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Fickle CNN slouches to the right
MarketWatch ^ | 23 January 2005 | Jon Friedman

Posted on 01/23/2006 3:16:01 PM PST by Racehorse

The cable network's Headline News outlet is poised to give a primetime slot to radio talk-show host Glenn Beck. He goes against everything that CNN has claimed to stand for -- a first-rate pedigree, a non-biased point of view and understated excellence. Beck's chief qualification is that he personifies controversy.

Then again, who do I think I'm kidding with this high-minded blather? OF COURSE, controversy alone is enough. In fact, it's PLENTY. If Beck catches on with his own unique audience, he'll get a shot to go on CNN. Then CNN will reckon that Bill O'Reilly will no longer be a factor on Fox and MSNBC's Joe Scarborough can go find himself a new country.

[. . .]

It's no secret that CNN has been panicking as rival Fox News relentlessly widened the ratings gap between itself and the former "Clinton News Network." Rather than stick to one journalistic style and let an audience gravitate to it (the secret to Fox's success), CNN changed approaches and personnel regularly and, naturally, failed to establish a clear identity with the public and the critics.

[. . .]

The talk-radio host Beck, as the witty Tim Goodman of the San Francisco Chronicle pointed out, "is just to the right of Attila the Hun." This is the guy who criticized some people who lost loved ones on 9/11 because they didn't agree with his political views. For good measure, he blasted some of the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

CNN shouldn't be running a news supermarket. It should stand for something -- anything. Not only would it be a better network, but the morale of its beleaguered troops would go up. Pssst -- so might those precious ratings.

(Excerpt) Read more at marketwatch.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: broadcasting; cablenews; cnn; commentary; glennbeck; journalism; news; talkradio
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So, when is Beck's first broadcast date?
1 posted on 01/23/2006 3:16:03 PM PST by Racehorse
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To: Racehorse
Can't wait.

So, when is Beck's first broadcast date?

2 posted on 01/23/2006 3:19:50 PM PST by DManA
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To: Racehorse

"Clinton News Network", thats a new one. I always thought CNN stood for "Communist News Network".


3 posted on 01/23/2006 3:20:03 PM PST by proud_yank (Aspiring CEO of a multinational corporation)
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To: Racehorse

Well, maybe CNN's slouching right, but they're slamming the President tonight on Lou Dobbs over an appearance at Kansas State. Just one shiv in the side after another.


4 posted on 01/23/2006 3:22:03 PM PST by hershey
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To: proud_yank
In my house it is called "Chicken Noodle News."

What they air is "Constant Negative Nonsense"
5 posted on 01/23/2006 3:22:17 PM PST by msnimje
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To: msnimje

Thats pretty good!


6 posted on 01/23/2006 3:22:57 PM PST by proud_yank (Aspiring CEO of a multinational corporation)
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To: Racehorse
This is the guy who criticized some people who lost loved ones on 9/11 because they didn't agree with his political views

I remember this well. These were not 9/11 "families" - it was the Jersey Girls when they were on one of their Bush-hate-fests. This author shows a lot by what he leaves out.

7 posted on 01/23/2006 3:23:09 PM PST by Warren_Piece (Smart is easy. Good is hard.)
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To: Racehorse

Primetime?

I'd rather watch Glenn Beck than Bill the Bloviator O'Rilly.


8 posted on 01/23/2006 3:24:02 PM PST by NeoCaveman ("You should move the team Art" - then Governor Voinovich)
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To: hershey

Lou Dobbs is Pat Buchanan's love child.


9 posted on 01/23/2006 3:24:07 PM PST by Warren_Piece (Smart is easy. Good is hard.)
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To: Racehorse

Sometime in April.


10 posted on 01/23/2006 3:24:12 PM PST by lysie
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To: dubyaismypresident

8:00PM I heard.


11 posted on 01/23/2006 3:25:07 PM PST by lysie
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To: Warren_Piece

I frequently listen to Glenn Beck, and he is easily the least "mean" of the conservative radio hosts. He has a unique show, too. More like Rush's show, but even less political over all.


12 posted on 01/23/2006 3:25:09 PM PST by Paradox (Liberalism IS a religion.)
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To: Racehorse

They've been saying sometime in April.


