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President Obama Says Stop Watching Cable News. And He's Right [Dear Leader Commands You!!]
Daily Finance ^ | February 5, 2010 | Jeff Bercovici

Posted on 02/04/2010 10:41:38 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

On Wednesday, President Obama had something of a Howard Beale moment. Speaking to a group of Democratic senators, the President exhorted his listeners -- and, by extension, all Americans -- to break the cable news habit.

"If everybody here turned off your CNN, your Fox, just turn off the TV, MSNBC, blogs, and just go talk to folks out there, instead of being in this echo chamber where the topic is constantly politics," Obama said, things would be an awful lot better in Washington.

His appeal threatened to alienate some of his loyal supporters in the media -- MSNBC actually cut away from his remarks shortly after, with a nervous joke -- but it was dead on target.

How Cable Stole Our Brains

I've been covering the media business for a decade. Setting aside the Internet -- a big thing to set aside, I know, but hang with me for a minute -- the two biggest developments over that time have been the decline of newspapers and the growth of cable news. According to the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press, Americans have been steadily getting more of their news from cable and ever less of it from papers. It doesn't take a genius to see the connection.

It used to be that cable-news viewers faced a simple choice: CNN, if you wanted your news straightforward and boring; Fox News, if you wanted to watch middle-aged white men shouting. Then MSNBC discovered its niche as the left-wing equivalent of Fox, and Headline News became HLN and started rivaling sister network CNN in the ratings.

The proliferation of options has brought with it an explosion of arguments and value judgments. Is MSNBC as far to the left as Fox is to the right? Is Fox's straight-news reporting affected by its opinion programming? Does the fact that Fox is now the most trusted cable-news network mean what it seems to? Does the fact that CNN's audience is heavily Democratic belie its claim to be nonpartisan?

Why None of It Matters

The answer to all these questions is: It doesn't matter. It doesn't really matter whether Bill O'Reilly or Keith Olbermann is the bigger blowhard, or whether Shepard Smith is less biased than Wolf Blitzer. The fact is, if you're getting your news from cable, you're getting misinformed. You're being told things are important that aren't. You're getting a diet of stories selected primarily for their strong visuals and sensationalistic details, not for their news value. You're watching a lot of split-screen shots of people talking over each other so loudly that none can be understood.

In short: If you watch a great deal of cable news, you are making yourself stupider. Put down the remote control. Pick up a newspaper. You may not have that luxury much longer.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: cablenews; dearleaderobama; democrat; democrats; foxnews; impeachobama; jourbalism; keitholbermann; liberalfascism; msnbc; obama; obamadearleader; television
Yeah, while you're at it turn up the gas in the lamps, put a record on the Victrola, and later you can start the Model T with a hand crank and run into town to trade eggs for groceries at Sam Drucker's general store...
1 posted on 02/04/2010 10:41:38 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Arnold Ziffel is smarter than this asshat.


2 posted on 02/04/2010 10:43:59 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Yeah, while you're at it turn up the gas in the lamps, put a record on the Victrola, and later you can start the Model T with a hand crank and run into town to trade eggs for groceries at Sam Drucker's general store...

LOL.

Guess the Obamination and his sycophant media whores are not too pleased with facts and an informed electorate these days.

3 posted on 02/04/2010 10:53:28 PM PST by FormerACLUmember (The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule. - H. L. Menken.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Stop listening to the news--simply listen to ME!

Imagine if Bush told people to stop watching the news?

4 posted on 02/04/2010 10:54:51 PM PST by Darkwolf377 (Bostonian conservative, atheist prolifer)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Actually, Dick Morris called it.

The only substantial number of people watching cable news are watching Fox, which is opening people’s eyes to his total ineptitude. So he tells people to stop watching cable. He only threw MSNBC and such in there to seem to not appear biased, and besides, no one watches them anyway.

It’s just more of the war on Fox.


6 posted on 02/04/2010 11:05:25 PM PST by I still care (A Republic - if you can keep it. - Ben Franklin)
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To: FormerACLUmember
The more he Obamanates, the more he chooses confrontations he can't win. So many millions of people love cable news because it's 'round the clock. And who says these same people don't also read newspapers, periodicals, use the internet, and compare the information therein?

It seems like an almost purposeful insult to the most politically engaged group of people out here. I hope the Obamanator keeps it up! Like the Mama's and Papa's sang:
"You're Gonna Trip, Stumble and Fall."

7 posted on 02/04/2010 11:08:25 PM PST by ARepublicanForAllReasons (Give 'em hell, Sarah!)
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To: I still care

Nothing personal, but FR can’t show Getty Images.


