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News reporters should not be partisan tweeters

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Posted By: Big Bopper, 11/21/2020 10:34:40 AM

Can you imagine Walter Cronkite on Twitter? Neither can I. Twitter is of course that vulgar platform where people send cryptic messages to their followers. The average length of a Tweet is 33 characters – one short, ungrammatical sentence. The platform was specifically designed for superficiality. It’s a place to be snide, snarky and self-promoting, not a place for reasoned debate or reliable information.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: reefdiver 11/21/2020 10:39:25 AM (No. 612399)
"News" reporting has become completely political (even the weather). I don't trust the media, including the weather channel.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: MDConservative 11/21/2020 10:43:53 AM (No. 612408)
Straight news reporting went out the window many years ago as television/cable needed visuals and breathlessly hyped stories to peddle their infotainment reality show presentations, including the weather, which supplied viewers with all sorts of titillation over storms and calamities near, far and forecast. Newspapers all became tabloids because it drew eyeballs to their dwindling rags. The public would prefer a good riot than the latest on the school board budget. Headlines and visuals. Toss in blazing opinion pieces, some radical columnists to inflame...welcome to modern media. It's all a show, and we are each playing a part. What's yours? Cretinous deplorable? Luddite social clinger? Racist? Misogynist? Mindless conservative? Watch the tube or read the paper to find out.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: Largebill 11/21/2020 11:13:18 AM (No. 612449)
I often see people hark back to Cronkite out of a mistaken belief he was some sort of non-partisan straight shooter. Nope. While he hid it a little better than the modern wretches on CNN, etc, Cronkite was far left. Difference is there were only the three channels and all three were varying degrees of leftists.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: HotRod 11/21/2020 11:52:55 AM (No. 612492)
We used to have the evening news at 6PM, and late night news at 11PM. Maybe a brief few minutes at noon. Now, we have a 24/7 news industry that must be fed continuously. Therefore, it must instigate conflict and propagate it. It must report, and make mountains out of trivial mole hills (with a political slant.) As a result, it has become the maker of news. As a maker of news, it has the power to slant and present biased news. I like to use the example of the tornados that we never heard of, unless they happened in our community or some important place. Never the ones that tore up a cornfield in Nebraska, unless you lived nearby, maybe. Now, we are breathlessly told of every one that happens, no matter how remote on harmless. We even hear of tornados that strike in other countries! I'm all for 30 minutes of news at 6 and 11, and maybe 10 minutes at noon! Then we would have a better chance of hearing important, truthful news!
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Reply 5 - Posted by: seamusm 11/21/2020 11:55:10 AM (No. 612496)
Neither should politicians. I do understand that Trump has been forced down that path by the now obscenely partisan MSM and social media platforms - but I hate it nonetheless.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: anniebc 11/21/2020 7:49:44 PM (No. 612825)
Cronkite is not a good example. Leftists in the media are in your face now, but they've always been leftists in objective reporters' clothing.
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