13 posted on 01/23/2006 3:25:12 PM PST by dawn53
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To: Racehorse

They can hire Rush. I will not watch the channel.


14 posted on 01/23/2006 3:25:14 PM PST by bmwcyle (We got permits, yes we DO! We got permits, how 'bout YOU?)
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To: lysie
8:00PM I heard.

Sweet. I will be watching.

Now those are words I never thought I'd say in public "I plan on watching CNN"

15 posted on 01/23/2006 3:26:23 PM PST by NeoCaveman ("You should move the team Art" - then Governor Voinovich)
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To: dubyaismypresident
I can't stand either one of them. Glenn will be just as much of a megalomaniac in 6 months as Bill O.
16 posted on 01/23/2006 3:29:45 PM PST by Coldwater Creek ("Over there, over there, We won't be back 'til it's over Over there.")
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To: dubyaismypresident

I don't know the details, but since he's gonna be on the fast moving Headline News channel of CNN's, it's probably just going to be a moment's commentary or some such.


17 posted on 01/23/2006 3:30:56 PM PST by ErnBatavia (Meep Meep)
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To: Racehorse
So, when is Beck's first broadcast date?

Sometime in April I believe.

18 posted on 01/23/2006 3:31:04 PM PST by kAcknor (Don't flatter yourself.... It is a gun in my pocket.)
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To: Racehorse

No offense to Mr. Beck, but I will NEVER watch CNN. This is just a ploy to try and boost their ratings. Don't fall for it. Anything that benefits CNN is a negative in my book.


19 posted on 01/23/2006 3:32:54 PM PST by Chena (I'm not young enough to know everything.)
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To: Racehorse


Well what can I say?

Dems are trying to force a "fairness" bill to congress so that every station will look like unbiased and fair PBS.


20 posted on 01/23/2006 3:33:32 PM PST by Tzimisce
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To: Racehorse

CNN is trying to change its image. The problem is Beck admittedly provides conservative political commentary, while CNN will continue to spew leftist political commentary that masquerades as news. To a liberal, conservatism is political dogma, but their propaganda is the simple truth.


21 posted on 01/23/2006 3:34:24 PM PST by Spok (Est omnis de civilitate.)
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To: proud_yank

I always called it Clinton News Network after he was elected. Most everyone I knew did the same. I think Clinton and Communist are interchangeable.


22 posted on 01/23/2006 3:35:03 PM PST by Arizona Carolyn
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To: hershey

What did they say? His appearance in Kansas today was awsome, one of his best, as a matter of fact.


23 posted on 01/23/2006 3:35:58 PM PST by Arizona Carolyn
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To: bmwcyle
They can hire Rush. I will not watch the channel.

Exactly. Who cares if Glenn Beck is on. The program lineup will go like this

SLAM BUSH!
SLAM BUSH!
SLAM BUSH!
SLAM BUSH!
SLAM BUSH!
SLAM BUSH!
SLAM BUSH!
SLAM BUSH!
SLAM BUSH!
SLAM BUSH!
SLAM BUSH!
SLAM BUSH!
SLAM BUSH!
SLAM BUSH!
...and now Glenn Beck to show how balanced we are!
SLAM BUSH!
SLAM BUSH!
SLAM BUSH!
SLAM BUSH!
SLAM BUSH!
SLAM BUSH!

24 posted on 01/23/2006 3:35:59 PM PST by Bommer (Ted Kennedy - Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life!)
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To: Racehorse
This is the guy who criticized some people who lost loved ones on 9/11 because they didn't agree with his political views.

Not true. He criticized them for always complaining years after 9/11 and continuing to ask for money...

25 posted on 01/23/2006 3:36:13 PM PST by SunStar (Democrats piss me off!)
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To: Racehorse
CNN shouldn't be running a news supermarket. It should stand for something -- anything. Not only would it be a better network, but the morale of its beleaguered troops would go up. Pssst -- so might those precious ratings.

Wrong Mr. Jon Friedman - a purveyor of news and information should stand for one thing. and one thing only: TRUTH. CNN ought to try that and see how it goers for a while.

26 posted on 01/23/2006 3:36:25 PM PST by Keith in Iowa (Democrats are to the US Media what Al-Qaeda is to Aljazeera.)
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To: ErnBatavia
I don't know the details, but since he's gonna be on the fast moving Headline News channel of CNN's, it's probably just going to be a moment's commentary or some such.

