May 11th, 2018
CNN’s slogan may be “The Most Trusted Name in News,” but the cable TV channel is not so trusting when it comes to letting other people know the internal editorial standards the network uses when reporting the news.
In fact, CNN is embroiled in a court struggle while trying to keep those guidelines a secret, according to an article posted on Monday by Washington Post media critic Erik Wemple. Wemple began by noting that other news services, including The New York Times, The Post and even Buzzfeed, post their standards online.
“Meanwhile,” he stated, “CNN is waging a legal battle in Florida in part to keep its internal news standards guide out of the public realm.” And, as a reminder, this is the same news outlet that has all but declared war on Fox News and Sinclair Broadcast Group over what their Media Team has deemed shoddy journalism and lines burred between advocacy and journalism.
According to a court document, that guide contains “privileged, confidential and proprietary information about CNN’s business practices.”
“The tussle over the guide is part of a larger fight over a CNN investigative piece that dates to June 2015” and claimed “the mortality rate for babies undergoing heart surgery at St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Fla., was three times the national average.”
This article was posted: Friday, May 11, 2018 at 8:30 am