“critics are now asking if busy travelers should be subjected to CNN’s increasingly ideological programming”
Have you ever wondered why CNN is playing on every TV at most airports? Years ago, when the network passed for a non-partisan news outlet, most people didn’t give it a second thought. Yet in recent years they have drifted as far left as MSNBC, and some people are wondering why they must be subjected to it every time they travel.
Tucker Carlson started asking this question and looking for answers last month. What he found is that CNN actually has an agreement with airports all over the country. Now more people are asking questions.
Brian Flood reports at FOX News:
Growing questions about CNN’s airport monopoly as network veers left
CNN’s ubiquitous presence in airports — where it broadcasts from thousands of screens to a captive audience of millions — is facing new scrutiny after the cable network’s hard left turn.
The CNN Airport network dates back to when CNN was known for straightforward news programming — and has been a fixture at airports since before competitors MSNBC and Fox News even existed. But critics are now asking if busy travelers should be subjected to CNN’s increasingly ideological programming — at gates, bars, food courts and baggage claims — which can include on-screen chyrons or subtitles that gleefully mock President Trump. Many travelers have even taken to Twitter and started online petitions to urge airports to change the channel.
Media Research Center Vice President Dan Gainor told Fox News that CNN has become more partisan than MSNBC since Trump moved into the White House and travelers should have the option of not watching the network.
“How are airports justifying the idea of bombarding captive viewers with content many of them oppose? Sadly, almost any outlet is fairer now than CNN,” Gainor said.
None of this happens by accident. CNN pays handsomely for this arrangement:
Long-term contracts typically give CNN the ability to curate content seen by travelers whether they like it or not. The eight-year contract that was signed in 2016 promises Miami International Airport “a maximum annual guarantee of $150,000” that may be adjusted annually to ensure the deal is on par with similar airports.
This video contains all kinds of fascinating tidbits about CNN’s airport package:
Would it surprise you to learn that the CNN Airport Network even has its own verified Twitter account? The feed is full of ridiculous travel related memes:
— CNN Airport Network (@CNNAirportNet) February 26, 2018
— CNN Airport Network (@CNNAirportNet) March 13, 2018
— CNN Airport Network (@CNNAirportNet) March 20, 2018
Frankly, I think cable news adds to the stress of airport travel. In the 1970’s, experimental music artist Brian Eno created a series called Ambient Music for Airports. Here’s a track:
Isn’t that better than Wolf Blitzer?
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