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Crystal said in November 15th, 2010 at 10:52 am

Well written, Rima. I am going to seek out that article from Ted Koppel so I can read it in its entirety.

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Ethan said in November 15th, 2010 at 11:03 am

I have long thought MSNBC to be as equally worthless as Fox News. Left sensationalism vs right sensationalism. 24hr news is just a bad idea.

PS – Does anyone watch CNN outside of an airport terminal?

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Rima said in November 15th, 2010 at 12:02 pm

Thanks, Crystal! Here’s the article: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/11/12/AR2010111202857.html

Ethan: Unfortunately, the only way to fill 24 hours without getting repetitive or reporting on things that will kill your ratings is to be “sassy.” I suspect none of these talking heads appreciate my calling them “sassy,” but I don’t appreciate their ruining my profession. I’ll call it even when they retire.

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Matt said in November 15th, 2010 at 5:57 pm

You and I must be on the same wavelength. Thursday of last week I found myself listening to the last Rebel Faction episode. And for a good bit of time, we discussed this very issue. And that was what…almost four years ago? After the 2008 election, I haven’t watched a cable news show for more than 5 minutes. I’m not sure I ever will again unless I feel like getting wound up or for a good laugh.

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Rima said in November 15th, 2010 at 6:28 pm

Matt: Talk about memories. Unfortunately, I can’t watch these shows for a laugh—they always really bother me.

I have to admit that Olbermann, et al, have filled an unfortunately necessary role. Their right-wing counterparts have been around for decades, and so in some warped way, the left-wing talking heads help balance things out. Imagine listening to a stereo with one broken speaker. It doesn’t feel right. Even if you hate the music that’s playing, it somehow sounds a lot better once that other speaker kicks in again.

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Tom said in November 16th, 2010 at 1:49 pm

Hey REEMIE!!!!!!!!

Nice article! And I do like Ted Koppel.

I would like to make mention though that outside of primetime, MSNBC and FOX
News are actually pretty decent news sources. It’s only during primetime
when they have their ideological pundits that they are extremists. And I
think alot of people realize that.

I also something recently that I also agree with. While Fox and such may
have a great deal of influence on a primary, their effect on a congressional
or presidential election is greatly less influential. And “main stream
media” actually has a greater influence if you classify mainstream media to
include shows like The View, Oprah and Saturday Night Live in addition to
the 3 main networks.

I think Saturday Night Live dwarfs Fox News in a presidential election.

:D

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Tom said in November 16th, 2010 at 1:54 pm

“And I
think alot of people realize that.”

btw, I meant alot of people realize that Oberman, Maddows, O’Reilly,Cavuto and Hannity are pundits and aren’t unbiased.

And Fox’s “Fair and Balanced” doesn’t apply during primetime commentary shows.

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Rima said in November 16th, 2010 at 2:27 pm

Valid point, Tom. I do agree that a lot of people realize that the bias is there, but the unfortunate thing is that I think people tend to put on the blinders when it comes to their own favorite news people.

Instead of saying to themselves “hey, I’m a conservative and I hate the ‘liberal media,’ so I’m going to watch conservative media instead,” I think they’re more likely to say “hey, I’m a conservative and I hate the ‘liberal media,’ so I’m going to find something more fair and less biased.” Then they turn to Fox News. The same can be said of liberals who want alternative commentary to what’s on Fox. Many might say “gosh, I really want some liberal commentary,” but others, again, are just looking for something they deem “fair” to their POV.

That’s problematic!

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Tom said in November 16th, 2010 at 4:43 pm

To be honest, I think the bulk of people don’t even watch a lot of news to begin with. Once you become a fulltime student or got a fulltime job, you don’t have alot of time to watch news. That reduces the exposure of these channels alot.

And discounting wackos, that probably leaves only a small percentage of us that are watching these channels alot.=]

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michael kukulka said in November 4th, 2015 at 2:19 pm

I was hoping that once it hit zero that this thread would just self implode but I guess that’s just wisful thinking. Maybe next time.

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