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This is CNN.

And they're still nonstop wall to wall coverage of the plane disappearance. Even though there's been nothing new or significant to report for days.

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I was always told that when there is a huge story in the media such as this missing plane..to look for the story they are distracting you from. It's a jungle out there!

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There's always something new to report but US news channels seem to like to drive one story into the ground until people are so sick of hearing about it. It's sad because it desensitizes people to the effect it has on the people involved. I guess now they'll move onto today's military base shooting.

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I can't stand Chris Cuomo...in the morning, or anywhere else. He's like nails on a chalkboard. I felt this way about him when he was on Good Morning America, and I feel MORESO now. Even when he's not saying the words, you know the thought-bubble above his head reads: "It's all about MEEEEEEE.....!"

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I'm getting an education about the ocean since CNN started covering Malaysian flight 370.  They have on so many different ocean experts that when this mystery is solved, I'm going to miss it when they go on to the next big story.

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I'll second you on Chris Cuomo. I was done with him when CNN was breathlessly covering the stalled cruise ship story, and desperately trying to turn it into "Titanic II". He was cringeworthingly bad while interviewing passengers by phone while the boat was being towed in. It was just so lame. He couldn't get anyone to deliver the tale of woe and hardship that he wanted. 

IMO they're really creating a total numbness in their viewers with the way they're handling the plane story. Every day it says !!BREAKING NEWS!! all day and all night, and then come to find out the BREAKING part for that day is just some minor detail, like a REALLY minor detail, that they will then re-hash and re-word all DAY. 

Not sure why they're in that flight simulator all the time, either, but I guess it's for dramatics. I wish Martin would let Mitch (plaid shirt guy) talk more, and I wish CNN didn't make Mitch wear that plaid shirt. They showed him wearing what he wanted to wear, a white t shirt with a black jacket, and I didn't see anything wrong with that. (The report said CNN is the one making him wear the plaid shirts). 

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My vote for #1 most annoying CNN anchor is Carol Costello. She whines constantly.

Oh, how I miss Soledad. She was the best anchor/interviewer that CNN had.

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You know Jeanne Moos's coverage of William and Kate's trip to New Zealand was offensive when even Australians (who basically have a New York/Boston relationship with Kiwis) are mocking it.

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That was brilliant, SnideAsides. I want to watch that guy critique everyone, now. "A handshake, a big Mac and a passionless kiss by Wolf Blitzer" should absolutely be America's official greeting!

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The host just asked those aboard the 370 underwater search pod how they go pee.  Seriously.  

CNN's 370 coverage is running on fumes.

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Oh, how I miss Soledad. She was the best anchor/interviewer that CNN had.

I hear you.  Used to be, I'd come home after working a graveyard shift and turn on CNN before my mother's home care worker came in, in the hopes of seeing Soledad skewering some right-wing airbag.  Nowadays, I just crash on the couch for a few hours, and don't even bother turning the TV on.

Hey, remember when CNN actually used to air actual news, instead of airing travel shows on the weekend and glomming onto a single story for the entire frikkin' 24-hour cycle?

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We now have wall-to-wall Donald Sterling coverage.

Oh, except for this afternoon when Jake Tapper thought it would be a good idea to hang with W at his ranch and spend the better half of his show with that annoying interview.

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When did Chris Coumo become a massive douchecanoe? Good Lord man. Shut up and take your self righteous ass off my screen.

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Do we all want to take bets on how long CNN will do 24 hour coverage on the horrible plane tragedy today?   Just want to say that I love Anderson Cooper.   I just hope Don Lemon doesn't put his two cents in. 

 

Also just wanted to add that my thoughts and prayers go to all the people on board and their families.

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Do we all want to take bets on how long CNN will do 24 hour coverage on the horrible plane tragedy today? Just want to say that I love Anderson Cooper. I just hope Don Lemon doesn't put his two cents in.

Also just wanted to add that my thoughts and prayers go to all the people on board and their families.

They already had that famewhore woman on earlier. The one whose boyfriend was on the Malaysia plane that disappeared. Ugh. Stfu woman. I'm sorry for your loss, but get the hell off my TV.

