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CNN fires veteran reporters (And More To Come! Merry Christmas from CNN!)
The Miami Herald ^ | December 24, 2002 | Glenn Garvin

Posted on 12/25/2002 1:02:11 AM PST by Timesink

Posted on Tue, Dec. 24, 2002



CNN fires veteran reporters




ggarvin@herald.com

CNN has fired at least two veteran reporters in the past 10 days, and rumors are flying around the network's bureaus that other dismissals are on the way as part of a new round of layoffs.

Reporters Mark Potter, based in Miami, and Allan Dodds Frank, based in New York, both confirmed Monday that they were fired earlier this month for what CNN told them were economic reasons.

''What's happening is clear,'' said Frank, the featured reporter on CNN's Moneyline who recently won the prestigious Gerald R. Loeb broadcasting award for stories on the financing of the Sept. 11 attacks. ``They're getting rid of anybody whose contract is up who is not a superstar anchor or a 25-year-old willing to be paid in Canadian dollars.''

CNN officials did not return phone calls Monday night about the firings.

The network laid off more than 400 employees shortly after its parent company, Time Warner, was acquired by America Online in 2001 and has been steadily tightening its belt ever since.

Neither of the firings has been officially announced by CNN, either publicly or internally, and journalists in the network's Washington and New York offices say they believe other reporters have been dismissed during the past week. ''With everybody on vacation, it's hard to tell,'' said one CNN editor. ``We keep asking, but we don't get any answers.''

Potter, one of three reporters in CNN's bureau here, is a veteran of 26 years in the Miami market, including stints at WSVN-Fox 7, WPLG-ABC 10 and the ABC News bureau. He joined CNN in 1998.

''Given the extremely busy and productive year I had, I was shocked and very disappointed to get this news,'' Potter said.


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[Emphasis mine.] Fired right AT Christmas. What a bunch of scum.
1 posted on 12/25/2002 1:02:12 AM PST by Timesink
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To: Timesink
Hate to see ya go.... buh-bye....

jeez who'd a thunk that "economic" reasons would be a reason to fire somebody.

I wish that the next Rather, Brokaw, Jennings contract deadline comes and the networks let him go... then put in a "local" newsreader at 1000th the salary. Once they see that any chump can do the job that can carry a big market local broadcast... well then we won't have to worry about single issue liberal reporters...

They'll all be multi issue liberal reporters. hahahahahahha and their market share will drop even more. Now if we could only get the lawyers to sue each other....hmmmmm.....

2 posted on 12/25/2002 1:10:52 AM PST by Dick Vomer
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To: Timesink; Dick Vomer; All
Scrreeeeeeeeech !.....phlummmmmmmp !!

What was that noise?.....

3 posted on 12/25/2002 1:23:04 AM PST by MeekOneGOP
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To: Timesink; Dick Vomer; All
Merry Christmas, folks !


4 posted on 12/25/2002 1:24:54 AM PST by MeekOneGOP
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To: MeeknMing
Merry Christmas to you, too!
5 posted on 12/25/2002 1:34:39 AM PST by MagnoliaMS
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To: Timesink
Liberal "caring" Media: FIRE PEOPLE ON CHRISTMAS.
6 posted on 12/25/2002 2:04:15 AM PST by Recovering_Democrat
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To: Timesink
The way CNN is going, they probably can run those Police Chase-TV shows that they show during Braves rain delays or reruns of the Andy Griffith Show in place of some of their prime-time news broadcasts and get the same ratings they are getting now.

I think both CNN and PMSNBC don't understand why people have clicked them off en masse for the Fox News Channel and any changes they make right now are too little too late. Firing staff during the holidays is not going to make matters any better (or probably any worse for that matter). Putting an end to the left-wing slant might.
7 posted on 12/25/2002 2:12:23 AM PST by GAGOPSWEEPTOVICTORY
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To: Timesink
yep ... I was thinking the same thing ... seems the spirit of antichrist Ted Turner is still alive at CNN even though he's not at the helm ... seems like they did it on purpose for a little extra kick ...

of course there is still Rudi ... sigh ... she's more than a pretty face ... very professional ... maybe she'll jump to FOX News! hehe ...


8 posted on 12/25/2002 2:12:54 AM PST by Bobby777
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To: Timesink
Too bad CNN won't become the Christian News Network. What a feather that would be in conservatives' cap! hehehe
9 posted on 12/25/2002 2:15:08 AM PST by goldstategop
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To: Bobby777
Shame on you. Lust in the heart is the same as.