8 posted on 02/04/2010 11:09:12 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: All

Yeah...isn’t it amazing, when the libs and demonrats owned all of the broadcast media and the rest of the lamestream media, we were told (dictated to), how they were the voices of reason and the common man.

But now, that more and more people are waking up and seeing them as they are, nothing more then a nazi style propaganda arm of the DNC, Now..now we are told to “turn off our TV’s”.

Just like the hatred that spewed from the left and the insidious clinton years, when “triangulation” ruled, and the clinton’s attack machines were unleashed...Now we are all asked “can’t we all just get along”.

When the left and demonrats do the attacking, it’s for our own good...but when the rest of the world starts to question dear leader...then it’s, “turn off the TV and lets have a group hug”.

What pathetic losers.


9 posted on 02/04/2010 11:09:54 PM PST by OhhTee5
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Obama is soooo 3rd worldish with everything he tries.


10 posted on 02/04/2010 11:14:32 PM PST by Snurple (VEGETARIAN, OLD INDIAN WORD FOR BAD HUNTER.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I just took a good read of the article.

Libs have no one to blame but themselves for the sensationalistic nature of news nowadays.

It’s all Big Bird’s fault. You heard me, Big Bird.

When I was little I watched Romper Room. I watched Captain Kangaroo. And God forbid, Mr Rogers. They were slow but sweet, with real conversations and things to pay attention to.

Then a show started on PBS, called Sesame Street. It had violent images and colors, and flashing cartoons. When I first watched it with my mom, she said, “This is so bad for kids. They are teaching children that everything has to be entertaining and they don’t have to work at or be patient for content.”

Now the Sesame Street generation has grown up and it has the attention span of a gnat. Welcome to modern news.


11 posted on 02/04/2010 11:14:41 PM PST by I still care (A Republic - if you can keep it. - Ben Franklin)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

I didn’t know. How would I know it is a getty image? I got it from Financial Times.


12 posted on 02/04/2010 11:15:52 PM PST by I still care (A Republic - if you can keep it. - Ben Franklin)
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To: I still care

It says Getty Images on it


13 posted on 02/04/2010 11:17:29 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
In short: If you watch a great deal of cable news, you are making yourself stupider. Put down the remote control. Pick up a newspaper.

Ya, that'll help...

14 posted on 02/04/2010 11:19:55 PM PST by csense
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Oh, geez. Right at the bottom. I don’t have the best eyes, I missed it.


15 posted on 02/04/2010 11:20:02 PM PST by I still care (A Republic - if you can keep it. - Ben Franklin)
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To: csense

Wow. If you are making yourself stupider by watching cable news, just think of where MSNBC afficionados will eventually end up.

They don’t start out too high on the scale to begin with.


16 posted on 02/04/2010 11:21:40 PM PST by I still care (A Republic - if you can keep it. - Ben Franklin)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Right ZERO. People should listen to Obama State Sponsored ABC, See-BS and NBC to get your Orwellian Truth serum.

This guy sounds more and more like a clueless fascist jerk every time he opens his mouth.


17 posted on 02/04/2010 11:39:45 PM PST by ZULU (God guts and guns made America great. Non nobis, non nobis Domine, sed nomini tuo da gloriam.)
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To: ZULU

For crying out loud! The average FReeper or FR lurker is 100 times more informed than this flap-eared pretender. He couldn’t debate any of us.


18 posted on 02/04/2010 11:54:24 PM PST by TigersEye (It's the Marxism, stupid! ... And they call themselves Progressives.)
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To: TigersEye

Very true. Unless he had a teleprompter and “Plugs” next to him for gaff advice.!


19 posted on 02/04/2010 11:57:31 PM PST by ZULU (Hey Obama, how DO you pronounce "corpsman"?????)
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To: ZULU

A lot of us are smarter than TOTUS too.


20 posted on 02/05/2010 12:03:09 AM PST by TigersEye (It's the Marxism, stupid! ... And they call themselves Progressives.)
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To: TigersEye

At least we can pronounce “corpsman”.


21 posted on 02/05/2010 12:04:19 AM PST by ZULU (Hey Obama, how DO you pronounce "corpsman"?????)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
""If everybody here turned off your CNN, your Fox, just turn off the TV, MSNBC, blogs, and just go talk to folks out there, instead of being in this echo chamber where the topic is constantly politics," Obama said, things would be an awful lot better in Washington. "

"...awful lot better..."...weird.

Anyway, to translate that which the obamaTATOR said, "Y'all stop paying attention to anything that doesn't aggrandize ME. Fox news doesn't like ME. I want you stop watching that awful Fox News."

He doesn't like anyone pointing out what he is really doing to America. Little lord fauntleroy doesn't like tattle tales.

