Thursday, July 09, 2009

So This Is What CNN Has Come To...

Exploiting grieving children. I hope the ratings were worth it. (screencap via Eric Boehlert)


Blogger Anne said...

Hi Eliza,

Have you returned to your blog? CNN should break down from MJ overload. Larry King has become the nothing but MJ news hour.

4:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A new low: questioning the paternity (and maternity) of the children. It is no one's business but their's.

Greta has essentially moved on - she has different lead stories now.

7:23 AM  
Blogger eliza said...

@Anne: I'm not back to reviews yet, no. If life works out, maybe within the next week, but I dunno.

Larry King has always been more of a celebrity-oriented show, so I think that it's okay if he covers Jackson (really wish he's stop with the exploitation and speculation though). 360, however, is another story.

@anonymous: Greta has moved on? I kinda find that hard to believe, but I'll take your word for it.

12:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

@Eliza: I posted 7:23 AM: Greta still has segments on Michael Jackson, but she has many other topics on now, and has led with other items not Michael Jackson. As opposed to AC360 - that program still leads with it and spends a great deal of time on it.
I am not a huge fan of Greta, but I am sick of all the non-stop Jackson coverage, and Anderson's program still spends far too much time on it for me.

3:23 PM  
Anonymous Roe said...

360 is sharing information that we all want and care about.

9:12 PM  
Blogger eliza said...

@anonymous: If that's true, good for Greta. Agreed about 360. I'm hoping next week it will be much improved, though I'm not going to kid myself and think this is anywhere near over.

@Roe: The public does not need to know what the Jackson children "are really like." It's exploitation, plain and simple. Those kids are human beings, not something with which to fascinate the viewers.

11:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I realize this may not be all of Anderson's decision here, especially in covering the children and mostly who their biological parents are but:

Anderson said he didn't want to bring the children into it (paraphrased, can't remember his exact words), but what does his program do, dive right into it.

And, Anderson said in regards to the mayhem after Carter's death how instrusive the media was to their private lives after that. Yet he/his program is doing just that to the Jackson's. Who cares if Janet is the rock of the family or who the kids biological parents are? It is none of our business and has nothing to do with the investivation.

8:32 AM  
Blogger eliza said...

@anonymous: Yeah, I agree with most of what you said, but I don't really blame Anderson that much for this one. I really doubt he's happy with the coverage of the kids.

12:24 AM  
Anonymous have had it said...

I wonder how much say, if any Anderson really has into all this overload of MJ crap. CNN has turned into tabloid heaven with this. To see the likes of Anderson covering a story about Bubbles the chimp was the last straw for me. To also see Wolf or Lou with this on their shows is just too much. Larry King? He is 100% tabloid crap these days anyway, just like over at their sister network HLN. Especially with their bad actress drama queen Nancy Grace.
I stopped watching this damn train wreck even though it was still so called breaking news. Anderson, 360 and CNN say they do not want to speculate about the kids, blah blah. Yet that is exactly what they are doing. It is a new low, one I have chosen not to be a part of. Until some semblance of real important news comes back that is. From the rest of the world that is indeed out there. If it ever does, and decides to stay, let me know when the circus leaves town. I may decide to tune in again.
Perhaps this may sound bitchy, well so be it. Anderson should well remember what all this coverage does to a 'famous family'. Or does no one remember the photo that was out there on some blog of Gloria and Anderson in the car going to(or coming from) Carter's funeral? The one where the ++__ng camera is stuck in their faces as they held onto each other grieving for their loss!
Talk about low. Perhaps some people need a memory check.
Sorry for the bitching, but to be honest, I have given up on anything but celebrity bull ever being important to viewers anymore. Especially at the once esteemed CNN network. They can have it for me. I will pass.

4:32 PM  
Anonymous Eliza said...

@have had it: Your guess is as good as any regarding how much say Anderson has. All his public answers on the subject have been pretty contradictory. According to him, CNN both lets him do what he wants and expects him to ask "how high?" when they command him to jump, so there you go. Really though, you probably wouldn't hear differently from anyone else.

I have to admit that the Carter parallel may have crossed my mind, but I've avoided going there because it's just not fair. For all we know Anderson hates the coverage, but has no choice. He hasn't exactly been rocking in the ratings (before MJ), so maybe that factored in.

Anderson's reporting from Ghana was very good. I was disappointed to see them leading with that crime story the other night. Lately (except for Ghana) the show has been trending towards sensational tabloid-y stories. Not what I want to see as a viewer.

2:21 PM  
Anonymous have had it said...

CNN has turned into tabloid trash, and sadly that is what the viewers seems to eat up. Well, I am not one who is going to. So if and when some important news comes back to 360, so will I return as well. I feel like I am watching either Showbiz Tonight, Issues, or Nancy Grace. Right now there is no difference, except for the hosts. What has happened to this once great network? It is pathetic that Klein and his cronies latch onto this stuff and milk it for all they've got. Just like they kept trying to do after the election was long over. So most likely this whole MJ fiasco will drag on long enough to take them into the 2010 elections. Where once again we will be on overload. As for Anderson, I briefly saw a glimpse of him at the two things he does best last week: field work and breaking news. Who knows when that might happen again.Lately though, he seems to think field work consists of the CNN LA rooftop looking cute. Well, maybe in his and CNN's view it is, not mine. As for this whole MJ and the kids, and this whole MJ thing in general? All they do is sit there and have a panel and speculate about what MIGHT BE. When they said they would not do such a tning. It seems as if the facts are not that important these days. Funny to see and hear that coming from a show that once gave us all the angles,and a unique perspective on the news. Well that is in the past. As for the mention I made of Carter earlier in my other comment. It was on one of the Anderson sites that I first saw that tacky photo of Anderson and Gloria in that car. That is low in my opinion. Not only for the papparazi to take it in the first place all those years ago, but that Anderson related site to even post it. Anderson should know damn well about the clebrity circus. He was and is part of it.
If Anderson really had any say as to the show that bears his name, would he really be talking about the damn chimp. He spent a whole program in regards to stupid Paris Hilton, and went overboard with the whole Anna Nicole death. If this is what they talk about and decide in their daily meetings, and what makes the final broadcast each night, so be it. I cannot believe a producer would okay this crap. No wonder they were in trouble even before the MJ circus came to town.
This is not even recognizable as 360 with all this bull these days. It seems however that the shallow public wants this garbage. I will not be one to contribute to their ratings bonanza. I wonder if Ted Turner ever watches the network he created, to see what it has turned into? Let me know if 360 ever turns into well, 360 again. Now it is just an extension of LArry King Live.

8:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are Anderson and Erica dating? Just something about them they way they act together....the sexual tension between them is palpable. Seems they'd make a great couple.

1:11 PM  
Blogger eliza said...

I wonder if Ted Turner ever watches the network he created, to see what it has turned into?

Turner just recently called HLN "unwatchable". I'm betting he's not a fan of its big sister network either, and I think I remember him saying as much.

360 was fairly okay last night. I'm frustrated the Gates story has trumped healthcare, but that's Obama's fault too--he knows what the media is like.

They're still going strong with the MJ crap though. At least we got to see a piece from Michael Ware. It seems 360 is once again trying to find themselves. I'm hoping they move back toward hard news.

@anonymous 1:11 PM: Anderson and Erica have great working chemistry, but Erica is married.

3:57 PM  

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