Cuomo’s interview with Trump is the largest audience for CNN since Baltimore

When New Day co-anchor interviewed GOP hopeful Donald Trump for an hour-long primetime special, people tuned into watch.

1.1 million people watched the special. In fact, as noted by the Los Angeles Times, “The audience is the largest for the cable news channel in that hour since April 28, when it covered the anti-police riots in Baltimore. Among viewers in the 25 to 54 age group, the hour scored 369,000.”

That said, CNN still lost the hour to The Kelly File, with guest host Martha MacCallum.

“Coverage that does CNN proud”

As David Zurawik, the media critic for the Baltimore Sun, put it in a post today, CNN found some Baltimore coverage “that does [them] proud.”

CNN weekend anchor Victor Blackwell was reporting from the West Baltimore neighborhood where he grew up in April; and today, the network posted a followup video, with Blackwell following up on three high school students that he interviewed back then, who had expressed that they may never get out of Baltimore.

It turns out, Edison Jackson, president of Bethune-Cookman University, saw Blackwell’s original interview with the three teens in which they talked about their sense that they might never get out of West Baltimore, and the school official decided to do something about it.

He invited the three Baltimore students to the Florida school and offered them admission and scholarships that would cover all expenses beyond those not paid by federal grants.

Zurawik ended his praise column with “It’s a great story, and all praise to Blackwell and CNN for telling it in a such a way that it would touch viewers like the president of Bethune-Cookman.”

Chris Cuomo says media didn’t flock to Baltimore

In a lengthy post yesterday on Facebook, Chris Cuomo made the push for everyone to continue (basically) watching, because CNN is evidently pledging to continue its relentless coverage of Baltimore:

My point in this post is to point you to tomorrow. What media will be in Baltimore? How many of you will watch Baltimore as the main story? Will the Royal baby take over? Talk about the big fight? Turning back to whether Hillary will be too weighed down by questions about her character to be successful in a run for president?

It is the faux righteous indignation I am pointing out. So many take to social media to opine and criticize media coverage. The media as exploiters, flocking to Baltimore to fan the flames of tragedy. First of all, the media didn’t really flock there. How many big names did you see in Baltimore? Sure all the outlets were there, but whom the outlet sends also sends a message. And it ain’t easy being in those situations. Trust me. You don’t do it lightly.

No, Chris is right. The media didn’t really flock there. According to Variety, Fox News had one anchor present, Bill Hemmer, and correspondents Doug McKelway, Leland Vittert, Rick Leventhal and Peter Doocy.

MSNBC had Chris Hayes, Trymaine Lee, Joy Reid, Thomas Roberts, and Toure.

CNN? Ha, well… Brooke Baldwin, Jason Carrol, Anderson Cooper, Carol Costello, Chris Cuomo, Joe Johns, Athena Jones, Don Lemon, Suzanne Malveaux, Miguel Marquez, Evan Perez, Brian Todd, and Ryan Young are all on the ground.

And over the weekend, Michael Smerconish anchored his program from Baltimore, as well as Fredricka Whitfield, Victor Blackwell, and Poppy Harlow.

So, while the media (Fox and MSNBC) didn’t necessarily flock there… by golly, CNN did.

And then, Chris makes a tug at your heart-strings (and your TV remote):

I think you know the answers to most of these questions. The question is do you care?

And if you were one of those who will choose a more interesting or less upsetting story to start your week tomorrow… Should you really blame the media or anyone else for what they do when it comes to the issues that you thought were so important just last week?

And, if you’re keeping track, no, Chris still hasn’t offered up a mea culpa for warning a protester to “be careful, because you know how [the police] are.”

Chris Cuomo Keeps on Digging

  When I first starting writing The Conveyors, the goal was to look at the news industry as a whole. Sometimes, I tried to peel back the curtain and show how the sausage was made and why. Other times, I analyzed what had happened and proposed better ways for it to be done. The Conveyors has shifted into a media criticism column, one that looks to hold journalists to the highest standard.

Now, live breaking news coverage can be difficult. Television journalists especially have to constantly talk on their feet and act as voices of authority while trying to figure out what is going on with the rest of America. Sometimes, this causes problems. This week, Brooke Baldwin stepped into a bit of an issue when she suggested that veterans return home and become trigger-happy as cops.

