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How to fix CNN
Politico.com ^ | 3/31/10 | Michael Calderone

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 network’s 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 CNN’s ratings troubles, and maybe it’s 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 it’s 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 Klein’s 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.’

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Awww, come on, Give it a shot! just be nice.
1 posted on 03/31/2010 7:05:51 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
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he wanted straight news..

uhh, so they hired
Anderson Cooper.

got it.


2 posted on 03/31/2010 7:07:08 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Chuck DeVore - CA Senator. Believe.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Here is a novel idea. Tell the truth.


3 posted on 03/31/2010 7:07:13 PM PDT by Patrick1
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To: NormsRevenge

I already fixed it by programming it out of my channel lineup.


4 posted on 03/31/2010 7:07:17 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: NormsRevenge
Jon Klein, the network president, has consistently defended the network’s down-the-middle news strategyM

These people must live in a bubble. Down-the-middle? Wow. Rick Sanchez, anyone? Anderson Floofer?

5 posted on 03/31/2010 7:08:07 PM PDT by Carling (I'm a neo-McCarthyite ... Obama is a Communist.)
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To: NormsRevenge

MSNBC???? Really....Where have I been....


6 posted on 03/31/2010 7:08:14 PM PDT by hstacey
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To: NormsRevenge

7 posted on 03/31/2010 7:08:22 PM PDT by timestax (CNNLIES..BIG TIME)
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To: All

psssssst.....be more like FOX


8 posted on 03/31/2010 7:08:48 PM PDT by ak267
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To: NormsRevenge
Jon Klein said he wanted straight news and not commentary or opinion

If that was the goal then the result was an epic failure.

9 posted on 03/31/2010 7:09:02 PM PDT by highlander_UW (Happiness doesn't come from owning something; it comes from being a part of something)
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To: NormsRevenge

Large ratings MSLSD? Huh? Come again?


10 posted on 03/31/2010 7:09:32 PM PDT by Hostage
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To: NormsRevenge

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.


11 posted on 03/31/2010 7:09:34 PM PDT by kaehurowing
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To: NormsRevenge
How to fix CNN?

Don't ever watch it.

12 posted on 03/31/2010 7:09:37 PM PDT by Lakeshark (Thank a member of the US armed forces for their sacrifice)
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To: Patrick1

How about more Anderson Cooper swimming with sharks, but this time, he gets eaten by one.


13 posted on 03/31/2010 7:10:17 PM PDT by max americana
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To: NormsRevenge

Like Obamacare, it can’t be fixed.

It has to be scrapped and replaced.


14 posted on 03/31/2010 7:10:33 PM PDT by onyx (Facts don't matter. Proof not required. Anything goes! Racial slurs, death threats.....)
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To: NormsRevenge

The same way I “fixed” my last dog - snip.


15 posted on 03/31/2010 7:11:33 PM PDT by Oceander (The Price of Freedom is Eternal Vigilance -- Thos. Jefferson)
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To: max americana

Maybe he can get Matt Lauer to join him next time with the sharks.


16 posted on 03/31/2010 7:11:46 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Chuck DeVore - CA Senator. Believe.)
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To: NormsRevenge
Both Michael Kinsley and Bill Press — each of whom had stints taking the liberal side of the right vs. left political slugfest — think it’s worth a shot.

Kinsley and Press? Aren't they both in the looney-bin now?

17 posted on 03/31/2010 7:12:36 PM PDT by eeriegeno (<p>)
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To: NormsRevenge
“Jon Klein, the network president, has consistently defended the network’s down-the-middle news strategy despite the increasingly large ratings leads opened up by MSNBC...”

WHAT is this guy SMOKING??

18 posted on 03/31/2010 7:14:13 PM PDT by ConservativeMind (Hypocrisy: "Animal rightists" who eat meat & pen up pets while accusing hog farmers of cruelty.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Add Obama ass-kisser Brian Williams to that session..


