Thursday, September 13, 2012

More Media Musings

The last time I dealt with CNN and Anderson Cooper, it was about their over-hyped coverage of Hurricane Isaac hitting New Orleans. Well, there's something else CNN and Anderson have been up to for quite a long time now that annoys me so much I just couldn't help but rant about it.

Has anyone else noticed that Anderson Cooper's 8 p.m. show on CNN is simply replayed in the 10 p.m. time slot and disguised to look like it's a new, live show?? ARGH!!! What kind of journalism is this??

Watch it next time you have a chance. At 10 p.m., Cooper comes on for like five seconds and says, "It's 10 p.m...." and then they immediately replay the show that he did at 8 p.m.! It would be hilarious if it wasn't so insulting to every viewer's intelligence!

While I am on the subject of Anderson Cooper, this person seems to have a HUGE problem with what the term "Live" means. His daytime show, which was rebranded as "Anderson Live" airs here in NYC at 12 p.m. and is actually recorded at 9 a.m. that morning. Um, how does this merit the word "Live" in the title? OY!

Getting back to CNN, I watched last night at 8 and then tuned back in at 10 and noticed that the live report from Cairo they aired at 8 p.m. was replayed in the 10p.m. show, with the word "Live" still on the screen! How do they freakin' get away with that?

I'm sorry, but if you are a news organization, you have one purpose, one job to do: To relay accurate information (FACTS) to your audience. If we can't even trust you with the most basic of facts – what is really being broadcast "live" — then how are we supposed to trust you when it comes to anything else you report?

It is not for you to decide what is reality, CNN. That power is beyond even you. And it shows the utmost arrogance to just assume your viewers are stupid and that facts are not important to them. At this point, what is the difference between you and simply an entertainment network? Walter Cronkite is probably rolling over in his grave.

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