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Blogus Interruptus…

Posted in Miscellaneous Subjects on December 3, 2014 by icn2

Beached

Off to Maui and Oahu for a few days. No diving and little snorkeling. Going to attend Honolulu City Lights’ 35th Anniversary Parade (with the mighty Willie K. performing that night), Pearl Harbor day remembrances, and hopefully catch the first day of the Pipemasters on the North Shore. Blogging resumes December 10th.

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One Step Forward, Two Steps Backwards…

Posted in Miscellaneous Subjects on December 3, 2014 by icn2

Kind of off topic here but this just begs to be noted. Dr. Nancy Snyderman returned to NBC News and the Today Show this morning after being banished given time off because her violation of an Ebola quarantine reflected so badly upon her network, given that she’s a medical professional, that she had to be hidden from view in the hopes that the furor would die down. Some were openly speculating that she had become so radioactive that it was an open question as to whether NBC could ever bring her back.

However, like with CBS and Lara Logan and CNN and Fareed Zakaria, sometimes network hotshots ignore the direction the wind is blowing and plow ahead anyways. Snyderman was interviewed by Matt Lauer this morning where she apologized up and down for screwing up. Brian Stelter chronicled the appearance on CNNMoney.com.

“I stepped outside the boundaries of what I promised to do and what the public expected of me. And for that, I’m sorry.”

So far so good…

“When I came back from Liberia with my team, we had already been taking our temperatures four, five six times a day, and we knew our risks in our heads — but didn’t really appreciate, and frankly, we were not sensitive to, how absolutely frightened Americans were,” Snyderman told Lauer Wednesday.

Saying all the right things…

“Good people can make mistakes,”

Ugh. What an elitist egotistical thing to say. Good people? As in “I’m a good person and I don’t deserve this!”???

What Snyderman is really saying here is this apology is a faux apology. She knows it was an error but she doesn’t believe she deserves the backlash she received. It was a mistake people. Lighten up!

Snyderman still doesn’t get it. And based on this it doesn’t look like she ever will get it.

Whoever prepped Snyderman for this interview…and you can bet the bank she was absolutely coached…didn’t do a good enough job. Whatever goodwill Snyderman could have received from falling on her sword just evaporated when it was revealed that the sword was made of rubber.

Ferguson Coverage…

Posted in Miscellaneous Subjects on November 25, 2014 by icn2

The Baltimore Sun’s David Zurawik writes about last night cable news mayhem in Ferguson…

But all the good reporting by Carroll and others at CNN was seriously compromised by the terrible decision to have political commentator Van Jones on the ground with Lemon.

At 10:23 p.m. (ET) as the violence seriously escalated, Jones cut in on Lemon with, “I just want to say… it’s that same thing again: You have a small number of knuckleheads who are out here causing the problems.”

How could Jones possibly know that being essentially in one location on the street?

As subsequent events quickly revealed, the former Obama green-jobs adviser didn’t know it. He wasn’t even close.

The question was: What was Jones, a CNN political analyst from the canceled “Crossfire” show, doing out there on the street in Ferguson in the first place when the need could not have been greater for real, honest, experienced reporters – something CNN has more of than anyone else in TV news?

Jones was so far out of his depth and so far off in his assessment of the actual situation all night that you had to wonder if CNN President Jeff Zucker, or any of his executives, were actually watching the coverage.

Jeff Zucker (bleeps)…

Posted in Miscellaneous Subjects on November 8, 2014 by icn2

The Hollywood Reporter’s Hilary Lewis writes about a recent Jeff Zucker appearance…

He ended his remarks at the lunch with a final defense of CNN.

“Sometimes CNN gets caught in the crosshairs because CNN is CNN. When you’re a huge, shiny object, people like to throw darts,” he said. “Frankly, I don’t give a shit. None of the people that do that stop to think about the incredible quality that is assembled by the people in this room. Take all the shots you want, but I think the quality of films on CNN Films is unassailable.”

I don’t think the quality of the shows was ever an issue…their propriety to CNN’s long standing hard news brand was/is. But I gotta say…it’s always refreshing to see a network news president cut loose on the record with the profanity. They swear like grade school children at work…why hide it from the public?

Cable News Collateral Damage…

Posted in Miscellaneous Subjects on November 4, 2014 by icn2

Deadline’s David Lieberman writes about some things Dish Network head Charlie Ergen said today about his provider’s battle with Turner Networks…

When we take something down we’re prepared to leave it down forever. Things like CNN are not quite the product that they used to be. You can imagine: CNN down on election night would have been a disaster 15 or 20 years ago. Now there are plenty of other places for people to get news. In fact a lot of people get news not from TV but from their devices. So it’s not had a major impact on our business yet.

Of course he’s going to say that because this battle is all about positioning. But even if there’s a shred of truth to this, CNN should be worried. In fact MSNBC should be worried.

We saw a similar battle earlier this year between The Weather Channel and DirecTV. For a while there it was an open question as to whether TWC would ever reappear on DirecTV’s lineup again. The Channel mounted a horrendously ill thought out PR blitz to try and push DirecTV to carry the channel and it failed miserably. However, the two did manage to settle things.

Turner will probably reach a similar deal with Dish at some point. But we are getting a glimpse of the future.

It is a future where one or more cable news networks not named FOX could be off providers’ lineups. If Dish is willing to take CNN off its air; a network which historically has attracted a more premium advertiser clientele than some of its competition, what does that portend for other channels who don’t have CNN’s branding pluses?

2014 Midterms: Your Reactions…

Posted in Miscellaneous Subjects on November 4, 2014 by icn2

Post your reactions to tonight’s 2014 midterm coverage here…

Election 2014: Coverage Notes

Posted in Miscellaneous Subjects on November 3, 2014 by icn2

Capital New York’s Alex Weprin has a comprehensive…and then some…wrap up of who is doing what for the 2014 midterms.

The midterm elections are here, and control of the U.S. Senate is in the balance. Still, these are midterms, not a Presidential election, so television coverage will be significant, but below 2012. Cable news will be all over things, while the broadcasters are mostly sticking with regular programming, save for updates, online programming and 10 p.m. specials. There are also a wide array of online offerings, giving viewers more flexibility to take in the results on their second (or third) screen of choice. Below, a viewer’s guide to the options being offered Tuesday evening

Sounds about as appealing as an appendectomy. Here’s the way I see it: Tomorrow the Senate will flip and gridlock will continue and life goes on…or…the Senate doesn’t flip and gridlock will continue and life goes on…or…we will head on to runoff elections which will eventually decide whether the Senate flips and in the meantime gridlock will continue and life goes on.

Bottom line: Gridlock will continue and life goes on. Everything else is just political puffery that only nerds and ideologues care about. Yes, I’m a cynic.

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