Biggest Failure in TV History Refuses to be “Shamed” into Covering Benghazi

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Why waste time covering Benghazi when you can discuss whether a missing plane flew into a black hole? It’s not just a joke. It’s also the news network you sometimes watch if you’re in an airport.

CNN President Jeff Zucker said Monday that he didn’t know whether his network will cover the Republican-led hearings on the 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, arguing that CNN will not be “shamed” into reporting on something if it has no news value.

“We’re not going to be shamed into it by others who have political beliefs that want to try to have temper tantrums to shame other news organizations into covering something,” he said in an interview with the New York Times at the Deadline Club’s annual awards dinner in New York City, Mediaite reported.

“If it’s of real news value, we’ll cover it,” he added.

Other things of real news value on CNN include the possibility that a missing plane flew into a black hole.

CNN host Don Lemon raised the possibility Wednesday night that the missing Malaysia Airlines flight was swallowed by a black hole

If CNN ever reports on Benghazi, it will be to discuss whether Ambassador Stevens vanished into a black hole.

But it’s no surprise that Jeff Zucker can’t be shamed. The man has no shame. I’m surprised that he even knows the word.

CNN’s widely and deservedly mocked coverage of the missing Malaysian jet is a-ok with the network’s boss mostly because a ton of people watched it. “I’m incredibly comfortable with it,” Jeff Zucker said in an interview yesterday, as reported by Capital New York.

Other things that Jeff Zucker is incredibly comfortable with include… covering major breaking Justin Bieber stories.

“I’m incredibly comfortable with the way CNN covered the Justin Bieber story,” Zucker told the audience.

Also Jeff Zucker is comfortable getting fired for his incompetence…

“We had both gotten to the same place,” Mr. Zucker said. “He made it clear that they wanted to move on at the close of the deal, and I was completely comfortable with that.”

Zucker was incredibly comfortable with Keith Olbermann…

“A lot of the basis of your question really emanates from the tremendous emergence of Keith Olbermann‘s program at 8 o’clock. I think I’m incredibly comfortable with that program.”

And then Olbermann had to be forced out. Much like Jeff Zucker.

So what did Jeff Zucker do before becoming the President of CNN and becoming an expert on all things journalistic?

He produced Katie Couric’s failed talk show. Katie. Couric probably didn’t find the time to discuss Benghazi in between the cooking segments.

And before that Jeff Zucker was the biggest failure in television history who destroyed NBC.

President and CEO since 2007, Zucker oversaw a whopping decline in viewership during his tenure — with prime-time programming losing to not only ABC (DIS), CBS (CBS), and Fox (NWS), but reruns on basic cable. He led NBC Universal’s precipitous 28% fall in profitability between 2008 and 2009 and effectively destroyed the Tonight Show brand. In an op-ed by Maureen Dowd, an unnamed executive from another network referred to Zucker as “a case study in the most destructive media executive ever to exist.”

There is no doubt that Zucker’s legacy in Hollywood will be as one of the most disliked executives ever to head a Big Media company. His rival moguls laughed at his humiliations. The agents and managers and lawyers treated him like a buffoon. Even his own NBC show 30 Rock and anointed late night comic Jay Leno made jokes at his expense every chance they got. And each time he made an error in judgment, which seemed like all the time, he never paid a price for his mistakes, which made ”Zucked” and “Zuckered” part of the media lexicon.

You can guess what happened when Jeff Zucker was fired from NBC and then ended up becoming President of CNN.

Since Jeff Zucker was named president of CNN Worldwide, the cable network has been plagued with some of its lowest ratings ever. Yet, staffers who heard Zucker talk about the channel and his tenure at a company-wide town hall meeting last Wednesday said he made it seem like he had already piloted the cable channel to greatness.

That’s Jeff Zucker, consistently in last place.  And now the last place news network run by a human black hole is announcing that it won’t cover Benghazi.

More viewers for FOX and MSNBC then. More failure for Jeff Zucker. Maybe he and Katie Couric can get together after all this is over and launch another talk show.

  • Texas Patriot

    What Jeff Zucker seems to be saying is that he will not be “shamed” into covering something that will not attract large television audiences, no matter how important it is. Okay, fine. He wants to keep his job, so he shovels out whatever the audience wants. No problem. However, to suggest that coverage of Justin Beiber (fascinating, no doubt) or something like the New “Bermuda Triangle Theory” of the Malaysian Jet Disappearance (to be sure, utterly mysterious and compelling) is more important than Congressional Hearings on why no military assistance was given to a United States Embassy under a sustained military attack in a lawless foreign country may say something very strange about this moment in history. Have we become as addicted to junk television as much as we have become addicted to junk food?

    • Daniel Greenfield

      Zucker specializes in junk TV. His plans for CNN include reality shows.

