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US Media: More War, Less Journalism – RT News

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Media budgets collapse amid foreign disasters

“When you talk about someone like Katie Couric, who for 5 years reportedly received fifteen million dollars a year, you talk about Brian Williams – ten million dollars a year, in some reports. If they didn’t take those enormous salaries, you could hire a hundred, a hundred and fifty actual reporters, producers,” – Professor of Journalism Jeff Cohen.

From RT News:

http://rt.com/usa/news/usa-media-budgets-collapse-foreign-disasters/

Long time love affair between MSNBC and America’s wars

MSNBC is believed by many to be the most liberal of all cable networks. Most who watch would agree that many of the hosts are pro-Obama, pro-choice and pro-union.But it turns out they are also pro-war.

From RT News:

http://rt.com/usa/news/msnbc-pro-war-usa-media/


Media budgets collapse amid foreign disasters

US televised media network annual budgets are collapsing three months into the year, as breaking news stories explode one after another across the globe.

Meanwhile while superstar pundits continue to get paid millions of dollars and hundreds of foreign bureau journalists are laid off to save money.

News pundits are teleporting almost at the speed of light – from the safety of their news desks too far away and dangerous places, led by their journalistic callings and big bucks to be made and spent.

Egypt, Tunisia, Libya have been in a whirlpool of chaos. Japan has been in a tremor of tsunami and earthquakes. Disasters exploding around the world one after the other these past months have broken all breaking news records, forcing US networks to cough up the cash.

“The news organizations are crying because their entire budget is gone by March. Their whole annual budget for covering emergencies and crises,” said media critic Danny Schechter.

Reports suggest big TV networks have been spending as much as 2 million dollars on each of the Middle East uprisings. One network is said to have spent an entire one and a half million dollars in just one day in Japan.

While this money is ripping away at their annual budgets, it’s certainly not ripping away at the pockets of the star pundits.

“When you talk about someone like Katie Couric, who for 5 years reportedly received fifteen million dollars a year, you talk about Brian Williams – ten million dollars a year, in some reports. If they didn’t take those enormous salaries, you could hire a hundred, a hundred and fifty actual reporters, producers,” said Professor of Journalism Jeff Cohen.

Instead, most networks have been shutting down foreign bureaus, and kicking out hundreds of journalists many of whom were on the ground, and in the know.

ABC News alone cut 25 percent of their entire news staff last year, begging the question whether the superstars are actually worth more than hundreds of their colleagues, and putting a toll on the information the viewers end up receiving.

“There is no doubt that in general, the quality of any one news organization is lower than it was thirty years ago,” said media analyst TJ Walker.

It seems a shadow has been cast on what was once top-notch news coverage.

“To pay the enormous salaries to these stars, who don’t know a lot about the Middle East, they’re not experts on nuclear power, they don’t speak Arabic, but there they are jetting over to these countries – it’s a little silly,” said Jeff Cohen.

Getting filled in on events in an unknown land forces networks to play catch-up at top speed – often unsuccessfully.

“As far as Libya goes, we are hearing all of this talk about “the rebels”, nobody has really told me who these rebels are! They don’t seem to know!” explained Schechter.

Though CNN got to enjoy the highest ratings since Obama’s inauguration after several months of dying viewership, FOX – for one – has been caught cheating yet again, placing “Shibbuyaeggman” – a local night club – on one map with Japan’s nuclear reactors, as well as going so far as to call New York’s Times Square with a Lion King ad – Cairo’s Tahrir Square – in its news coverage.

In fear of being out-competed by others, TV networks have to be there or be square – the wrong Square that is. While such a method certainly saves a buck or two, it can’t cover up the fact that crews jet in for disasters, jet back home as soon as the worst is over, leaving viewers in the dark about what leads up to, and what happens after the chaos.

http://rt.com/usa/news/msnbc-pro-war-usa-media/

Long time love affair between MSNBC and America’s wars

MSNBC is believed by many to be the most liberal of all cable networks. Most who watch would agree that many of the hosts are pro-Obama, pro-choice and pro-union.But it turns out they are also pro-war.

This week on The Ed Show, Ed Schultz said, “Let’s get it done, let’s arm the rebels, let’s give them a chance to fight.”

Blogger, filmmaker and former journalist Danny Schecter said television makes war possible.

“We couldn’t have wars in America if TV networks didn’t glorify them in some way and make them exciting, give action oriented coverage and give what I call militainment,” he remarked.

It’s a sentiment also supported by MSNBC’s most liberal talk show hosts, Rachel Maddow and Lawrence O’Donnell, who defending the effort following President Obama’s speech.

“It seems to me there is a practical war-making tactical success that they believe they could have in this particular country,” O’Donnell said.

“Exactly,” said Rachel Maddow.“He kept describing himself as sort of acutely aware of the risks and the costs of America doing any sort of military intervention so you’re exactly right.”

And it’s not just because the U.S. involvement in Libya falls under a democratic president. It turns out MSNBC’s love affair with war is long-standing.

Reporter Ashleigh Banfield, a rising star in the company, was punished after giving a speech in 2003 at Kansas State University. In her speech she made the case that networks were not giving the whole story.Here’s a portion of that speech:

“What didn’t you see? You didn’t see where those bullets landed. You didn’t see what happened when the mortar landed. A puff of smoke is not what a mortar looks like when it explodes, believe me. There are horrors that were completely left out of this war.”

MSNBC refused to let her out of her contract, but kept her off air for more than a year.

Former independent governor Jesse Ventura said he was supposed to have a show on MSNBC, but it was canceled before it ever aired.

“CNN, Fox and MSNBC got in a bidding war over me.MSNBC won,” Ventura said.“I went to do my show.They were putting together a five day a week show for me and all of a sudden a phone call came.”

One of his employees was asked if it was true that he didn’t support the war.

“Well it turned out they wouldn’t put me on the air,” he told Cenk Uygur of The Young Turks. “They paid me for all three years, they pulled my show. I sat and collected pay checks but I couldn’t say anything because my contract said I couldn’t do any cable or news shows for three years.”

The list goes on, and includes so too, did Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Peter Arnett after giving an interview on Iraqi TV, in which he criticized the Pentagon’s war strategy.

Back when MSNBC was still up-and-coming, its highest rated show was hosted by Phil Donahue – an outspoken critic of the war.

This was well documented in the documentary, “War Made Easy,” presented by the Media Education Foundation.

In one show, talking about Sadaam Hussein, he said, “You know, everybody’s righteous.What a terrible Hitler this is.We were mute when he was doing that. He was our SOB and now we’re sending our sons and daughters to war to fix that mistake doesn’t seem fair to me.”

That show was canceled a few weeks before the start of the war, and putting him in a group with so many others whose criticism of the war ended their job.

http://rt.com/usa/news/usa-media-budgets-collapse-foreign-disasters/

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04/03/2011 at 3:31 pm

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