Journo Prof: "Very few people of faith" in TV News

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  1. oldgator

    oldgator Premium Member

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    one thing I find disappointing about news it left wing, right wing or neutral is that there just doesn't seem to be coverage done of anything without politics being amped up during the commentary so the network can instigate controversy to jack up their ratings.

    be it sports, finance, travel, religion, hurricanes, floods, shootings, medicine, etc what seems to occur is about a 5 -10 second mention of the news item followed by the talking heads talking politics about it.

    This even seems to be the case with sports networks.

    now I know why more and more people have gotten away from watching news after dinner-----kind of hard to sit with family, enjoy meal and discuss the day and get our stomachs turned right afterward by the talking heads hyping partisan politics.

    Growing up back in the 1960's and 1970's our family would eat dinner together and talk about the day. Then go and watch the 6:30 national news
    there would be political news---without commentators/network, etc trying to spin the commentary
    there would be war news--typically with reporters talking with soldiers in the field about how they are getting along and the soldier saying 'hi mom, hi dad'
    there would be financial news of wall street and the portions of the market that went up, and the ones that went down. With analysis focusing on economic forces that led to how the market went--trade agreements, weather, new technology, etc
    there's be brief sports news about scores, film of events, etc and not the constant tabloid trash of athletes arrests, drugs, and dance moves. The sports news focused on on field performances. If I wanted soap opera tabloid crap that type fo thing was on the soaps in the afternoon.

    Raising our daughter we deliberately did not watch the news after dinner. Choosing instead to have our daughter and ourselves watch Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy. Both of which are better for the mind and settling of food after dinner than the constant bickering all political crap on news programs of the last 20+ years.

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