July 31, 2014

CNN’s Bill Weir Directs Profanity at Fox Nation Tweeters Mocking Mild Weather at a ‘Climate Change’ Meeting

Filed under: Economy,Environment — Tom @ 2:50 pm

You might think that an anchor at an also-ran news network in the cable ratings race would be trying to learn about and adapt to what Number 1 is doing to draw its far larger audience.

That’s what happens in virtually every other business: If your competitors start outperforming you, you try to respond and then one-up them in some way. There are two major exceptions. One involves businesses protected by cronyism, which instead try to drive out competitors through government regulations and political favors (e.g., the established taxi companies trying to stop Uber). The other is the liberal wing (i.e., most of) the national news business. Their response is to keep doing what they’ve been doing all along, while bitterly attacking those who are taking away their business and their audience. As an example, let’s look at this still present tweet from CNN Anchor Bill Weir (profane word actually present in the original tweet was massaged; HT Mediaite):

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Weir was unprofessionally and profanely responding to tweeters at Fox Nation:

On Thursday, the Twitter account for Fox Nation, a blog run by Fox News, tweeted a link to a post headlined, “Climate Doesn’t Cooperate With Al Gore’s Group’s Visit to Denver EPA Hearings.”

The story, aggregated from the Washington Times, relates to a Denver visit by former Vice President Al Gore‘s “Climate Reality Project” for EPA hearings on power plant emissions.

The group showed up to hand out ice cream even though it was 58 degrees.

Weir retweeted the link, with his own comment … (seen above)

When CNN announced Weir’s arrival from ABC last year, he was described as an anchor and designated “Chief Innovation Correspondent.” Bill, there are more innovative ways to respond to critics than resorting to profanity, which is the last refuge of someone who has nothing substantive to say.

In completely related news, during the July ratings period (the four weeks ended July 27), CNN, among all cable networks, came in 33rd in total primetime audience and 27th in full-day audience. Fox News came in 3rd and 5th, respectively.

Fox overtook CNN as the number one cable news network in early 2002, and has been in the top spot for 151 consecutive months. Now Fox’s total audience is routinely double, triple, or more that of the once untouchable CNN.

As many readers here already know, during the 12-1/2 years during which Fox has been top dog, instead of attempting something like the fair and balanced approach of Fox or any other kind of meaningful competitive response, CNN and the other cable news networks have doubled down on their biased and slanted reporting and have continued to drive viewers away. As Rush Limbaugh and many others have observed, it’s clear that they won’t adjust their ideology at all costs approach until someone turns out the lights, shuts down the power, and forcibly carries them out of their buildings.

As to Bill Weir, audiences are tired of hearing and seeing global warming … er, climate change … er, climate disruption propaganda presented as undisputed fact (or proponents’ favorite term, “settled science”). They have seen through the nonsense, and tuning into outlets which don’t insult their intelligence — and insult their competitors’ audiences — on a daily basis.

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