Fox News Channel continues rapid growth …

posted at 2:20 pm on March 30, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Just when the first American cable-news network may have presumed that they couldn’t fall any more, the New York Times reports today that CNN has had its decline extended even farther in the first quarter.  Their main prime-time hosts have lost half of their audiences, with Fox News being the biggest beneficiary.  Their main channel has even declined at times to where their headline service draws more viewers (via JWF):

CNN continued what has become a precipitous decline in ratings for its prime-time programs in the first quarter of 2010, with its main hosts losing almost half their viewers in a year.

The trend in news ratings for the first three months of this year is all up for one network, the Fox News Channel, which enjoyed its best quarter ever in ratings, and down for both MSNBC and CNN. …

About the only break from the bad news for CNN was that March was not as bad as February, when the network had its worst single month in its recent history, finishing behind not only Fox News and MSNBC, but also its sister network HLN — and even CNBC, which had Olympics programming that month.

CNN executives have steadfastly said that they will not change their approach to prime-time programs, which are led by hosts not aligned with any partisan point of view.

They can certainly keep telling themselves that their hosts don’t align with a “partisan point of view,” but the viewers obviously think otherwise.  Anderson Cooper helped popularize the “teabagger” slur used against Tea Party activists, which certainly would have alienated that demographic.  Larry King isn’t exactly known for his welcoming attitude towards conservatives, and neither for that matter is Campbell Brown or Rick Sanchez.  When conservative points of view are expressed by guests, the CNN hosts display a lot more skepticism for them than with the expressions of liberal points of view. (Full disclosure: I’ve been on with both Campbell and Rick and they’ve treated me fairly.) It’s not hostility, like one sees on MS-NBC, but if CNN thinks that equates to not having a partisan point of view, then small wonder they haven’t been able to stanch the bleeding.

That’s not to say that CNN is the worst in class, either.  CNN picked up Erick Erickson of Red State as an analyst, and they do better at balancing points of view in prime time than MS-NBC, which has become a lunatic asylum after about 11 am ET.  But Fox has done a better job over a longer, consistent period of incorporating serious left-of-center analysts like Juan Williams, Mara Liasson, Kirsten Powers, and more in both its talking-heads shows and its news analysis than any of the other cablers. Being better than MS-NBC is, in any case, damning with extremely faint praise.

What can CNN do to right the ship?  They need to take a much more clear-eyed view of the way they come across to their viewers.  CNN has more assets in the field for news gathering than its competition, but loses credibility when it mixes editorializing with reporting.  With MS-NBC so far on the Left that it can barely be seen and Fox News Channel leaning right, they might do better by actually playing it down the middle and sticking to nonpartisan analysis.  They’ll need to shake up their lineup to do that, and maybe get away from the talking-head concept altogether and instead break the prime-time lineup into focus areas such as foreign affairs, politics, domestic policy, and so on.  They need to make themselves useful and unique — at which they have only succeeded with their headline news.


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good point Wolf….

Oil Can on March 30, 2010 at 2:22 PM

Wolf. Fact check this SNL skit please!

lorien1973 on March 30, 2010 at 2:24 PM

Any conservative who goes over to CNN is commiting political suicide or is not a conservative.

What can CNN do to right the ship?

Thinking of something new, original and not fake, comes to mind.

upinak on March 30, 2010 at 2:24 PM

CNN?
Are they still around?

Chip on March 30, 2010 at 2:26 PM

What is this CNN that you speak of…?

Seven Percent Solution on March 30, 2010 at 2:26 PM

Maybe they can get Hanoi Jane to go sit on some Taliban AA batteries to boost viewership.

GnuBreed on March 30, 2010 at 2:26 PM

CNN moar liek Commie News Network amirite!

pseudonominus on March 30, 2010 at 2:26 PM

It would b e even far worse, if CNN didn’t have the airports and many business running them all the time

michaelo on March 30, 2010 at 2:26 PM

Literally dozens of people watch CNN.

lorien1973 on March 30, 2010 at 2:27 PM

You mean folks don’t want to watch Larry King interview Meggie Mac?

