This is a discussion on News Hype within the General TV Chat forums, part of the Television Programming category.
I get so sick of the news hype within the news itself. It's been building and building for years and now it feels like a third of the broadcast is advertising stories for later newscast, or for the next day or whatever. I remember when I turned on the news and actually got a half-hour of news! Imagine that!
I am even more annoyed by Stations hyping their past news coverage in self-promoting commercials. If I have a TV turned on in the background and I hear "We are on the scene where hostages have been taken ..." I turn to look at the TV. But wait! That story happened a month or more back. Annoying.
I know what you mean. I actually detest the use of tragedy to plug their newscasting. Newtown should not be part of hype, neither should the Boston explosions. That's what I don't like.
So-called news reporting today is just tabloid journalism - really not even journalism. Why are the national media covering the Arrias trial in Arizona, what national implications are there - NONE!
They ignore the real news and fill our heads with fluff.
They let politicians get by with next to murder and cover a sensational trial somewhere instead.
They have no integrity, since they brought down President Nixon, the press has been on an ego trip that they better get off of before they allow the country to go into irretrievable ruin.
"The sun did not come up this morning, huge cracks have appeared in the earth's surface, and big rocks are falling out of the sky!!"
"Details in 25 minutes on Action Central News!"
"Russia and the United States are at war. Missiles have been fired by both sides. Washington and Moscow are in flames!"
"Details on these and other stories in just a moment, but first, this word about hair care."
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Another 'beef' I have has to do with the dramatic importance and the manditory coverage of finding the first snowflake falling to earth in the region. So, the local media sends remote trucks to the mountain passes.
PSSST ... hey guys, it is supposed to snow in mountain ranges and its really not news.
I used to get very fed up with news break ins. I must admit public outrage did finally get that under control. They don't break in for any old thing like they used to. It might be they are afraid of losing viewers to the Internet now.
I believe it has a lot to do with them not having enough new stuff, to take up the allotted time.
Same thing happens when they do stuff like the "Top 10" of a given issue, they spend half the show telling you what you've just seen.
Originally Posted by Jim5506
Also, while we're on the topic of news, I can't stand local news these days. There's always some type of attention grabber when they advertise here to touch some sort of emotion with the viewer...or they always try to hook you for the entire broadcast with some empty promise/piece of information that's REALLY important that you should know about.
I have a hard time buying that, to be honest. There's plenty of news out there every day. It might be budgetary, but in truth, I just think it's the current mentality, that need to be a commercial to lure folks in.
Originally Posted by SWHouston
And then it's nothing! I know exactly what you're talking about. I also hate what they do here which is do half the story at 5 and promote the rest of it for late night. "We'll tell you about this at 11" or whatever. I'm watching the news NOW. I want to know the story NOW. I just hate that.
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In addition to the other points raised here, I'm also not a fan of our over-sensationalized news. I remember flipping through channels one day, ages ago, when a story about an airline crash popped up. Fox and the rest of them talked about the "flaming wreckage as it plummeted to Earth in a blazing path of destruction" and other ludicrously hyped headlines. Then I turned to PBS and was told "an Air France Airbus 330 crashed off the coast of Brazil today due to instrument failure, resulting in the loss of everyone on board."
It was after that I stopped watching cable news as anything other than entertainment. It certainly isn't news.
Um, yes? You know, actual information, not frantic overreaction. Sure, I want more than one sentence, but I also don't want hyped-up rhetoric sensationalizing the facts. I want news, not a circus.
You actually prefer a calm, tame, one sentence synopsis?
I remember the Air France incident (not very well, but in general terms) because PBS was giving me actual information, not ranting on the air about how awful it all was. I will decide how awful it is. All I want the news channel to do is give me "just the facts, ma'am."
What cable news does now is pure entertainment based on a snippet of information. It isn't news; it's panto.
Yeah, you're not getting it. Not if you listen to those warmed over zombies pretending to be devoid of all human emotion. There is something wrong with those people, and I don't trust a word they say. There's something wrong with anyone who isn't tortured and upset by what is happening to this country. Nearly every day there's a new bomb shell, and that ain't no friggin overreaction!
