NBC News: Fox without the vitriol

I’m watching the NBC national news, hosted by Lester Holt tonight. (I’ve been watching all week, and each night there has been something just as absurd.) They reported on the bad jobs numbers that came out yesterday and how if things didn’t get better it would (not might, but would) spell trouble for Obama as people make their decisions in the summer months. They showed a long clip of Romney bleating about crony capitalism and how Obama always blames someone else and takes no responsibility for anything and that it is the president’s job to create jobs. Then, I guess to show how fair and balanced they are, the concluded the story with a simple tag line that said the Obama campaign is fighting back by “pointing out what they say is Romney’s poor record of job creation in Massachusetts.” I may not have the quote word for word and that was the gist of it.So we have the supposed left wing mainstream corporate media letting Romney speak, telling lies (they gave no examples of Obama blaming others or not taking responsibility–they simply hung it out there as though it was the truth. Cause you know, doing actual journalism and fact checking that and calling a lie a lie might take some work, and oh, the horror, if it showed Romney was lying, then reporting that fact might make them look partisan) as though they were simply accepted truth. And they close with a tag line insinuating that the Obama campaign is making stuff up about Romney’s record as governor. Of course, his jobs record as governor was abysmal; something like 47th out of 50. (I’ll grant you, neither a president or a governor can magically create jobs or really has that much to do with how many jobs are created, but Romney is the one touting his own record and saying he can create jobs–exactly the campaign strategy he used to get elected governor. So why is it not fair game to call him on his record if he is the one who brought it up?).
This is the exact same propaganda I will get if I watch the Fox Noise channel. All that is missing is the vitriol, and for that NBC is really more dangerous. At least on Fox Noise you can tell they’re crazy, cause they’re screaming and turning red as they bleat on. They’ll get their 8% or whatever of the country that are true believers to watch and believe, and that’ll be it. But NBC, presented as actual news, as though what they are practicing is journalism and not propaganda, will in the end misinform at best and brainwash at worse far more people than Fox.
I watch it only because I’m curious how they are spinning things today. You certainly can’t watch the network news to get the news. It still pisses me off so much that this is what passes for news, for journalism, in America, that sometimes I can’t stand it and just turn it off, and go to other sources that still practice journalism, while sadly reaching far fewer Americans.
And we wonder why we’re misinformed. Well, I don’t, but you hear that a lot.


About JP

We're two guys who met in college, in 1980. We've stayed in touch, and like to talk politics, current events, music and religion. JP is nore liberal than Sid, but not in every way. We figure that dialogue stimulates ideas, moderates perspective, and is in general friendly. These are things we need badly in these dangerous times. The blog name is taken from a song by Bruce Cockburn.
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