Originally Posted by Saint Adams
No, cb. News has never always been politically driven. It never used to be this bad before. I certainly prefer the NEWS to stay impartial in the political arena. That being said, your right about the majority of the newspapers. Personally I dont read newspapers on a regular basis. And when I do, I dont waste my time with opinions and editorials. But thats just me.
The thing with tv is that the junk is spoon fed. Speaking of which, what happened to that comedy central show Crossballs?
I disagree St. Adams about media not having an agenda in the past. They always did it just can in different forms and in in less outlets.
With TV for decades people only got to see a half hour program of news a night from one or two stations. Their was no sense of political leanings from the public because their were so few TV news outlets this was all they knew. CBS basically dominated news in the US for decades. I'm sure the same was true in other countries where their was only one news media outlet for decades BBC CBC. Only today their so many stations and with the internet you can have an arguement about if this is liberal or conservative news outlet.
If anything Saint I truly believe the media is probably more fair now just because of the fact their so many voices on TV, on print, on the internet that the truth is somewhere, it might be blurred by the amount of spin but its still their. That its so hard to hide something and no story will go unreported anymore. In the past certain issues which were big issues are reported now when before they never were. In the past Civil Rights, Immigration, Political scandals and so many others issue which were big in the past are now reported when before they were never even mentioned in the past.
The real only thing that irks me too much about current news is their's too much news analysis. I usually just want to hear the news and i'll hear my spin on another program. I wish news and anaylsis were seperated not mushed together especially with TV in particular. Its like they've brought the editorials into the fore front of TV news when it should be still seperated as they are in the newspaper (At least most still do). I think this is a bad trend but one that will continue.
By the way the news media in the 50's-70's since then in my eyes its gotten better but back then it was very left leaning in the US. Joe McCarthy the US senator (the guy who called everyone a Commie) was blasted by many in the media as an alcholic nut, Nixon recieved similar treatment. While JFK who had rampant affairs, ties with the mob, allegedly had an affair with an East German spy, had dead people voting for him in Chicago, intimdated his enemies through the FBI and a bunch of other things. Never got a peep from the news media. Helen Thomas the long time White House correspondent said she knew all of this but said it was "inappropriate to talk about" REALLY. But calling others alcholics and other things was who happen to be of a different political party was appropriate even for that time. I see no logical explanation for these irregularities like this other than large segments in the media at that time had political leanings and it reflected in their coverage or lack their of. And if you watched TV during this time you'd come away with the impression that Nixon started Vietnam not LBJ. (Complaining about the liberal media has been a rallying cry for conservatives for decades its a topic that always gets our blood boiling and gets a conversation started
Wasn't Crossballs the parody of Crossfire? I remeber watching a few parodies of that on the Daily Show good stuff. I think Novak called Carville an a**hole and the show was then canned. Thats a classic clip if you can get you hand on it
Comedy central could never duplicate that.