Oct 19, 2009
Flash

CNN Continues to Aid in Our Decline (& No One Cares)

I swung by CNN today because someone told me about an article on Sarah Palin uploading her resume to LinkedIn. I assumed it was created by her enemies because really? Once you become the most polarizing Vice Presidential candidate in the history of your country, there’s no reason to post your CV on the internet. What, like she’s gonna apply for a job? Will she provide references upon request? Pfft.

In any case, the sidebar of the post features a Twitter section that shows the most recent tweets from CNN and its personalities. At 2:00 AM BST, here are the top 3:

@KuhnCNN: RT @CNN: A MUST READ: We watch the Sunday shows so you don’t have to. John King’s Crib Sheet for October 18. http://bit.ly/2KNOGC
Updated: Sun, 18 Oct 2009 12:53:40 -0700

@cnnsotu: We watch the Sunday shows so you don’t have to. Read @JohnKingCNN’s Crib Sheet here: http://bit.ly/2KNOGC
Updated: Sun, 18 Oct 2009 12:52:00 -0700

@CNNPolitics: A MUST READ: We watch the Sunday shows so you don’t have to. John King’s Crib Sheet for October 18. http://bit.ly/2KNOGC
Updated: Sun, 18 Oct 2009 12:23:37 -0700

A must read crib sheet that covers "the Sunday shows so you don’t have to." What CNN and most of America fail to appreciate is that they not only should have to but they also need to. You can’t grasp the depth and breadth of what’s happening in DC and the international arena by reading John King’s two paragraphs on "the clear message from the White House" and bulleted quotes in the "Highlights of the Sound of Sunday" and "A Few Parting Notes and Sounds" sections. You’ll have an idea but you’ll never understand.

"But I don’t have time!"

Sure you do. We spend all day wrapped up in sports and entertainment news – reading articles, watching press conferences and interviews, taking polls, checking injury reports. We waste hours on message boards complaining that Charlie Weis can’t coach his way out of a paper bag (a fact that is not up for debate) and even more checking in on those douchebags on TLC with 8 kids. But we can’t find time to catch programs like Meet the Press or Face the Nation, which provide information straight from the nation’s leaders, while doing their best to peel away the spin and prefabricated bull.

Now, these shows don’t always accomplish the latter. In fact, they sometimes become podiums for the guest’s agenda, but at least viewers can develop informed opinions based on what they’ve actually heard instead of ignorant ones based on prepackaged soundbites delivered out of context. But I guess doing that would require actual effort and participation – a tall order for people who often seek to get by doing as little as possible.

"I want to lose weight but I don’t want to eat right or exercise." "I want to be a better athlete but I don’t want to train." "I want to get rich but I don’t want to save." "I want to keep up with world affairs but I’d rather watch Berman, TJ and Keyshawn jaw on NFL Countdown."

The United States has become a CliffsNotes nation that thrives on the half-ass shortcut. People don’t form opinions until someone does the legwork for them. What’s astonishing is that they then have the nerve to react and get all up in arms as if they have half a clue.

I started out this post planning to rail on CNN for exacerbating this problem for profit, but we’re the ones at fault because no one cares enough to do anything about it. But who knows, maybe CNN can create a slick method for caring on our behalf.

A MUST READ. We care so you don’t have to. 

8 Comments

  • “Maybe CNN should create a slick method for caring on our behalf.”
    Give em 6 months

  • Just imagine how different the discourse in this country would be if even 25% more of the populace got its political news from watching the Sunday shows and reading a solid variety of news articles instead of relying on crib sheets and the partisan tv/radio screamers.

  • “a Cliff’s Notes nation that thrives on the half-ass shortcut”
    It starts with the spelling, a slipper slope from all those missed out Us.

  • Of course that should have said “slippery”

  • Don’t forget turning all those S’s to Z’s mate :)

  • Flash I was going to remark that CNN would do a great service to at least share with readers where they can find expanded covering of the materials, but that would mean driving their readership to other networks. I think a great problem is that they recognise the need for credible programming on the network but would rather be the market leader in social media. It’s appalling.

  • Guys you don’t get it. Fox is too right and MSNBC is too left. Somebody’s gotta be the hip cool uncle of mass media that doesn’t have real opinions. CNN twitters plus they don’t make anyone think about stuff that’s, you know, important :) For most of us it’s just what the doctor ordered.

  • I’ll tell ya Flash – I care and that is exactly why I stay the hell away from CNN. It contributes nothing. It’s the un-News and they’re proud of it.

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