Mornings With Ted – Media Madness

Opening Questions
1. Do you have cable television? (Primary use?)
2. Do you watch broadcast news?
3. Is broadcast news more trustworthy than online news?

Christiane Amanpour is CNN’s chief international correspondent and anchor of the global a airs program “Amanpour,” broadcast from the television network’s London bureau. She’s covered the most relevant conflicts of the last decades, exposing both the brutality and human cost of war and its geopolitical impacts. From the 1991 Gulf War to the siege of Sarajevo (the city later named her honorary citizen), from the 2003 American-led invasion of Iraq to the trial of Saddam Hussein the following year, Amanpour’s fearless and uncompromising approach has made her popular with audiences, and a force to be reckoned with by global influencers.

During the Balkan wars, Amanpour famously broke with the idea of journalism neutrality by calling out human right abuses and saying that “there are some situations one simply cannot be neutral about, because when you are neutral you are an accomplice.” Since her interview show “Amanpour” was launched in 2009, she’s spoken to leaders and decision makers on the issues affecting the world today while continuing reporting from all over the world.

On September 10th, 2018 she replaced the ‘Charlie Rose’ slot on PBS with Amanpour and Company.

TED Curator, Chris Anderson, interviewed Amanpour at TED Global in September 2017.

Christiane Amanpour – TED Talk

And we’ve never faced such a massive amount of information which is not curated by those whose profession leads them to abide by the truth, to fact-check and to maintain a code of conduct and a code of professional ethics. -Christiane Amanpour

Thoughts & Questions for Discussion:
• When you watch the news are you “fully convinced of its validity”?
• Are you in a “filter bubble”?
• Is broadcast news a form of “entertainment”?
• Who owns your favorite news station? The big six.
• Do media outlets have an agenda beyond their bottom line?
• Do they have too much power?
• And then that happened – Deadspin

More Resources & Ideas:
• Olga Yurkova – & brief TED Talk
Sinclair Broadcast Group
• More on Sinclair – Wikipedia

Tera’s Picks:
• Harvard Gazette –
• The Conversation –
• Different perspective
• Favorite medical resource – Mayo Clinic
• Just for fun –

Three different links (because I couldn’t choose just one). There is A LOT of information here. Please feel free to email me any questions at if you are considering cord cutting. I’m happy to help!

The Ultimate Cord Cutter’s Guide (PC Magazine)
Consumer Reports Guide to Streaming Video
The Cord Cutting Report

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