thedailybell.com / Anthony Wile / January 11, 2014
Variety commented just yesterday on “CNN Eyes Primetime Shake-Up.” The article points out that change is necessary, though it would occur gradually. But it will occur.
In fact, an end-of-year memo from CNN president Jeff Zucker reemphasized what CNN would become: “The goal for the next six months, is that we need more shows and less newscasts.”
This is truly a historic surrendering of media real estate. CNN was supposed to dominate the world with a globalist view of what was important to know, but in the era of the Internet Reformation, this vision has been decisively rejected by viewers.
And thus, to survive, CNN’s management has decided to shift from news to flat-out entertainment. But this surely undercuts CNN’s initial reason to exist.
And in a sense, CNN becomes a metaphor for Western news generally. It cannot be what it should be because people don’t believe in it. Without the ability to shape people’s conception of “news,” CNN is adrift.
So here is my question: Why is CNN being salvaged? It’s not a competitive model.
My answer to that is below. First, a little more about what’s going on.