CNN: I Want An Apology, Too.

I was fortunate enough to have been watching CNN at one of the few times that it was worth watching. If you’d have said yesterday afternoon that such a thing would happen during Wolf Blitzer’s segment, I’d have laughed in your face.

But lo! It came to pass that on this day, Michael Moore finally shoved the crap CNN has been dishing out straight into their smug, ill-informed faces. Moments before, I sat in my couch watching Sanjay Gupta’s pathetic hit-job report, practically jumping out of my skin at the misinformation. Fortunately, Moore didn’t back down, but got pissed instead. Moore’s web group has since refuted many of the claims, some of which didn’t even properly cite his movie, on his website.

I think that this may be sort of a “Katrina Moment” for both the health care industry and for CNN. People are waking up to the fact – not that everyone else has a better health care system, but that America has an intentionally abusive system. We are noticing that, contrary to the claims of the Reagan Administration, we do not have the world’s #1 health care system. That Cuba is 39th and we’re 37th doesn’t alert us to the fact that we’re better than Cuba, it alerts us to the fact that we’re worse than 36 other countries.

For god’s sake, we’ve been told for fifty years that Communism sucks, and now we’re being told that we should be proud of the fact that we’re two states ahead of the Cuban health care system?!?!?!?!? And we’re being told that not by Glaxo Smith-Klein, not by Pfizer, not by our HMO. We’re being told these things by CNN.

So, watch the video and demand an apology from CNN. I’ll include my letter to CNN after the flip below:

Wolf Blitzer is a wind-bag and an idiot, but I’d at least considered Sanjay Gupta to be half-way decent. That opinion has now officially been rescinded and I have lost a lot of respect for the man. As a surgeon, I would have thought that he would at least be concerned with people’s health – which can only be helped with the truth – more than his or CNN’s bottom-line, but I was wrong.

The only thing for which Wolf Blitzer has ever deserved praise in his unfortunate tenure at CNN is his admission during the interview (when he was up against the ropes, sputtering like an idiot, so maybe the praise is not deserved) that CNN is “a business,” tacitly admitting that your profits mean more than your facts.

You need to do a lot more than just apologize to the American people for this one act of blatant profit-making. You need to do more than make a two-second statement saying that the numbers “may be inaccurate;” more even than confessing that someone in the advertising department made the numbers up. Like Moore said, you need to apologize to the American people for all the prevarication and obfuscation and profit-making at the expense of the informed electorate. You and your water-carrying ways are a cancer on our democracy. You are supposed to be the Fourth Estate, and you are a failure.

Worst of all, you’ve shown your base instincts in the worst possible way, this time: the thing about SiCKO that scares the health industry is the fact that EVERYONE has been screwed or knows someone who has been screwed by the health care industry. We haven’t appreciated that we weren’t alone before now, or at least, many of us didn’t. Now, the American people know. For sure, this time. And Michael Moore’s supposed bias doesn’t change the wake up call one iota. We’ve all been getting gamed by the system, and now we know we’re not alone. This is the “Katrina Moment” for both the health care industry and for CNN.

Because your supposed news network playing the fool for your vested interests just makes your whole facade of journalism seem as phony as it ever really was.

CNN, I demand an apology, and a good one. Think big.

By Tommy Belknap

Owner, developer, editor of DragonFlyEye.Net, Tom Belknap is also a freelance journalist for The 585 lifestyle magazine. He lives in the Rochester area with his wife and son.

3 replies on “CNN: I Want An Apology, Too.”

CNN is a business, and I have written to them how they won’t be having me as a viewer, nor will I log onto their website, until they end their association with racists like Glenn Beck, and until they provide more balanced coverage of major issues. Naturally, if enough people do this, it can effect change. But I won’t hold my breath.

Yeah, I find myself watching even though I should probably boycott, too.

Of course, there is a limited effectiveness of boycotting in a nation as large as ours. Enough people will certainly tune in, especially because they’re the only 24-hour news station that isn’t *completely* objectionable. Note that I’ve starred “completely.” I think that, to a certain extent, there is a case for public good to be made where anyone claims to be a news organization. I wouldn’t support the Fairness Doctrine being extended into the cable news networks, if only because I’d prefer the FCC not control anything more than they already do, but perhaps if the Fairness Doctrine was adopted for enforcement on network news, the cable news media would be obliged to follow suit. . .

You can watch them because they are not *completely* objectionable, or you can boycott them because they are *largely* objectionable.

Yes, boycotts have little chance of working when there are millions of potential viewers … unless … someone realizes that there is a thirst out there for a network that is much more truthful and objective, and creates such a network and finds that this new network is taking viewers and rating points away from CNN and other networks. I await such a day. (By the way, why do you think Olbermann is getting such good ratings? Will any network take notice that he is speaking from a viewpoint that large number of people want to hear, or will they decide that people just like Olbermann and that it has nothing with his viewpoint?)

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