Sep
24
2010

Meet the New Boss–Glenn Beck's Old Boss

CNN president JonKlein is out–replaced byKen Jautz, who was theboss at Headline News. He is, among other things, the guy who brought Glenn Beck to television: CNN's Headline News has hired radio talkshow host Glenn Beck to host a one-hour primetime show, according to a Daily Variety report (1/17/06). Variety quotes CNN Headline News president Ken Jautz's description of Beck: "Glenn's style is self-deprecating, cordial; he says he'd like to be able to disagree with guests and part as friends. It's conversational, not confrontational." As Klein leaves,I can't help but rememberthat back in 2005 he explained to Charlie Rosethat there […]

Aug
12
2009

Dobbs Still Resisting 'Nonpartisan Objective Reality'

Since "on his Wednesday radio show, [Lou] Dobbs as much as announced that CNN president Jon Klein" is forcing him into "focusing on a nonpartisan objective reality that it is our job to cover"–with Dobbs "admitting, 'I resisted this idea initially'"–author and journalist Leslie Savan (TheNation.com, 8/12/09) has noticed some "kind of French" behavior from the usually "government-out-of-my-face bloviator," in the form of "a month-long, nation-a-night series to 'learn from other countries' healthcare plans'": But as Lou has proved again and again, he can't help but resist. On radio the very next day, he slammed Obama for compiling "an enemies' […]

Aug
05
2009

Dobbs OK Because Not 'Actually Questioning the Facts'

Reporting for Associated Press (7/3/09), David Bauder has an update on CNN's insistence on "standing behind" Lou Dobbs, who has "become a publicity nightmare for CNN, embarrassed his boss and…on top of all that, his ratings are slipping." Bauder asks outright: "How does Lou Dobbs keep his job" while plugging the conspiracy theory that Barack Obama "wasn't born in the United States despite convincing evidence to the contrary"? Dobbs' work has been so unpopular that even Ann Coulter has criticized him. Dobbs has acknowledged that he believes Obama was born in Hawaii. But he gives airtime to disbelievers, and has […]