This is exactly why I left the TV industry 20 years ago.
Hysterical commentary on the latte salute.
Fair, equal reporting seems to be a thing of the past; never mind trivial commentary insults anyone who knows how to think about an issue from all sides, let alone have have mature conversations…
…and knows what constitutes as news.
Journalism used to be a hard-working, fact-based profession. Ad revenues, 24-hour cycles, and ratings changed all of that.
Now, our news outlets are becoming the TMZs of Capitol Hill.
For the same reason no one trusts Congress - twisting of facts, propaganda, winning at the expense of others (when we’re all on the same team), focus on non-important issues for votes (or ratings) - news outlets have lowered their standards.
We all should. This is our country and it’s swirling around the toilet bowl.
If you live in DC and know how this town works, have been inside the broadcast industry, and know the tactics of political PR, it’s depressing how much the interest of you and I (or the betterment of this country) ends up the last priority.
Manipulation is the name of the game for short-term wins, money and power.
Think I’m over reaching? Believe everything you hear… from one source? Or, do you do due diligence and form your own opinion after listening to multiple sources?
Sure about that?
And, really, who has time to research every bit of news to find the middle?!
But really the jokes on us and where we’re headed as a country.
Sure, there are good people in media, in Congress, in public affair agencies and lobbying firms, and living in DC (many actually). But, what game are we playing with each other by creating division and lowering our standards? And at what expense?
Aren’t we all on team U.S.A.?Shouldn’t we be creating a win-win culture rather than us vs. them?
When has playing for short-term grabs (aka ratings and elections) ever paid off long-term? In business, relationships, stocks and life they rarely lead to sustainable winning outcomes.
Call me pollyanna, but if you don’t know how the system works, than you are being used.
And like any business whose incentives support behaviors inconsistent with reaching specific goals, then a dysfunctional culture prevails. Just look at Congress or the fact that lattes constitute as news.
So the more we buy in to the rhetoric and pick sides versus unifying and finding common ground, the more "sucker" should be written on all our foreheads.
And, I’m sorry, John Stewart, to say this - but it’s a sad day when middle ground can only be found on Comedy Central.