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MAY 2, 2012 2:44PM

Friendly Advice to CNN -- Change Everything

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Cenk Uygur

CNN just had their lowest ratings in a decade. They are in disastrous shape. When I was on MSNBC, we would beat them with a stick. Even after "pro-CNN" stories like revolutions in Egypt and Libya, Japanese nuclear meltdowns and the killing of Osama bin Laden (CNN does much better when major news or international stories break out), we still beat them. Now they're doing so poorly I might even catch them on Current.

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The movie Network has now officially become a documentary. Ted Turner is rolling over in his grave -- and he's not even dead yet. At least he got out while the gettin' was good.

Wolf Blitzer, journalist-in-Chief at CNN, reminds me of the title of that old Disney movie "Never Cry Wolf". The problem isn't Wolf falsely crying wolf, it's that he won't even yell out a warning when the wolf has grandma by the throat. The character Big Bad Wolf is currently being played by Paul Ryan.

Even hallowed Uncle Walter at CBS eventually got anti-war religion back in the Sixties, when it became blatantly obvious Americans had been lied to from the get-go about the Vietnam War, from the Gulf of Tonkin to the gaping gulf of credibility over body counts. And in the long run, Cronkite retained his reputation and his self-respect.

But CNN seems to think false equivalency can be passed off as objectivity -- it can't for those with even a modicum of critical thinking skills. As a consequence, CNN is no more reliable at ascertaining or delivering the truth than is Fux News. At least Fux doesn't make any real pretense of being "fair and balanced" beyond it's slapstick slogan.

In it's foolish attempt to pass itself of as the "neutral" source of news, CNN has committed suicide. That approach may work under normal circumstances, but these are NOT normal times. These are once again the times that try men's souls; these are not the times to feign objectivity. We really do stand at a crossroads in this country; these are times to take sides