For some time now we have value" of CNN's marketing techniques for Anderson Cooper 360. We also have stated and critiqued how people just watch CNN to see Anderson Cooper, not news. How his presence (in the purest communication theory) have become the "noise" to the message, diminishing the content, and somehow even himself becoming the content... but Anderson Cooper is not the only case. We seen how the over hyping of Katie Couric didn't work for CBS. They focused discussed the "entertainment extensively in her persona and forgot what was important: THE CONTENT.
Now we are witness to a new controversy: CNN vs. Michael Moore. "The most trusted name in news" vs. "Michael Moore Hates America" . But nowadays Americans are so programmed to skew the core of significant discussion to the sake of controversies. The sign of the times... Anna Nicole was more important than Iraq, Paris more important than Libbey...hype over content.
Following trends, Moore inserts himself in the issue. He owns the issue, he becomes the story (somehow like Anderson) and unlike Cooper, his noise is so polarizing that has the effect of derailing the focus of the real issue: the health crisis in America. People comments of how they are "pro Gupta because I don't like Moore" or "how could Moore dare do that to Gupta" is a sign of how out of it they are. It's not about them - Gupta and Moore -, its about health. And Moore and CNN is not necessarily helping focusing in the issues.
We might state all mayor US news organizations are in a serious historical debt with the way they cowardly played along with the Bush administration... that is a fact...if we check deeper, news organizations are a business, and the impact of the pharmaceutical advertising dollars in their revenues is not small talk. And those who claim advertising investment doesn't influence the editorial desks are big fat liars. It does and it will.
Gupta wasn't the right choice for the fact checking. He is a doctor. As a doctor - more than a journalist - he has strong ties with the medical industry, he is part of it, he profits from it. He has to participate at pharmaceutical junkets and due to his post as head of Neurosurgery at Atlanta's Grady Hospital, he must oversee all new drugs protocols and private research grants, that comes mostly from the pharmaceutical industry. He needed to stay away of any, real or apparent, sign of conflict of interests. It was a bad call from the CNN producers.
This weekend I had the opportunity to watch the documentary Iraq for Sale, and the way companies like CACI, Halliburton and its subsidiaries are ransacking the taxpayers dollars , not only in Iraq but at NOLA as well is just mind blowing. People have to start watching beyond the cute ties, suits, personalities and controversies. Beyond the fog of the hype, the fog of news.
Ivy wrote me this comments which I wish to share with you. I know its not our typical Monday post, but we don't feel like spreading the fog today. Have a great week!
From Ivy's point of view
From Ivy's point of view
CNN's response to Michael Moore left me speechless for a few minutes. I can't hold myself from sharing the issues I have with every "point" of their response.
Point #1 "
Point #2 "The only controversy here is within
Point #3 Again, 77.5 vs 77.6 or 77.9 vs 77.2 years US vs.
Point #4 Controversies where none exists?
Point #5 Again, taking out of context. CNN took waiting time of certain procedures and
Point #6 A quote from Sicko: "this is not a charity. You are paying for it mainly as taxpayers"? How can CNN still make the same point in RESPONSE -- "One of Gupta's overall critiques of the film is that Moore leaves viewers with an impression ... that universal health care comes without cost" --right AFTER
Are they blind and deaf? Or they think all their viewers and readers are both dumb and insane? Wow, CNN is really "Staying The Course". Should we be surprised about the White House if the organization that is supposed to keep them accountable acts like them and uses similar rhetoric?
Point #7 CNN is twisting the facts: "higher taxes don't guarantee the coverage everyone wants" -- the point and the movie is not about coverage everyone WANTS, it's about EVERYONE COVERED, period. CNN chooses to ignore that, and cites statistical data
Christiane’s note: in the
Point #8 "points that could have been made just as compellingly" means that there's nothing wrong with the points. CNN didn't mention a single "fudged point" here, but are guilty themselves of substituting and ignoring the points they respond to at their convenience.
Point #9 So CNN's problem is with "consistency in statistical analysis." Maybe Gupta's report should have just said that, being the only REAL arguable point, and not proclaim
Point #10 CNN is taking
Point #11 CNN, a news organization, quoted their expert's employer as proof of his credibility and non-bias? Not convincing at all, sorry. I really hope they use other ways of checking their guests’ background and information in general.
CNN said many times that
Anderson Cooper has looked at hundreds of the approximately 1,000 video clips that people have created in hopes that their questions will be posed to Democratic presidential candidates during the July 23 debate in Charleston, and he likes what he sees.
"I'm actually incredibly excited," said the CNN anchor, who will moderate the two-hour debate at The Citadel.
Cooper wasn't in on the discussions that led to the unprecedented debate format in which most questions will be posed to the candidates from brief clips submitted to the Web site YouTube.com.
"I wasn't sure how it was going to work until I started seeing the videos," he said. "There's such a variety of them, but there's also an intimacy to all of them that you don't get from a town hall where people stand up and ask questions."
Cooper says some questions don't go anywhere, and some good questions are posed on videos with weak production values.
"But there are some very great ones," he said, "and some very simple ones, including someone just sitting in front a computer screen just asking a question that is very heartfelt and personal."
All eight Democratic candidates are expected to be in Charleston next week for the debate, which airs live 7-9 p.m. July 23 on CNN.
Cooper says although the network might enter the debate with a planned set of questions, it will be able to adapt depending on the responses of the candidates. "There should be spontaneity, and it should be like YouTube itself, sort of unpredictable and very real," he said. "We want the debate itself to kind of mirror the spirit of the videos ... to have that YouTube vibe."
CNN and YouTube are accepting videos up until the day before the debate, but they also have hinted that earlier submissions will get a more thorough look. Only about 25 to 30 actually are expected to be aired, though some of the more entertaining ones might be shown without candidates' response. CNN also plans to air candidates' own brief YouTube clips.
Cooper says he's not sure what to expect. "I don't think the candidates know what to expect either. A lot will evolve down until we actually select the videos."
Having most questions posed via YouTube makes Cooper's job easier in some ways, but he is quick to add, "Often the most challenging thing is not necessarily coming up with the question. It's controlling it, making sure things flow and make sure that the candidates get a fair sampling of the questions. ... I'm a big believer in asking the question as many times as possible in order to get an answer."
Cooper also admitted he will be somewhat nervous — or "more excited" — as the debate starts. "As long as we have videos and power, we'll be OK. Of course, I just jinxed myself."
CNN already plans to conduct a similar YouTube-based debate for Republican candidates in September. Cooper stopped short of predicting that this technology will become a staple of presidential politics, but he does expect the arena will see a growing amount of creativity. He noted that the 2008 election already is a watershed election in terms of the Internet.
"We've never had so many handheld devices and user-generated content online: YouTube, Facebook and MySpace. This is part and parcel of that, and we're going to see more and more ventures between online components and news organizations," he said. "It's a brave new world, to use a cliche, and I don't think anyone knows where it's going. But it's very exciting."
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