Cruise Ship Coverage; why CNN sucks

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I watch CNN. I say this using the same tone when I admit watching couples argue in the grocery store.

CNN has its benefits. It has a massive global outreach. It’s got correspondents all over the place. It doesn’t have some crazy slant like MSNBC or Fox News.

CNN’s biggest problem?

It’s a 24-hour news network.

original.0You see 24-hour news networks biggest downfall is they often have no idea what they’re covering. CNN, to me, is sometimes the equivalent of the kid in school who scream’s “FIght, there’s a fight.” The guy’s got no clue who or why, but he’ll damn well repeat himself a few times. They know there is a story, but they don’t have enough information about it, so they just sort of wing it and hope it works.

Case and point: The Carnival Cruise Ship ordeal.

The network had a timer when the cruise ship would be arriving.

“We’re four hours away,” they kept saying.

“Very soon we should start receiving emails and tweets from tourists onboard.”

“We’ll show you the terrible conditions of the inside of the ship as soon as we get photos from inside.”

The correspondents were actually salivating over showing human shit on live television.

They couldn’t freaking wait to show it. 

They were out in the ocean on a boat, circling the vessel in a helicopter and interviewing family members here in the US.

To me, the story should have read, “Carnival Cruise broken; there is shit.”


14 comments for “Cruise Ship Coverage; why CNN sucks

  1. Lono, Curse of
    February 18, 2013 at 6:17 am

    Journalistic ethical analysis of
    the controversial CNN.

    The GAW report
    “Cruise Ship Coverage; why CNN sucks”:
    was posted
    by alert GAW News stringer YMC.

    Exbibit A
    in generic and possible support of the CNN:

    Members of
    the Society of Professional Journalists
    believe that public enlightenment
    is the forerunner of justice
    and the foundation of
    The duty of the journalist
    is to further those ends
    by seeking truth
    and providing
    a fair and comprehensive account of events and issues.

  2. Lono, Curse of
    February 18, 2013 at 6:23 am

    GAW general background:
    “The SPJ
    “Code of Ethics”
    is voluntarily embraced by thousands of journalists,
    regardless of place or platform,
    and is widely used in newsrooms
    and classrooms as a guide
    for ethical behavior.”

  3. Lono, Curse of
    February 18, 2013 at 6:32 am

    “Why CNN sucks!”

    Exibit B
    in generic and support of YMC’s
    assertion of
    “Why CNN sucks!”

    Also from the
    “Code of Ethics”:

    “Be Accountable:
    Journalists are accountable
    to their readers,
    listeners, viewers,
    and each other.

    Journalists should:
    — Clarify and explain news coverage
    and invite dialogue with the public
    over journalistic conduct.
    — Encourage the public
    to voice grievances
    against the news media.”

  4. YMC
    February 18, 2013 at 7:38 am

    I’m a card carrying SPJ member. (Believe I’m late on my dues though.)

  5. Bob
    February 18, 2013 at 11:05 am

    “CNN has no slant!” = Hilarious! LMMFAO! 🙂

    • YMC
      February 18, 2013 at 8:03 pm

      I really don’t see the slant. Perhaps it’s just me. Hmmmm.

  6. Monkey
    February 18, 2013 at 10:41 pm

    I would say CNN leans towards the left , but not like MSNBC….. – CNN is more subtle.

  7. February 19, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    Blame the OJ Simpson trial. The audience enjoyed the spectacle, from the Bronco to the glove that didn’t fit and viola. 24 hour “news” coverage that actually has disclaimers on their shows stating they are “entertainment” shows. It’s about an hour worth of news stretched into 24 hour “National Enquirer” broadcasting.

    Cable news is as much journalism as rhetoric is legislation.

    Also, CNN is slanted. Like Stewart and Colbert only they let us in on the joke that they’re a cable “entertainment” show.

  8. 'Hood
    February 19, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    When will we be able to post photos, etc., to entertain the GAW News loyal readership persons?
    Slanted or otherwise.

