News Channels Are more Filler Than News

May 17, 2020 Other  No comments

Nowadays you can turn to just about some of the major news channels and get information regarding late-breaking stories, but there is also a decided entertainment aspect to these news channels that’s disturbing. Many of them, like “Headline News” don’t even attempt to be a solid news provider anymore. They are pure tabloid and usually, they simply provide gossip about the latest missing child or murdered wife or whatever the latest juicy tidbit is. Others like “Fox News” are simply fronts for political stances, in this case, the Republican party which seems to regulate every one of Fox’s news programming in an exceedingly blatant and disturbing way. They even walk out their way to pronounce themselves “Fair and Balanced” but the alternative is true and it is transparent to all or any but the absolute most partisan of viewers. Michael Moore claimed that Fox News helped to push the 2000 election and only the Republican candidate George W. Bush, but it appears far-fetched that some of the news channels could affect something as important as a national election. It is a well known fact, however, they called the election early and only Bush without the real proof that he had in reality won. Regardless of the real story was we might never know.

All of us realize that the tabloid news shows like “Entertainment Tonight” and “Extra” are all fluff and more concerned with following celebrities around town like paparazzi than covering any real news, but when Fox News and CNN, supposedly real news channels start reporting exactly the same trivial material, it becomes a matter for concern. Many people have stopped watching these news channels altogether and instead favor the hard-hitting and incisive PBS News Hour. That is among the few remaining news channels that take their time reporting an account and each goes in-depth to cover all the different angles. They are interested to find out the reality and this cannot be finished with twenty-second sound bites. This kind of journalism requires investigative reporting done by real professionals.

To be fair, CNN does possess some semblance of reporting left with Anderson Cooper, among the few reporters left which actually hangs on to a story. It was in evidence recently with the massive earthquake that hit Port Au Prince, Haiti. Long after the standard media had disappeared he was still there covering the story and the aftermath of the great quake, which left thousands dead and many more injured and homeless تردد قناة الجزيرة. The battle to rebuild continues in Haiti and you can still switch the channel to CNN and see Anderson Cooper there with Sean Penn, who is much to be admired for his humanitarian efforts, despite what you might personally think of his liberal politics.

Fox News would never have given that kind of coverage to Haiti and especially not Sean Penn whom the standard talking heads on Fox like Sean Hannity and others detest. That is another example of allowing political views to cloud investigative journalism and among the reasons that these news channels are evading the actual news.

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