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CNN adds O'Brien, shuffles anchors (Rearranging the Deck Chairs on the SS Turner)
USA TODAY ^ | July 6, 2003 | Peter Johnson

Posted on 07/07/2003 11:48:00 AM PDT by Dont Mention the War

Edited on 04/13/2004 1:40:53 AM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

With Fox News clobbering it by a 1 million to 2 million viewer margin at night and a 250,000 margin in the morning, CNN, the onetime cable news leader, is regrouping.

Starting today, former NBC Weekend Today host Soledad O'Brien joins Bill Hemmer on American Morning from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. ET/4 to 7 PT. O'Brien replaces Paula Zahn, who has moved to the 8 p.m. ET/5 PT slot, where she faces cable king Bill O'Reilly. Former ABC anchor Anderson Cooper now anchors the 7 p.m. ET/4 PT hour.


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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: aaronbrown; andersoncooper; aoltimewarner; billhemmer; cablenewsnetwork; chickennoodlenews; clintonnewsnetwork; cnn; jimwalton; larryking; loudobbs; paulazahn; soledadobrien; teyaryan; turner
None of this will work. People don't want hard news in the mornings that they have to sit down and actually watch; the public is getting ready for work and the TV functions as a glorified radio for them while they're running all over the house. So American Morning is doomed no matter who anchors.

Anderson Cooper's show could work, but not at 7 pm. People aren't ready for quirky at 7 pm. Keith Olbermann is quirky at 8 pm, and his ratings blow.

Paula Zahn simply has a cold, off-setting personality. People don't want to watch her. So her show's dead, especially against O'Reilly.

CNN: One screwed-up channel.

1 posted on 07/07/2003 11:48:02 AM PDT by Dont Mention the War
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To: Dont Mention the War
Fox News is winning with its mix of confrontational talk-show hosts like O'Reilly and edgy news anchors like Shepard Smith, but CNN executives say that format is not for them.

What icebergs Captain Smith?

2 posted on 07/07/2003 11:53:22 AM PDT by Mike Darancette (Soddom has left the bunker.)
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To: Dont Mention the War
A news channel where Larry King "gets the lion's share of CNN's prime-time ratings" is in deep trouble. King looks about a hundred years old at this point.
3 posted on 07/07/2003 11:54:22 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Dont Mention the War
Instead, they say they're sticking with the one that CNN founder Ted Turner chose two decades ago: objective news.

They've got to be kidding...

4 posted on 07/07/2003 11:55:26 AM PDT by RoughDobermann
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To: Dont Mention the War
Paula Zahn == sacrificial lamb.
5 posted on 07/07/2003 11:55:45 AM PDT by ladtx ("...the very obsession of your public service must be Duty, Honor, Country." D. MacArthur)
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To: Dont Mention the War
Did you happen to see Paula Zahn when she "hosted" Ann Coulter? Ann had her totally stymied. It was wonderful.
6 posted on 07/07/2003 12:07:26 PM PDT by sarasota
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To: Dont Mention the War
Soledad is hot.


7 posted on 07/07/2003 12:08:55 PM PDT by JohnnyZ (I barbeque with Sweet Baby Ray's)
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To: Dont Mention the War
How long until Fox brings Rudi Bakhtiar into the fold?
8 posted on 07/07/2003 12:10:09 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Dont Mention the War
CNN executives say that format is not for them.

It's the format.
That's it! It's the format!
We've got to have a new format.
Maybe if we change our format.
I'll bet it's the format.
We can change the format.
Fox's format is what does it.
But that format's not for us.
Got to find the right format.
Just a few more changes to the format.
We want the same format, but different.
Maybe if we used last year's format...

9 posted on 07/07/2003 12:13:58 PM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: Dont Mention the War
Put Rudi, Robin, and Soledad as co-hosts on a show with a "FOX and Friends" type format, and they might have a chance.
10 posted on 07/07/2003 12:19:14 PM PDT by Russell Scott (When Christ's Kingdom appears, all of man's problems will disappear.)
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To: RoughDobermann
objective news: /ob-jek-tiv noos/ term used by liberal journalists and news producers - mainly at CNN, NBC, CBS, ABC and the big metropolitan newspaper dailies - to cover over the fact that their news stories, exposes and other commentaries take on a very politically liberal slant.
11 posted on 07/07/2003 12:19:35 PM PDT by BaghdadBarney
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To: Dont Mention the War
Never heard of most of these people!! But, any organization the gives Paul Begala employment and expects others to believe that anything Begala says isn't BS, lies, dishonesty or corruption doesn't know what he is doing.