He probably doesn't know it, all he did was boost FOX news viewership...LOL
22 posted on 02/05/2010 12:12:43 AM PST by FrankR (The ones of us who love AMERICA far outnumber those who love obama - your choice.)
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To: FrankR
"...Obama said, things would be an awful lot better in Washington. "

Things would be better in WASHINGTON if the rest of us stopped watching cable news? Clearly a statement absolving himself of any responsibility for what's going on there.

23 posted on 02/05/2010 12:19:22 AM PST by TigersEye (It's the Marxism, stupid! ... And they call themselves Progressives.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
New Headline:
Stop watching Cable News so we can screw you without you knowing it.

This ‘re-awakening’ of Patriots is really sort of a barrier to his goals isn't it?

24 posted on 02/05/2010 12:24:15 AM PST by Outlaw Woman (If you remove the first Amendment, we'll be forced to move on to the next one.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
“You're watching a lot of split-screen shots of people talking over each other so loudly that none can be understood.”

That's the least effective, least informative, least watchable, least intelligent, and most irritating form of interviewing.

25 posted on 02/05/2010 12:32:59 AM PST by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: Outlaw Woman

If a Republican had said this, Olbermann would be calling them the “Worst Person in the World”. Not to mention all the tuts about how anti-intellectual we are for demanding that people turn off tv news.


27 posted on 02/05/2010 1:42:11 AM PST by OrangeHoof ("Barack Obama" is Swahili for "Bend over suckahs".)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"If everybody here turned off your CNN, your Fox, just turn off the TV, MSNBC, blogs, and just go talk to folks out there, instead of being in this echo chamber where the topic is constantly politics," Obama said, things would be an awful lot better in Washington.

And yet they all were averse to having town hall meetings with their constituents this past summer.

28 posted on 02/05/2010 2:15:01 AM PST by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
In short: If you watch a great deal of cable news, you are making yourself stupider.

In other words, you're already stupid...

29 posted on 02/05/2010 2:42:36 AM PST by metesky (My retirement fund is holding steady @ $.05 a can.)
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To: I still care

Translation...do not watch Glenn Beck. He is exposing our communist plot to destroy the evil White Capitalists.


30 posted on 02/05/2010 2:53:09 AM PST by screaminsunshine
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The Friday night news dump is gonna be Hugh!


31 posted on 02/05/2010 3:04:16 AM PST by RandallFlagg (30-year smoker, E-Cigs helped me quit, and O wants me back smoking again?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I was with him until this:

Pick up a newspaper
32 posted on 02/05/2010 3:30:44 AM PST by Beckwith (A "natural born citizen" -- two American citizen parents and born in the USA.)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Wasn’t Arnold the name of the pig on Petticoat Junction?


33 posted on 02/05/2010 3:44:40 AM PST by rfreedom4u (Obama is intent on destroying America!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

just tune into government TV/radio and we’ll tell you all you NEED to know


34 posted on 02/05/2010 3:53:55 AM PST by The Wizard (I support Madam President, the only President in America today)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Well, if Dear Leader insists that we don't watch TV then I will comply...to an extent. I won't watch any more of his speeches...they're only a series of lies anyway so I'm sure it'd be better for everyone’s blood pressure. So, good idea Obama...America should at least cut back on some TV...that with you on it.
35 posted on 02/05/2010 4:31:23 AM PST by highlander_UW (There's a storm coming - little kid at a Mexican gas station in The Terminator)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

FUBO!

LLS


36 posted on 02/05/2010 4:32:05 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (hussama will never be my president... NEVER!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Yeah, while you're at it turn up the gas in the lamps, put a record on the Victrola, and later you can start the Model T with a hand crank and run into town to trade eggs for groceries at Sam Drucker's general store...

*******

Obama is too funny.

You see, Obama conveniently forgets that if the public had stopped watching cable shows like CNN, FOXNEWS, and MSNBC BEFORE and during the 2008 presidential campaign, then Obama would NOT have been been the Democratic Party nominee, because many voters would NOT have bothered to go out of their way to learn about this state senator/ community organizer from Illinois, who was raised in Hawaii.

That is, many voters learned a lot about Obama from these same cable stations that Obama now tells us to avoid.

Poor Obama. He can be so funny sometimes.

37 posted on 02/05/2010 5:07:05 AM PST by john mirse
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

OK Mr. Prez. I’m turning off ABC ,, CBS,, MSNBC,, CNN,, etc. From now on I’m only going to watch one hour of TV a day and when making the chose between watching y0u and the second most popular personality on the tube today ,,,, BECK WINS !!!!

