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June 26, 2013
And CNN’s Chris Cuomo asked, ‘All that energy to avoid the vote. Why not spend the time trying to compromise and figure out the bill in the first place?’ Yeah, what a waste of time. Wendy, examine your priorities.
HyperVocal’s Slade Sohmer calls out cable news for ignoring, and worse, misrepresenting the situation in Texas last night. The piece really nails everything that’s wrong with cable news these days.
12:00 // 9 months ago
June 22, 2013
The business model of Fox Nation — of all of Fox News, really — is to encourage this sort of paranoid ignorance. The business model is to make people crazy and stupid, because it builds viewer loyalty and fuels outrage toward the Democratic Party.

No More Mister Nice Blog (via azspot)

it’s worth noting that Fox News as a journalistic entity does employ countless professional, first-rate journalists and reporters. That can get too easily get lost in the bombastic partisanship and presentation of its cable news side. Fox Nation, on the other hand… we’re not quite sure which adjective to use, so we’ll just remind everyone of this old classic.

(via azspot)

17:14 // 10 months ago
August 25, 2012
theatlantic:

Foxy Ladies: Why One Network Applies So Much Makeup

Of course, TV news shows have always put a premium on appearance, more so for women than for men. And it’s hardly a revelation that some networks place more pressure on women than do others: C-SPAN has no makeup room at all, just a collection of powder compacts that guests can use if they are so inclined. At MSNBC, Rachel Maddow is known to prefer minimal makeup, while other anchors want more, and the artists oblige with a range of choices, from neutral tones to berry hues. Bloomberg TV tends toward the corporate aesthetic; CNN favors a professional style that makes women and men look crisp, as if they have been ironed. As for Fox, suffice it to say that there is a YouTube montage devoted to leg shots of Fox anchors, who are often outfitted in body-hugging dresses of vibrant red and turquoise, their eyes enhanced by not only liner and shadow but also false lashes. A Fox regular once commented to me that she gets more calls from network management about her hair, clothes, and makeup than about what she says. “I just think of it as a uniform,” she said of her getup.

Read more. [Image: Charles Ommanney/Getty]

A truly surface-level issue with some beneath-the-surface implications.

theatlantic:

Foxy Ladies: Why One Network Applies So Much Makeup

Of course, TV news shows have always put a premium on appearance, more so for women than for men. And it’s hardly a revelation that some networks place more pressure on women than do others: C-SPAN has no makeup room at all, just a collection of powder compacts that guests can use if they are so inclined. At MSNBC, Rachel Maddow is known to prefer minimal makeup, while other anchors want more, and the artists oblige with a range of choices, from neutral tones to berry hues. Bloomberg TV tends toward the corporate aesthetic; CNN favors a professional style that makes women and men look crisp, as if they have been ironed. As for Fox, suffice it to say that there is a YouTube montage devoted to leg shots of Fox anchors, who are often outfitted in body-hugging dresses of vibrant red and turquoise, their eyes enhanced by not only liner and shadow but also false lashes. A Fox regular once commented to me that she gets more calls from network management about her hair, clothes, and makeup than about what she says. “I just think of it as a uniform,” she said of her getup.

Read more. [Image: Charles Ommanney/Getty]

A truly surface-level issue with some beneath-the-surface implications.

(via businessoutsider)

12:53 // 1 year ago
August 8, 2012

Thanks NASA: Ustream tops cable news on Sunday night

  • 3.2 millionusers watched the official NASA broadcast of Curiosity’s Mars landing on UStream
  • 500,000 users tuned in during the Ustream broadcast’s peak point, via several different content streams source

» Those numbers were enough to beat the Nielsen ratings almost every major cable news network — including CNN, MSNBC, and CNBC — leaving Fox News as the lone out-performer with 803,000 viewers. The folks at UStream don’t seem to think it was a fluke either. “This speaks to how much more sophisticated social media tools are getting on the web,” said company spokesman Tony Riggins, adding, “Consumers are adapting technologies to get news now from sources like Ustream.”

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21:23 // 1 year ago
July 11, 2012
Guess which cable news network is getting two Christmases?
The End of an Era: Although Microsoft abandoned MSNBC’s cable-news network back in 2005, the company has maintained a partnership with NBC in relation to MSNBC.com. Now, The Daily Beast’s Howard Kurtz is reporting that NBC is set to purchase Microsoft’s share of the news site and plans to rebrand it as NBCNews.com. Chief executive Charlie Tillinghast is expected to remain in his position, though he and roughly 300 other employees will likely move off of Microsoft’s Redmond, Washington campus. No word on how this might affect affiliated sites like Newsvine or BreakingNews. source
(Update: TVNewser has taken exception to Kurtz’s claims of having any sort of “exclusive” regarding the future of MSNBC. Kurtz has responded on Twitter, telling followers that “Obviously there’s been reporting that NBC-Microsoft divorce might happen, but the news is it actually *is* happening.”)
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The End of an Era: Although Microsoft abandoned MSNBC’s cable-news network back in 2005, the company has maintained a partnership with NBC in relation to MSNBC.com. Now, The Daily Beast’s Howard Kurtz is reporting that NBC is set to purchase Microsoft’s share of the news site and plans to rebrand it as NBCNews.com. Chief executive Charlie Tillinghast is expected to remain in his position, though he and roughly 300 other employees will likely move off of Microsoft’s Redmond, Washington campus. No word on how this might affect affiliated sites like Newsvine or BreakingNews. source

