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Breaking News - Fox News overrun by Drama Queens
Helvitorial.com ^ | November 4, 2007 | Alan Helvig

Posted on 11/04/2007 4:29:38 AM PST by BigAlPro

Is it just me or are we all getting pretty tired of FNC’s abuse of “Breaking News” and “News Alerts”? It amazes me that you can’t watch one day’s worth of programming on America’s “fair and balanced” network without being assaulted by these false overtures. The producers at the FNC must think we are the dumbest viewers in the history of television news.

The recent fires in Southern California provided almost every anchor on Fox with the opportunity to over-dramatize the events of the day. I’ve never seen so many “Breaking News” reports on one story in my life. And it wasn’t as if they were actually reporting on something that hadn’t been covered all day long or even a significant change to what had already been reported. Everything was just “breaking”.

In order for news to be breaking, it is supposed to interrupt the regularly scheduled programming. That is why breaking news used to always be preceded with phrases like, “We interrupt your regularly scheduled program to bring you this special report”. Likewise, breaking news was always followed by the announcement, “We now return you to your regularly scheduled program.”

Hannity & Colmes are pretty much tied with Greta for being the worst when it comes to “News Alerts”. They flash that notice on the screen and start telling us all about some trivial story Shepard Smith “broke” six to seven hours earlier that same day. What is so alerting about a story that has been covered by every other anchor on your network?

When it comes to being overly dramatic, you can’t help but love Shepard Smith and Geraldo Rivera. However, the top Drama Queen of them all has to be John Gibson.

How is it possible to open your show with “Breaking News”? How do you head into a commercial break by saying, “When we come back, we’ll have Breaking News on today’s top story”? How do you have breaking news in the beginning, middle and end of a news program? How is anything “Brittney” breaking? Do they not understand the simple concept of “Breaking”?

As if all this weren’t bad enough, the FNC has become the king of speculation TV. When your interview includes questions like, “What do you think she meant by…” or “What is going through his mind right now…” you are no longer reporting, you are speculating. What could a retired Jersey trooper possibly know about a carjacker in California? If he’s not a psychic, he’s just another spectator and his input is nothing but conjecture.

Now, I don’t get CNN and I wouldn’t watch MSNBC if you paid me. For all I know, they may be just as bad as my beloved Fox. However, if someone doesn’t step up and do something about the over-dramatization of network news, I am going to have to turn off my TV and rely solely on the Internet for my daily news.

What is it going to take to bring some integrity to the cable news networks? Maybe we should get Bill O’Reilly to lead a boycott against all network news until they get their act together, quit speculating and stop abusing the once sacred “Breaking News”.


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KEYWORDS: breakingnews; culture; dramaqueenposter; dramaqueens; fnc; foxnews; integrity; notbreakingnews; reporting; speculation; television; topicexaggeration; vanity
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1 posted on 11/04/2007 4:29:39 AM PST by BigAlPro
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To: BigAlPro
Yes, but unfortunately that is what attracts many people.
2 posted on 11/04/2007 4:32:25 AM PST by Archon of the East (Universal Executive Power of the Law of Nature)
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To: BigAlPro

I pretty much stopped watching news on TV, now its almost alway the internet just because I deplore these people and their antics of glory, and I doubt it will get any better.


3 posted on 11/04/2007 4:32:50 AM PST by Eye of Unk
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To: BigAlPro

Shouldn’t this have been posted in Breaking News??


4 posted on 11/04/2007 4:33:53 AM PST by Always Right
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To: BigAlPro
Kind of amazing. Fox does nothing different then any other News Network yet the whiners continually come to Conservative websites to complain rabidly about the only network that is anywhere near fair to Conservative viewpoints.

Me thinks they does protest too much.

5 posted on 11/04/2007 4:34:26 AM PST by MNJohnnie (Pacifism is not moral. True morality requires evil be opposed, not appeased)
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To: BigAlPro

I still want the WHOOOOOSH! DONNNNNGGG! as a ringtone.


6 posted on 11/04/2007 4:34:27 AM PST by SlowBoat407 (Free commerce is the only just way to redistribute wealth.)
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To: BigAlPro

Yeah, it really irks me when it is a News Alert, and the subject is Britany Spears or Paris Hilton.


7 posted on 11/04/2007 4:35:56 AM PST by dforest (Duncan Hunter is the best hope we have on both fronts.)
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To: BigAlPro

Too many women as well... all emotion-over-content reporting.


