CNN chief’s exit interview: No regrets | Synopsis

CNN chief’s exit interview: No regrets

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(CNN) — He’s been one of the most powerful figures in the news business for nearly a decade — not just in the United States but around the world. Now, after rising from the company’s lowest ranks to become president of CNN Worldwide, Jim Walton is leaving the building. Friday is his last day. “I’ve been president of this organization for nearly one-third of its existence. I’m proud of that and of what CNN has become, what it stands for and what we’ve accomplished together,” he said in a note to employees. “Thanks for the long hours, for the understanding families, for the support in tough times, for the laughs all the time and for the courage to do the right thing.

People:

Jim Walton

Overall Sentiment: 0.0455597

Relevance: 0.914285

Sentiment Quote
0.130782 Walton announced his planned departure in July, saying at the time that “CNN needs new thinking.”
0 “just not who I am,” he says. …
-0.178679 he says that even more important than big breaking news stories are the times that employees “have been in difficult situations.”
0 Walton notes that “in my time here, we’ve added newsgathering.”
0 “Of course I do,” he says. …
0 “Of course I do,” he says. “I’m the head of CNN.”
0.247756 Walton was “receptive to big ideas”
0.158681 Walton was “receptive to big ideas” such as iReport, CNN Heroes and political coverage “featuring the magic touch-screen wall.”
0 Walton doesn’t say at the end of his “exit interview.”
0.34762 he hopes people will remember him, he says, “It’s up to them.”
-0.489696 he shrugs and insists, “I don’t care” …
Sentiment Stats:
  • Number of Quotes: 11
  • Aggregate Sentiment: 0.216464
  • Mean: 0.019678545454545
  • Standard Deviation: 1.4142135623731

Davis

Overall Sentiment: 0.247141

Relevance: 0.217707

Anderson Cooper

Overall Sentiment: 0.0191112

Relevance: 0.195467

Sentiment Quote
0.0320252 “ideological direction,” as Fox and MSNBC have done, is “tempting,” he says. …
Sentiment Stats:
  • Number of Quotes: 1
  • Aggregate Sentiment: 0.0320252
  • Mean: 0.0320252
  • Standard Deviation: 1.4142135623731
Disambiguation: Celebrity | Journalist | TVPersonality | TVActorReferences:

Jeff Zucker

Overall Sentiment: 0.183078

Relevance: 0.179195

Christiane Amanpour

Overall Sentiment: 0.127575

Relevance: 0.170729

Sentiment Quote
0.290413 Christiane Amanpour says Walton “saw the whole grand experiment of CNN through from its birth.”
0.100994 Christiane Amanpour, says of Walton: “He’s fun, he’s kind, he’s witty, and he saw the whole grand experiment of CNN through from its birth.”
Sentiment Stats:
  • Number of Quotes: 2
  • Aggregate Sentiment: 0.391407
  • Mean: 0.1957035
  • Standard Deviation: 1.7320508075689
Disambiguation: AwardWinner | Journalist | TVPersonality | FilmActor | TVActorReferences:

Miles O’Brien

Overall Sentiment: -0.118467

Relevance: 0.163501

Sentiment Quote
0.0789294 “In the corporate world, he looks like a hero, but for the people who care about news, he’s a disappointment,” says Miles O’Brien, …
0.090331 O’Brien says Walton pushed a system in which correspondents spend so much time doing live shots that they’re not given adequate flexibility to do enough “good shoe-leather journalism” …
Sentiment Stats:
  • Number of Quotes: 2
  • Aggregate Sentiment: 0.1692604
  • Mean: 0.0846302
  • Standard Deviation: 0

Rick Davis

Overall Sentiment: 0

Relevance: 0.15588

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Jeff

Overall Sentiment: 0.22783

Relevance: 0.151035

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Jeff Bewkes

Overall Sentiment: 0

Relevance: 0.144876

Sentiment Quote
-0.0761369 “When Jim Walton assumed the presidency of CNN in 2003, it was underperforming and earnings were in serious decline,” Bewkes says. …
-0.0437878 “When Jim Walton assumed the presidency of CNN in 2003, it was underperforming and earnings were in serious decline,” Bewkes says. “Since then, he and CNN have tripled earnings, doubled margin and delivered annual growth of 15%.”
Sentiment Stats:
  • Number of Quotes: 2
  • Aggregate Sentiment: -0.1199247
  • Mean: -0.05996235
  • Standard Deviation: 0

Bob Thompson

Overall Sentiment: 0.104341

Relevance: 0.142452

Sentiment Quote
0 “When it comes to prime time, he wasn’t able to bring together the forces that were able to solve it,” Thompson says. …
Sentiment Stats:
  • Number of Quotes: 1
  • Aggregate Sentiment: 0
  • Mean: 0
  • Standard Deviation: 1.4142135623731

Adds Harber

Overall Sentiment: 0.136068

Relevance: 0.137513

Barack Obama

Overall Sentiment: 0.414459

Relevance: 0.136054

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Edward R. Murrow

Overall Sentiment: 0.0367835

Relevance: 0.130759

Disambiguation: AwardWinner | ChivalricOrderMember | HallOfFameInductee | TVPersonality | BroadcastArtist | TVActorReferences:

Randy Harber

Overall Sentiment: 0.335961

Relevance: 0.128617

Sentiment Quote
0.180959 “He was the guy who said, ‘If you do basic journalism and you keep us in the middle, then we will succeed.’ We didn’t veer right or left. He kept us that way. “He was a very fundamental news guy,” Harber says. …
Sentiment Stats:
  • Number of Quotes: 1
  • Aggregate Sentiment: 0.180959
  • Mean: 0.180959
  • Standard Deviation: 1.4142135623731

John King

Overall Sentiment: -0.0990784

Relevance: 0.127553

Jon Klein

Overall Sentiment: 0.0106796

Relevance: 0.127096

Sentiment Quote
-0.0310576 “He was invariably enthused and supportive,” Klein says. …
0.111182 “He was invariably enthused and supportive,” Klein says. “He made us all conscious of the importance of diversity on air and off, and above all brought a sense of human decency and generosity to our daily interactions.”
Sentiment Stats:
  • Number of Quotes: 2
  • Aggregate Sentiment: 0.0801244
  • Mean: 0.0400622
  • Standard Deviation: 0

Phil Kent

Overall Sentiment: 0

Relevance: 0.10622

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  • The Mean is meant to be an indicator of an individual’s average comment sentiment.
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TelevisionStation: CNN

Overall Sentiment: -0.155446

Relevance: 0.309023

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CNN chief’s exit interview: No regrets

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He’s been one of the most powerful figures in the news business for nearly a decade — not just in the United States, but around the world.

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