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On 5/18/2022 at 9:29 PM, nycnewsjunkie said:

However, straight news and in-depth reporting don’t make for high viewership on a rolling news channel, and documentaries are more expensive to produce than shows where pundits rant into a camera. There’s a harsh reason why every cable news channel (including the zombie that is NewsNation) ends up as some variation of Fox News instead of France 24: many Americans (regardless of party/belief) would rather be coddled to instead of seeing politicians questioned rigorously.

 

I came up with a new word to describe partisan political pundits of any stripe ranting into a camera-- "preachitics." Why did I come up with that word? Two reasons:

 

a. Those who are employed in it preach loud and long and incessantly about whatever political grievance(s) they might have (whether it's masking in COVID, the need for more and more and more guns, the "media" being far too liberal, etc.);

 

b. Those who enjoy such rantings and listen to them for most of the day oftentimes yell "preach it!" at the television, because they love hearing their favorite ranters going on and on and on.

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Glad to see that CNN will be reducing the use of the "Breaking News" banner.

 

Next I'd like to see them stop leaving the "Live" bug up permanently during live broadcasts. I believe this started in early 2013 shortly after Jeff Zucker took over. Before this, it used to come down when showing taped video, even if the anchor was speaking over it live. MSNBC and Fox News soon followed suit. 

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23 hours ago, Newsjunkie24 said:

I only agree with breaking news if it's truly recent, not something from hours or a day ago.

 

Not trying to go too off-topic but on NBC Nightly News, every story until the first commercial break is breaking news. It's a decent newscast overall, but come on! 

Agreed! "Happening Now" works just fine if newscasts need some false urgency.

 

While we're at it, can we stop overusing "breaking overnight", speaking in half sentences, overdramatizing "severe" weather that happens all the time and using the present tense for everything. Don't get me wrong, news always needs a little spice of drama but these days we've just gone over the moon.

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23 hours ago, iron_lion said:

overdramatizing "severe" weather that happens all the time

 

That's true-- even when there is a rain shower that has no other implications (like thunder or lightning), some stations seem to act like it's the possible end of the world.

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3 hours ago, Georgie56 said:

Another Axios scoop.

 

 

 

I like Jim Acosta but I think it's time for CNN to go back to the more straight news approach it had pre-Zucker. If Acosta does get fired, MSNBC might pick him up for a show.

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On 6/4/2022 at 2:07 PM, iron_lion said:

While we're at it, can we stop overusing "breaking overnight", speaking in half sentences, overdramatizing "severe" weather that happens all the time and using the present tense for everything. Don't get me wrong, news always needs a little spice of drama but these days we've just gone over the moon.

I saw this last night on a 10pm show, where a few other important stories which were developing were 'but first, breaking news!'ed for a minor car accident during a police chase...that happened at 5pm and was long cleaned up 🙄. If you as the viewer knows the other stories rundown deserved prominence, the news organization has failed to do its job.

 

1 hour ago, Newsjunkie24 said:

I like Jim Acosta but I think it's time for CNN to go back to the more straight news approach it had pre-Zucker.

And highlight pieces from other reporters. I cannot stand only having a few on-camera reporters these days; it makes your organization look too insular and limiting.

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2 hours ago, mrschimpf said:

I saw this last night on a 10pm show, where a few other important stories which were developing were 'but first, breaking news!'ed for a minor car accident during a police chase...that happened at 5pm and was long cleaned up 🙄. If you as the viewer knows the other stories rundown deserved prominence, the news organization has failed to do its job.

 

I believe there's a saying for this:  "If it bleeds, it leads."

 

The fact that it bled five hours ago is apparently immaterial.

 

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1 hour ago, mre29 said:

 

I believe there's a saying for this:  "If it bleeds, it leads."

 

The fact that it bled five hours ago is apparently immaterial.

 

It was totally that decision because police injuries to that station are what they seem to relish covering deeply the most.

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So, while CNN proper was focused on its "The Fourth in America" special tonight, their live coverage of the Highland Park, IL, mass shooting was instead airing, for at least a little while, on HLN. That was a pleasant surprise.

 

Rather conveniently, the coverage preempted an episode of Very Scary People.

 

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