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CNN consults programming advice from ... ESPN?!?

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jan 29th 2010 11:00AM
Once again people, I'm forced to ask the question: what the hell is going on here? Is up now down? Has black become white? Did Keith Olbermann just spend an inordinate amount of time and energy in his last "Special Comment" to discussing why Glenn Beck is TV's most "huggable" pundit?

CNN has been looking for ways to prop up their sagging ratings in the never-ending cable news wars by becoming a network that actually just delivers news as opposed to "from-the-hip," unsubstantiated opinions, as long as you don't count their constant monitoring of their viewers' Twitter feeds. Apparently they are so desperate for a format change that they have consulted a former ESPN producer to suggest ways to revamp their style.

Network sources told Politico that the meeting fueled speculation that the network might be looking to introduce "something like a political SportsCenter." Apparently, the networks thinks that making Wolf Blitzer use phrases like "Boomshakala" and "Sweet sassy molassy" to describe the capital gains tax and corn subsidies would boost The Situation Room's numbers. Well it would, but not for the reasons they hoped.

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Richard

A recent Democratic Poll sited that Fox is #1 for being unbiased and clearly watched by many more than all the others in reporting News. Remember also, that most viewers are made up by Independents, Democrats, and Conservatives. Most of the country is right of center...The largest Political Party is made up of Independents. then Democrats and only 20% Liberals.

January 31 2010 at 6:50 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jim

Dan when we're lucky if Dumbo and his circus of clowns (Pelosi and Reid) do 1 good thing a month, thats all they can report.

GOD bless O'Reilly, Beck,Hannity and yes America

January 31 2010 at 5:49 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
James

CNN...bunch of moronic liberal idiots is why they have no ratings.

January 31 2010 at 3:40 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ogbobbye

I won't sit here and say I do not watch CNN, FOX, and yes even MSNBC but I watch C-SPAN more I think it's important to watch these fools as they do their so called work many is the time I've watched something on C-SPAN then seen it covered by a news network and thought that's so not what was the point of what was done or said Cable news lives and dies by the sound bite so if that what you want good luck and you may die with them by doing so

January 31 2010 at 1:38 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dan

I agree completely they need to add a "c'mon..man!" segment and also another segment from espn called "He got JACKED up!" and b.t.w. they could also use a "pardon the interuption" segment! I used to watch fox back when bush was in office but then i realized once obama went in to office how much they lean to the right, its not even watchable anymore. Its almost disgusting how they call themselves fair and balanced! Reporting one good thing the president does per month doesnt count as fair and balanced!!!

January 31 2010 at 1:17 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Steve

Olberman & Mathews have the most severe case of cranial rectal inversion in the history of mankind.

January 30 2010 at 11:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Lamdog

To you Fox hater: The ratings states it all. In television ratings are the game, set and match.

January 30 2010 at 10:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
t

They didnt have to ask ESPN for advice. Its obvious what ESPN does, they show nothing but East coast teams, so maybe CNN should just cover NY and Boston.

January 30 2010 at 10:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
betty

I have watched Fox news but it makes me nauseous and seems to speak to the lower denominator.. Nearly all the commemtators are biased, mean and scarcastic in the way that they talk about those in the news.They are venal--corruptible, bribable and greedy. I'll take CNN any day. I agree that Lou was pretty much on the right, but he sort of got a little wild at the end.

January 30 2010 at 10:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
carl

The widbags on Fox are scholars when you compare them to the other venues, which like the ESPN windbags create hurricanes and tornados.

January 30 2010 at 9:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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