CNN News 1 Step Closer to TMZ

June 26, 2008 at 2:03 pm 1 comment

The hotel TV in the breakfast room is always set to CNN in the morning.  This morning, a 10 minute long section of the news was devoted to ‘Showbiz Tonight’ stories.  This is CNN’s equvialent of Hollywood Insider, TMZ, or any other gossip news show.   CNN describes the show as follows:

Showbiz Tonight” is TV’s most provocative entertainment news show. Hosted by A.J. Hammer in New York with Brooke Anderson in Hollywood, “Showbiz Tonight” reports, discusses and debates the most controversial and topical stories involving Hollywood’s biggest celebrities

My issue with this is mostly, I think of CNN as a respectable news source. Integrating 10 minutes worth of ‘celebrity news’ tells me CNN is struggling to come up with real news stories. Leave the celeb gossip for the no talent hosts on E! and Fox and retain your dignity.

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  • 1. icanplainlysee  |  June 26, 2008 at 2:12 pm

    Hi,

    I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, but the blending of news and entertainment is decades old and CNN has always played the ratings game. Granted, they may simply “report” rumor, innuendo and libel public figures for ratings, but they’re hardly a pure news outlet.

    I’m no fan of cultural foolishness that keeps up with whom is screwing whom, but I try not to fantasize about CNN as any thing other than a commercial enterprise that chases income first and foremost.

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