Well, the saga between the WWE and CNN continued with CNN saying they didn’t owe former WWE Champion John Cena an apology for hacking his answer to pieces and taking him completely out of context.
Let’s look at things on a larger scale for a moment to compare. Let’s say, hypothetically, that President George W. Bush was asked the question, “Are you planning to use military force against Iran?”
And let’s say, hypothetically, that his response was something along these lines: “Absolutely not. We are pursuing diplomatic solutions and sanctions in conjunction with the United Nations and European Union. We want Iran to come clean on their nuclear program, join the international community, and be held accountable. But make no mistake about it, if they continue to show defiance in the face of international pressure and continue what we believe is a program geared toward acquiring nuclear weapons, then absolutely we will use everything at our disposal to ensure a state that sponsors terrorism can’t get nuclear weapons.”
Now, imagine if you will, the shouts and uprising that would come if, in order to press their belief that Bush was pursuing war, the interviewing news organization decided to cut that long, political answer and aired only the bolded portion.
I know this is an extreme comparison, but it’s the same basic principle. The man gave an answer that started with a clear, concise and definite negative – and CNN found a way to slice it to make it sound almost guilty.
In the newspaper business, many of us are taught that running corrections is actually a boost to your credibility, especially if you apologize for any errors that were your fault. We don’t like running too many of them, but don’t hesitate to run them when needed. It’s the right thing, the responsible thing, for any credible news organization to do.
Perhaps you should remember that, CNN, and rethink your response.
Lion among us
Well, it’s almost here. The next week in the WWE is going to be an exciting one. The return of Edge is expected at Survivor Series, and on Monday’s episode of Raw the countdown will end once again with the return of Chris Jericho.
And it’s not a moment too soon for either of them.
The WWE thrives on great personalities, face or heel. We know both of these men are superb talents on the mic, and it’s going to be great having them both back in the ring. If the fans are any indication, as shown by a recent poll that gave overwhelming approval to the Nov. 5 episode of Raw, having episodes filled with well-written promos and humor can be just as satisfying as those filled with good matches.
Now, don’t get me wrong – I’m not satisfied unless I get my dose of good in-ring action. Hopefully Y2J will give us plenty of that too, giving away recently that he’s not only been working off his “ring rust” but has a few new moves to show off to the fans.
Welcome back to Raw is Jericho, folks!
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Thanks for the props, Kristen. I love getting e-mails from the ladies.
Well, I guess we’ve all wised up a bit Paula – myself included. And, as a veteran from a family of veterans, thank you and you’re welcome.
I agree with you a 110%.Being an aspiring wrestling journalist this pissed me off because journalists already have a bad reputation for supposedly doing things like this and CNN did nothing but prove everyone right. CNN is supposed to be the head news channel out there but pulling off something like this makes them look like a disgrace. I think every wrestling fan should be disappointed whether or not they are a fan of John Cena because not only did that documentary make him look bad, but it also made pro wrestling in general look bad as well. Like you, I will be watching a lot less of CNN. Hopefully since they have been caught red handed, no one will never have to go through what John Cena did.
Good luck in your goal of becoming a wrestling journalist. I can certainly name off a litany of much more boring beats to cover! Lord knows there’s plenty of intrigue, drama, and other news in both sides of the wrestling world, reality and on-air.
Taker will get title at armageddon, not ss.
Brett is referring to my recent prediction that Taker would get the strap from Batista this Sunday. I predicted he’d get the belt back in order to bring on a rivalry with Edge, who stole the belt from him if you recall. But, who knows. Guess we’ll find out Sunday!
Mike, there’s no doubt that the WWE has been down recently. But make no mistake about it, the WWE isn’t going anywhere without an act of whatever supreme being you believe in. WCW had the WWE beat for quite some time, but look who’s standing now. I don’t see TNA, as much talent as they have, gaining enough momentum to put themselves in a WCW-like position. The WWE is here to stay.
Sean “O’Mac” McGuinney’s day job is as a newspaper editor. He has been a journalist for nearly 10 years and has covered everything from government to sports. The wrestling? Well, that’s just been enjoyed since he was a kid. Don’t ask how long ago that was.
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