CNN Sucks but, You Already Knew This

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

CNN, the once mighty cable news network has lost more half its audience over the last 12 months thanks to poor quality journalism, dreadful on-air talent and too many distracting commercial breaks, is now trying to create viewership out of sensationalized magazine-style segments like yesterday’s irresponsible ex-gay piece. Unless CNN makes major changes, there is simply no reason for them to exist.

After Elton reports:

Tuesday morning CNN’s Kyra Phillips ran a segment about the repeal of a homophobic and archaic California law requiring state health officials to seek cures for homosexuality.

Phillips started the segment by asking, “Homosexuality — is it a problem in need of a cure?” and then, led a discussion which included “conversion therapy” expert Richard Cohen. For those not familiar with Cohen, he wrote the book Coming Out Straight which refers to homosexuality as a “same-sex attachment disorder.”

For those readers unfamiliar with Cohen, in 2001 he was expelled from the American Counseling Association for violating it’s ethics standards. He’s been widely discredited by mainstream psychiatrists and psychologists for his shoddy methods.

AfterElton.com contacted CNN and asked:

A: why Phillips would phrase her question in such an offensive way
B: why they deemed it necessary to present both “sides” of whether or not gay people can be “cured” when such a notion has been widely discredited C: why they deemed the discredited Richard Cohen, whom they termed a sexual orientation “expert” — as someone qualified to speak about the subject.

Here is CNN’s stunning response:

By bringing this story to the fore, we engage various advocates from all sides. This story does not end here and CNN will continue to explore other views and positions.

While there is no question that Kyra Phillips is  crackpot, unqualified to engage anyone on the subject of sexual orientation, as AfterElton correctly points out, will viewers who still watch CNN next be slapped across the face with programs asking, “The Holocaust — did it really happen?” with anti-Semites invited to discuss the topic, followed by, “Race in America: Should African Americans go back to Africa?” with Ku Klux Klan leaders brought on as “experts.”

I know it must be difficult and expensive to operate a network with no viewers but, broadcasting news magazines that ask viewers “Dinosaurs and humans — did they really co-exist?” is evidence that CNN’s days are numbered. Their rich corporate uncle, Time Warner, is a for-profit entity and it won’t keep paying the bills forever.

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38 Responses to CNN Sucks but, You Already Knew This

  1. Brigadoon says:

    No they didn’t? CNN had Richard Cohen on as their expert for the conversion movement? I think we need to fire off complaint letters to the FCC about this one. If a .0775 second glimpse of Janet Jackson’s nipple led to a half-million fine at CBS, then CNN needs to be held equally accountable for the garbage they’re whoring each day.

  2. feminazi says:

    I stopped watching CNN in 2006 when they’re biased reporting of the midterms made me convinced they were competing for FOX’s audience. Based on this story, I think I was correct to stop tuning into them. What a bunch of crap!

  3. Tiny Dancer says:

    CNN = E.P.I.C. F.A.I.L.U.R.E.

    Case closed.

  4. BamaGuy says:

    I am so completely and utterly disgusted by CNN – years ago CNN was the best in cable news and serious reporting. Today I can no longer rely upon CNN because of their focus on the sensational and precisely because of infuriating STUPID segments such as this Kyra Phillips bullshit that pretends there is a big controversy about whether or not homosexuals can be converted to heterosexuals. This just goes to show the level of intelligence at the editorial level in the CNN newsroom. Jettison CNN.

  5. Matteo says:

    I guess the APA uses too many big words for an idiot like Kyra Phillips to understand.

    APA Council of Representatives Passes Resolution on So-Called Reparative Therapy

    http://psychology.ucdavis.edu/rainbow/HTML/resolution97.html

    Resolution Raises Ethical Concerns About Attempts to Change Sexual Orientation, Reaffirms Psychology’s Opposition to Homophobia and Client’s Rights to Unbiased Treatment

    (Chicago, August 14, 1997). The Council of Representatives of the American Psychological Association (APA) has passed a resolution affirming four basic principles with regard to treatments to alter sexual orientation, so-called conversion or reparative therapies.

    These principles are:

    * Homosexuality is not a mental disorder and the APA opposes all portrayals of lesbian, gay and bisexual people as mentally ill and in need of treatment due to their sexual orientation;

    * Psychologists do not knowingly participate in or condone discriminatory practices with lesbian, gay and bisexual clients;

    * Psychologists respect the rights of individuals, including lesbian, gay and bisexual clients to privacy, confidentiality, self-determination and autonomy;

    * Psychologists obtain appropriate informed consent to therapy in their work with lesbian, gay and bisexual clients.