BrianA on March 30, 2010 at 2:27 PM

With MS-NBC so far on the Left that it can barely be seen

It should be NS-MBC.

Chip on March 30, 2010 at 2:27 PM

With MS-NBC so far on the Left that it can barely be seen and Fox News Channel leaning right,

The second part of this statement alone should generate some comments.

Del Dolemonte on March 30, 2010 at 2:28 PM

BrianA on March 30, 2010 at 2:27 PM

Big Mac attack???

Oil Can on March 30, 2010 at 2:28 PM

Free Enterprise and a capitalist market prevail once more.

carbon_footprint on March 30, 2010 at 2:28 PM

AA = anti-aircraft, not her vibrator’s power source :)

GnuBreed on March 30, 2010 at 2:28 PM

Mr. Morrissey, it is very charitable for you to give them advice but the mold has been cast. The only reason we pay for expanded basic cable is to watch Fox News. Let CNN sink.

fourdeucer on March 30, 2010 at 2:29 PM

GnuBreed on March 30, 2010 at 2:28 PM

While this comment intrigues me; I’m also thoroughly confused.

lorien1973 on March 30, 2010 at 2:30 PM

Renewed calls for the “Fairness Doctrine” in 5…4…3..

highhopes on March 30, 2010 at 2:30 PM

“But Fox has done a better job over a longer, consistent period of incorporating serious left-of-center analysts like Juan Williams, Mara Liasson, Kirsten Powers, and more in both its talking-heads shows and its news analysis than any of the other cablers.”

Then what is the explaination for the Gerry Rivera show, or what ever you would call that…?

Seven Percent Solution on March 30, 2010 at 2:30 PM

What can CNN do to right the ship?

Fire everyone! That’s what they need to do. Fire Larry King. The man is a fossil. Fire Anderson Cooper. I’m not sure who CNN thinks he appeals to. Can Rick Sanchez. He seems to be competing with David Shyster for the title of Most Batsh-t Crazy Anchorman. Campbell Brown is cute, but she seems like an intellectual lightweight. Maybe have her be an anchorwoman during the day when all she has to do is read a teleprompter.

Then they need to dump “the best political team on TV” or whatever the hell they call them. None of those people have spent more than 5 minutes outside the Beltway in years, it’s painfully obvious. Plus they’re almost as boring to listen to as Larry King. And please for the love of God, fire Wolf Blitzer. He’s been an embarrassment to journalism, and that’s before the Jeopardy debacle.

The hard part will be finding suitable replacements. They already let two of them walk in the last few years with the departure of Lou Dobbs and Glenn Beck. Unfortunately I suspect they’ll attempt to move to the left and compete with MSDNC rather than clean house.

Doughboy on March 30, 2010 at 2:31 PM

Out: Lies disguised as news
In: News

LibTired on March 30, 2010 at 2:32 PM

Faux News is sending out waves that make it addictive…that’s the ONLY way they get viewers!

/s

HornetSting on March 30, 2010 at 2:32 PM

someone needs to put old Larry out of his misery. Maybe he can sign on with Air America.

search4truth on March 30, 2010 at 2:33 PM

What can CNN do to right the ship?

Personally, I don’t watch Fox or any other news on TV. I can get all the news I want on the internet in five minutes, versus wasting 23 minutes of “news” and 7 minutes of commercials.

I think that’s the way of the future.

NoDonkey on March 30, 2010 at 2:34 PM

I couldn’t even tell you what channel CNN is on anymore. It came of age during Operation Desert Storm for me. I remember the night vision shots over Baghdad and the three CNN journos in a hotel in downtown, as well as Schwarzkopf briefings.

ted c on March 30, 2010 at 2:34 PM

AA = anti-aircraft, not her vibrator’s power source :)
GnuBreed on March 30, 2010 at 2:28 PM

I can see you catching some FLAK over that comment.

Chip on March 30, 2010 at 2:35 PM

HornetSting on March 30, 2010 at 2:32 PM

hey, i was under the impression you got banned. Glad I was wrong.

ted c on March 30, 2010 at 2:35 PM

Juan Williams, Mara Liasson, Kirsten Powers,

That bunch of Uncle Toms is their idea of left?

