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(CNN)   Mainstream news anchors fading away. Kurt Loder still eagerly awaiting his "big break"   ( divider line
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2005-04-04 06:14:07 PM  
Kurt Loder's MTV News was the stupidest thing ever.
2005-04-04 06:23:51 PM  
Good. Time for a new crop of Talking Hairdo's I say.
2005-04-04 06:24:20 PM  
ekdikeo4: Kurt Loder's MTV News was the stupidest thing ever.

Yeah, but it had a killer bassline at the end. Then again, I guess Megadeth gets credit for that.
2005-04-04 07:13:24 PM  
I thought Courtney Love shot him. Hmmm.
2005-04-04 07:35:00 PM  
You know, the technology is there- it would be a shame to lose out on the goodwill and market value that so many of these venerable anchors have built. We are literally losing decades of marketable branding.

I propose that we build them all in 3D and get impersonators.

It worked for the muppets, didn't it?
2005-04-04 07:43:05 PM  
Pock-marked face.
2005-04-04 07:43:21 PM  
Speaking of MTV (or...err...) has anyone seen Wonder Showzen? Classic.
2005-04-04 07:44:08 PM  
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Your captions, please...
2005-04-04 07:45:43 PM  
It worked for the muppets, didn't it?

This is Kermit the Frog, for Sesame Street News...
2005-04-04 07:47:04 PM  
I thought Kurt Loder's "big break" came long ago, when he wrote for Rolling Stone. Didn't he help pen Tina Turner's autobiography?
2005-04-04 07:47:12 PM  
I used to call him "Kurt Loadie".

Never to his face, of course.
2005-04-04 07:49:23 PM  
'MTV News' is an oxymoron, isn't it?
2005-04-04 07:52:59 PM  
kurt loder still has a career? suddenly i feel happy that i don't watch the shiatbox of a station anymore... it's funny cause fuse runs spots mocking them... something like when did music mean shows about newlyweds or some such thing...
2005-04-04 07:53:21 PM  
2005-04-04 07:54:25 PM  
In terms of actually delivering news, it doesn't really matter who does it. An anchor's just a talking head, albeit one who looks good on camera and can read a script without stuttering (you'd be suprised at how hard it is to deliver a good read). The people who really matter are the reporters and photographers who give you the actual pictures.

The anchor is only really important when you want your show to have a certain character rather than just reporting the news. Morning shows are a great example, you're not just delivering news, but entertainment.
2005-04-04 07:54:45 PM  
As a fan of glory-days MTV, I hereby call upon the major networks to make Kari Wuhrer one of the lead anchors.
2005-04-04 07:56:39 PM  
Anyone ripping on Kurt Loder doesn't know their ass from a hole in the ground. Maybe stop watching MTV all the time and read something, morons.
2005-04-04 07:56:41 PM  
Don't worry, a replacement for fleshbag anchorpersons has been in the works for years:

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"It's not-not-not news, it's F-F-F-Fark dot com!"
2005-04-04 07:59:06 PM  
What's scary is that some folks consider this man to be an "anchor".
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It's an entertainment program, folks... not a legitimate news program.

/Viacom employee
2005-04-04 08:03:11 PM  
I hope they are fading away to their natural habitat -the bottom of the ocean.
2005-04-04 08:04:22 PM  
What's really scary is that Jon Stewart is better than most anchors. And when I say most, I mean all.

And when I say scary, I mean hilarious. And tear-jerking. Anyone see The Daily Show Schiavo coverage? They said everything that had to be said.
2005-04-04 08:06:35 PM  
"Red Rocket" -- supposed words of wisdom from a person who's alias refers to stroking a dog
2005-04-04 08:08:01 PM  
I think the reason news anchors are being phased out is because they're friggin UGLY! The only respectable-looking one was Tom Brokaw, he looked like a greasy senator from some Hollywood political thriller. Brian "Pretty Boy" Williams is what future anchor persons will be more like.

Here's the stereotypical anchorman of the future:
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On the other hand, local news anchormen will remain farking weird-looking:

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2005-04-04 08:08:22 PM  
The scary thing is that Jon Stewart tells more truth in 20-odd minutes than any of the talking heads on the cable news networks speak all day.