      • Texas Patriot

        I’m less concerned with guys like Jeff Zucker than I am with audiences that would choose junk television over serious issues. There was a time when an attack on a United States embassy was considered an act of war. Is that no longer the case? Should we continue to maintain embassies in regions where there is no government to protect and defend them? Just how lawless has the world become, and just how much risk are we asking our diplomats to assume? If our embassies are attacked and there is no government to defend them, do we have the right to seize the territory and set up our own government? Overall, I think we are rapidly approaching a level of lawlessness and disorder that the world has not seen for more than a hundred years. The question is, how should we deal with it? Personally, I think the Benghazi hearings will be fascinating and of vital importance to the future of American foreign policy in a rapidly-changing and very volatile and dangerous world.

        • Daniel Greenfield

          CNN is in last place, so it’s not exactly winning. But junk will probably increase its ratings.

          Americans would be angry if they understood what was happening. It’s the understanding that’s key.

          What you said is not allowed to leak through into mainstream dialogue.

          Obama Inc and the media approaches stories like these in two phases

          1. Fake concern

          2. Bury it as old news

  • liz

    I wouldn’t want Zucker covering Benghazi anyway – it would just be more bias, cover-up and propaganda. Because he’s incredibly comfortable with that.

    • john

      He his more than comfortable with it.he thrives on it!

    • truebearing

      I’m not sure what “incredibly comfortable” even feels like. I’ve been comfortable, even very comortable, but incredibly comfortable? That may require the aid of strong narcotics, or perhaps a capacity for delusion that leaves no room for doubt or questioning of one’s own performance.

      But wait…suddenly I am experiencing a new level of comfort. I feel incredibly comfortable saying that Jeff Zucker is an abject idiot, only surpassed in that category by those who keep hiring him. Kind of like the Republican Party hiring the same loser political consultants, election after election.

      • liz

        Yeah, too bad they are so shamelessly comfortable with that.

  • DogmaelJones1

    Did it ever occur to Zucker that if a “black hole” swallowed the Malaysian flight, it would have also swallowed the earth? I guess not. At least, that’s the theory. And then there would’ve been no Jeff Zucker to discuss black holes. Maybe he can audition for become “Jeff, the Science Guy,” or become a Muppet character on Sesame Street.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      Zucker is a black hole and he only swallows the places he works, so the logic holds up to him

      • DogmaelJones1

        The theory is that a black hole the size of a baseball would destroy the earth. The demonstrable fact is that a black hole the size of Zucker’s brain would destroy whatever topic he’d choose to discuss with his satellites of like-minded cretins.

        • liz

          The brain of every leftist seems to be a black hole that sucks up all common sense and self-evident truth around them.

  • SoCalMike

    “We’re not going to be shamed into it by others who have political beliefs that want to try to have temper tantrums to shame other news organizations into covering something,” he said in an interview with the New York Times

    Behold the words of a religious zealot and cultist (one who worships the government as god) posing and passing himself off as a thinking man responsible for journalism when he’s barely if even qualified to flip burgers.
    Jeff Zucker should change the Z in his family name to an S.
    Far more appropriate description and appellation.

  • TheOrdinaryMan

    Don’t you know, Daniel, that Ambassador Stevens was swallowed by a black hole, and died of smoke inhalation while in the hole? But the reason that Malaysian flight 370 hasn’t been found(by our most advanced technology), is that it’s not on the bottom of the ocean. I’ll wager that Flight 370 isn’t broken-up on the ocean floor, but sitting comfortably, in one piece, on a runway or in a hangar, somewhere in Pakistan or Afghanistan. The continued “search” for this plane, in the Indian Ocean, is designed to distract the public. When the missing plane is used to fly into another American skyscraper, CNN is hoping that the shock value will resuscitate their downward spiraling newscasts. However, such an event will have the opposite effect, and Zucker will be fired, yet again.
    Conspiracy theory, you say? Maybe. But as you’ve shown, Jeff Zucker at CNN doesn’t have anything better.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      Ah that explains it all

  • Veracious_one

    Zucker has no problem with slandering and bashing Republicans, the Taxed Enough Already party, the military, charter schools, or people trying to sound the alarm of rising Islamic supremacism and intolerance.

  • The March Hare

    CNN should be sucked into a black hole.

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      CNN is a black hole – of money and viewers.

      They go in – never to be seen again.

  • Ban Liberals

    Because the Communist News Network will be too busy covering Broom Hillary’s latest pants suit.

  • montlasky

    Jeff, when are you going to change your name? Substitute an F for a zee and you should be really comfortable with that!

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      LOL!

      Sucker fails at NBC, gets booted, and ends up at CNN.

      What can possibly go wrong?

  • anti sharia

    CNN is a joke. I think it’s highest rated program is Anthony Bourdain, hardly serious news coverage. The truth will get out, the Democrats just hope it doesn’t get out until after the election.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      Yup, it’s now Bourdain. Another Zucker achievement

      • darnellecheri

        They don’t make doorways wide enough or tall enough for Bourdain’s ego to walk through.

        • Daniel Greenfield

          true, true

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      Give people what they want and they’ll come running.

      Give ‘em what they don’t want and they stay away in droves.

