Wednesday, 24 July 2013

JEFF ZUCKER: A GLIMPSE INTO THE MEDIA MINDSET

Ken Berwitz

Jeff rey Zucker is the former President and CEO of NBC Universal.  He now is the President of CNN Worldwide.

Here, excerpted from Brian Steinberg's article in Variety magazine, is his feeling about CNN whenit comes to presenting viewers with all sides of the story, not just one:

Despite the announcement that CNN has hired noted Republican Newt Gingrich as part of its new team for a revived "Crossfire," Zucker stated he saw value in the network staying objective in its presentation of news and opinion. The idea that CNN "didn't have enough conservative points of view was probably a valid criticism," the executive said, though he does not expect CNN to lose abandon its positioning as a down-the-middle presenter of news.

Let's try to unravel this paragraph and figure out what it says:

-"Despite" hiring a Republican for one of its shows, Zucker says there is value in staying objective.  Huh?????????   The clear implication is that having a (gasp!) Republican on board somehow puts CNN's objectivity into question.  No, Mr. Zucker:  NOT having any Republicans on board is what has put CNN's objectivity into question.  What an amazing contortion of reality;

-And, while we're on the subject of that one Republican... let's understand that he is not there to host a show or provide analytical commentary as a balance against the surfeit of liberal/left people CNN is currently featuring.  He is there only because a show that has two people arguing politics inherently must have two political sides to it.  Gingrich's hiring, therefore, is not some movement toward presenting two sides of the story, it is because whether Zucker likes or wants Gingrich, the show cannot be done without him or someone like him;

-The statement that CNN "didn't" (as if this were only a reference to the past) have enough conservative points of view is actually laughable.  Note to Mr. Zucker:  it is just as true now as it was previously.  And the lack of conservative points of view at CNN ain't exactly a major revelation.  It is roughly the equivalent of the manager of the New York Yankees saying his team does not have many players who root for the Red Sox;

-We end with Zucker's howler that he does not expect adding a conservative voice to CNN will damage the network's position as a down-the-middle presenter of news.  In other words, if CNN has nothing but liberal and/or leftward people on air, it is a down-the-middle shop.  But if a single conservative is added, it might lose that hallowed "neutral" status.

Reading this, and understanding it as the wit and wisdom of a major news executive, is there any doubt about why "journalism" has hit rock bottom? 


THE DETROIT PROPHECY

Ken Berwitz

Do you like prophetic commentaries?  Then you should be more than a little interested in this one:

A few houses still stood within the skeleton of what had once been an industrial town. Everything that could move, had moved away; but some human beings had remained. The empty structures were vertical rubble; they had been eaten, not by time, but by men: boards torn out at random, missing patches of roofs, holes left in gutted cellars. It looked as if blind hands had seized whatever fitted the need of the moment, with no concept of remaining in existence the next morning. The inhabited houses were scattered at random among the ruins; the smoke of their chimneys was the only movement visible in town. A shell of concrete, which had been a schoolhouse, stood on the outskirts; it looked like a skull, with the empty sockets of glassless windows, with a few strands of hair still clinging to it, in the shape of broken wires.

Beyond the town, on a distant hill, stood the factory of the Twentieth Century Motor Company. Its walls, roof lines and smokestacks looked trim, impregnable like a fortress. It would have seemed intact but for a silver water tank: the water tank was tipped sidewise.

They saw no trace of a road to the factory in the tangled miles of trees and hillsides. They drove to the door of the first house in sight that showed a feeble signal of rising smoke. The door was open. An old woman came shuffling out at the sound of the motor. She was bent and swollen, barefooted, dressed in a garment of flour sacking. She looked at the car without astonishment, without curiosity; it was the blank stare of a being who had lost the capacity to feel anything but exhaustion.

"Can you tell me the way to the factory?" asked Rearden.

The woman did not answer at once; she looked as if she would be unable to speak English. "What factory?" she asked.

Rearden pointed. "That one."

"It's closed."

That is scarily similar to today's Detroit, isn't it?

Well, it should be. 

The passage you just read is from Ayn Rand's classic "Atlas Shrugged" (a great book, and one of the great titles of all time) to describe "Starnsville", a city allowed to decay long enough so that it finally collapsed altogether.  Just like Detroit.