/lib

Kafir on March 30, 2010 at 2:35 PM

HornetSting on March 30, 2010 at 2:32 PM

Wait, I thought it was Larry King as their Clown? /s

upinak on March 30, 2010 at 2:35 PM

True Story: Larry King’s suspenders aren’t holding his pants up, they are holding his shoulders down.

negentropy on March 30, 2010 at 2:35 PM

Dealing with Sadam to hush up, err, problems with the regime in order to keep access and ratings. Shouldn’t that pretty much knock you out of the arena right there?

WitchDoctor on March 30, 2010 at 2:35 PM

Guess it is time for this bho to send our the memo to all his msm to smear Fox again. Fox is the only news we watch at our home besides 20 minutes of local and weather.
L

letget on March 30, 2010 at 2:37 PM

Just in case foxnews fails in the future…

In July 2009, King appeared on The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien where he told Conan about his wishes to be cryogenically preserved upon death[21] (which King had mentioned in his newest book.

Oil Can on March 30, 2010 at 2:39 PM

What can CNN do to right the ship?

They can start by playing this video over and over again
and then playing it in a loop @ 2:00 mark .

Asking the fossil Reid to explain it to fossil King maybe dandy .

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fk8gXtffbeY

macncheez on March 30, 2010 at 2:39 PM

I only watch CNN when the Cheney’s were on LOL! Dick and Lynne.

Caper29 on March 30, 2010 at 2:39 PM

“Fox News is not a credible news source.
Back to you, Huffing-paint Post.”

/axelrod

VibrioCocci on March 30, 2010 at 2:39 PM

CNN executives have steadfastly said that they will not change their approach to prime-time programs, which are led by hosts not aligned with any partisan point of view.

Riiiiiight.

Scrappy on March 30, 2010 at 2:39 PM

Guess it is time for this bho to send our the memo to all his msm to smear Fox again. Fox is the only news we watch at our home besides 20 minutes of local and weather.
L

letget on March 30, 2010 at 2:37 PM

They already did go after FoxNews a couple weeks ago when Barry embarrassed himself in the Bret Baier interview.

Doughboy on March 30, 2010 at 2:39 PM

What can CNN do to right the ship?
=====================================

Step 1/ Pump the sh*t out of the left ballast tank,

then,

Step 2/ Pump the lies out of the right ballast tank,

then,

step 3/ Carefully,fill each ballast tank,with reporting
the truth!

canopfor on March 30, 2010 at 2:40 PM

I like CNN during the day. Prime time lineup is weak though.

therightwinger on March 30, 2010 at 2:40 PM

So, having gotten over my cable news addiction, I realized that each new segment, whoever the host was, simply gave “their take” on what was in the news at the moment.

Thanks, but hearing it once waas more than enough for me.

I still watch Beck. He’s fun.

Aquateen Hungerforce on March 30, 2010 at 2:41 PM

I wonder if Scooter keeps informed of trends? I know Bush ignored polls and Clenis lived by them. Does Scooter just play basketball in between screwing up our country?
If he does keep informed, he must be losing it soon.

carbon_footprint on March 30, 2010 at 2:42 PM

What can CNN do to right the ship?

Isn’t CNN to big to first to fail?

We need their strong voice for (yawn)…. ummm sorry, I fogot what I was… zzzzzzzz {mumbling} bailout.

al sends

afterdarknesslight on March 30, 2010 at 2:43 PM

People are now seeing these networks for what they are … communist propaganda outlets.

It’s kinda fun to read the morning paper, flip through ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, MSNBC, scroll through the major communist blogs and see they’re all repeating the exact same thing.