8 posted on 11/04/2007 4:36:47 AM PST by johnny7 ("But that one on the far left... he had crazy eyes")
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To: BigAlPro

>>>>Is it just me or are we all getting pretty tired of FNC’s abuse of “Breaking News” and “News Alerts”?

We can send FNC a few of FR’s admin moderators! :)

Last I saw, training consults were getting paid $60,000 for seminar classes. I don’t think the mods would mined a few of those nickels.


9 posted on 11/04/2007 4:37:38 AM PST by Calpernia (Hunters Rangers - Raising the Bar of Integrity http://www.barofintegrity.us)
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To: BigAlPro

Just wake up, Rip Van Winkle?


10 posted on 11/04/2007 4:38:32 AM PST by rhombus
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To: johnny7

All blond all the time....they are “blowing” it....


11 posted on 11/04/2007 4:38:44 AM PST by cbkaty (I may not always post...but I am always here......)
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To: BigAlPro

At the AP we had several levels of news alerts.

Normal (Missing woman still missing) was 2 bells on the printer.
Urgent (Missing woman found) was 3 bells.
Bulletin (Missing woman hijacks plane) was 4 bells.
Flash (Missing woman assassinates president) was five bells.

I think Fox should institute a similar scale for their news alerts.


12 posted on 11/04/2007 4:38:49 AM PST by SlowBoat407 (Free commerce is the only just way to redistribute wealth.)
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To: cbkaty

Why do you think they call it “Fox” news?


13 posted on 11/04/2007 4:39:25 AM PST by SlowBoat407 (Free commerce is the only just way to redistribute wealth.)
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To: SlowBoat407
Why do you think they call it “Fox” news?,P>So....you've "nailed" em?
14 posted on 11/04/2007 4:40:29 AM PST by cbkaty (I may not always post...but I am always here......)
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To: MNJohnnie
i love fox but there is some validity in this criticism. fox and friends has gotten really squishy; i can't stand page hopkins, who mugs and struts in front of the camera. i really can't stand her. it's just not a good mix in the morning anymore. gretchen carlson isn't much better.

plus they DO overuse the breaking news alert. you can tell how much i have fox on at my house since i know all this stuff.

i just can't stand the lack of professionalism that went out the door with kieran chetry, who had the ability to be cheerful, amused and professional at the same time.

15 posted on 11/04/2007 4:41:39 AM PST by wildwood
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To: BigAlPro

The guy writing this must have seen the October cable news ratings.


16 posted on 11/04/2007 4:42:31 AM PST by Retired Chemist
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To: Archon of the East

it is the constant force-feeding of “celebrity” news that is driving me from TV news - regardless of network.


17 posted on 11/04/2007 4:43:28 AM PST by elpadre
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To: BigAlPro

I’m surprised you have just found this to be a problem or an issue. It has driven me crazy for at least a year.
The women are bad, but the worst is Shep Smith.


18 posted on 11/04/2007 4:45:05 AM PST by Recon Dad (Marine Spec Ops Dad)
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To: BigAlPro
That is why breaking news used to always be preceded with phrases like, “We interrupt your regularly scheduled program to bring you this special report”.

This person's living in the 70's; at least that is the last time I heard this phrase. We now have 24-hour news channels. They don't interrupt anything, anymore. Thus, "breaking news" would be just that, news that is breaking right now.

19 posted on 11/04/2007 4:46:07 AM PST by HarleyD
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To: Retired Chemist
The guy writing this must have seen the October cable news ratings.
I didn't. How is Fox doing?
20 posted on 11/04/2007 4:46:22 AM PST by samtheman
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To: BigAlPro

How about the overuse of the phrase, “You won’t believe...” to bait you into watching an upcoming story?

sheesh, enough already

...and one more thing - they’ve got too many silly women reporting the news as if it’s all ‘hot from Hollywood’ stuff. They don’t change their delivery or demeanor from a light entertainment type story to reporting serious news.


21 posted on 11/04/2007 4:47:13 AM PST by nuconvert ("Terrorism is not the enemy. It is a means to the ends of militant Islamism." MZJ)
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To: elpadre

Why does anyone watch tv news anyway- it’s just fluff.

Go on FR and in 15 seconds you have all the news you need to know.


22 posted on 11/04/2007 4:48:36 AM PST by petercooper ("Daisy-cutters trump a wiretap anytime." - Nicole Gelinas - 02-10-04)
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To: BigAlPro
They flash that notice on the screen and start telling us all about some trivial story Shepard Smith “broke” six to seven hours earlier that same day.

