Skip to comments.How to fix CNN
Posted on 03/31/2010 7:05:51 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
The future of CNN, never exactly bright the past couple of years, suddenly looked dire this week when ratings came out showing a 40 percent decline in prime time viewers since 2009.
Jon Klein, the network president, has consistently defended the networks down-the-middle news strategy despite the increasingly large ratings leads opened up by MSNBC and particularly Fox, ..
So is it time for a radical re-thinking of the most trusted name in news, the network of Larry King, Anderson Cooper, Campbell Brown and Wolf Blitzer? We asked a dozen or so prominent media watchers, former industry executives and CNN personalities for their recommendations.
Their near-consensus: It has to change, get more personality, no longer be as one media critic called it the view from nowhere. ..
Bring back Crossfire
Ask a couple of former Crossfire hosts for a solution to CNNs ratings troubles, and maybe its not a surprise what their answer is: Resurrect their old show.
Both Michael Kinsley and Bill Press each of whom had stints taking the liberal side of the right vs. left political slugfest think its worth a shot.
By bringing back Crossfire, they argue, CNN could continue with its strategy of not falling squarely on the left or the right in prime time, ..
Five years ago, one of Kleins first orders of business after becoming network president was killing off the long-running show, a pioneer in high-decibel political debate which had been the recipient of harsh on-air criticism from "Daily Show" host Jon Stewart just a few months before.
When he unceremoniously dumped it, Jon Klein said he wanted straight news and not commentary or opinion, Kinsley told POLITICO. And now he's got everyone expressing opinions left and right because that's what people like.
(Excerpt) Read more at politico.com ...
he wanted straight news..
uhh, so they hired
Here is a novel idea. Tell the truth.
I already fixed it by programming it out of my channel lineup.
These people must live in a bubble. Down-the-middle? Wow. Rick Sanchez, anyone? Anderson Floofer?
MSNBC???? Really....Where have I been....
psssssst.....be more like FOX
If that was the goal then the result was an epic failure.
Large ratings MSLSD? Huh? Come again?
I didn’t know CNN still existed. All I can get is Larry King or that lady going on and on about whether they are going to find Natalie Holloway. Gets kind of tired after 10 years.
I’d rather watch the paranoid delusional people on MSNBC. Much more enteratining.
Don't ever watch it.
How about more Anderson Cooper swimming with sharks, but this time, he gets eaten by one.
Like Obamacare, it can’t be fixed.
It has to be scrapped and replaced.
The same way I “fixed” my last dog - snip.
Maybe he can get Matt Lauer to join him next time with the sharks.
Kinsley and Press? Aren't they both in the looney-bin now?
WHAT is this guy SMOKING??
Add Obama ass-kisser Brian Williams to that session..
A good start.
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