More good news.
The Independent (UK) is reporting that CNN (sometimes dubbed the “Communist News Network”) has suffered a 50 percent loss of viewership:
“Figures from ratings agency Nielsen show that America’s most famous rolling news brand has just experienced its worst month for almost 20 years, parting company with more than 50 per cent of its audience in 12 months. The development follows years of unrelenting decline for the network, which pioneered 24-hour news in the 1980s, and was for years the top-rated news channel.”
How did CNN get to be so bad? It wasn’t always that way. CNN was a key component of Ted Turner’s Atlanta based media empire based and was successfully challenging the New York/Los Angeles axis of media control.
Once upon a time, Ted Turner’s CNN was a shining bright light amidst the dark and dreary nightscape of the American media scene. Then Turner made some bad business and personal choices.
Here is a reposting of an excellent Instauration article that explains what went wrong:
“Born into an upper middle-class Southern family his father, who committed suicide, was a billboard millionaire- Ted first broke into the news as an America’s Cup-winning yachtsman. We next hear about him as a pioneer in “all news” TV. He seems to have pushed the right button. Against all odds CNN soon became a fourth network, one based in Atlanta, far away from the baleful influence of Zoo City. So far so good. A conservative Southern yachtsman, a handsome, prototypical Nordic, takes on the TV establishment and not only manages to survive but gives the big boys a run for their money.
But Turner didn’t know when to stop. He bought the rights for the cinematic treasure chest of old MGM films. He tried unsuccessfully to take over CBS, all the while boasting that he would never sign on to any deal from which he would not emerge as boss. By the 1980s Ted was a world-class magnate on the way to becoming another Rupert Murdoch. Jet-setting back and forth from Atlanta, New York and los Angeles, he bought a clutch of mansions and huge spreads of Western ranchland (768,000 acres in all, about three-quarters the size of Rhode Island). He reached the pinnacle of the American power pyramid when Larry King deigned to interview him. But then it all started to fall apart. The Southern conservative spent so much time with the “beautiful people” of Bel Air that he could not avoid meeting Jane Fonda, she Hanoi Jane stirring up the peaceniks at an anti-Vietnam War rally of the uplifted breasts and reconstructed face. When Hanoi Jane stood on a tank in North Vietnam praising Uncle Ho and urging the gooks to press the fight against the sorely pressed G.l.s this was race treason par excellence. Ted kissed it off as ancient history.
The erstwhile all-American boy up and married this air-headed Hollywood retread whose husbands had run the gamut from a French cineast and boulevardier to the ineffable ex-Weatherman, Tom Hayden. Jane now claims she has put all this behind her, though she has kept her 300-square-foot clothes closet and its contents. Ted’s Gone With the Wind wedding to Jane on his 8,100 acre Florida plantation was the last gasp of his Southernness. The clergyman clergyman who did the honors was Black. as was the best man. Marrying a squalid movie star who preferred the occupants of the Kremlin to the occupants of the Gerald levin, Ted’s boss White House was enough in itself to qualify Ted for Majority Renegade. But there is more. The man who promised he would always be the boss of all he surveyed sold Turner Broadcasting System, parent of CNN, to the all-Jewish Time Warner conglomerate.
He got a carload of stock, but as second in command, as Vice Chairman, he now has to report to Time Warner Chairman, Gerald Levin, who is most definitely not an American boy. But there is more. Possibly inspired by skipping his lithium for a few days, the all-important pill that keeps his penduluming manic-depressive condition from getting too manic, Ted grandiosely announced he was going to give $1 billion in $100-million-a-year installments to the United Nations. Not to the poor and needy of his own country, not to the revival of America’s petrified arts, but to the bloated bureaucracy of the United Nations. Most of the money will probably end up in the itchy palms of corrupt black African strongmen.
Reviewing the past and present doings of Ted Turner, one is hard put not to nominate him Majority Renegade of 1997. As a matter of fact he is well qualified to be Majority Renegade of the Century.”