With most news outlets being biased to a degree nowadays, it’s quite refreshing to come along a news outlet that remains primarily neutral. Central News Network, or CNN, was founded by Ted Turner in Atlanta, Georgia in 1980, and was the first news channel to run twenty four hours a day, seven days a week. While most news networks like Fox News or MSNBC are radically aligned with a certain political philosophy, CNN stays unaccompanied and moderately neutral, with a scarce amount of similar comrades such as Al Jazeera and only a few others. Some networks can, to a degree, even become hateful, but I found that this news outlet, for the most part, remains nonaligned.
The whole point of the news is to bring breaking and important events to the public, unbiased. In the 80’s news networks were made up simply of “The Big Three”: ABC, CBS and NBC. After a demand to produce more programming arose, other networks such as Fox News, CNN, and even shows like “60 Minutes”, etc. began to arise. Thanks to the diversion in the news/media market, there is a greater variety of outlets for consumers to choose from (this also applies to cellular carriers breaking up in the late 90’s with the breakup of The Bell System).
CNN’s website is set up so when one views the site, their eyes are instantly drawn to a slew of that day’s top stories (or sometimes, by the hour – breaking news), and usually have one story placed front and center to draw the reader in. This way, readers can be instantly drawn to what CNN deems important and useful for its audience.
Headliners are a pivotal and a vital aspect of online news aspects. Headlining news stories draw the reader’s attention to the most important stories at that particular time. For example, on the night of September 10th, the headliner was “Fiorna makes top-tier debate lineup alongside Trump, Bush”. This way, anyone that looks at CNN’s website will be informed on important issues, in this case; about the qualifying polls for upcoming potential Republican candidates. Even without physically reading the article, anyone who is on CNN’s website would instantly know of certain polls and political figures to potentially vote for in the future.
CNN tends to report on an equal mixture of top story articles as well as interesting ones pertaining to genres such as the sciences, economics, sports, and many more. More specifically, they tend to stick (usually) to three main topics. Social Issues, Science, and Economical Topics. One main example of CNN’s reporting of social issues was about Charee Stanley, a Muslim flight attendant who was suspended for refusing to serve alcohol. Stanley refused to serve alcohol due to her newfound faith in Islam, which prohibits both the consumption and distribution of alcohol. For a long time when she was asked for an alcoholic beverage, she would simply tell one of her fellow employees to fill the order for her, which worked out fine. Recently, however, another flight attendant filed complaint about Stanley, and she has since been suspended without pay. More importantly, the attendant who complained said Stanley had a book with “foreign writings” and complained of Stanley’s hijab. It’s important that the public be aware of this circumstance for multiple reasons. This woman is being discriminated against for her religious beliefs and is a violation of the Equal Employment Opportunity Act.
CNN also talked about how the Pope is urging churches and other organizations alike to open their doors to the Syrian refugees immigrating to parts of Europe. Pope Francis announced Sunday for “every sanctuary of Europe host a family”, due to the wars and crises faced by Syrians and other Middle Easterns, as well as anti-refugee politics in Western countries. Countries like Germany and Austria are trying to crack down on the number of refugees, with the former accepting 800,000 applications for asylum, while the latter also would like to see a reduction in numbers, but remains open to refugees. Then there are countries like Hungary that treat refugees just downright awfully, with issues such as “overcrowding, no access to sanitation facilities, and verbal abuse by the police.” It’s nice to see that powerful political and religious leaders are urging people to lend a hand to a people going through an absolutely horrific time right now.
CNN also tries appease audiences who are interested in sports topics. Last week CNN reported on Jack Sock, whom collapsed during the U.S Open last week. With high temperatures and humidity levels during the 2015 U.S. Open, it’s no wonder Sock became so ill. Sock reportedly clutched his leg, was unable to move, then collapsed and was assisted by an ATP trainer. Due to his collapse he had to retire from the U.S. Open for the year. Sock said playing in the Open was the “biggest and most important season for me,” This appeals to a specific audience who would be interested in sports topics.
CNN also talks about diverse topics such as economic issues. Last week CNN reported on the low gas prices. CNN reported that gas is at the same price it was in 2004, approximately $2.40! This is a $1+ drop from a year ago. This drop in prices is largely due to increase of supplies from cartels and the “sluggish demand” from consumers. While this benefits consumers who drive gasoline-powered vehicles, this also decreases the amount of oil jobs (especially in the U.S.). This information is useful to readers so they can be informed on the price of commuting by car, as well as how the gas prices affect the economy.
Having an unbiased media outlet is essential in today’s society. This provides reliable and important information to viewers, and allows civilization to be informed on important issues.