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Now it's poor Juan Williams. Off with his talking head. O wait, on with his talking head now that he's a bona fide member of Fox. Cut his mike on NPR. (He's got such a cute overbite!)

Let's see, there was Rick Sanchez the other week. Helen Thomas, don't forget Helen. Anyone remember Jimmy the Greek and what he said? How about Howard Cosell? "Look at that [...] run!"

The Juan Williams firing is not so much about NPR as it is about the nature and structure of news these days. Like the following...

Here's my bottom line:  the cable news channels offer a minimum of news and a maximum of talking 'about the news'.

Despite the explosion of 24 hour news coverage on any number of cable channels, it's still pretty clear that the news we need on a daily basis can fit on the front page of an old fashioned newspaper. There's generally only that much that's really "new" worth knowing and the constraints of network budgets also make it so.

But, what about all the rest of that time that has to be filled? Ah, let's see, we'll get other news people to come on and talk about the news. Yeah, that'll do it. The public will think they're getting more news, but we'll do programs just like at the corner cafe. Guys getting together over coffee and a bull session. Women getting together for talk.

THAT'S NOT NEWS! And you know what, when a bunch of yahoos get together in front of a t.v. camera and really have nothing to say that's worth listening to, guess what? They're gonna say stupid things from time to time. The law of averages, statistics, demand it.

So, Juan Williams, Rick Sanchez, and Helen Thomas all said something stupid on camera or in an interview. Big whoop! I'm just so surprised. Maybe if they stuck to reporting the news, instead of making themselves the news by becoming self-appointed editorial pages, we wouldn't have these snafus.

For my money, we were better served by a solid half hour of t.v. news per day backed up by a few good newspapers. What we've got now is just "The View" writ large over the entire media landscape.

And if that's the way it's gotta be, I'd rather have my coffee while checking dKos.

Originally posted to ronlysc on Fri Oct 22, 2010 at 04:58 AM PDT.

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  •  i agree (0+ / 0-)

    who cares about these people, I mean where oh where will we ever find another person with an opinion on politics?  My god, most people would and could do a better job than these people FOR FREE.

    The child has grown, the dream is gone. I have become comfortably numb.

    by dark daze on Fri Oct 22, 2010 at 07:06:59 AM PDT

  •  What I don't understand is why in the hell (1+ / 0-)
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    does the MSM think we, the public want the "opinions" of these folks. I like my news straight up, and have the opportunity to come to my own conclusions and opinions. Why are Fox viewers different? Why is it they have to have the news digested and then spewed out by these folks? Sometimes I will have the news on while I am washing the dinner dishes and I will miss something. I don't even like to ask my husband what was just said, because it is always tainted with his opinion, and his is an opinion I often respect. Just when did opinion take over on the news networks? This also goes for Keith O. and his special commentary, while I find it easier to take, it is not at all necessary for him to tell me what he thinks on the news of the day.
    How did this country manage to, in the past, elect Presidents and other lawmakers when they just received straight news?
    It used to anger me when my Mom would say to me, "if it wasn't true, they wouldn't say it on t.v.". I would think she was so naive, she wasn't, she was just used to honest unopinionated reporting from news journalists. That might be the reason why Waltere Cronkite was the most trusted man in America, and also why when he said we needed to end the Vietnam conflict, people listened. It was news, not merely his opinion.

    •  Straight news (0+ / 0-)

      It's arguable how straight the news has been in the past.  As just one example, William Randolph Hearst used his newspapers to drum up support for a war with Spain back in the late 1800s.  Certainly, the advent of audio and video recording has made it easier to verify the accuracy of news reports, but there is still room for manipulation, inaccurate reporting, and incomplete reporting.

  •  Actually when Walter said we need to end... (0+ / 0-)

    ...Vietnam conflict...that was his opinion...and that was news...because he had great respect and trust of American people.

    Our nations quality of life is based on the rightousness of its people.

    by kalihikane on Fri Oct 22, 2010 at 09:12:54 AM PDT

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