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On March 8th, 2014 a Boeing 777 flight from Malaysia Airlines simply vanished when en route to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur. But you already know this.

The missing flight 370 has consumed our media in one fell swoop, and while I would never argue that it is unimportant, I would argue that equally important (and yes, more important) stories are being missed in the obsession to cover every tiny development regarding the vanishing aircraft.

All the media outlets are to blame for this journalistic sellout, however, the American people who tune in share in the guilt.

March 8th, 2014 was the last time anybody heard from Flight 370. Incidentally, it was also the last time the CNN homepage featured any other story.

More opinion below the fold.

Our media has been on a steady decline since...well, I guess since the advent of cable media. While increased technology has left us all more connected and with more options for news consumption, it has also drug down the quality of that consumption. It has left media outlets craving ratings, and people being strung along so perfectly it isn't certain which is the "pied piper" and which are the village kids. But whether the viewers are leading the networks, or networks leading the viewers, our media has been infected with a profound cancer of quality.

The symptoms of this "media cancer" are everywhere. How many days of coverage did Justin Bieber get on CNN after his arrest? Oh wait, it's still going on. How much more than we speculate about Hillary Clinton running for President? Apparently alot. Oh, and just in case you were worried some legitimate poltiical discussion might seep through, It's time to talk about the next elections! Not that we ever really stopped...

I do not think it would be hyperbole to suggest we have a huge media problem in this country. Maybe I should call it a "grand media crisis" in hope that some network will run with the flashy headline.

(not holding my breath)

It seems that we have two equally problematic trends in media these days. On one hand, we have networks moving increasingly in favor of either the liberal of conservative ideology (MSNBC toward the liberals, and I'll let you use your imagination on what network is "trending" conservative) OR networks standing for essentially nothing at all, publishing / covering whatever garbage they think will grab attention (CNN: hold on, let me interrupt this blog post to report that Selena Gomez has a new naval ring).

In terms of quality: it is getting worse.
It terms of polarization: it is getting scarier. Case in point Newsmax conspiracy website to start cable news show.

Now, some of you may be tempted to say: 'But Jake, we have the DailyKos / other minor outlets! We are free from the MSM media failures!"

True, but not quite so true.

I love the DailyKos. I don't publish as much as I wish, but I read quite a bit. The stories highlighted are always interesting, and I do get quite a bit of information from this great site.

But the world needs mainstream media.

The world needs to be able to open newspapers, to turn on the television, go to MSM websites, and see peer reviewed news footage that is relevant and balanced. Not "fake balanced" by trying to justify the unjustifiable, but balanced in terms of reporting a wide variety of stories that benefit / hurt both sides of the political spectrum.

The disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is a story. It could even be an important story. It could even be a very very important story. It is -- at least -- a more important story than Justin Bieber's legal problems, or (going a long way back now) Charlie Sheen's tweets. But it is not the only story.

While we bloggers here have immeasurable power to bring important stories to the national light, most of us do not have the manpower, time, or journalistic experience to write, review, investigate, and factcheck every blog entry we post. Also, our website does not appeal to every spectrum of Americans, all of whom require news to make informed opinions. We need our mainstream media back.

How do we get it back? Well, personally I keep hoping I wake up and the Newsroom turns out to be real life. But apart from that, I'm not sure.

What I am sure of is that this needs to change. I'm hoping you guys have some good ideas. As of right now, I'm just turning off the T.V.

Originally posted to That awkward moment when I talked about politics on Sat Mar 22, 2014 at 01:43 PM PDT.

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  •  competing cable "news" channels (7+ / 0-)

    try to lift ratings (and therefore earnings) by turning news into entertainment

    the only thing to do is not to watch them, but for most people they are the exclusive source of "news"...

    We're shocked by a naked nipple, but not by naked aggression.

    by Lepanto on Sat Mar 22, 2014 at 02:24:25 PM PDT

    •  Do you see a way (2+ / 0-)
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      To influence corporate media to become...for lack of a better term, better?

    •  How and why did that change? (0+ / 0-)

      Networks used to accept the fact that their news operations were money losers and done as public service.

      •  Found this, and it sounds logical (0+ / 0-)
        TV networks valued their news operations. Why they did is open to debate, but former newsman T
        ed Koppel argues:
        “To the degree that broadcast news was a more virtuous operation 40 years ago, it was a function of both fear and innocence.
        Network executives were afraid that a failure to work in the ‘public interest, convenience and necessity,’ as set forth in the
        Radio Act of 1927, might cause the Federal Communications Commission to suspend or even revoke their licenses. The three
        major broadcast networks pointed to their news divisions (which operated at a loss or barely broke even) as evidence that
        they were fulfilling the FCC’s mandate. News was, in a manner of speaking, the loss leader that permitted NBC, CBS and ABC
        to justify the enormous profits made by their entertainment divisions. . . .
        “On the innocence side of the ledger, meanwhile, it never occurred to the network brass that news programming could be
        profitable. . . . Until, that is, CBS News unveiled its ‘60 Minutes’ news magazine in 1968. When, after three years or so, ‘60
        Minutes’ turned a profit (something no television news program had previously achieved), a light went on, and the news
        divisions of all three networks came to be seen as profit centers, with all the expectations that entailed.
        Television (PDF)
  •  This problem has existed (12+ / 0-)

    for many decades, going back at least 150 years. Mass media inevitably gets pulled toward the lowest common denominator.

    The problem lies more in the readers/viewers than it does in the media itself. People love the missing white girl story, the missing airplane story, etc..

    If you don't believe me, take a look at the coverage Amelia Earhart got.  It went on for 50 years and they will be making movies about it half a century from now. Who can resist the missing white girl in a missing plane story.

    I'm surprised Don Lemon hasn't spotted the connection to Flight 370. Maybe he could borrow HLN.s psychic to get Amelias take on the missing airliner.

    Humans are humans and until they change there won't be any change in media coverage. Before cable, folks used to go to the carnival sideshow for cheap thrills.

    I'm not optimistic. I suspect that Jackass 21 will do awesome at the box office.

    Here's my take on it - the revolution will not be blogged, it has to be slogged. - Deoliver47

    by OIL GUY on Sat Mar 22, 2014 at 02:38:53 PM PDT

    •  Amelia was more than a "missing" white girl.... (8+ / 0-)

      ...and the "white" aspect of your comment conveys a racism I am sure you don't intend. Amelia was an aviation pioneer and an all-American daredevil, whose exploits rightly riveted the nation. Her disappearance ranks among the greatest of mysteries.

