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Sometimes, old people say the darndest things. 

It was election night, in 1996.  Bill Clinton had just given his victory speech and Cricket was in bed.  I was nodding off to sleep, listening to the newscasters’ soft banter as I heard David Brinkley start to go off.

“One of the worst things I’ve ever heard,” Brinkley said.  He went on to call Clinton a “bore” and uncreative.   “We all look forward with great pleasure to four years of wonderful, inspiring speeches, full of wit, poetry, music, love and affection – plus more . . . nonsense.”

“You can’t say that on the air,” Peter Jennings told Brinkley.

“I’m not on the air,” Brinkly answered.

He doesn’t care, he’s leaving anway, I laughed.  I thought of my Journalism advisor and remembered the dictum I was required to live by, “No one gives a damn what we think of the news; people just want the facts”.

Slowly it has been changing; people still want the fact but don’t mind opinions muddled with it.  In 2004, the Pew Research Center found that over 20% of people aged 18 to 29 cited ” comedy shows such as Saturday Night Live and John Stewart’s “The Daily show as a place where they get their presidential news. 

The 90s saw the rise of ideologues as Rush Limbaugh ruled the radio airwaves and democrats and republicans watched Bill O’Reilly.

Perhaps the time of news commentarors is coming to an end.

Yesterday MSNBC announced that their news anchors Chris Olbermann and Chis Matthews would be replaced as co-anchors of the station’s nightly news. 

Olbermann and Matthes are long known for throwing out barbs and commenting unfavorablly upon Republicans so NBC erred on the side of objectivity and heaved the pair.  Although I prefer to get straight facts over someone’s opinion I wonder if the releasing of two left voices leaves a group voiceless.  People are always pointing, shouting, and deriding the power of the “liberal media”  –oddly those complaining the most are the ones the alleged “liberal media” is always paying attention to– but now we are left with those on TV who obviously lean toward the right.

But then I guess there is a chance that Faux News could suddenly remember they should actually just report the news and not influence and get rid of their overbearing commentators. 

 I know it’s an idle hope.


Written by rentec

10 September, 2008 at 4:47 am

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