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  •  One thing I never understood about CNN... (4.00)
    Whenever they'd put up a web poll, especially during the 2004 election, the poll responses usually weighed  in favor of the liberal candidate or position. I noticed the opposite on AOL's polls.

    Unlike Fox or AOL.com however, which caters to its audience with Repug talking points each day, mixed in with vapid fluff, CNN continues to happily play Fox Lite, usually refusing to report important Bush-negative stories.

    If CNN were populated with true capitalists they'd realize Liberals are dying for true reporting instead vapid fluff, Repug talking points, celebrity trials and selected crime stories.

    I hope someday someone will do a in-depth book about America's lame media outlets like CNN, truly analyze and dissect their self-imposed censorship.

    That we are to stand by the president, right or wrong is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public. ~Teddy Roosevelt

    by assyrian64 on Wed May 11, 2005 at 06:37:52 PM PDT

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    •  I am certain that is someone (none)
      bought CNN and transformed it into a decent news organization, it would pass all the other news outlets because all of us would watch it. I would like two stations: a liberal talk and news network and a very hard-hitting news channel that does SUPERB journalism, and in fact, would be ASHAMED to do anything less. That would be HEAVEN.
      •  Yes, hard-hitting news in America would truly (none)
        be a real treat.

        Just having watched the Britsh elections, my God. Now that is democracy. There the citizens talk to their elected officials they way citizens should talk. They treat their politicians as public servants who work for them. Unlike here where our royal idiot is feared by the media dorks and will not tolerate anything more than a scripted, Soviet-style, town hall.

        If only Jeremy Paxman of the BBC could have an hour with Bush! Did you see the interviews he had with the three major candidates? It was fantastic. I thought Howard especially was going to explode. Paxman would kick Bush around like a soccer ball.

        That we are to stand by the president, right or wrong is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public. ~Teddy Roosevelt

        by assyrian64 on Wed May 11, 2005 at 07:33:48 PM PDT

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        •  The Story Within The Story (none)
          This is really newsworthy, and I think you've hit on one of the biggest issues.  There is a news blackout in the US that does not exist in the UK media.

          But there is a real problem that Bush cannot prevent.  What is truth on one side of the Atlantic, is truth on the other.  The issue is not whether the US news will carry the story, the issue to me is, are Americans willing to read their news from UK sources, and then demand that the US media report on the facts.

          Who controls the media, controls the fates.

          by Apian on Thu May 12, 2005 at 07:07:58 AM PDT

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    •  Someone has... (none)
      I hope someday someone will do a in-depth book about America's lame media outlets like CNN, truly analyze and dissect their self-imposed censorship.
      They already have - Manufacturing Consent by Edward Herman and Noam Chomsky.  It's a little dated, but it also remains a relevant model for explaining the behavior of the mass media in the U.S.

      "Talking to a conservative is kind of like talking to a refrigerator." -Utah Phillips

      by wobblie on Wed May 11, 2005 at 07:08:39 PM PDT

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