    The resolution further states that the APA “urges all mental health professionals to take the lead in removing the stigma of mental illness that has long been associated with homosexual orientation.”

    Any of these points by the APA could’ve been used to rebuff Cohen’s mindlessness.

  6. s says:

    Stupidity — is it a problem in need of a cure?

  7. Seabec says:

    No wonder the excellent Christiane Amanpour got her CV in order and is leaving for ABC News.

    I haven’t watched CNN for years. When I have time to sit and watch cable news, it’s MSNBC or BBC. But I usually get my news from the internet and from the informed blogs like From the Left.

    CNN should be ashamed of itself for broadcasting this.

  8. Arizona Leatherneck says:

    The CNN anchor actually said, “Homosexuality — is it a problem in need of a cure?”

    Someone needs to tell this poor-ass excuse for a news network that it is 2010 and not 1910.

    Maybe their problem is, they don’t have any gay or lesbian anchors or producers to hip them to the Age of Enlightenment?

  9. stradella says:

    CNN has more black special interest programming than BET but, BET does it much better.

    Hey, as an African American woman, I like seeing stories about my peeps and community but, not at the expense of everyone else. The other thing I don’t get about CNN is their fixation on the weather. I can look outside to see if it’s raining or sunny.

  10. JollyRoger says:

    My last viewing of the Cheerleaders’ Neutered Network occurred in 1993, when Limbaugh beard Daryn Kagan was on the air for hours getting all wet in the crotch every time another Tomahawk got fired at Baghdad.

    I’d like to think that they can’t go any lower, but they can, and they will.

    As far as TW pulling the plug? I doubt it. The right wing is quite willing to operate in the red to keep their propaganda out there to brainwash and distort. Just look at how much money Murdoch has parted with, and how many markets the Limbaugh program loses money in (he’s actually been defeated by Ed Schultz in a lot of radio markets, including his own back yard. But stations continue to run him in spite of this.)

  11. R.J. Lebeau says:

    I was so pissed off when I saw this that I gave their channels the Fox News treatment. I now have three more channels blocked on my cable box.

  12. JollyRoger says:

    That shoulda been 2003. duhhhh….. old men… senility 🙂

  13. Dartanyon1971 says:

    Stradella – Weather is cheap “news.”

    All you need is a man in a business suit or a woman in a starter suit and access to Doppler radar and you can fill up 3 or 4 minutes of “news” people can see on the Weather Channel or as you say, look out the window and see it yourself.

  14. Greg says:

    Is CNN trying to become the new Fox? Seems as though they’re starting to move in that direction.

  15. VicoDANIEL says:

    The fact that CNN would stoop so low as to have Richard Cohen, a discredited, reparative advocate on to discuss whether homosexuality needs to be cured speaks volumes about the sad state of CNN.

    No reputable member of the psychiatric profession embraces Richard Cohen’s views or opinions. He has about as much credibility as Sarah Palin when she discusses teen pregnancy.

    I was stunned to read MSNBC’s David Shuster was shopping his talents to CNN for a possible TV program once his contract is up this summer. I mean, I thought Shuster was one of the good guys?

    vicodaniel1987@yahoo.com

  16. Woodcliffe says:

    I’m older than most of you youngsters so I remember the excitement and the promise of 24 hour cable news back when CNN launched.

    You could put the dial on CNN and see live news at 6a.m., 6p.m., or 12 midnight. When an news story unfolded in the USA or in the USSR, all serious news viewers turned to CNN. They put the camera on the event and got out of the way. The had news bureaus around the world and they were staffed by smart, educated journalists. No clowning, no Jack Cafferty, no Rick Sanchez, and no special interest programs like “Hispanic in America,” or “Black in America,” or “Women in America.” Just live news.

  17. DMason says:

    Never worry. There will always be Wolf Blitzer! 🙂

  18. lea-lea says:

    A friend of mine said Glaad filed a complaint against CNN today.

    They have an online petition to sign. Maybe you could put it up? I’ll sign it. I hate CNN.

  19. Jim says:

    Excellent points! CNN. What a joke it has become.

  20. Fran says:

    Total crap!
    Now I’d like them to explain the phenomenon of homosexual animals in nature, that mate for life.
    Can Richard Cohen “cure” them too?

