CNN: We won’t be ‘shamed’ into Benghazi coverage, defends never ending coverage of missing plane

CNN has once again proved why it finds itself at the bottom of the ratings heap. Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 has been missing for more than 60 days with little to no ‘new’ information available, but CNN’s president Jeff Zucker is not apologizing for his network’s wall-to-wall coverage.

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“I don’t think there’s any question about our commitment to breaking news, as evidenced by all the questions about the plane,” Zucker told New York Times television reporter Bill Carter during an interview at the Deadline Club’s annual awards dinner. “So we’re still there whenever that happens, but we’re going to supplement that with some different kind of storytelling.”

Don’t expect that “different kind of storytelling” to include much about the Obama Administration’s refusal to cooperate in investigations surrounding the 2012 terrorist attack on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

“We’re not going to be shamed into [Benghazi coverage] by others who have political beliefs that want to try to have temper tantrums to shame other news organizations into covering something,” Zucker said. “If it’s of real news value, we’ll cover it.”

So what does Zucker believe is worth covering?

“Climate change is one of those stories that deserves more attention, that we all talk about,” he said. “But we haven’t figured out how to engage the audience in that story in a meaningful way. When we do do those stories, there does tend to be a tremendous amount of lack of interest on the audience’s part.”

“Stick to your guns, Jeff,” Pat joked on radio this morning. “Don’t do real news. Don’t do it. Don’t let them goad you into real news.”

  • Troy votes whig

    SO , a lack of competence by the sec of state resulting in the death of 4 americans is not news worthy?

    • Todd Walden

      Gotta be in her pocket when she runs for election, GOD help all of us!

    • Anonymous

      Hasn’t been newsworthy by the MSM all the way. The disgusting part is the profusion of cover-ups and lies. It only makes you wonder what other things that your government has done that has never been exposed.

    • Mike Nelson

      Well, none of those four had selfies, so they weren’t really there, were they? So what’s the big deal? There’s no “there” there… (yes, that’s sad – and outraged – sarcasm, NOT a defense of anything 0bama/Hilly)

      Sadly, no one else was there, either… except for the attackers, who were taking pictures while we sat, impotent, and let our countrymen die.

      (or just youtube “slaves to gadgets” netanyahu)

      We are a broken culture, and the elites manipulate us like little plastic army men, complete with real-life explosions. One wonders when the chickens really will come home to roost.

      • Doug Leuthold

        Hey, Jeff Z. how many Americans watch your stupid network? Somebody said about 250,000. Just tell me how in the hell you pay your bills and your payroll? You got to be begging on your knees to good old George Soros to finance your little network. Lapdog media for Obama regime that is what you have…I hope Glenn buys your network….

  • stephen mangold
    • Clinton Parks

      None of these were blamed on a video

      • Guest

        So the video part is the only element that matters? Are you kidding me? All I hear about is “Americans died” over and over.

        • Anonymous

          Let us elaborate. Bush did not claim AQ was on the run, did not claim the war on terror was over, did not start drawing forces back from the fight… Bush kept allowing us soldiers to fight against terrorists in order to protect ALL Americans. Obama, on the other hand, claimed AQ was “on the run” prior to the attacks, was and is putting an end to our fight against terrorists, in fact he is also supporting AQ and affiliates in Syria, Libya, Egypt, Yemen, and so on. 60 embassy deaths under Bush? At least we were fighting the suckers. Under Obama, he vows to “find who did it and hold them responsible” but nothing has been done to do just that.

    • dsguill

      And how many were were an Ambassador or US citizens…you cite people killed, but if you dig deeper into those numbers I bet not one of them were.

    • Christian Jones

      All of these attacks have something in common, they were either sudden attacks that ended in minutes or bombings. Benghazi was a 7 hour gun battle and NO RESCUE was even attempted.
      Here’s the death tolls:
      Kolkata – 5 Indian Security Officers
      Karachi – 12 Civilians (bomb)
      Islamabad – 2 Pakistani Security Guards
      Taskent – (I found none) (Bomb)
      Saudi Arabia- 5 Saudis
      Karachi – 1 US Personnel and 2 Pakistanis
      Syria – 1 Syrian Security
      Yemen – 2 Civilians
      Istanbul – 3 Turkish Security
      Yemen – 6 Yemeni security, 5 Yemeni civilians,1 US civilian

      So, according to your own list, Bush lost 2 Americans in 8 years (low level employees most likely since names and job titles are hard to acquire). In just one day Obama lost TWICE AS MANY (4) including a US Ambassador!

