MM – I agree with your assessment about one source establishing the rules. TBC does use AP, but there aren’t many versions. AP is pretty straight-forward with news stories … just the nuts and bolts. When selecting news stories, the “view” is based on what we hear from readers … what they read. That comes from letters to the editor, online traffic, and community feedback in general. Why do we play NASCAR so big? People in KC love NASCAR. Remember, TBC isn’t corporate owned. All decisions are made here in the building.
LLM – I think it mainly comes from people not wanting news, but more entertainment. It’s disappointing.
Nine – I don’t think FOX as a whole entity is closed-minded, but I think many of their hosts are. But that’s what they are paid to do. They have a personality that sells, so that’s what they do. Forgive me if I’m forgetting something here, but has any sitting president granted real sit-down interview with FOX in recent memory? I’m thinking only CNN (as far as cable news goes) has had one in the past 15-20 years.
And the reality of politics is that he (or any top-level politician) doesn’t need to sit down and do an interview. Top-level staff and the secret service plays a HUGE role in determining that. (Did you watch the West Wing? I had the opportunity to meet a senior White House staffer years ago and she said that show was surprisingly accurate in how the White house was run behind the scenes.) Anyway, I’d rather see politicians sitting down with each other and coming to some sort of compromise on policy initiatives. Whether you voted for them or not, these are our representatives in government, and they should be governing, not going on media tours. Not right now anyway.
Interesting that you brought up Greta Van Susteren. If you watched her on CNN a decade ago, you’d see how her reporting style was VERY different then compared to on FOX now.
Overall, I think no matter where we get our news from we have to evaluate it … think critically. Not all stations are the same. Pick out the facts and form your own opinions. Take a break from your normal news source and spend one week reading something different.