Forget about Fox. That station has no business even putting “News” in its title. At least with his newspapers, Rupert manages to give box scores on local teams. On Fox News, even the pretense of reporting seriously on news items is gone.
MSNBC is hardly better. Chris Matthews is not just irritating, he has this bad habit of falling in love with a candidate on terms which are nothing less than ridiculous. (Fred Thompson is a manly man? Joe Biden is what? Huckebee is the real what?) At least MSNBC tries to redeem itself. Joe Scarborough does hard news in an unfortunate early morning format, and is saved by a real journalist, his cohort Mika. The evenings, beginning with Keith Olberman and Dan Abrams fare far better. They actually report details and stories. Once Tucker is put into his grave, this station may yet return to respectable news reporting. We shall see.
CNN is the true disappointment. Not only has Wolf Blitzer taken a potentially useful format and turned it into Clinton-Lite, when they do decide to report on say, the campaign, they do such a lousy, surface only job, that you get the feeling that you just ate a box of air. Polls, clothing, and gaffe discussions, but no substance.
CNN no longer does journalism, it does entertainment. And poor entertainment at that. And should another blond bimbo go missing from a vacation on a tropical island, or should OJ become a topic again, forget about even the slightest hint of real news.
CNN – the industry’s embarrassment.