Shepard Smith's show is nothing more than National Enquirer Revisted.

23 posted on 11/04/2007 4:48:44 AM PST by OBXWanderer (dontvoteincumbent.com)
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To: Calpernia

mined?


24 posted on 11/04/2007 4:49:43 AM PST by ASA Vet
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To: BigAlPro

Fox News sucks! I stopped watching years ago when they tracked OJ’s Bronco.

If I ever catch a glimpse of it, I just can’t believe what it’s turned into. It’s televised “Enquirer” magazine.


25 posted on 11/04/2007 4:51:29 AM PST by ryan71
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To: BigAlPro
The FOX cries

WOLF!

26 posted on 11/04/2007 4:51:53 AM PST by CHEE (ha)
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To: johnny7

http://radaronline.com/quiz/2007/10/fox_news_anchor_or_porn_star.php


27 posted on 11/04/2007 4:51:55 AM PST by Perdogg (Elections have consequences.)
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To: BigAlPro
I actually saw a campaign ad the other day with "Breaking Story" and even had a ticker running at the bottom. What looked like "reporters" telling us that this politician was a rat and taking money from bad people.

I thought it was a FOX rip off, but it is ALL stations that do it.

28 posted on 11/04/2007 4:52:50 AM PST by BallyBill (Serial Hit-N-Run poster)
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To: Always Right; Roscoe Karns

You’re absolutely right. This ISN’T Breaking News.

We must hold this Forum in hugh regard and reserve it for series discussions.

Such as the following:

Bleaking Noose! HELP! My Beeber won’t hold a charge because the Zot button is sticking!
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1571488/posts


29 posted on 11/04/2007 4:53:02 AM PST by The Spirit Of Allegiance (Public Employees: Honor Your Oaths! Defend the Constitution from Enemies--Foreign and Domestic!)
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To: elpadre

My feelings exactly! I rarely watch any “news” shows for that reason. I will try to find out what guests are on and in what format then occasionally tune in. But I to am so sick of simple minded shallow celebrities getting attention and authority they do not deserve and to see the people gawking over them makes me sick. I honestly believe Hollywood is the most disgusting ignorant gathering of simpletons on the planet.


30 posted on 11/04/2007 4:53:47 AM PST by Archon of the East (Universal Executive Power of the Law of Nature)
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To: johnny7
"Too many women as well... all emotion-over-content reporting."

I usually have the remote near at hand so I can mute Lis Wiehl and that skank Laura Schwartz (how many times was she under Clinton's oval office desk?) any time their smug arrogant condescending mugs appear.

31 posted on 11/04/2007 4:55:53 AM PST by RushLake (Democrats/MSM have never met a terrorist they didn't like.)
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To: BigAlPro

I haven’t watched FoxNews Channel in over a year. I find it unwatchable.


32 posted on 11/04/2007 4:59:35 AM PST by montag813
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To: BigAlPro
I would rather watch Fox with all its drama and good looking women than any of the rest with their lies and partisanship.
33 posted on 11/04/2007 5:00:45 AM PST by gunnedah
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To: johnny7
"Too many women as well... all emotion-over-content reporting."

I suppose you prefer Shep's and Geraldo's type of hysterical emotion?

Or maybe you just like it when O'smiley gets all loud, red faced and looks like he wants to pound someone?

Yes jjjjjohnny, we can now read a wimpy guys "emotion" from a thousand yards. The jig is up

34 posted on 11/04/2007 5:00:45 AM PST by Earthdweller (All reality is based on faith in something.)
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To: ASA Vet

Pre coffee typo.


35 posted on 11/04/2007 5:01:32 AM PST by Calpernia (Hunters Rangers - Raising the Bar of Integrity http://www.barofintegrity.us)
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To: BigAlPro



Are you trying to put these guys out of work?
They get paid to annoy you!




36 posted on 11/04/2007 5:02:37 AM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Recon Dad

Shep Smith IS a doofus, isn’t he?


37 posted on 11/04/2007 5:04:44 AM PST by Dudoight
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To: BigAlPro

Shouldn’t this be in Breaking Wind?


38 posted on 11/04/2007 5:05:26 AM PST by MARTIAL MONK
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To: BigAlPro

This is “Breaking News”? Is Fox moderating the FR forum today?


