The Situation Room
Posted 14 February 2009 - 04:56 AM
Posted 07 March 2009 - 12:26 AM
I created this thread because there was a 4th Zain-less day in a row in TSR´s 3rd hour in a row.
There was a lot of Zain and her well done report about the Gandhi auction and other international things in th 2nd hour!!! which is not simulcasted on CNNI
Instead Wolf was telling the International audience in the only simulcasted hour where to find a job for example in the agricultural sector in the US.
Something probably most of the International audience isn´t interested in at all!!!
I´m writing this because I think these are simply the wrong priorities for CNNI viewers and I´m sick and tired of it.
It would be so much better to bring Zain Verjee and the International things in the 3rd hour,and the job information in the 2nd hour.
I have created a new thread because I do believe this has nothing to do with Zain and her work(personally I mean) and so doesn´t belong in her thread.
Posted 13 March 2009 - 07:25 PM
Posted 14 March 2009 - 08:18 AM
Posted 15 March 2009 - 07:34 AM
Posted 15 March 2009 - 12:00 PM
Watching CNN Domestic most days, I find watching CNN Newsroom much better viewing. I don't like Rick Sanchez that much, but I'd rather watch him than TSR. My problem with TSR is that it seems very formal and precise, all scripted strictly. CNN Newsroom is much more layed back and thats what I prefer from CNN.
I also don't know why everyone goes on about Wolf Blitzer, I don't think hes that good.
For me, CNN seems to go down hill when CNN Newsroom finishes. I don't tend to watch TSR unless theres some big breaking news, Campbell Brown is ok but nothing great, and then Larry King which is always still good. But then AC360 is now just like Campbell Brown with a different host.
Posted 21 March 2009 - 05:10 PM
The only part of TSR that is worth watching is the "The best political team on TV"-segment. The problem is that this part of the show is way to short. Everytime the participants really begin to argue, Wolf is interrupting and bringing the discussion to an end, which is extremely annoying. What's the point of inviting three of your political contributers with different idological positions when you don't give them enough time to wrangle!?
And as a sidenote: Yesterday's biggest story internationally was the revelation by Israeli soldiers that some of their comrades might have committed warcrimes during the war on Gaza. Wasn't this worth mentioning during an American newscast like TSR!? How do you expect the American public to get a full picture of the situation in the Middle East when not even a newschannel is reporting stuff like this?
(And I'm not saying this because I'm in the tank for the Palestinians. I’m not. I'm just convinced that this deadlock between the two camps down there shouldn't be forgotten by the media until the next war breaks out. Then it will be too late to explain to the public what's actually going on because people just won't be able to unterstand the whole picture).
Posted 21 March 2009 - 07:24 PM
You brought up a great point, which is the complete void of international news coverage here in the United States. There isn't one international news channel that's available nationwide on any cable or satellite system. You might be lucky enough to live in New York CIty or Washington, where you'll get BBC World, CNNI, AJE, and/or France 24 if you have the right provider, but for the rest of us, we're lucky if we even have one of those. Out of the three news channels that broadcast nationwide (CNN, Fox, MSNBC), only one of those can provide and international perspective, but CNN isn't willing to give it. Only CNN has dozens of bureaux across the world with thousands of journalists. The sad thing is, CNN isn't, and doesn't want to, give Americans this perspective. CNN Domestic has gone to the dogs with national issues, and very few people are able to get CNN International. CNN even declined to add CNNI to Livestation online, again for reasons unseen.
It's a shame that no broadcaster can, or is willing to, give the United States even just twenty four hours of a non-jingoistic perspective. It's a great disservice to the American public and the United States as a country, since we are the ones affecting the lives of others in almost every country on the earth.
Posted 22 March 2009 - 09:07 AM
I wouldn't want to live without CNNI any more. Since I started to watch on a regualar basis in 2003 my whole understanding for world affairs has increased steadily. The German media does report on global news, which is a good thing, since many people here in Germany don't understand the English language and CNNI is not really an option for many despite the fact that it's available in nearly every household. I still would argue that the "Evening News" in my homecountry is too German focused and sort of belittles international stories but I don't want to complain...
