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CIC and the Media - Is it the 29thday for the Dinosaurs?
The 29th Day Solutions in a World of Accelerating Change ^ | July 20, 2010 | George L. Berry

Posted on 07/20/2010 2:15:15 PM PDT by Pete

Chapter 11 - CIC and the Media: Another clash of CI and CIC

When the debate is over, slander becomes the tool of the loser. Socrates (469BC - 399BC)

Are you old enough to remember the First Gulf War in 1991? If so, you will recall that we watched it on television … thanks to CNN, the first global CIC-Media.

During the Gulf War, President George H. W. Bush watched CNN. Saddam Hussein watched CNN. I suspect even the CIA watched CNN. Because CNN was right there, right from the start, and often was the best source about what was happening … right now.

We got to know the networks’ reporters – Bernard Shaw, Bob Simon, Arthur Kent (the Scud Stud), Peter Arnett, Christiane Amanpour, Forrest Sawyer, Wolf Blitzer, Chris Wallace, Peter Jennings, Ted Koppel We even ducked when they ducked, as a Scud Missile passed by.

CNN, in particular was the Messenger with exactly the right Message to match our self-interests. By the end of the 43-day War, CNN had become, at that time, THE premier global news channel.

Good job, CNN!

CIC-Correspondents, such a Christiane Amanpour, Anderson Cooper, Wolf Blitzer, and Campbell Brown carried on this tradition.

And then, a few years later, "In 1996, Fox established the Fox News Channel, a 24-hour cable news station to compete against Ted Turner's rival channel CNN. Today it is the number one cable news network." Source:

Something was different about Fox. Somehow it had more CIC. There were some who passed it off and said that Fox appealed only to conservatives and Republicans. For example, here is an article from 2006:

“Alex Koppelman offered an encouraging report late yesterday on the state of Fox News ratings.. I’ll give you a hint: they’re going in the wrong direction. Somewhere, Keith Olbermann is sticking pins in a Bill O’Reilly voodoo doll: Fox News’ ratings, TVNewser reports, are down since August of last year. Like, way down. Like down 28 percent in primetime among all viewers, down 20 percent in primetime in the “money demo” (viewers aged 25-54) and down 7 percent in daytime viewership overall. In fact, the only place Fox is up is during the day, when they managed a ratings increase of just 2 percent, and even then only in the money demo. And lest you think this is an industry-wide trend, consider this: over the same time period, CNN and MSNBC are up. CNN’s up 35 percent during the day — 46 percent in the money demo — and up 21 percent in primetime overall, 25 percent in the money demo. MSNBC’s ratings increases aren’t quite as impressive — up 6 percent in primetime overall, 8 percent in the money demo, and up 36 percent in the money demo during the day, 26 percent overall.

This is very much in line with what we learned in June, when Broadcasting & Cable, a trade publication for the TV industry, reported that Fox News’ ratings are “dropping precipitously.”

About two years ago, Matt Yglesias described FNC pretty well. “Fox is not biased or even opinionated — it certainly isn’t ideological,” Yglesias said “It’s an arm of the Republican Party, a group of vicious hatchet-men leavened by occasional doses of Alan Colmes, David Corn, and Jim Pinkerton.” With this in mind, perhaps Fox News’ deteriorating ratings are a reflection of the GOP’s weakening position. source: -

Was that true? Before we fast forward to 2009, compare this article with the one you just read. I guess the old addage is true, "Don't believe everything you read!"

"Slackers at Fox News Channel, you’re on notice! Your boss is not pleased. Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes is on the warpath following his network’s recent ratings slump, and he won’t hesitate to clean house to turn things around. So far during the second quarter, the No. 1 cable news channel’s primetime schedule has dropped 22% in its core 25-54 demo and 8% in total viewers. The first quarter was even worse.

Chief rival CNN has also dipped in recent weeks, but less dramatically, off 18% in the demo and 2% in total viewers.

Insiders say that, even though Fox News remains No. 1, Ailes is fuming over the complacency he senses among staffers.

Production values are slipping, and bookers aren’t competitive enough, relying too heavily on the same pool of faces and settling for authors or actors after they’ve already been on CNN or … gasp … MSNBC.

A full-page "Now Hiring" ad that ran recently in a trade magazine asked, "Can you make the cut?" Says one Fox staffer, that question was not addressed to outside applicants: "That was aimed inside."

Commenting through a spokesman last week, Ailes left no doubt: "Anyone who displays launch-type intensity will continue to have a job at Fox News. Those who don't will not. And that includes talent." Source:

Now, fast forward to October 5, 2009

OOPS! Guess it wasn’t.

