Coal-Sponsored CNN Rejects Anti-Coal Ad

Sunday, March 1, 2009

There’s so much wrong about post-Ted Turner CNN that it would take paragraphs for me to adequately describe.

The ‘most trusted name in news,’ as it likes to remind its viewers, is heavily sponsored by the coal industry which may have something to do with why it rejected an anti-coal ad by Academy Award-winning filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen.

Politico’s Mike Allen reported that CNN rejected the ad, which includes the line, “The most trusted name in coal.” The Wonk Room’s Brad Johnson has also tracked CNN’s Ali Velshi’s promotion of so-called clean coal.

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6 Responses to Coal-Sponsored CNN Rejects Anti-Coal Ad

  1. Idaho Librul says:

    Coal and AIPAC.

    They account for about 50% of CNN’s revenue sources. This is why CNN always has a decidedly pro-coal and pro-AIPAC editorial position.

    If you mention AIPAC, some say you’re engaging in anti-semitism but this to me explains why CNN was clearly behind Hillary Clinton throughout the 2008 primary and were hostile to Obama.

  2. Mauigirl says:

    I’ve seen the ad in question several times elsewhere as well as some of the earlier ads. I also just saw a pro-clean-coal ad last night. How shameful of CNN to refuse to air both sides of the controversy.

  3. Dmitris says:

    I hate CNN. Hasn’t been the same network since Turner sold it whoever bought it and the new bosses fired all the real journalists and replaced them with Blitzer and the bobbleheads.

  4. I am all for an open and honest debate about coal. As someone who grew up in coal mining appalachia I would suggest that everyone who wants to outlaw coal at the drop of a hat to take a long hard look at what it would do to some of the poorest people in our country.

    I keep seeing all of these well meaning people who only see one side of this debate. Just because it might be good for the earth to stop production of coal how do we save the families that have relied on it for generations to pay the bills.

    I would like to remind everyone that there are two sides to every story. I would encourage CNN to air both sides of this argument.

    That said, we have a responsiblitiy to do the same. There is more than one story here folks. The people living in Appalachia deserve more than just rhetoric.

    Sorry if I sound pissed off, but this problem deserves real solutions, my families lives depend on it.

  5. I think clean coal is an interesting idea, but at this point in time not very efficient. It is the same thing with ethanol.

    Clean coal is much cleaner than regular coal, that is true. This is attained through gassification, which then converts the carbon to hydrogen and carbon monoxide to be used to power turbines.

    The main problem is the extraction processess, which causes the clear cutting of forests and mountaintop removal (a horrifying process), as well as the storage of the waste. Just like with Ethanol, I say we must continue to study it and improve it, but their times have not yet come.

  6. J.D. says:

    Think Progess is reporting that the ad will run.

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