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When did the news stop being the news.

Posted on: October 31, 2008 4:31 am
Edited on: October 31, 2008 7:46 am

It seems to me that the news is more about entertainment and less about information these days. CNN, PMSNBC, FOXnews, and CNBC's news programs these days are hardly that. At best they can be called editorial programs. They all have the split screen with people on opposite sides of any issue talking over each other, name-calling, making disgusted faces, and never really listening to one another and actually having an adult discussion. These things along with the ticker at the bottom of the screen, the fancy graphics, and the "Breaking News Alert" that merely captions the point that someone on screen just said make it unbearable to watch, and actually give me anxiety at times. Even if it is on in the background it raises the tension.

Some wonder why we are such a nation divided. An argument could be made that these things are a large contributing factor. In some ways we are all still like children in the respect that we mimic what we see. Right now that includes feigned outrage, and the need to name call rather than discuss. Not to mention, you cannot have a story just given to you without either the anchor or co-anchor giving their two cents. How refreshing would it be to have a news program that had just one person reading the stories, no editorials or group discussions? It's not exciting, but it give the viewer the opportunity to form their own opinion. It would take half the time and the facts could get out there. Then after that show is over, the yell-fest could begin again, and you could change the channel.

One more thing then I am done for the time being. It all blew up with one little line. "I may not be a real doctor, but I play one on TV" I know that celebrities have always been active in the political arena ie. Hanoi Jane, Bob Hope, Ronald Reagan and others. But, these days it is out of hand. Do 18 year olds that have been raised in Hollywood with a golden spoon in their mouth really think they can speak for the blue-collar, middle class, middle American worker? More often than not, I could care less what they think. Just because you once had a roll as the president does not mean you really know what it takes or should tell me who to vote for. I wish they would just stick to acting, and leave the politics alone. The occasional PSA is OK, but I cannot recall a single time I went to the polls and thought "I wonder who Elmo is going to vote for".

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Since: Mar 20, 2008
Posted on: November 29, 2008 2:23 pm

When did the news stop being the news.

I quit watching the TV news some time ago. I think that the biases are becoming even more pronounced than ever. Why someone would form their political opinions based on Matt Damon's, Oprah Winfrey's or any other celebrity's point of view is astounding. What had me cracking up was Mark Cuban... He was one of Barak Obama's greatest supporters. After his recent indictment on Insider trading charges he made a statement about the "new" economic advisory council and its makeup. He was upset because it included no entrepreneurs like himself, just former Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac cronies.

I just hit scattered news sites on the internet and understand that there is an inherent bias in what is reported. The News opinion shows that you are talking about are just that. Political opinions on the mainstream media. It is an acknowledgement that media bias has made a definite impact on voting and as a result they won't ever go away.

Since: Feb 18, 2008
Posted on: November 6, 2008 9:48 am

When did the news stop being the news.

Not really.  I read and watch everything.  Even the wackos from the extreme right and extreme left.  From the pieces of it all, I try and put together what "I think" is the sum of it all.  There are ones I find more entertaining than others, but that doesn't make them more truthful.  The bulk of my daily news as it breaks I get from CNN and FOX on line.  I have MSN linked, but they seem to run only selected stories, sometimes different ones of interest, but more often than not, something breaks on CNN and FOX, and is no where to be found on MSN. 

Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: November 6, 2008 2:03 am

When did the news stop being the news.


That is just it, there are none, the closest thing out there is Paul Harvey. Even he has to throw in his two cents. Don't get me wrong, I understand why the networks have  guys like Keith Overbite, Bill O'Reilly et al. but the thing that bothers me is the split screen dog fighting. Watching the miniscule amount of "news" coverage of the election and the aftermath has given me even more disdain toward the TV news medium. I refuse to waste my time reading the newspaper anymore. I have to rely on the internet for my news, and even that is trying at times.

I wonder, do you have any suggestions for online news sites that I might find informative? It would be greatly appreciated.

Since: Feb 18, 2008
Posted on: November 5, 2008 5:21 pm

When did the news stop being the news.

O'Reilley does it all the time.....

True but O'reily is not a news anchor nor a journalist now is he.  He is a political commentator, much like an editorial columnist.  Don't mix the two.  The real problem is when networks try and combine the roles (Keith Olberman).  I am curious, who do all of you consider "objective" journalists?  I can't come up with any, ever.

Since: Feb 18, 2008
Posted on: November 5, 2008 5:17 pm

When did the news stop being the news.

Honestly, I don't think this is anything new.   News has always been editorial, even long before T.V.  Print News is bias from the 1800's is legendary.  Network news from the 50's, 60's 70's was just as bad.  Now we have cable news.  Nothing has really changed here, just the manner in which it is delivered.  As for your direct new line, about the best thing you are going to get is C-SPAN.  Live coverage of press conferences and congressional votes!  Journalistic objectivity is a myth that never existed. 

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: October 31, 2008 7:36 pm

When did the news stop being the news.

It's sad, isn't it Z? I don't have a problem with news channels doing commentary shows, but I don't like it when they decide to mix news and commentary. The thing that annoys me most about tv hosts is when they ask a guest a question, get the answer, and then spend the rest of the segment telling the audience and the guest what they think (O'Reilley does it all the time) If you're going to do that, then why have the guest on? And when they put on conservative and liberal guests on at the same time, I just turn the channel because they don't say anything informative and just end up trying to yell over each other. I guess it must be good for ratings though, but when I want to be entertained, I watch sports. I really wish we could just have a civil debate on the issues. This election cycle has caused me to lose any respect I had before for the media and hollywood.

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