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May 20, 2014

This is CNN: Network Honcho Jeff Zucker Says He Won't be "Shamed" Into Covering Benghazi, But Defends Flight 370 Coverage

He scoffed at the story as being a non-story dreamed up by political fabulists.

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,” Zucker reportedly told The New York Times’ Bill Carter, who interviewed him for the event. “If it’s of real news value, we’ll cover it.”

"That want to try to have temper tantrums...?"

Tell us how you really feel about it, politically, Jeffey.

On the other hand, he says he's "incredibly comfortable" with his network's Black Hole coverage of Flight 370.

There is some good news here:

It's only CNN.

You know, CNN has sort of deemed itself to be an enormously prestigious institution despite the fact that they were merely the first crappy little cable news start-up.

They're always acting as if CNN is some name brand.

It isn't. It was just the first of many cable news outfits. Having started in 1986 (or whenever) and x number of years before other outfits really doesn't mean you're some prestigious institution.

The only thing CNN has done well is cover, well, wars, ironically enough.

But that's not because they had particularly good reporting; their advantage was merely that they had a particularly large amount of programming hours to fill in between advertisements for the Rascal Scooter.

But based on that minor thing -- that had 24 hours to fill -- they're strutted around for years as if they were some sort of Titan of the Industry.

They're not. And the industry itself is much diminished, nearly dwarfish.

More on this general subject at Hot Air.

Jeff Zucker names one "story" he'd really like to spend more resources and time covering -- Global Warming, of course.

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