Planned propaganda that emanates directly from communist HQ itself, the White House.

darwin on March 30, 2010 at 2:43 PM

Ed,

I think if CNN wants to stay relevant they need to take down the Goliath which is fox news. They do that by trying to grab as much of their viewer-ship as possible that being a right of center audience. What if CNN gave Ann Coulter an 8pm show? Or Denise Miller? And then go back to a more nonpartisan analysis with Jake Tapper at 9pm with a show, going up against Hannity. Personally I might be swayed to watching Tapper over Hannity on most night simply because by 9pm I am tired of all the opinion. I suspect CNN would be successful in bringing down O’Reilly mostly due to my theory that people watch him only because there isn’t any other option.

chb03c on March 30, 2010 at 2:43 PM

too vice to… stupid government schools.

afterdarknesslight on March 30, 2010 at 2:44 PM

The best part of CNN was James Earl Jones saying:

This is CNN….

I don’t think they even do that anymore.

portlandon on March 30, 2010 at 2:44 PM

Just saw a clip from Newsbusters with Rick Sanchez, Alan Grayson, and a Conservative. Grayson sat silent with a grin on his face because “host” Rich Sanchez did all the water carrying.

Marcus on March 30, 2010 at 2:44 PM

I’m taking a hiatus from here for awhile. Yesterday really sent me over the edge, and my BP doesn’t need this during Holy Week. Anyone wanting to find or contact me can click on my name.
Easter Blessings, all.

OmahaConservative on March 30, 2010 at 2:44 PM

HornetSting on March 30, 2010 at 2:32 PM

hey, i was under the impression you got banned. Glad I was wrong.

ted c on March 30, 2010 at 2:35 PM

Thanks. I was on vacation.
Still keeping an eye out for ‘Raid’.

HornetSting on March 30, 2010 at 2:45 PM

AA = anti-aircraft, not her vibrator’s power source :)GnuBreed on March 30, 2010 at 2:28 PM

..either way, it’s supremely funny. Oh, and by the way, Hanoi Jane’s parts have become so insensitive with advancing age, her “Mr Happy” is powered by Briggs & Stratton.

VoyskaPVO on March 30, 2010 at 2:45 PM

Free Enterprise and a capitalist market prevail once more.

carbon_footprint on March 30, 2010 at 2:28 PM

Used to in the USA, but no more.

Wade on March 30, 2010 at 2:45 PM

Wonder how much their ad revenues have shrunk.

GarandFan on March 30, 2010 at 2:45 PM

O’Reilly mostly due to my theory that people watch him only because there isn’t any other option.

chb03c on March 30, 2010 at 2:43 PM

Cage fighting on TNT.

lorien1973 on March 30, 2010 at 2:45 PM

I went to the CNN website the other day. Freak accident, I swear. I decided to take a look. I clicked on one article and the comments were all bashing people who had different views. Ugly! So I left. Guess I’m not alone.

MrX on March 30, 2010 at 2:47 PM

Oh brother… this probably means that their resident body-confident queen, Anderson Cooper, will start finding more excuses to remove his shirt in a last-gasp attempt to win more homo or single lady/cat owner viewers. (he has already raced Michael Phelps – as if he had a chance – and recently swam with the whales…)

D2Boston on March 30, 2010 at 2:47 PM

hey someone just said that CNN just said ‘anyone that knows any Patriot groups in your area, please alert plice’

do we know any of the 10 people who watch CNN so we can confirm this?

Juan Williams was trashing the Dont Tread on Me flag on fox last night saying it was a radical militia flag…the lamestream media are really revving up the labeling and rhetoric…

ginaswo on March 30, 2010 at 2:48 PM

There’s something about the editorial environment at both Fox News and CNN that influences the way their correspondents cover the news.

Kiran Chetry was a promising young reporter for Fox News, with a conservative bent, then she switched to CNN and started drifting left into obscurity.

Greta Van Susteren was a long-time reporter on legal issues for CNN, then she signed on with Fox News, and now does fairly regular friendly interviews with conservatives like Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, Sarah Palin, and Rush Limbaugh.

CNN used to be a fairly middle-of-the-road network, but they drifted left during the Clinton years. Fox News dominates the ratings now based on a good business decision: if about 40% of the electorate is politically conservative, 30% is liberal, and 30% is moderate, the only right-leaning TV network monopolizes the conservative viewership, while CNN, MSNBC, NBC, ABC, and CBS are all competing for a smaller share.

