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CNNís Jim Walton Resigns
FishbowlDC ^ | 7/27/2012 | Betsy Rothstein

Posted on 07/27/2012 9:57:18 AM PDT by Beave Meister

CNN President Jim Walton, who has been with the company for 30 years, has announced that he’s resigning. He will remain with the network until the end of the year.

“CNN needs new thinking,” Walton wrote in a note to staff this morning. “I have interests to explore, I need to give myself time to do [them].”

See various quotes and his note after the jump…

From CNN PR: Jim Walton told the CNN organization today that he will step down as president of CNN Worldwide at the end of this year. He will continue in his current role until that time. Jim’s decision has the support and respect of Turner Broadcasting CEO Phil Kent. Phil will lead the search for Jim’s successor. Employee note from Jim Walton is below as well as statements from Phil Kent and Jeff Bewkes.

Jim Walton note to staff:

After more than 30 years at this company and nearly 10 years as the leader of this great news organization, I have decided to leave my role at CNN on December 31, 2012.

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


TOPICS: Breaking News; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: cnn; corruption; democrats; fraud; jimwalton; liberalmedia; liberals; msm; obama; resignation; retirement; tedturner; walton
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Good for us.....
1 posted on 07/27/2012 9:57:29 AM PDT by Beave Meister
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To: Beave Meister

CNN needed new thinking long before now.


2 posted on 07/27/2012 9:59:13 AM PDT by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: PBRSTREETGANG

The hire the same old song


3 posted on 07/27/2012 10:01:03 AM PDT by scooby321 (h tones)
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To: Beave Meister

I nominate Bernie Goldberg!


4 posted on 07/27/2012 10:03:09 AM PDT by morphing libertarian
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To: Beave Meister

I’m predicting now that the new one will be an off the charts Lib.


5 posted on 07/27/2012 10:06:26 AM PDT by CaptainK (...please make it stop. Shake a can of pennies at it.)
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To: Beave Meister
CNN hasn't done anything slightly interesting since one of their crews shot their way out of Tikrit, Iraq in 2003.
6 posted on 07/27/2012 10:06:40 AM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (Liberals make unrealistic demands on reality and reality doesn't oblige them.)
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To: Beave Meister

7 posted on 07/27/2012 10:08:18 AM PDT by Snickering Hound
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To: Beave Meister

Makes sense. Either they will have accomplished their goal with Obama retaining power, in which case America is dead, or they need a new strategy to trick us into accepting their version of reality.


8 posted on 07/27/2012 10:09:05 AM PDT by Pollster1 (Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. - Ronald Reagan)
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To: Beave Meister

I’d want to do something else after 30 years, too.

CNN beats the heck out of any other network when there’s breaking news, especially internationally.

While we may prefer FOX for talk-blabber, give Walton and CNN credit for bringing us cable news, long before FOX News even began. Remember the first Gulf war?


9 posted on 07/27/2012 10:09:20 AM PDT by Jedidah
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To: Beave Meister
All those nauseating bouquets from his co-workers....

Hey, Jim: You're a failure. Admit it. Your company sucks at what it does and you took it there. Deal with reality.

10 posted on 07/27/2012 10:10:00 AM PDT by clintonh8r (Happy to be represented by Lt. Col. Allen West)
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To: Beave Meister
“CNN needs new thinking,” Walton wrote in a note to staff this morning.

Hire Rush as Chairman. It will be the #1 news channel in a week.

11 posted on 07/27/2012 10:11:29 AM PDT by FatherofFive (Islam is evil and must be eradicated)
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To: morphing libertarian

I’ll second it!


12 posted on 07/27/2012 10:14:25 AM PDT by FES0844
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To: Beave Meister

Deck chairs, Titanic, etc.


13 posted on 07/27/2012 10:15:55 AM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: Beave Meister
“CNN needs new thinking,” There, I fixed it.
14 posted on 07/27/2012 10:18:18 AM PDT by Sloth (If a tax break counts as "spending" then every time I don't rob a bank should be a "deposit.")
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To: Beave Meister

“Cnn Needs new Thinking”- Captain Obvious quote de jour...


15 posted on 07/27/2012 10:19:20 AM PDT by lexington minuteman 1775
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To: Beave Meister

G’night, Jim-boy.


16 posted on 07/27/2012 10:20:40 AM PDT by Hunton Peck (This too, shall pass, unless we're in Harry Reid's Senate and "this" is a budget.)
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To: Beave Meister

Other interests? Translation: “I just don’t know what to do anymore with this bloody network.”


17 posted on 07/27/2012 10:23:17 AM PDT by RexBeach (Mr. Obama Can't Count.)
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To: FatherofFive
Hire Rush as Chairman.
But, but, how would he find time to sell his tea?
I listened to Rush for almost 20 years but quit a few years ago when his show became nothing but obama 24/7.
And quite frankly, that's all Rush does is talk. If the nation is really, really in such dire straits, why doesn't he DO something, like run for office, host Dan's bake sales, show up at a Tea Party meeting ... anything.
As much as I despise someone like Al Franken, at least he walked the walk.
18 posted on 07/27/2012 10:23:41 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Hunton Peck

16 posts before a gratuitous “Waltons” reference? We’re slipping.


