How CNN Makes Us Dumber By Treating Politics Like Sports

“CNN’s approach to covering politics often prioritizes drama and spectacle over serious truth telling.”

This isn’t about fake news.

It’s about news as entertainment — and more specifically how CNN president Jeff Zucker has molded the network in the image of ESPN’s sports coverage and the impact that move is having on the world.

This Vox video breaks down how CNN treats politics like sports and the way that strategy influences its coverage including that sports TV staples like commentator arguments, countdown clocks, and assorted other tricks make for “cheap, easy TV” that requires no original reporting.