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DAVIDSON: Not Necessarily Newsworthy — Broadcasts In the Era of Trump

Talk show standards have been steadily decreasing.

Jeff Davidson



In 1993, then CBS news anchor, Dan Rather, blasted fellow news broadcasters at the annual Radio and Television New Directors Association convention. He issued a scathing attack on prevailing news industry trends that were more concerned with dead bodies, mayhem, and terror, rather than giving viewers any semblance of balance in reporting. Television news, interviews, and talk show standards overall have been decreasing dramatically over the past couple of decades, in part due to the increase of biased information our society is forced to endure.

Rather also labored on the industry’s obsession with ratings – what sells – as opposed to what needed to be reported. Several decades earlier, the legendary Edward R. Murrow blistered the same association about the state of affairs in the news industry. Yet, by comparison, the standards, if not the morals of the industry, were exemplary in the 1950s and 1960s, even with the limited resources and technology, compared to 1993, and light years ahead of standards in 2020.

Murrow’s outcry nearly shortened his career. However, he persevered and went on to become a pillar within the industry. Rather’s stance, perhaps no less valiant, unfortunately, was simply lost among the mega-doses of information that everyone takes in daily. Yesterday’s news might as well be ancient history.

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Even the highest of yesteryear’s supposedly highbrow television, political commentary and analysis programs, were not anything near what they seemed to be. The McLaughlin Group, for example, which was broadcast on PBS and some NBC affiliates, enjoyed popularity for years. A former priest, John McLaughlin was inherently informative, hard charging, and seemingly always keeping the viewer’s interest in mind. But did he really? The entire show, even many of what seemed to be spontaneous arguments among the guests, were choreographed.

The arguing and the bantering was rigged so that you, as a viewer, felt as if you’re privileged to have a ring-side seat while these political pundits slug it out. In latter years, the show over-taped each topic segment, and visibly gave viewers only the “highlights” of what transpired. Often, on cue, the bickering would extend right up to the time limit allotted for that topic, such that Chairman McLaughlin had to pull in the reins so that the esteemed panel could move on and tackle other topics worthy of dissection.

If you’re old enough to remember the forerunner to the McLaughlin Group, Agronsky and Company, you wonder how poor old Martin Agronsky, with his balanced perspective and sense of ethics, would have ever fared in today’s television climate of MSNBC, Fox, and CNN. Although Agronsky and Company was a long-running show, it is doubtful that it would even last one season today.

“Face the Nation”

The Sunday morning political analysis shows now are, in many ways, far worse. Under the guise of providing serious questioning on key issues affecting society, guest-baiter hosts proceed to ask a carefully sequenced and choreographed series of questions. These “questions” are posed to guests who have been strategically placed. If the guests support Democrats, they have told the show’s producers in advance, exactly what they will answer and what they won’t.

Insiders to this process know that there is an unspoken language between television producers and guests, if one is on the left, as to which specific official will visit the show, and exactly what ground will be covered. In many cases, such guests even dictate who will be the panel members asking the questions. Otherwise, the esteemed guests simply won’t appear, or worse, will appear on a rival program.

As Chris Wallace demonstrated months back with President Trump as his guest, guests representing the Right are completely fair game. Anything goes! Gotcha questions prevail. The host has a pre-crafted strategy and agenda, and hopes to score huge rating points by inducing the guest into a trap, or to say something outlandish that will dominate the 24-hour news cycle. All of which can prompt a viewer to ask, “Why bother to tune in at all?”

As one former political commentator, who appeared as a guest on many of the prominent news shows, aptly remarked: Today’s political talk shows are nothing more than “audio/visual chewing gum for the vacant mind.”

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Dem Rep. Implies National Guard Members Who Voted Trump May Target Libs At Inauguration

What a horrible thing to say!

John Salvatore



We’re just over two weeks into the new year and we already have a quote that may hold up as the most ridiculous of 2021. Remember, this guy was elected to office. What does that say about the people who voted for him? It’s because of people like Goofy McGoofball in the clip below that America has become such a liberal cesspool. During a Monday appearance on CNN, McGoofball said, “You know I was thinking, the Guard is 90 some-odd percent male. Only about 20 percent of white males voted for Biden. You’ve got to figure that in the Guard, which is predominantly more conservative…there are probably not more than 25 percent of the people that are there protecting us that voted for Biden. The other 75 percent are in the class that would be in the large class of folks who might want to do something. There were military people and police who took oaths to defend the Constitution, who didn’t do it and were in the insurrection. So it does concern me.” WATCH: From The Daily Wire: Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (CA) added to the already deep divide in our nation during a online meeting with constituents in San Francisco on Saturday, claiming the Trump supporters who breached the Capitol on Wednesday chose their “whiteness over democracy.” Pelosi said, “When that assault was taking place on the Capitol, 3,865 people in our country died of the coronavirus, many of them people of color because of the injustice of it all. The next day, on Thursday, 4,000 people died of the coronavirus. Why? Because decisions were made at the highest level, months before in the Oval Office, of denial, distortion, delay, calling it a ‘hoax.’” She added, “I thought it was going to be an epiphany for…

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WATCH: Melania Trump Delivers Powerful & Moving Farewell Message As First Lady

Gorgeous, as always!

John Salvatore



She wasn’t unbearable like Hillary Clinton. She wasn’t as polarizing as Michelle Obama. But because she is married to Donald Trump, Melania Trump is the worst first lady in American history. That’s how the mainstream media will remember the woman who speaks five languages fluently; the former model whose mere presence is a sight for sore eyes. FLOTUS’s farewell message is one that should be replayed for decades to come. From New York Post: First lady Melania Trump on Monday released a nearly seven-minute farewell message urging Americans to choose “love over hatred” and “peace over violence.” The video filmed at the White House was posted to Twitter fewer than 48 hours before President Trump leaves office Wednesday at noon. “As Donald and I conclude our time in the White House, I think of all the people I have taken home in my heart and their incredible stories of love, patriotism and devotion,” she said. WATCH:

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