NYT’s Carr: CNN Is Smudging The Line “Between News & Opinion, Celebrity & Anchors, Journalism & Ratings”

By Brian 

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Remember the good ol’ days, when Jon Klein said CNN was returning to its news roots? David Carr tears that apart in this must-read:

  “Back when he was recommitting CNN to news and steering it away from personalities and agendas, Mr. Klein left a side door open: CNN would stay the course “unless the first batch of things we’re trying to do don’t turn out well.”

Welcome to Plan B. Mr. Klein ran straight into a brutal competitive environment.

What sells on cable is “edge,” not the events of the day. CNN, a longtime chronic presence on signal events, has now joined the pack in smudging the line between news and opinion, celebrity and anchors, journalism and ratings.

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