CNN’s “Leg” Up

Thanks, ICN, for your “heads up” on CNN’s “leg” up on FNC on DirecTV. According to Swanni of, CNN took the lead in programming in HD while FNC “dragged its feet on the HD launch.” He added that FNC has now lost its favored status at a HD-capacity-starved DirecTV once FNC’s parent company, News Corp., ceded control of DirecTV to John Malone’s Liberty Media.

Since appreciation of distaff aesthetics has often led the way in technological progress in the visual media, it seems strange that Fox News is lagging so far behind CNN HD. Ironically, Rupert Murdoch’s cable news network, known for its unabashed celebration of the feminine form, e.g., in its selection of co-hosts, subject matter, and attitude, is following far behind in the footsteps of Ted Turner’s erstwhile jewel CNN, associated far too long with a stodgier, passe p.c. presentation of the news a la the dying dinosaur Big Three news networks. In CNN’s defense, it is slowly making progress in this regard, e.g., with its snare of Kiran Chetry as AM co-anchor, its choice of Janelle Rodriguez as AM executive producer, and its welcome embrace of a less sterile atmosphere.

Thus far, FNC has generally enjoyed a comfortable lead in the cable news race. However, how does it compare to CNN HD on DirecTV?


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3 Responses to “CNN’s “Leg” Up”

  1. hgb3 Says:

    “appreciation of distaff aesthetics”! Great phrase and what a wonderful yet little used word (‘distaff’, of course). I admit that I had to consult my Webster’s for that one, and am very glad that I did.

    The late W.F. Buckley would be proud, sir…. that he would.

  2. jakeho Says:

    Thanks, HGB, for the kind words.

  3. Tom B. Says:

    I’ve always associated the term “distaff” with older female horses. Then again, I grew up about 4 blocks away from a racetrack!

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