      Even now people search for her --what they are looking for is a link to America's lost greatness and to a time when our optimism and daring knew no bounds.

      She is not just a missing white girl. She is the lost soul of a once great nation.

      If you hate government, don't run for office in that government.

      by Bensdad on Sat Mar 22, 2014 at 08:52:53 PM PDT

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      •  The 'missing white girl' meme (7+ / 0-)

        is indeed racist at its roots. Black and Latino girls go missing, but they never get the same attention from either the media or the police.

        The escape.rescue of three women of color from their captor in Cleveland garnered much media attention, but prior to their being found, no one in the police or media was even looking for them. I don't wish to besmirch Ms. Earhart, but much of the attention she garnered in the media would have been quite a bit different if she hadn't been a white woman.

        I'm not trying to be racially provocative, but we do live in an extremely racist society and the news coverage very strongly supports that characterization. Compare the Amelia Earhart or Charles Lindbergh coverage with that of the Tuskegee Airmen, or Bessie Coleman or Eugene Bullard.

        Like so many other African American pioneers, they got barely a mention in the media and they certainly didn't make it into the history books. This does not necessarly negate Amelia Earhart's exploits, but it puts them in a different perspective.

        Here's my take on it - the revolution will not be blogged, it has to be slogged. - Deoliver47

        by OIL GUY on Sat Mar 22, 2014 at 11:58:02 PM PDT

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        •  Not just a white woman (7+ / 0-)

          A white woman married to a very rich man, who could (and likely did) make sure that she got plenty of publicity.

          Don't miss that part. It's pretty important.

          •  I wasn't aware of that. (0+ / 0-)

            It would certainly explain why she is still suck a big story.

            Here's my take on it - the revolution will not be blogged, it has to be slogged. - Deoliver47

            by OIL GUY on Sun Mar 23, 2014 at 07:26:28 AM PDT

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          •  That is true. She was married to Mr. Putnam..... (1+ / 0-)
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            ....and there was a media-exploitative aspect there.  However, she really did fly the plane and died doing it.

            As for missing white girls, I reject the racism in that meme which arose when that girl went missing in Aruba and that was all we heard about.  But the meme has gone too far. Now it sounds as if we are derisive about white girls -- like we harbor a subtle hatred for white girls. I say retire the meme.

            You can't engage in false equivalence about Amelia -- did she have to be the world's most famous aviatrix AND black?

            You are picking on the wrong icon. And that's what she is: an American icon, a brave and true original who told her rich husband, in essence, "This is boring. You are boring. I am going to live." I don't think we can ever take an accurate count of how many feminist trails she blazed because we cannot count all the souls she touched or touches --not just then, but now.

            If you hate government, don't run for office in that government.

            by Bensdad on Sun Mar 23, 2014 at 12:16:30 PM PDT

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        •  The woman part, definitely. (0+ / 0-)

          I'm not sure a non-white woman would have had the opportunity at the time to do what Earhart did.  I do think that being the first woman to do various things in aviation was cause for greater attention and I'm not convinced there is necessarily anything wrong with that.

        •  I doubt that the coverage of Lindbergh and Earhart (0+ / 0-)

          was racist. They became media heroes because of their accomplishments. In Earhart's case, a media darling was lost at sea, which was a shock to the public. Lindbergh's fame was due to his solo trans-Atlantic flight, which made the kidnapping of his child a media obsession.
            Some of the lack of public awareness of Bessie Coleman and Eugene Bullard might be due to white disinterest in African American accomplishments. But "Queen Bess" was a star in her own time. How many white flyers from the barnstorming era can you name?
            Bullard flew for the Lafayette Escadrille, a squadron formed by the French for American volunteers.
            How many people have heard of any other member of that squadron? How many have heard of the squadron itself? How many can name any World War I aviators besides the Red Baron and (possibly) Rickenbacker?
             The Tuskegee airmen are famous BECAUSE they were black. Can you name any white aviation unit from World War II?
             I've looked into the "missing white girl" phenomenon for one of my novels. (The first chapter of "The Sheriff" in entitled "The Missing White Girl." But, (as I show) not only does the missing girl have to be white to get the MWG treatment, but she also has to be of the right social class and live in the right media market.

          •  The Tuskegee airmen were the best (0+ / 0-)

            fighter-escort squadron in the Army Air Force. Over a six month period, the Tuskegee Airman did not lose a single bomber to German fighters.

            Overall, they lost half as many bombers as the average fighter squadron in the Eighth Air Force. Tuskegee pilots were awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross on 96 occasions.

            Your argument that they are famous because they are Black is like saying that the 442 Regimental Combat Team are famous for being Japanese. Yes, it was largely made up of Japanese Americans, but it was revered as one of the best, and certainly most fearless combat units in the US Army.

            What the Tuskegee Airmen achieved is amazing, especially considering the racist attitudes they had to overcome. It's unfortunate that you seem to feel these accomplishments are only acknowledged because of their race. Maybe you should look a little deeper at what they achieved and what they had to overcome to even get into combat.

            Here's my take on it - the revolution will not be blogged, it has to be slogged. - Deoliver47

            by OIL GUY on Mon Mar 24, 2014 at 11:13:14 PM PDT

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      •  Amelia has been a heroine of mine for womens (3+ / 0-)
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        equality. As what she did in the era in which she set records , was so unique and groundbreaking for a woman of her era too. I always admired her.

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        by wishingwell on Sun Mar 23, 2014 at 06:01:18 AM PDT

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    •  For example Gary Condit/Chandra Levy (0+ / 0-)

      Total CNN obsession during the summer of 2001.  Was there an affair?  Did he murder her?  What were his whereabouts when she disappeared?  On and on and on non-stop.  "Breaking developments" that were non-stories.  

      This went on and on until about 8:50 a.m. the morning of 9-11-2001.  Taking this crap off of CNN and the other news outlets was the one positive thing Obama Bin Ladin did.

      "Corporations exist not for themselves, but for the people." Ida Tarbell 1908.

      by Navy Vet Terp on Sun Mar 23, 2014 at 04:39:49 PM PDT

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  •  Who cares? (8+ / 0-)

    Fewer and fewer people are watching any news at all.

