Saturday, October 29, 2011

What is wrong with television "news" programming today?

Well, the first paragraph of this editorial sums a lot of it up.  And whenever the writer is using a Hunter S. Thompson quote to describe his views of the current state of television journalism, you know you are dealing with someone who's pretty bitter ("a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free …”).

It is nice to hear that there is a show out there that someone actually feels is worth watching.  (Sorry, Fareed.  Not sure if it is you or me, but I quit watching awhile ago...)
TV that deserves the name "journalism" - MSNBC - Salon.com
Waking up at 4 a.m. is rarely enjoyable, and arising at that unspeakable hour to appear on a cable news show is particularly painful. In such situations, you feel as if you’re dragging yourself out of bed only to be treated like a canine in a dogfight, with the typical show pitting you in a contrived death match against another guest who is your equally angry, equally mangy opposite. That, or you’re simply asked to play the yes-man — the Ed McMahon to the host’s Johnny Carson.

Needless to say, I’m not a fan of most cable news because I find this format mind-numbing, uninformative and tedious (and cable news’ declining ratings over the last year prove I’m not alone)....
“Up With Chris Hayes,” which broadcasts Saturday and Sunday mornings, purposely rejects the manufactured red-versus-blue mallet that bludgeons every issue into partisan terms. Instead, the program’s host is creating a space for more expansive discussions with voices typically deemed too unconventional, provocative or dangerous to be allowed anywhere near a television set.
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