So after the discussion came up in the Stewart vs Colbert
thread, I wanted to continue this conversation about the state of the media, specifically the news media, in America today.
- A conservative with heavily right-wing viewpoints
. O'Reilly's television show, The O'Reilly Factor, is routinely the highest-rated show of the three major U.S. 24-hour cable news channels (CNN, FOX News, and MSNBC).
Here's a few clips from various sources, including Outfoxed (more on that later)
- The Fox News Channel (FNC) is an United States-based cable and satellite news channel. It is owned by the Fox Entertainment Group, and is a subsidiary of Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation. As of January 2005, it is available to 85 million households in the U.S. and further to viewers internationally, broadcasting primarily out of its New York City studios. Known for it's right wing stance and the catchphrase "Fair and Balanced"
Fox has been the target of heavy criticism that they are biased in their reporting, so much so that there has been a documentary produced with the intent to inform people of this. It is called OUTFOXED. They claim Fox News bullies guests, slants stories to support conservative views, and more.
Here are some clips of OUTFOXED, that highlight their problems with Fox News. As a liberal and Democrat, I personally recommend this documentary.
And here's President Clinton ripping them a new one.
- Basically the liberal counter to Bill O'reilly. He currently hosts Countdown with Keith Olbermann on MSNBC, an hour-long nightly newscast that reviews the top news stories of the day along with political commentary by Olbermann.
and The Daily Show
- Jon hosts TDS, of course, and generally has a more liberal take on issues, although the show will often criticize Democrats for being weak against the Republicans. Oddly, The Daily Show has become almost a news show in it's own right, at least to it's viewers. This is often attributed to the fact that not only has the show become more informative, but that more disturbingly, it also represents a trend in traditional media to be less informative, or at the very least more influenced by hype. This has led The Daily Show to increase greatly in popularity as they will hold peoples feet to the fire, as it were, when news outlets often don't.
Jon himself has criticized the media for this decline in integrity, most famously on Crossfire
, which was cancelled shortly after his appearance.
Jon also talked with Bill O'reilly
Stephen Colbert and the Colbert Report
- Fomerly a correspondent on The Daily Show, Stephen was spun off into the Report (pronounced re-pour). Stephen plays the show as an ultra right-wing conservative with heavy, heavy satire. His character, which he rarely lapses from, is based on many conservative pundits, most notably Bill O'Reilly, whom Stephen calls 'Papa Bear'. Often, his portrayal is so strong that people don't realize he is playing a character.
Speaking of, Stephen talked to O'Reilly as well
He also gave an amazing speech at the White House Correspondent's Dinner. (this may not be the whole video)
Admittedly, I am on the left side of this argument, but I find it very unsettling that comedy programs are becoming the standard for media integrity. What happened to us? Is television news corrupted beyond repair? Is there anyone who can report on the news and politics today, dare I say it, with neutrality and fairness? How do we fix it?