Robert Feder Adds Voice To Dismay Over WGN 9:00 P.M. Newscast Being Dropped Nationally

There is a lot of discontent over the dropping of the 9:00 P.M. WGN TV News that once aired nationally.  Media critic Robert Feder tapped into the controversy this week, and I found one comment in his column from Matt Cherniss, president and general manager of WGN America, to be simply astounding.

Starting in April, WGN America will air its first original scripted drama series, “Salem,” set during the infamous 17th century witch trials in Massachusetts. In July, the network will premiere its second original series, “Manhattan,” dramatizing the race to build the first atomic bomb (known as the Manhattan Project) in Los Alamos, N.M.

“We want our series to transport the audience to worlds that they have never experienced and tell big, operatic stories that entice and entertain,” Cherniss said.

Sources said Cherniss expects very little negative reaction to his decision to drop the 9 p.m. newscast, a move he was eager to make with months to go before the rollout of original programming. “There wasn’t much support for keeping it there,” an insider said.

Talk about spin!

I have heard nothing but angry words from people who want to see this news program.  My blog comments are very much proof of that fact.

I made it clear where I stood recently.

What the latest version of ’management’ at WGN America fails to understand is akin to the woes the newspaper industry has experienced.  That being how niche’s make up a whole.  Providing the same programming as so many other channels does not make for real growth in viewers, or expand the reasons that WGN should stand out and above other channels that come into my home.

My Favorite Sight On A Winter Day

This was what caught my eye as I drank a cup of coffee this afternoon.

When I was a boy there would be days when red cardinals would sit on the evergreens back home, and be a reason for everyone to gather at the window to take a look.  They were not everyday sightings, but when one landed in the midst of winter with white snow as a back-drop always meant that one took time out to see the beauty of Mother Nature.

All these years later the sight is still one that makes whatever else is happening come to a stop for a couple minutes as nothing else matters than the bright red against the pure white snow.

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Does Andrew Rosenthal, Editorial Page Editor Of The New York Times, Deserve Crazy Rant From The Observer?

This is one those stories that will resonate among those who follow the inside baseball of The New York Times.

I for one find the Times opinion pages in line with the topics of the day, at times pithy, always factual, and a must read.  I am not sure what ax needed sharpening at The Observer but it seems to have made for a dull whack at the Gray Lady.  She remains standing tall for readers coast to coast, and online around the world.    (Yes, this does get personal for those who love the paper.)

IT’S WELL KNOWN AMONG THE SMALL WORLD of people who pay attention to such things that the liberal-leaning reporters at The Wall Street Journal resent the conservative-leaning editorial page of The Wall Street Journal. What’s less well known—and about to break into the open, threatening the very fabric of the institution—is how deeply the liberal-leaning reporters at The New York Times resent the liberal-leaning editorial page of The New York Times.

The New York Observer has learned over the course of interviews with more than two-dozen current and former Times staffers that the situation has “reached the boiling point” in the words of one current Times reporter. Only two people interviewed for this story agreed to be identified, given the fears of retaliation by someone they criticize as petty and vindictive.

The blame here, in the eyes of most Times reporters to whom The Observer spoke, belongs to Andrew Rosenthal, who as editorial page editor leads both the paper’s opinion pages and opinion postings online, as well as overseeing the editorial board and the letters, columnists and op-ed departments. Mr. Rosenthal is accused of both tyranny and pettiness, by the majority of the Times staffers interviewed for this story. And the growing dissatisfaction with Mr. Rosenthal stems from a commitment to excellence that has lifted the rest of the Times, which is viewed by every staffer The Observer spoke to as rapidly and dramatically improving.

Way To Go CVS–No More Cigarette Sales In Their Stores

This is the type of news I like to wake up to in the morning.  Can you just hear the wailing of the tobacco lobby??  HA!

CVS is kicking its cigarette habit, stubbing out a rich and addictive source of revenue in hopes of finding healthier returns elsewhere. The company announced that it would stop selling all tobacco products in all its 7,600 or so stores by October, saying the products conflict with its goal of helping people stay healthy. It won’t even sell e-cigarettes, which are purported to be less harmful than traditional smokes.

“Put simply, the sale of tobacco products is inconsistent with our purpose,” CVS Chief Executive Larry Merlo said in a statement. By the company’s estimate, the decision to drop tobacco means it will forgo about $2 billion in annual revenue, around 1.5 percent of total sales.