In a wide-ranging interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Ted Turner said he hasn’t watched CNN’s sister network HLN in years, because he wants “to see serious news.”
That jab is in reference to HLN’s biggest star Nancy Grace, whose show tends to focus on sensationalistic stories like the Casey Anthony trial. These stories frequently overtake the entire evening program schedule for weeks and months at a time when they occur, leaving all other news to the other major cable networks.
It also shows that Turner is still bitter at his former company for being fired, as he claims, by former AOL-Time Warner CEO Gerald Levin. The firing occurred shortly after the two companies merged in what was really a clash of egos that Turner lost.
Turner is clearly disappointed that the network has fallen from its former perch atop the cable news ratings, to third place, and is in essence left fighting for Fox News’ table scraps with MSNBC.
CNN has been showing a little bit of life lately, but it would require a major collapse at Fox News for the network to regain even a shred of its former ratings glory.
Tuner, who is also known as the “Mouth of the South,” showed that he still isn’t shy about expressing his political opinions, when asked about Obama:
“I like Obama. I don’t know who could do a better job. He’s got an incredibly tough situation, and a good heart and mind. I’d like to see him rally support a little better. He’s alienated a lot of people — not deliberately or anything.” By contrast, “Certainly the Tea Party people are mean-spirited. It’s so heartbreaking to have [them] say that global warming is a hoax.”
Maybe he’s no longer welcome at CNN, but it sounds like he’s a great fit for MSNBC.