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Published: Tuesday, Jan. 7 2014 4:55 p.m. MST

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LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

I see it like this --

Liberals are less likely to fall for being whipped into an emotional feeding frenzy,
More likely to use their minds over their emotions to form their own opinons,
And gather their information from a wide variety of sources.

Conservatives [on the other hand]:
love a good meetin' revival,
are more likely to use emotions RATHER than minds based on facts and logic,
and generally have that SINGLE source of ALL their information along with pre-conceived opionions that simple agree with.
i.e., viewing what they want to see, hear, and think.

salt lake city, utah

Anyone who watches Fox or MSNBC for the "news" is kidding themselves. Both are designed to promote ideologies and anyone who isn't interested in ideologies (most of America) will not watch either of these outlets.

Personally I watch both of these stations expressly for their opinions.

As a follower of MSNBC I can say that their fall in ratings has nothing to do with their ideology but everything to do with formatting.

The only way I "an avowed progressive) can watch the channel anymore is to record it and fast forward through until I see something I'm interested in (and I still agree with most of their ideologies).

The network has allowed Schultz and Sharpton to just be narcissistic whiners. Chris Matthews has never met a conversation he didn't want to talk over, Chris Hays is a true "wonk fest" and
Rachel Maddow's half hour lecture every night with silly hats and lame jokes is just boring. Also what's with the prison shows?

I think Fox does a much better job of creating hospitable environment for their message. Right wingers are getting what they come for, comfort and opinion. Progressives not so much.

2 bits
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Maybe becasue it's lame, biased, and agenda driven... I'm just sayin... that may be part of it.

Craig Clark
Boulder, CO

Good solid journalism struggles to be competitive in what is essentially an entertainment medium. The pressure on broadcast journalists to be TV personalities first takes a toll on their journalism.

The rules are simple enough. A good reporter doesn’t speculate. He tells what he knows and resists the temptation to offer commentary. But what does he do in the position of trying to do journalism right while knowing that hanging onto his job hinges on ratings and audience share? If a story he knows is important is boring to the public, does he yield to the temptation to spice up the details? Can he do so without compromising the integrity of his reporting?

There You Go Again
Saint George, UT

Cable news?

Cable news is a contradiction in terms.

Happy talk mixed with talking points infomercials is opinion...not NEWS.

The 24/7 Cable presentation(s) simply enable the suits to verify that entertainers are following the prescribed talking points.

Cedar Hills, UT

"Fox News remained at the top of the ratings battle in 2013, but other networks are in a downward spiral, according to USA Today"

this about says it all. People tune out garbage - they want to hear the truth whether it agrees with their ideology or not.

liberty or ...?
Ogden, UT

I am lucky that my father recorded a lot of videos when I was a kid so I have some of the old news reels and news updates. what is lacking today in journalism is objectivity and honesty. the reporters in the old days I noticed tended to report just the facts of the story and left out the interprative Hyperboly and agenda or waited to make certain facts were corect before rushing to the presses. They let the audience form their own opinion instead of presenting theirs. This is Why MSNBC, CBS,ABC,PBS and CNN look more like pravda at best every day or Josef Goebels propoganda material from the Third Reich more and more. Even Fox news is not blameless bias game but the reason they are doing the best is because at least there is still some semblance of objectivity of balance that the other networks have abandoned and the rating show it.

Saint George, UT

I like the political cartoons the best. They capture the truth better than all of them combined-by along ways.

one old man
Ogden, UT

The only answer is PBS Newshour.

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

one old man
Ogden, UT
The only answer is PBS Newshour.

11:55 a.m. Jan. 8, 2014



However, I have also found Al Jazeer America [channel 7.2] to be an EXCELLENT source of unbiased international reporting.

Cedar Hills, UT

Keep in mind Fox New has both NEWS and commentary. The news hours are done by Shepard Smith and others and they report the news I think in a very fair and balanced manner. I think CNN does ok as well at least with the news. Fox also has commentary such as Hannity which IS conservative commentary. You know that when you tune in. There is also more liberal commentary on Fox such as Geraldo Rivera who is a liberal. Fox has both. Bob Beckel on The Five is a liberal. Try to find ONE conservative on any of the other news channels....ONE!!! They don't exist. It is ALL liberal or FAR FAR LEFT LIBERAL. So this is why the other networks are sinking in the sand...people get it that what they are watching is completely bogus and slanted and therefore meaningless...even the news portion.

Salt Lake City, UT

NBCNews (MSNBC) is the most scurrilous "news" channel. Their comments are embarrassing in addition to being incorrect. They bring no new insights to political discourse and their hatred of opposing views has led to them to personally attack Sarah Palin and MItt Romney. In both instances there was a profuse apology and at least one firing that was prompted by public uproar. Their subjectivity and bigotry overshadows any value that could have resulted. They are left wing hate mongers and not journalists.

Craig Clark
Boulder, CO

There are undoubtedly good journalists in cable news who feel hamstrung by producers whose emphasis on creating entertaining TV viewing gets priority over the public interest. Anchors get chosen for star quality over experience and it’s no surprise when newscasts seem to be more about the newscaster than the news itself.

Some viewers like an anchor who gives commentary with a dose of attitude. I think reporting and commentary are a bad mix. The best cable news feature I regularly watched was CNN’s NewsNight with Aaron Brown who came over from ABC News. I never saw Brown insult the intelligence of his viewers. But he got dumped after a year or two and his time slot went to Anderson Cooper. That’s when the decline of CNN became obvious to me.

clearfield, UT

LDS Liberal

You must post nonsense like that just to get a response. Well here is mine. I've rarely heard a liberal argument that changed my mind. I frequently hear conservative ones that do. And I've never heard a liberal rationally argue a political point with facts. Only emotion. That is why I tend to be conservative. I want logic and reason to make public policy decisions, not emotional ones. Therefore it is the liberals who never hear or read any opposition. FOX has opposition on all the time. That is why conservatives can win just about any argument on policy. They know both sides of an issue, not just the MSNBC or NBC, or CBS, or ABC, or OBAMA view.

Howard Beal
Provo, UT

To answer the question of the headline.

Because cable TV news is a joke...

Howard Beal
Provo, UT

In regards to local news, even is a bigger joke. For example, one night I turn on Channel 4. It was after some reality show and they spent the first 20 minutes of the news highlighting the show. I thought that was a new low in local news. There is no way we can take the media seriously anymore, even newspapers. The days of Woodward and Bernstein are gone. It's all up to us to make and report the news via the Internet...

Anti Bush-Obama
Chihuahua, 00

Because they are all puppets who don't report the news like what going on with the fukishima radiation. They only sing praise to Obama or the Tea party all day long.

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