19 posted on 07/27/2012 10:24:12 AM PDT by Disambiguator
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To: Beave Meister
CNN needs new thinking. That starts with a new leader who brings a different perspective, different experiences and a new plan, one who will build on our great foundation and will commit to seeing it through.

Well isn't that something.

It isn't often that someone in the business world openly denigrates themselves by admitting that they're incapable of adapting their thinking to changing times.

And yet...
I am proud of what we have accomplished together over these last 10 years – innovative programming, the development of great talent in front of and behind the cameras, expansion in digital and mobile, significant investment and expansion in international coverage, financial success and, most importantly, great and trusted journalism.

He's proud of his changes (new thinking) over the last 10 years, yet he says new leadership is needed.

Something is going on behind the scenes IMO.
Maybe the direction of travel isn't the direction he wants to go.

Is Time Warner fixing to "JC Penny" CNN?

20 posted on 07/27/2012 10:25:10 AM PDT by philman_36 (Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty, and supped with infamy. Benjamin Franklin)
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To: Beave Meister

Jim Bob Walton was running CNN? No wonder they were so lame.


21 posted on 07/27/2012 10:27:35 AM PDT by iowamark
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To: Beave Meister

The timing of this, just before the elections, makes me suspicious. Possibly a hand in this from the White House.., as suggestion? So as to encourage CNN to place a more far left leaning Lib at the helm? I don’t accept that he made this decision on his own, at this time.


22 posted on 07/27/2012 10:28:28 AM PDT by CitizenM (Obama - The architect of the decline of the U.S.)
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To: oh8eleven

Regarding your Post #18, I am not in disagreement with you. I feel the same way about many of our conservative radio show hosts.

While I understand that they are using the best assets (their voice) to get their point across, too many of them also seems to be hucksters - promoting their new book, promoting a new tea, etc.

I’m not unsympathetic to wanting these guys to make a buck. More power to them. But there are times when I’m not sure what’s comes first - shilling for a new product or advancing our cause.

I’d love it if some of these guys (Hannity, Hugh Hewitt, etc) would suddenly show up at a phone bank some night and start calling GOP voters. Now, that would be impressive and would help fire up the local volunteer base.


23 posted on 07/27/2012 10:33:59 AM PDT by MplsSteve (General Mills is pro-gay marriage! Boycott their products!)
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To: Disambiguator

I woulda been here quicker, but there was a feller needin’ directions to Schulyer.


24 posted on 07/27/2012 10:37:16 AM PDT by Hunton Peck (This too, shall pass, unless we're in Harry Reid's Senate and "this" is a budget.)
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To: Beave Meister
“I have interests to explore, I need to give myself time to do [them].”

Hopefully not a Chick-fil-A franchise. /sarc

25 posted on 07/27/2012 10:44:10 AM PDT by QT3.14 (We live in an era with Smart Phones and Dumb People)
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To: Beave Meister

Goodnight, jimboy....


26 posted on 07/27/2012 10:44:44 AM PDT by MestaMachine (obama kills)
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To: Hunton Peck

I like and admire Rush too. But I already know the problems. (thanks FR). I want to know the solutions. I wish he would DO SOMETHING besides spouting what’s wrong!


27 posted on 07/27/2012 10:45:37 AM PDT by bicyclerepair ( REPLACE D-W-S ! http://www.karenforcongress.com)
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To: Hunton Peck

I shoulda kept reading. LOL


28 posted on 07/27/2012 10:46:30 AM PDT by MestaMachine (obama kills)
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To: Beave Meister
Good for us.....

...unless they go the way of PMSNBC.

Maybe they will hire Jesse Jackson? (vs PMSNBC Al Sharpton)
Maybe they will hire Keith 0lbamaman?
Maybe they will hire a slew of homosexual radical activists?
29 posted on 07/27/2012 10:46:51 AM PDT by kevcol
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To: Jedidah

“CNN beats the heck out of any other network when there’s breaking news, especially internationally.”

Only MSNBC/TWC is more leftist than CNN.

“While we may prefer FOX for talk-blabber,”

Some may, but I don’t make the mistake of assuming Faux is in any way conservative.

“give Walton and CNN credit for bringing us cable news, long before FOX News even began. Remember the first Gulf war?”

Yes, I remember good ol’ Saddam getting all his military intel from CNN.

When has CNN ever been less than left wing freaks?


30 posted on 07/27/2012 10:49:08 AM PDT by treetopsandroofs (Had FDR been GOP, there would have been no World Wars, just "The Great War" and "Roosevelt's Wars".)
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To: treetopsandroofs

I also remember CNN showing us over and over all day long their leftist buddies in the middle east CELEBRATING on 9/11.


