Prime-time viewing for the cable news networks begins at 8:00 p.m. The competition is high and the differences stark between Campbell Brown (CNN), Keith Olbermann (MSNBC), Bill O’Reilly (Fox News) and Nancy Grace (HLN).
Campbell Brown thinks she’s the only real journalist working during that hour and she doesn’t mind telling anybody that will listen.
“Some of us, like my colleagues here at CNN, are still trying to do journalism….I’m not critical of what my friends at Fox News and MSNBC do, but it is apples and oranges when compared to what we at CNN do,” Brown said.
Brown apparently doesn’t watch Lou Dobbs and his rants against illegal immigrants and cheerleading for Birther idiots such as Orly Taitz. If she did she might not be so smug about the quality of “journalism” at CNN these days.
During her show Wednesday, Brown interviewed White House adviser Valarie Jarrett and quizzed her on the Obama Administration’s cold shouldering of Fox News.
BROWN: Officials have been very public about their feelings about FOX News and what they believe FOX News is and represents. And they made a point of coming out and saying it.
JARRETT: What we’re saying is, is that we want the public to understand what’s going on.
When we saw the kind of distortions this summer, particularly directed at seniors, over health care reform, it was really outrageous. And I think what the president said in his message before Congress is, we’re going to speak directly to the American people and make sure that they understand the truth.
And so, certainly, if we see somebody distorting the truth, we’re going to call them on the carpet for that. But we don’t want to take our focus away from the core issues that are so important to the American people. Now, when there’s all that chatter and distortion and false information, we have to disseminate – we have to distinguish between truth and fiction.
BROWN: So do you think FOX News is biased?
JARRETT: Well, of course they’re biased. Of course they are.
BROWN: OK. Then do you also think that MSNBC is biased?
JARRETT: Well, you know what? This is the thing. I don’t want to – actually, I don’t want to just generalize all FOX is biased or that another station is biased.
I think what we want to do is look at it on a case-by-case basis. And when we see a pattern of distortion, we’re going to be honest about that pattern of distortion.
BROWN: But you only see that at FOX News? That’s all that – you have spoken out about FOX News.
JARRETT: That’s actually not true.
I think that what the administration has said very clearly is that we’re going to speak truth to power. When we saw all of the distortions in the course of the summer, when people were coming down to town hall meetings and putting up signs that were scaring seniors to death, when we have seen commercials go up on television that are distorting the truth, we’re actually calling everybody out.
So, this isn’t something that’s simply directed at FOX. We really just want the American people to have a clear understanding. There’s so much at stake right now. We really don’t have a lot of time for nonsense and distortions.
The American people are also smarter than that. Let them reach their own judgments based on the facts. Let’s just take health care, for example. Reasonable people could differ about the right approach. So, let’s have a conversation about that. Let’s not scare people by telling them that things are going to happen that are actually not even on the table. Let’s just talk about the facts.
Ms. Brown’s comment in her “No Bias, No Bull” segment was:
Jarrett seems loath to admit that MSNBC has a bias. And that is where I think the White House loses all credibility on this issue. Just as Fox News leans to the right with their opinionated hosts in prime time, MSNBC leans left. I don’t think anyone at Fox or MSNBC would disagree. In fact both Fox News and MSNBC are doing quite well in the prime time ratings by doing partisan opinion.
Brown seems to be suggesting there’s MSNBC on the Left and Fox News on the right, and by process of elimination, that leaves CNN squarely in the middle of the political mainstream.
And I suppose Lou Dobbs is the second coming of Walter Cronkite?
Another problem is even if CNN is the middle of the road news network it’s a far cry from the CNN Ted Turner created. They aren’t the new kids on the block any more and their attempts to touch up the grey haven’t helped all that much.
Second, most folks aren’t watching Brown or CNN. CNN sunk to fourth place behind Fox, MSNBC and sister network HLN (Headline News). Brown’s program (648,000 viewers) at 8:00 p.m. lags behind both Keith Olbermann (1.02 million) and Bill O’ Reilly (3.39 million).
Lately, the only thing that CNN has been the “go to” network for has been non-stop saturation coverage of Michael Jackson’s death. Otherwise, all they’re doing is making themselves irrelevant as even the septuagenarian Larry King is getting stomped by the unlikely duo of Sean Hannity and Rachel Maddow.
If Brown isn’t careful, she might find her “real journalism” replaced by the “infortainment” of the repulsive Nancy Grace, a woman so vile she even sickens Stephen King. Brown might want to spend less time sniping at her more successful competitors and spend more on trying to improve her own crappy ratings before she finds out she’s only keeping the seat warm for Nancy Grace.