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#1 Posted on 2.10.02 1424.20
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You know it's the one.
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From the New York Daily News (New York's Hometown Connection)

CNN Headline News wants to get jiggy with it.

Get ready for slang phrases like "bling-bling," "flava," and "freak" mixed in with the day's headlines as the AOL Time Warner-owned cable network turns to hip hop lingo to rope in younger viewers.

"In an effort to be sure we are as cutting-edge as possible with our on-screen persona, please refer to this slang dictionary when looking for just the right phrase," reads an internal Headline News memo obtained by the Daily News.

"Please use this guide to help all you homeys and honeys add a new flava to your tickers and dekos," the memo continues, referring to the graphics that appear on the busy Headline News screen.

On the CNN pick list of hip hop phrases: "jimmy hat" meaning condom, "fly" for sexually attractive, and "ill," meaning to act inappropriately.

A Headline News spokeswoman said the memo was sent out by a mid-level producer to the attention of graphics writers and that top execs knew nothing about it.

Earlier this week, Headline News chief Rolando Santos told the San Francisco Chronicle that he is working slang phrases - "the lingo of our people" - into his newscasts.

The network, which went through an ambitious revamp, wants to grab the younger demographic of 18-49-year-olds who command the highest ad rates. In September, Headline News overtook GE-owned MSNBC in 18-49-year-olds for the second month in a row.

But some are bristling at the Headline News rap. "There's nothing more ridiculous than people trying to act hipper than they are," said Andrew Tyndall, editor of the Tyndall Report, which monitors TV news.
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#2 Posted on 2.10.02 1429.01
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I truly can not wait to see either Wolf Blitzer or Larry King use the phrase, "bling-bling."
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#3 Posted on 2.10.02 1725.45
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This sucks, but not as much as hiring Andrea Thompson a couple of years ago.
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#4 Posted on 2.10.02 1744.38
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    Originally posted by David Adams
    I truly can not wait to see either Wolf Blitzer or Larry King use the phrase, "bling-bling."


Or Larry King talk about how he is ill because he make all them young hos feel his tounge ring while they make their asses clap and while they gel and weave.
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#5 Posted on 2.10.02 1850.37
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*Throws up*
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#6 Posted on 2.10.02 1900.58
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On Tuesday one of the headlines that ran in the bottom of the screen (the place where they run headlines... not the crawl at the very bottom of the screen) said "Buffy the Worm Slayer", and said that Buffy would be fighting a worm on tonights show. (I believe the text was "Buffy expands her horizons tonight.") Why would CNN advertise Buffy, let alone consider that newsworthy????
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#7 Posted on 2.10.02 1943.17
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My slang uses (like many people's) pretty much froze in time at the end of High School (93). So it's a sad commentary that I recognized all of the slang words, and even I know that nobody under 20 has said "Fly" for 10 years.
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#8 Posted on 2.10.02 2003.16
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CNN's still on the air?!?

Well, I guess they don't have WCW to use as a tax write-off anymore...
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#9 Posted on 3.10.02 1620.18
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Come on guys Headline News rules! it's my favourite. So many amazing anchors. From waking up seeing Robin Meade and having Rudi Bakhtiar as the overnight achor (yumm). Heck even Linda Stouffer is pretty nice in the afternoons... None of these women kick as much ass as Aaron Brown on the mothership CNN, but they do a good job and yes I don't mind looking at them while they are reading their teleprompter.

As for the little ticker at the bottom. I've noticed that for a while. They are really trying to be more hip and young with their stories and achors (see hotties above). And I've seen the play on words they use for the title on their ticker story like "Martha's cooked" on the Martha Stewart trading scam story and when speculation of Osama Bin Ladin's death they had the title "Bin La-Dead?" haha get it =) pretty clever


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#10 Posted on 3.10.02 1929.05
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Bah. Ashleigh Banfield can take ANYONE on Headline News.
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#11 Posted on 4.10.02 0908.22
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Damnit. When I read the subject of the thread, I was hoping Flava Flav was going to be their new desk person.
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#12 Posted on 4.10.02 1608.58
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I had a huge crush on the evening anchor from about 10 years ago. Total hot socccer-mom. She died her hair al lot and I think her name was Lynn-something but I'm not sure. She was anchoring the same time the black guy who looked like a turtle was doing late-night.
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#13 Posted on 4.10.02 1945.58
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Moe, you're thinking of Lynne Russell, and you weren't the only one who loved her Though I have to say Maria Bartiromo would whup up on all of their ill asses.
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#14 Posted on 8.10.02 0107.20
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    Originally posted by spf2119
    Moe, you're thinking of Lynne Russell, and you weren't the only one who loved her Though I have to say Maria Bartiromo would whup up on all of their ill asses.


Oh yes, forgot about her. And she *wuved* the Ramones, too. Almost enough to make me get up early.

And might I just say Laurie Dhue and Lynda Lopez, based on looks, are overrated? Lopez especially does nothing for me. Haven't seen either of them in action, though.
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#15 Posted on 8.10.02 2125.52
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    Originally posted by spf2119
    Moe, you're thinking of Lynne Russell, and you weren't the only one who loved her Though I have to say Maria Bartiromo would whup up on all of their ill asses.


No, it's a pretty safe bet Lynne Russell would've whipped them all...she was working as a "Special Agent" and later a bounty hunter while she was on...
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#16 Posted on 8.10.02 2211.45
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Fo sheezy.

But if they really wanna capture the 18 to mid 20 group they should just let Williams Street launch a cheaply flash animated news channel. Who would you prefer, Blitzer or Howlin Mad Murphy? And here's Meatwad with news on the NASDAQ...
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#17 Posted on 9.10.02 0001.02
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Bah.

"Marge, when kids these days say 'bad', they mean 'good'. And to 'shake your booty' means to wiggle one's butt. Permit me to demonstrate." - Homer Simpson, "Brother from the Same Planet" (9F12)

Spouting lingo from ten years ago is not going to make you seem trendy, just dated.

Steph

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#18 Posted on 9.10.02 0316.53
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Rudi is the goddess of all news ladies! Playboy needs to get her nekkid!
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#19 Posted on 9.10.02 1506.57
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Bah. Getting this back on topic, all they need to do is let the reporters and anchors talk on-camera like they do off. If they're anything like they are here at my internship (an ABC affiliate here in CT), they'd make things a lot more interesting. Not to mention expensive, once the FCC starts paying attention.
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#20 Posted on 9.10.02 1522.27
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This reminds me of the SNL skit when Jimmy Smits guest hosted with all of the news anchors still enunciating their Spanish pronounciations off camera. Smits' character called himself "Tony" and Dana Carvey pissed him off by repeatedly calling him "Hhhhhhan-tonio." Good times.

The best part was when Bob Costas (or COA-stahs) came in the room and talked about the game between SAHN DEE-eghhhho and TAM-pa BAY!
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