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CNN 2.0?

Posted in CNN on August 24, 2014 by icn2

The Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Matt Kempner and J. Scott Trubey write about upcoming cutbacks at CNN…

CNN chief Jeff Zucker recently shared not so encouraging words with some of the news operation’s employees, many of whom have been bracing for potential jobs cuts.

“We are going to do less and have to do it with less,” Zucker said during a call-in to a news meeting Tuesday morning. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution recently received a partial transcript of the call from a Turner employee who asked not to be identified.

Zucker’s comments feed growing concerns among employees at CNN and other operations of Turner Broadcasting, which has nearly 13,000 full-time employees, about half of them in Atlanta.

I’ve beaten up Zucker a lot for how he’s been destroying CNN’s brand and replacing it with a new brand that is not based solely on news. But I will give this to him. He’s very good at streamlining operations to cut costs.

Zakaria: Round 2…

Posted in CNN on August 23, 2014 by icn2

Our Bad Media returns with another alleged Zakaria plagiarism “expose”…

Last Tuesday, Fareed Zakaria responded to our initial blog post showing that he had clearly and inappropriately copied and pasted other journalists’ work. He did so by demonstrably lying and getting a number of facts just plain wrong. We think our work held up pretty well, even more so after the response from a pretty diverse group of journalists. For those wondering what constitutes plagiarism, it might be helpful to first read this walkthrough from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism. Then keep scrolling, because today we’re adding even more to the pile by showing how Zakaria blatantly and repeatedly plagiarized in not just what is his most popular book, but two different cover stories for the magazines he used to serve as editor for, Foreign Affairs and Newsweek.

This isn’t going to go away easily and it’s going to get increasingly uncomfortable over at Time Warner if people keep unearthing stuff like this on Zakaria…

Robin Meade to New Day?

Posted in CNN, HLN on August 23, 2014 by icn2

CNN Commentary is claiming talks are underway to bring Robin Meade over to New Day…

Sources say Morning Express anchor Robin Meade is in serious talks to make the jump from HLN to CNN, where she will become the new co-anchor of New Day. I have also been told HLN is finished and it is only a matter of which organization, Glenn Beck’s The Blaze or Vice News, buys them out.

The problem with this report isn’t whether it’s possible or not. I have no doubt that at some level talks are going on to bring Meade to NYC.

No, the problem with this report is…well…Meade. Meade really didn’t want to go to NYC according to reports in the past…though I’m sure money can cure many ills. The more fundamental problem is Meade comes across the air best as a solo anchor.


If she’s not the center of the universe, I have serious doubts how successful any show she’s involved with will be.

New Day is not geared towards the concept of the solo anchor. Indeed, if anything it has gotten more ensemble based as time has gone by. So CNN would be taking a high megawattage solo anchor who stands out a mile away and plug her in to an ensemble show where nobody is supposed to burn that bright. Looks like a recipe for disaster to me. Unless…

…CNN guts the entire format of New Day and the talent that go with it…including Chris Cuomo…and put Meade on by herself with a rotating cast of supporting players. I just see no way CNN can get away with having an Alpha Male anchor in Cuomo and an Alpha Female anchor in Meade share the screen together without the show tearing itself apart in due course.

Then there’s the format. Morning Express is all happy happy joy joy, light on news, and feeds off Meade’s bubbly personality. CNN’s New Day is heavy on news, light on fluff, nobody stands out, and the show does not feed off anybody’s personality. So plugging Meade into that format would be the ultimate square peg/round hole experiment in cable news.

I’m not saying that all these reasons mean that Meade can’t come to CNN. What I am saying is if CNN does bring Meade over, something is going to have to change and change a lot in order for it to work.

CNN + Glenn Beck?

Posted in CNN, HLN on August 22, 2014 by icn2

The Wall Street Journal’s Keach Hagey writes about CNN having joint venture discussions with Glenn Beck as a replacement for HLN…

Time Warner Inc.’s CNN has looked beyond Vice Media in its quest for a partner to help revamp its struggling sister station, HLN.

