Skip to comments.It's Time to Change The Tone of Our 'Politics' Coverage
Posted on 06/09/2009 4:53:26 AM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia
In May, I made an appearance on "Hardball with Chris Matthews," one of MSNBC's political shows. The segment's main focus was the current state of the Republican Party.
When the segment ended and I walked off the set, I knew that that would likely be my last appearance on "Hardball." I had decided that I would not accept another invitation to appear on the program, should one come.
During the show on which I appeared, Matthews referred more than once to Republicans as "Luddites" and took every opportunity imaginable to portray them as crackpots. The show's topics inevitably pander to the most liberal Democratic viewers and present Republicans and conservatives in the least flattering of terms. For those of us who enjoy following politics and are interested in the news, there are fewer and fewer options on television. The Sunday shows and PBS programming - "The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer," for example - remain, and there are a handful of others worth watching elsewhere (e.g., "Morning Joe" on MSNBC is fun, informative and thoughtful, and CNN and C-SPAN have their moments). But too often, caricature and vitriol have replaced reporting and analysis.
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Chris Matthews with his tingly Obama legs and the New York Times are just a couple of many media outlets not to be taken seriously.
“Chrissy Fit Tingle Pants”??
that is a very fair and mostly accurate observation of our media by Stu Rothenberg
It sounds like the author is trying hard to be a “fair-minded” liberal, rather than a truly neutral observer. The vitriol spewing from the left on a regular basis from CNN, MSNBC and others is far worse than what the right-leaning media puts out.
I happen to agree with O’Reilly targeting GE for its television networks’ opinions. Maybe if the people at the top are held responsible and called into account for clearly partisan behavior that affects their network news reporting, something will start to change.
The talking heads on Fox News does a much better job than the other talking heads on the liberal end. MSNBC is unwatchable unless you are part of the Cindy Sheheen wing of the Democratic Party. It is grossly unfair to lump the kind of shenanigans that go on there with anywhere else. The network it outright disgusting.
Snicker! I did laugh at that line. Although MSNBC has taken over CNN as the number 2 cable network, their ratings are pathetic. I’ve never been a fan of Rothenburg and he kind of gives CNN a pass on this topic, but he shouldn’t have. When CNN puts up Jack Cafferty, a most hate filled individual, CNN can’t be given a pass. Let’s recall Susan Roesgen also, who attacked the tea partiers and FNC on the air, yet she is still employed by that network.
My impression of this writing is that the writer is hopelessly naive. Further, he's clearly a slow learner if he's just having these "stunning new revelations" now. Where's he been? Hiding in Saddam's Spiderhole for the last decade?
Myself I think the GOP needs to be torn down and rebuilt, the foundation is too weak to combat current opposition.
Opposition in the form of a massive well funded years in planning attempt to overthrow America, and its succeeding.
The new GOP will have to be a precise organization of sworn beliefs with no middle ground, in a matter of comparison I would nearly visualize this to the movie Starship Troopers where you earned your right to be a citizen.
This man is still lost in the woods. I see he knows that somehow his opinion no longer matters when appearing on MSNBC. Of course MSNBC has no desire to hear what he thinks, he was only invited to sit and rubberstamp all that is Obama.
There really can be no comparison between FOX and MSNBC. While FOX may lean a little to the right, they at least make an effort to listen to both sides. They also employ many democrats. Obviously FOX is doing something correct because more folks are listening to FOX.
I always marvel at what a waste 24 hour cable news is. They have the perfect forum to go in depth and educate people about what is going on with things that really matter. An informative guest is given no time. Often the real news floats on a ticker at the bottom of the screen while they chatter away above about Paris Hilton or the hottest bacon recipes.
Sad it is.
I assume that Rothenburg considers himself to be a political reporter who would bridle at the notion, etc. I wonder who else he considers to be a political reporter who does not favor one side or the other? I wonder how many of the people he would name voted for McCain?
I have always believed that Chris Wallace does the best hosting job of any of the Sunday morning shows and that Brit Hume is the best interviewer. They both go out of their way to be fair, while at the same time asking the pointed “hard” questions that all of the other shows avoid!
Rothenburg is editor and publisher of the Rothenburg Political Report, a ‘nonpartisan analysis of American politics and elections’ for which a subscription is $197 per year.
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