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Fox billboard sticks it to CNN again (with pic)
Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 10/09/03 | TONY WILBERT

Posted on 10/08/2003 7:15:42 PM PDT by Pokey78


Fox's new message on a billboard across
from CNN includes the line
"Brought to You by Your Friends at Fox News."

Paula Zahn's new show on CNN is performing so poorly that even archrival Fox wants CNN to bring back Connie Chung.

At least that's what a comical new billboard Fox erected late Tuesday catty-cornered to CNN Center says.

"Come Home Connie. CNN Needs You," the billboard reads. "Brought to You by Your Friends at Fox News."

"We thought this would lift the morale and bring a few smiles to the faces of the CNN staffers in Atlanta," Fox News spokeswoman Irena Briganti said Wednesday.

CNN officials were not immediately available for comment.

CNN canceled "Connie Chung Tonight" in March, prompting Chung to leave the Atlanta-based network. The network canceled the show, which did relatively well in the ratings but took flak for its tabloid style.

CNN replaced the show with one that featured Zahn and was designed to to sharpen CNN's hard-news focus. Last month, the show, which airs at 8 p.m., was relaunched as "Paula Zahn Now."

But the show's ratings have been disappointing.

During "Paula Zahn Now's" first month on the air, the number of viewers has fallen about 19 percent from the time slot a year ago, when Chung's program was airing. Zahn's show drew an average of 575,000 viewers during its first four weeks on the air.

The O'Reilly Factor, hosted by Bill O'Reilly, dominated the 8 p.m. cable news time slot.

Though the billboard's tone is meant to be comical, the message should hit a nerve at CNN, which has bristled at its declining ratings.

The Fox billboard at Centennial Olympic Park Drive and Marietta Street has featured several messages during the past several years, including ones welcoming Greta Van Susteren, who left CNN for Fox in December 2001.

Other messages on the billboard have promoted the morning show "Fox and Friends" and announced Fox's ascent to the No. 1 position in cable news.

In Manhattan, CNN has erected a billboard of its own across from Fox News. In February, CNN's billboard featured a smiling Paula Zahn and read, "Real News Makes the Difference."


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: billboard; cablenewsnetwork; chickennoodlenews; cnn; cnnschadenfreude; foxnews; schadenfreude
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1 posted on 10/08/2003 7:15:43 PM PDT by Pokey78
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To: Pokey78; Howlin
Priceless!!!
2 posted on 10/08/2003 7:16:56 PM PDT by RedBloodedAmerican
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To: Pokey78
Awesome! BTTT.
3 posted on 10/08/2003 7:18:36 PM PDT by Constitution Day (Eschew exclamatory abuse.)
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4 posted on 10/08/2003 7:18:52 PM PDT by Support Free Republic (Your support keeps Free Republic going strong!)
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To: Pokey78
In February, CNN's billboard featured a smiling Paula Zahn and read, "Real News Makes the Difference."

And they couldn't understand why the people at Fox were laughing at it so hard...

5 posted on 10/08/2003 7:19:54 PM PDT by Chad Fairbanks ("A body part when it's up against a plastic cup isn't going to go 'clink'")
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To: Pokey78
Next to Crossfire, Chung's show was the worst on CNN.
6 posted on 10/08/2003 7:20:06 PM PDT by Roscoe Karns
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To: Pokey78
What's CNN?
7 posted on 10/08/2003 7:21:42 PM PDT by Humidston (Do not remove this tag under penalty of law)
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To: RedBloodedAmerican

8 posted on 10/08/2003 7:22:58 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: Chad Fairbanks
Gratuitous cheep shot ping...

Gotta love it.

9 posted on 10/08/2003 7:24:07 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter
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To: Pokey78
LOL .. now that is funny
10 posted on 10/08/2003 7:25:32 PM PDT by Mo1 (http://www.favewavs.com/wavs/cartoons/spdemocrats.wav)
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To: Howlin; Ed_NYC; MonroeDNA; widgysoft; Springman; Timesink; dubyaismypresident; Grani; coug97; ...
To the right of this billboard is one for "Fox and Friends". Both of these are at the corner of Marietta St. and Centennial Olympic Park Dr. - catty-corner from CNN Center.

