• Pragerisms

    For a more comprehensive list of Pragerisms visit
    Dennis Prager Wisdom.

    • "The left is far more interested in gaining power than in creating wealth."
    • "Without wisdom, goodness is worthless."
    • "I prefer clarity to agreement."
    • "First tell the truth, then state your opinion."
    • "Being on the Left means never having to say you're sorry."
    • "If you don't fight evil, you fight gobal warming."
    • "There are things that are so dumb, you have to learn them."
  • Liberalism’s Seven Deadly Sins

    • Sexism
    • Intolerance
    • Xenophobia
    • Racism
    • Islamophobia
    • Bigotry
    • Homophobia

    A liberal need only accuse you of one of the above in order to end all discussion and excuse himself from further elucidation of his position.

  • Glenn’s Reading List for Die-Hard Pragerites

    • Bolton, John - Surrender is not an Option
    • Bruce, Tammy - The Thought Police; The New American Revolution; The Death of Right and Wrong
    • Charen, Mona - DoGooders:How Liberals Hurt Those They Claim to Help
    • Coulter, Ann - If Democrats Had Any Brains, They'd Be Republicans; Slander
    • Dalrymple, Theodore - In Praise of Prejudice; Our Culture, What's Left of It
    • Doyle, William - Inside the Oval Office
    • Elder, Larry - Stupid Black Men: How to Play the Race Card--and Lose
    • Frankl, Victor - Man's Search for Meaning
    • Flynn, Daniel - Intellectual Morons
    • Fund, John - Stealing Elections
    • Friedman, George - America's Secret War
    • Goldberg, Bernard - Bias; Arrogance
    • Goldberg, Jonah - Liberal Fascism
    • Herson, James - Tales from the Left Coast
    • Horowitz, David - Left Illusions; The Professors
    • Klein, Edward - The Truth about Hillary
    • Mnookin, Seth - Hard News: Twenty-one Brutal Months at The New York Times and How They Changed the American Media
    • Morris, Dick - Because He Could; Rewriting History
    • O'Beirne, Kate - Women Who Make the World Worse
    • Olson, Barbara - The Final Days: The Last, Desperate Abuses of Power by the Clinton White House
    • O'Neill, John - Unfit For Command
    • Piereson, James - Camelot and the Cultural Revolution: How the Assassination of John F. Kennedy Shattered American Liberalism
    • Prager, Dennis - Think A Second Time
    • Sharansky, Natan - The Case for Democracy
    • Stein, Ben - Can America Survive? The Rage of the Left, the Truth, and What to Do About It
    • Steyn, Mark - America Alone
    • Stephanopolous, George - All Too Human
    • Thomas, Clarence - My Grandfather's Son
    • Timmerman, Kenneth - Shadow Warriors
    • Williams, Juan - Enough: The Phony Leaders, Dead-End Movements, and Culture of Failure That Are Undermining Black America--and What We Can Do About It
    • Wright, Lawrence - The Looming Tower

CNN…America’s Enemy?!

CNN: We’re really trying to be less of a Democratic mouthpiece

JAZZ SHAW Aug 29, 2022 at HotAir:

Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP

When CNN dumped Brian Stelter, many wondered if that was a sign of things to come now that the network is under the direction of Warner Discovery and Chris Licht. There was more downsizing to come, but Stelter was one of the bigger names to get the ax, as well as being one of the most blatantly partisan liberal voices in their stable. They are reportedly trying to “inject more balance” into their programming while becoming “less radioactive to Republicans.” These recent announcements and projected change of course are the closest we’ve seen CNN come to admitting that they had evolved into a liberal cheerleading squad for Democrats, leading to a precipitous decline in their ratings. But as this report from the Associated Press admits, “how and whether that can be accomplished remains a mystery.” You can say that again.

The news network, now under the Warner Discovery corporate banner and led since spring by CNN Worldwide Chairman Chris Licht, is trying to inject more balance into its programming and become less radioactive to Republicans. How and whether that can be accomplished remains a mystery.

“CNN has to figure out what it wants to be,” said Carol Costello, a former anchor there and now a journalism instructor at Loyola Marymount University.

Former President Donald Trump portrayed CNN as an enemy, and a Pew Research Center study illustrated the impact that had with his followers. In 2014, Pew found that one-third of people who identify or lean Republican said they distrusted CNN as a source for political news. By 2019, that number had shot up to 58 percent — higher distrust than The New York Times, The Washington Post or MSNBC.

Former CNN anchor and journalism professor Carol Costello is quoted in the linked report. She admits that Donald Trump pretty much broke quite a bit of the mainstream media and during his presidency, “our reporting was kind of hysterical.” I’m sure many conservatives would agree, but whether you take the word to mean “tending toward hysterics” or simply “hilarious” remains in the eye of the beholder.

Other changes have been showing up without any sort of official announcement. Brianna Keilar, CNN’s morning anchor, used to regularly feature segments from Fox News which she would criticize for a variety of reasons. (Stelter used to show more footage of Fox News than Fox News did on some days.) But for many weeks now, Keillar’s air time has not included a single clip from Fox.

Part of Licht’s new plan involves tempting some Republicans to start coming back on the network. He wants his hosts to reach out and assure them that they are not just being invited to act as pincushions for liberal attacks. I generally have CNN on my television (with the sound muted) while I’m working in the morning and I’ve seen a few signs of progress on that front. CNN has welcomed Tim Scott and Dan Crenshaw recently, and neither of them seemed to require any bandages after their segments finished.

CNN sold itself for decades as the home of straightforward journalism. And in the beginning, they seemed to accomplish that. Most of their stories focused on the old-school principle of “who, what, where, when,” with a lot less emphasis on “why.” I’m not sure when that began to seriously change, but it was already happening before Trump came down that golden escalator. Trump’s presidency really drove everyone at CNN off the deep end, however.

CNN was never going to do well trying to act as a liberal counterweight to Fox. MSNBC was already filling that role and they’ve never taken their foot off the gas. Meanwhile, Fox swept the cable news ratings once again in July and Tucker Carlson is the most watched cable news host in the country. His audience is more than double the size of CNN’s Anderson Cooper and MSNBC’s Chris Hayes combined.

So can CNN pull off this sort of devolution back toward being a “hard news” outlet and not a liberal opinion factory? It would be a pleasant change, and it would probably allow more Republicans to have their views heard by people who are not part of the locked-in Fox News viewership.

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