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Byte Me: 24 Aug 2012

One time giant and pioneer of international television news networks CNN has become what it never should have – an entity that has to be examined as much as the subjects that it usually covers as news.

The network and its website has somehow become a nation within itself, preaching and praising its existence in a constant cycle of self grandiosement of a country that it isn’t.

Sadly the network which took the world to the world has become a collective of colonialists and missionaries disguised as journalists.

Apology. They really are journalists and very good ones but they seem to be led by a coterie of bosses on a mission to save the world on their terms, and not report on it, as is the base rule of journalism.

Australia’s Anna Coren is one such preacher, a presenter who regularly pounds the audience with a religious fervour about CNN changing the world for the better when the world is actually what is to be reported about, not dictated to.

One of the most problematic things for a journalist is to not become part of the story, but CNN seems to have become a church which inserts itself into them and seeks to judge and not always report without opinion.

Some staffers are unhappy, and it’s mainly because the one time leading global news network is now running third in ratings, airs endless promotions about itself which underlines what has to be a revenue issue.

And gets big stories wrong, such as a recent report stating US President Obama’s health care plan was unconstitunual when it actually was.

The wildly named Wolf Blitzer copped heaps over it, but the underlying issue seems to be CNN’s sense of self which has been radically diminished by upstarts such as rabid rival Fox.

Pity is, CNN management have failed to keep up and have increasingly become more a church of itself rather than a TV news operation where “play that promo again” is its thin bible.



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