19 posted on 03/31/2010 7:14:54 PM PDT by max americana
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To: NormsRevenge
Dump Joe Klein, Larry King, Anderson Cooper, Campbell Brown, Rick Sanchez and Wolf Blitzer?

A good start.

20 posted on 03/31/2010 7:16:00 PM PDT by wmileo
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To: NormsRevenge

Fix CNN? I thought stupid can’t be fixed.


21 posted on 03/31/2010 7:16:27 PM PDT by pray4liberty
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To: NormsRevenge

“Down the middle” news at CNN. WTF is he smoking?


22 posted on 03/31/2010 7:16:29 PM PDT by wastoute (Government cannot redistribute wealth. Government can only redistribute poverty.)
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To: ConservativeMind

MSNBC is way ahead of CNN in the ratings.


23 posted on 03/31/2010 7:16:30 PM PDT by Borges
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To: Carling

That seems to be the party line— the moonbats in my office insist that CNN is a “moderate” or “establishment” news source, which to them means “not HuffPo or Daily Kos.”


24 posted on 03/31/2010 7:17:04 PM PDT by sthguard (The DNC theme song: "All You Need is Guv")
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To: NormsRevenge

They’re really so deluded as to think their reports are “down the middle”? Down the middle of the crapper, maybe.

Want to rescue CNN? Sell it to Rush and let him Dittocam his show from 12-3 and find some true balance for the network. Watch the commielib heads explode if that ever happened but it would destroy any talk of reviving the “Fairness Doctrine”.


25 posted on 03/31/2010 7:17:25 PM PDT by OrangeHoof ("Barack Obama" is Swahili for "Bend over suckahs".)
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To: NormsRevenge

They shouldn’t change a thing.


26 posted on 03/31/2010 7:17:47 PM PDT by Carley (Are you better off than you were four trillion dollars ago?)
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To: NormsRevenge

Why would I want to fix CNN? I want them to fail.


27 posted on 03/31/2010 7:19:12 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Build a man a fire; he'll be warm for a night. Set a man on fire; he'll be warm the rest of his life)
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To: NormsRevenge
CNN has such excellent programming!


28 posted on 03/31/2010 7:20:11 PM PDT by Prole (Please pray for the families of Chris and Channon. May God always watch over them.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Liquidate it.


29 posted on 03/31/2010 7:20:22 PM PDT by dr_who
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To: NormsRevenge

If CNN became another conservative voice on cable, their ratings would double. But I don’t look for that to happen. To liberals, ideology trumps profit.


30 posted on 03/31/2010 7:21:23 PM PDT by Signalman
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To: NormsRevenge
Jon Klein, the network president, has consistently defended the network’s down-the-middle news strategy

Down the middle ? Of what? Das Kapital?

31 posted on 03/31/2010 7:22:09 PM PDT by Timocrat
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To: NormsRevenge

Instead of just kicking them while their down, I’m going to try to offer some useful solutions.

I think that if they were really serious about changing their tune they should let the public express their opinions on what they want to see. Of course I don’t think they will but they got to know what they have isn’t working.

I believe they can find a niche if they bring back the debates that made their commentary so engaging in the first place. What would also help is if they form an internal ‘bias commission’ who would publicly respond to viewer feedback and that would review their reports for bias (in fact something like that would help every major news agency).

CNN’s main problem is trust, I don’t trust what they say and neither do most people. The MSM is constantly harrying the government for not being transparent, well the people expect their media to be also.


32 posted on 03/31/2010 7:23:20 PM PDT by Raymann
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To: Borges
Who would have thought "Countdown To No Ratings" and Rachel Madcow would beat Wolf Blitzer?

Those jerks have foam coming out of their mouths most of the time they are on the TV.


33 posted on 03/31/2010 7:23:53 PM PDT by Prole (Please pray for the families of Chris and Channon. May God always watch over them.)
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To: highlander_UW

Crossfire and Inside Politics were they only shows I ever watched on CNN and they are both gone.