CNN could benefit in the ratings by having a balanced presentation, with pundits on both sides, to try to peel moderate viewers away from both Fox and the liberal networks. But they need to make a decision: do they want to present the facts to open-minded viewers, or try to force-feed them socialism, as Obama is trying to do the country?

Steve Z on March 30, 2010 at 2:48 PM

Their main channel has even declined at times to where their headline service draws more viewers

I watch CNN Headline News for 2 reasons: Robin Meade and Susan Hendricks.

Every morning, no sound. Who cares what the news is before coffee?

BobMbx on March 30, 2010 at 2:49 PM

While this comment intrigues me; I’m also thoroughly confused.

lorien1973 on March 30, 2010 at 2:30 PM

My 2:28 clarification on AA was for my 2:26 comment on Hanoi Jane:

Maybe they can get Hanoi Jane to go sit on some Taliban AA batteries to boost viewership.

GnuBreed on March 30, 2010 at 2:26 PM

GnuBreed on March 30, 2010 at 2:49 PM

Oh brother… this probably means that their resident body-confident queen, Anderson Cooper, will start finding more excuses to remove his shirt in a last-gasp attempt to win more homo or single lady/cat owner viewers. (he has already raced Michael Phelps – as if he had a chance – and recently swam with the whales…)

D2Boston on March 30, 2010 at 2:47 PM

Cooper should give tea bagging demonstrations using Sanchez.

darwin on March 30, 2010 at 2:50 PM

hanks. I was on vacation.
Still keeping an eye out for ‘Raid’.

HornetSting on March 30, 2010 at 2:45 PM

welcome back, hope all is well.

ted c on March 30, 2010 at 2:50 PM

Is Little Ricky Sanchez still knocking ‘em dead?

d1carter on March 30, 2010 at 2:51 PM

Thanks. I was on vacation.
Still keeping an eye out for ‘Raid’.

HornetSting on March 30, 2010 at 2:45 PM

You were missed. A couple late night Threads at HA screamed out for you.

katy the mean old lady on March 30, 2010 at 2:51 PM

hey someone just said that CNN just said ‘anyone that knows any Patriot groups in your area, please alert plice’

ginaswo on March 30, 2010 at 2:48 PM

Seriously?

darwin on March 30, 2010 at 2:52 PM

Juan Williams was trashing the Dont Tread on Me flag on fox last night saying it was a radical militia flag…the lamestream media are really revving up the labeling and rhetoric…

ginaswo on March 30, 2010 at 2:48 PM

Its an older group, been around forever….I think they were referred to as the “Continentals” or “colonists” or “revolutionaries” or something.

BobMbx on March 30, 2010 at 2:52 PM

The best part of CNN was James Earl Jones saying:

This is CNN….

I don’t think they even do that anymore.

portlandon on March 30, 2010 at 2:44 PM

If it makes you feel any better, here is an audio clip of JEJ saying “This is CNN”

VibrioCocci on March 30, 2010 at 2:52 PM

Easter Blessings, all.

OmahaConservative on March 30, 2010 at 2:44 PM

And also to you and yours.

fourdeucer on March 30, 2010 at 2:53 PM

Juan Williams was trashing the Dont Tread on Me flag on fox last night saying it was a radical militia flag…the lamestream media are really revving up the labeling and rhetoric…

ginaswo on March 30, 2010 at 2:48 PM

Juan was making an @ss of himself last night. O’Reilly even explained to him where “Don’t Tread On Me” comes from(it was clear Juan didn’t have a clue), but he insisted that there were racial undertones to it. He’s lucky the ubercute MKH appears with him in those segments or else I’d tune out.

Doughboy on March 30, 2010 at 2:53 PM

Gee, I don’t recall watching CNN since 9/11. What can they do, drop dead.

tarpon on March 30, 2010 at 2:53 PM

WOW!! They hired Ekik Erickson as an analyst!!

