Tuesday, October 27, 2009

CNN Drops to Last Place Among Cable News Networks - Media Decoder Blog - NYTimes.com

Some Commentary from "Hugh Jee"
Below you'll find a link to a New York Times story about CNN's fall to #4 in the TV ratings for the 24 hour news networks. CNN's sister station, HLN has passed them in the ratings. FOX remains #1 by a country mile, followed by MSNBC a distant second.

Make no mistake...as much as I have disdain for FOX NEWS, and am a fan of MSNBC and their commentators Keith Olbermann, Rachel Maddow, Ed Schultz, and Chris Matthews I find the fall of CNN to be troubling. Of all the news nets CNN is probably the one that does report hard news rather than fluff, or entertainment, not withstanding Larry King. Ted Turner created the 24 hour news channel with CNN at a time when most thought it would fail- but it thrived beyond the dreams of its critics.

FOX News, slanted to the right with more opinion based shows than actual reporting, with its array of eye candy female reporters, and its insertion of conservative pundits like Hannity and Beck to reign in the fringe, has managed to reinvent the 24 hours news network as political and cultural infotainment. And that's not a good thing.

About 30 years ago 60 Minutes proved that a TV news program could actually inform and entertain AND get huge ratings at the same time. And that's where the news business began to change...because it wasn't as much about telling people what they needed to know anymore as it was about telling them what they want to hear about, and making money off it. News became ratings driven, and a big moneymaker.

And now we live in a world in which Howard Beale and Paddy Chayefsky's NETWORK have all become a reality.

It...and we...have never been the same since.

READ MORE......CNN Drops to Last Place Among Cable News Networks - Media Decoder Blog - NYTimes.com


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