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Last Post 01/16/2008 12:44 PM by  Danno
Political News Coverage
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Bryan S
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01/09/2008 9:28 PM

    So Iowa and New Hampshire are over. Does anyone else think the way the media covers this stuff is too much like the NFL Today, or NASCAR coverage? I mean Republican or Democratic candidate, Conservative or Liberal news network, it seems like its all about the numbers and not the ideas. They even have ex politicos on the shows just like John Madden, Terry Bradshaw and Darrell Waltrip.

    Too bad too because I think this is an interesting year as no candidate is excatly the "chosen one" of their party.

    JeffS
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    01/10/2008 1:21 PM

    Honestly, I've never given an ounce of attention to the primary process and probably never will.

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    01/10/2008 3:51 PM

    The first thing I noticed when I came to the US was the drastic difference between tv here and Europe.  Yes, Europe is liberal as hell and bewbs are everywhere ( I say it like its bad). Anyhow, aside from the difference in general programming and the tons of advertising that you have here.  The news channels above all else, are drastically different.  They each seem to have agendas, biases, present entertainment rather than news, care more about ratings than just covering day-to-day events, use fear/shock factor/etc. to get viewers to watch.  Growing up in Germany, I got my fill of most of the news that occurred around the globe every single day.  It was provided in a unbiased, informative, non-emotional/non-humorous/non-dramatic/etc. fashion.  Just news - nothing more, nothing less.  You had to form your own opinions - they were not given to you.  Most folks on the streets were very informed about worldly events/geography etc. and it would be discussed among people every day.

    Its very different here and I don't see it changing.  I mean just look at Jeef for example, you have to make the news extremely interesting to prevent him from watching the Simpsons instead. 

    P.S. Think what you will, I am going for Obama.  I already know what the critics will say, but there is one thing that the critics can't deny, if he were to become president, it will definitely be different ( and to me any kind of change to this current damn situation is an improvement).

    P.S.S. No, I am not a tree-hugging hippie liberal.
     

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    01/10/2008 3:52 PM
    I forgot to mention that they rarely had pundits, experts, etc. on the shows.  It was often just a couple of newscasters providing information and video coverage scenes.
    JeffS
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    01/10/2008 6:09 PM

    [quote user="Arshad M."] I mean just look at Jeef for example, you have to make the news extremely interesting to prevent him from watching the Simpsons instead. [/quote]

    How does my distaste for the primary process indicate that I would rather watch cartoons than stay up on current events? Piss off, Arshad.

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    01/10/2008 8:13 PM
    [quote user="Arshad M."]

     Anyhow, aside from the difference in general programming and the tons of advertising that you have here.  The news channels above all else, are drastically different.  They each seem to have agendas, biases, present entertainment rather than news, care more about ratings than just covering day-to-day events, use fear/shock factor/etc. to get viewers to watch.  Growing up in Germany, I got my fill of most of the news that occurred around the globe every single day.  It was provided in a unbiased, informative, non-emotional/non-humorous/non-dramatic/etc. fashion.  Just news - nothing more, nothing less.  You had to form your own opinions - they were not given to you.  Most folks on the streets were very informed about worldly events/geography etc. and it would be discussed among people every day.

    P.S. Think what you will, I am going for Obama. 

    P.S.S. No, I am not a tree-hugging hippie liberal.[/quote]

    I'll ditto what Arshad said.  "Back home" in the UK *ahem* that's United Kingdom, coverage echos what has been said about Germany.  I can't bare to turn on a TV here, and I don't.  I can count the number of hours I spent watching broadcast television last year with fingers and thumbs.  I bought satelite radio to avoid the advertising, why can't I buy satelite TV to avoid ads also!!??

    Make that 2 for Obama, and I just bought a ford excursion, so just how "tree-hugging" can I really be ? ? ? ?

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    01/10/2008 11:16 PM
    [quote user="JeffS"]

    How does my distaste for the primary process indicate that I would rather watch cartoons than stay up on current events? Piss off, Arshad.

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    I love you too! Sorry, but I just felt like taking a low-blow at you.  

    Bryan S
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    01/11/2008 8:51 AM

    [quote user="Phil"][ I just bought a ford excursion, so just how "tree-hugging" can I really be ? ? ? ?[/quote]

    Depends, you have cars and trailers and use the capacity. My neighbor just bought one of those huge Apsens and all it gets used for is to carry two baby seats and go to the grocery store. SUVs are great when you need one, but they make terribly wasteful commuter vehicles.

    Vibe
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    01/11/2008 6:10 PM

    [quote user="Bryan S"] Depends, you have cars and trailers and use the capacity. [/quote]

    Darn, caught hugging trees again[:$]

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    01/11/2008 6:23 PM

    Truth be told, I moved to Canada just to avoid the political coverage in the states [:p]

    That being said, from what little I've watched of broadcast news since moving here, its not too far off from the states, unfortunately.  Everything has to be dramatic and/or slapstick.  Of course, when they try to pass of 80 murders in a year in a city of 6 million plus as the fourth horseman, its kind of hard for me to feel the sense of outrage and dread they try to instill...

    Multiple newspaper websites is the only way to go, IMO.

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    01/15/2008 10:55 AM

    This site has been around for a bit but it’s still interesting to see who you really match with http://www.usatoday.com/news/politi...h-game.htm 

     

    I was shocked to have a tied match with one on the far left and one on the far right of the political spectrum  

     

    Danno
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    01/16/2008 12:44 PM

    IMHO...all "free" media that operate for profit have as their primary motivator the desire to make you want to consume more of that medium.  They seem to do this primarily by making it either entertaining or scary.  They are not, in any way, motivated by a desire to inform you of actual news.  I don't doubt what you say about European media being better, but if the economic model is the same (driven by advertising revenue) I don't understand why that would be.

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