Anybody want to help CNN understand why their ratings suck?
Producers behind a CNN documentary series on Rahm Emanuel — a series billed as unscripted — coordinated closely with the Chicago mayor’s staff on everything from camera shots to storylines, according to a new report based on hundreds of internal emails.
The Chicago Tribune reviewed more than 700 emails pertaining to the making and filming of “Chicagoland,” an eight-part series which finished airing last week.
Though coordination can be expected in any documentary series, the emails reportedly show the Emanuel administration playing an active role in the narrative — and producers encouraging them to play ball.
One email showed executive producer Marc Levin appealing to the mayor’s office last May to be “on the phone in his SUV, in city hall with key advisers and his kitchen cabinet and meeting with CPS head BBB (Barbara Byrd-Bennett) and with CPD (Superintendent Garry) McCarthy.”
The first episode of the series showed several such scenes.
Out of the mouth of babes… Howard Kurtz quoting Joel Klein:
Time magazine’s Joe Klein used to watch CNN at 6 p.m. just as prep for the nightly newscasts, but the network’s coverage of the missing Malaysian Airlines plane has gotten so ridiculous and pathetic, out of the three cable networks, Fox News is the only one with a solid newscast in that time slot.
Klein told Jeff Greenfield at the 92nd Street Y [Sunday] night, ‘It is such an embarrassment to our profession that CNN has gone in the toilet the way it has. You know, I miss being able to turn on a straight newscast, and it turns out the only place you can go to get one at 6:00 at night is Fox.’