The traditional, weasel left media is just doing fine. It has so many other revenue sources that it doesn't have to be competitive and, it gives them someting and all the lefties, something to whine about.

12 posted on 07/07/2003 12:23:20 PM PDT by Tacis
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To: Dont Mention the War
How many news cookies has Zahn crawled over?? If you handed her a kitten and told her all she had to do was twist it's head off and she would have the prime time slot. I don't think she would even flinch. I call it the dead kitty principle.

I had an aunt that was just like her. Very smug. You got the feeling you were being made fun of the whole time you were talking to her.
13 posted on 07/07/2003 12:24:53 PM PDT by TomHarkinIsNotFromIowa (Feindhammer!)
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To: Dont Mention the War
Former ABC anchor Anderson Cooper now anchors the 7 p.m. ET/4 PT hour

I rememeber when Anderson Cooper was on "Channel One"- my public school's morning indoctrination by television. We had to watch it every morning after we said the pledge of allegiance (yes, we still said it then). It's no surprise that he ended up on CNN.

btw.......If any of your children have to watch this crap like I did (nothing but commie-lib BS and soda commercials. Thanks to great parents I recognized it for what it was even then, which got me sent to the office more than once....) I would suggest that you go have a talk with your school board ASAP.
14 posted on 07/07/2003 12:26:07 PM PDT by musical_airman (Stay back.......I've got the monkeypox..........they itch...............MY GOD DO THEY ITCH!!!!!!!)
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To: JohnnyZ
Soledad is hot.

Need to do a "Rita Hayworth" on her: raise the hairline & give her a slight widow's peak.

15 posted on 07/07/2003 12:29:10 PM PDT by quark
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To: RoughDobermann
"they've got to be kidding."

Nope. Thye honestly think they are objective. That's what happens when virtually everyone is a dyed-in-the-wool lefty in one organization.
16 posted on 07/07/2003 12:34:58 PM PDT by Freedom4US
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To: JohnnyZ
Yes she is.
17 posted on 07/07/2003 1:23:55 PM PDT by KC_Conspirator (This space for rent)
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19 posted on 07/07/2003 1:30:26 PM PDT by JohnnyZ (I barbeque with Sweet Baby Ray's)
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To: musical_airman
Anderson Cooper won't be doing "The Mole" this year? OH NO!
20 posted on 07/07/2003 1:39:07 PM PDT by Poser
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To: Dont Mention the War
"I'm really not interested in having an anchor ram their opinion down a viewer's throat. I'm more interested in being objective and reporting stories."

Well of course you don't ram your opinions down their throats. You slip the knife in sideways, like all good objective liberal journalists.

You objectively report everything that Tom Daschle said today, you report on all the press releases from environmentalists and anti-gun crusaders, and you objectively tell us that three professors at Berkeley have pronounced Bush "the most failed President in a hundred years." Hey... it's news. They really said that.

No thanks. Rather and Jennings were doing that when you were a zygote. I'd as soon have you tell me flat-out that you're a partisan advocate, and all the stories I'm going to hear today will either highlight items from the DNC's daily talking points memo, or show Republicans throwing homeless grandmothers into the streets. We both know you're going to do that anyway, so why not be up front about it?


21 posted on 07/07/2003 1:52:10 PM PDT by Nick Danger (The liberals are slaughtering themselves at the gates of the newsroom)
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To: JohnnyZ
"Soledad is hot."

iirc, she's a lib moron.
22 posted on 07/07/2003 3:39:17 PM PDT by Yehuda (http://www.JewPoint.blogspot.com)
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To: Yehuda
iirc, she's a lib moron.

And . . . she's hot.

23 posted on 07/07/2003 3:42:30 PM PDT by JohnnyZ (I barbeque with Sweet Baby Ray's)
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To: Dont Mention the War
Bill's already made Larry King his b*tch. Now it's Paula's turn.
24 posted on 07/07/2003 3:44:15 PM PDT by CholeraJoe (White Devils for Sharpton. We're baaaaad. We're Nationwide)
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To: Russell Scott
Put Rudi, Robin, and Soledad as co-hosts on a show with a "FOX and Friends" type format, and they might have a chance.

It'll never happen. CNN is terrified of "fun." The newsroom culture will allow for "slightly quirky," but actual FUN equals "unserious news" which equals "going against CNN values."