      Here’s the REALLY sick part and why who ever created that is a real POS:
      -December 6 2004 lists a death toll of 9? That was an attack that left 5 Saudis and 4 terrorists dead = 9
      -July 9 2008 in Istanbul that lists 6 dead, I found 3 Turkish Security and 3 Terrorists killed = 6
      -September 17 2008 lists 16 killed. It was 6 Yemeni security, 5 Yemeni, civilians, 1 US civilian, and 6 attackers = 18

      That post gets to 60 by counting the TERRORISTS TOO? lol
      You should be ashamed to push off that piece of crap as fact.

      • Christian Jones

        Everyone here should take special note of this, I find this ALL THE
        TIME. It’s propaganda plain and simple. I’m all for free speech, but
        average Americans see junk like that and don’t bother to do independent
        research. They believe it! The Left knows people will believe it and
        hope no one bothers to check their “facts”.
        We are loosing the
        cultural and information wars because we atleast try to be truthful. The
        Left doesn’t care about truth, facts, reason, logic, mathematics,
        economics, or even reality. It’s evil IMO.

    • Connor Kenway

      And how many were covered up and sent a innocent filmmaker behind bars so he could save him own election Zero that is what I thought. Did he also delcared war in this countries no that is what I thought. Why liberals compare the two is rather telling that they do not want to get to the truth because they want to protect Hillary.

    • markymark

      There was no cover up for these incidents, designed to get the incumbent reelected. These killed were not Americans. You even count the terrorist dead here. You have no shame.

  • Christopher Midkiff

    Not surprised one bit. Let the left sink in their own stupidity.

  • Anonymous

    The mainstream “news” is now an arm of the leftist government, much like in other countries that took the path of communism. They do not report on real news anymore, only the government approved news. If our country gets completely in the abyss and ditch of the leftists dreams for us, like all other countries, eventually some of these “reporters” will be jailed and dispatched once they have outlived their usefulness to the regime. Worldwide history proves this out.

  • Anonymous

    Pat who?

  • George A. Fernandez

    What I find most disturbing is their refusal to expose the truth! It is clear that all those determined to elevate Barack Obama to sainthood are echoing Hillary’s famous words: “What difference does it make…?” As a survivor of socialism I can tell you it makes all the difference in the world when a government is not held accountable for deception for it will only get worse!

    • Anonymous

      What America is on the verge of becoming isakin to the times of Stalin’s rise in Russia. If the dems are not crushed this November and again in 2016, you’re going to see the same slaughtering of Americans as you saw in Stalinist Russia. They will overpower America with pure fear. All these tactics are already in place, just hope Americans open their eyes.

      • Anonymous

        Difference being, most Americans won’t realize when the killing starts. It will come like a thief in the night and be unrecognisable. They will not martyr those opposed to them, they will try to smear them, destroy their character, and turn people against them (look at what’s happening to Dinesh D’souza over allegedly reimbursing $5k to two different friends who donated said money to Wendy Long’s NY campaing; heavy charges for $10k? are you serious, because they want to turn the people against Dinesh so they can kill him, physically or just leave him a pariah, a living death as it were)

  • Deckard426

    It’s going to be a problem for CNN if they find the plane wreck in Benghazi.

  • Wulf

    CNN – “The Warming is about to kill us all, and there are just too many private conversations to record. How dare you ask us to report real news. If anyone will “shame” us, it will be ourselves!”

  • landofaahs

    They have no shame. I mean if you can be a democrat then nothing can shame you.

  • Lee Thomas Walker

    “Freedom of the press” isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, is it?

  • Connor Kenway

    Does CNN even have enough shame to be shamed to begin with? Also what is a CNN?

    • Anonymous

      Communist Non-information Network

  • markymark

    Once a news organization promotes items according to a certain political agenda, or endorses candidates, or parties, or countries, it is no different from the Ministry of Truth and Information of North Korea, or Al Manar of Hizbollah. The only difference is the intensity and the sophistication of the spin, but basically, they are one and the same. CNN blazes the trail in trying to educate and influence the public according to its “perfect world” view.

  • texastruthtweet

    CNN is a propaganda mill.

  • Anonymous

    The left “won’t be shamed” because they have no shame to lose.

  • ken.

    you have to have principles before you can have shame

  • Bill Tilghman

    “Today, in a move that can only be described as a desperate ploy for relevance, CNN management declared they will not be shamed into covering one of the most shameful events that has taken place during the Obama administration’s tenure.”

    “In a related story, we may now have the true story of what happened to that vanished flight MH 370… (PSST: space aliens took it) ” … {cue the sound of crickets}

    Please, CNN is more of a joke than anything and they are making it worse by doubling down on stupid with things like this. Someone should ask Ted Turner if he sleeps better at night knowing that no reasonable person identifies CNN with truth.

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