reply to post by MysticPearl
Not by their format. It's partially the format to blame, if you think about it. You have to show 24 hours worth of news, and granted it's there. But
to show that much news, you have to have an apparatus that is sustainable (can still be not-for-profit, but let's delve in a little more).
So, what do you do to make revenues? Well, PBS counts on the government and "viewers like you" which usually end up being corporate underwriters and
charitable trusts that I'm sure half the tin-foil hat crew around here will have negative things to say vis-a-vis eugenics, NWO, etc., etc. Whether
that is the case or not is not my concern here, but they are technically still special interests. So, that probably does have a baring, even on Bill
Moyers (though he retired, right?) and Diane Rheem.
Ads. That is what makes revenues, but you need people who can buy a lot of ad space, and you need to sell a lot to cover your operating costs. Foreign
bureaux, though important, would be expensive and probably get cut first. Then, we have to consider the "people" (and by "people" I mean the
"Citizens, united!") buying the ad space. If they can afford to pay you a lot of money to keep your news on the air, they probably aren't going to
want to have you saying anything negative about them. This leads to a conflict of interest.
This is why the 24-hour news channels are broken and need to be tossed out, not emulated or competed against.
No one here "needs" news 24 hours a day (and even MSNBC recognizes that because they turn into a reality show TV station on the weekends reminding
us all about prisons, pedophiles, and how well Coca Cola is doing). As consumers, if we want better quality news, we have to be willing to make
concessions. We have to be willing to lose the 24 hour cycle, the songs, the video clips, the glitzy lights and fancy studios, the pretty and
strapping hosts (accepting that old saying about a book and its cover), the jokes and puns (they have a place, but not on the news) and all the other
trappings of modern infotainment.
Might I suggest a refresher on what news is supposed to sound like by going to www.democracynow.org
Sure, Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez are liberals and they do go into the stories for the last 3/4ths of the show that show their bias (though I would
argue not as biased as you would assume), but if you watch the first 10 minutes or so you'll be pleasantly reminded that news is supposed to be
"Who, what, where, when and why...next story...Who, what, where, when, why...next story...etc."