The fact that CNN hasn't had any values since the day Turner sold them to Time Warner, and especially not since the day Eason Jordan sold his soul (and other peoples' lives) to Iraq just so they could brag about having a bureau there, doesn't seem to be something that anyone at CNN realizes.

25 posted on 07/07/2003 4:22:59 PM PDT by Dont Mention the War
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To: Dont Mention the War
Instead, they say they're sticking with the one that CNN founder Ted Turner chose two decades ago: objective news.

BWA-HA-HA-HAAAAAA!

Oh man..stop...I'm dyin' here!!!!

This article belongs in the comedy section!

"...objective..." BWA-HA-HA-HAAAAAA!!!!!

(Snort...snuffle...giggle...) No really...what did they REALLY give as an excuse..er expalnation...(snicker)...

26 posted on 07/07/2003 4:31:03 PM PDT by Itzlzha (The avalanche has already started...it is too late for the pebbles to vote!)
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To: musical_airman
I rememeber when Anderson Cooper was on "Channel One"- my public school's morning indoctrination by television. We had to watch it every morning after we said the pledge of allegiance (yes, we still said it then). It's no surprise that he ended up on CNN.

Good to know I wasn't the only one who had to struggle through Channel One. Here's hoping it still does not exist. I literally lost days off my life by being forced to watch/wait through CH1. Everytime I channel surf by CNN now and Cooper on I've just got to laugh. Anderson is maybe 35 and colors his hair grey to look older! That's about as fake as CNN's *objective news coverage*.
27 posted on 07/07/2003 4:50:37 PM PDT by Fausto
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Anderson is maybe 35 and colors his hair grey to look older!

Anyone else pick up a certain odd vibe from Anderson? Well, not exactly odd, maybe strange, not that's not the word I'm looking for. Peculiar...? Nah...

28 posted on 07/07/2003 4:59:12 PM PDT by Right Wing Professor
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To: Fausto
Channel One is still around, and it was shown at my high school for the four years I was there (I graduated this past May). Most of the time, though, the teachers didn't force us to watch it, we'd just use it as a short break/study hall and it'd serve as background noise. I did watch it a few times, and it was still mainly commercials and liberally biased "reporting."
29 posted on 07/07/2003 5:07:44 PM PDT by ItsBacon (I smell bacon! Where's the bacon? baconbaconbaconbaconbaconbaconbaconbacon)
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To: dfwgator
How long until Fox brings Rudi Bakhtiar into the fold?

Yum! That would make my month...

30 posted on 07/07/2003 5:45:56 PM PDT by Tall_Texan (Half the people you encounter are below average.)
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To: Dont Mention the War
Iceberg ramming speed ... aye captian.
31 posted on 07/07/2003 5:49:33 PM PDT by snooker
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To: Dont Mention the War
Seriously, this story needs to come with a laugh track. There are so many unintentional knee-slappers in this report.

CNN will stick to objective news...yeah, like mercury.

32 posted on 07/07/2003 5:49:40 PM PDT by Tall_Texan (Half the people you encounter are below average.)
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To: Dont Mention the War
I guess they need to shoot up anothe Iraqi guard post. That was the first time I tuned in CNN in over a year. Haven't been back since.
33 posted on 07/07/2003 5:50:54 PM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult ("Read Hillary's hips. I never had sex with that woman.")
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To: Dont Mention the War

"Darn! Lost *another* loan to DiTech!"

"Oh, wait! Am I supposed to be doing hard news this hour?"

34 posted on 07/07/2003 5:53:46 PM PDT by Tall_Texan (Half the people you encounter are below average.)
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To: Dont Mention the War
Instead, they say they're sticking with the one that CNN founder Ted Turner chose two decades ago: objective news

Uhhh...if by "objective" they mean selling integrity for access, then I wholeheartedly agree. What a joke.
35 posted on 07/07/2003 5:55:34 PM PDT by Akira
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To: Tall_Texan
Another World News Now alum,too big now to have it mentioned in the article as it was about Cooper.
36 posted on 07/07/2003 6:05:52 PM PDT by John W
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To: musical_airman

"I think the show will be successful if it is distinctive and reflective of my voice and sensibilities," says Cooper.

What an ego! He thinks the show is all about him! If it reflects *his* voice and *his* sensibilities, it will be a success....

oooooooh!

37 posted on 07/07/2003 6:09:56 PM PDT by Tall_Texan (Half the people you encounter are below average.)
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