Monday, April 27, 2009

...Or, maybe it is because your shows court the terminally stupid.

Great piece here, at least the results. CNN is having a tough
time with ratings. They, and presumably the Times, think this
is because they were going for a "straight news, middle of the road"
approach, as opposed to the nonsense at Fox and the somehow, in
the eyes of many Americans and certainly the majority of our media,
equivalent reporting and commentary at MSNBC.

Side note: This is probably the most pernicious form of idiocy
in the American media. Everything has to have two sides. It doesn't
matter too much which side is truthful. There's a left and a right.
It is odd how things can be so Manichean in a country whose
political spectrum is represented by a center right party and and
extremist right party. Anyway, after years of the American media
ignoring evidence, not bothering, or being co-conspirators with the
criminal enterprise bleeding the country, MSNBC put a guy on the
air who pointed out facts obvious to the literate (here I don't mean
intellectual, I mean people who can read and write at a fifth grade
level) faction of our sad society years prior. "Wow," the news media
said, "this guy is waaaay left. He's like Hannity."

Well, no. Hannity is an empty suit. A blowhard. A dipshit. His
program relies on childish ideology and prevarication. A simple
fact check would put this all to rest. This isn't to say that Olbermann
never games what he's got in order to drive at someone. He doesn't,
however, just make things up. Olbermann is more of a moderate,
really, until the string of lies and felonies got so open and egregious,
until the collective intellect of the American public got so battered
that we were mere minutes away from "GO AWAY, 'BATIN!" until
we came to a point where there was actually a debate about
whether or not to torture and violate international law and common
decency (not much of a debate, as it turns out) that he saw his Murrow
moment. Luckily for Mr. Olbermann, we are still in deep shit, and
most of the media are handmaidens to the ruling class. We are still
imbeciles. He'll have a long career just by going on the television
saying "Are you fucking kidding me?" in a different tone of voice than
Messrs Colbert and Stewart.

Okay. Back to CNN. Could it be that CNN is tanking in the ratings
because any half-serious person finds their coverage laughable? It
really is news at somewhere around the cretin IQ level. Have the writers
of this article watched Don Lemon? He makes Anderson Cooper look
like Sherwood Anderson. A person is, to borrow from Billy Madison,
dumber for having listened to him.

Possibly they could cover a bit of news in-between Mexican bashing
and latest developments on any abducted white girl. Just a suggestion.

Not that NBC is ideal. How a monkeyfaced halfwit like Gregory
could be trusted with the house Russert built is far beyond my
comprehension.

So, here's some free advice for CNN executives: Model yourselves
after the CBC. Report actual news. It doesn't need to be somewhere
in the gray area between Hannity and Olbermann ideologically. This
is why CNN is less trustworthy than MSNBC (one would have to go
a series of surrealist country miles to manage being less trustworthy
than Fox) and will continue to be so. You can't stand in the middle of
facts and lies and seek the truth. The truth is what it is, and it doesn't
matter if the person saying it is Castro, Chavez, Netanyahu or Clinton.
If Barney Frank says it is raining and James Inhofe says that there's
no way to prove it try standing outside. When Anderson Cooper's
hair gets mussed a bit, tell us what the strange wet substance is.
Don't do a three part story on the debate of the existence of rain.

America is not polarized in the way we're being told. There is a
polarization between those of us in the evidence based community
and the ideologues who will work tirelessly to fit square pegs into
round holes. I will avoid a John Mayer joke now. Okay. It has passed.
Try being information dense instead of just being dense. Seriously,
the CBC is a great model.

You might have to travel to Canada to see it. For some reason, it isn't
available through existing satellite and cable providers. Wonder why
that could be...

1 comment:

Wendy Babiak said...

Great post! I stopped watching TV news after the coverage of Katrina, and then simply stopped watching TV completely some months later. Now we don't even have cable. Our lives are better for it.