CNN To Dump AP As It Tries To Compete With The AP As A Wire Service

from the good-for-cnn dept

Over the past few years, we've been watching (in some bit of horror) as the Associated Press makes misstep after misstep in trying to protect its old model of doing business. Even as a non-profit, member association, the AP seems to have trouble making forward-thinking decisions. It kicked off with the AP's complaints a few years ago that Google News was somehow sending too much traffic to its members' websites, leading to a deal between the AP and Google that took traffic away those member paper websites. If I were at a member newspaper, I'd be furious -- and many newspapers were, in fact, quite upset by this. Not long afterwards, stories started popping up about newspapers ditching the AP. Then, there's been the AP's bizarre and self-defeating hatred for bloggers, combined with a laughable plan to DRM the news (an idea that's gone absolutely nowhwere).

A year ago, we suggested that other wire services really had a chance to step up, embrace what technology allows, and take away the AP's place in the news ecosystem. Reuters has done some smart things, and CNN started to make it clear that it wanted to take on the AP in the wire service business. But, it hasn't really done all that much on that front. However, with news coming out that CNN may be among those news organizations getting ready to ditch its AP relationship, perhaps it's a sign that it's finally gearing up to really try to take on the AP in the wire business.


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    Yogi, Jun 8th, 2010 @ 3:27am

    Exciting News!

    That means that soon we'll have three biased and unreliable wire services.

    Can you tell how excited I am?

     

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      John Doe, Jun 8th, 2010 @ 4:03am

      Re: Exciting News!

      My thoughts exactly.

       

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      Liz, Jun 8th, 2010 @ 4:37am

      Re: Exciting News!

      Yes, but is it the same bias all around? Perhaps we'll be able to get at the real story somewhere in the middle.

       

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        John Doe, Jun 8th, 2010 @ 5:14am

        Re: Re: Exciting News!

        There is no middle with these news sources, they are all liberal. You have to watch Fox News to get the other side, then start looking in the middle.

         

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          ac, Jun 8th, 2010 @ 8:44am

          Re: Re: Re: Exciting News!

          I'd watch Fox News but every time I flip to the channel, it's on one of those editorial shows that panders to the fringe groups. Perhaps if they dumped a few of those in favor of reporting more of the news, I could watch. Same goes for Olberman and Maddow like lefty shows.

           

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        Yogi, Jun 8th, 2010 @ 6:18am

        Re: Re: Exciting News!

        After CNN admitted they did not report on Sadaam Hussein's atrocities so that he would not kick the network out of the country, what exactly do you expect from that network or their colleagues?

        As long as reporting from a dictatorship is treated exactly the same as reporting from a democracy - I'm going to have a problem with these networks, at least as far as political reporting is concerned.

        I still trust them to get last night's baseball scores right, but just barely...

        Actually, i don't even mind the bias so much - just be open about it. If you are hiring the relatives of a dictator to "cover" the dictatorship for you - then your readers or viewers should know about it.

         

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    Palmyra (profile), Jun 8th, 2010 @ 5:47am

    FOX TROLLS

    are on the march. Dr. Josef Goebbels would be proud of you.

     

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      Anonymous Coward, Jun 8th, 2010 @ 10:26am

      Re: FOX TROLLS

      This is clearly the most ignorant statement I've read this month. There is no better way to display your broadly ranging ignorance of both political AND internet history than invoking Godwin's Law... and quite on accident I imagine.

       

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        harbingerofdoom (profile), Jun 8th, 2010 @ 1:22pm

        Re: Re: FOX TROLLS

        i doubt it was accidental. more and more people on both sides of the libs vs. cons argument are godwinning the opposite side. it just re-enforces my belief that people dont care about whats right and wrong.... people only care about trying to prove they are correct (even when they arent).

        /besides...ya know who else godwinned political arguments...

         

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    cexcells (profile), Jun 8th, 2010 @ 6:42am

    Dear Rupert

    I see your right-wing propaganda machine is breaking up/down. No news travels faster than good news.

     

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    Greg G, Jun 8th, 2010 @ 9:01am

    Idiots

    Palmyra and cexcells have spoken, and proven once again it's better to remain quiet and only be thought of as an idiot, than to speak and remove all doubt.

    right wing propaganda machine? You can't be talking about the AP. They're flaming libs. Dropping the AP is the best first move anyone can make.

     

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    Pixelation, Jun 8th, 2010 @ 11:42am

    Hot news

    Let the "hot news" lawsuits begin!

     

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    Hephaestus (profile), Jun 9th, 2010 @ 8:23am

    How to bitch slap CMM

     

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    Hephaestus (profile), Jun 9th, 2010 @ 8:25am

    How to bitch slap CNN and the AP

    Why doesnt someone come up with a set of open internet standards for this. It would allow anyone to participate and anyone to write software and create servers for news. It would take out both CNN and the AP.

    Just a little thinking out sidde the box...

     

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