31 posted on 07/27/2012 10:50:52 AM PDT by treetopsandroofs (Had FDR been GOP, there would have been no World Wars, just "The Great War" and "Roosevelt's Wars".)
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To: CaptainK
I’m predicting now that the new one will be an off the charts Lib.

I agree. Nature tends to entropy, and I see no reason for CNN to keep from flying apart as well.

32 posted on 07/27/2012 10:52:28 AM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Obama considers the Third World morally superior to the United States.)
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To: oh8eleven
Sometimes Rush gives the rationale for why you are so angry about something. In your head and heart you know its wrong but you need someone to connect the dots and tell you why - sometimes. Rush is the best person for that role. I think we should leave him alone and let him do what he does best.
33 posted on 07/27/2012 10:52:37 AM PDT by kevcol
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To: kevcol

CNN has been in the dumpster for years. If the do hire some liberal moonbat who’s going to be doing the same left wing assault on America, it will be like rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.


34 posted on 07/27/2012 10:54:47 AM PDT by Beave Meister (Die Hard Cubs Fan.....if it takes forever.)
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To: Beave Meister

Obama must have some really sucky internal polling.

Rat is jumping ship before the tsunami


35 posted on 07/27/2012 10:55:21 AM PDT by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: Beave Meister

“...CNN needs new thinking...”

Since thinking is inversely proportation to the percentage of liberals on staff, this implies that CNN needs fewer liberals on the staff.

(This helpful note provided because math is NOT a friend of liberals...as is amply demonstrated by their fiscal m*st*rb*tions.)


36 posted on 07/27/2012 10:56:14 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: Da Coyote

Oops, an Obamacretin moment.

That’s “proportion,” not “proportation.”

My bad, send me to the West Wing - a place for idiots.


37 posted on 07/27/2012 10:58:03 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: treetopsandroofs
I also remember CNN showing us over and over all day long their leftist buddies in the middle east CELEBRATING on 9/11.

I called that "Performing a public service." It was good for people to get slapped in the face about Obama's pals on the West Bank.

38 posted on 07/27/2012 11:00:59 AM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Obama considers the Third World morally superior to the United States.)
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To: Jedidah
CNN beats the heck out of any other network when there’s breaking news, especially internationally.

Yep. The pre-spin raw feed is pretty good.

Once management is awake and in the office, not so much.

39 posted on 07/27/2012 11:04:09 AM PDT by null and void (Day 1284 of our ObamaVacation from reality - Heroes aren't made Frank, they're cornered...)
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To: Jedidah

“CNN beats the heck out of any other network when there’s breaking news,”

Yeah, I remember Wolf Blitzer with his breathtaking Breaking News over and over all day long that George W. Bush’s popularity polling is at a record low.


40 posted on 07/27/2012 11:10:48 AM PDT by A'elian' nation (Political correctness does not legislate tolerance; it only organizes hatred. Jacques Barzun)
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To: null and void

I wonder if this is about the hack and charges those running the media in England are facing?


41 posted on 07/27/2012 11:18:49 AM PDT by edcoil (It is not over until I win.)
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To: Beave Meister

Honestly I have no idea who this guy is.


42 posted on 07/27/2012 11:19:38 AM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: Beave Meister

B.O. will be available in late January.


43 posted on 07/27/2012 11:21:07 AM PDT by Leep (Enemy of the Statist)
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult

I’m not sure I remember hearing about that.


44 posted on 07/27/2012 11:22:44 AM PDT by wastedyears ("God? I didn't know he was signed onto the system.")
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To: Beave Meister

Most of CNN’s regular viewers pre-Fox (i.e. before the late 90s) were actually right-leaning news junkies who preferred CNN as a news source because they were the least biased of the big 4 networks. But when Fox News came along CNN gradually lost this core audience to them.

Then in the late 2000s, when MSNBC decided to abandon any pretense of objectivity and all but declare itself the official Obama cheerleader network, the die hard libs switched to them and left CNN behind as well.

So who does that leave for CNN? Almost no one, apparently.


45 posted on 07/27/2012 11:24:25 AM PDT by Random_User_250
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To: Da Coyote

Math isn’t a friend to me either.


46 posted on 07/27/2012 11:26:47 AM PDT by wastedyears ("God? I didn't know he was signed onto the system.")
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To: Beave Meister
“I have interests to explore...

Translation:

Investors have decided to feed me to great whites if I don't move on. They want their investments to yield a profit after 30 years.

47 posted on 07/27/2012 11:38:18 AM PDT by theDentist (FYBO/FUBO; qwerty ergo typo : i type, therefore i misspelll)
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To: PBRSTREETGANG

ANY “thinking” would have been an improvement.....


48 posted on 07/27/2012 11:42:14 AM PDT by G Larry (I'm under no obligation to be a passive victim!)
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To: Beave Meister
“CNN needs new thinking”

The guy's a genious.

49 posted on 07/27/2012 11:47:28 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: Beave Meister; All

They can have Shep!!!!


50 posted on 07/27/2012 11:50:39 AM PDT by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11 0bie don' t eat my dog!)
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