Some Commentary from "Hugh Jee"
Below you'll find a link to a New York Times story about CNN's fall to #4 in the TV ratings for the 24 hour news networks. CNN's sister station, HLN has passed them in the ratings. FOX remains #1 by a country mile, followed by MSNBC a distant second.
Make no mistake...as much as I have disdain for FOX NEWS, and am a fan of MSNBC and their commentators Keith Olbermann, Rachel Maddow, Ed Schultz, and Chris Matthews I find the fall of CNN to be troubling. Of all the news nets CNN is probably the one that does report hard news rather than fluff, or entertainment, not withstanding Larry King. Ted Turner created the 24 hour news channel with CNN at a time when most thought it would fail- but it thrived beyond the dreams of its critics.
FOX News, slanted to the right with more opinion based shows than actual reporting, with its array of eye candy female reporters, and its insertion of conservative pundits like Hannity and Beck to reign in the fringe, has managed to reinvent the 24 hours news network as political and cultural infotainment. And that's not a good thing.
About 30 years ago 60 Minutes proved that a TV news program could actually inform and entertain AND get huge ratings at the same time. And that's where the news business began to change...because it wasn't as much about telling people what they needed to know anymore as it was about telling them what they want to hear about, and making money off it. News became ratings driven, and a big moneymaker.
And now we live in a world in which Howard Beale and Paddy Chayefsky's NETWORK have all become a reality.
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Its called "Useless Trivia and Mindless Rants". That's because I adhere to the principle that you can't please everyone, nor should you try to please everyone....so before anyone else rips this blog for being a waste of time or having faulty logic, I thought I'd beat them to the punch, and zing just a bit of self deprecating humor into the title....hey, some people think that's an endearing quality.
Seriously....I hope to entertain and maybe inform, and even teach the reader about a few subjects. And don't be alarmed by the political trappings you may see here. I'm upfront about my political beliefs and affiliations, but I don't wear my politics on my sleeve, and have and always will refuse to be locked into a rigid dogma. This is not really a political blog; its just disguised as one.
My model is probably CBS SUNDAY MORNING, a magazine format. I'll talk about news, sports, TV and films, about music, literature and pop culture, and about the famous and the infamous....and about some people who are out there trying to make a difference in a world that seems to get just a little tougher everyday.
Oh yes...there will be some politics as well.
So pour a cup of coffee, cut a piece of cheesecake.....and stick around for a few minutes.
Occupation- If you believe my conservative friends, I'm a pinko commie socialist out to destroy the very fabric of America's core beliefs.
Liberals think I'm an old school moderate Democrat, and that a guy my age needs to get his hair cut more often.
Just put away that broad brush....
I'm just a "Blue Jersey Guy" who happens to "Bleed Scarlet".