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Naval Academy drops CNN over Fox News?

Naval Academy drops CNN over Fox News?
Naval Academy drops CNN over Fox News?




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Subject: (for politech if you wish)
Date: Wed, 24 Aug 2005 15:14:43 -0700 (PDT)
From: Lauren Weinstein  
To: declan@well.com 
CC: lauren@vortex.com 


Subject: CNN dropped at U.S. Naval Academy (leaving FOX News) over $3500

Greetings.  It was recently brought to my attention that CNN was
dropped a bit over two weeks ago from the U.S. Naval Academy's
(USNA) internal video network used for academic functions, which
feeds to classrooms, more than 4000 students, etc.  This left FOX
News as the only news channel on the USNA video network, which is
operated by the academy's Multimedia Support Center (MSC).

While there are reportedly some at the academy who are not sorry to
see CNN go -- I'm told it is routinely referred to as the
"Communist News Network" by many USNA officers and civilians --
there are also persons at the academy who are very upset at CNN's
plug being pulled.

Remarkably, this all appears to be about a $3500/year fee that I'm
told CNN wants the academy to pay, and that MSC has determined they
cannot afford, given other budget priorities.

This is the information that I've been able to collect to this point,
and I'll update if I learn more.

If CNN's signal is really being withheld at USNA over $3500, then
we're looking at a sorry situation indeed.  In particular, it would
seem in the best interests of CNN (and this country) to make sure
that the U.S. Naval Academy network has full access to CNN
programming, even if that meant not collecting any fee at all.

FOX News has its place of course, but leaving them as the only news
channel on a venue as important as the USNA video network, makes it
look like CNN is trying to shoot themselves in the foot.

--Lauren--
Lauren Weinstein
lauren@pfir.org or lauren@vortex.com or lauren@eepi.org 
Tel: +1 (818) 225-2800
http://www.pfir.org/lauren 
Co-Founder, PFIR
- People For Internet Responsibility - http://www.pfir.org 
Co-Founder, EEPI
- Electronic Entertainment Policy Initiative - http://www.eepi.org 
Moderator, PRIVACY Forum - http://www.vortex.com 
Member, ACM Committee on Computers and Public Policy
Lauren's Blog: http://lauren.vortex.com 
DayThink: http://daythink.vortex.com 

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