    Television continues to be the public’s top daily news source. In the current survey, 55% say they watched the news or a news program on television yesterday.
    Currently, 33% say they listened to radio news, while 29% say they read a newspaper yesterday.
    In spite of an expanding variety of ways to get news, a sizable minority of young people continues to go newsless on a typical day. Fully 29% of those younger than 25 say they got no news yesterday either from digital news platforms, including cell phones and social networks, or traditional news platforms.

    And it's not just young people. I know a sizeable number of people in various age brackets who get little to no exposure to news of any kind; and many who do are pretty limited to awareness of local events and periodic blockbuster stories (like a missing airliner).

    What this means for the body politic is a whole other discussion; but as far as whether CNN or others are offering a properly balanced and nutritious diet of information is immaterial if fewer and fewer are consuming it anyway.

    “Texas is a so-called red state, but you’ve got 10 million Democrats here in Texas. And …, there are a whole lot of people here in Texas who need us, and who need us to fight for them.” President Obama

    by Catte Nappe on Sat Mar 22, 2014 at 02:55:08 PM PDT

    •  Unless (15+ / 0-)

      Unless there is a link between the two. Americans aren't as stupid as we make them out to be. Maybe the ultimate paradox is that they aren't following news, because it isn't offering anything to them.

      I don't know for sure, just something interesting to consider.

      •  Yes, it could be a chicken/egg issue (10+ / 0-)

        But I don't think so. If people were hungering for quality news they would give bigger support to the outlets that came closest to offering it; and while broadcast news still beats cable by a sizeable margin it is still drawing in less than 50% of people.

        I really think people aren't interested. It seems to them to be about boring, complicated, messy issues that are hard to understand, and it makes their heads hurt. There are too many other more interesting options available to them. (And our educational system no longer teaches history, civics, and critical thinking to a sufficient extent to prepare people to consume news)

        “Texas is a so-called red state, but you’ve got 10 million Democrats here in Texas. And …, there are a whole lot of people here in Texas who need us, and who need us to fight for them.” President Obama

        by Catte Nappe on Sat Mar 22, 2014 at 03:42:13 PM PDT

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        •  You can't support it if you have no money (0+ / 0-)

          If you are just getting by. That is the case with many people.

          Women create the entire labor force.
          Sympathy is the strongest instinct in human nature. - Charles Darwin

          by splashy on Sun Mar 23, 2014 at 06:59:23 AM PDT

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          •  It costs the same (0+ / 0-)

            You can watch The Voice, or Resurrection, or CBS Evening News. It costs the same in $$, and actually less in time to tune in a 30 minute news broadcast.

            “Texas is a so-called red state, but you’ve got 10 million Democrats here in Texas. And …, there are a whole lot of people here in Texas who need us, and who need us to fight for them.” President Obama

            by Catte Nappe on Sun Mar 23, 2014 at 09:42:05 AM PDT

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            •  I was talking about financial support (0+ / 0-)

              Not viewing time. :D

              Women create the entire labor force.
              Sympathy is the strongest instinct in human nature. - Charles Darwin

              by splashy on Mon Mar 24, 2014 at 12:12:10 PM PDT

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      •  I know a lot of conservatives who have left Fox (7+ / 0-)

        News because it's become ridiculous.

        Many of them have mentioned this week that CNN is just absurd.

        Meanwhile on MSNBC, we have "all Christie all the time coverage."  I've likewise turned all that nonsense off.

        I absolutely agree with this:

        Americans aren't as stupid as we make them out to be.

        (Well, 'we" being "some of us here."  It's a meme I've pushed back hard against.)

        Where does that leave us? Diane Sawyer who served Nixon? CBS, home of 60 minutes? NBC might redeem itself if it can break the horrible habits it developed while owned by GE. Its reporting (and more important, it's LACK of reporting) on certain issues was biased in favor of its owner.

        Old habits die hard though.

        AJE is a good solid news station. But most Americans prefer vanilla ice cream. So I don't see AJE becoming a mainstream news channel within our lifetimes.

        So where does that leave us?

        Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, Seth Meyers, Conan O'Brien....

        I agree with you in that I don't think wholly self-selected news (on the internet,in print or cable) is a good thing. People HAVE to be exposed to ideas that they're unfamiliar with and especially ideas they're uncomfortable with, or they just get a hardened mindset.

        Part of being a good citizen means that we should be able to weigh information and make decisions AFTER reviewing the data presented to us, not making snap judgements. Unfortunately, I see those who self-select toward a certain kind of news are often those that are the hardest to have a conversation with not only about news and politics, but often about even peripheral issues.

        © grover

        So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

        by grover on Sat Mar 22, 2014 at 10:02:30 PM PDT

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    •  true (10+ / 0-)

      I stopped listening to the news around 2003 because it was making me more and more depressed.  An election stolen, a useless waste of a war, Bush Jr., and nobody seemed to care about these wrongs enough to stop them from happening.  It was either give myself a break or start putting my affairs in order.

      •  But you took a break (2+ / 0-)
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        You didn't give it up forever.

        My appetite for news, both quantity, sources and topics, has shifted over the years; but I've always had at least some daily exposure to what is going on in my community and the world. Oddly enough, about the time you were taking your break my consumption was ramping up substantially. It was the run-up to the Iraq war that really got me going.

        “Texas is a so-called red state, but you’ve got 10 million Democrats here in Texas. And …, there are a whole lot of people here in Texas who need us, and who need us to fight for them.” President Obama

        by Catte Nappe on Sat Mar 22, 2014 at 04:23:24 PM PDT

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        •  I never really went back (0+ / 0-)

          No more television, no more NPR, no MSNBC, CNN, Salon, Reuters, talk radio, and definitely not Fox.  BBC occasionally, Kos, and all the kitty and otter videos my ISP's shiny new data caps can hold.  Plus whatever crapazines are available in waiting rooms I'm in.  I'm not sure how well-informed that makes me.

    •  If you add in all the people who watch Faux, (1+ / 0-)
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      The number of people in in the U.S. who never watch any news is even higher.

      Who in their right mind would ever call Faux News?

