“Zucker plans massive change at CNN” 1


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By Mike Allen and Alex Weprin

After almost a year of tinkering, CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker has concluded that a news channel cannot subsist on news alone.

So he is planning much broader changes for the network—including a prime-time shakeup that’s likely to make CNN traditionalists cringe.

Once, CNN’s vanilla coverage was a point of pride. Now, the boss boasts about the ratings for his unscripted series, and documentaries like the Sea World-slamming film Blackfish.Zucker, in his first one-on-one interview since taking control of CNN last January, told Capital he wants news coverage “that is just not being so obvious.”

Instead, he wants more of “an attitude and a take”:

“We’re all regurgitating the same information. I want people to say, ‘You know what? That was interesting. I hadn’t thought of that,’” Zucker said. “The goal for the next six months, is that we need more shows and less newscasts.”

Zucker—“rhymes with hooker,” he likes to say—also expanded on comments he has made about breaking CNN out of a mindset created by historic rivalries with MSNBC and Fox. He wants the network to attract “viewers who are watching places like Discovery and History and Nat Geo and A&E.”

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ALASKA’S QUITTER GOVERNOR RETURNS TO FOX NEWS


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“Congressman Adam Smith Highlights Fox’s Partisan Obsession With The Benghazi Talking Points”


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Fox News “liberal DemocratDennis Kucinich could have (and should have) taken a lesson from Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA) today when he appeared on Fox News Sunday to discuss the Benghazi controversy before Kucinich did. Unlike Kucinich, Smith was able to both raise questions that still need to be answered about Benghazi and defend against the partisan witch hunt that Republicans have turned Benghazi into – with Fox News’ enthusiastic participation.

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Fox News’ “Sean Hannity gets schooled”


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MSNBC DOCUMENTARY – ‘BUSH LIED – TROOPS DIED’


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THIS JUST IN…RE: SARAH PALIN


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BREAKUP

Sources close to the network show Howard Kurtz the anemic new contract Fox offered to Sarah Palin—only a fraction of the million-dollar-a-year salary she had come to enjoy. It was then—after three years as a commentator—that she decided to call it quits. [DAILY BEAST]

“Sarah Palin and the End of an Era”


“The former Alaska governor’s split from Fox News highlights the fade of the Tea Party as well as her own diminishing role.” [National Journal]

NO MORE PALIN PLEASE

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“Journalist Destroys Fox News on Fox News”


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National Security Journalist Tom Ricks brought us Fox News’ shortest Benghazi segment ever, after he tore into them on TV for being a “wing of the Republican party.” He was promptly yanked off air…

This clip from the Majority Report, live M-F at 12 noon EST and via daily podcast at http://Majority.FM

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