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CNN Reimagined

AKIE BERMISS: I’ve recently adopted a new coping mechanism for all the terrible news programs out there.  I now categorized my news sources in three basic groups.  There is the “What Is Happening” category – which is purely informative.  No…

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Keith Olbermann’s Suspension

ALLISON REILLY: With Olbermann returning to the Countdown on Tuesday, what was the point of his suspension? He was gone for two whole episodes, hardly anytime for any sort of “moral of the story.” Quite frankly, Olbermann’s suspension was just a slap on the wrist to exercise the facade of punishment, but not exercise any rule enforcement in particular.

JEREMY FUGLEBERG: MSNBC suspended Keith Olbermann last week, and frankly, he deserved it. To put it simply, he broke the rules. The host/anchor of his own show on the increasingly Left-ish cable channel donated some money to a number of Democrat candidates, some who appeared on his show in close proximity to his donations. Campaign donations are basically banned by NBC News, with which MSNBC is affiliated. Continue reading

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Conan to TBS

AKIE BERMISS: For me, Television fell down the day NBC let Conan O’Brien leave and gave the Tonight Show back to Jay Leno. Television is about suspending belief. In these days, when it is no longer the main thoroughfare for entertainment and information, we are really suspending belief. There’s no real compulsion to gather ’round the tv these days. We’ve got blackberries, iphones, laptops, and: cable. Television is coming up on its emeritus days. And very few things are as synonymous with television as the Tonight Show. And to me, when the Tonight Show fell down — television fell down.

ZOË RICE: With Conan O’Brien’s move to TBS, the scales may be officially tipped. As far as relevance goes, network and cable late night programming had reached something of a balance: The Tonight Show and The Late Show dominated the network market, and The Daily Show and The Colbert Report owned the basic cable share. When everyone assumed Conan would go to Fox, a new wrench was expected to disrupt the network two-party system–how fun it would be to watch Conan battle it out with Jay and Dave within the old establishment. But now, with Conan jumping ship to basic cable, the battle he enters is much broader in scope. Instead of O’Brien vs. Leno vs. Letterman, it’s going to be senior citizen network television vs. young twenty-something cable. The very nature of relevant late-night programming may shift away from the struggling networks, extinguishing one of their last holds on wit and edge. In a couple years, network late night might simply be obsolete. Continue reading

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