"American News is crap. "

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    Feb 18, 2013 4:49 PM GMT
    Lol, it's fun to watch...

    but to be honest almost all News channels are crap in almost everywhere & every country...

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    Feb 18, 2013 5:06 PM GMT
    When I lived in West Berlin, Germany I had a TV that could receive all 3 of the world's television broadcast standards used in 1978: NTSC (North America), PAL (most of Europe), and SECAM (France and the Soviet Union). Our AFN (American Forces Network) broadcast to us in NTSC, but if you brought a US set over with you it couldn't receive anything else locally, just AFN.

    In the divided city of East/West Berlin there were broadcasts in all 3 standards, so I bought this trick TV. And since Berlin was still an occupied city following WWII, I got Brit TV programs, West German programs, French programs, East German programs, and Soviet/Russian programs.

    And the difference in the news stories was amazing. I could follow the French & German news, and my wife was fluent in Russian. A news item about the US would have a totally different, and often unflattering slant when reported by other news services, even from our close allies the British, as compared to the sanitized versions our US news services provided.

    And US news often wouldn't even cover major international stories, presumably because the editors felt the US audience wouldn't be interested. If you're living in the US you're never aware of this happening, because you're being kept in the dark.

    BTW, West German TV had lots of full frontal male & female nudity during evening hours. You haven't lived until you've seen a Wagner opera performed in the nude. icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Feb 18, 2013 5:27 PM GMT
    American anything is crap
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    Feb 18, 2013 5:44 PM GMT
    JOOU saidAmerican anything is crap


    Including yourself?
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    Feb 18, 2013 6:42 PM GMT
    Meh... it's like the US entertainment industry. It's so large that you'll get a wider spectrum of programs that cater to more specific groups. Yes, that includes the crap segment, but you'll also find some of the best in-depth programming.

    Some of my favs:

    Frontline
    60 Minutes
    The Daily Show
    Buffalo Channel 4 News (oddly)
    CNN (whenever there's a disaster of some sorts)
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    Feb 18, 2013 6:46 PM GMT
    Harry7785 saidAlmost all News channels are crap in almost everywhere & every country...


    This. I speak 4 languages, have lived in 4 diferent countries and always had this impression...
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    Feb 18, 2013 6:47 PM GMT
    United Press International, one of three major wire services that feed news to most of the news services in the West (the others being AP and Reuters) is owned by the Saudis. The Saudis are Wahhabi, the most orthodox of the Sunnis. Do you really think that any real anti Sunni Islam news is going to be reported?
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    Feb 18, 2013 6:51 PM GMT
    I may have said this before, but I literally gave up on television news the day I was channel surfing past CNN and they interrupted stories about the war in Iraq with a "Breaking News" update - to report that Tom Cruise had apologized to Brook Shields for some stupid-ass comments he made.

    It was the last time I have ever watched CNN - and really the last time I have paid any attention to TV news. I would rather read the stories I am interested in from Yahoo.
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    Feb 18, 2013 7:04 PM GMT
    Yes, but Yahoo news is crap too now, especially since they tried to merge it with ABC TV news.
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    Feb 18, 2013 7:12 PM GMT
    The Huffington Post isn't bad. The Atlantic is one of my favs, too.
  • JackDoyle

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    Feb 18, 2013 7:18 PM GMT
    They even have E news here in Ireland and it is absolute shite, my sister watches it all the time
  • jmtodd28

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    Feb 18, 2013 8:35 PM GMT
    What is really interesting is that you can trace the day news changed in the US.

    When Rupert Murdock launched Fox as an "alternative" to "liberal" mainstream media, his ratings were so impressive that others followed has activist model to higher ratings. They all began to chase the almighty dollar via higher ratings.

    The funny thing is that all it did was to speed the fracturing of all media and they are sharing a smaller and smaller pie.

  • jayatl56

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    Feb 18, 2013 8:56 PM GMT
    When I lived in Prague I had sat tv and was able to watch everything from France 24, BBC, CNN, Russia Today, Al Jazerra and of course Czech tv. I found CNN (and ALL US tv news) to be incredibly sensationalized. The worst is the local tv broadcasts. I would watch France 24 and BBC and Al Jazerra and dropped the bullshit CNN because of the "hollywoodishness" of it.

    Czech tv was always interesting because of (1) the naked weather girl (and occasional weather boy). She (or he) would come out totally buck nekked and dress according to the next day's weather. Even made the Wall Street Journal! And this was the 10pm news. My brother, when he visited, wanted to be sure to be back home for the weather. On the second night however the naked boy came out and my sister in law laughed her ass off. My brother was so disappointed. And (2) the women presenters would dress like French whores (or maybe clown would be more appropriate). The low cut trashy outfits were not appropriate for a news program but that's what they wore. The guys were always in suits.
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    Feb 18, 2013 10:22 PM GMT
    Woolsocks saidThe Huffington Post isn't bad. The Atlantic is one of my favs, too.
    Except column 3. Sideboob...really?
  • barriehomeboy

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    Feb 19, 2013 1:58 AM GMT
    Since Woodword and Burnstein, they got lazy. Canadian journalists dig deeper, but even they rely on skype to do interviews. Very amateurish.
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    Feb 19, 2013 2:14 AM GMT
    JOOU saidAmerican anything is crap
    Why do you think Charmin is one of the biggest corporations in the world?