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CNN is shutting down their science-and-technology unit.
« on: December 11, 2008, 12:57:04 PM »

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Boo on you, CNN

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Posted on: December 4, 2008 1:36 PM, by Jake Young

CNN is shutting down their science-and-technology unit. Not that it was much of a unit considering there was only one reporter:

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CNN has decided to shutter its science and technology unit -- a move that will result in the loss of seven jobs including veteran space correspondent Miles O'Brien.

The other six jobs are producers, the Atlanta-based cable news network said Wednesday.

"Miles has made many contributions to CNN over the years. He is a terrific reporter, and we wish him all the best," the network said in a statement. His departure date has not been set.

The decision to do away with science-and-tech reporting as a standalone unit is an editorial one, not an economic one, the media company said. Instead, those stories will be integrated into other parts of the network, CNN spokeswoman Christa Robinson said. For example, the bulk of the network's environmental coverage is part of Anderson Cooper 360's "Planet in Peril" occasional series.

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As for the reason "being editorial, not economic," I call bullshit. This is only editorial in the sense that CNN has chosen not to prioritize good science reporting. And that absence of priorities shows because if you have ever watched CNN science reporting, it was pretty piss poor already. Whether it is Sanjay Gupta and Larry King giving the antivax crowd a mic or their complete aversion to any complexity, CNN has repeatedly dropped the ball on science issues.

The economy is rough all-over, but it a shame to see a major network throwing in the towel.
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Go on reading there:
http://scienceblogs.com/purepedantry/2008/12/boo_on_you_cnn.php

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