Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Election News On Election Night? Not On The Various Cable "News" Channels

At 1 a.m. Eastern time last night, I made the mistake of flipping through television news channels, in an attempt to find out about election results around the country.

I soon became very frustrated.

Fox News Channel offered a repeat of Your World With Neil Cavuto, with the top story "We Are Winning War on Terror!" A reporter parroted a recent Bush Administration talking point that it had thwarted 10 potential terrorist attacks -- a month-old claim that many have criticized as misleading.

On CNN, Larry King's interview with Jennifer Aniston and Clive Owen, stars of the new movie, "Derailed," was just ending. Instead of the recently dismissed Aaron Brown's nightly news program, on came Anderson Cooper 360, which had a riveting, timely top story -- about how divorce affects families.

On MSNBC, I found a repeat of Rita Cosby's Live and Direct, which led with an effort, including the parents of Natalee Holloway, to have vacationers boycott Aruba.

CNBC had a repeat of The Big Idea With Donny Deutsch. CNN Headline News aired a repeat of Nancy Grace.

The best I could do was a local cable station, News 12, which had results for my home state of New Jersey, but didn't mention the rest of the country.

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This is what cable news has become. If you want to watch a news wrap-up, you have to stay home during the daytime. In the quest for ratings, "news" networks have established night-time lineups dominated by opinion.

With the demise of Aaron Brown's show, the closest thing to news now is MSNBC's Countdown With Keith Olbermann, during which Olbermann often interjects liberal viewpoints as he discusses a handful of top stories. Otherwise, uninformed viewers won't be assisted by most nightly cable news shows.

That's not only frustrating ... it's dangerous. Why? An uninformed society is far more likely to accept spin as fact.

18 Comments:

Anonymous Norquist Nemesis said...

Had the same experience
I started trying to find out around 10:30 CST. Nada. Zip!!!

11:07 AM  
Anonymous KoKo01 said...

It was that way all night...Only Fox attempted some Election results but one had to list to the BS with it.

11:07 AM  
Anonymous chimpsrsmarter said...

nothing at all, very disappointing but not much of a surprise
i suspect if it was "night of the rightwing nuts" the coverage would have been there.

11:07 AM  
Anonymous sam sarrha said...

but there are some Helatiouslly LONG InfoMercials... passed off as News

11:08 AM  
Anonymous napi21 said...

I had that same complaint last night. I had to get my info on DU!
One poster did say that it was because these were all State and local elections, and that National News rarely covers them.

I guess that's true. Even though we were very interested in seeing a Dem sweep, I wonder just how many non-junkie types would care?

11:08 AM  
Anonymous Webster Green said...

They would have been all over a repuke sweep... They are becoming increasingly irrelevent.

Today, they were gifted with another distraction. A new trial for Andrea Yates. They are showing stock footage of her handcuffed and getting into a cop car, over and over and over and over.....

Whatever!

11:10 AM  
Anonymous Demoiselle said...

Same experience here...
Came home from a party, got the local (I'm in Philly) ie, New Jersey news on our am all news station...but had to search and search for anything on VA on the tube. Finally just logged into DU and got (whoopee) what I needed. What I don't understand is why they don't use those damn distracting crawls to repeat election bulletins while they're rerunning their shows in the wee hours.

11:10 AM  
Anonymous CornerPerro said...

Election? What are you talking about? There was no election yesterday!
If there was, don't you think it would have been reported on the news?

duh



Please tell me you can detect the sarcasm.

11:11 AM  
Anonymous Norquist Nemesis said...

The couldn't talk about it enough yesterday!
I guess that just means it's no longer "news". Bastards!!!

11:12 AM  
Anonymous Roland99 said...

So? DUMP CABLE/SATELLITE!
Why put yourself thru the "fear of the unknown" with the cable networks? Why give them more of your money for a worthless product?

11:12 AM  
Anonymous RobertSeattle said...

I agree
It pretty lame that DEMOCRACY is such a yawner.

11:12 AM  
Anonymous otohara said...

Results Weren't In Yet - I Did Expect Headline News to have something....but no, something completely unrelated and canned. I haven't watched HNN in years, it's not what it used to be.

11:30 AM  
Anonymous CornerPerro said...

Thats true. There was an election. Just no results.

11:30 AM  
Anonymous Jack Meoffer said...

I'm not surprised. This is the same Liberal media that would have us think that Bush was responsible for all the trouble around the world, when everybody knows it's the Liberal Socialist creeps screwing everything up.

12:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh. You know had the Republicans experienced surprise upsets for their candidates for governor in Virginia and New Jersey, Faux News channel and the rest of 'em would have preempted the second coming of Christ.

12:57 PM  
Anonymous rob of wilmington, del. said...

Jack, last time I checked, the Republicans controlled the White House, the Congress, most governorships, most local school boards, and most local government offices.

I don't know if I should take you seriously, given the alias you've used. But if you are being serious, there are plenty of medications out there to treat paranoid delusions. ... that is, if you are one of the lucky ones to have affordable health care.

1:11 PM  
Anonymous ash said...

You tell him, Rob. Unless Jack forgot the quotation marks around "Liberal," and the sarcasm punctuation to make the point clear.

I miss Brown. Anyone catch Cooper's tribute to him on 360 in Brown's former time slot? Talk about disingenuous.

5:30 PM  
Anonymous paul said...

I've stopped watching Cable News since early this year. I just got tired of all the blather without much substance. I expect news programs to inform, not tantalize. I also crave more analysis than what cable news serves up. I really don't miss the cable channels these days, as I find the internet more informative about the truly important issues.

10:08 PM  

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