Can you trust the media to relay information about issues that effect our lives? Will we get stories that reflect either both sides of a situation or will we get opinions? You can go just about anywhere for opinions, but what about accurate reporting on an issues that effect our lives? Who can you trust to deliver non-bias news? There are many different mediums which deliver the news. Newspapers are the oldest deliverers of news, but dwindling subscriptions and bias stories have made newspapers lose their readership. Radio is another source for news, but generally repeats the same stories over and over, ad nauseam. Blogs and the internet is a huge place for all kinds of news. Then there is television. A source for entertainment and news, and probably the largest media outlet, besides the internet, for news stories.
Opinion journalism pretty much dominates Cable Television News channels. One can argue that opinions can make up both sides of any issue, thus providing a balance to the subject matter. The other is credibility. How fair and balanced do the Cable News stations deliver and present the news. A good benchmark of the success of any News Channel is ratings. How many people are watching. There is a sea of news channels out there in television land.
If we look at how many people tuned to watch the State of the Union address, we can get a snapshot of which channel attracted the most viewers. The major players in this medium are:
Fox News, CNN, Headline News, CNBC, and MSNBC are the dominate cable network news channels. What’s remarkable is how alike each channel is, except for one. Fox News. Look at the Prime Time ratings:
FNC – 5,244,000 viewers
CNN – 2,441,000 viewers
MSNBC – 1,928,000 viewers
CNBC – 275,000 viewers
HLN – 570,000 viewers
Fox News viewership dominates over all the other cable news networks combined. Launched on October 7, 1996, Fox News grew to prominence in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s years. Today, Fox News continues to attract viewers from well established CNN. Why is this?
The trademarked slogan of Fox News reflects the News organizations approach to News and Opinion Journalism. When watching any of the shows that Fox broadcasts, you can see the separation between the news reporting and political commentary. Shows like Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity, Neil Cavuto, Greta Van Susteren, Fox and Friends, Red Eye and Glenn Beck, all political commentary are excellent presentations of today’s political climate.
While Special Report with Bret Baier and Fox Reports with Shep Smith are strictly news. Other Fox News focused shows are America’s Newsroom with Bill Hemmer and Megyn Kelly, Happening Now with Jon Scott and Jane Skinner and The Live Desk with Trace Gallagher and Martha MacCallum. These news shows present news as it happens with both conservative and liberal opinions. The Fox term, We Report – You Decide, is exactly why Fox attracts viewers across all political spectrum’s.
In September of 2009, the Obama administration began a verbal war with Fox News over its coverage of Obama’s Health Care proposals. The White House referenced Fox News as “not a News network”, and former White House communications director Anita Dunn asserting that “Fox News often operates as either the research arm or the communications arm of the Republican Party. The White House even tried to prevent Fox from getting interviews with Obama administration officials. A clear effort by the Obama administration to censor a news network and restrict free speech. Patrick Caddell, a Fox News contributor and former pollster for President Jimmy Carter said he had spoken with other Democratic consultants who had received similar warnings from the White House to avoid giving interviews to Fox News.
Compare and contrast the other cable news networks and you get a different picture on how they report news and political opinion. These networks present a deliberate bias when presenting news stories. MSNBC is particularly the worst in both news presentation and political opinion. Clearly bias and one-sided news and at times, vulgar political opinion. The program Countdown with Keith Olbermann, a pretend to be journalist and uber-leftwing liberal ideologue loon, gave a disgusting offensive remark on his program regarding U.S. Senate candidate in Massachusetts Scott Brown by saying:
Brown is an ” irresponsible, homophobic, racist, reactionary, ex-nude model, tea-bagging supporter of violence against women and against politicians with whom he disagrees.
Irresponsible vulgar display from a, supposedly, news network, MSNBC. This is just one of many examples of a poorly disguised left-wing ideology this offshoot of the NBC network pretends to be. This is not News in any shape or form. There is no objectivity, no balance, no counter opinion. In short, how can MSNBC be considered a News Network?
Keith Olbermann is not the only angry pretend-to-be journalist at MSNBC, there is the racist Chris Matthews and his program “Hardball “. During the State of the Union speech, Matthews commented about Obama, “I forgot he was black”. That comment instantly set the Twitter world afire and forced Matthews to explain his comment. Then there is Rachel Maddow and her repeated “tea bagging” comments about Tea Partiers protests. An obvious disgusting sexual reference from an openly gay want-to-be journalist. Making fun and putting down others that you do not agree with will not gain you any credibility, only contempt. Which also explains why MSNBC’s failing ratings continue to slide downward.
CNN, the first Cable News Network, continues to slide in the ratings for the same reasons. It’s less about news and more about commentary. No balance to stories and slanted time to favor a one-sided opinion. The Massachusetts Senate race is a good example where Martha Coakley received the largest coverage than her opponent, Scott Brown. Where the reporters become the story. Anderson Cooper races in to rescue a Haitian boy after the boy got hit by a concrete block. Commendable yes, but Cooper becomes the focus of the story. That’s not journalism, that’s narcissism. While CNN continues to enjoy being shown in many airports around the country, no one is watching.
I almost forgot. One of the worst offensive disgusting excuses for a human on Headline News is Joy Beher. Her comment about Pro-Life Football Player Tim Tebow was completely vicious and uncalled for, but this is the liberal mindset. A Heisman Trophy-winning American football quarterback for the Florida Gators. Tebow is scheduled to appear in two 30-second commercials during Super Bowl XLIV, in support of the pro-life group Focus on the Family.
“The only argument against any of it is, that, you know, he could just as easily become some kind of a rapist pedophile. I mean, you don’t know what someone’s going to be,” Behar said.
Of course, she said that on the ABC program “The View”, but she also host a program on Headline News. She considers herself a comedian, but there is nothing funny about her. Like other liberals, she despises life and success for others. She is a self loathing hateful being. A self absorbing piece of excrement that should never be on television. Let alone a news channel.
As these make-believe cable news networks become more like the Cartoon Network and less like a real news network, like Fox News, their ratings will continue to fall and viewership will continue to change the channel.
A simple example of what they have become