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Unintended Consequences…

Posted in CNN on February 11, 2015 by icn2

Remember that announcement a month ago about CNN and Snapchat? Well it seems that the “Discover” platform on which Snapchat is carrying that network’s feed as well as many others is causing some grief for Android users…

In the screenshot above, you can see Snapchat having used over 40MB in the foreground (while the app was open) and a little more than 250MB in the background. In a span of a week, the app burned through a quarter of a gigabyte.

An XDA Developers post claims that an update delivered on January 27th is to blame. It introduced a Discover page that linked to news feeds from various sources such as CNN, National Geographic, and People. Users complained about the app quickly draining battery life, causing crashes, and sucking up background data.

Fortunately you can prevent Snapchat from running in the background. Just go to Data Usage under your phone’s settings menu and look for Snapchat. If it’s giving you problems, you should see it right at the top of the list of apps. Tap it and select the Restrict Background data option.

CNN’s Quiz Show…

Posted in CNN on February 9, 2015 by icn2

TKNN has details on CNN’s upcoming quiz show…

CNN has unveiled two new promos for its Presidents Day quiz game, appropriately titled CNN Quiz Show. There is the above video plus another, similar video that is running on CNN airwaves. A few weeks ago, CNN announced the game show with few details except that Anderson Cooper would be hosting and it would be airing on Presidents Day. We now know that CNN anchors will be the contestants in a team format. The teams will also be playing for a charity. The three teams are:

Jake Tapper and Alisyn Camerota who are playing for Homes for Our Troops which builds special houses for injured veterans.
John Berman and Erin Burnett
Chris Cuomo and Don Lemon

The quiz show is being labeled as the Presidents Day edition, allowing for more quiz shows to possibly occur. This current iteration is focusing on the Presidents of the United States.

Not Gone, Not Forgotten…

Posted in CNN on February 6, 2015 by icn2

In a must read, Michael Kinsley writes in Vanity Fair about Fareed Zakaria’s plagiarism controversy…(via J$)

Somewhere between plagiarism and homage, there is a line. Fareed stepped over it. For example, way back in 1998, he wrote an article for Slate about the glories of the martini. American Heritage magazine had run an article on the same subject the previous year, by Max Rudin. Rudin wrote that the martini “had acquired formal perfection, a glamorous mystique.” He also noted that Franklin D. Roosevelt “liked his with a teaspoon of olive brine.” In his own article, Fareed wrote that the martini had “acquired an air of mystery and glamour” and then noted that F.D.R. “added to the standard recipes”—can you guess? right!—“one teaspoon of olive brine.”

In a memo to me, Fareed makes a vigorous and often persuasive defense of himself. Unfortunately, CNN won’t let it be quoted. When he acknowledged making a mistake, at the time of his suspension, he didn’t just use the classic Nixonian passive-voice evasive formula, “Mistakes were made.” However, conscious changes in wording like the ones about the martini are not “mistakes” in the sense of something inadvertent or accidental. Fareed made these little changes in order to disguise his borrowing. His pursuers cite many examples (including this one).

Ok…stop there. CNN blocked Kinsley from quoting Zakaria defending himself? Why on earth would they want to do that? Worse, why would they do that when the alternative is to have Kinsley point out that they blocked him from quoting it. If there’s no crime, why try to cover it up? CNN makes Zakaria look like they and he have something to hide. But this is par for the course for this network. Throughout the Zakaria mess CNN has made one horrendous PR move after another.

This doesn’t let Fareed off the hook. Clearly there’s a spectrum, with Fareed at one end and, oh, the Congressional Record at the other. He went too far. Far too far. I would love to be able to say that Fareed is being penalized for doing what everybody does. That’s what he believes about some of these episodes, I think. But when you’re making points—one, two, three—that another writer has made, and in the exact same order, though with different exact words, you’re not just participating in a great swap meet of ideas in which nobody owns anything. You are claiming ownership of ideas that aren’t your own. That’s not a “mistake.” That’s on purpose.

I have e-mailed back and forth with Fareed about all of this, but on instructions from his bosses at CNN, anything about plagiarism is strictly off the record. In a controversy about attribution, the one person he can’t cite is himself. He is permitted to say only the following: “I will leave it to viewers and readers to make their own decisions. I’m fully focused on putting out the best work I can.”

And the stonewalling continues and at the worst possible time. With NBC in total damage control mode over Brian Williams, media writers everywhere are on the lookout for media transgressions as a hook or tie in to the Williams fiasco…going Meta if you will. Some will no doubt bring up Lara Logan. Others will bring up Zakaria. CNN will never be able to shake this as long as it maintains radio silence on all things Fareed.

