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CNN Must Clarify Its Airing of WDBJ Shooting Video…

Posted in CNN on August 26, 2015 by icn2

CNNMoney’s Ahiza Garcia and Frank Pallotta write about how the media handled the WDBJ shooting videos…

CNN’s guidelines for TV restricted airing of the footage to once an hour. It could not be played in a loop and had to be preceded by a warning to viewers. Around 2 p.m. CNN decided to stop the footage right before the gunshots and screams.

CNN owes its audience an explanation for the change of heart. If CNN’s guidelines for TV allowed the full video to be aired, a decision I found to be highly questionable, then what changed to cause the network to stop airing the full video? If the guidelines allowed it to be aired in full in the first place then it should have continued to air it uncut. If the network then decided that it shouldn’t continue to be aired uncut, it needs to explain what factors overruled its own guidlines. Lastly, if suitability was the reason for the change in putting the video out uncut, CNN needs to re-examine its guidelines because if airing of the video in full became questionable then the original decision to air it uncut itself becomes questionable.

Damage Control…

Posted in CNN on August 13, 2015 by icn2

Forbes’ Mfonobong Nsehe writes about CNNI toppo Tony Maddox travelling to Kenya to fall on his sword for his network calling the African nation a hotbed of terror. Note to those still arguing over who caved in the Trump/FNC mess: THIS is begging…

But the Kenyan government took a more serious approach towards reprimanding CNN. Two weeks ago, the Kenyan Tourism Board, a state agency whose mission is to drive and support the effective marketing of Kenya’s tourism products, said it was withdrawing advertising from the network in reaction to the “misrepresentation of the country’s status.”

But on Thursday, Tony Maddox, CNN’s global Executive Vice President and Managing Director, who oversees CNN’s global editorial policy, flew all the way from Atlanta to Nairobi to personally apologize to President Uhuru Kenyatta and Kenyans.

At a meeting in the State House in Nairobi, Maddox admitted that CNN’s description of Kenya as a “hotbed of terror” was both undeserved and ill-conceived.

“We acknowledge there is a widespread feeling that the report annoyed many, which is why we pulled down the report as soon as we noticed. It wasn’t a deliberate attempt to portray Kenya negatively, it is regrettable and we shouldn’t have done it. There is a world at a war with extremists; we know what a hotbed of terror looks like, and Kenya isn’t one,” Maddox said.

Press Releases: 07/29/15

Posted in CNN on July 29, 2015 by icn2

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CNN TO AIR SPECIAL REPORT ON 5TH ANNIVERSARY OF CHILEAN MINE RESCUE

A Miner Miracle: Five Years After the Chilean Rescue Airs Tuesday, August 4 at 9pmET/PT

Five years after the collapse of the San Jose gold and copper mine that trapped 33 miners for 69 days, CNN correspondent Rosa Flores travels to Chile to speak with three of the miners. She also speaks with the drillers who worked around the clock on their improbable and miraculous rescue. The hour-long CNN Special Report, A Miner Miracle: Five Years After the Chilean Rescue airs Tuesday, August 4, at 9pmET/PT on CNN and via CNNgo.

Jorge Galleguillos can’t shake the tragedy from his mind. He was one of the 33 men trapped a half-mile beneath the hard rock of Chile’s Atacama Desert. He remembers praying to live while preparing to die. Finally, a small drill broke through to the men, allowing them to send an astounding message: ‘All 33 of us are alive.’ Their 69 days underground and their triumphant rescue stunned the world who watched it live on television. The men became globe-trotting celebrities with multiple movie and book offers; however, five years later, Galleguillos and most of the miners still live very humble and difficult lives. Many of the men battle demons and have trouble keeping steady work. And no one was ever held accountable for the collapse of the San Jose gold and copper mine.

During the CNN Special Report, Flores interviews former Chilean President Sebastian Pinera, whose optimism for their rescue rallied a nation and the world. She also speaks with Jeff Hart, the drilling expert who successfully carved a tunnel through the earth and helped save the 33 courageous men.

Vause and Sesay to L.A. For CNNI

Posted in CNN on July 27, 2015 by icn2

TVNewser’s Brian Flood has more details on John Vause’s move to Los Angeles. Vause and Isha Sesay are both going to L.A. where they get a brand news studio.

Here’s the part of the story that makes no sense…

The CNN International program will air overnights 12-2 a.m. ET, which is an important time block for Asia Pacific timing/programming. The show will also simulcast on CNN domestic.

There are a couple of reasons why I find the above justification lacking in sense…

Vause is already anchoring that shift. He’s just doing it from Atlanta. What does CNN gain by moving Vause and Sesay out to the West Coast? I mean what does the Asia-Pacific gain by that move? Asia-Pacific news coming out of one spot clear across the Pacific Ocean from the Asia Pacific region is more relevant than if it comes out of another spot even further clear across the Pacific Ocean? Riiiiiiiight.

12am-2am ET is an important time block for Atlanta…it’s 12pm-2pm in Hong Kong; the middle of the day. Yeah, that’s an important time slot for the Asia Pacific. In fact it’s so important that this move suggests how little CNN finds it as important. For if it were truly important to have coverage available for the Asia Pacific at that hour it should be anchoring that coverage from the Asia Pacific. That 12-2 ET timeslot is not beaming out over the Atlantic. In Europe that’s 4-6am and at that time CNNI is broadcasting a mix of tape repeats and News/World Sport.

CNN has studios in Hong Kong, but it has been dialing back its presence there for a while now. Heck, it let her go which should tell you a lot about how CNN views Asia-Pacific.