      Voters should select people to represent them in their government. People in government should not select people who may vote!

      by NM Ray on Sun Mar 23, 2014 at 10:14:01 AM PDT

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  •  Frank Zappa, 1973 (16+ / 0-)
    You will obey me while I lead you
    And eat the garbage that I feed you
    Until the day that we don't need you
    Don't got for one will heed you
    Your mind is totally controlled
    It has been stuffed into my mold
    And you will do as you are told
    Until the rights to you are sold
    Frank Zappa - I Am The Slime
  •  It's Lindbergh kidnapping all over again (14+ / 0-)

    Seriously, the media has always done this shit.

    We want to build cyber magicians!

    by VelvetElvis on Sat Mar 22, 2014 at 03:15:52 PM PDT

  •  IMHO this diary is a tad silly (18+ / 0-)

    heck, I just checked CNN's front page and there's some top quality stuff there, easy enough to find - like "Bill Clinton's Leadership Tips" and "Soldier Reunited with Dog"

  •  sadly, Jacob, I have to report that (5+ / 0-)

    this song was not news when it came out 28 years ago. It was  not even news when I figured it out for my own self over 20 years before that.  

     But turning off your TV is always a good move.  Welcome to a very long continuum...

    don't always believe what you think

    by claude on Sat Mar 22, 2014 at 07:35:05 PM PDT

  •  It is just one chapter that will (3+ / 0-)
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    tease for a month. I think in the history of the cosmos, which the human species is but a blink of an eye of the cosmic clock, I think we will endure the obsession. Our problems will be there tomorrow and next month. Though there are other stories, forgive people for caring or paying attention to hundreds of people's fate. It's still a human interest story.

    Those are my principles, and if you don't like them... well, I have others....Groucho Marx

    by tazz on Sat Mar 22, 2014 at 08:18:02 PM PDT

  •  It's a mystery... (6+ / 0-)

    A huge airliner just vanished and no one knows where it is.  Many people are fascinated by this kind of stuff and the media knows it.  That's why we get that.  On a lark, I checked the BBC news site - and the Sydney (AU) Morning Herald - to see what they are doing as of 8:37 PM PST. The Malaysian Airlines story is the lead on the BBC page and a top story, but not the lead on the Sydney Morning Herald site (the LA Dodgers vs. Arizona Diamondbacks game being played down under takes that honor).  This isn't just an American problem (although news programs abroad are FAR superior to what we get here).

    The lack of wide ranging coverage is certainly a problem, but if you turn this situation on it's head, having more of what we, as Daily Kos users, want to see (informative news about real issues) is unlikely to bring in enough viewers to sustain these sites over the long haul.

    •  Unfortunately, it's not just American media. (3+ / 0-)
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      Euronews, Al Jazeera Europe, RTVE (Spanish national television), and the BBC are also spending much too much time on this story.  Corporate influence can't explain all of it, because some of these are public and not controlled by corporations.  

      I wish we could promote the view that news programs ought to inform people about important events and issues and not just cater to people's interest in tragedy, scandal, sex, sports, and gossip, but it seems to be a lost cause.  

      •  To be fair, this is about the loss of over 200 (0+ / 0-)

        people with nobody having any idea what happened. I think that the fact that Americans are concerned about 229 PEOPLE (not just Americans, is a sign of progress.
           The problem CNN and Fox have is that they are 24 hour networks and they need a big story to attract people for more than a few minutes at a time. So, when they get a big story that fascinates the public, they milk it for all it's worth.

    •  Not just a mystery...a WTF?! kind of mystery (8+ / 0-)

      I think that the fascination most of us have with this airplane disappearance comes down to one (rhetorical and snarky) statement:

      "In our world where Google has pictures of my gas grill in the backyard, and the NSA tracks my location, texts, and pics via my smartphone, how the hell did we lose an entire damned jumbo jet?"

      Now that we have focused our attention on this brightshiny puzzle, our social media allows ALL of us to spew forth ideas; most of them bad, kooky konspiracies, or just uninformed. Let the feedback loops commence!

      Read. Learn. Think!

      by IndyGlenn on Sun Mar 23, 2014 at 06:16:44 AM PDT

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  •  How quickly we forgot Crimea..... (3+ / 0-)
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    ...well news is now a form of entertainment and it is the profit motive that corrupts. Newpapers back in the day were tweedy places consumed with who what where why and when.

    All of that is nearly gone now. Flight 370 has all of the elements of an important story. It deserves to be in the top 5. There is a diabolical angle to it -- the pilot appears to have been involved. And there is mystery. Where did it go?So, it deserves attention but the sensational nature of cable news means they run it 24/7.

    There is nothing that can be done about this. All you can do is avoid the bombardment.

    If you hate government, don't run for office in that government.

    by Bensdad on Sat Mar 22, 2014 at 08:46:00 PM PDT

  •  One damn story on the air, when there are hundreds (1+ / 0-)
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    They could be informing us about. I try the BBC and Reuters, get a little more info about what's happening around the world. Tv news is so much empty calories. My appetite for information is never satisfied, even by the web.

    We want you to terminate the GOP's command. With extreme prejudice. (from "Utopia Soon")

    by oddmike on Sat Mar 22, 2014 at 08:47:29 PM PDT

  •  I'm offended (3+ / 0-)
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    that you didn't mention Miley Cyrus once.

    None are so hopelessly enslaved, as those who falsely believe they are free. The truth has been kept from the depth of their minds by masters who rule them with lies. -Johann von Goethe

    by gjohnsit on Sat Mar 22, 2014 at 09:06:31 PM PDT

  •  Wolf Blitzer (2+ / 0-)
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    is also a symptom a a greater problem.
    This is as good as it gets for him.

  •  When Flight 800 went down, Newsday etc (3+ / 0-)
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    YucatanMan, jm214, blueoasis

    covered the story as if nothing else had ever happened. A week into the disaster, Newsday ran a headline: "Was It a Bomb?" I got through to an editor and said "See your headline? I'm calling to tell you I don't know! I was hoping you could tell me."

    Really a decent guy though, and he apologized and showed he thought the focus was ... off ..., and there were stories about Central America that needed to be told... but there he is in the biz, he can regret it, but he has to work too.

    Thing is: our media's job is to keep us as far away from meaningful participation in our governance as possible. The big papers even 200 years ago were there for the purpose of pushing political agendas. Now, they push the 1%s. People will say, 'nah, it's just business, they're going after the money.'

    Well, yes and no. For instance, they could have chosen to play "President Carter says 'US is no longer a functioning democracy,'" which he did just weeks ago. Or they could play Nancy Pelosi recent statement about 'the CIA comes after you if you thwart their wishes' [paraphrased, but accurately].

