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June 08, 2005

Cable News Network decides to try news

From USAToday:

CNN announced a slate of programming and anchor changes Monday intended to refocus the No. 2 cable news network on hard news and analysis, and away from opinion and talk.

CNN chief Jon Klein, who took over in November, says the changes are not meant to directly counter Fox News Channel, which continues to trounce onetime ratings leader CNN, now marking its 25th year.

"There are many tactical things we could do to try to beat Fox, but we're trying to be ourselves: Roll up our sleeves and report the news, don't talk about it," Klein says.

News analyst Andrew Tyndall says that in making the changes, CNN chose to "counterprogram against Fox rather than compete."

Year to date, Fox draws an average of 842,000 viewers to CNN's 458,000 and MSNBC's 217,000 at any given time.

There's a big problem with this — if they don't pepper their stories with leftist opinion and slant, then they'll be labeled “right wing”. Are they willing to put up with that or go cowering back to the Liberal Plantation after being called names by the other leftist media?

Posted by Danny Carlton at June 8, 2005 09:03 AM

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