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CNNís Problem With The Facts (Cathryn Crawford)
Washington Dispatch ^ | September 23, 2003 | Cathryn Crawford

Posted on 09/23/2003 4:44:07 PM PDT by Scenic Sounds

CNN is having a rough time of it lately. Not only has it been thoroughly trounced in the ratings war by Fox News, it has had to admit that they have a problem with facts - namely that they seem to have a problem reporting them.

Christiane Amanpour is billed as CNN’s top correspondent - which is bad enough, considering her reporting. Now she’s embarrassing the already shame-worthy CNN by saying that they were intimidated into not reporting facts; intimidated by two rather ludicrous sources - Fox News and the Bush administration. She doesn’t offer any hard proof, just the woe-is-me, CNN-is-so-abused whining that has become commonplace in the last few years.

According to Christiane, the Bush administration and Fox News somehow muffled the voice of CNN (how exactly this was done isn’t made clear), and kept CNN from reporting facts during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Christiane is unquestionably vague in her comments, which she recently made to Tina Brown, the editor of Vanity Fair magazine.

When Tina asked if there was actually anything during the war that CNN couldn’t report, Christiane said, "It's not a question of couldn't do it, it's a question of tone. It's a question of being rigorous. It's really a question of really asking the questions. All of the entire body politic in my view, whether it's the administration, the intelligence, the journalists, whoever, did not ask enough questions, for instance, about weapons of mass destruction. I mean, it looks like this was disinformation at the highest levels."

Not a question of couldn’t do it? Really? Well, then, if it wasn’t, why didn’t CNN do it? She isn’t saying that Fox News enforcer-types were haunting the houses of Aaron Brown and Larry King, is she? So what’s her excuse for her “news” agency? None, apparently. She simply gives this vague notion of “intimidation”. And is she implying that CNN didn’t ask questions that should have been asked? Is that a surprise? I thought that happened pretty often at CNN.

Later, Christiane made this stunning admission: "I think the press was muzzled, and I think the press self-muzzled. I'm sorry to say, but certainly television and, perhaps, to a certain extent, my station was intimidated by the administration and its foot soldiers at Fox News. And it did, in fact, put a climate of fear and self-censorship, in my view, in terms of the kind of broadcast work we did."

Gosh, I guess Christiane forgot about the 12 years that Eason Jordan admitted that CNN was “self-censored” in Iraq. And, interestingly enough, Bill Clinton was the President during most of the time. Did Clinton intimidate CNN into not reporting what was really going on in Iraq during those years? Did Clinton tell them not to report about the raping, torturing, and pillaging that Saddam was doing daily? I doubt it - it isn’t nicknamed the Clinton News Network for nothing. There wasn’t even a powerful Fox News around at this time - which goes to prove that CNN can do a horrible job even without any competition. Yes, we already knew just how easily CNN is intimidated, Christiane. CNN told lie after lie after lie - some flat out, some by omission - about Saddam Hussein’s regime so that they could keep access to the country, despite the fact that their access did no good since they didn’t report the facts.

Perhaps what poor, persecuted Christiane and CNN are so upset about is that it is so much harder nowadays to make up facts and report them as truth, since there is decent competition in the cable news business, both from Fox News and MSNBC. Fact checking is no longer an afterthought; it’s a must unless you want to get called on it and then taken to the woodshed by your competitors. The ratings don’t lie - CNN is going to have to stop the sloppy, halfway reporting that has characterized its years of monopoly and work to keep their viewers. That bodes well for us, the public, because now we know we have options. If one network won’t report the facts, we’ll hit a button and watch one that will.

Cathryn Crawford is a student at the University of Texas. She can be reached with comments at feedback@washingtondispatch.com.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Editorial; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: amanpour; cablenewsnetwork; cathryncrawford; chickennoodlenews; cnn; cnnschadenfreude; intimidation; schadenfreude
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To: Cathryn Crawford
De nada... I had a somewhat fun time weeding out the chaff.

It still amazes me that CC is a 20year old (no offense but your contemporaries are mostly idiots)

61 posted on 09/23/2003 7:56:32 PM PDT by StatesEnemy
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To: teeman8r
Hey, I just turned twenty and I think history is cool.
62 posted on 09/23/2003 7:57:02 PM PDT by Cathryn Crawford
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To: StatesEnemy
I know it. I go to college with mostly idiots. Well, some idiots.
63 posted on 09/23/2003 7:57:52 PM PDT by Cathryn Crawford
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To: Cathryn Crawford
""I tried to work the phrase "Crappy News Network" into it - really, I did - but I couldn't get it. Dang.""

And that marks the difference between you and the CNN.

