CNN Practices Tabloid Journalism – Eschews International News

Posted on September 26, 2010


Bobbie Battista, former news anchor for CNN, now at ONN News also known as the onion. explains what has happened to that for which CNN became known around the globe – the best and most comprehensive coverage of world news:

How often do you see Christiane Amanpour’s reporting on CNN anymore? Very selectively. Her reports and those of others around the globe used to be daily fare. And CNN has closed a number of bureaus overseas as well. The thinking is that people aren’t interested in international news. I think that’s wrong, especially as the world continues to grow smaller and more inter-connected. [March, 2009 from theledeblogs at the NY Times]

Sadly, in March, 2010,Christiane Amanpour  left CNN for ABC where she is now anchoring the Sunday morning program, This Week.  Amanpour had been with CNN 27 years.

Over this past and last weekend in September, the CNN focus was on the priest who had sexually abused deaf students at a well-known school for the deaf near Chicago, and the head of a black congregation in Atlanta.  News updates and analysis filled hour after  hour. It is important for these stories to be aired.  But it is also important for us to know what is going on in the world at large that will impact our lives.  With the focus on one sensational domestic issue, it began to feel like TMZ instead of CNN.  It all comes down to this: CNN is now practicing tabloid journalism.