This is precisely why CNN continues to fail. The execs think throwing those troglodytes on the right a bone by hiring a blogger as an analyst will bring them back like slobbering hyenas.

How about hiring conservative produces. Conservative anchors. Conservative directors. You can hire all the conservative analysts you want, won’t change anything if the over riding guiding principle in the newsroom is liberal.

angryed on March 30, 2010 at 2:54 PM

OmahaConservative on March 30, 2010 at 2:44 PM

Sorry, to hear it, but I know what you mean…meanwhile we will be rearranging the deck chairs.

d1carter on March 30, 2010 at 2:55 PM

Gee, I don’t recall watching CNN since 9/11. What can they do, drop dead.

tarpon on March 30, 2010 at 2:53 PM

I watched when Brown won. It was like a funeral procession.

I suggest you watch on the 1st Tuesday in November. Should be lotsa fun.

angryed on March 30, 2010 at 2:55 PM

When they start fact-checking liberal comedy shows call me. Otherwise, it’s all just talk on their part.

Fred 2 on March 30, 2010 at 2:55 PM

If you turned off all the TVs in airports around the world, CNN would have zero viewers.

TheSitRep on March 30, 2010 at 2:56 PM

Free Enterprise and a capitalist market prevail once more.

carbon_footprint on March 30, 2010 at 2:28 PM

And that’s the problem!! Don’t you see it? Are you blind?

This is the very “capitalist market” that HAS to go! The Fairness Doctrine is now inevitible…and, once you’ve seen the bill, you’ll like it!

/sarc off

GoldenEagle4444 on March 30, 2010 at 2:56 PM

you know, ed, what you forget is this..we’ll have to be asked to forgive CNN for years of bias and ridicule from their smarmy talking heads before we’ll ever feel like patronizing thier network.

i for one hold a grudge against CNN that no reprogramming or shake up to thier line-up will ever fix.

F em

DrW on March 30, 2010 at 2:56 PM

Juan Williams was trashing the Dont Tread on Me flag on fox last night saying it was a radical militia flag…the lamestream media are really revving up the labeling and rhetoric…

ginaswo on March 30, 2010 at 2:48 PM

I had a woman stop me on the street of DC who was clearly exasperated as to the meaning of the DTOM on my shirt. It’s a symbol of patriotism, courage, and independence.

ted c on March 30, 2010 at 2:57 PM

But Fox has done a better job over a longer, consistent period of incorporating serious left-of-center analysts like Juan Williams, Mara Liasson, Kirsten Powers, and more in both its talking-heads shows and its news analysis than any of the other cablers.

THANK YOU for not adding Bob Beckel to that lineup. He always throws a bomb right at the end of his time so no one can discuss it.

NTWR on March 30, 2010 at 2:58 PM

Any news organization employing a reporter who can look at a crowd of 10,000 plus and estimate it at several dozen has lost any credibility that it might still possess. It’s no wonder viewers are fleeing CNN. Even a fool could see that CNN’s reporters are either incredibly stupid at best or very poor liars at the worst. Yet CNN and its sister organizations like MSNBC and CBS soldier on as if nothing is wrong…intentionally misrepresenting, reporting half-truths as the whole truth and telling outright lies to prop up their failed president and the failed Congress. In the long run the American people are not that damn stupid. Being fooled once by the greatest liar ever to occupy the White House does not mean that they can be fooled again. Come on November!

sdd on March 30, 2010 at 2:59 PM

TheSitRep,
The only news most cruise liners have is cnn also. I had never watched cnn till on our cruise, I had NO idea how left it was after watching Fox. The mute was on most of the time.
L

letget on March 30, 2010 at 3:01 PM

There’s something about the editorial environment at both Fox News and CNN that influences the way their correspondents cover the news.

Kiran Chetry was a promising young reporter for Fox News, with a conservative bent, then she switched to CNN and started drifting left into obscurity.

Greta Van Susteren was a long-time reporter on legal issues for CNN, then she signed on with Fox News, and now does fairly regular friendly interviews with conservatives like Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, Sarah Palin, and Rush Limbaugh.

