The following is a copy of an email I just sent to CNN: The issue of News As Entertainment has been promoted by you people in a big way, and by something you might easily overlook. Nonetheless it has a powerful emotional effect and consciously or not you have transformed your channel into little more than a motion picture that happens to contain news stories. It was bad enough when you put that ominous, melodramatic, in-your-face music to AMERICA SPEAKS BACK, music which can instill tension and even fear in a viewer (it does to me). Finally, though, you really crossed the line when you hired Don LaFontaine to do your promotional voice-overs. Mr. LaFontaine is, I am sure, a very decent guy who loves his family and is down to earth with his friends, but as utilized for movie trailers for the past several years, his voice has become a symbol of entertainment. His breathy, deep, portentious voice with its ever-predictable rhythms sets a very unfortunate tone for your news channel - we expect CNN to show us fast-paced, intense dramatic programs with staccato editing and special effects and car chases and explosions. James Earl Jones' "This is CNN" is one thing, but the redundant, menacing voice of Mr. LaFontaine ("Another reason...you can depend...on CNN..."), now heard on many cable channels as well as about half of all movie trailers, makes me want to reach for the remote to hit the "mute" button. Hire someone who has an encouraging voice and who can promote a little confidence in viewers, instead of trying to intensify an already explosive world situation by making your viewers feel more paranoid and fearful than they would be if the news was presented without this histrionic edge. Just give us the news. Don't make superb reporters like Walter Cronkite want to throw up their arms in dismay.