Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Monday, July 15, 2019

Norah O'Donnell becomes the next anchor of the brand-defining CBS Evening News. It's still a heady perch -- one once occupied by Walter Cronkite during seminal moments in history (the assassination of John F. Kennedy, Vietnam). But it's also one with many challenges in the always-on Trump-tweet fueled news cycle.

CBS News president Susan Zirinsky entered the top job at the news division with an unshakable belief that O'Donnell, an aggressive and insightful broadcaster who has an instinct for news-making interviews, was the right person for the job.

"There are very few people who are able to deliver a trustworthy broadcast without point of view," says Zirinsky. "That's who we want to be."

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Good luck with that, if Zirinsky and O'Donnell pull it off, I will certainly tune in CBS again.

#1 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-07-15 01:22 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1


The Newsy cable network does pretty good in this regard. They're still a little clumsy because they are so new. On the other hand, because they are so new, their newcasts are not way-overproduced.

In the end, though, I doubt if any one news show or network will ever accomplish the goal stated by the CBS news president.

#2 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-07-15 01:30 PM | Reply

#2 | POSTED BY LAMPLIGHTER

Strange thing it isn't that difficult, aren't there schools to teach this?

Just state the facts as you know them, why do all the networks have so much trouble with it.

#3 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2019-07-15 08:07 PM | Reply

CBS is owned by National Amusements? Are they going to do a nightly segment on bumper cars? This might be a good thing. If they push a corporate agenda, maybe we'll get free popcorn coupons.

#4 | Posted by lee_the_agent at 2019-07-15 08:46 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

If they can pull it off and stay neutral, they'd be wildly popular.

#5 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2019-07-15 09:45 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Brave. Being the first in the market with a new product like that.

#6 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2019-07-16 08:24 AM | Reply


@#3 ... why do all the networks have so much trouble with it. ...

Because the news networks depend upon selling the attention of their viewers to advertisers, and the more viewers, the more revenue.

So to attain more revenue, news networks do things to attract more viewers. Those things are not necessarily conducive to unbiased news.

If you have seen the promotional ads for Fox News, you'd see that they ads tend to promote Hannity and the other popular opinion hosts, and not the news segments. It is those hosts that pull in the audience, leaving the news segments in the dusts, ratings-wise. That's a shame because the Fox News news segments are pretty good.

Along those lines, NPR news, which is non-profit, seems to have the closest to the "Just state the facts as you know them" news coverage that I've seen. Probably because they are a non-profit.

That newsy cable channel (and newsy.com) that I mentioned earlier is early in its lifetime. They seem to be wanting to go in that the factual direction, I hope they succeed.

#7 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-07-16 10:22 AM | Reply

I hope they are serious about this and I hope they succeed.

This is desperately needed.

#8 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-07-16 11:31 AM | Reply

The only way to achieve this goal is to have an ideologically diverse newsroom. Bias is so often unconscious. Only a diversity of viewpoints can check it.

#9 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-07-16 11:32 AM | Reply


@#8 ... I hope they are serious about this ...

As do I.


... I hope they succeed.

That will depend upon whether or not the evening news viewers flock to CBS Evening News. Without such a transition, the revenue won't be there.

#10 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-07-16 12:41 PM | Reply

I find it interesting that the Useful Idiots of the DR Left (no Lamp, you are not one of them) are avoiding this thread like the plague, but shouldn't be surprised that they are more than happy with the huge doses of POV and opinion that CBS is railing against.

#11 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-07-16 01:03 PM | Reply

LOL

#12 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-07-16 01:09 PM | Reply

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