September 18, 2013 |
A day after the Washington Navy Yard mass shooting, Jon Stewart delivered a scathing critique of CNN's coverage of the event, arguing that sloppy, speculative reporting has become as depressingly predictable as these bloody rampages. " For every all too familiar American tragedy, you can be sure the news will exacerbate it with yet another Force 5 Wrongnado," Stewart quipped Tuesday on "The Daily Show. " Although this time around CNN managed to avoid any obviously inaccurate reporting, there was still plenty for Stewart to get worked up about, such as anchor Wolf Blitzer, who wondered what the shooter's all-black ensemble might say about his possible motive and even warned viewers that some of the on-air speculation may not prove accurate.
September 17, 2013 |
The 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination is approaching and CNN is marking the occasion with the start of a new 10-part documentary series to be co-produced by Tom Hanks. "The Sixties" will explore the transformative events of the decade, including the Beatles, the war in Vietnam, protests, drugs and more. In other words, all the usual 1960s suspects. Tom Hanks and his producing partner Gary Goetzman are co-producers on the project alongside CNN and Mark Herzog, executive producer of History's "Gettysburg" movie.
August 16, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The Republican National Committee voted Friday to boycott CNN and NBC if the networks produce films on Hillary Rodham Clinton, who is seen as the Democratic Party's strongest potential contender for the 2016 presidential election. Reince Priebus, the RNC chairman and a vocal opponent of the two films, said the party is “done putting up with this nonsense.” “There are plenty of other news outlets. We'll still reach voters, maybe more voters. CNN and NBC anchors will just have to watch on their competitors' networks,” he told RNC members during their summer meeting in Boston.
August 16, 2013 |
The preemptive strike that the Republican National Committee launched Friday against NBC and CNN seems pointless in many ways, even if you accept the premise of the GOP's argument -- namely, that the documentaries the networks are developing about Hillary Rodham Clinton will help the former first lady and secretary of State in her expected campaign for the White House in 2016. But I still like what the RNC is doing, albeit probably for different reasons than the ones that are motivating GOP honcho Reince Priebus.
August 15, 2013 |
A hacker group briefly took control of portions of the Washington Post, Time and CNN websites on Thursday after breaking into an article recommendation service used by the news outlets. The Syrian Electronic Army took credit for the breach, with one member telling the Daily Beast that its ongoing assault on news websites is part of a campaign to call out Twitter for repeatedly shutting down the army's account. The member said the group has opened up its 16th Twitter account . The SEA posted screen shots showing that it had entered an administration portal for Outbrain, an article recommendation service that sends visitors to websites by recommending their content at the bottom of online articles of big publishers such as the Post.
August 8, 2013 |
CNN's chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta says he regrets his past stance on weed. Gupta, who previously opposed legalizing marijuana, says he's woken up and smelled the proverbial plant life. "I apologize because I didn't look hard enough, until now. I didn't look far enough," he wrote in a CNN article . "I didn't review papers from smaller labs in other countries doing some remarkable research, and I was too dismissive of the loud chorus of legitimate patients whose symptoms improved on cannabis.
August 1, 2013 |
The Writers Guild of America might think of “All in the Family” as the second-greatest sitcom of all time , after “Seinfeld,” but were he alive today, Richard Nixon would almost certainly disagree. As “Our Nixon,” a new documentary airing Thursday night on CNN makes clear, the late president was no fan of the Norman Lear sitcom and its gay-friendly agenda. The film, which made the festival rounds earlier this year, is pieced together from over 500 reels of silent, Super 8 footage shot by three of Richard Nixon's closest aides -- H.R. Haldeman, John D. Ehrlichman and Dwight Chapin -- and seized by the FBI following the Watergate scandal.
July 16, 2013 |
The summer of bigotry debate rolls on, with Rush Limbaugh now attacking Rachel Jeantel and CNN for her analysis of the N-word Monday night. The conservative radio host ripped Jeantel and CNN for her sit-down with network host Piers Morgan. Jeantel was a friend of Trayvon Martin, the black teenager shot by watch volunteer George Zimmerman, and a controversial witness at Zimmerman's trial. She criticized the not-guilty verdict and also argued that the N-word - uttered with an "a" rather than an "r" at the end - could be used broadly to describe any male, not just a black one. "I think I can now" say the word, Limbaugh sarcastically told his listeners.
July 13, 2013 |
Egypt roils with revolution, Edward Snowden has become the Scarlet Pimpernel of privacy and a new study reveals that, even though Americans are exercising more, we're still fat, which is really unfair. Yet for weeks we've been bombarded with minute-by-minute televised coverage of the George Zimmerman trial. Testimony is parsed, questions are raised - "Why was his shirt not rumpled?" - witnesses reviewed like contestants on "American Idol," and every day sees way too much footage of Zimmerman, moon-faced and unsmiling in another suit.
July 3, 2013 |
These days, Greta Van Susteren isn't just covering the news, she's making it. Speculation is rampant that Van Susteren may be getting ready to walk away from her 10 p.m. Fox News Channel show and head back to CNN, where she rose to prominence in the 1990s as a legal analyst. One catalyst behind such a possible move? This week's announcement that hard-hitting anchor Megyn Kelly will get a prime-time slot after she returns from maternity leave later this year. Word is that Kelly could get the 10 p.m. real estate, which might leave Van Susteren with no home in prime time, between 8 and 11 p.m. PHOTOS: Cable versus broadcast ratings Meanwhile, CNN is in the middle of yet another reinvention, this one overseen by former NBC Universal boss Jeff Zucker.