CNN founder Ted Turner blasts media, Bush

CNN FOUNDER TED TURNER BLASTS MEDIA, BUSH
[SOURCE: The Associated Press]
Ted Turner took shots Tuesday at the media for its coverage of sex and violence, at himself for losing control of the cable network he founded and at the Bush administration for its decision to go to war in Iraq. "There's an awful lot of superfluous news, the pervert of the day and someone that shot seven people at a fraternity party," Turner told a crowd gathered at a downtown hotel. "Who needs it all?" Turner, 67, said he regrets losing control of CNN, which he founded in 1980, to Time Warner Inc. after its merger with America Online. "I lost control of it and I lost it a long time ago when the AOL merger went through, and I apologize for that," Turner said. "I had a sacred trust there and I let it go. I thought there was no way they could phase me out, and I was wrong." In 2003, Turner resigned as vice chairman of what was then known as AOL Time Warner Inc. Then, last month, he said he wouldn't seek re-election to the board of what is now known simply as Time Warner.
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CNN founder Ted Turner blasts media, Bush