Just damn.

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11 posted on 10/08/2003 7:25:37 PM PDT by mhking (When it rains it pours: I'm looking for a job again -- any offers or help: mhking@bellsouth.net)
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To: Humidston
Well, it USED to be the clinton news network, but he left. Now? Don't know really....
12 posted on 10/08/2003 7:25:39 PM PDT by TLI (...........ITINERIS IMPENDEO VALHALLA..........)
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To: Pokey78
ROTFLOL Getting up close and personal. ;)
13 posted on 10/08/2003 7:25:58 PM PDT by Libertina (God Bless our proud troops and support their families!)
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To: Pokey78
I love Fox news.

Yesterday was their 7th birthday!
14 posted on 10/08/2003 7:28:31 PM PDT by jern
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To: Pokey78
How childish!

This is great. Ya know...it used to be the conservatives that were stuffy and straight laced and the libs were the pranksters.

Man how the roles have been reversed.
15 posted on 10/08/2003 7:32:09 PM PDT by tonyinv (There will be no "news at 11" only spin.)
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To: Pokey78
Connie Chung story -

Years ago, I was at a McDonalds in Center City Philly. I'm sitting down eating when I sense the presence of someone behind me. A little perturbed, I turned around and saw two women talking, just as one said, "Yes, I'm Connie Chung."

Connie had a *big* bag of McDonalds. I could see a nice black sedan outside the door, with the driver standing beside the passenger door, awaiting her return. It appeared that Connie had stopped in, probably gotten enough food for the two of them for their trip back up to NYC.

Gotta give her credit for getting her own food, in a Mickie D's of all places!
16 posted on 10/08/2003 7:34:24 PM PDT by radiohead
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To: Pokey78
suicide watch for CNN?

BTW: CNN everywhere else is going strong. Apprently they can't get enough of euroCNN's anti-american/anti-bush/anti-freedom/anti-capitalism bable in europe. (or is that will not allow anything BUT anti-american/anti-bush/anti-freedom/anti-capitalism bable to go out on european governments controled airwaves.)
17 posted on 10/08/2003 7:35:13 PM PDT by longtermmemmory (Vote!)
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To: TLI
Just change Clinton to Communist and I think that pretty much nails it.
18 posted on 10/08/2003 7:36:00 PM PDT by Chewbacca (Nothing burps better than bacon!)
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To: Pokey78
WOW! Some hardball!
19 posted on 10/08/2003 7:36:27 PM PDT by Cold Heat ("It is easier for an ass to succeed in that trade than any other." [Samuel Clemens, on lawyers])
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To: wirestripper
catty-cornered - meow.
20 posted on 10/08/2003 7:38:58 PM PDT by jimfree ("Never did no wanderin' after all.")
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To: RobFromGa; AntiJen; Guillermo; viligantcitizen; Phoenix44; "Be not afraid!"; dansangel; .45MAN; ...
BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

This looks like it's down on Marietta Street, real near CNN, don't you think, vc? I'm guessing you know the area from doing convention work.
21 posted on 10/08/2003 7:40:30 PM PDT by FreedomPoster (In for the monthly deal since 3 quarterlies ago - support Free Republic!)
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To: Pokey78
Took it a bit personal did they? :-)
22 posted on 10/08/2003 7:41:29 PM PDT by blackbart1
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To: Pokey78
At least that's what a comical new billboard Fox erected late Tuesday catty-cornered to CNN Center says.

Catty-cornered? Shouldn't that be kitty-cornered?

23 posted on 10/08/2003 7:42:32 PM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (Which kind of cake should I serve at the party? Angel's Food or Devil's Food?)
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To: FreedomPoster
This looks like it's down on Marietta Street, real near CNN, don't you think, vc?

It's catty-corner, on Techwood (Centennial Park Dr.); Walton St. is on the left of the sign, there's a parking lot facing the TV screen on the Marietta St. garage on the right of the sign. The pic is taken from the Park looking southward; CNN Center would be directly to your right.

