Wednesday, May 17, 2023

A Citizen's Guide to Cable News

And mainstream media too.

"To be sure, in every town the lot was crawling with marks-but she had acquired the carney viewpoint; marks did not count -- they might as well have been behind glass. Jill quite understood why the girls in the posing show could and did exhibit themselves in very little (and, in some towns, nothing, if the fix was solid) without feeling immodest...and without being immodest in their conduct outside the posing show. 

Marks weren't people to them; they were blobs of nothing, hardly seen, whose sole function was to cough up half dollars for the take." -- “Stranger In A Strange Land” by Robert Heinlein

This is precisely how the mainstream media views the public.  As blobs of nothing, whose sole function is to cough up eyeballs and ratings and, in the case of Conservative media, votes.  

Any interest in the state of the democracy which makes their industry possible never makes it to the executive suites, nor does any concern about what their own actions are doing to endanger that democracy

Remember this?  From the Hollywood Reporter, February 26, 2016: 

Leslie Moonves can appreciate a Donald Trump candidacy.

Not that the [disgraced and since-fired] CBS executive chairman and CEO might vote for the Republican presidential frontrunner, but he likes the ad money Trump and his competitors are bringing to the network.

“It may not be good for America, but it’s damn good for CBS,” he said of the presidential race.

Moonves called the campaign for president a “circus” full of “bomb throwing,” and he hopes it continues.

“Most of the ads are not about issues. They’re sort of like the debates,” he said.

“Man, who would have expected the ride we’re all having right now? … The money’s rolling in and this is fun,” he said.

Corporate thinking like this is why it never occured to anyone at CNN that giving Trump 70 minutes of live teevee in front of a hooting, howling mob of Trump sycophants was, y'know a bad idea. Corporate thinking like this is why virtually all public-facing CNN employees and wannabe-employees were marched out to dutifully report that CNN's very public disaster was, in face, an awesome public service.   And why Anderson Cooper went on the air to scold the viewing public as silo-dwelling morons for not appreciating CNN's awesomeness...which, to be charitable, did not go as well as Cooper probably thought it was going to go.

From Forbes:

Anderson Cooper Slammed From All Sides—Trump And Media Critics Pile On Over CNN’s Town Hall

...After Cooper’s comments, others in the media criticized him for defending his network’s decision to host the town hall, with political commentator Keith Olbermann taking to Twitter to say, “Instead of Anderson Cooper bravely calling out his bosses, last night he blamed his audience,” and NPR media analyst Eric Deggans tweeting that Cooper gave viewers the false choice of ignoring Trump or giving him a platform with no pushback.

CNN alumni also weighed in, as former analyst Jeff Greenfield called Cooper’s comment “a straw man” and said “it conflates the real need to cover Trump . . . with the format CNN used, which proved disastrous,” and former CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien said it was “an attempt at damage control.”

And like every coward who has ever stood by watching a bully beat up someone smaller and weaker  and done nothing for fear of being next, all those CNN thralls stood around and said and did nothing while CNN's new fascist-friendly CEO, Chris Licht, flogged the one honest voice at CNN for being mildly critical of CNN's debacle.

From The Wrap:

CNN CEO Chris Licht Reprimanded Reporter Oliver Darcy for His ‘Emotional’ Coverage of Trump Town Hall

CNN CEO Chris Licht “summoned” network media reporter Oliver Darcy into his office after the Donald Trump Town hall and chastised him for making his coverage “too emotional” while also asserting the importance of the appearance of unbiased reporting, according to Puck’s Dylan Byers.

On Friday, Byers, who is the founding partner and senior correspondent at Puck, tweeted that Darcy and his editor had been “summoned” to a meeting with Licht and “top executives in which they told him that his coverage of Trump town hall had been too emotional and stressed the importance of remaining dispassionate.”...

Because the only thing media corporations care about is this strictly, cold-blooded profit-and-loss calculation:  how they can most efficiently hook the marks, and how they can keep 'em coming back for more.  

And if a freakshow of bomb-throwing clowns is what keeps the marks glued to the teevee, well for God's sake, send in the clowns!

I Am The Liberal Media


SteveSteve said...

Bingo! RNCNN is not our friend.

Jon Sitzman said...

Good afternoon DG and GB,

(Viewer Warning: Fight Club scene with simulated human remains and airplane accident)

Yeah, I'm gonna go there.

Or if I may shout-out to the If Books Could Kill podcast:


And one more "or..." If I may paraphrase a deeply liberal fellow I met a couple of times, sadly shortly before he passed: "There is nothing that unfettered western-style capitalism can touch that it fails to fuck up."

In short, I could not agree more.

Thanks for all you do.

dave said...

jon stewart's line was he learned nothing about trump but quite a bit about CNN. anderson cooper also...

mr. cooper has a choice...saying 'i fucked up, i was wrong...' or owning the crazy that has no purpose except destroying the union he was gifted and he pledged allegiance to everyday in school...

the fourth estate can be either the problem or the solution...which side are you on sir?

Neo Tuxedo said...

"You don't think of them as human
You don't think of them at all
You keep your mind on the money
You keep your eyes on the wall..."

Hal Rager said...

It does not matter how deep you dig, it's Late Stage Capitalism all the way down…

Fritz Strand said...

They are preparing themselves for when fascism arrives.

Robt said...

Wgen I frow up as an inheritance billionaire baby like Elon. I want to give the public all my special views and beliefs that the right wing infected me with.

Infection so bad not even bleach up the Bum will cure.

So I will by Twitter and gain adoring fans by demoralizing this social media to the point where my new best found right wing allies can now post Animal snuff films t for everyone to enjoy.

Buy CNN to be the new branding of FOX just like the GOP rebranding in\to the TEA Party, QANON, combine NAZIS and KKK to become the soft superior race of White Nationalism.

Is it really about media competing or is it more about destroying the FOX right wing opposition (sort of) media
forcing more to perhaps rely on FOX and definitely cause FOX to be louder at a time it is licking it's failed business module control.

It is all beck to the Hoover era . Before that FDR guy changed everything. The good old days when we had wealthy people owning everyone and everything.
You only need to play the board game Monopoly to its end to see where they want to go and bring us with them of course because it would not be so fun to be a superior being with power if you didn't have peasants and peons to relend build their pyramids.

Robt said...

Remarkably right wingers once exposed to the FOX decided you cannot trust our American news media. Only after the GOP allowed media networks to stop providing as a separate broadcast from the rest of the entertainment divisions. That News divisions became subjected to ratings and profits.

Placed in their skulls was FOX was not a corporation like the other corporate media . You cannot trust any media but the FOX,

All the deceit has been there bitch slapping them in the face with misleading info to outright lies and not correcting mistakes when they report incorrectly. They used to fear the corporate news networks as government ran like Putin does. It is where CNN became the "communist News Network". They understood propaganda exists. They could not see through the fog of propaganda that they found themselves in.
Corporate media, the drive by media, etc., etc..

It is fine for them the FOX and GOP are in cahoots. It is their party so it is okay to be led by corporate GOP government TV/ media.

Dominion lawsuit shoved a broom stick up the Bums of the FOX viewers exposing the deceptions we all see but they reused to admit.
Is there a light house with a bright enough beacon of light to keep them from running ashore in the fog? To lead them to safety. haven't seen it yet but we can hope for our fellow humans that displays behavers more like a Hyena than a human.