The Indefensible…

Posted in CNN on February 3, 2015 by icn2

The Daily Beast’s Lloyd Grove makes a mealy mouthed defense of Don Lemon…

Don Lemon relentlessly courts controversy whether it’s his reporting from Ferguson, or driving around in his ‘Blizzardmobile.’ Is his natural home Fox News, rather than CNN?

This is a strawman issue. It isn’t about whether Don Lemon courts controversy or not. Most anchors will get embroiled in controversy at one point in their careers…some more than once. No, this is about whether Lemon is a loose cannon who shoots from the hip yet still manages to wing himself and whether the dubious spectacles he’s known for overshadow anything positive he does and all this reflects badly upon his network.

Last week Lemon rose above (or, many would say, dived below) the media morass by roving the barren, snow-dusted streets of Manhattan while anchoring his 10 p.m. weeknight show, CNN Tonight, in his “Blizzardmobile”—never mind that there was no blizzard in New York City, unless one counts the blizzard of ridicule heaped upon Lemon for his wacky stunt.

As far as Don’s “Lemon-isms” go, this one doesn’t even qualify. It was orchestrated by CNN’s producers, not Lemon. And Lemon wasn’t the only CNN reporter running around in a vehicle. But, even though it doesn’t apply, it got shoe-horned into an already established pattern; a pattern best characterized as “put brain into park, then act” which is what he is increasingly becoming typecast for.

Consider for a moment what has transpired for Lemon in less than a year:
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Ad Wars…

Posted in CNN, MSNBC on February 2, 2015 by icn2

I know I’m late to this but I wanted to make a couple of points about Joe Concha’s article on Mediaite regarding last week’s CNN full page ad taking aim at Morning Joe’s ratings…

In the meantime, the “why” question around the impetus behind the ad is answered on several levels: Morning Joe threw the first punch with a full-page ad of their own last month. And then Joe‘s executive producer made it personal via publicly celebrating people losing their jobs and bringing schadenfreude down to a whole new level. Boosting morale and going on the offensive played a role as well.

Let’s not overlook the obvious though. While all of the above may have been motivating factors in targeting the ad at Morning Joe, CNN very well probably would have taken out some kind of ad regardless because CNN just shuffled its anchor rotation on New Day and debuted a new home for Morning Express and the network would have wanted to build off of both of those events and positive ratings information is frequently used by networks to generate amplify short term buzz.

What makes this ad noteworthy is that it makes a break with CNN’s past. This is the kind of ad that the CNN of ten years ago would never mount regardless of how aggrieved they may have felt. It’s not the way Time Warner liked to do things and as of just 8 years ago it was understood by CNN staffers that this kind of message was not the sort of thing a Time Warner organization should do. That much was made clear to me directly back then.

But that was Jim Walton’s CNN. This is Jeff Zucker’s CNN. With a new sheriff comes new rules.

It appears Fox News wasn’t mentioned because the #1 network wasn’t the focus.

Obviously. But don’t think FNC PR isn’t noticing this more confrontational CNN and is taking notes.

More CNN Storm Silliness…

Posted in CNN on February 2, 2015 by icn2

The Washington Post’s Erik Wemple writes about CNN once again having a reporter drive around in a snowstorm…to show how dangerous it is to drive in a snowstorm.

Today there’s a new storm to cover, and again Boston is in the cross hairs. To show readers what serious visibility and driving difficulties have resulted from the storm, CNN again took to the highways. In a just-concluded segment, CNN correspondent Brian Todd reported on “white-out conditions” around Lawrence, Mass. Addressing CNN host Carol Costello, Todd went from a stand-up in the midst of the storm to the passenger seat of a car equipped with a CNN dashboard camera.

Up next: CNN will have a reporter chop off one of their fingers cutting vegetables to show how dangerous it can be to cut vegetables…

Glass Houses…

Posted in CNN on January 21, 2015 by icn2

The Washington Post’s Erik Wemple chronicles CNN’s recent affliction of “No-Go Zone-itis”

Now, none of these commentators, anchors or guests went quite as far as terrorism analyst Steve Emerson went on Jan. 10 when he visited the Fox News program “Justice with Judge Jeanine.” There, Emerson claimed that Birmingham, England, was overrun with Muslims: “There are actual cities like Birmingham that are totally Muslim, where non-Muslims just simply don’t go in,” he said. No, Birmingham isn’t totally Muslim. Backlash from that comment came from Prime Minister David Cameron and many others, conferring “no-go zone” ownership upon Fox News, perhaps unfairly.

But what about CNN? A question for the network on whether it should correct the instances above (and there may well be others) is pending.

Probably to be followed by a question of why CNN keeping bringing up FNC’s No-Go Zone instances when it was doing it too…

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