24 posted on 10/08/2003 7:42:34 PM PDT by mhking (When it rains it pours: I'm looking for a job again -- any offers or help: mhking@bellsouth.net)
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To: mhking
Holy snikes! Even better than I thought.
25 posted on 10/08/2003 8:12:22 PM PDT by FreedomPoster (In for the monthly deal since 3 quarterlies ago - support Free Republic!)
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To: TLI
Well, it USED to be the clinton news network, but he left. Now? Don't know really....

It's back to Commie News Network. It used to be run by Tyranny Broadcasting Network.

26 posted on 10/08/2003 8:26:29 PM PDT by Only1choice____Freedom (If everything you experienced, believed, lived was a lie, would you want to know the truth?)
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To: Pokey78
Fox News spokeswoman Irena Briganti said Wednesday.

Isn't Irena Briganti the same woman who responded to Amanpour's charge that FNC is a foot soldier for Bush by saying, "Better to be perceived as a foot soldier for Bush than as a spokeswoman for Al Qaeda"?

27 posted on 10/08/2003 8:52:20 PM PDT by alnick (Pray that God will grant wisdom to American voters.)
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To: Pokey78
Battling billboards! LOL!!
28 posted on 10/08/2003 8:55:34 PM PDT by upchuck (Wanna make the Taglinus FreeRepublicus list? Simple-just jiggle jigsaw with yer credit card number :)
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To: alnick
Yep.
29 posted on 10/08/2003 8:57:51 PM PDT by Pokey78 ("I thought this country was founded on a principle of progressive taxation." Wesley Clark to Russert)
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To: Pokey78
LOL!

Since Connie is my real name, It scared me for just a moment! :-)
30 posted on 10/08/2003 8:58:08 PM PDT by ladyinred (Talk about a revolution, look at California!!! We dumped Davis!!!)
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To: TLI
How bout Castro? Btw, the CNN folks probably still think Clinton is president.
31 posted on 10/08/2003 9:01:02 PM PDT by David1
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To: Pokey78
FUNNY
32 posted on 10/08/2003 9:05:59 PM PDT by Delta 21 (Blindly posting since 1998.)
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To: martin_fierro; reformed_democrat; Loyalist; =Intervention=; PianoMan; GOPJ; Miss Marple; Tamsey; ...

Schadenfreude

This is the New York Times CNN Schadenfreude Ping List. Freepmail me to be added or dropped.


33 posted on 10/09/2003 12:43:44 AM PDT by Timesink
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To: Pokey78
I wonder if Connie watches her husband Maury Povich's wretched show, with butt-ugly tramps dragging no-account bums into the studio to prove that they are the fathers of one of her three children.
34 posted on 10/09/2003 1:27:10 AM PDT by L.N. Smithee (Just because I don't think like you doesn't mean I don't think for myself)
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To: Pokey78
I wonder if Connie watches her husband Maury Povich's wretched show, with butt-ugly tramps dragging no-account bums into the studio to prove that they are the fathers of one of her three children.
35 posted on 10/09/2003 1:28:02 AM PDT by L.N. Smithee (Just because I don't think like you doesn't mean I don't think for myself)
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To: tonyinv
Ya know...it used to be the conservatives that were stuffy and straight laced and the libs were the pranksters. Man how the roles have been reversed.

I dunno. The Sixties Punks were "pranksters" only in the sense that they liked angering decent people by doing disgusting things; they were pranksters in a destructive way, not because they had a good sense of humor.

36 posted on 10/09/2003 2:04:48 AM PDT by Smile-n-Win (Islam is a religion of perversion and a perversion of religion.)
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To: Pokey78
Paula Zahn is an idiot. I have never been able to understand how she gets work.

Walt

37 posted on 10/09/2003 2:50:58 AM PDT by WhiskeyPapa (Virtue is the uncontested prize.)
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To: WhiskeyPapa
"Paula Zahn is an idiot"...

Seems to me that you forgot to add...Liberal Demon-Rat Socialist before IDIOT, please permit me to do it!

