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CNN: Dumbest Disclaimer Ever
Posted by: McQ on Friday, February 10, 2006

Take a look at this and you tell me what they're saying concerning the cartoon controversy:
CNN is not showing the negative caricatures of the likeness of the Prophet Mohammed because the network believes its role is to cover the events surrounding the publication of the cartoons while not unnecessarily adding fuel to the controversy itself.
Or said another way, "our job isn't to cover the news event, it's to cover the events surrounding the news event".

Imagine CNN covering a NASCAR race. They'd be filming the reactions of the crowd, but not the race.
 
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Didn’t Newsweek get bashed and blamed for subsequent mayhem for printing that story about Koran abuse (which had also been previously published, much like the cartoons)? Perhaps CNN doesn’t want the same flack.
 
Written By: Ugh
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Ugh -

Are you suggesting that the cartoons are a false story?
 
Written By: Monica
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McQ, when are going to cut the media some slack?

They’re blamed for not reporting the good news for fear of venturing outside of the Green Zone; and look what happens to Bob Woodruff and Jill Carroll.
Now you expect the media to print cartoons that will no doubt put their journalists in harms way. Not to mention every employee of the media and the people surrounding.

It’s time to cut them a little slack, no?
 
Written By: PogueMahone
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For over 2 decades CBS and CNN have been fighting to see which could be the most disingenuous "news" network. With Rathergate I thought CBS had taken the field. But with Jordangate and now this I trhink CNN is back in the race.

Just another reason why the entire MSM has seen their market share decline for 28 years. They treat their customers like they are all morons. Which probably are a large and growing percent of their customesr.
 
Written By: Rodney A Stanton
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The cartoons were published, IIRC, as part of an editorial, not a news story. Therefore, the party more blameworthy for the subsequent mayhem between the cartoons and the Newsweek story is the cartoon publisher (assuming any blame should be assigned at all).
 
Written By: Ugh
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It’s time to cut them a little slack, no?
No problem, Pogue. So, do you suppose CNN could update us on the news surrounding the war in Iraq by getting Kuwaiti citizen’s reactions?
 
Written By: McQ
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So, do you suppose CNN could update us on the news surrounding the war in Iraq by getting Kuwaiti citizen’s reactions?

Okay. It’s Friday. I’m celebrating the week’s end with porter. So, you’ll have to elaborate for me so that I can give the appropriate inebriated response.

Kuwaiti citizen’s reactions?
 
Written By: PogueMahone
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CNN should have said that there was really no need at this time to show the cartoons since they have already been made readily available on the Internet. But, of course that would be a tacit admission that blogging is indeed replacing the MSM.

Wonder how bravely the Daily Show with all its ridicule and self-satisfaction is handling this farce? Maybe we’ll see some real humorous sketches on SNL in the future. Don’t hold your breath. They have to respect the feeeelings of their viewers. Right.
 
Written By: David K.
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Just imagine...

"CNN is not showing the negative caricatures of the likeness of Jesus Christ immersed in urine or the Virgin Mary covered in elephant dung and pornographic cutouts of genitilia because the network believes its role is to cover the events surrounding the showcasing of the artwork while not unnecessarily adding fuel to the controversy itself."

Yeah, right.
 
Written By: Dave (in Hawaii)
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Wonder how bravely the Daily Show with all its ridicule and self-satisfaction is handling this farce?
I doubt very seriously that the Daily Show with Jon Stewart needs the help of Danish cartoons. And anyone familiar with that show needs not to be reminded that pushing the envelope in political and religious satire is a Daily affair.
Their ongoing segment, “This Week In God” constantly yarns about the humorous modus operandi of ALL of the major religions.

But of course, if you watched the show and knew what the f*ck you were talking about…

Well…
Nuff’ said.
 
Written By: PogueMahone
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Okay. It’s Friday. I’m celebrating the week’s end with porter.
Porter?

On a Friday?

And you’re announcing it?

My God man, have you no shame?
 
Written By: McQ
URL: http://www.qando.net/
Imagine CNN covering a NASCAR race. They’d be filming the reactions of the crowd, but not the race. -McQ
Or opining about the Middle East while deleting any mention of the Palestinians.
 
Written By: abu
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My God man, have you no shame?

Well, actually it’s a Yorkshire Ale. But it tastes like a porter. So if it walks like a duck…
And what can I say, it’s left over from a guest I had on SuperBowl Sunday. And free beer is good beer... Well, at least some of the time...
(Shiner Blonde went straight into the garbage)

Cheers
 
Written By: PogueMahone
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Well, actually it’s a Yorkshire Ale. But it tastes like a porter. So if it walks like a duck.
Beer doesn’t walk or quack you barbarian.
(Shiner Blonde went straight into the garbage)
Oh the humanity.

Pogue the beer barbarian. Hell, why not just pop the top on a Michelob Ultra and be done with it?
 
Written By: McQ
URL: http://www.qando.net/
Pogue the beer barbarian. Hell, why not just pop the top on a Michelob Ultra and be done with it?
Me? The beer barbarian? Are you nuts?
My beer is Stout. And any beer beneath is considered “water”.

And I’ll categorize Yorkshire Ale as Porter if I please, and that will be benevolent.

Shiner Blonde is CRAP, just as other Shiner products.

Listen, McQ. We can disagree about politics, we can disagree about foreign policy, and we can disagree just about everything else and that’s all good…

But “beer barbarian”???
That’s where I draw the line.

I’ll see you in Hell, and subsequently drink you under the table.
;););)
 
Written By: PogueMahone
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But “beer barbarian”???
That’s where I draw the line.
Bah!

