Neo-neocon, writing on the morning of Monday, May 19, 2014:
…[Trey Gowdy’s questions for the press show] how negligent and/or collusive with [the Obama] administration the press has been in covering (or rather, covering up) the Benghazi incident.
If it were possible for the press to reflect and to feel shame, Gowdy’s words would make them do that and feel that. But I’m afraid it’s not.
CNN President Jeff Zucker, speaking on the evening of Monday, May 19, 2014:
CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker on Monday said that the network probably won’t be covering the House select committee to investigate Benghazi.
“We’re not going to be shamed into it by others who have political beliefs that want to try to have temper tantrums to shame other news organizations into covering something,” he said when asked if CNN would cover the committee during an interview at a Deadline Club dinner, as recorded by Capital New York.
I’m not saying Zucker reads neo-neocon. It’s just—odd.
This, however, is beyond odd [emphasis mine]:
Zucker also addressed the network’s round-the-clock coverage of the missing Malaysia Airlines plane and how CNN will approach news after the plane era.
“If I take a step back from our coverage of the Malaysian plane’s disappearance, I’m incredibly comfortable with it. I believed early on, right from the start, that it was an enormously important story…
…[N]ow that CNN’s coverage of the missing plane is winding down, Zucker said they’ll start to introduce new programming aimed at a younger audience.
“So we’re still there whenever that happens, but we’re going to supplement that with some different kind of storytelling,” Zucker said of the network’s plane coverage going forward.
What on earth is the “plane era”? And is CNN planning to become the Nickelodeon of cable news? Lastly and perhaps most importantly, what does Zucker mean by “storytelling”?
I can imagine.