I cringe every time I see CNN on TV.
It’s not entirely their fault. Too much of anything becomes intolerable after awhile, and I spent an entire semester scoffing at CNN’s headlines at breakfast. At 8am I’m already Not Having It, but add that to CNN’s unique brand of terribly repetitive journalism and it’s a recipe for contempt.
What’s so bad about CNN, you say? Uninformative and often misleading headlines, fearmongering, ethnocentric and culturally insensitive in both choice of topics and actual discussion, compensation for narrow selection of subjects with overcoverage when there’s no actual news
(cough Malaysian plane cough).
And then there’s the broadcasters themselves. The journalists at 10am and 12pm look nearly identical: blonde, middle-aged women made to look “intelligently hot”—distinctly feminine outfits (the “hot” side”) and thick black glasses (the “intelligent” side). I can’t respect a station that so blatantly buys into stereotypes.
Admittedly, I’d probably hate CNN less if I heard people’s voices instead of reading the closed-captioning—people seem much less intelligent and persuasive without the help of tone and conversational rhythm—but that distinction is important. When I focus on just the words, I realize how absurd the coverage is, instead of getting caught up in pathos.
I’ll also admit that CNN isn’t unique in most of its faults (fear, misinformation, casting choices that reveal misogyny), but I do think it’s the most annoying when it comes to overcoverage of insignificant points and repetition of old information.
Regardless, I’m awfully grateful that my meal schedule this semester means that I don’t have to see Ashleigh’s aggressive coverage of unimportant American news stories. There’s only so much I can take.
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