As you may already know from previous rants and raves over the years, I have found television news reporting to be sorely lacking in scope and presentation at times, and I am evidently not the only one. For there are actually news programs on the state of news reporting.
The first one of these shows I discovered was [Reliable Sources] on CNN. It aired at 10:00 a.m. Central on Sundays, and was hosted by the dapper feller over there on the left, [Howard Kurtz].
I do not remember just exactly how long, but several weeks after I started watching Reliable Sources, the amiable Mr. Kurtz left for a new show on the FOX News Channel (FNC). Well, I was not about to watch any show on FNC. So, I did not pay any attention to what his new show was going to be called. That is, of course, if CNN even allowed it to be given at the time.
[Brian Stelter] then took over as host of Reliable Sources, and I was soon finding it to be sorely lacking. In all fairness, the show’s downhill slide may have nothing to do with what Stelter has contributed. In fact, it may have been on account of the changes the powers that be at CNN wanted to make to Reliable Sources that precipitated Kurtz’s move to his new show.
Such a move serves as a good example of a topic for discussion on [MediaBuzz], and the show seems to go out of its way to present a fair and balanced approach—even when discussing something about news coverage and commentary by FNC. Hey, shots are even taken at [Bill O’Reilly] when he has stuck his foot in his mouth again!
If you don’t believe it, tune in to MediaBuzz (or record it to watch later) at 10 a.m. Central on Sundays to see for yourself. Yeah, it is in the same time-slot as Reliable Sources. Curious—huh?
Alas, I am ashamed to admit that I was suckered by the MSNBC propaganda against FNC. So, when MSNBC became too obviously liberally-biased for my taste, we switched to CNN. The final straw for CNN with me was hearing [Wolf Blitzer] ask retired [Lt. General Honoré], who truly distinguished himself by quickly restoring order and having his troops be of great help to all in need after Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans a few years back, if the National Guard troops deployed to guard against vandalism in Ferguson, Missouri would be armed. When the general answered that they would have side-arms/pistols, the celebrated Mr. Blitzer asked him if they would have ammunition. Now, I don’t know about you, but to me, being armed means having a weapon that can actually be used as it is designed to!
We still watch NBC’s Nightly News because CBS’ Evening News is almost as bad as MSNBC, and the whole ABC News Division has generally become cartoonish, which is understandable since ABC is now owned by Disney.
Yeah, my wife and I now tune to FNC when we want to find out what may be going on at other hours of the day or night. However, be assured that we avoid Bill O’Reilly and [Geraldo Rivera] like they may have a very nasty strain of an electronically-transmitted disease.
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