    Those will get you damned big ratings too.

    What to do? Break into, and break up, the mass-reach Media's ability to entirely control all our political narratives. And by 'our' I  mean not our little pockets and clubs on the Internet, but all 300 million people who hear what they have to say in a day or so. Even if they don't watch tv or listen to radio.

    The ways to break into, and break up, the de facto monopoly aren't hard to imagine, once a person takes the idea seriously. Remember, you can't find a section of everyday people involved in politics or society who doesn't despise our Mass/Corporate Media.

    But for some reason, who could imagine why?, people repeat 'the internet is New and Improved communication, and one day it will change everything I tell you. Everything. One day. Really' as one way to dodge the necessity to break up the Cartel. Another is 'it's just so big.' Well, it ain't, its a few thousand people, maybe even a few hundred, who decide the regulations and the content.

    Real fixes, outside the coffin fixes, ain't ever pragmatic says DC Bubble Conventional Wisdoom.

    by Jim P on Sat Mar 22, 2014 at 09:52:57 PM PDT

    •  Is Flight 800 the one that was headed for France (0+ / 0-)

      with students from Montoursville High School in PA along with some teachers and parents who crashed shortly after take off?   If so, my friends and neighbors lost a dear family member, my doctor lost both his wife and daughter, and my coworker lost her best friend in that crash.

      A friend of mine said after that tragic plane crash.

      We could walk down to the corner and start hugging over something else not related to this plane crash and I bet CNN would run over to us , interview us , and practically interrogate us to see if we were family members of the deceased.
      And I think that was true, so much media around....the traffic in that small area was horrific.

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      by wishingwell on Sun Mar 23, 2014 at 06:07:04 AM PDT

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    •  Heh? (1+ / 0-)
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      Thing is: our media's job is to keep us as far away from meaningful participation in our governance as possible.
      No, it's not. Our media's job is to sell potato chips. That's what they get paid for. That's all they get paid for. That's their job.

      We could debate whether or not our media have some kind of moral responsibility to inform or educate, but what they are paid for is to sell audience to advertiser. Therefore they show us what will get eyeballs, and especially the eyeballs of folks with disposable income.

      Unless we're gonna move to an economy without consumers, this is what we're gonna get.

      •  You are entirely ignorant of the role media has (1+ / 0-)
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        played in politics for the last, oh, almost 400 years now. Seriously, you can still educate yourself on the topic. There are entire library shelves on the topic.

        To make it easy, limit your beginning self-education to the US, and say, the beginning of the Spanish-American War, and then a 100 years or so forward from there. Take note, particularly, of the names of major publishers, then owners of radio and tv outlets, and then see what they've said. You'll stumble across names like Hearst, Luce, Murdoch, Paley...

        Your world will be turned upside-down!

        You may ask yourself why the Senate Church Committee Hearings found that intelligence agencies found it necessary to place several hundred operatives in our media in 'Operation Mockingbird' I think it was called.

        Ah, heck, here's something someone entirely ignorant of the topic such as yourself can follow: it has pictures, it's free...start with "Happiness Machines"

        Real fixes, outside the coffin fixes, ain't ever pragmatic says DC Bubble Conventional Wisdoom.

        by Jim P on Sun Mar 23, 2014 at 09:51:59 AM PDT

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  •  No shit. (7+ / 0-)

    Glad you're becoming aware of what's been going on.

    Newspapers were for generations -- certainly since the mid-1800s -- most peoples' way of keeping up, and staying informed was a value.  TV has replaced newspapers, and even broadcast TV news was good, albeit not nearly as thorough as newspapers, for a while -- there was actually competition between the three major TV channels over whose national news was watched most.  But newspapers remained strong for quite a while... most people preferred to read the stories, there was much better coverage for all the "news"...

    Newspapers were published by large family-owned companies in the biz for generations, and newspapers were run by "newspaper men."  "The fourth estate" was so strong it even survived the William Randolph Hearst era.  The "press" as a power was originally frowned upon in England and complained of by the ruling class -- informing the masses was not deemed a good thing... so it kinda makes sense that a conservative power structure will approve of its destruction.

    TV's one-half hour (minus commercial time) was never an adequate substitute.  Most people under 40 are completely unaware of this.  Most people under 40 are also completely unaware of how this country has changed since the 70s.

    The gradual but steady take-over of people's lives by corporations is responsible for the focus on the airline story, as well as the sorry state of "journalism today."  And most people just accept what happens, very few speak out.  It's not a coincidence that fewer people seem to be interested in news from any source when it all looks and sounds alike.  Advertising and propaganda has replaced news.

    Corporations are putting the masses to sleep, and it's intentional.

    Kos says the internet will be the new "gate keeper" for information -- we don't/won't need to rely on traditional news sources.  I don't think the masses have gotten the message.

    Funny how so many changes taking place today can easily be traced back to the age-old battle between the bourgeosie and the proletariat.  In case anyone hasn't noticed, the bourgies are winning.

    "There's always room for cello." Yo Yo Ma

    by ceebee7 on Sat Mar 22, 2014 at 11:29:48 PM PDT

    •  not so clear that competition actually helps (0+ / 0-)
      even broadcast TV news was good, albeit not nearly as thorough as newspapers, for a while -- there was actually competition between the three major TV channels over whose national news was watched most.
      That's true, but as I understand it, the network news departments were "loss leaders." They were competing on prestige, not profitability. They weren't indifferent to cost or oblivious to the interests of their owners and advertisers, but they were far less focused on the bottom line.

      It's the sort of thing that people can argue about interminably, but there's a good case that competition from cable news networks -- and perhaps cable channels generally -- led to worse broadcast news coverage. Being well informed is a public good; individuals tend to underinvest in it.

      "Democracy is a political system for people who are not sure they are right." —E. E. Schattschneider

      by HudsonValleyMark on Sun Mar 23, 2014 at 06:33:01 AM PDT

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      •  We're dismayed because businesses (0+ / 0-)
        Being well informed is a public good; individuals tend to underinvest in it.
        are not investing in a public good.

        I gotta tell ya, I'm not surprised. Where's their return on investment?

