Everyone is upset about soft news coverage. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve written about it numerous times, and blogs consistently host diatribes against watered-down, mainstream news. Paris HiltonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s jail release has added gallons of fuel to this fire, and now news anchors are fighting back.
Anyone watching AC 360 after Larry King's interview saw that Anderson Cooper wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t happy that he had to cover this story in depth. He opened by disdainfully stating his show couldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t be Ã¢â‚¬Å“above the newsÃ¢â‚¬Â Ã¢â‚¬â€œthough he made it clear that the heiressÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s jail time was not, in fact, newsworthy. He openly refuted one of his guestÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s comments by saying Ã¢â‚¬Å“LetÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not pretendÃ¢â‚¬â€this is not important.Ã¢â‚¬Â It was one of the few times I really liked that my news was completely, and obviously, biased.
But I think one of my favorite declarations came from an MSNBC anchor who refused to cover the story several times during the morning newscast. She ripped up her script, tried to burn another, and shredded the third. Though it was most likely staged, it was hilarious and openly provoked questions as to the networksÃ¢â‚¬â„¢, anchorsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ and producersÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ responsibilities in reporting IMPORTANT news.
Yeah, I do recognize the irony in writing on something I hate hearing about, but there are some larger issues here.
Networks are catering to the masses, but supposedly the masses hate this type of news. Not one of us will fess up to watching vapid news programs, and every one of us will condemn stations for showing ParisÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ pre-jail trip to Target for art supplies. The TV ratings are thereÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ so whoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s tuning in?
Furthermore, if anchors and producers hate this news so much, why arenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t the doing more to change it? I think these open declarations by Cooper and other anchors are a good start, but if there is no further action and little lasting change, what good are these gestures?