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I'm just SO ready for CNN to drop the "BREAKING NEWS" that sits atop every single storyline, every single minute, for every single story that is...well...NOT breaking news.

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Well, knock me over with a feather -- CNN is actually covering real breaking news:  the referendum on independence in Scotland, which no other network is covering.  I was so curious to know the outcome, and delighted to find Christiane Amanpour on the air covering the live results, including press conferences in Scotland, UK!   Thanks, CNN!  Oh, my gosh the ACCENTS!!! 

 

No other network is carrying this coverage, at 10:18 PM in Pacific Time (6:18 AM in Scotland, UK). 

 

ETA: There is some excellent live television happening, with a British reporter on air with dancing drunken people dancing behind him, being escorted out of camera range, and popping up in front of him displaying the middle finger to the camera.  "There is, obviously a lot of drinking that has happened throughout the night, and many are the worse for wear." *Turns and glares off-camera at the woman who just gave the camera the finger, clearly wanting to blast her.*  "Some are VEDDY MUCH the worse for wear."  Christiane Amanpour doubles over in laughter in the inset view. 

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MSNBC has also had a lot of live coverage and pressers and analysts on to discuss the issue. Some of it was cut-ins to their regular programming but when the decision tally was close they were on it 100%.

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Just watched my DVR's Whitey Bulger film.  seriously, this was put out by CNN Films?  It had the look and feel of a middle school film assignment, and there was no actual info in it.... just a lot of innuendo and implication that the FBI was corrupt and let Whitey run away and hide for 16 years.   The story of this man and his crimes could have been much better done. 

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While what Don Lemon said was...interesting...and by that, I mean, completely ignorant (and just part of the mess that has become this scandal), let's dial back the talk of dicks and all that stuff. Thanks!

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Sorry about the link WendyCR72 - that was the first place I saw a story/transcript pop up last night.

 

No, it's okay. The talking heads put it out for consumption, sadly. This whole thing is a mess. But the reactions to these jokers, while deserved, just need to not sink to their level.

 

Even if, yeah, it would be deserved.

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Tonight in Ferguson MO, one of the on-scene reporters was relating how firefighters retreated because of gunshots nearby. Jake Tapper kept asking her "So, they just left? They left without fighting the fire?" "Yes, we heard voices telling them it was too dangerous and to leave, and they left. Here are the fire hoses they left behind." Jake, again: "So they just left?" I guess during the commercial break someone beat some sense into him because he took a different tack, that most likely the burned businesses would not be re-built. But I swear to God, earlier he sounded oh so very disappointed that he didn't have a "Firefighters wounded by gunfire" story to report.

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I only watched bits of CNN's coverage tonight but couldn't believe the difference between their reporting and MSNBC's. Each time I peeked in, CNN was amping up the sensationalism and going on about rioters and looters running wild and gunshots and burning cars and buildings and OMG! OMG! OMG!

 

When I'd flip back to MSNBC they were on edge and anxious but overall giving a much truer picture of only a couple hundred people on the streets with most behaving relatively calmly and only a few groups causing trouble.

 

CNN, all the tabloid nooz you could want.

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Well everything on CNN is breaking news.

They billed the announcement as such starting at 11am and kept at it wall-to-wall seeming all night because when I tuned in this morning at 5am they were still at it.

One of their reporters, Sarah Sidner, did get hit in the head with a bottle last night.

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Wonder how CNN will cover the next murder OF a cop that happened because he/she hesitates to use deadly force?    None of us were there that night, we have to trust the grand jury.  CNN has done nothing but fan the flames.  They aren't once trying to remain neutral.  I'm about ready to go back to the 30 minute network news cast.

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What the heck happened to CNN over the years?  Initially, I thought they were to be as neutral as possible.  I remember watching CNN quite a bit in its early days..but that was before the current crop of anchors & reporters.  You'd think they'd want to be in the middle in order to catch the viewers who can't stand Fox and MSNBC.

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I can't imagine Candy on Fox News, land of interchangeable blonde anchors and talking heads and leg cams, unless they just want to grab someone that's been on CNN for decades.  Remember the complete makeover Fox gave Greta Van Sustren before her FNC show premiered?

