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Thu Oct 25, 2018, 10:47 AM

The constant 24hr cable news cycle dilutes and obliterates the truth.

Such news coverage has not served us well.

The now feeble coverage of the important bomb story has turned into, once again, terror-porn-of-the-day.

Producers on the phone scramble to get any warm body available to fill time with their blah blah blah makes me crazy. This is why we get a empty headed Matt Shlapp

There are stories not being covered. Such as the GOP running roughshod over the judicial appointment process...

I think Malcom Nance would agree with me.

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Response to Ninga (Original post)

Thu Oct 25, 2018, 10:51 AM

1. Agree, far too often the media gets focused on one or two hot topics for ratings, but a lot of other

events slide by. I wish they focused on a large number of topics. ... but often it's the same topic and the next news anchor up basically discusses the same event.

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Response to RKP5637 (Reply #1)

Thu Oct 25, 2018, 10:54 AM

2. +1

(re. the news cycle)

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Response to RKP5637 (Reply #1)

Thu Oct 25, 2018, 11:03 AM

3. My friend Malcom and Gov Cuomo both said the extreme coverage is exactly what the

bomber wants.

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Response to Ninga (Reply #3)

Thu Oct 25, 2018, 11:06 AM

5. Yep! IMO MSM often goes overboard on some coverage. n/t

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Response to Ninga (Original post)

Thu Oct 25, 2018, 11:05 AM

4. Just look at the attention span of the public and you will realize the real problem...

The population today no longer has the ability to process and think about complex issues in any depth....at all!

Kids (anyone under 30!) seem to be surgically attached to their phones, yet the information they take in is chopped into Twitter-sized snippets. No context. No nuance. No deeper understanding of an issue or an event or a problem.

Why do you think hurricane coverage has become what it is? Big build-up for days, breathlessly talking about the danger. Send in the clowns...er, live on site reporters....to be shown blowing around and being pelted with rain. Then cover the devastation for a day or two and finally move on to the next thing. Pre-packaged new as entertainment in the disaster movie genre...

There are others too....the bombs? Terror-porn TV. the president? Reality show run amok...with no push back or follow up or consequences. Puerto Rico and Flint, MI...these are AMERICANS that continue to suffer the effects of horrible things FOR YEARS and they can't get a mention on TV for anything. Yet, President Trump's latest re-run rally and utterly repugnant statements get breathlessly retweeted and rebroadcast on Twitter Media News shows (doesn't matter the network - aside from right-vs-left slant, they are ALL the same...panels with 4,5,6 "guests"....discussions that each "expert" gets to agree with the host and the other guests before the commercial break and then again in the segment after the break...

It is all horseshit and destructive. America started to die when people stopped reading - books, magazines, newspapers...we are a nation of morons, led by a carnival barker and ruled by monied interests who are fine and dandy with keeping this status quo going.

Fuck this shit hole country...we collectively deserve what we are collectively accepting. The media coverage and our own Tse-tse fly attention spans ensure that no real change is coming any time soon...the Democrats take the house? So? There will be investigations and panels and more interviews and more inane shit coverage, but how many CONVICTIONS? IMPEACHMENTS? REMOVALS FROM THE BENCH OR OFFICE? How many? I already know the answer, and if people are being honest with themselves for a hot minute, they know too...

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Response to Moostache (Reply #4)

Thu Oct 25, 2018, 11:13 AM

7. It's a critically important discussion. 2 daughters are teachers. Lack of attention along with

Minimal attention span, is a challenge to educators.

While I lam devoted to the evening MSNBC lineup starting with Chris Hayes, each program repackages the breaking news of the day to fit their time slot. Rachel tells fascinating and mostly worthy stories, but hey, she just repackaged a story about a 1950's mail bomber last night.
The 11th hour, while good, is the repackage no of the repackaging.

My brain is turning to mush.

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Response to Ninga (Original post)

Thu Oct 25, 2018, 11:07 AM

6. Not sure about that. I think that profits dilute and obliterate the truth.

 

Lets be real, are more people going to hold the station for five more minutes over this or listening to highly intelligent people talk about the gutting of the EPA? It's profits and what keeps most viewers from grabbing their remote.

Judicial appointees or bombs? Hmmm. Wilbur likes bombs.

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Response to WeekiWater (Reply #6)

Thu Oct 25, 2018, 11:16 AM

8. Very true and spot on. Your point is for the argument that 24hr news channels are

for sponsors, media corporate earnings, and anchor earnings ... not the truth, and/or not for the entirety of news.

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Response to Ninga (Original post)

Thu Oct 25, 2018, 01:18 PM

9. There are literally thousands of pieces of news flowing across news desks every day. Can't ...

cover them all w/ any decent amount of coverage, no matter what the topic. Point made in one of prior posts is that profit drives all. Profit, and not the desirability to cover the news responsibly. Too hard to do in an adequate manner. So, this is where our attention flows to, in determining what tidbit of news to watch/absorb. Most people locate the source of news that they want, for they feel what they locate is adequate for their needs.

With the age of instant, worldwide communications, cell phones, satellites, 24 hour news channels, etc., all competing for your attention, it's a challenge to stay focused, and ignore the vast majority of news that scream for your attention.

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