the important and the not-so-important, horribly conflated.

cable news ≠ journalism

In the msm blows on June 16, 2009 at 8:56 am

by channel:

CNNInitiation of my spiral of disillusionment? mumbai bombings (thanksgiving ’08), when “the situation room” and wolf decided to run live footage of the burning raj hotel instead of, you know, talking to people on the street, reporting on the dozens dead at the downtown railway station, etc. Nail in the coffin? Their non-coverage of the iranian elections/riots this weekend. Hope? Anderson Cooper still knows how to talk to people. Chances that I willingly watch them again? 5% (on the rare chance Jon Stewart appears on crossfire)

FOX: Initiation of my spiral of disillusionment? When Bill O’Reilly opened his mouth. Nail in the Coffin? Simultaneous. Hope? Shep Smith standing up against the hate O’Reilly stirs up. Chances that I willingly watch them again? 10% (if i need to shout at an inanimate object for awhile)

MSNBC: Initiation of my spiral of disillusionment? Olbermann tries to do the Edward R. Murrow look-into-the-camera-thing and ends up sounding like this . Nail in the Coffin? Scarborough doesn’t get the joke. Again, non-coverage of Iran. Hope? Rachel Maddow and tea-bagging jokes. Chances that I willingly watch them again? 10%

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