The Problem With TV News

We’ve discussed in class a few times how poorly 24 News Channels, like CNN, cover big news stories and partake in Political Debate. CNN is not the only channel that has this problem, it seems that most do. NBC, ABC, CBS and Fox vie each and every night to be the news that the public ingests, not for the news itself, but for the messages that the network wants to send out. When the owners and CEO’s of these corporations’ mindset isn’t public interest, how can any of them be a good source of our news?

Advertisers and Public Relations have so much to do with what we see on Television, even the opinions of the so-called “experts” can be linked to the top of the hierarchy of the network. It’s no wonder that there is so much chaos in the nation about every single important issue. Is there  any way we can fix this? This has been going on for so long that I don’t know if it can, at least not any time soon. Today’s society is a mold that has been in place for almost 100 years. It’s going to be hard to fix.

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2 Responses to The Problem With TV News

  1. kpodorefsky says:

    This is a really good point. I find that a lot of the stories that they cover and the way in which they cover them is to draw as many viewers as possible. If the reporting is bad and the story is interesting, they will get viewers because people just want to see what is going on. On the flip side, if the reporting is informative and thought provoking, but covers something boring or unrelated, they aren’t as likely to get as many viewers. This puts a damper on things because the reporter in the latter situation worked hard to make it a good broadcast, but if people don’t care about the situation, then what’s the point?

    It’s important for the “experts” to be covering the top stories. They should be the ones who are assigned to them because they can deliver the most accurate and useful information. News stations just need to make sure that this happens. It’s almost like getting promoted, but to better stories because they know you can handle it.

  2. This is a really good point of discussion. It’s pretty obvious that most news organizations have their own political biases, but many people probably don’t think of other kinds of biases news corporations can have. Although it is a fairly simple concept to understand (rich businessmen/companies both donate and advertise with a newspaper, therefore the paper shouldn’t publish stories that would hurt said businessman or company), the public often doesn’t even think about it.

    In my communications class, we read an article (http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2013/05/27/130527fa_fact_mayer) which discussed what lengths PBS went to not hurt David Koch, a co-owner of Koch industries, because he is one of WNET and PBS’ biggest donators. If you read the article it’s almost funny to think that WNET and PBS thought they were both going to be able to show to documentary without hurting Koch’s reputation, since the documentary’s focus was on contrasting the lives of the extremely wealthy compared to those who live and work around them. Although PBS isn’t the only company that is known for altering their coverage to not upset a sponsor, times like this demonstrate how there is a huge issue with the messages we’re receiving. Journalists are taught to always tell the truthful story, but clearly stories get altered before they reach the public.

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