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CNN: Fiction First, Truth Last
Sierra Times ^ | 5/4/2002 | Patrick Mallon

Posted on 05/06/2002 12:23:52 PM PDT by itzmygun

For the uninitiated, CNN is the central leftist network in all world television programming. It has become so pronounced, even they don't recognize the extent of the self-delusion. This is what happens to the self-impressed. Kind of like listening to Walter Cronkite pontificate about the need for large numbers of U.S. troops needed in the Middle East, all wearing the blue helmet of the U.N. (no lie, he said it). Anyway, here are some recent verbatim quotes from CNN programs, enjoy the show: 1. 4/26/02: Anchor Daryn Kagan on the school shooting in Germany, inferring that the U.S. caused the shooting, recoiled at the breaking news with: "This is not the kind of thing we want to export from this country."

2. 4/23/02: Anchor Carol Lin on Bush's Earth Day speech: "How does he say: 'I am a man who is for the environment,' when what he wants to do is dig it up for natural resources?"

3. 4/22/02 "Crossfire" Exchange between host Paul Begala and a Congressman:

Begala: "Congressman Davis, Who has a more legitimate claim to the office they hold, Hugo Chavez, the President of Venezuela, who won an election, or George W. Bush in America?" Davis (R-VA): "George W. Bush. That's easy." Begala: Really? George W. Bush didn't win anything more than a five to four vote on a Supreme Court that his daddy helped pick. I don't like Chavez, either. I think he's a thug and he's a clown. But he was freely and democratically elected..."

4. 4/11/02: Larry King asked Peter Jennings if there is any liberal bias in the media, to which Jennings replied: "Yes, but I think this is, I quite frankly think this - oh, I just sense you wanting to talk about the other cable channel."

5. 4/02/02: Connie Chung: "He's the spokesperson for an organization seen by most as a terrorist group, even though he would probably prefer the term freedom fighter. We're joined by Hamas spokesman Usama Hamdan. Thank you so much for being with us, sir."

6. 3/18/02: Aaron Brown on former CNN colleague Greta Van Susteren covering Tanya Harding celebrity boxing match: "I'm thinking maybe we have to do things a little bit differently on the program from now on. Next week it begins, a debate on Middle East policy. The Israeli side will be argued by Jackie Mason, he's Jewish, and the Arab side by Omar Sharif. And the next time we tackle sexual abuse by priests, why not book Sally Field, she was so good as the flying nun? And perhaps we can get Jack Nicholson to give us his thoughts on the Yates case, after all, he starred in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Just some programming thoughts based on what it takes to win these days and you know these days, winning is everything."

Brown declared in a memo to bosses last week: "I am the face of CNN!" to which a top network source noted: "I hate to be the one to break the news to Mr. Brown, but has he looked in the mirror lately?" Better yet, has the entire network examined the magnitude of their self-imposed denial?

For edification, I watched Brown host an excellent panel of guests on his program "Black and White in America" on Tuesday 4/30. The show focused on the Cincinnati riots of a year ago. The speakers were as he said, not the "usual suspects" in the sense that liberal and conservatives squared off in typical format, but instead consisted of four African-Americans, one Latino man, and a White woman, all with conservative perspectives on race issues and solutions. The guests must have been chosen by a common sense network head scrambling for competitive content, because Brown clearly was uncomfortable with what they were about to say.

Reverend Eugene Rivers spoke eloquently about the failure in the black community with 70% of children being raised fatherless, to which Aaron asked "why haven't we talked about this before?" A very sharp Rivers replied: "because it was politically incorrect to do so." Blank-faced, non judgmental Brown, never agreeing or disagreeing, could only say: "Really."

Another articulate guest, columnist Delroy Murdock stated that "the majority of arrests in the Cincinnati case were of black males who were committing crimes, prompting Brown to interrupt, "we reported on that, this isn't new news, and I'm not being defensive." What?

Heather McDonald of the Manhattan Institute intoned that "during the riots, the media always has to find the angriest of black makes to interview. When I was there, I met many responsible black males who were upset about the behavior of the rioters, and yet they weren't the ones interviewed." The camera then panned to Aaron Brown, who could offer nothing more than silence, and a smirk.

The Latino man (and I apologize for not writing down his name) intoned: "I am amazed at the lack of influence by the church, and the prominence of influence coming from rap. Laws are race neutral, but the results of the enforcement of laws seem injurious to blacks. This is what the rappers capitalize on." Again, when the camera focused on Brown, he seemed entirely out of his element, and squirmed in his seat.

Here an extremely bright panel were never offered the opportunity to share and debate the merits of their findings, because the host refused to offer an opinion, any opinion. Either way, the entire segment was left dangling, dangling like most CNN presentations, as no moral judgment is permitted. Brown closed off with a puzzling: "there's a lot of leadership crises around the table." Does that include you too Aaron?

CNN is failing because they employ painful and predictably prepackaged renditions of reality wherein the conclusion to their stories is reached prior to an association with the facts. Since moral absolutes are nonexistent, there are absolutely no morals. Facts, in a sense then, are details. Sacred agendas are hermetically sealed and impenetrable, reinforced by once deft interpretations that coagulate around the summary. The dexterity is now nothing more than a vacuous pretense defended by a peevish wine taster, Aaron Brown.

