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The major news media just keep on getting things wrong

Richard G. Carter | 10/25/2012, 12:44 p.m.
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A big problem in all of this is the culture of liberalism permeating ABC and most of the major news media, broadcast and print. A prime example was ratings-challenged CNN's recent use of the song "Stupid Girls" as bumper music to introduce a segment on outspoken conservative Sarah Palin patronizing a Chick-fil-A restaurant in Texas.

Dan Cathy, CEO of the fast-food franchise, has come under fire for opposing gay marriage. After Palin visited one of his establishments in late July while stumping for successful Texas Tea Party senatorial candidate Ted Cruz, CNN took its cheap shot.

CNN, which provided spectacular live coverage of Gulf War I in 1992, has hit rock bottom, even trailing detestable, far-left MSNBC. Both are far behind FNC, which has been tops for 12 years. Yet, all are more worthwhile than dinosaur broadcast networks.

Things are so bad at CNN that its president, Jim Walton, quit July 27. During his 10 years at the helm, Walton, 54, oversaw a loss of more than 4 million viewers. This includes 144,000 in the key 25-54 demographic during his last four weeks on the job. Now in panic mode, CNN is mulling a late night talk show and weekend reality shows.

How well I recall when CNN was the Cadillac of cable news in May 1991, when I was a guest on "Larry King Live" to debate politics with a conservative member of the Congress of Racial Equality. A liberal Democrat at the time, I took great delight in continually referring to then President George H.W. Bush as George "Do Nothing" Bush.

A month or so later, I was scheduled for another appearance but was bumped at the last minute for former pro football great Jim Brown, one of my heroes. In late 2010, CNN replaced the popular but aging King with Piers Morgan, an obnoxious Brit. Ugh!

Finally, racing to be first, CNN and FNC aired erroneous reports that the Supreme Court had struck down the individual mandate of Obamacare. With egg on their faces, both networks apologized--FNC after two minutes and CNN after six minutes.

On the other hand, Bloomberg News and the Reuters, Associated Press and Dow Jones wire services got it right. Win some, lose some. And that's the name of that tune.