      •  Of course it did. (0+ / 0-)
        competition from cable news networks -- and perhaps cable channels generally -- led to worse broadcast news coverage.
        When the bottom line became profits rather than providing information, corporations started instructing local news to report "feel good stories" rather than ANYTHING that might be upsetting to the audience... sponsors demanded ratings, and ratings were tied to non-confrontational reporting.  Ultimately, broadcast began emulating --  rather than fighting back against -- FoxNews.

        And broadcasters were bought up by mega-corporations, who demanded profitability from all departments, including news.  What changed was the definition of NEWS.  

        The real tragedy is/was the demise of newspapers, which even today, as they gasp for air, provide better news coverage than TV.

        The slow death of PBS we're witnessing TODAY will be the last chance for TV to provide publicly-valued information, which, BTW, is contained in every broadcaster's charter as a part of its authorization to broadcast over the publicly-owned airwaves granted by the U.S. (us).  Wonder whatever happened to those public service announcements...

        The very appearance of the terms "loss leader" and "return on investment" (in the next comment) identify the problem at its most basic.

        "There's always room for cello." Yo Yo Ma

        by ceebee7 on Mon Mar 24, 2014 at 12:58:45 PM PDT

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        •  The demands of Wall Street were also a factor. n/t (1+ / 0-)
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          "The economy and the environment are, in fact, permanently intertwined. A healthy economy depends on a healthy environment. Can't have one without the other." -- Meteor Blades

          by politically indigo on Tue Mar 25, 2014 at 11:48:59 AM PDT

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          •  ??? Mega-Corporations? Wall Street? (0+ / 0-)

            WTF is the difference?

            "There's always room for cello." Yo Yo Ma

            by ceebee7 on Tue Mar 25, 2014 at 02:08:47 PM PDT

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            •  There is a difference, although it is not apparent (0+ / 0-)

              because Wall Street has a strangle-hold on most large corporations. Wall Street has taken away much of the corporations' independence in the name of maintaining shareholder value. I don't think that corporations are all bad in and of themselves, but Wall Street is a parasite which compounds the negative aspects of corporations and thinks nothing of destroying a corporation if it will pay a higher dividend, something a company wouldn't do to itself. Wall Street is the specter behind so much that is bad in the business sector. If Wall Street were more heavily regulated, there wouldn't be this drive towards monopoly and companies would be able to make decisions independently. As an example, my local bank was recently taken over by another bank. The local bank's CEO and board of directors rejected the offer but were taken to court by the corporate raider because it wasn't fair to the stockholders, so the government forced the local bank to sell its shares and become a part of this raiding bank. I went from having a bank I liked to a bank I didn't. I used to know the people who worked there and they knew me. I don't know what happened to them, but they're not there now, and the service isn't as good. The customers don't get any say even though it is our money that the shareholders are using to make theirs.

              "The economy and the environment are, in fact, permanently intertwined. A healthy economy depends on a healthy environment. Can't have one without the other." -- Meteor Blades

              by politically indigo on Thu Mar 27, 2014 at 02:53:39 PM PDT

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      •  They were also bound by the fairness doctrine. n/t (0+ / 0-)

        "The economy and the environment are, in fact, permanently intertwined. A healthy economy depends on a healthy environment. Can't have one without the other." -- Meteor Blades

        by politically indigo on Tue Mar 25, 2014 at 11:47:18 AM PDT

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  •  Picking on the shitty media (0+ / 0-)

    is fine and all.

    But this is not one of the cases to do it.

    This whole thing is actually interesting.  Yes the same info may get repeated over and over. We all wish they had something new and interesting to say each minute in this 24/7 news cycle. But reality says differently.

    Are there important events which are not getting enough attention? Sure. But the media paying attention to something that is at least half way intriguing is the best you can hope for at this point.  

  •  Goddammit, I'm tired of being blamed! (3+ / 0-)

    I don't ASK for 24-hour coverage of stupidity (Justin Bieber, whoever that is, people whose surname begins with "K," and so on). I'm older and I tune in for news. I don't watch ANY American sitcoms because they're (1) stupid and (2) vulgar.

    Don't watch "House of Cards," "Scandal," or any of the well-known shows.

    I like to get news, but I mean real news. Used to be able to watch Arabic and French news free but now our stupid Verizon package charges for that and my husband refuses to pay for it.

    I am NOT to blame for stupidity coverage. We can, and do, turn off the TV altogether or turn it on the UK channel.

    Perhaps it'll take all of us refusing to watch any of it so TV will die.

    "Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich."--Napoleon

    by Diana in NoVa on Sun Mar 23, 2014 at 01:39:44 AM PDT

    •  i understand (1+ / 0-)
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      I understand what you are saying, and you sorta indirectly proved my point:

      We, the consumers, have all the power over the marker. We have to make the choice to stop consuming the shitty product that the producers (ie the media corporations) are giving us. This will force them to change, or die off.

      We have to take action, or nothing will change

    •  LOL... One of the Things KEEPING (1+ / 0-)
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      Big River Bandido

      traditional media news on the air is "progressives" paying attention to it and whining about it.

      "We are beyond law, which is not unusual for an empire; unfortunately, we are also beyond common sense." Gore Vidal

      by Superpole on Sun Mar 23, 2014 at 06:01:38 AM PDT

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      •  And then writing diaries about it here (1+ / 0-)
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        along with diaries about every stupid, scandalous thing said or done by every mouth-breathing, brain-dead Republican in Congress.  

        Shirley Chisholm was right. Our Republic is in deep trouble.

        by Big River Bandido on Sun Mar 23, 2014 at 11:21:26 AM PDT

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        •  Again, IMHO It's Basic Laziness (1+ / 0-)
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          the oft expressed desire here that corporate controlled traditional media push the liberal agenda, or report more on the massive economic problems in our nation is a farce.

          it's just not going to happen.

          "We are beyond law, which is not unusual for an empire; unfortunately, we are also beyond common sense." Gore Vidal

          by Superpole on Sun Mar 23, 2014 at 02:32:27 PM PDT

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          •  In addition (0+ / 0-)

            I don't think the left should concern itself too much with what the other side says and does.  Counterattacks are the most regard we should pay to the nonsense from the other side.  All the energy hyperventilating on the latest crazy thing from the Republicans just wastes political oxygen — and creates a "boy who cried wolf" mentality when something truly worthy of outrage finally comes along.  

            Shirley Chisholm was right. Our Republic is in deep trouble.

            by Big River Bandido on Sun Mar 23, 2014 at 03:06:33 PM PDT

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  •  Screw balance (6+ / 0-)

    I don't want balance. I want some FUCKING TRUTH.  