There is a REASON why the phrase "the news" has become shorthand for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart among twentysomethings, and it's not "because they get high." Grow up.

/among "legit" anchors, I only like Anderson Cooper on CNN
2005-04-04 08:09:21 PM  
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Wow! So you got your facelift there, too? Radical!
2005-04-04 08:10:50 PM  
Just look at what CBS has done. Bob Schieffer really does nothing more than toss to various correspondents around the world, and then does some Q&A with them. I like the new CBS approach, I think it's fitting for the way that news is covered today - it's easier than ever to "be there", so send someone out there to report.
2005-04-04 08:14:33 PM  
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CNN anchor Thomas Roberts. Farking HOT!

/and I'm straight!
2005-04-04 08:15:49 PM  
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live a long and prosperous life...
/so long
///good riddance
2005-04-04 08:17:02 PM  
Jon Stewart's truth is exactly the same thing as Bill O'Reilly's truth, only funnier and tweaked to match the sensibilities of younger Americans. In ten years, there will another, funnier, smarter, younger Jon Stewart, and he will argue with the older Jon Stewart, calling him "too conservative." The old man Stewart will be angry, and sound like a blowhard, and will finally lose all credibility by farking an intern or some-such nonsense.
2005-04-04 08:17:35 PM  
Kurt Loder: Why am I still doing this? I've got to be the oldest person on this network by at least fourty years.

MTV Announcer: Kurt Loder didn't just say that... No wait, he did just say it, but just to be cool, that's what makes him cool, you think Kurt Loder is cool, and now the news that's cool.

/South Park
2005-04-04 08:17:50 PM  
Screw TV news... all of it.

I get better and more consistent information on the internet, plus I don't have to wade through a sea of commercials, telegenic anchorpeople and crappy 'human interest' stories to get to it.
2005-04-04 08:19:44 PM  
well spoken tinrobot.
2005-04-04 08:19:53 PM  
Roger Arseways

Stop trying to make this an intelligent discussion.
2005-04-04 08:20:22 PM  
[B]Agent Orange[/B]UFIA
2005-04-04 08:20:31 PM  
Personally, I want this man to read me the news.

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2005-04-04 08:21:07 PM  
RocketRod, I will take Jon Stewart above O'Reilly, Hannity, Limbaugh, et al, in a second. At least he concedes that "the news" is, at its core, entertainment. And, in doing so, hits at a truth deeper than the MSM ever achieves.

And yes, to be Fair and Balanced (TM), I will include several members of the alleged liberal media in that categorization. I won't name them, because you already know who to devote the Two-Minute Hate to.
2005-04-04 08:26:20 PM  
ilyag: Is Zindler the "SLIME IN THE ICE MACHINE" restaruant review guy? Man, he was the most memorable thing about Houston news.
2005-04-04 08:27:56 PM  
Credit the Blogs.

(Counter Strike voice:)

Neocons win.

/now watch this drive.
2005-04-04 08:30:48 PM
2005-04-04 08:32:16 PM  
The new trend is the Pretty-girl-reading-the-teleprompter, as has been pointed out in several Fark threads. Rating for the news is so low, they just remove all of that "investigative journalism" crap and put a nice girl with some tits in front of the camera. Sure, she has no talent and serves no function, but check out that rack!
2005-04-04 08:33:41 PM  
Ok, we all do understand that the news anchors just READ the news, right?

They don't go make the news. They just read what is in front of them.
Does it really matter WHO it is?

2005-04-04 08:37:49 PM  
Kurt Loder's big break: waking up one morning and throwing out his back
2005-04-04 08:42:51 PM  

Ok, we all do understand that the news anchors just READ the news, right?

Wrong. Dan Rather didn't get his gig because he looked good and read a teleprompter well. The classic anchorman worked his way up through the ranks, gaining a great deal of power (and ego) along the way.

They don't go make the news. They just read what is in front of them.

They determine, to a large extent, what is placed in front of them. And in what order it will be read, as well as how much time will be devoted to each story.

Does it really matter WHO it is?