(grin)
10 posted on 12/25/2002 2:18:27 AM PST by JudyB1938
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To: JudyB1938
Would it help if I said I'd marry her? ... LOL ... of course she may be Iranian and not interested in a conservative Christian ... if not I guess I could be her personal assistant ... me and 10 million other guys ... LOL ...
11 posted on 12/25/2002 2:23:01 AM PST by Bobby777
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To: Bobby777
You would leave Laurie Dhue? OHMYGOSH!!
12 posted on 12/25/2002 2:40:40 AM PST by JoeSixPack1
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To: JoeSixPack1
I guess after Solomon nobody could have two wives?? ... LOL ... (ducking and running) ... and then I'd wind up forgetting TWO BIRTHDAYS and I'd really be in double trouble!!

(just kidding ladies ...) ...
13 posted on 12/25/2002 2:48:18 AM PST by Bobby777
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To: Bobby777
the definition of a gentleman: a man who remembers a lady's birthday BUT forgets her age.
14 posted on 12/25/2002 2:58:05 AM PST by cajun-jack
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To: Bobby777
Strange how we "picture" people, isn't it. I thought you were an old married man.

So you're forgiven. Go ahead and lust. LOL
15 posted on 12/25/2002 3:39:52 AM PST by JudyB1938
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To: Timesink
BUMP
16 posted on 12/25/2002 3:41:20 AM PST by RippleFire
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To: Timesink

They must not have been young and pretty enough anymore.

Shhhh! What's that sound? Resumes being mailed to FOX News!

17 posted on 12/25/2002 3:42:28 AM PST by martin_fierro
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To: Timesink
Compassionate Liberalism. Mr. Potato Head would have a better chance as the new talking head spinning their garbage. It's the propaganda stupid.
18 posted on 12/25/2002 3:50:25 AM PST by PGalt
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To: Timesink
What did they do, say "Thank you, Jesus?"
19 posted on 12/25/2002 4:24:13 AM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
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To: Timesink
Dropping a bombshell on your loyal subjects on Christmas. I can't believe they actually found a way to climb lower on my scale. "Economic Reasons"???????? I guess Iraq cut back on the propaganda machine after they failed to stop the President on his recent wins.

20 posted on 12/25/2002 4:29:52 AM PST by ARCADIA
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To: martin_fierro
Mark Potter came here (Panama City, Florida) during Hurricane Opal.

He hung out at the local Chanel 13 studio, drinking coffee and eating sandwiches in one of the only buildings with electric power in the entire county (generator) while his camera crew went out and did his "reporting" for him. I was working there as weather-caster at the time.

Later in the day when they came back with the video and script for him to record as his story, he acted like a spoiled brat, jumping all over them about every tiny detail. Of course they shot his piece outside to make it look like he was in the thick of the hurricane destruction.

He was working for ABC then. He had better hope there are still some more lower rungs on that latter the he is descending, because he sure trated his co-workers badly while he was higher up.

21 posted on 12/25/2002 6:36:47 AM PST by capt. norm
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To: Dick Vomer
well then we won't have to worry about single issue liberal reporters...

Reporters are the congregation, carrying forth the words from their masters.


22 posted on 12/25/2002 6:45:15 AM PST by geedee
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To: martin_fierro
After MSNBC goes belly up, there will be a horde of TV journalists scrambling for jobs. Nora O'Donnell can work for me anytime though. :}
23 posted on 12/25/2002 6:50:36 AM PST by doosee
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To: Bobby777
Check this out. She's got an interesting bio though she seems to have managed to mature into an empty head. Am I being too harsh? LOL. Well she is equipped, not stripped.

http://www.cnn.com/fyi/interactive/teacher.resources/launch.newsroom.bios/rudi/content.html

24 posted on 12/25/2002 6:53:16 AM PST by dennisw
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To: martin_fierro
Shhhh! What's that sound? Resumes being mailed to FOX News!

That's the sound coming from Ft. Lee, NJ - the folks at pMSNBC are like rats deserting a sinking ship.

25 posted on 12/25/2002 6:54:54 AM PST by Keith in Iowa
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To: doosee
Nora O'Donnell can work for me anytime though. :}

There's an inspiration for some impure thoughts...

26 posted on 12/25/2002 6:57:03 AM PST by Keith in Iowa
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To: Timesink
''Given the extremely busy and productive year I had, I was shocked and very disappointed to get this news,'' Potter said.

Productive!? Productive!!!?....Hey Potter! Get a clue! You don't 'produce' anything! You are a talking head and nothing more. Now go out and get a real job and try helping the economy.

27 posted on 12/25/2002 6:58:51 AM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts
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To: Timesink
BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

Here is CNN's message to its reporters:

"MERRY CHRISTMAS-----YOU'RE FIRED!"

28 posted on 12/25/2002 7:32:34 AM PST by PJ-Comix
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To: Bobby777
of course there is still Rudi...

WOW! She looks a lot like Petra Verkaik in the face. Of course, I would need to check out the rest of her to see if the resemblence extends to other places.

