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H_TeXMeX_H 03-23-2013 09:08 AM

An interesting report on the status of TV news
 
http://stateofthemedia.org/2013/spec...ews-landscape/

Not that I watch news regularly, because I don't, but now I can quantify the reasons why I don't.

tronayne 03-23-2013 10:02 AM

The only ones I watch and listen to daily are National Public Radio (NPR) and Public Broadcasting System (PBS). No screaming, no table pounding, no talking over one another, no commercials, no "coverage" (read: speculation) of the latest Big Murder Case or the Kardashian frolics.

Just news, talking heads on two sides of a controversy, heads that actually know what they're talking about.

Network news? 15 minutes of news, fifteen minutes of commercials, network promos, sheesh.

Local news? If it bleeds it leads, no thanks. I get my weather from NOAA.

BBC occasionally, CBC (Canadian) once is while, Al Jazeera sometimes (they do a good job of reporting stuff nobody else does).

ozar 03-23-2013 01:37 PM

Hello

I'm not surprised that things are changing for the TV news stations. I started several years ago getting all my news online so that it's easier to pick and click just those stories that I'm interested in, rather than having the TV stations decide what I should or should not know about.

moxieman99 03-24-2013 04:05 PM

[QUOTE=tronayne;4917149]The only ones I watch and listen to daily are National Public Radio (NPR) and Public Broadcasting System (PBS). No screaming, no table pounding, no talking over one another, no commercials, no "coverage" (read: speculation) of the latest Big Murder Case or the Kardashian frolics.

[QUOTE]

You've never watched the McLaughlin (sp) Group on PBS, have you?

frankbell 03-24-2013 09:57 PM

In the US, local television news has been garbage for years. "If it bleeds it leads" is not just a lame joke, it's a reality.

US Network TV news is a swamp of lickspittle sycophants who are more interested in the approval of their peers than in telling the truth.

PBS is a little less bad, but falls into the phony "on-the-one-hand-on-the-other-hand" trap, that opposing views have equal weight merely because they are opposing, facts and reality be darned.

NPR is a little less bad than PBS, but still trifles in "on-the-one-hand-on-the-other-hand."

Don't get me started.

kooru 03-25-2013 04:05 AM

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Originally Posted by frankbell (Post 4918055)
US Network TV news is a swamp of lickspittle sycophants who are more interested in the approval of their peers than in telling the truth.

I follow only a little the US TV, but i think that this is true for the most part of the country, not only US.
By now, i use especially internet to find and understand the news.

H_TeXMeX_H 03-25-2013 05:50 AM

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Originally Posted by frankbell (Post 4918055)
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US Network TV news is a swamp of lickspittle sycophants who are more interested in the approval of their peers than in telling the truth.

This is what people like and what people do all the time. This is the way lies spread. People seek approval, they get their "news" from TV, and then get their approval when everyone else agrees on a topic which they too have taken word-for-word from TV or possibly radio.

Looking at this study that I posted it turns out this is what "news" agencies do internally as well. No real facts to be found, just opinions and interviews.

tronayne 03-25-2013 10:19 AM

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Originally Posted by moxieman99 (Post 4917911)
You've never watched the McLaughlin (sp) Group on PBS, have you?

Once, somewhere about 1995 I think, was enough.

Kinda like, you know, one issue of USA Today is more than enough?

I usually look at The New York Times, The Time (of London), The Guardian (ditto), the Wall Street Journal and the Alcona County Review (local weekly, 135 years) -- get more news from the Review that I actually give a hoot about than, well, pretty much all the rest of 'em. :D

Oh, yeah, I forgot -- Linux Journal every month.

sundialsvcs 03-25-2013 10:31 AM

It's amusing to read the editorials on Pravda, the Russian news outlet. From time to time, they more-or-less say, "Yeah, we were the propaganda ministry for the Soviets, but at least we admitted it." :rolleyes:

H_TeXMeX_H 03-25-2013 10:34 AM

Off topic: Green is the new Red.

JWJones 03-25-2013 10:54 AM

I haven't watched the news, read a newspaper, or a news magazine in years. "News" in our home revolves around what each of us did during the day, as relayed at the dinner table. If I catch wind of some particular story that is of interest to me, I will look it up on the 'net, but generally avoid the MSM websites/version of the story.

cynwulf 03-25-2013 12:06 PM

I watch a bit of al Jazeera or "Russia Today" about once a month, apart from that I don't bother with TV news - or indeed TV... We still have an old CRT TV which actually has to be pulled out and connected up to a digital box - thinking of just throwing it away as it's taking up valuable space...

TV news was never good, since the beginning it's existed to brainwash the masses, whether state owned or private, there is always politics and vested interests involved. It's an industry, a business like any other, it ceased to be about informing or educating the public a long time ago - if it ever was about that in the first place. Politics and big business are one and the same in most countries nowadays, yet people are surprised or refuse to accept that the media primarily serve corporate interests and not them...

rokytnji 03-25-2013 12:30 PM

I get my news from the "Daily Show". At least I get a grin once in a while. "Totally Biased"
works for me also. "Real Time" I can take with a grain of salt on some stuff. "The Onion" is another of my favorites.


Gloom and Doom and fear,fear,fear is no fun for me.

Though I have been known to watch "LinkTV's Democracy Now"

frankbell 03-25-2013 08:21 PM

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one issue of USA Today is more than enough?
Once heard someone call USA Today "the McDonalds of newspapers."

I used to travel quite a bit. One of my pleasures was reading the local rag in whatever town I was staying in. I was always annoyed when the hotel gave me copies of USA Today outside my door. It meant I couldn't see an actual newspaper until I was dressed and on the way to breakfast.

jefro 03-25-2013 08:32 PM

I never pay attention to any news directly. Same old stuff. Someone got caught, someone did some bad thing. Blaa, Blaaa, Blaaaa.


I have been to a number of countries. They are all the same news. Never is it the real story, most of it is made up.


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