    Think about the sports section--- pundits bloviate and they try to identify trends before anyone else does, and they get obsessed about celebrity innuendos and personal histories... but nobody ever disputes the basic FACTS.

    The basic reality.  If the Royals beat the Yankees 5-2, no one says "no they didn't".  But we get that in political media.  Imagine if someone says "The Royals won" and Yankees PR get on to say the Yankees won... do you think the sports media, would not get the boxscore and say what actually happened?

    But that's what happens in political media.  And then they wonder why we tune out--- if we can't learn from them what basic reality is, we'll learn it elsewhere.  

    Nobody deserves poverty.

    by nominalize on Sun Mar 23, 2014 at 01:59:04 AM PDT

    •  i addressed this (0+ / 0-)

      I addressed this in my diary. There is a difference between "true balance" and just making up an excuse for the other side in the name of perceived balance. I believe the truth should always reign, but I also recognize that sites / media outlets populated by primarily one ideology or the other is unlikely to give the best sample of news stories.

    •  There's fact and there's Truth. (0+ / 0-)

      Truth is subjective.  

      Two people could be talking about a baseball game. They could agree on the final score ( fact) and disagree on who looked better in their uniforms (truth).

      Mutually opposing "truths" can be generated by the same set of facts.

    •  Only election results are that objective. (0+ / 0-)

      Even then it seems in 2012 some conservatives couldn't believe the results.  I guess votes in Congress are that objective too, but what isn't is things like debates that are not objectively scored.

  •  I do not watch TV News for the most part (3+ / 0-)

    I haven't watched CNN since  Gupta unloaded his Michael Moore smear job.

    I know he apologized for being a Company Paid Spokesman, but that really did it for me.

    I pretty much watch the Simpsons, South Park and the weather and of course, Bill Moyers.

    Oddly, I don't find myself stressed out over the putridness of the rest of TV's offerings...........

  •  ONE MORE TIME: (2+ / 0-)
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    "Stop complaining about the media, and become the media!"

    Jello Biafra.

    The fact "leftists" here don't get this is both hilarious and disturbing.

    it's disturbing because apparently you live in some sort of alternate universe where ONLY Tee Vee and radio media exists.

    There in that fantasy land place, there's no internets, no movies, no newspapers, no art, no music, no underground press, no street theater, and of course, NO protest.


    "We are beyond law, which is not unusual for an empire; unfortunately, we are also beyond common sense." Gore Vidal

    by Superpole on Sun Mar 23, 2014 at 05:59:40 AM PDT

  •  I feel so badly for the families of those on that (2+ / 0-)
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    plane. The media does not seem to care or notice or give a damn about those family members of over 200 people on that missing plane. Those families must be going through sheer hell. And if they watch TV , it is even worse in that a new theory emerges everyday and they no doubt get their hopes up only to have them dashed.

    If I were a family member, I would have to force myself to turn off the radio, tv, as I would be driven nuts with false hope and waiting and waiting..I am not good at the patience thing.

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    by wishingwell on Sun Mar 23, 2014 at 06:10:02 AM PDT

    •  They're holed-up in a hotel in Beijing. (1+ / 0-)
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      Twice a day, they get an empty, useless "briefing" from "experts" and "officials" in charge of accounting for the missing flight.

      It sounds like torment, and it sounds like an indignity nobody should have to endure.

      It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. --Leonard Cohen

      by karmsy on Sun Mar 23, 2014 at 11:57:27 AM PDT

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  •  And knowing people who lost loved ones in (1+ / 0-)
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    plane crashes or on 9-11, we have seen how the media can stalk and follow the family members for comments and trying to interview them.  People are just trying to grieve and get through each hour , each minute, each day and the media is there bugging the hell out of them.

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    by wishingwell on Sun Mar 23, 2014 at 06:12:27 AM PDT

  •  Gee: Putin/Russia just lost 96% of Ukraine. (0+ / 0-)

    If corporate media actually cover what happens in Ukraine, people end up looking at the map. They also get to see that Ukraine is one shxtload closer to Russia than it is to the United States. Or even to Western Europe.

    They don't want to do that.

    -- Russia gets 4% of Ukraine with Crimea.

    -- The other 96% swaps from Yanukovich's pro-Russia alliance to a pro-EU alliance and membership in EU pretty damn quickly.

    -- Plain truth: Putin just got his xss kicked by Occupy Kiev. And that's going to stick.

    We didn't do much in the U.S. with Occupy. We made no major or permanent changes. We had a good starting point:

    -- We are our own leaders.
    -- We oppose corporate corruption.
    -- We want jobs.
    A good core. But then we got overrun with NYC's homeless and with infiltrators from right wing organizations, public and private. OWS turned into something of a mess.

    But the Frankfort operation learned to cooperate with police management and use those ties to generate very large scale protests. Trying to take a park and live there through a winter ??? Frankfort was a whole lot smarter than NYC.

    Occupy Kiev took this a step further. Occupying the Maidan was tied to Interior investigations where Yanukovich's corruptions were broadcast to the whole country. Not a day went by without criminal acts coming to light.

    Corruption in Ukraine and Russia ??? Corporate media would cover a dog show before they'll take on the dishonesty of their new poster boy, Vladimir Putin.

    The airliner? What is that but a vessel for fear? OMG it could happen to you!

    And they need to pump out fear, if they're going to keep the Republican Party alive. Fear, fear, fear. What else they got to sell?

    "Stealing kids' lunch money makes them strong and independent." -- Rand Paul-Koch Ryan

    by waterstreet2013 on Sun Mar 23, 2014 at 08:20:11 AM PDT

  •  Those people... (0+ / 0-)

    Those people should put better news on TV.

    And those people should watch a better quality of news.

    There's real news out there for people who want to find it.  In fact, back in the days when all we had was The Big Three, news had to be inspected, certified by the government, and approved by the editor, before there was ever any chance anyone would get to hear it.  Now, it's all over the internet before anyone can squash it.

    I'm not convinced that The Good Old Days was really that good in terms of people getting the actual news.

  •  as long as it isn't solved (0+ / 0-)

    this mystery may have a beneficial impact on people who have a certain kind of psychosis. In the first DSM it was called paranoid reaction, and it referred to someone who, for all intents and purposes, seemed normal, but who'd become obsessed with a paranoid conspiracy theory, that took over their 'free thinking time.'

