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Old 08-08-2012, 05:36 PM   #766
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Thanks to Aly that song's been in my head all day.
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Old 08-13-2012, 10:18 AM   #767
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CNN Eying Reality Shows, Talk Shows As Way Out Of Ratings Slump: NY Post

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Could we be getting "The Real Housewives of CNN" soon?
As the oldest cable news network struggles with plunging ratings and a leadership vacuum at the top, the New York Post reported Monday that it is looking to reality shows as a potential savior.
Citing documents, the tabloid wrote that executives have been talking to Hollywood agencies and producers, mulling a late-night talk show in the style of "The View," a slew of reality programming on weekends, and searching for hosts from outside the normal TV news arenas.
If the plans go through, CNN would be far from the first cable network to stray somewhat from its original identity. An outside producer who has been involved told the Post, that the meetings were akin to "that moment when MTV decided to stop playing music videos."


If this is really true, then the world has fallen apart. Sorry, can't find a better expression for that. How can what was once a serious news station reduce itself to shitty, gossipy programming? I even saw Ted Turner tell Piers Morgan that he wants CNN to be like the New York Times - and it should be.
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If this is really true, then the world has fallen apart. Sorry, can't find a better expression for that. How can what was once a serious news station reduce itself to shitty, gossipy programming? I even saw Ted Turner tell Piers Morgan that he wants CNN to be like the New York Times - and it should be.


i'd almost rather all the cable news stations morph into something else because they certainly aren't doing news very well.
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Fareed Zakaria's plagiarism more bad news for CNN - baltimoresun.com

I hadn't heard about this. Poor form, Zakaria.
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Wow, CNN is on a downward spiral. But they have been for quite a while now.

Maybe there's some sort of CNN curse- the Daily Mail has pictures of Anderson's boyfriend making out with some other guy. I hope they were already split, because that sure is a lousy way to find out that someone's cheating on you.
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Oh, wow, really? That's classy.

It'll be a miracle if CNN lasts five more years at best. We don't really need more reality shows, and that's not going to help them much, if at all, I don't think.

As for Zakaria...yikes. Bad move, pal. Bad move.
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CNN is abhorrent. Sometimes I'm not sure if I even like it more than Fox News. Well, they can have some halfway decent online content, but their news programs are pretty bad.

Zakaria was always my favorite thing about that network. His show is good, discounting the plagiarism. The plagiarism is unfortunate.
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Failed baseball player MJ and noted anti police activist Melo

They should have said that MJ did raunchy underwear ads too
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Yes, Michael Jordan will go down in history as a failed baseball player and not a great basketball player.

I don't know what point FOX was trying to make, but it was pretty lousy to describe Jordan like that.
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The point was that Obama hangs out with losers
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Ha! Nice try FOX! I'm sure even your most loyal fans will not see Jordan as a failed baseball player.
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I can't really see any problem in insulting Melo.
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Old 08-31-2012, 05:51 PM   #779
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From a few years' back, but what the hey.

Bubba's clinical dissection of the smirking Fox news shills:

Bill Clinton Kicks the Crap out of Fox News Part 1 - YouTube

Clinton Kicks the Crap out of Fox News Part 2 - YouTube
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Huffington Post

R.E.M. is the latest music act to request that its songs not be played in a political context.

The band -- which broke up last September after 31 years together -- released a statement on their website denouncing Fox News for playing its seminal hit "Losing My Religion" during coverage of the Democratic National Convention.

"We have little or no respect for their puff adder brand of reportage," R.E.M. lead singer Michael Stipe said in the statement. "Our music does not belong there." R.E.M. said that Fox News is not authorized or licensed to use the song -- a cheeky way for the cable news network to comment on the perceived lack of faith at the DNC -- in the future.

R.E.M. is far from the first band to push-back against Republicans during election season. The Silversun Pickups sent Mitt Romney's campaign a cease-and-desist letter after the Republican candidate for president used their song "Panic Switch" during a campaign event.

“The song was inadvertently played during event set-up before Gov. Romney arrived at the location," Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul told HuffPost. "As anyone who attends Gov. Romney’s events knows, this is not a song we would have played intentionally. That said, it was covered under the campaign’s regular blanket license, but we will not play it again.”

Similarly, Dee Snider requested that Paul Ryan stop playing the Twisted Sister anthem "We're Not Gonna Take It" during his campaign stops. (Said Ryan spokesman Brandon Buck after the rock star's demand: "We're Not Gonna Play It anymore.")

To read the full R.E.M. statement, head over to the band's website.
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