Joe Klein is pond scum and that’s unfair to pond scum, so it really says something when even he is disgusted by the mess that CNN has become.
Time magazine columnist Joe Klein called CNN “an embarrassment to our profession,” surprising a New York City audience on Sunday by declaring Fox News “the only option” for straight news at 6 p.m.
“It is such an embarrassment to our profession that CNN has gone in the toilet the way it has,” he continued. “You know, I miss being able to turn on a straight newscast. And it turns out, the only place you can go to get one, at 6 o’clock at night, is Fox.”
“The other option is to go to MSBNC and see the Reverend Al Sharpton, who I still consider to be a major criminal,” Klein quipped, prompting audience applause. “I mean, the guy can have a job on network TV, on an NBC cable network, and he still hasn’t apologized for Tawana Brawley? Gimme a break.”
CNN is going down the infotainment tubes. It will no doubt improve their ratings while destroying them as a news network. MSNBC is Air America without the future. The only hope for it is that a Republican becomes president or it’s doomed. But its journalism is doomed anyway. It’s not a news network. Like Salon or Slate, it specializes in the racial outrage of the week. So does much of the rest of the media.
FOX News stands out by doing something as conservative as actually reporting the news, instead of screaming about racism or dedicating every second to the overhyped story of the week.