Ed Driscoll

CNN: "The Most Walled Off Name In News"



Well, now we know what Wolf Blitzer’s holograms last fall portended; Duane Patterson, Hugh Hewitt’s “Generalissimo” writes that the network that kept the real news from Baghdad to themselves is further becoming “The Most Walled Off Name In News.”

Pace Declan MacManus, evidently radio is not a sound salvation for CNN:

There was a report in Media Bistro this morning about CNN president Jon Klein making the decision to not allow their guest bookers to have radio talk show hosts on their network anymore, claiming that all radio talkers are just “noise”, and their comments too predictable.

For a network that lauds “non-noise” mouthpieces like Paul Begala, Rick Sanchez & Jack Cafferty, it really is amazing to see to what lengths mainstream media will go to in order to shield themselves from the reactions of ordinary Americans.

You would think CNN’s purpose was to sell advertising at the highest rate possible, which is done by attracting the most eyeballs. Talk radio audiences like Hugh’s, and the ones that listen to my pals Medved, Gallagher and Prager, are growing in larger numbers precisely because radio is that conduit between the average American and the elites in politics and MSM.  When one of the radio talkers goes on TV, their audience, who might or might not otherwise tune into CNN, is much more likely to watch and see how the segment goes.  CNN apparently can’t have any of that.

Isn’t it a little too coincidental that at exactly the moment when all of Nancy Pelosi’s un-Americans are showing up to health care town halls and voicing their opposition to Obamacare, CNN makes an internal decision to wall off the media platform that best represents the government-run health care dissention?

Now that CNN is in their ivory tower and has the moat dredged and stocked with alligators, it makes you wonder what’s next. Full FBI background checks on any conservative pundit before they get airtime? Fingerprint scanners on the TV screen to screen any potential CNN viewers?

Presumably, at least one talker who made his bones in radio’s prehistoric days will still be allowed to appear on CNN from time to time.