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What We Call the News

Posted on Mar 30, 2007

Check out this spot-on sendup of news and punditry, which proves that the dumbing down of America can be funny when it’s not just plain sad.


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By mutterhals, April 3, 2007 at 6:25 am Link to this comment
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If this wasn’t supposed to humorous why was it shown on Leno? And why do you only look to television for your news?

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By Bukko in Australia, April 2, 2007 at 6:16 pm Link to this comment
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Scott, I obviously did misunderstandimate you. It all depended on my ignorance of what the definition of “us” was. I too am an American, only I moved here to get away from that pesky fascism thing. (With Crime Minister Howard, it’s fascism lite!)

Warning: if you’re ever in Oz, NEVER order Foster’s. Nobody FROM here does. For good reason. People will know you’re a tourist, and the piss-taking will be so heavy you’ll need a slicker. Have a go at Victoria Bitter, mate, VB for short!

As for TV news, the three commercial networks here are as insipid as America’s, but the government-run networks (SBS and ABC) are BBC-quality. However, the Liberal (conservative) Party is working to undermine them, claiming they’re imbalanced toward the left. Unless the Libs lose this December’s election, those channels will become as dishwater weak as PBS.

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By Ga, April 2, 2007 at 1:05 pm Link to this comment
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Finding accurate and informative news is not impossible, it just takes more work than the average person is willing to exert.

Please describe, then, what “more work” means.

It looks like JibJab was talking about TV news.

You will not see accurate or informative news on most of television news broadcasts. Fox is highly inaccurate and uninformative. And any opinions are not really informative and can be based on inaccuracies and therefore be uninformative.

So, where is accurate and informative news to be found? Not FOX at all, sort of on MSNBC, sometimes late at night on CNN, and on most of PBS.

As for CBS, NBC and ABC, a half-hour weekly evening broadcast may be accurate, but informative?

News magazines like 20/20, 60 Minutes? Again, accurate, mostly, but with all their pomp and circumstance—and music, graphics and highly emotional aspects, etc.—are they really all that informative?

They all show hardly any real information beyond humans getting emotional over issues.

So, no, there hardly is any accurate and informative news on television

There is the BBC, CNN International and PBS. That’s it.

There is C-SPAN, but that is an exception, as they do not broadcast news, but interviews and events.

Also: It was not all that funny—but was it meant to be?

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By Sindy Peehand, April 2, 2007 at 8:52 am Link to this comment
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The humor is that Jib Jab seems to be the source of your most recent “Intellectual” debate!
Now that’s funny!

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By mutterhals, April 2, 2007 at 5:57 am Link to this comment
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Sorry, this one sucked. It wasn’t the least bit funny. Finding accurate and informative news is not impossible, it just takes more work than the average person is willing to exert.

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By SCOTT LEWIS, April 2, 2007 at 12:46 am Link to this comment
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Bukko, maybe it’s the Fosters, or perhaps the hypnotic dance of oversized, tanned breasts that your country is so well known for, but you misunderstood my comment.  I am proud to be a completely shallow, self centered and ignorant American.  Obviously Americans are the favorite sons of God.  He killed all those other gods to prove it. (Zeus, Wandjina, Kokopelli, Bacchus etc.)  Anybody who says otherwise is a heretic and a traitor.  And you know what we do (In God’s kind and loving name) to any Australians who cross us!  Guantanamo might not be hell, but Jesus built it so you heathens might be persuaded to accept Americans as your personal Lords and saviors.

Amen Mate!
I’ll pray for you!
Scott Lewis

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By Snark Deleo, April 1, 2007 at 6:59 pm Link to this comment
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Jibbing jabbbing commentary that places blame evenly on myopic masses.  I’m not sure I concur with their soft punch in the shoulder aw shucks we’re one big happy family mentality.  I think the nation is far more divided than that and would have been more accurately themed in more prosperous times like the 90’s.  Now it just comes off as making fun of the masses because they are oh so very hopeless and very very very controlled.

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By Bukko in Australia, April 1, 2007 at 6:23 pm Link to this comment
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Scott, you are so obviously NOT His favourites! Otherwise why would He have afflicted you with les Quebecois?

Now Australia, on the other hand…

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By SnarlyOldFart, April 1, 2007 at 2:54 pm Link to this comment
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Is Lindsay/Britney/Paris any better than six years of nonstop Clinton’s penis?

The news media serve their paying customers, who are their advertisers. The public is not their target audience.

If you have seen or heard anything about Lindsay/Britney/Paris in the last seven years, then the advertisers are winning.

Example: Has the Iraq War lasted too long?

No, it was quick, over in 5 weeks. The occupation of Iraq is what is intended to last forever. If you fell for the ‘war’ bait, you’ve been overexposed to network advertising.

It might be possible to trick the media into reporting real news by complaining about the poor quality of news editors, as evidenced by their fascination with drunken girls like Lindsay/Britney/Paris.

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By Bukko in Australia, March 31, 2007 at 11:55 pm Link to this comment
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OMG! I am SO in the minority! I could find Kabul even before this video, and I have NEVER seen Brittany’s (presumably also shaved) “mappa Tassie.” (Aussie slang: look at a map of Tasmania—if you can locate it—and you’ll know what I mean.)

Jib-Jab is clever as ever, but I still have hard time with those guys because they’re so even-handed. I’m bitterly partisan, so I don’t see it as even-handed to equate the bumbling stupidity of John Kerry with the murderous malignity of George Bush.

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By Louise, March 31, 2007 at 9:47 pm Link to this comment
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This is one of those times it isn’t as funny as it is true.

While I was watching this something occurred to me.
The soul is gone from the news.

Like seeing the dead body of someone you knew and realizing you can see when the body’s soul is gone.

Only in this case, the dead body seems to be running around and CLONING!


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By David, March 31, 2007 at 3:00 am Link to this comment
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Quite an interesting (and truthful), humorous depiction of the state of news in the U.S. Yet sad at the same time. Edward R. Murrow, and later on Walter Cronkite, represented the best in serious news gathering, and broadcasting. But, today, all one really needs to do is to look at CNN, a once dependable source of news (remember Bernard Kalb’s broadcasts, and Christianne Amanpour’s reporting from some of the most dangerous locales in the world)...and then look at them today, with all their tabloid-flavored broadcasts, to see how far down they’ve come. (I won’t insult anyone’s intelligence by mentioning the “news” channel that Rupert Murdoch started). More recently, I was very impressed with the power of Keith Olberman’s 10 minute commentaries (really, powerful in the tradition of Murrow). But to have to sit through all the celebrity gossip and “The Worst Person In The World” schtick? That’s not news, friends.

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By Quy Tran, March 30, 2007 at 8:19 pm Link to this comment
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Very funny with tears !

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By SCOTT LEWIS, March 30, 2007 at 7:37 pm Link to this comment
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Why do you always criticize Americans for being ignorant and shallow?  If Jeebus wanted us to be smart He would have made us Canadians.  Obviously we are His favorites!

Scott Lewis

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