The Transylvania Times -



August 9, 2018

I’m sure when Ted Turner founded CNN in 1978 he never intended for his network to morph into anything more than an attack dog with its only mission being to oust a sitting president. They got sucked into a firestorm with the president and could not resist adopting a vindictive reporting strategy. I’m sure Turner is more than disappointed that CNN ranks a very distant third behind its major rival FOX News. Even MSNBC outranks them.

My wife and I were in a motel last weekend, and I flipped over to CNN just to see if they had mellowed at all. I knew the answer, and I was right. They have not. Jake Tapper was interviewing a Republican senator and using every sinister tactic to bait the senator into slamming Trump. The senator did not take the bait and, in fact, took the opportunity to articulate the administration’s policies and list accomplishments. To say the least, Tapper’s interview backfired, and the sheepish look on his face proved it.

A final word about CNN. I once considered them to be a reliable and balanced news network. They were the go-to network when big news broke, and I could count on great reporting. They have now become very one dimensional and basically irrelevant, and they are paying a price. They are surely red meat to the left-wing base, but that is it. I bet Ted Turner even watches FOX News.

Charles Brendle

Pisgah Forest


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