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Okay, call me naive...

...but any respect I may have had for mainstream news media is gone. Yesterday Dennis Kucinich introduced 35 articles of impeachment against President Bush in the House of Representatives. Today, CNN has a story about Jessica Alba's new baby, MSNBC's headline article is about Hillary Clinton's residual financial woes resulting from her unsuccessful presidential bid, and Fox has a story about some Disney child star pledging to abstain from sex until marriage, a video that "takes you inside the far-left media fiesta", and a story about global climate change under the heading "Junk Science".

Okay, I'm cynical enough to know that the impeachment isn't likely to actually go anywhere, but WTF? I only knew about this because zensidhe read about it on Fark and pointed me to the live C-SPAN coverage.

The Right's favorite buzz term seems to be "the liberal media". The Left claims that the media is in the pocket of conservative corporate interests. I think that the reality is that the news media just sucks. It's bipartisan suckitude.

As a mostly-unrelated aside, every time I see a "news" headline that includes the words "scientists baffled" my trigger finger itches.

Oh well. I guess I'll go read "8 Signs Your Partner Is Addicted To Porn". It's front page news, after all! >:-(

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drivingblind
Jun. 10th, 2008 01:06 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I hear you. Same time, Kucinich -- despite talking reason most of the time -- has gotten tainted with an image of being a wack job. So that may be part of it.
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nekidsteve
Jun. 10th, 2008 06:59 pm (UTC)
and you are surprised by the way the news is run?
dorklord07
Jun. 10th, 2008 09:10 pm (UTC)
Hehehehehe. I believe (it doesn't say in the Belfast Telegraph), that Kucinich's articles were based on phase 2 of the Senate Intelligence committee's Report on prewar Iraq Intelligence.

http://www.time.com/time/politics/article/0,8599,1812507,00.html

Guess which major news outlet carried this story as top-of-the-hour news?

http://www.thedailyshow.com/episodes/index.jhtml?episodeId=171616

Ohhh yeah....
datan0de
Jun. 11th, 2008 02:15 pm (UTC)
Gotta love the fact that a comedy news parody show actually does a better job of reporting the news than the actual news programs do! And by "love" I mean "it makes me want to scream and hit people with sticks."
violet_flames
Jun. 10th, 2008 10:07 pm (UTC)
Yeah I went looking for it today on cnn. Why is it that there is NOTHING on their politics page that is not directly related to Obama or McCain. I guess you could slip just about anything by right now and NO ONE WOULD NOTICE... gee that's a great feeling.
slartibart
Jun. 10th, 2008 11:08 pm (UTC)
The news media doesn't have any constitutional requirement to be true, current or even relevant. They have to pull ratings just like everything else on television. They have to make money just like everything else. News is not a right. It will feed the American public whatever they pay to eat.

And we are a junk food nation.
datan0de
Jun. 11th, 2008 02:16 pm (UTC)
True. It's unfortunate that the news media gives people what they want, instead of what they need. Ultimately though the problem is cultural.
scrappygeek
Jun. 11th, 2008 10:13 am (UTC)
I'm a BBC girl, myself. It's not pleasant to hear about a lot of what's going on in the world, but I seldom feel as if I've been misled or had my intelligence insulted. :)
datan0de
Jun. 11th, 2008 02:43 pm (UTC)
I check in on BBC every now and then (along with The Register). I agree that their coverage tends to be much better.
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