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  •  Not Enough Real News (1+ / 0-)
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    The MSM right now has a dearth of real news to report, so they're out stoking the fires of these pseudo-news stories.  Syria isn't going anywhere and most people can't find it on the map.  Libya has turned quiet after the Qaddafi overthrow two years ago.  Iraq and Afghanistan are dwindling in importance.  The Egyptian situation isn't gaining any traction.  Iran is in the middle of elections, but no one in the MSM is capable of reporting from there so the events may as well be taking place on the dark side of the Moon.  The European financial crisis is swirling around the outlet, so it won't get reported until it goes critical (namely, top European economy crumbles).  Even the simmering conflict between China and everyone else in the South China Sea is low-key at present.  Only North Korea tries to provide some comic relief.  So, the MSM is left with trying to push the kabuki of these ginned-up "scandals" as the only things left to command eyeballs.  Hey, news is a tough business.  The next thing you know they'll be trying to fund a crisis somewhere just to get viewers, a la "Wag the Dog."

    "Love the Truth, defend the Truth, speak the Truth, and hear the Truth" - Jan Hus, d.1415 CE

    by PrahaPartizan on Sat May 18, 2013 at 09:24:39 AM PDT

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    •  Pleanty of real news, they just don't WANT to cove (2+ / 0-)
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      r it.

      Like climate change - the Artic is GONE.  The US Southwest is GONE.  The US grian belt is GOING.

      And its all going to get a lot worse.

      And, Thugs still haven't done crap to help grow the economy or job.  Not. one. thing. And what they want to do will hurt those, in fact.

      And, deficits have been more than cut in half in 4 years.  That's something Dumbya couldn't do, or Thugs are even proposing: the Ryan budget increases the deficit.

      To name just 3...

      •  Or Can't Cover It (3+ / 0-)
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        NoMoreLies, dhshoops, orlbucfan

        Everything you've cited should be talked about in more detail by the MSM.  To do so would require the MSM to actually do investigative journalism by reporters who had some idea and understanding of what they're addressing.  Over the last forty years, we've seen a lot more than just a dumbing down of the society, we've seen an absolute dumb down collapse in the MSM.  Virtually nobody in the MSM understands anything about economics, industry, general science or any of the other arenas which are vital to the society and the individuals beyond politics and gossip.  They're hired because of connections or attractiveness on air and society is suffering because of it.  If only the Bourbon princes had thought to send out the palace courtiers to tell the population the "news" they might still be in power today.

        "Love the Truth, defend the Truth, speak the Truth, and hear the Truth" - Jan Hus, d.1415 CE

        by PrahaPartizan on Sat May 18, 2013 at 06:53:41 PM PDT

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