April 20, 2018, 12:57 pm
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.07053 UAE Dirham
1 Philippine Peso = 1.99923 Albanian Lek
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03418 Neth Antilles Guilder
1 Philippine Peso = 0.38677 Argentine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02467 Australian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03418 Aruba Florin
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03841 Barbados Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 1.59228 Bangladesh Taka
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03034 Bulgarian Lev
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1 Philippine Peso = 33.62742 Burundi Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0192 Bermuda Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02503 Brunei Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13175 Bolivian Boliviano
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06526 Brazilian Real
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0192 Bahamian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 1.26032 Bhutan Ngultrum
1 Philippine Peso = 0.18403 Botswana Pula
1 Philippine Peso = 384.48243 Belarus Ruble
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03837 Belize Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02421 Canadian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01858 Swiss Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 11.41406 Chilean Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12052 Chinese Yuan
1 Philippine Peso = 52.12791 Colombian Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 10.7778 Costa Rica Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0192 Cuban Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 1.71039 Cape Verde Escudo
1 Philippine Peso = 0.39282 Czech Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 3.39601 Djibouti Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.11551 Danish Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 0.94891 Dominican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.1798 Algerian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.24262 Estonian Kroon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.33916 Egyptian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.52276 Ethiopian Birr
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01551 Euro
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03865 Fiji Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01348 Falkland Islands Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01349 British Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.08525 Ghanaian Cedi
1 Philippine Peso = 0.89975 Gambian Dalasi
1 Philippine Peso = 172.80584 Guinea Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.14089 Guatemala Quetzal
1 Philippine Peso = 3.95007 Guyana Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15072 Hong Kong Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.45249 Honduras Lempira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.11491 Croatian Kuna
1 Philippine Peso = 1.24505 Haiti Gourde
1 Philippine Peso = 4.8093 Hungarian Forint
1 Philippine Peso = 264.60534 Indonesian Rupiah
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06739 Israeli Shekel
1 Philippine Peso = 1.26727 Indian Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 22.73862 Iraqi Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 806.60649 Iran Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 1.91031 Iceland Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 2.37565 Jamaican Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01361 Jordanian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 2.06171 Japanese Yen
1 Philippine Peso = 1.92145 Kenyan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 1.32194 Kyrgyzstan Som
1 Philippine Peso = 76.97331 Cambodia Riel
1 Philippine Peso = 7.61206 Comoros Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 17.28442 North Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 20.40042 Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00575 Kuwaiti Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01575 Cayman Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 6.25043 Kazakhstan Tenge
1 Philippine Peso = 158.93989 Lao Kip
1 Philippine Peso = 28.9034 Lebanese Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 2.99693 Sri Lanka Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 2.50451 Liberian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.22892 Lesotho Loti
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05855 Lithuanian Lita
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01192 Latvian Lat
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02543 Libyan Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.17577 Moroccan Dirham
1 Philippine Peso = 0.31452 Moldovan Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 0.94968 Macedonian Denar
1 Philippine Peso = 25.52333 Myanmar Kyat
1 Philippine Peso = 45.86134 Mongolian Tugrik
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15521 Macau Pataca
1 Philippine Peso = 6.76013 Mauritania Ougulya
1 Philippine Peso = 0.64144 Mauritius Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.29902 Maldives Rufiyaa
1 Philippine Peso = 13.70175 Malawi Kwacha
1 Philippine Peso = 0.35007 Mexican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07459 Malaysian Ringgit
1 Philippine Peso = 0.22915 Namibian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 6.87536 Nigerian Naira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.59554 Nicaragua Cordoba
1 Philippine Peso = 0.14884 Norwegian Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 2.01652 Nepalese Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02629 New Zealand Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00739 Omani Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0192 Panama Balboa
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06176 Peruvian Nuevo Sol
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06241 Papua New Guinea Kina
1 Philippine Peso = 1 Philippine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.21836 Pakistani Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06459 Polish Zloty
1 Philippine Peso = 106.04187 Paraguayan Guarani
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0699 Qatar Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07223 Romanian New Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 1.16816 Russian Rouble
1 Philippine Peso = 16.22066 Rwanda Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07202 Saudi Arabian Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.14768 Solomon Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.25792 Seychelles Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.34667 Sudanese Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.161 Swedish Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02513 Singapore Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01349 St Helena Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.42646 Slovak Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 146.53351 Sierra Leone Leone
1 Philippine Peso = 10.79316 Somali Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 380.06338 Sao Tome Dobra
1 Philippine Peso = 0.16804 El Salvador Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 9.89015 Syrian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.22917 Swaziland Lilageni
1 Philippine Peso = 0.599 Thai Baht
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04602 Tunisian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04292 Tongan paʻanga
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07736 Turkish Lira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12961 Trinidad Tobago Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.56365 Taiwan Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 43.7488 Tanzanian Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.50259 Ukraine Hryvnia
1 Philippine Peso = 70.84694 Ugandan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0192 United States Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.54158 Uruguayan New Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 154.65719 Uzbekistan Sum
1 Philippine Peso = 1139.831 Venezuelan Bolivar
1 Philippine Peso = 437.43038 Vietnam Dong
1 Philippine Peso = 2.00538 Vanuatu Vatu
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04922 Samoa Tala
1 Philippine Peso = 10.16881 CFA Franc (BEAC)
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05185 East Caribbean Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 10.16881 CFA Franc (BCEAO)
1 Philippine Peso = 1.83983 Pacific Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 4.79931 Yemen Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.2292 South African Rand
1 Philippine Peso = 99.66391 Zambian Kwacha
1 Philippine Peso = 6.95026 Zimbabwe dollar

The fall of CNN

In the Philippines, there’s less than half a handful of American news providers. A function of limited choices, most Filipinos know CNN (Cable News Network). 