Cable News Ratings for Monday, October 5, 2009; Fox News Tops Combined Competition In Primetime Adults 25-54 Posted on 06 October 2009 by Bill Gorman Live + Same Day Cable News Daily Ratings for October 5, 2009 P2+ Total Day FNC – 1,317,000 viewers CNN – 489,000 viewers MSNBC –385,000 viewers CNBC – 187,000 viewers HLN – 282,000 viewers P2+ Prime Time FNC – 2,389,000viewers CNN— 604,000 viewers MSNBC –799,000 viewers CNBC – a scratch w/ 101,000 viewers HLN – 475,000 " viewerssource:

Well, maybe there are just more conservative viewers now.

OOPS! Guess not.

“Fox’s overall audience isn’t just conservative, though that may be the perception, because even Obama has joked that watching the network makes him feel bad about himself.

A recent study of viewers’ politics conducted by Pew Research Center found that Fox has the most balanced audience at 39 percent conservative, 33 percent liberal and 22 percent independent.

The CNN audience was 18 percent conservative, 51 percent liberal and 23 percent independent, while MSNBC’s viewers were 18 percent conservative, 45 percent liberal and 27 independent” source:

OK, but Fox is biased, these people say.

OOPS! Guess not.

“With each passing day the Fox News Channel and its various hosts come under more and more fire from the Left.

Democrats and their media minions have actually accused FNC of stirring up hatred in the nation that could result in violence against President Obama.

With this in mind, Fox's leading personality Bill O'Reilly on Tuesday invited media analyst and former CBSer Bernie Goldberg to discuss these criticisms of the cable news leader and to see if they had any merit. What ensued was a marvelous discussion about what Fox does well compared to its liberal competitors, as well as what opportunities exist for even better news coverage.

Although Fox's detractors will jump on this segment as evidence the cable news network is indeed far too conservative given some of Goldberg's criticisms, those that can be impartial will see this as an organization refreshingly willing to examine itself while cameras are rolling," source:

Could it be that the people who are saying these things are biased?

“We report, you decide.”

“The number one cable news outlet in the first quarter of 2009 was the Fox News Channel. With a dominating 2.2 million viewers a day, Fox News came in second to the USA Network [3.1 million viewers], in the top cable network ratings of the first quarter.

Here’s how the three cable news networks ranked: 2. FOX News: 2.2 million viewers a day 17. CNN: 1.1 million viewers a day 24. MSNBC: 950,000 viewers a day

These dominating ratings beg the question; why do liberals hate Fox News so much? I could recall some liberals predicting the Fox News domination would come to an end when Barack Obama became President, but boy were they wrong. Fox News’s ratings have soared under the new administration, much in part due to the addition of Glenn Beck at the 5pm slot. ‘Glenn Beck’ has soared to the #3 slot with 2.2 million since debuting on Fox News on January 19th. As a matter of fact ALL Fox News programs have seen an increase in viewership since President Obama took office. Liberals hate Fox News due to the number of conservative commentators on the air, the dominant ratings, and the fact Fox News isn’t biased towards liberals like every other network.

A few weeks ago I wrote a paper on the importance of honest journalism in the United States. I noted that journalism all but died in 2008 with the death of the late, great Tim Russert. Tim Russert, a Democrat, was a straight shooter and didn’t pander to one party or the other. He told it like it was; which is how every journalist should approach their work. Sadly, few do.

Liberals cannot stand the likes of Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck, or Bill O’Reilly on their screens speaking out against President Obama. Even though Bill O’Reilly is more of an independent minded thinker in my eyes, he is mocked by the likes of Keith Olbermann and other liberals for speaking out against Obama. I laugh when I hear them attack O’Reilly, because he is nowhere near as harsh on Obama like Beck and Hannity are. One thing you got to realize is this: These three men are commentators, not reporters! There is a staunch difference between those two terms; perhaps liberals should grab a dictionary and take note. Conservatives hate NBC and CNN for reporters like Brian Williams, Andrea Mitchell, and Rick Sanchez for being biased in their reporting!

Another reason liberals hate Fox News is because of their ratings dominance. Fox News averages more viewers than MSNBC and CNN combined! Liberals like to say that there are 300 million Americans, therefore it’s not hard to find 2 million idiots to watch biased reporting. Got to love their reasoning; not! I think it’s pretty sad that is the only reason liberals have for the Fox News dominance. Thank God for the unbiased reporting of the Nielsen’s. Numbers never lie!

The final reason liberals hate Fox News is because Fox is not biased towards the left like NBC, CNN, CBS, ABC, and the New York Times. Fox News is really more of a centrist network in their reporting, but they get the ‘bad’ wrap, if you want to call it that, as a biased network because they are more right on the political spectrum when compared to the networks listed in the first sentence. For the past few decades those networks/newspapers have never had to deal with a network that gave conservatives a fair shake until now. And as the ratings show, they are struggling to compete.

The bottom line is this: Fox News is the most dominant cable news network on television right now. If liberals felt so strongly against it, then they should simply not watch it. I am sure if they all united against Fox News, it may show up eventually.

