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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…

CNN To Produce Game Show…

Posted in CNN on January 21, 2015 by icn2

No, this is not an April Fool’s joke. Yes, the CNN as we knew (and loved) it is dead…

TVNewser’s Chris Ariens writes about the political game show CNN is working on…

Insiders tell us the show will be hosted by Anderson Cooper and will air on Presidents’ Day, Feb. 16. If it’s successful, further episodes would go into production.

We hear the program will be a quiz style game show, focused on presidential politics.

I could riff on this for at least half an hour and not get tired…

CNN’s SOTU Coverage Plans…

Posted in CNN on January 16, 2015 by icn2

CNN announced its SOTU coverage plans…

CNN to Provide Live Coverage of the State of the Union Address and the Republican Response

Relaunched to Host Live Expert Analysis and Interactive Features throughout the Evening

Live from Washington, anchors Wolf Blitzer, Anderson Cooper and Jake Tapper will lead the network’s comprehensive coverage of President Barack Obama’s sixth State of the Union Address on Tuesday, Jan. 20, beginning at 7p.m. CNN’s Erin Burnett OutFront will kick off the evening’s coverage live from Capitol Hill.

The Republican response, delivered by Sen. Joni Ernst (IA), will follow the President’s address.

Throughout the evening, news and commentary will be provided by Gloria Borger, John King, Michael Smerconish, along with the network’s political contributors. Jim Acosta will provide updates from the White House and Dana Bash will report live from the halls of the U.S. Capitol. Tom Foreman will offer a reality check of the President’s remarks live from the virtual studio. The entire evening’s analysis can also be viewed at by logging in through a cable or satellite provider.

The freshly redesigned and mobile app will concurrently host enterprise analysis and live coverage of the evening, including a social stream on with commentary and interactive gaming. CNN’s social media accounts will engage with viewers using the #CNNSOTU hashtag, and Peter Hamby’s Hambycast will stream live on beginning at 8:30 p.m.

CNN will also incorporate Microsoft’s Bing Pulse into its coverage, offering viewers the ability to give real-time feedback on the President’s speech.

CNN International will simulcast both the Presidential address and the Republican response.

On CNN en Español beginning at 8:30 p.m., Juan Carlos López will offer special coverage from Havana, joined by Ione Molinares from Washington. Following the speech, Fernando del Rincón will host a special edition of Conclusiones with the Republican response in Spanish.

In addition, a CNN/ORC International poll will be released during the 11 p.m. hour on the favorability of the President and the GOP.

“They All Look Alike”…

Posted in CNN on January 15, 2015 by icn2

When is Joe Walsh really Joe Walsh?

What’s funny is the original tweet is still up, followed a couple hours later by the other tweet. Yet there’s no acknowledgement of the error…

Camerota to New Day Permanently. Bolduan to @ThisHour…

Posted in CNN on January 9, 2015 by icn2

“When we put Kate next to Chris, you just knew and [the chemistry] was there and as it unfolded, you saw it,” – Jeff Zucker, 5/10/2013

I point the above out because A) “Chemistry” is the reason Bolduan is no longer going to be on New Day and someone needs to coral Jeff Zucker and get him to explain this complete 180 in his feelings regarding New Day “chemistry”. B) It’s me and it’s what I do. You just knew I’ve been saving this quote since the day it came out.

The Wrap’s Jordan Chariton writes about changes to CNN mornings that go beyond FTVLive’s original reporting that Alisyn Camerota would be taking over from Kate Bolduan on New Day…

She will become co-anchor of @ThisHour with John Berman at 11amET, replacing Michaela Pereira, who has been promoted from news anchor for “New Day” to co-anchor alongside Cuomo and Camerota.

Behind-the-scenes, Javi Morgado, has ascended to Executive Producer of the morning show, replacing Matt Frucci, who was cut from the show during 2014’s widespread layoffs. Morgado joined CNN in 2011 as Senior Broadcast Producer for morning shows. Jim Murphy will remain Senior Executive Producer.

The @ThisHour move is somewhat surprising. I fully expected Bolduan to get her own hour as a face saving move by the network.


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