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Yeah...that would be a total shock if Fox hired Crowley.  She's just not their type of female TV newsperson (Greta is the exception and yes indeed, she sure got herself purtied up before appearing on camera...and IMO continues to have major touch-ups!)

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I can't imagine Candy on Fox News, land of interchangeable blonde anchors and talking heads and leg cams, unless they just want to grab someone that's been on CNN for decades.  Remember the complete makeover Fox gave Greta Van Sustren before her FNC show premiered?

 

Ugh, I always thought Greta Van Sustren had such an interesting face when she was doing court reporting before joining Fox -- and then I just could not recognize her after the initial major round of cosmetic surgery she had before joining Fox. 

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Kind of off-topic, but I'd like to share:
 
I doubt she'll remember me, but years ago, when I was a bank teller, Candy was one of my regular customers. You couldn't meet a nicer person. No EGO whatsoever, when I asked for her ID.  You know, how some people go off and say "Don't you know who I AM?! Where's your manager!"
 
 And it was only after that first time, that I discovered that she worked at CNN.

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I will miss Candy.  She and John King are/were my favorite CNN political people.  Those two are pretty good at reporting, interviewing, etc without you being able to tell what their personal political leanings are.  

 

Since I work during the day, I can't speak for the attitude of the reporter/answers between the hours of 7:30 AM to 5:00PM Central Time, but the ones on the rest of the time forget they are doing news and think they are doing a talk show. 

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*snip*

 

Since I work during the day, I can't speak for the attitude of the reporter/answers between the hours of 7:30 AM to 5:00PM Central Time, but the ones on the rest of the time forget they are doing news and think they are doing a talk show. 

Indeed!  You have put into words just what I've been thinking for several years now.  The females are wearing what look to be cocktail (or sun) dresses and their hair cascades all around their shoulders, pageant-style.  The chit-chat reminds me of happy talk that started with local TV stations back in the 80's (lots of jokes and kidding around).  I guess I'm particularly disgusted with the females. A lot of female journalists endured a lot of crap back in the day to get on the air and be taken seriously and now the younger ones are up there showing off legs & thighs (thanks Katie Couric, I believe you started all this nonsense) and seem to be just full of themselves. I've always liked Candy Crowley.  IMO she's "old school" when it comes to TV reporters, anchors--she's professional.

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I've always liked Candy Crowley.  IMO she's "old school" when it comes to TV reporters, anchors--she's professional.

 

I don't like her. She's the queen of false equivalency. She's never said a negative thing about the Republican lies and craziness without always adding 'but the Democrats do it too'.

 

IMO, she was very much an opinionated talk show host too rather than a journalist.

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Indeed!  You have put into words just what I've been thinking for several years now.  The females are wearing what look to be cocktail (or sun) dresses and their hair cascades all around their shoulders, pageant-style.  The chit-chat reminds me of happy talk that started with local TV stations back in the 80's (lots of jokes and kidding around).  I guess I'm particularly disgusted with the females. A lot of female journalists endured a lot of crap back in the day to get on the air and be taken seriously and now the younger ones are up there showing off legs & thighs (thanks Katie Couric, I believe you started all this nonsense) and seem to be just full of themselves. I've always liked Candy Crowley.  IMO she's "old school" when it comes to TV reporters, anchors--she's professional.

It is very strange to me how the presentation of news has changed over the past twenty years or so. Now I'm starting to see cleavage show up on some of the female news presenters. I remember when I was in high school back in the 80's teachers telling the class to watch the news for current events. Well, if the way the "news" is being "presented" today was displayed back in the day, and being a teenage boy at the time, I don't think I would be able to effectively concentrate on the info.

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All the CNN folks have their moments, but it's rapidly reaching the point where I can't even watch Don Lemon. Last night he and his guests were debating the merits of the "Ebola fighters" being named Time's people of the year. Of course he thinks the Brown/Garner protesters deserved the honor. So to no surprise, when he announced CNN's "person of the year" at the end of his show, he held up a plaque crowning the "non-violent protesters" the winners. To be clear, I'm not necessarily opposed to protests (to a certain degree- some of what has happened is certainly not non-violent, though), I just thought it was tacky that he was throwing the Ebola docs under the bus in order to continue to preach more about his chosen issue.

