Indiana YMCA Bans CNN Over Complaints About Constant Barrage of "Fake News"

Tyler Durden's picture

Last Friday night, the Valparaiso Family YMCA in Indiana abruptly stopped airing CNN on its televisions in the facility's wellness and exercise area.  According the the Chicago Tribune, the decision was made by the Y's CEO, Robert Wanek, after dozens of complaints were lodged from guests regarding CNN's obvious "political bias" and constant reporting of "fake news."

"It's the No. 1 problem we have in the wellness area," Koeppen told me. "Trying to please everyone, which I'm sure you can appreciate."


On Monday morning, she said YMCA officials had a meeting about the complaints. It culminated with a press release statement later that day from Robert Wanek, CEO of the Valpo Y.


"In order to eliminate perceived political bias associated with national news outlets, the Valparaiso Family YMCA will only be showing local news channels in the future," he said.


I asked Wanek to better explain exactly what happened last Friday night to prompt this change in TV viewing which, as far as I know, has been the same for many years.


"I cannot pinpoint the change origins, only to add that we get dozens of requests to change channels every day from numerous interest groups," he replied.



The move from the Indiana Y came just one day after Trump's now infamous on-air spat with CNN's Jim Acosta over an "intelligence" dossier that CNN reported on but later was revealed to be completely "fake news."


Of course, not everyone was happy with the decision to change the channel on CNN which had been playing in the Valparaiso Family YMCA for 15 consecutive years.

So, I asked, no more national news networks such as CNN, C-Span, MSNBC or FOX News will be aired inside the Y for members?


No, he replied. "Only Chicago channels. Actually, we never had FOX news, just Fox 32."


Not all Y members, including me, are in favor of this rather abrupt decision.


"The policy that the YMCA has just put out is a victory for those who complained," said Greg Quartucci of Valparaiso, who's been a Y member for more than 15 years. "CNN has been on a TV at the Y for those 15 years, and I am disappointed that the Y removed CNN because of complaints."


Quartucci said Y staff members told him that CNN was removed due to complaints about "fake news" from other members.


"I suggested (Wanek) play all news channels, but he would not relent," Quartucci said.

Perhaps it's time for CNN's President Jeff Zucker to revisit his assessment that CNN's "credibility is higher than ever."

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Handful of Dust's picture

How do we ban cnn from airports?

Who started a petition to demand various airports like DFW, etc to switch to real news and do any with 24/7 cnn Fake News?

1980XLS's picture

It's a start.

Make America Great Again.

Croesus's picture

I'll start working on my local gym...

GGuy's picture
GGuy (not verified) Croesus Jan 21, 2017 6:35 AM


silverer's picture

"I" before "E", except after "C".

DavidC's picture

My up vote but you may have got me started!

Reign vs. rein (how many times have I seen this on ZH?!).
Affect vs. effect.
Your vs. you're.
There vs. they're vs. their.



Fathead Slim's picture
Fathead Slim (not verified) DavidC Jan 21, 2017 11:53 AM


Could care less.
Commander and chief.
The proof is in the pudding.

That sort of language usage illustrates an aversion to reading, which typifies the mental state of a TV addict. The TV addict has heard phrases which he then tries to use, without ever having seen the phrase in print.

It ain't just ZH, in my experience. It's seen on every blog where commentary is allowed.

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----_- (not verified) 1980XLS Jan 20, 2017 8:50 PM

"ban CNN"





Dazman's picture

Then why are Facebook. social media sites, Barack, Hillary and all the left trying to silence everyone that doesn't agree with their own narcissistic views?

mary mary's picture

But not everybody has the ability to tax me and give my money to the local airport which then gives some of my money to CNN.

NoBillsOfCredit's picture

That is bullshit. Ever heard of slander and libel?Also, they are corporations, fictional creatures created by the power of the state. Only people have rights...rights come from God.


Billy the Poet's picture



And no one is compelled to listen to what anyone else has to say because this is America, dude. Get over it. Your warmongering friends lost.

----_-'s picture

they are not my friends and they didnt lost.


they provide a fictive struggle to make it look like as if they are fighting the people of trump. cnn has pushed trump more than anyone else

Billy the Poet's picture

I used to feel the same way but it's become apparent to me that the control from the top is not as monolithic as you suggest and that there are factions battling each other.  CNN has sided with the Clinton faction and for now the Trump faction is more appealing to me.

This anarchist is pleased with today's events. How can you not like the idea that DC will have less power and locals will have more control over their own lives?

GGuy's picture
GGuy (not verified) ----_- Jan 21, 2017 6:37 AM


StychoKiller's picture

Replace CNN with CN (Cartoon Network!) -- every bit as believable!

peddling-fiction's picture

Heck, I would prefer to look at the Good News (meaning bad news) from Futurama, than CNN. And then go deliver it.

silverer's picture

Then I also have the right to drag you into Baptist Church every week to listen to the sermon? Don't tell me I have to be forced to watch that propaganda bullshit in public places. Keep it in your own private bathroom where it belongs.

