Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Monday, April 1, 2013
Ex-CNN Reporter, Amber Lyon: I Received Orders to Manipulate News to Demonize Syria and Iran
PRAGUE, (SANA)- Ex-CNN reporter Amber Lyon revealed that during her work for the channel she received orders to send false news and exclude some others which the US administration did not favor with the aim to create a public opinion in favor of launching an aggression on Iran and Syria.
Lyon was quoted by the Slovak main news website as saying that the mainstream US media outlets intentionally work to create a propaganda against Iran to garner public opinion's support for a military invasion against it.
She revealed that the scenario used before launching the war on Iraq is being prepared to be repeated where Iran and Syria are now being subject to constant 'demonization'.
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Saturday, September 8, 2012
Why didn't CNN's international arm air its own documentary on Bahrain's Arab Spring repression?
A former CNN correspondent defies threats from her former employer to speak out about self-censorship at the network
guardian.co.uk, Tue 4 Sep 2012 20.01 BST
In late March 2011, as the Arab Spring was spreading, CNN sent a four-person crew to Bahrain to produce a one-hour documentary on the use of internet technologies and social media by democracy activists in the region. Featuring on-air investigative correspondent Amber Lyon, the CNN team had a very eventful eight-day stay in that small, US-backed kingdom.
By the time the CNN crew arrived, many of the sources who had agreed to speak to them were either in hiding or had disappeared. Regime opponents whom they interviewed suffered recriminations, as did ordinary citizens who worked with them as fixers. Leading human rights activist Nabeel Rajab was charged with crimes shortly after speaking to the CNN team. A doctor who gave the crew a tour of his village and arranged meetings with government opponents, Saeed Ayyad, had his house burned to the ground shortly after. Their local fixer was fired ten days after working with them.
The CNN crew itself was violently detained by regime agents in front of Rajab's house. As they described it after returning to the US, "20 heavily-armed men", whose faces were "covered with black ski masks", "jumped from military vehicles", and then "pointed machine guns at" the journalists, forcing them to the ground. The regime's security forces seized their cameras and deleted their photos and video footage, and then detained and interrogated them for the next six hours.
Friday, July 27, 2012
CNN President Jim Walton Resigns
By Edmund Lee on July 27, 2012
CNN President Jim Walton, who presided over the once-dominant cable-news business as it lost viewers to Fox News, will resign after almost a decade in the job, saying the network needs “new thinking.”
Phil Kent, chief executive officer of CNN parent Turner Broadcasting, will lead the search for a replacement, according to a statement from the company, which is owned by Time Warner Inc. (TWX) (TWX) Walton, who has spent his entire 30-year career at CNN, plans to step down at the end of the year.
“CNN needs new thinking,” Walton said in a memo to staff. “That starts with a new leader who brings a different perspective, different experiences and a new plan, one who will build on our great foundation and will commit to seeing it through.”
CNN is suffering through a ratings slump, with prime-time viewership dropping 8 percent to 627,000 on average this season through mid-May, compared with a year earlier, according to Nielsen. CNN now ranks far behind News Corp. (NWSA) (NWSA)’s Fox News, which drew an average prime-time viewership of 1.85 million in the same period.
Walton, 54, started at CNN in December 1981, one year after it was founded by billionaire Ted Turner. Walton helped build the nascent network into a dominant news organization, and CNN soon became a staple in many households. It was the only news company that broadcast live video feeds of the first Gulf War from inside Iraq.
In recent years, the network struggled to find a formula that connected with viewers. It also made a major gaffe last month, reporting incorrectly that the U.S. Supreme Court found a central piece of President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act to be unconstitutional.
Walton, a native of Bowie, Maryland, graduated from the University of Maryland and started his first job at CNN as a video producer.
“It’s the only place I’ve ever worked,” Walton said in a December interview. “I feel really lucky to have started my career with CNN.”
Shares of New York-based Time Warner, which acquired Turner Broadcasting in 1996, rose 1.5 percent to $38.92 at 1:15 p.m. in New York. The stock had climbed 6.1 percent this year through yesterday.
Friday, March 30, 2012
reported at businessinsider.com
CNN was down 50% in total viewers and down 60% in age 25-54 viewers (Total Day) for the month of March. The net loss was down 21% in Total Viewers and down 26% in age 25-54 viewers (Primetime) compared to March 2011.
The viewer exodus is not limited to CNN, FOX News lost viewers in the month of March and for the first quarter of 2012. For the month, Fox News is down 17%.
"Perhaps, if I may be so bold, this is what happens to you when you continue to report stories that no longer resemble -- even remotely -- what your own viewers see outside their windows and apartments."CNN has barely covered the rapidly growing Occupy and Tea Party protests around the country, and as the clip from Current TV's Cenk Uygur below points out, CNN gave zero prime-time coverage to the NDAA's indefinite detention provisions, arguably one of the most devastating rollbacks of Americans' civil rights ever.Perhaps viewers are sick and tired of the same half-assed recycled stories about Kim Kardashian, the same shiny Piers Morgan celebrity interviews, and perhaps a war weary public is also not so quick to slurp up CNN's incoherent Iran warmongering.