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Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Gabriel Sherman, contributing editor at New York Magazine, talks about the recent changes at CNN, the state of primetime news programs, and his latest piece on how FOX news influences CNN and MSNBC's political coverage.

If you were designing a cable news show, what would it look like? Post your pitch below!

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Gabriel Sherman
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Comments [31]

BVrowe from White Plains, NY

What kind of news show would I like? I need an information clearing house and fact checking show. I would like there to be a news show with two "referees" of sorts: one a well-respected Democrat and the other a well-respected Republican (neither of whom is working for any campaign or political committee). The gist of the show would be to take a highly publicized comment, for example, "the health care bill pulls the plug on grandma" and each "referee" fact checks it. In the end they decide whether the comment or belief is true or not. Perhaps, 30 mins devoted to something like that (especially claims made by campaign ads). Another hour would be devoted to an in-depth view of a current issue. For example, TARP - has it helped? has it not? Again, analyze the history, the effects, the misunderstandings. In short, the two referees will need to do research and come prepared with their research and a succinct explanation of the issue. Any conflicts in opinion between the two can be resolved then and there through the use of Internet search on laptops. It would be a clearing house for accurate information (and save me the time of trying to look this stuff up myself). America needs a program like this, and each referee needs to be willing to see their party or point of view as possibly incorrect.

Oct. 05 2010 11:33 AM
Harriet

What kind of news show would I like? Well, duh, how about news. No opinions, no slants, no agendas. Facts. Like Walter Cronkite, Chet Huntley, David Brinkley. You know, news.

Oct. 05 2010 11:03 AM
bernie from bklyn

first of all- rick sanchez does not and should've never had his own show. he is an embarassing clown. BUT what he said is true and certainly not a reason to be fired. who runs the networks? are jews in the USA really an oppressed minority?
but the bigger issue here is- for once brian decides to editorialize and express his true opinion and his wrath is directed at wolf blitzer? really brian? you're going to pick on poor blitzer when you've stayed silent after airing some real evil, incorrect and unfactual statements from past guests.

Oct. 05 2010 11:01 AM
lou robin

To suggest that Sanchez's comments about John Stuart are worth discussion is absolutely anti-semitic in of itself. His comments were biased generalizations about a group of people and were inappropriate. Both Mr. Lehr and his guest should have acknowledged this.

Oct. 05 2010 11:00 AM
MikeT from New Joyzee

Brian;
don't embarrass yourself talking about CNN as if it's a "real" news source. This is the "balloon boy" baby net where throwing a rooster from the right in with a rooster from the left is considered "balanced journalism". Jon Stewart's Daley Show interns do more fact checking than CNN's. In fact someone should ask them over there if they now what fact checking means.

Oct. 05 2010 10:53 AM
MikeT from New Joyzee

Brian;
don't embarrass yourself talking about CNN as if it's a "real" news source. This is the "balloon boy" baby net where throwing a rooster from the right in with a rooster from the left is considered "balanced journalism". Jon Stewart's Daley Show interns do more fact checking than CNN's. In fact someone should ask them over there if they now what fact checking means.

Oct. 05 2010 10:51 AM
DarkSymbolist from NYC!

My pitch for a CNN show:

"What The Hell Is Wrong With The Media?"

Two hours where pundits, reporters and cable execs are put on a mock trial, their statements are fact-checked, they are questioned as to why they repeatedly have completely discredited guests on and take their absurd lies seriously without challenging them, and why they are destroying our democracy by abdicating their duty to provide us with real news and then for every hypocritical statement or every pundit like Breitbart (sp?) that they have on, or every fact they get wrong (or supress) they are pelted with eggs.

Oct. 05 2010 10:50 AM
Sascha

I used to wish for a classic Crossfire-style dueling-opinion program, but with live factchecking. When debaters said something factually inaccurate, a note to that effect would pop up on the screen. Maybe the debater would also "lose a point" or something like that.

Oct. 05 2010 10:49 AM
TallyRand from NYC

Rick is right, all the upper mangt is Jewish. point and case
"Self-denial is the shining sore on the leprous body of the Jewish mob."

Oct. 05 2010 10:48 AM

Most pointed analysis-screed on the Sanchez debacle - Christopher Hitchens

http://www.slate.com/id/2269846/pagenum/all/#p2

Oct. 05 2010 10:47 AM
TallyRand from NYC

Rick is right, all the upper mangt is Jewish. point and case
"Self-denial is the shining sore on the leprous body of the Jewish mob."

Oct. 05 2010 10:47 AM
RLewis from the Bowery

Wolf is great cuz he does News, not opinion. We have too much politco-tainment. We just need the News, and cut the other crap... esp' Spitzer.