And when was "Atlas Shrugged" first published?  In 1957:

-When Detroit was the envy of the industrial world,

-when workers streamed to the city, expecting nothing but an opportunity to produce something and be compensated for it, 

-when income was defined as the result of that production instead of federal funding which emanated from the production of others, and 

-when it was still a two-party town, instead of a Democrat feifdom...as it has been for a half century.

Will the Detroit prophecy, and it's sad fulfillment, teach anyone a lesson? 

Even more sadly, the answer is probably no.

AJinFLA oh come on, Detroit solely collapsed as a result of free trade. American Workers can't compete with foreign labor unless they get paid like foreign laborers that is basic economics. Laborers bargaining collectively for better wages is a critical part of a free market economy. Allowing goods to come in from 3rd world countries tariff free, and allowing American CEO's to hide the profit they make in this country overseas isn't. Blame Clinton for NAFTA, blame Bush for making it easier..... but enough of the Ann Raynd fantasy. (07/25/13)


PRESIDENT OBAMA EXPLAINS THE AMAZINGLY GREAT CONDITION OF OUR ECONOMY

Ken Berwitz

President Obama, today:

"They'll talk about government assistance for the poor, despite the fact that theyve already cut early education for vulnerable kids, they've already cut insurance for people who've lost their jobs through no fault of their own.

"Or theyll bring up Obamacare -- this is tried and true -- despite the fact that our businesses have created nearly twice as many jobs in this recovery as businesses had at the same point in the last recovery, when there was no Obamacare.

"That's what we've been fighting for, but with an endless parade of distractions, political posturing and phony scandals, Washington has taken its eye off the ball. And I am here to say this needs to stop. This needs to stop."

Translation: 

"I will lie about the condition of the economy, lie about what ObamaCare is doing to it - which is why I had to put this monstrosity on ice until after the 2014 elections - and pretend that the very real scandals flying everywhere in my administration, such as Benghazi, IRS, Operation Fast & Furious, etc. don't exist at all.

"It is no problem, because my Accomplice Media will back me up on my lies, just as they have for the past 6 years, from the time I started campaigning through my first term and into my second. 

"And because they will back me up, I can put three and a half more years of snow job after snow job on those suckers out there, tell them they should believe me instead of their eyes, ears and wallets, and I'll be gone before they ever know what hit them."

Any questions?

Zeke .... ...... "Any questions ?" ...... Just one --- Does ANYONE change their mind from the nonsense Obama spews ? ... .... .... .... Really -- same old half truths and outright lies. ..... ..... economic plans where the numbers simply do not add up. .... .... Obama's 'fresh, incisive rhetoric' has gotten completely stale. (07/24/13)

Ken Berwitz AJ - that's very good. Mr. Obama can (and probably does) use it on the stump. But there are a few problems. ------- One is that the stock market does not move with the overall economy. But if I wanted to play the same game you're playing I would point out that it rose steadily for almost five years during the Bush administration to an all-time high of over 14,000 in late 2007....before dropping back down, starting from the exact same time the first Democrat-written budget of the Bush administration kicked in (October, 2007). Does that mean President Bush was a brilliant economic genius before he was a horrible economic disaster? Does that mean Democrats are responsible for the stock market plunge? See how silly this is? ------- then we have your claim that "unemployment is dropping". From what level? Certainly not from when Barack Obama won the presidency, when it was at 7.6% - exactly where it is now. It has dropped from the intervening period, during which is was mostly a lot higher. Do you consider that good? Also, though you do not want to talk about underemployment, or that a significantly disproportionate number of new job creation is for part-time rather than full-time work, or that the job participation rate is at a 34 year low (if it were the same as the day Obama took office, unemployment would be at 10% right now), those facts remain facts. You can sugar-coat the economics all you want, but things are as they are. (07/25/13)

AJinFLA He gets away with it because the stock market is 15000 after Republicans left it at 7000. You can play with statistics all you want and make up new and exciting terms like "real unemployment" because you don't like that unemployment is dropping. But the bottom line is, if you had 100K in your retirement when Bush took office, you had 1/2 of that when he left... and now you got it back.... plus some. How do you argue with "real money"? (07/25/13)

free` If the MSM lets him get away with this and many people believe what he said about the economy, we are truly in a heap of trouble, even if Obama were not President. (07/24/13)

