Grand Slam?

Observations about CNN bias, exclusives ignored, an unanswered question, and a selection of bannerisms.

Not Exactly America's Newsroom
A Saturday afternoon report on CNN Radio gave a brief rundown of recent deaths in Iraq due to terrorist attacks (of course they didn't use that term). That was followed by a one-sentence summary of Operation: Matador. The news reader said the latest engagements "resulted in four U.S. deaths" and then moved on to another topic.

Come again? We realize this was just a five-minute newscast, but really! Report only that four Americans were killed, then declare that to be the "result" of a campaign that has captured or killed scores of terrorists?

Right Up His Ollie
Let's pretend one of CNN's field teams--or, say, one of NBC's--had been the only television journalists embedded with the men and women of Operation: Matador. And let's say for the past week they had been sending over exclusive video footage of the engagements and round-the-clock live reports, from a reporter who understands combat because he is a decorated marine. The praise from the media writers, the tv critics, and the news bloggers would be incessant.

But it's not CNN, or NBC, or CBS. It's Fox News. And it's not some journalism school graduate whose insights on war were gained from watching Saving Private Ryan. It's Col Oliver North. Why have his exceptional reports received so little attention?

The Unanswered Question
Rita Cosby is moving to MSNBC, and, as Ira Simmons noted, in some corners it's being treated like the passing of the Pope. Our friend TVNewser suddenly found scads of good things to say about Ms Cosby, possibly encouraged by some MSNBC "insiders", and then he posted this:
> 1:03pm: "Bill McCuddy of Fox News just slammed Rita Cosby during an entertainment segment," a tipster says. What did McCuddy say?

24 hours later, and nobody seems to have answered his question. This is odd, since about a half-hour after the note from the "tipster" (three guesses what cable outlet he works for) we sent TVNewser the exact text of the vitriolic attack Mr McCuddy leveled at Ms Cosby:

Talking with Jerry O'Connell about contract negotiations on Crossing Jordan:

O'CONNELL: A lot like athletes, you want to negotiate a little. You want to pull a Terrell Owens, and like say I'd love a bigger trailer. You know, I don't like to make a big mess out of things, but I'm American. Trying to make a dollar out of 15 cents, just like everybody else.
McCUDDY: Sure. Didn't work for Rita Cosby but it might work for you. Sure.
O'CONNELL: Yeah, so I think they sensed I was going to do that...

We're confused. If the question was newsworthy enough for TVNewser to ask it, why is the answer not worth printing? What more fairly represents the incident in question: the "tipster's" claim that it was a "slam", or the actual words that were spoken? More questions without answers.

It's about time somebody recognized the work of the talented writers at Fox who are responsible for those subject titles that appear along the bottom strip of the screen. Anyone who enjoys wit and a good pun keeps an eye on what shows up down there. As with a story about Sen Harry Reid, who had to apologize for some intemperate remarks:

Celebrity news is ripe fodder as well:

Kiran Chetry couldn't keep herself from breaking up on-camera when she saw how the bottom third bannered a story on the Michael Jackson trial:

And (our favorite), a report on the new Star Wars movie:

posted: Sat - May 14, 2005 at 02:05 PM       j$p  send 

Johnny Appleseed
Poor FNC. Lost their ratings getter for Saturday and sunday nights. And now FNC doesn't want to do the nice thing and "wish her well." SHAME ON U AILES. 
Here's hoping alot more defect from "The Voice of the White House" and have just as successful career elsewhere.
May 15, 2005, 12:28:31 PM EDT – Like – Reply

johnny dollar
What were Rita Cosby's ratings?
May 15, 2005, 1:04:12 PM EDT – Like – Reply

"and have just as successful career elsewhere."
Jut like Paula Zahn and to a lesser extent Monica Crowley, I guess!
May 15, 2005, 11:06:08 PM EDT – Like – Reply

johnny dollar
And Jeff Cohen. And David Shuster. And Dennis Miller. They're all really thriving.
May 16, 2005, 12:12:26 AM EDT – Like – Reply

O/T but worth mentioning: Newsweek has just retracted the false story about Koran desecration that resulted in riots and severe anti-American eruptions of emotion.
I wonder how many times this example of media-in-need-of-reform was mentioned at the newshounds highly-tauted "National Conference for Media Reform" this last weekend?
Not a peep from anywhere on that side.
May 16, 2005, 6:36:13 PM EDT – Like – Reply

johnny dollar
For the hounds, the word "retract" doesn't exist--unless it's applied to Fox. Case in point: they foamed at the mouth when a staff writer for thought "Communists for Kerry" was a legitimate site. Fox, of course, corrected the error when they were advised of it.
Meanwhile the hounds built an entire article around a website they said was for the NJ Republican Party. And IT wasn't a legitimate site--it had nothing to do with the Republican Party! It's now a week later. Care to guess whether the newspoodles EVER corrected their false article--let alone issue a retraction?
May 16, 2005, 6:51:46 PM EDT – Like – Reply

The article is still their, but their base is wavering:
"I'm a bit concerned. The original post refers to the site with "Republican Babe-of-the-Week Winners" ( as "the New Jersey Republican party's site." But it sure looks to me like the official party site is I'm a diehard progressive and despise Fox News, but I feel like the News Hounds are misleading us, which would be a disappointment, since I thought you guys are all about truth. Can we get a clarification?"
- Posted by: Jeff at May 16
[Comment: apparently not.]
May 16, 2005, 7:04:51 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Mor proof that Liz IS a newshounds shill. Who else would say something this ridiculous after Newsweek's retraction - to keep the rant going:
"They want to blame Newsweek; who knows if the story is true or not. Perhaps the darling of the conservatives, Izikof, was told to make the retraction for obvious reasons. We'll never know, will we . . ."
- Posted by: Liz PbD at May 16, 2005 (off-topic thread)
(Still no mention of the entire affair from the newshounds themselves. I bet they NEVER mention it.)
May 16, 2005, 8:38:17 PM EDT – Like – Reply