CNN executives have held talks in recent weeks with representatives from Glenn Beck’s The Blaze, a 24-hour news and entertainment network, about a potential joint venture to overhaul HLN, according to people familiar with the matter. Those discussions came after Vice’s talks became public in June. CNN and The Blaze representatives couldn’t agree on terms, the people said.

Among the possible deals considered was an arrangement similar to the one being discussed with Vice Media, according to a person familiar with the deal: forming a new venture between CNN-parent Time Warner and The Blaze that would replace HLN’s current programming with Blaze programming.

The talks illustrate Time Warner’s eagerness to find a solution for the problems at HLN, which has seen its total viewership decline 22% for the season to date, and a 19% decrease in viewers 18 to 49 years old, the demographic that advertisers pay a premium to reach, according to Nielsen.

Zakaria Responds…

Posted in CNN on August 20, 2014 by icn2

Politico’s Dylan Byers writes about Fareed Zakaria pushing back on the new “old” Plagiarism accusations…

“These are all facts, not someone else’s writing or opinions or expressions,” Zakaria wrote in an email to POLITICO. He also referred to the majority of instances as “cases in my writing where I have cited a statistic that also appeared somewhere else,” suggesting that he had merely repeated readily available information. In some cases, he says he referred to the primary source or took quotes from an interview subject, not from other news reports.

The authors of the report — @blippoblappo & @crushingbort, two Twitter users who publish on a site called “Our Bad Media” — immediately took issue with Zakaria’s statement. His claim that the passages were facts as opposed to other authors’ writing or expressions was “patently untrue from the 1st example,” @crushingbort wrote on Twitter.

Trouble for Zakaria?

Posted in CNN on August 19, 2014 by icn2

Our Bad Media has a lengthy story on Fareed Zakaria and more alleged examples of plagiarism…

Unless Adam Winkler’s book on gun rights detoured into issues like the Chinese movie industry and corporate tax rates, the examples below seem unlikely to have been the result of another notes mix-up by Zakaria.


These are all articles that were written before the plagiarism scandal in August of 2012. In other words, these passages ostensibly would have been part of the reviews conducted by CNN, TIME and the Washington Post. Unless otherwise noted, none of the examples listed here have any kind of citation (hyperlink or otherwise) to the sources Zakaria lifted from.

Because these are no new instances of alleged plagiarism since the original scandal in 2012 that are listed here, this story takes on more of a historical tone than it would if any of these incidents had happened in the years since. But, it does raise serious questions regarding the due diligence that was conducted by those investigating Zakaria at the time.

Media Overreach?

Posted in CNN on August 18, 2014 by icn2

I suppose this was going to happen one way or another but it still makes me queasy. NewsBusters’ Tim Blumer writes about media outlets, including CNN, which revealed home location data on the Feguson shooter…

… CNN broadcast a report Friday that showed the house, including the street number, of the Ferguson police officer who police say shot Mike Brown. The officer has been in hiding due to death threats since the shooting last Saturday. His name, Darren Wilson, was just released Friday morning.

Another news outlet apologized for broadcasting video of Wilson’s home while others have virtually drawn a map to Wilson’s house for those bent on vengeance.

Yahoo News named the community Wilson where Wilson resides and published a photograph of the officer.

The UK Daily Mail also named the community, posted photos of the officer and gave a description of the house.

USA Today also named the community and reported a local police presence.

The Washington Post named the street where Wilson lives.

In the video report, CNN reporter Ed Lavandera is seen walking in the street where Wilson lives. The CNN video shows a wide view of Wilson’s house and then pans around the street to show its relative position in the neighborhood. While Lavandera does not name the street, he gives its approximate location.

Given what’s been going on in Ferguson right now, the media should have been a little more restrained in what it decided to reveal regarding the shooter.


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