Oh, Come On, CNN… It’s Okay to Turn 30
As good ol’ fashioned journalism supposedly goes out of style, Ted Turner’s non-partisan news network, CNN, insists on not collapsing under the noise of opinion news. Quietly, the network has turned 30 years old. No confetti, no fanfare. Back in 2000, when they’d turned 20, they’d thrown a big party. So, why no celebration now, CNN? Are you forgetting that 30 is the new 20? Get it together and shake that news network thing!
Why so low-key? With viewers craving pundits and blowhards telling them exactly what they want to hear, the straight news-minded CNN has stuck to its guns — you know, the news — and lost.
Nonpartisan news reporting has gone the way of the Dodo. Ratings have plunged to new lows this year, with CNN’s main hosts, Larry King and Anderson Cooper, shedding nearly half their audiences, according the New York Times.
Founder Ted Turner’s not giving up his flagship station, of course:
Speaking just before the network’s launch, Turner promised, “We won’t be signing off until the world ends. We’ll be on, and we will cover the end of the world, live, and that will be our last event … and when the end of the world comes, we’ll play ‘Nearer My God to Thee’ before we sign off.”