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February 06, 2007

Oh My God!! American Idol!! Oh My God!!

Cable news is garbage. All cable news networks are absolute garbage. You want proof? Over the past few days I have seen several minutes used to discuss American Idol on both FOX News and MSNBC’s Scarborough Country as well as MSNBC’s general news (I hardly ever watch cable news, maybe a total of 3 hours per week, so most likely CNN covered this too but didn’t personally see it).

Enough is enough!

Donald Trump vs. Rosie O' Donnell is not news!!
American Idol coverage is not news!!!
And do you remember that stupid story about the runaway bride a year or two ago, it was pointless but every cable news network covered it for several hours a day for a month.

Cable news networks are dumbing down America, and that is hard to do considering the pathetic state of education in America. But when people see these stupid stories about American Idol, the runaway bride, the Donald and Roise, or whatever else is the garbage of the day they are being made dumber and dumber.

The twenty four hour cable news networks provide the worst coverage of news possible. Don't be so damn lazy! Don't get your news from these networks! Read a newspaper, political magazine, like The Nation or The Weekly Standard ,often very biased but don't cover the non-news that the cable networks do, use a blog, or a foreign news source.

It gets better originally I thought of writing this maybe 30 minutes ago after hearing Scarborough Country discussing American Idol. But in this time they have discussed the following "important" topics: Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan, and something about Britney Spears with some necklace!! Ooooh really Important!! Hahaha!

Posted by Richard Rhodes at February 6, 2007 05:00 AM
Comment #206787

Getting your news from multiple sources is the key to finding the truth. Do not rely on just one network or paper or blog.

Also, cable “news” would be better if they stuck to news and got rid of all the opinion programming. This will not happen because they would also loose ratings. We get infotainment because the networks are not in it for the news. They are in it for the money.

Oh, and before we get into the usual bias flamewar… Keep in mind that just because a network shares your personal bias, that doesn’t mean it’s any better than any other biased network.

Posted by: TheTraveler at February 6, 2007 08:02 AM
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The irony is that there seems to be a high positive correlation between the rise in quality of life and the rise of tabloid news.

Its all about supply and demand. I personally enjoy Joe when he takes the last 10 minutes of his show to give a “hollywierd” wrap-up. He gets to show his personable side, have a bit of fun with sarcasm, and obviously people are interested.

I’m not a Paris Hilton fan at all. I would never allow my daughter to idolize or emulate her in any way. But the reality is that many do. And they create jobs in so doing. I love America. We can capitalize on anything…even stupidity.

Richard Rhodes-

I get your point, but maybe you should have just turned the channel or took that time to lay out clothes for the next day. Statistically speaking, your wife and kids wanted you out of the room so they could watch. And statistically speaking you will be checking the gossip blogs the next day to see what was said. And statistically speaking, more people know more about government than ever before in the nation’s history (more know less too, but it goes with the territory). And statistically speaking, the economy is better as a result.

Saying that people are getting “dumber” is just wishful thinking. My wife loves gossip. I spend a lot of time rolling my eyes at her and making sarcastic remarks as she gives me the daily run-down. In the end, I’m forced to admit that our lives are enhanced by it.

And ANYTHING in excess is bad.

Life requires a balance of yin AND yang. Claiming one is superior over the other is to both deny reality, and to irresponsibly cast judgment. TV is about ratings, let us not forget. Pretending otherwise is where you went wrong, Richard. If the information you are looking for is not on cable news, then look elsewhere. I have no doubt you’ll find what you are looking for if it exists. You may just have to search a bit harder than TV news which caters much less to niche markets.

Posted by: Kevin23 at February 6, 2007 01:26 PM
Comment #206806

Richard Rhodes,

You’re right.
It’s hard to get any decent news on television.
The bias is amazing too when you compare it to foreign news channels.

When they start showing news about Paris Hilton, Britney Spears, etc., I switch the channel to the History Channel, Science Channel, Nova, Discovery Channel, or The Learning Channel.
I love those channels, and find them far more informative.

What the MSM ought to be doing is some investigative reporting to reveal the rampant irresponsibility of Congress and the Executive Branch, and the very serious problems facing the nation that are still being ignored. And, how about that $2.9 trillion budget?.

There was one revealing report (yesterday) by Jeanie Moost, showing many people that don’t know how many zeroes are in a trillion. No wonder Congress and the Executive Branch are out-of-control spending, as evidenced by massive debt ($8.7 trillion National Debt, $12.8 trillion of Social Security debt, $450 billion of PBGC debt, hundreds of billions of unfunded Medicare liabilities), spending, pork-barrel, waste, and excessive money-printing.

