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Whatever Happened To "editorials"?  
User currently offlineQueso From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (8 years 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 1440 times:

When I was growing up, I remember that a screen would pop up on the TV sometimes during the news and an announcement to the effect of "The following is an editorial message, it does not reflect the views of this station or it's sponsors" would be played, followed by someone (usually a news editor) giving a view on a topic, closed by another announcement such as "This has been an editorial message, it does not reflect the views of this station or it's sponsors".

Now, the "news" is all spun into opinion without such an announcement. Often, such as with "The Cafferty File" on CNN's "The Situation Room", somebody just gets up there and lets fly with their (usually idiotic) opinion and it is pretented as "news". If only real-life situations were so simple that they could be solved in the manner that these people suggest in their 15-second opinion piece!

To me, most of the "news" is just like any other fiction program now. Even "reality" TV is fiction. Why can't anybody ever just state facts anymore, instead of trying to sway public opinion by presenting their own opinion under the guise of "news"?

How do you feel? Am I missing something or am I one of the "misguided" sheep that refuse to believe everything I hear on the "news"?  Confused

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User currently offlineCastleIsland From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (8 years 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 1426 times:

I was basically going to answer the question you posed in your thread title with what you just posted, Queso. Strange, I remember just a few years back these editorials were on fairly frequently. Now it's all just lumped into the "news."

User currently offlineAirCop From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (8 years 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 1404 times:

Quoting Queso (Thread starter):
When I was growing up, I remember that a screen would pop up on the TV sometimes during the news and an announcement to the effect of "The following is an editorial message, it does not reflect the views of this station or it's sponsors" would be played, followed by someone (usually a news editor) giving a view on a topic, closed by another announcement such as "This has been an editorial message, it does not reflect the views of this station or it's sponsors".

At one time this was a requirement of the FCC to give local views on various subjects. If you also remember the stations used to have quasi-news shows on the early morning hours of weekends regarding local issues. The stations had to do this in order to keep the license. That requirement was done away with either in the 80's or the 1996 Telecommunications act.


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