CNN, Just Give Up

You had a good run, CNN. There’s no reason to be ashamed, you just tried too hard and went too far. You wanted to stay relevant but you put morons in charge, and on screen, and now you’re kind of a joke just waiting to happen.

Their newest debacle might be their best yet. While covering the on-going events in Cleveland, where Charles Ramsay saved three women who had been missing for nearly a decade, CNN anchor Ashleigh Banfield had a satellite interview with Headline News correspondent and succubus, Nancy Grace. Except, something was off. Check out this GIF:

Did you notice something? Was it the timestamp error in the top right corner? Maybe that was a mistake. But what about the red Nissan Xterra that passed behind the Devil (right), then behind Banfield (left)? Possible a crazy coincidence?

Or what about this?

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Or this?

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In summary: CNN faked a satellite interview with two people in the same town – in the same parking lot – and they didn’t even bother to make any attempt to hide it.

Just give up, CNN. It’s over. No one can take you seriously anymore. If you’re not willing to make an effort to be better then why should we make an effort to watch? And this is coming weeks after the last error you made that “blew up” in your face:

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And that was after CNN reported erroneously that a suspect had been arrested in the Boston Marathon bombings, which wasn’t true.

That’s it, CNN. Too many big errors in too little time. Time to send you off to pasture. If I were my mom and you were a dog that my son loved for 15 years that was just getting too slow and sleeping most of the days, I would tell you I was going to take him to a farm but really take him to a vet and put him down (however, my dog Sam is happily living on a farm, now 30 years old. My mom said he was still running around, too!)

But we can only blame ourselves, really. We should have seen this coming back in 2008 when CNN, a purported news organization, brought musician (in the loosest of ways) Will.I.Am to set as a hologram…

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Now, let’s get to that farm.

– Mark (twitter)