64 posted on 09/23/2003 7:59:23 PM PDT by hocndoc (Choice is the # 1 killer in the US)
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To: Cathryn Crawford
happy belated birthday...
65 posted on 09/23/2003 7:59:57 PM PDT by teeman8r (the cakes in the mail...)
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To: Cathryn Crawford
You should give us a play by play of college life - I was there in the late 80's early 90's and it was nothing like what I've gathered of today's 'indoctrination'
66 posted on 09/23/2003 8:03:07 PM PDT by StatesEnemy
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To: Scenic Sounds
". . . Tina Brown, the editor of Vanity Fair magazine."

Who TH are these people? Must be some kind of power brokers for liberal swill.

67 posted on 09/23/2003 8:03:43 PM PDT by Fester Chugabrew
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To: Cathryn Crawford
But,...
My latest ambition is to write for the Texas Monthly. If I can't, maybe you could!
68 posted on 09/23/2003 8:04:03 PM PDT by hocndoc (Choice is the # 1 killer in the US)
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To: teeman8r
It was in June.
69 posted on 09/23/2003 8:04:49 PM PDT by Cathryn Crawford
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To: StatesEnemy
Yeah...it seems boring on this end. I have liberal professors.
70 posted on 09/23/2003 8:05:28 PM PDT by Cathryn Crawford
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To: hocndoc
I want to get a master's in international relations.
71 posted on 09/23/2003 8:06:01 PM PDT by Cathryn Crawford
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To: Scenic Sounds
CNN told lie after lie after lie.....about Saddam Hussein’s regime so that they could keep access to the country, despite the fact that their access did no good since they didn’t report the facts.

BINGO!

Perhaps what poor, persecuted Christiane and CNN are so upset about is that it is so much harder nowadays to make up facts and report them as truth, since there is decent competition in the cable news business, both from Fox News and MSNBC. Fact checking is no longer an afterthought; it’s a must unless you want to get called on it and then taken to the woodshed by your competitors.

DOUBLE-BINGO!

72 posted on 09/23/2003 8:15:03 PM PDT by peteram
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To: Scenic Sounds
My favorite line is:

"All of the entire body politic in my view, whether it's the administration, the intelligence, the journalists, whoever, did not ask enough questions, for instance, about weapons of mass destruction."

Yeah, we didn't hear hardly enough questions about WMD, did we?

73 posted on 09/23/2003 8:16:20 PM PDT by Rocky
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To: Scenic Sounds; Cathryn Crawford; TLBSHOW
Cat rocks! Nice essay about that leftist joke called CNN.
74 posted on 09/23/2003 8:19:13 PM PDT by Fred Mertz
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To: Timesink
Thanks for the ping. This stuff's great:

Christiane forgot about the 12 years that Eason Jordan admitted that CNN was “self-censored” in Iraq. And, interestingly enough, Bill Clinton was the President during most of the time. Did Clinton intimidate CNN into not reporting what was really going on in Iraq during those years? Did Clinton tell them not to report about the raping, torturing, and pillaging that Saddam was doing daily?

75 posted on 09/23/2003 8:21:36 PM PDT by GOPJ
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To: Scenic Sounds
bump
76 posted on 09/23/2003 8:31:29 PM PDT by JacksonCalhoun ("Thata Jonny Deppa, hea makea me cry" - Enzo the Barber.)
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To: Cathryn Crawford
""I want to get a master's in international relations.""

Oh, yeah, take the easy way out.;)

You are one of the ones that really can do anything you want to do. Go for it!
77 posted on 09/23/2003 8:34:41 PM PDT by hocndoc (Choice is the # 1 killer in the US)
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To: Scenic Sounds; Cathryn Crawford
Is CNN the same network that had psycho boy General Strangelove Clark pontificating about how it would take six months to capture Baghdad?
78 posted on 09/23/2003 8:41:01 PM PDT by Sparta (Why is the Serbian general wearing the cap of war criminal Wesley Clark?)
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To: Steve_Seattle
They ARE trying to shutdown the "real news" reporting that is going on...

FR and talk radio and Fox are hate-speech don't ya know.
79 posted on 09/23/2003 8:44:55 PM PDT by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only support FR by donating monthly, but ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: Savage Beast
"Christiane is not unusual really. Most so-called "journalists" find it difficult to distinguish fantasy from reality.

Hah.

Most LIBERALS find it difficult to distinguish fantasy from reality.

Thenational press corpse (and the print/TV media are firmly rooted inirrationality in NY/LA/WDC where they live, eat, sleep, breed , shop and talk and party with their own kind.

To the "intellectual elitist crowd" that IS reality.

80 posted on 09/23/2003 8:50:00 PM PDT by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only support FR by donating monthly, but ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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