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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 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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"I'm Ron Burgundy?"
2005-04-05 01:06:07 PM  
mizike: //Thanks Fark, this is the best birthday present evar!

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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