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Saturday, December 04, 2021

Jack Shafer: How did the cable news networks become our main stage?

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...Cable news exists and persists because as small as its audience is, it's a highly profitable business. Pew Research estimates the three cable networks earn a combined $4 billion a year. But the median age of the cable news audience is in the 60s, as Jeremy Barr of the Washington Post noted, with the median age of MSNBC viewers clocking in at 68. ...

I would have liked to see Mr Shafer make more of a distinction between the commentary portions of cable news and the actual news portions of cable news.

For example, until fmr Pres Trump sent his hit man, fmr AG Barr, to read the riot act to Fox News management, the daytime news portion of Fox News was good, at times, very good. It was the evening commentators that were reality-challenged. However, after that visit, even the daytime part of Fox News seems to have turned to the alternate facts world.


#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-12-04 03:53 PM | Reply

They are there to sell ads... nothing more.

#2 | Posted by RightisTrite at 2021-12-04 04:02 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

@#2 ... They are there to sell ads... ...

The selling of ads is the means to an end.

The end goal being pursued is profit money for the [wealthy] shareholders.

Nothing shows this more than Fox News advertising the evening commentators far more than they advertise the daytime news segments. Fox News knows where the profit is.

#3 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-12-04 04:42 PM | Reply

What little vid news I watch is NPR mostly. Pretty much gave up the cable news shows years ago. Print news is better anyway.

#4 | Posted by Corky at 2021-12-04 06:55 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Let's don't be myopic about this subject by concentrating on FOX.

Pulling the plug isn't the answer and, in fact could be an intentional precursor to State run news where we would only hear what the governments wants us to hear ~ like currently exists in countries like Russia and Communist China.

I agree that some, if not most, people take commentary or "entertainment" news as the gospel. But rather than open up a can of worms by "pulling the plug on cable," a simple disclaimer either before or after commentary/entertainment programming would be a better solution.

My suggestion isn't without precedent. We already have disclaimers on certain types of programming:

"The views and opinions expressed in this program are those of the speakers and do
not necessarily reflect the views, positions or sponsors of this network."

#5 | Posted by Twinpac at 2021-12-04 06:58 PM | Reply

All news is garbage anymore. It's a way to keep the populace depressed and fearful. They don't believe in straight news these days.

#6 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2021-12-04 07:01 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

All news is garbage anymore. It's a way to keep the populace depressed and fearful. They don't believe in straight news these days.
#6 | POSTED BY LAURAMOHR

Exactly!

What little vid news I watch is NPR mostly.

Give it up, its trash! Anything "produced" is biased and trash.

#FreedomOfPress

#7 | Posted by oneironaut at 2021-12-04 07:12 PM | Reply

Why does a guy from Germany care about American Politics?

#8 | Posted by byrdman at 2021-12-04 07:26 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#7

Poster "produced" by embarrassed parents.

#9 | Posted by Corky at 2021-12-04 09:25 PM | Reply

Actually, newspapers were about advertising as well. That's why the ad execs made waaaaaaaay more than the reporters or editors... or anyone else for that matter... not to mention classifieds... before craigslist.

Personally, I just go to the news outlets AP or Reuters for the reporting. Some of the European outlets too. I like Der Spiegel and Al Jazeera, Christian Science Monitor, BBC and ABC Australia, Telemundo and CBC Canada... I don't subscribe to cable so I don't have access to the talking heads except when heads are exploding over something and Youtube picks it up.

#10 | Posted by RightisTrite at 2021-12-05 12:31 AM | Reply

" That's why the ad execs made waaaaaaaay more than the reporters or editors"

In business, the closer you are to the sale, the bigger piece of the sale you get.

(Okay, not at Subway.)

#11 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-12-05 12:43 AM | Reply

How do you watch National Public Radio?

#12 | Posted by RJSquirrel at 2021-12-05 06:55 AM | Reply

Cable news makes you stupid.

#13 | Posted by TFDNihilist at 2021-12-05 08:12 AM | Reply

Anything "produced" is biased and trash.

Think about how the news arrives in your world, and there's a high degree of likelihood it was produced, as in organized, checked, researched (often a weak point), prepared, and presented. It's all produced.

#14 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2021-12-05 08:51 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

I watch Al Jazeera, Euronews, and Deutsche Welle.

AJ And DW may be controversial at times, but the vast majority of reporting they do is excellent.

#15 | Posted by madbomber at 2021-12-05 09:21 AM | Reply

I barely watch TV at all, and what little I do watch is live sports.

#16 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-12-05 01:40 PM | Reply

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