(Update: TVNewser has taken exception to Kurtz’s claims of having any sort of “exclusive” regarding the future of MSNBC. Kurtz has responded on Twitter, telling followers that “Obviously there’s been reporting that NBC-Microsoft divorce might happen, but the news is it actually *is* happening.”)

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15:31 // 1 year ago
June 28, 2012

Surprise! Excuses have arrived for this morning’s incorrect SCOTUS reports

  • cnn In a statement, the network blamed their much-maligned error on earnest reporting of the decision as it was read by Chief Justice Roberts. Admitting their mistake, the statement says that “CNN regrets that it didn’t wait to report out the full and complete opinion regarding the mandate. We made a correction within a few minutes and apologize for the error.”
  • fox news Fox pointed to earnest reporting as the cause of incorrect reporting too, but with a small difference. They don’t think their actions merit an apology, saying, “By contrast, one other cable network was unable to get their Supreme Court reporter to the camera … Another said it was a big setback for the President. Fox reported the facts, as they came in.” source

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14:53 // 1 year ago
June 7, 2012
Fareed Zakaria and Bruno Mars look a lot alike, according to Mediaite's list of cable news doppelgangers. Among the major differences we see: One can write an article about the dangers of using grenades in war zones, and the other would catch a grenade for ya.

Fareed Zakaria and Bruno Mars look a lot alike, according to Mediaite's list of cable news doppelgangers. Among the major differences we see: One can write an article about the dangers of using grenades in war zones, and the other would catch a grenade for ya.

16:48 // 1 year ago
April 5, 2012
Ever watch cable news? You’ve seen this guy. This redhead has been on all the major cable news networks and has filled up tons of ads with claims that his company will solve your tax problems. (It’s even in their logo!) Ironically, TaxMasters has had to file for bankruptcy protection as the result of a $200 million fraud settlement. The big three cable networks are on the hook for a loss, too — the company owes CNN $2.6 million, Fox News Channel over $938,000 and MSNBC nearly $260,000. What? You mean you can’t trust a guy with a beard?

Ever watch cable news? You’ve seen this guy. This redhead has been on all the major cable news networks and has filled up tons of ads with claims that his company will solve your tax problems. (It’s even in their logo!) Ironically, TaxMasters has had to file for bankruptcy protection as the result of a $200 million fraud settlement. The big three cable networks are on the hook for a loss, too — the company owes CNN $2.6 million, Fox News Channel over $938,000 and MSNBC nearly $260,000. What? You mean you can’t trust a guy with a beard?

12:53 // 2 years ago
March 31, 2012

brooklynmutt:

Watch and enjoy Touré’s complete takedown of Piers Morgan.

In a lot of ways, Touré and Piers are arguing for different schools of journalistic thought here — both with separate sets of supporters and detractors. Piers is concerned about objectivity in this clip, while Toure clearly comes at this with emotion and a fight for “the truth.” In a lot of ways, they’re arguing the party lines that their networks sell. Personally, I think both got hits in. Both looked good at points. Both looked bad at points. But the real story is over here, not in this video, where strong personalities overshadow the story. — Ernie @ SFB

18:21 // 2 years ago
March 30, 2012
My general impression is, whenever they have me on, it’s to criticize the American government. Of course, that’s no big surprise because that’s pretty much what I do. That’s how I make my living. But I did start to wonder after a while what they were saying about the Russian government.
Reason Senior Editor Jacob Sullum • Discussing his appearances on RT, formerly known as Russia Today, a network that, despite its ties to the Russian government, has gained a following among liberals and libertarians for its willingness to question U.S. foreign policy. The New Republic’s Jesse Zwick talks to a variety of serious journalists and pundits who have shown up on the network — some who are willing to get airtime anywhere, others who say RT treats them more fairly than other networks — along with some who choose not to go onto the network. “I have friends who I highly respect who have done RT, but the network also features guests who I would put in the conspiracy-theorist camp,” said one liberal journalist who chose not to give his name. We’ve had our opinions on RT in the past — not particularly positive, admittedly — but what do you guys think? Do you trust their coverage? (via Matt)
12:16 // 2 years ago