29 posted on 12/25/2002 7:34:46 AM PST by PJ-Comix
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To: dennisw
She's got an interesting bio though she seems to have managed to mature into an empty
head. Am I being too harsh? LOL.


A bachelor's degree in biology from UCLA. (that ain't no J-school degree)
Ayn Rand books on her bookshelf.

She needs to be at FOX News.

(Maybe she decided to just draw as much $$$ from CNN/Turner as possible
before making the jump to FOX.)
30 posted on 12/25/2002 7:58:00 AM PST by VOA
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To: Keith in Iowa
That's the sound coming from Ft. Lee, NJ - the folks at pMSNBC are like rats deserting a sinking ship.

Don't disparage Ft. Lee like that! MSDNC is located in a scummy industrial park in Secaucus.

31 posted on 12/25/2002 9:37:22 AM PST by Timesink
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To: Bobby777
Who would you rather watch:






OR





32 posted on 12/25/2002 11:14:41 AM PST by rs79bm
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To: JudyB1938
Lust in the heart is the same as.

Trust me, it isn't even close. :)

33 posted on 12/25/2002 11:29:05 AM PST by Vinnie
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To: Timesink
``They're getting rid of anybody whose contract is up who is not a superstar anchor or a 25-year-old willing to be paid in Canadian dollars.''

Gee. Just like every other company in the US. Welcome to the real world, newsies.

34 posted on 12/25/2002 12:04:14 PM PST by pabianice
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To: geedee

How can anyone worth $ 10 billion have teeth from "Deliverance"?

35 posted on 12/25/2002 12:06:37 PM PST by pabianice
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To: pabianice
LOL

He's taken a big, big hit lately on his Time/Warner stock. He mighta stopped going to the dentist to save a few pesos.

36 posted on 12/25/2002 12:16:52 PM PST by geedee
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To: cajun-jack
the definition of a gentleman: a man who remembers a lady's birthday BUT forgets her age.

good advice!
37 posted on 12/25/2002 12:20:11 PM PST by Bobby777
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To: rs79bm
well they don't have a cool name like "Wolf Blitzer" for the Gulf War coverage ... but, I guess you're right, I'd have to go with the latter ... hehe ...
38 posted on 12/25/2002 12:22:37 PM PST by Bobby777
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To: dennisw
hey as long as she has a nice personality! haha! ... thanks for the info ...
39 posted on 12/25/2002 12:27:26 PM PST by Bobby777
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To: JudyB1938
haha! ... yeah I know what you mean ... one of the girls who worked in a consulting office I worked for handled my pay and benefits ... I talked with her for nearly a year before I met her ... not at all what I thought she looked like ... very nice young lady but one gets this "image" and then you meet the person and it's usually a surprise ... there's a lesson in there somewhere ...
40 posted on 12/25/2002 12:31:30 PM PST by Bobby777
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To: dennisw
uh oh, I'm lousy at tennis and probably even worse at the equestrian stuff ... but she has a B.S. in Biology and I can remember a little bit about the Kreb's Cycle, ATP and the organelles of an average cell ... alas but she likes "Survivor" and I hate all reality TV shows ... LOL ...
41 posted on 12/25/2002 12:34:51 PM PST by Bobby777
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To: MeeknMing
ROTFLMAO
42 posted on 12/25/2002 12:35:06 PM PST by B4Ranch
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To: rs79bm
Judy Woodruff? Sandy says, "Arf, arf!"
43 posted on 12/25/2002 12:38:25 PM PST by DeFault User
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To: Bobby777
She also mentioned rock climbing. Something I have zero desire to do though I like movies that have rock and mountain climbing.
44 posted on 12/25/2002 12:56:13 PM PST by dennisw
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To: dennisw
if I want to climb a mountain I'll just take a helicopter ... (I think they're good up to 14,000 feet) ... and that's enough for me! ... wonder if she likes Weird Al Yankovic's "UHF" and "Star Trek"? ... LOL ...
45 posted on 12/25/2002 1:02:51 PM PST by Bobby777
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To: Bobby777
I doubt she would watch either. She's the outdoorsy, fitness buff type.
46 posted on 12/25/2002 1:05:46 PM PST by dennisw
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To: rs79bm
That woman to the right of Lauie Duhe is nasty!! (Molly Something?) She's got helmet hair BAD!! It looks like a wig (Not so much in that picture but when she's on TV). She's certainly no "Looker".



Merry Christmas.
47 posted on 12/25/2002 1:08:46 PM PST by Johnny Shear
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To: Vinnie
We're talking in the Biblical sense, of course. :0)
48 posted on 12/25/2002 1:08:46 PM PST by JudyB1938
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To: Timesink
Do they ever fire women?
50 posted on 12/25/2002 7:01:22 PM PST by Kevin Curry
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