I don’t usually watch CNN or MSNBC, but in the last two weeks I noticed Erin Brunnett with out front, Chris Cuomo and Rachel Meadows reporting. I was amazed at how openly biased these three were. A good reporter asks questions and listens and very rarely gives an opinion or let’s you know if they agree or not. Take Anderson Cooper for instance, there is no doubt he is a liberal, however, when he interviews someone you feel that he got the most information out of that person and as a viewer, we feel satisfied.
The unprofessional ism of the three I mention is riveting. I am amazed that these three ammeters are allowed on TV. Has our society decayed that much? Do we not care about the who, what, where, when and how anymore? It’s seems not. People don’t care about newscasters political ideologies, hell, people don’t usually care about anyone’s political thoughts. It is apparent in the low ratings at both CNN and MSNBC that the public does not accept people like Van Jones, openly bigoted and hatefulness permeates through his broadcasts.
It is clear at this point that networks need to get more professional people on the air. Cronkite, Jennings and the like were liberal, no question, however, they did not make it a point to get on the air and rant at the people they were speaking to. These people were professional enough to let people speak. O’Reilly at FOX used to cut people off as well, he would often take a hostile approach to people on the left and he always, always cut people off. It goes to both sides, Hannity, who I believe to be a moron, cuts people off as well and his show is about him, not the show itself. Whereas Cooper is a real pro for CNN, Tucker Carlson is a superstar at Fox. Both people were trained at a young age, both have impeccable manners and respect for the people they interview.
It seems that journalism schools like Syracuse University and the like should spend more time focusing on people doing interviews and training students how to give interviews. They should teach the students that it is not about them, it’s about the people they are interviewing.
Veteran journalist Bob Woodward criticized reporters on the right and left alike who were becoming too emotionally invested in their coverage of Donald Trump, calling them “unhinged.”
“You’ve described the Trump presidency as being a “test” for the news media. Do you think the media is failing the test?” asked Newsweek.
The former Washington Post reporter—now an associate editor—responded journalists could always do better, including himself, but that he thought the media had not “failed” to date.
“But we have a lot of work to do,” he continued. “A number of reporters have at times become emotionally unhinged about it all, one way or the other.”
“Look at MSNBC or Fox News, and you will see those continually either denigrating Trump or praising him. I think the answer is in the middle, and in this class I talk about how it’s important to get your personal politics out,” Woodward went on.
“It’s destructive to become too politicized. The emotion should be directed at doing more work, not some feeling or personal conclusion.”
Woodward has leveled similar criticisms in the past, including during a January CNN hit alongside his former Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein.
“In lots of reporting, particularly on television, commentary, there’s kind of self-righteousness and smugness, and people kind of ridiculing the president,” Woodward said. “When we reported on Nixon, it was obviously a very different era, but we did not adopt a tone of ridicule. The tone was, ‘what are the facts?'”
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