Shaking Up CNN
Diana McGinness originally published the following at Politics Unspun.
CNN doesn’t need a shake up in their leadership, they need a shake up in their programming.
I’m tired of all the partisan hacks — including John King and Wolf Blizter. About the only show CNN has that’s worth watching is GPS. State of the Union is better with Candy than John King, but it’s just another forum for the political hacks to spread more BS.
Here’s some free advice CNN.
How about educating the public on the facts contained in the bills and the consequences of them by the non-partisan wonks who can report facts not lies and spin. Instead of having the politicos smearing them with their ideological spin, how about interviewing those who study the bills for their impact from, say, the Congressional Research Service — you know those really smart folks who write up the reports that apparently many members of Congress don’t bother to read? Or someone from the Government Accountability Office, or some non-partisan think tanks that actually understand the impact a bill will have?
Let’s go behind the scenes and expose the back room deals and fund-raising meet-ups with the lobbyists! Let’s raise some questions about the abuse of power, whether it be by Democrats or Republicans.
If we want D.C. to be cleaned up, then we need the media to get out of bed with the political class and start doing some real reporting. Who cares what the pols have to say — when it’s spin, CYA, or out and out lies? I’m tired of it — I love Rachel cause she goes after all of them with real facts and she takes on Democrats and Republicans. She’d spend more time on the Democrats, if the GOP didn’t give her so much fodder.
If you want me to tune back in, ditch the pundits, commentators, politicos and start dishing out the truth and nothing but the unvarnished truth. We’ll never straighten out the mess we’re in, until we can agree on the facts and demand solutions.
Example — instead of all the spin about the health care bill, they should have brought in people who study the problems. There was a great white paper The Cost Of Lack Of Health Insurance by the College of American Physicians and by Atul Gawande who wrote The Cost Conundrum in the New Yorker. No one ever asked them a single question to explain the problems and discuss solutions.
The media is pathetic. Cronkite would cry. And to my shortened post on this over at HuffPo, one response was “Murrow would puke.”
The American public is craving honesty in D.C. — how about setting a new trend CNN?
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