I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Left over turkey sandwiches on white bread with Best Foods or Hellman’s real mayonnaise is the best.
Today, I wanted to share some thoughts I have regarding television news coverage. Can you get your news 24 hours a day? You hear it all of the time, but is it true? I am kind of a news junkie with a lot of time on my hands. I enjoy certain shows on network news, local news and cable news. I also spend time reading the Post, the New York Times and my favorite web news site, the Daily Beast. In addition to that, I follow my local news both online and on TV.
In the seventies your choices were limited to the news pumped out by the three big networks or from print media that reported it’s national news which was provided by the AP or UPI (news gathering groups). In the twenties, thirties and forties, you had to wait to get your news via telegraph or messenger on horseback. Ok, maybe I exaggerated a little, but remember from history class the five day old news reels? with the advent of cable television, you can now watch news, sports, etc. in real time.
I do enjoy watching a couple of my favorite cable news shows. I get a lot out of watching shows by Velshi and Rhuel and Rachel Maddow on MSNBC. For CNN, I usually watch Don Lemon, Fareed Zakaria and Jake Tapper. As for Fox News, I sometimes enjoy the commentary of Shepard Smith and Chris Wallace. The list of my not so favorite shows is too long to include, but everyone has their favorites.
Funny thing is that there is no such twenty four hour coverage. For MSNBC, the network airs a series on life in prison from Friday evening until Monday morning. Why? I don’t know, you would think they could save money by just putting up a test pattern on the screen all weekend…or, maybe they broadcast the shows to prepare someone for the prison life (sarc.). CNN has some quality documentaries, but they can wear you out with Anthony Bourdain episodes repeated over and over again. Fox News airs more shows every day and night, but for me, most of the off peak shows feature personalities and panels that make me roll my eyes and turn the channel. One show on Fox news that I look forward to is the series of shows that include fascinating interviews of noteworthy people by Harvey Levin (TMZ). I really like the interview that Harvey did with the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The syndicated radio talk shows, conservative or liberal are a totally different animal, fortunately they take a break too.
Anyhow, you get the point. In the real world most Americans watch their favorite line up of shows which are aired on their local network as well as programs on the other 525 channels.
Fake News: You hear the President, his cronies and other strange minded people hand pick and support stories that are intellectually beneath most normal people. I am not sure how anyone would listen to this crap. I guess if you were raised In a cave, the stories might make sense. There is nothing more strange than Hearing the President or someone in his group speak to a story that was perpetrated by a conspiracy theorist. For me, it is kind of fun to take something that you hear these people speak to as truth and trace it back to the actual story by one of a litany of misinformed and misanthropic big mouths.
As for the cable news networks, I don’t know how you would qualify to be mainstream or elite, but I think it has to do with how many viewers a particular network has…no kidding. People like Sean Hannity speak as if Fox News is not mainstream, thus not subject to the same criticism. All of that is bologna to me.
Sometimes the networks, print and radio media don’t get their facts straight on a particular story so they will make a retraction. The truth is, none of these organizations would still be around if they didn’t do their research and include a heaping spoon of corroboration and evidence. I would say that you would be wrong in questioning the quality and accuracy of their reports. Fake news, they are not.
We all know about fake news organizations like Info Wars and even Breitbart. I have added a link below that I picked from Wikipedia which lists dozens of fake news organizations. One particular thing I noticed is that the big three networks websites are listed as fake news. Take another look and you will see that the illegitimate site addresses are ended with a .com.co, the suffix of which means “company” similar to.gov or .edu which is totally different than the .com addresses for the real sites. Since the .co domains are fairly new, it was easy for the kooks to buy them. The .co suffix is perfect for someone who wants their fake site to be visible on the search engines.
Anyway you get my point of view…or not. Take a look at the fake news list which includes their individual specialty. I am sure you will get a kick out of it.