Is NBC Becoming Enquirer Like? Is Most News Becoming The Next Reality TV?

by on September 16, 2012

in Entertainment

NBC TV network logo 200wI don’t know about you but I’m thinking NBC is trying to blaze a trail for new fans, but that trail being blazed is to the trash bin with how they’ve been treating some news events.

Then again, TV programming is all about what sells. Fox uses glammed up news anchors to spout news and that works the for them, so why shouldn’t NBC majority owner Comcast spruce up NBC to cater to the more willing audiences?

At the moment I have two “data points” to reference, but these data points are pretty hefty in my eyes.


Curiosity wheels on Mars

During the Olympics, when the Curiosity landed on Mars, there wasn’t a single blip about it on the network. Me, what I saw on TV when Curiosity landed “wheels down,” Ms. “Meh” (McKayla Maroney) was landing on her ass after missing a vault landing.

(I thought it was curiously poetic timing, that both landed at the same time.)

Yet a day or two later the Olympic coverage was shut down for the announcement of Romney running for president coverage.


While everyone else was covering the incredibly emotional commemoration of 9/11 of the first plane striking the World Trade Center, NBC was cranking out the obviously more important social issues of Kris Kardashian’s breast augmentation.

For NBC, it was Kardashian over history. (Glitz over fact).

NBC wasn’t the only blip on the coverage, but I’m just starting to notice when, what I would think were events bigger than TV took place, TV ruled supreme in the moment on NBC.

It’s not just NBC, but NBC looks to be trying to play catch up. These days, Fox News is a great example of glitz over glam and personal agendas. They fill their news cast with model-like anchors who often manage to demonstrate some of their “best qualities” while delivering some of the news.

Now long legs and low-cut tops are all the rage. I remember a few years back watching this incredible looking blonde tell me about a big earthquake “I just experienced.” It turned out her info was about 30 or 40 miles off. Despite her information being incorrect, she looked pretty good at 4:shi**y in the morning telling me the wrong info!!! It took them a few hours to correct their misinformation.

I remember when Dolly the Sheep was cloned in 1997. This was probably one of those moments that will be a part of the human legacy, forever. That first day when the news hit, Dolly was the eighth item on the news broadcast. (I don’t remember which network from back then) Up before Dolly were local murders, traffic chases and a few other glorifying news bites.

That’s the day it hit me first about what a news broadcast was really all about. When I started realizing that news, like reality TV and any other TV show, has to pay its bills somehow. And the eyebrow raising events that reek of reality TV-like drama is the way they do it. Then later, anchors started getting more and more makeup, then they’re replaced with younger anchors that don’t need so much makeup, etc., etc..

I mean come on, have you noticed how they present the teasers for the upcoming news broadcasts with vague promises of something exciting coming up? Or they ask you if it will rain tomorrow? Tune in to find out! Yea…

Now-a-days for me, Twitter and Facebook rule for news sources because they can cut straight to the chase without the noise of packaging. Or, if you’re following the right parties and have them filtered into their own lists, then they cut straight to the chase and you can get THE news that you’re looking for.

Then again, I must ask myself, what is it the viewers really want? They reward the glitzy broadcasts and thus, maybe it is what the viewing audience wants. They’ve got enough of reality in their 40-hour work week. Then again, maybe most news broadcasts are hitting the mark for most viewers and I’m on the outside, looking in.

If that’s the case, then good call. It’s just not a good call in my household.

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{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Bruce Simmons September 17, 2012 at 9:47 pm

790… leave your conspirator noise off this site. Besides, after calling me a tool, I thought you were out of here?

Any way, I love your constructive input, but leave the constant negativity off my site. Thanks.

Tim Miller September 16, 2012 at 6:55 am

While Marshall McLuhan wasn’t always correct, he was probably on the money most of the time.

TV news has become tribal. This isn’t new. Newspapers were traditionally tribal.

People choose news sources that bend or ignore facts in order to feed their own predisposed biases and belief systems. It’s human nature. We all do it (I include myself) and so networks and cable channels who are profit driven tailor the news to pull in the highest ratings for a particular “tribe”.

Over the past fifteen years there have been increasing escalations in tribalism that are troublesome.

If the ratings start to slip then these so-called news channels spend more time on the salacious giving significant historical events less coverage or ignore them altogether. When real news does happen, being first is now more important than being right and requiring more than one source no longer matters. It makes it easier to ignore the facts that dont fit their belief system. By the time, the facts are known they no longer matter because peoples’ perceptions of the event have formed.

Personally, I tuned out FOX, CNN, CNBC, and MSNBC long ago as my sources of news. I added the networks NBC, CBS, and ABC to that list as they succumbed to the ratings pressure caused by the success of cable news.

I now watch BLOOMBERG and The PBS news hour as my TV sources of news and I READ. I know that even these sources can have segments or guests that have an agenda or biased point of view.

I will occasionally watch TV News Magazine shows such as Charlie Rose, 60 minutes, CBS Sunday Morning etc. However, I don’t count them as daily news.

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