CNN used to be a fairly middle-of-the-road network, but they drifted left during the Clinton years. Fox News dominates the ratings now based on a good business decision: if about 40% of the electorate is politically conservative, 30% is liberal, and 30% is moderate, the only right-leaning TV network monopolizes the conservative viewership, while CNN, MSNBC, NBC, ABC, and CBS are all competing for a smaller share.

CNN could benefit in the ratings by having a balanced presentation, with pundits on both sides, to try to peel moderate viewers away from both Fox and the liberal networks. But they need to make a decision: do they want to present the facts to open-minded viewers, or try to force-feed them socialism, as Obama is trying to do the country?

Steve Z on March 30, 2010 at 2:48 PM

Do you all see what this illustrates? The conservativies and some indies watch Fox News. Always have. Ultra-lefties watch MSNBC. Former alleged middle-of-the-road people watched CNN. Well, the ultra-lefties are sticking true with MSNBC. They all deserve one another. The middle-of-the-road indies/moderates are jumping ship from CNN and going to Fox.

I predict the will vote accordingly in November.

Oink on March 30, 2010 at 3:02 PM

Larry King? You mean that boring bastard is still polluting the airwaves? I thought his last teenage wife did him in…

mojo on March 30, 2010 at 3:04 PM

The democrat butt-kissing that I witnessed on CNN during Ted Kennedy’s funeral weekend was disgusting.

Gives new meaning to the phrase “slobbering love affair.”
(Thanks, Bernard Goldberg!)

UltimateBob on March 30, 2010 at 3:04 PM

Juan Williams was trashing the Dont Tread on Me flag on fox last night saying it was a radical militia flag…the lamestream media are really revving up the labeling and rhetoric…

ginaswo on March 30, 2010 at 2:48 PM
Juan was making an @ss of himself last night. O’Reilly even explained to him where “Don’t Tread On Me” comes from(it was clear Juan didn’t have a clue), but he insisted that there were racial undertones to it. He’s lucky the ubercute MKH appears with him in those segments or else I’d tune out.

Doughboy on March 30, 2010 at 2:53 PM

Good grief, doughboy! Sit there with your thumb on the mute button! ;)

I have a little DTOM flag that I received at my first ever county GOP meeting. We had Tea Party organizers from Indianapolis there. I’m embarrassed to say I didn’t know what the DTOM thing meant until they explained it to me, but I didn’t automatically ASSUME it was something racial!!!

Good Lord!

Oink on March 30, 2010 at 3:05 PM

Mine is flying from an 18′ flagpole outside my house this very moment. They can go to hell for insinuating it’s other than patriotic.

Juan Williams was trashing the Dont Tread on Me flag on fox last night saying it was a radical militia flag…the lamestream media are really revving up the labeling and rhetoric…

ginaswo on March 30, 2010 at 2:48 PM

Its an older group, been around forever….I think they were referred to as the “Continentals” or “colonists” or “revolutionaries” or something.

BobMbx on March 30, 2010 at 2:52 PM

WitchDoctor on March 30, 2010 at 3:06 PM

Doughboy on March 30, 2010 at 2:53 PM

I hope Juan Williams is getting paid well for his propaganda efforts on behalf of the President. I used to respect him but it is clear that he is one of those liberal black elites who refuse to admit Obama ever makes mistakes. It is the most subtle kind of racism.

highhopes on March 30, 2010 at 3:07 PM

Kiran Chetry was a promising young reporter for Fox News, with a conservative bent, then she switched to CNN and started drifting left into obscurity.

Steve Z on March 30, 2010 at 2:48 PM

Meh…. I remember Kiran being on FOX and frankly she was not that talented.

Her demise was not so much a result of her swing to the left. She just didn’t have what it takes to make it in the news business.

UltimateBob on March 30, 2010 at 3:07 PM

Good grief, doughboy! Sit there with your thumb on the mute button! ;)

Oink on March 30, 2010 at 3:05 PM

I was at the gym doing cardio. I didn’t wanna have to constantly mess with the volume everytime Juan opened his piehole.

Doughboy on March 30, 2010 at 3:09 PM

I watched when Brown won. It was like a funeral procession.