    A new low for CNN.

    Send them feedback~

    http://www.cnn.com/feedback/

  21. retahyajyajav says:

    This offensive on a number of different levels.

    Since Kyra Phillips’ colleague is Anderson Cooper, a gay man, is she saying she thinks something is wrong with Anderson and he requires a “cure?”

  22. Pechanga says:

    The “Most trusted name in news,” needs a new moniker.

  23. Rachel says:

    Who watches CNN anymore? I mean, CNN is so pathetic and predictable. They’re no more about reporting the news than FOX is about reporting the news.

  24. Johnnie from Florida says:

    Jack Cafferty should be fired,just listen to his bias crap about Obama

  25. Gus says:

    I watched CNN exclusively for my news for at least 10 years. I have been so irked by characters like Philips, Sanchez, et al., that I completely stopped watching. Oh and not to mention that I would get 2 minutes of news followed by 5 minutes of commercials. It’s been like 3 months already since I stopped. It’s kind of like quitting smoking, it’s hard to do at first, but it’s better for you in the long run.

  26. KitKat says:

    Well I kinda gave up on CNN a long time ago until I decided to give it another try. They would review the war in the Middle East pretty good especially with the number of soldiers deaths (though I’m sure they’re still hiding the true numbers) but during this Christmas it was a lot of BS.
    They actually interviewed people at some Macy’s store asking them why they were shopping in the middle of the night and why Macy’s was open 24 hours on Christmas Eve. Yeaaaaah, CNN isn’t how it use to be…..

  27. Thoms Traylor says:

    CNN just lost another viewer. No because of dreadful on-air talent. They are so woried about ratings that they have stooped to a “Fox News” level by making news instead of reporting news. And I fear it is getting worse. I’m done with CNN.

  28. Shawn says:

    CNN MAKING NEWS!

    Pretty much sums it up- they are pathetic!

  29. Jan Persson says:

    Are you so self-centered and pro-Obama, (ULTRA LEFTISHT) that you would leave some of your best followers out to dry. Please give us something to cheer you about! You are giving us nothing but the same old Liberal Trash.

  30. rob says:

    I have noticed that cnn doesn’t even have a “contact us” link anymore…nice! The rupert the tool story was basically read right off the news wire today. Of course, everyone but cnn is aware that rupert the s hit magnet owns all of the news sources. What a completely useless ball-free pos news network! I laughed and turned it off. While I don’t like rupert, he owns cnn by the cajones. What a joke! News is lame and fixed!

  31. rob says:

    Jon Stewart is the man for news!

  32. steve says:

    When they play CNN in airports, I see people cringe and turn away. They should stop playing it in all airports. It’s as if they hire the most annoying anchors on purpose to irritate you to death.

  33. Jason says:

    CNN, ha what a comedy show.

  34. duh says:

    How anyone can tune in to CNN or even NBC and listen to the ridiculous one sided slant and vitriol is beyond me.

  35. randy says:

    The biggest problem is that CNN especially, like the other major corporate news
    networks, is a very controlled news source. Important stories that the government doesn’t want
    reported are struck from the program. Take the Fukushima nuclear disaster.
    It is considered the worst industrial accident in the history of mankind. It released
    far more radiation than Chernobyl by many orders of magnitude. However,
    after 3 weeks, coverage completely blacked out. The reactors burned out of
    control for 10 more months reaching the highest levels of radiation ever recorded
    around September. CNN completely removed it from coverage.
    The same goes for the Rupert Murdoch phone hacking scandal. After 2 days,
    coverage simply stopped. I call CNN the State Dept. news service.
    The distracting celebrity news bites and other entertainment based news
    is as much to distract you from what they don’t want you to know as it is
    to generate ratings and business. I no longer watch CNN.

  36. srt8st says:

    I think everything I read so far sounds correct. The also play big brother to people from middle america. Stopping them from voicing there opinion online in comments section.

  37. Manuel Fernandez says:

    Does anyone know what ethnicity Suzanne Malveaux is? I thought Oompa Loompa’s were’nt real. And why does she pronounce her name ” Su-ZAWN”?

  38. scott8285 says:

    You are right about the fact that CNN has become virtually unwatchable
    27 minutes of commercials per hour
    12 minutes of self promotion
    15 minutes of National Enquirer quality programming
    4 minutes of reporters talking to other reports
    2 minutes of useful news reporting
    nothing but crap

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