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Reform at CNN

June 6, 2022

According to the NYTimes for June 5, “Chris Licht, the new CNN chairman, is encouraging a more nuanced approach to coverage. Some at the network are skeptical.”

They ought to be, Jeff Zucker whom Licht replaces was ideologically driven. There is no evidence that Licht is driven by ideas of any sort.

But he should be concerned by CNN’s loss of income and CNN’s advertising intensive news product that consisted of 4 minutes of advertising after each news segment.

 So inordinately intensive was CNN advertising that I readied my remote control to mute CNN each time advertising ensued. I would close my eyes, nap and unmute in time to learn what was happening in Ukraine or other parts of the world important enough for me to awaken at 4 AM.

I learned that Isa Soares spoke in a dialect I could not understand and longed for clear English voices at CNN’s London bureau. I even wrote to John Malone at Liberty Media, part owner of CNN, because he too understood that something was terribly wrong at CNN.

April 28, 2022

Dear Mr. Malone:

I send best wishes for your “reform” efforts for CNN.

This morning CNN was “off air” for about five minutes.  When streaming resumed, Ilsa Soares continued to speak with elongated vowels making it difficult to understand her: “water” is pronounced “watta.”

Sincerely yours,

Richard J. Bishirjian, Ph.D.

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