CNN and Fox Epic Fail and Why I Hate the Media
Yesterdays United States Supreme Court ruling on the Healthcare Act in particular the individual mandate (is it a penalty, nope it is a tax, who’d of thunk)cause a flurry of media activity. All the major cable news networks gathered their panels, had their people on scene so they could be first in bringing you the news, had their “experts” ,all yapping constantly on something that had not yet happened. Then, when it did happen, two of the more well-known networks blew it.
Both Fox News Network (Fox) and Cable News Network (CNN) reported that the individual mandate had been ruled unconstitutional. This was not true. In their hurry to bring you news, they actually, I am assuming here, glanced at the decision. I did hear another local news report give them both an out by saying that “In all fairness both networks had just received the ruling and had no time to read it [sic]” What an interesting thing to say. If I remember correctly, when the initial Healthcare Bill was presented to congress, many of our congressmen and women said that it was too long to read and that it just needed to be passed in order to find out what was in it. Just for giggles, I will mention that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act passed the Senate on December 24, 2009, by a vote of 60–39 with all Democrats and two Independents voting for, and all but one Republican voting against. It passed the House of Representatives on March 21, 2010, by a vote of 219–212, with 34 Democrats and all 178 Republicans voting against the bill. So in other words, All them folks who are supposed to be in office to protects us as citizens and be our voice, voted for something they didn’t bother to read as it was to onerous to do so. It’s ok though, they could do it later.
As for the misreporting by CNN and Fox? Am I being too harsh on them? I do not think so. It is quite sad to me that they would rather misreport and then make an apology later in the name of ratings and being “first”. There are many folks who make decisions, important decisions, about who they will vote for what they will support based on what the news reports. Sad but true. Many folks do no research or thinking on their own. They depend on the news to give them the “facts” and guide them to the right decision. It is also unfortunate that many only watch one network. Many conservatives refuse to watch what they consider to be liberal networks and vice versa for liberals. Silliness. How can one make a informed decision if they don’t hear all sides? These same people are also the ones who watch until they get the headline and then off they go. They necessarily do not hear the redactions.
I personally miss the days of news reporting where they actually reported the news. With no, “slant” no indication of bias. I may be missing it, but I do not believe there is such reporting anymore. I do miss ACCURATE, fact base reporting., one that lets me draw my own conclusions, perhaps even cause me to look into it more.