You Mr. Prez. are the least experenced person in any room you’re in ,,, and it shows BIG TIME !!!!


38 posted on 02/05/2010 5:19:18 AM PST by lionheart 247365 (-:{ GLEN BECK is 0bama's TRANSPARENCY CZAR }:-)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“President Obama Says Stop Watching Cable News. And He’s Right [Dear Leader Commands You!!]”

So I guess cable news ratings will go through the roof now?


39 posted on 02/05/2010 5:20:49 AM PST by JenB987 (under God's Spirit she flourishes)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"If everybody here turned off your CNN, your Fox, just turn off the TV, MSNBC, blogs, and just go talk to folks out there, instead of being in this echo chamber where the topic is constantly politics," Obama said, things would be an awful lot better in Washington.

Honestly, I thought this came from the Onion.

CNN? Is our Dear Reader so arrogant he actually bit the hand that feeds him?

He's self destructing before our very eyes and I love it.

sw

40 posted on 02/05/2010 5:45:09 AM PST by spectre (Spectre's wife (11/02/10)
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To: OrangeHoof

You are so right.

I just thought of another ‘New Headline’ btw:

New Headline:
Stop watching Cable News or we’ll shut if down for you.


41 posted on 02/05/2010 7:35:59 AM PST by Outlaw Woman (If you remove the first Amendment, we'll be forced to move on to the next one.)
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To: rfreedom4u

“Green Acres.”


42 posted on 02/05/2010 11:55:00 AM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: ZULU

Yeah, but that isn’t just like Bush saying nu-ku-lar instead of nuclear. /s


43 posted on 02/05/2010 12:06:50 PM PST by Surtur (Are we on Athen's time yet?)
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To: Surtur
Well, he is no better than Bush when it comes to public speaking - he just has a better press and knows how to use a teleprompter.

The point is, when a Republican or conservative screws up, its FRONT PAGE NEWS like nobody EVER DID IT BEFORE.

AND, since OBAMA is SUPPOSED to be the “smartest President” ever, I guess its less excusable in HIM, no?

He's a lying, phony bastard and deserves all the ridicule we can give him. He is a fraud and an impostor.

44 posted on 02/05/2010 1:44:05 PM PST by ZULU (Hey Obama, how DO you pronounce "corpsman"?????)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
At Seeking Alpha Jeff's bio says:
I spent most of the past two years writing the Mixed Media blog on Portfolio.com, the website of Condé Nast Portfolio magazine, which shut down in April. Before Portfolio, I covered media, entertainment and politics for the pop culture magazine Radar (another victim, sadly, of the great magazine recession). And before that I reported on media and advertising for the trade newspaper WWD, where I wrote a daily column, "Memo Pad."
Jeff, in a decade you'll be a middle aged white man. And some young jerktwerp such as you are now might be cutting you down just for that.

It's ironic -- future shouting middle-aged white man Jeff is today preaching on behalf of the crazy senile mainstream media.

45 posted on 02/05/2010 1:58:20 PM PST by bvw
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Obama’s message was to “Stop listening to anyone but me”.

This asshat thinks that’s a good idea.

Dumb fark!


46 posted on 02/05/2010 2:33:01 PM PST by MortMan (Stubbing one's toes is a valid (if painful) way of locating furniture in the dark.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

People are watching cable new with a laptop on their lap or adjacent to a desktop. They run-out, surf, look at the news print ineptitude and bias. News print is getting discredited with lightning speed. If a good percentage of page hits to a news print article coincide in a timely fashion with a cable news story => the gigs up.


47 posted on 02/05/2010 8:15:51 PM PST by Fitzy_888 ("ownership society")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Jeff Bercovici is listed as a Media Communist

...sorry I meant to type “Media Columnist” for ‘Daily Finance’

Question: If the “media columnist” says in essence, none of it matters...wouldn’t that put him at the top of the layoff list?


48 posted on 02/05/2010 8:23:36 PM PST by Fitzy_888 ("ownership society")
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To: I still care

Dick went on to say that there was more to it. Why does he have to be so thin skinned? He can’t stand any criticism. He just wants us all to bury our heads in the sand and let him do his work.


49 posted on 02/06/2010 2:17:26 PM PST by REPANDPROUDOFIT (Hey General, I would be honored to have you call me "ma'am" !)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The fact is, if you're getting your news from cable, you're getting misinformed. You're being told things are important that aren't.

Yep! It would be so much better to limit myself to that one daily paper laying on the lawn each morning. One point of view to digest and only on the subjects they like to write about! How simple!

50 posted on 02/06/2010 2:19:48 PM PST by REPANDPROUDOFIT (Hey General, I would be honored to have you call me "ma'am" !)
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