September 15, 2003

The Top 10 Ways Fox News Intimidated CNN

CNN's war correspondent, Christiane Amanpour, says CNN "was intimidated" by the Bush administration and Fox News, which caused "a climate of fear and self-censorship."

The Top 10 Ways Fox News Intimidated CNN:

10. Sent Greta Van Susteren to use a little muscle on Aaron Brown.
9. Fox and Friends urged viewers to egg Paula Zahn's house.
8. Neil Cavuto challenged Lou Dobbs to a Financial News Death Match.
7. Sean Hannity snapped Larry King's suspenders and raised a welt.
6. Brit Hume shaved off Wolf Blitzer's beard and held it hostage.
5. Fox anchors kept referring to CNN as the "Commie News Network."
4. Laurie Dhue's makeup tips caused Christiane Amanpour's skin to break out.
3. Geraldo Rivera threatened to nuke CNN's ratings "back to MSNBC country."
2. Painted Fox News helicopters black and had them hover over CNN headquarters.
1. Bill O'Reilly's mean smirks sent shivers of fear throughout CNN.

Posted by Randal R. at September 15, 2003 05:04 PM | TrackBack

Hhahaha!! Silly CNN.

Posted by: Chris at September 15, 2003 10:34 PM

You should see the gigantic "We're Number One" billboards that Fox News has rented literally outside the front door of CNN Center here in Atlanta. Talk about rubbing it in...

Posted by: Will Collier at September 16, 2003 06:17 AM

11. Tony Snow smiled and turned the other cheek, triggering yet another paranoic meltdown from Christiyawn.

Posted by: Tongue Boy at September 16, 2003 08:54 AM

This had to be the best part of the article

Fox News spokeswoman Irena Briganti said of Amanpour's comments: "Given the choice, it's better to be viewed as a foot soldier for Bush than a spokeswoman for al-Qaeda."

Posted by: Rob W. at September 16, 2003 11:31 AM

"it's better to be viewed as a foot soldier for Bush than a spokeswoman for al-Qaeda."

HArd to argue with that. Lets face it, in a war where negative coverage was a critical element of the opposition's war plans, there was no way to be neutral. Reporters and editors had to choose sides, whether they realized it or not. I guess we know which side Christiane chose.

Posted by: R.C. Dean at September 16, 2003 05:22 PM

nonono its uh faux news, cause, like uh, they are, uh nazis... yeah, oh wait, the liberals hate jews now, well crap

Posted by: Dustin at September 16, 2003 05:29 PM

Will! Got any photos of those? That'd be awesome, especially in light of this interview.

Posted by: elgato at September 16, 2003 08:11 PM

Let's give Fox News spokeswoman Irena Briganti her own news hour!

Posted by: mike at September 16, 2003 09:11 PM

This is beautiful!

Posted by: Cam at September 16, 2003 10:05 PM

R C Dean,

Amanpour has been a longtime supporter of terrorists.

Posted by: Jonny at September 17, 2003 01:16 PM

I thought the number one reason was that Fox reporters embedded with the Army and Marines got more respect than the CNN embeds with the Fedayeen Saddam and the Republican Guard.

Posted by: Frank Burkett at September 17, 2003 03:56 PM

Any reporter who's "intimidated" by another network really ought to find another line of work. No wonder CNN kept rolling over for terrorists and dictators. I used to wonder whether CNN stood for "Communist News Network" or "Cowardly News Network". Thanks to Christine, I understand that it depends on the reporter making up... I mean reporting the story.

Posted by: CavalierX at September 17, 2003 04:54 PM

Responding to Dustin, I don't see where he got that anti-Jew idea.

On the intimidation thing, when a person has people out there calling him or her unpatriotic who have followings that include people who give death threats to those "unpatriotic" people, I'd say that could be pretty intimidating.

Posted by: Jones1 at September 20, 2003 04:23 PM

I'm not defending or accusing CNN for their coverage, same for FOX, but the non-coverage comments that have been made are not appropriate for news stations. Many commentators on FOX news have repeatedly used broad generalizations about groups such as calling them "liars" and "unpatriotic", implying that all members of those groups fall into those categories. If they mean by "unpatriotic" that these people aren't just accepting and going along with whatever the people in power say, no matter what they say, then yes, they are "unpatriotic". If on the other hand, they mean by "unpatriotic" that these people want our system of government overthrown or even just changed, they would find few examples, much less all of them, fitting that description.

Since few (I would hope) would hold that first view of patriotism, which is what allows tyrranies such as Hitler's to go unchallenged internally, is a good thing, then if they are using that deffinition and calling them "unpatriotic" they are giving them a compliment. If they use the second deffinition, they are just wrong.

On the issue of lying, a lie is when someone says something that they don't believe to be true. From my experience, most of the people in most if not all of the groups mentioned believe what they are saying. Therefore, they may be incorrect, but they are not lying. If those making these accusations would look for and at the reasons why the people they are accusing believe what they do instead of assuming there are none, they might truly be able to give a "fair and balanced" account.

Posted by: Jones1 at September 20, 2003 05:02 PM

I needed to tip my hat to you Randal for this:

"Making the world safe for Democracy, Whiskey, and Sexy "

We are the Simpson's generation.

Posted by: Matt at September 21, 2003 06:57 AM

The billboard war here in Atlanta is funny. Fox News has 2 and CNN responded with 1 of their own.
The latest Fox ad says "Come Home Connie. CNN Needs You. Brought to you by your friends at Fox News." I saw it last night as I went to Philips Arena.
I read that CNN has one outside Fox News HQ in Manhattan.

Posted by: Matthew H. at October 19, 2003 01:17 PM

Fox News is the single largest conservative conglomerate on television today. Bill O'Reilly, Sean Hannity, Brit Hume, and the others lie out their asses continuously in order to make their opinions sound stronger. Their whole strategy of calling the dissenters "anti-American" is, pathetically, very effective since most Americans refuse to do any independent thinking. The public relies on the media to do its thinking for it. Unfortunately, the thinkers at Fox News are the kind that I wouldn't trust with a toaster.

Posted by: matt at October 24, 2003 11:33 AM

Well well well " matt" sounds like someone is jealous that there is now a network that is worthy of watching and is balanced. On CNN you get one side of the story ,the Liberal-Center side, the Bush-hating side. On Fox News you get it balanced. You get comments from both liberals and conservatives. If CNN were balanced there would be no need for the Fox News Channel. As for lies,CNN was the one covering for Saddam's Regime to protect lives , well to protect their Baghdad news bureau.If lives are at stake in some area you shouldn't have a news bureau there in the first place! Sounds like CNN was telling "lies".By the way I do my own independent thinking. The independent voice in my head still tells me CNN is the Clinton News Network and considering that Fox News is slaughtering them in ratings that now makes them " the Loser". Thanks. Have a Nice Day and always remember " The most powerful name in news, The Fox News Channel. Fair and Balanced. We report. You decide.The network America trust ,BIG"

Posted by: Matt in Florida at November 12, 2003 05:52 PM

I honestly believe that Fox News is a sorry excuse for a news channel.I have never in all my life come across anything as low and degrading as the Fox network.Thankfully,I don't live anywhere near the U.S. Therefore I don,t have to rely on American media news coverage to get news about the world.

Posted by: maria at November 26, 2003 10:20 AM
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