AJinFLA Ken, the date when job lost each month changed to jobs gained each month, without me looking it up was sometime in the summer of 2010. Now the complaint is, recovery isn't fast enough, jobs aren't being created fast enough, that is an important point. You are right, the stock market is it's own entity. The fact remains the money in peoples accounts is real. If it were to crash today, the weight would fall on Obama.-- probably part of the reason one of the main concepts of the 2012 election "closing offshore tax havens" by both candidates was all lip services. One of the reason for the inflated stock markets is that our major corporations can keep shares up, by moving all their profits off shore. (07/25/13)


JEFF ZUCKER: A GLIMPSE INTO THE MEDIA MINDSET

Ken Berwitz

Jeff rey Zucker is the former President and CEO of NBC Universal.  He now is the President of CNN Worldwide.

Here, excerpted from Brian Steinberg's article in Variety magazine, is his feeling about CNN whenit comes to presenting viewers with all sides of the story, not just one:

Despite the announcement that CNN has hired noted Republican Newt Gingrich as part of its new team for a revived "Crossfire," Zucker stated he saw value in the network staying objective in its presentation of news and opinion. The idea that CNN "didn't have enough conservative points of view was probably a valid criticism," the executive said, though he does not expect CNN to lose abandon its positioning as a down-the-middle presenter of news.

Let's try to unravel this paragraph and figure out what it says:

-"Despite" hiring a Republican for one of its shows, Zucker says there is value in staying objective.  Huh?????????   The clear implication is that having a (gasp!) Republican on board somehow puts CNN's objectivity into question.  No, Mr. Zucker:  NOT having any Republicans on board is what has put CNN's objectivity into question.  What an amazing contortion of reality;

-And, while we're on the subject of that one Republican... let's understand that he is not there to host a show or provide analytical commentary as a balance against the surfeit of liberal/left people CNN is currently featuring.  He is there only because a show that has two people arguing politics inherently must have two political sides to it.  Gingrich's hiring, therefore, is not some movement toward presenting two sides of the story, it is because whether Zucker likes or wants Gingrich, the show cannot be done without him or someone like him;

-The statement that CNN "didn't" (as if this were only a reference to the past) have enough conservative points of view is actually laughable.  Note to Mr. Zucker:  it is just as true now as it was previously.  And the lack of conservative points of view at CNN ain't exactly a major revelation.  It is roughly the equivalent of the manager of the New York Yankees saying his team does not have many players who root for the Red Sox;

-We end with Zucker's howler that he does not expect adding a conservative voice to CNN will damage the network's position as a down-the-middle presenter of news.  In other words, if CNN has nothing but liberal and/or leftward people on air, it is a down-the-middle shop.  But if a single conservative is added, it might lose that hallowed "neutral" status.

Reading this, and understanding it as the wit and wisdom of a major news executive, is there any doubt about why "journalism" has hit rock bottom? 


FOR ANYONE WHO THINKS THE AUTO BAILOUTS WERE SUCCESSFUL...

Ken Berwitz

...please read this article by Tom Krisher at the Associated Press.  Then you will know better.

Among its "highlights":

-Currently, taxpayers have lost $18 billion dollars on the GM bailout.  Anyone who tells you that is a success, has a severe case of recto-cranium syndrome.

-The Chrysler bailout cost taxpayers almost $3 billion dollars -- and the company isn't even American-owned anymore (Fiat has the majority interest).

-And Ally Financial, Inc., GM's lending company?  Taxpayers are out almost $15 billion on that too.

In fairness, however, all the news is not bad.  At least the bailouts saved Detroi......oh, wait.

My thanks to the Associated Press for publishing this ugly dose of reality.  Now let's see if it finds its way on any of the network news shows tonight - even as a quick one or two sentence jobbie.

I have a feeling I already know the answer.

