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January 15, 1996 | By Stephen Seplow, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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March 28, 1991 | By Andy Wickstrom, Special to The Inquirer
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.
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June 11, 2001 | Michelle Malkin
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.
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August 22, 2005 | Froma Harrop
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 23, 1987 | By JOSEPH P. BLAKE, Daily News Staff Writer
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)
ENTERTAINMENT
August 15, 1994 | By Christy Slewinski, NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
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.
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December 15, 1989 | By Gail Shister Inquirer staff writer Jonathan Storm contributed to this report
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.
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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.
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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.
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November 11, 2000 | By W. Speers By Thomas J. Brady, INQUIRER STAFFF WRITER
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.
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July 27, 2016 | By Ellen Gray, TELEVISION CRITIC
For many viewers, the conventions exist for the relatively brief period the broadcast networks cover in prime time, which on Monday included rousing, pointed speeches by first lady Michelle Obama and U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Sen. Bernie Sanders, who took the stage at 10:50 p.m., capped the evening with a speech that was as much about the movement he led as it was about directing his passionate supporters toward his onetime rival Hillary Clinton. He took a while to get there, but he eventually said it: "Hillary Clinton must become the next president of the United States.
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July 14, 2016 | By John Baer
JEFFREY LORD, even in a season of odd politics, is an unusual political commentator. He's paid by CNN to justify, explain, and defend Donald Trump. And he has: on the wall, Mexicans, Muslims, Carly Fiorina's face. It can be a full-time gig. It will be at both upcoming conventions. And it raises a couple questions. First, why is a news network paying somebody to do what campaigns and candidates already pay somebody to do? Second, who the heck is Jeffrey Lord and how'd he get on CNN?
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May 23, 2016 | By Michael Smerconish
When Widener University honors me this weekend by allowing me to be its commencement speaker, I will share with the students the reaction at our dinner table several months ago when the invitation arrived. "Dad, the students must be bummed," was the response from our eldest son, himself in college. His dismissal became a source of motivation. How to achieve my objective, I wasn't so sure. My thought process included reviewing well-received commencement addresses. Only I'm not Bono, Bill Gates, or Ali G. I'm not particularly funny.
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May 15, 2016
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April 25, 2016
Comedian W. Kamau Bell had long wondered - from a safe distance - about the Ku Klux Klan, but it took his new CNN show, United Shades of America, which premieres at 10 p.m. Sunday, to get him invited to a cross-burning. Bell, who's based in Berkeley, Calif., lived in Philadelphia as a student - he dropped out of Penn in his sophomore year - and he was back in town this month to promote his series-opening KKK episode. He spoke with Ellen Gray about the Klan and about a couple of other forthcoming episodes: one about policing that was filmed in Philadelphia and Camden, and one about rehabilitation at San Quentin.
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February 3, 2016 | BY TRICIA L. NADOLNY, Staff Writer
FORMER MAYOR Michael Nutter is no stranger to cable news networks, but typically he was the focus of the headlines. Now, he's ready to try his hand at weighing in on the day's news - as a commentator for CNN. "It came together pretty quickly," Nutter said Monday afternoon from CNN's Washington offices, where he was preparing to go live to discuss the Iowa caucuses. "And it's definitely an honor. My goal is to try to communicate a message that is direct, authentic, and represents a reality of 20-plus years of elected office.
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September 12, 2015 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
The stage is set for the second Republican presidential debate, and the main event will feature the same candidates as last month's slugfest, plus one: Carly Fiorina. The debate, Wednesday at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum in Simi Valley, Calif., will be broadcast by CNN. The prime-time event, at 8 p.m. in Philadelphia, will feature the 11 candidates who ranked highest in an average of recent national polls, CNN announced Thursday evening: real estate billionaire Donald Trump, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, New Jersey's Gov. Christie, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, and Fiorina, the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard.
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March 12, 2015 | By Michael Vitez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Age was creeping up, and Linda Garrett, 67, decided to do something radical. She went into the kitchen, propped the iPhone on a soup bowl, and recorded a plea to CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta to be part of his Fit Nation triathlon challenge. She wanted to be chosen as one of six Americans - among 200 applicants - who will be trained and equipped to compete for the first time in the grueling sport. Garrett, a retired school nurse, had never swum a lap, never clipped into a bike pedal.
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