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About the news

  1. Dec 22, 2006 #1

    Ivan Seeking

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    Well, last night Katie Couric may have lost me for good with her ten minute interview with Karen James - wife of the climber found dead on Mt. Hood. I think it was Turbo1 who predicted that she would turn the news into the Today show, and it looks like he may have been correct. When I saw that she has a background in hard journalism, I held out hope that she would be a serious journalist, but last night was a new low for the evening news.

    And CNN is on its way over a cliff. Between Nancy Grace and this new Beck idiot, much of their programming is nothing more than tabloid fluff. And of course Fox is garbage. NBC and ABC are in flux, and at this point I am starting to wonder if there will be any credible news source soon. PBS is still pretty good, but when Jim Lehrer leaves, I fear that too will end. I don't think Gwen Ifill cuts it. Her questions are often shallow or irrelevant, so even if she tries to continue the tradition of a high quality news show, I don't think she is up to the task.

    As for newspapers, I gave up on those long ago. A paper is only as good as the editor, and it seems that many editors don't know how to remain objective.

    With the internet being too wild as yet to provide reliable information, how will the news be filtered so that the average person knows what to believe?
     
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  3. Dec 22, 2006 #2
    The news is entertainment, not informative anymore. $$$. Personally I watch Fox News just for Sheppard Smith who I think he's a fun personality, but it's not like I learn anything. Time to go back to reading the newspapers. There are some good ones. Jack Welch would read 12 newspapers every morning.
     
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  4. Dec 22, 2006 #3

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    Honestly, I just hit Google news. Thousands of news sources, all very easily browsable. There's no longer any reason why a person can't read two or three or four different sources for the same news story, then decide for him/herself what really happened.

    - Warren
     
  5. Dec 22, 2006 #4

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    What prevents chaos with no way to discern who is telling the truth? A key feature of professional journalism has been credibility and integrity. No one has ever been perfect, but the majors were usually pretty reliable. If this filtering process is gone, the reported news becomes a free-for-all.

    Newspapers scare me - they can amount to nothing more than a mouthpiece for one person. Also, I was related [X brother-in-law]to an editor - scary!!!.
     
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  6. Dec 22, 2006 #5

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    The entire concept of "reliable news" is flawed. No reporter, editor, news floor employee, fact-finder, or anyone else is actually truly objective. The only way to really understand the news is to read multiple sources, and that has always been true. It just happens to be truer today than it ever has been before.

    - Warren
     
  7. Dec 22, 2006 #6

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    The trouble is, most people turn to one or two sources. For example, my sister votes, but with a house full of kids, she may have thirty minutes a day at most during which to form her opinions and decide how to vote.
     
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