This weekend had a happy ending after all:
There have been times when the CNN host Piers Morgan didn’t seem to like America very much — and American audiences have been more than willing to return the favor. Three years after taking over for Larry King, Mr. Morgan has seen the ratings for “Piers Morgan Live” hit some new lows, drawing a fraction of viewers compared with competitors at Fox News and MSNBC.
It’s been an unhappy collision between a British television personality who refuses to assimilate — the only football he cares about is round and his lectures on guns were rife with contempt — and a CNN audience that is intrinsically provincial. After all, the people who tune into a cable news network are, by their nature, deeply interested in America.
CNN’s president, Jeffrey Zucker, has other problems, but none bigger than Mr. Morgan and his plum 9 p.m. time slot. Mr. Morgan said last week that he and Mr. Zucker had been talking about the show’s failure to connect and had decided to pull the plug, probably in March.
I guess people don’t like being sneered at by smarmy Brits.
But wait! There’s more!
Listen up, tabloid reporters: Alec Baldwin is saying “goodbye to public life. … I’ve lived this for 30 years, I’m done with it.”
In a long piece that appeared under his byline Sunday night on New York Magazine’s Vulture blog, Baldwin, 55, writes that being labeled a “homophobic bigot” in the media after an altercation with a paparazzo in November 2013 was the last straw for him as a celebrity. (Sound familiar?)
“I loathe and despise the media in a way I did not think possible,” Baldwin writes. “This is the last time I’m going to talk about my personal life in an American publication ever again.”
Baldwin recently lost his show on MSLSD. Is there a common thread here?
I’m just spitballing, but maybe it’s time for CNN to try something REALLY radical – go back to reporting the news!
I’m serious. If you tune into CNN’s competitors at 9 pm on a weekday you will find newsy talk shows. They give you a little news followed by a bunch of talk-talk-talk. And it’s usually the same people talking every night.
Hey CNN! How about a whole hour of just-the-facts-ma’am news? The kind of objective reporting that will have people unable to guess your true ideology. Find a modern day Walter Cronkite and help him earn the title of “most trusted man in America.” Restore your network as the most trusted name in news.
On the other hand, if you have your heart set on a talk show, hire Jay Leno to be the new Larry King. At least that would give viewers an alternative.
Or you could keep doing the same miserable shit as everybody else.
But what do I know, I’m just a Klown.