I think there are other unspoken reasons for why this move is taking place. Better late night coverage for the U.S. since it’s only 9-11pm PST out here? The first step in moving Asia-Pacific coverage more stateside? Unknown labor issues in Atlanta that make a late night move to California more palatable? Something else?

Whatever it is, it sure as heck isn’t really about the Asia-Pacific, because you don’t make that move if it was.

John Vause Departing Atlanta…For L.A.?

Posted in CNN on July 24, 2015 by icn2

CNN Commentary scoops that CNNI’s John Vause is headed to LA for a new show…

Current CNN Newsroom anchor John Vause is set to relocate to CNN’s Los Angeles bureau and anchor a revised simulcast show from the newly renovated studio to air on both CNN Domestic and CNN International, according to sources.

His new co-anchor will be Isha Sesay, who currently anchors NewsCenter from Atlanta. It’s unclear at this point whether Sesay will be relocating to Los Angeles as well, or remaining in Atlanta.

Lots of questions here…

1) Why is CNN going to broadcast out of Los Angeles? What does it gain by doing so?

2) Assuming Sesay stays in Atlanta, which is probably a good bet based on the likelihood that CNN would move two anchors to L.A. when just the idea of one going to L.A. is…well…strange on its face, when will the show air? If my timezone math is correct, Sesay’s CNNI show airs during Brooke Baldwin’s shift so it seems unfathomable that CNN would choose to take that hour to simulcast CNNI and CNN Domestic. CNNI’s World Business Today airs during Carol Costello’s second hour so that would seem to be an unlikely destination as well unless CNNI moves or cancels WBT outright.

Assuming this show won’t air in primetime, the most likely “available” timeslot on CNN Domestic’s schedule would seem to be 9am ET, Costello’s first hour. But that doesn’t make a lot of sense either. It is the first hour of CNN Newsroom and we have to assume that whatever the format of this new show will be it’s going to be different from the Newsroom format because it makes no sense to send Vause out to L.A. and have Sesay in Atlanta to do what can be done better from New York (after all Zucker moved his dayside anchors to NYC precisely because he wanted them to have better access to guests than they would have had in Atlanta…and sure as heck wouldn’t have in L.A.).

We could probably drive ourselves crazy trying to figure this out at this point. Probably best to just wait and see what happens.

Update: CNN Commentary apparently forgot to mention when this is scheduled to air. Uh…helloooo McFlyyyy? It’s for the overnight hours. So that answers that. It doesn’t answer why L.A.?

Gone And Apparently Not Forgotten..

Posted in CNN on July 22, 2015 by icn2

The Wrap’s Jordan Chariton writes about Jeff Zucker fielding a question about Don Lemon and his most recent boomerang stunt…

At an internal CNN town hall event Wednesday, CNN president Jeff Zucker defended primetime anchor Don Lemon’s on-air use of a sign emblazoned with the N-word.

A CNN insider told TheWrap that Zucker was asked about the stunt that opened Lemon’s show in June in the wake of President Obama’s use of the word during a podcast and of the Charleston church massacre.

“Zucker said it’s not something for a daily basis, but Don was trying to make a point,” the insider said. The person who asked seemed concerned with Lemon’s actions, which many media observers condemned as a classless stunt.

I’m not going to fault Zucker for answering a question that he had to know would leak out and bring that gaffe back to the fore again. He was in an impossible no win situation. If he ducks the question, word leaks out that he ducked it. Zucker can’t win here.

Nor am I going to fault Zucker for standing up for Lemon. What’s he supposed to do? Throw him under the bus in front of the rest of CNN’s staff?

My question lies with the leaker. What was the point of this? To stick it to Lemon by bringing that up again? Or to show that Zucker has his back?

And then there’s this…

As TheWrap reported, Lemon’s antics have paid off in the ratings, a sign that might justify promoting the anchor to the 8 p.m. time slot currently held by Anderson Cooper.

Anderson Cooper is essentially the face of CNN. You could make an argument for Blitzer because of how much exposure he gets on dayside but primetime rules. So if Lemon were to push Cooper out at 8, that would be interpreted by many to mean CNN now thinks Don Lemon is the face of CNN. I’m not sure everyone at CNN would be comfortable with that designation.

The Big Picture…

Posted in CNN on July 8, 2015 by icn2

I’m not reading too much into this morning’s story on Dr. Sanjay Gupta operating on someone other than what was originally reported while he was in Nepal.

CNN’s chief medical correspondent and star surgeon Dr. Sanjay Gupta is facing criticism for his reporting from Nepal in the aftermath of April’s massive earthquake. “I don’t like to make mistakes,” Gupta told NPR Tuesday night.

But he’s accused of making a mistake: misidentifying a young girl he’d performed surgery on. CNN reported Gupta had performed brain surgery on 8-year-old Salina Dahal, who had been badly injured in the quake. Global Press Journal tracked down the little girl, only to find she had never had surgery of any kind, suffering cuts and bruises and a broken wrist in the earthquake. “Without emergent surgery, she’ll have permanent damage. Or, like so many other earthquake victims, she’ll die,” Gupta reported.

I have no reason not to take Gupta at his word that he really thought he was operating on Dahal. There’s nothing in Gupta’s history to suggest that he’s anything other than a straight shooter…albeit, in this case, one who got this story wrong.

Some people were using some pretty harsh language to describe what Gupta did. Some said he lied. Others made allusions to MSNBC’s resident fabulist Brian Williams.

Both accusations I would consider wildly off the mark. Yes, he got the identities wrong but if you look at the big picture the story really doesn’t change. He didn’t fabricate a scenario out of thin air. He did indeed operate on someone to save their life.

So, barring any new unforeseen revelations, I view this as nothing more than a minor blip on Gupta’s record; one that will eventually recede into the fog of time and be forgotten.

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