Yes, Virginia, it really does.
2005-04-04 08:44:56 PM  
Considering how ridiculous and silly much of the mainstream "news" has become over the course of the last several years, there's nothing scary about viewing Jon Stewart as a real anchor.

When I wanna stay informed, I read news online... when I wanna watch TV news, I stick with The Daily Show. The pipe the cable news networks into the locker room at the gym, and after watching 5 minutes or so of that, I wanna throw something at the screen.
2005-04-04 08:52:17 PM  
Bravo...they all suck and are pushing some big corporation's pocket lining agenda- including that douchebag Jon Stewart. Wake up!
2005-04-04 08:59:34 PM  
Shnarpy: I forsee a free iBannination in your future. Nothing about the iPod Shuffle, I'm afraid...
2005-04-04 09:04:54 PM  
I rely on TV news lie. If they tell me its sunny out I put on my galoshes and grab an umbrella. MTV? Who watches MTV?
2005-04-04 09:06:05 PM  
Conspiracy Theory Rock: Mediaopoly. I apologize for the Real Video, but it's pretty damn funny.
2005-04-04 09:34:51 PM  
It's interesting how anchors have become tied into the entertainment star system, yet are able to maintain a certain amount of trust and credibility with the audience. Anyhow, hopefully this means that the facts and content are more likely to take center stage.

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2005-04-04 09:49:14 PM  
Good riddance.
2005-04-04 09:51:15 PM  

You're average local news schlub may just be a talking head who does nothing but read lead-ins to live coverage with Michelle Takanawa (why do all the Asian chicks get the crappy storm stories?), but the big news anchors at CBS, ABC, NBC, CNN and Fox are usually powerful managing editors as well who get to rule over what goes over their 22 minutes a night with something akin to an iron fist.

And Jon Stewart wasn't making the point that all News is entertainment, he was blasting shows like Crossfire for turning the news into HORRIBLE entertainment (and screwing up the news portion to boot). Anyone catch Tucker Carlson's show on PBS? You'd be surprised. Stewart, while getting cheap laughs by calling Carlson a dick, missed the true opportunity to say the Emperor has No Clothes when he neglected to point out how shows like Crossfire are about as scripted as WWE Wrestling, probably even more so. It's not that Tucker Carlson or Paul Begala are dicks, it's just that CNN created and hyped a format that pretty much forced them to behave that way. Stewart failed it buy turning it into a personal attack. He, of all people, should know what goes on behind the scenes of a show like that.

2005-04-04 11:58:51 PM  
wow...i hope someone blogs about this. and then someone blogs about the blog of it.

/new media is very empowering.
2005-04-05 12:05:43 AM  
just give me the naked news
2005-04-05 03:53:58 AM  
Best news these days is the stuff ESPN dones, yeah it's a different area but it is the best news work around. And they remember that not everything needs to be hyped up to the nth degree, that sometimes the story is enough.
2005-04-05 05:19:14 AM  

2005-04-05 06:33:24 AM  
You can, but why would you want to?
2005-04-05 09:04:51 AM  
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2005-04-05 01:06:07 PM  
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2005-04-05 01:58:31 PM  

They determine, to a large extent, what is placed in front of them. And in what order it will be read, as well as how much time will be devoted to each story.

I'm sure you work int he news industry or something....
But I don't believe it.
I really don't.
I think you work through the ranks to make it to the anchor chair, just like you work through the ranks of bit parts and TV before making it big in a movie.
In my opinion it's nothing but celebrity.
We place them in higher regard because they are the spokespeople for the news, but I do not believe they really do anything other than read what they're told and go where they're told to go.

Nothing personal (since you seemed to have taken it personally)
2005-04-05 04:03:34 PM  
Ok, we all do understand that the news anchors just READ the news, right?

If you check the network website bios or even read the credits at the end of the newscast (usually run on Fridays, IIRC), you'll notice (or you noticed) that Jennings, Rather and Brokaw were/are all Managing Editors, which means they made many if not most of the decisions on story coverage, writing assignments, etc. It used to be you only got that gig if you knew your stuff.

Of course, then CNN came along, paying people $13,000 a year to do this, and ABC News once offered me a job as an Assignment Editor in DC for $4.25 an hour, so the networks now get what they pay for, you might say...
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