Thursday, September 30, 2010
Who else is tired of pundits running the media?
Every day I take about 35 minutes to get a general idea of what's going on in the world by watching 5-10 minutes of CNN, then FOX news, and top it off with some MSNBC and HLN if I'm feeling particularly masochistic. Every day I shake my head at the sheer subjectivity of these supposed "anchors" in the news. I'll just put out the disclaimer that I absolutely despise FOX news, so don't be accusing me of trying to hide my bias, its right there in the open. Gretchen Carlson may be one of the worst, particularly with the whole deal with the ground zero mosque (that nobody seems to notice is replacing an empty building two blocks away) but they all play this stupid little game in the news that really grinds my gears. They are given free reign to say whatever defamatory comment their idiot writers can come up with as long as they phrase it in the form of a question. You see, if they're simply ASKING on national television if Bill Gates has four secret mistresses, isn't that the same as straight out accusing him of it without any facts?
Now don't get me wrong, FOX news isn't the only bad grape in the bunch, they all have their faults. Keith Olbermann's rants aren't informing anyone when all he seems worthy of his time is bashing anything to do with the GOP. I just don't understand how our media got this bad. Did people simply stop caring about the quality of their information? Maybe people are just more worried about what Lindsey Lohan is up to this time instead of the Russian-Jordan conflict, or the human rights violations in the sweatshops that produce all of our Nike shoes or cheap t-shirts.These guys have a great racket going on, they can report the "news" during the day, and then talk about it with The Bill O'reillys and Wolf Blitzers as 100% pundit. That way if anyone questions their journalistic integrity, they can pull the "hey, we were just discussing the issues in a pundit environment" card and call it a day.