We also spent a great deal of time analyzing how we utilize and deploy photojournalists across all of our locations in the U.S. […] We looked at the impact of user-generated content and social media, CNN iReporters and of course our affiliate contributions in breaking news. Consumer and pro-sumer technologies are simpler and more accessible. Small cameras are now high broadcast quality. More of this technology is inthe hands of more people. After completing this analysis, CNN determined that some photojournalists will be departing the company.
Two of the fundamental attributes of good journalism are curiosity and a respect for the people on whom you report. Burnett got an “F” on both those counts with her Occupy Wall Street piece. Not only didn’t she listen hard enough to learn anything from the people in the group, she and her producers positioned the speakers to be seen as objects of derision. That is deplorable.
This is Michael Calderone of Politico’s advice for CNN. In the past, I’ve been nearly as critical of CNN as I have been of Politico. He thinks that CNN should jettison its past efforts at objectivity and become another MSNBC or Fox.
What a horrible suggestion. CNN sometimes fails at its objectivity—but at least it tries. Would striving to be a network of partisan hacks be profitable? Maybe. If they don’t consider themselves journalists. But if they only care about profit, shouldn’t they choose a different industry?
“Forget news — become a bank.”
Calderone’s sole reason for existing at Politico is to think things like that. And I can understand how CNN’s approach to reporting news in as objective a manner as possible is infuriating to other outlets that don’t even bother faking it. Maintaining a high degree of objectivity is hard, and it’s rarely profitable. It’s more of a service than it is a business model. And how exactly does Calderone’s opinion column get filed under “news” on Politico in the first place?
Fortunately, I expect the brass at CNN are too busy trying to report objectively to put much thought behind what Calderone and his ilk are writing. The network isn’t going away anytime soon.