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  •  Zucker? Can the man not see or hear? (7+ / 0-)

    Does he not know what a clusterf**ker John King was? I  know Zucker's not too bright, otherwise he wouldn't have replaced Soledad O'Brine with what's her name, but that memo takes some chutzpah.
    Glad to hear they're now going to only to CNN Classics rather than try to do "real" news. :-)
     

    "I'm totally pro-choice in the matter of abortion. But of course I'm also so radically pro-life that I think every person from birth onward must have full and affordable access to healthcare." - Gail Collins

    by gritsngumbo on Sat Apr 20, 2013 at 09:33:20 PM PDT

    •  Sorry, Soledad O'Brien (4+ / 0-)
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      "I'm totally pro-choice in the matter of abortion. But of course I'm also so radically pro-life that I think every person from birth onward must have full and affordable access to healthcare." - Gail Collins

      by gritsngumbo on Sat Apr 20, 2013 at 09:34:00 PM PDT

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    •  Here's a link to the CNN Classics story: (6+ / 0-)
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      http://www.newyorker.com/...

      snark, but still funny.

      "I'm totally pro-choice in the matter of abortion. But of course I'm also so radically pro-life that I think every person from birth onward must have full and affordable access to healthcare." - Gail Collins

      by gritsngumbo on Sat Apr 20, 2013 at 09:38:40 PM PDT

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    •  Zucker was a clown at NBC (3+ / 0-)
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      before CNN picked him up as a retread TV executive. This is an industry where SPECTACULAR failure can lead to further wealth going forward.

      It was Zucker's idea to can Jay Leno the 1st time around and replace him with Conan O'Brien, and this arrangement was set in stone 5 years before it finally happened. Leno was #1 in the ratings and didn't want to leave. Conan, while a bright spot in the late-late night timeslot was at times very funny, he didn't really have the chops for The Tonight Show and the ratings proved it in short order.

      This little fiasco cost NBC a lot of money.

      Now Comcast is on the hook for "Let's Get Rid Of Leno Part II", but it was Zucker who made that bad decision first. Zucker was also responsible for other failures at NBC; a whole shitload of them, quite frankly. He never paid the price.

      And now he's got a new gig. You can't screw up enough in television to get drummed out of the business, apparently.

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