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Donald Trump[1][2]
The fact that CNN is selling an election coffee table book says so very much.
—Drew Magary[3]
I know CNN has taken some knocks lately but the fact is, I admire their commitment to cover all sides of the story, just in case one of them happens to be accurate.
Barack Obama

CNN (Cable News Network) is the original of the United States' 24-hour cable news networks, and now sits along with MSNBC, Fox News, ABC et al. Launched in 1980 by Ted Turner, it is the home of much opinion designed to look like news. CNN got its mojo in the first Gulf War and has struggled ever since to make the news as compelling. Interestingly, CNN has a better reputation in a crisis (9/11, Katrina) than the other two, but that doesn't translate into viewership in the day-in/day-out of presidential politics.

Since the late 2000s, much of the content on CNN consists of current events, misinformation, misinformation, more misinformation, opinion pundits (mostly Very Serious People), reruns, and other shit that not many people watch anyway (like seriously raising the possibility that Flight MH370 might have been swallowed up by a Black hole[4]), as CNN's ratings have continuously dropped.[5] CNN's leader Walter Isaacson tried to take CNN in a more conservative direction at one point. He even met with Republican congressional leaders at the time.

In 2017, CNN ignited controversy after blackmailing the Reddit user who made the gif of Donald Trump bodyslamming CNN into a forced apology under threat of doxxing.[6][7]

The network also pushes pseudoscience and quacks: For example, in late 2018, the channel invited Food Babe during the romaine lettuce outbreak.[8] It also pushes unsourced "studies" that should be taken with a grain of salt. It also took part in GMO fearmongering in 2014 when they published the "Ten Ways to avoid GMOs".[9] To their credit, they at least are not anti-vaccine.

Slant[edit]

Unlike Fox News Channel, with its right-wing imbalance, and MSNBC with its Democratic establishment imbalance, CNN appears as the "centrist" news source, albeit left of center whenever the Republican President makes it impossible for them to stay neutral. Pew Research found CNN to be the least biased of the three major cable news networks (with Fox and MSNBC having a much larger right and left wing slant, respectively). With some "left-leaning" commentators like Fareed Zakaria it has been accused of being slightly left-leaning. However, CNN's efforts to appear "balanced" has resulted in many cases where stories are reported with more of a right-leaning bias.[note 1]

Controversies[edit]

Steubenville High School rape[edit]

CNN's Candy Crowley, Poppy Harlow and Paul Callan were criticized for being sympathetic towards the convicted rapists in the Steubenville High School rape case and for placing very little focus on the girl victim on March 17, 2013.[10] An online petition garnered thousands of signatures protesting the coverage and demanding an apology.[11] CNN also revealed the name of the 16-year-old victim. This practice is against the Associated Press guidelines for coverage.[12]

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Notes[edit]

  1. Remember that this was the station that did employ Lou Dobbs, Tucker Carlson, Erick Erickson, Glenn Beck, Robert Novak, Rowland Evans, Kate O'Beirne S. E. Cupp and Newt Gingrich on the air.

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