again nothing happened. In the end everyone stopped listening to poor old Chicken Little.

48 posted on 03/20/2006 1:59:34 PM PST by delacoert (imperat animus corpori, et paretur statim: imperat animus sibi, et resistitur. -AUGUSTINI)
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To: TChris

Didn't CNN have specials about the end of the world as we know it due to Y2K..... why worry about something we have no control over? These idiots just keep flaming away - no one pays attention to them anyway !! They just haven't figured that out yet!


49 posted on 03/20/2006 2:02:08 PM PST by Froggie
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To: onyx

I work in the TV news business. No, not for CNN, locale stuff. Those numbers are from Nielson. Dont be afraid of the facts! FNC is still the dominant news network when it comes to moulding opinion. FNC fans watch for longer durations because FNC is opinion-heavy, lots of analysis, pundits, etc. CNN scores an overall higher audience because it gears its programming to blurt out basic facts in short periods of time, so it attracts people who are on the go, who dont have a lot of time to sit down and watch anything in-depth.

The Airport thing: Airport coverage isnt included in Nielson stats, nor any other business that may have televisions streaming news channels. You cant gage for audience since you have no idea who's stopping to watch and who's just walking by.


50 posted on 03/20/2006 2:02:32 PM PST by jcs2
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