Posted by: d.a.n at February 6, 2007 02:12 PM
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Richard, anyone who thinks Scarborough Country (he never did explain that dead body in his Congressional office, did he?) Glenn Beck or Bill O’Reilly are news is an idiot.

You’re absolutely right: If you want news, read a newspaper. There’s no news on TV.

On the other hand, I find Olbermann, Meet the Press, Hard Ball and Tim Russert’s other show entertaining, if not always highly informative. The Daily Show and Colbert Report are also a lot of fun. But it’s not news.

Oh, and I like Tucker Carlson too. He knows how to take a poke at Democrats without coming off as bitter and mean.

Anyhow, I recommend the Washington Post and New York Times newspapers, and Foreign Affairs and The New Republic magazines for news and analysis.

Posted by: American Pundit at February 6, 2007 02:47 PM
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Y’all seem to think that there enough news to keep the 24 hour news networks busy reporting different stories all day. I don’t have much time to read newspapers and can’t stand the news magazines. Besides they come out only once a week. So I rely on what I get from the radio and TV. The station I have my car radio on most the time gives the news every hour. The newscast run about 5 minutes. They will repeat the same stories every time word for word all day. The other radio stations do the same.
When I watch the evening news on TV they do the same thing. Now try doing that all day every 10 to 30 minutes. Folks will get tired of it. Besides folks seem to think it’s important if Brittany is wearing panties or not. Why, I have no idea but they do. That’s why slander sheets like The National Inquirer are so popular.
The few times I’ve actually watched the cable news networks I’ve noticed that they’re more commentary than news anyway. I reckon maybe what Brittany is or isn’t wearing, and who’s dumping who is worth commenting on to these folks.

Posted by: Ron Brown at February 6, 2007 03:43 PM
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For most people, reality is frustrating, scary and boring. Working and paying bills is enough reality for most. Television is just one method that people use to escape reality as much as possible.

Posted by: jlw at February 6, 2007 05:09 PM
Comment #206882

You can only be dumbed down as much as you allow yourself to be. The real danger is to buy into the notion that there’s not much advantage to being smart in today’s world.

Posted by: Stephen Daugherty at February 7, 2007 12:35 AM
Comment #206894

Hey, I’m all for Britney and Paris geeting as naked as they like, it’s cheaper than me and Al Bundy going to the nudie bar.

That’s why I love the internets, which will soon mesh with TV. You can look at Bitney unblurred, or read the post.

And Watchblog is much better than screaming at the TV.

Posted by: gergle at February 7, 2007 03:01 AM
Comment #206913

Richard, I agree with you completely. The thing is, we already have plenty of entertainment shows for people who want that kind of thing. If people are interested in Britney and Paris, they can watch ET or whatever. Any show or network that purports to report the news ought to do just that.

Posted by: Marcia Ford at February 7, 2007 09:40 AM
Comment #206939

Much ado about nothing.

We are not going to get to tell station managers what to do unless we have millions in ad money to dangle in front of them. They want ratings so they can get ad money. Period. Supply and demand.

The rest of this debate is whining. Want better news? Go get it. It IS out there. This is America after all.


The problem with your comment is that it does not define “news”. I doubt very much that the majority of TV viewers agree that there is no news in the entertainment world.


How is Tucker, Olbermann, Meet the Press, Hard Ball and Tim Russert or any of the others you name better than Joe Scarborough? Six of one, half dozen of the others if you ask me. How do you make your distinctions? At least Joe can accurately re-state the conservative viewpoint. And comparing him to O’Reilly? I’m forced to conclude you are not coming from an objective place.

Anyway, enough of this “boo hoo hoo, the cable news stations doesn’t create programming specifically with me in mind” crap. It is not your only option. Not even close.

Posted by: Kevin23 at February 7, 2007 11:56 AM
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You hang with the likes of Al Bundy? Guess you not such a bad guy after all.
I don’t care how naked Brittany or any other girl gets. And I hope you get blisters on your eye balls looking. That’s y’all’s business. I just get tired of hearing about it all the time. But then I’m just an old married fart.

Posted by: Ron Brown at February 8, 2007 09:06 PM
Comment #207261

Oh! My God….Anna Nichole Smith is dead! Jeepers….give me 500 more cable channels so I can keep up with this late breaking story!

Posted by: bigkenzombie at February 8, 2007 11:38 PM
Comment #207312

PLEASE DON’T!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Ron Brown at February 9, 2007 12:09 PM
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