I’ll leave you with this: When asked what cable news network was unbiased in 2008, one thousand Americans in an October 16, 2008 Rasmussen Poll found that 42% believed Fox News was unbiased, 33% believed CNN was unbiased, and 28% said MSNBC was unbiased.

Hmmm… Isn’t it funny Americans believed Fox was the least biased and MSNBC was the most biased? I guess that explains the FOX DOMINANCE!” source:

What does CIC have to do with this?

Remember Chapter 2? - The clash between CIC and CI structures? ... Check out some CIC vs CI Tendencies...

distribution of power vs concentration of power, distributes information vs hides information, "This is what I want to do.” vs “I will tell you what to do."

Who reported the ACORN story, the Van Jones story … and who did not, for example?

By the way, CIC had quite an effect on what happened to ACORN and to Van Jones, didn’t it?

Over the last 10 years or so, Americans, with their personal computers, and the internet are rapidly becoming CIC-driven, as they find themselves increasingly becoming the willing recipients of distributed power.

This power is being drawn away from those CI-Structures, that are unwilling or unable to adapt to an exponential world. CIC is in the process of either transforming them … or destroying them.

The older Media Organizations were formed in a time when CI -Structures dominated the landscape, when we lived in a CI world. Some of them apparently have been unable to adapt. If you want to see the Report Card of their success in adapting, look above at The Ratings for October 5, 2009.

The same analysis could be done, by the way, for Newspapers, and other types of Media.

Fox News, on the other hand, is relatively new, having been formed in 1991. It is not a coincidence that it is relatively new, AND CIC-driven. It looks like Fox has had some exponential growth.

Could CIC have had anything to do with it? Could CIC-presenters like Glenn Beck, BillO’Reilly, Sean Hannity, Chris Wallace, Greta Van Susteren, Gretchen Carlson, Steve Doocy, Brian Kilmeade, Megyn Kelly, Bill Hemmer, Shepard Smith, etc. etc. etc. have had a lot to do with it.... but that's CIC too, isn't it?

I would suggest that Fox be wary of CI-structures ... wherever they may be ... CI-structures will always fight CIC ... because it draws away their power.

Don't worry if certain people call you, ”extremists, clowns, mouthpiece of the Republican Party, just a 'conservative radio talk-show' on TV." They are doing that because they are afraid of you.

Look at the success of New Media in the past 10 years. The Private Sector has responded to Americans gravitating to CIC, by inventing 21st century CIC-Media at a record pace.

The Drudge Report – One of the earliest CIC-driven news reporters.

Blogs – Does anybody not think that they have been successful?

Google, Yahoo..- Is there ANYBODY who hasn’t Googled, or Yahooed?

Facebook -

"Forbes magazine has just published its annual list of billionaires and, horror of horrors, the 24-year-old FacebookZuckerberg was worth a cool $1.5bn, making him the world's young self-made billionaire. These days, thanks to the bursting of the internet bubble – and pretty much every money-related bubble around – he's dropped off the list completely.Forbes doesn't say precisely how much he's worth these days – but he's obviously lost at least $501m." source:

Not bad, for a 24-year-old, even if he lost $501 million.

Wikipedia –The 21st century encyclopedia.

Twitter – My son, Peter, put up this entire website in less than two weeks, in his spare time. He understands twitter, he understands Google’s side-wiki, etc. etc. He has had the patience of Job with me. Fortunately, he recognizes that I am “technologically challenged” and may never really understand twitter.... even though everybody else does.

Kompozer – This is free, and worthy of a contribution to the “Kompozer Project”, if you decide to download it. I can sit at my computer in “the boonies”, write or edit a Chapter of this “book”, and, by pushing a button (having received very specific instructions from Pete) publish it on this website … immediately.

YouTube – Did you watch the video of that young lady who used CIC to get her credit card interest rate lowered back to 12.99% from 30%?

I feel sorry for the CI-Media that cannot adapt to CIC. They are rapidly approaching their 29th day.

Tick … tick … tick.

TOPICS: Business/Economy
KEYWORDS: media; newmedia; teaparty
Given the Journolist revelations today, I thought I would post this chapter, Chapter 11, which explains the downfall of the mainstream media. It is a bigger and more fundamental battle than you might think.

There is a PDF on the site that has chapters 1 and 2, which explain CIC.

1 posted on 07/20/2010 2:15:19 PM PDT by Pete
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To: Pete

CIC. Combat Information Center?

2 posted on 07/20/2010 2:25:12 PM PDT by Signalman
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To: Signalman
CIC. Combat Information Center?

Creativity, Information and Communication.

See here.

3 posted on 07/20/2010 2:27:33 PM PDT by Pete (exponential problems require exponential solutions :
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To: Signalman

Colic in cows?

4 posted on 07/20/2010 2:34:09 PM PDT by JSteff (((It was ALL about SCOTUS. Most forget about that and HAVE DOOMED us for a generation or more.)))
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