39 posted on 11/04/2007 5:05:43 AM PST by dmw (Aren't you glad you use common sense? Don't you wish everybody did?)
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To: BigAlPro
The best part of not being back in the USA now is that I do not have to see Shep Smith or WhoreAllDo, both who make me want to puke.
40 posted on 11/04/2007 5:06:44 AM PST by AlexW (Reporting from Bratislava, Slovakia. Happy not to be back in the USA for now.)
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To: BigAlPro

FNC needs to dump Greta “Clutch Cargo” Van Susteren and hire Glenn Beck.


41 posted on 11/04/2007 5:06:54 AM PST by TennTuxedo
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To: BigAlPro

They should use truth in advertising, and call these “Wind Breaking News”.


42 posted on 11/04/2007 5:07:52 AM PST by TommyDale (Never forget the Republicans who voted for illegal immigrant amnesty in 2007!)
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To: MNJohnnie
Fox news is the only news network I watch. If I can't come to them or to my freeping friends to express my displeasure with Fox, just where should I go?

We are not robots who are expected to just sit and take it, whatever the "IT" is. We have minds and voices and we should use them when those in positions of responsibility abuse their authority.

Just because I am a Republican, that doesn't mean I have to agree with Bush's position on illegal immigration. And just because I watch Fox, that doesn't mean I should let them get away with INTEGRITY VIOLATIONS.

43 posted on 11/04/2007 5:09:14 AM PST by BigAlPro (It's time to flush the toilet of political corruption in Washington)
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To: Calpernia

Shoot! I’d be happy to take that assignment myself.


44 posted on 11/04/2007 5:11:13 AM PST by BigAlPro (It's time to flush the toilet of political corruption in Washington)
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To: BigAlPro

“The producers at the FNC must think we are the dumbest viewers in the history of television news”, and if they do, they’re right. Thanks primarily to public schools, television, working mothers, and fast/snack food, America is dumber and fatter than it’s ever been, and no powerful nation has ever been as dumb or as fat as America.


45 posted on 11/04/2007 5:11:52 AM PST by flowerplough (La Tolteca in Rehoboth, Delaware: They probably cater Fiesta Night in Heaven)
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To: BigAlPro

It’s exactly what this article describes that pushed me long ago to quit watching almost eveything on Fox News except Brit Hume’s “Special Report”....and the very name of his show reinforces every point the author is making.

The other over-used local phrase I see and hear constantly on every local channel in the Portland OR metro area is “STORM TEAM” ____ (Insert your loval channel number here).

Forgive me, but Portland Oregon doesn’t know what a real storm is; compared to one of those frog-drowning, end-of-the-world thunderstorms that occur all the time in the South...


46 posted on 11/04/2007 5:19:41 AM PST by Bean Counter (Stout Hearts...)
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To: BigAlPro
You go “BigAlPro”!

I watch Fox all the time, but I too don’t like the histrionics. If people say it enough and the right people hear it they might take heed.

47 posted on 11/04/2007 5:19:54 AM PST by Recon Dad (Marine Spec Ops Dad)
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To: BigAlPro
I watch Fox @ night because I can't stand most other programs--except Geraldo. When he is on I switch to the weather station. I watch a lot of sports because it's more entertaining than the stupid reality shows and comedy shows. I watch "The Closer," "Law & Order" and "Cold Case."

IOW, the writer's strike will not effect me.

48 posted on 11/04/2007 5:20:29 AM PST by lonestar
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To: The Spirit Of Allegiance
Don't be confused by the headline.

This isn't a "Breaking News" story. It is a story about "Breaking News". Or in this case non-breaking news.

49 posted on 11/04/2007 5:22:15 AM PST by BigAlPro (It's time to flush the toilet of political corruption in Washington)
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To: BigAlPro; All
Don't like all the celeb updates - particularly 'Britney - 'shows up in court!' (worse: 'OJ arrives/leaves Court House! - 'OJ's plane is arriving!!!)breaking news alert.

OTOH; think the focus on much of the lighter side. . .charitably speaking that is - is done to appeal to the younger viewers.

If that is the hook that gets this group to Fox News. . .and at least, might expose them to some greater 'truths of the matter'. . .then I am willing to put up with it; or I can, of course, ignore it altogether; and check back later.

(. . .and have to say, think Shep wins on the Drama Queen. . .he is really good; but do like him; and appreciate John Gibson as well. . .and think he did just fine, withOUT Heather as co-'star'. . .)

50 posted on 11/04/2007 5:24:58 AM PST by cricket
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