AJin FLA I can assume you are referring to GW Bush's bailout of the banks on Oct 3, 2008 which started this whole "bailout" mess. I agree that was an assault on the very concept of free enterprise, lets just make sure you give credit where it was do. As for not paying taxes, is it really fair to single out the auto industry when almost no major corporation even pays taxes in this country? Google made 17 billion last year in the USA, but when they finish paying royalties to GoogleIreland.Inc.. they only made 1 billion, GE, oh they have to pay GE Bahams for all their patents, Exxon.. oh yeah, all the oil rigs are owned by Exxon Caimian Islands got to pay the rent on those,.......... Really, until Americans get a grasp of this game, their is really no discussion on taxes. (07/25/13)

Ken Berwitz AJ - almost no major corporation pays taxes? Not true at all. But it is fascinating that the first two you cited, GE (which owned MSNBC) and Google are far more associated with Democrats than Republicans. What does this mean? I don't know that it means anything, but I know it doesn't mean what you'd like to think it means.  Also, you neglected to mention that the TARP bailout enjoyed bipartisan support - i.e. both parties coming together and agreeing - which is something President Obama doesn't appear to care about at all. (07/25/13)

free` Ken, I hope you don't mind but I am going to add another bullet point to your list. It is from the link you provided. ----- About 306,000 homeowners have defaulted of a total 865,000 or so in the program. The original goal was to help 3 million to 4 million struggling homeowners..." ------------------------- The "Program" is the $8.6 billion spent on the government's bailout program for struggling homeowners. You remember, the plan for helping people who bought houses they had no right buying in the first place [had standard loan qualifications been followed]. With all the delinquent tax cheats that Obama has brought into his administration, I guess we don't deserve any better than the wasting of other peoples money. You know the ones that actually pay taxes!!! And we really know how they feel about the ones that had paid their taxes and had enough left over to invest in say stock in GM. He screwed them over to give the unions more. You know, the unions that made the auto companies unprofitable. But I guess that is nothing compared to him firing the CEO of GM so they could run their little scam on the U.S. taxpayer. End of rant! (07/24/13)


AN INTERRACIAL MURDER SHARPTON, JACKSON, OBAMA, ETC. WON'T BE MAKING SPEECHES ABOUT

Ken Berwitz

We all know that activists all over the USA are enraged when a White pepetrator shoots a Black victim - even if the White perpetrator isn't actually White, and a jury acquits him of the shooting.

But what about when the races are reversed?  Where is the outrage then?  Is there any?

Excerpted from an article at the web site for CBS, Detroit:

DEARBORN (WWJ) - A 34-year-old man has been arrested in last week's double murder at a Dearborn dollar store.

Lavere Bryant was set to be arraigned at 4 p.m. Wednesday afternoon on murder, armed robbery, and unlawful imprisonment charges.

Lavere Bryant (Booking photo)

Joseph Orlando, 22, was found shot to death in the Family Dollar store on Michigan Avenue last Tuesday.

Following a two-day search, the body of his co-worker, 20-year-old Brenna Machus, was found in a wooded area just a few miles away.

Joseph Orlando, left; Brenna Machus, right

Joseph Orlando, left; Brenna Machus, right

Just what exactly led to the killings remains unclear. Police aren't commenting on a motive, and (Police Chief) Haddad said, "The facts of the case will come out at the preliminary examination."

This brutal, horrific double murder occurred last week. 

But if you're waiting to hear the outraged voices of sharpton, jackson, the NAACP, or President Obama, you can forget it.  This one is Black on White, and there is no way for the suspect to claim self defense.

Could lavere bryant have been your son, Mr. President?  Could you have been him?

AJinFLA That is the best you can find? That's not even relevant. Weak journalism for a blogger.... at least refer to the lady at the Texas Gas Station. (07/25/13)

AJinFLA That is the best you can find? That's not even relevant. Weak journalism for a blogger.... at least refer to the lady at the Texas Gas Station. (07/25/13)

free` I wonder why the media used that picture of Mr. Bryant? They could have used one like this instead cdn4.blackenterprise.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2011/12/black-child-in-school-300x232.jpg (07/24/13)

AJ I'm sorry you feel that, out of the many examples I could have used, I picked this particular one. If you like your example better, that's fine with me. Either way, the point still obtains: President Obama, by personalizing the Trayvon Martin shooting to his skin color, has joined forces with the race hucksters of this country and inflamed racial relations. Read the just-released NBC News/Wall St. Journal poll on race relations and see for yourself. (07/25/13)


THE QUOTE OF THE DAY

Ken Berwitz

Yesterday I put up a picture of a woman named renee vaughan, who stood among counter-demonstrators near a Trayvon Martin rally with a sign reading "We're Racist And Proud".

