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Old 12-15-2012, 03:26 PM
 
Location: Back & Forth
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I'm not sure where to post this, but does anyone else think that TV News Media is completely out of control? I'm truly disgusted at they way news is presented as entertainment, rumors are presented as facts and how victims are almost harrased for an interview.

This is not a new problem, but in light of recent events I think its reached a new low. Thoughts?
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Old 12-15-2012, 03:31 PM
 
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I'm not sure where to post this, but does anyone else think that TV News Media is completely out of control? I'm truly disgusted at they way news is presented as entertainment, rumors are presented as facts and how victims are almost harrased for an interview.

This is not a new problem, but in light of recent events I think its reached a new low. Thoughts?
It has been completely out of control for quite awhile now. Our recent election was proof-positive that the news media is not made up of reporters, but of groupies.

It's all about money. Advertising money. In order to get advertising money, you need to convince advertisers that millions of people are watching your shows. And in order to get millions of people to watch your shows, you have to prostitute yourself like some cheap hwore parading around the red light district.

We don't get news. We get "entertainment."
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Old 12-15-2012, 03:53 PM
 
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News media has 'sold out' under the banner that its 'news' and needs to be delivered.

I agree with you George, the news is not really the 'news'.

When i was a kid and my parents would watch the 'local news' i would ask them why they do it and their answer was they wanted to see what was going on in the world. I told them, "come over here" and led them to our window. I opened the blinds and pointed to outside and said "that's what's going on in the world".

If you want 'news' or 'weather' open up the window and look outside. The rest of that stuff is just 'entertainment' as George states.
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Old 12-15-2012, 04:13 PM
 
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News media has 'sold out' under the banner that its 'news' and needs to be delivered.

I agree with you George, the news is not really the 'news'.

When i was a kid and my parents would watch the 'local news' i would ask them why they do it and their answer was they wanted to see what was going on in the world. I told them, "come over here" and led them to our window. I opened the blinds and pointed to outside and said "that's what's going on in the world".

If you want 'news' or 'weather' open up the window and look outside. The rest of that stuff is just 'entertainment' as George states.
I think one of the things we have to do is read voraciously, listen carefully, and implement great discernment.

I have about 14 news sources that I read/glean daily. Some liberal in the slant, and some conservative. Some local, some national, and some international. It's amazing how differently they can "report" the exact same events.

The truth is usually somewhere in the middle of all the obfuscation.
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Old 12-15-2012, 05:20 PM
 
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There's just not enough happening to fill 24 hours of coverage on a half dozen cable TV news channels much less all the Internet coverage etc.
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Old 12-15-2012, 06:13 PM
 
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There's just not enough happening to fill 24 hours of coverage on a half dozen cable TV news channels much less all the Internet coverage etc.
Actually, I respectfully disagree. There are TONS of awesome things going on - good people doing good things. Awesome and wonderful things, even! But nobody is going to be tuning in to see (for instance) John Smith jump-starting Joan Peterson's stranded car on a rainy night. We're more interested in Lindsey Lohan's latest drunken rampage. Pretty sad.
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Old 12-15-2012, 06:30 PM
 
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Actually, I respectfully disagree. There are TONS of awesome things going on - good people doing good things. Awesome and wonderful things, even! But nobody is going to be tuning in to see (for instance) John Smith jump-starting Joan Peterson's stranded car on a rainy night. We're more interested in Lindsey Lohan's latest drunken rampage. Pretty sad.
I don't think we really disagree. By "not enough happening" I meant things of a sensationalistic nature that would draw viewers to cable TV news, so we get Lindsey Lohan and if there's a crime story, well it's been the same approach since poor little Jonbenet Ramsey.
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Old 12-15-2012, 06:36 PM
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I tune out more and more.

I think the media's sensationalization of mass murders are exactly the reason why people commit these crimes: they want the whole world to be fixated on their actions and their image on a TV screen.

Interviewing a little child that has just witnesses his/her classmates being gunned down has got to be the lowest form of "journalism" I've ever seen.
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Old 12-16-2012, 05:44 AM
 
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Another thing that really bugs me is the news channels have their own brand or slogan for what happened, with some jingle music behind it. It is appalling! "Terror in an Elementary School", "Massacre" and so forth. Just disgusting. Victims need support and privacy, not fame.
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Old 12-16-2012, 07:28 AM
 
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I'm not sure where to post this, but does anyone else think that TV News Media is completely out of control? I'm truly disgusted at they way news is presented as entertainment, rumors are presented as facts and how victims are almost harrased for an interview.

This is not a new problem, but in light of recent events I think its reached a new low. Thoughts?
I stopped watching the "news" here in 2001. I am from Europe, and our news are entire different, and not biased. Plus, our news don't suffocate us with who shot who in crack town ten times a day! They actually have news worthy content. I can't stand the bad acting either, and the lack of any value.
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