Low Five It

When a national TV network is collapsing, is it any surprise that the local one stinks, too?

Consider this: the PPP (left leaning Public Policy Polling) ranks NBC at the bottom of the trust list, below Comedy Central and their offspring, MSNBC.

35% of Americans say they trust Fox News more than any other TV news outlet, followed by 14% for PBS, 11% for ABC, 10% for CNN, 9% for CBS, 6% each for Comedy Central and MSNBC, and 3% for NBC. It leads the way because of its continuing near total support among Republicans as the place to go for news- 69% of Republicans say it’s their most trusted source with nothing else polling above 7%. Meanwhile Democrats are split between a lot of different outlets when it comes to who they have the most faith in- PBS at 21%, CNN and ABC at 18%, and CBS and MSNBC at 12% all poll in double digits.

MSNBC has trouble keeping up with Fox even while singing to the choir:

It’s interesting that while Fox News and MSNBC are often thought of as equivalent, Fox News is by far and away the most trusted source of GOP voters while MSNBC is only tied for 4th among Democrats.

Gee, do you think it might have anything to do with the very tangible bias for liberals at NBC? They can’t even have a comedy show without injecting partisanship. This is the land of the slobberingly lovestruck Christ Matthews, Democrat shill Andrea Mitchell, sycophantic Brian Williams and others too numerous to add. I avoid that channel like the ebola virus.

I do watch, however, their local affiliate, Channel 5. Why? Mostly because I like Dave Brown’s weather analysis better than the others. The rest of the crew is drowning in a mix of bias, propaganda and self promotion.

Mr. Midtown Republican and I also view it as a kind of unexpected comedy source. I’ll never forget Ben Watson saying with a straight face that death was considered by most to be the ultimate tragedy. That’s putting it mildly.

Every opening starts with a special “breaking news” logo. Isn’t it all breaking news? Some of the stories they choose are really small ball while more important ones get buried. President Obama is feted on a daily basis, no matter what he does or doesn’t do. Last night, a reporter went to Nashville to cover the president’s visit to a high school there and she couldn’t have piled on more. He got a tremendous reception, his compassion was evident and the students were overwhelmed by his presence. She added that they loved his plans for getting jobs for them. Really? Bo back and asks 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 graduates how they’re doing. Obama’s had 5 years and we’re still struggling to get jobs. Will the next three years be even better? Kids, better get some life skills. Don’t count on O.

Their coverage of our Legislature, overwhelmingly Republican, doesn’t get the same accolades. They come off looking callous and stupid when Channel 5’s employees report.

Frequently they show a person on the screen without identification. A lot of the stories are full of unanswered questions. Who did it, who said that and who are the people protesting in the background?

Is it news to promote your own NBC shows? I wouldn’t think so, but they work it into newscasts as much as they can. The Biggest Loser, Hollywood Game Night, The Voice; you’d think they were stories Edward R. Murrow would happily have broadcast. As for Andy Wise’s segments, is a trial of a bacon basket cooker really newsworthy?

Then how about those promotions? In actuality they are bribes to get you to watch them. The latest one is particularly appalling. They want you to text about which purse they should give away. Doesn’t anyone there have any sense of shame? Does no one stand up for news in place of these side shows?

These TV networks watch as their audience shrinks. You’d think that would call for a little introspection. It would if they were Republicans engaged in some similar money losing proposition.

But no. They keep on dishing out journalistic junk food. No wonder we have a person in the White House who is as substantial and commanding as a twinkie.

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