a reply to: 727Sky
I refuse to watch CNN as well. That may not sound like a big deal until I mention that prior to 2016, CNN was my sole news source for TV. It was the
Billy Bush/Entertainment Tonight fiasco that did it for me; I did then and still do consider it a gross invasion of privacy and an intentional smear
campaign to one candidate over another, orchestrated by someone who claimed to be an unbiased press. That's the only reason I watch Fox now.
To be honest, the only thing surprising to me about this is how long they managed to maintain a full staff. CNN has been falling like a rock in the
ratings, propped up only by commercial enterprises paid to leave their sets on CNN while no one is watching. The TV in the last motel room I stayed in
automatically tuned to CNN every time it was switched on; no one can convince me that is not a paid-for arrangement.
Now, it seems even that cannot keep them afloat.
I tuned out CNN one time before: the 2000 election. George Bush vs. Al Gore. Florida was the swing state. I was watching like a hawk while the returns
were coming in, and was shocked to see CNN call the race for Al Gore when their own results were still showing Bush with a fairly decent lead, and
polls hadn't even closed in the panhandle (which is traditionally heavily conservative). That led to the debacle with hanging chads and dangling
chads, and what did a chad mean?
I think I went to Fox that time, too, if memory serves. Of course, Fox itself is biased conservative, and so I eventually went back to CNN. I actually
thought they were smart enough to have learned their lesson (STFU and report the news, not what you want the news to be!
) but no... 16 years
later they did it all over again, and worse.
Anyway, the 6 or 7 layoffs is a really big deal. Apparently they bought out every employee there who would take the buy out, and it still wasn't
enough to keep the boat afloat; they needed 6 or 7 more. That's some pretty deep cuts, and to be honest, as far as I am concerned, it couldn't happen
to a more deserving organization.
Maybe they'll be replaced by an actual free press station instead of a mainstream press station. Call me a dreamer...