Why Are Television News Anchors So Irrelevant?
Why Are Television News Anchors So Irrelevant?
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Most people by now know either subconsciously or consciously the most reasons for why CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, and Fox News regulars act sort of a group of preppy high school girls. Let's briefly list 4 common reasons before moving on to the underlying explanation.
1) the character of their work as charismatic and believable presenters of data instead of experts. it's key to say that the separation between 24-hour cable networks and brief "serious" 6 PM broadcasts on basic cable is disappearing. It wont to be that the evening news audience demographic was numerically dominated by the group of elderly depression-era females. This explained the necessity for senior citizens like Dan Rather who was ideal marriage material for the widowed viewers and delivered the authority of a little town doctor. to the present day, a doctor is shown by polls because the most respected wage laborer whose opinion is taken into account the foremost truthful (it makes doctors natural lead characters in TV drama series and movies). However this demographic is dying off and being replaced by boomer women (greater female anticipation always tilts corporate marginal profit-seeking) who respect Katie Couric's professional achievement and skill to seem good at her age.
2) Support by biggest media corporations of Reagan's efforts to scale back funding for the department of education (either through cheerleading it or tacit support from silence). 40-year-olds watching the news on TV today were directly suffering from the across the board reduction in quality of schooling. Television and newspapers thus need to use less big words and their writers are increasingly counting on baby speak, puns, and outright prepackaged talking points (Gretchen Carlson playing dumb to stay her job is one extreme example of this). Shorter span isn't the cause but the social symptom. This directly feeds into 3)
3) MSM responding to an Australian tabloid oligarch's invasion of us with a headlong rush towards turning news into entertainment. in fact, this is able to have happened even without the accelerating influence of Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation conglomerate. The aging of current TV demographic is permanent since mostly those remain who are unable to master the utilization of internet two-way transmission medium. Since the audience is increasingly represented by rural senior citizens who were failed by the education drives within the 50s and 60s, the intensification of circus-style hysterical entertainment as seen on the radio is inevitable within the short term. Murdoch's influence must again be mentioned, however. Newstartainment ( trademarked =] ) saw a publicly visible deepening split between internationalist media oligarchs (who encourage globalization since the USA isn't essential to their base of operations) and nationalist media oligarchs who use their media asset influence to assist out USA based heavy industry. NBC Universal is often said to be an example of a nationalist oligarch mouthpiece since it's owned by General Electric (which is reliant on selling real tangible items like engine parts to US military and government organs). News
Corporations in fact aren't as reliant on the well being of us vested interest so its assets like Fox News are often extra irresponsible with their newstartainment. From the financial perspective it's a better strategy for GE's bottom line to support the nationalist Democratic Party wing of the oligarchy (since better educated/healthier peasants allow US-based corps to raised compete abroad). that's why MSNBC leans towards democratic millionaires and their businesses. the very fact that Fox News was emulated points less to its success than to a transition of formerly US tied corporations towards a more global status. For more information on who the highest 10 owners of media clusters are, here may be a handy chart (warning: this is often from 2002 and therefore the industry got more consolidated and monolithic since then. Use it to urge the thrust of the idea).
4) Losing ad revenue to the web since newscast (and TV programming in general) didn't live up to its promise of raising human consciousness as envisioned by the primary head of the FCC. the web is a kind of yank glasnost while television is how to sell state propaganda and mass-produced TV drama garbage reception and abroad. that's easily recognizable. Getting young people's trust back (to keep going future as old people die) is now almost impossible and therefore the road of least effort is to accentuate the circus. Some children watch the news and MTV just to tease how terrible it's (that still may be a mild boost to ad revenue). News "anchors" themselves don't inherit contact with relevant information much since their networks have actively cut recruitment of journalistic investigative talent. Since it's cheaper to research second user information with talking heads than hire sufficient numbers of understimulated human explorers (and buy their plane tickets, hotel accommodation, security, etc), news anchors come less and fewer into real contact with knowledgeable experts. Ridiculous cowards like Wolf Blitzer for instance, don't get hits to their self-worth the maximum amount from interaction with residents occupy home talking heads than with old fashioned journalist data fiends like Michael Ware. To be fair, as Fox News anchors show, there's tons of self-censorship and dumbing right down to remain on the work.
And the underlining explanation is...
National news anchors and pundits are members of the wealthiest 5% or 1% of the population.
Even if they began poor (which is increasingly becoming unlikely as key people within the conglomerate hierarchy flood these simple job openings with their children) the long cutthroat climb to the highest irreparably changed them. The laughing playboys on TV are completely insulated from the overwhelming majority of the issues that Americans face (except in fact problems of taxes on income and capital gains and regulations on financial gambling). whether or not they work for Fox, CNN, MSNBC, many of them are good friends and are always on the design bent jump ship to a different network to raise their salary. People like Anderson Cooper, Lou Dobbs, Sean Hannity would never be caught dead riding a bit of Third World joyride called the NYC subway.
To them, life in America is great and recuperating all the time. a day is simply an ego bolstering practice of either driving from luxurious suburbs or being driven to an area where people put structure on them, where they see their friends, and where they ask some oldster politicians/celebrities (who are naturally as insulated). They sit down and chit chats about the issues of places like Detroit ( which for all intents and purposes is as foreign and distant as cities in Africa are). they're goofy and filled with giggles not simply because they're professional entertainers but because the anchors that elderly people get their "news" from are but middle-aged preppy high school girls on the equivalent of a fashion show.
Such a dramatic disconnect having continued for as long because it has could only have created neurotic social perceptions the ripple effects of which we'll be feeling for years to return.