    The most useful to date has been the Kennedy assassination, because it was in the news a lot, and actually normal people took some interest, so if some psychotic person took it as their 'distracting delusion' they could still seem normal, at least on the surface.

    Being obsessed with one conspiracy theory is a way to cut off their confusion and find certainty, and that can take the place of the 'organizing principle' that allows non-psychtic humans to 'agree' on meaning.  (In Europe, it's called the Other, somewhere there is truth and the Other is truth's witness.)

    Now it's not called paranoid reaction, the DSM isn't descriptive like that anymore, now the DSM (imo) is proscriptive, and not very useful for diagnosis.

    In Europe our old 'paranoid reaction' is under the 'non-manifest psychosis' classification, but psychosis can always become manifest, under certain circumstances, when the 'certainty' no longer works, or when the psychotic has to to use the symbolic, and so tolerate lack of certainty. Delusions are ways to find some certainty, and since it isn't there, the delusions aren't agreed with by any others.

    Anyway, my point is that this is a tragedy and I haven't watched CNN since it started, but it could help a lot of people who have the psychotic structure, and who need to have some place to claim certainty, as long as it's never solved.  

  •  Yes, the American media *is* a problem (0+ / 0-)

    I have not watched teevee since 1996, and despite the fact that the poison continues to seep into the American culture and body politic, my own life has been immeasurably improved by "going sober".  

    Shirley Chisholm was right. Our Republic is in deep trouble.

    by Big River Bandido on Sun Mar 23, 2014 at 11:16:21 AM PDT

  •  Boycott their lousy, stinkin' (0+ / 0-)

    Kim-Kardashian's-cleavage-all-the-time "coverage." Leave their comment sections to haters who can't spell.

    Get your news from reputable blogs.

    It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. --Leonard Cohen

    by karmsy on Sun Mar 23, 2014 at 11:50:18 AM PDT

  •  That's the problem with 24 cable news (0+ / 0-)

    Most days there just isn't 24 hours worth of news.

    That's how we end up with wall-to-wall coverage of the latest college girl that went missing on spring break.

    If the pilot's good, see, I mean if he's reeeally sharp, he can barrel that baby in so low... oh you oughta see it sometime. It's a sight. A big plane like a '52... varrrooom! Its jet exhaust... frying chickens in the barnyard!

    by Major Kong on Sun Mar 23, 2014 at 12:23:45 PM PDT

  •  Rachel Maddow didn't waste time (0+ / 0-)

    She had a segment on Friday that was less than a minute long, saying basically that there was no new news on the subject and she wasn't going to sit around pretending there was.

    Go, Rachel!

    by chloris creator on Sun Mar 23, 2014 at 02:03:47 PM PDT

  •  Breaking News! (0+ / 0-)

    The phrase now carries all the drama and immediacy of a base on balls.

  •  Free Speech TV (0+ / 0-)

    try it.

    Politics is the entertainment branch of industry. Frank Zappa

    by Da Rock on Sun Mar 23, 2014 at 02:39:04 PM PDT

  •  Honestly, I don't think it's any worse now (2+ / 0-)
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    Than it ever was.
    Flight 370 is a first rate mystery. It has been kept on the front burner because of the constant drip of new developments that all seem strange. Hell, nearly 300 people and a gigantic plane just vanished. That's just not supposed to happen in 2014.
    Now that there doesn't seem to be any new bizarre news coming out, and the daily story has become "still nothing", it will fade away.
    If the Malaysian authorities had been more open with what they knew earlier, and we hadn't had the spectacle of something new and weird coming out every day for the first week, it would have already faded except for the poor families of those missing.
    Strange stories have been fodder for newspapers, radio and TV for ever. They always will be. Once the news stops being strange and settles into "nothing new today" the story will go cold, just as we're seeing it happen now.
    The only thing new is that we have 24 hr. news now, so with more time to fill, they just beat it to death a little more.


  •  Haven't had a functional TV for years now, (0+ / 0-)

    and don't miss it. Except maybe for this new Cosmos show, but I can get that online :)

  •  For what it's worth, the disappearance as the NYT (0+ / 0-)

    has covered it is actually quite fascinating, touching issues such as the myriad territorial disputes, how the Chinese government indoctrinates its citizens (by state media describing the Malaysians as basically a backwards, uneducated people, according to the mouthpiece of the Chinese Communist Party, which is trying to pass off all blame to the Malaysians to stoke nationalism and misdirect the people's general ire to foreign governments rather than to Beijing), and how reporters can sometimes jump to conclusions (by throwing a fair amount of cold water on people's leap to conclude that "flight simulator" means "evil intent").  There's also a fair amount of discussion of the science and technology of tracking aircraft and why it's not like the movies portray it.  It's actually quite fascinating stuff, albeit gruesome.

    Having said that, CNN has been trash for many years now.  But that's no surprise.  This is sort of like indicting the entire newspaper industry after reading a supermarket tabloid.  Sure, cable news sucks.  No kidding.

    "The first drawback of anger is that it destroys your inner peace; the second is that it distorts your view of reality. If you come to understand that anger is really unhelpful, you can begin to distance yourself from anger." - The Dalai Lama

    by auron renouille on Sun Mar 23, 2014 at 09:53:59 PM PDT

  •  Did you watch Rachel Maddow the other night? (0+ / 0-)

    She basically said we are not reporting on flight 370 tonight because there is no news on it. lol

    "Disappointment is anger for wimps," -Dr. Gregory House

    by freakofsociety on Mon Mar 24, 2014 at 07:32:12 AM PDT

  •  Medium is the message (0+ / 0-)

    And it's time we made the medium the issue too.  Just like back in the dark days when no one would talk about AIDS or HIV, or when they did, it was ill informed and prejudiced, we once again need to make the medium the issue by attacking their reporting in a spectacular and disruptive way.  Block their cameras, block their buildings, boycott their broadcasts, hold the media accountable and make them hurt in whatever way we can.  Shame them for the pathetic job they are doing.  

    ~ Nothing insightful to say ~

    by EagleOfFreedom on Mon Mar 24, 2014 at 07:34:25 AM PDT

  •  If Lust and Hate is the Candy (0+ / 0-)

    If blood and love taste so sweet
    Than we
    Give 'em what they want...

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