You know what I haven't seen in the past 10 years?
There's an article on Yahoo! News (your place for breaking info on the Olsen Twins' fashion faux pas) about CNN as a Zombie news network.
And it may be that CNN's legendary objectivity is part of the problem. The network has always prided itself on covering the news with an even hand, but more partisan networks like Fox News and MSNBC have stolen away viewers by taking sides in the growing culture war and offering strong opinions with a conservative or liberal slant. CNN may win on journalistic integrity, but they're losing on passion.Well, not for me and certainly not for anyone I talk to. I may slant left, but I won't watch MSNBC because I don't need the news spun to me so that I'll nod like a muppet meeting the celebrity guest when Rachel Maddow comes on to tell me how smart we all are for agreeing with her.
No, I quit watching CNN because they quit airing the news. We all know that.
I'm not even sure what the hell Yahoo! is talking about, frankly, when they're talking about CNN's "objectivity". There's a brief window in there where Wolf Blitzer embarrasses himself nightly in "The Situation Room", which resembles news, but feels more like Blitzer wandering around an overly large space reading headlines and then opining upon them. Aside from that, its a string of Nancy Grace, Jane Velez-Mitchell, Showbiz Tonight, Piers Morgan, and even @#$%ing Joy Behar hosting "shows".
The news isn't a "show". It's the @#$%ing news. And the "shows" are absolutely unwatchable.
I know, I know... I'm old fashioned, but there was a time where everybody was cool with fairly objective reporting on the events of the day by someone perched behind a desk who would introduce the stories, the stories would roll, and then we'd come back to that dude or lady. Basically: the news. Not Piers Morgan talking to Rosanne Barr for some reason. Nor Nancy Grace bleating like a circus performer, vaguely threatening her audience as she spends multiple hours per week asking the same questions about the missing white child of the week (the children are always 3-4, white females, usually named "Kayla").
My wild idea for CNN? Try doing some @#$%ing reporting. Bust out some tapes of what you looked like in 1995 when you destroyed Network News by having consistently solid reporting without editorializing, creating stunts, etc... and dug up facts instead of asking PR people to lay it all out for you.
I used to watch you on an endless loop, man. You were beautiful once.
I'm not someone who gets their news from The Daily Show (I don't really watch it anymore), but what Jon Stewart does is closer to the news than what CNN has been doing for years. He notes something interesting, finds footage on it, and let's the story form itself - only in parody form. There's a reason he can go to the well and find hilarious footage of both pundits and cable news, and its because they're both awful at their own game.
All CNN has to do is the same thing, but without the snark. And, voila! That used to be called "The News". Not Joy Behar talking to Whoopi Goldberg or other fading celebs with nothing else on the schedule that day.
I don't really care if CNN goes under, but its not OBJECTIVITY that's killing CNN (Jesus Christ, Yahoo!, really?). Its that they're trying to compete with the way the internet and horrendous news outfits (like Yahoo! News) deal with "news".
You gotta get all Action News Team on 'em, CNN. Don't take that.