Skip to comments.Why is CNN in all Airports?
Posted on 10/02/2013 7:14:27 AM PDT by Jim Noble
I don't travel much, but right now I'm in the A Concourse at Atlanta and I fu**ing cannot get away from CNN. It's everywhere, spewing propaganda about children suffering from Head Start being shut down.
Haven't they heard that Head Start is a fraud and a colossal waste?
Seriously, this experience is like the telescreen in 1984. Only members of the Inner Party can shut it off, and there's no members around right now.
I think I'll go to the chapel and say a few prayers for JimRob.
anytime I see CNN I always ask to have the channel turned .
Now imagine if CNN was not on the airports TV’s. Their viewership would be in single digits or not far from it.
But, your right, they almost all have CNN international playing.
Drives me nuts. I really think it is the only thing keeping them afloat! I saw Fox News in Houston airport and I think Phoenix.
If it wasn’t for airports and other captive locations, CNN would have no viewership.
Airports are public facilities, I would expect them to allow only state approved information to be aired on their TVs.
It’s a conspiracy to elect H! Clinton.
Airports, doctors offices,other public areas - seems for some stupid reason they are the default setting. People don’t think.
“if you watch CNN anywhere but in an airport....You Might Be a Liberal....”
There is a special remote control that will turn off nearly any TV. If you have one in your pocket, no one can see it.
CNN is based in Atlanta. That’s why you see it in the ATL.
Huntsville (AL) uses FOX News, FWIW.
I've kept them out of here for 22 years.
Only think I can figure is CNN pays them.
They like the HLN 30 minute news format.
Every waiting room in every office I’ve been in on any military base has CNN.
Trying to get it changed is like expecting congress to listen.
The real reason?
Airports have to pay to have something on. If they were to get regular cable, the fees would be huge.
By putting up a satellite dish they can access a specific version of CNN dedicated to airports. While it looks like your normal feed, it is designed specifically for the airports.
The airports get something to put up on their TV screens, CNN gets very targeted ad revenues. And travelers get something other than a blank screen.
So, all in all, it comes down to money. And the folks at CNN get to the market first with a specific product at a cheap price.
Just like everything else in the world.
It has very little to do with politics. And yes, it would be suicide NOT to have CNN on at Hartsfield.
I fly a lot (1/2-the time through Atlanta) - EVERY damn airport has CNN - maybe it's a TSA thing (reminds me of Orwell's "1984" though).
I just sit as far away from TVs as possible and read a book, or people-watch.
And those CNNs in the medical facilities are dedicated CNN feeds that focus on health issues.
Very rarely will you see “Cable TV” CNN on any of those TVS.
The reason they do not offer channel choices in the airport is that for every channel there is a very dedicated fan base.
Who would be responsible for setting the channel? It would be a mad house. People would die. Cats and Dogs, fighting in the streets....
Seriously...you would NOT want that job after one day.
I also notice it is always on in restaurants and shops that have TV in the waiting area. I always presumed it was some modern day form of Payola.
The business plan for CNN was to equip all airports with
monitors. Turner knew that he would have a wide diverse and captive audience. That is how they started business, before moving on to cable and broadcast.
Fox isn’t what it used to be anymore either. IF I do watch any news though it’s still Fox. The other outlets drive me nuts. And it ain’t a long drive either.
At my doctor’s office it’s the Food Network.
Plus I think CNN gets more traveller credibility than Fox.
CNN has a history of foreign bureaus. They were in Iraq in 1991 as it was invaded, not as imbedded reporters but as occupants. Fox can’t claim that.
So their rep is with the international travelling public.
How Southwest gets around this, I don’t know; but it makes sense that they show Fox; being a Texas comapany.
Better than CNN, but not by much......and doesn’t change the fact that CNN dominates only one area....the generic public screens.
The “Airport Edition” also never covers airplane crashes. More evidence for the “1984” file...(cue the Twilight Zone theme music)
In all the court houses too. Jury duty waiting to be called is a real pain. Probably hospital waiting lounges. (haven't been in one for a long time)
I asked for another channel, and what do you know it, daytime soap opera!!!!! OMG! Just kill me please.
For the most part Southwest actually listens to their customers and tries to please them.
CNN is state run propaganda on par with Pravda. And like any typical Soviet style authoritarian society, state run propaganda is broadcast in all public venues.
Because it’s the Commie News Network, don’t you know? Hey, we’re all commies now!
They still allow 'Christian' chapels at airports ?
Can we have a media shutdown? That would be bliss.
No, actually the airport must pay CNN. The airport does get some advertising revenue but I doubt its enough to cover the costs.
believe it or not, CNN and NBC are the primary news stations of the Rockefeller family's propaganda machine, but it utilizes (controls) all of the MSM.
Because they have a captive audience. That’s the only people that actually watch it, because they have no other choice.
I see CNN in McDonalds on the very rare occasions that I find myself inside one.
Because 50%+ of people in this country are just plain stupid.
Yes, it can lead to some confusion in airports:
The title is actually wrong, per the article. The airports don't block CNN, CNN self-censors news about airplane crashes.
When I am in a hotel and CNN is on, I ask for a change and, often, they respond.
Its an insult to architecture.
Its aesthetically putrid.
He had a wrist watch, by Casio IIRC, that could control tvs and vcrs or dvd players.
When the teacher would put a video in for the kids to watch, he'd turn the machine off when the teacher walked away. The teacher would start the video again and when she'd walk away, the same thing. Then when she went back to start it, the video would start playing again.
Oh to be able to do something like that at an airport. But there are probably some laws in place making it a federal offense to change a tv station from the party designate. There is probably some type of Homeland Security law about using a non authorized remote control device in an airport.
I think CNN pays the airports or supplies the TVs.
No law required. Try to get one through TSA. The TVs are all at the gates...after you pass TSA.
I purchase the commercial package from DirecTV for this place(Non Profit-Eudcational). I decide what the Monitors are set to display. I just had to fill out a form showing how many units are displaying and an approx. number of viewers. We get a monthly bill just like a home system.
If they are using DirecTV I can assure you, any place you see the Commie News Network, it is by choice of the Establishment. They can switch it to Fox or the other Network feeds any time.
They’re the Roy Rogers of news networks.
Isn’t it obvious?
CNN is the network for “fellow travellers” ;)