Vagaries of Cable TV

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Cable TV is rapidly becoming a wasteland for objective journalism, and that’s a shame. 24-hour news channels abound on cable, but they have devolved over the past couple of years to become less and less objective. Shows that blend a narrative of the days events with faux journalism abound, and it’s not just Fox News, though they’re the worst offender.

CNN, whom you would expect to tread lightly between the two political networks, instead becomes easily obsessed by a single story which they will beat to death with exhaustive (and exhausting) coverage until the next big event comes along.

I am particularly incensed by shows like The Five on Fox News where, no matter what happens, you will never hear a good word about President Obama. The show is even stacked in its basic format where four conservatives gang up on the sole liberal on the show, who appears to be there only to provide token opposition.

And the one Democrat seems to have been selected because he is not well informed about events, is stubborn and definitely not quick witted like the conservatives who make mincemeat out of him on a regular basis.

The conservatives — particularly a former prosecutor, who is the very definition of a shrew you would never ever want to marry (if you do, I pity you) — trade quips and word plays against the President, and liberals in general, and laugh at their own jokes.

On the other hand, most shows on MSNBC, are palatable, even for conservatives, and I must especially commend Chris Matthews whose Hardball makes a concerted effort to get behind the day’s events and present a balanced viewpoint. No matter how biased FOX becomes, it is a false equivalency to blame MSNBC as just as bad, because there is a commitment on MSNBC to professional journalism and to unveiling the politics from the policy.

CNN, whom you would expect to tread lightly between the two political networks, instead becomes easily obsessed by a single story which they will beat to death with exhaustive (and exhausting) coverage until the next big event comes along.