So, did Jeff Zucker ever really mean to “save” CNN? Or was the plan always to squeeze the last bits of creditability out of it before it died and to use it to push a progressive agenda?
There is apparently a scandal over CHICAGOLAND an eight part CNN “Documentary” which, via emails found by the Chicago Tribune, was apparently revealed as a tightly scripted work of near fiction designed solely to make Rahm Emanuel look good on a national level.
Now this isn’t exactly the first time that some network or another claiming to be reporting the news was revealed as a Progressive mouthpiece. Does anyone remember last summer when both CNN and NBC canceled Hillary programing designed to do exactly the same thing? CNN was going to do another “Documentary” and NBC was planning a Miniseries based around the former First Lady, who “may or may not” run for President in 2016. Apparently they saw nothing wrong with it until the RNC threatened to boycott any debates CNN and NBC sponsored in the upcoming elections, or to allow them to broadcast any debate they participated in. Both shows were cancelled.
That’s not the remarkable part. What is kind of amazing is how Jeff Zucker keeps throwing himself and CNN on their respective swords KNOWING they are going to get caught. Maybe he was going for “noble” and “tragic,” but from here, it looks more like “pathetic” and “somebody put these guys out of their misery.”
CNN could probably survive if they went back to hard news (I loved the 30 minute cycle) or put in some conservative commentators to balance out the bias, but Zucker obviously has no intention of doing so. This is sad. It used to be if something big happened, CNN was the place to go. During the Gulf War even Saddam Hussein watched it because his forces stopped communicating with him (they were mostly too busy surrendering) but that’s been 23 years or so ago.
I don’t really know when CNN decided that Pimping for the Progressives was more important than reporting the news, but it obviously happened and frankly it’s killing the network. The sad part is that CNN has to know this, and keep doing it anyway.
"My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!"
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away. -- Shelly