MSM meets cable, or the Hannitization of America … or not

CAUTION: this content requires the willing suspension of disbelief.

Ted Koppel gets Sean Hannity on and tells him, and Fox, he is bad for America.

But wait, ol’ Teddy has kind of a habit of doing that
He told O’Reilly he pretty much ruined the country. (very optimistic)

So Teddy does have that going for him. But then, to be fair to Koppel, he delivered similar commentary about Rush Limbaugh and others. Many others.

What is interesting, though, is what he blames. He accuses Rush for starting it, but that his rise(creation) was only because of the absence of the Fairness Doctrine when that ended. Ah, so ol’ Ted has confidence in the Fairness Doctrine being the cop on the beat.

Well, we know how that worked don’t we?

It was used just as much for censorship as for fairness. And MSM personas like him would be protected as knights of the fairness castle. Everything flowing through them. So Koppel would like to put free speech, and press, back in the bottle if he could… but he can’t.

Thus, he now goes on the circuit railing against these opinionators and pundits as the villains of the news media. No, Ted, you did a fine enough job in ruining journalism, media, America, and confidence in media all by yourself.

Sorry Teddy, the 1st Amendment did not include the Fairness Doctrine, and I’ve also checked all amendments since. Nada. But nice try — even if it sounds so official.

If you wanted Pravda, you could always move to Russia where government will gladly be the arbiter of what news media can say. Got that, Ted?

(Instructions… now grasp handle and press downward to flush.)

Note: I will say he has real points on his “Lights Out” book on a cyber attack and grid concerns. Yet his lights already seem to be out on news channels and media.

(**correction: Koppel interviewed Hannity at length, and chopped it to about 2 minutes)

Media doesn’t like On Line polls

Fox News threw out this disclaimer denouncing online polls. In part:

Politico reports on Fox memo.

“As most of the publications themselves clearly state, the sample obviously can’t be representative of the electorate because they only reflect the views of those Internet users who have chosen to participate,” Dana Blanton, Fox News’s vice president of public-opinion research, wrote in the memo to the channel’s politics team.”

But then it is filled with irony. The MSM (which Fox is now flirting with) cannot fairly represent or reflect the electorate’s opinion on anything, because they are so far removed from public opinion. The self-serving media echo chamber thinks it supposedly represents public opinion.(same as politicians) It’s a non-stop editorial page.

It went on to say:

“News networks and other organizations go to great effort and rigor to conduct scientific polls — for good reason.”

“They know quick vote items posted on the web are nonsense, not true measures of public opinion.”

But there are no disclaimers about it. They assert that their news is unbiased when nothing is further from the truth. They don’t care and are quite proud of their bias. In other words, they substitute their editorial bias for public opinion and claim to speak for it.

Still, they all love to pick on and bash on line polls for their participation. Yet their own polls are hardly better. And their coverage is far from scientific method. The message, then, is “trust our certified bullshit. We work very hard at distorting and slanting the news.