4.17.2020 – squabble and squabble

squabble and squabble
squabble squabble and squabble
and squabble squabble

CNN Anchor Chris Cuomo was quoted saying recently that he was tired of, “talking to Democrats about things that I don’t really believe they mean” and “talking to Republicans about them parroting things they feel they have to say.”

Mr. Cuomo also said, “It is frustrating to do this job in an environment where people are not interested and open. It is hard to practice journalism when people are so intent on believing what they want to believe for political advantage.”

I am quoting the New York Post but I don’t mind as I am not trying to get on Mr. Cuomo’s case for being tired of what he does or who he interviews or even his thoughts on his job.

But I find the “hard to practice journalism when people are so intent on believing what they want to believe for political advantage’ pretty funny.

In the long on glorious history of politics is there any other reason for people to believe what they believe?

I am reminded of Minister of Administrative Affairs, The Right Honourable Jim Hacker, MP, when he described who read the newspapers in Britain.

Jim said, “I know exactly who reads the papers.
The Daily Mirror is read by people who think they run the country;
The Guardian is read by people who think they ought to run the country;
The Times is read by the people who actually do run the country;
the Daily Mail is read by the wives of the people who run the country;
the Financial Times is read by people who own the country;
the Morning Star is read by people who think the country ought to be run by another country,
and the Daily Telegraph is read by people who think it is.”*

If updated for today in these United States and Television, you might say:

I know exactly who watches TV News.
NBC is watched by people who think they run the country;
CNN is watched by people who think they ought to run the country;
CBS is watched by the people who actually do run the country;
ABC is watched by the wives of the people who run the country;
MSNBC is watched by people who own the country;
PBS is watched by people who think the country ought to be run by another country,
and FOX is watched by people who think it is.

My point being whether it was newspapers or TV or other media outlets, I am attracted by ideas that I agree with.

Back in the day I shared a ride to work with my good friend Elaine.

When I drove we listened to NPR.

When she drove, we listened to a local Christian radio station, WCSG.

It was two different news cycles and rarely did any story make the crossover.

I didn’t mind that.

I thought it was interesting.

A new perspective.

I don’t mind who might watch which tv networks or why.

Because I seek out views that I agree with.

I don’t get what Mr. Cuomo is mad about.

I do mind that regardless of the channel or network, the show is the same.

squabble and squabble
squabble squabble and squabble
and squabble squabble

Come on folks.

Where is that off button?

*Yes Minister, in Series 2, Episode 4 – 1987- A Conflict Of Interest by Antony Jay and Jonathan Lynn

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