Accuracy in Media

Sen. Jay Rockefeller sounded a little like Howard Beale from the movie Network when he said he was tired of the right-left debate on the cable news giants.

From the Politico

Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-Wa.) apparently falls into the Jon Stewart/Ted Koppel camp when it comes to cable news.

The chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee on Wednesday stopped by a retransmission consent hearing chaired by subcommittee leader John Kerry (D-Mass.), in part to let off a little steam about the current state of the media.

He directed his remark straight at the the cable and broadcasting community’s top CEOs — including News Corp. COO and President Chase Carey, whose company is the parent to Fox News.

“We need new catalysts for quality news and entertainment programming,” he said. “I hunger for quality news. I’m tired of the right and the left. There’s a little bug inside of me which wants the FCC to say to Fox and to MSNBC, ‘Out. Off. End. Good-bye.’ It’d be a big favor to political discourse, our ability to do our work here in Congress and to the American people to be able to talk with each other and have some faith in their government and more importantly in their future.”

It’s good to see a liberal looking to improve the public discourse and the quality of news programming but he should start with the broadcast news programs first.  They are nothing more than a one-sided view of the news and attract more viewers every night than any of the cable news giants.

This sounds more like a smokescreen to attack Fox News for its dominant position in cable news and for the wide influence it yields since Rockefeller knows that MSNBC’s audience is but a blip on the radar compared to their major competitor.

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