CaptainObvious's picture

The problem with that is, the real news dispensers can't afford the television licensure and onerous regulations.

mary mary's picture

Right. That's how fascism works.  The fascists create "licensing agencies", and staff them.  Those staff tell citizens, "you have to get us to "grant you" a license before you can offer your willing services to willing buyers".  The staff create legal paperwork mazes that citizens have to run to get the licenses.  But at the same time, the same staff grease the license applications of their fascist masters.  They act like a team of football referees that always penalizes one team and never the other.

This is an important American complaint about UK in the Declaration of Indepencence.  But this happens today, throughout the USA, at every level, in every city.  Call it liberalism, socialism, or fascism.  I think fascism is most correct.   And this is why Trump had Priebus order all agancies to stop creating more "rules".  And this is another reason I dislike Catholicism, because Catholics always do this, and have been doing this for 2,000 years.

new game's picture

sounds like trucking and getting interstate trucking authority, ifta taxes,ect.- pinhead control by the bigs. and now by 12/17 all trucks 2000 and newer must comply with monthly electronic reporting to fed. fart and the feds smell it. just doesn't pass the sniff test - lol. fuk this country of millions upon millions of regulatory laws...

hopefully the trumpster can trickle down to all these regulatory monsters created by fascist bigs like dart, yellow ect. oh yea they will say/lie that it affects them too, but it's all bullshit because it raises barriers to entry and allows them to harvest drivers at 40-50 cents per mile vs beinging independent at 1.25-1.50/ mile and run a tight ship and make some real money doing a boring ass job. but, no these fed fuk are bought by lobbiest from the bigs. under the guise of saftey for the childern like the childern they create with their over regulation.

also, break up google, for starters...

WillyGroper's picture

it would be most effective to hack the feeds with George Webb's vids. ;)

Katos's picture

Let's get a petition going to have all airports change their televisions to RT! It's really one of the few news channels that actually have live reporters who actually go into war zones and bring back real news+

max_leering's picture

cnn should have their licenses revoked via FCC... it's Trump-time bitchez!

BarkingCat's picture

I don't think they have a license.

They do not broadcast over the airwaves

knukles's picture

Where's Tyler to splice something into the news-feed when you need him?

max_leering's picture

they broadcast on Sirius to my truck... airwaves

Lumberjack's picture

I'm starting a new exercise clothing line. Make America Great Again!

nmewn's picture

Bill Clinton...eyeballin Ivanka...


Well...the price of a handful of Viagra anyways ;-)

CaptainObvious's picture

The best thing about that clip is how Hitlery gives Slick Willy the stink eye and he basically blows her off and goes back to ogling Ivanka's significant assets.  It could have been worse...Ivanka could have been within sleazy grope distance of Uncle Joe.

knukles's picture

Why that old horn dog, he got caught now did he?

mary mary's picture

"Primary Colors" movie in which John Travolta played the part of Bill Clinton.  :-)  Travolta said, "I nailed him".

chunga's picture

Wow, he's leering at somebody that's for sure. If it's Melania, at the inauguration, holy fuck that takes nerve. I'd be pissed off if that happened to me, my wife would too, knowing what a sick pervert he is.

nmewn's picture


And note how Hillary's eyes narrow for a split second...then that longing look...for Huma.

Very sad ;-)

chunga's picture

This is a guy that launched a bombing campaign, I think on Iraq, on the day he got impeached for lying about sex with a WH intern. He's also pals with Epstein, convicted under-age sex predator.

Then Huma, Hillreys right hand gal, supposedly daughter of radical jihad publishers is married to disgraced Congressman (((Weiner))) another pervert who sends out gross pictures that include his own son to another minor.

That's another reason I don't dismiss this Pizzagate can't even make this shit up. These people are fucking gross.

Treason Season's picture

IIRC You are mistaking Iraq for Sudan, What's wrong with you, can't keep your unauthorized bombings in order? /s

Treason Season's picture

IIRC You are mistaking Iraq for Sudan, What's wrong with you, can't keep you unauthorized bombings in order?

HumanMan's picture

...Followed by the same fake smile she proudly displayed every time Trump called her out in the debates.

iAmerican3's picture
iAmerican3 (not verified) chunga Jan 20, 2017 7:45 PM

Bill and Hill are both pedophile homosexuals. It's all an act.

Hulk's picture

If a pill was a million bucks, Bill would come up with the cash !!!

"Damn the Haitians, I need a boner !!!"

iAmerican3's picture
iAmerican3 (not verified) nmewn Jan 20, 2017 7:44 PM

Bill is a homo pedophile rapist. His "lothario" schtick is a cover. The Butcher of Waco is  a sterile capon.

Normalcy Bias's picture

As it should be, CNN IS FAKE NEWS...

Best of luck to the fucking HACKS that work in these propaganda outlets, and have no other skills than the ability to ignore their own conscience (that is, if they have one).

localstorm's picture

That's a right move

stant's picture

Get them off the the dam airport TVs too!

aardvarkk's picture

I would agree, but they would probably just change over to MSNBC.