Limbaugh, Beck Skewer Zucker Over CNN Coverage

Thursday, 22 May 2014 09:25 AM

By Melissa Clyne

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Conservative firebrands Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck took to the airwaves to ridicule CNN boss Jeff Zucker for his recent remarks concerning his decision to push climate change stories despite viewer disinterest, as well as an assertion that he won’t be "shamed" into Benghazi coverage.

"They're not even pretending to be anything but participants in moving the Democrat agenda forward," Limbaugh said, opining that Zucker is television’s golden child, someone who is "infallible, untouchable" and "wins awards for networks and shows that nobody ever sees or watches."

Limbaugh cited a Breitbart News report that quoted Zucker speaking at a New York awards ceremony.

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

Limbaugh characterized Zucker’s remarks as "conceding that his audience is not interested in his network’s global warming agenda … but that he’s going to find more creative ways to make them care."

"They've got this issue that nobody cares about, and yet they're not gonna give it up until they make people care about it," he said.

He purported that Zucker’s comments amount to "a tacit admission that CNN is part of the left-wing agenda, which includes finding more creative and persuasive ways to spread and grow that agenda. Isn’t it also a tacit admission that they don’t do news at CNN?"

Beck, meanwhile, slammed Zucker’s insistence that the network would not be "shamed" into coverage of the Sept. 11, 2012, attack in Benghazi, Libya.

"We’re not going to be shamed into it by others who have political beliefs that want to try to have temper tantrums to shame other news organizations into covering something," Zucker told The New York Times, according to Mediaite. "If it’s of real news value, we’ll cover it."

Beck and his co-host mocked Zucker’s news judgment, particularly CNN’s 24/7 coverage of the missing the Malaysian airliner.

"Let’s find out about the spatial distortion brought on by a quantum singularity on CNN,"  a Beck co-host ribbed. "Stick to your guns, Jeff. Don’t do real news. Don’t let people goad you into real news. "

Beck chimed in: "Don’t look into things that might make you uncomfortable or cause you any kind of discomfort in your political life or business life. You go right to a foreign airliner that’s gone … 60 days ago."

He facetiously suggests that perhaps the network would cover Benghazi if the missing airliner crashed into the U.S. compound there.

He mocked Zucker’s executive decisions at CNN, which has slipped dramatically in the ratings since the nonstop airliner coverage ceased, according to The Wrap.com, a media and entertainment website.

"Jeff, we’ve seen your network and your ratings. There’s no shame left."


 
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