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to a certain degree- some of what has happened is certainly not non-violent, though

 

Virtually all the violence is coming from the riot chasers, the anarchists, who chase high profile situations around the world to create havoc. Lately they've been chasing the disturbances in Ferguson and NY and Berkley and other cities around the US where the vast majority of the protesters have indeed been non-violent. The police for the most part let the anarchists break the windows and do their thing as it reflects badly on the legitimate protesters because of course the media talks about nothing but the violence and not the hundreds and hundreds, even thousands, of responsible people trying to have their message heard.

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All the CNN folks have their moments, but it's rapidly reaching the point where I can't even watch Don Lemon. 

What the heck is with this guy?  When he was interviewing a woman who said she had been sexually assaulted, he made a disgusting suggestion re: what she should've done to her assailant.  Now he's deciding who should've been recognized as Person of the Year?  I'm getting very confused as to what his role/show is about. I thought it was a news show but it's coming across as more like Hardball or Hannity or O'Reilly--opinion shows.

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Why is CNN airing a marathon of Anthony Bourdain instead of straight news? I know they have been breaking in between shows with news about Mario Cuomo's passing and that's good. I don't expect wall to wall about Mario as he was mostly a NY story but where is the news? 

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CNN would probably say that they aired Bourdain to give their staff a bit of a day off, but from what I've seen around, Bourdain is, or is one of, CNN's highest rated shows ever.  I think if CNN could get away with it, they would air their documentaries (the Roger Ebert movie just scored huge in the ratings) and original shows non-stop.

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CNN would probably say that they aired Bourdain to give their staff a bit of a day off, but from what I've seen around, Bourdain is, or is one of, CNN's highest rated shows ever.  I think if CNN could get away with it, they would air their documentaries (the Roger Ebert movie just scored huge in the ratings) and original shows non-stop.

With hourly updates on missing planes.

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Lemon struck again last night while interviewing the father of one of the officers that was shot in NY this week. He asked him if his son had attended the funerals of the officers that were killed, and when the father said he had, Don couldn't resist seizing the opportunity to ask if his son had turned his back on De Blasio. He also blurted out that he'd heard that they haven't told the officer's young son that his dad had been shot, in a quite judgmental tone I thought. None of your or CNN viewers' business, Don. CNN as a whole is obsessed with the back turning, though.

I don't mean to make light of the many airplane tragedies of 2014, but my first thought as soon as they announce a new one is that it's going to be like a reunion getting to see all the aviation experts again. Les (& his 'stache)! Mary Schi(how many ways can they pronounce her name)O! Miles! Richard Quest! "so-called black boxes" (Hey, did you know they really aren't black? I think they may have mentioned that a few times.). I do miss our friend with the flight simulator from MH370 days, though. I think I heard that he got fired after being on CNN dressed too casually during his months trapped in the simulator with Martin. Maybe they all need to have their own series so we don't always have to encounter them under such bad circumstances. Could call the show "Aviate, Navigate, Communicate." I think I've heard that phrase somewhere, too.

Yes, I watch too much CNN.

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Was Anderson Cooper already in Paris this morning when the attack happened? I saw him on the air by 9:00 AM, and now twelve hours later I am seeing him live on the street in Paris interviewing a medic.

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Was Anderson Cooper already in Paris this morning when the attack happened? I saw him on the air by 9:00 AM, and now twelve hours later I am seeing him live on the street in Paris interviewing a medic.

I thought Wolf Blitzer or someone mentioned that they flew Anderson Cooper to Paris that day ASAP once they knew what was happening.

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I thought Wolf Blitzer or someone mentioned that they flew Anderson Cooper to Paris that day ASAP once they knew what was happening.

Thanks -- I was curious enough to poke around a little, and apparently he was called to the NY studio that morning, and flew to Paris to arrive there at nighttime.  It was really early here on the West Coast when I saw Anderson in the morning, and was trying to figure out later what I had seen.  Thank you!

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