You probably pour down the side of the glass for heaven sake.

Now excuse me while I finish my 3 Monts Flanders Golden Ale.
 
Written By: McQ
URL: http://www.qando.net/
Bothers to all of you.

I make my own damn beer.

If it weren’t for the fact that 11:00 is fast approaching, I’d pour myself a dopplebock from the keg.

Wimps.
 
Written By: Robb Allen (Sharp as a Marble)
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You quit before 11? Weenie.

However, "damn beer" is a favorite of mine, Robb. Speaking of doppelbock, just finished a Celebrator. Mmmmm.
 
Written By: McQ
URL: http://www.qando.net/
They only ran that disclaimer because the real explaination was deemed too honest to run:

CNN is not showing the negative caricatures of the likeness of the Prophet Mohammed because the network is scared sh*tless of muslim backlash"
 
Written By: Shark
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Pogue I cannot stand by while you trash my Shiner! It is Texas beer! Only thing better may be St. Arnolds.

though if we’re talking dopplebocks, I’ve always liked Spatan Optimator. Of course I sit here now finishing off my Jack, and its almost 2pm, ahhh women. Yay for drunken comments sections. Maybe thats what qando needs, a drunken post of the week. Hell even I could write it, I’d talk about the national anthem and how it still makes me cry.
 
Written By: Chris
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CNN is not showing the negative caricatures of the likeness of the Prophet Mohammed because the network believes its role is to cover the events surrounding the publication of the cartoons while not unnecessarily adding fuel to the controversy itself.
Do you suppose CNN is keeping track of their disclaimers? I’m not sure where they started out, but they’ve also had the disclaimer (something like) "CNN is not showing the caricatures out of respect for Islam".

So I guess when someone pointed out that CNN had also published pictures of Mary splattered with elephant dung, they must have realized they had to change disclaimers pronto - or they’d look like hypocrites.

Of course the former disclaimer makes plenty of sense if they have "respect for Islam" but not "respect for Christianity".

It’s pretty clear that they have zero "respect for Christianity". As an atheist, I carry no brief for any religion. But it’s long been my observation that the left, the media included, hates Christianity. When they chant their mantra "we must respect other cultures", they are clearly excluding any culture that they dislike - particularly and most especially if it is a culture with which they actually have to coexist.
Now you expect the media to print cartoons that will no doubt put their journalists in harms way. Not to mention every employee of the media and the people surrounding.

It’s time to cut them a little slack, no?
Well actually, and emphatically, no. If this is the rationale behind the non-publication of the images, then they should state that specifically. Because quite frankly, that in and of itself, is news.

That statement right there - that publishing the images would "put their journalists in harms way" - would actually make a statement, a political statement. One that CNN is clearly hestitant, very hesitant, to make. One that would give a decided advantage to their adversary in the White House.

 
Written By: W
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"our job isn’t to cover the news event, it’s to cover the events surrounding the news event "

It seems to me that is the way all the media cover pretty much everything. This case just stands out more. Everything is filtered through the journalistic team so that by the time it is in the paper or on the air, there is really nothing there but a few isolated quotes and a description, usually second-hand, of the event. It drives me crazy when I read an article about something, a new law for instance, and all you get is a general, and usually biased, interpretation of it and a few quotes from people deploring/supporting it. The actual text, or even relevant passages, is never presented. (That is why blogs are so lovely; someone will always print the text or a link to solid data. For which I thank you, if I havn’t before.)
It seems like the journalistic profession lives in its own world, and it doesn’t really matter if we, the public, actually know anything, as long as the folks with pretty hair and nice suits think they know what they are talking about.

 
Written By: timactual
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Somewhere between Abu Ghraib and now, CNN has decided that inflaming a controversy is maybe not the media’s role. My prediction: the next scandal that makes a Republican administration look bad and causes riots overseas when pictures are shown will cause CNN to rediscover that showing the pictures every hour of every day paired with scathing controversy about how every Muslim will be offended by these pictures is suddenly the media’s job again.

That is because CNN is programmed by amoral b@stards who care more about damaging Republicans than not damaging America, or than standing up for America’s core freedoms.
 
Written By: Jeff Medcalf
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That is because CNN is programmed by amoral b@stards who care more about damaging Republicans than not damaging America, or than standing up for America’s core freedoms.

Nah. In this case, it is pure, craven fear. They simply want to keep their heads. But they ain’t never going to admit to being cowards.
 
Written By: Mona
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In this case, it is pure, craven fear. They simply want to keep their heads. But they ain’t never going to admit to being cowards.
I am not entirely sure I agree. Even with as little regard as I have for the media in general, and specifically outlets like CNN, I am not going to jump to the conclusion that they are "cowards".

Fear for one’s existence in the presence of a real threat does not make one a coward. And I have seen too many examples of "journalists" placing themselves in dangerous situations to assume that they are generally cowards.

I’d say that lying (as CNN appears to be doing here) - about the circumstances and the threat - would be the issue at hand.

It’s possible that they are lying to themselves as well. But if the rationale for not publishing something is the concern for the safety of their employees, then that should be stated. Clearly stated. Precaution is certainly no sin.

Just as (see Eason Jordan’s mea culpa "What We Knew") news outlets have knowingly passed censored information as "news" - with no disclaimer - in exchange for "access", CNN here is essentially self-censoring at the direction of a foreign entity.

 
Written By: W
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Python knows no bounds. Don’t click the play button if you’re manic-depressive about the cartoons...you might not recover from the offensiveness.
 
Written By: frontinus
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