Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Suckers and News Readers

Yes, I am still paying attention to things political but the funny thing is, I’m relying less and less on the cable news channels to give me reliable information. They all spend way too much time trying to be like their friends at Fox and be “fair and balanced”. They totally forget that we turn to them for facts, not for opinions.

This is the same group of cable news channels who fell for the Balloon Boy story, hook, line and sinker. They glommed on it without asking any sensible questions. They proved that Barnum was right when he said, “There’s a sucker born every minute”. And who knew that so many of those suckers would be news readers on cable news channels?

4 Comments:

Blogger Targa said...

Well, lately, without realizing I was doing it, I've been watching local news and traditional nightly network news, ABC, CBS, NBC.
I used to be a CNN, MSNBC, and (yes) Fox cable news drooler. No more.
It has turned into a festival of opinions (FOP) that don't sit right with me anymore.
I've grown tired of the yelling, the egos, the lack of verification/validation of articles.
I don't care what the rest of the world thinks of a particular story. I don't need to hear viewers calling in for their opinion on a story, eg, 'who do you think killed little girl du jour? Was it her father, step-mother, etc, etc?"
It's no longer valid or necessary information. It is merely data tossed out for the masses to consume.

October 27, 2009 9:45 AM  
Blogger Targa said...

Well, lately, without realizing I was doing it, I've been watching local news and traditional nightly network news, ABC, CBS, NBC.
I used to be a CNN, MSNBC, and (yes) Fox cable news drooler. No more.
It has turned into a festival of opinions (FOP) that don't sit right with me anymore.
I've grown tired of the yelling, the egos, the lack of verification/validation of articles.
I don't care what the rest of the world thinks of a particular story. I don't need to hear viewers calling in for their opinion on a story, eg, 'who do you think killed little girl du jour? Was it her father, step-mother, etc, etc?"
It's no longer valid or necessary information. It is merely data tossed out for the masses to consume.

October 27, 2009 9:45 AM  
Blogger d said...

I like the News Hour on PBS (though I still call it McNeil Lehrer Report).

Cable news is an oxymoron.

dnd

October 27, 2009 12:19 PM  
Blogger dguzman said...

My parents watch CNN in the morning, and they read the local newspaper and local news. I've watched a bit of all, plus a little NPR (very little). The rest of the time, I just listen to jazz. I've had enough of the "news"--it just isn't news anymore.

October 27, 2009 5:53 PM  

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