Baldwin then apologized, several times. She did so online and on the air. She admitted she made a mistake. Average viewers would look at that, realize she regretted her choice of words, and would move on.

Now, Chris Cuomo did not follow this course of action.

While reporting on AC360, Cuomo was talking to a protester when he said,“you know how they are.” “They” would be referring to the Baltimore police.

Now after this slip, deliberate or not, Cuomo had two options. He could either apologize or attempt to explain his comment. Apologies tend to be the most common because they are less risky. Explanations are sometimes done, but they are a delicate process and have to be done well. There is a reason I say they are attempted. If an explanation is bungled, it risks prolonging the controversy.

Cuomo attempted to explain.

He did so on Facebook and he tried to say that the remark was not an insult, rather informing the protester that if he disobeyed curfew, the police would not take kindly to that. Then, he added this little nugget:

One outlet even sources a twitter account that is just some guy, making it seem like he is part of some legit CNN-based media watchdog. Ridiculous.

There are several things wrong with this. Cuomo attacks the media (specifically CNNCommentary), is wrong in his analysis, and continues his perception as a “harda–.”

Attacking the press is never a good strategy, something the media loves to say in analysis after somebody does just that. Part of the reason its a failed strategy is because it attempts to completely passes the buck. The person using the line tries to dissolve themselves from any responsibility for a particular action or event and rather pass it along to the media, whatever that is today.

Cuomo is even incorrect in his attacking of CNNCommentary. He broke two of the cardinal rules of journalism. He was incorrect and he failed to double-check what he said. Cuomo says that an outlet sourced the CNNCommentary Twitter account and then says the perception is created that it is “part of some legit CNN-based media watchdog.” Now, if Cuomo were to look at the Twitter account in question, he would see Allan makes it quite clear that he is not affiliated with CNN. He has it in all uppercase (the Internet equivalent of yelling) and has asterisks around. Anyone visiting the homepage of this blog sees the subtitle of “A Viewer’s Thoughts.” Allan makes it quite clear that he is not a part of CNN. Also, many websites that cite CNNCommentary will include the term “blog” when describing it.

While Cuomo attempted to make one controversy go away, he caused another one to start. Awhile back, Cuomo participated in a New Day Q&A and he said that the biggest misconception surrounding him is that he is a “harda–.” One can only wonder why there is that conception when Cuomo is commonly said to be the reason that Kate Bolduan was kicked off of New Day. With his Facebook post, Cuomo does himself no favors. He comes off as a “harda–” with a stick up his butt that can’t tell when he’s made a mistake. He lashes out at others rather than acknowledging the possibility that he might have just misspoke or that his words didn’t come out exactly right. No, rather it is all our our fault. Our fault for looking at his words, in context, and seeing that there was something interesting about the news choice.

Face it, Chris, you messed up. Move on and take responsibility for your words.

Chris Cuomo “explains” himself

Following my post last night about controversial CNN anchor Chris Cuomo saying, “Just be careful, cuz you know how they are–” when referring to the police, he has since made headlines elsewhere, such as Breitbart and Mediaite.

Since I’m a far better person than he (just ask me, I’ll tell you), I will post his explanation in full, via his Facebook page:

perception matters in sensitive situations like ‪#‎baltimore‬ and truth matters. I did not insult the cops as relayed by a couple of online outlets. Here is the truth: cops since curfew have asked me to warn people not to form chains or do anything after curfew but leave. And that any approaching of officers would be taken as provocation and potential arrest. You just can’t do it. Doesn’t matter if you are trying to help. They will do that job and they won’t take changes with discussing what they do with protestors before doing it.

The young men, while stating good intentions, were doing exactly what cops said not to do
So I was leveling with them, relating the obvious: if
You do what the cops say not to they will take you down. We had already seen exactly that the night before.

This is being interpreted as my bias vs police or their actions. I have reported just the opposite. I said just the opposite ALL NIGHT. check it.

This is being twisted to paint a picture of media anti cop bias. One outlet even sources a twitter account that is just some guy, making it seem like he is part of some legit CNN-based media watchdog. Ridiculous.

One reason cops have allowed us to be in such proximity is the trust we built with how we report what happens. They don’t always like it but they see it is straight.

