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  •  No, they will not retire. (21+ / 0-)

    It's a good gig, and there is a sort of unnatural selection that takes place, which keeps them in place. Selling product requires consistent branding, and they are all very good at that. The point is not to educate, or to question, but to deliver variations on a set performance as entertainment until the commercials come on. That's why you need two sides presented as equally valid, and why you need one woman in five to represent women and insulate the broadcaster from charges of sexism. You need the occasional "minority" voice and the opinions thus provided are minority points of view. It is as repetitive and scripted as a medieval passion play, and no more capable of self reflection or critical thinking.

    “If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.” Charles Darwin

    by ivorybill on Wed Apr 09, 2014 at 12:15:35 PM PDT

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    •  It's a job, not a profession anymore (1+ / 0-)
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      When Punditry was fun , media outlets had to provide equal time to the issue. (Issue One....)
      Mccoughlin used to have a year end show where he'd make everyone including himself eat their words.

      Today the political parties are in charge of the news outlets.
      Their objective.. all that political campaign money that we're screaming about on the one hand and grabbing viewers with the other.

      The American Carrot ... celebrities.
      When you see MSNBC & FOX anchors in movies , does this make the movie more realistic ? or does it reveal that those anchors are phonies.
      It is kind of nice that for some, their great-great grandkids will be able to see their ancestor in a "classic" action movie or drama ( those movies that survive the test of time).

      It speak to who these folks are celebrities , like actors who just read the script.

      For some real fun, investigate the new journalist career path, it leads to MSNBC or CNN and ends at FOX.

      In fairness to the vast majority of local journalist  . here I'm speaking of only Washington DC journalism ( or party propaganda)

      These people live in a bubble

      Keep It Real Folks

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