DELU­SIONS OF GRANDEUR

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“CNN has touted it­self as ‘the most trusted name in news’ for as long as any­one can re­mem­ber, and view­ers of the chan­nel are re­minded of this ev­ery hour, on the hour, by hear­ing the basso pro­fondo voice of James Earl Jones bel­low­ing this claim,” writes Colby Hall, a colum­nist for Me­di­aite.com.

“And while all net­works tend to bend or in­ter­pret stud­ies or re­views to cre­ate pro­mos, what is their source to even the­o­ret­i­cally sup­port such a claim? We doubt it ex­ists. The last study we found that could even tech­ni­cally bol­ster this claim comes from a 2002 Pew Study. Yes, one that is 15 years old,” says Mr. Hall.

He also cites a new Univer­sity of Mis­souri poll which places CNN in the mid­dle of the pack of “most trusted news sources,” and a more re­cent Pew poll which found the net­work to be in ninth place. He sug­gests CNN re-eval­u­ate its stand­ing.

“Given the cur­rent me­dia land­scape, and the lack of sup­port for their claim, it’s prob­a­bly time for them find a new tagline. That is, if they truly care about be­ing trusted,” con­cludes Mr. Hall.

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