What part of the journalism game is this where it’s okay for CNN’s Wolf Blitzer to initiate a line of questioning about whether an Oklahoma tornado victim “thanks the Lord” during a television interview?
While interviewing one of the Oklahoma tornado victims, Wolf Blitzer made a fool of himself, asking an atheist woman, “I guess you gotta thank the Lord, right? Do you thank the Lord for that split-second decision?”
The woman clearly feels the awkward moment and graciously responds through laughter, “I’m actually an atheist.” She later adds, “I don’t blame anyone for thanking the Lord.”
First of all, it is neither Wolf Blitzer, CNN, nor the viewing public’s business whether this woman thanks the Lord for being spared from death during the recent tornado.
Second, this is absolutely NOT NEWS. What this is is an attempt at a ratings grab by passing off opinion and entertainment as as factual news. No doubt that the shift of CNN off the cliff of minimally reliable mainstream newsmedia is part of Jeff Zucker’s new plan to garner better ratings for the network.
Seriously, this is the type of thing I would expect to hear on Fox News. But, maybe that’s the point–CNN IS becoming Fox News. After all, Fox News is the second most watched channel on cable television. Not the second most-watched news channel, but the second-most watched channel overall.
Once again, we see that it’s all about ratings and corporate ratings, so to hell with the news…
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