I suggest you watch on the 1st Tuesday in November. Should be lotsa fun.

angryed on March 30, 2010 at 2:55 PM

Hah! Yeah, that’s about the only time that any conservative will ever watch CNN by choice.

We like a little schadenfreude every now and then.

UltimateBob on March 30, 2010 at 3:11 PM

CNN began its death spiral when Teddy got with Janey. Her Leftardedness infiltrated through Ted’s echo chamber (his empty skull) and into the boardroom, thence downward to the newsrooms and hiring.

PJ Emeritus on March 30, 2010 at 3:11 PM

I was at the gym doing cardio. I didn’t wanna have to constantly mess with the volume everytime Juan opened his piehole.

Doughboy on March 30, 2010 at 3:09 PM

Thanks for not getting the remote all sweaty! ;-)

UltimateBob on March 30, 2010 at 3:12 PM

Larry King? You mean that boring bastard is still polluting the airwaves breathing?

mojo on March 30, 2010 at 3:04 PM

I believe his show is called “Larry King … Alive?” now, right?

VibrioCocci on March 30, 2010 at 3:13 PM

Now if we could only get airports to switch to Fox…

Akzed on March 30, 2010 at 3:14 PM

Doughboy on March 30, 2010 at 2:31 PM

Yeah, too bad the Three Stooges and Marx Brothers are all dead. Have to find another “best team in politics.”

PJ Emeritus on March 30, 2010 at 3:15 PM

CNN began its death spiral when Teddy got with Janey. Her Leftardedness infiltrated through Ted’s echo chamber (his empty skull) and into the boardroom, thence downward to the newsrooms and hiring.

PJ Emeritus on March 30, 2010 at 3:11 PM

That certainly didn’t help matters, but in mid-90′s, the internet and FoxNews came along and offered alternative news outlets. That more than anything led to the demise and irrelevance of CNN.

Doughboy on March 30, 2010 at 3:15 PM

Dealing with Sadam to hush up, err, problems with the regime in order to keep access and ratings. Shouldn’t that pretty much knock you out of the arena right there?

WitchDoctor on March 30, 2010 at 2:35 PM

CNN ignored Saddam Hussein’s atrocities against his own people for a decade, just to keep their Baghdad office open.

Before that, they falsely accused the US of dropping nerve gas on Laos. Yet the Left still watched them.

And after the Saddam scandal, CNN’s CEO was later forced to resign in disgrace after falsely accusing US soldiers of murdering Iraqi journalists.

Yet the Left still watched them.

Later still, Anderson Cooper showed video he got from the bad guys in Iraq, showing the sniper’s-eye view of his American targets, just before he pulled the trigger.

And the Left still watched them.

Leftists aren’t interested in accurate or truthful news, just “news’ which conforms to their own warped visions. And in that regard, CNN IS the most trusted name.

Del Dolemonte on March 30, 2010 at 3:16 PM

Perhaps this thread is Ed Morrissey’s attempt at “fair and balanced” blogging, but I don’t think we need any
“How Can We Help Obama And Those That Helped Him By Trashiung Us”
at this point in the History of Media.

Lockstein13 on March 30, 2010 at 3:17 PM

I’m embarrassed to say I didn’t know what the DTOM thing meant until they explained it to me, but I didn’t automatically ASSUME it was something racial!!!

Good Lord!

Oink on March 30, 2010 at 3:05 PM

Well since its a TOM
( gettit ?),

it is racist,atleast to Juan Williams and others of his ilk.
When they see DTOM, they read it as Da-Tom
( as in Da Man, Da Bomb etc) and so it is racist
or something like that…

macncheez on March 30, 2010 at 3:24 PM

Off topic (just partially), this may be a parody but it is funny.

If real it is a good argument for private and parochial schools. And of course for not allowing criminals to immigrate into the country. Because of course that is the underlying theme of that play, the dark side of the American Dream!

H/T to Glenn Reynolds for finding this nugget of fun.

Mr. Joe on March 30, 2010 at 3:26 PM

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