Honestly, I don't understand why cable providers in the US are not willing to put CNNI on. In the end those companies just want to make money. It's sort of irrational from a financial perspective not to make CNNI available when there is an interests in (or rather a market for) global news. Maybe they believe the majority of Americans wouldn't care and CNNI wouldn't be profitable...
Posted 22 March 2009 - 10:21 AM
I think CNN doesn't want to nationally broadcast CNNI in part because it would mean that they would have to drag it into the ratings rat race. For the first fifteen years or so in CNN's history, CNN only cared about reporting the news and reporting it well. That ended when Rupert Murdoch started Fox News, and the focus became less about news and more about noise. While CNN Domestic began competing with Fox and their new take on political commentary, they left Headline News to report the news in a straight-forward manner regardless of ratings. However, even it acquiesced to this rat race for ratings when CNN put talking airheads on the channel, too.
At least BBC has somewhat acknowledged this void of international news with World News Today and World News America airing daily on BBC America on cable; and PBS, a public over-the-air channel that's seen on almost every TV in the nation, airs select BBC World News bulletins every now and then.
I think the underlying issue is that most Americans don't really want an international perspective. We're told to believe in our jingoistic ideals about the United States being a 'city on a hill before God' and to believe in our country's forceful and meddling foreign policy. And this new era of talking heads on television has only accentuated our country's differences while not accomplishing anything or informing anybody but rather merely serving as a platform for the promotion of the political agendas of a diabolical few.
Posted 22 March 2009 - 05:25 PM
Well, I can only talk about the satellite TV systems here in Europe: they aren't complicated to operate and definitively not expensive. You only have to invest once, buy a satellite dish and a receiver and that's it. When my landlord dropped out of his contract with the local cabel operator last year, I was actually pleased because this meant, I wouldn't have to pay those overpriced monthly cable fees any more...
But hey! I'm glad that you found live streams for all those channels online! Watching on your computer is a great alternative. I'm waiting for the day when all the major TV networks put livestreams in HD on their websites. Sometimes I think that the network executives simply ignore a demand (Another example: The libraries for popular American TV shows are only accessible when you're entering from inside the US, despite the fact, that thousands of people from all around the world would be willing to pay for it... but that's a different issue...).
I think you made a great point when you mentioned the ratings rat race between the news networks in the US. It's probably a major plus for CNNI that it's simply not possible to gauge the number of viewers that each and every show attracts. So it's mostly about the news and informing a global audience and the competition takes place on a journalistic platform. Ratings don't judge which reporter or which show is a success and which is a failure - the journalistic values of the people working at CNNI can be the meassure.
Finally I want to point out that I am interested in US news as well (which is as a matter of fact international news for me ). I love watching clips on Youtube about heated debates between talking heads of different TV networks, that you alluded to, because it sort of gives me the chance to understand different ideological position that obviously exist in the US. But I see your point: Those opinion shows are far away from being "hardnews", maybe you could call it political entertainment...
Posted 22 March 2009 - 07:53 PM
There is this app called Livestation (livestation.com) where they have thousands of live TV channels all for free. They have a few dozen or so 'partner channels', which include Al Jazeera (English and Arabic), BBC World, France 24, Euronews, ITN, and a few others. They also have thousands of viewer-submitted streams of other channels that they've found online. Sadly, nobody has submitted a compatible CNNI stream, and CNNI declined Livestation's invitation to be a partner channel.
Posted 02 April 2009 - 02:22 PM
And please, please, please, try to think of something other than "thanks (pause) very (pause) much" after everything!
Posted 18 June 2009 - 09:34 PM
One suggestion would be to replace those individual video panels, and introduce a large rear projection video wall. Use American Morning as an inspiration, because there's far more possibilities.
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