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Thursday, November 24, 2005

CNN defaces Cheney video

We're not meant to be posting until the new site is up - but here's a quickie I couldn't resist.

CNN broadcast a video of Cheney giving a speech - and placed a slowly flashing "X" over his head while displaying the headline "CHENEY: I DO NOT BELIEVE IT IS WRONG TO CRITICISE" under the video image. A representative of a PR/marketing firm called Team Hollywood Inc called CNN Headline News and was told the 'X' was a statement of 'free speech' by CNN, and that "Bush and Cheney should stop lying". Audio and more details here.

UPDATE: Here's the screen capture courtesy of Drudge:

Posted by Antarctic Lemur | 11/24/2005 11:38:00 am


Blogger Murray said...

Is CNN a news organisation or a plotical organisation.

11/24/2005 12:12:00 pm  
Blogger Adolf Fiinkensein said...

It certainly is a 'plotical' organisation Murray. No wonder so many Americans call it Communist News Network.

11/24/2005 01:07:00 pm  
Blogger Ackers1 said...

Probably also why Cheney is the most popular politician in America right now as well.

11/24/2005 01:16:00 pm  
Blogger Berend de Boer said...

Blame the computer...

11/24/2005 01:45:00 pm  
Blogger Murray said...

At some stage the BBC is going to have to explain why it should continue to be funded by the British people.

And we're all going to have to redefine the word "news".

11/24/2005 06:02:00 pm  
Blogger reid said...

Do you guys really think that CNN/BBC/Al-Jazeera/PBS are any different from e.g. Fox in terms of failing to report objectively?

Is it not obvious that the 6 big media companies: News Corp, Time Warner, Vivendi, 3 others I can't recall; have abrogated their responsiblities of a free press in a democracy in favour of craven kowtowing to politicians for access and corporates for advertising? It's bleeding obvious I would have thought and it's across the spectrum - left and right don't come into it. Musn't offend our advertiser/political support, must we?

It's obvious that the same sides play the game - sometimes one is a good cop, other times they're the bad. It's the same game, with the same players.

I don't defend what that graphics guy on CNN but I don't care about it either because it doesn't make a difference. If I was a real news organisation I'd be running stories into Cheney's connections and business background, but how much analysis of that have we seen?

You might want to look at the shallow mindless pap we get here on all channels and media and ask yourself if that's just accidental and if not, why it happens.

11/24/2005 06:58:00 pm  
Blogger reid said...

Further to previous coincidentally tonight there's a post on xymphora about the "deplorable coverage" in the NYT in respect of Iraq.

11/24/2005 08:50:00 pm  
Blogger Matt said...


The Economist is left-wing, and now CNN is the Communist News Network.

You don't trust the media because of highlighted indiscretions, this is clear.

I guess what I'm asking is: Do you only hold stethoscopes to your navels, or are there other blogs you believe?

The CNN Cheney-as-weapon-X footage is extremely minor, two appearances of the symbol, only a fraction of each. Not even brief enough to classify as subliminal.

As a general rule, it's better to assume cock-up over conspiracy.

11/24/2005 09:24:00 pm  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

Grow a sense of humour Matt.

And while you're at it, try and understand why a supposedly professional news agency shouldn't be playing stupid little games with its live TV broadcasts like the one documented here.

And the Economist is indeed centre-left. Which US presidential candidate did they support Matt.

11/24/2005 10:15:00 pm  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

Jeez. Talk about missing the clue boat.

11/24/2005 10:28:00 pm  
Blogger Colonel Tux said...

The economist is leftwing is like trying to tell me that the Southland Times is an academic journal.

Since when is preaching the benefits of freetrade left wing.

11/24/2005 11:46:00 pm  
Blogger Ackers1 said...

You poor bastards. If you see the Economist as left wing you must have precious little left to read to support your world view.

11/25/2005 07:02:00 am  
Blogger dim said...

'And the Economist is indeed centre-left.'

The Haldol don't seem to be working anymore. Ask your care provider for Fluanxol or Modecate.

11/25/2005 07:38:00 am  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

Gentlemen gentlemen. If you don't think the Economist is centre-left, or at most centrist, on foreign policy issues then you haven't read enough issues of it.

Here is the Economist's advice for US voters during the last presidential elections.


They in fact describe themselves as 'extreme centrist'.

11/25/2005 11:23:00 am  
Blogger Rob O'Neill said...


"The "X" flashed twice, on the air for a total of one-seventh of a second, CNN said Wednesday.

The incident caused a brief sensation on the Web among people suspicious that it was a political commentary. But CNN said some of its machinery had a "momentary glitch" and no human operator was involved.

The "X" is something used by a computer to mark a space where one visual element is to segue into another, and is normally not seen by a viewer. The network likened its appearance to a computer that inexplicably freezes.

"We obviously regret that it happened and are working on the equipment to ensure it is not repeated," the network said in a statement.

11/25/2005 12:02:00 pm  

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