  • Americana

    Obviously, CNN executives don’t believe the Malaysian plane flew into a black hole!! DOH. But acknowledging there are Americans who are suggesting a black hole could be responsible is part of the coverage of the event. The Malaysian plane vanishing will continue to remain a news story of some value until we know whether it was a terrorist-related event or not. You can’t posit that terrorist events are compelling one moment and then claim they’re not important the next time something happens.

    I’d like CNN to cover the Benghazi hearings if suddenly everyone in the hearing room sharpens up their questions and asks questions like: Why is it we are following Sec. of Defense Donald Rumsfeld’s doctrine of Rapid Response w/limited number of SEAL troops from distant air bases for emergencies such as the attack on the Benghazi diplomatic compound and the CIA safe house? Allowing the American diplomatic community to believe this is tactically feasible and that Rapid Response will always save their bacon in such a time-critical emergency is nonsensical. Considering Ambassador Stevens and Information Officer Sean Smith were dead within the first couple of hours of the attack on the Benghazi diplomatic compound, it wouldn’t have mattered if they’d sent in the nearest Rapid Response Team, those two men would still be dead.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      Thanks Media Matters troll.

      So what about CNN covering the people who think the airplane was eaten by Godzilla?

      That would be responsible coverage too

      • trickyblain

        Don’t you think it’s newsworthy that 40 percent of Americans think that aliens abducted flight 370? I do. Sad, but newsworthy.

      • SCREW SOCIALISM

        There was no MH370.

        It was CGI, no windows, bomb pods under wings, remote controlled, alive pilots and passengers in Mecca…

    • truebearing

      Blah, blah, blah.

      We wouldn’t have needed a Rapid Response team if Hillary hadn’t sent Stevens to a facility that wasn’t up to embassy security standards, or had provided American military security instead of Muslims sympathetic to Al Queda, or if she had listened to Steven’s repeated, desperate attempts at getting more security, or if Obama and Hillary weren’t engaged in gun running to Al Queda.

      Or if Obama and Hillary hadn’t cooked up a scheme to trade a supposedly kidnapped ambassador for the blind sheik.

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      Susan Rice represented the Obama administrations belief that the attack on Benghazi was due to the awful Youtube Mohammed video.

      The CNN honchos and Susan Rice were both wrong.

  • Americana

    There will be continuing fallout from the Rapid Response Deployment posture of the U.S. based on the strategic realignment of American forces world wide that was enacted during Sec. of Defense Donald Rumsfeld’s tenure. The risks of this reliance on Rapid Response relief forces are particularly great for American diplomats and American military personnel in the Middle East. Either we acknowledge just how risky this Rapid Response deployment posture is for those facilities and bases staffed by limited numbers of Americans who are effectively on their own if they’re attacked or we don’t. Those Americans, whether diplomatic corps or military, who’ve been stationed in tumultuous areas w/no significant American reinforcements within reasonable range of their locations are at risk even now, even after all this brouhaha over the deaths in Benghazi. Either we cease pretending we don’t know we’re putting fellow Americans at risk under this Rumsfeld doctrine or we cease these endless hearings that never seem to get at the real issue —– that we DON’T have RELIEF FORCES STATIONED CLOSE ENOUGH FOR THE RESCUE those Americans might be requesting. Yes, we’re saving money but obviously we aren’t always saving lives by means of this doctrine. Saving money —- particularly saving the $300 million increase the Republicans didn’t approve for the State Department’s budget for additional security personnel the year prior to Benghazi —– is being penny-wise and pound-foolish.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      Rumsfeld was responsible for the refusal of the State Department to use military forces to protect their facility… or to request military help?

      That’s Hillary Clinton.

  • Demo P. Seal; PouponMarks

    That’s right, Don, a black hole, like the one in the center-left of your backside.

  • Aurelius

    Anything that would shed light on who the Left is and what they are up to is not newsworthy at CNN. They are simply protecting their own and no longer even pretend to be an objective news service with objective journalists and reporters. They are the propaganda wing of the Obama administration.

  • NYrByChoice

    You guys need to chill out in demonizing all media except Fox news…otherwise you are just as guilty of being a cult.

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      “You guys need to chill out in demonizing all media except Fox news.”

      It’s like Socialists demonizing all countries – except Islamic ones.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      If anyone who ridicules Jeff Zucker is a cult member, then everyone is in the cult

    • liz

      Pointing out the obvious facts about someone is not “demonizing” them.
      But of course facts are off limits at leftist propaganda mills like CNN.

  • Hard Little Machine

    You know MSNBC hasn’t made a peep about the VA yet…..

  • SCREW SOCIALISM

    CNN gives views MERS as a thank you for watching.

    When Zucker gets kicked out from CNN, he can go to NPR and do his magic there.

  • Flowerknife_us

    Zucker would seem to have a Black Hole in his shoe. Caused by all his travels. After.the sock wore away a large callus formed. Impervious to the sharpest of points that would otherwise cause one to seek a new pair.

  • NYrByChoice

    So you refuse to put out the fire because the guy next to you is throwing gasoline?