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Jun 4, 2012

How CNN Can Save Itself

Back in the early nineties, the Cable News Network was the king of news. I remember constantly looking at my watch so I wouldn't miss the CNN Headlines at the top of each hour. Today, I would equate watching CNN with wearing bell-bottom pants and platform shoes.

I'm not the only one who has turned away from CNN. Figures from ratings agency Nielsen show that CNN has just suffered its worst month in almost twenty years, parting company with more than 50 percent of its audience in twelve months. Last month saw the news channel's average audience fall to 388,000, of which a mere 113,000 are adults in the 25-54 age bracket that advertisers covet.

The ratings decline can't be blamed on a news drought. Data for CNN's rivals only show a modest decline in ratings. Fox News has viewers in same the categories of (1.65 million and 319,000), which are down just under 10 percent annually. MSNBC is down around 18 percent.

One of the weakest time slots in CNN's lineup is during the Piers Morgan show. He was hired in a blaze of publicity over a year ago as a replacement for Larry King. His show averages just 39,000 viewers in the all-important 25-54 demo.

At one time, CNN had viewers that numbered into the millions. The network started bleeding when alternative options became available. After Fox News opened its doors in 1996, CNN quickly lost 80 percent of its viewers. The demographic of the nation explains why: 60 percent of the population views itself as conservative, and people on the right are more likely to watch news.

What was CNN's reaction to this mass exodus? Of course, it became all the more liberal. The few conservatives who were at the network were forced out. They did have a brief relapse when they hired Glenn Beck to host a show on its sister network's "Headline News." Beck left for Fox right when CNN said it was planning to remove one of his nightly telecasts.

The source of CNN's latest floundering would seem to stem from its poor job of copying MSNBC's format. The few conservatives it had left have hit the road, and liberals can turn to MSNBC for expertise on being a mouthpiece for the Obama administration.

One of the most common critiques of CNN is that it is not biased enough in its news coverage. It needs to stop being so fair-minded and start being partial like Fox News. Robert Thompson, professor of Television and Popular Culture at Syracuse University, shared this view in his recent reaction to CNN's poor ratings. "The biggest problem is inherent in their brand. They are trying to stick to old-fashioned, unbiased news broadcasting when their rivals have worked out that to draw an audience when there aren't major stories breaking you need to do the opposite."

Of course, this is pure garbage from the left. If CNN is so unbiased in its coverage, why do so many people leave it at the first chance to get another view of the news? They might as well be saying that the average person is a mindless sheep that likes to be fed lies.

CNN is still profitable for its parent company, Time-Warner, largely fueled by the success of CNN International. The network may soon slip into the red as other nations develop their own alternative media.

I have a plan that can save CNN from the ratings doldrums. What it should do is switch to an all-conservative news format. It doesn't even have to change its logo. CNN can become the Conservative News Network After all, the word "cable" doesn't really fit today anyway, with the advent of satellite TV and the Internet.

What would make the conservative format such a winner is the lack of competitors. There are now more than one thousand channels for people to choose from. Of all these networks, Fox News is the only one that stands out as being even on the right of the political spectrum. Not everyone at Fox is a red-blooded conservative. Shepard Smith comes across as a closet liberal, Bill O'Reilly calls himself a moderate, and Chris Wallace is registered Democrat, but has a reputation for being fair to both sides.

The rise of a 100-percent, non-liberal news channel would capture a huge audience. I'm sure the executives at CNN would rather put a gun in their mouth than hire someone who appeals to red states. If CNN went to a conservative format, the rest of the liberal media would react the same way if they staffed their lineup with convicted pedophiles.

CNN will never follow the game plan I suggested because they follow the agenda set by Satan himself. This world is about to come under new management. There won’t be a CNN after the Tribulation because its target audience will drop to zero.

“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:3-5).  


Damascus’ Cup of Wrath

Reports of atrocities coming out of Syria are reminders of the ongoing rage of man against man. We live in a world headed for a time in which God must deal in judgment with planet earth. We get an inkling of what faces the cities of this world with the declaration found in the book of God’s most terrible judgment. “And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath” (Revelation 16:19).

The great commercial center at the time of that judgment will suffer as perhaps no city or people have ever suffered, when God’s cup of wrath is full, and He gives it to Babylon to drink. Jesus Himself said it would be the most terrible time in human history–and that’s saying something! This earth has been witness to regimes that have dealt so fiercely with their peoples that we sometimes wonder how the Creator of all things could have allowed such treatment.

The Lord has acted at times to judge the murderous governments throughout history, of course. The Third Reich is an example. Hitler’s Reich was to last a thousand years, but lasted barely twelve, and is today looked upon as among the most heinous–certainly considered the most horrendous of the modern era. Yet there are elements among us that view the Nazi regime as a good idea, particularly because of the way that government treated the Jews.

Syria’s present tyrant-ruler is one such admirer of the Nazi attitude toward God’s chosen people. Like all Muslim states of the radical sort–and it’s difficult to find one that isn’t radical—the brutal Syrian dictatorship of Bashar Al-Assad, successor to his father, Hafez Al-Assad, hates Jews with satanic passion and has Israel in its crosshairs for annihilation. For this reason it can be said with certainty that, barring repentance, the Syrian leader and his ilk are in for some very rough times indeed. God’s Word says about the people of earth and their treatment of Abraham’s progeny: “And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed" (Genesis 12:3).

But, it is not the Jews alone that the Syrian dictator comes against with luciferian anger. He slaughters anyone who would defy his self-anointed right to rule with an iron fist of oppression. He is doing so with abandon these days, even in the face of pressure–although milquetoast pressure—by the international community.

The world of opposition to what’s going on in Damascus and surrounding area is of the spineless sort because of threats from Russia and China. Putin and the Chinese leadership have made it clear that any military action to put Assad out of power will be met with Russian and Chinese force. It is much like in the cold-war days when the Soviets and the Maoists held the nuclear threat over the heads of the world’s diplomatic community.

As the death tolls rise with Assad’s military murdering people in plain view, yet blaming the opposition rebel forces of perpetrating the killings, the international community sends the likes of former U.N. head, Kofi Annan, to plead with the Syrian dictator to stop the genocide.

During his meetings, Annan renewed an appeal to the Assad regime to end the violence against its people. Annan said he expressed the international community's concerns about the government attacks, including last week's slaughter in Houla.

"We are at a tipping point," Annan said. "The Syrian people do not want the future to be one of bloodshed and division. Yet the killings continue and the abuses are still with us today."

Eleven nations, including the United States, said they are expelling Syrian envoys in a coordinated action over the killings. Besides the United States, Japan, the Netherlands, Australia, Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Bulgaria and Canada announced that they are expelling some Syrian diplomats. ("13

Bound Bodies Found in Eastern Syria," UPI.com, 5/30/12)

There seems no chance of a Jonah-Nineveh sort of repentance by Assad and his ruling henchmen. We can say with certainty, then, that God’s judgment is on its way to Syria. But, it’s not just the fact that God will judge anyone who hates Abraham’s seed, or that judgment will come because of the obvious sins of the regime in murdering the Syrian people. We can know with certainty God’s judgment is coming because of the prophecy, with which most Bible prophecy students are familiar.

“Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap” (Isaiah 17:1). Damascus’ cup of wrath is about to be poured by the mighty hand of God. But, lest the rest of the world think this city that harbors most every Islamist terrorist organization that is blood-vowed to destroy Israel is alone in the prophetic promise to drink of that cup of wrath, consider again the following forewarning to all cities of earth: “And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath” (Revelation 16:19).