Will Fox Learn Its Lesson Before Losing Another Host?

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I hate cable news. There I said it.

Perhaps my hatred for the medium has always existed, like a naturally-born aversion to rotten food or the smell of crap. But it was clearly manifested during the 2008 election when I, like many other rubes, was glued to my TV set daily for the latest updates about the intense campaigns.

Even though I had formed my opinion and was convinced of who I was going to vote for (I'll let you figure that one out), I still watched the news regularly for some reason. Maybe I was antsy and was hoping that the constant barrage of noise and nonsense would convince me that my side was winning out over the other side.

This, despite the fact that nobody knew who was going to win the election, until the votes were in on November 8.

What I did discover in those months of flipping back and forth between such cesspools as CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC is that cable news has virtually nothing to offer.

While there are seasons of intense change, with events unfolding at an almost breakneck pace, you'd be hard-pressed to find real justification for a 24-hour news channel. Even they don't offer a complete 24 hours of news, given that late night programming is re-airings of earlier shows. But even with a semi-full day of news content, there is shockingly little that warrants that much attention.

Newspapers and websites like TrigTent tend to be a better alternative (obviously), because contributors can take the time to research an issue before reporting or discussing it. Even with regular updates, a website does not have the pressure to constantly stream content in order to keep TV advertisers happy.

That pressure seems to have produced a very ugly monster. And no, I'm not talking about those plastic faces that appear on your screen.

Cable news- like most TV news- thrives on creating a kind of hysteria. They want you, the viewer, to be in constant worry or fear about everything, so that you're glued to their channel. Even the bumps between segments feature stress-inducing music and sound effects, to make what you're about to hear sound incredibly urgent.

I'm surprised they don't use police sirens.

The content itself is pretty worthless. They find the top news of the day, repeat it over and over again, and pad most of their shows with "expert" commentary from bloated pundits that have little to contribute.

Yes, you just watched the Speaker of the House make a statement about Obamacare. Now you get to spend five hours listening to other people tell you what he said. Instead of forming your own opinion about the matter, you are supposed to believe what these idiots behind a desk are saying.

Obviously, cable news is a form of entertainment. It's not news. The real news slips in from time to time, but the lion’s share of the content is built around talking heads arguing and spinning issues for their own agenda.

This is even true of Fox News, which has a reputation for being the conservative choice in the sea of liberal media outlets.

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