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CNN = The Jesuits?

“The CNN culture is still very strange. You walk into that building, you think you’re the Jesuits and you’re protecting a certain legacy. They still look at Fox as a carnival–not Fox as a brilliant marketing entity. It’s weird. They’re decades into it, and they’ll protect it to the end.”

— Disgraced former governor-turned-TV-host Eliot Spitzer, here.

(Actually, he could have been describing CBS a few years ago.)
The New York article, meantime, is riveting.

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posted October 10, 2010 at 4:18 am

Well, they ARE like the Jesuits, and FoxNews ARE like the Vandals, Infidels, and other such wreakers of havoc. CNN, while inventing the 24-hour news cycle, has staked its reputation on accurate and TRULY fair reporting, even to the detriment of their ratings.
Fox, on the other hand, pumps out propaganda and half truths, if not out-and-out lies. For instance: they go on and on about being labeled the most “fair” news outlet by some research organization. When I wrote to them to complain, they responded that Fox was actually MISQUOTING their report, that they were ACTUALLY stating that Fox was stilted and BIASED!
And yet, they continue telling the lie. Really and truly, FoxNews is a propaganda spewer, feeding lies and half truths to a gullible cult-like fan base.

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posted October 10, 2010 at 6:33 am

I don’t watch much TV when I’m at home. When I travel, which is frequent, I see CNN and FOX on the airport monitors and in hotel lobbies more than any other stations. Usually, the sound is off. Not often enough, though.
CNN is calm, has quiet interviews with conservatives and the rest of us and frequently apologizes for their mistakes. I can sleep through an entire ‘Our take-off has been slightly delayed, your new boarding time is X+3 hours’ period at a gate when CNN is played out loud.
If I didn’t know it, I’d swear a Jerry Springer telethon and a historical mini-drama of The 10 Worst Decisions of the Confederacy were on, judging by the tone of the FOX program. I’m afraid to close my eyes, those people are aiming straight for the emotions, past the rational mind.
What puzzles me the most about those Christians who defend FOX as their exclusive (or nearly exclusive) source of news is their willingness to overlook the uncharitable and vicious tone of so much of their reporting.

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posted October 10, 2010 at 12:48 pm

Just wondered after reading this brief article, how many viewers “think” that CNN has NOT been a a liberal and progressive media outlet originally established and
“infected” by its founder, Ted Turner……and that like the majority of other media outlets, CBS, The Boston Globe, ALL of everything published by the NY Times, NBC, and its cable affiliate, MSNBC, the LA Times, ABC, et al………maybe FOX was established to counter, to balance the “blatant” distortions and Soviet-style disinformation regurgitated ad nauseam by the aforementioned media? I’ll let the numbers of the viewers speak as to what Mr. and Mrs. Joe Citizen think and believe…..

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posted October 10, 2010 at 9:14 pm

What ever happened to the concept of listening to both sides and making a decision based on the totality of the input. FOX is right wing, CNN and MSNBC are left wing. The truth is somewhere in the middle. If we don’t seek it we won’t find it. Something about keeping an open mind?

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posted October 11, 2010 at 2:46 am

Some people seem to have forgotten how to handle the remote control. FOXNEWS audience numbers have gone way over both CNN and MSNBC. Why? Because the audience has noticed the liberal bias in the latter two. Wake up and smell the coffee! It’s OK if you don’t want to watch the news from FOXNEWS but don’t complain if a majority of people do and make better decisions when election time comes

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posted October 11, 2010 at 8:44 am

I remember reading CNN after then-Chastity Bono announced the intention to identify as Chaz Bono.
Astonishingly, almost every single comment was staunchly in favor of this decision – except for one, a comment asking why every comment was being deleted.
Which later disappeared. (Or should I say, “which later was disappeared”?)
It made me laugh. But it’s not really a laughing matter, if people seriously believe that these sorts of presentation look the way they do because of some uniformity of belief, rather than understanding that censorship is at work in order to present a misleading impression of consensus.
There is a serious effort in the USA to present one political discourse as being universal, “except for a few ____________”. Then anyone who disagrees is automatically defined as fringe – as nutty, possibly dangerous, using dehumanizing language to strip them of any right to participate in political discourse.

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