January 15, 1996 |
For 90 minutes Saturday afternoon, there was Sen. Bob Dole talking about making tough decisions, Sen Phil Gramm saying he would never cut deals with Bill Clinton, Patrick J. Buchanan bemoaning free trade, Steve Forbes urging a 17 percent flat tax, and Lamar Alexander telling Dole that time had passed him by and Forbes that his flat tax was a "nutty idea. " This was the Iowa presidential debate, but with the state caucuses still a month away, it was not the stuff to rivet any but the most depraved political junkie.
March 28, 1991 |
The showdown in the Persian Gulf took the form of a months-long crisis that many viewers saw played out in detail on television, and especially on CNN, Ted Turner's all-news cable channel. When the fighting started on Jan. 16, CNN scored a coup by having the first news team in Baghdad to report the action live, observing the sudden air strike from their hotel window and describing the scene indelibly as "like being in the middle of hell. " CNN is still riding a wave of ratings popularity based on its war coverage.
June 11, 2001 |
How many families do you know who live in a "compound"? My dictionary defines a compound as "an enclosed area used for confining prisoners of war. " But in the liberal media handbook, "compound" means any dwelling where God and guns are present. It's a loaded word used to conjure up images of white separatists and religious sects. City-slicker journalists live in houses and condos. In flyover country, the unwashed masses live on farms and "compounds. " "Compound" has a way of conveniently dehumanizing the people who live in the place being described.
August 22, 2005 |
Froma Harrop is a columnist for the Providence Journal The battery in my laptop was dying, and so I turned on CNN for a quick news update. Internet sites give the news in two minutes. But to my shock, CNN gave it not at all. I thought CNN would deliver a world roundup. Instead, it had three dolls chatting about personalities in the news. It was hair-salon talk, except not as honest. The ladies, all attractive in the standardized way, cranked out sympathy for all human subjects.
June 23, 1987 |
There's nothing quite like real-life drama to push a station's ratings up, and apparently no one knows that better than the Cable News Network (CNN). The all-news channel said its ratings rise almost 200 percent when the Iran-Contra hearings are on, and that 1.3 million viewers tuned in for the testimony of Fawn Hall alone. Coverage of the hearings resume today at 9:30 a.m. on CNN. WHYY (91/FM) also is providing live coverage starting at the same time. HIGH ON HY It may seem like Hy Lit (Hy-ski to good friends)
August 15, 1994 |
A mother generally always wants to know what's going on in her child's life - curiosity and concern, after all, are prerequisites to motherhood. So when Laurin Sydney, who anchors CNN's live, weekday entertainment news show, Showbiz Today, went home to Miami recently to visit her mother, she was surprised that Mom wasn't asking all the appropriate parental-concern questions. That's why the single anchorwoman went on the air recently sporting a faux engagement ring, a gag gift from the Showbiz senior executive producer.
December 15, 1989 |
Talk about friendly skies. Ted Turner's Cable News Network is ready to sign with American Airlines to provide daily newscasts for its flights - minus any pictures of plane crashes. The CNN shows begin March 1 on about 1,200 American flights a month. American has been carrying CBS News broadcasts since 1983, but the network's $200,000-a-year contract ends Feb. 28 because it balked at American's demands to edit the newscasts, CBS executive David Berman said yesterday. "We said, unequivocally, no," said Berman, vice president, production and administration, for CBS Broadcast International, the marketing arm of the CBS Broadcast Group.
May 12, 2011
Burt Reinhardt, 91, an early president of CNN who helped build the global news network in its formative years, died at his home near Atlanta on Tuesday. Mr. Reinhardt had suffered a series of strokes, said his daughter, Cheryl Reinhardt. "Without Burt Reinhardt, it is doubtful that CNN would exist today," said Tom Johnson, who in 1990 succeeded Mr. Reinhardt as the 24-hour network's chief. He joined CNN in 1979 as the network prepared to launch, his daughter said. Turner Broadcasting founder Ted Turner named Mr. Reinhardt president in January 1982.
June 13, 2010
Robert J. Wussler, 73, a CNN cofounder who became the youngest president of the CBS television network when he took over in 1976 at age 39, died June 5 at his home in Westport, Conn., after a long illness. Mr. Wussler started his 21-year career at CBS in the mail room. He eventually became executive producer of CBS News, overseeing special projects including the 1969 moon landing. In 1978, Mr. Wussler formed a production company, Pyramid Enterprises. It produced syndicated programming for the international marketplace, specializing in Japan, France, and the former Soviet Union.
November 11, 2000 |
Bernard Shaw, chief anchorman for most major stories during CNN's 20-year history, told the Associated Press yesterday that he would leave the network early next year to write books and spend more time with his family. Shaw, 60, planned to tell viewers about his decision yesterday at the end of Inside Politics, the daily show he anchors with Judy Woodruff. Along with Larry King and Christiane Amanpour, Shaw is the most visible face on the cable news network. He's been there since the beginning, leaving a job as a reporter for ABC News to join CNN in 1980 when it was just an idea, not a network.