In my Opinion...

Paula Zhan is a Liberal Demon-Rat Socialist IDIOT!

There ya Go....Now I feel better.

38 posted on 10/09/2003 4:43:46 AM PDT by Simcha7 ((The Plumb - Line has been Drawn, T'shuvah/Return for The Kingdom of HaShem is at hand!))
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To: Pokey78
I nominate Irena Briganti as employee of the year at Fox News

One of her all time classics:

commenting on Christiane Amanpour insults on Fox war coverage Irena Briganti said : "It's better to be viewed as a foot soldier for Bush than spokeswoman for al-Qaeda."

I wish the Republican Party would hire her as a spokeswoman or better yet maybe replace McClellan as White House press secretary.
39 posted on 10/09/2003 5:21:28 AM PDT by Republican Red
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To: FreedomPoster; Pokey78
"This looks like it's down on Marietta Street, real near CNN, don't you think, vc? I'm guessing you know the area from doing convention work."

Sorry for the late reply, I pulled a muscle in my back and have been zonked out on muscle relaxers.

Looks to me like the sign is very easy to see from the CNN offices. Even though it hurts, allow me to share in your laughter...

Bwahahahahahahaaa!!! Ouch...Bwahahahaha!!!

40 posted on 10/09/2003 6:18:32 AM PDT by Vigilantcitizen (Game on in ten seconds...http://www.fatcityonline.com/Video/fatcityvsdemented.WMV)
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To: Pokey78
LOL!
41 posted on 10/09/2003 6:41:39 AM PDT by b4its2late (The only substitute for good manners is fast reflexes.)
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To: Chad Fairbanks
...CNN's billboard featured a smiling Paula Zahn and read, "Real News Makes the Difference."

And she's a little bit (ziiiiiiiiiip!) sexy!

42 posted on 10/09/2003 6:53:02 AM PDT by gridlock (Remember: PC Kills!)
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To: Pokey78
LOL, FOX sure knows how to tweak CNN.
43 posted on 10/09/2003 6:55:30 AM PDT by 1Old Pro (ESPN now has 4 little wimpy sissies left. I'm switching back to FOX.)
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To: RedBloodedAmerican
At first I thought it read "Commie" and not "Connie".
44 posted on 10/09/2003 6:56:16 AM PDT by 1Old Pro (ESPN now has 4 little wimpy sissies left. I'm switching back to FOX.)
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To: 1Old Pro
Ha! Hey you should email that to Fox. If CNN forces them to take it down, maybe they can just reword it! Not much difference in the meaning, is there?
45 posted on 10/09/2003 7:03:42 AM PDT by RedBloodedAmerican
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To: Republican Red
This woman is brilliant and takes no prisoners. Better she stay in the private sector than work for the White House where she would have to tone it down.
46 posted on 10/09/2003 7:04:58 AM PDT by babaloo
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To: anotherview
LOL Ping
47 posted on 10/09/2003 7:41:15 AM PDT by zx2dragon (I could never again be an angel... Innocence, once lost, can never be regained.)
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To: gridlock
ahahahahahahahahahahahaaaa I remember that LOL...
48 posted on 10/09/2003 7:43:15 AM PDT by Chad Fairbanks ("A body part when it's up against a plastic cup isn't going to go 'clink'")
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To: jern
I love Fox and am very disturbed about the smear job they are getting from a survey done by the University of Maryland (I didn't even know that Maryland had a university of its own). Unlike other surveys which have shown Fox viewers to be better informed than average citizens, this one found that more viewers of Fox thought that WMD had been found in Iraq and were also wrong about two other Iraqi war questions.

Just more fodder for the libs, like Franken, to run with.

49 posted on 10/09/2003 7:48:58 AM PDT by MHT
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To: tonyinv
This is hysterical to me! I absolutely love it.

Yep, it is childish - and I still love it!

(My motto: I can't help getting older, but I'll never grow up - when it comes to fun things like this)
50 posted on 10/09/2003 9:51:17 AM PDT by AFPhys (((PRAYING for: President Bush & advisors, troops & families, Americans)))
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