Deciding Newsworthiness

Perhaps because my first degree was in radio, television, and film production, I’ve remained more than casually interested in how the media covers the news. Each news organization decides what is newsworthy and what isn’t. For instance, very few have considered the investigation into New Jersey senator Robert Menendez’s activities, which include granting favors to a very large donor and having sexual relations with prostitutes, as worth their notice. Marco Rubio’s sip of water, though, has garnered major attention. MSNBC ran the clip of the sip more than 150 times in a day. CNN pondered whether the sip spells the end of Rubio’s political ambitions. CNN, of course, is totally in the tank in the ratings race.

This is CNN—focusing on the trivial. What’s worse, Rubio’s sip of water or CNN’s wholesale gulping of the kool-aid?

The worst offense, however, has been the fawning over Obama. Honest liberals have to admit the networks were on his side. To what lengths will they go?

Anyone who thinks this is fanciful has not watched MSNBC.

President Obama, meanwhile, simply cannot abide any dissent from his media acolytes:

I don’t expect a drone strike on Fox News, but I think the cartoon does capture Obama’s feelings quite well. Fox seems to be the only news outlet unwilling to let Benghazi rest. May they not let go of that story. May real journalism revive and prosper.