Oh, if that's the case nevermind.

27 posted on 01/23/2006 3:36:59 PM PST by NeoCaveman ("You should move the team Art" - then Governor Voinovich)
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To: Bommer

PERFECT example! Well done, Bommer!


28 posted on 01/23/2006 3:37:51 PM PST by Chena (I'm not young enough to know everything.)
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To: mariabush

Glenn is an acqired taste. His show is more cultural than political. The only time I'll turn him off is during "moron trivia". I just can't stomach anybody setting up situations for people to laugh at the "simple". That's just mean and wrong. And yes, I know it's no different than Jay Leno's "Man on the Street". I don't like that either.

OT - did west TN get as much rain last night as Mid TN? I may never get the water out of my garage!


29 posted on 01/23/2006 3:39:47 PM PST by Warren_Piece (Smart is easy. Good is hard.)
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To: Racehorse
witty Tim Goodman of the San Francisco Chronicle pointed out, "is just to the right of Attila the Hun.".

This passes for witty? This line has been used for 30 years at least. I first heard it used on Reagan, and has been turned into a running gag on Rushs' show.

These people are desperate for witty.

As for Glen Beck, he may be the most apolitical of all the hosts I've heard. What a bunch of idiots we have in the media analisys business.

30 posted on 01/23/2006 3:41:03 PM PST by lawnguy (Give me some of your tots!!!)
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To: Racehorse

Hmmm, this could be interesting. A token conservative? The PTB at CNN will closely track his ratings. What if he does better than the usual tripe? That would send a message, would it not?

Might be worth tuning in, just long enough to bump him, so to speak.


31 posted on 01/23/2006 3:43:25 PM PST by SaxxonWoods (Regime change in Iran and Syria is required, and required now.)
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To: Warren_Piece
did west TN get as much rain last night as Mid TN? I may never get the water out of my garage!

Warren, it flat rained its arse off all day yesterday, and moved out late last night. I think we had over 2" of rain here (Millington, just north of Memphis).

32 posted on 01/23/2006 3:47:19 PM PST by GaltMeister (“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”)
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To: Warren_Piece

I agree re: the Moron Trivia. That always made me squirm. Don't know how he pulls it off - its more along Howard Stern's taste. Glen definately is an acquired taste. A LOT of satire and sarcasm and that part I like. If you tend to take yourself too serious you wouldn't like his show. Having said all that... I just don't think I'll be able to give CNN my viewing time.


33 posted on 01/23/2006 3:48:18 PM PST by Integrityrocks
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To: Warren_Piece
We have had almost six inches this month, most of it since Sat. night.

I am originally from West Texas, and raised in So. Calif. Just give me a dry climate and I will be happy.

Now as to Glenn, I let him be the background noise. Hardly ever listin close enough to see what he is saying.

Stay dry,

Maria
34 posted on 01/23/2006 3:49:35 PM PST by Coldwater Creek ("Over there, over there, We won't be back 'til it's over Over there.")
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To: GaltMeister
It was still raining in Covington as late as mid morning.

I think that it is supposed to rain latter on this week.

There is no rain justice. Give it to Oklahoma and Texas!
35 posted on 01/23/2006 3:52:07 PM PST by Coldwater Creek ("Over there, over there, We won't be back 'til it's over Over there.")
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To: Racehorse

WAAAH, the liberals are losing their monopoly on the news, WAAAH!


36 posted on 01/23/2006 3:53:08 PM PST by popdonnelly
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To: Warren_Piece
This author shows a lot by what he leaves out.

And he does himself no favors by using a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle as his barometer of political affiliation (resulting in a pre-determined result that should fool nobody).

37 posted on 01/23/2006 4:01:26 PM PST by jiggyboy (Ten percent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: Arizona Carolyn
I think Clinton and Communist are interchangeable.

LOL, me too!
38 posted on 01/23/2006 4:05:07 PM PST by proud_yank (Aspiring CEO of a multinational corporation)
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To: Racehorse

"is just to the right of Attila the Hun"

I doubt that Goodman has ever heard one of Glenn's broadcasts. But I bet he'd be really happy if Randi Roach, er, Rhodes, got a gig on CNN.


