It is a strange world when a fake news show becomes known for presenting the “real news” because the “supposedly real news” is shallow and manipulative. Jon Stewart, formerly of the Daily Show, became someone we could trust. Can we really say the same thing about our current news presenters (with, perhaps the exception of some PBS shows).
As a general theme these days, news is done on the cheap. Is there any reason we should trust the accuracy of the national television news we are presented with? (Local news is usually accurate, because the news staff lives within the community, and is immediately accessible.) Is national television news serious news, or is it entertainment? It does seem that personalities have become more important than the actual news. But what happens when the news staff is told by management to avoid damaging a certain candidate? How can we trust the news presented to us, if it is being manipulated by CEO’s/the station owners? And the written word is not always honest, either (but it is in writing, and permanent, and people “tend” to be more careful).
The television news media, and some newspapers, openly support Hillary Clinton as “their” candidate, while excluding Bernie Sanders, who is fast becoming the popular candidate. They do this in a number of subtle and manipulative ways. They often simply don’t mention him, of late preferring to focus on Hillary Clinton as the Donald Trump opponent. Interviewers like George Stephanopoulos, who is a strong Hillary supporter, will ask Bernie difficult questions, while practically holding Hillary’s hand when interviewing her. The “opinionators” (And there is far more opinion than fact on TV news these days. Lets face it, it’s cheaper to provide an opinion than to provide actual researched information.) take up as much time as the actual news. Are they providing us with useful, accurate information when they play these “on-the-cheap,” overly opinionated newscasts? Or, are they just providing us with manipulative “filler?”
There are a number of very sensible reasons for giving up television news.
- It is redundant. They will often show the same news for 4 or 5 days in a row, adding a tidbit of new information to justify showing a news rerun.
- Television news has attempted to manipulate the voters against both Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump. This is an example of breaking our trust in providing honest and accurate reporting. Should we trust them for accuracy on anything they report, or will there be a hidden agenda?
- The information is often made inaccurate as they attempt to turn it into a sound bite. For example, on the first night of covering a story, it may be lacking details or inaccurate. On the 2nd rerun night, you’ll get probably the best coverage of the event. On the 3rd and 4th nights of the rerun news, the information starts to become inaccurate as they try to abbreviate it.
- The last half of the show typically has more commercials than news.
- You get a lot more news in a newspaper, and, as a rule, it is much more accurate.
- Internet news, while often amateurish and opinionated, allows you to research multiple perspectives of a story, and get hard supporting evidence.
Bottom line! National television news is shallow, manipulative, and not worth our time. There are simply better things to do.