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Posted by on Apr 3, 2008 in Media | 4 comments

TV Channels: Where Is The ‘Real’ News…& The Views?


There seems to be a universal outcry at the deteriorating standards in the television channels worldwide. From India to Britain and the USA…there is a sense of general dismay that the TV channels are failing in their primary duty of initiating/explaining important issues of public interest, so essential in democracies to help people take informed decisions.

This subject needs wider scrutiny within and outside the media. The Independent on its opinion page has this to say about Britain: “At its best, TV is a tool of democracy, a way for us all to see our leaders being confronted with the truth. But instead, it largely consists of the airless circulation of ignorance, while the real decisions in the real world are taken somewhere else – beyond the awareness of us, the people.

“What is the effect on British politics when television coverage – the public’s main way of learning about how their country and planet is run – is distorted or disappears? Democracy doesn’t work properly.

“Vital issues simply aren’t explained to the public – so we cannot vote intelligently. While there are still oases of serious coverage – Newsnight, Panorama and Channel 4 News can be excellent – much of what remains is being corrupted. The BBC has given almost all its high-profile politics slots to Andrew Neil, whose bias is increasingly outrageous.”

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  • vwcat

    And no matter how much you complain about the candidates and the primaries being portrayed like Hollywood gossip, they simply refuse to listen.
    Then they all scratch their heads in wonder at the people flocking to the internet and various blogs for our news and information.
    Because the msm either doesn’t get it or stubbornly refuses to listen to the viewers.
    Possibly because they cannot understand such indepth and weighty subjects outside of gossip.

  • runasim

    The problem is that the media are giving us what we apparently want.
    If the public weren’t making their current strategy profitable, they would change.
    The public needs to develop a backbone and vote with their TV dials or turn-off knobs.

  • PaulSilver

    I am content with my options for staying informed. I cycle through a variety of sources on TV, Cable, Websites, Blogs, Newspapers and Magazines to extract meaningful facts and context. Part of my satisfaction is the excitement of the hunt; and I can readily figure out which candidates and issues I support.

    To have one source that focused only on what I was interested in would become boring pretty fast.

    I do wish it was a bit easier to be alerted to items of special interest but technology seems to be taking care of this as time goes by.

  • lurxst

    With all respect to the General,

    Its well known that most of the US media is very biased, so I only get my news from the O’Reilly factor and from websites such as Red State.

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