Founded by philanthropist Robert Edward “Ted” Turner, CNN, the first 24-hour news network, created a name for itself from its coverage of the Persian Gulf War.

In the international sphere where it dominates, CNN has Christiane Amanpour, Richard Quest and Fareed Zakaria. For the mainstream American audiences, CNN had Larry King, already then an iconic figure on American radio.

As CNN matured it featured more opinionated and editorialized reporting. It hired Anderson Cooper who seemed to have incredible empathy with his interviewees. Replacing King, CNN hired Piers Morgan who had a following in the United Kingdom.

Unfortunately, the fit was wrong. King resonated with rural American markets, a significant segment comprised of “Forgotten Men.” Form and content-wise, Morgan’s smugness and arrogance turned audiences off. Total ratings likewise declined as Zakaria started focusing on domestic politics away from his expertise. These worsened when, for its US coverage, CNN started employing anchors whose biased commentaries preceded news reporting.

Note the numbers. Fact-checker service politifact.com scored 33 percent of CNN host Van Jones’s reporting as half true and 17 percent  false, while CNN anchorman Don Lemon scored 33 percent false.

What believability CNN still enjoys in Manila is, however, no longer shared in its own home-country. Disparagingly nicknamed the “counterfeit news network” by a growing population of critics, the network’s US edition has been discovering new depths whenever it has breaking news. 

Content bias and editorial bullheadedness are at the core. It would have been easy enough to justify CNN’s decline on the animosity between Liberals and Conservatives. But it isn’t just that.  MSNBC would be in the same rut. It isn’t. 

A study by the Shorenstein Center on Press, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard University and the Project for Excellence in Journalism, showed gross media bias by CNN with regard to Republicans and Democrats. The study showed “CNN programming tended to cast a negative light on Republican candidates by a margin of three-to-one. Four in 10 stories (41 percent) were clearly negative while just 14 percent  were positive and 46 percent were neutral.” 

That was in 2007. Bias was aggravated by unethical behavior. In 2016, a CNN contributor leaked to the Clinton campaign questions for a forthcoming CNN-sponsored debate. Including the repeated replaying of illegally obtained conversations and an instance of “scripted questions,” politifact.com scores CNN as 16 percent half true, 7 percent mostly false and 11 percent totally false.

In 2017, reprising its 2007 findings, the Harvard Kennedy School again found  CNN’s coverage of Donald Trump was 93 percent negative compared to Fox’s more balanced coverage of 52 percent to 48 percent, negative to positive ratio.

Add to bias and ethical questions frivolous content.

In its US edition CNN once focused lengthily on Trump’s manner of holding a cup of water. In another instance, CNN dedicated extended primetime panel discussions on Trump’s choice of snacks, concluding its debate with a diagnosis of dementia. They’ve likewise waxed philosophical on the social inequalities of serving the US president two scoops of ice cream instead of one. Recently, for three weeks now, bannered under “Breaking News,” Anderson Cooper spends obsessive hours interviewing a porn star, an ageing Playmate and their ambulance chasers.

It’s turned tabloid. The company has lost touch with mainstream America. Serious content is sidelined for sensationalism. In comparison, issues on Fox News Corp. focus on national security, trade relations, industrial output and jobs, tax relief and healthcare. For America’s mainstream “Forgotten Man” these are real concerns that do not need to be bannered to sell.

Fox, a conservative sine qua non, is neither threatened by peer nor competition. CNN cannot claim the same. It’s been topped by MSNBC. ABC, NBC and CBS are on its heels. Hence, its daily “Breaking News” on stupefying stories.

Ratings reflect the substantial difference in content between a lead network and one crashing.

On June 2017 covering the primetime slots from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. under shows anchored by CNN’s Wolfgang Blitzer, Erin Burnett, Anderson Cooper and Don Lemon, CNN’s average hourly viewership was 835,000. For the same hours, under Fox’s Eric Baier, Martha MacCallum, Tucker Carlson and Sean Hannity, Fox’s was 2.432 million. 

The total day hourly average viewership among Fox, MSNBC and CNN was 1.77 million,  1.131 million, and 830,000, respectively. Fox tripled CNN in nearly all prime slots. MSNBC, a liberal network like CNN, is double.

Updating the data, during the first quarter of 2018, CNN’s ratings spiralled down nearly 20 percent for total day and 16 percent for primetime. CNN is devolving. MSNBC and Fox earned 1.8 million and 2.8 million more viewers respectively.

CNN’s apparent bullheaded obsession with an agenda alienated from its US constituency’s as opposed to the objective and unbiased reporting of facts founds its decline. At the core of all “fake news,” an insidious Pavlovian agenda subliminally imposed, denies audiences critical choices and analyses, mind-conditioning them towards a bias.

When constant, incessant and profuse, agenda-based content, however sensationalized, bears down on gullible and undiscerning weak minds. To a discerning audience, however, agenda-based reporting insults their intelligence. They react by tuning out. CNN’s fallen ratings show what issues matter to an evolved, intelligent and deeply vigilant American audience. 
Rating: 
Average: 4.3 (6 votes)

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