I (and many others) informed readers that vaughan was a plant;  a hard left activist whose plan was to get her picture taken there and have it used by media to show the kind of people demonstrating against the "Justice For Trayvon" crowd.  In this regard she was more than a little successful - the Associated Press took, and published, her picture.

Today, however, vaughan is singing a different tune.  From her twitter page we have this:

"I did a really stupid thing this weekend, and I apologize with all of my being. No matter who I agree or disagree with, I don't want to foment hate. I my haste, I did exactly that. Had I thought before I put a bad message out to the world, I wouldn't have hurt, angered and embarrassed so many people. I pray for forgiveness, and to never, ever be that stupid again. Those who know me know that I want a better world for everyone. I hope you can forgive me, World."

Well well well.

Those are all the right words.  But my question is a very basic one:  would she be apologizing if she hadn't been caught red-handed?

I award renee vaughan Quote Of The Day honors:  either for her contrition or for her attempt at damage control.  We'll never know for sure which it is.


AN INTERRACIAL MURDER SHARPTON, JACKSON, OBAMA, ETC. WON'T BE MAKING SPEECHES ABOUT

Ken Berwitz

We all know that activists all over the USA are enraged when a White pepetrator shoots a Black victim - even if the White perpetrator isn't actually White, and a jury acquits him of the shooting.

But what about when the races are reversed?  Where is the outrage then?  Is there any?

Excerpted from an article at the web site for CBS, Detroit:

DEARBORN (WWJ) - A 34-year-old man has been arrested in last week's double murder at a Dearborn dollar store.

Lavere Bryant was set to be arraigned at 4 p.m. Wednesday afternoon on murder, armed robbery, and unlawful imprisonment charges.

Lavere Bryant (Booking photo)

Joseph Orlando, 22, was found shot to death in the Family Dollar store on Michigan Avenue last Tuesday.

Following a two-day search, the body of his co-worker, 20-year-old Brenna Machus, was found in a wooded area just a few miles away.

Joseph Orlando, left; Brenna Machus, right

Joseph Orlando, left; Brenna Machus, right

Just what exactly led to the killings remains unclear. Police aren't commenting on a motive, and (Police Chief) Haddad said, "The facts of the case will come out at the preliminary examination."

This brutal, horrific double murder occurred last week. 

But if you're waiting to hear the outraged voices of sharpton, jackson, the NAACP, or President Obama, you can forget it.  This one is Black on White, and there is no way for the suspect to claim self defense.

Could lavere bryant have been your son, Mr. President?  Could you have been him?

free` I wonder why the media used that picture of Mr. Bryant? They could have used one like this instead cdn4.blackenterprise.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2011/12/black-child-in-school-300x232.jpg (07/24/13)

AJinFLA That is the best you can find? That's not even relevant. Weak journalism for a blogger.... at least refer to the lady at the Texas Gas Station. (07/25/13)

AJinFLA That is the best you can find? That's not even relevant. Weak journalism for a blogger.... at least refer to the lady at the Texas Gas Station. (07/25/13)

AJ I'm sorry you feel that, out of the many examples I could have used, I picked this particular one. If you like your example better, that's fine with me. Either way, the point still obtains: President Obama, by personalizing the Trayvon Martin shooting to his skin color, has joined forces with the race hucksters of this country and inflamed racial relations. Read the just-released NBC News/Wall St. Journal poll on race relations and see for yourself. (07/25/13)


A COMMERCIAL JINGLE YOU WILL NOT HEAR IN ANY AD

Ken Berwitz

As inspired by commenter zeke's reference to the old Oscar Mayer commercial (and with apologies to Jerome "Little Anthony" Gourdine, former lead singer of the Imperials): 

"Oh I wish that I was little Anthony's weiner,

That is what I'd truly love to be.

'Cause if I just was little Anthony's weiner

The chat room girls would all be seeing me..."

Zeke .... ..... ........ Huma (his wife) started a group, "Women for Anthony". ..... ...... Somehow, "Women for Weiner" just doesn't work. ..... .... .... Maybe he should change his name to 'Richard Cranium'. ..... ..... (07/24/13)

Ken Berwitz zeke - if he changed it to Anthony Late Term Abortion, he'd probably still win the primary (07/24/13)


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