34 posted on 03/31/2010 7:25:37 PM PDT by HapaxLegamenon
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To: NormsRevenge
How to fix CNN

Fix meaning surgically neuter, like a misbehaving dog? Right? Well, they might resist, but they'll get used to it.

35 posted on 03/31/2010 7:26:28 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (Obamacare: The 2010 version of the Intolerable Acts.)
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To: NormsRevenge

They could try going on Jeopardy and win... Oh, wait, they already tried that and showed their incompetence at coming up with the right questions there too.


36 posted on 03/31/2010 7:29:23 PM PDT by eggman (Grab a mop Mr. Gibbs! Your boss is making another mess.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Find someone to run the place that understands that “down the middle” doesn’t mean tilted like the tower of Pisa.


37 posted on 03/31/2010 7:34:59 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: NormsRevenge
How to fix CNN

Uhhh??? Report?

38 posted on 03/31/2010 7:37:03 PM PDT by Onelifetogive (Flame away...)
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To: NormsRevenge

39 posted on 03/31/2010 7:38:12 PM PDT by John 3_19-21 (Where are the leaders?)
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To: Borges; Prole
MSNBC is way ahead of CNN in the ratings.

"While it’s hard to completely attribute cause and effect to TV ratings, it’s interesting to note that Countdown had better ratings (and a less severe year to year ratings and viewership loss) during the month of March, when Keith wasn’t on the air".... from TVbytheNumbers.com

40 posted on 03/31/2010 7:38:52 PM PDT by topfile
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To: Raymann
CNN's problem is respect. They constantly insult, marginalize, and distort the views of conservatives. Then they claim they are down the middle just because they are not as far over the edge as MSNBC.

They lost the respect of the viewers because they don't show any respect when it comes to reporting both sides.

41 posted on 03/31/2010 7:39:32 PM PDT by eggman (Grab a mop Mr. Gibbs! Your boss is making another mess.)
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To: Prole

Are they brothers? They look so much alike!


42 posted on 03/31/2010 7:42:37 PM PDT by nolongerademocrat ("Before you ask G-d for something, first thank G-d for what you already have." B'rachot 30b)
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To: max americana

What do you have against sharks?


43 posted on 03/31/2010 7:42:55 PM PDT by meatloaf
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To: HapaxLegamenon
Crossfire and Inside Politics were they only shows I ever watched on CNN and they are both gone.

Only thing I ever watched was Crossfire on a rare occasion...CNN could disappear and I wouldn't notice it for weeks.

44 posted on 03/31/2010 7:43:53 PM PDT by highlander_UW (Happiness doesn't come from owning something; it comes from being a part of something)
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To: Carling
Jon Klein, the network president, has consistently defended the network’s down-the-middle news strategy

Like Susan Roesgen?


45 posted on 03/31/2010 7:44:56 PM PDT by ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas (Pat Caddell: Democrats are drinking kool-aid in a political Jonestown)
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To: NormsRevenge
defended the network’s down-the-middle news strategy


46 posted on 03/31/2010 7:49:27 PM PDT by softwarecreator (No more excuses ... we need to take our country back. Now.)
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To: NormsRevenge
How to fix CNN

Ya can't.  Best to tear it down & start over again.

47 posted on 03/31/2010 7:52:01 PM PDT by softwarecreator (No more excuses ... we need to take our country back. Now.)
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To: NormsRevenge

I know how CNN could soar in ratings — Tell the whole story, top to bottom, inside and out, and don’t spin it one way or the other. IOW, BE JOURNALISTS!

But CNN is the network of Campbell “The science is settled” Brown, daughter of a crim-o-crat icon ... and they wonder why less and less people buy into their BS.


48 posted on 03/31/2010 7:52:15 PM PDT by spodefly (This is my tag line. There are many like it, but this one is mine.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Don’t.

If it can’t manage in the free market, let it tank.


49 posted on 03/31/2010 7:53:26 PM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: NormsRevenge

close it


50 posted on 03/31/2010 7:54:32 PM PDT by The Wizard (I support Madam President, the only President in America today)
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