[JPL] Iraq war songs

Jim Wilke jwilke123 at comcast.net
Thu Sep 27 13:05:09 EDT 2007

This is getting a bit off-topic from Iraq war songs, but in response to 
the article excerpted and quoted below...

I find myself 95% less exposed to celebrity and sensation-driven "news" 
on TV due to the simple fact I rarely watch TV because I find almost no 
programming of interest to me.  I can think of only two major 
exceptions when I watched a lot:  coverage of 9/11 and Katrina.  
Otherwise, I choose "traditional sources" for news - newspapers and 
radio, exclusive of radio talk shows, especially the call-in variety.  
We have a wide variety of media choices, but it appears many people 
have tv on all day and assume the only choice they have is ... a 
different channel.

One thing I really like about newspapers is I can turn the page if a 
story doesn't interest me (an early print equivalent of fast-forward!). 
  TV in general has jettisoned serious news coverage except for Sunday 
mornings before I'm awake, and major far-reaching disasters.  (And why 
do they always seem to be SHOUTING at me? - but that's another topic.)  
Otherwise, not being a sports fan, I use my tv mostly for viewing 
movies on DVDs.

And have you noticed more pop entertainment stories encroaching on npr 
news? On the supposedly last bastion of radio news I'm encountering 
worshipful reportage about movie stars, pop music idols, etc.  Although 
I can't turn the page like the newspaper, I've rediscovered the "off" 
button which I've learned to use when ANY  program I'm listening to 
becomes annoying.

Jim Wilke
Senior Curmudgeon Reporter

On Thursday, September 27, 2007, at 07:36  AM, Lazaro Vega wrote:
(quoting from the article in)
the liberal media by Eric Alterman

It Ain't Necessarily So...

[from the September 10, 2007 issue]

> (excerpt)

> What appears to be going on here is not a rise in the size of the 
> audience that prizes Fox News-style nonsense. Rather, it's that the 
> proportion of people who get their news from traditional sources has 
> sunk significantly. Given their relative paucity of production values, 
> talk-radio and cable news programs can be profitably sustained with 
> audiences that are a fraction of those required by broadcast and 
> entertainment programs. The fact that most Americans find themselves 
> increasingly alienated from the system that Rupert Murdoch, Roger 
> Ailes and Rush Limbaugh have pioneered has not led their competitors 
> to rethink the content of their broadcasts, only to focus more 
> intensely on what remains of their diminishing audiences. Given the 
> tendency of so many reporters to follow the herd news of the 
> day--Edwards's haircut, Hillary's cleavage--the net result is a 
> perversion of our political process in pursuit of an understandably 
> alienated American public.
> Can you imagine a worse way to run a democracy?
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