My disappointment with CNN has been building steadily over the years, primarily as I have
seen the morning show, American Morning, which I enjoyed as an entre to the day now resembles Good Morning America and
Today with their puns and banter …fluff over substance. I have also lost quite a bit respect as CNN includes
pop news like E!
Frankly it has become even more infuriating through Reliable Sources as they speak out against the very trends in the media that they are perpetuating…broad rather than deep coverage.
Now, I have heard the argument that pop news items are important to the national zeitgeist, but I honestly held CNN to a much
higher standard. To me, those type of stories are the lowest common denominator and with 24
hours, international reach and access to top-tier technology CNN could
push conversations in more intellectual and impactful directions if the chose to do so.
The straw or me, the impetus for my disappointment and exit from being a regular CNN viewer, specifically came from
the all-Michael Jackson cycle over the past 2 days. I completely
understand that MJ is big news, but it is not the only news.
The morning after his death, MSNBC’s
Morning Joe did a good job of talking about Iran, increased Iraq
violence & impending urban withdrawal, Obama/Merkel and other items
along with MJ news. CNN seemed to attempt no such balance.
I saw that every show was MJ and even the Situation Room mentioned
other news as merely passing items, that was the straw for me. And I
see it is still going on this weekend…even on Reliable Sources.
I feel that CNN should not be
sucked into this personality discussion at the expense of other
relavent information that impacts our lives. I believe that networks
like CNN have an opportunity to elevate our national discourse, but
have abandoned it in the face of pop culture.
This is not
universal as CNN does have good content, but the business model seems
to be tilted toward that as the exception rather than the rule. As a
person who has focused on the intersection of traditional and
digital media, I know for a fact that there is more opportunity to
generate revenue than just TV ratings so I feel that CNN could use that
to expand its core news coverage.
I truly hope they move beyond this lull and return to their roots as a legitimate news organization.