Posted On: Thursday - March 11th 2021 11:27AM MST
In Topics:   TV, aka Gov't Media  Globalists  Media Stupidity  The Neocons  Bread and Circuses
In reply to commenter Buzz Mohawk about CNN on an iSteve thread, I gave my thoughts on what is now a big part of the enemy establishment. I don't know all of the corporate buy-out details and what-have-you, but I do recollect a good bit.
When CNN started out, the first day of June in 1980, the idea was to just play the 1/2 hour news over and over so that people could watch “the national news” at other times than just 6:30P, Eastern, 5:30P Central, etc. Of course, they could update stories over the course of the day, while the big 3 networks had their whole schedule of TV shows for the day, so would have to wait until the next day’s slot, unless a President got shot or a a volcano blew up.
The latter would really piss people off, because when you missed 7 full minutes of Maude for some Guyanan murder/suicide story, you’d have to wait 1/2 a year for the reruns to find out what funny line she said to Walter and whether you missed some cleavage of their show-daughter.. Bastards!*
6 years ago a site called Mental Floss published this short article about the first day of CNN. (That's where the picture above is from, with the husband and wife co-anchors David Walker and Lois Hart.)
I’m pretty sure I was off TV already when CNN slowly morphed (or I didn’t have cable anyway), but they started making different types of news shows. I don’t know how much opinion was in them at the beginning vs. reporting, but now most shows now seem to be more opinion than reporting.
As a couple of commenters on that thread mentioned, CNN got their big "break", as it were, with the Gulf War I in 1990-91. I can remember the coverage of those smart bombs, the retreat of the Iraqis in a rout, and Colin Powell. It was a heady time for Americans, the sole superpower for only a few years at that point, and this was supposedly a just war. It was obviously a good time to test out weaponry, for "shock and awe", which only greatly encouraged the Necons. That was all show to lots of Americans by CNN.
They were married for 10 years, from 1991 to 2001.
This network could not have gone ctrl-left just because of Ted Turner's turning from a Southern gentleman. After inheriting his father's billboard business worth $1 million in the early 1960s (about 10 million of today's dollars), Mr. Turner started acquiring radio and then TV stations. He started working on the CNN network in 1978, it went on the air in summer of '80, but the network has been run by others since just before that Gulf War I time. Turner may have turned lefty (to some degree, not in all ways) due to Jane Fonda, but we can't blame modern-day CNN just on that one radical.
Because they got so big, and they wanted to gain viewers, CNN realized that just news reporting was not enough. You’ve got 24 hours to fill, every day, on and on. The type of stories that would have been reported on 5 minutes one day, and then maybe had additional 2 minute follow-ups for a week back in 1975, became dragged out at 2 hours a day coverage for MONTHS. Much of that would have to be opinion to fill up that time. Dave Letterman used to kid with this word (I thought it was funny), but CNN programming is the very definition of Infotainment. That is our term of use for the Lyin' Press TV media of today here on Peak Stupidity.
There was no room for a real run-down on Ted Turner, but I'll put this quote below from some kind of Doomsday video he had out at some point. From Wiki:
Turner famously stated: "We won't be signing off until the world ends. We'll be on, and we will cover the end of the world, live, and that will be our last event... we'll play the National Anthem only one time, on the 1st of June, and when the end of the world comes, we'll play Nearer, My God, to Thee before we sign off." Reportedly, Turner plans to make good on that promise.No, but CNN is working very hard on that promise, as a de facto branch of the US Feral Gov't and the Globalists.
* Yeah, I wrote that bit about Maude without checking, but the Jonestown, Guyana massacre/suicide was 1/2 a year later than that show ended. Since we spent some time on this, that story, from ~ 40 years later is discussed on Peak Stupidity in Drinking the Kommie Kool-Aid - 40 years back, with a Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4. Maude's TV-show-daughter with the big tata's was Adrienne Barbeau, dba Carol.