Chris Licht's Trump-a-palooza event on Wednesday debased the very concept of journalism, striking a critical blow to the network's credibility. What's more: it won't win him any new viewers.
great analysis, thank you Parker.
what burns me up about the working-the-refs thing is, it always works. every outlet buys it and scurries further and further right as if that will get them points. how can they not know after all this time that it’s never-ending, that if they prostrated themselves to Candace and Co they’d still draw disgust and loathing for their nonexistent liberalism?
is there any way to put a stop to it? it’s had a large role in landing us in the soup.
The biggest mistake is imagining that "thinking people" will be turned off by his performance and this will actually work against him and in Biden's favor (I actually heard someone make this argument on MSNBC this morning.) Tens of millions of people are repelled by who he is, but tens of millions are also thrilled by him, and the difference in numbers is just too close to call*. When it's American voters we're talking about, nobody should be saying "Oh, this is just too much" or "Now he's gone too far."
*Given our absolutely fucked-up Electoral College system
CNN is a pile of crap. It no more practices legitimate journalism than Fox News. All they cared about was what kind of ratings they'd get for hosting a bullshit town hall for Trump which degenerated into a rally for the scumbag. What is sadly missing from CNN, the NY Times, WaPo, and quite a few others is ethics. They're all so desperate for viewers and readers that they've been pandering sickeningly to the GOP and its stable of lying sacks of shit.
I'm so tired of it. This is what capitalism and its obsession with profits has done to journalism and ethics. Meanwhile, the NYT and WaPo email me every day begging me to "come back for a special price." Whatever it is, it's always too high for me to sell off my own principles for. Nothing would make these whores happier than to have Trump back in the WH, when the stories will once again write themselves, and this country will again see its people suffer, only this time 2024 will probably be the last democratic election we ever see.
So how bad does it need to get at CNN before Tapper and the other legitimate journalists decide they need to leave? Or should they stay, under the "someone's gotta be the voice of reason" argument (that coincidentally, a lot of former Trump staffers used)?
The free campaign rally for Trump was way over the line of reasonable journalism for me. CNN used to be one of the networks that Trump criticized the most, and no they are supporting his campaign with a major airtime gift.
Please do this again but for the Democratic Party.
Last night underscores CNN’s new approach to news under Chris Licht’s leadership. Instead of being MSNBC-light, Licht is rebranding the network to return to its roots by covering news and newsmakers. Go read Jon Ralstan’s defense of CNN, he makes an interesting point. https://twitter.com/RalstonReports/status/1656386049902530561