Thursday, November 16, 2006


Years ago when USA Today was first published, I realized it was totally possible to present news content without substance. Unfortunately today it is more often the norm rather that the exception. Rather than seeing real news we get a newsie-entertain-info substitute.

For those of you who need a hint as to what I’m talking about, news doesn’t come with a sound track. I hear it on radio and I see it with all the national Good Morning Today shows. Sometimes they will introduce something in a traditional way, but add music for dramatic emphasis somewhere in the story.

I would love to have a job picking music for news stories:

Republican losses in the election – You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling
The defeat of Gay Marriage measures – What’s Love
Got to do With It
Dick Cheney’s hunting accident – Shotgun
Gasoline prices- Pipeline

I hope y’all know these songs, by the way…

I could go on for hours, but what I see are a bunch of TV stations that produce stock stories and play them all over the country as a substitute for real news. Consider if you have or have not seen these story before. Feeding left over pumpkins to the elephants and hippos at the zoo. Feeding fish filled ice blocks to the polar bears in the zoo on hot days. The story about the 90 year old who is finally getting their high school diploma. The couple who got married on the roller coaster. The autistic kid who can play the piano. The dog or cat that saved their owners from the fire.

Here’s a story I’d like to see. How about a reporter that not only does some investigating but reports on something that flies in the face of their managing editor and sponsors.


Blogger Boo7 said...

Holy fluff'n'stuff Batman!!

7:25 AM  
Anonymous gearhead said...

Thats why I listen too the fair and ballanced Fox network.
This morning, Bill 'o Rielly spent the entire no spin program bashing his own company, Fox, for promoting the OJ book and TV special.

10:01 AM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

I would have loved to be in the room when the spinners at Fox said, "Hey, let's call it fair and balanced! People might actually believe it!"

One can call the rest of the media "The Left Leaning Liberal Media", but even the left leaning meadia isn't quite as baltant as Fox.

Another thing I find funny about Fox is that they take such a high moral stand on the conservative issues, yet their television entertainment programming often reaks of what the conservatives call immoral programming that is ruining our youth.

At first I thought it was a contradiction, but more recently I realize that those shows reflect the morals that conservatives really hold when no one is looking, buying meth from a male prostitute after getting a (ahem) massage, text messaging sexual content to pages and interns, calling people Mookaka. Damn, it's a real-life Fox sit-com.

10:33 AM  
Blogger Trish said...

Love the choice of music for news stories. It reminds me of the Rodney King beating incident some 15 years ago and after the officers were aquitted radio stations were playing "I fought the law and the law won" in recognition of that story.

2:38 PM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

"Can't we all just get along?"

4:40 PM  
Blogger Trish said...


5:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The angels are singing your praises. I couldn't agree more. "New" news... who would have thought...?

7:49 PM  

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