Originally Posted by AG99
There literally is no such thing as "just the facts, ma'am" -- not the way you mean it. There is no list of things you must know on Feb. 3, 2014 in order to be officially "well informed" or well read. Somebody had to get worked up enough to decide that particular set of facts was important enough to hit the air waves. If you can't read the tone and expression of the newscaster, you miss at least half the story.
We had a terrible tragedy on 9/11/2001 . I, personally, think there was a great overreaction, but I think that's because I'm more cosmopolitan than your average newsman. I still think I was edified to see the overreaction play out in all its gory detail while the 2004 tsunami that killed 75 times as many people barely got a wrinkled brow out of our U.S.-centric press. It explains a hell of a lot about why the rest of the world feels the way they do towards us.
Yes, it is. You're the one who's not getting it. News isn't news in America; it's infotainment. A newscaster comes on to tell you something (usually very little), and then he tells you how you should react to it. You really see it in political reporting.
Nearly every day there's a new bomb shell, and that ain't no friggin overreaction!
Sit down and watch a news channel for a hour. Write down all the actual facts you get, then notice how much of the presentation is commentary. I think you'll find the ratio to be something like 9:1 (90% commentary, 10% news), especially in the evenings. You'll get multiple reactions to a pending bill in Congress, opinions from a senator on the right and a representative from the left, but you'll get precious little information on the bill itself. You're expected to fall in line with whichever political view you prefer instead of making up your own mind based on facts.
Remember watching OJ tool around LA in a white Bronco for a hour? Did we need to watch that? It was pure theater, put on because that's what people want to watch. They don't care about a tsunami; they want to watch celebrities misbehave or some political pundit agree with what they already think. So that's what they get. It's the dumbing down of America. We don't want real news; we want to be entertained.
Jumping into the pool here. I on occasion watch the English version of Japanese world news. It is pretty calm and factual. I think BBC World news is similar. The Brits do have some pretty wild newspapers. I guess they put on a staunch face for the world audience (TV).
That tsunami was sure tough to watch. It was like a movie but it was real. Water was going further inland. Roads disappeared as I watched and what of the cars that I'd seen driving those roads? It was a nightmare that happened in front of my eyes. I was a little surprised, too, that it doesn't get as discussed much.
Originally Posted by R
No, it isn't. The country, as I knew it growing up in the 50's, no longer exists. It's obviously NOTHING resembling the founders' intentions. Nearly every day something happens to bring it closer to a literal coup. It can happen here. I'd put the odds on our republic even existing 50 years from now at 2 to 1 against. I will go down with my country kicking and screaming. Any "reporter" who can present this news in a dull monotone demeans me and every other red blooded American.
Originally Posted by A
??? "in the evenings"??? I watch Fox News 80+% of the time. There literally are no news shows on Fox News after 7 PM central time. They don't advertise it as news, and none of the hosts call themselves newscasters. It's political commentary. Did someone tell you to expect news programming 24 hours a day just because "News" is in the name of the network?? The two hours before sundown are some of the best news reporting anywhere, in any venue -- "Special Report" with Bret Braier and "On The Record" with Greta Van Susteren. Note the actual news programs don't have the hosts' names in the title. Compare to "The O'Reilly Factor," ""The Kelly Files," and "Hannity" -- all commentary and regularly affirmed as such.
Sit down and watch a news channel for a hour. Write down all the actual facts you get, then notice how much of the presentation is commentary. I think you'll find the ratio to be something like 9:1 (90% commentary, 10% news), especially in the evenings.
I submit that commentators who act unmoved by the news are the real entertainers. They are putting on an act -- either that, or they've literally been lobotomized. They insert lies into their presentations more skillfully than those who wear their feelings on their sleeves, expressing opinions freely and forthrightly.
We don't want real news; we want to be entertained.
Keep believing those calm, reassuring voices. You are like millions of Jews who were led into "showers" by the Nazis.