The arrests we saw in last couple days square with this reckoning: the cops are not playing around. This is dangerous for them. If you ignore instructions like curfew and approach them in a way that seems provocative (like ignoring instruction and invading space) they will be aggressive
THATS HOW THEY ARE. and that is not an insult.

Ironically, the young men in red last night did not get taken down by the police. Instead, when their “helpful human chain” started pushing young men in blue, a squabble broke out and other citizens helped break it up and people dispersed. The police were just a symbol. No action needed.

Sensitives are raw and the situation is going to be tense tonight given new bits of investigation in the air. I don’t need public or police falsely believing I have an animus.
Let’s focus on the real hostilities at play.

Of course, while you can believe or not believe him all you want, I take issue with the part I bolded.

While I do, of course, appreciate the shout-out, at no point do I claim to be “some legit CNN-based media watchdog”. I watch CNN, I post stuff related to CNN, the comings and goings of its talent… but at no point to I claim to be “legit” – the tagline for my blog is “A viewer’s thoughts” and my Twitter account clearly disclaims any affiliation with CNN.

But go on, Chris… Smear away.

Roland Martin goes off over CNN promo

Roland Martin, former CNN contributor, put Jeff Zucker and CNN on blast last night on Twitter over CNN’s new “Go There” Baltimore riot promo.

The promo that upset him so is below:

He tweeted:

This isn’t Martin’s first time blasting CNN since parting with the network. In October, he went on a rant over CNN “firing every top African American in a top position” and then when the NABJ criticized them for it, the network quit funding the NABJ.

(H/t The Daily Caller)

Coop talks about Baltimore

Asked what it’s like for him out in Baltimore, AC360 news anchor Anderson Cooper responded:

“As you see on television, it’s obviously an extremely stressful time for people here. Tensions are high. There’s a huge variety of people here. We’ve seen, particularly in the last 24 to 36 hours, large numbers of community groups and pastors, moms, dads and men in the community who’ve come out to try to tamp down the violence and who have been very effective in standing between police and some of the crowds. I think that’s made a huge difference. Certainly today is very different than yesterday and yesterday is very different than it was the day before. It’s hard to describe. People are coming at this from a lot of different perspectives and a lot of different experiences. But there’s certainly a lot of tension, there’s a lot of anger and it’s understandable.”

When asked a question about Cooper would say to those who claim that when things got bad in Baltimore, the journalists were dining at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, he replied:

“I didn’t go the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. I went once 10 years ago and vowed never to go back. It’s not my kind of thing. That being said, it’s simply untrue to say that CNN has not been covering the death of Freddie Gray. From the moment the video was released, I’ve been leading off my broadcast on many nights with it. To say that nothing was done until Monday night when the violence erupted is simply not true… I certainly understand the frustration of people who maybe wanted to tune in Saturday and ended up seeing the White House Correspondents’ Dinner but I don’t have a hand in those decisions. I don’t have the logistics of how those decisions are made.”

Coop, for his part, was at an event in Phoenix, Arizona, where he was speaking about race.

You can read the Q&A at The Wrap.

Brooke Baldwin apologizes, on-air…again

At the top of CNN Newsroom, anchor Brooke Baldwin issued a second apology for insinuating veterans were “ready to do battle” when they return home from war. Earlier today, she apologized on New Day.

On CNN Newsroom‘s 2pm ET hour, she said:

“But for the second time today, I just wanted to take a moment and discuss something I said on my show just yesterday, and I just want to apologize. During my show, I gave credence to the idea that veterans returning from war who were police officers were furthering the problems in communities like these here in Baltimore and nationwide. And I just have to take a moment again today to say I was wrong. I was so wrong. To speak the way I did, involving our men and women in uniform, to perpetuate this false narrative, is on me, I own it, and I apologize. Please… let’s move on.”

Of Baldwin’s apology earlier today on New Day, Erik Wemple of the Washington Post praised:

That checks off all the boxes: Tone of contrition? Yes. Unconditional expression of regret? Yes. Absence of excuses and citations of extenuating circumstances? Yes. Even more critical is that Baldwin took to the CNN airwaves to transmit this full-throated mea culpa.

And now, she has done so twice.