Oct. 05 2010 10:47 AM
Jeremiah from Passaic, NJ

The only resonable news pitch would go something like " we prize objectivity over profits", but that seems idealistic in today's news enviorment.

Oct. 05 2010 10:46 AM
Ricardo from New York City

.. a good well informed, truthfull more dinamic international news hour with in-depth analysis and debates about issues could be a great contribution to any network... kind of like BBC or ITN... news today are full of sensationalism to much media hype... wars are beign fought and we barely hear anything on the news..

Oct. 05 2010 10:46 AM
Liam from East Elmhurst

Yeah, Jack, she is hot.

How about Brian Lehrer sponsors a cross-the-spectrum debate on 1 issue each week.
He also has a classroom of some school designated to listen to the debate and submit comments via e-mail on the debate.
Great teaching tool-especially, if the classroom is NOT from an upper-middle class neighborhood where such a thing is possible every week.
Or just have them listen to FOX or CNN and submit comments.
Not too young-say, teen-agers.

Oct. 05 2010 10:46 AM
Scott from NYC

Great question on Blitzer.

Oct. 05 2010 10:46 AM

sanchez goes to fox with in a year.

Oct. 05 2010 10:44 AM
Dale C. Anderson

why doesn't CNN and all other cable so-called news networks-they are really INFOTAINMENT-cover the mosque fire in the west bank?i'm sure that if a palestinian group started a fire in a west jerusalem temple,it would be 1st,2nd and last story covered and referred to as a terrorist act.CNN IS A JOKE!!-GONE are the days of PETER ARNETT and BERNARD SHAW reporting from BAGHDAD while cowering under a bed.JOHN STUART LIEBOWITZ RULES!!-RICK SANCHEZ IS A JOKE !!-HE WAS PERFECT FOR CNN!!

Oct. 05 2010 10:43 AM

CNN is a mess. Bring back Ted Turner -- or someone with vision! So glad I missed the whole Rick Sanchez thing. Was he the guy who did the rant about mortgages and started the whole tea party thing?

Oct. 05 2010 10:42 AM
Al from New Jersey

Missing from newscasting today is person-on-the-street interviews. More informed political discussion occurs in bars, at social gathering, at family dinner tables than on much of TV. I would interview people at random and ask what they think the major issues are and how they should be addressed. The economy would likely win, but the diverse insights would be more informative than the typical pundit interview.

Oct. 05 2010 10:42 AM
Liam from East Elmhurst

All we need is LOVE...yat da yada yah...
It would be nice to see an open debate on issues.

Maybe, Brian Lehrer could sponsor one?
Create the forum, Brian.

Then, do the hiring.

Oct. 05 2010 10:42 AM
Scott from New York, CNN alumnus

CNN *is* a network in deep trouble. Guest appears misinformed when he says the network earned a profit of $500 million last quarter. TIME WARNER earned a profit of $562 million last quarter.

http://money.cnn.com/2010/08/04/news/companies/Time_Warner_earnings/index.htm

Time Warner is carrying CNN in many ways.

Oct. 05 2010 10:41 AM
Joe Richkus

I want to see a Cable News SHow that is dedicated to journalism and not celebrity, glitz or slocky newscasters. I would like to see a return to the clear, sober news casters that report and don't editorialize or share their thougths or feelings, or worse, try to show the viewers how much fun they are having broadcasting the news.

Oct. 05 2010 10:41 AM
D.L.McNamara

How about starting with honesty. CNN is to the left what Fox is to the right. The endless trope that CNN is neutral is absurd.

Oct. 05 2010 10:40 AM

How about a non-profit public news show that has no hidden agenda or political leaning and does not have to answer to a financial authority?

Oct. 05 2010 10:40 AM
J from brooklyn, ny

At CNN, everyone knew that the critics would be out for blood in the first reviews. Give Spitzer-Parker some time to overcome people's preconceptions and I think you will be pleasantly surprised.

Oct. 05 2010 10:40 AM
Ray

If hypocrisy is the standard, then why are neo-con's still given media access?

Oct. 05 2010 10:37 AM
Evan from New York, NY

Why does anyone care about Elliott Spitzer? He debased the office of the Governor and was extremely overrated as attorney general (for all his settlements, he lost the only big Wall Street case he took to trial). He's a bully and cretin and a spoiled rich kid - oh wait, maybe he's perfect for cable "news."

Oct. 05 2010 10:36 AM
Jack

Although for an older women, Kathleen Parker is hot

Oct. 05 2010 10:36 AM
Daniel from Chelsea

It's impossible to look at Spitzer and not be faced with what a monumental hypocrite he is.

Oct. 05 2010 10:35 AM
superf88

what is the relation between the tv and the web sides of cnn?

also how has the web side changed since mitch gelman (cnn.com's founding chief)'s departure last yr?

Oct. 05 2010 10:09 AM

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