Accuracy in Media

CNN won’t say whether it declined to renew Susan Roesgen’s contract because of her job performance, but that certainly would make sense.

Roesgen committed one of the most blatant violations of journalistic ethics ever seen on air while covering the anti-tax tea party in Chicago on April 15. She was almost universally condemned for picking a fight with an interview subject based on biased assumptions about the tea parties and the Obama administration’s stimulus plan.

Even a former CNN journalist accused Roesgen of crossing a journalistic line. Roesgen wasn’t back on the air for almost a month.

Roesgen may well deserve to lose her job over her outrageous coverage of the tea party, but CNN deserves no praise for the way it handled the matter. From the beginning, the network adopted the kind of strategy condemned by Eileen O’Connor, the former CNN star who criticized Roesgen.

“I think media companies are probably the worst in dealing with the media,” said O’Connor, a lawyer who now offers media training. “Absolutely, I cannot believe it. It is just unbelievable. They go duck and cover right away.”

CNN’s response to the Roesgen affair helps explain why viewers long ago declined to renew their viewing contract with CNN and shifted to Fox — except when they want sensational, nonstop coverage of celebrity events like Michael Jackson’s funeral. Hopefully Fox learned a lesson during its Jackson obsession and will let CNN have the “Wacko Jacko” demographic.

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  • Glenn Hubbard

    Roesgen was the epitome of why Fox News was necessary in the first place. She had no perspective at all on why we don’t like people like her. Rude, arrogant and haughty. Also blissfully unaware of her own ignorance.

  • So, let me get this straight. There’s a liberal bias in the media. That liberal bias means Americans needed a “news” organization with a conservative bias? Is the lying on Fox justified by the alleged bias of liberal media – two wrongs make a right. Two wrongs making a right assuming listening to “news” in an echo chamber is wrong. Which media is liberal? All mainstream media except Fox? Are they biased because they don’t give a conservative perspective and only media who give a conservative perspective are unbiased?

  • Kevin Blankenship

    Well heck you make it sound like she was the victim. Those people showed up just to hold signs to get her to come over and be insulted by her asking them questions, yet she was the one cutting their thoughts off and then making assumptions and summarizing for them? You are just like her too Randy you call the people stupid who went there to protest from their heart and yet you went there to tell a story or film it. Unbiased is what a real reporter or Journalist should be, that is not what this segment had in it at all!!! It is my understanding that the Katrina reporting had much of the same in it as well, more agenda reporting using live footage, that is not news but propaganda!!