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originally posted by: TonyS
a reply to: musicismagic
I am assuming you are currently living outside the US?
The situation you describe is precisely the same thing. I was listening to a radio commentator complain that when a person in the US wakes up, they can tune into CNN, MSNBC, ABC, NBC and CBS news and all outlets will be reporting precisely the same thing. They even present events in the same order. And they less "report" what's happening than they introduce a "topic" based on some happening and then present an hour or more commentary about how the "event" points up that Trump is evil.
The result? My guess is that the only people watching the cable news channels live on the coasts. The people in the rest of the US are abandonning cable, "cutting the cord" and going strictly digital. We have done that, and yea, we can still get CNN live and CBS news, but..................why bother? Once I know the chosen 5 topics of the day, I could write their scripts for them.
Where I live, I've talked recently to friends and neighbors and learned something. They don't watch the news on the Tele at all; they use their phones. They don't read newspapers, except the local, "who died last week" newspaper, all 8 pages. So.......nobody except die hard Marxist Progressives are much watching the news.
The BBC is an example of what I think is happening in the US and around the world. Check in on the BBC and you'll see they have maybe 5 stores that are actually "news" and the rest are puff pieces that read more like Public Service Announcements.
There is no news. The news cycle is entirely broken.
How odd to think; back in the 1880's it took 24/48 hours for people to learn who had one a Presidential election. Today, Russia could invade Canada and people in the US wouldn't know about it for probably 24/48 hours.........because most aren't watching the news.............because there's no news.