TV is for Zombies
Time to hoist the soapbox again. Via Sargent, TP gives us the essential numbers:
The people at Think Progress have tallied up the time spent on both stories by the major networks, and here's what they discovered:
All three major TV networks led their evening news with stories on JonBenet Ramseyâ€™s death and the comments made by arrested teacher John Mark Karr. The networks offered multiple segments and numerous expert analyses to provide in-depth coverage on the legal case. The NSA decision received only a passing mention from two of the newscasts, while ABC devoted a full segment to it.
Still, ABC devoted twice as much time to Ramsey as it did to the NSA story. More egregiously, CBS offered seven times as much airtime to Ramsey as it did to the NSA story, while NBC devoted 15 times more airtime.
I'll be reading this guy's blog more often, he seems to be willing to burn some bridges with the bobbleheads
Let's face it: The Murdochs and Disneys and Time Warners and GEs that own our media system much prefer a nation of mindless consumers and spectators over a nation of informed, active citizens. They like the fact that avid TV viewers know all the intimate details about the JonBenet or OJ murder cases - and almost nothing about how big corporations lobby against middle-class interests in Washington.
Best of all to TV news managers, tabloid stories are cheap to cover, especially when pundits or legal experts can fill up hours of time with their (often ridiculously wrong) speculation. And these are stories that can't possibly offend powerful forces in Washington, or advertisers.
Vultures eat dead corpses, but you shouldn't be paying to watch them do so. Kill your TV today.