I'm seeking information on recent trends anyone may have noticed in your networks (Twitter, FB, G+) where people are complaining about TV news - especially national - lacking quality, facts, etc... No, this is not anything new, but I've noticed more backlash in my feeds against television as a reliable source this week than in the recent past. I'm trying to figure out if it's an aberration or a pattern.
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- I think most of it is vacationing, specifically NYC taking the month of August off. But it's the business cycle (don't release new product before Labor Day) and still mostly the education cycle. Politically, congress will always refuse to be in session in August in DC.
A good deal of "news" is not breaking news based on unforeseen circumstances, but stuff specifically timed to be on TV in the papers in a strategic way by smart people. Few of them want to move things in August, those who so are doing so because of the drought of content. The only guaranteed stories in August are forest fires and hurricanes.
That vacuum needs to get filled. And in August it's often filled by skeleton news staffs, because the first stringers are in the Hamptons.Aug 9, 2011
- to those looking for solutions, i asked a question earlier today about the media/person sources people look to to make sense of u.s. politics. here's the thread https://plus.google.com/113247423264358423892/posts/ZZCJAXPSnA1Aug 9, 2011
- Thank you - I'll include some suggestions from that in my post.Aug 9, 2011
- Here's the link to my SFGate piece - http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/sgranger/detail?entry_id=95056Aug 10, 2011
- My friends aren't that sophisticated to know there is a problem...Aug 11, 2011
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