One thing is clear, times have changed from the early days of CNN. It was a nitty gritty cable adventure that like Star Trek, boldly went where no man had been. It was new, it was innovative, and it was wall to wall news. Ted Turner had created a channel like no other.

They also always seemed to have the right people in the right place. They were the first to show the air bombardment of Iraq. Wolf Blitzer commentating live from the safety of sitting under a table in a hotel room in the middle of the action in Baghdad. It was real and surreal in the same breath.

CNN was an edgy channel with only one thing on its mind, get the news, and get it quick. Sat Phones cobbled together with webcams and some software provided on the spot coverage from where it was needed. Sure the technology has changed, and what CNN did way back then seems irrelevant. But it is not, the point is that they did everything in their power to bring the news into our homes.

When you see something every day it becomes hard to spot changes.

I get up every day, make coffee and stick CNN on for an hour. But increasingly I am not seeing any news. The morning program seems more reminiscent of The Talk, a bunch of old hens whining about the color of their nail polish than news!

This is a bad trend, and it has been happening for several years. Apparently I am not the only person to notice this shift in focus. has a particularly scathing article concerning CNN and ratings.

The only ratings news CNN is getting lately is bad news. Last week, the cable news network had its lowest-rated weekday primetime in 20 years in terms of total viewers.

I find myself in a quandary, the idea of watching The Simpson family’s version of the news on FOX quite honestly turns my stomach.

Simon Barrett

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