  9. Lono, Curse of
    February 19, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    Well, since this does come from Harvard,
    we know it is slanted going in,
    but it is a start anyway.

    Pushing to the future of journalism — A project of the Nieman Foundation at Harvard

  10. Lono, Curse of
    February 19, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    More on YMC’s “Why CNN Sucks!”

    From Wikipedia:
    CNN controversies
    CNN has been the subject of several controversies

    Allegations of bias

    CNN has been the subject of allegations of liberal bias. Writer Eric Alterman has noted that many critics[weasel words] on the left view CNN as more biased than most other corporate-run journalism, supporting business interests of its parent company and sponsors, and refusing to question official sources or present perspectives of leftist critics.[1][need quotation to verify]

    In a joint study by the Joan Shorenstein Center on Press, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard University and the Project for Excellence in Journalism, the authors found disparate treatment by the three major cable networks of Republican and Democratic candidates during the earliest five months of presidential primaries in 2007: “The CNN programming studied tended to cast a negative light on Republican candidates—by a margin of three-to-one. Four-in-ten stories (41%) were clearly negative while just 14% were positive and 46% were neutral. The network provided negative coverage of all three main candidates with McCain faring the worst (63% negative) and Romney faring a little better than the others only because a majority of his coverage was neutral. However, Democrats tended not to fare well either, with the exception of Obama. Nearly half of the Illinois Senator’s stories were positive (46%), vs. just 8% that were negative, but both Clinton and Edwards ended up with more negative than positive coverage overall. While Democrats on average tended to have more positive coverage, the trend was skewed by particularly positive coverage of Obama.[2]

    Accuracy in Media and Media Research Center (MRC) have claimed that CNN’s reporting contains liberal editorializing within news stories as well as omission of important facts.[citation needed] Former Republican House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, and MRC founder Brent Bozell, among others, have referred to CNN as the “Clinton News Network”.[3] DeLay has also called it the “Communist News Network”.[4] In its early days, CNN was sometimes referred to as “Chicken Noodle News”.[5] In September 2009, a Pew Research Poll showed that Democrats were much more likely than Republicans to rate the network favorably, and Republicans were much more likely than Democrats to see CNN unfavorably.[6]

  11. Lono, Curse of
    February 19, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    More on YMC’s “Why CNN Sucks!”

    What is Media Bias and Where Does it Come From?
    Clear Answers for Common Questions

    “Media bias is a perceived notion that certain press has and is pushing a viewpoint, instead of reporting news or airing programs in an objective way. Such bias often refers to media as a whole, such as a newspaper chain, or a given television or radio network, instead of individual reporters or writers of television shows. ”

  12. Lono, Curse of
    February 19, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    Other media outlets’ anaylists
    are also reporting on
    GAW News’
    YMC’s “Why CNN Sucks!”

    CNN Ratings Drop
    to Lowest Numbers in More Than 10 Years!

    In April of 2012,
    CNN ratings plummeted a total 21%
    over April of 2011,
    and in the 25-54 year old demographic, the decline was even more marked, with a 29% drop.
    According to, competitors Fox News and MSNBC did not see the same decline as seen in CNN ratings. MSNBC, often seen as the direct foil to Fox’s right-leaning coverage came in flat in total viewership and down a more modest 5% in the key 25-54 year old demographic.

    CNN ratings have hit the lowest numbers
    they’ve achieved since August 2001,
    a month prior to the attacks of September 11th
    that reshaped the modern news cycle in many fundamental ways.

    Read more at:

  13. Brian Coffman
    February 20, 2013 at 4:06 am

    I guess my question is how do you slant one political direction or another when reporting a cruise ship that is stranded? I apologize for my ignorance but I really did not follow, nor do I really care to follow this story. I just fail to see how it could possibly have anything to do with politics. That has always been my problem with the “Liberal” bias or “Conservative” bias in news. How much of the news actually has to do with politics? If all of it really is that political then I would say there are more problems than just perceived bias in the media.

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