39 posted on 01/23/2006 4:08:54 PM PST by Right Cal Gal (Conservatives know the names of Tookie's VICTIMS!!)
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To: Chena; Bommer; Racehorse; SaxxonWoods; mariabush; bmwcyle; Integrityrocks

Various audio clips from the Glen Beck program... Scroll down to 'Who's in the White House,'(military remix) which Glen did after the election.


http://www.glennbeck.com/audio/free-audio.shtml


40 posted on 01/23/2006 4:30:43 PM PST by Dr. Scarpetta (Democrats would vote against Jesus Christ for the Supreme Court.)
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To: Racehorse

ambivalent here

Beck is a decent man but an acquired taste


41 posted on 01/23/2006 4:32:27 PM PST by wardaddy (Alito is Clapton)
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To: Racehorse
the former "Clinton News Network."

Former???

42 posted on 01/23/2006 4:35:21 PM PST by Tall_Texan (TEXAS LONGHORNS - 2005 NATIONAL CHAMPIONS!!!!)
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To: SunStar
The talk-radio host Beck, as the witty Tim Goodman of the San Francisco Chronicle pointed out, "is just to the right of Attila the Hun." This is the guy who criticized some people who lost loved ones on 9/11 because they didn't agree with his political views. For good measure, he blasted some of the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Mr. Friedman's half-truths in characterizing Beck are an excellent example of why the old media is dying out. This type of silliness doesn't go unanswered anymore.

43 posted on 01/23/2006 4:37:45 PM PST by Richard Kimball (Look, Daddy! Teacher says every time a Kennedy talks, a Republican gets a house seat!)
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To: lawnguy

"Attila The Hun" was a liberal punchline for at least 40 years. Exceedingly stale.

I did chuckle, however, the first time somebody described Margaret Thatcher as "Attila The Hen".


44 posted on 01/23/2006 4:40:58 PM PST by Tall_Texan (TEXAS LONGHORNS - 2005 NATIONAL CHAMPIONS!!!!)
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To: Racehorse
The talk-radio host Beck, as the witty Tim Goodman of the San Francisco Chronicle pointed out, "is just to the right of Attila the Hun."

What a kneeslapper! That Tim Goodman sure is witty alright.

45 posted on 01/23/2006 4:49:19 PM PST by Maceman (Fake but accurate -- and now double-sourced)
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To: Racehorse

Glenn Beck isn't a principled, intellectual conservative; he's a somewhat interesting, highly opinionated goofball with a conservative tendency.

CNN chose him as their "token conservative" because, if he sticks to his radio show's persona, he will outrage CNN's liberal audience with goofy takes on the news. That way CNN will reinforce how stupid and evil conservatives are to their liberal audience, create an "inside" story in CNN to increase viewership, and still be able to argue that they're "fair and balanced".

Beck is no dummy, though. He probably could be a good TV news person and reflect the conservative point of view positively. I'm not sure how well that would work for CNN's ratings, and that's all that really counts to TimeWarner.


46 posted on 01/23/2006 4:51:12 PM PST by RBroadfoot
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To: proud_yank

Originally CNN was mocked as Chicken Noodle Network.


47 posted on 01/23/2006 5:00:02 PM PST by OldFriend (The Dems enABLEd DANGER and 3,000 Americans died.)
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To: Racehorse
The talk-radio host Beck, as the witty Tim Goodman of the San Francisco Chronicle pointed out, "is just to the right of Attila the Hun."

I believe that maxim's also been applied to the benevolent Ann Coulter. Someone on the Left needs to get a new line or two.

48 posted on 01/23/2006 5:44:18 PM PST by detsaoT (run bsd)
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To: Racehorse
Rather than stick to one journalistic style and let an audience gravitate to it

That's rich.

I guess CNN's journalistic style is "outrageous DNC partisanship" aimed at leftover leftists. When does the journalist (so-called) who wrote this piece expect the audience to start its gravitating? The strategy certainly hasn't worked lately.

49 posted on 01/23/2006 8:23:42 PM PST by Mad_as_heck (The MSM - America's (domestic) public enemy #1.)
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To: OldFriend

No kidding? I thought it was originally the Clinton News Network. (Then again, I'm still kind of a youngin')


50 posted on 01/23/2006 10:16:05 PM PST by proud_yank (Aspiring CEO of a multinational corporation)
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