CNN deliberately excises the one word that signifies both their frustration, and their demise: truth. Americans are thirsting for it, and in CNN they have found a barren desert. Truth to CNN is relative. And therein lies the source of their internal crisis. Truth is an honest, factual, description of reality. It's not an invention. It isn't malleable based on what one wants it to be. You've been discovered CNN, get it? Like going to the doctor for a diagnosis one strives to avoid, the lack of moral compass, and the refusal to acknowledge it, can only lead to further bleeding.

TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: cnn; liberalbias

1 posted on 05/06/2002 12:23:52 PM PDT by itzmygun
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To: itzmygun
Good article
2 posted on 05/06/2002 12:34:47 PM PDT by Kaslin
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To: itzmygun
Anybody who claims to be a conservative and watches CNN ain't conservative.

Everyone needs to quit bitching about CNN and just block all of their channels on your cable or satellite box.

As Nike says "Just Do it!!" Stop watching CNN and the phoney news on ABCCBSNBCMSNBC!

Or as Nancy Reagan says about any bad thing, JUST SAY NO!

When all real conservatives stop watching CNN and the other phoney news programs, they will go out of business for lack viewers which ='s lack of ad $'s!

3 posted on 05/06/2002 12:42:51 PM PDT by Grampa Dave
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To: itzmygun
This ... is CNN
The Freedon Fighter Network

4 posted on 05/06/2002 12:45:52 PM PDT by My Identity
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To: Grampa Dave
Good post Dave. I blocked CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, BET, Lifetime, Oxygen, etc. and love it.

Thank God for the Outdoor Living Network (OLN) and Fox.

5 posted on 05/06/2002 1:00:59 PM PDT by smithson
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To: My Identity
LOL! That's a good picture. Interesting article, too. I'm all for boycotting CNN. And I would if I had cable.
6 posted on 05/06/2002 1:01:33 PM PDT by Sally II
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To: smithson
We watch Jag on CBS, and I look in on CNBC's market programs. I can't think of a single ABC nor NBC program that we watch.

Last year our local NBC station had some battle with Dish. So the channel was blocked by Dish. I did not know it was blocked until a visitor wanted to watch the Leno Show, and he couldn't get it. Then we found out that it had been blocked by Dish for months.

Two years ago when I cancelled my AT&T cable because they refused to carry Fox News, we were told by a lady who used to work for another cable company an interesting thing. I have not been able to confirm it.

She said that when customers blocked CNN and other channels that the cable company or satellite company carries as part of their package, the blocking of channels enable the cable companies or satellite companies to lower their payments to like CNN when enough customers block a channel on their box on their tv.

I have not been able to confirm this. If true, we should block them all. Even if not true, I enjoy the act of blocking CNN channels from being seen in my little castle.

7 posted on 05/06/2002 1:19:02 PM PDT by Grampa Dave
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To: itzmygun
I saw an ad for CNN today that had Aaron Brown say that they can't just have a good story, they must be good story tellers.

I thought they were reporters? They are supposed to report the news not story-tell.

I guess we have a new name for "reporters", story-tellers.

8 posted on 05/06/2002 1:24:46 PM PDT by Bigoleelephant
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To: smithson
I have also blocked the CNN and PMSNBC networks from my DISH Network system. I live on FOX News, the ESPN's, and FOX Sports World. I'll probably have to watch ABC when the World Cup begins on May 31. (France v. Senegal)

--Ear Assault!

9 posted on 05/06/2002 1:46:10 PM PDT by GISax
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To: itzmygun
Peevish wine taster BUMP!
10 posted on 05/06/2002 1:47:40 PM PDT by ecomcon
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To: itzmygun
It has become so pronounced, even they don't recognize the extent of the self-delusion.

Heh-heh.... if they recognized it, then they wouldn't be self-deluded, now would they?

11 posted on 05/06/2002 1:54:58 PM PDT by Constitutionalist Conservative
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To: Constitutionalist Conservative
What I find so interesting is how CNN can recognize a conservative bias at Fox, yet cannot recognize their own bias. That is classic Clinton; when confronted with a truth, deflect it by throwing a fake spotlight on someone else. Then again, what should we expect from a network that should now be known as the Carville Nitwit Network.
12 posted on 05/06/2002 2:12:49 PM PDT by Paul Atreides
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To: GISax
I suggest you unlock MSNBC. Although most of the programming is left-wing drivel, they do have Alan Keyes on at 8:00 p.m. weeknights. He is excellent. I wish FOX would have snatched him up first.
13 posted on 05/06/2002 3:02:25 PM PDT by gjbevil
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To: Bigoleelephant
Fruadian Slip
14 posted on 05/06/2002 3:08:19 PM PDT by marty60
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To: gjbevil
If that is 8:00 ET, that is 7:00 CT. My wife is a major Bill O'Reilly fan so I will get my fingers hacked if I go for the remote. OUCH!!!

--Ear Assault

15 posted on 05/06/2002 3:48:14 PM PDT by GISax
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To: GISax
Tell my how to do this on my Dish Network!
16 posted on 05/06/2002 5:09:56 PM PDT by Dark Watch
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To: Dark Watch
Press MENU on your remote.
Go to #5 Locks
If you have a password, you will be prompted to enter it.
Go to #2 Channel Locks
Go down the list for the channels, select the ones you want to lock by pressing select.
Go back to your program guide. Your locked channels should not show up in your program guide.

Let me know if this works.

--Ear Assault!

17 posted on 05/06/2002 5:23:59 PM PDT by GISax
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