Friday, December 24, 2010

CNN, DTF


CNN's had all kinds of entertaining screw-ups recently, most of which I've been too busy to chronicle. But for some reason this seems worth pointing out because it so perfectly encapsulates everything that's wrong with cable news these days -- particularly a network like CNN, which strives so hard to be taken seriously and whose managers and correspondents would ostensibly rather step on a live land mine than risk sullying the mothership's hallowed reputation.

Candy Crowley, who is by no means an idiot, just ran down what CNN called the Top 10 Political Stories of 2010. On the list was the brutal fight over health care reform, Lisa Murkowski's admittedly astonishing write-in victory against G.I. Joe Miller, and even the media frenzy over Christine O'Donnell. All worthwhile stories.

None of them, however, was #1 on the list.

No, according to CNN, the number one political moment of 2010 was -- Joe Biden "dropping the f-bomb" on national television. As in when he called the passage of the aforementioned health care reform bill a "big fucking deal."

That's the biggest political story of the year.

And apparently CNN is now run by Beavis and Butthead.

The only proper response to something like this is, well, fuck.

6 comments:

Elessa said...

particularly a newtork like CNN,

i like the typo. it is quite apropos in this case.

Chez said...

Sorry. Writing quickly, and unlike CNN I don't have highly paid copy editors.

Al said...

Wait...they still do news?

Anonymous said...

They have copy editors? You obviously lost touch with your old co-workers.......

Chez said...

They got rid of a few, I know, but I seriously doubt that no one is charged with quality control at the script level.

CNNfan said...

Seems according to a memo they may be shuttering their domestic newsgathering desk which started it all in 1980.